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A full closure of Aberdeen Road will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, for CN Rail work at the crossing. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic in both directions. (Google Maps)

Rail crossing work to close Coldstream road for 12 hours

Aberdeen Road will be shut in both directions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15

A full closure of Aberdeen Road will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, for CN Rail work at the crossing. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic in both directions. (Google Maps)
Environment Canada is forecasting up to 20 centimetres of snow on the Coquihalla Highway Friday, April 9, 2021. (File photo)

Snowfall warning in effect for Coquihalla Highway

Environment Canada is forecasting up to 20 cm of snow to fall on the Coquihalla Friday

Environment Canada is forecasting up to 20 centimetres of snow on the Coquihalla Highway Friday, April 9, 2021. (File photo)
#MMIWG protesters demonstrated at the Vernon courthouse April 8, 2021, ahead of Curtis Sagmoen’s police assault charge going before a judge. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

‘There needs to be more accountability’: Protesters impatient with Sagmoen court process

Arrest warrant rescinded for Curtis Sagmoen after lawyer makes court appearance

#MMIWG protesters demonstrated at the Vernon courthouse April 8, 2021, ahead of Curtis Sagmoen’s police assault charge going before a judge. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Interior Health doesn’t echo B.C.’s daily COVID record

80 new cases reported Thursday, April 8, compared to 91 the day prior

The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A crane hauls the Schubert Centre’s new furnace to its roof Thursday, April 8. (Schubert Centre photo)

Vernon seniors facility warming up to new furnace

Schubert Centre gets new heating fixture after successful fundraising campaign, grants, donations

A crane hauls the Schubert Centre’s new furnace to its roof Thursday, April 8. (Schubert Centre photo)
Activist Gladys Radek places posters on the Vernon courthouse grass ahead of Curtis Wayne Sagmoen’s police assault charge comes before a judge via teleconference April 8, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

UPDATE: Warrant for Sagmoen’s arrest rescinded

High-profile North Okanagan man charged with assaulting police officer in October

Activist Gladys Radek places posters on the Vernon courthouse grass ahead of Curtis Wayne Sagmoen’s police assault charge comes before a judge via teleconference April 8, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Coquihalla, April 7, 2021. (Facebook)

Coquihalla Highway clear of overnight closures

The highway was closed northbound late Wednesday evening between Hope and Merritt after commercial vehicles spun out of control near the snow shed, affecting all lanes

  • Apr 8, 2021
Coquihalla, April 7, 2021. (Facebook)
BX-Swan Lake firefighters responded to reports of a utility pole on fire April 7, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

Fire along Vernon-area fence line spreads to utility pole

BX-Swan Lake Fire respond to Boswell Road area; crews working to get in touch with property owners

BX-Swan Lake firefighters responded to reports of a utility pole on fire April 7, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Margaret Prince says she was mind blown upon realizing she matched 5/6+ numbers to land $75,000 from the BC/49 draw on Feb. 24, 2021. (Contributed)

Prince scores $75K prize in Vernon

Coffee stop with pal leads to cash for new car

Margaret Prince says she was mind blown upon realizing she matched 5/6+ numbers to land $75,000 from the BC/49 draw on Feb. 24, 2021. (Contributed)
A two-vehicle crash has slowed traffic on 43rd Avenue in Vernon Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Crash slows traffic on 43rd Ave. in Vernon

Slow traffic can be expected while crews clear the scene

A two-vehicle crash has slowed traffic on 43rd Avenue in Vernon Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A man thought to be impersonating a police officer who conducted four traffic stops in the Lumby area in March was, in fact, a certified member of the RCMP. (Black Press file)

North Okanagan ‘cop impersonator’ in fact real officer

RCMP say man believed to be impersonating officer who conducted four traffic stops near Lumby is member of North Okanagan Traffic Services

  • Apr 7, 2021
A man thought to be impersonating a police officer who conducted four traffic stops in the Lumby area in March was, in fact, a certified member of the RCMP. (Black Press file)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services responds to a smoke-filled bistro Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

Smoke fills downtown Vernon restaurant in cooking incident

Neighbouring businesses evacuated; haircut interrupted

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responds to a smoke-filled bistro Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
A vehicle went off Westside Road between Fintry and Killiney Beach Wednesday, April 7. (Christa Schadt photo)

Puppy suspected as cause of Westside crash

Car goes off road, road closed while crews clear scene

A vehicle went off Westside Road between Fintry and Killiney Beach Wednesday, April 7. (Christa Schadt photo)
Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)

Penticton business owner apologizes for throwing poop

“I simply snapped after once again finding human feces near my restaurant,” the apology letter reads

Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)

One death linked to Vernon hospital outbreak

13 test positive for virus in Vernon Jubilee Hospital Level 3 outbreak: IH

Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)
The RCMP Air Services unit was dispatched to track a stolen vehicle from Vernon April 5, 2021. (BC RCMP image)

Helicopter, cellphone used to track stolen Vernon vehicle: RCMP

32-year-old arrested; faces potential criminal charges after ‘crime of opportunity’

The RCMP Air Services unit was dispatched to track a stolen vehicle from Vernon April 5, 2021. (BC RCMP image)
Shuswap Lodge residents received some hand-drawn portraits and biographies from students at Vernon Christian School, after pairing up with the little buddies via Zoom and getting to know each other. (VCS photo)

Vernon students pencil in time for Salmon Arm seniors

Kids buddy up with retirement home residents over Zoom

Shuswap Lodge residents received some hand-drawn portraits and biographies from students at Vernon Christian School, after pairing up with the little buddies via Zoom and getting to know each other. (VCS photo)
SilverStar Mountain Resort has closed its winter season. The Star hopes to open for its summer season June 25. (Kerry Hutter photo)

Vernon ski resort shuts down for season

SilverStar Mountain Resort hoping summer season equally as successful as winter

SilverStar Mountain Resort has closed its winter season. The Star hopes to open for its summer season June 25. (Kerry Hutter photo)
Elizabeth Gaynor moved to Heaton Place in Armstrong last year. (Contributed)

Armstrong resident defies adversity with resilience and determination

Elizabeth Gaynor is a resident of Heaton Place Retirement Community

  • Apr 7, 2021
Elizabeth Gaynor moved to Heaton Place in Armstrong last year. (Contributed)
The Regional District of North Okanagan has approved a new dog control bylaw which goes into effect May 1. (File photo)
The Regional District of North Okanagan has approved a new dog control bylaw which goes into effect May 1. (File photo)