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

Nothing routine about stop

Feb 26, 2020 / 3:55 pm

Photo: Contributed An assault on a police officer and a pursuit once again showed a simple traffic stop can go bad in a hurry. What started as a routine traffic stop on Highway 1 near Bradner Road in Abbotsford ended in West Vancouver on

Tampering on rail trail

Feb 26, 2020 / 3:30 pm

Photo: RDNO The North Okanagan regional district is busy shoring up parts of the Okanagan Rail Trail – but some people are complicating the task. A section of the trail along Kalamalka Lake has been closed to allow crews to repair

So long winter, hello spring

Feb 26, 2020 / 2:56 pm

Congratulations Okanagan, you survived another winter. While there may be a few isolated cold days on the horizon and perhaps even a dusting of snow here and there over the next few weeks, the worst is officially over. Environment Canada meteorologist

Medical emergency at HSBC

Feb 26, 2020 / 12:43 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Paramedics were called to the Vernon HSBC for a medical emergency Wednesday just after noon. Paramedics were called to the Vernon HSBC for a medical emergency Wednesday just after noon. Witnesses tell Castanet medical

Tax hike for Armstrong

Feb 26, 2020 / 12:39 pm

Photo: Contributed Armstrong residents will be digging a little deeper to pay the tax man this year. Council has agreed to a 4.98 per cent tax hike, which will amount to $46 per average home. Mayor Chris Pieper said civic leaders wanted

Dust up at the Town Theatre

Feb 26, 2020 / 10:15 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Vernon Fire Rescue responded to a false alarm at the Town Theatre building Wednesday. Vernon Fire Rescue Services were called to the Town Theatre building Wednesday morning for a bit of a dust up. Two fire trucks

Vernon cops dress in pink

Feb 26, 2020 / 9:13 am

Photo: RCMP Facebook Vernon RCMP are wearing pink today as part of the anti-bullying event. As a part of National Pink Shirt Day Vernon RCMP are helping to raise awareness by wearing pink to show their support for the anti bullying event. Officers

Hedge fire ruled suspicious

Feb 23, 2020 / 7:44 am

UPDATED: Feb 23, 7:44 a.m. The Kelowna Fire Department states the hedge fire on Saturday night has been deemed suspicious, and is being investigated by the RCMP. About 30 feet of the hedge was on fire when crews put it out. The fire was contained

Death threat shocker

Feb 23, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: File photo Dalvir Nahal Dalvir Nahal is hesitant to talk about it. She does not want to give power to whoever sent her the death threat, but since the matter became known to the public, she is opening up about the disturbing incident

A great calling

Feb 23, 2020 / 5:00 am

Both units have a long and illustrious military history and this weekend members of the BC Dragoons and Rocky Mountain Rangers got together for a training exercise. Area residents most likely heard the exercises that used blank rounds to simulate



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