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An example of a counterfeit Canadian $100 bank note. (File photo)

Counterfeit bills circulating in North Okanagan

Police have seen numerous fakes since May 5, most of which are Canadian $50 bills

An example of a counterfeit Canadian $100 bank note. (File photo)
(Jacob Brett/Contributed)

Okanagan Rail Trail access point to close while upgrades are installed

KM0 Gateway in Coldstream to fully close May 16, expected to reopen in time for long weekend

(Jacob Brett/Contributed)
The price of a litre of regular gas surpassed $2 in Vernon Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Gas prices over $2 per litre in Vernon

Fuel prices in Canada continue to break records

The price of a litre of regular gas surpassed $2 in Vernon Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Highway 97 A temporarily closed north of Enderby for rock stabilization work Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (DriveBC photo)

Highway 97A closed in North Okanagan for rock stabilization

The highway is expected to reopen around 11 a.m. Wednesday

Highway 97 A temporarily closed north of Enderby for rock stabilization work Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (DriveBC photo)
Crimes involving Vernon’s street entrenched population have dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter and the same months in 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon sees decline in crimes involving street entrenched population

First three months of 2022 show a 30 per cent drop in street-entrenched crimes over previous quarter

Crimes involving Vernon’s street entrenched population have dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter and the same months in 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Campbell River-based Cascadia Air is looking to establish daily flights between Vernon and Vancouver. The company is seeking approval from the City of Vernon with a letter to be put before council on Monday, May 9, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

B.C. airline proposes running daily flights from Vernon to Vancouver

Cascadia Air is seeking council’s approval to run an eight-passenger flight between the cities

Campbell River-based Cascadia Air is looking to establish daily flights between Vernon and Vancouver. The company is seeking approval from the City of Vernon with a letter to be put before council on Monday, May 9, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Okanagan Indian Band has activated its emergency operations centre as spring freshet increases the risk of flooding in the community. (OKIB photo)

Spring freshets trigger Okanagan Indian Band’s emergency operations centre

The band activated its EOC Friday due to increased risk of flooding

The Okanagan Indian Band has activated its emergency operations centre as spring freshet increases the risk of flooding in the community. (OKIB photo)
Rocklin Broad, 11, hand-carves wooden wands out of sticks he finds in his backyard in Lake Country. He's now selling them for $10 apiece, and the response to his hobby turned business has been overwhelming. (Submitted photo)

The boy who carved: Lake Country kid’s handcrafted wands in high demand

Rocklin Broad’s hobby has turned into a booming business overnight with more than 50 order requests in a day

Rocklin Broad, 11, hand-carves wooden wands out of sticks he finds in his backyard in Lake Country. He's now selling them for $10 apiece, and the response to his hobby turned business has been overwhelming. (Submitted photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue located a person lost in the hills around Vernon at 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2022. (VSAR photo)

Vernon Search and Rescue uses ‘mapping magic’ to track down person lost in the woods

VSAR found the person at 2 a.m. after the RCMP provided the location of their cell phone

Vernon Search and Rescue located a person lost in the hills around Vernon at 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2022. (VSAR photo)
Curtis Sagmoen can be seen leaving the courthouse in Vernon following Day 2 of his trial on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Sagmoen was released on bail on charges of breach of probation Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Curtis Sagmoen out on bail after breaching probation

Sagmoen was arrested on April 28 for failing to comply with his probation order

Curtis Sagmoen can be seen leaving the courthouse in Vernon following Day 2 of his trial on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Sagmoen was released on bail on charges of breach of probation Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Police in Vernon helped bring a young person experiencing a mental health crisis from a rooftop down to safety in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Black Press file photo/Shutterstock.)

Teen having mental health crisis on Vernon rooftop talked down to safety by police

‘It was a good ending to an incredibly high-risk situation this morning,’ said Supt. Shawna Baher

Police in Vernon helped bring a young person experiencing a mental health crisis from a rooftop down to safety in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Black Press file photo/Shutterstock.)
An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)

RCMP investigate 2 North Okanagan wildfires for suspected arson

Suspicious circumstances surround the two small fires that sparked on Monday

An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)
Coastal Commute, by James Postill. The Vernon artist is one of six artists from the Okanagan whose work will be displayed at the Art Warehouse event in Kelowna May 28-29, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan artists ‘give voice to paint’ with upcoming Kelowna art show

Six artists will present their Art Warehouse event May 28-29

Coastal Commute, by James Postill. The Vernon artist is one of six artists from the Okanagan whose work will be displayed at the Art Warehouse event in Kelowna May 28-29, 2022. (Submitted photo)
North Shuswap firefighters respond to a blaze near St. Ives on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (Sean Coubrough/Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)

Pair of small wildfires ignite in Kamloops Fire Centre

No new growth Saturday for North Shuswap wildfire that sparked on Friday

North Shuswap firefighters respond to a blaze near St. Ives on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (Sean Coubrough/Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)
The Ministry of Transportation is currently seeking federal approval to replace Baxter Bridge, which was built in Ashton Creek in 1950. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

70-year-old North Okanagan bridge to be replaced

Ministry of Transportation is seeking federal approval to replace Baxter Bridge east of Enderby

The Ministry of Transportation is currently seeking federal approval to replace Baxter Bridge, which was built in Ashton Creek in 1950. (Ministry of Transportation photo)
Legal pot shops operations are concerned that illegal businesses on reserves are hurting their business. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan, Shuswap cannabis stores sue B.C. for letting illegal shops operate on reserves

14 licensed shops are seeking $40 million to compensate for revenues lost to the illicit market

Legal pot shops operations are concerned that illegal businesses on reserves are hurting their business. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Curtis Sagmoen’s charge of assaultign a peace officer in October 2020 was stayed by Crown counsel Thursday, April 27, 2022. (File photo)

UPDATE: Curtis Sagmoen in custody, charged with probation breach

Sagmoen returned to custody Tuesday, the same day his charge of assaulting a police officer was stayed

Curtis Sagmoen’s charge of assaultign a peace officer in October 2020 was stayed by Crown counsel Thursday, April 27, 2022. (File photo)
Vernon Vipers broadcaster Graham Turnbull has been named the BC Hockey LEague’s broadcaster of the year for 2022, alongside Evan Hammond of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (BCHL photo)

Voice of the Vernon Vipers named BCHL broadcaster of the year

Graham Turnbull shared the 2022 award with Alberni Valley play-by-play veteran Evan Hammond

Vernon Vipers broadcaster Graham Turnbull has been named the BC Hockey LEague’s broadcaster of the year for 2022, alongside Evan Hammond of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (BCHL photo)
Interior Health is offering a $10,000 signing bonus in an effort to fill an “urgent” need for medical laboratory technologists in its region. (Pixabay)

Interior Health dangles $10K signing bonus to help fill ‘urgent’ need for medical lab techs

A Vernon councillor advocating for shorter wait times at local labs applauded the initiative

Interior Health is offering a $10,000 signing bonus in an effort to fill an “urgent” need for medical laboratory technologists in its region. (Pixabay)
Police in Vernon are warning the public about a text-messaging scam currently circulating in the community Friday, April 22, 2022. (File image)

‘Don’t click’: Vernon RCMP on text scam

Fraudulant phone messages making the rounds

Police in Vernon are warning the public about a text-messaging scam currently circulating in the community Friday, April 22, 2022. (File image)