Caitlin Clow

A police investigation continues following a sudden death at a Vernon motel on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The death is being treated as suspicious. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon hotel murder case back in court next month

Woman charged with second-degree murder to have case back on docket Nov. 25

A police investigation continues following a sudden death at a Vernon motel on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The death is being treated as suspicious. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Lake Country’s parks team takes a break while planting trees at the Oyama dog park for a photo at the new sign urging residents to shop local. (District of Lake Country photo)

Lake Country encourages local spending with contest

District and chamber to check the pulse this Small Business Week

Lake Country’s parks team takes a break while planting trees at the Oyama dog park for a photo at the new sign urging residents to shop local. (District of Lake Country photo)
The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Vernon BMX wraps strange season

Club’s 39th year at Ranger Park manoeuvres around COVID-19, heat wave, wildfire smoke

The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
 The Vernon BMX Club held the final race day of the 39th season at Ranger Park on Sept. 4, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
A 35-year-old man was arrested after becoming violent with a downtown Vernon business owner Oct. 6, 2021. (Contributed)

Man arrested after assault in downtown Vernon business

35-year-old charged with assault, uttering threats

A 35-year-old man was arrested after becoming violent with a downtown Vernon business owner Oct. 6, 2021. (Contributed)
Glen Taylor, Field of Scream’s operations manager, is excited to see people return to the Historic O’Keefe Ranch this spooky season after COVID-19 cancelled last year’s event. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Screams slice silence at Spallumcheen ranch

Field of Screams happy to terrify guests this spooky season

Glen Taylor, Field of Scream’s operations manager, is excited to see people return to the Historic O’Keefe Ranch this spooky season after COVID-19 cancelled last year’s event. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Seasonal security was added to Vernon’s downtown core between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. (Jesse Major - Black Press file)

Downtown Vernon security doubles observations in second year

Overnight security records 1,751 files, alerts authorities of fire, watermain break, attempted arson and B&E

Seasonal security was added to Vernon’s downtown core between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. (Jesse Major - Black Press file)
The province is funding 16 new affordable rental homes on Okanagan Indian Band land. (Pixabay photo).

Province backs Okanagan Indian Band’s affordable housing project

16 new homes to be built on reserve thanks to $1.7M investment

The province is funding 16 new affordable rental homes on Okanagan Indian Band land. (Pixabay photo).
Spallumcheen’s Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000-pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Pumpkin Festival which goes Oct. 9. (AS Chamber Photo)

Armstrong youth can take aim with catapult at Harvest Pumpkin Festival

Great Pumpkin Weigh-in returns this weekend; last year’s winner weighed in at 1,000 pounds

Spallumcheen’s Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000-pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Pumpkin Festival which goes Oct. 9. (AS Chamber Photo)
Neuron Mobility said last weekend’s vandalism incident was isolated and Vernon’s first case since the e-scooter company’s launch in July. (Zac J Blac/Facebook photo)

Vernon’s first instance of e-scooter vandalism an isolated incident: Neuron Mobility

Company says damaged scooters were immediately locked and taken out of fleet for repairs

Neuron Mobility said last weekend’s vandalism incident was isolated and Vernon’s first case since the e-scooter company’s launch in July. (Zac J Blac/Facebook photo)
The Canadian Mental Health Association and Kokanee Swim Club were awarded funds through Funtastic’s Community Grant Program this month. (Contributed)

Funtastic gives Vernon organizations a boost

Nearly $6K in funds divvied up between two local groups

The Canadian Mental Health Association and Kokanee Swim Club were awarded funds through Funtastic’s Community Grant Program this month. (Contributed)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are turning to the public to help identify a suspect in an arson investigation. The suspect was seen lighting a garbage can on fire outside of a Pleasant Valley Road school on Aug. 29, 2021. (RCMP)

Tips wanted in Vernon arson investigation

Garbage can deliberately ignited outside of independent school

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are turning to the public to help identify a suspect in an arson investigation. The suspect was seen lighting a garbage can on fire outside of a Pleasant Valley Road school on Aug. 29, 2021. (RCMP)
The province adds 65 hectares to Echo Lake provincial park through Bill 17. (Google Maps - Exploratory Glory)

Province adds 65 hectares to this North Okanagan park

Bill 17 sees more foreshore and area added to popular fishing destination

The province adds 65 hectares to Echo Lake provincial park through Bill 17. (Google Maps - Exploratory Glory)
A man identified as Dakota Samoleski was shot and killed in a Spallumcheen shooting Sept. 20, 2021. Jevon Daniel Smith, 46, is charged with second-degree murder and is set to return to court Oct. 4. (GoFundMe)

Bottle drive to fund funeral costs for Spallumcheen shooting victim

Vernon recycling centre collecting returns in memory of Dakota Samoleski

A man identified as Dakota Samoleski was shot and killed in a Spallumcheen shooting Sept. 20, 2021. Jevon Daniel Smith, 46, is charged with second-degree murder and is set to return to court Oct. 4. (GoFundMe)
A light dusting of snow fell on SilverStar Mountain Resort ahead of Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)

Snow falls on Vernon’s ski resort

SilverStar received light dusting of the white stuff

A light dusting of snow fell on SilverStar Mountain Resort ahead of Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)
Cindy Masters and Josh Winquist collect donations and hand out bags during the United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Prestige Vernon Lodge. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Drive-Thru Breakfast moves to Armstrong, Vernon Co-op gas bars

United Way’s North Okanagan Drive-Thru Breakfast bags available at Regional Cooperative

Cindy Masters and Josh Winquist collect donations and hand out bags during the United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Prestige Vernon Lodge. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)

Two arrested after gelato shop smash and grab in Vernon

Investigation links one man to string of recent break-ins downtown

La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)
The students of Len Wood Middle School planted 215 trees Tuesday, Oct. 5, in honour of the children found at the former Kamloops residential school. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Armstrong students plant 215 trees in honour of children

Len Wood students honour children found at former Kamloops residential school

The students of Len Wood Middle School planted 215 trees Tuesday, Oct. 5, in honour of the children found at the former Kamloops residential school. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)

Thieves smash doors, steal cookies from Vernon gelato shop

New business broken into Monday night; cash, iPad stolen

La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)
Petro Canada pumps selling at 157.9 Tuesday, Oct. 5, while Super Save on is selling for 143.9. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Gas jumps 14 cents in Vernon

Petro Canada selling regular fuel for 157.9

Petro Canada pumps selling at 157.9 Tuesday, Oct. 5, while Super Save on is selling for 143.9. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Oyama library closure hits community in the heart

Video shares fond memories of little branch set for closure

Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)