Darren Handschuh
[email protected]
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

They made it to Everest

Mar 24, 2023 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Facebook It was a long haul, but they made it. A Vernon family has successfully hiked to the basecamp at Mount Everest. Tyson, Shannon and their four-year-old twins Bexley and Lidija made it to the base of the highest mountain

Animal cruelty charges

Mar 24, 2023 / 10:25 am

Photo: Pixabay An arrest warrant has been issued for a Coldstream kennel owner who failed to appear in court Thursday on an animal cruelty charge. Monika McIntosh is facing one count of animal cruelty for an incident that took place between

Prepare for rising creeks

Mar 24, 2023 / 10:08 am

Photo: File photo The snow is melting, creek levels are rising, and Armstrong officials are urging residents to be prepared for the spring freshet. The thaw of snow and ice will see water levels rise in Meighan and Deep Creeks. Throughout

Big bucks for VSAR

Mar 24, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: VSAR Vernon Search and Rescue has received a $91,000 boost from the province. Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu has announced the funding Thursday. The Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society will receive $19,500, and the Seymour

RCMP investigate grass fire

Mar 23, 2023 / 5:44 pm

Photo: File photo UPDATE 5:42 p.m. At approximately 3:20 p.m., Vernon Fire Rescue Services was dispatched to a report of a grass fire in the 4700-block of 31st Street, along the railway tracks. The fire was approximately 20-feet by 40-feet

Mental health help

Mar 20, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pexels It's time to Ignite the Magic of Your Mind. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, by age 40, about 50% of the population will have, or have had a mental illness. And an upcoming speaking event aims to

Long and winding road

Mar 19, 2023 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Dorte Kargut’s road to fulfilling employment was a long and windy journey. She has come a long way from pushing a food cart through the winding halls beneath Vernon Jubilee Hospital to her current role as an administrator

Fun for children of all ages

Mar 19, 2023 / 4:00 am

There is so much going on at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre the fun has spilled into the parking lot. The second annual North Okanagan Children's Festival wraps up today with plenty things to see and do. This year’s

Let the Games begin!

Mar 19, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Cross Country BC The BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon are less than a week away. Opening ceremonies take place Thursday, at 7 p.m. at Kal Tire Place, where more than 1,300 of B.C.’s emerging high-performance athletes are set

Finding a new life

Mar 18, 2023 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed It was a change of life Cynthia Roberts had not planned on. The office building where the 63-year-old worked in Calgary burned down and staff were laid off. However, Roberts wasn’t ready to retire. She could


Castanet pays for news tips. Email us a news tip, photo, or video and your name will be in a draw for our weekly news tip prize $25. Email us [email protected]


Member of the RTNDA