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(Right to left) Nick Schafer, Amy Soranno and Roy Sasano’s trial begins on Monday (June 27). Geoff Regier (left) had all his charges dropped.

Abbotsford hog farm protesters going to trial on Monday

Trial for Roy Sasano, Nick Schafer and Amy Soranno scheduled for Abbotsford court

Killiney Beach Hall

North Westside governance study adds fourth open house

Residents can get information and deliver feedback at the Killiney Beach Community Hall July 7

Defence for Rod Flavell has filed to dismiss his manslaughter charge. His wife Tina Seminara died in April 2020. (File photo)

Defence files to dismiss Osoyoos man’s manslaughter charge

Rod Flavell is charged in the death of his wife in April 2020

Owen Davis celebrates his gold medal at the Skills Canada National competition. (Contributed)

Okanagan College shines at Skills Canada nationals

Okanagan College took home gold, silver, and bronze medals

Owen Davis celebrates his gold medal at the Skills Canada National competition. (Contributed)
Flooding around Casorso Road in Kelowna on June 20. (Photo/Jen Zielinski)

Bring on the sunshine: Okanagan heat arrives ‘2 weeks early’

‘Any snow that is left will melt fast,’ says Doug Lundquist

Flooding around Casorso Road in Kelowna on June 20. (Photo/Jen Zielinski)
Geoff Edwards lost his Facebook account to a hacker, and has found it impossible to get it back.

Chilliwack man loses years of contacts after Facebook hack

Geoff Edwards had his account suspended and cannot find a way to get it back

Geoff Edwards lost his Facebook account to a hacker, and has found it impossible to get it back.
Darla Smith, 11, gets her first COVID-19 vaccination at the Vernon Rec Centre recently. Children born in 2009 are eligible to be vaccinated. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

New Interior Health clinics boost COVID-19 vaccination for kids

Upcoming vaccine dates in Vernon, Nelson, Revelstoke and Penticton

Darla Smith, 11, gets her first COVID-19 vaccination at the Vernon Rec Centre recently. Children born in 2009 are eligible to be vaccinated. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Lion’s Park in Oliver has flooded including the dog park. (Zoli Kovacs photo)

Popular park in South Okanagan floods

A pond has formed at Lion’s Park with flooding at the playground and dog park

Lion’s Park in Oliver has flooded including the dog park. (Zoli Kovacs photo)
Enzo Ferrari, the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake hitched a ride in a Ferrari from Osoyoos to the Vancouver dealership. A Maple Ridge vet returned the snake back to his home in the Nk’Mip desert. (Dewdney Animal Hospital)
Enzo Ferrari, the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake hitched a ride in a Ferrari from Osoyoos to the Vancouver dealership. A Maple Ridge vet returned the snake back to his home in the Nk’Mip desert. (Dewdney Animal Hospital)
Brothers Jon and Todd Couch break ground on the new Okanagan Valley Feeds in Spallumcheen June 16. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan feed mill first of its kind in 50 years

From Field to Farm to Family, ground breaks on state-of-art mill in Spallumcheen

Brothers Jon and Todd Couch break ground on the new Okanagan Valley Feeds in Spallumcheen June 16. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The two delivery trucks play an important fundraising role at Kiwanis Club of Oliver but now they are facing expensive repairs after thieves cut gas lines and later stole the catalytic converters. (Submitted)

Thieves steal gas, catalytic converters from Kiwanis Club of Oliver

The crimes put the trucks out of service and may cost thousands to repair

The two delivery trucks play an important fundraising role at Kiwanis Club of Oliver but now they are facing expensive repairs after thieves cut gas lines and later stole the catalytic converters. (Submitted)
The 3-week manslaughter trial of Roderick Flavell charged in the death of his wife Tina Seminara got underway on Monday. The court learned Flavell called 911 to say he and Tina had got into a fight and she needed medical attention. (File photo)

Trial underway for Osoyoos man charged in manslaughter death of wife

Court learns Roderick Flavell went to Osoyoos detachment with blood on his shirt and cuts on wrists

The 3-week manslaughter trial of Roderick Flavell charged in the death of his wife Tina Seminara got underway on Monday. The court learned Flavell called 911 to say he and Tina had got into a fight and she needed medical attention. (File photo)
People take part in a march in Mission, B.C., Saturday, June 4, 2022 in a handout photo. Indigenous leaders have called a meeting with RCMP in Chilliwack, B.C., to discuss how police intend to proceed after a pickup truck driver allegedly hit four members of a memorial march on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Robert Jago
People take part in a march in Mission, B.C., Saturday, June 4, 2022 in a handout photo. Indigenous leaders have called a meeting with RCMP in Chilliwack, B.C., to discuss how police intend to proceed after a pickup truck driver allegedly hit four members of a memorial march on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Robert Jago
Artists of all ages and mediums are invited to take part in the free Okanagan Rail Trail Plein Air event Sunday, June 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between Km 0 in Coldstream and Lake Country along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)

Okanagan Rail Trail to be captured by artists

Arts Council of North Okanagan, Opus Kelowna host free event from Km 0 to Lake Country Sunday, June 12

Artists of all ages and mediums are invited to take part in the free Okanagan Rail Trail Plein Air event Sunday, June 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between Km 0 in Coldstream and Lake Country along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)
A drug warning has been issued in Vernon and Kelowna. (Interior Health image)

Beware of benzos in Vernon, Kelowna drugs

Interior Health issues alert for people who use substances

A drug warning has been issued in Vernon and Kelowna. (Interior Health image)
RCMP are searching for information from May 29/30 on a 2000 white two-door, one-ton, Chevrolet flat-deck pickup truck. (Contributed)

Man charged in homicide on Okanagan Indian Band

Information about victim’s truck prior to death sought from region

RCMP are searching for information from May 29/30 on a 2000 white two-door, one-ton, Chevrolet flat-deck pickup truck. (Contributed)
There were more thunderstorms in the Castlegar area in June than usual. (File photo)

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Okanagan

Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton have potential for flash floods

There were more thunderstorms in the Castlegar area in June than usual. (File photo)
Skaha Beach in Penticton in August of 2020. (John Arendt - Black Press)

No rain this June means the Okanagan is ‘in trouble’

It could be a ‘concerning’ wildfire season if June sees lack of precipitation, says Doug Lundquist

Skaha Beach in Penticton in August of 2020. (John Arendt - Black Press)
Several fires were reportedly started near Enderby over the weekend. (Sylvia Voets photo)

Kelowna woman arrested for allegedly lighting North Okanagan fires

44-year-old sparked blazes along highway near Enderby

Several fires were reportedly started near Enderby over the weekend. (Sylvia Voets photo)
The grounds of Fraser Valley Institution for Women, located on King Road in Abbotsford. (Vikki Hopes/Black Press Media)
The grounds of Fraser Valley Institution for Women, located on King Road in Abbotsford. (Vikki Hopes/Black Press Media)