Roger Knox

BX Swan Lake firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that broke out in the kitchen area of a double-wide modular home shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, off Elmwood Road and Highway 97. Nobody was home at the time though a cat rescued from the burning home later died. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan house fire likely started in kitchen

Nobody home at time except family pet who died after being rescued by firefighter

BX Swan Lake firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that broke out in the kitchen area of a double-wide modular home shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, off Elmwood Road and Highway 97. Nobody was home at the time though a cat rescued from the burning home later died. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Trailer fire in North Okanagan claims cat

Trailer fire in North Okanagan claims cat

BX-Swan Lake Fire Department currently on scene

Trailer fire in North Okanagan claims cat
Predator Ridge Resort’s two 18-hole golf courses have cracked the top-20 in a list of Canada’s top 50 public golf courses as chosen by The PGA of Canada. (Morning Star - file photo)

Okanagan golf courses among Canada’s best

Both tracks at Vernon’s Predator Ridge crack top-20 in list of 50 best public courses in the country

Predator Ridge Resort’s two 18-hole golf courses have cracked the top-20 in a list of Canada’s top 50 public golf courses as chosen by The PGA of Canada. (Morning Star - file photo)
Staff old and new gather for one last group photo at the downtown Vernon Canada Safeway on 30th Avenue Saturday, Nov. 23, as the store closed its doors for good. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Downtown Vernon Safeway closes forever

Staff shed tears, hugs, laughs, champagne as 54-year-old business closes; will rebrand as FreshCo

Staff old and new gather for one last group photo at the downtown Vernon Canada Safeway on 30th Avenue Saturday, Nov. 23, as the store closed its doors for good. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a robbery from Simply Delicious in Vernon early Tuesday, as two masked individuals made their way into the shop, pried open a bitcoin machine and stole $2,000. The incident was captured on security video. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Thieves smash way into Vernon business

Incident at Simply Delicious happened at 4:30 a.m. and was caught on video

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a robbery from Simply Delicious in Vernon early Tuesday, as two masked individuals made their way into the shop, pried open a bitcoin machine and stole $2,000. The incident was captured on security video. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The aftermath of an SUV found fully engulfed in flames Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 4 a.m. on Commonage Road. (Nicole Leger photo)

Vernon car fire deemed suspicious

SUV found fully engulfed with nobody around at 4 a.m. Tuesday on Commonage Road

The aftermath of an SUV found fully engulfed in flames Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 4 a.m. on Commonage Road. (Nicole Leger photo)
Aaron Nasipayko is a Vernon paddleboarder who has completed his goal of cleaning the shores of both Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes. (Morning Star - file photo)

Okanagan paddleboarder completes shoreline cleanup

It’s evident there’s a pollution problem in Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes says Aaron Nasipayko

Aaron Nasipayko is a Vernon paddleboarder who has completed his goal of cleaning the shores of both Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon’s Lee Holland, shown celebrating one of son Ken’s Stanley Cup wins with the Detroit Red Wings, died Friday, Nov. 8, at age 87. (Bowers family photo)

Well-known Okanagan hockey mom passes

Two of Vernon’s Lee Holland’s sons work for NHL organizations: Ken in Edmonton, Dennis with Dallas

Vernon’s Lee Holland, shown celebrating one of son Ken’s Stanley Cup wins with the Detroit Red Wings, died Friday, Nov. 8, at age 87. (Bowers family photo)
The family-friendly, 135-seat Pint and Pie opened on Vernon’s 32nd Street Halloween day. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Halloween opening for North Okanagan restaurant

Pint and Pie is family friendly restaurant featuring twists on traditional British-themed food

The family-friendly, 135-seat Pint and Pie opened on Vernon’s 32nd Street Halloween day. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Saturday’s winning numbers in the Lotto 649 draw. A ticket bought in Vernon matched five of the six numbers and the bonus, and is worth more than $31,000. (playnow.com photo)

Okanagan Lotto 649 ticket matches five of six numbers and bonus

Ticket in Saturday’s draw bought in Vernon and is worth nearly $32,000

Saturday’s winning numbers in the Lotto 649 draw. A ticket bought in Vernon matched five of the six numbers and the bonus, and is worth more than $31,000. (playnow.com photo)
Grey, damp, warm week ahead in Okanagan, Shuswap, Columbia

Grey, damp, warm week ahead in Okanagan, Shuswap, Columbia

Environment Canada calling for clouds and showers, and warm temperatures, throughout the area

Grey, damp, warm week ahead in Okanagan, Shuswap, Columbia
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Sgt. Rob Farrer left the detachment Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. to walk the Okanagan Rail Trail between Vernon and Lake Country four consecutive times to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and funds for a PTSD service dog. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan mountie begins rail trail fundraiser

Vernon RCMP Sgt. Rob Farrer walking Okanagan Rail Trail four times to raise PTSD awareness, funds

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Sgt. Rob Farrer left the detachment Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. to walk the Okanagan Rail Trail between Vernon and Lake Country four consecutive times to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and funds for a PTSD service dog. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon swimmer Dave Poggemiller (third from right) wears the eight medals he won at the 55+ BC Games which, he said, he never could have done without support from the likes of Dr. Steve Piper of Monashee Health Collective (from left), Sherry Klem, Cindy Elliott and Richard Hoglund (Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine) and Lianne Marquis (Monashee Health Collective). (Photo submitted)

Strong medical support boosts Vernon swimmer from ‘four months of hell’

Racked with pain training for 55+ BC Games, Dave Poggemiller rebounds with help to win eight medals

Vernon swimmer Dave Poggemiller (third from right) wears the eight medals he won at the 55+ BC Games which, he said, he never could have done without support from the likes of Dr. Steve Piper of Monashee Health Collective (from left), Sherry Klem, Cindy Elliott and Richard Hoglund (Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine) and Lianne Marquis (Monashee Health Collective). (Photo submitted)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services members worked quickly to extinguish smoke coming from a first-floor suite in Vernon Sunday. The building’s residents were evacuated as the crew dealt with the smoke coming from a pot left burning on a stove, but returned after less than an hour outside. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Smoke contained to one unit in Okanagan condo fire

Pot left on stove said to be culprit of smoke that forced condo evacuation in Vernon Sunday

Vernon Fire Rescue Services members worked quickly to extinguish smoke coming from a first-floor suite in Vernon Sunday. The building’s residents were evacuated as the crew dealt with the smoke coming from a pot left burning on a stove, but returned after less than an hour outside. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Emergency crews transported one person to a waiting air ambulance on Enderby-Mabel Lake Road early Sunday morning after a single-vehicle rollover accident on a forest service road near Kingfisher. (Black Press - file photo)

Air ambulance called after early morning North Okanagan rollover

One man taken to hospital, second person uninjured, after rollover on FSR east of Enderby

Emergency crews transported one person to a waiting air ambulance on Enderby-Mabel Lake Road early Sunday morning after a single-vehicle rollover accident on a forest service road near Kingfisher. (Black Press - file photo)
WATCH: Firefighters battle blaze in Vernon home

WATCH: Firefighters battle blaze in Vernon home

Mother and 2 children escape burning home unscathed

WATCH: Firefighters battle blaze in Vernon home
City of Armstrong councillor Shirley Fowler, left, and District of Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz collect provincial honours at the 16th annual Communities in Bloom B.C. awards gala in Coquitlam Saturday. Each community was a two-time winner. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Fowler)

Okanagan and Shuswap blossom at Communities in Bloom awards

District of Sicamous, City of Armstrong double winners at B.C. awards gala; Lumby also a winner

City of Armstrong councillor Shirley Fowler, left, and District of Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz collect provincial honours at the 16th annual Communities in Bloom B.C. awards gala in Coquitlam Saturday. Each community was a two-time winner. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Fowler)
Makena Kersey, 18, receives a $1,000 award from the Okanagan Athlete Sponsorship Program from founder Dylan Wiebe, a Vernon registered massage therapist at Impact Sport and Health Clinic. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan ski racer chosen for grant in end game

Makena Kersey, 18, has called it a career following a gruesome leg injury, but story inspires grant

Makena Kersey, 18, receives a $1,000 award from the Okanagan Athlete Sponsorship Program from founder Dylan Wiebe, a Vernon registered massage therapist at Impact Sport and Health Clinic. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Bassist Ricky Phillips (top) and drummer Todd Sucherman of iconic American band Styx put the work into Blue Collar Man, one of 14 songs played by the legendary group over 90 minutes Wednesday before an enthusiastic, appreciative crowd at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Styx, Loverboy rock Okanagan

Iconic Canadian, American bands treat thousands to rock and roll memories

Bassist Ricky Phillips (top) and drummer Todd Sucherman of iconic American band Styx put the work into Blue Collar Man, one of 14 songs played by the legendary group over 90 minutes Wednesday before an enthusiastic, appreciative crowd at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Vernon’s Mark Johnson (centre) celebrates his first hole-in-one with playing partners Dominic Meyer (left) and Devon Sales-Parno at Hillview Golf Course Thursday, Aug. 29. (Hillview Facebook photo)

Okanagan pre-teen sinks hole-in-one

Mark Johnson’s drive on Hillview’s 190-yard fifth hole one-hopped into the cup for first-ever ace

Vernon’s Mark Johnson (centre) celebrates his first hole-in-one with playing partners Dominic Meyer (left) and Devon Sales-Parno at Hillview Golf Course Thursday, Aug. 29. (Hillview Facebook photo)