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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

Turn off the taps

Aug 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Cariboo and Thompson-Okanagan residents urged to turn off the taps. With streams and rivers in the Middle Fraser, Similkameen, Coldwater, Nicola and Kettle watersheds experiencing low flows, and weather conditions expected

Filling the boot for charity

Aug 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Facebook 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 p.m. Firefighters will be collecting donations at Kalamalka

Cop assaulted by suspect

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:45 pm

Photo: Google Street View A Kamloops RCMP officer was injured during an arrest, Thursday. Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the officer attended the 400 block of Tranquille Road about 3:45 p.m. to arrest a 23-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant

Going to the dogs

Aug 18, 2017 / 10:56 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh City officials are looking into allowing leashed dogs in Polson Park. 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

All about pickleball

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Wikepedia 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 combines elements of badminton, tennis and table

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 regional district officials for months. RDNO officials ordered the club to stop operating

Food going to waste?

Aug 17, 2017 / 1:30 pm

Photo: Contributed A pile of what appears to be perfectly good corn dumped in the local landfill is creating a stir on social media. The owner of a company that was seen dumping corn at the local landfill has responded on Facebook to

Body found in tent

Aug 17, 2017 / 9:52 am

Photo: Contributed RCMP are investigating the discovery of a body on Mission Flats Road in Kamloops. Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says a citizen saw a tent behind a tree, Wednesday, as he was walking along the Thompson River, next to Mission Flats

Mayor pans racist rally

Aug 16, 2017 / 4:23 pm

Photo: CTV The World Coalition Against Islam Canada is organizing a rally in front of Vancouver City Hall on Saturday. Right-wing extremists may find themselves seriously outnumbered at a rally planned for Saturday in Vancouver. The gathering,

Two arrested in stabbing

Aug 16, 2017 / 4:13 pm

Photo: Contributed Police have arrested two Surrey men following a stabbing in Harrison Hot Springs over the weekend. “The arrests stem from a call made to Agassiz RCMP on Aug. 12, that a man in the 100 block of Lillooet Avenue