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The BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue Department put out a homeless camp fire north of Vernon Monday, May 23. (Morning Star - file photo)

Crews extinguish bush fire north of Vernon

Homeless camp fire puffs out large plume of smoke in bushes near Swan Lake; no injuries

The BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue Department put out a homeless camp fire north of Vernon Monday, May 23. (Morning Star - file photo)
A small plane had to make an emergency landing Sunday, May 22, at the Vernon Regional Airport. (File photo)

Plane makes emergency landing Sunday at Okanagan airport

Nobody injured after small plane touches down at Vernon Regional Airport without landing gear extended

A small plane had to make an emergency landing Sunday, May 22, at the Vernon Regional Airport. (File photo)
The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)

Vernon School District vaults gymnastics club into new home

Vernon school district offers North Valley Gymnastics former Whitevale Elementary gym to society

The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)
The entrance to the Armstrong Dental Centre was vandalized between 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and 9 a.m. Sunday, May 22. (Facebook photo)

Armstrong Dental Centre entrance destroyed

Vandals smash glass front door, rip off railing from concrete

The entrance to the Armstrong Dental Centre was vandalized between 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and 9 a.m. Sunday, May 22. (Facebook photo)
The Armstrong Shamrocks (green) take on the Kamloops Rattlers in Armstrong’s Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League home opener tonight, Thursday, May 19, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (File photo)

Armstrong, Vernon host senior lacrosse action Thursday

Shamrocks play TOSLL home opener vs Kamloops; Tigers entertain unbeaten Kelowna; both games at 7:30 p.m.

The Armstrong Shamrocks (green) take on the Kamloops Rattlers in Armstrong’s Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League home opener tonight, Thursday, May 19, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (File photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Shawna Baher says the popular Coffee With A Cop initiative is returning to the region. (Morning Star - file photo)

Coffee With A Cop returns to North Okanagan

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Shawna Baher says the program helps build community relationships

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Shawna Baher says the popular Coffee With A Cop initiative is returning to the region. (Morning Star - file photo)
Kelowna General Hospital. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

COVID and more outbreaks at Vernon care facilities, Kelowna hospital

3 long-term care homes, plus KGH, dealing with at least one illness

Kelowna General Hospital. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP hope the public can help them locate missing Vernon teenager Owen Miller, 14. (Contributed)

Vernon RCMP seek missing teen

Owen Miller, 14, last seen Wednesday night, May 11; believed to be in Vernon

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP hope the public can help them locate missing Vernon teenager Owen Miller, 14. (Contributed)
Anna Fonyo died at age 89 in Kelowna on May 5. (Contributed)

Vernon cook, baker, dancer, mother of Marathon of Hope runner, dies at 89

Anna Fonyo and husband operated The Pyrogy House restaurant in 1980s; son Stephen ran across Canada

Anna Fonyo died at age 89 in Kelowna on May 5. (Contributed)
The Kalavista Boat Launch in the District of Coldstream has officially re-opened on Monday, May 9, following construction. Users are advised, however, the water in Kalamalka Lake is quite shallow and to use at own risk. (File photo)

Kalavista Boat Launch in Coldstream re-opens

Construction completed; water in Kal Lake quite shallow; use at own risk says district

The Kalavista Boat Launch in the District of Coldstream has officially re-opened on Monday, May 9, following construction. Users are advised, however, the water in Kalamalka Lake is quite shallow and to use at own risk. (File photo)
Coldstream’s Aria Hahn (second from left) and her partner, Brianna Blaney, (second from right) collect the $25,000 first prize in The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale competition. (Contributed)

Coldstream entrepreneur collects competition cash

Aria Hahn and partner were grand prize winners of business pitch event in Vancouver

Coldstream’s Aria Hahn (second from left) and her partner, Brianna Blaney, (second from right) collect the $25,000 first prize in The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale competition. (Contributed)
B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating a death in Vernon after RCMP transported a man to hospital. The man went into medical distress and died. (Black Press files)

B.C. police watchdog investigating Vernon death

Man went into medical distress after being taken to hospital by RCMP; IIO looking into case

B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating a death in Vernon after RCMP transported a man to hospital. The man went into medical distress and died. (Black Press files)
The longtime rivalry between the Vernon Tigers (white) and Armstrong Shamrocks got kickstarted again Saturday, April 30, in Armstrong as the Irish returned to the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League for the first time in three years. The two teams played to a spirited 9-9 draw. (Black Press - file photo)

Late goal lifts Vernon Tigers to 9-9 TOJLL draw with Armstrong Shamrocks

Two rivals play spirited first league game against one another in three years at Nor-Val Sports Centre

The longtime rivalry between the Vernon Tigers (white) and Armstrong Shamrocks got kickstarted again Saturday, April 30, in Armstrong as the Irish returned to the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League for the first time in three years. The two teams played to a spirited 9-9 draw. (Black Press - file photo)
The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host its one-day Archie Jack Memorial Icebreaker Tournament, featuring all five league squads, Saturday, April 23, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. The host Shamrocks will take on the Vernon Tigers in the first game at 9 a.m. The expansion Kelowna Kodiaks, defending champion South Okanagan Flames and Kamloops Venom will all play two games. (Black Press - file photo)

Okanagan Lacrosse league breaks ice

Junior lacrosse loop hosts icebreaker tournament Saturday, April 23, at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong

The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host its one-day Archie Jack Memorial Icebreaker Tournament, featuring all five league squads, Saturday, April 23, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. The host Shamrocks will take on the Vernon Tigers in the first game at 9 a.m. The expansion Kelowna Kodiaks, defending champion South Okanagan Flames and Kamloops Venom will all play two games. (Black Press - file photo)
The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host its one-day Archie Jack Memorial Icebreaker Tournament, featuring all five league squads, Saturday, April 23, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. The host Shamrocks will take on the Vernon Tigers in the first game at 9 a.m. The expansion Kelowna Kodiaks, defending champion South Okanagan Flames and Kamloops Venom will all play two games. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon Tigers, Armstrong Shamrocks to break TOJLL ice

Junior lacrosse loop hosts icebreaker tournament Saturday, April 23, at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong

The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host its one-day Archie Jack Memorial Icebreaker Tournament, featuring all five league squads, Saturday, April 23, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. The host Shamrocks will take on the Vernon Tigers in the first game at 9 a.m. The expansion Kelowna Kodiaks, defending champion South Okanagan Flames and Kamloops Venom will all play two games. (Black Press - file photo)
Scheduled maintenance work is affecting thousand of Telus customers in Vernon. (Telus photo)

Telus maintenance affects thousands in Okanagan

Maintenance work being done in Vernon and Kelowna

Scheduled maintenance work is affecting thousand of Telus customers in Vernon. (Telus photo)
Even the local constabularly is not safe on the annual Jail and Bail day, set for Thursday, April 21, at Vernon’s Boston Pizza. The event is a popular fundraiser for the Cops For Kids organization. (Contributed)

North Okanagan RCMP in (good) arresting mood

Annual Jail and bail fundraiser for Cops For Kids slated for Thursday, April 21

Even the local constabularly is not safe on the annual Jail and Bail day, set for Thursday, April 21, at Vernon’s Boston Pizza. The event is a popular fundraiser for the Cops For Kids organization. (Contributed)
The Vernon Firehawks won the Volleyball B.C. U17 girls club championship at the Richmond Olympic Oval Easter weekend to advance to the national finals in Edmonton May 19-21. (Jenni Duff photo)

PHOTOS: Vernon volleyball team golden at provincials

Vernon Firehawks drop just one set in rolling to Volleyball B.C. U17 girls title; advance to nationals

The Vernon Firehawks won the Volleyball B.C. U17 girls club championship at the Richmond Olympic Oval Easter weekend to advance to the national finals in Edmonton May 19-21. (Jenni Duff photo)
The Kelowna Raiders (black jerseys) exploded for nine goals in the final 20 minutes to beat the hometown Vernon Tigers 15-9 in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League exhibition play Saturday, April 16, at Kal Tire Place North. The league is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. (Morning Star - file photo)

Kelowna Raiders outgun Vernon Tigers

Visiting Raiders score nine in final period for 15-9 Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League pre-season win

The Kelowna Raiders (black jerseys) exploded for nine goals in the final 20 minutes to beat the hometown Vernon Tigers 15-9 in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League exhibition play Saturday, April 16, at Kal Tire Place North. The league is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon physiotherapist Cheryl Witter from North End Spine and Sport Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy has created some pointers for golfers to help avoid early-season pains. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Swing away from back pain during Okanagan golf season

Vernon physio Cheryl Witter offers up tips to help keep away early-season pains

Vernon physiotherapist Cheryl Witter from North End Spine and Sport Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy has created some pointers for golfers to help avoid early-season pains. (Contributed)