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Murder witnesses sought

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:23 pm
Police in Vernon are searching for additional witnesses in the killing of a man in Polson Park in August. Three people are facing murder charges. "Anyone who was in the Polson Park area of Vernon, from the evening of Aug. 25 to the early morning of Aug. 26 and hasn't already spoken...

Breakfast, it's in the bag

Oct 1, 2015 / 10:31 am
UPDATE: 2 p.m. Linda Yule, executive director of the United Way - North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap, says Thursday's drive-thru breakfast in Vernon raised a total of $9,015. ORIGINAL A contingent of RCMP officers and the mayors of Vernon and Lumby were on hand Thursday morning for the...

Eye on air quality

Oct 1, 2015 / 5:00 am
The mayor of Coldstream wants more air quality monitoring stations set up in the North Okanagan. Jim Garlick's call comes as a controversial pellet plant begins operation in Lavington, close to an elementary school. "We only have one monitoring station, and we have asked the...

Car-crash dog comes home

Sep 30, 2015 / 8:33 pm
Diego the dog was exhausted and dehydrated, but happy to see his owner Wednesday afternoon after 10 days on his own in an area populated by coyotes, south of Vernon. "He almost did a backflip," said owner Tonya Olson, as she described her reunion with the five-year-old Chihuahua....

Road rage leads to charges

Sep 30, 2015 / 3:16 pm
A 38-year-old Kelowna man is facing possible charges over a bizarre road incident in Vernon last week. North Okanagan RCMP arrested a suspect last Wednesday morning after receiving a number of reports about an erratic driver in a white pickup heading northbound on Highway 97, from Lake Country...

Under 40, doing fine

Sep 30, 2015 / 5:00 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has announced the first five recipients in the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 – Vernon. The five are all in their 30s and were selected at random from among the top 20. They are: Elise Allan – lawyer/partner at Nixon Wenger LLP. Justin Jackson...

Well, that took a long time

Sep 29, 2015 / 8:06 pm
It took 50 years, but the federal government has finally brought a North Okanagan artesian well under control. It all began in 1965 when the federal government was conducting a geological survey of Canada and they wanted to know what was under the ground in the Okanagan. In one particular...

Hemp products help dogs

Sep 29, 2015 / 6:11 pm
Dogs are eating up a new product from a North Okanagan company – literally. True Leaf of Vernon, is marketing a line of hemp-based doggie chews that, the company says, offers a variety of benefits to the family dog. Called True Love, True Spirit and True Calm chews, the company says the...

Pole move cracks gas line

Sep 29, 2015 / 4:10 pm
A miscommunication between utility providers caused a natural gas leak in Coldstream, Tuesday. Coldstream resident Jeremy Brown received a phone call from his neighbour Tuesday morning, telling him BC Hydro had been moving a power pole near the end of his driveway, and struck a FortisBC natural...

String of strange thefts

Sep 29, 2015 / 3:25 pm
Vernon RCMP have been kept busy with a rash of thefts over the past several days, with some rather strange items being stolen. One of the more unusual thefts – two 14-foot corrugated culverts that were stolen from near the intersection of Okanagan Landing and Cummins roads between Sept. 18...

ATM thief steals 50 grand

Sep 29, 2015 / 11:35 am
North Okanagan RCMP say a thief stole more than $50,000 from the ATM at Interior Savings Credit Union's Vernon branch. Police say an unknown male broke into the drive-through ATM building just after 10 p.m. last Thursday at the 32nd Street financial institution and fled with the money. A...

Holding out hope for Diego

Sep 29, 2015 / 9:50 am
It has been a week since Diego went missing, but Tonya Olson isn't giving up hope. The five-year-old Chihuahua ran off last Monday, following a car crash on Highway 97 near Bailey Road. “I miss Diego tons, and I want nothing more than for him to have a safe return home,” said...

Not happy with recycling

Sep 29, 2015 / 6:00 am
Scott Anderson is going to ask the City of Vernon to urge the regional district to review the new recycling system. The Vernon city councillor will bring the matter up at the next council meeting, but said Monday he is not a fan of the blue boxes. Anderson said “no one” likes the...

Survey asks about market

Sep 28, 2015 / 6:30 pm
The future of Vernon's downtown market is in the hands of downtown merchants. Throughout the summer, every Friday afternoon-evening, a section of 30th Avenue was closed off for the Avenue Market. Similar to a farmer's market, the weekly event featured a wide range of items and many of...

Small shrimp, big ruckus

Sep 28, 2015 / 5:14 pm
Their prey may be small, but the racket they make is big. Vernon city council heard complaints Monday about shrimping operations on Okanagan Lake. Coun. Juliette Cunningham said there are two shrimp boats working near Paddlewheel Park, one works during the day, the other at...

Opposition to parks plan

Sep 28, 2015 / 5:08 pm
Vernon city councillors Bob Spiers and Scott Anderson did not endorse the city's master park plan, Monday – but they did so for different reasons. Spiers didn't like the one per cent annual tax over 10 years worked into the plan. “There is language in there that concerns...

River water switched to well

Sep 28, 2015 / 10:08 am
The City of Enderby is taking its primary water source offline today. Enderby drinking water customers will be served entirely by the city's secondary well for several days. Based on average daily flows at this time of year, the secondary source can supply typical use. However, water...

Top awards for JCI Vernon

Sep 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
JCI Vernon was recognized with three top awards and numerous honorable mentions at the JCI Canada National Convention in Calgary earlier this month. A delegation of 16 members of JCI Vernon attended the event. The awards were: Best Local Personal Skill Development Program: For their...

Senior Games in 2017

Sep 27, 2015 / 8:00 pm
The City of Vernon and community partners - including Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Coldstream and electoral areas - have been selected as the hosts for the 2017 55+ BC Games. The communities submitted a joint bid proposal in June for the games, which will take place Sept. 12-16, 2017. “It...

Rivers day all about water

Sep 27, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Water was the focus if B.C. Rivers Day activities at Polson Park Sunday. Janice Buick, with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, organized the event that drew several hundred people to the Vernon park where they participated in games, activities, live music and learned how care for area water...

Saving a Syrian family

Sep 27, 2015 / 2:00 pm
Ron Brinnen and Chris Pieper want to do something many people say the federal government is failing to do: they want to help Syrian refugees. More specifically, they want to bring a Syrian family of four children and two adults to live in Armstrong. Brinnen said the community initiative to...

Searching the lake for Curtis

Sep 27, 2015 / 12:52 pm
The renowned underwater search team of Gene and Sandy Ralston are in the Okanagan Sunday – searching Kalamalka Lake for a missing Alberta man. Curtis Wilson was last seen on June 28 in Vernon. Wilson's vehicle was found abandoned near the south end of Cosens Bay on Kalamalka Lake....

Shots fired in parking lot

Sep 25, 2015 / 1:17 pm
Vernon RCMP are investigating an incident of gunfire on East Hill. In a statement released Friday, police said they were called to a townhouse complex on the 1600 block of 43 Avenue at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday. There had been a confrontation in the parking lot of the complex that resulted in shots...

Mail theft alert

Sep 25, 2015 / 6:56 am
Lumby RCMP are alerting residents in Lumby and Cherryville to a number of recent mail thefts in the area. Residents are urged to be diligent about picking up their mail regularly from community mailboxes due to a spike in thefts this week. North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn...

Village Green turns 40

Sep 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
It's a celebration 40 years in the making. The Village Green Centre marks four decades of business, Saturday, with a variety of events. Darren Robinson, marketing manager, said there will be activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, including a bouncy castle, giveaways, special promotions and...

Soaring to a record

Sep 24, 2015 / 7:19 pm
They came, they soared, they set a record. Members of Team CanFly set a new record Thursday afternoon for the most flyboards on a Canadian body of water at one time. Flyboarder Mike Prince, his fellow team mates and other enthusiasts joined efforts on Kalamalka Lake, with 12 of the unique...

Have you seen Diego?

Sep 24, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Tonya Olson is hoping someone knows where her beloved dog Diego is. The five-year-old blonde Chihuahua has been missing since Monday, following a car accident on Highway 97 near Bailey Road. Olson's boyfriend was heading south with Diego and a papillon named Rizza when he hit the ditch...

City hall briefly evacuated

Sep 24, 2015 / 2:04 pm
Vernon City Hall was briefly evacuated Thursday after someone thought they smelled gas. The building was shut down for 15 minutes at 11:30 a.m. “Vernon Fire Rescue ... arrived quickly on the scene and determined that the building was safe. All City Hall services remain...

From feast to fundraiser

Sep 24, 2015 / 10:45 am
What started out as a cooking competition turned into a fundraiser to help a Vernon family. Downtown Vernon’s Avenue Market hosted the finale of the Chef’s Corner Cook-off last Friday, and when organizers learned Tony Rupp was in need of a kidney transplant, they used the event to...

Party at the sports park

Sep 24, 2015 / 9:30 am
It's been accessible to the public for weeks, but Vernon's new running track and sports field officially opens this weekend. The Fulton Maroons will play the first football game on the artificial turf, Friday, followed by an official opening of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park on...

Chamber elects new prez

Sep 24, 2015 / 9:04 am
Tracy Cobb-Reeves will lead the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce for the next year. Cobb-Reeves was elected president following the chamber’s annual general meeting, Wednesday. She is director of communications at Kal Tire and previously served as vice-president of the chamber....

VJH 'over the moon'

Sep 23, 2015 / 6:16 pm
The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation has rocketed past its 2016 fundraising target. The VJH Foundation set a goal two years ago to raise $2.5 million by mid-2016 to purchase equipment for the sixth and seventh floors of the Polson Tower. Wednesday, the foundation announced it had reached...

Erratic driver smashes cars

Sep 23, 2015 / 4:28 pm
A man was taken into custody after a bizarre road incident in Vernon Wednesday. RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said Vernon police received a call from Lake Country RCMP about an erratic driver heading north. Noseworthy said Vernon officers started to head south when they saw the...

Flyboarders soar

Sep 23, 2015 / 3:30 pm
Some of the best flyboard riders in Canada are in Vernon this week to set a record – and lure sponsors. Members of Team CanFly are among 15 flyboarders on Kalamalka Lake today and Thursday in an effort to set a Canadian record for the most flyboarders on Canadian water at one...

Food drives save the day

Sep 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
The timing couldn't have been better, because the demand has never been greater. The Salvation Army Food Bank has had to purchase food items three times this year to keep up with the increase in demand, but a trio of food drives has restocked the nearly empty shelves. The Save On Foods...

Help society help children

Sep 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm
The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society is looking for volunteers to help get a site ready for the future Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. The society and partners have announced the former NOCLS group day home building has been leased for the new service. “A Child and Youth...

Murder trial postponed

Sep 22, 2015 / 2:48 pm
Justice will have to wait until next year in the death of a Lumby woman. A second-degree murder trial for Howard Everett Krewson, 55, was supposed to begin this week, but it has been pushed back until May, 2016. Krewson is facing a second-degree murder charge in the June, 2014 shooting death...

Joyriding pair in custody

Sep 22, 2015 / 11:39 am
UPDATE: Sept. 22 Monday's police incident in Westwold involved a stolen vehicle from Summerland, according to Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the North Okanagan RCMP. The RCMP received a report of a vehicle driving recklessly on Crown land about 12:30 p.m. The vehicle's licence plate...

Flyboards taking flight

Sep 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
Look. Up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a flyboarder. Flyboarding is taking the world of water sports by storm, and Team CanFly will be hitting Kalamalka Lake Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to break a record for the most flyboards on Canadian water. A flyboard is...

Accident sends one to VJH

Sep 21, 2015 / 5:25 pm
One person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Monday afternoon, following a single-vehicle crash on Highway 97. A Ford Ranger pickup was southbound when it left the highway on a right-hand curve shortly before Bailey Road. The call came in just after 4 p.m., with ambulance, fire rescue and...
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