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Crash near Vernon stalls traffic Friday afternoon on Highway 97. (Contributed)

Motorcycle crash stalls Highway 97 traffic near Vernon

Incident causes delays for Friday afternoon motorists

Crash near Vernon stalls traffic Friday afternoon on Highway 97. (Contributed)
Tim Hortons owner Dan Currie and manager Pam Gakhal present $15,790.80 worth of smile cookie funds raised to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation executive director Kate McBrearty. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Cookies bake up 15,000 reasons to smile at Vernon hospital

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign raises $15,790

Tim Hortons owner Dan Currie and manager Pam Gakhal present $15,790.80 worth of smile cookie funds raised to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation executive director Kate McBrearty. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
(Photo: City of Vernon)

Compost bin relocated at Vernon rec centre

4 bins are located around town for residents to deposit their organic waste

(Photo: City of Vernon)
Seasonal security was added to Vernon’s downtown core between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. (Jesse Major - Black Press file)

Downtown Vernon security doubles observations in second year

Overnight security records 1,751 files, alerts authorities of fire, watermain break, attempted arson and B&E

Seasonal security was added to Vernon’s downtown core between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. (Jesse Major - Black Press file)
A castle, hidden in the forests of Cherryville, is listed for sale for $3.45 million. (Cheryl Soleway/Sotheyby’s International Realty)

Royal attention gathers on Cherryville for $3.5M castle

Small North Okanagan community listing features draw bridge and a moat

A castle, hidden in the forests of Cherryville, is listed for sale for $3.45 million. (Cheryl Soleway/Sotheyby’s International Realty)
The province is funding 16 new affordable rental homes on Okanagan Indian Band land. (Pixabay photo).

Province backs Okanagan Indian Band’s affordable housing project

16 new homes to be built on reserve thanks to $1.7M investment

The province is funding 16 new affordable rental homes on Okanagan Indian Band land. (Pixabay photo).
Spallumcheen’s Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000-pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Pumpkin Festival which goes Oct. 9. (AS Chamber Photo)

Armstrong youth can take aim with catapult at Harvest Pumpkin Festival

Great Pumpkin Weigh-in returns this weekend; last year’s winner weighed in at 1,000 pounds

Spallumcheen’s Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000-pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Pumpkin Festival which goes Oct. 9. (AS Chamber Photo)
Neuron Mobility said last weekend’s vandalism incident was isolated and Vernon’s first case since the e-scooter company’s launch in July. (Zac J Blac/Facebook photo)

Vernon’s first instance of e-scooter vandalism an isolated incident: Neuron Mobility

Company says damaged scooters were immediately locked and taken out of fleet for repairs

Neuron Mobility said last weekend’s vandalism incident was isolated and Vernon’s first case since the e-scooter company’s launch in July. (Zac J Blac/Facebook photo)
The Canadian Mental Health Association and Kokanee Swim Club were awarded funds through Funtastic’s Community Grant Program this month. (Contributed)

Funtastic gives Vernon organizations a boost

Nearly $6K in funds divvied up between two local groups

The Canadian Mental Health Association and Kokanee Swim Club were awarded funds through Funtastic’s Community Grant Program this month. (Contributed)
Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MLA Norm Letnick. (File photo)

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick open to considering a mayoral run

Letnick previously served as a city councillor in Kelowna from 2005 to 2008

Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MLA Norm Letnick. (File photo)
New data suggests COVID-19 has accelerated the decline in mental health among young Canadians. (Black Press Media File)

Vernon teacher eager to EASE high school anxiety

New resource aimed at high-levels of anxiety among high school students

New data suggests COVID-19 has accelerated the decline in mental health among young Canadians. (Black Press Media File)
Campbell River has moved to Stage 2 watering restrictions, but watering by hand or hose with an automatic shut-off valve is still permitted. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Water restrictions turned off in rural Lumby, Enderby and Grindrod areas

Supply and demand conditions return to normal following dry, hot summer

Campbell River has moved to Stage 2 watering restrictions, but watering by hand or hose with an automatic shut-off valve is still permitted. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are turning to the public to help identify a suspect in an arson investigation. The suspect was seen lighting a garbage can on fire outside of a Pleasant Valley Road school on Aug. 29, 2021. (RCMP)

Tips wanted in Vernon arson investigation

Garbage can deliberately ignited outside of independent school

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are turning to the public to help identify a suspect in an arson investigation. The suspect was seen lighting a garbage can on fire outside of a Pleasant Valley Road school on Aug. 29, 2021. (RCMP)
(File photo)

Kelowna airport at risk of losing $2.5M over stagnation of international travel

Despite international travel resuming at less busy airports, YLW’s future is still up in the air

(File photo)
Robert Riley Saunders. (File)

Syilx Nation wants MCFD overhaul after social worker steals thousands from foster kids

Nation says ministry needs to take responsibility for ‘complete failure’

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
The province adds 65 hectares to Echo Lake provincial park through Bill 17. (Google Maps - Exploratory Glory)

Province adds 65 hectares to this North Okanagan park

Bill 17 sees more foreshore and area added to popular fishing destination

The province adds 65 hectares to Echo Lake provincial park through Bill 17. (Google Maps - Exploratory Glory)
A man identified as Dakota Samoleski was shot and killed in a Spallumcheen shooting Sept. 20, 2021. Jevon Daniel Smith, 46, is charged with second-degree murder and is set to return to court Oct. 4. (GoFundMe)

Bottle drive to fund funeral costs for Spallumcheen shooting victim

Vernon recycling centre collecting returns in memory of Dakota Samoleski

A man identified as Dakota Samoleski was shot and killed in a Spallumcheen shooting Sept. 20, 2021. Jevon Daniel Smith, 46, is charged with second-degree murder and is set to return to court Oct. 4. (GoFundMe)
Data from the BC Centre for Disease Control shows 223 cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Central Okanagan between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. (BCCDC)

Weekly COVID-19 cases fall again in the Central Okanagan

The region saw 223 cases between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2

Data from the BC Centre for Disease Control shows 223 cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Central Okanagan between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. (BCCDC)
A light dusting of snow fell on SilverStar Mountain Resort ahead of Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)

Snow falls on Vernon’s ski resort

SilverStar received light dusting of the white stuff

A light dusting of snow fell on SilverStar Mountain Resort ahead of Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)
A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on March 16, 2021. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

First dose vax rate nears 90% for some Central Okanagan neighbourhoods

Almost 80 per cent of eligible Central Okanagan residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on March 16, 2021. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)