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Rental vacancy woes

Jun 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

It's not easy to find a place to live in Vernon. Vacancy rates are down and the cost of renting what is available is up – and that's making things tough for many. According to statistics released by CMHC, the vacancy rate for one-bedroom units has dropped from 3.7 per cent to...

Brush fire near Lumby

Jun 17, 2015 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE 8:05 P.M. Lumby's fire chief, Tony Clayton, estimated the fire is 30 per cent contained tonight and sits at approximately one half hectare in size. Clayton emphasized the area they are fighting it in is very steep, and there is a lot of blowdown timber that is causing problems. He...

Ski patrollers replaced

Jun 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Canadian Ski Patrol members will not be helping people in need on Silver Star Mountain this ski season. The CSP posted this on their Facebook page: “We are sorry to announce that Silver Star Mountain Resort will no longer have patrollers from the Canadian Ski Patrol. “We hope that...

Car bursts into flames

Jun 16, 2015 / 6:28 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue was called to a car fire on Bailey Road Tuesday that had the potential to light the hillside on fire. Although the fire was quickly doused once crews arrived, VFR Chief Darren Cecchini said the surrounding brush was a concern when crews first got the call. “Thank God...

Anderson Way to close

Jun 16, 2015 / 6:39 am

Motorists might want to avoid the area between 5601 Anderson Way (Red Robin Gourmet Burgers) and 27 Street. The section of road will be closed in both directions to all traffic from from 7:30 a.m. today to 4 p.m. Wednesday for construction. Transit users can use alternate stops located at the...

Busy weekend of crashes

Jun 15, 2015 / 2:27 pm

North Okanagan emergency crews were kept busy over the weekend, responding to a series of accidents. On Saturday, at 11:35 p.m., police were called to 2755 Otter Lake Rd., for a report of a vehicle upside down in the ditch next to a power pole. The 48-year-old woman from Spallumcheen had...

Alleged arsonist in court

Jun 15, 2015 / 12:51 pm

Court records have identified 24-year-old Justin James Rees as the man charged for allegedly starting a brush fire Friday evening. Rees was taken into custody after Coldstream fire crews and B.C. forestry workers put out the fire in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Rees has been charged with...

A family that drinks together

Jun 15, 2015 / 12:06 pm

A father and son might want to reconsider their drinking habits after they were caught boozing it up in someone else's motorhome. About 9:50 p.m. Saturday, police were called to what appeared to be a break and enter into a compound and motorhome in the 4200 block of 30th Street. “A...

Boozy swimmer rescued

Jun 15, 2015 / 12:04 pm

A 19-year-old Alberta man is lucky to be alive after a booze-fuelled swim in Okanagan Lake over the weekend. Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk said the unidentified man had been drinking with friends at Ellison Provincial Park near Vernon when he got into an argument and left the group about 5...

Going to the dogs

Jun 14, 2015 / 3:33 pm

The dog days of summer arrived a little early at Historic O'Keefe Ranch Sunday. The ranch, located 10 minutes from Vernon on Highway 97, had a bevy of furry guests on hand from the Vernon and District Kennel Club to put on a variety of shows and help the ranch celebrate its 148th...

Man in custody after fire

Jun 13, 2015 / 12:35 pm

A man is in custody after Coldstream fire crews and B.C. forestry workers put out yesterday’s fire in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Crews were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. to the Cosens Bay portion of the park, where they found an approximately 30 metre by 30 metre blaze. Flames...

Fire in Kal Lake Park

Jun 12, 2015 / 10:40 pm

A fire is burning in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Readers near the scene Friday evening report smoke coming from the Cosens Bay area of the park, several firetrucks on scene and a spotter plane flying overhead. No other details were immediately available. Email your photos, video or...

2 days, 2 fires in same park

Jun 12, 2015 / 1:04 pm

Firefighters were called to Becker Park in Vernon for the second time in as many days Friday morning to put out a small blaze. Crews were called to the scene after smoke was spotted behind the Vernon Rec Centre. The smoke turned out to be coming from a smouldering tree stump. Crews do not...

No fireworks for Vernon

Jun 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

While the Central Okanagan will celebrate Canada Day with a bang, Vernon's festivities will end on a much quieter note. Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton all have numerous activities planned for the birthday bash, as does Vernon, but the biggest difference will happen in the evening, when...

New science boss

Jun 11, 2015 / 7:30 pm

There's a new face at the helm of the Okanagan Science Centre. After more than a decade of running the Vernon facility, Sandi Dixon stepped down and Jim Swingle has recently been hired to run the non-profit organization. Swingle comes to Vernon via New York City, where he worked on Wall...

Fire in Becker Park

Jun 11, 2015 / 11:44 am

Vernon Fire Rescue was called to Becker Park behind the curling rink at 6 a.m. Thursday to douse a suspicious grass fire. Deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood said the fire was fortunately slow moving, and crews quickly put it out. The fire measured 60 by 40 feet and was human caused, but...

Lumby Days are back

Jun 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

Lumby will be going Hollywood this weekend for the annual Lumby Days festivities. The theme of this year's event is "It's Movie Time" and the three-day event features a midway, kids games, food and a range of standard festival events. But Lumby Days – which runs Friday...

Building a better life

Jun 10, 2015 / 5:02 am

Habitat for Humanity in Vernon is looking for three families to undertake a partnership with the charitable organization to build and ultimately purchase one of three new homes. The Vernon chapter of the worldwide group will be constructing the tri-plex in the East Hill area. The group...

Summer arrives at Star

Jun 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

Summer starts this weekend at Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon. Summer season at Silver Star is opening with the Foam Fest 5K Fun Run, an early bonus weekend in the bike park and a family friendly food and beer garden with live music from two bands. The Foam Fest Fun Run will see...

Practice makes perfect

Jun 9, 2015 / 8:36 pm

Coldstream firefighters were scrambled on Tuesday evening in response to a blatant act of arson that gutted a small shack at the former Coldstream landfill on Middleton Way. The fire was not only intentionally set – it was done so by fire officials. Coldstream Fire Capt. Dave Sturgeon...

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