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Fully engulfed home

May 21, 2018 / 12:00 pm

A home went up in flames early Monday morning in Vernon. The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are currently on scene at a residential house fire that occurred...

A snakey situation

May 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two Great Basin gopher snakes were caught on camera at Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon getting a little bit feisty. "What they were doing was...

Broken, beaten and bruised

May 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

When Angie Lohr thinks back on some of her worst nights, she goes silent. They aren't memories she likes to remember. "I don't like to talk about...

'It can be scary'

May 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Okanagan paramedic Michelle Casanova is on a mission. Michelle along with about 40 others who are paramedics or family and friends of a paramedic will bicycle...

A show like no other

May 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

The 100th Falkland Stampede is in full swing and there are several special events planned to mark the milestone. The rodeo will welcome a special guest this...

Bringing the past to life

May 19, 2018 / 1:49 pm

Falkland has taken on a carnival-like feel this weekend for the 100th annual stampede. Along with the regular rodeo fair are a few special events including the...

School exchanges postcards

May 19, 2018 / 7:00 am

There are more than 1,100 Waldorf schools in more than 80 countries. Cedar Bridge School in Lumby is participating in a program which will connect them all. It...

Rodeo of the century

May 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

It is an event 100 years in the making. The 100th annual Falkland Stampeded takes place this weekend and to mark the milestone, some special events are planned....

Boil water notice issued

May 18, 2018 / 12:51 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan in conjunction with Interior Health has issued a boil water notice for customers supplied by the Mabel Lake Water...

Serving up a fundraiser

May 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

More North Okanagan children will get a chance to participate in sports thanks to the Vernon Leos and KidSport program. Shane Wright, with the Greater Vernon...

Help find missing woman

May 18, 2018 / 11:45 am

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is requesting the public’s help in locating a missing Ashton Creek woman. Police didn't say when Lisa Ruigrok...

Traffic slow on Hwy 97

May 18, 2018 / 11:32 am

Traffic heading south on Highway 97 is slow going following an earlier accident. A Castanet reader sent us a raw video that appears to show a two-vehicle...

Task force zeroing in

May 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

While the discussion regarding Vernon's street-entrenched population continues, many business owners directly affected are looking to the Activate Safety...

Free rodeo event today

May 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

The 100th Falkland Stampede takes place this weekend, but rodeo fans can get a taste of the action for free today. From noon to 2 p.m., the stampede grounds...

Market in full swing

May 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

Spring is in full swing and that means so is the Vernon Farmer's Market. The market is held every Thursday and Monday in the Kal Tire Place parking lot...

Reservists in the flood fight

May 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Three-hundred Canadian military personnel are mobilizing and establishing themselves in Vernon, preparing to deploy to communities in the Southern Interior...

Mayor shares in frustration

May 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The owner of Hi-pro Sportswear dumped his frustrations on Vernon's City Hall Wednesday. For his actions, Bob Sattler is now being investigated by RCMP. ...

Local state of emergency

May 17, 2018 / 6:31 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan has issued a local state of emergency in the Whitevale Road area of Harris and Bessette Creek in Lumby. The RDNO made...

National Caesar Day

May 17, 2018 / 5:00 pm

What's your favourite topping on a caesar? Thursday was International Caesar Day and for Canada, that's a big deal. Castanet staff decided to take a...

Venture truck stolen

May 17, 2018 / 3:19 pm

A Vernon non-profit is reeling from the theft of one of its vehicles. Sometime overnight, someone stole a 2001 white Dodge diesel flatdeck truck from Venture...

What to do with Kin Track

May 17, 2018 / 1:09 pm

It was at the centre of much debate, discussion and finally a drawn-out legal battle, but in the end, a judge ruled in favour of the City of Vernon which now...

Armed forces arrive to help

May 17, 2018 / 9:57 am

The first wave of 140 Canadian troops is arriving in British Columbia to help communities overwhelmed by flood waters. The Canadian Armed Forces says staff from...

'Braced for anything'

May 17, 2018 / 7:00 am

"We have braced ourselves for pretty much anything at this point," said a hopeful Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton. With large floods occurring in the South...

Pedalling to end the stigma

May 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

Once again people will be urged to pedal their way to better mental health during the Canadian Mental Health Association 7th annual Ride Don't Hide event....

Controlled burning

May 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

If you happened to notice smoke billowing over Vernon briefly on Wednesday there was no need to panic. Vernon Fire Rescue was on scene just above the Vernon...

Smoke in the air

May 16, 2018 / 1:43 pm

UPDATED: 1:32 p.m. Smoke will be visible in Vernon from Becker Park Wednesday and Thursday. Vernon Fire Rescue is conducting a controlled burn to mitigate the...

Mountie won't face charges

May 16, 2018 / 12:59 pm

An RCMP officer will not face charges for his part in a non-fatal, 2015 police-involved shooting near Salmon Arm. The BC Prosecution Service stated:...

Breakfast for a cause

May 16, 2018 / 11:51 am

Get breakfast while helping out a good cause this Friday. The second annual “Breakfast in a Box” fundraiser for the Greater Vernon KidSport Fund....

Frustration boils over

May 16, 2018 / 11:28 am

Bob Sattler of Hi-Pro Sportswear is fed up. He is tired of coming to work in the morning to find trash, feces and loaded shopping carts strewn about his...

Alleged sexual assault

May 16, 2018 / 10:07 am

Police are warning the public to be aware of their surroundings following an alleged sexual assault in the Okanagan Landing area of Vernon Monday afternoon. ...

Preparing for an emergency

May 16, 2018 / 9:12 am

Every municipality and regional district across the province has an emergency response plan and for good reason. The City of Vernon’s Emergency Program is...

Ramadan Mubarak

May 16, 2018 / 7:23 am

The holy month of Ramadan is set to begin. The Muslim rite is recognized as one of the five pillars of Islam and marks the month when the Quran was revealed to...

Church hall needs help

May 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Vernon's All Saints Anglican Church is well known for helping the community, but now the church needs some help of its own. All Saints has been in Vernon...

City wins racetrack case

May 15, 2018 / 8:53 pm

After years of debate and legal wrangling, a judge has sided with the City of Vernon against the Okanagan Equestrian Society over the fate of Kin Racetrack....

Park the car and pedal

May 15, 2018 / 8:34 pm

Park it and get pedalling. The City of Vernon wants more residents to give pedal power a try during Bike to Work and School Week, May 28 to June 3. Participants...

1000s raised for kids

May 15, 2018 / 4:43 pm

UPDATED: 4:43 p.m. Castanet staff member Kari Sargeant has now been released from jail but the public can still donate to help reach her $1,500 goal by...

Evacuation alert lifted

May 15, 2018 / 4:18 pm

Residents in Armstrong living along Meighan Creek can breathe a sigh of relief. City officials said creek levels have dropped to the point the advanced...

Enderby activates EOC

May 15, 2018 / 2:52 pm

Enderby has activated its emergency operations centre. As a result of forecasted increases in the level of the Shuswap River, the EOC was activated at 11:30...

Flood threat eases

May 15, 2018 / 2:52 pm

North Okanagan officials are breathing a sigh of relief as water levels in the region drop, but they caution it's not over yet and a flood risk is still...

'Creek levels have dropped'

May 15, 2018 / 1:05 pm

While communities in the Southern Interior are bracing for another wave of flooding, the north appears to have been spared, again. "Overnight creek levels...

Flood aid resolution denied

May 15, 2018 / 12:00 pm

As the interior continues to hold its collective breath and wait for the flood waters to subside, Vernon's mayor sighs in disappointment. Last week at the...

Preparing for wildfires

May 15, 2018 / 9:37 am

It takes an entire community coming together to help prevent wildfires, or at least limit their impact. The City of Enderby wants to help teach residents the...

Nominate person of the year

May 15, 2018 / 7:00 am

It's time to pull out the ballot and nominate a local Armstrong resident who deserves to be named Armstrong Spallumcheen’s 43rd Citizen of the Year....

Crime up in first quarter

May 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

Vernon North Okanagan Detachment has released its statistics for the first quarter of 2018, and when compared to 2017 numbers, crime is up in a lot of areas. ...

Lumby arsonist sentenced

May 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Lumby man will spend time in jail after unintentionally setting his parents' mobile home on fire on Sept. 1, 2017. Trevor Luszcz, 33, sat in the courtroom...

What's the buzz about?

May 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Vernon woman was greeted by a swarm of honeybees when she walked out the front door of her home on Saturday. "I walked outside and I just heard this...