Jennifer Smith

A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care home has claimed four people. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Two more at North Okanagan care home die from COVID-19

Heritage Square has now lost four people, with 31 residents infected and 10 staff

A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care home has claimed four people. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Pink fentanyl has been found in street drugs in Vernon. (Interior Health photo)

Two drug alerts issued in North Okanagan

Pink fentanyl and purple down discovered, both may not be responsive to Naloxone

Pink fentanyl has been found in street drugs in Vernon. (Interior Health photo)
Vernon’s Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (File photo)

COVID-19 cases double at Vernon care home

Virus infects 10 more residents at Noric House

Vernon’s Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (File photo)
Quadra Cat Rescue is celebrating its 10th anniversary next week with a celebration at the Heriot Bay Inn. Black Press File Photo

UPDATE: ‘Cougar’ near Vernon school, actually a cat

Brief ‘cougar’ sighting had all kids called into school

Quadra Cat Rescue is celebrating its 10th anniversary next week with a celebration at the Heriot Bay Inn. Black Press File Photo
Lake Country taxpayers could be on the hook for a 3.49 per cent tax increase in 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Calendar staff)

Lake Country considers 3.49 per cent tax increase

Parks, police and CPI make up majority of hike

Lake Country taxpayers could be on the hook for a 3.49 per cent tax increase in 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Calendar staff)
Vernon’s Heritage Square, operated by Kaigo Senior Living Group. (Laryn Gilmour - Black Press Media)

North Okanagan care home experiences second COVID-19 death

‘We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Interior Health’

Vernon’s Heritage Square, operated by Kaigo Senior Living Group. (Laryn Gilmour - Black Press Media)
Opera singer Melina Schein is one of the artists featured in the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre’s Focus online series, premiering Thursday, Jan. 21. (VDPAC photo)

North Okanagan stage puts live music in focus

Vernon Performing Arts Centre spotlights online series with Okanagan artists

Opera singer Melina Schein is one of the artists featured in the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre’s Focus online series, premiering Thursday, Jan. 21. (VDPAC photo)
KingFisher Boats donated Christmas hampers to local families in need, this year benefiting 11 families through the Archway Society for Domestic Peace including a Christmas Eve dinner and additional essentials for the house. (Contributed)

KingFisher casts Christmas cheer for Okanagan families

11 Vernon families benefitted through the Archway Society for Domestic Peace

KingFisher Boats donated Christmas hampers to local families in need, this year benefiting 11 families through the Archway Society for Domestic Peace including a Christmas Eve dinner and additional essentials for the house. (Contributed)
An apartment is proposed for the corner of Alexis Park Drive and Turtle Mountain Boulevard. (City map)

Apartment proposed for North Okanagan lots

Alexis Park Drive and Turtle Mountain Boulevard could also see a roundabout in the future

An apartment is proposed for the corner of Alexis Park Drive and Turtle Mountain Boulevard. (City map)
Wrought iron picket fences can be deadly to wildlife. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service file photo)

Westside deer impaled by fence believed dead: CO

Conservation Officers called to Westshore Estates

Wrought iron picket fences can be deadly to wildlife. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service file photo)
Parents David and Davanna Dawson of Sicamous welcome baby Rose, the first baby of 2021 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)

Third generation New Year’s baby born in Vernon

Sicamous family welcomes baby Rose

Parents David and Davanna Dawson of Sicamous welcome baby Rose, the first baby of 2021 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)
Cpl. Lorne Lecker removes open liquor from a minivan.
BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

North Okanagan RCMP amp up New Year’s Eve enforcement

Residents urged to spend the evening at home with loved ones

Cpl. Lorne Lecker removes open liquor from a minivan.
BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
Out of precaution, Pint and Pie was evacuated New Year's Eve due to a small grease fire at the 32nd Street restaurant. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Small fire evacuates North Okanagan business

Pint and Pie patrons evacuated New Year’s Eve

Out of precaution, Pint and Pie was evacuated New Year's Eve due to a small grease fire at the 32nd Street restaurant. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Interior Health is investigating a COVID-19 exposure at Creekside Landing in Vernon. (Kaigo photo)

Fourth North Okanagan care home exposed to COVID-19

Two staff members reportedly tested positive, Interior Health investigating

Interior Health is investigating a COVID-19 exposure at Creekside Landing in Vernon. (Kaigo photo)
A tow truck operator responds to a rollover on Highway 97 near Bailey Road Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Crews respond to rollover on highway between Vernon and Kelowna

Police received no reports of injury as a result of the crash. Two taken to hospital in MVI night prior

A tow truck operator responds to a rollover on Highway 97 near Bailey Road Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A couple of Christmas turkeys air their Festivus grievances in a Vernon driveway Dec. 25, 2020. (Jay Keis video still)

VIDEO: Turkeys fight it out in Okanagan driveway

Christmas Day battle sees wildlife fluff up feathers

A couple of Christmas turkeys air their Festivus grievances in a Vernon driveway Dec. 25, 2020. (Jay Keis video still)
Interior Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care facility on 27th Street. (kaigo.ca photo)

UPDATE: Vernon senior’s care home COVID-19 outbreak up to 21

Heritage Square cases increase for second day in a row among staff and residents

Interior Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care facility on 27th Street. (kaigo.ca photo)
Interior Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care facility on 27th Street. (kaigo.ca photo)

Vernon senior’s care home COVID-19 outbreak increases

Heritage Square now reporting 19 cases, up from 10

Interior Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Heritage Square long-term care facility on 27th Street. (kaigo.ca photo)
A staff member at The Hamlets in Vernon tested positive for COVID-19 Dec. 29, 2020. (Hamlets file photo)

Third North Okanagan care home hit with coronavirus

Team member at The Hamlets tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member at The Hamlets in Vernon tested positive for COVID-19 Dec. 29, 2020. (Hamlets file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO). (File Photo)

B.C.’s police watchdog investigating North Okanagan death

Male was reported missing Dec. 29 early morning; RCMP conducted an overnight search

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO). (File Photo)