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Small business owners can be nominated for a Small Business BC award until March 10, 2023. (Contributed)

The search is on for best small businesses in Thompson Okanagan

Small Business BC Awards accepting nominations until March 10

Small business owners can be nominated for a Small Business BC award until March 10, 2023. (Contributed)
Police noticed a stolen licence plate in Vernon Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, which led them to busting a local drug trafficker. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Police nab Vernon drug trafficker after noticing stolen licence plate

David MacIntosh, 30, faces several drug trafficking and driving charges

Police noticed a stolen licence plate in Vernon Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, which led them to busting a local drug trafficker. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Regional District of North Okanagan directors discussed the possibility of transferring the community of the North Westside from the Regional District of Central Okanagan to its own boundaries Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (rew.ca photo)

North Okanagan seeks more info on idea to govern Westside

RDNO staff have been directed to write a report outlining questions for a future study to answer

The Regional District of North Okanagan directors discussed the possibility of transferring the community of the North Westside from the Regional District of Central Okanagan to its own boundaries Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (rew.ca photo)
Vernon man Gilbert Abunaga pleaded guilty to voyeurism-related charges in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Gilbert Abunaga/Facebook)

Vernon man pleads guilty to voyeurism

Gilbert Abunaga’s charges are alleged to have taken place between March 1 and July 30 of 2020

Vernon man Gilbert Abunaga pleaded guilty to voyeurism-related charges in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Gilbert Abunaga/Facebook)
Vernon’s Sir Winston’s Pub and Liquor Store has been listed for sale with an asking price of $99,000. (Realtor.ca photo)

Popular Vernon pub for sale at bargain price

Sir Winston’s Pub listed with asking price of $99,000

Vernon’s Sir Winston’s Pub and Liquor Store has been listed for sale with an asking price of $99,000. (Realtor.ca photo)
Police in Vernon seized nearly 1.5 million contraband cigarettes after a traffic stop was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)

Police seize 1.5 million illegal cigarettes after Vernon traffic stop

A Lumby man was arrested and released from custody pending a future court date

Police in Vernon seized nearly 1.5 million contraband cigarettes after a traffic stop was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)
Vernon counsellor Joel Brazier created hoodies with the slogan ‘it’s not weak to speak’ in an effort to normalize counselling ahead of Bell Let’s Talk Day Jan. 25, 2023. (Submitted photo)

‘It’s not weak to speak’: Vernon counsellor fights mental health stigma

Joel Brazier has seen more cases of anxiety and depression, especially in young males, since the pandemic

Vernon counsellor Joel Brazier created hoodies with the slogan ‘it’s not weak to speak’ in an effort to normalize counselling ahead of Bell Let’s Talk Day Jan. 25, 2023. (Submitted photo)
An avalanche near Cherryville sent one person to hospital Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (File photo)

Avalanche near Cherryville sends one to hospital

The incident came the same day two heli-skiers were killed in an avalanche near Revelstoke

An avalanche near Cherryville sent one person to hospital Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (File photo)
Karima Essa’s Body Positive Bollywood Dance Show is coming to Vernon’s Priest Valley Gym Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. (Submitted photo)

Bollywood dance show goes on, despite Vernon performing arts centre’s flood issues

Karima Essa’s Body Positivity Bollywood Dance Show to take place at alternate location Jan. 29

Karima Essa’s Body Positive Bollywood Dance Show is coming to Vernon’s Priest Valley Gym Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. (Submitted photo)
Fardowsa Macleod was sentenced in BC Provincial Court after her dangerous driving led to a head-on collision on Highway 97A in Enderby in 2020. (Black Press file photo)

Reckless driver in head-on crash in Enderby sentenced to house arrest

Fardowsa Macleod’s dangerous driving in 2020 seriously injured the other driver

Fardowsa Macleod was sentenced in BC Provincial Court after her dangerous driving led to a head-on collision on Highway 97A in Enderby in 2020. (Black Press file photo)
Ravin Dugas was sentenced Jan. 6, 2023, to six years in jail less time served after he was caught in possession of fentanyl and other illicit drugs, as well as a loaded prohibited handgun on Dec. 4, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Vernon fentanyl dealer caught with prohibited handgun sentenced to 6 years

Minus time already served in custody, Ravin Dugas will serve another 39 months behind bars

Ravin Dugas was sentenced Jan. 6, 2023, to six years in jail less time served after he was caught in possession of fentanyl and other illicit drugs, as well as a loaded prohibited handgun on Dec. 4, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
The Vernon Curling Club hosted 20 Scots for the Strathcona Cup competition between Canada and Scotland on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
(Brendan Shykora/ Morning Star)

Oldest international sporting competition in the world brings Scotland to Vernon

‘A great group of guys’: Vernon Curling Club welcomes Scots for Strathcona Cup

The Vernon Curling Club hosted 20 Scots for the Strathcona Cup competition between Canada and Scotland on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
(Brendan Shykora/ Morning Star)
The Okanagan Indian Band is holding a meeting of eligible electors on February 16, 2023, for the purpose of nominating candidates ahead of the March 30 election. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Nominations sought ahead of Okanagan Indian Band election

The election is March 30; the band has scheduled a meeting on Feb. 16 to gather nominations

The Okanagan Indian Band is holding a meeting of eligible electors on February 16, 2023, for the purpose of nominating candidates ahead of the March 30 election. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The Regional District of North Okanagan directors will discuss the possibility of transferring the community of the North Westside from the Regional District of Central Okanagan to its own boundaries Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (rew.ca photo)

Should Westside join North Okanagan? Directors discuss possibility

A 2022 governance study recommended looking into the possibility of transferring the community from the Central Okanagan

The Regional District of North Okanagan directors will discuss the possibility of transferring the community of the North Westside from the Regional District of Central Okanagan to its own boundaries Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (rew.ca photo)
Vernon chiropractor Murray Stephen Kievit is facing two charges of sexual assault from incidents alleged to have occurred in December 2021 in Vernon. (whitehousewellness.ca photo)

Vernon chiropractor charged with 2 counts of sexual assault

The charges against Murray Stephen Kievit stem from alleged incidents in December 2021

Vernon chiropractor Murray Stephen Kievit is facing two charges of sexual assault from incidents alleged to have occurred in December 2021 in Vernon. (whitehousewellness.ca photo)
A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon’s Heron Grove long-term care facility has infected nine people. The outbreak was declared Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Google Maps)

COVID-19 outbreaks continue at Okanagan facilities

Nine people have been infected at Heron Grove

A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon’s Heron Grove long-term care facility has infected nine people. The outbreak was declared Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Google Maps)
More than 140 people turned out to a celebration of Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas at the Vernon Elks Lodge Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (Submitted photo)

First holiday away from home made special for Ukrainians in Vernon

More than 140 people gathered to celebrate Orthodox Christmas

More than 140 people turned out to a celebration of Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas at the Vernon Elks Lodge Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (Submitted photo)
(VSAR photo)

Pair of North Okanagan snow bikers rescued after mechanical breakdown

Vernon Search and Rescue says the riders prepared well and ‘did all the right things’

(VSAR photo)
Esther Hoffman celebrated her 100th birthday with a room full of family and friends at Heaton Place in Armstrong Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

No meds, no problem: Armstrong woman celebrates 100th birthday

Esther Hoffman celebrated the milestone with family and friends at Heaton Place Thursday, Jan. 12

Esther Hoffman celebrated her 100th birthday with a room full of family and friends at Heaton Place in Armstrong Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Police in Vernon are investigating after a sex trade worker was sexually assaulted in an SUV in downtown Vernon Thursday night, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Police investigating sexual assault of sex worker in Vernon

The suspect’s vehicle is a newer, large, white SUV

Police in Vernon are investigating after a sex trade worker was sexually assaulted in an SUV in downtown Vernon Thursday night, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)