Brendan Shykora

Amanda Homeniuk, owner of Vernon’s Kaleco, is one of 450 women whose businesses are featured on WeBC’s new virtual pop-up shop, which is open until Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)

New virtual pop-up shop boosts Okanagan women in business

The online shop features more than 450 women-led businesses in B.C.

Amanda Homeniuk, owner of Vernon’s Kaleco, is one of 450 women whose businesses are featured on WeBC’s new virtual pop-up shop, which is open until Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)
A survey published Nov. 9, 2021 by the Okanagan Cannabis Collective and the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers found that 60 per cent of legal B.C. retailers feel their business is no longer viable due to the number of illegal and public stores in operation. (File photo)

Okanagan cannabis retailers feel ‘squeezed out’ by illicit operators, public stores: survey

Survey by Okanagan Cannabis Collective found 60 per cent of licenced B.C. retailers feel their business is unviable

A survey published Nov. 9, 2021 by the Okanagan Cannabis Collective and the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers found that 60 per cent of legal B.C. retailers feel their business is no longer viable due to the number of illegal and public stores in operation. (File photo)
An online fundraiser has been launched for Dot Glennie, a Vernon mother recently diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in both lungs. (Facebook photo)

Financial aid sought for Vernon mother’s cancer fight

Dot Glennie was recently diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in both lungs

An online fundraiser has been launched for Dot Glennie, a Vernon mother recently diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in both lungs. (Facebook photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is investigating the RCMP after a man sustained a serious injury following his arrest in Enderby on Nov. 24, 2021. (File Photo)

Police watchdog investigating after man injured following arrest in Enderby

The man was arrested twice in less than 10 hours; RCMP’s role in injury under investigation

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is investigating the RCMP after a man sustained a serious injury following his arrest in Enderby on Nov. 24, 2021. (File Photo)
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)
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)
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)
Cellist Angela Zeng is among the youth musicians who will perform in the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert with shows in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna on Nov. 27 and 28, 2021. (OSYO photo)

Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra performing live throughout the valley

Shows in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna are coming before the end of November

Cellist Angela Zeng is among the youth musicians who will perform in the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert with shows in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna on Nov. 27 and 28, 2021. (OSYO photo)
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)
An evacuation alert has been issued for Manning Park, Eastgate and San Ang due to the continued impact of flooding in the area Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (RDOS photo)

Evacuation alert issued for Manning Park, Eastgate and San Ang areas due to flooding

Alert issued ‘because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage,’ says RDOS

An evacuation alert has been issued for Manning Park, Eastgate and San Ang due to the continued impact of flooding in the area Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (RDOS photo)
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 North Okanagan 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
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)
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)
A vehicle incident has closed Highway 97A north of Vernon Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (DriveBC photo)

Highway 97A closed north of Vernon 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)
Vernon Secondary School was put under hold and secure Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Lockdown lifted at Vernon Secondary 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)
Residences along Westside Road are under an evacuation alert due to potential flooding following a significant bout of rain Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (OKIB photo)

Okanagan Indian Band issues evacuation alert due to flooding risk

Residents on north end of Westside Road are under an alert

Residences along Westside Road are under an evacuation alert due to potential flooding following a significant bout of rain Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (OKIB photo)
A 39-year-old man was arrested and charged with a number of criminal charges including robbery and break and enter Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (File photo)

Vernon crime spree ends in arrest

Man arrested following robbery, break and enter at two Vernon businesses

A 39-year-old man was arrested and charged with a number of criminal charges including robbery and break and enter Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (File photo)
A sign at the Winfield Cenotaph tells people looking for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021 that the event has been cancelled due to a threat of violence. (Bobbi DiMaggio/Facebook)

Threat of violence directed at Okanagan Remembrance Day ceremony

Ceremony location changed after threat that “somebody might get killed” if United Nations flag flown

A sign at the Winfield Cenotaph tells people looking for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021 that the event has been cancelled due to a threat of violence. (Bobbi DiMaggio/Facebook)