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Vernon’s Bob Mayer captained the 1969-70 Vernon Essos to the B.C. Junior Hockey League championship, the franchise’s first of a league-best 12 titles. Mayer died in Vernon Aug. 14 at age 69. (Photo submitted)

Essos captain fondly remembered in Okanagan

On a team with scoring stars, defenceman Bob Mayer was named league MVP in 1970 as Essos won BCJHL

Vernon’s Bob Mayer captained the 1969-70 Vernon Essos to the B.C. Junior Hockey League championship, the franchise’s first of a league-best 12 titles. Mayer died in Vernon Aug. 14 at age 69. (Photo submitted)
Vernon’s Jordan Cabrejos of Unity Mixed Martial Arts (top) rains blows upon Calgary’s Will Grieves in one of three main event fights at XFC Unbanned Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club. Grieves failed to answer the bell for the fourth round, giving Cabrejos the XFC Middleweight championship. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan MMA fighter captures middleweight belt at home

Jordan Cabrejos scores victory at XFC Unbanned, the return of mixed martial arts to Vernon

Vernon’s Jordan Cabrejos of Unity Mixed Martial Arts (top) rains blows upon Calgary’s Will Grieves in one of three main event fights at XFC Unbanned Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club. Grieves failed to answer the bell for the fourth round, giving Cabrejos the XFC Middleweight championship. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Grass fire                                Firefighters from B.C. Wildfire and Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a grass wildfire sparked along the side of Highway 97 south, near the Predator Ridge turnoff, on Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Grass fire breaks out on highway south of Vernon

Highway 97 traffic slowed as firefighters snuff grass fire

Grass fire                                Firefighters from B.C. Wildfire and Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a grass wildfire sparked along the side of Highway 97 south, near the Predator Ridge turnoff, on Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
NHL Hall of Famer skates with Vernon hockey group

NHL Hall of Famer skates with Vernon hockey group

Denis Savard, owner of four Stanley Cup rings, plays fun night with Vernon Pirahnas group

NHL Hall of Famer skates with Vernon hockey group
A Lumby motorcyclist is looking for witnesses to an accident involving him, his bike and another vehicle at the intersection of 29th Street and 43rd Avenue in Vernon on Sunday, July 28, at 2:15 p.m. (Google Street View)

North Okanagan motorcyclist seeks crash witnesses

Lumby man says there doesn’t seem to be a record of collision he was involved in

A Lumby motorcyclist is looking for witnesses to an accident involving him, his bike and another vehicle at the intersection of 29th Street and 43rd Avenue in Vernon on Sunday, July 28, at 2:15 p.m. (Google Street View)
Vernon friends and business partners Randy Kazemir (left) and Aaron Menzies have the exclusive Canadian rights to e-ride electric vehicles, the perfect mode of transporation for use in light commercial, industrial and housing complexes. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon businessmen cruising with e-ride electric vehicle rights

Pair look to a future where light industrial and commercial operations begin using e-vehicles

Vernon friends and business partners Randy Kazemir (left) and Aaron Menzies have the exclusive Canadian rights to e-ride electric vehicles, the perfect mode of transporation for use in light commercial, industrial and housing complexes. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Archie Hickling. (Photo from film, When Duty Calls, by Bruce Mol)

Hero of Okanagan hotel fire remembered 110 years later

Monument to Archie Hickling’s bravery and memory on Aug. 10, 1909 erected in Vernon Park

Archie Hickling. (Photo from film, When Duty Calls, by Bruce Mol)
Nurse Jennifer Ross (left) adjusts a newly arrived chair for Vernon dialysis patient Beryl Nerling at the Vernon Renal Centre. Nerling helped raised more than $60,000 to purchase 10 new chairs for the centre. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan dialysis chairs campaign complete

Led by Vernon 93-year-old mom and grandmother Beryl Nerling, $60,000 raised provides 10 new chairs

Nurse Jennifer Ross (left) adjusts a newly arrived chair for Vernon dialysis patient Beryl Nerling at the Vernon Renal Centre. Nerling helped raised more than $60,000 to purchase 10 new chairs for the centre. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Presenting a cheque for $50,000 to Vernon Search and Rescue are (from left, holding cheque) Brant Jackson, marketing director of Geotech Drilling, Brett Lambert and Cheryl Lambert. The Lamberts raised the money through a golf tournament and auctions to say thanks to the volunteer group for rescuing Brett after he got separated from a snowmobile group in January 2018, and was found safe by VSAR. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

North Okanagan family says thanks to search and rescue with $50,000

Golf tournament/auction fundraiser way of saying thanks after son is rescued by group

Presenting a cheque for $50,000 to Vernon Search and Rescue are (from left, holding cheque) Brant Jackson, marketing director of Geotech Drilling, Brett Lambert and Cheryl Lambert. The Lamberts raised the money through a golf tournament and auctions to say thanks to the volunteer group for rescuing Brett after he got separated from a snowmobile group in January 2018, and was found safe by VSAR. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
You could be rolling down this piece of property in Spallumcheen on an alpine mountain coaster if a Spallumcheen couple’s dream of opening an adventure park is approved by the township. (Patti Wood - photo)

North Okanagan adventure park proposed

Family hopes to turn Spallumcheen property into park with mountain coaster, zip lines, trails

You could be rolling down this piece of property in Spallumcheen on an alpine mountain coaster if a Spallumcheen couple’s dream of opening an adventure park is approved by the township. (Patti Wood - photo)
The former Raina’s Bistro in the Landing Plaza on 25th Avenue could be the home of a new non-medical cannabis retail shop. The application was supported by council and will be forwarded to Victoria for consideration. Council then put a moratorium on further such applications. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan city snuffs out future cannabis retail applications

After supporting another three, councillor calls for moratorium to be placed on further applications

The former Raina’s Bistro in the Landing Plaza on 25th Avenue could be the home of a new non-medical cannabis retail shop. The application was supported by council and will be forwarded to Victoria for consideration. Council then put a moratorium on further such applications. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Okanagan dachshunds get along swimmingly

Okanagan dachshunds get along swimmingly

Kelowna Dachshund Club hosts pool party in Coldstream

Okanagan dachshunds get along swimmingly
B.C. Wildfire crews will be back up near Becker Lake in Coldstream Sunday to try and find a reported wildfire in the area. A couple of reports came in Saturday but crews were not able to locate any fire. (B.C. Wildfire - map)

Reported North Okanagan wildfire hard to find

Calls came in Saturday about a wildfire near Becker Lake in Coldstream, but crews couldn’t find it

B.C. Wildfire crews will be back up near Becker Lake in Coldstream Sunday to try and find a reported wildfire in the area. A couple of reports came in Saturday but crews were not able to locate any fire. (B.C. Wildfire - map)
CDART trains North Okanagan volunteers

CDART trains North Okanagan volunteers

Regional group looking to form to help animals in cases of emergencies and disasters

CDART trains North Okanagan volunteers
Okanagan rainbow crosswalk defaced

Okanagan rainbow crosswalk defaced

Vandals cover colours with white paint in District of Coldstream sometime overnight Saturday

Okanagan rainbow crosswalk defaced
Okanagan society sends seniors, shut-ins on boat excursions

Okanagan society sends seniors, shut-ins on boat excursions

Okanagan Quality Life Society has been providing Okanagan Lake boat rides for nearly 30 years

Okanagan society sends seniors, shut-ins on boat excursions
The Calgary Round-Up Band, which recently won the Best Junior Marching Band division at the World Association of Marching Show Bands championships in Calgary, has been added to the Okanagan Military Tattoo in Vernon July 27 and 28. (Facebook photo)

World champions added to Okanagan Military Tattoo

Calgary Round-Up Band recently won best junior marching band and will perform at Vernon event

The Calgary Round-Up Band, which recently won the Best Junior Marching Band division at the World Association of Marching Show Bands championships in Calgary, has been added to the Okanagan Military Tattoo in Vernon July 27 and 28. (Facebook photo)
Vernon council unanimously passed third reading of a rezoning application that could see a multi-unit housing development built near the site of the city’s beloved heron rookery in the north end at a public hearing Monday. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon council unanimously approves rezoning application near heronry

Despite considerable oppostion, a qualified environmental pro’s report helps council decide on plan

Vernon council unanimously passed third reading of a rezoning application that could see a multi-unit housing development built near the site of the city’s beloved heron rookery in the north end at a public hearing Monday. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Paul Murray of Armstrong was among a handful of protesters outside and inside the Vernon Court House Monday, as a North Okanagan mother-daughter pair facing animal cruelty charges looked to vary their bail conditions. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Judge adjourns bail variance in North Okanagan animal cruelty case

Mother-daughter duo facing charges are looking to have bail conditions varied

Paul Murray of Armstrong was among a handful of protesters outside and inside the Vernon Court House Monday, as a North Okanagan mother-daughter pair facing animal cruelty charges looked to vary their bail conditions. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Michelle Gregoire snapped this stunning photo of a lightning strike north of Vernon from her home Saturday evening. (Michelle Gregoire - photo)

Okanagan woman scores spectacular lightning strike photo

Michelle Gregoire of Vernon heard thunder rumble, grabbed her iPhone and snapped stunning picture

Vernon’s Michelle Gregoire snapped this stunning photo of a lightning strike north of Vernon from her home Saturday evening. (Michelle Gregoire - photo)