Jennifer Smith

Taxes are going up slightly for homeowners in 2021 to give businesses a break. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Tax shifts burden from Vernon businesses to homeowners

New rate for residential 2.67 per cent or $42 for average home

Taxes are going up slightly for homeowners in 2021 to give businesses a break. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A Vernon man was arrested in Merritt following a foot chase with police. That incident, plus others associated with the suspect, will be heard in Vernon Court. (Morning Star - file photo)

Escape attempt followed by foot chase lands Vernon man in cuffs

Bail denied for 37-year-old who allegedly breached his probation and obstructed police

A Vernon man was arrested in Merritt following a foot chase with police. That incident, plus others associated with the suspect, will be heard in Vernon Court. (Morning Star - file photo)
A car sheared a Hydro pole and the driver was pinned by a fence pole on 43rd Avenue Saturday, April 10. (Carmen Jaster photo)

Suspected impaired driver ‘lucky to be alive’ after crash in Vernon yard

Impaired driving investigation underway after driver shears Hydro pole and narrowly misses being impaled

A car sheared a Hydro pole and the driver was pinned by a fence pole on 43rd Avenue Saturday, April 10. (Carmen Jaster photo)
Clarence Fulton is the latest in six Vernon schools to have COVID-19 exposures. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

COVID-19 exposures at six Vernon schools

List has grown over the last week, sending more students home for self-isolation

Clarence Fulton is the latest in six Vernon schools to have COVID-19 exposures. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon Secondary School. (Google Maps)

Case of COVID-19 at North Okanagan high school

VSS exposure announced late Friday, April 9

Vernon Secondary School. (Google Maps)
An East Hill resident had their leaf bags torched in front of their home overnight April 8. Less than two weeks prior their garbage can was lit on fire too. (Taryn Allen photo)

Garbage, leaf fires spark fear in North Okanagan

First an East Hill residents’ trash can, then bagged leaves were lit on fire

An East Hill resident had their leaf bags torched in front of their home overnight April 8. Less than two weeks prior their garbage can was lit on fire too. (Taryn Allen photo)
B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)

Interior Health has record day of COVID-19 cases

132 cases reported Friday, April 9, more deaths in Vernon hospital outbreak

B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)
A large illuminated heart was installed on the roof of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital May 1, 2020. (VJH Foundation photo)

Three deaths linked to COVID-19 outbreak in Vernon hospital

Interior Health reports two additional deaths at VJH

A large illuminated heart was installed on the roof of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital May 1, 2020. (VJH Foundation photo)
Okanagan Rail Trail users are reminded to keep their dogs on a leash after a close call. (Facebook)

Cyclist injured on Okangan rail trail after dog startle

Dog control is patrolling the popular spot ensuring on-leash compliance

Okanagan Rail Trail users are reminded to keep their dogs on a leash after a close call. (Facebook)
A trailer was driven up in the hills of the Westside and trashed sometime in late March. (Daryl Robertson photo)

Vehicles trashed on Westside amid annual cleanup

Residents tiring of pickup up after others

A trailer was driven up in the hills of the Westside and trashed sometime in late March. (Daryl Robertson photo)
The Vernon School District has ordered more masks to ensure all students in grades 4-12 are complying with wearing them. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

More cases of COVID in North Okanagan elementary schools

Three more potential exposures at Coldstream and Vernon schools

The Vernon School District has ordered more masks to ensure all students in grades 4-12 are complying with wearing them. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Interior Health doesn’t echo B.C.’s daily COVID record

80 new cases reported Thursday, April 8, compared to 91 the day prior

The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The CRTC has approved the Vernon Community Radion Society to launch the new 97.9 Valley FM. (File photo)

Tower power needed for Vernon’s new radio station

Fundraising campaign launched for Valley FM community radio

The CRTC has approved the Vernon Community Radion Society to launch the new 97.9 Valley FM. (File photo)
A death at Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna was reported in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak April 7. (Google Maps)

Death at Kelowna care home among Interior Health COVID numbers

91 new cases, outbreak over in one unit at Kelowna General Hospital

A death at Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna was reported in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak April 7. (Google Maps)
A vehicle went off Westside Road between Fintry and Killiney Beach Wednesday, April 7. (Christa Schadt photo)

Puppy suspected as cause of Westside crash

Car goes off road, road closed while crews clear scene

A vehicle went off Westside Road between Fintry and Killiney Beach Wednesday, April 7. (Christa Schadt photo)
Shuswap Lodge residents received some hand-drawn portraits and biographies from students at Vernon Christian School, after pairing up with the little buddies via Zoom and getting to know each other. (VCS photo)

Vernon students pencil in time for Salmon Arm seniors

Kids buddy up with retirement home residents over Zoom

Shuswap Lodge residents received some hand-drawn portraits and biographies from students at Vernon Christian School, after pairing up with the little buddies via Zoom and getting to know each other. (VCS photo)
Romi Kim speaks about her artistic drag experience and the homophobia that exists in the North Okanagan in the short film, All Roads Lead to Romi, which is featured in the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, April 14-23. (Video still)

Vernon youth take stance against LGBTQ2+ crosswalk vandalism in film

Reel 2 Reel International Film Festival for Youth features two local productions

Romi Kim speaks about her artistic drag experience and the homophobia that exists in the North Okanagan in the short film, All Roads Lead to Romi, which is featured in the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, April 14-23. (Video still)
The Vernon School District has ordered more masks to ensure all students in grades 4-12 are complying with wearing them. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

More masks on order for Vernon schools

Vernon schools have already handed out 177,710 masks

The Vernon School District has ordered more masks to ensure all students in grades 4-12 are complying with wearing them. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
The next phase of Lakestone includes 57 units extending from Beacon Hill Drive. (District of Lake Country)

Lakestone develops more homes in Okanagan

Next phase include 57 unit in Beacon Hill Drive extension

The next phase of Lakestone includes 57 units extending from Beacon Hill Drive. (District of Lake Country)
A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Mission Hill Elementary school in Vernon April 2. (File photo)

COVID-19 exposure at Vernon elementary school

Interior Health contacting families who may be affected

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Mission Hill Elementary school in Vernon April 2. (File photo)