Jennifer Smith

The B.C. Coroners Service reported 719 sudden deaths during last summer’s heat wave, triple the number that would typically be expected in the province in a week. (Shutterstock)

Okanagan heat warning prompts tips to stay cool

Environment Canada forecasting highs of 37

The B.C. Coroners Service reported 719 sudden deaths during last summer’s heat wave, triple the number that would typically be expected in the province in a week. (Shutterstock)
Morning Star file photo

UPDATE: RCMP investigating fire possibly sparked by flare in Coldstream

Blaze on boundary of district and Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park concerning

Morning Star file photo
Focused on 2023-2033, the plan will provide a comprehensive review of the current state of trails and natural spaces. (File photo)

Public surveyed on North Okanagan trail plans

Input sessions at Farmers’ Market and Rail Trail

Focused on 2023-2033, the plan will provide a comprehensive review of the current state of trails and natural spaces. (File photo)
Rosa Galante (centre) and grandson David Rayek receive the Ultimate Staycation from Karen Savill, visitor services coordinator for the City of Vernon, and Dan Proulx, general manager of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. (GVCC photo)

Grandma wins Vernon mission with grandson

Tourism and Chamber campaign saw hundreds of entries

Rosa Galante (centre) and grandson David Rayek receive the Ultimate Staycation from Karen Savill, visitor services coordinator for the City of Vernon, and Dan Proulx, general manager of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. (GVCC photo)
Family Days bring two opportunities to bring the kids and check out the kids, and other animals and activities, at O’Keefe Ranch. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)

Family fun at the farm featured at Vernon ranch

Historic O’Keefe hosts full day of activities, twice

Family Days bring two opportunities to bring the kids and check out the kids, and other animals and activities, at O’Keefe Ranch. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)
Vernon resident Marnie Lay gets her late dad’s Calgary Flames jersey signed by Theo Fleury Friday, July 22 during his Victor Walk tour spreading hope for victims of childhood sexual abuse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Calgary Flames’ Fleury spreads hope for sexual assault victims in Vernon

Retired NHL player now dedicated to helping those struggling with traumatic pasts

Vernon resident Marnie Lay gets her late dad’s Calgary Flames jersey signed by Theo Fleury Friday, July 22 during his Victor Walk tour spreading hope for victims of childhood sexual abuse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Road construction sign, low angle view

Coldstream community centre construction causes traffic congestion

Centre and child care facility work reduces Kalamalka Road to single lane

Road construction sign, low angle view
Vernon’s Neuron e-scooters are a popular mode of travel, but there is concern over the lack of helmet use on them and related injuries. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Scooting into Okanagan emergency rooms due to lack of helmets: Interior Health

Safety reminders issued following start of Vernon and Kelowna programs

Vernon’s Neuron e-scooters are a popular mode of travel, but there is concern over the lack of helmet use on them and related injuries. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A man arrested in connection with a fire at a 20th Street townhouse late Monday, July 18, has a lengthy criminal past. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon arson suspect was on probation for Kelowna explosives charge

Lorne Paananen, 41, charged in townhouse fire has long list of criminal charges

A man arrested in connection with a fire at a 20th Street townhouse late Monday, July 18, has a lengthy criminal past. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Veteran Vernon broadcaster Betty Selin has accepted an invitation from the Vernon Community Radio Society to be its honourary fundraising campaign chairperson. (Photo submitted)

Vernon Community Radio startup delayed

CRTC grants extension, CFAV-FM plans to be on air prior to September 2023

Veteran Vernon broadcaster Betty Selin has accepted an invitation from the Vernon Community Radio Society to be its honourary fundraising campaign chairperson. (Photo submitted)
A grizzly bear was spotted in Spallumcheen recently. (Caitlin Macdonald video still)

VIDEO: North Okanagan woman has close encounter with grizzly bear

She sat at her door while the bear minded its own business and strolled through her yard

A grizzly bear was spotted in Spallumcheen recently. (Caitlin Macdonald video still)
Premier John Horgan was in Vernon June 25, 2022 meeting with the Vernon Fire Rescue Services team along with his NDP counterparts. (VFRS photo)

Showcasing Vernon to the province

OPINION: MLA tours Premier John Horgan and caucus around town

Premier John Horgan was in Vernon June 25, 2022 meeting with the Vernon Fire Rescue Services team along with his NDP counterparts. (VFRS photo)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) hosted their annual hazardous household waste roundup event in Creston on Sept. 19. Hundreds of cars passed through the parking lot of the rec centre for the four-hour event, and one-by-one they lined up and were met by volunteers who sorted through and organized whatever electronics and other hazardous items they had to offer. Volunteers from the Creston Fire Rescue, RDCK, Terrapure Environmental and other organizations sifted through large quantities of car batteries, paint, computers, TVs, DVDs, household cleaners, lightbulbs and more. Following the event, the waste was sent to a disposable facility in Kelowna for further sorting and disposal. In addition to Creston, the RDCK hosted hazardous roundup events in Kaslo, Castlegar, Silverton and Nakusp throughout the month of September.
(Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

Hazardous waste rounded up on Westside

North Westside residents can drop off paints, aeresols, computers, flammables, batteries

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) hosted their annual hazardous household waste roundup event in Creston on Sept. 19. Hundreds of cars passed through the parking lot of the rec centre for the four-hour event, and one-by-one they lined up and were met by volunteers who sorted through and organized whatever electronics and other hazardous items they had to offer. Volunteers from the Creston Fire Rescue, RDCK, Terrapure Environmental and other organizations sifted through large quantities of car batteries, paint, computers, TVs, DVDs, household cleaners, lightbulbs and more. Following the event, the waste was sent to a disposable facility in Kelowna for further sorting and disposal. In addition to Creston, the RDCK hosted hazardous roundup events in Kaslo, Castlegar, Silverton and Nakusp throughout the month of September.
(Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)
The Okanagan Similkameen Stewarship will host a Bioblitz at North Vernon Park on July 26. (OSS photo)

Bioblitz studies North Vernon Park species

Residents urged to take part

The Okanagan Similkameen Stewarship will host a Bioblitz at North Vernon Park on July 26. (OSS photo)
There are some crazy clowns, among other frightening sights at the Field of Screams corn mazes at O'Keefe Ranch this year. The Zombie Apocalypse-themed event runs nightly Thursday through Saturday. Tickets through okeeferanch.ca or on eventbrite.ca (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

North Okanagan ranch raising hairs over theme

Field of Screams hosting online contest

There are some crazy clowns, among other frightening sights at the Field of Screams corn mazes at O'Keefe Ranch this year. The Zombie Apocalypse-themed event runs nightly Thursday through Saturday. Tickets through okeeferanch.ca or on eventbrite.ca (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Gabriel Newman brings his Ghost Tours of Vernon for the 14th year this Halloween. Tours run Oct. 30 only at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Photo submitted)

Historian scares up ghost tours of Vernon

Gabe Newman is back in black to share paranormal history of downtown and lower East Hill

Gabriel Newman brings his Ghost Tours of Vernon for the 14th year this Halloween. Tours run Oct. 30 only at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Photo submitted)
Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Sexual assault charges against Vernon doctor

RCMP seeking other patients who may have had similar dealings with accused

Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band in 2019 in front of the Okanagan Military Tattoo’s ‘Castle’ (Contributed)

Okanagan Military Tattoo set to impress in Vernon

Sponsors sought to ensure disadvantaged groups get the chance to see one of 2 performances

The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band in 2019 in front of the Okanagan Military Tattoo’s ‘Castle’ (Contributed)
Nanaimo RCMP have suspended the licence of an allegedly impaired driver who was stopped with students in the car. (File photo)

UPDATE: Driver identified after hitting Vernon senior in wheelchair

RCMP report the driver is cooperating with them on the investigation

Nanaimo RCMP have suspended the licence of an allegedly impaired driver who was stopped with students in the car. (File photo)
Marie Tujik

UPDATE: Senior missing from Enderby found

RCMP thank public for help in locating 84-year-old

Marie Tujik