Morning Star Staff

Vernon’s Kara Kazimer (right), presetning the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award to Vernon’s Bree Cawley, has been relected as president of the Okanagan College Alumni Association for a 12th consecutive year. (Okanagan College photo)

Kazimer back for 12th year as Okanagan College alumni president

Vernon’s Kara Kazimer has been president of Okanagan College Alumni Association since 2012

Vernon’s Kara Kazimer (right), presetning the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award to Vernon’s Bree Cawley, has been relected as president of the Okanagan College Alumni Association for a 12th consecutive year. (Okanagan College photo)
Dressed in traditional Dutch wooden clogs and bonnet, Azriel Ploegman, nine, brought her four-week-old lamb, Emmanuel Joy, to spend the day with her contractor father, Paul, while he worked at a Vernon townhouse complex Tuesday, April 28. (Kerry Hutter photo)

Vernon townhouse complex entertained by girl, lamb and Dutch treats

Young girl dressed in traditional Dutch clothing brings four-week-old lamb for visit

Dressed in traditional Dutch wooden clogs and bonnet, Azriel Ploegman, nine, brought her four-week-old lamb, Emmanuel Joy, to spend the day with her contractor father, Paul, while he worked at a Vernon townhouse complex Tuesday, April 28. (Kerry Hutter photo)
Stephen Witvoet has had his registration with the B.C. College of Physical Therapists cancelled after he pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual assault. (File photo)

Okanagan physio’s registration cancelled

Stephen Witvoet of Vernon is facing sentencing on nine counts of sexual assault

Stephen Witvoet has had his registration with the B.C. College of Physical Therapists cancelled after he pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual assault. (File photo)
Lt.-Col. Haverstock, Commander of Land Task Force Vancouver Coastal, addresses soldiers from the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, British Columbia Regiment, and 12 Field Ambulance before they deploy to the Vernon Army Camp. Thirty Lower Mainland Reservists will be sequestering themselves at the Vernon Military Camp as of Tuesday, April 21, as the army seeks to build a force of reliably COVID-free soldiers ready to help vulnerable populations. (BDR Albert Law/39 Canadian Brigade Group - Facebook photo) #YouArmyinBC #VotreArméeEnCB — Photo by Bombardier Albert Law 39 CBG Public Affairs

Reservists sequestered at Okanagan army camp

Army seeking to build force of reliably COVID-free soldiers ready to help vulnerable populations.

Lt.-Col. Haverstock, Commander of Land Task Force Vancouver Coastal, addresses soldiers from the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, British Columbia Regiment, and 12 Field Ambulance before they deploy to the Vernon Army Camp. Thirty Lower Mainland Reservists will be sequestering themselves at the Vernon Military Camp as of Tuesday, April 21, as the army seeks to build a force of reliably COVID-free soldiers ready to help vulnerable populations. (BDR Albert Law/39 Canadian Brigade Group - Facebook photo) #YouArmyinBC #VotreArméeEnCB — Photo by Bombardier Albert Law 39 CBG Public Affairs
Vernon Vipers captain Jagger Williamson (centre) was the winner of the 2019 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year Award. Nominations are being sought for the 2020 Athlete, Team and Leadership Awards. (Morning Star - file photo)

Nominations sought for North Okanagan athletic awards

The 27th annual Tim Hortons honours will be announced in June; entry deadline is May 30

Vernon Vipers captain Jagger Williamson (centre) was the winner of the 2019 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year Award. Nominations are being sought for the 2020 Athlete, Team and Leadership Awards. (Morning Star - file photo)
Mailboxes were targeted by thieves near Danforth’s corner in Enderby. Resident Adrien Astill posted the photo to the Happens in Enderby Facebook group April 20, 2020. (Facebook)

Thefts from mailboxes spike in North Okanagan: RCMP

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP have received 33 complaints from all areas since Jan. 1

Mailboxes were targeted by thieves near Danforth’s corner in Enderby. Resident Adrien Astill posted the photo to the Happens in Enderby Facebook group April 20, 2020. (Facebook)
Chasers Bottle Depot, in Vernon’s north end, has announced via Facebook it will reopen for business Monday, April 20. (Google photo)

Okanagan bottle depot set to reopen

Chasers Bottle Depot in Vernon will reopen Monday with new physical distancing protocol

Chasers Bottle Depot, in Vernon’s north end, has announced via Facebook it will reopen for business Monday, April 20. (Google photo)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers, with help from the public, were able to slow and stop a suspected erratic driver on Highway 97. (Black Press file)

Public helps RCMP slow, stop Okanagan erratic driver

Incident happened northbound on Highway 97 near Vernon; suspected drug overdose on part of driver

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers, with help from the public, were able to slow and stop a suspected erratic driver on Highway 97. (Black Press file)
Armstrong’s Hassen Arena could play a vital role in a proposed community-wide event the first weekend in December to be called Winterlude. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan Winterlude proposed to brighten spirits

Community-wide gathering at Armstrong’s IPE Fairgrounds proposed for first weekend in December

Armstrong’s Hassen Arena could play a vital role in a proposed community-wide event the first weekend in December to be called Winterlude. (Morning Star - file photo)
Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon and District Branch executive director Julia Payson has some ideas for helping stay connected with family and friends during the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)

CMHA branch offers connection tips during pandemic

How to stay connected with family and friends during these unprecedented times

Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon and District Branch executive director Julia Payson has some ideas for helping stay connected with family and friends during the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)
Okanagan racetrack owners apply for property rezoning

Okanagan racetrack owners apply for property rezoning

No events have been run at Spallumcheen’s Motoplex Speedway in four years, mainly due to legal action

Okanagan racetrack owners apply for property rezoning
Vernon’s Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre will not get the 2021 Canadian Ski Championships after they were supposed to host the 2020 Nationals, canceled over COVID-19 concerns. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan nordic centre loses out on 2021 nationals

Sovereign Lake near Vernon was to host 2020 Canadian championships, canceled due to COVID-19

Vernon’s Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre will not get the 2021 Canadian Ski Championships after they were supposed to host the 2020 Nationals, canceled over COVID-19 concerns. (Photo submitted)
Greater Vernon Recreational Services’ indoor and beach volleyball seasons have been wiped out by the City of Vernon over COVID-19. (Wendy Maffia Photo)

COVID-19: North Okanagan spring leagues wiped out

Ladies softball, indoor and beach volleyball leagues shut down over pandemic

Greater Vernon Recreational Services’ indoor and beach volleyball seasons have been wiped out by the City of Vernon over COVID-19. (Wendy Maffia Photo)
Canadian Mental Health Association staff and volunteers are experiencing increased Crisis Line calls with COVID-related concerns. (CMHA photo)

COVID-19: Interior Crisis Line calls increase

Calls directly related to pandemic up 25 per cent over final two weeks of March

Canadian Mental Health Association staff and volunteers are experiencing increased Crisis Line calls with COVID-related concerns. (CMHA photo)
Vernon bylaw officers’ duties under the Emergency Program Act have been clarified by the City of Vernon March 30, 2020. (Morning Star - file photo)

COVID-19: No fines to be issued by Vernon bylaw

Officers can provide assistance ‘as may be required for purposes of enforcing public health orders’

Vernon bylaw officers’ duties under the Emergency Program Act have been clarified by the City of Vernon March 30, 2020. (Morning Star - file photo)
Alanna Petrusich is one of a handful of sewers at Predator Ridge, along with a woman in Vernon, making surgical masks for COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan women spending quarantine making masks

Group at Predator Ridge, and a colleague in Vernon, keeping busy making surgical masks for others

Alanna Petrusich is one of a handful of sewers at Predator Ridge, along with a woman in Vernon, making surgical masks for COVID-19. (Photo submitted)
Another $1 million exact match number ticket on Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 draw was sold in Vernon. (File photo)

Second million-dollar lotto ticket sold in Okanagan

Twice, in less than a month, somebody won Guaranteed Match Number prize with ticket bought in Vernon

Another $1 million exact match number ticket on Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 draw was sold in Vernon. (File photo)
Vernon’s Red Barn, near Predator Ridge, will host weddings for up to 10 couples in 2020 through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wedded Bliss Photography)

Vernon barn open for weddings amid pandemic

Red Barn near Predator Ridge can be used for last-minute planning; reduced rates and risks

Vernon’s Red Barn, near Predator Ridge, will host weddings for up to 10 couples in 2020 through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wedded Bliss Photography)
Staff and students at Vernon’s Fulton Secondary School have been alerted they may have been exposed to an individual with the COVID-19 virus on Thursday, March 12. (Kerry Hutter photo)

Vernon high school staff, students may have been exposed to COVID-19

Staff and students may have been exposed on March 12 to individual who tested positive for virus

Staff and students at Vernon’s Fulton Secondary School have been alerted they may have been exposed to an individual with the COVID-19 virus on Thursday, March 12. (Kerry Hutter photo)
The Italian Kitchen Company (pictured) and Wings Vernon are offering take-out deals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon restaurants serve up take-out deals for Great Canadian Takeout

Wings Vernon and Italian Kitchen Company partake in dining deals amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Italian Kitchen Company (pictured) and Wings Vernon are offering take-out deals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)