Jennifer Smith

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
A fire at a 20th Street townhouse late Monday, July 18. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Arson arrest made in suspicious explosive Vernon fire

Glass and debris strewn across road, no one was home in any of the three units

A fire at a 20th Street townhouse late Monday, July 18. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Gift card donations are being sought to help families in need. (NOYFSS image)

Increasing number of Vernon families need help

NOYFSS looking for gift cards to help those struggling

Gift card donations are being sought to help families in need. (NOYFSS image)
A tree fell on a truck at Evely Campground off Westside Road Friday, July 15, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Wind-snapped tree destroys truck at Westside campsite

No one injured as tree crashes down on vehicle at Evely

A tree fell on a truck at Evely Campground off Westside Road Friday, July 15, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

BOOMER TALK: Are you grumpy?

Are you showing people who you really are?

Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
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