Vernon News Last 7 days

$15,000 park cleanup

Aug 22, 2017 / 12:48 pm

It is turning into another costly cleanup for the City of Vernon as crews worked a second day to remove the detritus of a homeless camp at the back of Polson...

Police probing shots fired

Aug 22, 2017 / 11:53 am

Salmon Arm RCMP are investigating a report of shots fired at a residential property, early Sunday. Mounties were called to the 1700 block of 11th Avenue SE at...

Moving out the homeless

Aug 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

These are early days, but a City of Vernon official says campers in Polson Park are complying with a new bylaw that forces them to pack up their tents each...

Wading into Shuswap issues

Aug 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

North Okanagan politicians are putting a tentative toe in the water on possible boating regulations for the Lower Shuswap River. “The regional district is...

Let's walk, roll, run

Aug 21, 2017 / 7:45 pm

Residents of Lumby and area are being urged to take part in the fourth annual Prescription for Health Walk Roll Run on Sept. 24th. The event is put on by the...

Missing your teeth?

Aug 21, 2017 / 7:26 pm

Two sets of teeth were found in Vernon on Monday, in an unlikely place. Devon Kilpatrick was sitting under a willow tree at the bench named after his...

$$ down, run cancelled

Aug 21, 2017 / 3:23 pm

The annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Vernon has been cancelled due to a drop in participation and dollars raised, according to a spokesperson. The announcement...

Eclipsed at science centre

Aug 21, 2017 / 12:06 pm

The Okanagan Science Centre's parking lot was jammed Monday morning as people came out to take in the solar eclipse. Hundreds of people attended the Vernon...

It's still dry out there

Aug 21, 2017 / 9:02 am

Vernon Fire Rescue pounced on a small fire that began late Sunday morning in dry grass at the north end of the Kal Tire Place parking lot. “Some people...

It's a wrap at cadet camp

Aug 21, 2017 / 6:02 am

A summer institution has wrapped up training in Vernon for the season. Over the weekend, close to 1,000 course and staff cadets departed the Vernon Cadet...

Revved up about cars

Aug 20, 2017 / 1:41 pm

From fully restored classics to grungy rat rods and everything in between, the Lake Country Custom and Classic Car Show had something for everyone. The annual...

Get artsy in Lake Country

Aug 20, 2017 / 10:14 am

Inspired by the Canada 150 celebrations, Colour Me Canada is the theme for the 24th edition of the Lake Country Art Walk Sept. 9-10. The popular event will...

All things apple

Aug 20, 2017 / 7:37 am

Davison Orchards is celebrating September with all things apple. The apple harvest is happening in orchards across the Valley and Sept. 2 is the kick-off day...

North Okanagan quake?

Aug 19, 2017 / 4:50 pm

There have been reports of a possible earthquake in the North Okanagan. An email to Castanet suggested there was rumbling in the Cherryville area this...

Watch the sun go dark

Aug 19, 2017 / 12:52 pm

The Okanagan Science Centre is inviting people to attend a heavenly event. The parking lot of the Polson Park centre will be ground zero for viewing...

Filling the boot for charity

Aug 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Members of Coldstream Fire Rescue will be giving motorists the boot today. Volunteers with department will be conducting the annual Boot Drive from 9 a.m. to 1...

Train vs. car

Aug 18, 2017 / 7:27 pm

UPDATE 7:45 p.m. The train is moving and no longer blocking the roadway, according to a Castanet reader at the scene. ORIGINAL 7:20 p.m. A CN Rail train and...

Liberal MP pays a visit

Aug 18, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The chairperson of the federal Liberal Party's Women's Caucus will be in Vernon next week. Ottawa West-Nepean MP Anita Vandenbeld will be at Okanagan...

Needle found on beach

Aug 18, 2017 / 2:09 pm

Crews taking down the Gabion wall along Sandy Beach made an unsettling discovery this week. The boxes full of sand were placed along the Okanagan Lake shoreline...

Easing their stress

Aug 18, 2017 / 12:35 pm

With the City of Vernon enacting a bylaw limiting the amount of time people can camp in Polson Park, there has been a lot of concern among the city's...

Going to the dogs

Aug 18, 2017 / 10:56 am

Polson Park may be going to the dogs, but that's a good thing. City officials are looking into allowing leashed dogs in the downtown park. And that is...

All about pickleball

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Pickleball is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds, and on Saturday people can learn everything they ever wanted to know about it. The racquet sport...

Club clears hurdle

Aug 17, 2017 / 8:55 pm

The Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club has cleared another hurdle. The embattled club run by former Olympian Camille Martens has been in the cross hairs of...

Crews douse car fire

Aug 17, 2017 / 2:54 pm

The call came in as a structure fire, but when BX/Swan Lake Fire Rescue arrived, firefighters found a minivan in flames. Assistant Chief Stephan Hidasi said...

Food going to waste?

Aug 17, 2017 / 1:30 pm

The owner of a company that was seen dumping corn at the local landfill has responded on Facebook to the situation. "In order to try and maintain the high...

Feds are good sports

Aug 17, 2017 / 1:28 pm

The feds have come up with almost $750,000 to help keep North Okanagan residents active. On Thursday, Liberal MP Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons...

Expert to look at water

Aug 17, 2017 / 12:03 pm

An independent expert has been assigned to look into the Hullcar aquifer water woes. Spallumcheen residents who draw water from the aquifer have been on a water...

Lucky to be alive

Aug 17, 2017 / 11:52 am

Two people are lucky to be alive after a spectacular accident in Coldstream early Thursday morning. Coldstream Fire Rescue Chief David Sturgeon said crews were...

Meeting on water woes

Aug 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

After more than two years of lobbying, letters and meetings, Al Price is hopeful things are finally moving in the right direction for a group of Spallumcheen...

Get artsy at RespectFEST

Aug 16, 2017 / 7:35 pm

Organizers of the North Okanagan RespectFEST 2017 want people to get their art on. Registrations for workshops in August and early September are now be taken....

Enderby wants more cops

Aug 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

An increase in what the mayor of Enderby described as “petty crimes” has officials in the North Okanagan community looking at increasing police...

Zoning changes at Foothills

Aug 16, 2017 / 2:14 pm

The City of Vernon is trading land with a developer to allow for more park space and more development space. Working in conjunction with Foothills Development...

20th St. extension begins

Aug 16, 2017 / 12:29 pm

Work has officially begun on the extension of 20th Street from Stickle Road to behind Rona, right through middle of the BX Creek Trail. Heavy equipment was...

Gabion walls removed

Aug 16, 2017 / 9:28 am

The Okanagan Indian Band is restoring the shoreline along Sandy Beach. The band began removing Gabion walls it installed in the spring to keep Okanagan Lake...

Summer ends at cadet camp

Aug 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Another summer has come to an end at the Vernon Cadet Summer Training Centre. Since the first influx in late June, approximately 1,500 course cadets with an...

Massive, mega garage sale

Aug 15, 2017 / 8:25 pm

For those who missed the massive 2017 Spring Garage Sale at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, fear not, for part two is on the horizon. The Mega Fall Garage Sale...

It's all about garlic

Aug 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

It's all about garlic in Grindrod Sunday. The 8th annual Grindrod Garlic Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature locally grown garlic...

Stolen photos break hearts

Aug 15, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A family is making a desperate plea for the return of their stolen hard drives and laptops that contained pictures of their son, who died from cancer two years...