Jennifer Smith

A piece of heavy machinery went off Westside Road Wednesday morning, causing traffic delays around 10 a.m. (Sonja Dougan photo)

UPDATE: Equipment trailer cleared off Westside Road between Vernon and West Kelowna

Heavy machinery cleared from scene nearly eight hours later

A piece of heavy machinery went off Westside Road Wednesday morning, causing traffic delays around 10 a.m. (Sonja Dougan photo)
Tanya Roche (right), with her grandmother Helen Kunz, who died in 2019. In honour of her grandma, Roche, a rare O-negative blood type, donates blood every October. (Contributed)

Revelstoke woman makes Okanagan trip to donate blood in honour of grandma

Vernon blood donation marks third time giving rare O-negative blood type

Tanya Roche (right), with her grandmother Helen Kunz, who died in 2019. In honour of her grandma, Roche, a rare O-negative blood type, donates blood every October. (Contributed)
Shortreed Elementary special education assistant Ms. Morrisey is one of the many Aldergrove educators going virtual to engage with students during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)

In-person school conferences upset Vernon teachers

Parents encouraged to opt for online conference only

Shortreed Elementary special education assistant Ms. Morrisey is one of the many Aldergrove educators going virtual to engage with students during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
In this file photo, then Brigadier General Trevor Cadieu arrives at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alta. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Incoming army commander with ties to Vernon faces sexual allegations

Lt.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu, once an air cadet at the local Army Camp, denies ‘historical’ allegations

In this file photo, then Brigadier General Trevor Cadieu arrives at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alta. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Okangan Symphony Orchestra's Rosemary Thomson directs two shows this weekend, one in Kelowna and one in Vernon. (OSO photo)

First Nations artist featured in Okanagan Symphony

Fortier, of the Syilx Nation and Secwepmec peoples, along with Penticton, Kelowna and Summerland composers perform

Okangan Symphony Orchestra's Rosemary Thomson directs two shows this weekend, one in Kelowna and one in Vernon. (OSO photo)
Basic jobs like cleaning out your gutters in the late fall can help avert disaster later in the year, and save money on energy bills. (Contributed photo)

Credit Union staff make a difference throughout Okanagan

Day of Difference sees employees lend a hand where needed

Basic jobs like cleaning out your gutters in the late fall can help avert disaster later in the year, and save money on energy bills. (Contributed photo)
Oliva Penalva

Vernon musician shut out of Canadian artist of the year title

Olivia Penalva was also up for pop artist Breakout award

Oliva Penalva
The Surrey Board of Trade is calling on the provincial government to implement a temporary paid sick-leave program. (Unsplash.com photo by Kelly Sikkema)

Vernon businesses weigh in on paid sick leave options

Chamber reminds government of impacts to a business’ bottom line

The Surrey Board of Trade is calling on the provincial government to implement a temporary paid sick-leave program. (Unsplash.com photo by Kelly Sikkema)
A special ceremony at St. James elementary school thanks Shirley Thompson and Margaret Flaherty-Specht for their combined 42 years of teaching at the school. (Submitted Photo)

COVID-19 exposures at Vernon’s Catholic and Christian schools

Five schools had potential exposures last week in the area

A special ceremony at St. James elementary school thanks Shirley Thompson and Margaret Flaherty-Specht for their combined 42 years of teaching at the school. (Submitted Photo)
Oliva Penalva

Okanagan musician up for Canadian artist of the year title

Olivia Penalva also up for pop artist Breakout award

Oliva Penalva
Repairs to the Whiteman Bridge will close Westside Road daily from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Westside Road closure to cause delays between Vernon and Kelowna

Whiteman Bridge repairs take place daily Oct. 18 to Nov. 4

Repairs to the Whiteman Bridge will close Westside Road daily from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
In a recent Ipsos-Reid poll, 63 per cent of Canadians were unable to distinguish between real news sites and fake news stories. (Pixabay photo)

RCMP address false social media posts of alleged Vernon assaults

‘Erroneous and incorrect’ information being circulated that there is a serial offender in the city

In a recent Ipsos-Reid poll, 63 per cent of Canadians were unable to distinguish between real news sites and fake news stories. (Pixabay photo)
Highway 1 Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (DriveBC camera)

Highway 1 closure near Revelstoke

Vehicle incident west of city closes both directions

Highway 1 Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (DriveBC camera)
Lake Country’s Peter Grier Elementary is one of five schools in the community with potential COVID-19 exposures listed. (Jennifer Smith - Calendar staff)

COVID-19 exposures at all five Lake Country schools

Three elementary, one middle and one secondary school listed by Interior Health

Lake Country’s Peter Grier Elementary is one of five schools in the community with potential COVID-19 exposures listed. (Jennifer Smith - Calendar staff)
A recovery fund has been set up for the Okanagan Indian Band following the White Rock Lake wildfire, with a goal of raising $50,000. (OKIB photo)

Okanagan Indian Band raising recovery funds from White Rock Lake wildfire

$50,000 goal by Nov. 13 to assist band members, including the 35 who lost their homes

A recovery fund has been set up for the Okanagan Indian Band following the White Rock Lake wildfire, with a goal of raising $50,000. (OKIB photo)
Alden Bigsby created many wooden pieces in his retirement after teaching shop in schools. (Heaton Place photo)

North Okanagan senior carves fond teaching career

At the local pool hall, he was considered a front runner in Snooker 101

Alden Bigsby created many wooden pieces in his retirement after teaching shop in schools. (Heaton Place photo)
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Halloween fireworks halted in some communities, continue elsewhere in North Okanagan

COVID-19 public health orders prevent Coldstream, Armstrong and BX from blasting off fireworks, not others

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Vandalism at the Swalwell Park washrooms have forced the District of Lake Country to close the facilities early for the season. (District of Lake Country photo)

Okanagan park washrooms closed due to vandalism

Graffiti, doors destroyed, garbage and feces smeared all over Swalwell facilities

Vandalism at the Swalwell Park washrooms have forced the District of Lake Country to close the facilities early for the season. (District of Lake Country photo)
Gift from the Sea is a full-face mask performance based on the classic Celtic legend of the Selkie Bride, showing at Powerhouse Theatre Oct. 20-24. (Contributed)

Curtain finally opens at Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre

One Acts grace historic stage: Change of Heart and Gift from the Sea

Gift from the Sea is a full-face mask performance based on the classic Celtic legend of the Selkie Bride, showing at Powerhouse Theatre Oct. 20-24. (Contributed)
An RV is parked in front of a 25th Avenue business for weeks in the Okanagan Landing area. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon bylaw to put the brakes on RV roadside camping

25th Avenue has several recreational vehicles parked in front of businesses

An RV is parked in front of a 25th Avenue business for weeks in the Okanagan Landing area. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)