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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)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil returns a shot to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Okanagan athlete part of Canadian tennis history

Stunning five-set upset of 8th seed propels Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil into the fourth round at US Open

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil returns a shot to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A motorcyclist wearing no helmet involved in a crash with a truck near Enderby has died of his injuries. (Ryan Perdriel - Facebook photo)

Motorcyclist who crashed without a helmet dies

Man involved in collision with pickup truck near Enderby dies in hospital of injuries

A motorcyclist wearing no helmet involved in a crash with a truck near Enderby has died of his injuries. (Ryan Perdriel - Facebook photo)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers and the Police Dog Service unit gathered at a rural property in Spallumcheen Monday, Aug. 31, in an unsuccessful search for a break, enter and theft suspect. (File photo)

North Okanagan break-and-enter suspect still on loose

Police called after surveillance video showed man on property looking into windows of buildings

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers and the Police Dog Service unit gathered at a rural property in Spallumcheen Monday, Aug. 31, in an unsuccessful search for a break, enter and theft suspect. (File photo)
A motorcycle crash near Grindrod Sunday, Aug. 30, is under investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. as to possible driver’s infractions and whether police action or inaction is linked to the serious injuries to the motorcyclist. (File photo)

Serious North Okanagan motorcycle crash sparks probe into police work

IIO investigates to determine if motorcyclist’s injuries linked to police action or inaction

A motorcycle crash near Grindrod Sunday, Aug. 30, is under investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. as to possible driver’s infractions and whether police action or inaction is linked to the serious injuries to the motorcyclist. (File photo)
The Armstrong Regional Co-op presented a cheque for $3,918 to Vernon’s Venture Training - money raised during the annual Fuel Good Day which sees the cooperative raise and donate funds to local charities and non-profits in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm. This year’s Fuel Good Day is Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Submitted photo)

Fuel Good Day supports Okanagan charities

The Armstrong Regional Co-op hosts its annual Fuel Good Day Tuesday, Sept. 15

The Armstrong Regional Co-op presented a cheque for $3,918 to Vernon’s Venture Training - money raised during the annual Fuel Good Day which sees the cooperative raise and donate funds to local charities and non-profits in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm. This year’s Fuel Good Day is Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Submitted photo)