Morning Star Staff

A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

Community block party to lift Vernon moods

Recreation Services hosting reboot and block party Sunday at Performing Arts Centre parking lot

A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)
Firefighter Thomas Matthews (shown working at a house fire taken some time ago) and his partner from Vernon have lost all of their possessions, including their residence, to the White Rock Lake wildfire. A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the pair. (gofundme.com photo)

Community rallies for firefighter who lost Vernon-area home

Thomas Matthews is currently fighting the White Rock Lake wildfire, same blaze that took his home, vehicles, worldly possessions

Firefighter Thomas Matthews (shown working at a house fire taken some time ago) and his partner from Vernon have lost all of their possessions, including their residence, to the White Rock Lake wildfire. A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the pair. (gofundme.com photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is asking the public for help in finding Kaden Abbott, wanted on warrants. (RCMP photo)

North Okanagan RCMP seeking wanted man

Kaden Abbott is wanted for a number of counts and is believed to be in Vernon area

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is asking the public for help in finding Kaden Abbott, wanted on warrants. (RCMP photo)
Residents show their appreciation to firefighters as they stand with signs of love, some dressed up, on Old Kamloops Road as crews drive ‘home’ to the fire camp set up at the former Kin Race Track. (Amanda Quiring photo)

Vernon-Monashee MLA extends gratitude to constituents in wildfire crisis

Harwinder Sandhu grateful, she said, for the community’s outpouring of care and support for each other

Residents show their appreciation to firefighters as they stand with signs of love, some dressed up, on Old Kamloops Road as crews drive ‘home’ to the fire camp set up at the former Kin Race Track. (Amanda Quiring photo)
The City of Armstrong, upon recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service, has rescinded the evacuation alert issued Sunday, Aug. 15. (Facebook photo)

City of Armstrong rescinds evacuation alert

Move made after recommendation from BC Wildfire Service

The City of Armstrong, upon recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service, has rescinded the evacuation alert issued Sunday, Aug. 15. (Facebook photo)
Two Vernon businesses have stepped forward to start a summer matching challenge to raise funds for the Friends of the Okanagan Rail Trail’s Northern Gateway campaign. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon companies step forward to support Okanagan Rail Trail campaign

Priscilla, Remax and KPMG have started summer matching challenge to help Friends of the Okanagan Rail Trail

Two Vernon businesses have stepped forward to start a summer matching challenge to raise funds for the Friends of the Okanagan Rail Trail’s Northern Gateway campaign. (Black Press - file photo)
The City of Vernon has again established its Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Dogwood Gym inside the Vernon Recreation Centre for the latest evacuees of the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (City of Vernon/contributed)

City of Vernon reactivates reception centre for wildfire evacuees

New orders issued late Sunday afternoon have city reopening centre doors at the Dogwood Gym

The City of Vernon has again established its Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Dogwood Gym inside the Vernon Recreation Centre for the latest evacuees of the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (City of Vernon/contributed)
The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)

Swimming not recommended at popular Okanagan beach

District of Coldstream is discouraging people from swimming at Kal Beach due to the high levels of bacteria found Thursday

The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)
The Township of Spallumcheen, following a recommendation from B.C. Wildfire Service, has again placed a number of properties within its boundaries on Evacuation Alert as of Thursday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

UPDATE: White Rock Lake wildfire puts Spallumcheen on evacuation alert

Move made by Township of Spallumcheen after consultation and recommendation from B.C. Wildfire Service Thursday, Aug. 12

The Township of Spallumcheen, following a recommendation from B.C. Wildfire Service, has again placed a number of properties within its boundaries on Evacuation Alert as of Thursday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m. (Morning Star - file photo)
Armstrong’s Andrea Gunner has accepted the nomination to run for the Green Party in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding for the upcoming federal election, which has not officially been called. (Contributed)

Armstrong woman gunning for North Okanagan Shuswap seat

Andrea Gunner declared Green Party candidate in riding

Armstrong’s Andrea Gunner has accepted the nomination to run for the Green Party in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding for the upcoming federal election, which has not officially been called. (Contributed)
The White Rock Lake Wildfire has forced a reduction in service to Vernon Regional Transit. (Black Press - file photo)

Wildfire causes Vernon transit reduction

Vernon Regional Transit will operate Sunday Service schedule Monday to Saturday starting Monday, Aug. 9

The White Rock Lake Wildfire has forced a reduction in service to Vernon Regional Transit. (Black Press - file photo)
The Okanagan Indian Band says no structures have been lost on band property due to the White Rock Lake Wildfire as of Sunday, Aug. 8, at 10:40 a.m. (Jerry Thompson photo)

No OKIB structures lost to date in White Rock Lake Fire

Okanagan Indian Band update shows no structural loss, contrary to social media posts

The Okanagan Indian Band says no structures have been lost on band property due to the White Rock Lake Wildfire as of Sunday, Aug. 8, at 10:40 a.m. (Jerry Thompson photo)
The City of Armstrong has temporarily rescinded an evacuation alert for its residents because of the White Rock Lake wildfire (as seen from Monte Lake on Aug. 5). The Township of Spallumcheen remains on alert. (Kevin Cooke - Facebook)

Armstrong rescinds, Spallumcheen stays on evacuation alert

Alert issued Friday Aug. 6 temporarily rescinded by the city

The City of Armstrong has temporarily rescinded an evacuation alert for its residents because of the White Rock Lake wildfire (as seen from Monte Lake on Aug. 5). The Township of Spallumcheen remains on alert. (Kevin Cooke - Facebook)
Canada Post has suspended mail delivery for Falkland, Westwold, Monte Lake and parts of Vernon (postal codes V1T, V1B, V1H) for the rest of Thursday, Aug. 5, due to wildfire smoke. {THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Canada Post suspends mail delivery in Okanagan

Poor air quality Thursday, Aug. 5, shuts down delivery to Falkland, Westwold, Monte Lake, parts of Vernon and Oliver

Canada Post has suspended mail delivery for Falkland, Westwold, Monte Lake and parts of Vernon (postal codes V1T, V1B, V1H) for the rest of Thursday, Aug. 5, due to wildfire smoke. {THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

UPDATE: Smoke hampers fight to control White Rock Lake wildfire

Blaze near Westwold grows by a few hundred hectares but rain helps with suppression efforts

The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
The White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold, which has resulted in a handful of evacuation orders and alerts, is anticipated to grow in size over the next 24 hours after aggressive overnight growth Sunday, Aug. 1. (BC Wilfire Service aerial photo)

Growth anticipated for White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold

Fire listed at approximately 24,000 hectares in size will get bigger in next 24 hours due to aggressive growth overnight

The White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold, which has resulted in a handful of evacuation orders and alerts, is anticipated to grow in size over the next 24 hours after aggressive overnight growth Sunday, Aug. 1. (BC Wilfire Service aerial photo)
Brittney Page (left) and Kristin Postill are getting ready for their fourth annual paddleboard fundraiser, this year in support of the Archway Society. (Contributed)

North Okanagan paddleboard pals return to Kal Lake for fundraiser

Kristin Postill and Brittney Page will paddle length of lake Saturday, Aug. 14, in support of Archway Society

Brittney Page (left) and Kristin Postill are getting ready for their fourth annual paddleboard fundraiser, this year in support of the Archway Society. (Contributed)
Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)

Mass emergency notification service launched by Splatsin

Band near Enderby teams up with Calgary-based company to provide emergency alert service to community members

Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)
A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)

COVID case temporarily closes Okanagan restaurant

Kelly O’Bryan’s in Vernon makes announcement on social media, answering machine

A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)
An evacuation alert has been issued for an area 15-25 kilometres east of Cherryville, including Keefer Lake and Keefer Lake Road, due to a wildfire. (Contributed)

Evacuation alert issued for Keefer Lake area east of Cherryville

Regional district issues alert after recommendation from B.C. Wildfire Service

An evacuation alert has been issued for an area 15-25 kilometres east of Cherryville, including Keefer Lake and Keefer Lake Road, due to a wildfire. (Contributed)