Morning Star Staff

A good amount of rain Sunday helped the fire behaviour of the Bunting Road wildfire 41 kilometres northeast of Lumby. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Bunting Road wildfire behaviour good northeast of Lumby, visibility poor

Rain helped quite a bit with the fire 41 kilometres northeast of the village; aircraft grounded due to poor visibility

A good amount of rain Sunday helped the fire behaviour of the Bunting Road wildfire 41 kilometres northeast of Lumby. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
There will be no shot at a medal for former Kalamalka Lakers standout Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (with ball) and the Canadian women’s Olympic basketball team following final preliminary round action at the Tokyo Olympics. (File photo)

No medal chance for former Kal Lakers star, Canada women’s hoops team at Tokyo Games

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Canada place ninth with 1-2 record

There will be no shot at a medal for former Kalamalka Lakers standout Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (with ball) and the Canadian women’s Olympic basketball team following final preliminary round action at the Tokyo Olympics. (File photo)
The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

UPDATE: Smoke hampers fight to control White Rock Lake wildfire

Blaze near Westwold grows by a few hundred hectares but rain helps with suppression efforts

The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
The Dogwood Gymnasium inside the Vernon Recreation Centre has been established by the City of Vernon as an Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre for evacuees of the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (Morning Star - file photo)

City of Vernon sets up reception centre for White Rock Lake wildfire evacuees

Centre is located at the Dogwood Gym inside the Vernon Recreation Centre

The Dogwood Gymnasium inside the Vernon Recreation Centre has been established by the City of Vernon as an Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre for evacuees of the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (Morning Star - file photo)
North Okanagan RCMP and Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department crews got some help from a citizen walking their dog Saturday morning in discovering and putting out two deliberately set grassfires in the vicinity of Fraser Road and Otter Lake Road. (RCMP photo)

North Okanagan RCMP investigate pair of deliberately set grassfires

Fires discovered and put out by citizen walking their dog Saturday, July 1, at around 5:30 a.m. near Fraser Road

North Okanagan RCMP and Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department crews got some help from a citizen walking their dog Saturday morning in discovering and putting out two deliberately set grassfires in the vicinity of Fraser Road and Otter Lake Road. (RCMP photo)
Canada’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (7) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Tina Krajisnik (33) during a women’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. The former Kalamalka Lakers star and Team Canada finished Group A play at 1-2 after a 76-66 loss to Spain Sunday, Aug. 1, and now must wait to see if they qualify for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Kalamalka basketball star waits to see if berth in Tokyo Olympics medal round is a go

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had four points in 76-66 Canada loss to Spain Sunday, Aug. 1; Canada at 1-2 waits for other results

Canada’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (7) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Tina Krajisnik (33) during a women’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. The former Kalamalka Lakers star and Team Canada finished Group A play at 1-2 after a 76-66 loss to Spain Sunday, Aug. 1, and now must wait to see if they qualify for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
The White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold, which has resulted in a handful of evacuation orders and alerts, is anticipated to grow in size over the next 24 hours after aggressive overnight growth Sunday, Aug. 1. (BC Wilfire Service aerial photo)

Growth anticipated for White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold

Fire listed at approximately 24,000 hectares in size will get bigger in next 24 hours due to aggressive growth overnight

The White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold, which has resulted in a handful of evacuation orders and alerts, is anticipated to grow in size over the next 24 hours after aggressive overnight growth Sunday, Aug. 1. (BC Wilfire Service aerial photo)
The Township of Spallumcheen has enacted a Level #1 Emergency Operations Centre in relation to the proximity of the White Rock Lake wildfire to the township. (Morning Star - file photo)

Township of Spallumcheen puts EOC into effect

Level #1 Emergency Operations Centre enacted due to proximity of White Rock Lake wildfire

The Township of Spallumcheen has enacted a Level #1 Emergency Operations Centre in relation to the proximity of the White Rock Lake wildfire to the township. (Morning Star - file photo)
City of Vernon and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities representatives break ground Thursday, July 29, on the new Jumpstart Charities inclusive playground at Marshall Field. Doing the digging are (back row, from left): Steve Roch, Angelina D’Amico, Jean Sebastien Levesque, Jenna D’Amico, Carmina Barone, Jack D’Amico (local associate dealer), Brian Quiring (Vernon acting mayor), Erik Mustonen (Vernon parks planner), Mark Corson, Laurie Holton, Glenn Breugom, Theresa Larsen. Front (from left): Grason Walker, Breven Walker, Josh Walker. (City of Vernon photo)

Canadian Tire jumpstarts new Vernon playground

Ground broken on new inclusive playground to be house at Marshall Field in Okanagan Landing

City of Vernon and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities representatives break ground Thursday, July 29, on the new Jumpstart Charities inclusive playground at Marshall Field. Doing the digging are (back row, from left): Steve Roch, Angelina D’Amico, Jean Sebastien Levesque, Jenna D’Amico, Carmina Barone, Jack D’Amico (local associate dealer), Brian Quiring (Vernon acting mayor), Erik Mustonen (Vernon parks planner), Mark Corson, Laurie Holton, Glenn Breugom, Theresa Larsen. Front (from left): Grason Walker, Breven Walker, Josh Walker. (City of Vernon photo)
Work on the Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby will be shut down as of Thursday, July 29, through to Monday, Aug. 2, for the B.C. Day holiday long weekend. Traffic control will resume after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. (Morning Star - file photo)

Work on bridge near Enderby down for long weekend

Baxter Bridge work at Ashton Creek off now until Aug. 3; traffic control resumes after 7 a.m. Aug. 3

Work on the Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby will be shut down as of Thursday, July 29, through to Monday, Aug. 2, for the B.C. Day holiday long weekend. Traffic control will resume after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. (Morning Star - file photo)
Poor air quality has resulted in the closure Wednesday, July 28, of the White Valley Spray Park and outdoor pool in Lumby. Air quality will be monitored daily to determine when the facilities can reopen. (File photo)

Smoke causes closure of wet Lumby recreational sites

White Valley Spray Park and Pool closed Wednesday due to bad air quality; village to monitor results daily before deciding on reopening

Poor air quality has resulted in the closure Wednesday, July 28, of the White Valley Spray Park and outdoor pool in Lumby. Air quality will be monitored daily to determine when the facilities can reopen. (File photo)
This fully restored and detailed 2001 Chevy Impala will be given away to a needy Armstrong family courtesy of the efforts of local businessmen Pat Nelson (Nelson’s Glass, from left), Bernd Klaila of One-Stop Automotive and Tim Miller from Extreme Mobile Auto Detailing. (Photo by Brooke Hovey)

Needy Armstrong resident to receive new-to-them car

Local businesses team up to restore and detail 2001 Chevy Impala to be given away in contest

This fully restored and detailed 2001 Chevy Impala will be given away to a needy Armstrong family courtesy of the efforts of local businessmen Pat Nelson (Nelson’s Glass, from left), Bernd Klaila of One-Stop Automotive and Tim Miller from Extreme Mobile Auto Detailing. (Photo by Brooke Hovey)
Reaching out to WorkBC Vernon for support in planning her future was a great move by Caitlin Heinloo. (Contributed)

WorkBC helps Vernon client succeed in school

Caitlin Heinloo’s future is very bright thanks to support from organization and community

Reaching out to WorkBC Vernon for support in planning her future was a great move by Caitlin Heinloo. (Contributed)
Vernon BMX held its first race night July 6, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

North Okanagan sports groups get pandemic relief cash

A total of 42 organizations from the Thompson Okanagan receive money from the Local Sport Relief Fund

Vernon BMX held its first race night July 6, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Longtime friends Brittney Page, left, and Kristin Postill return to Kalamalka Lake on their standup paddleboards Saturday, Aug. 14, for their fourth annual Stand Up For…fundraising challenge. This year, the pair are paddling in support of Vernon’s Archway Society. (Contributed)

North Okanagan paddleboard pals return to Kal Lake for fundraiser

Kristin Postill and Brittney Page will paddle length of lake Saturday, Aug. 14, in support of Archway Society

Longtime friends Brittney Page, left, and Kristin Postill return to Kalamalka Lake on their standup paddleboards Saturday, Aug. 14, for their fourth annual Stand Up For…fundraising challenge. This year, the pair are paddling in support of Vernon’s Archway Society. (Contributed)
Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)

Mass notification service launched by Splatsin

Band near Enderby teams up with Calgary-based company to provide emergency alert service to community members

Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)
Vernon Jackals tackler Jed Miller (3, right) stops Salmon Arm Yeti back Jeff Miller (no relation) in his tracks during Okanagan Rugby Union Action Saturday, July 24, at Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Sports Field. (Vernon Jackals photo)

Vernon Jackals dismantle Salmon Arm Yeti as Okanagan Rugby Union kicks off

Four-time defending champion Jackals roll to 79-7 victory in season opener

Vernon Jackals tackler Jed Miller (3, right) stops Salmon Arm Yeti back Jeff Miller (no relation) in his tracks during Okanagan Rugby Union Action Saturday, July 24, at Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Sports Field. (Vernon Jackals photo)
Canada’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (7) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Tina Krajisnik (33) during a women’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, in Saitama, Japan. The former Kalamalka Lakers standout had eight points in Canada’s 72-68 defeat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Kalamalka Lakers star nets 8 points in Tokyo Olympics

Canada falls 72-68 to Serbia at Tokyo Olympics; Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe starts

Canada’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (7) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Tina Krajisnik (33) during a women’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, in Saitama, Japan. The former Kalamalka Lakers standout had eight points in Canada’s 72-68 defeat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. is returning to Louisiana to build a new sawmill in a joint venture with Hunt Forest Products. (tolko.com)

Vernon-based Tolko returns to Louisiana to build second sawmill

Company teams up again with Hunt Forest Products for facility five hours north of New Orleans

Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. is returning to Louisiana to build a new sawmill in a joint venture with Hunt Forest Products. (tolko.com)
A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)

COVID case temporarily closes Vernon restaurant

Kelly O’Bryan’s makes announcement on social media, answering machine

A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)