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A new fire has been reported between Sicamous and Malakwa July 28. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)

New wildfire sparked in Shuswap

Blaze off Highway 1 between Malakwa and Sicamous

A new fire has been reported between Sicamous and Malakwa July 28. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)
Two firefighters, Nathan Martin and Captain Chad Graham, have taken a water tender down to assist the BC Wildfire Service in their fight with the Christie Mountain Fire. (CSRD photo)

Cigarette believed to have sparked Falkland fire

Small blaze ignited while residents are on evacuation alert due to Westwold blaze

Two firefighters, Nathan Martin and Captain Chad Graham, have taken a water tender down to assist the BC Wildfire Service in their fight with the Christie Mountain Fire. (CSRD photo)
Nearly 100 soldiers from first Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry arrived at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp Aug. 26 to complete a deployment of approximately 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel assigned to Operation LENTUS. (1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, public affairs)

Canadian Armed Forces staged in Vernon for fire help

Firefighting assistance sees 250 personnel land at Army Camp

Nearly 100 soldiers from first Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry arrived at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp Aug. 26 to complete a deployment of approximately 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel assigned to Operation LENTUS. (1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, public affairs)
Original Joe’s, at the Shops at Polson plaza, is temporarily closed. (Google Maps image)

COVID-19 closes another Vernon restaurant

Original Joe’s is reportedly closed due to a case of the coronavirus

Original Joe’s, at the Shops at Polson plaza, is temporarily closed. (Google Maps image)
Three fire danger rating signs, to the tune of $10,000 each, are being placed at firehalls on Westside Road. (RDCO photo)

Wildfire danger rating improvements en route to Westside

3 new fire warning signs to the tune of $30,000

Three fire danger rating signs, to the tune of $10,000 each, are being placed at firehalls on Westside Road. (RDCO photo)
COVID-19 vaccines can be obtained at any time, no appointment necessary, at clinics across Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: COVID-19 vaccination clinics come to Cherryville, Vernon

Interior Health has now given out more than one million doses

COVID-19 vaccines can be obtained at any time, no appointment necessary, at clinics across Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Wyatt Rand helps with filling the Kelowna Community Fridge on April 24. Located at 1310 Bertram Street, the outdoor pantry and fridge is now accessible 24/7 for dropoff and pickups. (Aaron Hemens/Kelowna Capital News)

Community fridge opening in Lake Country

Volunteers get a boost from district towards new initiative

Wyatt Rand helps with filling the Kelowna Community Fridge on April 24. Located at 1310 Bertram Street, the outdoor pantry and fridge is now accessible 24/7 for dropoff and pickups. (Aaron Hemens/Kelowna Capital News)
Lake Country Brewing Company has plans to open up in the Highway 97 plaza in town. (Contributed)

New brew pub planned for Lake Country

Food trucks, outdoor patio on tap for former Routes Grill location

Lake Country Brewing Company has plans to open up in the Highway 97 plaza in town. (Contributed)
Gary's Woodfired Pizza got some slack on the weekend for operating an open flame in Lake Country. (Contributed)

Vernon business gets Lake Country residents fired up

Wood fired pizza truck operating with exemption, while barbecues banned in parks

Gary's Woodfired Pizza got some slack on the weekend for operating an open flame in Lake Country. (Contributed)
A fire at the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary was quickly doused on the weekend. (Antoinette Monod photo)

Firefighters save bunny sanctuary from blaze in Lake Country

No bunny was injured at Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary

A fire at the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary was quickly doused on the weekend. (Antoinette Monod photo)
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)

Edgewood fire evacuation order downgraded to alert

Hundreds allowed to return home

The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy and VPAG board president Andrew Powell at the Midsummer's Eve of the Arts fundraiser July 21. (VPAG photo)
Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy and VPAG board president Andrew Powell at the Midsummer's Eve of the Arts fundraiser July 21. (VPAG photo)
Okanagan Indian Band kids recently enjoyed a fun, safe day on the lake thanks to the donation of lifejackets for the children. (Cultural Immersion School photo)

Okanagan Indian Band kids buoyed by lifejacket donation

Vernon resident doubles donation to keep kids safe

Okanagan Indian Band kids recently enjoyed a fun, safe day on the lake thanks to the donation of lifejackets for the children. (Cultural Immersion School photo)
Sylvan Lake has banned charcoal barbecues in parks because of safety risks. Too many people were disposing of hot coals improperly.
Photo from pixabay.com

Barbecues banned in Lake Country parks

Extreme fire danger prompts prohibition of open flames in public

Sylvan Lake has banned charcoal barbecues in parks because of safety risks. Too many people were disposing of hot coals improperly.
Photo from pixabay.com
Five fires sparked near the Monashee Provincial Park are estimated to be burning more than 1,700 hectares, collectively. (BC Wildfire Services)

Monashee wildfires see massive growth in North Okanagan

5 fires continue to burn out of control near Monashee Provincial Park; burning more than 1,700 hectares collectively

Five fires sparked near the Monashee Provincial Park are estimated to be burning more than 1,700 hectares, collectively. (BC Wildfire Services)
Hornby Island's newest glamping experience is at Fossil Beach Farms. Photo supplied.

Ditch the tent for a glampsite at Vernon ranch

Historic O’Keefe Ranch working on unique accommodations

Hornby Island's newest glamping experience is at Fossil Beach Farms. Photo supplied.
Vernon hosted the 55+ BC Games in 2017, with many operations centred at the Vernon Visitor Centre. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon’s defunct tourist centre may play part in B.C. Games

Winter Games coming to town in February 2022

Vernon hosted the 55+ BC Games in 2017, with many operations centred at the Vernon Visitor Centre. (Morning Star file photo)
My Place is being twinned with an additional supportive housing building expected to break ground next week on the site. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Ground breaking for more affordable housing in Vernon

Twinning of My Place by BC Housing

My Place is being twinned with an additional supportive housing building expected to break ground next week on the site. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A brush fire close to the Chevron station on 32nd Street July 17 at 4:30 a.m. was one of four fires in 12 hours dealt with successfully by Vernon Fire Rescue Services. (@vernonfirefighters photo)

Firefighters ready in event of Vernon emergency

Increased staffing and additional crews on during these extreme conditions

A brush fire close to the Chevron station on 32nd Street July 17 at 4:30 a.m. was one of four fires in 12 hours dealt with successfully by Vernon Fire Rescue Services. (@vernonfirefighters photo)
In memory of long-time member Joe Fabi, the Vernon Tennis Association is hosting an informal dedication to his memory at Marshall Field on Saturday, July 24, at 4 p.m.  All tennis players, family, friends and acquaintances of Joe are invited to attend. (Vernon Tennis Association photo)

Memorial toast served up for Vernon tennis staple

Joe Fabi celebrated at Marshall Field Saturday

In memory of long-time member Joe Fabi, the Vernon Tennis Association is hosting an informal dedication to his memory at Marshall Field on Saturday, July 24, at 4 p.m.  All tennis players, family, friends and acquaintances of Joe are invited to attend. (Vernon Tennis Association photo)