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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)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are asking residents planning home renovations to use due diligence when seeking a contractor, as two area residents have been scammed out of more than $16,000 after finding a contractor through a Facebook ad. (File photo)

RCMP warn of Okanagan contractor fraud

Two Vernon area residents scammed out of thousands after hiring company through social media ad

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are asking residents planning home renovations to use due diligence when seeking a contractor, as two area residents have been scammed out of more than $16,000 after finding a contractor through a Facebook ad. (File photo)
Vernon Panthers defensive lineman Mark Johnson (63) tries to chase down Rutland quarterback Ty Walker during VSS’ 27-17 pre-season Interior Senior Varsity Football Conference win over the Voodoos Friday, Sept. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Jenna Fochler Photo)

Vernon Panthers slip by Rutland Voodoos

Cats defeat Rutland 27-17 in senior varsity pre-season football play

Vernon Panthers defensive lineman Mark Johnson (63) tries to chase down Rutland quarterback Ty Walker during VSS’ 27-17 pre-season Interior Senior Varsity Football Conference win over the Voodoos Friday, Sept. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Jenna Fochler Photo)
Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy says the gallery and its board is stunned the City of Vernon voted down the Behind The Mask mural project after initially showing support. (Morning Star - file photo)

Art Gallery may move mask murals elsewhere after Vernon dismissal

Voting down the Behind the Mask mural project a ‘missed opportunity’ says gallery

Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy says the gallery and its board is stunned the City of Vernon voted down the Behind The Mask mural project after initially showing support. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a long weekend abduction and assault of a man in his 20s. (Black Press - file photo)

Man, 27, assaulted in Armstrong before being abducted by 3 men and left in Salmon Arm

Man, 27, taken off Armstrong street after leaving IPE grounds Saturday morning

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a long weekend abduction and assault of a man in his 20s. (Black Press - file photo)
The campfire ban in effect has been extended in Armstrong and Spallumcheen until 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. (Black Press Media - File)

Okanagan communities extending fire ban

By order of fire chiefs; ban now in effect for campfires, open and other burning

The campfire ban in effect has been extended in Armstrong and Spallumcheen until 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. (Black Press Media - File)
The City of Vernon is reminding residents changes are coming in regards to floral tributes and leaving trinkets on gravesites at Vernon’s Pleasant Valley Cemetery. (Google Maps photo)

Vernon cemetery changes affect flower tributes, trinkets

City sends out reminder to residents about upcoming changes

The City of Vernon is reminding residents changes are coming in regards to floral tributes and leaving trinkets on gravesites at Vernon’s Pleasant Valley Cemetery. (Google Maps photo)
Vernon’s Leah Goldstein became the second woman to win the 500 Mile Solo Division of the Hoodoo 500 Ultra-Cycling Race in Utah, and did so with a new record time. (Facebook)

Vernon cyclist sets new mark in solo ultra race win

Leah Goldstein is the second woman to win Hoodoo 500 in Utah; breaks women’s mark with time of 37 hours

Vernon’s Leah Goldstein became the second woman to win the 500 Mile Solo Division of the Hoodoo 500 Ultra-Cycling Race in Utah, and did so with a new record time. (Facebook)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating Mathew Miles, 26. He was last seen in Vernon on Monday evening, Aug. 29. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Missing Vernon man found

Mathew Miles, 26, has been located safe and well

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating Mathew Miles, 26. He was last seen in Vernon on Monday evening, Aug. 29. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Monashee Health Collective is the first serivce of its kind in Canada to be certified as a B Corporation. (Contributed)

Vernon health centre first of its kind in Canada

Monashee Health Collective certified as B Corporation

Vernon’s Monashee Health Collective is the first serivce of its kind in Canada to be certified as a B Corporation. (Contributed)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to more than 200 calls for service over the weekend. (Morning Star -file photo)

Busy weekend for Vernon North Okanagan RCMP

More than 200 calls for service handled

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to more than 200 calls for service over the weekend. (Morning Star -file photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue safely rescued a group stranded on Okanagan Lake Tuesday, Aug. 23. (Facebook photo)

Saved after boaters are stranded on Okanagan Lake

Group was rescued by Vernon Search and Rescue on Aug. 23

Vernon Search and Rescue safely rescued a group stranded on Okanagan Lake Tuesday, Aug. 23. (Facebook photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested a trio of suspects in connection with a stolen vehicle and property Monday, Aug. 22. (Black Press - file photo)

North Okanagan trio face multitude of charges in stolen vehicle, property incident

Two men, one woman facing charges of possession of stolen property, failing to comply with release order

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested a trio of suspects in connection with a stolen vehicle and property Monday, Aug. 22. (Black Press - file photo)