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Const. Shaun Miranda (from left), Const. Krista Boudreau and Sgt. Dale Jackson are presented with awards for saving lives in an overdose situation by Supt. Shawna Baher. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)

RCMP combatting drug overdoses in North Okanagan

22 officers have delivered life-saving Naloxone to 33 individuals

Const. Shaun Miranda (from left), Const. Krista Boudreau and Sgt. Dale Jackson are presented with awards for saving lives in an overdose situation by Supt. Shawna Baher. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)
The third annual Rembel Builders Accessible Hunting Trip is looking to bring one individual with a disability along with them in October. (Rempel Builders photo)

Inclusive hunting trip tears down Okanagan disability barriers

CRIS, Rempel Builders and AWE provide once-in-a-lifetime adventure

The third annual Rembel Builders Accessible Hunting Trip is looking to bring one individual with a disability along with them in October. (Rempel Builders photo)
Former Lake Country deputy chief administrative officer Alberto De Feo is no longer associated with the municipality, the district announced in a one-line news release Friday, July 2. (Black Press file photo)

Retired CAO thanks Lake Country

Alberto De Feo sends thanks to council, mayor, staff and community

Former Lake Country deputy chief administrative officer Alberto De Feo is no longer associated with the municipality, the district announced in a one-line news release Friday, July 2. (Black Press file photo)
An East Hill resident had their leaf bags torched in front of their home overnight April 8. Less than two weeks prior their garbage can was lit on fire too. (Taryn Allen photo)

Additional yard waste pickup during fire season debated in Vernon

Residents left trashing yard waste amid calls to fire smart homes

An East Hill resident had their leaf bags torched in front of their home overnight April 8. Less than two weeks prior their garbage can was lit on fire too. (Taryn Allen photo)
Morning Star editor Caitlin Clow takes one of the new Neuron e-scooters out for a test drive in the 2900 Plaza in downtown Vernon. (Contributed)

Snowfall the only thing stopping Vernon e-scooters

Orange Neuron scooters prove highly popular

Morning Star editor Caitlin Clow takes one of the new Neuron e-scooters out for a test drive in the 2900 Plaza in downtown Vernon. (Contributed)
A powerful statement is made at the site of the White Rock Lake wildfire near Monte Lake. (Tony Butler photo)

PHOTOS: Devastation captured from White Rock Lake wildfire

At least 85 homes, and counting, destroyed by blaze near Vernon, West Kelowna, Falkland, Monte Lake

A powerful statement is made at the site of the White Rock Lake wildfire near Monte Lake. (Tony Butler photo)
The Rotary Pier at Kal Beach has been repaired following the 2017 floods that put it out of commission. (Tennille Litzenberger photo)

Swimming still not advised at North Okanagan’s Kal Beach

E.coli counts around dock higher than acceptable

The Rotary Pier at Kal Beach has been repaired following the 2017 floods that put it out of commission. (Tennille Litzenberger photo)
A car driving double the speed limit on Highway 97 in Spallumcheen netted a Salmon Arm man a $483 ticket and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. (Vernon RCMP photo)

Okanagan drivers caught speeding ‘excessively excessive,’: 170 and 211 km/hr

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP impounded cars for 7 days, issue $483 tickets

A car driving double the speed limit on Highway 97 in Spallumcheen netted a Salmon Arm man a $483 ticket and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. (Vernon RCMP photo)
Approximately a dozen fires are burning on the hillside above Westside Road from the White Rock Lake wildfire, as of Thursday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Mike Zimmermann photo)

Restriction order means no visitors to White Rock Lake wildfire area

Residents on evacuation alert allowed to return, but area remains very dry

Approximately a dozen fires are burning on the hillside above Westside Road from the White Rock Lake wildfire, as of Thursday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Mike Zimmermann photo)
Nominations are open until Aug. 23 for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. (Chamber photo)

Love sought for Greater Vernon businesses

Chamber of Commerce award nominations open until Aug. 23

Nominations are open until Aug. 23 for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. (Chamber photo)
The Comic Strippers perform at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Friday, Aug. 20 for two evening shows. (Contributed)

Comedians strip down laughter in Vernon

Two cabaret-style shows staged Friday, Aug. 20 with Comic Strippers

The Comic Strippers perform at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Friday, Aug. 20 for two evening shows. (Contributed)
A BX-Swan Lake firefighter hoses off an RCMP vehicle after it was hit with retardant by a plane in a wildfire zone recently. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)

North Okanagan RCMP vehicle hit with fire retardant

Plane got a little too close, but sticky substance came off OK

A BX-Swan Lake firefighter hoses off an RCMP vehicle after it was hit with retardant by a plane in a wildfire zone recently. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and local governments are reminding people to stay out of the evacuation zones, including those travelling by boat. (RCMP)

Boaters blasted for getting in the way of Okanagan firefighters

One sailboat, in particular, continues to be spotted by air crews

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and local governments are reminding people to stay out of the evacuation zones, including those travelling by boat. (RCMP)
The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)

No vacancy in Vernon for more wildfire evacuees

With thousands already ordered out of their homes, Armstrong could be routed to Revelstoke or elsewhere

The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)
A power outage on evacuated lands on the Okanagan Indian reserve is impacting 1,562 residents. (BC Hydro map)

Power temporarily out at Vernon wildfire evacuation centre

Fire knocks out power to more than 3,000 Westside homes

A power outage on evacuated lands on the Okanagan Indian reserve is impacting 1,562 residents. (BC Hydro map)
Motorists are urged to stay off Highway 97 and 97A in the North Okanagan in order to keep evacution routes clear for those being ordered out from Spallumcheen. (Rhonda Trautman photo)

Motorists urged to keep North Okanagan highways clear for fire evacuees

Evacuation orders in Spallumcheen drive need to stay off Highway 97 and 97A

Motorists are urged to stay off Highway 97 and 97A in the North Okanagan in order to keep evacution routes clear for those being ordered out from Spallumcheen. (Rhonda Trautman photo)
Vernon is hosting a number evacuees as well as a number of firefighters who are in the area fighting the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Vernon assists more than 1,600 White Rock Lake wildfire evacuees

More than 200 volunteers have stepped up to lend a hand to those displaced

Vernon is hosting a number evacuees as well as a number of firefighters who are in the area fighting the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
Lake Country firefighters extinguished a fully-involved car fire on Okanagan Centre Road East Friday afternoon. (Contributed)

Burning masks blasted from Lake Country car fire

Back window popped, sending fiery material into dry grass

Lake Country firefighters extinguished a fully-involved car fire on Okanagan Centre Road East Friday afternoon. (Contributed)
A paddleboarder braves the waves and smoke on Okanagan Lake Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Darren Wolf photo)

North Okanagan residents urged to watch for changing fire evaucation alerts and orders

Increased wildfire activity expected over hot, windy weekend

A paddleboarder braves the waves and smoke on Okanagan Lake Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Darren Wolf photo)
A soldier from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment receives his personal protective equipment, including red fire retardant coveralls, from Land Task Force – Vernon supply prior to proceeding to the fire lines in support of BC Wildfire Service. (Captain Jamie Blois, Public Affairs Officer, Land Task Force – Vernon photo)

Over 100 soldiers land in Vernon to assist at Okanagan, 100 Mile fires

Flat Lake and Thomas Creek fires get help from Canadian Armed Forces

A soldier from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment receives his personal protective equipment, including red fire retardant coveralls, from Land Task Force – Vernon supply prior to proceeding to the fire lines in support of BC Wildfire Service. (Captain Jamie Blois, Public Affairs Officer, Land Task Force – Vernon photo)