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The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo

Proposed Vernon school bus changes back on board

Transportation adjustments will likely affect all riders

The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Interior Health officially declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Creekside Landing in Vernon on Jan. 3, which was followed by the first death from the virus 10 days later. (Kaigo photo)

COVID death at Vernon care home

First death recorded from coronavirus at Creekside Landing

Interior Health officially declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Creekside Landing in Vernon on Jan. 3, which was followed by the first death from the virus 10 days later. (Kaigo photo)
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A map showing the location of a road closure and power outage on Eastside Road in Vernon Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Contributed)
A map showing the location of a road closure and power outage on Eastside Road in Vernon Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Contributed)
Forsberg Road in Vernon has been closed due to downed power lines caused by strong winds Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Road closed in Silver Star area due to downed power lines

BC Hydro crews are currently on scene at Forsberg Road

Forsberg Road in Vernon has been closed due to downed power lines caused by strong winds Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A windstorm Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, hit Lake Country hard closing Hare Road while crews respond to a broken water main. (District of Lake Country - Facebook)

Windstorm closes roads, shuts off water for some in Lake Country

Crews on scene at various locations dealing with aftermath of windstorm

A windstorm Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, hit Lake Country hard closing Hare Road while crews respond to a broken water main. (District of Lake Country - Facebook)
City of Vernon crews are working to repair a water main break in the 1400 block of Mission Road Jan. 13, 2021. (City of Vernon)

Taps dry for some Vernon homes due to water main break

Vernon crews estimate 4-5 hours to repair break on easement on Mission Road

City of Vernon crews are working to repair a water main break in the 1400 block of Mission Road Jan. 13, 2021. (City of Vernon)
Wednesday’s windstorm, Jan. 13, 2021, knocked trees and power lines down blocking Westside Road between Irish Creek Road and Traders Cove. (Tiffany Carmen Genge - Facebook)

Power lines, tree down on Westside Road

Road reduced between Irish Creek and Traders Cove

Wednesday’s windstorm, Jan. 13, 2021, knocked trees and power lines down blocking Westside Road between Irish Creek Road and Traders Cove. (Tiffany Carmen Genge - Facebook)
The Vernon School District is proposing an expansion to BX Elementary depending on the availability of funding. (Photo submitted)
The Vernon School District is proposing an expansion to BX Elementary depending on the availability of funding. (Photo submitted)
Caitlin Potts

P.I. wanted in continued search for missing Caitlin Potts

GoFundMe campaign started to raise funds to hire investigator five years after woman’s disappearance

Caitlin Potts
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District wants to hear from residents of Electoral Area D as to what kind of dog control service will serve them best. An online survey has been prepared. (Pixabay)

Input sought for future dog control service in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Electoral Area D residents asked to fill out survey

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District wants to hear from residents of Electoral Area D as to what kind of dog control service will serve them best. An online survey has been prepared. (Pixabay)
Birds vie for position on power lines at dusk in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

UPDATE: Lights back on for 25K in Southern Interior, mostly in Vernon

Thousands without power; single-lane traffic in effect for downed lines near Lumby

Birds vie for position on power lines at dusk in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
City of Armstrong residents will get a chance to hear more information and submit feedback at a public hearing via Zoom Monday, Jan, 18, at 5 p.m., in regards to a rezoning application for a lot on Adair Street. The application calls for the lot to be rezoned from park to multi-residential which would allow an affordable housing project to be built on the site. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Public hearing on Armstrong affordable housing project set

Application for Adair Street lot to go from park to multi-residential slated for Monday, Jan. 18

City of Armstrong residents will get a chance to hear more information and submit feedback at a public hearing via Zoom Monday, Jan, 18, at 5 p.m., in regards to a rezoning application for a lot on Adair Street. The application calls for the lot to be rezoned from park to multi-residential which would allow an affordable housing project to be built on the site. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The fire training centre is used by area firefighters (paid and on-call) to practice skills in a live burn building. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Support snuffed for North Okanagan fire training centre

Following the City of Vernon’s suit, all member jurisdictions have dropped out…

The fire training centre is used by area firefighters (paid and on-call) to practice skills in a live burn building. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A GoFundMe campaign has been created for the Palmateer-Lien family, who are reeling after a tragic vehicle collision near Enderby Jan. 6, 2021. (GoFundMe photo)
A GoFundMe campaign has been created for the Palmateer-Lien family, who are reeling after a tragic vehicle collision near Enderby Jan. 6, 2021. (GoFundMe photo)

Online fundraiser launched after mom of 6 dies in serious collision near Enderby

The father is still in hospital following the fatal Jan. 6 highway collision

A GoFundMe campaign has been created for the Palmateer-Lien family, who are reeling after a tragic vehicle collision near Enderby Jan. 6, 2021. (GoFundMe photo)
A GoFundMe campaign has been created for the Palmateer-Lien family, who are reeling after a tragic vehicle collision near Enderby Jan. 6, 2021. (GoFundMe photo)
Air Canada to suspend flights from Kelowna International Airport to Toronto and Edmonton. (Contributed)

Travel question irks Vernon councillors

City questioning council’s whereabouts on behalf of media outlet deemed inappropriate

Air Canada to suspend flights from Kelowna International Airport to Toronto and Edmonton. (Contributed)
The North Okanagan RCMP responded to a single-vehicle rollover in Spallumcheen Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Don Charbonneau/Facebook)

Armstrong motorist reportedly driven off road by truck

RCMP responded to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 97A Jan. 11

The North Okanagan RCMP responded to a single-vehicle rollover in Spallumcheen Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Don Charbonneau/Facebook)
Vernon RCMP is investigating after a man was found breaking into the garage of a home in the BX, and allegedly produced a firearm before fleeing Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (File Photo)

Police on the hunt for armed home intruder in Vernon

A BX-area resident found the suspect, allegedly armed with a firearm, in their garage Friday morning

Vernon RCMP is investigating after a man was found breaking into the garage of a home in the BX, and allegedly produced a firearm before fleeing Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (File Photo)
This home in Vernon is one of seven new residences across B.C. that could go to the grand prize winner of the 2021 Choices Lottery in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. (BC Children’s Hospital photo)

Vernon home featured in B.C. lottery

Houses in Vernon and Okanagan Falls among grand prize choice in Choices Lottery supporting BCCHF

This home in Vernon is one of seven new residences across B.C. that could go to the grand prize winner of the 2021 Choices Lottery in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. (BC Children’s Hospital photo)
Vernon residents will be able to bring propane fire pits down to Polson Park, possibly as early as Jan. 26, until April 5, 2020, to enjoy with their family bubble. Similiar to those provided for residents at Predator Ridge. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon fired up for propane pits in park

Residents could be able to bring their own fires down to Polson Park from Jan. 25-April 5

Vernon residents will be able to bring propane fire pits down to Polson Park, possibly as early as Jan. 26, until April 5, 2020, to enjoy with their family bubble. Similiar to those provided for residents at Predator Ridge. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)