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A year-long investigation by Vernon North Okanagan RCMP has deemed a number of fires in the Cedar Ridge Street area of Lumby were deliberately set, and police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the arsonist. (RCMP photo)

Lumby fires spark hunt for arsonist

Year-long investigation reveals a number of suspicious fires in the area of Cedar Ridge Street were deliberately set

A year-long investigation by Vernon North Okanagan RCMP has deemed a number of fires in the Cedar Ridge Street area of Lumby were deliberately set, and police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the arsonist. (RCMP photo)
B.C. Wildfire Service helicopters battling the Becker Lake Fire near Vernon have been having problems with watercraft interfering with their ability to draw water from the north end of Kalalmalka Lake. (Wayne Emde photo)

Wildfire crews, RCMP warn watercraft users to avoid north end of Coldstream lake

Helicopters and airplanes having problems with watercraft on Kal Lake as they try to reload to battle Becker Lake wildfire

B.C. Wildfire Service helicopters battling the Becker Lake Fire near Vernon have been having problems with watercraft interfering with their ability to draw water from the north end of Kalalmalka Lake. (Wayne Emde photo)
A funding boost from her government to community-based Indigenous, adult and family literacy programs to help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy pleases Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon-Monashee MLA pleased with literacy funding boost

Harwinder Sandhu’s NDP government rolling out new programs in fall in 128 communities, including Vernon

A funding boost from her government to community-based Indigenous, adult and family literacy programs to help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy pleases Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu. (Black Press - file photo)
A North Okanagan organization has expressed serious concerns about the living conditions for migrant farm workers during the recent heat wave. from (Canadian Press file photo)

Heat wave: Okanagan group concerned about ‘miserable’ conditions for migrant workers

Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture said farmworkers are living in houses unequipped to withstand the record temperatures

A North Okanagan organization has expressed serious concerns about the living conditions for migrant farm workers during the recent heat wave. from (Canadian Press file photo)
The Vernon School District is recommending parents make alternate transportation plans in the afternoon of the final two days of the school year, Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29, with a heat warning in effect. District school buses are not equipped with air conditioning. (File photo)

No air conditioning on buses prompts alert from Okanagan school district

With two days left in calendar year and heat warning in place, Vernon School District asks parents to consider alternate after-school plans if kids are heat sensitive or rides are long

The Vernon School District is recommending parents make alternate transportation plans in the afternoon of the final two days of the school year, Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29, with a heat warning in effect. District school buses are not equipped with air conditioning. (File photo)
Vernon’s Eric de Nys will leave his role as head coach and program director of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club to become the new NextGen coach with Nordiq Canada. (Nordiq Canada photo)

Okanagan man chosen coach of Nordiq Canada NextGen squad

Vernon’s Eric de Nys will leave the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club to take over new position in August

Vernon’s Eric de Nys will leave his role as head coach and program director of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club to become the new NextGen coach with Nordiq Canada. (Nordiq Canada photo)
Accompanied by her crew, and with the adoring public on hand to welcome her, Vernon’s Leah Goldstein makes history Saturday, June 26, in Annapolis, Maryland, becoming the first woman solo rider to win the Race Across America. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan cyclist makes history as first female solo rider to win world’s toughest race

Vernon’s Leah Goldstein was accompanied by her crew Saturday night in Annapolis, Maryland as she finished the Race Across America

Accompanied by her crew, and with the adoring public on hand to welcome her, Vernon’s Leah Goldstein makes history Saturday, June 26, in Annapolis, Maryland, becoming the first woman solo rider to win the Race Across America. (Facebook photo)
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to meet with the Interior Provincial Exhibition organization in Armstrong to help ensure the long-term viability of the annual fair, which has been cancelled the last two years due to the pandemic. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon chamber calls on Victoria to ensure viability of Armstrong’s fair

The annual IPE, more than a century old, has been cancelled the last two years due to COVID-19

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to meet with the Interior Provincial Exhibition organization in Armstrong to help ensure the long-term viability of the annual fair, which has been cancelled the last two years due to the pandemic. (Morning Star - file photo)
Former Kalamalka Lakers standout Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (with ball) helped Canada finish fourth at a pre-Olympics women’s basketball tournament in Puerto Rico. (File photo)

Coldstream hoops star helps Canada to playoff round at Olympic tune-up

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Team Canada placed fourth in Puerto Rico at FIBA Women’s AmeriCup

Former Kalamalka Lakers standout Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (with ball) helped Canada finish fourth at a pre-Olympics women’s basketball tournament in Puerto Rico. (File photo)
The Vernon Vipers’ 2021-22 B.C. Hockey League home opener will be against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday, Oct. 16. The league announced it is returning to a 54-game schedule on Monday, June 7. (Lisa Mazurek- Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers to open 2021-22 BC Hockey League season on road

League announces 54-game schedule, with all but two teams qualifying for the post-season

The Vernon Vipers’ 2021-22 B.C. Hockey League home opener will be against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday, Oct. 16. The league announced it is returning to a 54-game schedule on Monday, June 7. (Lisa Mazurek- Vernon Vipers Photography)
Organizers have officially cancelled the 2021 Falkland Stampede. (Morning Star - file photo)

Pandemic ropes in Falkland Stampede for second straight year

Organizers had hoped to run three-day event at end of August 2021

Organizers have officially cancelled the 2021 Falkland Stampede. (Morning Star - file photo)
Back by popular demand for the summer is Spallumcheen’s Historic O’Keefe Ranch’s Yoga With Goats program. (Contributed)

Okanagan yoga going to the goats

Furry four-legged creatures take part in one-hour yoga lessons with you at Spallumcheen’s O’Keefe Ranch this summer

Back by popular demand for the summer is Spallumcheen’s Historic O’Keefe Ranch’s Yoga With Goats program. (Contributed)
This is a 3D rendering of a Canadian Tire Jumpstart Inclusive Playground, which the City of Vernon has been awareded and will be located at Marshall Field Park. (Submitted)

Canadian Tire selects Okanagan city for inclusive playground

Jumpstart Charities will donate inclusive playground for kids of all abilities to City of Vernon

This is a 3D rendering of a Canadian Tire Jumpstart Inclusive Playground, which the City of Vernon has been awareded and will be located at Marshall Field Park. (Submitted)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers focus on a Vernon motel room in the 4100 block of 32nd Street Saturday, May 29, shortly before 8 p.m. Police were investigating a report of an individual allegedly with a firearm in one of the rooms. Contact was made with the individuals in the room, who complied fully with police. No firearm was found. A man was arrested but released from custody a short time later. (Dustin Scafe-Pozzobon photo)

Alleged firearm report leads to Okanagan motel investigation

Vernon RCMP pictured with weapons trained on room of 32nd Street motel Saturday; no firearm found in room

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers focus on a Vernon motel room in the 4100 block of 32nd Street Saturday, May 29, shortly before 8 p.m. Police were investigating a report of an individual allegedly with a firearm in one of the rooms. Contact was made with the individuals in the room, who complied fully with police. No firearm was found. A man was arrested but released from custody a short time later. (Dustin Scafe-Pozzobon photo)
Preliminary results from a byelection Saturday, May 29, to elect a new Vernon School Board trustee show Jenelle Brewer (bottom right) edging out Philipp Gruner (top right) by one vote. Julie Melanson (lower left) was third and Christie Tujik fourth in the vote to replace the late Mollie Bono. (Contributed)

Okanagan school board by-election decided by single vote

Jenelle Brewer edges out Philipp Gruner 151-150 in four-person Vernon trustee race

Preliminary results from a byelection Saturday, May 29, to elect a new Vernon School Board trustee show Jenelle Brewer (bottom right) edging out Philipp Gruner (top right) by one vote. Julie Melanson (lower left) was third and Christie Tujik fourth in the vote to replace the late Mollie Bono. (Contributed)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services were called to reports of a gas leak and smell at the Villa 24 townhouse complex on 24th Avenue Tuesday, May 25, just before 5 p.m. Tenants were evacuated as crews investigated. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Suspected gas leak evacuates Okanagan townhouses

Tenants of complex in Vernon leave homes following strong gas smell; FortisBC crew investigating

Vernon Fire Rescue Services were called to reports of a gas leak and smell at the Villa 24 townhouse complex on 24th Avenue Tuesday, May 25, just before 5 p.m. Tenants were evacuated as crews investigated. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP recovered a pair of stolen bikes at a 24th Avenue home in April, and were able to return the wheels to the rightful owners. (RCMP photo)

Bikes, rifle, ammunition among stolen items recovered by Okanagan RCMP

Police executed search warrant in early April at home in Vernon; man in custody

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP recovered a pair of stolen bikes at a 24th Avenue home in April, and were able to return the wheels to the rightful owners. (RCMP photo)
Vernon Cadet Camp Museum operations manager Maria Brunskill puts the finishing touches on one of the many displays for The Winged Lightning Bolt Exhibit which opens on Friday, May 21, in the Sun Valley Mall on 30th Avenue. (Wayne Emde Photo)

Okanagan cadet camp museum sets up in temporary location

With the Vernon Army Camp closed due to COVID, museum sets up display in downtown Vernon

Vernon Cadet Camp Museum operations manager Maria Brunskill puts the finishing touches on one of the many displays for The Winged Lightning Bolt Exhibit which opens on Friday, May 21, in the Sun Valley Mall on 30th Avenue. (Wayne Emde Photo)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital registered nurse Amy Novakowski stands beside a Panda Warmer in the hospital’s women and children’s health services unit. <ins>The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Vernon’s Pure Country radio station will try to raise money to replace the aging panda warmers in the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon slated for Thursday, May 27.</ins> (VJHF photo)

Virtual Okanagan radiothon returns to airwaves

18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on Vernon’s Pure Country FM to run for 12 hours Thursday, May 27, raising funds for VJH equipment

Vernon Jubilee Hospital registered nurse Amy Novakowski stands beside a Panda Warmer in the hospital’s women and children’s health services unit. <ins>The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Vernon’s Pure Country radio station will try to raise money to replace the aging panda warmers in the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon slated for Thursday, May 27.</ins> (VJHF photo)
Splatsin band near Enderby has received nearly $3 million to construct 10 new homes on Lassertie Drive. (Splatsin photo)

New homes coming to Okanagan First Nations band

Splatsin band near Enderby receives nearly $3 million to build 10 new homes

Splatsin band near Enderby has received nearly $3 million to construct 10 new homes on Lassertie Drive. (Splatsin photo)