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This 2019 picture is of the huge pile of garbage that towers beside Green Mountain Road in Penticton, left after a waste removal company collapsed. Work is now underway to remove the trash. (RDOS photo)

Clean up of massive abandoned trash pile is finally underway in Penticton

Work will begin Jan. 16 to remove 3,360 tonnes of waste at Green Mountain Road

This 2019 picture is of the huge pile of garbage that towers beside Green Mountain Road in Penticton, left after a waste removal company collapsed. Work is now underway to remove the trash. (RDOS photo)
Crews clear fallen trees at SilverStar Moutain Resort over the weekend. (Sheena On Piste photo)
Crews clear fallen trees at SilverStar Moutain Resort over the weekend. (Sheena On Piste photo)
The South Mabel Lake Marina is listed for sale. (Venture Commercial photo)

Mabel Lake marina listed for sale

The marina features a retail shop located right on the dock

The South Mabel Lake Marina is listed for sale. (Venture Commercial photo)
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Pair of North Okanagan snow bikers rescued after mechanical breakdown

Vernon Search and Rescue says the riders prepared well and ‘did all the right things’

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Esther Hoffman celebrated her 100th birthday with a room full of family and friends at Heaton Place in Armstrong Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

No meds, no problem: Armstrong woman celebrates 100th birthday

Esther Hoffman celebrated the milestone with family and friends at Heaton Place Thursday, Jan. 12

Esther Hoffman celebrated her 100th birthday with a room full of family and friends at Heaton Place in Armstrong Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Okanagan Indian Band’s (OKIB) health and wellness department has been accredited with commendation by Accreditation Canada, the band announced Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Okanagan Indian Band health and wellness department earns accreditation

The department earned accreditation with commendation on its first review, a rare achievement

The Okanagan Indian Band’s (OKIB) health and wellness department has been accredited with commendation by Accreditation Canada, the band announced Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A large illuminated heart was installed on the roof of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital May 1, 2020. (VJH Foundation photo)
A large illuminated heart was installed on the roof of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital May 1, 2020. (VJH Foundation photo)
Customers supplied by the Grindrod Water Utility are under a boil water notice due to a power outage as of Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (File photo)

Power outage leads to boil water notice in Grindrod, again

It’s the second time in roughly 2 weeks that a boil water notice has been issued in Grindrod

Customers supplied by the Grindrod Water Utility are under a boil water notice due to a power outage as of Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (File photo)
Police in Vernon are investigating after a sex trade worker was sexually assaulted in an SUV in downtown Vernon Thursday night, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Police in Vernon are investigating after a sex trade worker was sexually assaulted in an SUV in downtown Vernon Thursday night, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Four needles were stashed inside a hole in a play structure at Maven Lane and discovered by children at the daycare Jan. 6. (Maven Lane photos)

Vernon daycare confirms 2 children poked by needles at playground

RCMP increasing patrols of area, daycare increasing safety measures

Four needles were stashed inside a hole in a play structure at Maven Lane and discovered by children at the daycare Jan. 6. (Maven Lane photos)
Several areas of SilverStar Mountain Resort have been closed due to avalanche concerns and trees snapping under heavy snow. (Resort photo)

Runs closed at Vernon ski hill due to avalanche risk

Trees are also bending and snapping under wet, heavy snow

Several areas of SilverStar Mountain Resort have been closed due to avalanche concerns and trees snapping under heavy snow. (Resort photo)
Khalen Mackenzie Bonneau

UPDATE: Vernon man missing for more than a month found

33-year-old last seen Dec. 3, 2022 has been located safe and sound

Khalen Mackenzie Bonneau
Boats moored on Okanagan Lake, which has some partially frozen spots but is still dangerous for anyone to venture out on. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

26 cow carcasses removed from Okanagan Lake

Water testing continues by Okanagan Indian Band

Boats moored on Okanagan Lake, which has some partially frozen spots but is still dangerous for anyone to venture out on. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Infrastructure upgrades will close 32nd AVene and 38th Street for a couple of days starting Wedneday, Jan. 11. (City of Vernon photo)

UPDATE: Storm upgrade work continues on Vernon roads

32nd Avenue and 38th Street, near Bella Vista Road, will be closed again Jan. 16-18

Infrastructure upgrades will close 32nd AVene and 38th Street for a couple of days starting Wedneday, Jan. 11. (City of Vernon photo)
BC Highway Patrol Falkland officers stopped this SUV going 146 km/h on Highway 97 Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2023. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP/Facebook)
BC Highway Patrol Falkland officers stopped this SUV going 146 km/h on Highway 97 Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2023. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP/Facebook)
A Vernon woman is suing the Funtastic Sports Society and the City of Enderby after she suffered a broken ankle in the slo-pitch tournament on July 1, 2022. (Funtastic Sports Society/Facebook file photo)

Vernon woman sues Funtastic, Enderby after breaking ankle in slo-pitch tournament

Vikki Tronson was injured when she stepped on a base peg that had not been removed from the field

A Vernon woman is suing the Funtastic Sports Society and the City of Enderby after she suffered a broken ankle in the slo-pitch tournament on July 1, 2022. (Funtastic Sports Society/Facebook file photo)
Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

VIDEO: ‘This is a parent’s worst nightmare’; father of missing Bella Coola man

A $10,000 reward offered for information regarding disappearance of Carl Schooner Jr.

Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Army, Navy and Airforce Unit No. 5 Vernon president Erwin Ruf (centre), and Ladies Auxiliary members Jennifer Pace (front, left) and Fern Dupont hand over donations to (back, from left) Karen Waldal, Community Dental Access Centre; Claire Wilkins, Teens Count Too; Lt. (N) Carolynn Dufresne, 63 Kalamalka Sea Cadets; Cassandra Schwarz, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation; Lyle Duffield, North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers Association; and Kevin Rothwell and Lisa Matthews, North Okanagan Hospice Society. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon veterans group helps ‘meat’ needs for local charities

Army, Navy and Airforce No. 5 and the ANAF Ladies Auxiliary donate cash raised through meat draws

Army, Navy and Airforce Unit No. 5 Vernon president Erwin Ruf (centre), and Ladies Auxiliary members Jennifer Pace (front, left) and Fern Dupont hand over donations to (back, from left) Karen Waldal, Community Dental Access Centre; Claire Wilkins, Teens Count Too; Lt. (N) Carolynn Dufresne, 63 Kalamalka Sea Cadets; Cassandra Schwarz, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation; Lyle Duffield, North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers Association; and Kevin Rothwell and Lisa Matthews, North Okanagan Hospice Society. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society’s 2023 Fall program group schedule is now out. (File photo)

Group programs help North Okanagan youth, families

NOYFSS fall schedule, which starts this month, now taking registrations

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society’s 2023 Fall program group schedule is now out. (File photo)
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Vernon restaurant gone to the birds with mini Wings

An exact miniature replica of the Wings Vernon restaurant was created by Barnwood Birdhouses

(Submitted photo)