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The City of Armstrong has launched a new website at the same address (cityofarmstrong.bc.ca).

City of Armstrong launches new-look website

Address remains the same; site looks to improve overall experience for residents, users

The City of Armstrong has launched a new website at the same address (cityofarmstrong.bc.ca).
Two men hope to convince Spallumcheen council about the benefits of constructing a disc golf course on township-owned land. (Black Press file photo)

Duo to pitch disc golf course for Spallumcheen

Men hope to be able to build course on township land, open in May or June

Two men hope to convince Spallumcheen council about the benefits of constructing a disc golf course on township-owned land. (Black Press file photo)
DriveBC has received reports of rocks and debris strewn about on Kalamalka Lakeview Drive south of Vernon. Crews are on their way to the scene. (Google Maps)

Rock debris reported on road south of Vernon

Crews headed to Kalamalka Lakeview Drive as of 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17

DriveBC has received reports of rocks and debris strewn about on Kalamalka Lakeview Drive south of Vernon. Crews are on their way to the scene. (Google Maps)
City of Armstrong residents will likely be facing a five per cent tax hike in 2022. (Morning Star - file photo)

Tax hike for Armstrong residents

A five per cent hike for 2022 to help with infrastructure and operational costs is expected to pass Monday, Jan. 17

City of Armstrong residents will likely be facing a five per cent tax hike in 2022. (Morning Star - file photo)
Fire destroyed a Coldstream home Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Arrest made in suspicious fire that destroyed Coldstream home

38-year-old charged with arson with disregard for human life

Fire destroyed a Coldstream home Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
W.L. Seaton Secondary. (Facebook)

Concern over bathroom stall photos being posted online at Vernon high school

Seaton Secondary staff are aware of an Instagram account posting pictures of students’ feet from under stalls

W.L. Seaton Secondary. (Facebook)
Brandon Molzahan (left), Nature’s Fare assistant store manager and Tara Berger, store manager, presenting a cheque for $10,000 to Jen and Neil Thompson, auxiliary lieutenants with the Salvation Army in Vernon.(Submitted photo)

Nature’s Fare supports list of causes in Vernon

The grocery chain donated close to $200K to a variety of causes in B.C. in 2021

Brandon Molzahan (left), Nature’s Fare assistant store manager and Tara Berger, store manager, presenting a cheque for $10,000 to Jen and Neil Thompson, auxiliary lieutenants with the Salvation Army in Vernon.(Submitted photo)
The Kingfisher Interpretive Society is the winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2021 Nature Inspiration Award for Community Action. (Submitted photo)

VIDEO: North Okanagan centre receives national accolades for salmon conservation

The Kingfisher Interpretive Society has received an award from the Canadian Museum of Nature

The Kingfisher Interpretive Society is the winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2021 Nature Inspiration Award for Community Action. (Submitted photo)
The Township of Spallumcheen is dealing with three broken-down plow trucks at the same time, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Photo: Jenna Hauk)

Roads could be slippery as Spallumcheen dealing with multiple broken plow trucks

One of three broken-down trucks have been repaired so far; good chance of snow in Saturday forecast

The Township of Spallumcheen is dealing with three broken-down plow trucks at the same time, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Photo: Jenna Hauk)
Firefighters in Coldstream are battling a major house fire on Hawthorne Place Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Firefighters battle Coldstream house fire

Blaze broke out on Hawthorne Place before 7 p.m.

Firefighters in Coldstream are battling a major house fire on Hawthorne Place Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Trail and Rossland will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.

BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon cancelled

The pandemic and external factors including wildfires, floods forced the multi-sport event’s cancellation

Trail and Rossland will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.
City of Vernon staff and volunteers are required to have proof of full vaccination starting Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

City of Vernon staff, volunteers need proof of vaccination starting today

The policy announced in November came into effect Friday, Jan. 14

City of Vernon staff and volunteers are required to have proof of full vaccination starting Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
More than 10 mailbox thefts have been reported to the RCMP in the North Okanagan so far in 2022. (Rachel Hunt/Facebook)

Mailboxes targeted by thieves in the North Okanagan

More than 10 mailbox thefts have been reported in the region so far in 2022

More than 10 mailbox thefts have been reported to the RCMP in the North Okanagan so far in 2022. (Rachel Hunt/Facebook)
Members of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP investigated the scene of a sudden death downtown on Jan. 5, 2022, which is now being considered a homicide. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Suspicious death in downtown Vernon deemed a homicide

Police hoping to speak with anyone who was near the scene in the early hours of Jan. 5

Members of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP investigated the scene of a sudden death downtown on Jan. 5, 2022, which is now being considered a homicide. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)
Vernon Rotech Motors Ltd. employees Eddie Ronveaux (from left), Rob Seaton and Jerry Reinhardt enjoy some espresso from the machine/trophy the company was awarded for being the best global ROTAX Aircraft Engines Distributor for the second straight year. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon aircraft engine distributor soars to world honour

Rotech Motor Ltd. named Top Distributor globally for ROTAX engines

Vernon Rotech Motors Ltd. employees Eddie Ronveaux (from left), Rob Seaton and Jerry Reinhardt enjoy some espresso from the machine/trophy the company was awarded for being the best global ROTAX Aircraft Engines Distributor for the second straight year. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Bargain Bin’s Leona Harrison presents donations to (middle row from left) John Hoile for the Brown Bag Lunches program, Adina Strotmann (PAC president) and Shelly Cull (principal) for Falkland Elementary school, Deanna Brennan (vice principal) for Pleasant Valley Secondary, Morgen MacDonald (vice principal) for M.V. Beattie Elementary, Denise Moore for Len Wood Middle School and Scott Anderson for A.L. Fortune Secondary. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Bargains boost North Okanagan healthcare

Armstrong thrift store donates $150,000 to hospital foundation, students, more

Bargain Bin’s Leona Harrison presents donations to (middle row from left) John Hoile for the Brown Bag Lunches program, Adina Strotmann (PAC president) and Shelly Cull (principal) for Falkland Elementary school, Deanna Brennan (vice principal) for Pleasant Valley Secondary, Morgen MacDonald (vice principal) for M.V. Beattie Elementary, Denise Moore for Len Wood Middle School and Scott Anderson for A.L. Fortune Secondary. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Killer Keith Wiens is lead from the Penticton Court House in handcuffs. (Mark Brett Western News file photo)

Day parole denied for ex-Summerland RCMP officer who killed wife

Parole board says Keith Wiens still poses risk to public, lacks victim empathy

Killer Keith Wiens is lead from the Penticton Court House in handcuffs. (Mark Brett Western News file photo)
Kelowna courthouse. (Black Press file photo)

Kelowna parents of Vernon nurse killed by drunk driver awarded $90K in lawsuit

Parents of Erin Smith, killed in 2014 crash, sought compensation for losses after their daughter’s death

Kelowna courthouse. (Black Press file photo)
A view under the school bus after thieves stole the catalytic converter. (Facebook)

RCMP interrupt Kelowna woman amid alleged Vernon theft

Police noticed a person lying underneath a vehicle operating some sort of a power tool

A view under the school bus after thieves stole the catalytic converter. (Facebook)
Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Big year for building in Vernon

A record $173.5 million in building permit values collected by city in 2021

Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)