Jennifer Smith

One of the staff at Blue Heron Villa has set up part of her collection - including moving parts and lights - at the assisted living residence in Lake Country. (Contributed)

Christmas display lights up Okanagan seniors’ spirits

Assisted living staff member shares some joy with residents facing isolation

One of the staff at Blue Heron Villa has set up part of her collection - including moving parts and lights - at the assisted living residence in Lake Country. (Contributed)
Speedy Glass, and Apple Auto Glass, were part of the Drive Pink Campaign through their parent company Belron Canada, raising funds across B.C. for the Canadian Cancer Society to support women in their community living with breast cancer. (Contributed)

Okanagan glass shops install cancer funds

Drive Pink Campaign raises $9,000 in support of women living with breast cancer

Speedy Glass, and Apple Auto Glass, were part of the Drive Pink Campaign through their parent company Belron Canada, raising funds across B.C. for the Canadian Cancer Society to support women in their community living with breast cancer. (Contributed)
Open drug use and vagrancy at the former Legion building in downtown Vernon continues to be an issue. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Old Vernon Legion site finally gets a facelift

Demolition underway at property plagued by vandalism and vagrants

Open drug use and vagrancy at the former Legion building in downtown Vernon continues to be an issue. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon council meetings have now gone strictly virtual following the latest provincial health orders aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

COVID-19 closes Vernon council meetings to public

Like everything else in the world, municipal government is only accessible online

Vernon council meetings have now gone strictly virtual following the latest provincial health orders aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A solar star erected in Lake Country by three boys is a beacon of hope for all. (Carrie Gilmour photo)

Okanagan kids light up Christmas amid COVID-19

Solar Star shines on the hillside, spreading joy for the holiday season

A solar star erected in Lake Country by three boys is a beacon of hope for all. (Carrie Gilmour photo)
A home in the Westshore Estates was completely destroyed by a late night fire Sunday, Nov. 6. (RDCO photo)

UPDATE: Westside home fire a total loss, not suspicious

No one injured in blaze near Lawrence Beach, but lone occupant was treated for smoke inhalation

A home in the Westshore Estates was completely destroyed by a late night fire Sunday, Nov. 6. (RDCO photo)
This microscope image made available by the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research in 2015 shows human colon cancer cells with the nuclei stained red. On Friday, May 29, 2020, doctors are reporting success with newer drugs that control certain types of cancer better, reduce the risk it will come back and make treatment simpler and easier to bear. (NCI Center for Cancer Research via AP)

Vernon families give $200,000 towards cancer care in Kelowna

First ever chair in brachytherapy supported by Popowich and Bannister families

This microscope image made available by the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research in 2015 shows human colon cancer cells with the nuclei stained red. On Friday, May 29, 2020, doctors are reporting success with newer drugs that control certain types of cancer better, reduce the risk it will come back and make treatment simpler and easier to bear. (NCI Center for Cancer Research via AP)
Police responded to W.L. Seaton Secondary after reports of young man attempting to smash car windows in the student parking lot on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Facebook)

Case of COVID-19 at North Okanagan high school

Member of W.L. Seaton Secondary exposure Nov. 26

Police responded to W.L. Seaton Secondary after reports of young man attempting to smash car windows in the student parking lot on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Facebook)
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who rammed a police car to escape an arrest attempt. 
(File photo)

North Okanagan robbery suspect leaves empty handed, and gets caught

Armed suspect demanded cash and lottery tickets from Vernon Street business

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who rammed a police car to escape an arrest attempt. 
(File photo)
Highway 97 traffic was impacted by a crash in Lake Country Thursday morning. (DriveBC map)

UPDATE: Highway 97 cleared near Lake Country following crash

Vehicle incident between Vernon and Kelowna

Highway 97 traffic was impacted by a crash in Lake Country Thursday morning. (DriveBC map)
A power outage on Westside Road affected thousands of residents Thursday morning. (BC Hydro map)

UPDATE: Power restored for thousands on Westside

Outage sparked early this morning due to equipment malfunction

A power outage on Westside Road affected thousands of residents Thursday morning. (BC Hydro map)
Alix Longland

Trauma resources ready for North Okanagan refugees

Family Resource Centre working with UBCO social work grad to reach out to local refugees

Alix Longland
Nanaimo RCMP found drugs and cash inside a vehicle pulled over for expired insurance.
(File photo)

Occupant extracted from crash north of Vernon

Car went over embankment off Highway 97 in Spallumcheen

Nanaimo RCMP found drugs and cash inside a vehicle pulled over for expired insurance.
(File photo)
Students at Lavington Elementary crammed a car full of non-perishables for those in the community facing food insecurity. Spearheaded by teacher January Peebles (left), the donations were picked up by Give LUCK founder Myrika Godard, who works to connect donors with donees in the North Okanagan. (Give LUCK photo)

Gifts that make a difference in the North Okanagan

List of local charity wish lists

Students at Lavington Elementary crammed a car full of non-perishables for those in the community facing food insecurity. Spearheaded by teacher January Peebles (left), the donations were picked up by Give LUCK founder Myrika Godard, who works to connect donors with donees in the North Okanagan. (Give LUCK photo)
(Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file photo)

Three-car crash ties up Vernon intersection

One person transported by Ambulance for non-life threatening injuries

(Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file photo)
Residents should run their taps until cold before using their water. (Black Press file photo)

UPDATE: Westside water quality advisory removed

Leak repair at Westshore Estates affected some properties, again

Residents should run their taps until cold before using their water. (Black Press file photo)
Twelve new curbside pickup parking spots are now in effect along 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon. (Downtown Vernon Association photo)

Okanagan city rolls out free curbside pick up parking

12 locations in Vernon intended to help retail and dining sectors amid COVID-19

Twelve new curbside pickup parking spots are now in effect along 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon. (Downtown Vernon Association photo)
RCMP are offering some helpful ways to send the Grinch home empty handed this holiday season. (Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP)

‘Tis the season to protect your packages: North Okanagan RCMP

Send the Grinch home empty handed this Christmas season

RCMP are offering some helpful ways to send the Grinch home empty handed this holiday season. (Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP)
Vernon is getting in the Christmas spirit with many homes decorating with lights and extras. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Christmas lights tour mapped out by Vernon Realtor

More than 20 of the community’s best-lit houses make up annual tradition

Vernon is getting in the Christmas spirit with many homes decorating with lights and extras. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
Join Rob Dinwoodie and bandmates for a Cowboy Christmas, Dec. 11 and 12 at Vernon and District Performing Arts Center. Seating is cabaret style on the stage for an intimate concert. (Contributed)

North Okanagan cowboys go virtual for Christmas

Cowboy Christmas streamed Dec. 11-25

Join Rob Dinwoodie and bandmates for a Cowboy Christmas, Dec. 11 and 12 at Vernon and District Performing Arts Center. Seating is cabaret style on the stage for an intimate concert. (Contributed)