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The city of Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Heavy snowfall, strong winds forecasted for most of the Okanagan

Environment Canada forecasts parts of the Interior to get five to 10 cm of snow overnight

(John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Vernon on pace for record number of new homes approved in 2022

Vernon has already seen 322 building permits approved through the third quarter of this year

Geotechnical improvements were completed at the site of the Lakeview Wading Pool Revitalization Project, according to a report to council dated Nov. 18, 2022. (City of Vernon photo)

New Vernon Peanut Pool shaping up despite construction challenges

More than 2,700 cubic metres of clay soil removed from the site of the Lakeview Wading Pool

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick appeared before the BC Electoral Boundaries Commission Nov. 23. (Contributed)

Proposed changes to Vernon and Kelowna provincial riding concern for MLA

MLA Norm Letnick made his concerns known to BC Electoral Boundaries Commission.

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick appeared before the BC Electoral Boundaries Commission Nov. 23. (Contributed)
Aerial of Kelowna campus. (Okanagan College)

Okanagan Young Writers Awards almost closed for 2022

Submissions end Nov. 30 and the finalists will be announced on Dec. 9

Aerial of Kelowna campus. (Okanagan College)
Firefighters battle a vehicle fire inside the Vernon Parkade Friday, Nov. 25. (Deena Lehoux photo)

VIDEO: Three cars destroyed by fire in Vernon Parkade

Vehicle blaze on the third level sparked Friday afternoon

Firefighters battle a vehicle fire inside the Vernon Parkade Friday, Nov. 25. (Deena Lehoux photo)
Two women escaped a stalking cougar by jumping into Kalamalka Lake Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (File photo)

Pair of women jump into lake to escape cougar in Coldstream

The women entered Kalamalka Lake after the cougar continued to approach them

Two women escaped a stalking cougar by jumping into Kalamalka Lake Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (File photo)
O’Keefe Ranch will host its popular Victorian Christmas over the first three weekends in December. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan ranch shines with Victorian Christmas

Historic O’Keefe Ranch will feature old-time theme the first three weekends in December

O’Keefe Ranch will host its popular Victorian Christmas over the first three weekends in December. (Morning Star - file photo)
Lumby’s Cole Derry took the next big step in his kidney journey, receiving a transplant on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (Cole’s Kidney Journey/Facebook)

Lumby man has successful kidney transplant surgery

Both Cole Derry and his living donor, Pam, are doing well post-surgery

Lumby’s Cole Derry took the next big step in his kidney journey, receiving a transplant on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (Cole’s Kidney Journey/Facebook)
Due to a power outage, customers receiving water from the Grindrod Water Utility are under a precautionary boil water notice as of Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (File photo)

Power outage puts Grindrod on boil water notice

The precautionary notice is effective as of Thursday, Nov. 24

Due to a power outage, customers receiving water from the Grindrod Water Utility are under a precautionary boil water notice as of Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (File photo)
Firefighters were called to a blaze in a trailer park in Coldstream Friday morning, Nov. 18. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Firefighters were called to a blaze in a trailer park in Coldstream Friday morning, Nov. 18. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A sign greeted customers at Vernon’s Dollar Tree on 43rd Avenue Thursday, Nov. 24. An employee said they hoped to have the store re-opened at some point Thursday. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Water puts temporary damper on Vernon business

Main line to Dollar Tree on 43rd Avenue breaks overnight, releases water into store; hope to reopen today

A sign greeted customers at Vernon’s Dollar Tree on 43rd Avenue Thursday, Nov. 24. An employee said they hoped to have the store re-opened at some point Thursday. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Carole and Richard McLean

UPDATE: Missing senior Vernon couple found

Richard and Carole McLean have been located safe and well

Carole and Richard McLean
Vernon artist Michelle Loughery, who had a hand creating 27 out of 28 of Vernon’s historic downtown murals, is pleased the city will spend up to $100,000 to upgrade the works. (File photo)

Vernon mural artist thrilled with beautification commitment

City agrees to spend $100,000 on downtown mural upkeeps to the delight of Michelle Loughery

Vernon artist Michelle Loughery, who had a hand creating 27 out of 28 of Vernon’s historic downtown murals, is pleased the city will spend up to $100,000 to upgrade the works. (File photo)
Predator Ridge hosts a seasonal market Friday, Nov. 25, from 4-7 p.m. (Contributed)

Market moves up the mountains in Vernon

Predator Ridge and SilverStar hosting artisans

Predator Ridge hosts a seasonal market Friday, Nov. 25, from 4-7 p.m. (Contributed)
A 35-year-old woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a vehicle at a Coldstream intersection Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (File photo)

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Coldstream crosswalk

The 35-year-old woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries

A 35-year-old woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a vehicle at a Coldstream intersection Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (File photo)
An Ontario man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting an 81-year-old woman and attempting to steal her car in Vernon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Ontario man arrested for assaulting Vernon senior, attempting to steal her car

The alleged assault took place on 58th Avenue shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday

An Ontario man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting an 81-year-old woman and attempting to steal her car in Vernon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Tom Dennehy, seen in this photo with his two dogs, drowned in Osoyoos Lake after trying to rescue one of his dogs July 25. His family has made a donation to Osoyoos Search and Rescue in his name. (Contributed)

Family of Okanagan man who drowned saving dog donates to search and rescue

The family of Tom Dennehy made the donation which will go to the K9 team and first aid training

Tom Dennehy, seen in this photo with his two dogs, drowned in Osoyoos Lake after trying to rescue one of his dogs July 25. His family has made a donation to Osoyoos Search and Rescue in his name. (Contributed)
Police are investigating the theft of an antique Esso gas pump from a Spallumcheen property overnight on Nov. 18, 2022. (RCMP photo)

Antique gas pump stolen from Spallumcheen property

Police are investigating the theft that took place overnight on Nov. 18

Police are investigating the theft of an antique Esso gas pump from a Spallumcheen property overnight on Nov. 18, 2022. (RCMP photo)
A second B.C.-wide side survey of the experiences of residents living in all of the province’s nearly 300 publicly-subsidized long-term care homes is being started by the Office of the Seniors Advocate. (File photo)

Seniors surveyed on living experiences in Vernon care homes

Seniors Advocate office launches second poll on living in a publicly subsidized long-term care home

A second B.C.-wide side survey of the experiences of residents living in all of the province’s nearly 300 publicly-subsidized long-term care homes is being started by the Office of the Seniors Advocate. (File photo)
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