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It will be a chilly end to 2021, according to the gang at Environment Canada. (Photo submitted)

Cold end to 2021 in southern Interior

After a white Christmas, the week before the New Year will be a frosty one

It will be a chilly end to 2021, according to the gang at Environment Canada. (Photo submitted)
Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)

Donation, rescue make for lively week before Christmas for COSAR

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue find missing woman safely Christmas Eve; receive $15,000 from rescued pair

Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)
The light of the moon illuminates Wood Lake while a Christmas tree sits lit up and perched on the deck of a home in Lake Country. Upwards of 15 birds at a time have been counted perched on and eating from the tree, see additional photo on page A10. (Geri Allan-Helmer photo)

Merry Christmas to all

…and to all a good night

The light of the moon illuminates Wood Lake while a Christmas tree sits lit up and perched on the deck of a home in Lake Country. Upwards of 15 birds at a time have been counted perched on and eating from the tree, see additional photo on page A10. (Geri Allan-Helmer photo)
(Kelowna Capital News file photo)

More emergency winter shelter spaces on the way for Kelowna

There will be approximately 290 beds available on a nightly basis this winter

(Kelowna Capital News file photo)
Santa Claus stops at the McKechnie subdivision with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, collection donations for the food bank and spreading Christmas cheer Sunday, Dec. 19. (James Watt photo)

Armstrong helps Santa feed the need for Christmas

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department along with the Armstrong Ladies Club once…

Santa Claus stops at the McKechnie subdivision with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, collection donations for the food bank and spreading Christmas cheer Sunday, Dec. 19. (James Watt photo)
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Man with knife arrested in downtown Vernon

25-year-old also allegedly in possession of stolen goods, credit cards

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A flood in the kitchen cooler at the Upper Room Mission contaminated all the perishables at the facility which feeds those most at need in Vernon. (URM photo)

Flood at Vernon Mission doesn’t spoil Christmas dinner

Cooler sprinkler malfunction contaminated all the perishables at the facility which feeds homeless

A flood in the kitchen cooler at the Upper Room Mission contaminated all the perishables at the facility which feeds those most at need in Vernon. (URM photo)
Kelowna RCMP released this photo of a suspect involved in a string of suspicious activity at a Rutland construction site. (Kelowna RCMP photo)

Kelowna RCMP investigate suspicious activity at Rutland construction site

“We are dealing with three separate incidents and believe there to be one male suspect,” RCMP say

Kelowna RCMP released this photo of a suspect involved in a string of suspicious activity at a Rutland construction site. (Kelowna RCMP photo)
Highway 1 in Revelstoke is closed until 4 p.m. Dec. 23, as one Vernon motorist trying to make his way home for Christmas discovered. (Ben Boha photo)

No weather warnings for Okanagan, yet, but preparedness urged

Vernon offers tips on staying safe and warm, and shovelling

Highway 1 in Revelstoke is closed until 4 p.m. Dec. 23, as one Vernon motorist trying to make his way home for Christmas discovered. (Ben Boha photo)
A Grinch stole an important part of a Vernon man’s Christmas light display sometime Dec. 22. (Contributed)

Grinch steals Christmas spirit in Vernon

Theft dims lights on resident’s seasonal display

A Grinch stole an important part of a Vernon man’s Christmas light display sometime Dec. 22. (Contributed)
Larry Chalmers taking instruction on strength training from Personal Trainer Don MacLeod at Snap Fitness. (Submitted Photo)
Larry Chalmers taking instruction on strength training from Personal Trainer Don MacLeod at Snap Fitness. (Submitted Photo)
The Vernon Aquatic Centre will be closed for its annual three-week maintenance period from Aug. 26 to Sept. 16. (City of Vernon - photo)

Proof of vaccination now required at Vernon pool

New rules for 12 and up, public gym also closed

The Vernon Aquatic Centre will be closed for its annual three-week maintenance period from Aug. 26 to Sept. 16. (City of Vernon - photo)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking information on a Vernon man in his 50s being found badly burned near Polson Park at the intersection of 32nd Street and 25th Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. (File photo)

Vernon man found badly burned

RCMP looking for information as man in 50s found burned at 2:30 a.m. at 25th Street and 32nd Avenue

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking information on a Vernon man in his 50s being found badly burned near Polson Park at the intersection of 32nd Street and 25th Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. (File photo)
Okanagan Sikh Temple and Cultural Society members Amarjit Singh Lalli, Sewa Bains and Andy Sandhu (Submitted photo)

Sikh temple supports Okanagan College Health Science Centre with $25k

“I’m very proud that our community is making a difference,” Gurpreet Dhatt said

Okanagan Sikh Temple and Cultural Society members Amarjit Singh Lalli, Sewa Bains and Andy Sandhu (Submitted photo)
Recipient Ray Thompson and his wife (from left), ICU staff Aides Hofer, OR staff Summer Zaino, recipient Judy Mori, BC Transplant staff Karly Mardsen and recipient Fiona Walker at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)

Hospital staff thanked for saving lives in Vernon

Three local organ transplant recipients show gratitude

Recipient Ray Thompson and his wife (from left), ICU staff Aides Hofer, OR staff Summer Zaino, recipient Judy Mori, BC Transplant staff Karly Mardsen and recipient Fiona Walker at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)
Garry McCracken celebrated his 70th birthday by recruiting 70 people to donate blood with him. Now, he marks his 100th blood donation Dec. 24. (Canadian Blood Services photo)

Lake Country man makes 100th blood donation in Kelowna

Milestone just one month after recruiting 70 blood donors for his 70th birthday

Garry McCracken celebrated his 70th birthday by recruiting 70 people to donate blood with him. Now, he marks his 100th blood donation Dec. 24. (Canadian Blood Services photo)
Anne Mae Rea accepts a hug from Vernon Hyundai general manager Nathan Mackintosh and the keys to a refurbished 2004 Mazda MPV van. Rea, who oversees school breakfast and lunch programs at two Vernon schools, was chosen the winner of Hyundai’s Pay It Forward campaign out of 76 nominations for the new wheels. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

WATCH: Joy spreads for Vernon sandwich maker after receiving new wheels

Anne Mae Rea, who oversees breakfast and lunch programs at two Vernon schools, wins Hyundai campaign

Anne Mae Rea accepts a hug from Vernon Hyundai general manager Nathan Mackintosh and the keys to a refurbished 2004 Mazda MPV van. Rea, who oversees school breakfast and lunch programs at two Vernon schools, was chosen the winner of Hyundai’s Pay It Forward campaign out of 76 nominations for the new wheels. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Co-working company IWG, which owns on-demand office brands Regus and Spaces, is seeking creditor protection in Canada. The company says it has reached an impasse in negotiations with some of its landlords, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced many occupants to either work from home or offer late payments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COVID restrictions another sacrifice by businesses: Vernon Chamber

Not enough notice to communicate closures or reduced capacities to employees and customers, or to cancel food and beverage orders

A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Co-working company IWG, which owns on-demand office brands Regus and Spaces, is seeking creditor protection in Canada. The company says it has reached an impasse in negotiations with some of its landlords, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced many occupants to either work from home or offer late payments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Photo: BC Transit
Photo: BC Transit
A fundraiser launched by the North Okanagan Leg To Table group is benefitting Okanagan Indian Band members and local meat producers. (Contribute)

North Okanagan meat drive steered toward OKIB, producers

Fundraiser launched by North Okanagan Leg To Table group helping those badly hit by wildfires, floods

A fundraiser launched by the North Okanagan Leg To Table group is benefitting Okanagan Indian Band members and local meat producers. (Contribute)