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Latest Articles from Josh Winquist

Almost mid flu season

Jan 5, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: CTV Vancouver We are a little less than halfway through the winter flu season, which typically runs from October to May. The season occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere. This year's flu strain is H1N1,

Yes, there are more owls

Jan 5, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Flickr The mild start to winter in the Okanagan has been welcome news to many, including ornithologists.  The numbers of species like American robins and dark-eyed juncos are in the hundreds, according to the North Okanagan

JC Bradley diamond prize

Jan 3, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed (L) Todd Hiebert (R) Richard Pierson For one Vernon man, it might just be the best secret Santa gift ever.  Todd Hiebert is the happy winner of the JC Bradley/Castanet Secret Santa Sweepstakes prize. The

RCMP host engraving day

Jan 3, 2019 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Contributed In a perfect world, there would be no theft.  However, the reality is theft occurs in every community and the North Okanagan is no exception. The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and the City of Vernon Community Safety

Adults only at Sparkling Hill

Jan 3, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Sparkling Hill Changes have been made to a jewel of the North Okanagan.  Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon is now adult only, and it will no longer be available for weddings or wedding related events. In a release to media,

Vernon rinks looking good

Dec 29, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Pixabay On Day 3 of the 2019 BC Junior Curling Championships at the Vernon Curling Club, the two Vernon rinks are atop the standings.  Team McGillivray leads the BC Junior Women's standings at 2-1, while Team Colwell is atop

3: Activate Safety proposals

Dec 29, 2018 / 5:00 am

The number three story on Castanet Vernon's 2018 Top 10 list revolves around the community's homeless population and the City of Vernon's attempt to address growing concerns from the business community.  The number of people sleeping

'Big tax hikes' for 2019

Dec 28, 2018 / 8:15 pm

Photo: pixabay It's not exactly the way most British Columbians wanted to start 2019, yet the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is warning that whether you like it or not, brace yourselves for big tax hikes in the New Year. CTF says the

A late Xmas gift from TNB

Dec 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

Over the course of just five short years, Vernon-based hydroponic company, TNB Naturals, has rapidly grown from a garage-based company to an international seller.  It is most famously known for its product 'The Enhancer,' an

Tips for pet-friendly road trip

Dec 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The holiday travel period continues as friends and family make their way to each other from far and wide.  Drivers are being urged to take caution and be prepared for nasty conditions, and that includes


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