Brendan Shykora

COVID-19: Okanagan medical labs to reopen by appointment

COVID-19: Okanagan medical labs to reopen by appointment

Valley Medical Laboratories has 14 Okanagan locations and will open July 2 with COVID-19 changes

COVID-19: Okanagan medical labs to reopen by appointment
Left to right: Tom Watkinson, (Kiwanis Club President), Firefighter Ryan McGiverin, Fire Chief David Lind, Firefighter Derek Kruysifix, Warren Cecchini (Kiwanis Club member), Firefighter Darren Cecchini. June 25, 2020. (Contributed)

Club funds new rescue equipment for Vernon firefighters

Vernon Four Seasons Kiwanis Club donated more than $12,500 for new extrication tool

Left to right: Tom Watkinson, (Kiwanis Club President), Firefighter Ryan McGiverin, Fire Chief David Lind, Firefighter Derek Kruysifix, Warren Cecchini (Kiwanis Club member), Firefighter Darren Cecchini. June 25, 2020. (Contributed)
Morning Start: The most fireproof capital city in the world

Morning Start: The most fireproof capital city in the world

Your morning start for Thursday, June 25, 2020

Morning Start: The most fireproof capital city in the world
A lost camper was found safe and sound in North Okanagan backcountry June 22, 2020, after a three-day search by emergency personnel. (File photo)

Lost Okanagan camper found safe after three-day search

Vernon RCMP, search and rescue, police dog and air units were utilized in the search

A lost camper was found safe and sound in North Okanagan backcountry June 22, 2020, after a three-day search by emergency personnel. (File photo)
After crashing into a house Tuesday evening, a vehicle remians embedded in the home due to concerns about foundation damage. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Driver in hospital after crashing vehicle into Okanagan home

The crash took place at Palmer Road and Scott Road; the man’s injuries are non-life threatening

After crashing into a house Tuesday evening, a vehicle remians embedded in the home due to concerns about foundation damage. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Morning Start: U.S. presidents can’t be sued for actions made in office

Morning Start: U.S. presidents can’t be sued for actions made in office

Your morning start for Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Morning Start: U.S. presidents can’t be sued for actions made in office
A rare white grizzly is shown in Banff National Park in this 2020 handout photo. (CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Parks Canada 2020, Sonia Nicholl).

VIDEO: Kelowna woman spots rare white grizzly in Banff

The grizzly, known by locals as Nakoda, was spotted in Banff National Park

A rare white grizzly is shown in Banff National Park in this 2020 handout photo. (CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Parks Canada 2020, Sonia Nicholl).
Flooding of Okanagan Lake in 2017. (Contributed)

Okanagan-Similkameen district warns of high lake levels

Emergency Operations Centre advises residents to take steps to protect their properties

Flooding of Okanagan Lake in 2017. (Contributed)
Curtis Sagmoen takes a smoke break during the start of trial Monday, Feb. 10. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

No jail time for Curtis Sagmoen found guilty of running over sex worker with ATV

Curtis Sagmoen slapped with probation and long list of conditions Friday in Vernon courthouse

Curtis Sagmoen takes a smoke break during the start of trial Monday, Feb. 10. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Morning Start: Today is Juneteenth

Morning Start: Today is Juneteenth

Your morning start for Friday, June 19, 2020

Morning Start: Today is Juneteenth
B.C. recorded its highest ever number of fatal overdoses in a single month in May 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Vernon overdoses spike amid COVID-19 pandemic

British Columbia recorded a record 170 overdose fatalities in May

B.C. recorded its highest ever number of fatal overdoses in a single month in May 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Police are seeking information on a suspect connected to an incident of vandalism at the Cosen’s Bay parking lot in Vernon Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Contributed)

Surveillance camera catches vandal smashing up vehicle in Okanagan park

Police are seeking more information on the suspect, described as a Caucasian male 18 to 25 years old

Police are seeking information on a suspect connected to an incident of vandalism at the Cosen’s Bay parking lot in Vernon Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Contributed)
Morning Start: Why koalas are capable of tainting crime scenes

Morning Start: Why koalas are capable of tainting crime scenes

Your morning start for Thursday, June 18, 2020

Morning Start: Why koalas are capable of tainting crime scenes
A washed out river bank has encroached upon three properties along 25th Avenue in Vernon, the neighbours told the Morning Star Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Okanagan neighbours losing their yards to creek washout

The Vernon neighbours say they’ve spoken to the city about removing debris from the creek, to no avail

A washed out river bank has encroached upon three properties along 25th Avenue in Vernon, the neighbours told the Morning Star Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Residents moved in to Thunderbird Manor in Vernon at the end of May. The 38 affordable units come as part of the province’s initiative to deliver 141 units to the Interior, according to a B.C. government announcement Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Affordable housing units coming to B.C. Interior

Provincial funds will help create 141 new affordable units throughout the region; some have already moved in

Residents moved in to Thunderbird Manor in Vernon at the end of May. The 38 affordable units come as part of the province’s initiative to deliver 141 units to the Interior, according to a B.C. government announcement Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A debris build-up has accumulated in Vernon Creek, running parallel to 25th Avenue in Vernon. Some properties in the area have been damaged following a heavy downpour Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Anna Marie Spiller photo)

Vernon homes flood following storm

More rain is on the forecast for the Okanagan Valley throughout the weekend

A debris build-up has accumulated in Vernon Creek, running parallel to 25th Avenue in Vernon. Some properties in the area have been damaged following a heavy downpour Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Anna Marie Spiller photo)
COVID-19: Okanagan company’s campaign to help keep zoos, aquariums afloat

COVID-19: Okanagan company’s campaign to help keep zoos, aquariums afloat

Mysis shrimp will be harvested from Okanagan Lake and other Interior lakes to sustain the program

COVID-19: Okanagan company’s campaign to help keep zoos, aquariums afloat
The Naked Pig in downtown Vernon will be turned into an innovation centre, with hopes for a pilot to launch by the end of summer 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

New innovation hub coming to downtown Vernon

The Naked Pig is currently being converted into a hub inspired by the Kelowna Innovation Centre

The Naked Pig in downtown Vernon will be turned into an innovation centre, with hopes for a pilot to launch by the end of summer 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A 25-year-old man was arrested after fleeing from the cops along Westside Road in a vehicle previously stolen from the Vernon area Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (RCMP photo)

Kelowna man arrested after fleeing from cops in truck stolen in Vernon

Police deployed a spike strip along Westside Road prior to the arrest

A 25-year-old man was arrested after fleeing from the cops along Westside Road in a vehicle previously stolen from the Vernon area Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (RCMP photo)
A small group of protestors line up along the highway in front of the Vernon courthouse to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

‘Racism is real,’ says Vernon Black Lives Matter protester

Handful of demonstrators take to court steps in solidarity with BLM movement

A small group of protestors line up along the highway in front of the Vernon courthouse to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)