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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

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Vernon Jubilee Hospital has seen an increase in admissions in recent days, putting pressure on medical staff amid the respiratory virus season, Karl Hart with Interior Health said by email Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (File photo)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital has seen an increase in admissions in recent days, putting pressure on medical staff amid the respiratory virus season, Karl Hart with Interior Health said by email Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (File photo)
Lifeguard Chantal Wong stands next to the newly installed diving board at the Vernon Aquatic Centre.<ins> The board will be ready for use later in the day Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.</ins> (City of Vernon photo)

New diving board makes a splash at Vernon pool

The old diving board was decommissioned in November after a deficiency was found

Lifeguard Chantal Wong stands next to the newly installed diving board at the Vernon Aquatic Centre.<ins> The board will be ready for use later in the day Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.</ins> (City of Vernon photo)
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Vernon’s Pottery Road Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2023. (File photo)

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Vernon

The pedestrian escaped the incident with minor injuries

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Vernon’s Pottery Road Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2023. (File photo)
The Coldest Night of the Year walk in Vernon is slated for Saturday, Feb. 25, and Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon hopes to raise $40,000. (CMHA Vernon Photo)

Vernon Coldest Night of the Year walk aims for $40,000

Canadian Mental Health Association fundraiser slated for Saturday, Feb. 25; sign-up has begun

The Coldest Night of the Year walk in Vernon is slated for Saturday, Feb. 25, and Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon hopes to raise $40,000. (CMHA Vernon Photo)
Thomas Yerosic is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a BC Transit bus in downtown Vernon Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (File photo)

‘I thought, I’m dead’: Man struck by bus in downtown Vernon

Thomas Yerosic suffered extensive internal bruising from the Jan. 5 incident

Thomas Yerosic is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a BC Transit bus in downtown Vernon Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (File photo)
Hi Noon Toastmasters hosts an open house Wednesday, Jan, 18 at noon at IG Wealth. (Zoom meeting screenshot)

Masters open Vernon house to toast back in person

Hi Noon Toastmasters invites public to first face-to-face meeting since pandemic

Hi Noon Toastmasters hosts an open house Wednesday, Jan, 18 at noon at IG Wealth. (Zoom meeting screenshot)
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo

Should B.C. allow cannabis lounges and cafes? Survey gets mixed reviews

Support high for cannabis consumption spaces among users, but police, health experts more cautions

Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo
Vernon’s beloved Peanut Wading Pool at Lakeview Park on East Hill is being refurbished, but construction delays have resulted in the city announcing the pool will not open in 2023. (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon’s Peanut Pool will not open in 2023

Construction delays blamed as work continues on revamped pool at East Hill’s Lakeview Park

Vernon’s beloved Peanut Wading Pool at Lakeview Park on East Hill is being refurbished, but construction delays have resulted in the city announcing the pool will not open in 2023. (City of Vernon photo)
Power is out for more than 800 residents in the Falkland area Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (BC Hydro image)

UPDATE: Power restored for more than 1,000 residents in Falkland area

BC Hydro says the outage is due to a transmission circuit failure

Power is out for more than 800 residents in the Falkland area Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (BC Hydro image)
The City of Vernon’s Water Reclamation Centre (VWRC) is preparing for a release of high-quality reclaimed water following an extensive treatment process. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon to release reclaimed water into lake

Most of the reclaimed water is piped to MacKay Reservoir on Commonage Road

The City of Vernon’s Water Reclamation Centre (VWRC) is preparing for a release of high-quality reclaimed water following an extensive treatment process. (Black Press - file photo)
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Upgrades drive detour on Vernon streets

Storm infrastructure work underway this week

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Coldstream resident Jack Borden (left) discusses the potential for a new public works building, in front of the existing building with district operations superintendent of utilities Keith Whiteley (centre) and district operations superintendent of public works and parks Mike Pethick. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Coldstream considers first public works project plans

Detailed design cost estimate 6.8% of $8.5 million total project pricetag

Coldstream resident Jack Borden (left) discusses the potential for a new public works building, in front of the existing building with district operations superintendent of utilities Keith Whiteley (centre) and district operations superintendent of public works and parks Mike Pethick. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Crystal Swetz-Wallace

UPDATE: Missing woman in Vernon area found safe

Crystal Swetz-Wallace, 39, hadn’t been heard from since Dec. 16

Crystal Swetz-Wallace
Vernon Search and Rescue crews had a long night looking for a pair of snowmobilers lost in the Greystokes area early Jan. 8. (VSAR photo)

Vernon search crews rescue stranded snowmobilers near Kelowna

Central Okanagan crews were tied up looking for missing snow bikers

Vernon Search and Rescue crews had a long night looking for a pair of snowmobilers lost in the Greystokes area early Jan. 8. (VSAR photo)
Jan. 9 crash.

Driver uninjured after vehicle rolls several times north of Vernon

No injuries reported in Monday morning Highway 97A incident

Jan. 9 crash.
An AIM Roads plow truck tends to Pleasant Valley Road Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Sanding crews battle slick Vernon roads

Rain followed by overnight freeze ices up area streets

An AIM Roads plow truck tends to Pleasant Valley Road Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Paper gift bags are among the many new items added to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s recycling program effective Jan. 1. (File photo)

Columbia Shuswap Regional District adds recycling items

More items can now be recycled at local depots or in home recycling programs.

Paper gift bags are among the many new items added to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s recycling program effective Jan. 1. (File photo)
The City of Vernon is expected to discuss a notion of motion to create a diversity, equity and inclusivity strategy at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9. (File photo)

UPDATE: Vernon councillor’s motions for diversity strategy passes

Kari Gares’ notice of motion for diversity, equity and inclusivity strategy unanimously endorsed

The City of Vernon is expected to discuss a notion of motion to create a diversity, equity and inclusivity strategy at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9. (File photo)
The Vernon Winter Carnival Society is asking the City of Vernon to consider waiving or reducing rental fees for five events during the 63rd annual festival Feb. 3-12, including the Balloon Glow. (Morning Star - file photo)

UPDATE: Vernon Winter Carnival request for fee reduction on hold

Carnival society asks city to waive or reduce rental fees for five events for 63rd festival Feb. 3-12

The Vernon Winter Carnival Society is asking the City of Vernon to consider waiving or reducing rental fees for five events during the 63rd annual festival Feb. 3-12, including the Balloon Glow. (Morning Star - file photo)