Okanagan

The Harlem Globetrotters’ Spread Game Tour made a stop at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre on Tuesday night (Jan. 25). (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

VIDEO: Harlem Globetrotters put on world-class show for Penticton crowd

The world-famous Globetrotters hadn’t been to the Okanagan since the winter of 2020

 

The highway was closed for the incident for several hours when it occured. (File photo)

Semi-driver from Surrey dies following collision outside of Golden

A 51-year-old man from Surrey was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame curator Pay Loyer has collected dozens of famous memobillia since taking the job two and a half months ago. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame going the extra mile to honour province’s history

Hall of Fame curator Pat Loyer is a man on a mission

 

Unplug and Play and Family Literacy Week is back for it’s 8th year, encouraging families to get outside and avoid screen time (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

Unplug and play during Project Literacy week in Kelowna

The week long event offers a variety of free activities for families around the Central Okanagan

Unplug and Play and Family Literacy Week is back for it’s 8th year, encouraging families to get outside and avoid screen time (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
Charmane Lazzarotto received the first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Interior Health photo)

Interior Health backs up Central Okanagan School District staff vaccination survey

Deadline for response from teachers, support staff extended to Jan. 25

Charmane Lazzarotto received the first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Interior Health photo)
Lane Merrifield and the Merrifield Family Foundation have gifted $100k to healthcare students at Okanagan College. (Photo courtesy of Okanagan College)

‘Incredibly grateful’: Okanagan College Health Sciences Centre receives $100k donation

The Merrifield Family Foundation’s donation will support technology upgrades around the building

Lane Merrifield and the Merrifield Family Foundation have gifted $100k to healthcare students at Okanagan College. (Photo courtesy of Okanagan College)
Black Press file photo.

Cougar lunges at man and dog at Kelowna park

The man was walking his dog about 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Black Press file photo.
The third round of multi-day extended closures to the highway east of Golden were announced. (MOTI photo)

Third round of extended highway closures announced east of Golden

It’s a part of Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project

The third round of multi-day extended closures to the highway east of Golden were announced. (MOTI photo)
Two men broke into a Kelowna art gallery early Saturday morning, stealing almost $70k worth of pieces in the process. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Thieves break into Kelowna gallery, escape with $70k worth of fine art

Camera footage indicates the heist was completed by 2:02 a.m. on Jan. 15

Two men broke into a Kelowna art gallery early Saturday morning, stealing almost $70k worth of pieces in the process. (Submitted)
DriveBC Webcam just west of Field.

UPDATE: Highway 1 re-opens east of Golden

A detour is available along Highway 93 and 95.

DriveBC Webcam just west of Field.
School District 83 announced on Jan 13 that, due to a staffing shortage, a two-day functional closure of Armstrong Elementary would take place Jan. 14 and 17. (File photo )

Two-day ‘functional closure’ announced for North Okanagan school after teachers refuse work

Closure planned for Armstrong Elementary School on Jan. 14 and 17

School District 83 announced on Jan 13 that, due to a staffing shortage, a two-day functional closure of Armstrong Elementary would take place Jan. 14 and 17. (File photo )
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021 (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Indigenous-led partnership aims to build ‘climate-resilient’ homes for Lytton

The housing initiative will provide housing for fire evacuees by Sept. 2022

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021 (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Josh Niedermayer has been a member of the Penticton Vees since the 2019-2020 season but committed to the NCAA’s Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 3 for the 2022-2023 campaign where he will join his older brother, Jackson. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees’ Josh Niedermayer eager to reunite with his brother in Arizona

The two brothers previously played three games together with the Vees in 2019-2020

Josh Niedermayer has been a member of the Penticton Vees since the 2019-2020 season but committed to the NCAA’s Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 3 for the 2022-2023 campaign where he will join his older brother, Jackson. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)
An inquiry has found that Richard William Fairgrieve’s murder charge in relation to the death of William Bartz in 2017 is still viable, despite Fairgrieve having been found unfit for trial in January 2020. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Murder charge in 2017 Vernon homicide still viable, inquiry finds

Richard William Fairgrieve’s murder charge could be prosecuted if he is eventually deemed fit for trial

An inquiry has found that Richard William Fairgrieve’s murder charge in relation to the death of William Bartz in 2017 is still viable, despite Fairgrieve having been found unfit for trial in January 2020. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Concentration camp survivor and Penticton resident Joe Knypstra celebrated his 102nd birthday on Jan. 3 with friends and staff at the Concorde Retirement Residence in Penticton. (Photo courtesy of the staff at Concorde)

Penticton resident and concentration camp survivor celebrates 102nd birthday

Joe Knypstra, a retired baker from Kaleden, turned 102 on Jan. 3

Concentration camp survivor and Penticton resident Joe Knypstra celebrated his 102nd birthday on Jan. 3 with friends and staff at the Concorde Retirement Residence in Penticton. (Photo courtesy of the staff at Concorde)
Snow is piled higher than the tops of cars and trucks in a parking lot in downtown Summerland following a heavy accumulation overnight on Jan. 5 to 6. However, measurments taken at two sites west of Summerland on Jan. 1 show snow pack levels near normal levels. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland’s snow measurements on par with previous years

Measurements are taken each month until the snow melts

Snow is piled higher than the tops of cars and trucks in a parking lot in downtown Summerland following a heavy accumulation overnight on Jan. 5 to 6. However, measurments taken at two sites west of Summerland on Jan. 1 show snow pack levels near normal levels. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A semi-truck jack-knifed on Highway 97 south of Vernon is blocking traffic heading to Kelowna. (Cory Blasner photo)

UPDATE: Highway 97 south of Vernon reopened

‘Incredibly poor road conditions’ had emergency crews responding to several traffic incidents

A semi-truck jack-knifed on Highway 97 south of Vernon is blocking traffic heading to Kelowna. (Cory Blasner photo)
Jaxon Peters enjoys some fluff at SilverStar Mountain Resort. (Jackson Parker photo)

Fewer lifts despite more powder at SilverStar

Staff shortages lead mountain resort to cut back

Jaxon Peters enjoys some fluff at SilverStar Mountain Resort. (Jackson Parker photo)
A 35-unit affordable housing development has broken ground for Indigenous peoples near the Okanagan Landing Plaza. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Affordable Indigenous housing breaks ground in Vernon

35-unit complex under construction next to existing 38-unit building

A 35-unit affordable housing development has broken ground for Indigenous peoples near the Okanagan Landing Plaza. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. (Morning Star file photo)

Arrest made in Vernon break and enters, vehicle theft

39-year-old charged with two counts of break and enter

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. (Morning Star file photo)