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Dispensary seeks support

Dec 8, 2015 / 4:25 pm
Employees of a medical marijuana dispensary in Vernon have launched an online petition in an attempt to garner more public support. This follows a warning from an RCMP officer Nov. 24 that MMJ Total Health Care on 31 Street was operating outside of the law. It was one of five dispensaries in...

Smooth travelling

Dec 8, 2015 / 4:16 pm
Nearly 75 kilometres of roads have been repaved in the Lumby area, making local area roads smoother for residents and the travelling public. Resurfacing is now complete on the following sections: 17 kilometres of Highway 6 between Ricardo Road and Lumby; 26 kilometres of Highway 6...

Slow start to Counterattack

Dec 8, 2015 / 4:00 pm
There were 157 places where drivers were stopped across B.C. during a Counterattack blitz Friday, Dec. 4. The RCMP's collective efforts, with ICBC and Operation Red Nose, resulted in more than 24,000 vehicles being checked and 116 impaired drivers removed from our roads. "I have no...

Clinic closure talks

Dec 8, 2015 / 2:30 pm
Although there may be little they can do to stop the closure of a doctors' clinic in Vernon, there will be talks about it over the coming days. It is one of the items on the table at a general meeting of the Partners in Action Committee Wednesday, according to Annette Sharkey of the Social...

Anger over downed trees

Dec 8, 2015 / 11:49 am
There is outrage over the downing of mature hemlock and fir trees from a B.C. park in the Shuswap. The Shuswap Trail Alliance reports that someone in a truck drove onto pedestrian trails in the Eagle River Nature Reserve and illegally cut down the trees, presumably as firewood. "It's...

Missing senior's body found

Dec 8, 2015 / 10:04 am
The RCMP say the body of a missing woman was found by the Salmon Arm pier at Shuswap Lake late Monday night. Staff Sgt. Scott West confirms the dead woman is Mildred Ekren who had gone missing from her residence in the area of 5th Street and 10th Avenue the morning of Dec. 7. Salmon Arm RCMP...

Ticked off clients

Dec 8, 2015 / 5:00 am
The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary says clients are angry over a stoppage in sales. All five medical marijuana dispensaries in Vernon announced Monday that marijuana products had been removed from their shelves and retail sales had stopped, following police warnings they are operating...

VJH clock countdown

Dec 7, 2015 / 3:22 pm
The countdown has begun for the opening of the two patient care floors at the top of Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s Polson Tower. “We’re very excited to be entering the final countdown for this project,” said Richard Harding, North Okanagan health services...

Beware the holiday Grinch

Dec 7, 2015 / 2:11 pm
Vernon RCMP are warning people not to let a Grinch ruin their Christmas. With the yuletime season at hand, more people are heading out to purchase presents, and police urge everyone not to leave those purchases in plain sight and to always lock their vehicles. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said...

Bunn cooling in jail

Dec 7, 2015 / 1:40 pm
A Vernon man who is “known to police” is once again in trouble with the law. Emmerson Bunn, 29, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime stemming from the break and enter of two sheds on Dec. 5. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said police were called to the 5200...

Police name meter suspect

Dec 7, 2015 / 12:35 pm
It took the combined efforts of Vernon bylaws officers, RCMP and volunteers to catch a thief in the act. More than 100 parking meters had been vandalized and some robbed over the past week and, after a concerted effort, police have their man. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said charges have been...

Charges stem from accident

Dec 7, 2015 / 12:31 pm
A Vernon woman is facing a variety of charges after allegedly crashing a stolen car in downtown Vernon last week. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said Alyssa Brown, 24, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failure to...

Dispensaries stop sales

Dec 7, 2015 / 12:04 pm
Five medical marijuana dispensaries have stopped selling product to clients, at least temporarily, following police warnings they are operating outside of the law, according to a press release. “Vernon dispensaries will have no product on site and will not be conducting retail sales. The...

More cops coming soon

Dec 7, 2015 / 11:31 am
Vernon's top cop is pleased he will soon have two more officers under his command. Last week, Vernon city council approved adding two additional officers to the payroll, bringing the total number of police in the Greater Vernon area to 50. “This decision demonstrates the mayor and...

City warns of road work

Dec 7, 2015 / 11:31 am
The City of Vernon is warning the motoring public of road work along Lardeau Way, 36 Avenue, Alvaston Place, and 40 Avenue – Dec. 7-23. Crews from Fredex Construction will be installing conduit for Shaw Cable, in the following locations: 2900 block of Lardeau Way 2100 block of 36...

Trapped after hitting deer

Dec 7, 2015 / 11:10 am
A man was briefly trapped in his car after colliding with a deer late Sunday evening near Okanagan College's Vernon campus. Vernon Fire Rescue Fire Chief Keith Green said crews were called to Highway 97 and College Way just after 9 p.m. Sunday after a silver Kia struck a deer. Green said...

Ringing in history

Dec 7, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon Fire Rescue Services is in the midst of planning for its 125 birthday in May, 2016. “The Brigade was born in 1891, so we're actually older than the incorporation of the City,” said fire chief Keith Green. The exact date, said Green, is May 9, 1891 and a celebration is...

Time to sponsor a family

Dec 6, 2015 / 7:12 pm
There is still time to make this Christmas a merry one for a Vernon family. The application deadline to sponsor a family through the Salvation Army is Dec.11. More than 50 business and groups sponsored families last year. “We have a number of families still looking to be sponsored...

Thousands of items on sale

Dec 6, 2015 / 3:40 pm
Thousands of people picked up some unique Christmas gifts at the 13th annual Shoparama Holiday Gift Sale in the Vernon recreation complex Sunday. Organizer Ingrid Baron said 100 booths offered everything from food to jewellery to clothing to a wide range of hand-made items. Admission is free,...

RCMP trumpeting return

Dec 6, 2015 / 10:07 am
RCMP are hailing a man for allowing a West Kelowna musician to be reunited with his stolen trumpets after they were turned into the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP. The instruments were stolen from the owners' vehicle while it was parked in the 2700 block of 32nd Street in Vernon, November 23,...

Meter thief nabbed

Dec 6, 2015 / 6:47 am
Vernon's parking meter bandit may have been caught. A man was caught red-handed breaking into a meter at Centennial Drive and 35th Street early Friday, Vernon RCMP have revealed. In a press statement, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said a co-ordinated effort by police, bylaw officers, and RCMP...

Missing Vernon woman

Dec 5, 2015 / 9:05 pm
The North Okanagan RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing Vernon resident. Zarah Blondin, 25, was last seen Nov. 26. Blondin is a Caucasian female, five feet, four inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. Inquiries have been conducted...

Missing teen found

Dec 5, 2015 / 8:24 pm
The teenage girl who was reported missing on Dec. 2 has been located. North Okanagan RCMP earlier asked for the public's help in finding Susan Clark, 17, from Vernon, who was reported missing Nov. 28. Susan is aboriginal, approximately four feet 10 inches tall and slightly built, with...

Xmas lights shining at VJH

Dec 5, 2015 / 6:19 am
The Christmas lights are sparkling above Vernon Jubilee Hospital. The VJH Foundation says its Light a Bulb campaign is just over three-quarters of the way to its $200,000 goal. Since launching the campaign Nov. 12, the campaign has garnered $153,720 in donations. The money raised will be...

Vernon budget trimmed

Dec 4, 2015 / 1:11 pm
Vernon council has trimmed the city's proposed 2016 budget. “We took out a few things,” said Mayor Akbal Mund, after council wrapped up three days of deliberations on Friday. The resulting property tax increase is currently set at 3.4 per cent, although Mund said nothing is...

Guilty of theft, arson stayed

Dec 4, 2015 / 12:43 pm
A B.C. Supreme Court trial in Vernon has ended in a guilty verdict for a man charged in a massive gas station fire in Enderby on Nov. 19, 2012. Donald Thomas Jeffrey, 43, was found guilty of one count of theft over $5,000. Charges of arson and fraud over $5,000 were stayed by the...

Truck crashes into building

Dec 4, 2015 / 11:43 am
A Ford pickup veered across Vernon's 27th Street and into White House Mortgages, Friday morning. Vernon Fire Rescue Capt. Reinhard Mann said the driver was suffering from a medical condition prior to the crash. Mann said it wasn't a heart attack, but would not elaborate. The victim...

Getting ready for carnival

Dec 4, 2015 / 10:17 am
About two dozen stalwarts stood outside the Vernon Winter Carnival office Friday, waiting for 9 a.m., when the doors opened for the first day of ticket sales. They were all there for Suds n' Cider tickets, the most popular event of the annual February festival. “It used to be that...

Air monitoring imminent

Dec 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
Air quality monitoring of a controversial pellet plant in Lavington is “imminent,” according to Trevor Seibel, chief administrative officer for the District of Coldstream. Seibel admitted he's not quite sure of the exact start date, but Ministry of Environment officials have been...

More seniors needing help

Dec 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
For many Okanagan seniors, making ends meet is becoming harder to do. Fixed incomes are being overpowered by the cost of living and more often, area seniors are turning to social agencies for a helping hand. Officials with the Upper Room Mission and the Salvation Army food bank have both...

Gift fair a success

Dec 3, 2015 / 6:45 pm
The sixth annual JCI Vernon Alternative Gift Fair last month is being hailed a success for the 18 organizations that came together to offer gifts of giving and support for local and international charities. Gift certificates were provided for those who made donations to individual charities which...

Generosity shining through

Dec 3, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Vernon residents are once again proving they are a generous bunch. Between the annual kettle and mail out campaigns, more than $98,000 has been donated to the Vernon Salvation Army. That is a $13,000 increase over the same time last year. “The House of Hope Community Food Bank is...

Driver flees accident scene

Dec 3, 2015 / 3:23 pm
A Vernon man was issued a ticket after crashing his vehicle and running from the scene. RCMP were called to the 7000 block of Bella Vista Road in Vernon Nov. 27 at approximately 10:50 p.m. when a witness reported seeing a vehicle leave the road and go into the ditch. “The male driver...

Man found say Vernon cops

Dec 3, 2015 / 2:33 pm
RCMP report that a man with medical problems who went missing two weeks ago has been located safe and sound. Police began a search for Fraser Gerrard, 25, after he left a medical facility in Vernon on Nov. 19 without completing his treatment. Police have thanked the public for their...

Stolen trucks recovered

Dec 3, 2015 / 2:10 pm
Two people are facing charges after police recovered a trio of stolen trucks. Vernon RCMP recovered the Ford pickup trucks from a residence in the 4700 block of 20th Street in Vernon at approximately 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27. “The investigation led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Alberta woman...

Tons of food collected

Dec 3, 2015 / 11:28 am
Once again, the generosity of Vernon residents will make it a merry Christmas for hundreds of less fortunate people. The 38th annual North Okanagan Realtor Food Drive collected more than 31,000 pounds of food items for the Salvation Army food bank in just a few hours Wednesday. Re/Max realtor...

Meter vandal turns thief

Dec 3, 2015 / 11:02 am
A $500 reward has failed to lead to the culprit or culprits vandalizing parking meters throughout Vernon. To add insult to injury, City of Vernon spokesperson Tanya Laing Gahr reports another 19 meters were vandalized Tuesday night. “In addition, over the last two nights, we have had...

Incident closes Highway 97

Dec 3, 2015 / 6:02 am
Highway 97 was briefly closed in both directions early this morning in Westwold. DriveBC reports a "vehicle incident" occurred about 4 a.m. at the 90-degree corner entering the tiny community north of Falkland, about 55 kilometres north of Vernon. Single-lane, alternating traffic...

Council talks budget

Dec 3, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon city council continues its 2016 budget deliberations Thursday. The proposed budget has an increased focus on public safety. Already, council has approved two additional police officers for the RCMP. City financial manager Kevin Bertles is looking for a 1.8 per cent overall tax...

Four decades of service

Dec 3, 2015 / 5:00 am
It's a party 40 years in the making. The NONA Child Development Centre celebrates four decades of service Thursday and everyone is invited. From its humble beginnings in 1975 when it had a single physiotherapist who worked out of the trunk of her car to helping hundreds of youths every...
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