Brendan Shykora

Splatsin elder Annie Cook is one of the last remaining fluent speakers of Secwepemctsin. She has been an educator in the language since the 1990s and, when the community COVID-19 risk is tolerable, she teaches at the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Society daycare. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Residential school survivor devotes decades to preserving Secwepemc language

Splatsin elder one of last fluent speakers in Secwepemctsin; survivor of Cranbrook residential school

Splatsin elder Annie Cook is one of the last remaining fluent speakers of Secwepemctsin. She has been an educator in the language since the 1990s and, when the community COVID-19 risk is tolerable, she teaches at the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Society daycare. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Telus has expanded its 5G network to Vernon according to an announcement Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (Pixabay)

5G network expands to Vernon

Telus announced the expansion Wednesday as part of a $13-billion investment in B.C. infrastructure

Telus has expanded its 5G network to Vernon according to an announcement Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (Pixabay)
The Enderby Farmers Market will be staying outdoors following a successful application to use Cliff Avenue for the 2021-22 winter season. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Enderby farmers market back for winter season

Cliff Avenue will be closed to traffic Friday mornings to make way for up to 32 vendors

The Enderby Farmers Market will be staying outdoors following a successful application to use Cliff Avenue for the 2021-22 winter season. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Darcy Martin is the grandmother of Traci Genereaux, a Vernon teen whose remains were found on a farm on Salmon River Road near Silver Creek in October 2017. In honour of her memory, Martin and the family are sponsoring families in need with presents and food hampers this Christmas season, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Fundraiser honours woman found dead on Sagmoen farm in Shuswap 4 years ago

Family of Traci Genereaux sponsors those in need over Christmas season

Darcy Martin is the grandmother of Traci Genereaux, a Vernon teen whose remains were found on a farm on Salmon River Road near Silver Creek in October 2017. In honour of her memory, Martin and the family are sponsoring families in need with presents and food hampers this Christmas season, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon’s James Woller reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2008. Now the executive director of Thrive for Good is leading a virtual climb of the mountain’s height in a worldwide effort to raise $500,000 to produce healthy and sustainable gardens. Thrive on Kilimanjaro runs from Sept. 17-23, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Vernon man to lead virtual climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to fight poverty

The Sept. 17-23 event will coincide with an in-person climb of Africa’s highest mountain

Vernon’s James Woller reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2008. Now the executive director of Thrive for Good is leading a virtual climb of the mountain’s height in a worldwide effort to raise $500,000 to produce healthy and sustainable gardens. Thrive on Kilimanjaro runs from Sept. 17-23, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)

Dog control bylaw passes in Shuswap area despite ‘threatening’ emails

CSRD board extending full dog control in Electoral Area D starting next year

Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)
Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)

‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
An Armstrong family that lost their home to a fire on Wednesday still hasn’t found their cat as of Friday, June 18, 2021. (Facebook photo)

Family cat still missing, days after fire destroys Armstrong home

There were no injuries from Wednesday’s blaze, but two days later there’s still no sign of the white feline

An Armstrong family that lost their home to a fire on Wednesday still hasn’t found their cat as of Friday, June 18, 2021. (Facebook photo)
The Shuswap River in Enderby draws in people from near and far in the summer months of each year. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

RDNO ends lengthy attempt to bring new boating regulations to Shuswap River

With no consensus among stakeholders or remaining funds, the regional district is moving on

The Shuswap River in Enderby draws in people from near and far in the summer months of each year. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Sentencing delayed in North Okanagan child pornography case

Man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography will have new sentence date fixed next week

Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu supported a motion in the B.C. legislature for Canada to create a national Indigenous History month Monday, June 13, 2021. (Contributed)

June needs to be a month of reconciliation, Vernon MLA agrees

Harwinder Sandhu supports motion to recognize June as month to advance reconciliation efforts with First Nations

Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu supported a motion in the B.C. legislature for Canada to create a national Indigenous History month Monday, June 13, 2021. (Contributed)
A young child has been taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Investigation ongoing after child struck by vehicle downtown Vernon

A young child was taken to hospital Friday with undetermined injuries

A young child has been taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)

Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
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Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

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Carina Stokes, bar manager at Enderby’s Small Axe Bistro, was recognized as one of four exceptional B.C. restaurant workers by the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Contributed)

Okanagan bar manager recognized as ‘stand-up’ B.C. restaurant worker

Small Axe Roadhouse’s Carina Stokes one of four to receive special recognition from the BCRFA

Carina Stokes, bar manager at Enderby’s Small Axe Bistro, was recognized as one of four exceptional B.C. restaurant workers by the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Contributed)
18-year-old skier Logan Leach follows his guide, Julien Petit, down an alpine track. The Lumby athlete who is visually impaired has been named to Alpine Canada’s Ski Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Contributed)

North Okanagan teen named to national Para-Alpine ski team

18-year-old Logan Leach officially joins Canada’s Para-Alpine roster ahead of Beijing 2022

18-year-old skier Logan Leach follows his guide, Julien Petit, down an alpine track. The Lumby athlete who is visually impaired has been named to Alpine Canada’s Ski Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Contributed)
Fair-goers take a ride at the 120th annual Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2019. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

Armstrong’s IPE not eligible for COVID-19 grant designed for major attractions

Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo criticized the rigidity of the provincial program’s criteria

Fair-goers take a ride at the 120th annual Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2019. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)
A young child has been taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Child struck by vehicle in downtown Vernon

The young child has been taken to hospital with unknown injuries following the incident on main street

A young child has been taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Cadets take part in a colour party during the Okanagan Military Tattoo, an all-around variety show with performances scheduled for July 27 and 28. Tickets are on sale now.

Okanagan Military Tattoo cancelled for second straight year

Ongoing concerns around COVID-19 and large gatherings have organizers looking ahead to 2022

Cadets take part in a colour party during the Okanagan Military Tattoo, an all-around variety show with performances scheduled for July 27 and 28. Tickets are on sale now.
The Independent Investigations Office of BC is investigating an incident in which a man was injured during an arrest in Falkland on Dec. 3, 2019. (File Photo)

IIO investigates after man injured during arrest in Falkland

RCMP were advised in March that the Dec. 2019 injury may have been more serious than originally thought

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is investigating an incident in which a man was injured during an arrest in Falkland on Dec. 3, 2019. (File Photo)