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Fire at Silver Star hotel

Feb 12, 2015 / 11:11 am

The Silver Star Fire Department responded to a fire in the ski resort village early this morning. The fire was in the 1609 Restaurant at Vance Creek Hotel and was reported at 4:30 a.m. Fire broke out in a dryer in the laundry room, sending thick smoke into the restaurant and kitchen. It...

Horses herded to good homes

Feb 11, 2015 / 3:31 pm

By all accounts, it was a successful sale at Valley Auctions in the North Okanagan. Roughly 85 horses were part of a court-ordered sale last weekend to buyers from all over Western Canada. Auction owner Peter Raffan says it was a very good turnout – more than expected. “It was...

Watch for pothole patrols

Feb 11, 2015 / 3:14 pm

The City of Vernon is warning drivers to be on the look out for potholes and crews out fixing them. The thaw and freeze cycle with the current warm weather is hard on asphalt, opening up dozens of holes on North Okanagan roads. “Hitting one can cause bent rims, destroy sidewalls and...

True Leaf goes public

Feb 11, 2015 / 2:20 pm

A company hoping to bring the healing and nutritional power of cannabis to humans – and the animal kingdom – has gone public. True Leaf Medicine International, based in Lumby, made the announcement Feb. 9 and is trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol MJ....

Top financial award for city

Feb 11, 2015 / 11:07 am

The City of Vernon knows how to keep good books. City Hall has earned a fifth-straight Canadian Award for Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association. The program encourages local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting...

Bridge safety focus of study

Feb 11, 2015 / 10:52 am

The City of Vernon is concerned about the stability of some of the more than 50 creek crossings within city boundaries. A $25,000 study will assess the infrastructure and potential risk. Two of the crossings have had recent issues, one by the highway in Polson Park and the other in downtown...

Vernon tax hike approved

Feb 11, 2015 / 10:40 am

Vernon city council has approved an overall 3.4 per cent tax hike, after weeks of deliberation including a couple of marathon budget sessions. The budget addresses a strong demand for beginning to fix some of Vernon’s infrastructure, with a 1.9 per cent increase in infrastructure spending,...

Top cop stepping down

Feb 10, 2015 / 8:45 pm

The City of Vernon is on the hunt for a new chief constable. The officer in charge of the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP has announced his resignation. Supt. Reg Burgess told Vernon City Council Tuesday that his last day will be March 19th. He describes his last five years in Vernon as among...

Parade pleases all

Feb 7, 2015 / 3:10 pm

Thousands of people lined the streets of Vernon Saturday for the biggest event of the Vernon Winter Carnival – the parade. A little bit of light rain didn't deter the crowd or the parade participants, many of whom got into carnival's rock 'n' roll theme. More than a few...

A year without tap water

Feb 7, 2015 / 5:00 am

Imagine not being able to drink the water out of your kitchen tap for an entire year. Having to rely on bottled water for months on end with no idea when the water will be safe again. That's the situation for over 300 Spallumcheen residents whose water was deemed unsafe last March. Nearly...

Auction horses 'unsafe to eat'

Feb 6, 2015 / 3:46 pm

About 100 horses that formerly belonged to an Armstrong man charged with animal cruelty will be put up for auction this weekend. Although interest in the auction has been high, there is concern many of the horses will be bought by so-called kill buyers, those who will have the horses sold for...

Balloon Fiesta fills Vernon sky

Feb 6, 2015 / 12:49 pm

The majestic sight of balloons floating over Vernon coincided with the first day of Vernon Winter Carnival, Friday. The official opening of carnival will take place at 5 p.m. in Polson Park, with the Balloon Glow following directly after. If it's raining, the balloons will not inflate, but...

Queen Silver Star crowned

Feb 6, 2015 / 5:58 am

Alicia Hill-Turner was crowned Queen Silver Star 55 at coronation ceremonies Thursday night in Vernon. Outgoing Queen Silver Star 54, Cheyenne Krog, kissed her crown goodbye before placing it on the head of the her newly proclaimed successor. Hannah Vaz was chosen Princess Silver Star 55...

Winter carnival mascot turns 50

Feb 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Jopo as seen in 1966 In a constantly changing world, it’s unusual to find something that hasn’t changed in 50 years. With Vernon Winter Carnival ready to kick off its 55th celebration on Friday, its beloved mascot has 50 candles on the carnival...

Former golf pro mourned

Feb 5, 2015 / 3:43 pm

Upwards of 300 people, including many from the North Okanagan sports community, attended a funeral mass in Vernon Thursday to honour well-known Okanagan athlete David Scott (Scotty) Louis Cameron. Cameron, a fixture in the local baseball, hockey and golf world for the past 35 years, died Jan. 30...

Winter carnival ready to rock

Feb 5, 2015 / 3:37 pm

Vernon Winter Carnival could use a little more winter, as a couple of venue changes may be necessary because of the mild, wet weather. Executive director Diana Williamson says the Hot Air Balloon Glow and Balloon Fiesta may have to be moved as a result of soft ice on Swan Lake and potentially...

Mayor, council plot next 4 years

Feb 3, 2015 / 8:30 pm

A special committee of the whole took place in Vernon on Monday as both mayor and council met to work on setting out priorities for the next four years. The group began with a planning session where Mayor Akbal Mund and councillors reviewed their election platforms and attempted to reflect on...

Vernon man killed in crash

Feb 3, 2015 / 5:02 pm

A Vernon man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 5 near Valemont 11 days ago. Ewen Craig McDonald, 53, was killed in the crash Jan. 23. According to the B.C. coroner's office, McDonald was the driver of a southbound pickup that collided with a loaded...

Missing Vernon man sought

Feb 2, 2015 / 6:20 pm

UPDATE 6 P.M. RCMP in Vernon say Paul Kormendy has been found. In a brief statement, police say Kormendy has been located and is back in hospital. Police in Vernon are seeking the public's help in locating a missing man. Paul Kormendy left a medical facility in Vernon Jan. 31...

Three people fall into Swan Lake

Feb 2, 2015 / 4:58 pm

Vernon RCMP are warning the public about thin ice, after three people fell into the middle of Swan Lake. Pete Wise with Vernon Search and Rescue says the people were out for a walk when they fell through the ice. “This is very concerning, as many people are still taking vehicles onto...

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