Jennifer Smith

The policy change impacts all routes and service in the Kelowna Regional Transit System, route 90 between UBC Okanagan and Vernon, and route 70 between Penticton and Kelowna. (Contributed/BC Transit)

Vernon bus service gears down due to White Rock wildfire

BC Transit providing fewer runs until at least the end of Monday, Aug. 16

The policy change impacts all routes and service in the Kelowna Regional Transit System, route 90 between UBC Okanagan and Vernon, and route 70 between Penticton and Kelowna. (Contributed/BC Transit)
A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)

Some Vernon water taps run dry today

Emergency repairs on Okanagan Landing leave Predator Ridge and more without water for several hours

A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)
A photo of the White Rock Lake fire at Westside Road. (Photo: Darren Wolf Facebook)

Evacuation orders re-issued for Westside residents due to White Rock wildfire

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations gives residents until 2 p.m. Aug. 12 to get out

A photo of the White Rock Lake fire at Westside Road. (Photo: Darren Wolf Facebook)
The Bunting Road blaze, which has combined with the Tsuius Creek wildfire, pictured Wednesday, Aug. 11, (Randy Smith photo)

Wind flares up smoke on Bunting wildfire near Lumby

Increased fire behaviour and smoke at blaze above Mabel Lake

The Bunting Road blaze, which has combined with the Tsuius Creek wildfire, pictured Wednesday, Aug. 11, (Randy Smith photo)
Firefighters were quick to douse a blaze near Pritchard Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Contributed)

New wildfire sparked near Pritchard

Blaze sparked south of Highway 1 around 4:30 p.m.

Firefighters were quick to douse a blaze near Pritchard Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Contributed)
Increased smoke and fire activity can be seen on the Two Mile Road blaze near Sicamous. (B.C. Wildfire Service photo)

Weather flares up smoke from Sicamous’ Two Mile fire

B.C. Wildfire Service reports increased fire behaviour at blaze

Increased smoke and fire activity can be seen on the Two Mile Road blaze near Sicamous. (B.C. Wildfire Service photo)
A homeless man pulls his cart full of possesions past the entrance to Vernon Restholm. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Homeless count numbers rise to 224 in Vernon

33 per cent increase over 2019 count

A homeless man pulls his cart full of possesions past the entrance to Vernon Restholm. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Salmon Arm's Jaeden Izik-Dzurko performed in Vernon and Kelowna Aug. 6 and 7 as part of the Vernon Proms August-long event of concerts. (Contributed)

24 concerts staged in Okanagan

Escape heat, smoke and worries with live music

Salmon Arm's Jaeden Izik-Dzurko performed in Vernon and Kelowna Aug. 6 and 7 as part of the Vernon Proms August-long event of concerts. (Contributed)
A homeless man pulls his cart full of possesions past the entrance to Vernon Restholm. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Homeless count finds 224 homeless in Vernon

33 per cent increase over 2019 count

A homeless man pulls his cart full of possesions past the entrance to Vernon Restholm. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant in May. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

COVID-19 surge brings increased vaccine clinics to Okanagan

Pop-up clinics in Vernon, Lumby, Kelowna, Penticton, Summerland

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant in May. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Maven Lane executive director Hollie Henderson has earned the B.C. 2021 Child Care Award of Excellence in the early care and learning leadership category. (Contributed)

B.C. award delivered to North Okanagan child care leader

Maven Lane’s Hollie Henderson awarded Child Care Award of Excellence

Maven Lane executive director Hollie Henderson has earned the B.C. 2021 Child Care Award of Excellence in the early care and learning leadership category. (Contributed)
The Bunting Road fire is burning above Mabel Lake and has cabins and properties on the forest service road on evacuation order. (Mabel Lake Resort photo)

Mabel Lake wildfires converge north of Lumby

Bunting Road blaze grows and combines with Tsuius Creek fire

The Bunting Road fire is burning above Mabel Lake and has cabins and properties on the forest service road on evacuation order. (Mabel Lake Resort photo)
The owner of a sailboat found drifting in Okanagan Lake near Vernon is being sought. (RCMP photo)

Captain of sailboat adrift on Okanagan Lake sought

Owner of lost sailboat sought after it was found floating adrift on Okanagan Lake

The owner of a sailboat found drifting in Okanagan Lake near Vernon is being sought. (RCMP photo)
A personified wake advocates for Kalamalka and Wood Lake this summer. (Contributed)

Wake mascot advocates for Okanagan lakes

Campaign raises boater awareness of damage caused by wakes

A personified wake advocates for Kalamalka and Wood Lake this summer. (Contributed)
A spot-sized fire is being reported in the Trinity Valley. (B.C. WIldfire Service map)

New wildfire sparked north of Lumby

Spot-sized blaze in Trinity Valley being actioned by crews

A spot-sized fire is being reported in the Trinity Valley. (B.C. WIldfire Service map)
The White Rock Lake fire is creeping further onto the Okanagan Indian Band land on the Westside. (Okanagan Indian Band photo)

Westside residents warned White Rock Lake wildfire expected to advance tonight

Okanagan Indian Band warns blaze to reach Whiteman’s area by 6 p.m.

The White Rock Lake fire is creeping further onto the Okanagan Indian Band land on the Westside. (Okanagan Indian Band photo)
Okanagan Indian Band Fire Rescue crews are on 24/7 fire watch patrolling the area. (Susan Cseh photo)

‘We got your back’: Okanagan Indian Band firefighters

Westside residents unable to sleep at night given assurance that firefighters are on fire watch 24-7

Okanagan Indian Band Fire Rescue crews are on 24/7 fire watch patrolling the area. (Susan Cseh photo)
Armstrong’s David Strohm is $100,000 richer after purchasing a winning 6/49 ticket in Vernon. (BCLC photo)

Armstrong dad pockets winning lottery ticket from Vernon

From boredom to bliss: $100K 6/49 discovered at mall, while his daughters were shopping

Armstrong’s David Strohm is $100,000 richer after purchasing a winning 6/49 ticket in Vernon. (BCLC photo)
Parks crews have closed Killiney Beach off Westside Road as firefighters are using the space to access water to battle the White Rock Lake wildfire. (RDCO photo)

Parks closed for firefighters staging in Vernon, Westside

Public asked to steer clear of Kin Race Track and Killiney Beach

Parks crews have closed Killiney Beach off Westside Road as firefighters are using the space to access water to battle the White Rock Lake wildfire. (RDCO photo)
The White Rock Lake fire near Falkland has seen hundreds of residents evacuated. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Surge in wildfire evacuees keeps Vernon emergency centre open late

ESS reception remaining open until 7 p.m. tonight

The White Rock Lake fire near Falkland has seen hundreds of residents evacuated. (BC Wildfire Service photo)