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The District of Lake Country is installing a memorial bench at Pebble Beach Park to remember former bylaw officer John Mellor, who died Oct. 3, 2019, at age 60. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan beach bench remembers bylaw officer

Bench to be installed at Pebble Beach Park in Lake Country in memory of John Mellor

The District of Lake Country is installing a memorial bench at Pebble Beach Park to remember former bylaw officer John Mellor, who died Oct. 3, 2019, at age 60. (Facebook photo)
Intersection disruptions for North Okanagan

Intersection disruptions for North Okanagan

All city-owned lights to be tested over next three weeks starting Monday, Oct. 5

Intersection disruptions for North Okanagan
Vernon teenager Aiden Satterthwaite, 15, plans to ride his unicycle from his home in the Valley of the Sun off Westside Road 41 kilometres to his school, W.L. Seaton Secondary on Monday, Oct. 12, to raise money for a playground in his subdivision. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan teen wheels along for new playground

Aiden Satterthwaite hopes to unicycle 41 kms to raise money for playground in Valley of the Sun

Vernon teenager Aiden Satterthwaite, 15, plans to ride his unicycle from his home in the Valley of the Sun off Westside Road 41 kilometres to his school, W.L. Seaton Secondary on Monday, Oct. 12, to raise money for a playground in his subdivision. (Photo submitted)
Harwinder Sandhu, a Vernon registered nurse, is the declared NDP candidate for Vernon-Monashee in the upcoming Oct. 24 provincial election. Sandhu finished third in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding in the 2019 federal election running under the NDP banner. (Black Press - file photo)

BC VOTES 2020: North Okanagan nurse running for NDP

Harwinder Sandhu, who ran for NDP in 2019 federal vote, is declared Vernon-Monashee candidate

Harwinder Sandhu, a Vernon registered nurse, is the declared NDP candidate for Vernon-Monashee in the upcoming Oct. 24 provincial election. Sandhu finished third in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding in the 2019 federal election running under the NDP banner. (Black Press - file photo)
Joel Carlson, 28, from Kamloops, has been charged in the North Okanagan with one count of sexual assault and one count of forcible confinement. Police have released his photo, believing there may be more victims. (RCMP photo)

More victims possible in Okanagan assault case

Vernon police have a man in custody but feel there could be more victims in the case

Joel Carlson, 28, from Kamloops, has been charged in the North Okanagan with one count of sexual assault and one count of forcible confinement. Police have released his photo, believing there may be more victims. (RCMP photo)
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery’s incredibly popular Laird of Fintry Lottery begins announcing winners in four batches Monday, Sept. 28. (File photo)

Okanagan whisky lottery adds new twists

Winners of Okanagan Spirits’ Laird of Fintry lottery announced in four batches beginning Sept. 28

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery’s incredibly popular Laird of Fintry Lottery begins announcing winners in four batches Monday, Sept. 28. (File photo)
The Okanagan Cup is a four-team B.C. Hockey League exhibition tournament featuring the Vernon Vipers, West Kelowna Warriors, Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Penticton Vees. (BCHL photo)

West Kelowna Warriors complete sweep of Vernon Vipers

Warriors edge Snakes 2-1 as Okanagan Cup BCHL exhibition tournament begins

The Okanagan Cup is a four-team B.C. Hockey League exhibition tournament featuring the Vernon Vipers, West Kelowna Warriors, Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Penticton Vees. (BCHL photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP was able to track down an alleged assault suspect who reportedly knocked a man in his 60s off a mobility scooter Tuesday, Sept. 20, through use of video surveillance. (File photo)

Vernon man knocked off scooter, allegedly assaulted

Incident in downtown Vernon sees man on a scooter allegedly assaulted by cyclist

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP was able to track down an alleged assault suspect who reportedly knocked a man in his 60s off a mobility scooter Tuesday, Sept. 20, through use of video surveillance. (File photo)
Suspected human remains found in burned out vehicle on OKIB land

Suspected human remains found in burned out vehicle on OKIB land

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP hand over investigation to Major Crimes

Suspected human remains found in burned out vehicle on OKIB land
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has said RCMP was not responsible for the death of a helmetless motorcycle rider near Grindrod Aug. 30. (Ryan Perdriel - Facebook photo)

RCMP not responsible for death of helmetless motorcycle rider in Okanagan

Independent Investigations Office of BC announces findings into fatal crash near Grindrod Aug. 30

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has said RCMP was not responsible for the death of a helmetless motorcycle rider near Grindrod Aug. 30. (Ryan Perdriel - Facebook photo)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Nick Reimann leads a small group of riders between Vernon and Lake Country during the homecoming stretch of the 20th annual Cops For Kids cycling fundraiser which wrapped up Sunday, Sept. 20, in Kelowna. (Cops For Kids photo)

Cops For Kids ride wraps in Okanagan

No pomp, no circumstance for end of milestone 20th anniversary fundraising bicycle trip

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Nick Reimann leads a small group of riders between Vernon and Lake Country during the homecoming stretch of the 20th annual Cops For Kids cycling fundraiser which wrapped up Sunday, Sept. 20, in Kelowna. (Cops For Kids photo)
Vernon-based Tolko Industries has entered into a partnership with the Orange Shirt Society to sponsor the organization’s annual art contest. (Orange Shirt Day photo)

Okanagan company backs Orange Shirt Day contest

Vernon-based Tolko Industries sponsors art contest open to kids from kindergarten to Grade 12

Vernon-based Tolko Industries has entered into a partnership with the Orange Shirt Society to sponsor the organization’s annual art contest. (Orange Shirt Day photo)
Travel from Coldstream to Lake Country along Kal Crystal Waters trail

Travel from Coldstream to Lake Country along Kal Crystal Waters trail

Completed extension on Kal Crystal Waters trail uses historic highway

Travel from Coldstream to Lake Country along Kal Crystal Waters trail
A sump pump smoking in the basement of a home near Swan Lake was quickly addressed by firefighters Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Bird evacuated from potential Okanagan home fire

BX-Swan Lake firefighters were called to the home near Swan Lake just after 11 a.m. Thursday

A sump pump smoking in the basement of a home near Swan Lake was quickly addressed by firefighters Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and partners in Vernon gather at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Tuesday, Sept. 15, to package up child safety initiatives for needy families. (United Way - photo)

United Way Southern Interior child safety program expands

Families in need to receive car seats and baby care packages

United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and partners in Vernon gather at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Tuesday, Sept. 15, to package up child safety initiatives for needy families. (United Way - photo)
Llong-range scopes the detachment has begun using to catch distracted drivers. (Langley Advance Times file)

Police on alert for distracted Okanagan drivers

Month-long campaign focuses on drivers not paying attention behind the wheel

Llong-range scopes the detachment has begun using to catch distracted drivers. (Langley Advance Times file)
Wildfire smoke from the U.S. can be seen hovering over Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake looking south Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 a.m. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Air quality bulletin still in place for Okanagan

Smoke from U.S. wildfires has made its way north

Wildfire smoke from the U.S. can be seen hovering over Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake looking south Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 a.m. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
The late Mona Elliott is being remembered by her husband, Vern, on the 10th anniversary of her passing for the inspiration she transferred to her family. (Elliott family photo)

Remembering Mona: Vernon businesswoman dearly missed by family, friends

Mona Elliott, longtime co-owner of what is now The Cowboy’s Choice, died Sept. 11, 2010

The late Mona Elliott is being remembered by her husband, Vern, on the 10th anniversary of her passing for the inspiration she transferred to her family. (Elliott family photo)
A motorist was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impoundment after Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP responded to reports of an erratic driver in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 8. (File photo)

Okanagan motorist issued 90-day driving prohibition

RCMP respond to reports of erratic driver in Vernon; find driver after vehicle hits light standard

A motorist was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impoundment after Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP responded to reports of an erratic driver in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 8. (File photo)
North Okanagan Knights defenceman Lee Christensen, in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game from November 2019 against Princeton, is now a member of the Posse after the team traded him for a player development fee. The Knights also picked up three players from the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the league’s player dispersal draft Saturday, Sept. 5. (Morning Star file photo)

North Okanagan Knights add three in dispersal draft, trade veteran D-man

The KIJHL held draft of players from three teams who have opted out of 2020-21 season

North Okanagan Knights defenceman Lee Christensen, in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game from November 2019 against Princeton, is now a member of the Posse after the team traded him for a player development fee. The Knights also picked up three players from the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the league’s player dispersal draft Saturday, Sept. 5. (Morning Star file photo)