Don't burn, says fire chief

May 4, 2016 / 9:09 am
Lumby's fire chief is asking residents in the area not to burn material outside unless absolutely necessary. Chief Tony Clayton's warning follows a fire in the 1500 block of Creighton Valley Road Tuesday that got out of control around 3:30 p.m. “It was a one-hectare grass...

50 years of hitting the pool

May 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
Things have been going swimmingly for the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club, so well in fact the club is celebrating five decades of hitting the pool. This June, the club will celebrate 50 years and current president Jason Shortt is inviting all club members past and present to...

Tourism focus of tour

May 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
Tourism Vernon will be hosting the third annual Tourism Vernon Industry Familiarization (FAM) Tour May 15-16. During the tour, local front-line staff and visitor centre teams from around B.C. will visit and experience Vernon tourism providers to showcase attractions, venues and...

Highway 97 crash

May 3, 2016 / 4:22 pm
UPDATE: 4:50 p.m. A woman was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision south of Vernon. A full-size GMC pick-up truck collided with a southbound older Honda Accord at the intersection of Birnie Road and Highway 97. Vernon Fire Rescue Cpt. Reinhard...

Empties turned into food

May 3, 2016 / 3:32 pm
With the loss of $100,000 in gaming grants to the Upper Room Mission, fundraising is taking on an even greater importance. Lisa Anderson, URM fundraising director, reminds people empty bottles can be turned into healthy food for less fortunate children in the community. “We take your...

Arrests in Mac's robbery

May 3, 2016 / 3:10 pm
Arrests have been made over an armed robbery last month where a teenage clerk was held at knifepoint. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said Lumby RCMP have arrested two men in connection with the robbery of the Lumby Mac's store April 24. Thomas Belanger, 34, of Lumby, is facing charges of...

Pride of the city

May 3, 2016 / 2:30 pm
An RCMP auxiliary constable in Enderby has been given a lifetime civic merit award for his 33 years of service to the police. Dale Fennell was invited to speak before council Monday on his experiences as an auxiliary constable and the changes the program is going through. Auxiliary constables...

Search for Ashley growing

May 3, 2016 / 2:01 pm
Friends and family are mobilizing in their search for Ashley Simpson. Simpson had been living in Salmon Arm, but has not been seen or heard from since April 28. Simpson's father, Sindal Simpson, said she might be heading to Ontario, but has no money and no car and is possibly hitchiking...

Watch the water

May 3, 2016 / 1:58 pm
Duteau Creek water reservoirs are at full capacity and are beginning to spill, according to the North Okanagan Regional District. Excess water from the snow melt and rain will pass over the spillway structures at the dams. People living, working or recreating near creeks and streams are...

Mac's told to comply

May 3, 2016 / 1:15 pm
A Mac convenience store in Lumby where a young clerk was robbed at knifepoint last month has been told to comply with two WorkSafeBC orders, including one where late night hours must be staffed by someone over 19. “A worker for this employer was under the age of 19 and was permitted to...

Trial set for deadly driver

May 3, 2016 / 10:54 am
A woman charged in connection with the 2014 vehicular death of a Kelowna nurse will stand trial next year. Lori Vance, 39, will appear in B.C. Supreme Court for trial beginning Feb. 14, 2017. Vance has eight charges against her, including impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving...

Lowest in the province?

May 3, 2016 / 10:13 am
Enderby city council has approved a property tax increase of 0.69 per cent this year. “We think this is probably the lowest (increase) in the province unless somebody did a zero,” said Mayor Greg McCune. For the average single family home, the tiny hike translates into a $12.96...

Mandatory safety course?

May 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
A woman hit from behind by a mobility scooter on a Vernon sidewalk last week believes people operating such a device should undergo a mandatory safety course. “I was walking down the sidewalk on 27th (street) and all of a sudden I went flying,” said the 72-year-old victim, who did...

Have you seen Ashley?

May 2, 2016 / 4:04 pm
UPDATE: 6:20 P.M. Vernon RCMP have released a description of Ashley Marie Simpson who was last seen on Apr. 27. Simpson is approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall, 119 pounds with brown eyes and hair. "Police are very concerned for Ashley's health and well-being and friends and family...

Rec centre turns 50

May 2, 2016 / 3:41 pm
The Vernon Recreation Centre is turning 50, and everyone is invited to the birthday party. To mark the milestone, a variety of events are planned for Thursday, May 19. A cake cutting will take place from 2-3 p.m. followed by activities for the whole family, including bouncy castles and...

The Ark doors are open

May 2, 2016 / 3:37 pm
With the Upper Room Mission cutting back drop-in hours due to a reduction in gaming grant funding, Bev Henke wants everyone to know The Ark is open for business. The Ark is located in the backroom of Vernon Family Church on 25th Avenue and Henke welcomes everyone to stop by for a cup of coffee,...

Cemetery spruce up

May 2, 2016 / 3:36 pm
Vernon's cemetery is in need of sprucing up after last year's hot, dry summer left dead grass and more among the tombstones. City staff are assessing the current condition of the Vernon Cemetery to bring forward recommendations and cost estimates for improvements and upgrades to city...

The Rosie project

May 2, 2016 / 2:24 pm
Vernon's popular Bean Scene Coffeehouse has adopted an elephant. Rosie, 45, arrived at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee last November after years with zoos and circuses. She was captured from the wild in 1971 and shipped to the U.S. “She's small and weighs only 7,400 pounds....

Candy leaves museum

May 2, 2016 / 10:54 am
After almost a quarter of a century at the helm of the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, Ron Candy is stepping down. For more than 23 years, Candy was the executive director and curator of the downtown museum. According to a press release, Candy is stepping down in order to pursue other...

Advisor meets trustees

May 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
A special advisor appointed by the Minister of Education is expected to meet with North Okanagan Shuswap school district trustees this week, following a crisis of confidence in the board. Liz Watson, a lawyer from Vancouver, is reviewing governance practices, accountability and budgeting...

Mission to ask for review

May 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Upper Room Mission will ask B.C. gaming officials to review its application for a $100,000 grant. Some Vernon city councillors expressed shock on Monday when it was revealed that the Mission had been denied gaming grant funding leading to a reduced drop-in service for Vernon's homeless...

Seeking a new path

Apr 30, 2016 / 10:17 am
An RCMP officer is working to get fellow officers to seek a different way to deal with lesser crimes. “I'm focusing on building a relationship between the (Restorative Justice) program and detachments,” said Cpl. Darren Munroe, program director for the Restorative Justice program...

House sales, builds up

Apr 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
The number of housing units being built in the North Okanagan appears to be double what it was last year. “The first quarter has been very strong with 125 starts compared to 60 in 2015,” said Kevin Poole, the City of Vernon's economic development manager. Poole also pointed to...

Hollywood premiere here

Apr 29, 2016 / 4:55 pm
The City of Enderby will play host to the film premiere of Blackway, a Hollywood movie shot in North Okanagan. “It's a one-night-only premiere on June 2,” said Los Angeles-based producer Rick Dugdale, who comes from Enderby. “The film opens nationwide on June...

Scholarship up for grabs

Apr 29, 2016 / 4:45 pm
Eli Garlick hopes he bowled over the competition with one of the many bowls he created for his district scholarship project competition at the Vernon Recreation Centre Thursday. The Kalamalka Secondary School student was one of 68 students who entered the competition, displaying projects from...

First cop at murder sues

Apr 29, 2016 / 3:56 pm
The police officer who found 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest dying in Armstrong on Oct. 31, 2011, is suing B.C.'s justice minister and the federal attorney general over his treatment by the RCMP following that incident, in which he was accused of drinking on the job. Const. Milan Ilic has filed...

A dominating photo

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:09 pm
An image called 'Dominance,' shot by Vernon photographer Christiane Molendyk, has been selected for inclusion in a national exhibition. The work will be in the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2016 loan collection, a national exhibition celebrating the best of...

Speedway ruling precedent?

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:05 pm
Vernon's mayor is concerned a B.C. Supreme Court ruling against the Motoplex Speedway and Event Park in Spallumcheen could be precedent setting. A B.C. Supreme court judge granted an injunction limiting the noise level at the race track that has hosted two CASCAR events since opening in...

Big score for local hospital

Apr 29, 2016 / 11:14 am
A record $62,100 has been raised for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital during the annual Radiothon. SUN FM radio hosts Brian Martin and Betty Selin broadcasted live from Village Green Centre all day on Thursday, with individuals, businesses and community groups donating funds in support of the...

Smoke alarm-ing statistics

Apr 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Fire Rescue will continue efforts to ensure a working smoke alarm is in every home, said Chief Keith Green. During a presentation to city council this week, Green presented 2009-14 statistics from the B.C. Fire Commissioner showing dead batteries were found in smoke alarms in 302...

Canadian Tire starts move

Apr 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's Canadian Tire is closing the doors to its current location on Saturday at 6 p.m., says Bill Drake, a local manager. A larger store will be opening next week, just north of the 27th Street location, in the Village Green Centre. Drake says “if things go well” plans are...

More struggling to get by

Apr 28, 2016 / 4:27 pm
A semi-annual homeless count was held Thursday, but what was found hardly reflects the reality of the situation. Kelly Fehr, program director with the John Howard Society in Vernon, said they found 13 homeless people camping out in various parts of the city, but that number is literally the tip...

Seeing the 'invisible injury'

Apr 28, 2016 / 1:29 pm
Not all injuries are visible. Broken bones can be set and cuts can be bandaged, but when the injury is mental and emotional, healing is not so easy. Post traumatic stress can be as disabling, perhaps more so than many physical injuries and it is something that is coming to light as a burden...

MQN gets arena project

Apr 28, 2016 / 11:52 am
A $13-million arena project next to Kal Tire Place has been awarded to Vernon-based MQN Architects, a firm part-owned by Coun. Brian Quiring. Work is expected to begin immediately. MQN will “provide prime consulting services for the design and development management of the second...

Loss of fencing a concern

Apr 28, 2016 / 10:00 am
Kathleen Sparrow is concerned for the safety of children using a popular park after fencing was taken down by the city. Sparrow said she often takes her grandson to Sawicki Park and was surprised to see the fencing had been removed. “Fencing was taken down at Sawicki Park because they...

Trustees review budget

Apr 28, 2016 / 9:57 am
Trustees have given first reading to the Vernon school district's $90.54 million budget. Some adjustments have been made due an additional $1.3 million going into student services, said board chairperson Kelly Smith. “We're putting in an elementary behaviour support...

Grow op bust near school

Apr 28, 2016 / 5:52 am
RCMP in Vernon have busted a marijuana grow op – right across the street from Vernon Secondary School. Police executed a search warrant Wednesday evening at a home on the 2400 block of 15th Street. More than 10 kilograms of pot, as well as numerous items used in the production of the...

Trotting towards Rio

Apr 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
The biggest sporting event in the world is less than 100 days away and Joni Peters is doing everything she can to be part of the action. Peters has a dream of going to Rio with her horse, Travolta, to represent Canada in the 2016 Olympics in dressage. In recent months she has travelled to...

No to Stickle Road plan

Apr 27, 2016 / 5:04 pm
A plan to remedy a dangerous intersection at the north end of Vernon has bird lovers in a flutter. The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club has sent a letter to the Ministry of Transportation complaining about the possible extension of 20th Street. The extension would parallel Highway 97...

Lumby to get paramedicine

Apr 27, 2016 / 4:41 pm
Lumby is one of 73 rural and remote B.C. communities that will receive a community paramedicine program, offering residents enhanced health services from paramedics. Lumby is receiving one paramedic on a half-time basis. The program is part of the B.C. government’s plan to enhance...
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