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Neighbour to the rescue

Jul 18, 2018 / 12:05 pm

She may be humble about her actions, but according to Brandon Colvin, his neighbour is a hero. Colvin said his neighbour, who asked not to be identified, was...

Structure fire in Lumby

Jul 18, 2018 / 11:17 am

UPDATE 12:02 p.m. The structure fire in Lumby has been extinguished. Castanet will have more information as soon as it becomes available. Fire crews are on the...

BX fire update

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:57 am

A steady column of white smoke is visible from a wildfire burning in the BX hills. The fire was sparked Tuesday night during an unexpected lightning storm. ...

Attacked with bear spray

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:14 am

Multiple people were sprayed with bear spray on Tuesday evening at Coldstream's Kalamalka Beach near Vernon. When Vernon RCMP arrived on scene at about 8:30...

Catch this man for Mama

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

For now, the honour fridge at Mama's Farm is empty. Genniene Sutherland, aka Mama, says thieves have cleared her out and left her hurt and disappointed. ...

Local joins BC Cancer Fdn.

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Vernon local Neil Farmer has joined the board of directors for the BC Cancer Foundation. Farmer, who has lived in Vernon since 1998 and is the vice president of...

'Fire, fire!'

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:56 pm

A large fire was quickly extinguished on Vernon's East Hill late Tuesday evening. The blaze believed to be caused by a lightning strike caught a fence and...

Wildfire sparks near BX

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:32 pm

UPDATED: 10:32 p.m. Bill Wacey, BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue Department Fire Chief says that no structures are in danger at this time. Wacey says high-speed winds...

Wildfire still burning

Jul 17, 2018 / 2:13 pm

UPDATED: 2:15 p.m. The Dee Lake wildfire that sparked Monday is still actively burning at just over seven hectares in size. At about 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon...

Three-vehicle crash

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:59 am

A three-vehicle collision sent two people to hospital near Revelstoke Sunday evening. At about 5:45 pm Revelstoke RCMP, Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service and the...

Deer with huge warts

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Vernon deer has made it's way to Facebook chats on multiple occasions. The deer clearly has big bumps covering much of its body and for many Vernonites...

Stepped on dirty needle

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

"I was shocked, for sure and I was a little bit nervous," said a Vernon mother. "I didn't really know how to deal with it, and where to go...

Ride for the Rail Trail

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

James Kanester envisions the Okanagan one day being a world-class destination for cyclists. When he talks about the cycling trip he made along the Danube River...

Fire near Dee Lake Road

Jul 16, 2018 / 8:08 pm

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m. Residents living on Wood Lake watched as numerous air tankers dropped down into the lake to grab water to help douse a wildfire burning near...

Learning about butterflies

Jul 16, 2018 / 4:50 pm

The Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon is hosting educational events throughout the summer. On Monday kids and their parents learned about the cycle of life for...

Motorcycle crash on hwy

Jul 16, 2018 / 4:02 pm

Emergency crews are on scene at a motorcycle crash just past Monte Lake going towards Kamloops on Highway 97. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on...

Small fire Back Enderby Rd

Jul 16, 2018 / 3:07 pm

The BC Wildfire Service has posted information on a new wildfire in the North Okanagan east of Back Enderby Road. At .01 of a hectare, the cause is still...

Guilty in CP Rail incident

Jul 16, 2018 / 2:00 pm

A former manager with CP Rail has been found guilty on two counts of contravening Railway Safety Act for his role in an incident near Revelstoke in 2015. Tim...

Small fire by Becker Lake

Jul 16, 2018 / 12:13 pm

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting a small human-caused fire was sparked near Becker Lake outside Vernon. The fire was first reported Sunday and was...

Celebrate the cowboy way

Jul 16, 2018 / 11:46 am

Friday nights are about to get a little more country at Vernon's Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Starting this Friday and every Friday until the end of August...

Tanning on wing of plane

Jul 16, 2018 / 7:51 am

UPDATE 7:51 a.m. Another Castanet reader has let us know that this particular plane is an amphibious model known as the 'Lake'. The plane is registered...

Sandcastles for Hospice

Jul 15, 2018 / 3:08 pm

Salmon Arm sculptor Marc Dansereau is creating beautiful sandcastles to help support the Shuswap Hospice Society. Marc and Patti Dansereau’s 6-year-old...

Samantha wins huge title

Jul 15, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Vernon superstar Samantha Sewell is owning the stage. The pageant queen was recently named Miss International Volunteer at the Miss Royalty International held...

Cage, spotted again

Jul 15, 2018 / 2:45 pm

Nicolas Cage was spotted again in Coldstream near Vernon on Saturday. Cage is expected to be filming in the Vernon area for the next few days for the filming of...

Writing workshop inspires

Jul 15, 2018 / 11:30 am

Two local women recently launched Raise Your Voice, a self-paced online creative writing workshop. The online workshop launched in June as it's meant to...

Hands-on learning

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

One of the many things the Okanagan Science Centre is good at is getting kids to learn while having fun and the latest exhibit does just that. Fast Tracks...

No panic over bus loss

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

While some smaller communities in Western Canada are reeling from the news Greyhound will cease operating at the end of October, two North Okanagan communities...

Riding to the top in style

Jul 14, 2018 / 2:07 pm

It was a party attended by thousands of people at SilverStar Mountain Resort Saturday when the mountain officially opened its new gondola. The day featured a...

Cage takes role to Grillers

Jul 14, 2018 / 9:53 am

There continue to be Nicolas Cage sightings in Vernon. The Hollywood star is in town filming A Score to Settle which is being shot at several locations...

EATology in limbo

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

With Greyhound planning to cease operations in Western Canada at the end of October, the fate of a popular restaurant is up in the air. EATology has been...

Innovative ideas needed

Jul 13, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The BC Conservative Party wants the ruling NDP government to take action on the imminent loss of Greyhound bus service. Interim leader Scott Anderson urged the...

Fat bike biz booming

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:45 pm

Kalyn Webster quickly learned what it’s like to be a 22-year-old entrepreneur. “It’s pretty amazing,” Webster said. “The last year...

Big race at the Star

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

The biggest downhill race of the year takes place at SilverStar Mountain Resort this weekend. Canada Cup races will be held Saturday and Sunday and will feature...

Alleged thief has no honour

Jul 13, 2018 / 12:38 pm

It would appear not everyone honours the honour system. Local owners upset about numerous thefts from their honour-system fridge at a family farm in Vernon. On...

Casino workers united

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

After two weeks of strike action, Gateway Casino employees are still without a deal. Three days of mediated talks ended Wednesday without the two sides...

Minister pays a visit

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

A minister in the Trudeau government was in Vernon Thursday for a quick visit and a look at some infrastructure work paid for in part by the federal government....

Street hockey for a cause

Jul 12, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Get outside and play street hockey at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon, all for a great cause. The event on Saturday, July 28, will feature a beer garden,...

Revved up for hot rods

Jul 12, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Cars from every era will make their way to the streets of Vernon next weekend. The annual ‘Sun Valley Cruise-In’ on July 21 and 22 features over 400...

Hollywood cop cars in town

Jul 12, 2018 / 4:47 pm

A pair of 'police cars' with Oregon markings were spotted in town Thursday. It is believed the cars are being used in a Nicolas Cage movie, part of...

Film to shut down street

Jul 12, 2018 / 2:23 pm

UPDATED: 2:23 p.m. The temporary closure of the road between 32nd Avenue and 35th Avenue in Vernon will last until 3 p.m. today. ORIGINAL: July, 11, 9:40 a.m....

Nicolas Cage in Vernon

Jul 12, 2018 / 1:05 pm

It's Vernon's time to shine with the filming of a new movie featuring world-renowned actor Nicolas Cage. On Thursday crews seen were filming across from...

Vernon's first dispensary

Jul 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local marijuana dispensary is taking a look back at their five-year journey in an industry that has caused a lot of discussions, disagreements and rejoice...

Ready for water rescues

Jul 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

As the summer weather heats up, more people will be heading to the lake and they can rest assured help is at hand should they need it. Vernon Search and Rescue...

Dumping old sandbags

Jul 11, 2018 / 6:45 pm

With threats of flooding a distant memory for this year, city officials are advising people what they can do with any sandbags they have remaining on their...

Thief with axe and hammer

Jul 11, 2018 / 4:10 pm

A Vernon man broke into a home armed with an axe and hammer, say Vernon RCMP. On July 4 just before 5 a.m., police were called to the 1000 block of 30th Ave for...

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