Caitlin Clow

True Leaf CEO Darcy Bomford replaces a tray in the drying room of his empty cannabis facility in Lumby. (Nick Laba/Black Press Media)

North Okanagan cannabis company looks to expand products

True Leaf submits licence amendment application with Health Canada

True Leaf CEO Darcy Bomford replaces a tray in the drying room of his empty cannabis facility in Lumby. (Nick Laba/Black Press Media)
Planned ignitions on the White Rock Lake wildfire cause considerable smoke to be seen from nearby communities, including Spallumcheen, Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

78 homes confirmed damaged in White Rock Lake wildfire in Central Okanagan region

Regional District of Central Okanagan evacuees upset by ‘voyeuristic event’ media tour

Planned ignitions on the White Rock Lake wildfire cause considerable smoke to be seen from nearby communities, including Spallumcheen, Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
MacKenzie Camp, a faith-based children’s camp near Enderby, was targeted by vandals on Aug. 20, 2021. (MacKenzie Camp - Facebook)

Vandals target children’s camp near Enderby

RCMP, camp urge anyone with information to come forward

MacKenzie Camp, a faith-based children’s camp near Enderby, was targeted by vandals on Aug. 20, 2021. (MacKenzie Camp - Facebook)
A crowd of approximately 30 protesters took part in the provincewide solidarity action: RCMP Stand Down on Monday, Aug. 23, out front of the Vernon RCMP detachment. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

Old-growth solidarity protest underway at Vernon police station

RCMP Stand Down a provincewide demonstration demanding end to ‘needless violence’ to land defenders in Fairy Creek

A crowd of approximately 30 protesters took part in the provincewide solidarity action: RCMP Stand Down on Monday, Aug. 23, out front of the Vernon RCMP detachment. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
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Calls from Vernon Mounties may be a scam

RCMP warn fraudsters ‘spoofing’ phone number to make calls look like they come from local detachment

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The cellphone repair shop on 27th Street was broken into sometime overnight Thursday, Aug. 19. (Contributed)

Smash and no grab: Vernon business broken into, nothing stolen

Police respond to break and enter in 3100 block of 27th Avenue

The cellphone repair shop on 27th Street was broken into sometime overnight Thursday, Aug. 19. (Contributed)
The glow of fires burn on the hills above Westside Road as seen from Head of the Lake Thursday, Aug. 18. (Neville Jason Bottiglieri photo)

White Rock Lake wildfire damage above Westside Road to be assessed when it’s safe: RDNO

Regional District of North Okanagan urges residents to avoid abusive and offensive language

The glow of fires burn on the hills above Westside Road as seen from Head of the Lake Thursday, Aug. 18. (Neville Jason Bottiglieri photo)
Matthew MacGugan, 31, was last seen Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. (RCMP)

Vernon police search for missing man

Turn to public for tips on 31-year-old Matthew MacGugan’s whereabouts

Matthew MacGugan, 31, was last seen Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. (RCMP)
Jason Satterthwaite and his 16-year-old son, Aiden, fought on the frontlines of the White Rock Lake wildfire together for the Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department. (Jason Satterthwaite - Facebook)

Father and teen son battle White Rock Lake wildfire for Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department

‘He is the bravest young man I know,’ former North Westside fire chief says of 16-year-old son

Jason Satterthwaite and his 16-year-old son, Aiden, fought on the frontlines of the White Rock Lake wildfire together for the Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department. (Jason Satterthwaite - Facebook)
The White Rock Lake fire as seen from 50th Parallel Winery in Lake Country at 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16. (Jessie Ballard)

UPDATE: Hundreds of White Rock Lake wildfire evacuees can return home

Portions of OKIB, Westside Road, Spallumcheen downgraded to alert

The White Rock Lake fire as seen from 50th Parallel Winery in Lake Country at 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16. (Jessie Ballard)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and local governments are reminding people to stay out of the evacuation zones, including those travelling by boat. (RCMP)

Stay out of evacuation zones: RCMP

Accessing areas by boat included in warning to stay away

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and local governments are reminding people to stay out of the evacuation zones, including those travelling by boat. (RCMP)
Little Kingdom Gas Bar was lost in the White Rock Lake wildfire overnight Aug. 15, 2021. (Contributed)

Westside Road community mourns the loss of shop in White Rock Lake wildfire

Little Kingdom victim of fast-moving fire

Little Kingdom Gas Bar was lost in the White Rock Lake wildfire overnight Aug. 15, 2021. (Contributed)
A woman arrives at a polling station to vote in the provincial election in the riding of Vancouver-Fraserview, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Voting at 16 should be endorsed: Vernon city councillor

Coun. Kelly Fehr puts forward motion to seek support, pen letter to province to lower age from 18

A woman arrives at a polling station to vote in the provincial election in the riding of Vancouver-Fraserview, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The City of Vernon says it doesn’t have the resources to accept and distribute donations to evacuees at the ESS centre at the Recreation Centre, but the sentiment is always appreciated. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Please don’t bring donations to Vernon evacuee centres: city

Sentiment appreciated by no capacity, resources to facilitate distribution

The City of Vernon says it doesn’t have the resources to accept and distribute donations to evacuees at the ESS centre at the Recreation Centre, but the sentiment is always appreciated. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
The view from around Ellison looking across Okanagan Lake to Westside Road Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at 4 a.m. The extent of loss has yet to be determined, but local government and BC Wildfire Servies confirm there was significant loss. (Sandra Blattler - Facebook)

UPDATE: Airtankers grounded by White Rock Lake wildfire smoke

50-60 buildings ‘significantly damaged’ on Westside Road overnight

The view from around Ellison looking across Okanagan Lake to Westside Road Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at 4 a.m. The extent of loss has yet to be determined, but local government and BC Wildfire Servies confirm there was significant loss. (Sandra Blattler - Facebook)
Smoke rises from the Bunting Road wildfire on the east side of Mabel Lake. (BC Wildfire Services)

Smoke cools extreme weather around Mabel Lake wildfire

Planned aerial ignitions to go ahead today after wind postponed it Thursday

Smoke rises from the Bunting Road wildfire on the east side of Mabel Lake. (BC Wildfire Services)
White Rock Lake fire as seen near Monte Lake on Aug. 6, 2021. (@Louann81499452/Twitter)

Armstrong long-term care patients relocated due to nearby White Rock Lake wildfire

Interior Health moves Valley Manor long-term care home residents as evacuation alerts are in effect in the area

White Rock Lake fire as seen near Monte Lake on Aug. 6, 2021. (@Louann81499452/Twitter)
BC Wildfire Services incident commander Mark Healey said Thursday, Aug. 12, the White Rock Lake wildfire will grow. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Catastrophic White Rock Lake wildfire will grow: incident commander

Heat wave, winds continue to challenge suppression efforts; more evacuation orders reissued

BC Wildfire Services incident commander Mark Healey said Thursday, Aug. 12, the White Rock Lake wildfire will grow. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
The glow from the White Rock Lake wildfire can be seen from around the Predator Ridge area Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Kathleen Nessel - contributed)

UPDATE: Fire activity increases in Nashwito Creek area of White Rock Lake blaze

Evacuation order lifts for 20 more properties

The glow from the White Rock Lake wildfire can be seen from around the Predator Ridge area Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Kathleen Nessel - contributed)
A garbage truck’s contents were poured out onto 25th Avenue after catching fire Aug. 10, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Garbage truck’s load catches fire in Vernon

Trash dumped on 25th Avenue, watered down by firefighters

A garbage truck’s contents were poured out onto 25th Avenue after catching fire Aug. 10, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)