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

Guilty pleas in shooting

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:30 pm

Photo: Contributed A North Okanagan man has indicated he will plead guilty to lesser charges in a shooting incident in 2015. In a Salmon Arm court room, Norman Dybdal entered pleas to one count of aggravated assault and one count of using

Jail time for robbery

Jun 23, 2017 / 4:34 pm

Photo: Google Street View Robert Toth pleaded guilty to robbing a Vernon Esso station. Robert Toth will spend more time behind bars after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, Friday. Toth entered guilty pleas on charges of robbery

Flood cleanup begins

Jun 23, 2017 / 10:00 am

Photo: Jerry Mason The Village of Lumby is starting its sandbag cleanup. The water is receding and now the cleanup begins. With the risk of flooding subsided, the Village of Lumby has entered into a recovery phase and will now focus on

Motorcyclist dies in crash

Jun 23, 2017 / 9:40 am

Photo: Contributed A Kamloops man is dead following a motorcycle accident. A 32-year-old Kamloops man is dead following a motorcycle accident Thursday evening. RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said police received a report of a single-vehicle motorcycle

Suspicious death in East Van

Jun 22, 2017 / 9:41 am

Photo: CTV Emergency personnel at scene of possible homicide. Vancouver police are investigating a possible homicide in East Vancouver. Police were called after a man was found in the parking lot of Kingsgate Mall at 370 East Broadway

The gift of being scammed

Jun 16, 2017 / 11:52 am

Photo: Contributed A new pyramid scheme is making the rounds in B.C. Called a "gifting pyramid scheme," the latest variation of the scam has popped up in Coquitlam. RCMP investigators are hoping to put a stop to the scheme,

9 years for park shootout

Jun 16, 2017 / 11:30 am

Photo: Contributed Jacob Lowes was handed a nine-year sentence for the Polson Park shootout. A man convicted of participating in a gunfight at Vernon's Polson Park in 2014 has been sentenced to nine years in jail. Justice Peter Rogers

Shooter to be sentenced

Jun 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Jacob Lowes is to be sentenced in Supreme Court today for a gunfight in Polson Park. A man found guilty for his part in a shootout at a local park should find out Friday how much time he will spend behind bars. Jacob

Getting the lead out

Jun 15, 2017 / 3:18 pm

Photo: Contributed Officials in the Kamloops school district have come up with a protocol to get lead out of school water systems. School officials in Kamloops are working on getting the lead out. After studies found elevated levels of

Milestone for historic site

Jun 15, 2017 / 2:33 pm

As the nation gears up to celebrate a Canadian milestone, Historic O'Keefe Ranch was celebrating one of its own a little bit earlier. On July 1, Canada turns 150, two weeks after the North Okanagan ranch reached the same age. On Thursday,