Brendan Shykora

Curtis Sagmoen was in Vernon court for a pre-trial conference Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Voir dire scheduled in Curtis Sagmoen cop assault case

Sagmoen is alleged to have assaulted a police officer in October 2020

Curtis Sagmoen was in Vernon court for a pre-trial conference Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Splatsin community is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak as of Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (File photo)

UPDATE: COVID-19 cases spike in Splatsin

24-37 test positive and self-isolating during current COVID-19 outbreak

The Splatsin community is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak as of Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (File photo)
The Vernon Vipers came from behind to beat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3 in overtime on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (Lisa Mazurek Photography)

Vernon Vipers rally to beat Salmon Arm in overtime

The Vipers came back from 3-1 down in the second period to beat the Backs

The Vernon Vipers came from behind to beat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3 in overtime on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (Lisa Mazurek Photography)
Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Armed with experience, Vernon Winter Carnival ready for COVID-friendly festivities

Organizers have prepared a mostly outdoor slate of events for this year’s Winter Carnival

Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Vernon School District invites the public to a budget meeting on Jan. 26, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Input sought on Vernon school district budget, which may include $1.7 million downfall

The public can virtually attend a presentation on School District 22 finances on Jan. 26

The Vernon School District invites the public to a budget meeting on Jan. 26, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Highway 97A has been closed due to a vehicle crash south of Enderby Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (DriveBC photo)

UPDATE: Highway 97A reopened after serious crash south of Enderby

The crash took place between Stepney Cross and Canyon roads just before 6 p.m. Friday

Highway 97A has been closed due to a vehicle crash south of Enderby Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (DriveBC photo)
Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for a large portion of the southern Interior Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (Pixabay photo)

Foggy weekend ahead in Shuswap, Okanagan

Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for most of the southern Interior Friday

Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for a large portion of the southern Interior Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (Pixabay photo)
A 30th Avenue apartment in Vernon is causing problems for neighbours. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Drug use, threats at Vernon apartment leaves neighbours fearful

Neighbour of 30th Avenue building says crime and unsafe behaviour have been prevalent over last year and a half

A 30th Avenue apartment in Vernon is causing problems for neighbours. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) has cleared officers with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP of any wrongdoing in the arrest of a woman in December 2020, which left her with a serious eye injury. (File Photo)

Vernon police cleared of wrongdoing after intoxicated woman injured during arrest

B.C. police watchdog investigated the 2020 arrest in which a woman suffered a serious eye injury

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) has cleared officers with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP of any wrongdoing in the arrest of a woman in December 2020, which left her with a serious eye injury. (File Photo)
A Coldstream man was killed in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 97 in Spallumcheen Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (file photo)

Coldstream man killed in collision in Spallumcheen

The single-vehicle crash took place at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning

A Coldstream man was killed in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 97 in Spallumcheen Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (file photo)
Canadian rocker Bif Naked will play to a sold-out crowd at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country Feb. 17, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Bif Naked relishes return to Okanagan stage

The Canadian rocker will play the Creekside Theatre on Feb. 17

Canadian rocker Bif Naked will play to a sold-out crowd at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country Feb. 17, 2022. (Submitted photo)
A joint letter by the Shuswap Watershed Council calls for more action to be done by the federal government to protect B.C. waters from the threat of invasive mussel species. (Submitted photo)

Shuswap water advocates push Ottawa for more action against invasive mussels

Letter sent to Minister of Fisheries calls for more funding and resources on the matter

A joint letter by the Shuswap Watershed Council calls for more action to be done by the federal government to protect B.C. waters from the threat of invasive mussel species. (Submitted photo)
The City of Enderby has decided not to implement a ban on plastic bags or single-use plastics due to the fact that provincial and federal legislation on plastic waste is already forthcoming. The city made the decision at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Black Press file photo)

Enderby won’t implement ban on single-use plastics, for now

Staff decided against drafting a bylaw with provincial and federal legislation on the way

The City of Enderby has decided not to implement a ban on plastic bags or single-use plastics due to the fact that provincial and federal legislation on plastic waste is already forthcoming. The city made the decision at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Black Press file photo)
A single-storey, 5,000 square-foot Indigenous cultural centre has been proposed for Lake Country. The district has put out a request for expressions of interest regarding the project, the deadline for response being Feb. 4, 2022. (District of Lake Country graphic)

Indigenous cultural centre and park proposed in Lake Country

The one-storey, 5,000 square foot facility would cost $4 million

A single-storey, 5,000 square-foot Indigenous cultural centre has been proposed for Lake Country. The district has put out a request for expressions of interest regarding the project, the deadline for response being Feb. 4, 2022. (District of Lake Country graphic)
Firefighters in Coldstream battled a major house fire on Hawthorne Place Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Fire that destroyed Coldstream home under investigation

Police are treating the Friday evening blaze as suspicious

Firefighters in Coldstream battled a major house fire on Hawthorne Place Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Kingfisher Interpretive Society is the winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2021 Nature Inspiration Award for Community Action. (Submitted photo)

VIDEO: North Okanagan centre receives national accolades for salmon conservation

The Kingfisher Interpretive Society has received an award from the Canadian Museum of Nature

The Kingfisher Interpretive Society is the winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2021 Nature Inspiration Award for Community Action. (Submitted photo)
Trail and Rossland will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.

2022 BC Winter Games cancelled due to pandemic, ‘external factors’

The multi-sport event was set to kick off in Greater Vernon in February

Trail and Rossland will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.
More than 10 mailbox thefts have been reported to the RCMP in the North Okanagan so far in 2022. (Rachel Hunt/Facebook)

Mailboxes targeted by thieves in the North Okanagan

More than 10 mailbox thefts have been reported in the region so far in 2022

More than 10 mailbox thefts have been reported to the RCMP in the North Okanagan so far in 2022. (Rachel Hunt/Facebook)
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Artisan Distillery of the Year at the 2022 Canadian Whisky Awards, and also went home with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal. (Okanagan Spirits photo)

Okanagan Spirits wins top honour at Canadian Whisky Awards

Vernon and Kelowna distillery named Artisan Distillery of the Year, wins three gold medals

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Artisan Distillery of the Year at the 2022 Canadian Whisky Awards, and also went home with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal. (Okanagan Spirits photo)
Members of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP investigated the scene of a sudden death downtown on Jan. 5, 2022, which is now being considered a homicide. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Suspicious death in downtown Vernon deemed a homicide

Police hoping to speak with anyone who was near the scene in the early hours of Jan. 5

Members of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP investigated the scene of a sudden death downtown on Jan. 5, 2022, which is now being considered a homicide. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)