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A Vernon councillor has put out a notice of motion requesting an audit of all BC Housing projects in the city. Council will review at its next regular meeting Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (BC Housing photo)

Vernon councillor calls for audit of city’s supportive housing projects

The city’s largest supportive housing non-profit opposes the audit, which would temporarily suspend all projects

A Vernon councillor has put out a notice of motion requesting an audit of all BC Housing projects in the city. Council will review at its next regular meeting Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (BC Housing photo)
Drive BC is reporting a closure of Highway 97A south of Enderby. (Drive BC Image)

UPDATE: Highway 97A reopened south of Enderby following vehicle incident

The highway was closed Saturday as crews recovered a crashed vehicle

Drive BC is reporting a closure of Highway 97A south of Enderby. (Drive BC Image)
Crews responded to a vehicle fire that broke out on Alain Road in Vernon Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The fire was extinguished with no injuries as a result. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

No injuries in Vernon car fire

BX Fire crews responded to Alain Road for a driveway car fire Saturday morning

Crews responded to a vehicle fire that broke out on Alain Road in Vernon Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The fire was extinguished with no injuries as a result. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
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Man arrested for failing to comply with Vernon hospital mask mandate
Ice climbers spotted off Vernon highway
Cougar caught on camera in Coldstream
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District of Lake Country warns against ice skating as temperatures rise

Thinning ice on lakes can turn a fun outing into a tragic event, the district cautions

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Ratio Coffee and Pastry was named the winner of the 12th annual Chili Cook Off at the Vernon Winter Carnival, which wrapped up Feb. 14, 2021. (Ratio photo)

Ratio takes top chili honours at Vernon Winter Carnival

The Downtown Vernon Association highlighted some COVID-friendly activities from this year’s Carnival

Ratio Coffee and Pastry was named the winner of the 12th annual Chili Cook Off at the Vernon Winter Carnival, which wrapped up Feb. 14, 2021. (Ratio photo)
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The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosted its first in a series of town halls Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Chamber photo)

Town hall focuses on Vernon’s economic recovery

A trio of politicians discussed how the city and province can bounce back from COVID-19

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosted its first in a series of town halls Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Chamber photo)
A city staff report says 52 vandalism incidents in 2020 has cost the City of Vernon an additional $42,000 in cleanup costs of the downtown transit terminal bathrooms. (City of Vernon)

UPDATE: Vernon washrooms hours cut following $42K in vandalism

After 52 incidents of vandalism and 85 bylaw visits, council agrees to close two of three overnight

A city staff report says 52 vandalism incidents in 2020 has cost the City of Vernon an additional $42,000 in cleanup costs of the downtown transit terminal bathrooms. (City of Vernon)
This illustration provided by NASA shows the Perseverance rover, bottom, landing on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021. Entry, Descent, and Landing, or “EDL,” begins when the spacecraft reaches the top of the Martian atmosphere, traveling nearly 12,500 mph (20,000 kph). EDL ends about seven minutes after atmospheric entry, with Perseverance stationary on the Martian surface. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

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Here are this week’s most impactful stories from the Okanagan-Shuswap and around the world

This illustration provided by NASA shows the Perseverance rover, bottom, landing on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021. Entry, Descent, and Landing, or “EDL,” begins when the spacecraft reaches the top of the Martian atmosphere, traveling nearly 12,500 mph (20,000 kph). EDL ends about seven minutes after atmospheric entry, with Perseverance stationary on the Martian surface. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
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Vernon mayor says handgun regulations TBD if passed by feds

Mayor Victor Cumming says if new bill is passed, topic would be up to ‘council’s decision making’

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Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can ID this suspect who broke into a medical clinic between 10:22 and 11:40 p.m., Feb. 11, 2021, on Hill Road in Lake Country. (Contributed)

Help sought for Lake Country business hit by theft

Counselling clinic one of two victims in Feb. 11 crime, suspect being sought

Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can ID this suspect who broke into a medical clinic between 10:22 and 11:40 p.m., Feb. 11, 2021, on Hill Road in Lake Country. (Contributed)
The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo

Vernon school bus fees jump to $200

Increase for eligible riders is up from $25

The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo
A letter to City of Armstrong council calls for more action to slow traffic in school zones after a child was clipped in a crosswalk in late January 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

Traffic calming strategies called for after child clipped in Armstrong crosswalk

Letter to council calls for more action to slow traffic on busy roads after near-miss

A letter to City of Armstrong council calls for more action to slow traffic in school zones after a child was clipped in a crosswalk in late January 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 34th Street in downtown Vernon Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Google Maps)

Cars collide in downtown Vernon intersection

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP on scene to direct traffic

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 34th Street in downtown Vernon Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Google Maps)
The City of Armstrong approved the rezoning of a parcel of land near the Nor-Val Arena from park and open space to residential medium density Jan. 25, 2021. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

Rezoning of Armstrong land done by the book: city staff

City planner says councillor questioning legality indicative of confusion or lack of confidence in staff

The City of Armstrong approved the rezoning of a parcel of land near the Nor-Val Arena from park and open space to residential medium density Jan. 25, 2021. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
Anit-fraud awareness training will be offered to City of Armstrong staff following a fraud attempt Feb. 11, 2021. (File)

Fraud attempt: Armstrong mayor doesn’t actually need $700 in gift cards

Someone had used city staff emails to impersonate the mayor in attempts to steal money

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Anit-fraud awareness training will be offered to City of Armstrong staff following a fraud attempt Feb. 11, 2021. (File)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a fully engulfed vehicle fire Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

WATCH: Police seek tips on Vernon car fire

Vehicle crosses Hwy. 97, crashes into cadet camp fence and catches fire

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a fully engulfed vehicle fire Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
Okanagan Regional Library - Vernon Branch. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Okanagan Regional Library welcomes new board members

The board is now turning attention to reopening curtailed services when COVID restrictions ease

Okanagan Regional Library - Vernon Branch. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The installation of concrete barriers is slated to begin March 1, 2021, along a 5.7-km stretch of Highway 97A between Armstrong and Spallumcheen. (Tri-Kon Precast Concrete Products)

Barriers coming to deadly stretch of Armstrong highway

Safety barriers to be installed along 5.7-km stretch of Hwy. 97A between Armstrong and Spallumcheen

The installation of concrete barriers is slated to begin March 1, 2021, along a 5.7-km stretch of Highway 97A between Armstrong and Spallumcheen. (Tri-Kon Precast Concrete Products)
A Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officer administered naloxone, saving a man’s life Wednesday night, Feb. 17, 2021. (RCMP)

Vernon Mountie revives man suffering overdose

‘RCMP officers have administered naloxone 990 times since they began carrying it in 2016’: Supt. Shawna Baher

A Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officer administered naloxone, saving a man’s life Wednesday night, Feb. 17, 2021. (RCMP)