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Human remains ID'd

Mar 8, 2016 / 4:45 pm
Human remains found last June near Cherryville have been identified by the BC Coroners Service. Charles Lee Scott, 32, of Vernon went missing in 2011. He was presumed to have drowned in Cherry Creek, but his body could not be located at the time. In June 2015, human remains were found on the...

Sledder's body found

Mar 8, 2016 / 3:33 pm
A dangerous search for a missing Sicamous sledder came to an end Tuesday after the 34-year-old man's body was recovered from an avalanche slide in the Morton Lake area of the Owlshead mountain range, RCMP confirm. The search began at daylight after the man's family called in around 2:20...

Bollywood Bang is back

Mar 8, 2016 / 2:30 pm
The Bollywood Bang is back. Since it began in 2013, the event has become one of the more popular fundraisers in the North Okanagan. This unique and colourful event will be held April 30 and brings the best of South Asian cuisine, music and dance to the Valley. Guests will dine on authentic...

Creek water under scope

Mar 8, 2016 / 1:07 pm
There are some problems with water quality in Coldstream Creek, but more testing needs to be done to get an accurate picture. Coldstream council was given an overview Monday night by representatives from Western Water Associates Ltd. “There are around 150 test sites all the way back...

Hockeyville raid on council

Mar 8, 2016 / 1:05 pm
Lumby council was raided during its regular meeting Monday evening as organizers of the village's Kraft Hockeyville bid swung into action. “We got into a brawl,” laughed Mayor Kevin Acton, adding he'd been “jerseyed” and was able to get Coun. Lori Mindnich in a...

Memory to live on

Mar 8, 2016 / 10:57 am
The family of a young Grindrod woman, killed in a car crash in Vernon early Sunday, has started a scholarship fund in her name. Carlee De Boer, 20, and her friend, Paige Whitelaw, 20, were pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 6 at Waddington Drive. Two male passengers from Enderby were...

RCMP probe car fire

Mar 8, 2016 / 7:55 am
The RCMP are investigating following a suspicious car fire in the 3800 block of 40th Avenue early Tuesday morning. A Vernon Fire Rescue crew was called out at about 4 a.m. to douse the “fully involved” fire in a white Chevy Malibu, according to fire captain Dan Walker. “It...

Whipping up support

Mar 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
He's the government whip and Eric Foster says he plans to use one, metaphorically, to get support for the Village of Lumby's bid for the Kraft Hockeyville Title. The Vernon Monashee MLA and former mayor of Lumby plans to make a statement in the Legislature on Thursday, urging his...

Active transportation

Mar 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
A pro-cycling group is hoping to get Greater Vernon residents outdoors, on their bikes and pushing for improved safety on area roads. The goal of the newly-formed North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation (NOCAT) “is to motivate people of all ages and abilities to safely ride...

Forum page closes, opens

Mar 7, 2016 / 4:23 pm
Shawn Card has had enough. Between angry comments, hundreds of unpaid hours of work and even death threats, the Vernon man is shutting down the Vernon and Area Community Forum page and the Vernon and Area Buy and Sell page. Card has been managing both FaceBook pages for several years, but the...

NDP blasts threat to schools

Mar 7, 2016 / 1:59 pm
The NDP's education critic is heading to the Okanagan and Shuswap regions this week to hear from parents and teachers of schools threatened with closure. Rob Fleming will visit Osoyoos, Penticton, Armstrong and Salmon Arm, meeting with school trustees, attending forums on school closures and...

Change of water supply

Mar 7, 2016 / 12:50 pm
The Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant/Kalamalka Lake water source was shut down Monday due to computer upgrades at the treatment plant. The Regional District of North Okanagan said all GVW customers have been switched to the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant (DCWTP). Customers will be...

Downtown going one way?

Mar 7, 2016 / 12:38 pm
The City of Vernon is planning an open house to review and provide input on a proposed downtown one-way couplet. The meeting will be held March 15 at 5:15 p.m. in city council chambers to discuss the proposed 28th and 29th avenue one-way couplet between 29th and 30th streets. Planned upgrades...

Crash victims mourned

Mar 7, 2016 / 12:21 pm
UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. Residents in Enderby have been left reeling over a weekend crash in Vernon that killed two young women, one from the community. Carlee De Boer, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 6 at Waddington Drive early Sunday morning. The other female who was killed has...

Kal Tire site demolished

Mar 7, 2016 / 10:42 am
An iconic piece of Vernon's history is now a pile of dust, wood and cement. The old Kal Tire head office on 48th Avenue, behind the Village Green Inn, was officially demolished by LRM Contracting last week, coming down in one fell swoop of dust and rubble. The building had remained vacant...

Wanted poster for doctor

Mar 7, 2016 / 10:11 am
A North Shuswap community is offering a $5,000 reward to the person who provides a lead to a family doctor who ends up working in Scotch Creek for at least three years. Set up like an old-time 'wanted' poster, the North Shuswap Health Centre Society asks for the name of a family...

Missing senior found

Mar 7, 2016 / 8:44 am
UPDATE 8:45 a.m. Missing senior Akiko Ikeda has been found safe and sound thanks to the work of Vernon Search and Rescue and a local resident. The SAR team was called out to help find the woman at about 2 a.m. this morning. A total of 17 member responded to the request from RCMP to assist...

DVA looking for participants

Mar 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) is inviting local organizations to be a part of the 22nd Annual Sunshine Festival on June 18. The Sunshine Festival is the largest event held in downtown Vernon annually, and kicks off a summer full of activities and entertainment in the Greater Vernon...

2 dead in Vernon crash

Mar 6, 2016 / 2:52 pm
Vernon RCMP have confirmed two people are dead following a motor vehicle accident in Vernon early Sunday morning. “Police and the coroners service are investigating after a vehicle went off Highway 6 at Waddington Drive, killing two occupants,” said Sgt. Mike Moyer. On Sunday...

Lumby makes Kraft short list

Mar 6, 2016 / 1:39 pm
Lumby has made it into the top 10 for the Kraft Hockeyville title. “A village of less than 1,700 people has been short listed to become Hockeyville 2016,” said Angie Clowry, who is spearheading the drive for the title. Should Lumby win the $100,000 top prize, the money would be...

Former city councillor dies

Mar 6, 2016 / 9:39 am
A teacher, city councillor and pillar of the Vernon community has died. Jim MacGillivray was born June 20, 1938 in Greenock, Scotland immigrating to Canada with his parents and younger sister in 1948. According to his obituary, the family first settled in Armstrong, moved to Kamloops, then...

Hwy 6 reopens after crash

Mar 6, 2016 / 7:49 am
UPDATE: 7:45 a.m. Highway 6 was closed for several hours this morning after a serious single-vehicle rollover between Kal Lake Road and Pottery Road, in Coldstream. According to Vernon Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene on the 1700 block of Highway 6 at 1:27 a.m. VFR says...

Highway 1 reopens

Mar 5, 2016 / 12:07 pm
UPDATED: 12:07 A.M. Highway 1 is now open in both directions west of Salmon Arm. UPDATED: 8:45 A.M. A spokesperson for BC Emergency Health Services says one person involved in the accident on Highway 1 near Salmon Creek Bridge is in critical condition. The two-vehicle crash closed...

Tiny homes for youth

Mar 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
The First Nation Friendship Centre in Vernon is looking for some big ideas for some little homes. In an effort to find new housing for at risk youths, the centre is promoting a design challenge for the 'Tiny Home' raffle. “In the interest of providing low-cost housing for youth...

Pay back the dough

Mar 4, 2016 / 4:38 pm
A man found guilty of theft has been ordered to pay back $272,710 stolen over a two-year period from the Super Save Gas station on Highway 97A in Enderby. Despite the hefty restitution order, Donald Jeffrey Thomas, 46, escaped a prison sentence. Instead, Madam Justice Alison Beames handed...

Care home launch

Mar 4, 2016 / 2:35 pm
Politicians, health care professionals and contractors officially broke ground at the site of a new residential care home in Vernon — situated in the downtown core. Work is already well underway. Footings were being poured Friday in one area while in another area, a centre pad was set for...

Dial-a-dope busts

Mar 4, 2016 / 11:18 am
A pair of dial-a-dope investigations in Vernon has roped three suspects. The two busts took place last month. On Feb. 12, RCMP in the North Okanagan stopped a 37-year-old Vernon man while he was in a vehicle. Officers searched it and found methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine all packaged for...

'It's absolutely disgusting'

Mar 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
The mercury is rising, the snow is melting and it's time for some spring cleaning. Unfortunately some people are using area back roads as their own personal dumping grounds. Pete Wise sees the results of such ignorant actions every day. Wise is a local wildlife expert and does range...

Get set gardeners

Mar 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
There may still be frost on the ground some mornings, but gardeners are getting ready for spring planting. Sustainable Environment Network Society and Vernon in Transition will hold the second annual Seedy Saturday at Trinity United Church on Saturday March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Seedy...

Looking for missing woman

Mar 3, 2016 / 6:17 pm
Enderby RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who recently moved to Calgary. Friends and family of 27-year-old Caitlyn Brandy Potts have not heard from her since Feb. 22, when she had indicated she was moving to the Calgary area from Enderby. Her friends have told...

Hopkins movie renamed

Mar 3, 2016 / 12:33 pm
There has been a name change for a movie filmed partly in Enderby, Lumby, Armstrong and Vernon. According to imdb.com the movie originally called Go With Me, will be released as Blackway later this year. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins, Julia Styles and Ray Liotta. Set against the rugged...

Neave and the wolves

Mar 3, 2016 / 12:05 pm
Neave Allen has never shied away from fighting the good fight. When she was just 10 years old, Allen went in front of Vernon city council to urge civic leaders to tackle climate change and make reducing emissions a priority. She presented council with various ways to slow down climate change...

New dean for Shuswap

Mar 3, 2016 / 11:27 am
An experienced administrator will step into the role of Okanagan College’s regional dean for the Shuswap Revelstoke region. Joan Ragsdale starts her new job May 2. “I am keen to settle in the region and work on developing the partnerships and opportunities that will strengthen the...

Is someone stealing dogs?

Mar 3, 2016 / 10:20 am
Dog owners are sounding the alarm on social media about someone trying to steal their hounds. On Wednesday evening, Coral Dicer posted, “Just a heads up, there have been men spotted in the VSS and Mission Hill area trying to coax dogs away from their yards or into their vehicles. Please...

Snow pack at 125 per cent

Mar 3, 2016 / 8:32 am
Greater Vernon Water staff still have fingers crossed even though the snow pack in the hills stands at 125 per cent of norm. “It's above average but it's not high,” said Renee Clark, water quality manager. “It seems to be a fairly good snow pack, but not the highest...

JCI to host Zumbathon

Mar 3, 2016 / 6:01 am
JCI (Junior Chamber International) Vernon is hosting a Zumbathon March 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vernon Rec Centre auditorium. JCI members are fundraising to attend the JCI World Congress in Quebec City this November, a conference that draws thousands of members from across the globe to share,...

Refugees arrive in Shuswap

Mar 2, 2016 / 4:24 pm
Several refugee families are now calling the Shuswap area home. Brian Ayotte, of the Salmon Arm Refugee Coalition, said 11 refugees are now living in Salmon Arm. The first to arrive was a 24-year-old male who is waiting for his father and younger brother to arrive. The rest of his family was...

Spall water pressure

Mar 2, 2016 / 4:22 pm
The NDP has put more pressure on B.C.'s health minister over nitrate contamination from water supplied by the Hullcar aquifer in Spallumcheen. “When will the minister stop dismissing serious health concerns to the Okanagan Valley residents and take action to protect their water?”...

Looking for artists

Mar 2, 2016 / 2:44 pm
Calling all artists: the Caetani Cultural Centre wants you. The Caetani Centre in Vernon is accepting applications for 2016 self-directed residencies. The centre offers artists and writers creative living and working spaces in an independent community atmosphere for self-directed residencies,...

Tax time scam

Mar 2, 2016 / 1:26 pm
As tax time approaches, taxpayers are being warned not to fall for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam. “Fraudsters will use this opportunity to attempt to scam consumers and businesses out of their hard earned money,” warns the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Fraudsters impersonate...
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