Brendan Shykora

(Anna Shultz/Facebook)

Pair of educated Ukrainians seeking work in Vernon

A week ago Nick Zrazh and Max Yenin fled Mariupol, a city completely destroyed by the Russian invasion

(Anna Shultz/Facebook)
Vernon’s Dyra Pridham is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree and will give the valedictory address at Ceremony 2 at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Prince George campus on May 27, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vernon mother caps off educational journey as UNBC valedictorian

Dyra Pridham excelled in her MBA studies years after starting a family, proof that there are plenty of paths to get to success

Vernon’s Dyra Pridham is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree and will give the valedictory address at Ceremony 2 at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Prince George campus on May 27, 2022. (Submitted photo)
A fresh coat of rainbow-coloured paint can now be seen on an Armstrong sidewalk, in celebration of the local LGBTQ+ community. The city will officially unveil the sidewalk in June 2022. (Curtis Kayfish/Facebook)

Armstrong sidewalk gets fresh coat of rainbow paint

New rainbow sidewalk in celebration of LGBTQ2S+ community can be seen in front of the city’s welcome sign

A fresh coat of rainbow-coloured paint can now be seen on an Armstrong sidewalk, in celebration of the local LGBTQ+ community. The city will officially unveil the sidewalk in June 2022. (Curtis Kayfish/Facebook)
An example of a counterfeit Canadian $100 bank note. (File photo)

Counterfeit bills circulating in North Okanagan

Police have seen numerous fakes since May 5, most of which are Canadian $50 bills

An example of a counterfeit Canadian $100 bank note. (File photo)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu met with Anne and Pat from the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxillary, presenting them with a proclamation in honour of #healthcareauxiliaryday May 7, 2022. (Harwinder Sandhu)

Sandhu bestows ‘token of gratitude’ on Vernon hospital auxiliary volunteers

The Vernon-Monashee MLA offered VJH volunteers a proclamation to mark Healthcare Auxiliary Day

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu met with Anne and Pat from the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxillary, presenting them with a proclamation in honour of #healthcareauxiliaryday May 7, 2022. (Harwinder Sandhu)
The Downtown Vernon Association surveyed its business members on whether they support a downtown block closure for two months this summer, which would be a repeat of last year’s pedestrian plaza on 30th Avenue. The survey, which council discussed May 9, 2022, found that 42 per cent of respondents strongly support the idea. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Survey finds strong support overall for downtown Vernon block closure

While parking was the biggest concern among businesses, 42 per cent are strongly in favour of making a pedestrian plaza this summer

The Downtown Vernon Association surveyed its business members on whether they support a downtown block closure for two months this summer, which would be a repeat of last year’s pedestrian plaza on 30th Avenue. The survey, which council discussed May 9, 2022, found that 42 per cent of respondents strongly support the idea. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)
Armstrong residents are being encouraged to protect their properties from potential spring flooding during the 2022 spring freshet season. (City of Armstrong photo)

Armstrong residents reminded to prepare for flooding with spring freshets delayed

Freshet-induced flooding could still be on the way as temperatures have been cooler than usual

Armstrong residents are being encouraged to protect their properties from potential spring flooding during the 2022 spring freshet season. (City of Armstrong photo)
There have been a few growing pains with Vernon’s new organics and garbage curbside collection program, which launched May 2, 2022. (City of Vernon photo)

Garbage and organics collection issues persist in Vernon

The city shared a video of the new automated collection trucks, which require bins to be spaced out

There have been a few growing pains with Vernon’s new organics and garbage curbside collection program, which launched May 2, 2022. (City of Vernon photo)
More than 70 butterflies were released in Polson Park in Vernon Thursday, May 12, 2022, for a project organized by W.L. Seaton Secondary students Polina Ignatyeva, Ava Marginson (pictured), and Natalie Fux. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Butterfly release in Vernon inspires hope for the future

While creating the project, Seaton students learned they’re far from alone in wanting to protect the environment

More than 70 butterflies were released in Polson Park in Vernon Thursday, May 12, 2022, for a project organized by W.L. Seaton Secondary students Polina Ignatyeva, Ava Marginson (pictured), and Natalie Fux. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A block party in Coldstream came as the result of a Neighbourhood Small Grant prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program in the North Okanagan is accepting applications until Monday, May 16, 2022. (Contributed)

Deadline nears to apply for Neighbourhood Small Grants in the North Okanagan

The $500 grants can be used for community-building projects; deadline to apply is May 16

A block party in Coldstream came as the result of a Neighbourhood Small Grant prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program in the North Okanagan is accepting applications until Monday, May 16, 2022. (Contributed)
(Jacob Brett/Contributed)

Okanagan Rail Trail access point to close while upgrades are installed

KM0 Gateway in Coldstream to fully close May 16, expected to reopen in time for long weekend

(Jacob Brett/Contributed)
A Spallumcheen resident on Round Lake Road will be compensated roughly $350,000 by the township after his home was sold in a tax sale without notice, according to a B.C. Supreme Court decision on May 6, 2022. (Google Street View)

Procedures have been reformed, Spallumcheen officials say after costly Supreme Court decision

The township was ordered to pay a resident $350K for selling his land in a tax sale without notifying him

A Spallumcheen resident on Round Lake Road will be compensated roughly $350,000 by the township after his home was sold in a tax sale without notice, according to a B.C. Supreme Court decision on May 6, 2022. (Google Street View)
The price of a litre of regular gas surpassed $2 in Vernon Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Gas prices over $2 per litre in Vernon

Fuel prices in Canada continue to break records

The price of a litre of regular gas surpassed $2 in Vernon Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Highway 97 A temporarily closed north of Enderby for rock stabilization work Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (DriveBC photo)

Highway 97A closed north of Enderby for rock stabilization

The highway is expected to reopen around 11 a.m. Wednesday

Highway 97 A temporarily closed north of Enderby for rock stabilization work Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (DriveBC photo)
W.L. Seaton Secondary School students are hosting a butterfly release in Polson Park in Vernon at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Black Press file photo).

Release the butterflies: Vernon students propagating at-risk insects ahead of climate action summit

Students will release abut 70 butterflies in Polson Park at 11 a.m. Thursday

W.L. Seaton Secondary School students are hosting a butterfly release in Polson Park in Vernon at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Black Press file photo).
A Spallumcheen resident on Round Lake Road will be compensated roughly $350,000 by the township after his home was sold in a tax sale without notice, according to a B.C. Supreme Court decision on May 6, 2022. (Google Street View)

Spallumcheen ordered to pay $350K for selling resident’s land in tax sale without notice

The township sold the nine acres — then worth about $159,000 — due to about $7,700 in unpaid property taxes

A Spallumcheen resident on Round Lake Road will be compensated roughly $350,000 by the township after his home was sold in a tax sale without notice, according to a B.C. Supreme Court decision on May 6, 2022. (Google Street View)
Drinking water. (sonsart/Shutterstock)

UPDATE: Water to shut off for Mabel Lake customers moved to Monday, May 16

Planned construction work will shut off service for nine hours; was to have happened Thursday, May 12 (today)

Drinking water. (sonsart/Shutterstock)
Salmon Arm Secondary students compete in Vernon's Ellison Provincial Park Thursday, May 5, 2022, in an event hosted by the Vernon High School Mountain Bike Team. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

High school mountain bikers race through the rain in Vernon

Twice sidelined because of COVID, the students weren’t going to let a little fainfall stop them this year

Salmon Arm Secondary students compete in Vernon's Ellison Provincial Park Thursday, May 5, 2022, in an event hosted by the Vernon High School Mountain Bike Team. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Crimes involving Vernon’s street entrenched population have dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter and the same months in 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon sees decline in crimes involving street entrenched population

First three months of 2022 show a 30 per cent drop in street-entrenched crimes over previous quarter

Crimes involving Vernon’s street entrenched population have dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter and the same months in 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Campbell River-based Cascadia Air is looking to establish daily flights between Vernon and Vancouver. The company is seeking approval from the City of Vernon with a letter to be put before council on Monday, May 9, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

B.C. airline proposes running daily flights from Vernon to Vancouver

Cascadia Air is seeking council’s approval to run an eight-passenger flight between the cities

Campbell River-based Cascadia Air is looking to establish daily flights between Vernon and Vancouver. The company is seeking approval from the City of Vernon with a letter to be put before council on Monday, May 9, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)