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Dr. Tanner Udenberg shows the difference between Vernon Optometry’s Clear AF anti-fog coating, right, to a regular anti-glare coating, left. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon optometrists ‘fight the fog’ with unique coating

Vernon Optometry first in Canada to use anti-fog lens coating, made in-house

Dr. Tanner Udenberg shows the difference between Vernon Optometry’s Clear AF anti-fog coating, right, to a regular anti-glare coating, left. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
The District of Lake Country will use development cost charge funds to purchase property on Woodsdale Road beside Beasley Park for more community park space centrally located. (File photo)

Lake Country dips into development charges to purchase property

Land centrally located on Woodsdale Road beside Beasley Park will give community centrally located park space

The District of Lake Country will use development cost charge funds to purchase property on Woodsdale Road beside Beasley Park for more community park space centrally located. (File photo)
Vernon Fire Rescue Service crews remain on-scene of a suspected hit-and-run collision at 48th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road. The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon RCMP summoned to suspected hit-and-run collision

One vehicle allegedly rear-ended another at 48th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road then left the scene

Vernon Fire Rescue Service crews remain on-scene of a suspected hit-and-run collision at 48th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road. The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning local businesses that con artists have been using sleight-of-hand tactics to confuse cashiers into returning extra currency Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (KMR Photography/Flickr)

Vernon businesses warned of con artists using deceptive fraud tactics

Police have received several reports of people using sleight-of-hand tactics to confuse cashiers

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning local businesses that con artists have been using sleight-of-hand tactics to confuse cashiers into returning extra currency Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (KMR Photography/Flickr)
Sweet Hoopla is one eatery in Vernon that took advantage of the patio program last spring. (City of Vernon photo)

City of Vernon issues reminder of outdoor dining guidelines

Measures are in place to allow for the temporary expansion of patios, other outdoor operations

Sweet Hoopla is one eatery in Vernon that took advantage of the patio program last spring. (City of Vernon photo)
Crews from the Coldstream and Lavington fire departments were called to a report of an electrical fire in the basement of a home in the 600 block of Mt. Ida Drive shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31. Everybody associated with the home was safely outside. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Crews respond to Coldstream electrical fire

Home in 600 block of Mt. Ida Drive reported fire shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31

Crews from the Coldstream and Lavington fire departments were called to a report of an electrical fire in the basement of a home in the 600 block of Mt. Ida Drive shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31. Everybody associated with the home was safely outside. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Smoke billowed from a trailer fire near a storage facility in Vernon off Highway 97 on March 31, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

WATCH: Vehicle fire doused near Vernon storage centre

The fire off Highway 97 was in close proximity to storage units, trailers and other vehicles

Smoke billowed from a trailer fire near a storage facility in Vernon off Highway 97 on March 31, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon hospital

Three patients test positive; appointments, emergency care unaffected

Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)
Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis has served as the band's chief since his first of six electoral wins in 1991. (File photo)

Louis returns as Okanagan Indian Band chief

Byron Louis defeats five challengers to earn sixth term as Chief

Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis has served as the band's chief since his first of six electoral wins in 1991. (File photo)
The Okanagan Fest of Ale is cancelled for 2021. (File photo)

Okanagan Fest of Ale officially cancelled for 2021

This is the second year the local beer festival has been cancelled

The Okanagan Fest of Ale is cancelled for 2021. (File photo)
The Vernon Regional Airport was granted a one-time provincial grant of up to $360,000 March 31, 2021. (File)

Vernon airport granted $360K

One-time provincial grant provides support to airports providing medevac services amid pandemic

The Vernon Regional Airport was granted a one-time provincial grant of up to $360,000 March 31, 2021. (File)
Elevator work is underway at the Vernon Parkade beginning April 1, 2021. (Google Maps)

$200K elevator upgrades underway in Vernon parkade

Work to begin April 1 through to mid-June

Elevator work is underway at the Vernon Parkade beginning April 1, 2021. (Google Maps)
Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy is eager to see more progress on the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon art gallery paints optimistic picture

New state of art cultural centre ‘can’t come soon enough’ for executive director

Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy is eager to see more progress on the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Heather Barker, 37, died in hospital after she was found unresponsive in a Vernon home in March 2018. (File photo)

Bail hearing delayed for former Vernon pharmacist charged with manslaughter

Shaun Ross Wiebe, 43, was charged in relation to the death of Heather Barker in 2018

Heather Barker, 37, died in hospital after she was found unresponsive in a Vernon home in March 2018. (File photo)
The City of Enderby is continuing its curbside spring pruning and garden waste collection program starting April 18, 2021. (Pixabay photo)

Spring refuse collection returns in Enderby

Curbside pick-up of residential spring pruning and bagged organics begins April 18

The City of Enderby is continuing its curbside spring pruning and garden waste collection program starting April 18, 2021. (Pixabay photo)
SilverStar Mountain Resort is still slated to close for the season April 5, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

SilverStar pivots amid new COVID-19 orders

With one week to go, dining options shift under new public health orders

SilverStar Mountain Resort is still slated to close for the season April 5, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Okanagan Indian Members will elect a new chief and council Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Pexels photo).

Voting underway to elect Okanagan Indian Band’s next chief and council

Voting takes place today until 8 p.m. with 33 candidates council, six chief candidates

Okanagan Indian Members will elect a new chief and council Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Pexels photo).
Downtown Vernon’s The Fig has a few bistro tables outside and will remain open for pickup during B.C.’s ban on indoor dining. (The Fig photo)
Downtown Vernon’s The Fig has a few bistro tables outside and will remain open for pickup during B.C.’s ban on indoor dining. (The Fig photo)
The weather worked in favour of the 120th annual Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2019. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)
The weather worked in favour of the 120th annual Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2019. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)
Sales have dropped considerably at Castlegar restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis. File photo

Vernon chamber calls for renewed restaurant support

Specific regional case goals could motivate and keep government accountable: Chamber

Sales have dropped considerably at Castlegar restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis. File photo