Jennifer Smith

Smoke continues to be visible from the White Rock Lake wildfire, as pictured on the Westside across Okanagan Lake Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Westside Road reopened, Okanagan Indian Band rescinds evacuation alerts from White Rock Lake fire

While the road is officially open, residents are asking those who do not live in the area to respect their privacy

Smoke continues to be visible from the White Rock Lake wildfire, as pictured on the Westside across Okanagan Lake Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A driver is caught speeding along Highway 97 near the Army Camp over the Labour Day long weekend. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)

7 vehicles impounded after busted speeding in North Okanagan over long weekend

Heavy-footed drivers curbed in Lavington, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Vernon and Coldstream

A driver is caught speeding along Highway 97 near the Army Camp over the Labour Day long weekend. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)
Killiney Beach remains closed but several Westside Road parks have reopened. (Sean Miller photo)

All Central Okanagan residents return home, parks reopened following White Rock Lake fire

Westside Road open to locals only, Killiney Park remains closed

Killiney Beach remains closed but several Westside Road parks have reopened. (Sean Miller photo)
Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)

No more spread expected as White Rock Lake fire, near Vernon, under control

Those who do not live in the area asked to stay away by locals

Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)
The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)

New garbage cans trashed by Vernon residents

Waste collection bins too big for many households, particularly seniors’

The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)
A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)

Additional evacuation alerts lifted on White Rock Lake fire on Westside

There are still 18 properties on evacuation order and 2,259 on alert

A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Kate McBrearty, executive director, and Bree Cawley, communications officer, with the white hearts put up around the hospital April 3, 2020. (Submitted Photo)

Vernon restaurants give healthcare workers a boost after ‘heartbreaking’ protest

Free coffees at Ratio and food credit at The Roster

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Kate McBrearty, executive director, and Bree Cawley, communications officer, with the white hearts put up around the hospital April 3, 2020. (Submitted Photo)
The business sign was broken off the front of the concession at Kal Beach sometime late Sept. 1 or early Sept. 2, just the latest in several acts of vandalism at the store. (Kal Lake Food Services photo)

Latest vandalism leaves beach concession owner feeling targeted in North Okanagan

Kal Lake Food Services owner has dealt with a string of crime at the store this summer

The business sign was broken off the front of the concession at Kal Beach sometime late Sept. 1 or early Sept. 2, just the latest in several acts of vandalism at the store. (Kal Lake Food Services photo)
A bear went for a dip in a Westshore Estates pool while the occupants were evacuated Aug. 31. (Joshua Tanzola photo)

Fire-evacuated Westside resident catches bear swimming in pool

Drought and fires are drawing more bears into residential areas, including Kalamalka Lake Park

A bear went for a dip in a Westshore Estates pool while the occupants were evacuated Aug. 31. (Joshua Tanzola photo)
A woman wipes a tear in Kelowna’s Kerry Park on Aug. 31, during an event that honoured the families and those lives lost to illicit drug overdoses. (Aaron Hemens/Black Press)

Enderby among areas with highest overdose death rates

North Okanagan community tops local health areas for first half of 2021

A woman wipes a tear in Kelowna’s Kerry Park on Aug. 31, during an event that honoured the families and those lives lost to illicit drug overdoses. (Aaron Hemens/Black Press)
Beachgoers relax in the sun at Kal Lake Beach in Coldstream on July 23, 2020. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)

Safe to swim at Kal Beach in Coldstream

Latest Interior Health samples show acceptable bacteria counts

Beachgoers relax in the sun at Kal Lake Beach in Coldstream on July 23, 2020. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)
Tina Whiting is given a new wheelchair by Laura Wilson, Parkinson’s Support Group, and Ralph Whittle, Lions Club, to help her get around as she battles Parkinson’s. Donations for such equipment can be made Sept. 11 and 12 as part of the virtual Superwalk. (Contributed)

Parkinson’s group support keeps Vernon woman moving

Upcoming virtual Superwalk raising funds to find a cure

Tina Whiting is given a new wheelchair by Laura Wilson, Parkinson’s Support Group, and Ralph Whittle, Lions Club, to help her get around as she battles Parkinson’s. Donations for such equipment can be made Sept. 11 and 12 as part of the virtual Superwalk. (Contributed)
A meeting of Moms Stop The Harm members in Kelowna. Each white cross represents a life lost. The group hosts an event in Kelowna Aug. 31 for International Day of Overdose Awareness. (Nicole Richard - Wax Pencil Imagery)

Overdoses and suicides among teens concern Okanagan parents

‘I’ve never seen anything like this in the last 16 years’: The Compassionate Friends

A meeting of Moms Stop The Harm members in Kelowna. Each white cross represents a life lost. The group hosts an event in Kelowna Aug. 31 for International Day of Overdose Awareness. (Nicole Richard - Wax Pencil Imagery)
A fire sparked on Cedar Ridge in Lumby late Thursday afternoon was quickly extinguished by firefighters. (Jesse van der Muelen photo)

Suspicious fire sparked again in Lumby under investigation

Fifth blaze since last year in Cedar Ridge area

A fire sparked on Cedar Ridge in Lumby late Thursday afternoon was quickly extinguished by firefighters. (Jesse van der Muelen photo)
Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)

Swimming still not recommended at popular North Okanagan beach

Algae bloom also causes cautionary drinking water notification

Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)
Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

B.C. premier, forests minister, tour White Rock Lake fire near Vernon

John Horgan joins Minister of Forests at firefighters’ camp

Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
At least one downtown Vernon restaurant, The Fig, has stated that it will not discriminate against vaccination status, despite the latest provincial health order to come in effect Sept. 13. (The Fig Facebook post)

Vaccination passports get mixed response from Vernon businesses

Majority surveyed by Chamber of Commerce support proof of vaccination

At least one downtown Vernon restaurant, The Fig, has stated that it will not discriminate against vaccination status, despite the latest provincial health order to come in effect Sept. 13. (The Fig Facebook post)
View of Kalamalka Lake from Kalamalka Park. (Photo Submitted by Claude Rioux)

Bears feeding on carcass close portion of Kal Park in Vernon

Second time in less than a week at popular provincial park

View of Kalamalka Lake from Kalamalka Park. (Photo Submitted by Claude Rioux)
Smoke is visible from Desert Cove (Aug. 24) from a small-scale planned ignition by BC Wildfire Services wildland firefighters battling the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Terry Lawson - Facebook)

Okanagan Indian Band expands evacuation order for White Rock Lake fire

Head of the Lake, Willow Shore, Westside, Celestine, Antoine residents ordered out Aug. 24

Smoke is visible from Desert Cove (Aug. 24) from a small-scale planned ignition by BC Wildfire Services wildland firefighters battling the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Terry Lawson - Facebook)
A 124-space child care facility will be built near the Vernon Recreation Complex, on 35th Avenue. (City of Vernon map)

Ground to break on 210 new child care spaces in Vernon

One facility across from Lakers Clubhouse, second at rec centre, planned for 2022 opening

A 124-space child care facility will be built near the Vernon Recreation Complex, on 35th Avenue. (City of Vernon map)