Brendan Shykora

Now with a new name, the Big Cheese festival in Armstrong is back for its 10th year, with events on tap April 14 and 15, 2023. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce photo)

New name, same cheesy goodness at North Okanagan festival

The Big Cheese, formerly known as Cheese… It’s A Natural, will mark its 10th year April 14 and 15

Now with a new name, the Big Cheese festival in Armstrong is back for its 10th year, with events on tap April 14 and 15, 2023. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce photo)
A woman has shared her encounter with a nurse at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in a pair of videos on TikTok, saying she received insufficient care while experiencing a mental health crisis at the hospital. (Savanna Hedstrom/TikTok)

Woman facing mental health crisis says she was refused a face-to-face with doctor at Vernon hospital

The woman’s TikTok video has been viewed more than 218,000 times

A woman has shared her encounter with a nurse at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in a pair of videos on TikTok, saying she received insufficient care while experiencing a mental health crisis at the hospital. (Savanna Hedstrom/TikTok)
BGC Okanagan is closing its preschool program at Lavington Elementary School, confirmed in a letter to parents dated Feb. 7.
(Brendan Shykora/Morning Star)

North Okanagan preschool program shutting down

Preschool at Lavington Elementary School extends last day of operation

BGC Okanagan is closing its preschool program at Lavington Elementary School, confirmed in a letter to parents dated Feb. 7.
(Brendan Shykora/Morning Star)
Honey the Pomeranian showed off her outfit at a dog parade during SilverStar Mountain Resort’s Dog Day event Friday, March 10, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: A doggone good time at Vernon’s SilverStar Mountain Resort

SilverStar’s Dog Day featured a weiner race, an obstacle course, a doggy dance-off and more

Honey the Pomeranian showed off her outfit at a dog parade during SilverStar Mountain Resort’s Dog Day event Friday, March 10, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Coldstream firefighters battle a house fire Friday, March 10, 2023. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Two hospitalized for smoke inhalation following Coldstream house fire

The two were reunited with their cat Saturday; house a total loss

Coldstream firefighters battle a house fire Friday, March 10, 2023. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A power outage is affecting nearly 3,600 Vernon customers Saturday, March 11, 2023. (BC Hydro image)

UPDATE: Power back on for thousands in Vernon following outage

The power outage started around 10:45 a.m. March 11

A power outage is affecting nearly 3,600 Vernon customers Saturday, March 11, 2023. (BC Hydro image)
(Lisa Mazurek photo)

Vernon Vipers down Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5-2

Vipers forward Reagan Milburn had a goal and an assist on the night

(Lisa Mazurek photo)
Peak Pride is on at SilverStar Mountain Resort, with events on tap until Sunday, March 12, 2023. (Submitted photo)

Vernon ski resort hosts Peak Pride festival

Events are on tap all weekend until Sunday, March 12

Peak Pride is on at SilverStar Mountain Resort, with events on tap until Sunday, March 12, 2023. (Submitted photo)
Kelowna Law Courts. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

North Okanagan murder suspect abandon’s bail application, will remain in custody

Jevon Daniel Smith was arrested in 2021 in connection to the shooting death of Dakota Samoleski

Kelowna Law Courts. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
A new stage has been reconstructed at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, which will reopen for regular performances starting Saturday, March 11, 2023. The theatre’s main stage was damaged by a burst pipe and subsequent flooding in December 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vernon Performing Arts Centre opens curtain following flood damage

A burst pipe in December caused water damage to the main stage, forcing shows to move elsewhere

A new stage has been reconstructed at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, which will reopen for regular performances starting Saturday, March 11, 2023. The theatre’s main stage was damaged by a burst pipe and subsequent flooding in December 2022. (Submitted photo)
Jessica Jynn Ruschiensky, 29, is wanted for theft and failing to comply with a probation order. The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP put out a call to the public for help in locating her Wednesday, March 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)

Vernon police search for woman wanted for theft

Jessica Lynn Ruschiensky is also wanted for failing to comply with a probation order

Jessica Jynn Ruschiensky, 29, is wanted for theft and failing to comply with a probation order. The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP put out a call to the public for help in locating her Wednesday, March 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)
A dust advisory has been extended in Vernon Wednesday, March 8, 2023. (Morning Star - file photo)

Dust worsens in Vernon, extending air quality advisory

Dust advisories are frequent in Vernon

A dust advisory has been extended in Vernon Wednesday, March 8, 2023. (Morning Star - file photo)
Left to right: Gordon Fowler, Lisa Salt, Laura Reners and Glenn Beach. The realtors with RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler took home the Pinnacle Team Award at the RE/MAX International Conference, held in Las Vegas from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2023. (Submitted photo)

Vernon real estate group wins big in Las Vegas

Vernon Salt Fowler snags Pinnacle Team Award at RE/MAX International Conference

Left to right: Gordon Fowler, Lisa Salt, Laura Reners and Glenn Beach. The realtors with RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler took home the Pinnacle Team Award at the RE/MAX International Conference, held in Las Vegas from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2023. (Submitted photo)
Erica Clark and her husband and brother have launched a new business venture, Six Mile Convenience Store, on Westside Road. The store had its first day of business Saturday, March 4, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

New convenience store near Vernon fills void left by 2021 wildfire

Six Mile Convenience Store had its opening day Saturday, March 4

Erica Clark and her husband and brother have launched a new business venture, Six Mile Convenience Store, on Westside Road. The store had its first day of business Saturday, March 4, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, 2022, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)

Documentary on Vernon teen’s murder airs on British TV

‘It’s too late to save Ashley but it’s not too late to save yourself or someone you love,’ says Ashley Wadsworth’s mother

Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, 2022, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)
With almost 670 cm of snow this year as of March 2, SilverStar Mountain Resort is extending its ski and snowboard season to April 16, 2023, weather and snow dependent. (SilverStar Mountain Resort/Facebook)

Vernon ski hill extends season amid lots of snow

SilverStar Mountain Resort has accumulated almost 670 cm of snow as of March 2

With almost 670 cm of snow this year as of March 2, SilverStar Mountain Resort is extending its ski and snowboard season to April 16, 2023, weather and snow dependent. (SilverStar Mountain Resort/Facebook)
A preliminary inquiry for Michael Visintainer, accused of murdering Wolf-Ingo Rudolf Bayer in 2022, is set to begin June 26, 2023. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Preliminary inquiry date set for North Okanagan murder suspect

A preliminary inquiry for Michael Visintainer is set to begin June 26

A preliminary inquiry for Michael Visintainer, accused of murdering Wolf-Ingo Rudolf Bayer in 2022, is set to begin June 26, 2023. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
The Kelowna Fire Department responded to a grass and bush fire in downtown Kelowna around 7:15 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023. (File photo)

Bush fire snuffed in downtown Kelowna

The fire was 20 feet by 10 feet on the Sunset Park Trail, behind Telus Park off Manhattan Drive

The Kelowna Fire Department responded to a grass and bush fire in downtown Kelowna around 7:15 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023. (File photo)
A pair of bald eagles spotted by Alexander Pascal in Enderby. (Alexander Pascal photo)

PHOTOS: Eagles, swans spotted in Enderby area

Alexander Pascal captured pictures of the birds

A pair of bald eagles spotted by Alexander Pascal in Enderby. (Alexander Pascal photo)
Vernon couple Nolan and Taylor had three baby girls on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, and a fundraiser has been launched after it was discovered the triplets have medical complications. (GoFundMe photo)

Fundraiser launched for Vernon couple whose triplets have medical complications

The three girls were born Feb. 26 after an emergency C-section

Vernon couple Nolan and Taylor had three baby girls on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, and a fundraiser has been launched after it was discovered the triplets have medical complications. (GoFundMe photo)