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Cooper Humphreys, who lists Vernon as his residence and Kelowna’s Harvest Golf Course as his home club, finished in the top-50 at the 117th Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Vancouver. (File photo)

Vernon/Kelowna golfer in top-50 at Canadian amateur

Cooper Humphreys finishes 15 shots behind tourney winner from Mexico

Cooper Humphreys, who lists Vernon as his residence and Kelowna’s Harvest Golf Course as his home club, finished in the top-50 at the 117th Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Vancouver. (File photo)
A federal grant worth $12.5 million will help Splatsin develop almost all of the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. (Jacob Brett file photo)

Major federal funds for Splatsin to develop rail trail

First Nations band near Enderby receives more than $12 million to develop almost all of old rail corridor

A federal grant worth $12.5 million will help Splatsin develop almost all of the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. (Jacob Brett file photo)
A Vernon resident has been fined after being caught contravening the fire ban and its rules currently in place in the city. (File photo)

Contravening fire ban nets Vernon resident fine

Bylaw officer spots fire in oil drum ring on Okanagan Landing Road property; fire crews extinguish it

A Vernon resident has been fined after being caught contravening the fire ban and its rules currently in place in the city. (File photo)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu lauds a new, free program for citizens aimed at addressing racism and defusing racist incidents. (Contributed)

Free anti-racism program offered to North Okanagan-Monashee residents

MLA Harwinder Sandhu says racism still a huge problem in province

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu lauds a new, free program for citizens aimed at addressing racism and defusing racist incidents. (Contributed)
Tow trucks are working to remove a pontoon boat that flipped onto Highway 97 south of Vernon Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2. Traffic is reduced to single-lane southbound. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Flipped boat on highway slows traffic south of Vernon

Motorist says pontoon boat is flipped at entrance to Kekuli Bay Provincial Park; single-lane traffic in effect

Tow trucks are working to remove a pontoon boat that flipped onto Highway 97 south of Vernon Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2. Traffic is reduced to single-lane southbound. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and the Coroner are investigating two separate incidents resulting in the deaths of two men over the August long weekend. Criminality is not suspected in either event. (Black Press Media files)

RCMP, Coroner investigating two sudden deaths in Greater Vernon

Man dies after being in distress at Kal Beach; body of senior found in Vernon Creek

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and the Coroner are investigating two separate incidents resulting in the deaths of two men over the August long weekend. Criminality is not suspected in either event. (Black Press Media files)
A ruptured gas line at a construction site in Enderby Wednesday, July 27, has resulted in traffic being detoured off Highway 97A through the city as of 3 p.m. (Google maps)

Traffic through Enderby re-routed due to gas leak

Gas cap knocked off natural gas line on Mill Avenue near Highway 97A Wednesday, July 27

A ruptured gas line at a construction site in Enderby Wednesday, July 27, has resulted in traffic being detoured off Highway 97A through the city as of 3 p.m. (Google maps)
Vernon’s Kal Tire Place will open at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, as a cooling centre to help residents beat the heat. (Morning Star - file photo)

More options to beat the heat in Vernon, with free shuttle

Residents seeking relief from the heat can venture to Kal Tire Place, library and more

Vernon’s Kal Tire Place will open at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, as a cooling centre to help residents beat the heat. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon Boxing Club fighter Nik (TNT) Maric, 17, (right) lands a right hand to Kelowna’s Joshua Jaramillo in a three-round bout Saturday, July 23, in Rutland. Maric scored a split-decision victory. (Contributed)

Vernon boxer blows up Kelowna foe

Nik (TNT) Maric scores three-round split-decision over opponent in Rutland ring

Vernon Boxing Club fighter Nik (TNT) Maric, 17, (right) lands a right hand to Kelowna’s Joshua Jaramillo in a three-round bout Saturday, July 23, in Rutland. Maric scored a split-decision victory. (Contributed)
Para swimmers Senna Entner of Vernon (left) and Brea Duncan of Armstrong won 10 medals between them at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George. Duncan pocketed six gold and Entner collected four silver medals. (Facebook photo)

Super swimmers lead North Okanagan in B.C. Games medal haul

Armstrong’s Brea Duncan wins six gold medals, Senna Entner of Vernon collects four silvers in Games’ pool

Para swimmers Senna Entner of Vernon (left) and Brea Duncan of Armstrong won 10 medals between them at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George. Duncan pocketed six gold and Entner collected four silver medals. (Facebook photo)
Greater Vernon Recreation will host a pop-up spray park at Kin Park (beside Kal Tire Place) Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. through to September beginning Monday, July 25. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon cools down with pop-up spray parks

The park will be located at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place Monday to Friday, 4-7 p.m., starting July 25

Greater Vernon Recreation will host a pop-up spray park at Kin Park (beside Kal Tire Place) Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. through to September beginning Monday, July 25. (Black Press file photo)
A total of 60 North Okanagan athletes, coaches and officials head north this week for the BC Summer Games starting Thursday, July 21, in Prince George. (Submitted graphic)

North Okanagan well represented for BC Summer Games

60 athletes, coaches, officials heading to Prince George; Games start Thursday, July 21

A total of 60 North Okanagan athletes, coaches and officials head north this week for the BC Summer Games starting Thursday, July 21, in Prince George. (Submitted graphic)
The B.C. Hockey League has re-named its Top Defenceman Award after former Vernon Lakers stalwart blueliner Campbell Blair. He also played in the league with the Shuswap Totems and Summerland Buckaroos. (BCHL photo)

BCHL honours former Vernon standout

The hockey league has renamed Top Defenceman Award after record-holder Campbell Blair

The B.C. Hockey League has re-named its Top Defenceman Award after former Vernon Lakers stalwart blueliner Campbell Blair. He also played in the league with the Shuswap Totems and Summerland Buckaroos. (BCHL photo)
Former NHLer Theo Fleury will be joined by Calgary Flames teammate Colin Patterson for a Victor Walk rally in support of the Breaking Free Foundation, slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 22, at Vernon’s Polson Park. (Chris Young/CP photo)

Calgary Flames alumni headline Okanagan rallies

Victor Walk founder Theo Fleury and Colin Patterson will be in Vernon, Kelowna and Revelstoke

Former NHLer Theo Fleury will be joined by Calgary Flames teammate Colin Patterson for a Victor Walk rally in support of the Breaking Free Foundation, slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 22, at Vernon’s Polson Park. (Chris Young/CP photo)
Bryce Barker from the Vernon Golf and Country Club celebrates his victory at the 69th annual Ogopogo Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament July 7-9 at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. (Instagram screen shot)

Vernon golfers sweep top three placings at Kelowna tourney

Bryce Barker of Vernon Golf Club wins 69th annual Ogopogo Invitational at Kelowna Golf and Country Club

Bryce Barker from the Vernon Golf and Country Club celebrates his victory at the 69th annual Ogopogo Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament July 7-9 at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. (Instagram screen shot)
Breanna Jolly of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club brought home a pair of medals and numerous best times from the Interior and North Swimming Championships at Kelowna’s H2O Centre. (Contributed)

Jolly good times for Vernon swimmer(s) at Kelowna meet

Breanna Jolly wins pair of medals to help lead Kokanee Swim Club at Interior championships

Breanna Jolly of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club brought home a pair of medals and numerous best times from the Interior and North Swimming Championships at Kelowna’s H2O Centre. (Contributed)
University of Calgary Dinos receiver Zack Smith, from Vernon, (left) thanks Ryan Paulson of Kal Tire for the Vernon company coming on board as first-down (title) sponsor for the Kalamalka Bowl pre-season Canadian university football game Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Dinos will play the UBC Thunderbirds at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Vernon tire company wheels out football game sponsorship

The first Kal Tire Kalamalka Bowl Canadian university pre-season game will be played Aug. 24 at GVAP

University of Calgary Dinos receiver Zack Smith, from Vernon, (left) thanks Ryan Paulson of Kal Tire for the Vernon company coming on board as first-down (title) sponsor for the Kalamalka Bowl pre-season Canadian university football game Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Dinos will play the UBC Thunderbirds at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
North Westside Fire Rescue crews extinguished a blaze that destroyed a travel trailer, car and truck at the Evely Recreation Site off Westside Road Wednesday, July 6. (Morning Star - file photo)

Two taken to hospital in North Westside fire

Travel trailer, car, truck go up in flames at Evely Recreation Site off Westside Road Wednesday, July 6

North Westside Fire Rescue crews extinguished a blaze that destroyed a travel trailer, car and truck at the Evely Recreation Site off Westside Road Wednesday, July 6. (Morning Star - file photo)
Eagle Rock Road was flooded July 4 but by morning July 5 the water had dried up. (Township of Spallumcheen photos)

UPDATE: Flood waters ease up in North Okanagan community

Spallumcheen road covered by water at night, dries up by morning

Eagle Rock Road was flooded July 4 but by morning July 5 the water had dried up. (Township of Spallumcheen photos)
Cherryville's Olga Prevost is $675,000 richer after scratching the top prize on the Set For Life lottery ticket. (BCLC photo)

Cherryville woman strikes it rich on Set For Life

Olga Prevost pockets $675,000 on B.C. Lottery scratch game

Cherryville's Olga Prevost is $675,000 richer after scratching the top prize on the Set For Life lottery ticket. (BCLC photo)