Darren Handschuh
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Darren was born and raised in B.C. and has lived in Vernon for the past 24 years.

After bouncing from job to job in his younger years, he spent two years working in a sawmill and quickly realized that was not the career for him.

After getting laid off for the third time, he went to college where he took journalism and photography which formed the basis for a career he has been enjoying (most of the time) for the past 25 years. He wrote a slice-of-life column for a daily newspaper for eight years and still writes articles for his blog, therudemonkey.blogspot.ca.

He is a middle-aged father of three children. He has one dog and shares his home with two cats (although he's not exactly sure how that happened.)

He is losing hair where he wants it and is growing it where he doesn't need it. He has a love for motorcycles and enjoys martial arts.
Latest Articles from Darren Handschuh

Best cowpokes in the land

May 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

There's plenty of rodeo action to take in at the 102nd Falkland Stampede today and Monday. And among the cowboys and cowgirls is Armstrong's very own Jaret Cooper. The 18-year-old bronc rider is competing in Falkland for the first time. “This

Crafters causing Chaos

May 21, 2022 / 6:00 pm

Photo: File photo Crafty people will be creating chaos in Vernon next month. After a two-year COVID cancellation, Creative Chaos is back June 3-5 in the Vernon recreation complex. Organizer Ingrid Baron said Creative Chaos “is hailed

Moose poachers fined

May 21, 2022 / 3:50 pm

Photo: Contributed Click here to view gallery Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Two Vernon men were handed fines totalling $13,000 for illegally poaching three moose. Wayne Jopling of Vernon pleaded guilty to two counts of

New rescue facility

May 21, 2022 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is getting a new facility in Sicamous. The volunteer non-profit organization provides on-water search and rescue services within British Columbia, through its 31 stations. On

Keeping watch outdoors

May 21, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Facebook As people head to area hills and lakes to enjoy the May Long Weekend, they will not be alone. Conservation officers will also be in the backcountry. “Whether you’re camping, hunting, fishing, boating, off-roading

A tank that fights wildfires

May 21, 2022 / 10:53 am

It's like a tank that fights wildfires and it will be in Lumby this afternoon. Montreal-based UTV International has developed a diesel-hybrid tracked vehicle and trailer built specifically to fight fires. Erik Paldy said The Voyager Tracked

Decades-old camping trip

May 21, 2022 / 4:00 am

A family camping trip from 54 years ago shows how things have changed along the busy corridor between Alberta and Victoria, and how some things have remained the same. Vernon-based historian and videographer Francois Arseneult said the family makes

New home for gymnastics

May 21, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed After months of being in limbo, North Valley Gymnastics have a place to call home. The popular club suffered a major loss in October 2021 when fire destroyed their new facility. Since then, competitive athletes and

Armstrong shows its Pride

May 20, 2022 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The City of Armstrong is showing its Pride. The North Okanagan community has announced the addition of the Armstrong Pride sidewalk at the intersection of Smith Drive and Smith Road in front of the train caboose. The

Have fun, but be prepared

May 20, 2022 / 2:38 pm

Photo: Pixabay The long weekend is here and many people will be heading to the hills for some rest and relaxation. The May Long Weekend is a popular time for campers, hikers, mountain bike riders and others to enjoy the great outdoors, but


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