Morning Star Staff

It was a bluebird day for the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

New route, road closures in place for Vernon Winter Carnival parade

Saturday, Feb. 4, 12 p.m.; route nearly the same with couple of changes

It was a bluebird day for the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
City of Vernon crews are working on repairing a number of water main breaks that happened Monday, Jan. 30, in the Bella Vista and Okanagan Landing areas. (Morning Star - file photo)

Nearly 150 Vernon homes impacted by water main break

Trio of temporary road closures while breaks being repaired

City of Vernon crews are working on repairing a number of water main breaks that happened Monday, Jan. 30, in the Bella Vista and Okanagan Landing areas. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs forward Jeffrey Curtis gets the puck up and over the shoulder of Vancouver Thunderbirds goalie Ethan Ma, but also over the net, during the opening game of the 48th annual Vernon Winter Carnival Coca Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at Kal Tire Place North. The 50th anniversary tournament, unable to be played for two years due to the pandemic, is slated for Feb. 9-12. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon makes history: 50 years of featuring tomorrow’s hockey stars

50th anniversary Coca Cola Winter Carnival Classic Peewee hockey tourney goes Feb. 9-12 at KTPN

Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs forward Jeffrey Curtis gets the puck up and over the shoulder of Vancouver Thunderbirds goalie Ethan Ma, but also over the net, during the opening game of the 48th annual Vernon Winter Carnival Coca Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at Kal Tire Place North. The 50th anniversary tournament, unable to be played for two years due to the pandemic, is slated for Feb. 9-12. (Morning Star - file photo)
Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is featured in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Musical Giants. (Contributed)

Symphony brings Musical Giants to Okanagan stages

Church will host show Feb. 12, as Vernon Performing Arts Centre’s stage is being repaired

Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is featured in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Musical Giants. (Contributed)
Vernon Search and Rescue came safely to the aid of an injured snowmobile rider in the Hunters Range area east of Enderby Saturday, Jan. 21. (Facebook photo)

Vernon Search and Rescue comes to aid of injured sledder

Rider transported safely to hospital following injury at Hunters Range near Enderby Saturday, Jan. 21

Vernon Search and Rescue came safely to the aid of an injured snowmobile rider in the Hunters Range area east of Enderby Saturday, Jan. 21. (Facebook photo)
Vernon Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club member Madeline Sellars is one of six members heading to the Elite Canada competition next month in Vancouver. (Contributed)

Elite Canada rhythmic gymnastics event features six Vernon athletes

The half-dozen from the Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics club will seek national team selection

Vernon Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club member Madeline Sellars is one of six members heading to the Elite Canada competition next month in Vancouver. (Contributed)
The City of Vernon’s Water Reclamation Centre (VWRC) is preparing for a release of high-quality reclaimed water following an extensive treatment process. (Black Press - file photo)

Reclaimed water to be released into Okanagan lake

Most of the reclaimed water is piped to MacKay Reservoir on Commonage Road

The City of Vernon’s Water Reclamation Centre (VWRC) is preparing for a release of high-quality reclaimed water following an extensive treatment process. (Black Press - file photo)
Crystal Swetz-Wallace

UPDATE: Missing woman in Vernon area found safe

Crystal Swetz-Wallace, 39, hadn’t been heard from since Dec. 16

Crystal Swetz-Wallace
An AIM Roads plow truck tends to Pleasant Valley Road Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Sanding crews battle slick Vernon roads

Rain followed by overnight freeze ices up area streets

An AIM Roads plow truck tends to Pleasant Valley Road Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Christine Burwell takes the throne as Kniven Cadden and Braydon Gauthier race the TP 4 UR PP to the finish line in the Lumby Outhouse Races Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 at the Salmon Trail. The second annual Lumby Outhouse Race is set for Sunday, Jan. 22. (Morning Star - file photo)

Lumby Outhouse Races ready to flow

Family, fun-filled event slated for Sunday, Jan. 22, at West Salmon Trail parking lot

Christine Burwell takes the throne as Kniven Cadden and Braydon Gauthier race the TP 4 UR PP to the finish line in the Lumby Outhouse Races Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 at the Salmon Trail. The second annual Lumby Outhouse Race is set for Sunday, Jan. 22. (Morning Star - file photo)
Columnist Cheryl Witter

COLUMN: Head and shoulders, knees and toes…

Vernon physical therapist Cheryl Witter runs down, in list form, some treatment options for body pains

Columnist Cheryl Witter
Nature’s Fare Markets’ Tara Berger (left) and Brandon Molzahn (right), present a cheque to Neil S. Thompson (middle) of the Salvation Army Food Bank in Vernon. (Contributed)

Nature’s Fare delivers Christmas food, cash to B.C. food banks

More than 12,000 pounds of food collected, $60,000 in cash donated

Nature’s Fare Markets’ Tara Berger (left) and Brandon Molzahn (right), present a cheque to Neil S. Thompson (middle) of the Salvation Army Food Bank in Vernon. (Contributed)
Vernon Blue Magnums quarterback Brock Warner (left) gets ready to look for a receiver during the team’s 46-26 Southern Interior Football Conference Junior Bantam win over the visiting Kelowna Blue Spartans at Greater Vernon Athletic Park Sunday, Oct. 23. (Contributed)

Vernon leaves Kelowna feeling blue in gridiron showdown

Blue Magnums score 46-26 romp over Kelowna Blue Spartans in Junior Bantam minor football play at GVAP

Vernon Blue Magnums quarterback Brock Warner (left) gets ready to look for a receiver during the team’s 46-26 Southern Interior Football Conference Junior Bantam win over the visiting Kelowna Blue Spartans at Greater Vernon Athletic Park Sunday, Oct. 23. (Contributed)
A traffic stop in Vernon in the early hours of Thanksgiving Monday, Oct.10, resulted in the arrest of two suspected drug traffickers. (Black Press file photo)

Pair of alleged drug traffickers nabbed in Vernon traffic stop

RCMP seize quantity of suspected drugs, cash, cell phones, bear spray, paraphernalia

A traffic stop in Vernon in the early hours of Thanksgiving Monday, Oct.10, resulted in the arrest of two suspected drug traffickers. (Black Press file photo)
The Vernon Panthers won the Best of the West Junior Girls volleyball championship tournament in Kelowna, beating the host KSS Owls in the final. Team members include (front, from left) Amelia Spitzer, Devyn Hildebrand, Kaydence Kitzul; back row (from left) Kenidy West, Charlotte Schommer, Paige Leahy, Avery Stringer, Sadie Quinton, Peyton Romeril, Addy Beacom. (Contributed)

Vernon Panthers take Best of West tourney in Kelowna

VSS junior girls defeat host Owls in volleyball final

The Vernon Panthers won the Best of the West Junior Girls volleyball championship tournament in Kelowna, beating the host KSS Owls in the final. Team members include (front, from left) Amelia Spitzer, Devyn Hildebrand, Kaydence Kitzul; back row (from left) Kenidy West, Charlotte Schommer, Paige Leahy, Avery Stringer, Sadie Quinton, Peyton Romeril, Addy Beacom. (Contributed)
Tristen Phillip of Vernon was last seen in Kamloops after 12 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, and there has been no known communication since with family and friends. (Contributed)

Vernon woman missing in Kamloops

Tristen Phillip, 24, last seen in Kamloops Oct. 2 at about 12:45 a.m.; no communication since

Tristen Phillip of Vernon was last seen in Kamloops after 12 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, and there has been no known communication since with family and friends. (Contributed)
Former Tolko Industries chief forester Mark Tamas (centre) is presented with a Forest Products Association of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award from FPAC’s Kate Lindsay (left) and Derek Nighbor. (Contributed)

Okanagan foresters log awards

Vernon’s Mark Tamas of Tolko Industries and West Kelowna’s Ntityix Resources LP honoured

Former Tolko Industries chief forester Mark Tamas (centre) is presented with a Forest Products Association of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award from FPAC’s Kate Lindsay (left) and Derek Nighbor. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil (centre) and Team Canada celebrate Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime stunning win over world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz of the host country in Davis Cup action Friday, Sept. 16, Spain. (Facebook photo)

B.C. player helps Canada to Davis Cup tennis knockout stage

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil and Team Canada go 2-1 in Spain to guarantee berth in next round

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil (centre) and Team Canada celebrate Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime stunning win over world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz of the host country in Davis Cup action Friday, Sept. 16, Spain. (Facebook photo)
Dachshunds dressed as hot dogs star in a video to help SilverStar Bike Park promote its new trail which opens this weekend – Chien Chaud (French for Hot Dog). (SilverStar video shot)

Vernon bike park goes to the dogs for promo video

SilverStar’s promotional video for Chien Chaud - French for Hot Dog - stars 10 dachshunds

Dachshunds dressed as hot dogs star in a video to help SilverStar Bike Park promote its new trail which opens this weekend – Chien Chaud (French for Hot Dog). (SilverStar video shot)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil won his singles and doubles matches to help Canada beat the Republic of Korea 2-1 at the Davis Cup Rakuten Finals tennis event in Spain Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Facebook photo)

Vernon player propels Canada past Korea at Davis Cup tennis

Vasek Pospisil wins singles and doubles match to lift Canada to 2-1 victory in Spain

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil won his singles and doubles matches to help Canada beat the Republic of Korea 2-1 at the Davis Cup Rakuten Finals tennis event in Spain Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Facebook photo)