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Armstrong’s Karlina Muik, 21, (with her dog, Ella), is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Friends and family launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with costs, expenses. (Contributed)

Friends, family rally support for young Armstrong woman

Karlina Muik, 21, battling rare form of cancer; GoFundMe campaign set up to help with costs

Armstrong’s Karlina Muik, 21, (with her dog, Ella), is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Friends and family launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with costs, expenses. (Contributed)
(Aussie) Dave Henry of the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society prepares to unload a truckload of donated produce from an Edmonton farm, including bananas for the first time ever. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan Valley Gleaners go bananas over donation

First time in Gleaners history they’ve received a donation of bananas, coming from Edmonton farm

(Aussie) Dave Henry of the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society prepares to unload a truckload of donated produce from an Edmonton farm, including bananas for the first time ever. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Firefighters in Coldstream are battling a major house fire on Hawthorne Place Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Firefighters battle Coldstream house fire

Blaze broke out on Hawthorne Place before 7 p.m.

Firefighters in Coldstream are battling a major house fire on Hawthorne Place Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Big year for building in Vernon

A record $173.5 million in building permit values collected by city in 2021

Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Brett Bandy (from left), City of Vernon; Akbal Mund, Chair of Greater Vernon Advisory Committee; Mayor Victor Cumming; Harold Sellers, Ribbons of Green Trails Society and Brad Akerman, RDNO, stand near the newly dedicated park space and trail connection for the Grey Canal Trail – one of two recent purchases made by the city. (Contributed)

Vernon purchases more property for park space

Two-acre parcel is located just north of the Alpine Centre on Kalamalka Lake Road

Brett Bandy (from left), City of Vernon; Akbal Mund, Chair of Greater Vernon Advisory Committee; Mayor Victor Cumming; Harold Sellers, Ribbons of Green Trails Society and Brad Akerman, RDNO, stand near the newly dedicated park space and trail connection for the Grey Canal Trail – one of two recent purchases made by the city. (Contributed)
Coldstream's Noah Turanski is back playing competitive hockey with the Okanagan College Lakers in Kelowna (contributed)

Defenceman loving hockey life with Okanagan College Lakers

Noah Turanski had been out of competitive hockey for a couple of years when he got call from expansion college team

Coldstream's Noah Turanski is back playing competitive hockey with the Okanagan College Lakers in Kelowna (contributed)
Cannabis for sale in the retail market. The City of Vernon plans to reduce its application and licensing fees. (Black Press files)

Vernon trims retail cannabis application, licensing fees

Council votes to cut application fee by 50 per cent, bring licensing fee in line based on store size

Cannabis for sale in the retail market. The City of Vernon plans to reduce its application and licensing fees. (Black Press files)
Members of city council are baffled by a plan to add a drive-thru at Vernon’s Fruit Union Plaza beside an existing drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. (City of Vernon photo)

New Vernon coffee shop drives-thru with plan

Fruit Union Plaza wants to add second drive-thru by A&W; ‘Will never work,’ says councillor

Members of city council are baffled by a plan to add a drive-thru at Vernon’s Fruit Union Plaza beside an existing drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. (City of Vernon photo)
Lake Country’s Kevin Blakely took these photos of twister-like formations called ‘steam devils’ from his home Monday, Dec. 27. The formations were travelling west along Okanagan Lake. (Kevin Blakely photos)

Devil(s) went down to Okanagan Lake

Steam devils - twister-like formations - scooted down the west side of the lake Monday, Dec. 27

Lake Country’s Kevin Blakely took these photos of twister-like formations called ‘steam devils’ from his home Monday, Dec. 27. The formations were travelling west along Okanagan Lake. (Kevin Blakely photos)
Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)

Donation, rescue make for lively week before Christmas for COSAR

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue find missing woman safely Christmas Eve; receive $15,000 from rescued pair

Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)
Lumby disabled skier Logan Leach, 19, follows his guide, Julien Petit, down an alpine track. The Lumby athlete who is visually impaired has had some impressive World Cup results in hopes of being named to Alpine Canada’s Para Alpine Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Contributed)

WATCH: Okanagan skier making tracks for Beijing Paralympics

Lumby’s Logan Leach has some impressive World Cup results in hopes of being named to Canadian team

Lumby disabled skier Logan Leach, 19, follows his guide, Julien Petit, down an alpine track. The Lumby athlete who is visually impaired has had some impressive World Cup results in hopes of being named to Alpine Canada’s Para Alpine Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Contributed)
One person died on SilverStar Mountain Resort’s back side Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Powder Gulch area. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)

1 person dead at SilverStar ski resort near Vernon; investigation ongoing

One person died Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Powder Gulch area on SilverStar Mountain Resort’s back side

One person died on SilverStar Mountain Resort’s back side Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Powder Gulch area. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)
After nearly 25 years in operation, Armstrong’s Brown Derby Restaurant is closing forever as of Dec. 31 as the owners retire. (Jenna Churchill Photo)

North Okanagan’s Brown Derby Cafe hanging up hat

Popular breakfast/lunch eatery set to close as owners Neil Todd and Carolyn Russell ready to retire

After nearly 25 years in operation, Armstrong’s Brown Derby Restaurant is closing forever as of Dec. 31 as the owners retire. (Jenna Churchill Photo)
In this June 21, 2018, photo, laboratory manager Emily Savage demonstrates how she uses an instrument to photograph cannabis samples at CW Analytical Laboratories, in Oakland, Calif. California's new rules require testing of marijuana for pesticides and contaminants such as heavy metals, solvents and mold. They also say edibles must be tested to determine concentrations of the mind-altering ingredient THC. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Vernon council looks to trim cannabis retail bylaws

Amendments include changes to licensing and application fees, and a buffer zone between similar stores

In this June 21, 2018, photo, laboratory manager Emily Savage demonstrates how she uses an instrument to photograph cannabis samples at CW Analytical Laboratories, in Oakland, Calif. California's new rules require testing of marijuana for pesticides and contaminants such as heavy metals, solvents and mold. They also say edibles must be tested to determine concentrations of the mind-altering ingredient THC. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Staples Vernon manager Jamie Wattie (left) and Leo Campeau of Sleep In Heavenly Peace Vernon hope people will Fill the Bunks with new bedding accessories. Donations of new pillows, blankets, sheets and covers can be made at Staples. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Building a good night’s sleep: Vernon group ensures all kids have a bed

Sleep In Heavenly Peace made up of volunteers who build bunk beds for those who have nothing to sleep on

Staples Vernon manager Jamie Wattie (left) and Leo Campeau of Sleep In Heavenly Peace Vernon hope people will Fill the Bunks with new bedding accessories. Donations of new pillows, blankets, sheets and covers can be made at Staples. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) thanks a Vernon Jubilee Hospital employee for their work with breakfast Tuesday morning, Dec. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan hospital staff spirits boosted with burritos

Harwinder Sandhu, former nurse, sponsors breakfast for healthcare workers to say thank you

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) thanks a Vernon Jubilee Hospital employee for their work with breakfast Tuesday morning, Dec. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Teresa Durning (right) takes the oath of office from chief election officer Keri-Ann Austin during a ceremony for Vernon’s newest councillor elect Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Vernon city hall. (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon’s newest councillor takes office

Teresa Durning sworn in at special ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 14

Teresa Durning (right) takes the oath of office from chief election officer Keri-Ann Austin during a ceremony for Vernon’s newest councillor elect Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Vernon city hall. (City of Vernon photo)
The company that brought e-scooters to Vernon in 2021 on a pilot project will launch an e-bike program in the city in 2022, making Vernon one of the first cities in Canada to have e-scooters and e-bikes for use. (File photo)

E-bikes to join e-scooters in Vernon in 2022

Neuron Mobility will launch e-bikes to go along with its e-scooters in Vernon for the next riding season

The company that brought e-scooters to Vernon in 2021 on a pilot project will launch an e-bike program in the city in 2022, making Vernon one of the first cities in Canada to have e-scooters and e-bikes for use. (File photo)
Teresa Durning is anxious to get to work as Vernon’s newest councillor, having topped the byelection polls Dec. 4. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon councillor-elect fulfills promise to late friend

Teresa Durning told Dalvir Nahal she would run for her council seat if she lost cancer battle

Teresa Durning is anxious to get to work as Vernon’s newest councillor, having topped the byelection polls Dec. 4. (Morning Star - file photo)
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society has erected and dedicated a bench on Mt. Rose Swanson in memory of former society president Peter Rotzetter. (ASTS photo)

North Okanagan trails society honours late president with mountain bench

Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society erects bench to honour Peter Rotzetter on Mt. Rose Swanson

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society has erected and dedicated a bench on Mt. Rose Swanson in memory of former society president Peter Rotzetter. (ASTS photo)