Transportation

Al Kowalko shows off the province's first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Okanagan schools shifting gears to electric buses

Vernon, Central Okanagan, Rocky Mountain and Okanagan-Skaha on board

 

Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)

2 passengers in Canada fined thousands for faking pre-flight COVID-19 tests

The government issued a warning Thursday to others thinking of doing the same – do it and you’ll be ordered to pay

 

WestJet has announced that direct flight service between Nanaimo and Edmonton begins June 25. (News Bulletin file)

More WestJet flights to and from Vancouver Island coming in June

Nonstop flights from Victoria to Ottawa among service, says WestJet

 

(Photo by Kris Krug)

Kelowna, Vernon among communities approved for e-mobility pilot project

The project looks at how safe electric kick scooters are as a form of personal transportation

(Photo by Kris Krug)
School bus fees are being charged to all riders in the Vernon School District. (Courtesy photo)

Parents pressure Vernon school board to curb bus fee hike

More than 1,200 signatures on petition against $200 rider fees, to be discussed at board meeting

School bus fees are being charged to all riders in the Vernon School District. (Courtesy photo)
Several road closures were in effect Jan. 13 due to downed trees, but meanwhile many residents are hoping Lake Country will invest in fixing damaged roads in 2021. (District of Lake Country photo)

Road safety puts Lake Country traffic plans in drive

District funds traffic calming program, and community grant

Several road closures were in effect Jan. 13 due to downed trees, but meanwhile many residents are hoping Lake Country will invest in fixing damaged roads in 2021. (District of Lake Country photo)
Lake Country residents are warned about another rock slide on Pelmewash Parkway, Feb. 23, 2021. (Melanie Marie photo)

Rockslides ‘amplified’ this time of year in Lake Country

Crews clear Pelmewash Parkway again, after, it was littered with rocks Feb. 23

Lake Country residents are warned about another rock slide on Pelmewash Parkway, Feb. 23, 2021. (Melanie Marie photo)
Lake Country residents are warned about another rock slide on Pelmewash Parkway, Feb. 23, 2021. (Melanie Marie photo)

Rockslide on old Okanagan highway

Pelmewash Parkway once again littered with debris

Lake Country residents are warned about another rock slide on Pelmewash Parkway, Feb. 23, 2021. (Melanie Marie photo)
A petition has been launched by concerned parents over the Vernon School District’s plan to increase bus ridership fees from $25 to $200 or, in some cases, $300. (Black Press file photo)

Concerned parents launch petition opposing Okanagan school district bus fee hike

Families in Vernon School District could go from paying $25 to $200 or, in some cases, $300

A petition has been launched by concerned parents over the Vernon School District’s plan to increase bus ridership fees from $25 to $200 or, in some cases, $300. (Black Press file photo)
The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo

Vernon school bus fees jump to $200

Increase for eligible riders is up from $25

The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo
The highway between Vernon and Armstrong was closed for a crash involving two trucks the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. (Sarah Chrystal photo)

Safety barriers en route to Okanagan highways

Concrete dividers coming between Vernon and Armstrong, and in Summerland

The highway between Vernon and Armstrong was closed for a crash involving two trucks the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. (Sarah Chrystal photo)
A semi-truck ended up an embankment off Highway 97 north of Vernon Friday morning. (Al Kranenborg photo)

Icy roads send semi up embankment north of Vernon

Truck off road on Highway 97 between Falkland and Vernon

A semi-truck ended up an embankment off Highway 97 north of Vernon Friday morning. (Al Kranenborg photo)
Lake Country resident Malcolm Hett was clearing rocks from Pelmewash Parkway Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, when he heard a crack and the rock wall started to slide towards him, damaging his van in the process. (Malcolm Hett - Contributed)

‘The whole side started sliding towards us,’: Okanagan man says of rockslide

Pelmewash Parkway still closed as District of Lake Country waits to hear from geotech specialist

Lake Country resident Malcolm Hett was clearing rocks from Pelmewash Parkway Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, when he heard a crack and the rock wall started to slide towards him, damaging his van in the process. (Malcolm Hett - Contributed)
A mudslide in the Lodge Road area caused concern for some residents Sunday, Jan. 31. (Contributed)

Mudslide displaces Okanagan resident

Substantial amount of water washes out slope, undermines tree

A mudslide in the Lodge Road area caused concern for some residents Sunday, Jan. 31. (Contributed)
Road construction sign, low angle view

Rocks pepper Pelmewash Parkway in Lake Country

Natural freeze and thaw causes debris to come off hillside

Road construction sign, low angle view
Register now for Winter GoByBike BC Day, then go for a ride on Feb. 12!

Change gears this winter — ride your bike!

Join riders across BC and #GoByBike Feb. 12

  • Feb 1, 2021
Register now for Winter GoByBike BC Day, then go for a ride on Feb. 12!
Starting Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, the District of Lake Country will require visitors at all indoor public facilities to wear masks, as part of enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Lake Country looks at big-ticket projects

Bottom Wood Lake Road construction projects are the biggest investments

Starting Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, the District of Lake Country will require visitors at all indoor public facilities to wear masks, as part of enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo

Proposed North Okanagan school bus changes back on board

Transportation adjustments will likely affect all riders

The Vernon School District will get $130,629 for a new 76-passenger school bus. - Morning Star file photo
Penticton’s Nanaimo Avenue Bridge is set for removal in July 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton bridge to be removed, city seeks feedback

‘The city recognizes that this decision will present inconveniences to some residents’

Penticton’s Nanaimo Avenue Bridge is set for removal in July 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Air Canada is suspending flights out of the Penticton airport starting January 2021. (Western News file photo)

Air Canada grounds Penticton flights indefinitely

The airline will halt service to Penticton in early 2021

Air Canada is suspending flights out of the Penticton airport starting January 2021. (Western News file photo)