Caitlin Clow

Traffic was backed up for a few kilometres on Hwy. 97 past Falkland toward Westwold. DriveBC reported the highway has been partially re-opened. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Lesser sentence for woman in North Okanagan shootout

Woman pleas guilty to one charge; sentenced to 12-month probation

Traffic was backed up for a few kilometres on Hwy. 97 past Falkland toward Westwold. DriveBC reported the highway has been partially re-opened. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
A Coldstream woman was nearly involved in a head-on collision on Hwy. 6 as a pickup truck veers over the centre line towards her on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. She caught the entire incident on dashcam footage. (Leia Morris - photo)

WATCH: Near miss on Highway 6 near Vernon

Truck veers over centre line nearly missing a head-on collision

A Coldstream woman was nearly involved in a head-on collision on Hwy. 6 as a pickup truck veers over the centre line towards her on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. She caught the entire incident on dashcam footage. (Leia Morris - photo)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to an early morning fire believed to have started on the balcony of a main-level unit of a two-storey complex in the 2900 block of 43rd Avenue Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Fire sparked on balcony of Vernon apartment

When the fire alarm rings, it’s time to get out: Fire Chief reminds stubborn residents

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to an early morning fire believed to have started on the balcony of a main-level unit of a two-storey complex in the 2900 block of 43rd Avenue Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Best Health Magazine named Turning Points Collaborative Society manager of education and community programs Alison Houewling as one of Canada’s Health Heroes in its Dec. 3, 2020, article ‘Meet Best Health’s 2020 Women of the Year.’ for her work with the Cammy LaFleur clinic. (Best Health Magazine)

National magazine dubs Vernonite a health hero

Best Health Magazine spotlights work of Alison Houewling, Cammy LaFleur clinic

Best Health Magazine named Turning Points Collaborative Society manager of education and community programs Alison Houewling as one of Canada’s Health Heroes in its Dec. 3, 2020, article ‘Meet Best Health’s 2020 Women of the Year.’ for her work with the Cammy LaFleur clinic. (Best Health Magazine)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP shared their gratitude to whoever decorated a tree at the local detachment Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (RCMP)

Vernonite decks the halls at RCMP station

Vernon Mounties say thanks to whoever decorated tree at detachment

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP shared their gratitude to whoever decorated a tree at the local detachment Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (RCMP)
Staff and students were alerted of a COVID-19 exposure event taking place Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 by Interior Health. (Kerry Hutter photo)

COVID-19 case in Vernon high school

Second case reported at Clarence Fulton High School

Staff and students were alerted of a COVID-19 exposure event taking place Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 by Interior Health. (Kerry Hutter photo)
In lieu of the annual anniversary sale in October cancelled by COVID-19, Swan Lake Motors donated $3,000 to the Upper Room Mission, as voted by its Facebook friends and customers. Sid Skerrit, dealer principal, hands the donation to Upper Room Mission's director Naomi Rouck. (Contributed)

Vernon dealership backs Mission ahead of holiday season

Swan Lake Motors boosts local charity in lieu of anniversary sale

In lieu of the annual anniversary sale in October cancelled by COVID-19, Swan Lake Motors donated $3,000 to the Upper Room Mission, as voted by its Facebook friends and customers. Sid Skerrit, dealer principal, hands the donation to Upper Room Mission's director Naomi Rouck. (Contributed)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Two arrested after attack at Vernon home

Police spotted around 43rd Avenue linked to Wednesday assault

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Vote Vernon initiative, presented by VantageOne Credit Union, calls on residents to shop local this Christmas season. (Black Press file)

Small businesses hurt by federal COVID-19 response: North Okanagan-Shuswap MP

Mel Arnold calls for more accessible programming for businesses; supports local holiday shopping

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Vote Vernon initiative, presented by VantageOne Credit Union, calls on residents to shop local this Christmas season. (Black Press file)
The Vernon Girls Trumpet Band held their first indoor practice at the old Canadian Tire building on 27th Street Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The band is in search of a new 'forever home' to hold indoor rehearsals ahead of winter. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon Girls Trumpet Band turns page on 2020

Calendars benefit Vernon Trumpet Band, O’Keefe Ranch

The Vernon Girls Trumpet Band held their first indoor practice at the old Canadian Tire building on 27th Street Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The band is in search of a new 'forever home' to hold indoor rehearsals ahead of winter. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Executive director of CMHA Vernon Julia Payson says the North Okanagan has incredible community-based mental health services that can help take the pressure off acute care in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but funding is necessary. (Contributed)

Calls to Vernon crisis line jump 63 per cent amid COVID-19

Studies find suicidal feelings deepen in second wave of pandemic; community resources need funding

Executive director of CMHA Vernon Julia Payson says the North Okanagan has incredible community-based mental health services that can help take the pressure off acute care in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but funding is necessary. (Contributed)
The Winnipeg-based app released its 2020 findings thus far showing the people of Vernon jumped at the opportunity to support its local favourites amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (SkipTheDishes photo)

Pandemic pushes 50% more Vernon eateries on SkipTheDishes

‘Vernon is a trendsetter,’ delivery app says after revealing city’s favourite takeout foods

The Winnipeg-based app released its 2020 findings thus far showing the people of Vernon jumped at the opportunity to support its local favourites amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (SkipTheDishes photo)
Seventeen-year-old Joyce is battling cancer in BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, but mother Irma Hopkins said she is ‘one tough cookie.’ A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise funds for Joyce and her family. (Contributed)

Vernon rallies behind teen fighting cancer

Joyce, 17, is ‘one tough cookie,’ her mother says; she’ll be in hospital in Vancouver until sometime in June

Seventeen-year-old Joyce is battling cancer in BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, but mother Irma Hopkins said she is ‘one tough cookie.’ A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise funds for Joyce and her family. (Contributed)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are looking for the next of kin after a member of the public reported finding cremated human remains off the BX Falls trail on Oct. 15, 2020. (RCMP)

Cremated human remains found off Vernon hiking trail

RCMP seek to find next of kin, release photo to public to help ID

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are looking for the next of kin after a member of the public reported finding cremated human remains off the BX Falls trail on Oct. 15, 2020. (RCMP)
(SilverStar Mountain Resort/Facebook)

Pandemic parking plan at SilverStar irks season pass holders

Unlimited season pass holders limited to days they can reserve parking; resort defends COVID-19 plan

(SilverStar Mountain Resort/Facebook)
Back row, L-R: Werner Ott, Bronwyn Watson, Gord McPherson. Front row, L-R: Rick Fairbairn, Edith Thoreson, Kathleen Ott, Julie Kentel, Trevor Seibel. The Lavington Community Association was presented with $60,000 from the District of Coldstream and Regional District of North Okanagan Electoral Area D to fund the Raise the Roof campaign at Jeffers Park’s multi-purpose pad on Nov. 6, 2020, — ahead of the province’s latest COVID-19 restrictions banning events. (RDNO)

Roof raised over Lavington ice rink

Funding contributed by RDNO and District of Coldstream helped association get project done

Back row, L-R: Werner Ott, Bronwyn Watson, Gord McPherson. Front row, L-R: Rick Fairbairn, Edith Thoreson, Kathleen Ott, Julie Kentel, Trevor Seibel. The Lavington Community Association was presented with $60,000 from the District of Coldstream and Regional District of North Okanagan Electoral Area D to fund the Raise the Roof campaign at Jeffers Park’s multi-purpose pad on Nov. 6, 2020, — ahead of the province’s latest COVID-19 restrictions banning events. (RDNO)
The roof is rising at the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex at Marshall Field (Nov. 30, 2020). (Contributed)

Raising the roof over Vernon Pickleball courts

Upon completion, Vernon will be home to country’s biggest dedicated Pickleball courts

The roof is rising at the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex at Marshall Field (Nov. 30, 2020). (Contributed)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking information on the whereabouts of Guy Jaques Roy, left, Brock Dumont, centre, and Ashley Shan Abel, right. (Contributed)

Three wanted by Vernon Mounties

Anyone with information on these three believed to be in the Vernon area are urged to contact police

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking information on the whereabouts of Guy Jaques Roy, left, Brock Dumont, centre, and Ashley Shan Abel, right. (Contributed)
Daniel Robert Mearns, 42, is wanted by Vernon North Okanagan RCMP for assault. (RCMP)

Man wanted by Vernon police for assault

Mounties turn to public for assistance in locating man

Daniel Robert Mearns, 42, is wanted by Vernon North Okanagan RCMP for assault. (RCMP)
Loud beats reverberate through the room as Total Fitness Zumba class participants follow along to the instructor’s moves during a drop-in fundraiser for the Shannon Sharp Learning Circle to be constructed at Salmon Arm West School. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

City-run fitness classes paused in Vernon

Greater Vernon Recreation Services pauses play in wake of province’s new health orders

Loud beats reverberate through the room as Total Fitness Zumba class participants follow along to the instructor’s moves during a drop-in fundraiser for the Shannon Sharp Learning Circle to be constructed at Salmon Arm West School. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)