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The City of Vernon has recently completed a street light conversion project to help reduce light population, switching out old High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights with new Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. (City of Vernon photo

Vernon lights the way to less pollution

Street lighting changeover project completed as city switches to LED lights

The City of Vernon has recently completed a street light conversion project to help reduce light population, switching out old High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights with new Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. (City of Vernon photo
(Black Press file photo)

Kelowna International Airport to increase parking fees in January

The new parking fees will help fund capital and operational costs at the airport

(Black Press file photo)
Anita and Mirsad Hadzic were two of the people who died in the Highway 99 mudslide. (GoFundMe photo)
Anita and Mirsad Hadzic were two of the people who died in the Highway 99 mudslide. (GoFundMe photo)
Kal Tire is holding its first annual Vernon Vehicle Giveaway to help out a person or family with a new set of wheels this holiday season. Nominations for who should receive the free vehicle are open until Dec. 11, 2021. (Pixabay)

Kal Tire giving free van to one lucky Vernonite

It’s Kal Tire’s first ever Vernon Vehicle Giveaway, and nominations are open until Dec. 11

Kal Tire is holding its first annual Vernon Vehicle Giveaway to help out a person or family with a new set of wheels this holiday season. Nominations for who should receive the free vehicle are open until Dec. 11, 2021. (Pixabay)
The Regional District of North Okanagan has launched its new, updated website, and would like customers feedback on it. (RDNO photo)

North Okanagan regional district tidies up website

Regional District of North Okanagan wants to hear from customers on new-look site

The Regional District of North Okanagan has launched its new, updated website, and would like customers feedback on it. (RDNO photo)
Auctioneer Don Raffan (left) and chair Brian Reid (bow tie) were again front-and-centre for the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s 37th annual Dream Auction held Saturday, Nov. 20. (Carousel Studios photo - file picture)

Kal Rotary Dream Auction raises more than $182K in Vernon

Community’s generosity highlighted in unique 37th annual event

Auctioneer Don Raffan (left) and chair Brian Reid (bow tie) were again front-and-centre for the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s 37th annual Dream Auction held Saturday, Nov. 20. (Carousel Studios photo - file picture)
Displaced students and families from flood-ravaged parts of B.C. are being welcomed to schools in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District, the school district announced Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (File photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap school district opens doors to flood evacuees

Students displaced by flooding living temporarily in the region have a place to learn

Displaced students and families from flood-ravaged parts of B.C. are being welcomed to schools in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District, the school district announced Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (File photo)
Softball has been among the uses at the former Kin Race Track and could be part of the future of a new park located at the facility. The City of Vernon has created a survey for the public’s input as to what it would like to see at the site. (Morning Star - file photo)

Public ideas sought for new Vernon park

City creates survey to hear from residents about what they’d like for new park at Kin Race Track site

Softball has been among the uses at the former Kin Race Track and could be part of the future of a new park located at the facility. The City of Vernon has created a survey for the public’s input as to what it would like to see at the site. (Morning Star - file photo)
NexusBC was able to help more than 100 seniors in Vernon in 2019 to have a Merry Christmas with its Making Spirits Bright campaign. A drive-thru breakfast sponsored by Vernon’s Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residences will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Real Canadian Wholesale Club’s parking lot to raise funds for the 2021 campaign. (Contributed)

Vernon drive-thru breakfast to boost seniors program

Buy breakfast at Wholesale Club parking lot from 6-9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, to help Make Spirits Bright

NexusBC was able to help more than 100 seniors in Vernon in 2019 to have a Merry Christmas with its Making Spirits Bright campaign. A drive-thru breakfast sponsored by Vernon’s Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residences will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Real Canadian Wholesale Club’s parking lot to raise funds for the 2021 campaign. (Contributed)
Staff of Bad Tattoo accept Business Person of the Year award on behalf of Lee Agur who didn’t attend Penticton Chamber’s business excellence awards Friday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton Chamber defends decision on Business Person of the Year

Chamber said one mistake shouldn’t negate all contributions by Bad Tattoo’s Lee Agur

Staff of Bad Tattoo accept Business Person of the Year award on behalf of Lee Agur who didn’t attend Penticton Chamber’s business excellence awards Friday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Fire truck. (Morning Star file photo)

Rollover traps two north of Vernon

Emergency crews on scene of single-vehicle incident at Highway 97 junction

Fire truck. (Morning Star file photo)
File photo of Prospera Place in Kelowna.  (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

UPDATE: Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions under consideration

Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick’s concerns

File photo of Prospera Place in Kelowna.  (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Red Deer will not have dedicated neighbourhood voting stations on election day, and voting is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at eight voting stations. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Red Deer will not have dedicated neighbourhood voting stations on election day, and voting is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at eight voting stations. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

UBCO study examines e-scooter popularity in Kelowna

The study examined key predictors such as time, day of the week, season and weather

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Christopher Bird

UPDATE: RCMP locate missing Vernon man

Christopher Bird, 46, found safe and well

Christopher Bird
The Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club is turning to the public to help raise its roof at its private facility on a Vernon farm to meet new stands in the sport. (Contributed)

Raising roof vital for Vernon rhythmic gymnastics club

New rules in sport require higher apparatus tosses; club can’t do it at current roof maximum

The Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club is turning to the public to help raise its roof at its private facility on a Vernon farm to meet new stands in the sport. (Contributed)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services put out a fully involved recreational vehicle on fire inside a locked compound in the 2500 block of 43rd Street at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. The blaze is under investigation. (File photo)

Vernon RV fire under investigation

Fully involved vehicle found inside locked compound in 2500 block of 43rd Street at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 18

Vernon Fire Rescue Services put out a fully involved recreational vehicle on fire inside a locked compound in the 2500 block of 43rd Street at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. The blaze is under investigation. (File photo)
This is what a new city hall in Armstrong will look like if tender bids come in under $4 million. Council unanimously approved the design and the borrowing of up to $4 million for the project. (MQN Architects)

Construction start date set for new Armstrong city hall

ANR Construction Ltd. will begin work on the project on Jan. 4, 2022

This is what a new city hall in Armstrong will look like if tender bids come in under $4 million. Council unanimously approved the design and the borrowing of up to $4 million for the project. (MQN Architects)
The Okanagan Indian Band has reached an agreement to purchase the 2,310-acre O’Keefe Range lands to the tune of $26.8 million. The community will vote on whether to proceed with the purchase in January 2022. (OKIB photo)

Okanagan Indian Band to purchase O’Keefe Range lands for $26.8 million

The community will vote in January on whether to proceed with the purchase

The Okanagan Indian Band has reached an agreement to purchase the 2,310-acre O’Keefe Range lands to the tune of $26.8 million. The community will vote on whether to proceed with the purchase in January 2022. (OKIB photo)
A mini skidder is used to remove trees damaged by the Douglas-fir beetle from the Malibu trails area in South Canoe on March 6, 2020. (Shuswap Trail Alliance photo)

Trees in Lumby to be felled due to presence of Douglas-fir beetle

The Vernon School District holds the affected woodlot; Tolko will harvest the trees before end of February

A mini skidder is used to remove trees damaged by the Douglas-fir beetle from the Malibu trails area in South Canoe on March 6, 2020. (Shuswap Trail Alliance photo)