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A 46-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting in Spallumcheen Monday, Sept. 20. (Morning Star - file photo)

Second-degree murder charge laid in Spallumcheen shooting

Man, aged 46, from Spallumcheen arrested and appeared in provincial court in Vernon

A 46-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting in Spallumcheen Monday, Sept. 20. (Morning Star - file photo)
With no current threat of spread of the White Rock Lake fire, the Township of Spallumcheen and City of Vernon are standing down their emergency operations centres. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Spallumcheen joins Vernon in closing emergency operations centre

No current threat of spread in connection with White Rock Lake wildfire

With no current threat of spread of the White Rock Lake fire, the Township of Spallumcheen and City of Vernon are standing down their emergency operations centres. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Smoke may continue to be seen from the White Rock Lake wildfire, but it is not considered under control. (Contributed)

Vernon reception centre shutting down as White Rock Lake fire under control

Status change for White Rock Lake fire allows city to shut down the emergency support services centre

Smoke may continue to be seen from the White Rock Lake wildfire, but it is not considered under control. (Contributed)
Vernon council will discuss an application for a new five-storey residential building to be situated in the 5500 block of 27th Avenue at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Affordable housing application approved by Vernon council

Five-storey building will feature 35 low-income, one-to-four bedroom suites on 27th Avenue

Vernon council will discuss an application for a new five-storey residential building to be situated in the 5500 block of 27th Avenue at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Contributed)
Hunters are being reminded by the B.C. Wildfire Service there is no hunting in the White Rock Lake wildfire area. (Black Press - file photo)

Hunters reminded to stay out of White Rock Lake wildfire area

No hunting in the area restriction is permitted

Hunters are being reminded by the B.C. Wildfire Service there is no hunting in the White Rock Lake wildfire area. (Black Press - file photo)
The Armstrong Regional Cooperative’s annual Fuel Good Day is set for Tuesday, Sept. 21, at its gas bars in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm. Ten cents from every litre of gasoline sold that day will go to selected North Okanagan-Shuswap charities and organizations. (ARC photo)

Cooperative helps fuel North Okanagan-Shuswap charities

Armstrong Regional Cooperative’s annual Fuel Good Day is Sept. 21, and a dime from every litre of gas sold goes to selected organizations

The Armstrong Regional Cooperative’s annual Fuel Good Day is set for Tuesday, Sept. 21, at its gas bars in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm. Ten cents from every litre of gasoline sold that day will go to selected North Okanagan-Shuswap charities and organizations. (ARC photo)
An evacuation alert for the Township of Spallumcheen was lifted Wednesday, Sept. 1, upon a recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)

Alert for Township of Spallumcheen lifted

Move based on recommendation by B.C. Wildfire Service Wednesday, Sept. 1

An evacuation alert for the Township of Spallumcheen was lifted Wednesday, Sept. 1, upon a recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)
Is the O’Keefe Ranch milkmaid a victim? Or is she the killer? Help solve the crime as the historic ranch hosts its popular Murder Mystery: Murder Comes to Noggin Valley on Sept. 23 and 24. (Yana Crane Photography)

Life at Spallumcheen ranch can be ‘murder’

Historic O’Keefe Ranch brings back popular murder mystery Sept. 23 and 24, and the public can help solve the dastardly crime

Is the O’Keefe Ranch milkmaid a victim? Or is she the killer? Help solve the crime as the historic ranch hosts its popular Murder Mystery: Murder Comes to Noggin Valley on Sept. 23 and 24. (Yana Crane Photography)
Experience the magic of cinema under the stars at Spallumcheen’s Caravan Farm Theatre’s second annual Outdoor Film Festival Sept. 3-5. The festival opens with the premiere of The Originals Sept. 3, followed by The Grey Fox Sept. 4 and Black Orpheus Sept. 5. (Caravan Farm Theatre photo)

Spallumcheen theatre delivers triple crown of films for outdoor festival

Second annual Outdoor Film Festival and Indigenous Short Film Showcase runs at Caravan Farm Theatre Sept. 3-5

Experience the magic of cinema under the stars at Spallumcheen’s Caravan Farm Theatre’s second annual Outdoor Film Festival Sept. 3-5. The festival opens with the premiere of The Originals Sept. 3, followed by The Grey Fox Sept. 4 and Black Orpheus Sept. 5. (Caravan Farm Theatre photo)
Windy conditions were not favourable for another controlled burn off Westside Road for the White Rock Lake wildfire on Thursday, Aug. 26, unlike the conditions two days ago which resulted in a small-scale burn to help battle the fire. (Morning Star - file photo)

Wind shoos away plan for second controlled burn on White Rock Lake fire

Large 3,000-hectare-sized burn planned off Westside Road when conditions are favourable

Windy conditions were not favourable for another controlled burn off Westside Road for the White Rock Lake wildfire on Thursday, Aug. 26, unlike the conditions two days ago which resulted in a small-scale burn to help battle the fire. (Morning Star - file photo)
An evacuation alert for properties along the Mabel Lake Forest Service Road in relation to the Bunting Road wildfire 41 kilometres northeast of Lumby has been rescinded as of Aug. 25. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Evacuation alert rescinded on wildfire east of Lumby

Properties along the Mabel Lake Forest Service had evacuation alert in relation to Bunting Road wildfire rescinded by RDNO

An evacuation alert for properties along the Mabel Lake Forest Service Road in relation to the Bunting Road wildfire 41 kilometres northeast of Lumby has been rescinded as of Aug. 25. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Good conditions prompt ignition burn on White Rock Lake fire near Vernon

Goal is to remove approximately 350 hectares of fuels between the established control line and the fire

The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association is cancelling its fall 2021 session for a variety of reasons but vows to be back stronger in the spring of 2022. (NOTRA photo)

North Okanagan therapy program cancels fall session

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding has number of concerns created by wildfire, COVID

The North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association is cancelling its fall 2021 session for a variety of reasons but vows to be back stronger in the spring of 2022. (NOTRA photo)
Cooler temperatures and rain, with more in the forecast, have helped a bit with suppression efforts on the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Crews’ efforts helped slightly by Mother Nature on White Rock Lake wildfire

Some areas get rain, others do not as firefighters continue to battle ‘the beast’

Cooler temperatures and rain, with more in the forecast, have helped a bit with suppression efforts on the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

Community block party to lift Vernon moods

Recreation Services hosting reboot and block party Sunday at Performing Arts Centre parking lot

A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)
Firefighter Thomas Matthews (shown working at a house fire taken some time ago) and his partner from Vernon have lost all of their possessions, including their residence, to the White Rock Lake wildfire. A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the pair. (gofundme.com photo)

Community rallies for Okanagan firefighter who lost home

Thomas Matthews is currently fighting the White Rock Lake wildfire, same blaze that took his Vernon-area home, vehicles, worldly possessions

Firefighter Thomas Matthews (shown working at a house fire taken some time ago) and his partner from Vernon have lost all of their possessions, including their residence, to the White Rock Lake wildfire. A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the pair. (gofundme.com photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is asking the public for help in finding Kaden Abbott, wanted on warrants. (RCMP photo)

North Okanagan RCMP seeking wanted man

Kaden Abbott is wanted for a number of counts and is believed to be in Vernon area

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is asking the public for help in finding Kaden Abbott, wanted on warrants. (RCMP photo)
Residents show their appreciation to firefighters as they stand with signs of love, some dressed up, on Old Kamloops Road as crews drive ‘home’ to the fire camp set up at the former Kin Race Track. (Amanda Quiring photo)

Vernon-Monashee MLA extends gratitude to constituents in wildfire crisis

Harwinder Sandhu grateful, she said, for the community’s outpouring of care and support for each other

Residents show their appreciation to firefighters as they stand with signs of love, some dressed up, on Old Kamloops Road as crews drive ‘home’ to the fire camp set up at the former Kin Race Track. (Amanda Quiring photo)
The City of Armstrong, upon recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service, has rescinded the evacuation alert issued Sunday, Aug. 15. (Facebook photo)

City of Armstrong rescinds evacuation alert

Move made after recommendation from BC Wildfire Service

The City of Armstrong, upon recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service, has rescinded the evacuation alert issued Sunday, Aug. 15. (Facebook photo)
The City of Vernon has again established its Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Dogwood Gym inside the Vernon Recreation Centre for the latest evacuees of the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (City of Vernon/contributed)

City of Vernon reactivates reception centre for wildfire evacuees

New orders issued late Sunday afternoon have city reopening centre doors at the Dogwood Gym

The City of Vernon has again established its Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Dogwood Gym inside the Vernon Recreation Centre for the latest evacuees of the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (City of Vernon/contributed)