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Residents of Vernon are being reminded they can help local organizations serving those in need by giving up their spare change to one of five Kindness Parking Meters located in the downtown core. Donations have continually dipped since the program’s inception in 2016. (Morning Star file)

Try parking a little kindness in downtown Vernon

City’s Kindness Meters collect change for local organizations that help those in need

 

The pride flag (right) was raised at Vernon City Hall Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 to kick off pride week events in the city. The city is developing a flag policy and will install a new single-raising flag pole somewhere on the Civic Plaza grounds in 2023. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon ready to fly single-raising flag pole

Pole will be erected on the grounds of Civic Plaza in 2023

 

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Vernon taxes trimmed back slightly

Taxpayers were looking at a 4.79 per cent hike; will now be 4.57 per cent

 

The City of Vernon wants input from four of its committees before 
approving a staff recommendation to amend a zoning bylaw that would prohibit new drive-thru services and drive-thru vehicular services in all city zones except for light industrial. (Google Street View)

Vernon council stalls drive-thru curb request

Staff looks to amend zoning bylaw to prohibit new drive-thrus in all city zones except one

The City of Vernon wants input from four of its committees before 
approving a staff recommendation to amend a zoning bylaw that would prohibit new drive-thru services and drive-thru vehicular services in all city zones except for light industrial. (Google Street View)
Vernon council begins discussions on its five-year financial plan from 2023-2027 Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5 and 6. Public input can be given Monday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (File photo)

Vernon council talks budget Monday and Tuesday

Deliberations include three tax hike options ranging from 4.89% to 5.22%

Vernon council begins discussions on its five-year financial plan from 2023-2027 Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5 and 6. Public input can be given Monday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (File photo)
The City of Vernon has lost an appeal of a decision to reinstate a Vernon Fire Rescue Services captain to active duty after having had sex with a colleague in the fire chief's office, after a ruling by the B.C. Labour Relations Board. (File photo)

Late trio of Vernon councillors to be memorialized

Council votes, but not unanimously, to honour commitments to office, community of Nahal, Spiers, Nicol

The City of Vernon has lost an appeal of a decision to reinstate a Vernon Fire Rescue Services captain to active duty after having had sex with a colleague in the fire chief's office, after a ruling by the B.C. Labour Relations Board. (File photo)
Patti Bridal, who has been with the City of Vernon for nearly 20 years, has been appointed the city’s new Chief Administrative Officer, effective Dec. 10. (City of Vernon photo)

Bridal groomed for Vernon CAO position

Patti Bridal becomes chief administrative officer Dec. 10; has held numerous positions at city hall

Patti Bridal, who has been with the City of Vernon for nearly 20 years, has been appointed the city’s new Chief Administrative Officer, effective Dec. 10. (City of Vernon photo)
Coldstream’s first-ever woman mayor, Ruth Hoyte, takes her seat between chief administrative officer Trevor Seibel (left) and corporate officer Keri-Ann Austin after being officially sworn in Monday, Nov. 7. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Historic moment: Coldstream’s first female mayor sworn in

Vernon and Coldstream councils officially sworn in to office Monday, Nov. 7

Coldstream’s first-ever woman mayor, Ruth Hoyte, takes her seat between chief administrative officer Trevor Seibel (left) and corporate officer Keri-Ann Austin after being officially sworn in Monday, Nov. 7. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Snow first started to blanket Vernon last Thursday evening, and has since buried leaves before they could be cleaned up. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

UPDATE: Snow puts a damper on fall leaf pickup for Vernon residents

Fall program delivered by Emterra Environmental underway Nov. 14-18

Snow first started to blanket Vernon last Thursday evening, and has since buried leaves before they could be cleaned up. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)
Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)

Penticton issues warning after report of city worker impersonator

The man attempted to gain access to a home to allegedly test the tap water

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)
Vernon council could look considerably different, or remain virtually the same, following the municipal election Saturday, Oct. 15. The current council took the opportunity at its final pre-election meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11, to say thanks to staff and to one another for the past four-year term. (File photo)

Vernon council shares potential last words

To a person, the current council said it’s been an honour to serve; all are running in Saturday’s vote

Vernon council could look considerably different, or remain virtually the same, following the municipal election Saturday, Oct. 15. The current council took the opportunity at its final pre-election meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11, to say thanks to staff and to one another for the past four-year term. (File photo)
The Vernon Kokanee Swim Club has waded into the Active Living Centre debate, calling for the new facility to be built and encouraging eligible voters to get out and cast their ballot on the Oct. 15 borrowing referendum. (File photo)

Vernon swim club wades into new pool debate

Vernon Kokanee Swim Club favour building a new 50-metre facility at the Kin Race Track site

The Vernon Kokanee Swim Club has waded into the Active Living Centre debate, calling for the new facility to be built and encouraging eligible voters to get out and cast their ballot on the Oct. 15 borrowing referendum. (File photo)
Advance polling begins Wednesday, Oct. 5, in North Okanagan communities for the Oct. 15 general election. (Black Press - file photo)

North Okanagan advance polling begins

Municipalities will host one, two or three polls ahead of Oct. 15 general election

Advance polling begins Wednesday, Oct. 5, in North Okanagan communities for the Oct. 15 general election. (Black Press - file photo)
City of Armstrong has an interim chief financial officer in place, filling a maternity leave role. (Morning Star - file photo)

Armstrong names interim CFO

Mo Choudhary brings wealth of experience to city position

City of Armstrong has an interim chief financial officer in place, filling a maternity leave role. (Morning Star - file photo)
The Vernon Ladies Slo-Pitch League was one of the last to use the diamonds at Kin Race Track Park as their home fields. The City of Vernon is recommending removing all four diamonds from the facility. (Morning Star - file photo)

No joy in Mudville – Vernon ball diamonds set for removal

The four fields at Kin Race Track Park have not been used/booked in the past three years

The Vernon Ladies Slo-Pitch League was one of the last to use the diamonds at Kin Race Track Park as their home fields. The City of Vernon is recommending removing all four diamonds from the facility. (Morning Star - file photo)
The City of Vernon is accepting applications for the fall intake of its 2022 Sustainability Grants program. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon offers sustainable grants

Program encourages participation in actions that promote environmental resiliency at community level

The City of Vernon is accepting applications for the fall intake of its 2022 Sustainability Grants program. (Black Press file photo)
The City of Vernon is reminding residents changes are coming in regards to floral tributes and leaving trinkets on gravesites at Vernon’s Pleasant Valley Cemetery. (Google Maps photo)

Vernon cemetery changes affect flower tributes, trinkets

City sends out reminder to residents about upcoming changes

The City of Vernon is reminding residents changes are coming in regards to floral tributes and leaving trinkets on gravesites at Vernon’s Pleasant Valley Cemetery. (Google Maps photo)
The City of Vernon is clarifying the borrowing funds and tax impact to Vernon residents should the Oct. 15 referendum on an Active Living Centre be successful. (File photo)

Vernon active living centre tax impact clarified

If referendum passes, residential taxes to raise nearly $300 over 4-year period

The City of Vernon is clarifying the borrowing funds and tax impact to Vernon residents should the Oct. 15 referendum on an Active Living Centre be successful. (File photo)
The historic Peanut Pool at Vernon’s Lakeview Park is being deconstructed, to be replaced by new pool in 2023. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Historic Vernon pool shelled by machinery

Peanut Pool being demolished this week; new facility at Lakeview Park to open in summer 2023

The historic Peanut Pool at Vernon’s Lakeview Park is being deconstructed, to be replaced by new pool in 2023. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Pictus the Cactus is among three characters set up to help relieve the heat at the City of Vernon pop-up spray park which opened Monday, July 25, at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place. (Brittany Webster - Morning Star)

Vernon pop-up spray park cooling down citizens

City of Vernon launches summer spray park at old Kin Race Track site, Monday to Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.

Pictus the Cactus is among three characters set up to help relieve the heat at the City of Vernon pop-up spray park which opened Monday, July 25, at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place. (Brittany Webster - Morning Star)
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