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The District of Coldstream will look to address light pollution at its next council meeting Monday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Pixabay photo)

Coldstream staff look to address light pollution

Staff are recommending bylaw amendments following complaint from the public

The Splatsin community is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak as of Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (File photo)

COVID-19 cases in Splatsin triple in less than a week

Fifteen test positive, 49 in self-isolation during current COVID-19 outbreak

The Regional District of Central Okanagan received $50,000 to complete its asset management plan for the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. (RDCO image)

Grant received for Westside wastewater treatment plant assessment plan

The Regional District of Central Okanagan received $50,000 for the project

Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Armed with experience, Vernon Winter Carnival ready for COVID-friendly festivities

Organizers have prepared a mostly outdoor slate of events for this year’s Winter Carnival

Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Vernon School District invites the public to a budget meeting on Jan. 26, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Input sought on Vernon school district budget, which may include $1.7 million downfall

The public can virtually attend a presentation on School District 22 finances on Jan. 26

The Vernon School District invites the public to a budget meeting on Jan. 26, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Highway 97A has been closed due to a vehicle crash south of Enderby Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (DriveBC photo)

UPDATE: Highway 97A reopened after serious crash south of Enderby

The crash took place between Stepney Cross and Canyon roads just before 6 p.m. Friday

Highway 97A has been closed due to a vehicle crash south of Enderby Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (DriveBC photo)
A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley Manor Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (Google Maps)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Armstrong retirement home

An outbreak was declared at Pleasant Valley Manor Jan. 19

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley Manor Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (Google Maps)
A 30th Avenue apartment in Vernon is causing problems for neighbours. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Drug use, threats at Vernon apartment leaves neighbours fearful

Neighbour of 30th Avenue building says crime and unsafe behaviour have been prevalent over last year and a half

A 30th Avenue apartment in Vernon is causing problems for neighbours. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
(Black Press file photo)

Vernon water quality advisory lifted

Flows at the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant have returned to normal following repairs

(Black Press file photo)
Eighty-five per cent of Vernon students who started Grade 12 in September 2020 went on to graduate in June 2021, the Vernon School District said Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (Wayne Emde, photo; Mary-Anne Morgan, Photoshop artist)

Changes on the books as Vernon graduation rate remains stagnant

The district’s grad rate hasn’t changed in several years, remaining below provincial average

Eighty-five per cent of Vernon students who started Grade 12 in September 2020 went on to graduate in June 2021, the Vernon School District said Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (Wayne Emde, photo; Mary-Anne Morgan, Photoshop artist)
These are the weapons, drugs and cash seized from a home in Naramata where a 42-year-old known criminal was arrested Monday, Jan. 18. (RCMP handout)

Firearms, drugs and cash seized from known criminal in Naramata

42-year-old arrested and will appear in court in May

These are the weapons, drugs and cash seized from a home in Naramata where a 42-year-old known criminal was arrested Monday, Jan. 18. (RCMP handout)
The tree on Corner 1 of the Vernon BMX track came down Wednesday, Jan. 19. (Shylo Orhcard photo)

Tree topples onto Vernon BMX track

Tree had some growing issues but club didn’t expect it to come down

The tree on Corner 1 of the Vernon BMX track came down Wednesday, Jan. 19. (Shylo Orhcard photo)
Man arrested on warrants at Osoyoos hotel now behind bars facing over 28 criminal charges. (File photo)
Man arrested on warrants at Osoyoos hotel now behind bars facing over 28 criminal charges. (File photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) has cleared officers with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP of any wrongdoing in the arrest of a woman in December 2020, which left her with a serious eye injury. (File Photo)

Vernon police cleared of wrongdoing after intoxicated woman injured during arrest

B.C. police watchdog investigated the 2020 arrest in which a woman suffered a serious eye injury

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) has cleared officers with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP of any wrongdoing in the arrest of a woman in December 2020, which left her with a serious eye injury. (File Photo)
Kidston Elementary School

No functional closure yet as Vernon school reaches absentee threshold

Elementary school in Coldstream has 101 kids missing school

Kidston Elementary School
Three side-by-side downtown Vernon businesses are for sale following a tough couple of years. (Realtor.ca photo)

3 neighbouring Vernon businesses put up for sale

2 restaurants and cheese shop right next to each other

Three side-by-side downtown Vernon businesses are for sale following a tough couple of years. (Realtor.ca photo)
A semi-truck lost a load of crushed cars on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops Thursday morning. (A&M Towing)

UPDATE: Spill of 30 crushed cars cleaned up on Highway 1 near Kamloops

Crews were on scene since 4:30 a.m. until almost 4 p.m. cleaning up

A semi-truck lost a load of crushed cars on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops Thursday morning. (A&M Towing)
Recipients of two Vernon Winter Carnival Scholarships were awarded Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Wayne Emde photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival memories could carve up scholarships

Grade 12 students can apply by submitting an essay on how the Carnival has impacted their lives

Recipients of two Vernon Winter Carnival Scholarships were awarded Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Wayne Emde photo)
School District 22 Dr. Christine Perkins

Vernon School District hired over 225 employees in 2021

SD22 strategic plan goes online for public input Friday

School District 22 Dr. Christine Perkins
The fitness gym at the Vernon Recreation Centre will reopen Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, in line with changes to health restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

Fitness gym to reopen at Vernon rec centre Thursday

Gyms and fitness centres across B.C. will be reopening Thursday in line with updated PHO

The fitness gym at the Vernon Recreation Centre will reopen Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, in line with changes to health restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)