Morning Star Staff

Wildfire smoke from the U.S. can be seen hovering over Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake looking south Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 a.m. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Air quality bulletin still in place for Okanagan

Smoke from U.S. wildfires has made its way north

Wildfire smoke from the U.S. can be seen hovering over Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake looking south Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 a.m. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
The late Mona Elliott is being remembered by her husband, Vern, on the 10th anniversary of her passing for the inspiration she transferred to her family. (Elliott family photo)

Remembering Mona: Vernon businesswoman dearly missed by family, friends

Mona Elliott, longtime co-owner of what is now The Cowboy’s Choice, died Sept. 11, 2010

The late Mona Elliott is being remembered by her husband, Vern, on the 10th anniversary of her passing for the inspiration she transferred to her family. (Elliott family photo)
A motorist was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impoundment after Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP responded to reports of an erratic driver in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 8. (File photo)

Okanagan motorist issued 90-day driving prohibition

RCMP respond to reports of erratic driver in Vernon; find driver after vehicle hits light standard

A motorist was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impoundment after Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP responded to reports of an erratic driver in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 8. (File photo)
North Okanagan Knights defenceman Lee Christensen, in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game from November 2019 against Princeton, is now a member of the Posse after the team traded him for a player development fee. The Knights also picked up three players from the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the league’s player dispersal draft Saturday, Sept. 5. (Morning Star file photo)

North Okanagan Knights add three in dispersal draft, trade veteran D-man

The KIJHL held draft of players from three teams who have opted out of 2020-21 season

North Okanagan Knights defenceman Lee Christensen, in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game from November 2019 against Princeton, is now a member of the Posse after the team traded him for a player development fee. The Knights also picked up three players from the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the league’s player dispersal draft Saturday, Sept. 5. (Morning Star file photo)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil returns a shot to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Okanagan athlete part of Canadian tennis history

Stunning five-set upset of 8th seed propels Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil into the fourth round at US Open

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil returns a shot to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A motorcyclist wearing no helmet involved in a crash with a truck near Enderby has died of his injuries. (Ryan Perdriel - Facebook photo)

Motorcyclist who crashed without a helmet dies

Man involved in collision with pickup truck near Enderby dies in hospital of injuries

A motorcyclist wearing no helmet involved in a crash with a truck near Enderby has died of his injuries. (Ryan Perdriel - Facebook photo)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers and the Police Dog Service unit gathered at a rural property in Spallumcheen Monday, Aug. 31, in an unsuccessful search for a break, enter and theft suspect. (File photo)

North Okanagan break-and-enter suspect still on loose

Police called after surveillance video showed man on property looking into windows of buildings

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers and the Police Dog Service unit gathered at a rural property in Spallumcheen Monday, Aug. 31, in an unsuccessful search for a break, enter and theft suspect. (File photo)
A motorcycle crash near Grindrod Sunday, Aug. 30, is under investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. as to possible driver’s infractions and whether police action or inaction is linked to the serious injuries to the motorcyclist. (File photo)

Serious North Okanagan motorcycle crash sparks probe into police work

IIO investigates to determine if motorcyclist’s injuries linked to police action or inaction

A motorcycle crash near Grindrod Sunday, Aug. 30, is under investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. as to possible driver’s infractions and whether police action or inaction is linked to the serious injuries to the motorcyclist. (File photo)
The Armstrong Regional Co-op presented a cheque for $3,918 to Vernon’s Venture Training - money raised during the annual Fuel Good Day which sees the cooperative raise and donate funds to local charities and non-profits in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm. This year’s Fuel Good Day is Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Submitted photo)

Fuel Good Day supports Okanagan charities

The Armstrong Regional Co-op hosts its annual Fuel Good Day Tuesday, Sept. 15

The Armstrong Regional Co-op presented a cheque for $3,918 to Vernon’s Venture Training - money raised during the annual Fuel Good Day which sees the cooperative raise and donate funds to local charities and non-profits in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm. This year’s Fuel Good Day is Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Submitted photo)
United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and staff have helped invest more than $1.3 million in 90+charities in the region to support people affected by the coronavirus. (United Way SIBC photo)

United Way supports Okanagan charities

United Way Southern Interior BC invests more than $1 million with 90+ regional groups

United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and staff have helped invest more than $1.3 million in 90+charities in the region to support people affected by the coronavirus. (United Way SIBC photo)
The Southeast District’s Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)

Major Crime Unit now involved in Okanagan homicide investigation

Man, 46, succumbs to injuries in hospital after being admitted from Enderby with serious injuries

The Southeast District’s Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)
The Southeast District’s Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)

Major Crime Unit takes over Enderby homicide investigation

Man, 46, dies from injuries days after being admitted to hospital with serious injuries

The Southeast District’s Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP say Ontario resident Shelly Altman, last seen near Falkland on Friday, Aug. 14, has been located safe. (RCMP photo)

UPDATED: Okanagan RCMP find missing Ontario woman safe

Shelly Altman, 63, had last been seen near Falkland, between Vernon and Kamloops, on Friday, Aug. 14

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP say Ontario resident Shelly Altman, last seen near Falkland on Friday, Aug. 14, has been located safe. (RCMP photo)
Former Vernon psychologist Dr. Kevin Miller has been disciplined by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia after a complaint about Miller’s conduct in the context of treatment he provided to a female client “within a large organization” was received. (CPBC photo)

Former Vernon psychologist disciplined

Complaint filed against Dr. Kevin Miller over conduct in context of treatment provided to client

Former Vernon psychologist Dr. Kevin Miller has been disciplined by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia after a complaint about Miller’s conduct in the context of treatment he provided to a female client “within a large organization” was received. (CPBC photo)
Christine Schmidt, with her piece, “COVID-19 Art Calendar,” will be featured in Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon’s 17th Annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale at the Vernon Community Art Gallery. (Vernon CMHA photo)

Therapeutic art for sale at Okanagan show

17th annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale presented by Vernon Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

Christine Schmidt, with her piece, “COVID-19 Art Calendar,” will be featured in Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon’s 17th Annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale at the Vernon Community Art Gallery. (Vernon CMHA photo)
No foul play is suspected in the death of a West Kelowna man who was found dead behind the wheel of a minivan in Vernon Saturday, Aug. 1. (File photo)

Man found dead in van on Okanagan road

Foul play not suspected in death of 39-year-old West Kelowna man found in Vernon Saturday, Aug. 1

No foul play is suspected in the death of a West Kelowna man who was found dead behind the wheel of a minivan in Vernon Saturday, Aug. 1. (File photo)
Allcare Chiropractic and Laser on 34th Avenue in downtown Vernon suffered damage Monday morning, July 27, after a vehicle crashed into the building. (Cameron Grant photo)

Vehicle crashes into Okanagan chiropractic office

Damage done to window and bricks, along with an outside planter at Vernon facility

Allcare Chiropractic and Laser on 34th Avenue in downtown Vernon suffered damage Monday morning, July 27, after a vehicle crashed into the building. (Cameron Grant photo)
A month-long boil water notice for customers on the Mabel Lake Water Utility in Kingfisher, east of Enderby, has been removed and replaced with a water quality advisory. (File photo)

Boil water notice lifted for select North Okanagan customers

Month-long notice for Mabel Lake Water Utility replaced with water quality advisory

A month-long boil water notice for customers on the Mabel Lake Water Utility in Kingfisher, east of Enderby, has been removed and replaced with a water quality advisory. (File photo)
Patrons can again enjoy a beverage, snacks and this view from the patio of Lake Country’s Turtle Bay Pub, after the establishment announced it will reopen Sunday, July 26, at 11 a.m. following a temporary closure due to COVID-19 concerns. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan pub reopening after COVID concern

Turtle Bay Pub in Lake Country temporarily closed last week waiting for test results on team member

Patrons can again enjoy a beverage, snacks and this view from the patio of Lake Country’s Turtle Bay Pub, after the establishment announced it will reopen Sunday, July 26, at 11 a.m. following a temporary closure due to COVID-19 concerns. (Facebook photo)
Interior Health has issued a drug alert for Vernon after a positive test of purple fentanyl was discovered to also contain methamphetamine and caffeine. (Interior Health)

Interior Health issues drug alert for Okanagan city

Purple fentanyl found to include methamphetamine in Vernon test

Interior Health has issued a drug alert for Vernon after a positive test of purple fentanyl was discovered to also contain methamphetamine and caffeine. (Interior Health)