Brendan Shykora

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)
Candidates in Vernon’s 2021 municipal byelection took part in an all-candidates forum sponsored by the Sustainable Environment Network Society Wednesday night, Nov. 10. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Environmental issues discussed at Vernon byelection all-candidates forum

Nine of the 11 candidates running for a vacant council seat had their say during a Wednesday night forum

Candidates in Vernon’s 2021 municipal byelection took part in an all-candidates forum sponsored by the Sustainable Environment Network Society Wednesday night, Nov. 10. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon-based subscription box company Townships and Tales is committing 50 acts of kindness to mark World Kindness Day on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Contributed)

Vernon company completing 50 acts to mark World Kindness Day

Subscription box company Townships and Tales has already been pairing every sale with an act of kindness

Vernon-based subscription box company Townships and Tales is committing 50 acts of kindness to mark World Kindness Day on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Contributed)
A community fridge has been installed at the Winfield United Church with the goal of providing food security to residents 24 hours a day. (Contributed)

Community fridge open to all in Lake Country

The new food security project aims to provide free and nutritious food 24/7

A community fridge has been installed at the Winfield United Church with the goal of providing food security to residents 24 hours a day. (Contributed)
Firefighters responded to a structure fire in Vernon’s downtown core late Friday night, Nov. 5, 2021. (City of Vernon photo)

Firefighters douse late-night structure fire in downtown Vernon

Crews were able to contain the blaze to a small part of the commercial building

Firefighters responded to a structure fire in Vernon’s downtown core late Friday night, Nov. 5, 2021. (City of Vernon photo)
Vernon’s downtown washroom at 35th Street and 30th Avenue. (Morning Star - file photo)

Cutting downtown Vernon washroom hours reduces vandalism ‘significantly’

Incidents of vandalism have dropped by more than 70 per cent since the facilities’ hours were reduced in June

Vernon’s downtown washroom at 35th Street and 30th Avenue. (Morning Star - file photo)
As of Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, the City of Vernon has not followed other municipalities in implementing a vaccine mandate for staff. (Adobe stock)

Vernon resident urges city to make vaccines mandatory for staff

Other cities including Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops have implemented vaccine mandates

As of Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, the City of Vernon has not followed other municipalities in implementing a vaccine mandate for staff. (Adobe stock)
The Parole Board of Canada’s appeal division has upheld a detention order for William Victor Schneider, who will stand trial on May 24, 2022, on a charge of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa. (Vancouver Police Department photo)

Appeal denied for Vernon man charged in killing of Japanese exchange student

The Parole Board of Canada’s Appeal Division has denied the appeal of William Victor Schneider

The Parole Board of Canada’s appeal division has upheld a detention order for William Victor Schneider, who will stand trial on May 24, 2022, on a charge of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa. (Vancouver Police Department photo)
The BC Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (Tom Zytaruk/Black Press file)

Appeal denied for Surrey man arrested for dealing fentanyl in Vernon

BC Court of Appeal dismisses Sung Hwan Choi, who was sentenced to 18 months jail in 2019

The BC Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (Tom Zytaruk/Black Press file)
A camper trailer caught fire in a parking lot on Anderson Way Wednesday, Nov. 3. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

UPDATE: Trailer destroyed in midday Vernon fire

Firefighters responded to ‘fully involved’ blaze, managed to spare truck from fire

A camper trailer caught fire in a parking lot on Anderson Way Wednesday, Nov. 3. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian was among the speakers during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation in Kamloops Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (Contributed)

‘Actions speak louder than words’: Splatsin Chief to PM Trudeau

Kukpi7 Wayne Christian had strong words for the prime minister upon his visit to Kamloops Oct. 18

Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian was among the speakers during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation in Kamloops Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (Contributed)
The True Leaf Campus in Lumby is an 18,000-square-foot facility designed and licensed to cultivate, process and sell cannabis. (File photo)

New name for North Okanagan cannabis company

True Leaf Brands is changing its name to Maven Brands, the company’s CEO announced Thursday

The True Leaf Campus in Lumby is an 18,000-square-foot facility designed and licensed to cultivate, process and sell cannabis. (File photo)
Raffaella Lipscomb suffers from Raffaella Lipscomb suffers from chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), a rare illness that causes shortness of breath and damaging the heart and lungs. She’ll head to Toronto General Hospital in November 2021 for a procedure with the hopes of improving her quality of life. (GoFundMe photo)

Funds raised for Vernon mother with rare heart and lung disorder

A GoFundMe campaign for Raffaella Lipscomb has so far raised just over $8,000

Raffaella Lipscomb suffers from Raffaella Lipscomb suffers from chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), a rare illness that causes shortness of breath and damaging the heart and lungs. She’ll head to Toronto General Hospital in November 2021 for a procedure with the hopes of improving her quality of life. (GoFundMe photo)
Splatsin elder Annie Cook is one of the last remaining fluent speakers of Secwepemctsin. She has been an educator in the language since the 1990s and, when the community COVID-19 risk is tolerable, she teaches at the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Society daycare. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Residential school survivor devotes decades to preserving Secwepemc language

Splatsin elder one of last fluent speakers in Secwepemctsin; survivor of Cranbrook residential school

Splatsin elder Annie Cook is one of the last remaining fluent speakers of Secwepemctsin. She has been an educator in the language since the 1990s and, when the community COVID-19 risk is tolerable, she teaches at the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Society daycare. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Telus has expanded its 5G network to Vernon according to an announcement Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (Pixabay)

5G network expands to Vernon

Telus announced the expansion Wednesday as part of a $13-billion investment in B.C. infrastructure

Telus has expanded its 5G network to Vernon according to an announcement Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (Pixabay)