Brendan Shykora

Morning Start: A summer season on Uranus lasts 42 years

Morning Start: A summer season on Uranus lasts 42 years

Your morning start for Thursday, July 30, 2020

Morning Start: A summer season on Uranus lasts 42 years
Driving Hands Vernon co-owners Pam Wood (left) and Vic Spooner are closing their safe ride home business after seven years due to the pandemic. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan designated driving company calls it a night

Driving Hands in Vernon shutting down after seven years of providing safe rides home due to pandemic

Driving Hands Vernon co-owners Pam Wood (left) and Vic Spooner are closing their safe ride home business after seven years due to the pandemic. (Facebook photo)
Kelowna-based artist Melissa Dinwoodie created 60 paintings in 60 days during a layoff period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which are on display at the Caetani Cultural Centre Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Kelowna artist’s pandemic reflections on display at Vernon gallery

Melissa Dinwoodie created 60 paintings in 60 days during a layoff period caused by the pandemic

Kelowna-based artist Melissa Dinwoodie created 60 paintings in 60 days during a layoff period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which are on display at the Caetani Cultural Centre Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Enderby RCMP detachment. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Investigation underway after person dies while being held at Enderby RCMP detachment

The individual’s death occurred Monday, July 13, according to B.C.’s police watchdog

Enderby RCMP detachment. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Chris Steunenberg, owner of Splashdown Vernon water park, is preparing for the first day of opening July 18, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon waterslides to set to reopen tomorrow

A number of pandemic procedures in place at Splashdown Vernon, formerly Atlantis Waterslides

Chris Steunenberg, owner of Splashdown Vernon water park, is preparing for the first day of opening July 18, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Man killed in single-vehicle accident near Cherryville

The 56-year-old deceased driver is believed to be from the Chreighton Valley area

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Morning Start: An animal epidemic is called an ‘epizootic’

Morning Start: An animal epidemic is called an ‘epizootic’

Your morning start for Thursday, July 16, 2020

Morning Start: An animal epidemic is called an ‘epizootic’
Expansion at BX Elementary is underway to create 240 new spaces at the school. (Vernon School District photo)

Expansion project to nearly double the size of Okanagan school

“With 10 new classrooms on the way, students are one step closer to saying goodbye to portables”

Expansion at BX Elementary is underway to create 240 new spaces at the school. (Vernon School District photo)
Summer arrives at Big White Ski Resort

Summer arrives at Big White Ski Resort

Hiking, bike trails, restaurants and more are open as of July 10

Summer arrives at Big White Ski Resort
BC Housing in collaboration with Turning Points Collaborative Society announced, May 12, 2020, Vernon’s emergency shelter — housed in the curling club — is the first in the province to introduce sleeping pods to better protect those experiencing homelessness against COVID-19. (Turning Points)

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

BC Housing in collaboration with Turning Points Collaborative Society announced, May 12, 2020, Vernon’s emergency shelter — housed in the curling club — is the first in the province to introduce sleeping pods to better protect those experiencing homelessness against COVID-19. (Turning Points)
Rescued hawk returned to Lumby skies

Rescued hawk returned to Lumby skies

A rehabilitated Swainson’s hawk was returned to its Rawlings Lake habitat

Rescued hawk returned to Lumby skies
Morning Start: Microsoft headquarters is home to the world’s quietest room

Morning Start: Microsoft headquarters is home to the world’s quietest room

Your morning start for Friday, July 10, 2020

Morning Start: Microsoft headquarters is home to the world’s quietest room
A GoFundMe has been created by a loyal customer at Little Tex Bistro in Vernon, with the hopes of raising $25,000 to keep the business afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The page was created Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Morning Star file photo)

COVID-19: Fundraiser launched to keep Okanagan restaurant afloat

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Little Tex Restaurant with a goal of $25,000

A GoFundMe has been created by a loyal customer at Little Tex Bistro in Vernon, with the hopes of raising $25,000 to keep the business afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The page was created Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Morning Star file photo)
A 65-year-old Lake Country man reported missing on July 4 has been located safe and sound, according to a Kelowna RCMP update July 8, 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Missing Lake Country man found safe

The 65-year-old, reported missing July 4, has been located safe and sound

A 65-year-old Lake Country man reported missing on July 4 has been located safe and sound, according to a Kelowna RCMP update July 8, 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
As of July 6, 2020, flows in the Shuswap River were at 316 cubic meters per second with a level of 4.134 metres. (City of Enderby photo)

Shuswap River levels declining but remain ‘unseasonably high’

Users warned that some recreational activities common this time of year may not yet be safe

As of July 6, 2020, flows in the Shuswap River were at 316 cubic meters per second with a level of 4.134 metres. (City of Enderby photo)
W Venture is a pilot program aimed at boosting the businesses of entrepreneurial women in Victoria and the Okanagan. Applications are open until the end of July 2020. (Stock photo)

Pilot project aims to boost entrepreneurial women in the Okanagan

W Venture, a collaborative project, is open for applications until the end of July

W Venture is a pilot program aimed at boosting the businesses of entrepreneurial women in Victoria and the Okanagan. Applications are open until the end of July 2020. (Stock photo)
A cyclist was taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Kelowna Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Dave Ogilvie photo)

Cyclist struck by vehicle in West Kelowna

The cyclist was transported to hospital by ambulance

A cyclist was taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Kelowna Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Dave Ogilvie photo)
Police searching for missing Lake Country man

Police searching for missing Lake Country man

David Anthony Jenken, 65, was reported missing Friday and was last seen on June 28

Police searching for missing Lake Country man
Vernon RCMP are searching for Wayne Orser, a 73-year-old man who went last seen at noon on June 30, 2020, at his residence in North Westside. (Contributed)

73-year-old man missing after paddle boarding on Okanagan Lake

RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the man, who went missing Tuesday, June 30

Vernon RCMP are searching for Wayne Orser, a 73-year-old man who went last seen at noon on June 30, 2020, at his residence in North Westside. (Contributed)
Morning Start: The first video ever uploaded to YouTube

Morning Start: The first video ever uploaded to YouTube

Your morning start for Friday, June 26, 2020

Morning Start: The first video ever uploaded to YouTube