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On top of roads

Apr 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Coldstream council has approved its biggest road maintenance budget ever. The $1.26 million will be used to “keep roads maintained and not leave them to failure,” said Mayor Jim Garlick. “We want to catch them before they have to be completely rebuilt.” Garlick said...

Help for the unemployed

Apr 12, 2016 / 9:00 pm
Job seekers in the North Okanagan and Shuswap are among the more than 5,500 British Columbians receiving the training they need for employment in their communities, thanks to an investment of nearly $36 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-British Columbia Job...

Looking for suspects

Apr 12, 2016 / 4:18 pm
Pavin Sidhu is hoping surveillance video of a pair of suspected thieves will nab whoever broke into his family's business. At around 4 a.m. April 11, Sidhu said someone smashed through the front door of the Kal's Naan Shop, 3603 32 St., and stole a Vaio laptop and “our whole cash...

Massage your worries away

Apr 12, 2016 / 3:20 pm
The Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon is looking for a few special people. The college operates a cancer care outreach program and is looking for anyone currently in cancer treatment, or who has been through treatment in the last two years and is interested in free massage...

Tiny home designs

Apr 12, 2016 / 2:13 pm
Designs from Regina to Vancouver were submitted in a tiny home contest run by Vernon's First Nations Friendship Centre. The winner was announced Tuesday. The contest was aimed at finding a new source of housing for at-risk youths and raising the urgency of providing homes for people facing...

Sharpshooters on target

Apr 12, 2016 / 2:13 pm
A group of military cadets had their sights set on national glory over the weekend. Cadets from as far apart as Victoria and Ft. St. John gathered at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre after competing in local and area competitions. Thirteen teams of five cadet marksmen and their coaches from...

City councillor commended

Apr 12, 2016 / 11:26 am
Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson was wearing another hat when he recently received a Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) commendation. Anderson, a captain in the Canadian Armed Forces reserves, was commended for his efforts to reunite two local families with their teenage daughters in...

Driver killed near Enderby

Apr 12, 2016 / 9:25 am
UPDATE: 12:00 P.M. North Okanagan RCMP have released a few more details about a two vehicle accident near Enderby Monday evening that left a male driver dead. RCMP say the collision between a car and a tractor trailer unit took place on Hwy 97A near Enderby, around 5:20 p.m. A northbound...

Get set for fireworks

Apr 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
It appears there will be a fireworks celebration in Vernon on Canada Day this July 1st but where it willl take place is a mystery – sort of. Coun. Scott Anderson revealed to city council Monday the sparklers may not rise over Polson Park or the DND grounds but could be set off from the...

Council sets tax rate

Apr 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
It will cost the average Vernon homeowner an extra $41.15 in city taxes this year. Council opted to have no changes to the allocation levy in 2016 although some councillors pressed for more help for business. Figures show that on a home costing $341,113, taxpayers will pay $1,252.43 to cover...

Time to honour top athletes

Apr 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership of the Year awards.
 The awards have been handed out since 1994 and past athlete winners include hockey players Brent Gilchrist and Curtis Lazar, speed-skater Connie Kapac and, in 2015,...

Brakes put on road project

Apr 11, 2016 / 4:31 pm
Vernon city council has delayed a street construction project in the downtown following a complaint it could hurt a local business. A special meeting will be held Friday when councillors will discuss whether to hold off on the project until the peak summer months. The 32 Avenue project, from...

Lead foot now walking

Apr 11, 2016 / 4:23 pm
A motorist with a lead foot has a lighter wallet after some high-speed hi-jinx in the Shuswap. On April 10, Salmon Arm RCMP stopped a vehicle on 20th Avenue NE in Salmon Arm for doing almost triple the speed limit. “The officer observed that the vehicle was obviously exceeding the speed...

Back in the saddle again

Apr 11, 2016 / 3:48 pm
For dozens of people in the region, the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association offers a chance to escape their daily routine by saddling up and going for a ride. Since it began in 1984, NOTRA has put thousands of people with special needs on horseback. People like Lauren Paulsen who...

Trustees suddenly resign

Apr 11, 2016 / 12:12 pm
The chairwoman of the North Okanagan Shuwap school district board is expected to make a statement Tuesday evening over the sudden resignation of two trustees. Official notification that Sicamous-Malakwa representative Barry Chafe and Carlin-Sorrento representative Jenn Wilchuk are leaving their...

School to open after fire

Apr 11, 2016 / 11:53 am
It's back to school Tuesday for high school students at A.L. Fortune Secondary in Enderby following a fire in the girls' washroom. About 250 students and teachers were evacuated around noon on Friday after the fire broke out and caused overhead sprinklers to come on. The fire is...

More Kal Lake patrols

Apr 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
The District of Coldstream is partnering with the North Okanagan Regional District to ensure more boat patrols are on Kalamalka Lake during the tourist season. “Kalamalka is one of the busier lakes,” said Trevor Seibel, the district's chief administrative officer. “We want...

July date for art auction

Apr 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
The annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts takes place July 20 at Turtle Mountain Winery. The benefit celebrates its 30th year with an art auction and garden party for 300 people. The money made from the yearly auction goes to the Greater Vernon Public Art Gallery, its biggest fundraiser of...

AL Fortune closed Monday

Apr 10, 2016 / 2:35 pm
Students at AL Fortune school in Enderby will have a long weekend after a fire on Friday forced the cancellation of classes Monday. Fire broke out in the school of 250 students Friday afternoon. Enderby Fire Chief Kevin Alstad said the fire started in the girl's washroom and was put out...

$5M richer in Vernon

Apr 10, 2016 / 6:26 am
There is one winning ticket for the $5-million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto-649 draw, and it was sold in Vernon, B.C. This is the second big Okanagan jackpot within the last two days. On Friday night, there was one winning $50 million ticket in the Lotto Max draw. It was sold in...

Enderby defends costs

Apr 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Enderby has issued a statement clarifying the alternate approval process being used to borrow funds for the reconstruction of Cliff Avenue. The city wants to borrow $467,000 for the beautification project on its main street and has undergone the AAP rather than an expensive...

Enderby park gym

Apr 9, 2016 / 12:28 pm
An outdoor green gym was officially opened in Enderby's Barnes Park Friday as local politicians clambered on the equipment to test it out. Eight exercise stations have been installed, aimed at local seniors and adults of all ages to stay physically active. Federal funding of $25,000 for...

Local dragons decide

Apr 9, 2016 / 10:30 am
A group of finalists in a local Dragons' Den style competition will soon know their fate. Fourteen people in the North Okanagan went before a panel of business people in Vernon this week to make their pitch, with seven left standing for the final round. Called the Enterprize Challenge,...

Bowling alley robbed

Apr 9, 2016 / 6:24 am
Police are still on the hunt for a man who allegedly robbed the Lincoln Lanes Bowling Alley in Vernon. According to Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, a man entered the bowling alley on 25th Avenue on March 29, just before 6:30 p.m. The suspect had his face covered. He produced a weapon and demanded...

Dial-a-dope busted

Apr 9, 2016 / 6:20 am
A 22-year-old Surrey man is facing charges after police busted him for his involvement in an alleged dial-a-dope operation. Officers stopped the man in his vehicle on April 5, in the 3000 block of Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the man was found to be in...

No classes after fire

Apr 8, 2016 / 4:49 pm
UPDATE: 4:46 P.M. Classes at A.L. Fortune Secondary school in Enderby will be cancelled on Monday, Apr. 11th due to a fire that forced the evacuation of the school. "Okanagan Restoration are cleaning air ducts and all affected surfaces to ensure that the school site is safe for students...

Mountie shown 'respect'

Apr 8, 2016 / 4:42 pm
A Mountie killed in a crash Tuesday had an honour guard in Vernon Friday as RCMP escorted her body to an airplane returning to Victoria. Nine RCMP vehicles were in the convoy that snaked along Okanagan Landing Road around 12:55 p.m, according to a witness. Const. Sarah Beckett, who has served...

Hockeyville officials tour

Apr 8, 2016 / 2:53 pm
No time has been wasted viewing arenas in Lumby, Vernon and Kelowna following Lumby's Kraft Hockeyville 2016 title win. The win brings $100,000 in renovations for the Pat Duke Memorial Arena in the village and the promise of a preseason NHL game. But Lumby's small arena can only seat...

BX ranchlands bought

Apr 8, 2016 / 12:40 pm
UPDATE: 3:42 P.M. The North Okanagan Regional District is in the process of finalizing the purchase of 166.96 acres of property in the BX area, locally referred to as the BX ranchlands, stated a press release issued by the regional district on Friday. The property is being purchased with the...

Pondering assisted dying

Apr 8, 2016 / 10:04 am
North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold doesn't know how he'll vote when a proposed federal bill on assisted dying reaches the House of Commons. Arnold hosted a public meeting in Salmon Arm Thursday night on physician-assisted dying during which a panel of stakeholders expressed...

High-tech diploma option

Apr 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
Computer-based mapping and information is the focus of a new two-year Environmental Studies diploma option at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus. Demand is increasing for expertise in this field from from police forces, forest companies, First Nations and smartphone app...

Funtastic gives back

Apr 7, 2016 / 7:30 pm
The Funtastic Sports Society has doled out $30,000 in funding for sports and community groups in the North Okanagan. The biggest grant has gone to the Silver Star Freestyle Club which, received $6,000 for equipment and protective mats for step one of a four step plan towards a freestyle air...

Vernon's top women

Apr 7, 2016 / 3:54 pm
Once again, Vernon Women in Business will be honouring North Okanagan women who have made a difference in the community. Eleven nominees are up for the Woman of Year 2016 award: Sareena Nickoli, Jennifer Thompson, Niki Knight, Sandra Patterson, Janice Foster, Juliette Cunningham, Karla Ziegler,...

Art gallery priority

Apr 7, 2016 / 3:22 pm
UPDATE: 3:18 P.M. The executive director of the Vernon Public Art Gallery has expressed relief over a decision by area politicians that will push forward a proposal for a new art gallery-museum combined. “I'm feeling relief that the process is finally starting,” said Dauna...

Charges for home invasion

Apr 7, 2016 / 1:05 pm
A charge of forcible confinement has been laid against two men in connection with a home invasion in Vernon last month when an elderly man was tied up in his own home. As well, Gregory Philip Jolicoeur, 50, and Maurice Pierre Perrier, 46, are facing charges of break and enter and possession of...

Track cost concern

Apr 7, 2016 / 12:33 pm
Future borrowing referendums for projects in the Greater Vernon region could be in jeopardy following major cost overruns for the Greater Vernon Athletics Park, believes at least one local politician. The track at Okanagan College's Vernon campus, opened to the public last September. The...

Top fencers cross swords

Apr 7, 2016 / 9:42 am
En garde. Some of the best swordspeople in the region will be heading to Vernon next month for the Okanagan Freestyle Fencing Club and School District 22 Fencing Club annual tournament. Fencers from Vernon, Kelowna, the Lower Mainland and Alberta are expected to compete in kids and adult...

Lots of talk on schools

Apr 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
North Okanagan Shuswap school trustees face a number of meetings during the next two months as they try to hammer out a budget for the next school year and deal with major changes at a number of schools. To the relief of parents last month, the board voted not to close Armstrong Elementary or...

Big response to small idea

Apr 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
A tiny idea is getting a big response. Earlier this year, the Vernon First Nations Friendship Centre put the word out they were looking for designs of a tiny house – around 250 square feet – that it will raffle off to build more tiny houses in a bid to help at-risk youth. Barry...

Crash sends two to hospital

Apr 6, 2016 / 5:50 pm
A two-vehicle collision sent two women to the Vernon hospital Wednesday evening. The crash, at Pleasant Valley Road and 48th Avenue, occurred at 5 p.m. Cpt. Dan Walker, of Vernon Fire Rescue, said it looked like one vehicle had t-boned another vehicle. The driver and passenger of a red...
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