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Morning Start: The world’s heaviest mango weighed 9.36 lb

Your morning start for Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

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A driver is caught speeding along Highway 97 near the Army Camp over the Labour Day long weekend. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)

7 vehicles impounded after busted speeding in North Okanagan over long weekend

Heavy-footed drivers curbed in Lavington, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Vernon and Coldstream

A driver is caught speeding along Highway 97 near the Army Camp over the Labour Day long weekend. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)
Vernon council paid tribute to late councillor Dalvir Nahal at their first meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7, since the two-term councillor’s passing. Nahal, 45, died Sunday, Sept. 5, following a 10-year battle with cancer. (File photo)

Vernon council pays tribute to colleague

Dalvir Nahal, who died Sunday, Sept. 5, is fondly remembered by fellow councillors and mayor

Vernon council paid tribute to late councillor Dalvir Nahal at their first meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7, since the two-term councillor’s passing. Nahal, 45, died Sunday, Sept. 5, following a 10-year battle with cancer. (File photo)
Smoke may continue to be seen from the White Rock Lake wildfire, but it is not considered under control. (Contributed)

Vernon reception centre shutting down as White Rock Lake fire under control

Status change for White Rock Lake fire allows city to shut down the emergency support services centre

Smoke may continue to be seen from the White Rock Lake wildfire, but it is not considered under control. (Contributed)
Highway 96 near Peachland about 1:10 p.m. Tuesday.

UPDATE: Highway 97 near Peachland now clear

Motorists are asked to expect delays

Highway 96 near Peachland about 1:10 p.m. Tuesday.
Many Culture Days performances will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. (Rotary Centre for the Arts/Contributed)

B.C. Culture Days invites Okanagan to reimagine community after COVID-19

This year will feature a mix of online and in-person events throughout the city

Many Culture Days performances will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. (Rotary Centre for the Arts/Contributed)
Killiney Beach remains closed but several Westside Road parks have reopened. (Sean Miller photo)

All Central Okanagan residents return home, parks reopened following White Rock Lake fire

Westside Road open to locals only, Killiney Park remains closed

Killiney Beach remains closed but several Westside Road parks have reopened. (Sean Miller photo)
Vernon’s Tyler Dyck, CEO of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery and president of the Craft Distillers Guild of B.C., has announced a petition campaign to help local craft distilleries getting the excise tax reduced to a comparable level with craft breweries. (Morning Star - file photo)

Okanagan distilleries seek par on excise tax

Lift Canadian Spirits is a petition campaign aimed at reducing the excise tax so distilleries can be comparable with craft breweries

Vernon’s Tyler Dyck, CEO of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery and president of the Craft Distillers Guild of B.C., has announced a petition campaign to help local craft distilleries getting the excise tax reduced to a comparable level with craft breweries. (Morning Star - file photo)
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Your friend may not be OK: Signs of suicide to watch for

Christie Tawari is the Crisis Line Community Engagement Facilitator at KCR Community Services

  • Sep 7, 2021
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Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

School zone awareness event hosted outside of Kelowna elementary school

‘We’re just trying to bring awareness that school’s starting and we need people to slow down’

Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)

No more spread expected as White Rock Lake fire, near Vernon, under control

Those who do not live in the area asked to stay away by locals

Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)
Vernon council will discuss an application for a new five-storey residential building to be situated in the 5500 block of 27th Avenue at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Affordable housing application approved by Vernon council

Five-storey building will feature 35 low-income, one-to-four bedroom suites on 27th Avenue

Vernon council will discuss an application for a new five-storey residential building to be situated in the 5500 block of 27th Avenue at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Contributed)
The Kelowna Taiwnaese Cultural Society and the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival will be hosting the first annual Okanagan Taiwanese Film Festival from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19. (Contributed)

Virtual Taiwanese film festival coming to the Okanagan

The festival will feature eight films that participants can view from home

The Kelowna Taiwnaese Cultural Society and the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival will be hosting the first annual Okanagan Taiwanese Film Festival from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19. (Contributed)
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Hiker rescued after falling from cliff above Kelowna service road

The hiker fell approximately seven metres onto a rocky area

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Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Mount Law wildfire burning near West Kelowna no longer wildfire of note

BC Wildfire announced on Friday that fire was being held, and all evac alerts and orders have been lifted

The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

More evacuation alerts as Hedges Butte wildfire near Penticton grows to 230 hectares

The RDOS and PIB have both issued evacuation alerts for residents nearest the fire.

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Photos from the Hedges Butte Fire Zone west of Penticton

The fire has grown to 100 hectares in a single day

Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)

New garbage cans trashed by Vernon residents

Waste collection bins too big for many households, particularly seniors’

The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)
A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)

Additional evacuation alerts lifted on White Rock Lake fire on Westside

There are still 18 properties on evacuation order and 2,259 on alert

A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)