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Open burn scheduled in Vernon

Nov 17, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Vernon residents may notice a hint of smoke in the air as the snow touches the ground. Vernon Fire-Rescue Services (VFRS) along with the Ministry of Forests will be conducting a large-scale burn following the first major snowfall. The burn is part of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan,...

Counting error changes election

Nov 17, 2014 / 11:15 am

An addition error has changed the outcome of the municipal election in Armstrong. Chief Elections Officer, Natalie Garbay, announced the mistake Monday morning. The error means Lance McGregor wins a seat on council while Helen Jackson, originally announced as one of the six elected...

Ludwig, Stiles in Vernon

Nov 16, 2014 / 1:16 pm

Alexander Ludwig and Julia Stiles have been spotted around Vernon where they are in town shooting their upcoming movie, Go With Me. The film is set in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and also stars Anthony Hopkins and Ray Liotta. Ludwig, 22, is a Canadian actor, singer and model. His film credits...

Business outlook brightens

Nov 15, 2014 / 8:53 am

Vernon's economy is moving in the right direction with 145 local companies reporting steady or improving business in the city. In early October, the City of Vernon -- in conjunction with Community Futures North Okanagan, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Vernon...

Driving too fast, too drunk

Nov 13, 2014 / 7:08 pm

The RCMP's North Okanagan Traffic Services (NOTS) unit has been busier than normal in recent weeks. According to the RCMP, excessive speed tickets are up nearly three times this year compared to 2013. Yesterday, Nov. 12, NOTS conducted a laser speed enforcement operation between 11 a.m....

Lots of smoke from open burning

Nov 12, 2014 / 3:51 pm

Residents from Salmon Arm to Enderby may notice a lot of smoke coming from the area of Ida Mountain. According to Wildfire Management in Kamloops, the smoke is emanating from a series of legal open burns in the vicinity. Wildfire Management Branch spokesperson, Kayla Pepper, says as many as...

$90K for mental illness support

Nov 12, 2014 / 3:44 pm

The Mental Health support community in Vernon has just got a large financial boost with grants from the BC Government. The Mental Illness Family Support Centre and their Farm Friends Program received $89,750 in Community Action Initiative grants. Funding will support the programs that help...

Firefighter honoured

Nov 10, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Vernon Fire-Rescue Services Training Officer, Cpt Chris Kulak, has been recognized by Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDS) as Firefighter of the Year. At City Council on Monday Kulak was awarded the Dr. David Green Award. It is not the first honour for Kulak, who was previously awarded the...

Cliff top car dump

Nov 10, 2014 / 4:25 pm

When Vernon RCMP received a call about a vehicle rolling down an embankment in Noble Canyon, they called search and rescue for assistance. And upon arriving on the scene, they found more than one vehicle down the bank. According to RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, there were seven or eight...

Police seek missing girl

Nov 10, 2014 / 3:46 pm

Update -- Dec. 3 Vernon RCMP have confirmed that Clark has been found safe and sound in the Chase area. Original -- Nov. 10 Vernon RCMP are asking for the publics help in locating a missing girl. Suzan Clark is a 15-year-old First Nations girl, who has not been seen since Oct....

Drunk driver involved in 3 crashes

Nov 10, 2014 / 3:09 pm

A young woman is in some serious trouble after she was found to be drunk driving Saturday night in Vernon. The 22-year-old Vernon resident was involved in three separate collisions, before police finally pulled her over on Old Kamloops Road around 11 p.m. Police were first alerted after a...

Coldstream loses fire chief

Nov 8, 2014 / 9:52 am

The District of Coldstream is losing its volunteer fire chief to a paid position in Saskatchewan. Shane Code told Castanet he has accepted the full-time job with the Estevan Fire Department starting Nov. 17. He said it's a move up and an opportunity he couldn't turn down. “They...

Cold cash for winter shelters

Nov 7, 2014 / 2:55 pm

Enjoy the mild weather while you can, as it’s an indisputable fact that winter is right around the corner. Cold weather shelters are gearing up in the Okanagan and at least one will receive some much needed support from the provincial government. “We have a contract for 10 beds,...

Sexual predator gets jail time

Nov 7, 2014 / 2:00 pm

2 p.m. update: David Clayton Willerth was given a sentence of four years and nine months Friday morning for child porn related charges. For time served, the sentence will be minus 168 days (approximately 5.6 months). On Tuesday this week, Willerth, 40, pleaded guilty to 18 of the 25...

3 hospitalized in 2 crashes

Nov 7, 2014 / 5:55 am

Three people were taken to hospital in Vernon, one with serious injuries, following a pair of crashes late Wednesday afternoon. Shortly before 5:30 p.m.a Volkswagen Jetta, driven by an 83-year-old Lumby man, was heading towards Vernon on Highway 6 when the vehicle suddenly swerved into on-coming...

All candidates forum

Nov 5, 2014 / 2:58 pm

A crowd of more than 500 people showed up for the all candidates forum in Vernon Tuesday Oct. 28 at the Performing Arts Centre. Economic growth, business development and jobs were a major topic for the evening, as was the vitality of Vernon's downtown core. And while most in the crowd were...

Missing woman found

Nov 5, 2014 / 5:31 am

5:30 a.m. update: The RCMP report Jessica Black has been located. 8 p.m. original story: The Vernon RCMP are asking for help to locating a missing woman. Jessica Lynn Black is from the Vernon area, but is known to travel to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. She is described...

The Okanagan's worst drivers

Nov 4, 2014 / 4:50 pm

Bad drivers are getting some attention in the North Okanagan after four of them left RCMP shaking their heads. On Oct 29, RCMP, working with BC Conservation, found a drunken hunter behind the wheel with his loaded firearm in the vehicle. At about 6:30 p.m. the 64-year-old man was stopped by...

Fatal crash - charges pending

Nov 4, 2014 / 4:14 pm

A Vernon woman is still waiting to find out her fate after the fatal early morning crash Oct 23, that claimed the life of a young nurse. Erin Smith, 33, of Kelowna was killed by an alleged drunk driver while fellow nurse and passenger Lindsay Hauck of Vernon was critically injured. Shortly...

Man pleads to child porn charges

Nov 4, 2014 / 2:53 pm

Update -- 2:30 p.m. A Okanagan man will find out Friday how long he will spend behind bars, after being charged with 25 counts related to child porn, including luring children over the computer and possession of child pornography. Tuesday morning in a Vernon courtroom, David Clayton Willerth,...

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