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Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)

Mass notification service launched by Splatsin

Band near Enderby teams up with Calgary-based company to provide emergency alert service to community members

Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)
Vernon Jackals tackler Jed Miller (3, right) stops Salmon Arm Yeti back Jeff Miller (no relation) in his tracks during Okanagan Rugby Union Action Saturday, July 24, at Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Sports Field. (Vernon Jackals photo)

Vernon Jackals dismantle Salmon Arm Yeti as Okanagan Rugby Union kicks off

Four-time defending champion Jackals roll to 79-7 victory in season opener

Vernon Jackals tackler Jed Miller (3, right) stops Salmon Arm Yeti back Jeff Miller (no relation) in his tracks during Okanagan Rugby Union Action Saturday, July 24, at Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Sports Field. (Vernon Jackals photo)
Canada’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (7) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Tina Krajisnik (33) during a women’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, in Saitama, Japan. The former Kalamalka Lakers standout had eight points in Canada’s 72-68 defeat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Kalamalka Lakers star nets 8 points in Tokyo Olympics

Canada falls 72-68 to Serbia at Tokyo Olympics; Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe starts

Canada’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (7) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Tina Krajisnik (33) during a women’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, in Saitama, Japan. The former Kalamalka Lakers standout had eight points in Canada’s 72-68 defeat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. is returning to Louisiana to build a new sawmill in a joint venture with Hunt Forest Products. (tolko.com)

Vernon-based Tolko returns to Louisiana to build second sawmill

Company teams up again with Hunt Forest Products for facility five hours north of New Orleans

Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. is returning to Louisiana to build a new sawmill in a joint venture with Hunt Forest Products. (tolko.com)
A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)

COVID case temporarily closes Vernon restaurant

Kelly O’Bryan’s makes announcement on social media, answering machine

A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)
Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys, who plays out of Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, finished second in his division at the latest Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Ford Series stop in Kamloops. (Michael Briones - Black Press)

Vernon resort golfer second in division at junior tour stop

Cooper Humphreys of Kelowna played in the juvenile division at the Maple Leaf Junior Tour stop in Kamloops

Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys, who plays out of Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, finished second in his division at the latest Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Ford Series stop in Kamloops. (Michael Briones - Black Press)
Nancy Laframboise of the host club chips onto the sixth green during the 18-hole Spallumcheen Ladies Open golf tournament Wednesday, July 21, at the Spallumcheen Golf Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Two Eagles golfer No. 1 at Spallumcheen ladies tourney

Jessica Claggett takes top low gross honours at the annual Spallumcheen Ladies Open

Nancy Laframboise of the host club chips onto the sixth green during the 18-hole Spallumcheen Ladies Open golf tournament Wednesday, July 21, at the Spallumcheen Golf Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Armstrong’s Memorial Park added some colourful playground equipment courtesy of the Armstrong Regional Co-op. The local cooperative donated $15,000 to purchase the equipment. Pictured, from left, are Geoff Maile - Armstrong Regional Co-op director; Grace McCaig – Armstrong gas bar staff member; Ken Earl – Armstrong Regional Co-op director. (ARC photo)

Co-op brightens Armstrong park with new playground equipment

Armstrong Regional Cooperative donates $15,000 for equipment housed at Memorial Park

Armstrong’s Memorial Park added some colourful playground equipment courtesy of the Armstrong Regional Co-op. The local cooperative donated $15,000 to purchase the equipment. Pictured, from left, are Geoff Maile - Armstrong Regional Co-op director; Grace McCaig – Armstrong gas bar staff member; Ken Earl – Armstrong Regional Co-op director. (ARC photo)
Vernon’s Team Goodwood finished second in their division at the NSA Provincial Slo-Pitch Finals in Kamloops to qualify for the national championships in September back in Kamloops. Goodwood members include (from left): Laura Vallier, Kurtis Payne, Melissa Gauthier, Paige Leavitt, Coach Wes Gebhardt, Cody Wikman, Amanda Caldow, Tyler Droder, Jason Nelson, Ed Harris, Andrew Owen, Brandy Griffin, and Trevor Griffin (and future Goodwood players Aidan 13, Anderson 10, Alexandra 7, Aubrey 1.5). (Contributed)

Vernon softball squad off to nationals

Team Goodwood plays 11 games in 48 hours to finish in division at provincial championships in Kamloops

Vernon’s Team Goodwood finished second in their division at the NSA Provincial Slo-Pitch Finals in Kamloops to qualify for the national championships in September back in Kamloops. Goodwood members include (from left): Laura Vallier, Kurtis Payne, Melissa Gauthier, Paige Leavitt, Coach Wes Gebhardt, Cody Wikman, Amanda Caldow, Tyler Droder, Jason Nelson, Ed Harris, Andrew Owen, Brandy Griffin, and Trevor Griffin (and future Goodwood players Aidan 13, Anderson 10, Alexandra 7, Aubrey 1.5). (Contributed)
Work delays have stalled planned traffic closures this week on the Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby. The Ministry of Transportation has said closures will now start Friday, July 23, at the earliest. When closed, the bridge will be down from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week but traffic will be allowed through at the top of each hour. (Morning Star file photo)

Work delays on bridge east of Enderby stall planned traffic closures

When closed, traffic on the Baxter Bridge will be down from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. save for the top of every hour

Work delays have stalled planned traffic closures this week on the Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby. The Ministry of Transportation has said closures will now start Friday, July 23, at the earliest. When closed, the bridge will be down from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week but traffic will be allowed through at the top of each hour. (Morning Star file photo)
Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinic returns to Armstrong Friday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the hassen Arena. (Interior Health image)

Mobile vaccination clinic returns to Armstrong

Interior Health’s travelling immunization clinic will be at the Hassen Arena Friday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinic returns to Armstrong Friday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the hassen Arena. (Interior Health image)
The Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club started its weekly men’s night competition April 13. (Morning Star file photo)

Spallumcheen Golf Course men’s night results

Largest field of year – 98 players – tackle course

The Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club started its weekly men’s night competition April 13. (Morning Star file photo)
Robyn Cyr (left) and Janet Doyle are experienced consultants hired to help North Okanagan Shuswap businesses implement a re-opening strategy to help recover from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed photos)

Advisors hired to help North Okanagan-Shuswap businesses recover post-COVID

Robyn Cyr and Janet Doyle will be available to help over the next nine months

Robyn Cyr (left) and Janet Doyle are experienced consultants hired to help North Okanagan Shuswap businesses implement a re-opening strategy to help recover from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed photos)
The Okanagan Screen Arts Society has hired Hanna Vorlicek as the new general manager and director of arts and programming for the historic Towne Cinema. (Contributed)

New GM for historic Vernon theatre

Hanna Vorlicek brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the Towne Cinema

The Okanagan Screen Arts Society has hired Hanna Vorlicek as the new general manager and director of arts and programming for the historic Towne Cinema. (Contributed)
Vernon Vipers defenceman Hunter Donohoe is one of five recipients of the B.C. Hockey League’s Shaw Scholarship. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers d-man picks up B.C. Hockey League scholarship

Hunter Donohoe one of five league players receiving Shaw Scholarship

Vernon Vipers defenceman Hunter Donohoe is one of five recipients of the B.C. Hockey League’s Shaw Scholarship. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
An evacuation alert has been issued for an area 15-25 kilometres east of Cherryville, including Keefer Lake and Keefer Lake Road, due to a wildfire. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Evacuation alert for 2,300 hectare Keefer Lake area fire east of Cherryville

Regional district issues alert after recommendation from B.C. Wildfire Service

An evacuation alert has been issued for an area 15-25 kilometres east of Cherryville, including Keefer Lake and Keefer Lake Road, due to a wildfire. (Contributed)
The Township of Spallumcheen will hold a special open house and barbecue for its residents from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the township hall to welcome them back to a world returning to a somewhat stage of normal. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Spallumcheen council welcomes return to normalcy with open house

Township residents invited to municipal hall for barbecue, information on Tuesday, July 27

The Township of Spallumcheen will hold a special open house and barbecue for its residents from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the township hall to welcome them back to a world returning to a somewhat stage of normal. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Field of Screams will return to O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen over Halloween, and you can win a pair of complimentary passes. (Morning Star - file photo)

Field of Screams to howl again at Spallumcheen ranch

Historic O’Keefe Ranch will again play host to the popular Halloween attraction, which was missed in 2020 because of COVID

Field of Screams will return to O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen over Halloween, and you can win a pair of complimentary passes. (Morning Star - file photo)
Stage 2 water use restrictions have been implemented by Greater Vernon Water. (Black Press file photo)

Greater Vernon Water customers face Stage 2 use restrictions

Exceptionally dry and hot conditions expected to continue

Stage 2 water use restrictions have been implemented by Greater Vernon Water. (Black Press file photo)
Greater Vernon is awash in a sea of red on the B.C. Hydro outage map Sunday afternoon, July 18. As many as 13 outages from Lavington to Okanagan Landing have been reported. (B.C. Hydro)

Thousands in North Okanagan without power

Transmission circuit failure has resulted in 33,000 customers with no power Sunday, July 18

Greater Vernon is awash in a sea of red on the B.C. Hydro outage map Sunday afternoon, July 18. As many as 13 outages from Lavington to Okanagan Landing have been reported. (B.C. Hydro)