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Vernon council remembers colleague

Jan 18, 2014 / 8:21 am

Mayor and Council for the City of Vernon remembered their colleague, Patrick Nicol, who passed away on Wednesday evening at age 64 after a long battle with cancer, at the final session of the City's budget presentations Friday morning. Nicol’s customary seat was empty, but marked...

Repeat offender back in custody

Jan 17, 2014 / 3:25 pm

RCMP officers in the Lumby/Cherryville area had hoped things would quiet down after they arrested 32-year-old Ryan Tyler Young last month following a spike in petty crime and vehicle thefts. Young was taken into custody and charged with numerous offenses by Vernon Crown Counsel. He was later...

Construction accident injures worker

Jan 17, 2014 / 1:07 pm

A construction worker became trapped after an accident at Predator Ridge on Thursday afternoon. The worker was part of a group building a new subdivision, and was operating a front-end loader when it tipped over. “The driver was shaken up,” says Doug Imrich with the Vernon Fire...

Vernon councillor passes

Jan 16, 2014 / 4:01 pm

The City of Vernon has lost a passionate community supporter. Patrick Nicol, first elected to City Council in 1985 and chair of the North Okanagan Regional District, has passed away. In a brief news release issued Thursday afternoon, the city stated: It is with great sadness that Mayor...

Tainted well water leads to fine for NORD

Jan 16, 2014 / 12:31 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan has been sentenced for its part in a tainted water case four years ago. The government agency was fined $18,540 after being found guilty in September of four charges under the BC Water and Water Protection acts. A provincial court judge in Vernon, B.C.,...

School bus crash

Jan 16, 2014 / 11:30 am

Update - 11:30 a.m. with info from Vernon Christian School This morning the school bus we contract to transport our students was involved in an accident, leaving the bus on it’s side. Our initial report from the transportation company confirmed the accident and reported that other than...

Coldstream vetoes amalgamation study

Jan 15, 2014 / 4:33 pm

The District of Coldstream, along with Areas B and C, stopped any possible amalgamation of the Greater Vernon Area at Monday night's council meeting. The smaller outlying communities around the City of Vernon all voted against a request by the Greater Vernon Governance Society to have a...

Tourism Vernon to target Alberta

Jan 15, 2014 / 2:07 pm

Tourism Vernon is focusing their marketing efforts east of the BC border, hoping to draw more Alberta residents to the North Okanagan this year. As part of their 2014 marketing plan, they have earmarked $70,000 to increase awareness in the key tourist markets of Calgary, Edmonton and the Lower...

Drug smuggler - 18 years is enough

Jan 15, 2014 / 11:10 am

A Saskatchewan court has ruled 18 years is enough for a British Columbia man convicted in a major international drug operation. Brock Palfrey of Vernon, was originally sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in smuggling $200 million of cocaine and ecstasy into Canada, but the Crown asked...

Vernon council ponder 2014 budget

Jan 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Taxpayers in Vernon will find out by Friday afternoon just how much more they will have to shell out in municipal taxes in 2014. Vernon Council will spend the next three days going over the budget, line by line to determine how much each department will get to spend and where those funds will be...

Rec centre rave

Jan 13, 2014 / 4:56 pm

A ‘teen dance’ gone bad kept Vernon RCMP officers busy early Sunday morning. Photo: Twitter A group of teenagers from the lower mainland were up in Kelowna for a ski trip and attended a privately organized dance at the Vernon Rec Centre. According to Director of...

Never return to the scene of the crime

Jan 13, 2014 / 1:53 pm

RCMP were able to track down a car and identity thief last Friday by simply waiting for him to come back. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says that on Friday Jan. 10 officers from the Vernon office were able locate a stolen F150 pick-up truck. Once they had the truck in their sights they sat and...

Foerster senior retains lawyer

Jan 13, 2014 / 12:03 pm

The father of the man accused of killing an Armstrong teenager still doesn’t know when he will stand trial, but he has found a lawyer. Stephen Foerster sat silently behind his lawyer in a Vernon courtroom Monday morning. Foerster is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and...

Lumby RCMP looking for volunteers

Jan 12, 2014 / 3:47 pm

Lumby RCMP is looking for community minded volunteers to assist with its new Citizens on Patrol program. An information session will be held on Wednesday January 22 at 7 p.m. at the Lumby Community Centre located at 2250 Shields Ave. Volunteers in the Citizens on Patrol program assist the...

Highway 6 'a sheet of ice'

Jan 12, 2014 / 8:40 am

DriveBC weather report for Highway 6 - Vernon region. Black Ice 7 km east of Vernon to 7.5 km east of Lumby (25.7 km) Water Pooling from Junction with Highway 97, in Vernon to 7 km east of Vernon (7.2 km) Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 97, in Vernon to 7 km east of Vernon...

Darth Vader invades Silver Star

Jan 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

Silver Star Mountain Resort is calling all filmmakers and photographers to reveal a side of the resort never seen before, with its 'Through the Eyes Of' photo and video contest. The contest is seeking submissions on what Silver Star might be like through the eyes of a person’s...

Thieves take flat-screen TV and beer

Jan 9, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Hockey game nights are saved at one Lumby household after RCMP caught the thief that made off with the victim's flat screen TV and beer. On Jan 3 at 2:30 a.m. police responded to a residential break and enter in the 2000 block of Park Ave. RCMP say two men forced their way into a house,...

400 marijuana plant seized in bust

Jan 9, 2014 / 3:00 pm

A police executed search warrant on a home in Lumby has resulted in the seizure of 409 marijuana plants. RCMP went in on Jan 7 to a building in the 100 block of Rawlings Lake Road. Lumby RCMP say they received information that the residents there had a license to grow marijuana but that...

Lumby's last drunk driver of 2013

Jan 9, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Lumby RCMP officers dealt with their last impaired driver of the year at 10:30 PM on New Year’s Eve Dec 31, 2013. The 47-year-old man was pulled over after driving through downtown Lumby. The man, a resident of Lumby, ‘failed’ on a roadside screening device. He will not...

Truck and new snowmobiles stolen

Jan 7, 2014 / 3:18 pm

A brown truck carrying two expensive snowmobiles was stolen Monday evening in Salmon Arm. RCMP say the truck was taken from Shuswap Xtreme Recreation on 4th Avenue SW between 5 and 8 p.m. They are asking for the public's help locating the brown 2001 Ford F350 pickup truck with license...

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