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A fire in Grindrod destroyed a home and claimed a young pup Sunday afternoon. (Contributed)

Pup lost in North Okanagan home fire

Blaze destroys Grindrod home, leaves homeowner with nothing

Drive safe out there!

UPDATE: Crash creates Highway 97 delays south of Vernon

Single-vehicle incident near Clerke Road due to slick road conditions

Tabitha Pinch

RCMP trying to locate missing Vernon woman

33-year-old Tabitha Pinch was last seen at 2:30 a.m. Monday

Vernon North Okanagan continue to investigate after a pedestrian was struck by a pickup Saturday, Dec. 4, shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Vernon’s main street. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon pedestrian seriously injured

Woman, 74, struck by vehicle on 30th Avenue Saturday, Dec. 4

Vernon North Okanagan continue to investigate after a pedestrian was struck by a pickup Saturday, Dec. 4, shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Vernon’s main street. (Black Press file photo)
Highway between Elliot and Glenrosa Road backed up. (Carol Ryan)

Snow causes havoc on Highway 97 in West Kelowna

Semis and trucks involved in crashes on Highway 97 in West Kelowna

Highway between Elliot and Glenrosa Road backed up. (Carol Ryan)
Two members of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society enjoy the view on Mt. Rose Swanson from the newly erected bench in memory of former society president Peter Rotzetter. (ASTS photo)

North Okanagan trails society honours late president with mountain bench

Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society erects bench to honour Peter Rotzetter on Mt. Rose Swanson

Two members of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society enjoy the view on Mt. Rose Swanson from the newly erected bench in memory of former society president Peter Rotzetter. (ASTS photo)
Vernon author Samantha Knight has published her first novel, The Girl With Many Names, a book she started pre 2014 as a student at UBC Okanagan. (Contributed)

Many names, many years put into Vernon writer’s first novel

Samantha Knight’s The Girl With Many Names began when she was a UBCO student

Vernon author Samantha Knight has published her first novel, The Girl With Many Names, a book she started pre 2014 as a student at UBC Okanagan. (Contributed)
Teresa Durning has topped the polls in the City of Vernon's city council byelection, which concluded Saturday, Dec. 4. Durning finished 14 votes ahead of former councillor Catherine Lord. Results are not official until Wednesday, Dec. 8. (File photo)

Durning tops polls in Vernon council byelection

Teresa Durning beats former councillor Catherine Lord by 14 votes; results not official until Dec. 8

Teresa Durning has topped the polls in the City of Vernon's city council byelection, which concluded Saturday, Dec. 4. Durning finished 14 votes ahead of former councillor Catherine Lord. Results are not official until Wednesday, Dec. 8. (File photo)
The B.C. government and B.C. Timber Sales have pulled three more cutblocks from its plans north of Revelstoke at Argonaut Creek. (Contributed)

Cutblocks taken off plan north of Revelstoke

Total of 14 now taken off plan to help at-risk North Columbia caribou herd

The B.C. government and B.C. Timber Sales have pulled three more cutblocks from its plans north of Revelstoke at Argonaut Creek. (Contributed)
Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy has achieved top marks in the field of registered massage therapy education in their 2021 accreditation. (Submitted photo)

Vernon massage therapy college gets perfect marks in 2021 accreditation

Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy received a perfect 380 score from the CMTCA

Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy has achieved top marks in the field of registered massage therapy education in their 2021 accreditation. (Submitted photo)
(File photo)

B.C. chiropractic regulating body walks back motion against vaccine mandates

Health Minister Adrian Dix called the motion disappointing, not reflective of most chiropractors

(File photo)
Members of the Lake Country Fire Department will be collecting cash, cheque or gift certificate donations instead of physical donations this year due to limited space at the Lumby Food Bank. Firefighters will be at Save-On Foods and IGA Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Lake Country firefighters collecting cash instead of cans for food bank

Firefighters will be at Save-On Foods and IGA Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Members of the Lake Country Fire Department will be collecting cash, cheque or gift certificate donations instead of physical donations this year due to limited space at the Lumby Food Bank. Firefighters will be at Save-On Foods and IGA Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Okanagan College is looking to incorporate aspects of Indigenous culture in the design of a new student housing facility on its Vernon campus. (Okanagan College photo)

New Vernon college student housing to include Indigenous design

Okanagan College looking to integrate aspects of Indigenous culture in design of new 100-bed facility

Okanagan College is looking to incorporate aspects of Indigenous culture in the design of a new student housing facility on its Vernon campus. (Okanagan College photo)
A passenger wears a face mask she travels on a Delta Airlines flight Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, after taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Amid fears of new variants of the virus, new restrictions on movement have hit just as people start to look ahead to what is usually a busy time of year for travel. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Quarantine required for travelling unvaccinated students in Vernon School District

Youth returning to Canada may not attend school for 14 days upon return

A passenger wears a face mask she travels on a Delta Airlines flight Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, after taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Amid fears of new variants of the virus, new restrictions on movement have hit just as people start to look ahead to what is usually a busy time of year for travel. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
It’s opening day at SilverStar Mountain Resort Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (@beardofbeez photo)

Highway closures lead to booking cancellations at Vernon’s SilverStar Mountain

It’s opening day at the ski resort, which already boasts a 91 cm snow base

It’s opening day at SilverStar Mountain Resort Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (@beardofbeez photo)
UBC Okanagan is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C.’s Interior to receive provincial funding for new co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities, according to an announcement Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 (File photo)

Okanagan post-secondary students will soon have more work placement opportunities

Funding from province to bolster co-op, work-integrated learning programs at Interior schools

UBC Okanagan is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C.’s Interior to receive provincial funding for new co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities, according to an announcement Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 (File photo)
One of the multiple incidents that closed Highway 3 last week. (Paul Anthony - Twitter)

Five fatal crashes in a week on Highways 3 and 97

Traffic has increased substantially due to floods closing other routes

One of the multiple incidents that closed Highway 3 last week. (Paul Anthony - Twitter)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning of a scam involving a police impersonator Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (File photo)

Police impersonator steals thousands from North Okanagan residents

RCMP are warning residents of a scam in which fraudsters claim to be police officers over the phone

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning of a scam involving a police impersonator Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (File photo)
(Black Press Media file photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Benchmark price for single-family homes in the Central Okanagan pushing $1 million

The Association of Interior Realtors is dealing with an inventory shortage heading into December

(Black Press Media file photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Brendan Shykora makes his first mark in a municipal election during the last day of advance voting Thursday at Vernon Council chambers. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

First-time voter one of 792 to vote ahead of Vernon byelection

Advance polling station Thursday saw the most people turn out so far, with some evening lineups

Brendan Shykora makes his first mark in a municipal election during the last day of advance voting Thursday at Vernon Council chambers. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)