Jennifer Smith

Four needles were stashed inside a hole in a play structure at Maven Lane and discovered by children at the daycare Jan. 6. (Maven Lane photos)

Children poked by needles in Vernon daycare playground

Stash of drug paraphernalia discovered by kids, despite safety checks

Four needles were stashed inside a hole in a play structure at Maven Lane and discovered by children at the daycare Jan. 6. (Maven Lane photos)
Four needles were stashed inside a hole in a play structure at Maven Lane and discovered by children at the daycare Jan. 6. (Maven Lane photos)

UPDATE: RCMP investigate after children poked by needles in Vernon playground

Stash of drug paraphernalia discovered by kids, despite safety checks

Four needles were stashed inside a hole in a play structure at Maven Lane and discovered by children at the daycare Jan. 6. (Maven Lane photos)
A trio of winter swans forage through the old corn maze at O'Keefe Ranch Jan. 5, 2023. (John Gallant Photography)

Swans captured wintering in North Okanagan

Photographers get birds on camera and video

A trio of winter swans forage through the old corn maze at O'Keefe Ranch Jan. 5, 2023. (John Gallant Photography)
Boats moored on Okanagan Lake, which has some partially frozen spots but is still dangerous for anyone to venture out on. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Cows removed from Okanagan Lake, two weeks after drowning

Water quality a concern as closest licensed public drinking water system is located over 10 kilometres from the incident

Boats moored on Okanagan Lake, which has some partially frozen spots but is still dangerous for anyone to venture out on. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
An AIM Roads plow truck tends to Pleasant Valley Road Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

‘Road conditions are the pits’: Truck rolls over in North Okanagan

‘I’m slipping and sliding all over the map’: BX fire chief

An AIM Roads plow truck tends to Pleasant Valley Road Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Cris Derksen is the guest artist on cello, presenting Round Dance at the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra performances Jan. 20 and 21. (Contributed)

Flood cancels Vernon show, symphony continues in Kelowna, Penticton

Guest artist Cris Derksen on cello with Round Dance

Cris Derksen is the guest artist on cello, presenting Round Dance at the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra performances Jan. 20 and 21. (Contributed)
(Andy Mabbett) Poinsettias are among a holiday favourite. <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en" target="_blank">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en</a>

A Gardener’s Diary: Pointers for saving poinsettias

Vernon gardening pro offers tips to keeping the Christmas plant around for months, or even years

(Andy Mabbett) Poinsettias are among a holiday favourite. <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en" target="_blank">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en</a>
Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton joined AgeCare's John Nocon and SafeCare's Saleema Dhalla at the opening of the new training centre at Lumby's Monashee Mews Novvember 2022. (Contributed)

New training centres enhance education for Okanagan care workers

Kelowna, Lumby and Salmon Arm gain health and safety centres

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton joined AgeCare's John Nocon and SafeCare's Saleema Dhalla at the opening of the new training centre at Lumby's Monashee Mews Novvember 2022. (Contributed)
Pure ice lays under a blanket of snow on McKoryk Road in the BX Dec. 30. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

North Okanagan neighbours trapped by icy road

Residents didn’t see a snow plow for 5 days

Pure ice lays under a blanket of snow on McKoryk Road in the BX Dec. 30. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Garret Lessard

UPDATE: Missing Vernon child found safe

12-year-old located hours after reported missing

Garret Lessard
Vernon Fire Rescue

It’s a girl! Firefighters deliver Vernon baby

Mother and newborn are doing well following emergency labour

Vernon Fire Rescue
Boats moored on Okanagan Lake, which has some partially frozen spots but is still dangerous for anyone to venture out on. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Dead cows to be removed from Okanagan Lake

Cows on Indian Band broke through ice, approximately 22 died

Boats moored on Okanagan Lake, which has some partially frozen spots but is still dangerous for anyone to venture out on. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Enderby Fire Department's Facebook post announcing a special candle ceremony Dec. 29, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the on-duty death of Capt. Dan Botkin. (Facebook photo)

Candles burn in memory of fallen Okanagan firefighter

Vigil remembers Capt. Daniel Botkin, killed in 2011

The Enderby Fire Department's Facebook post announcing a special candle ceremony Dec. 29, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the on-duty death of Capt. Dan Botkin. (Facebook photo)
The Enderby Fire Department's Facebook post announcing a special candle ceremony Dec. 29, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the on-duty death of Capt. Dan Botkin. (Facebook photo)

Candles burn in memory of fallen Enderby firefighter

Vigil remembers Capt. Daniel Botkin, killed in 2011

The Enderby Fire Department's Facebook post announcing a special candle ceremony Dec. 29, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the on-duty death of Capt. Dan Botkin. (Facebook photo)
Shiean Blackkettle

UPDATE: Missing woman last seen in Vernon found safe and well

RCMP asked for public’s help in finding 28-year-old

Shiean Blackkettle
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested Brandon Allen Oppenheimer for assault with a weapon and and other charges Thursday night, Aug. 25, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Woman allegedly punched in Vernon elevator for refusing money to stranger

Suspect sought in assault in residential building

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested Brandon Allen Oppenheimer for assault with a weapon and and other charges Thursday night, Aug. 25, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Double fatal in North Okanagan Christmas Eve crash

Both drivers killed, occupant suffers serious injuries

(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt is closed in both directions on Sunday (Dec. 18) afternoon after vehicle incidents both northbound and southbound. /File Photo

Incident blocking both lanes of Highay 97 near Vernon’s Westside Road

DriveBC reporting delays at Head of the Lake Road

Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt is closed in both directions on Sunday (Dec. 18) afternoon after vehicle incidents both northbound and southbound. /File Photo
Water flooding from a Vernon business closes main street Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Vernon street reopened after flood

A block of 30th Avenue was closed while crews were on scene

Water flooding from a Vernon business closes main street Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre offers a dazzling array of events and presentations, both local and from around the world.

Burst pipe floods Vernon theatre, cancels show

Performing Arts Centre’s main stage damaged, school Christmas concert moved

The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre offers a dazzling array of events and presentations, both local and from around the world.