Caitlin Clow

St. James Catholic Church in Vernon was empty on Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in line with restrictions on religious gatherings amid COVID-19. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star file)

In-person worship should be deemed essential: Vernon city councillor

Council to consider penning letter to province supporting the declaration of essential worship with safety protocols in place

St. James Catholic Church in Vernon was empty on Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in line with restrictions on religious gatherings amid COVID-19. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star file)
An early morning two-vehicle collision slowed traffic on Highway 6 and Kalmalka Lake Road Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Two-vehicle crash on Highway 6 in Vernon

Two vehicles are involved in an incident at Kalamalka Lake Road; more to come

An early morning two-vehicle collision slowed traffic on Highway 6 and Kalmalka Lake Road Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill donated a collective $5,000 to the Upper Room Mission and Starfish Pack Program on Jan. 6, 2021, as part of its Dish out Kindness campaign, which ran through the month of December. (Contributed)

Vernon sports club dishes out $5K to local charities

Rosters donates $2,500 for Upper Room Mission, Starfish Packs in Christmas fundraiser

The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill donated a collective $5,000 to the Upper Room Mission and Starfish Pack Program on Jan. 6, 2021, as part of its Dish out Kindness campaign, which ran through the month of December. (Contributed)
Masks required signage in a store window. (Ashley Wadhwani - Black Press Media file)

Armstrong waitress shares story of anti-masker’s tirade

The waitress hopes her story will help others understand what serving during a pandemic entails

Masks required signage in a store window. (Ashley Wadhwani - Black Press Media file)
Crime Stoppers is seeking tips on two unsolved crimes in the Lake Country area involving a stolen 2001 Indian Motorcycle and an attempted fraud at a local financial institution. (Contributed)

Lake Country police seek tips on 2 unsolved cases

Stolen 2001 Indian motorcycle, attempted fraud still need solving: Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is seeking tips on two unsolved crimes in the Lake Country area involving a stolen 2001 Indian Motorcycle and an attempted fraud at a local financial institution. (Contributed)
To date, the only public trail in the Adventure Bay development is known as the Tavistock Nature Trail, but the City of Vernon said Jan. 6, 2021, an agreement has been made to add in public trail access and park. (City of Vernon)

Public trail access, park coming to Vernon’s Adventure Bay

Adventure Bay trail access a contentious issue among trail users

To date, the only public trail in the Adventure Bay development is known as the Tavistock Nature Trail, but the City of Vernon said Jan. 6, 2021, an agreement has been made to add in public trail access and park. (City of Vernon)
Traffic is stalled Jan. 5, 2021, on Highway 97A after a multi-vehicle collision closed the highway Wednesday morning. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

2 children reportedly airlifted to Kelowna hospital following Enderby crash

Five taken to hospital; Hwy. 97A remains closed following three-vehicle collision

Traffic is stalled Jan. 5, 2021, on Highway 97A after a multi-vehicle collision closed the highway Wednesday morning. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Interior Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care facility on 27th Street. (kaigo.ca photo)

10 new COVID-19 cases linked to Vernon outbreaks

A total of 52 people have contracted the virus and one person has died

Interior Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care facility on 27th Street. (kaigo.ca photo)
The City of Vernon is considering amending the OCP to allow for future development that would see nearly 200 homes added to Vernon’s hillside neighbourhood of Turtle Mountain. (City of Vernon)

City eyes expansion of Vernon’s Turtle Mountain

Item set to go to public hearing Jan. 11

The City of Vernon is considering amending the OCP to allow for future development that would see nearly 200 homes added to Vernon’s hillside neighbourhood of Turtle Mountain. (City of Vernon)
Vernon Search and Rescue assisted three stuck snowmobilers on Hunters Range east of Enderby Jan. 3, 2021. (VSAR - Contributed)

Snowmobilers rescued near Enderby

Vernon Search and Rescue members unstick three sledders around Hunters Range

Vernon Search and Rescue assisted three stuck snowmobilers on Hunters Range east of Enderby Jan. 3, 2021. (VSAR - Contributed)
Single-lane alternating traffic in place on Highway 97 near Falkland Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (File - Pixabay)

Highway 97 down to single lane near Falkland

Vehicle incident reported by provincial agency, investigation underway

Single-lane alternating traffic in place on Highway 97 near Falkland Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (File - Pixabay)
The Ribbons of Green Trails Society and Friends of the Okanagan Rail Trail are calling on the Regional District of North Okanagan to install two chemical toilets at Kekuli Bay to serve Okanagan Rail Trail users. (File)

No where to go in winter: advocacy group calls for more toilets on Okanagan Rail Trail

Vernon trails society calls for two toilets between Coldstream and Lake Country for rail trail users

The Ribbons of Green Trails Society and Friends of the Okanagan Rail Trail are calling on the Regional District of North Okanagan to install two chemical toilets at Kekuli Bay to serve Okanagan Rail Trail users. (File)
RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Police dog helps nab prolific Enderby offender

New Year’s Day situation follows man from reported B&E to ATV incident

RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Wendy Innes-Shaw shared this snapshot of a woman walking her black sheep on Lake Country’s Pelmewash Parkway Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Wendy Innes-Shaw - Facebook)

Sheep strolls on Lake Country parkway

Area residents swap sheep stories online after Sunday sighting

Wendy Innes-Shaw shared this snapshot of a woman walking her black sheep on Lake Country’s Pelmewash Parkway Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Wendy Innes-Shaw - Facebook)
Good news year in review cover. (Caitlin Clow - Photo illustration)

Goodbye 2020

Let us ring in 2021 with good health for all

Good news year in review cover. (Caitlin Clow - Photo illustration)
Nine-year-old Armstrong girl, Lucy Popowich, channels her creativity amid isolation recommendations amid the COVID-19 pandemic and creates online TV talk show for kids. (Lucy’s Channel - YouTube)

In Good News 2020: Remember when that girl in Armstrong made her own TV show in quarantine?

Lights, camera, isolation: 9-year-old channels Jimmy Fallon in means to entertain friends, family

Nine-year-old Armstrong girl, Lucy Popowich, channels her creativity amid isolation recommendations amid the COVID-19 pandemic and creates online TV talk show for kids. (Lucy’s Channel - YouTube)
Access for indoor walkers will be the south entrance door of Kal Tire Place, facing 43rd Avenue, along the brick wall. (City of Vernon)

Remember when a Vernon arena attendant saved a hockey player?

In Good News 2020 takes a look back at some of Vernon’s best ‘feel good’ stories in a year that pretty much sucked

Access for indoor walkers will be the south entrance door of Kal Tire Place, facing 43rd Avenue, along the brick wall. (City of Vernon)
Mayor Victor Cumming says Vernon has everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, left, and Prince Harry, could want right here from helicopters to the film industry. Plus there is a plethora of learning and play opportunities for baby Archie. (Dominic Lipinski - The Canadian Press)

In Good News 2020: Remember when the Royals almost moved to Vernon?

Well… maybe not ‘almost’… but if they did, the mayor said it’d be a great fit!

Mayor Victor Cumming says Vernon has everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, left, and Prince Harry, could want right here from helicopters to the film industry. Plus there is a plethora of learning and play opportunities for baby Archie. (Dominic Lipinski - The Canadian Press)
Twenty-eight centimetres fell in the past 24 hours Dec. 22, 2020. (SilverStar Facebook)

Vernon ski resort sees nearly one foot of snowfall

SilverStar a holiday winter wonderland, says communications manager

Twenty-eight centimetres fell in the past 24 hours Dec. 22, 2020. (SilverStar Facebook)
Heavy snowfall event cuts power for thousands in the Vernon region from Lake Country to Spallumcheen, BC Hydro said Dec. 22, 2020. (BC Hydro Outage Map)

Power out for thousands around Vernon, Lake Country

Snowfall event knocks power in region: BC Hydro

Heavy snowfall event cuts power for thousands in the Vernon region from Lake Country to Spallumcheen, BC Hydro said Dec. 22, 2020. (BC Hydro Outage Map)