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Flooding-induced B.C. highway closures have caused a world of problems for Vernon trucking companies and their drivers. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Drivers stuck on coast as B.C. highway closures leave Vernon trucking companies in a rut

Some drivers may be flown inland to routes not affected by flooding, landslides

Flooding-induced B.C. highway closures have caused a world of problems for Vernon trucking companies and their drivers. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are urging residents to be vigilant online after receiving a number of reports of social media scams Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Social media scams prompt warning from Vernon RCMP

Vernon police offer tips to guard against fraudsters after Instagram ploy leads to losses

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are urging residents to be vigilant online after receiving a number of reports of social media scams Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Vehicles abandoned in Hwy 7 mudslides available for pickup in Agassiz: MOTI

Pickup is available between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., call in advance

The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)
An online petition against having a vaccine mandate at the Vernon School District has garnered close to 1,000 signatures as of Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Petition against vaccine mandate for Vernon school staff has close to 1,000 signatures

Vernon School District has not yet decided whether to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for staff

An online petition against having a vaccine mandate at the Vernon School District has garnered close to 1,000 signatures as of Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
RCMP staff spent some time with this pup after it showed up at the detachment, but are now looking for its owner. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)

Lost dog hops into North Okanagan RCMP car

Officers had a nice visit, but dog handed over to Enderby dog control

RCMP staff spent some time with this pup after it showed up at the detachment, but are now looking for its owner. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)
The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)

Crews clear vehicles stranded on Hwy 7 early Friday morning

Dozens of vehicles towed from landslide zone remain parked in Agassiz

The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)
The Township of Spallumcheen is encouraging residents to shop local while flooding in B.C. leaves supply chains to the Lower Mainland severed. (Pixabay)

Spallumcheen says ‘shop local’ while supply chains severed by flooding

Flooding and landslides have left grocery shelves bare in the area

The Township of Spallumcheen is encouraging residents to shop local while flooding in B.C. leaves supply chains to the Lower Mainland severed. (Pixabay)
Evacuated residents from Merritt, B.C., gather at a reception centre in Kamloops, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Floods another blow for restaurants in B.C. Interior, operators and advocates say

Latest in 20 months of struggles through the COVID-19 pandemic and a summer of wildfire smoke

Evacuated residents from Merritt, B.C., gather at a reception centre in Kamloops, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Longtime Kindale Developmental Association executive director Henry Sundquist died suddenly on Nov. 7. (Contributed)

Former Armstrong Kindale executive director fondly remembered

Henry Sundquist spent 28 years with the organization; he died suddenly Nov. 7 at age 76

Longtime Kindale Developmental Association executive director Henry Sundquist died suddenly on Nov. 7. (Contributed)
Doseology Sciences Inc. is now listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the company announced Nov. 12, 2021. (Doseology/Facebook)

Vernon-based magic mushroom company sprouts mental health treatment

Doseology Sciences Inc. aims to treat mental health using the psychedelic compounds found in mushrooms

Doseology Sciences Inc. is now listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the company announced Nov. 12, 2021. (Doseology/Facebook)
A former pharmacy owner facing charges of manslaughter and assault causing bodily harm has elected to have his matters heard in Supreme Court in front of only a Judge at the Vernon Courthouse. (Morning Star - file photo)

Former Vernon pharmacy owner elects manslaughter trial by judge alone

Suspect accused of manslaughter and assault causing bodily harm elects matter to be heard in Supreme Court

A former pharmacy owner facing charges of manslaughter and assault causing bodily harm has elected to have his matters heard in Supreme Court in front of only a Judge at the Vernon Courthouse. (Morning Star - file photo)
Morning Star file photo
The Vernon swimming pool will host free events Sunday and Monday.

UPDATE: COVID-19 closes Vernon pool viewing area

Additional revisions made to provincial health officer’s order on gatherings and events this week

Morning Star file photo
The Vernon swimming pool will host free events Sunday and Monday.
The City of Vernon is asking motorists to slow down for the winter season as the first snow arrived Thursday, Nov. 18. The city says its winter crews are ready for the new season. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon road crews ready for winter season

Trucks out in force Thursday, Nov. 18, as first snow of the new season arrives

The City of Vernon is asking motorists to slow down for the winter season as the first snow arrived Thursday, Nov. 18. The city says its winter crews are ready for the new season. (Morning Star - file photo)
A fund has been established through Community Foundation North Okanagan in memory of longtime Vernon lawyer Paul Nixon, who died in November 2020. The Paul Nixon Youth Legacy Fund was created to provide grants that support the community and organizations that were close to Nixon’s heart. This Saturday, Nov. 20, Nixon’s firm, Nixon Wenger Lawyers, will match the winning bid on a mountain lodge vacation package the company donated to the Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction with a donation to the Nixon fund. (Photo submitted)

Vernon law firm helps build dreams with Rotary auction

Nixon Wenger Lawyers remembers founder Paul Nixon through Rotary Dream Auction with matching donation

A fund has been established through Community Foundation North Okanagan in memory of longtime Vernon lawyer Paul Nixon, who died in November 2020. The Paul Nixon Youth Legacy Fund was created to provide grants that support the community and organizations that were close to Nixon’s heart. This Saturday, Nov. 20, Nixon’s firm, Nixon Wenger Lawyers, will match the winning bid on a mountain lodge vacation package the company donated to the Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction with a donation to the Nixon fund. (Photo submitted)
A survey of Vernon School District staff members found that 92 per cent have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Metro creative stock)

92 per cent of Vernon school staff vaccinated: survey

Just 3.44 per cent of responding staff members said they had no dose

A survey of Vernon School District staff members found that 92 per cent have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Metro creative stock)
Empty shelves at local grocery stores are a result of people panic buying while supply chains are severed due to flooding and slides. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

‘We must avoid hoarding groceries’: Vernon Mayor

Another province-wide challenge is requiring citizens to band together and not hoard…

Empty shelves at local grocery stores are a result of people panic buying while supply chains are severed due to flooding and slides. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Highway 97 is closed north of Vernon due to a multi-vehicle crash. (RCMP photo)
Highway 97 is closed north of Vernon due to a multi-vehicle crash. (RCMP photo)
A vehicle incident has closed Highway 97A north of Vernon Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (DriveBC photo)

Highway 97A north of Vernon closed due to vehicle incident

The incident took place at Larkin Cross Road, Aim Roads reports

A vehicle incident has closed Highway 97A north of Vernon Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (DriveBC photo)
One person was arrested and 35 tickets were issued by the Conservation Officer Service, which conducted patrols in the Salmon Arm area over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service photo)

Arrest made as Conservation Officers patrol North Okanagan, Shuswap

The COS issued 35 tickets to hunters in the Salmon Arm area over the weekend

One person was arrested and 35 tickets were issued by the Conservation Officer Service, which conducted patrols in the Salmon Arm area over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service photo)
Vernon Secondary School was put under hold and secure Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Online threat prompts lockdown at Vernon School

It is not known what threat led to a police presence at the school Wednesday afternoon

Vernon Secondary School was put under hold and secure Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)