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Amid frigid weather in the Okanagan, Vernon firefighters are offering tips for managing freezing water lines and avoiding carbon monoxide buildup. (Vernon Firefighters Local 1517 photo)

Okanagan firefighters offer home safety tips during cold snap

Vernon Firefighters Local 1517 reminds residents to guard against freezing pipes, CO build-up

Amid frigid weather in the Okanagan, Vernon firefighters are offering tips for managing freezing water lines and avoiding carbon monoxide buildup. (Vernon Firefighters Local 1517 photo)
A Vernon RCMP officer has been disciplined for lying to his superiors and failing to properly carry out investigations. (File photo)

Vernon RCMP officer disciplined for lying to superiors, failing to perform duties

Const. Greg Ternan docked pay, transferred to another detachment

A Vernon RCMP officer has been disciplined for lying to his superiors and failing to properly carry out investigations. (File photo)
British Energy company Drax Group has donated $50,000 to support relief efforts for B.C. communities hit hard by recent flooding. The company announced the donation Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Drax photo)

Parent company of Lavington pellet plant donates $50K for B.C. flood relief

Drax Group’s donation will be used for ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, future preparedness

British Energy company Drax Group has donated $50,000 to support relief efforts for B.C. communities hit hard by recent flooding. The company announced the donation Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Drax photo)
Police are searching for a stolen silver Dodge Charger that was used by a pair of suspects in a Kelowna assault Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (RCMP photo)

Police searching for suspects after man assaulted in Kelowna

Suspects in Wednesday morning assault fled in stolen silver Dodge Charger

Police are searching for a stolen silver Dodge Charger that was used by a pair of suspects in a Kelowna assault Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (RCMP photo)
Vernon’s Village Green Shopping Centre has partnered with Kelowna-based Media Button to produce The Christmas Ornament, a short film featuring a 100 per cent local cast and crew. (Village Green photo)

North Okanagan shopping mall creates short Christmas film to spread holiday spirit

The Christmas Ornament features local actors and scenes

Vernon’s Village Green Shopping Centre has partnered with Kelowna-based Media Button to produce The Christmas Ornament, a short film featuring a 100 per cent local cast and crew. (Village Green photo)

Vernon shopping mall creates short Christmas film to spread holiday spirit

The Christmas Ornament will air in a Facebook live premiere Wednesday, Dec. 15

Okanagan Indian Residents affected by the White Rock Lake wildfire have benefitted from a fundraising campaign that aims to stock their freezers full of meat for the winter. (Submitted photo)

Support floods in for Okanagan Indian Band residents recovering from wildfire

The community is still feeling the effects of the White Rock Lake wildfire this past summer

Okanagan Indian Residents affected by the White Rock Lake wildfire have benefitted from a fundraising campaign that aims to stock their freezers full of meat for the winter. (Submitted photo)
A U-Haul collided with a parked truck in the Vernon Square Plaza Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Police look for suspects who crashed U-Haul van in Vernon plaza, fled scene

Two suspects fled the scene after crashing into several parked vehicles Friday night

A U-Haul collided with a parked truck in the Vernon Square Plaza Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon actor Harrison Co is featured in the Hallmark Christmas movie Fixing Up Christmas, which airs on CityTV at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (IMDB photo)

Okanagan stars in Hallmark Christmas movie airing tonight

Harrison Coe is featured in Fixing Up Christmas, a film that was shot in Kelowna earlier this year

Vernon actor Harrison Co is featured in the Hallmark Christmas movie Fixing Up Christmas, which airs on CityTV at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (IMDB photo)
More lifts are open at SilverStar Mountain Resort thanks to 43 cm of snow in the past week. The Silver Woods Express lift is open Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (@beardofbeez photo)

More snow means more lifts open at SilverStar Mountain Resort

Vernon ski hill has received 43 cm of snow in the last week

More lifts are open at SilverStar Mountain Resort thanks to 43 cm of snow in the past week. The Silver Woods Express lift is open Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (@beardofbeez photo)
Neuron Mobility unveiled its fleet of 250 e-scooters July 29, 2021, in the 2900 Plaza downtown. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon e-scooters having a positive impact on local economy: survey

59 per cent of riders made purchases from local businesses during their trips, according to survey

Neuron Mobility unveiled its fleet of 250 e-scooters July 29, 2021, in the 2900 Plaza downtown. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
RCMP arrested a Maple Ridge suspect in Vernon Dec. 8 following a pursuit from Nakusp. (RCMP photo)

Police dog tracks Maple Ridge man who fled Vernon police in stolen vehicle from Nakusp

Jak the police service dog quickly sniffed out the suspect who was arrested without further incident

RCMP arrested a Maple Ridge suspect in Vernon Dec. 8 following a pursuit from Nakusp. (RCMP photo)
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has launched Rally the Valley, an initiative encouraging residents to shop local this holiday season. (GVC photo)

Rally the Valley pumps up local businesses

The Rally the Valley initiative to encourage residents to shop, experience and give locally

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has launched Rally the Valley, an initiative encouraging residents to shop local this holiday season. (GVC photo)
Osoyoos Coyotes defenseman Ethan Floris carries the puck in a game versus the North Okanagan Knights Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Jen Jensen Photography)

North Okanagan Knights losing streak continues with shootout loss to Osoyoos

The Knights lost 5-4 in a shootout to the top team in the KIJHL Tuesday night

Osoyoos Coyotes defenseman Ethan Floris carries the puck in a game versus the North Okanagan Knights Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Jen Jensen Photography)
Federal’s Trigger Effect, a hunting show produced by Thunder Boyz Productions and based in Falkland, will air its 10th season in late December 2021. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan-based hunting show celebrates 10 seasons on air

Season 10 of Federal’s Trigger Effect airs in late December

Federal’s Trigger Effect, a hunting show produced by Thunder Boyz Productions and based in Falkland, will air its 10th season in late December 2021. (Submitted photo)
Okanagan College is looking to incorporate aspects of Indigenous culture in the design of a new student housing facility on its Vernon campus. (Okanagan College photo)

New Okanagan College student housing includes Indigenous design

Okanagan College looking to integrate aspects of Indigenous culture in design of new 100-bed facility

Okanagan College is looking to incorporate aspects of Indigenous culture in the design of a new student housing facility on its Vernon campus. (Okanagan College photo)
It’s opening day at SilverStar Mountain Resort Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (@beardofbeez photo)

Highway closures lead to booking cancellations at Vernon’s SilverStar Mountain

It’s opening day at the ski resort, which already boasts a 91 cm snow base

It’s opening day at SilverStar Mountain Resort Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (@beardofbeez photo)
UBC Okanagan is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C.’s Interior to receive provincial funding for new co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities, according to an announcement Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 (File photo)

Okanagan post-secondary students will soon have more work placement opportunities

Funding from province to bolster co-op, work-integrated learning programs at Interior schools

UBC Okanagan is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C.’s Interior to receive provincial funding for new co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities, according to an announcement Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 (File photo)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning of a scam involving a police impersonator Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (File photo)

Police impersonator steals thousands from North Okanagan residents

RCMP are warning residents of a scam in which fraudsters claim to be police officers over the phone

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning of a scam involving a police impersonator Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (File photo)
Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 from the federal government, funding that will support the creation of new and improved capital training activities for entrepreneurs over the next two years. The funding was announced Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)

New funding accelerates opportunities for Okanagan investors

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 to support capital training activities for entrepreneurs

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 from the federal government, funding that will support the creation of new and improved capital training activities for entrepreneurs over the next two years. The funding was announced Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)