Morning Star Staff

Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery has announced partial proceeds from sales of its new Terrace Mountain Session IPA will be earmarked for BC wildfire prevention and relief. (Okanagan Spring Brewery photo)

New beer from Vernon brewery boosts B.C. wildfire relief

Okanagan Spring Brewery donating portion of sales from new Terrace Mountain Session IPA

Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery has announced partial proceeds from sales of its new Terrace Mountain Session IPA will be earmarked for BC wildfire prevention and relief. (Okanagan Spring Brewery photo)
View of the banner announcing the beginning of the War Savings parade in Vernon nearly 80 years ago on May 10, 1941. There were nine such campaigns across Canada during the Second World War to raise funds for the war effort, and together they raised roughly $12 billion. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 16510)

Vernon History in Pictures

A look at a parade to spark the war effort 80 years ago

View of the banner announcing the beginning of the War Savings parade in Vernon nearly 80 years ago on May 10, 1941. There were nine such campaigns across Canada during the Second World War to raise funds for the war effort, and together they raised roughly $12 billion. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 16510)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital registered nurse Amy Novakowski stands beside a Panda Warmer in the hospital’s women and children’s health services unit. <ins>The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Vernon’s Pure Country radio station will try to raise money to replace the aging panda warmers in the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon slated for Thursday, May 27.</ins> (VJHF photo)

Virtual Vernon radiothon returns to airwaves

18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on Pure Country FM to run for 12 hours Thursday, May 27, raising funds for VJH equipment

Vernon Jubilee Hospital registered nurse Amy Novakowski stands beside a Panda Warmer in the hospital’s women and children’s health services unit. <ins>The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Vernon’s Pure Country radio station will try to raise money to replace the aging panda warmers in the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon slated for Thursday, May 27.</ins> (VJHF photo)
This Coldstream residence, currentlty listed for sale for a dollar shy of $13 million, will be the subject of an online auction in June, conducted by an American auction house. (Engel&Völkers Photo)

Coldstream mansion to go to highest bidder

Five-bedroom, 10-bathroom home on Ravine Drive, listed for $13 million, will be featured in online auction by American firm

This Coldstream residence, currentlty listed for sale for a dollar shy of $13 million, will be the subject of an online auction in June, conducted by an American auction house. (Engel&Völkers Photo)
A view of the fields of the Spring Lake celery farm in Armstrong, 1907. Standing in the field are: Mrs. Burnett; E.R. Burnett; Glover Christian Burnett; W.R. Hoath; and Loo Yung. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #3584)

Vernon History in Pictures

Armstrong is known for cheese and asparagus, and a third food once flourished in the fields

A view of the fields of the Spring Lake celery farm in Armstrong, 1907. Standing in the field are: Mrs. Burnett; E.R. Burnett; Glover Christian Burnett; W.R. Hoath; and Loo Yung. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #3584)
The Monashee Toastmasters Club in Lumby does not want to be the village’s best-kept secret anymore. They want to share their successes with new members. (File photo)

New members sought for Lumby toastmasters club

Monashee Toastmasters can help a person overcome their fear of public speaking

The Monashee Toastmasters Club in Lumby does not want to be the village’s best-kept secret anymore. They want to share their successes with new members. (File photo)
Vernon ultra athlete Shanda Hill (second from left), the first Canadian to complete a Double Deca race, was named the 2019-20 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year at Vernon City Hall’s Spirit Square. Nominations are now being taken for the 2020-21 athlete and team of the year, and leadership in sports honour. (Morning Star - file photo)

Nominations sought for North Okanagan athletic awards

Tim Hortons Awards calling for nominations for athlete, team and leadership in sports

Vernon ultra athlete Shanda Hill (second from left), the first Canadian to complete a Double Deca race, was named the 2019-20 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year at Vernon City Hall’s Spirit Square. Nominations are now being taken for the 2020-21 athlete and team of the year, and leadership in sports honour. (Morning Star - file photo)
Splatsin has received nearly $3 million to construct 10 new homes on Lassertie Drive. (Splatsin photo)

New homes coming to Splatsin land

Band receives nearly $3 million to build 10 new homes so members can return to or stay in community

Splatsin has received nearly $3 million to construct 10 new homes on Lassertie Drive. (Splatsin photo)
Where Are The Children? is one of two Aboriginal exhibits dealing with the history of residential schools in Canada that will appear in Vernon in 2021 thanks to the Vernon School District’s Aboriginal Education department winning a contest from the Legacy of Hope Foundation. (SD22 photo)

Vernon School District bringing in Aboriginal exhibits

Aboriginal education department wins contest to bring to large exhibits on residential schools to district, community

Where Are The Children? is one of two Aboriginal exhibits dealing with the history of residential schools in Canada that will appear in Vernon in 2021 thanks to the Vernon School District’s Aboriginal Education department winning a contest from the Legacy of Hope Foundation. (SD22 photo)
The City of Vernon’s financial team has won its 11th consecutive award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This is also the ninth consecutive year for the District of Coldstream’s award-winning report. (City of Vernon)

North Okanagan communities rock at financial reporting

City of Vernon and District of Coldstream, combined, have won Canadian financial reporting awards for 20 straight years

The City of Vernon’s financial team has won its 11th consecutive award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This is also the ninth consecutive year for the District of Coldstream’s award-winning report. (City of Vernon)
Fire crews from Armstrong Spallumcheen and BX Swan Lake trying to control a wildfire that’s gotten out of control in Spallumcheen behind the Tolko mill on Otter Lake Cross Road and Pineridge Road. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

UPDATE: PHOTOS: Crews battle Spallumcheen wildfire

Armstrong Spallumcheen and BX Swan Lake fire departments are on scene

Fire crews from Armstrong Spallumcheen and BX Swan Lake trying to control a wildfire that’s gotten out of control in Spallumcheen behind the Tolko mill on Otter Lake Cross Road and Pineridge Road. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
The Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby was shut down by the Ministry of Transportation to all but foot and light emergency vehicle traffic Nov. 8 due to structural issues. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Inspection of bridge east of Enderby begins

Follow-up work on the repaired Baxter Bridge will run from May 11-15.

The Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby was shut down by the Ministry of Transportation to all but foot and light emergency vehicle traffic Nov. 8 due to structural issues. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A resident of Spallumcheen’s Palisades Park mobile home facility caught a video of a bear wandering through a yard shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, April 25. (Joyce Schnurr video)

Bear takes a walk through Spallumcheen’s Palisades Park

Video captures four-legged creature out for a stroll through a yard shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, April 25

A resident of Spallumcheen’s Palisades Park mobile home facility caught a video of a bear wandering through a yard shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, April 25. (Joyce Schnurr video)
Two male employees of the Vernon Daily News newspaper inspect a first run of the paper as it comes off the printing press in 1975. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #8820)

Vernon history in pictures

A look at Vernon’s original newspaper

Two male employees of the Vernon Daily News newspaper inspect a first run of the paper as it comes off the printing press in 1975. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #8820)
SilverStar Mountain Resort has announced bike park passes for the summer will go on sale Monday, May 3. (File photo)

Vernon resort bike park passes on sale May 3

SilverStar Mountain getting ready for busy season

SilverStar Mountain Resort has announced bike park passes for the summer will go on sale Monday, May 3. (File photo)
The Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club started its weekly men’s night competition April 13. (Morning Star file photo)

Spallumcheen Golf Course begins men’s night

75 players on hand for first weekly competition of new season

The Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club started its weekly men’s night competition April 13. (Morning Star file photo)
The City of Vernon has placed 30th in Macleans.ca’s poll of the 415 best communities to live in Canada. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan city high on Macleans’ list of best places to live in Canada

Vernon ranked No. 30, fifth-highest in province and best ranking outside Vancouver Island; Halifax No. 1

The City of Vernon has placed 30th in Macleans.ca’s poll of the 415 best communities to live in Canada. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The City of Vernon has placed 30th in Macleans.ca’s poll of the 415 best communities to live in Canada. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon high on Macleans’ list of best cities to live in Canada

Vernon ranked No. 30, fifth-highest in province and best ranking outside Vancouver Island; Halifax No. 1

The City of Vernon has placed 30th in Macleans.ca’s poll of the 415 best communities to live in Canada. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested a suspected impaired driver who took an unauthorized short cut to a Coldstream roadway. (File photo)

Impaired driver on slippery slope with Vernon RCMP

Person caught leaving locked Coldstream parking lot by taking unauthorized shortcut to roadway

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested a suspected impaired driver who took an unauthorized short cut to a Coldstream roadway. (File photo)
The changing course of BX Creek in recent years has caused the Regional District of North Okanagan to close the original BX Creek Trail from the BX Dog Park to Haynes Road. (Photo courtesy of David Thomas)

Change of creek course closes popular Vernon trail

The original BX Creek Trail from the dog park to Haynes Road is no longer passable says RDNO

The changing course of BX Creek in recent years has caused the Regional District of North Okanagan to close the original BX Creek Trail from the BX Dog Park to Haynes Road. (Photo courtesy of David Thomas)