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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)
Interior Homecare Solutions is one of three Vernon employers that have benefitted from workers hired through the Vernon-North Okanagan Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. (RNIP image)

Immigration pilot helps Vernon businesses address labour shortages

Three local employers share stories of how they’ve benefitted from the RNIP immigration pilot

Interior Homecare Solutions is one of three Vernon employers that have benefitted from workers hired through the Vernon-North Okanagan Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. (RNIP image)
The Museum and Archives of Vernon presents Doctrine of Discovery, a virtual session that peers in to the history of a decree by Pope Alexander VI that had devastating effects on Indigenous Peoples. The session will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. (MAV photo)

Online Vernon museum series explores truth and reconciliation

Learn + Connect: Toward Truth & Reconciliation kicks off Jan. 20

The Museum and Archives of Vernon presents Doctrine of Discovery, a virtual session that peers in to the history of a decree by Pope Alexander VI that had devastating effects on Indigenous Peoples. The session will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. (MAV photo)
Brett Bandy (from left), City of Vernon; Akbal Mund, Chair of Greater Vernon Advisory Committee; Mayor Victor Cumming; Harold Sellers, Ribbons of Green Trails Society and Brad Akerman, RDNO, stand near the newly dedicated park space and trail connection for the Grey Canal Trail – one of two recent purchases made by the city. (Contributed)

Vernon purchases more property for park space

Two-acre parcel is located just north of the Alpine Centre on Kalamalka Lake Road

Brett Bandy (from left), City of Vernon; Akbal Mund, Chair of Greater Vernon Advisory Committee; Mayor Victor Cumming; Harold Sellers, Ribbons of Green Trails Society and Brad Akerman, RDNO, stand near the newly dedicated park space and trail connection for the Grey Canal Trail – one of two recent purchases made by the city. (Contributed)
A truck stolen from Armstrong Jan. 5 was found in Lake Country the following day. (Contributed)

Truck stolen from Armstrong found in Lake Country

Ford F-series continue to be an attractive target for thieves

A truck stolen from Armstrong Jan. 5 was found in Lake Country the following day. (Contributed)
A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the Hamlets in Vernon on Jan. 9, 2022. (Hamlets file photo)

COVID-19 outbreaks reported at two Vernon care homes

The Hamlets and Heritage Square are currently experiencing outbreaks

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the Hamlets in Vernon on Jan. 9, 2022. (Hamlets file photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say a man has been arrested in connection with drugs found hidden in a vehicle which police seized and searched after a violent hit-and-run in 2020. (Black Press file photo)

Charges laid in Vernon over drugs found in hidden vehicle compartment

Vehicle was seized in connection with 2020 hit-and-run incident in Vernon

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say a man has been arrested in connection with drugs found hidden in a vehicle which police seized and searched after a violent hit-and-run in 2020. (Black Press file photo)
Two concept plans have been prepared by City of Vernon staff for a proposed park at the old Kin Race Track site off 43rd Avenue and staff was prepared to discuss the plans at the regular meeting of council Jan. 10. But the matter was deferred two weeks as two councillors were absent. (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon council defers discussions on Kin Race Track plans

Two plans were ready to be presented by staff; council deferred for two weeks with two colleagues absent

Two concept plans have been prepared by City of Vernon staff for a proposed park at the old Kin Race Track site off 43rd Avenue and staff was prepared to discuss the plans at the regular meeting of council Jan. 10. But the matter was deferred two weeks as two councillors were absent. (City of Vernon photo)