Brendan Shykora

Pat Corbet, 88, has always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, and she had the chance to cross the experience off her bucket list thanks to the Chartwell Wish Foundation Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Vernon senior fulfills lifelong wish with hot air balloon ride

Pat Corbet took to the skies on a bluebird Saturday morning

Pat Corbet, 88, has always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, and she had the chance to cross the experience off her bucket list thanks to the Chartwell Wish Foundation Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Thousands turn out for ever popular Vernon Winter Carnival parade

There were plenty of TV show designs among the floats, fitting in with this year’s Carnival theme

(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A crash slowed traffic near the intersection of 25th Avenue and 43rd Street in Vernon Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Police say one of the vehicles was stolen and the occupants fled the scene. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon police searching for occupants of stolen vehicle involved in crash

The occupants of a stolen Honda Civic involved in a collision fled the scene

A crash slowed traffic near the intersection of 25th Avenue and 43rd Street in Vernon Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Police say one of the vehicles was stolen and the occupants fled the scene. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP found illicit drugs after conducting a search warrant at an Enderby home Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)

Police seize fentanyl, other illegal drugs from North Okanagan home

Randall George William was arrested on drug trafficking charges

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP found illicit drugs after conducting a search warrant at an Enderby home Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
One driver has died and another has been taken to hospital after two semi trucks collided on Highway 5 north of Kamloops around noon Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Roy Parker/Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Highway 5 reopened after fatal collision north of Kamloops

Two commercial vehicles collided near McLure Thursday; the other driver was taken to hospital

One driver has died and another has been taken to hospital after two semi trucks collided on Highway 5 north of Kamloops around noon Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Roy Parker/Facebook photo)
A vigil was held for Ashley Wadsworth, who at 19 was killed by her boyfriend in the U.K. one year ago, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Candlelight vigil honours slain Vernon teen, warns others of domestic violence

Vigil for Ashley Wadsworth on the first anniversary of her death in the U.K.

A vigil was held for Ashley Wadsworth, who at 19 was killed by her boyfriend in the U.K. one year ago, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Crystal Hedlund (left), who operates a business, Crystal’s Baked Blessings, helps out families in need with Christmas dinners and gifts. (Submitted photo)

Burnout, death threats, stigma: Inside the life of an Okanagan non-profit operator

Three women who have tasked themselves with helping others share their stories

Crystal Hedlund (left), who operates a business, Crystal’s Baked Blessings, helps out families in need with Christmas dinners and gifts. (Submitted photo)
A crash has slowed traffic near the intersection of 25th Avenue and 43rd Street in Vernon Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Crash slows Vernon traffic as snow makes for slippery conditions

Incident near the intersection of 25th Avenue and 43rd Street among several this morning

A crash has slowed traffic near the intersection of 25th Avenue and 43rd Street in Vernon Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, 2022, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)

Vernon teen remembered one year after death in U.K.

Vigil in memory of Ashley Wadsworth raises awareness around domestic violence

Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, 2022, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)
Small business owners can be nominated for a Small Business BC award until March 10, 2023. (Contributed)

The search is on for best small businesses in Thompson Okanagan

Small Business BC Awards accepting nominations until March 10

Small business owners can be nominated for a Small Business BC award until March 10, 2023. (Contributed)
Police noticed a stolen licence plate in Vernon Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, which led them to busting a local drug trafficker. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Police nab Vernon drug trafficker after noticing stolen licence plate

David MacIntosh, 30, faces several drug trafficking and driving charges

Police noticed a stolen licence plate in Vernon Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, which led them to busting a local drug trafficker. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon man Gilbert Abunaga pleaded guilty to voyeurism-related charges in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Gilbert Abunaga/Facebook)

Vernon man pleads guilty to voyeurism

Gilbert Abunaga’s charges are alleged to have taken place between March 1 and July 30 of 2020

Vernon man Gilbert Abunaga pleaded guilty to voyeurism-related charges in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Gilbert Abunaga/Facebook)
Vernon’s Sir Winston’s Pub and Liquor Store has been listed for sale with an asking price of $99,000. (Realtor.ca photo)

Popular Vernon pub for sale at bargain price

Sir Winston’s Pub listed with asking price of $99,000

Vernon’s Sir Winston’s Pub and Liquor Store has been listed for sale with an asking price of $99,000. (Realtor.ca photo)
Police in Vernon seized nearly 1.5 million contraband cigarettes after a traffic stop was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)

Police seize 1.5 million illegal cigarettes after Vernon traffic stop

A Lumby man was arrested and released from custody pending a future court date

Police in Vernon seized nearly 1.5 million contraband cigarettes after a traffic stop was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)
Vernon counsellor Joel Brazier created hoodies with the slogan ‘it’s not weak to speak’ in an effort to normalize counselling ahead of Bell Let’s Talk Day Jan. 25, 2023. (Submitted photo)

‘It’s not weak to speak’: Vernon counsellor fights mental health stigma

Joel Brazier has seen more cases of anxiety and depression, especially in young males, since the pandemic

Vernon counsellor Joel Brazier created hoodies with the slogan ‘it’s not weak to speak’ in an effort to normalize counselling ahead of Bell Let’s Talk Day Jan. 25, 2023. (Submitted photo)
An avalanche near Cherryville sent one person to hospital Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (File photo)

Avalanche near Cherryville sends one to hospital

The incident came the same day two heli-skiers were killed in an avalanche near Revelstoke

An avalanche near Cherryville sent one person to hospital Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (File photo)
Karima Essa’s Body Positive Bollywood Dance Show is coming to Vernon’s Priest Valley Gym Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. (Submitted photo)

Bollywood dance show goes on, despite Vernon performing arts centre’s flood issues

Karima Essa’s Body Positivity Bollywood Dance Show to take place at alternate location Jan. 29

Karima Essa’s Body Positive Bollywood Dance Show is coming to Vernon’s Priest Valley Gym Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. (Submitted photo)
Fardowsa Macleod was sentenced in BC Provincial Court after her dangerous driving led to a head-on collision on Highway 97A in Enderby in 2020. (Black Press file photo)

Reckless driver in head-on crash in Enderby sentenced to house arrest

Fardowsa Macleod’s dangerous driving in 2020 seriously injured the other driver

Fardowsa Macleod was sentenced in BC Provincial Court after her dangerous driving led to a head-on collision on Highway 97A in Enderby in 2020. (Black Press file photo)
Ravin Dugas was sentenced Jan. 6, 2023, to six years in jail less time served after he was caught in possession of fentanyl and other illicit drugs, as well as a loaded prohibited handgun on Dec. 4, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Vernon fentanyl dealer caught with prohibited handgun sentenced to 6 years

Minus time already served in custody, Ravin Dugas will serve another 39 months behind bars

Ravin Dugas was sentenced Jan. 6, 2023, to six years in jail less time served after he was caught in possession of fentanyl and other illicit drugs, as well as a loaded prohibited handgun on Dec. 4, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
The Vernon Curling Club hosted 20 Scots for the Strathcona Cup competition between Canada and Scotland on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
(Brendan Shykora/ Morning Star)

Oldest international sporting competition in the world brings Scotland to Vernon

‘A great group of guys’: Vernon Curling Club welcomes Scots for Strathcona Cup

The Vernon Curling Club hosted 20 Scots for the Strathcona Cup competition between Canada and Scotland on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
(Brendan Shykora/ Morning Star)