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A youth legacy fund has been established through Community Foundation North Okanagan in memory of longtime Vernon lawyer Paul Nixon, who died one year ago Thursday, Nov. 25. The Paul Nixon Youth Legacy Fund was created to provide grants that support the community and organizations that were close to Nixon’s heart. (Photo submitted)

A year after his passing, fund in memory of Vernon lawyer Paul Nixon aimed at youth

Donations to fund can be made in Nixon’s memory through Community Foundation North Okanagan

A youth legacy fund has been established through Community Foundation North Okanagan in memory of longtime Vernon lawyer Paul Nixon, who died one year ago Thursday, Nov. 25. The Paul Nixon Youth Legacy Fund was created to provide grants that support the community and organizations that were close to Nixon’s heart. (Photo submitted)
Dr. Seyyedarash Haddadi has developed an antimicrobial and antiviral coating for cloth face masks. (Submitted photo)

Kelowna researcher develops antiviral coating for cloth face masks

The coating will be applied to millions of masks sold worldwide

Dr. Seyyedarash Haddadi has developed an antimicrobial and antiviral coating for cloth face masks. (Submitted photo)
Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships and will head to Oxford University in October 2022. (Contributed)

Med student from Kelowna named 2022 Rhodes scholar

Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who will head to Oxford University next October

Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships and will head to Oxford University in October 2022. (Contributed)
A Vernon councillor is facing potential legal action from a former city councillor. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VERNON VOTES: 202 ballots cast in day one of advance polls

Advance voting continues in byelection for city councillor position

A Vernon councillor is facing potential legal action from a former city councillor. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
An RV parked for weeks in front of a 25th Avenue business in the Okanagan Landing area would now be subjected to fines as Vernon council works on amending its traffic bylaw in regards to RVs parked on city roads. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon shifts toward infractions for parked RVs on city roads

RVs parked along 25th Avenue sparked concerns from council

An RV parked for weeks in front of a 25th Avenue business in the Okanagan Landing area would now be subjected to fines as Vernon council works on amending its traffic bylaw in regards to RVs parked on city roads. (Morning Star - file photo)
Princeton is experiencing an outpouring of support, with businesses and private residents delivering hot meals to those in need, taking in their neighbours who are evacuated, and industry is stepping forward. Weyerhaeuser Mill has provided equipment for clean up and Copper Mountain Mine supplied materials to shore up the banks of the Tulameen. Th mine also trucked in space heaters and blankets, which they are distributing for free, and it's also hosted free BBQ's, in Veteran's Square, over the past two days, while giving away bottled water.  Photo Andrea DeMeer Nov.18.

Vernon credit union backs Red Cross flood relief efforts in B.C.

VantageOne and other credit unions encouraging customers to donate to help those impacted by flooding

Princeton is experiencing an outpouring of support, with businesses and private residents delivering hot meals to those in need, taking in their neighbours who are evacuated, and industry is stepping forward. Weyerhaeuser Mill has provided equipment for clean up and Copper Mountain Mine supplied materials to shore up the banks of the Tulameen. Th mine also trucked in space heaters and blankets, which they are distributing for free, and it's also hosted free BBQ's, in Veteran's Square, over the past two days, while giving away bottled water.  Photo Andrea DeMeer Nov.18.
Dot, In Kelowna, is just one of the bunnies needing a foster home in the Okanagan. (BC SPCA photo)

SPCA ‘hopping’ to find rabbit foster homes in Vernon

Abundance of bunnies need to be moved to make room for evacuated pets

Dot, In Kelowna, is just one of the bunnies needing a foster home in the Okanagan. (BC SPCA photo)
Flags at half mast at Hillview Elementary school, and all other Vernon School District facilities, Monday, May 31 in honour of the tragic discovery of the 215 children whose bodies were discovered at the Kamloops Residential School Friday, May 28. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Only 1 Vernon school with COVID-19 exposure

Interior Health lists only Hillview Elementary

Flags at half mast at Hillview Elementary school, and all other Vernon School District facilities, Monday, May 31 in honour of the tragic discovery of the 215 children whose bodies were discovered at the Kamloops Residential School Friday, May 28. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
A Coldstream kennel owner has lost her appeal to have her dogs returned after they were seized by the BC SPCA due to unsanitary living conditions on Sept. 10, 2021. (Unsplash)

Dogs seized from North Okanagan kennel owner won’t be returned by SPCA

19 dogs were seized from a Coldstream property due to unsanitary living conditions and inadequate care

A Coldstream kennel owner has lost her appeal to have her dogs returned after they were seized by the BC SPCA due to unsanitary living conditions on Sept. 10, 2021. (Unsplash)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Trey Robert Isaac, a wanted man who is believed to be in the Vernon area, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (RCMP photo)

Vernon police seek public’s help in search for wanted man

23-year-old Trey Robert Isaac is believed to be in the Vernon area

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Trey Robert Isaac, a wanted man who is believed to be in the Vernon area, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (RCMP photo)
RCMP are looking to identify this break and enter suspect. (Contributed)

RCMP try to ID man who allegedly broke into Vernon home through pet door

Police unable to identify suspect in BX home break-in and theft

RCMP are looking to identify this break and enter suspect. (Contributed)
Sleydo (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt'en Checkpoint/Facebook)

All arrested at Coastal GasLink pipeline blockade released under conditions

Upon release, Gidimt’en Checkpoint leader calls arrests and injunction a violation of human rights

Sleydo (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt'en Checkpoint/Facebook)
Monthly permits for 2022 parking at City of Vernon lots, including the parkade (pictured) will be available for purchase beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6. (Google Maps)

Slight delay for sale of Vernon monthly parking permits

Permits for city-owned lots and the parkade will be for sale starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6

Monthly permits for 2022 parking at City of Vernon lots, including the parkade (pictured) will be available for purchase beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6. (Google Maps)
Smoke from the White Rock Lake wildfire billows over Vernon Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Jenna Sealey photo)

Summer wildfires spark need for FireSmart work in Vernon

Projects underway to remove overgrowth, smoke will be seen next week

Smoke from the White Rock Lake wildfire billows over Vernon Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Jenna Sealey photo)
The City of Vernon is moving forward with amendments to its parks and public spaces bylaw to help regulate boat moorage at the public Paddlewheel Park boat launch, which includes the maximum time signage. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Bylaw changes shored up to deal with Vernon boats

Paddlewheel Park has a busy public launch but the city has noticed boats moored there for extended periods

The City of Vernon is moving forward with amendments to its parks and public spaces bylaw to help regulate boat moorage at the public Paddlewheel Park boat launch, which includes the maximum time signage. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Voting in Tuesday's provincial election takes place across Vernon-Monashee and the Shuswap constituencies. For full results and coverage of the election Tuesday night, visit vernonmorningstar.com (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

VERNON VOTES: 11 choices for council byelection

Advanced voting starts today for new city councillor

Voting in Tuesday's provincial election takes place across Vernon-Monashee and the Shuswap constituencies. For full results and coverage of the election Tuesday night, visit vernonmorningstar.com (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)
The NONA Child Development Centre is introducing a new annual fundraiser, The NONA Lights for Kids event in partnership with the John Christmas Light Tour, which will run from Dec. 4-31, 2021. (Submitted photo)

New fundraiser to light up Vernon child development centre

The NONA Lights for Kids event will brighten downtown buildings from Dec. 4 to 31

The NONA Child Development Centre is introducing a new annual fundraiser, The NONA Lights for Kids event in partnership with the John Christmas Light Tour, which will run from Dec. 4-31, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Pete Wise (left) receives the 2021 District of Coldstream Community Achievement Award from Mayor Jim Garlick Monday, Nov. 22. Wise has devoted more than 57 years to search and rescue and helping domestic and wild animals in the region. (District of Coldstream photo)

Wise choice for Coldstream achievement honour

District pays tribute to longtime search and rescue, animal volunteer Pete Wise with annual award

Pete Wise (left) receives the 2021 District of Coldstream Community Achievement Award from Mayor Jim Garlick Monday, Nov. 22. Wise has devoted more than 57 years to search and rescue and helping domestic and wild animals in the region. (District of Coldstream photo)
(Photo: Metro Creative Stock)

Interior Health issues drug supply advisory for the Okanagan region

Very high doses of fetanyl and benzos have been found in drug supplies

(Photo: Metro Creative Stock)
More consultation and more notice must be done and given to businesses in the 2900 block of 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon if the city plans to close the block for two months in 2022, as it did for a first time in 2021. (Morning Star - file photo)

Downtown Vernon road closure considered for summer 2022

Report on 2021 pilot project on 30th Avenue says businesses want more notice and more discussion

More consultation and more notice must be done and given to businesses in the 2900 block of 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon if the city plans to close the block for two months in 2022, as it did for a first time in 2021. (Morning Star - file photo)