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Dust warning for Vernon

Mar 9, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The Ministry of Environment has issued a dust warning for the City of Vernon. The warning comes due to a high concentration of coarse particulates which is expected to persist until there is a change in current weather patterns. According to the advisory people with chronic underlying medical...

New Tim's worries parents

Mar 9, 2015 / 7:30 pm

A proposal to construct a Tim Hortons and a Co-op gas bar on 27th Street and 35th Avenue next to Beairsto Elementary has parents concerned. The school’s parent advisory council formed a special committee two weeks ago to try and get more answers about the proposal. A group of 30 parents...

Burns to restore habitat

Mar 9, 2015 / 4:14 pm

A series of "ecosystem restoration" burns is planned for the Satellite Hill and South Fork areas east of Vernon. These prescribed fires will occur in several phases and may start as early as Tuesday and continue until the end of the month, weather permitting. The controlled burns...

Vernon's best businesses

Mar 8, 2015 / 6:10 pm

The best of Greater Vernon’s entrepreneurship was celebrated at the Annual Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Saturday night. Close to 300 were in attendance at the Best Western Vernon Lodge to recognize the top businesses and organizations in twelve different...

Car crash paralyzes nurse

Mar 7, 2015 / 4:49 pm

Three months ago the life of nurse, mother and wife was changed forever when she found herself the victim of a hit and run. As the culprit took off from police, the Vernon nurse stayed trapped in her car, near death. Robin had just finished her shift on Dec. 3 and was on her way home to her...

Carnival goes Mardi Gras

Mar 7, 2015 / 5:01 am

Next winter's Vernon Winter Carnival already has its theme – Mardi Gras. The carnival's board of directors selected the theme this week and announced the dates for carnival 2016: Feb. 5-14. "With over 100 theme suggestions from the community, the board of directors had...

Spying coach sentenced

Mar 6, 2015 / 7:00 pm

An American cross-country ski coach who secretly took videos of young girls while at a resort in B.C.'s Okanagan has been sentenced to time served. Jason Paur of Seattle who has already spent 16 months in custody awaiting trial was also given two years of probation on Friday by a provincial...

Big lift at Vernon Jubilee

Mar 5, 2015 / 12:20 pm

Cranes are making some big lifts this week as construction materials are being hoisted to the seventh floor of Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Polson Tower. According to Interior Health spokesperson Patrick Gall, interior construction on the sixth and seventh floors of the Polson Tower is on...

Woman's body found

Mar 5, 2015 / 9:33 am

UPDATE THURSDAY MARCH 5: The case of a missing Enderby woman ended in tragedy yesterday, when her body was discovered near Salmon Lake. RCMP say Barbra Derenowski's body was discovered by several people fishing in the area. “Early indications appear that Barbra got her truck...

5 wanted on warrants

Mar 4, 2015 / 2:47 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed CrimeStoppers is asking for help finding five North Okanagan fugitives wanted on provincewide arrest warrants. Scott Wilfred Neuls is wanted for trafficking in a controlled substance. He is described...

Help sought in gun theft

Mar 4, 2015 / 6:52 am

By Wayne Emde Two days before Christmas, suspects forced their way into an apartment at The Strand in Vernon and stole two handguns, Vernon RCMP say. Rifles in the apartment were not taken. “The victim didn’t report the theft, fearing reprisals,” said Vernon RCMP...

Water projects funded

Mar 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Four Vernon-area water quality and conservation projects have received funding through the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake will receive $20,000 to study water quality and other issues affecting Coldstream Creek. “The creek empties 300-400...

Dig deeper, sports asked

Mar 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Sports groups planning on using the new Greater Vernon Athletic Facility at Okanagan College will be asked to dig deeper to finish the project . The running track and sports field is already facing an $800,000 cost overrun on a $7.5-million budget. “The Vernon Minor Football Association...

Charges laid in fatal crash

Mar 3, 2015 / 1:13 pm

Charges have been laid more than four months after a crash in Vernon claimed the life of a Kelowna nurse. Erin Rae Smith, 33, of Kelowna was killed when the vehicle she was driving was struck by a 37-year-old Vernon woman. The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2014, at the...

Dog park to be fenced

Mar 3, 2015 / 10:30 am

A fence to keep soccer players and dogs apart at Vernon’s Marshall Fields could be going up soon. The Regional District of North Okanagan has budgeted $32,000 for fencing on the north and west sides of the park in Okanagan Landing. The plan still needs to go before the Greater Vernon...

Turfed for being too good?

Mar 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

In a rare turnabout, a young Vernon hockey player was cut from his team – for being too good. The Vernon midget Snakes’ season is over now, and people involved are more willing to talk. But it’s fair to say they might still have been going in the playoffs were Chris Gallant on...

RCMP's new furry recruit

Mar 2, 2015 / 8:00 pm

By Wayne Emde RCMP Const. Matt Taylor introduced his newest potential partner, Gord, to the media on Monday. Gord is a 12-week-old purebred German shepherd puppy from the RCMP breeding facility at Innisfail, Alta. “The first night he was here, I slept with my hand in his cage and he...

Running track over budget

Mar 2, 2015 / 6:00 pm

Budget cuts are being made to the newest Greater Vernon sports facility in an effort to rein in spiralling costs. The new football/soccer field and running track under construction next to Okanagan College, budgeted for $7.5 million, is nearly $800,000 over budget. Despite extensive soil...

Pop-up gallery in a box

Mar 2, 2015 / 3:01 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed It doesn't look like an art gallery right now, but shipping containers craned into place Monday morning will house a "pop-up gallery" set to open later this month. At the site of the future...

Top cop's last conference

Mar 2, 2015 / 2:33 pm

By Wayne Emde After 35 years as a member of the RCMP, Supt. Reg Burgess said Monday he has no regrets about leaving a career as a banker in Nova Scotia to join the force. “I even took a pay cut,” he said, adding that he was inspired by a roommate who invited him to join some RCMP...

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