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A Vernon man has launched a fundraiser for a commemorative bench and tree to be planted in a new Vernon park in memory of former Morning Star editor Glenn Mitchell, who died in 2020. (Cory Bialecki photo)

Fundraiser for bench, tree in honour of Vernon editor launched

A goal of $4,000 has been set for memorial bench and tree at civic park in memory of Glenn Mitchell

A Vernon man has launched a fundraiser for a commemorative bench and tree to be planted in a new Vernon park in memory of former Morning Star editor Glenn Mitchell, who died in 2020. (Cory Bialecki photo)
A tractor-trailer fire traffic stopped in both directions on Vernon’s Old Kamloops Road Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Vernon tractor-trailer unit catches fire

Happened on Old Kamloops Road; traffic stopped in both directions shortly before 4 p.m.

A tractor-trailer fire traffic stopped in both directions on Vernon’s Old Kamloops Road Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Okanagan Indian Band LPN Chelan McKenzie (left) collects new child seats for band residents from Kristi Rintoul of United Way B.C.,part of the organization’s annual child safety initiative Monday, Aug. 8 in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

United Way, partners buckle Okanagan kids into safety

Organization purchases $70,000 worth of new safety and booster seats for Okanagan children

Okanagan Indian Band LPN Chelan McKenzie (left) collects new child seats for band residents from Kristi Rintoul of United Way B.C.,part of the organization’s annual child safety initiative Monday, Aug. 8 in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu is the subject of a recall petition in her riding, launched by a constituent. (Morning Star- file photo)

Vernon woman launches recall petition against MLA Sandhu

Genevieve Ring’s application meets requirements; petition starts Aug. 12

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu is the subject of a recall petition in her riding, launched by a constituent. (Morning Star- file photo)
Vernon resident Garth Nelson (left) joins Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (centre) and Vernon Coun. Kelly Fehr in celebrating the first Pride Week in Vernon with the raising of the Pride Flag at city hall Monday, Aug. 8. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Pride Week off to flag-raising start in Greater Vernon

First-ever Pride Week in Vernon runs Aug. 8-14; celebrated by raising rainbow flag in Vernon and Coldstream

Vernon resident Garth Nelson (left) joins Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (centre) and Vernon Coun. Kelly Fehr in celebrating the first Pride Week in Vernon with the raising of the Pride Flag at city hall Monday, Aug. 8. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A four-person B.C. Wildfire Service crew will patrol and monitor a .04 hectare-sized wildfire classified as under control Sunday, Aug. 7, near Kingfisher east of Enderby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck - file photo)

Small wildfire east of Enderby under control

.04 hectare-sized fire breaks out Saturday, Aug. 6, north of Kingfisher

A four-person B.C. Wildfire Service crew will patrol and monitor a .04 hectare-sized wildfire classified as under control Sunday, Aug. 7, near Kingfisher east of Enderby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck - file photo)
The Amazing Race stopped at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, which is hosting a live viewing of the locally-inspired episode Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. (Sovereign photo)

VIDEO: Vernon featured on Amazing Race Canada

Contestants fly, ski and bake in episode airing Aug. 9

The Amazing Race stopped at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, which is hosting a live viewing of the locally-inspired episode Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. (Sovereign photo)
Vernon’s Will Harrower collected five medals, including two gold and two silver, from the 47th annual Canadian Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Regina. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan athlete masters Regina track

Vernon’s Will Harrower collects five medals - including 2 gold - from Canadian masters track and field

Vernon’s Will Harrower collected five medals, including two gold and two silver, from the 47th annual Canadian Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Regina. (Facebook photo)
B.C. Wildfire Service crews are working on and monitoring spot-sized fires in the North Okanagan region. (@BCGovFireInfo photo)

B.C. Wildfire crews tackle spot-sized fires near Enderby

Crews busy with suppression efforts on spot-sized blazes in North Okanagan region

B.C. Wildfire Service crews are working on and monitoring spot-sized fires in the North Okanagan region. (@BCGovFireInfo photo)
Vernon company Carpe D’Wine is giving singles in three different age groups a chance to speed date and meet people with a two-hour cruise of Okanagan Lake on three consecutive nights in August. (Contributed)

Okanagan company speeds up romance possibilities with lake cruise

2-hour cruises in Vernon on OK Lake in August will be for men and women in three different age groups

Vernon company Carpe D’Wine is giving singles in three different age groups a chance to speed date and meet people with a two-hour cruise of Okanagan Lake on three consecutive nights in August. (Contributed)
The Okanagan Zone champion Vernon Canadians won the bronze medal Sunday, July 31, at the B.C. 11U AAA Baseball Championships in Cloverdale with a win over the Nanaimo Pirates. (Contributed)

Vernon Canadians bag baseball bronze

C’s defeat Nanaimo at B.C. 11U finals in Cloverdale; Vernon, Salmon Arm advance to 15U provincials

The Okanagan Zone champion Vernon Canadians won the bronze medal Sunday, July 31, at the B.C. 11U AAA Baseball Championships in Cloverdale with a win over the Nanaimo Pirates. (Contributed)
Davison Orchard will be featured on CTV’s The Amazing Race episode airing Aug. 9. (Davison Orchard photo)

Vernon farm featured on Amazing Race Canada

Contestants have to bake mini apple pies at Davison Orchards; show airs in August

Davison Orchard will be featured on CTV’s The Amazing Race episode airing Aug. 9. (Davison Orchard photo)
Kal Secondary’s Rory O’Brien (left) and best friend James Helfrick of Vernon Secondary School helped Team B.C. Red win the bronze medal in the Div. 1 Men’s competition at the Canada Cup Volleyball Tournament in Calgary July 21-24. (Dwayne Remple photo)

North Okanagan volleyball players win Canada Cup bronze

James Helfrick and Rory O’Brien help Team B.C. Blue finish third; eight locals played in tourney

Kal Secondary’s Rory O’Brien (left) and best friend James Helfrick of Vernon Secondary School helped Team B.C. Red win the bronze medal in the Div. 1 Men’s competition at the Canada Cup Volleyball Tournament in Calgary July 21-24. (Dwayne Remple photo)
A grass fire in Vernon Saturday, July 23, at around 10 p.m. near 39th Avenue and Alexis Park Drive was quickly knocked down by Vernon Fire Rescue Services. (Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Two Okanagan grass fires 12 hours apart doused quickly

Blazes broke out at base of mountain in Vernon Saturday night, and behind business along railway tracks Sunday

A grass fire in Vernon Saturday, July 23, at around 10 p.m. near 39th Avenue and Alexis Park Drive was quickly knocked down by Vernon Fire Rescue Services. (Facebook photo)
A U-Haul left Okanagan Landing Road hitting a tree Wednesday afternoon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

U-Haul lands in Vernon yard

Homeowner was on a call when the ‘whole house shook’

A U-Haul left Okanagan Landing Road hitting a tree Wednesday afternoon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Victoria officials raised the Pride Flag at city hall on June 17. Vernon council will do the same Aug. 8 after a request from Vernon Pride 2022. (City of Victoria photo)

Vernon city hall waves pride flag

Council approves formal request from Vernon Pride Week organizers to fly flag Aug. 8-14

Victoria officials raised the Pride Flag at city hall on June 17. Vernon council will do the same Aug. 8 after a request from Vernon Pride 2022. (City of Victoria photo)
The Okanagan Elite U17B girls softball team,made up of players from Naramata to Tappen, won the bronze medal at the B.C. finals, and now advance to the Western Canadian championships in Alberta. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan Elite softball squad off to Westerns

U17B team made up of girls from Naramata to Tappen capture bronze medal at B.C. championships

The Okanagan Elite U17B girls softball team,made up of players from Naramata to Tappen, won the bronze medal at the B.C. finals, and now advance to the Western Canadian championships in Alberta. (Facebook photo)
Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen pays tribute to the ‘kings of the saddle,’ the cowboy, with a three-day weekend filled with events and activities July 29-31. (Contributed)

Spallumcheen ranch

Historic O’Keefe Ranch hosting three-day Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival July 29-31

Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen pays tribute to the ‘kings of the saddle,’ the cowboy, with a three-day weekend filled with events and activities July 29-31. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)

Shuswap hockey star signs with Vancouver Canucks

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar, who also played minor hockey in Vernon, inks three-year deal

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)
Armstrong cowboy Jaret Cooper, 18, won the novice saddlebronc event at the legendary Calgary Stampede Rodeo July 11 and 12. (Facebook photo)

WATCH: North Okanagan cowboy wins event at Calgary Stampede

Jaret Cooper, 18, scores rides of 69 and 66 to win legendary Canadian pro rodeo’s novice saddle bronc

Armstrong cowboy Jaret Cooper, 18, won the novice saddlebronc event at the legendary Calgary Stampede Rodeo July 11 and 12. (Facebook photo)