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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)
The Splatsin Development Corporation has received $600,000 in grant funding to relocate and renovate historic St. Mary’s Church, located currently on Splatsin territory on Canyon Road near Enderby. (Contributed)

Funding awarded to renovate, relocate historic Splatsin church near Enderby

Splatsin Development Corporation receives $600,000 for work on 104-year-old St. Mary’s Church

The Splatsin Development Corporation has received $600,000 in grant funding to relocate and renovate historic St. Mary’s Church, located currently on Splatsin territory on Canyon Road near Enderby. (Contributed)
The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill has recently purchased a home with a pair of legal suites to help with employee recruitment. (Google Maps)

Okanagan business buys home to help employee recruitment

Vernon sports club purchases home with two legal suites that can accommodate four employees

The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill has recently purchased a home with a pair of legal suites to help with employee recruitment. (Google Maps)
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)
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)
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)
Vernon Search and Rescue crew members hiked through slushy snow in the Monashee Mountains to rescue some lost hikers Friday, July 8, then called for a helicopter to help take everyone to safety. (Vernon Search and Rescue file photo)

Lost hikers safely found by Vernon Search and Rescue

Crew members made it through slushy July snow in the Monashee Mountains

Vernon Search and Rescue crew members hiked through slushy snow in the Monashee Mountains to rescue some lost hikers Friday, July 8, then called for a helicopter to help take everyone to safety. (Vernon Search and Rescue file photo)
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)
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)
The City of Vernon is one of 26 employers named to the 2022 Human Resources Director Best Place To Work list. (Contributed)

City of Vernon among best employers in Canada

City one of 26 employers named to 2022 Human Resource Director Best Place To Work list

The City of Vernon is one of 26 employers named to the 2022 Human Resources Director Best Place To Work list. (Contributed)