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Former Vernon Panthers linemen Brady Szeman (53) and Liam Reid (52) join three ex-Panthers on the University of Calgary Dinos team that will see the quintet return to their hometown for the first Kal Tire Kalamalka Bowl Canadian U-Sports exhibition football game. The Dinos, whose roster is sprinkled with Okanagan talent, will face the UBC Thunderbirds Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (File photo)

Kal Tire Kalamalka Bowl has Okanagan taste

Calgary Dinos and UBC Thunderbirds’ football rosters littered with local talent; teams play in Vernon Aug. 24

Former Vernon Panthers linemen Brady Szeman (53) and Liam Reid (52) join three ex-Panthers on the University of Calgary Dinos team that will see the quintet return to their hometown for the first Kal Tire Kalamalka Bowl Canadian U-Sports exhibition football game. The Dinos, whose roster is sprinkled with Okanagan talent, will face the UBC Thunderbirds Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (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)
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)
Deb Heale from the host Spallumcheen Golf and Country gets out of sand trouble on the 10th hole during the 2022 Spallumcheen Ladies Open Golf Tournament Wednesday, July 20. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Countback determines Spallumcheen ladies golf event champ

Three golfers finish at 76 during the 2022 Ladies Open Wednesday, July 20

Deb Heale from the host Spallumcheen Golf and Country gets out of sand trouble on the 10th hole during the 2022 Spallumcheen Ladies Open Golf Tournament Wednesday, July 20. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
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)
Team B.C. defeats Team Manitoba 31-19 for fifth place at the 2022 Football Canada Cup U18 tournament at the Kelowna Apple Bowl Sunday, July 17 . (screen shot)

Team B.C. romps to fifth place at Canada Cup

Four Okanagan players help B.C. defeat Manitoba 31-19 at Kelowna Apple Bowl in U18 football tourney

Team B.C. defeats Team Manitoba 31-19 for fifth place at the 2022 Football Canada Cup U18 tournament at the Kelowna Apple Bowl Sunday, July 17 . (screen shot)
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)
Canoes dot the western shore of the Shuswap River at Belvidere Park in Enderby Tuesday, July 12, for the start of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Canoe journey paddlers pull it together in Enderby

The 20th Pulling Together Canoe Journey began Tuesday morning, July 12, on the Shuswap River

Canoes dot the western shore of the Shuswap River at Belvidere Park in Enderby Tuesday, July 12, for the start of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (right) – about to purchase a Vernon Winter Carnival button from Carnival Cop Rod Koenig in 2018 – will not seek a fifth term in October as mayor. (File photo)

Armstrong mayor won’t seek re-election

Chris Pieper will step down this fall after a 30+ year career in municipal politics

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (right) – about to purchase a Vernon Winter Carnival button from Carnival Cop Rod Koenig in 2018 – will not seek a fifth term in October as mayor. (File photo)
Vernon’s Austin Armanini has earned a spot in the B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Christina Lake by placing fifth in a qualifying tournament. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon golfer joins B.C. Men’s Amateur field

Austin Armanini earns spot at Christina Lake with top-five qualifying event finish

Vernon’s Austin Armanini has earned a spot in the B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Christina Lake by placing fifth in a qualifying tournament. (Black Press file photo)
Homelessness and opiod overdoses in Vernon are becomming overwhelming problems for agencies trying to help. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

‘Overwhelming need’ to address Vernon homelessness and overdoses

Stress levels for service providers, clients, peers relating to homelessness, opioid overdoses, ‘extreme’

Homelessness and opiod overdoses in Vernon are becomming overwhelming problems for agencies trying to help. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)