Morning Star Staff

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)
Okanagan College bestows highest honour to five individuals

Okanagan College bestows highest honour to five individuals

Couple from Westbank First Nation and men from Vernon, Kelowna and Shuswap named Honourary Fellows

Okanagan College bestows highest honour to five individuals
Vernon Search and Rescue members tend to an injured cyclist on the Okanagan Rail Trail Thursday, July 9. The volunteer group used their Utility Terrain Vehicle to transport the cyclist to a waiting ambulance. (VSAR photo)

Vernon Search and Rescue aids injured Okanagan Rail Trail cyclist

Group’s Utility Terrain Vehicle proving to be a valuable asset on the popular trail

Vernon Search and Rescue members tend to an injured cyclist on the Okanagan Rail Trail Thursday, July 9. The volunteer group used their Utility Terrain Vehicle to transport the cyclist to a waiting ambulance. (VSAR photo)
The court matter of one of two accused in a Vernon homicide in 2017 continued in Supreme Court in Vernon this week. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon murder case back in court

Voir dire held for one of two accused in death of William Bartz in July 2017

The court matter of one of two accused in a Vernon homicide in 2017 continued in Supreme Court in Vernon this week. (Morning Star - file photo)
Sad ending in case of missing Okanagan senior

Sad ending in case of missing Okanagan senior

Body of Vernon man Wayne Orser found floating in Okanagan Lake Tuesday, July 7

Sad ending in case of missing Okanagan senior
A 27-year-old Vernon man was arrested by Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Sunday, July 5, following multiple reports of assaults on the Kalamalka Lake Rotary Pier. (Morning Star - file photo)

Okanagan man arrested after reports of assaults on Kal Lake pier

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers successful after takedown on railway trestle

A 27-year-old Vernon man was arrested by Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Sunday, July 5, following multiple reports of assaults on the Kalamalka Lake Rotary Pier. (Morning Star - file photo)
The 20th anniversary Cops For Kids 1,000 kilometre bike ride and fundraiser around southeastern B.C. will be a virtual one in 2020. (BC RCMP photo)

Milestone RCMP Cops For Kids fundraiser ride going virtual

You can join and help RCMP raise funds for families and possibly win 20th anniversary cycling shirt

The 20th anniversary Cops For Kids 1,000 kilometre bike ride and fundraiser around southeastern B.C. will be a virtual one in 2020. (BC RCMP photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP search Kalamalka Lake Saturday evening, july 5, for a report of an abandoned Seadoo on Kalamalka Lake. Despite an extensive search of the shore from from Vernon to Oyama by boat and on the Okanagan Rail Trail, no seadoo was found. (VSAR Facebook photo)

No abandoned Seadoo found on Coldstream lake

Vernon Search and Rescue crews and RCMP unable to find reported abandoned Seadoo on Kal Lake

Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP search Kalamalka Lake Saturday evening, july 5, for a report of an abandoned Seadoo on Kalamalka Lake. Despite an extensive search of the shore from from Vernon to Oyama by boat and on the Okanagan Rail Trail, no seadoo was found. (VSAR Facebook photo)
Wings Restaurant employees welcome the return of the facility’s large stuffed bear that greets customers at the Vernon business. The bear went on an unplanned escape from the business Saturday, June 13, and was returned unharmed with a note. (Photo submitted)

Vernon restaurant bear returned safely after good time

Note accompanies return of Wings stuff bear who was taken and, allegedly, had a great time

Wings Restaurant employees welcome the return of the facility’s large stuffed bear that greets customers at the Vernon business. The bear went on an unplanned escape from the business Saturday, June 13, and was returned unharmed with a note. (Photo submitted)
This is a creative rendering of a proposed new child care centre in Lake Country. If funding is approved, the project will be a collaborative project between Central Okanagan Public Schools and the YMCA of Okanagan. (Photo submitted)

Provincial funding sought for Okanagan child care centre

Partnership in Lake Country is between Central Okanagan Public Schools and YMCA Okanagan

This is a creative rendering of a proposed new child care centre in Lake Country. If funding is approved, the project will be a collaborative project between Central Okanagan Public Schools and the YMCA of Okanagan. (Photo submitted)
Customers on the Killiney Beach Water System are now under a planned water quality advisory following work done on the Winchester Control Room Tuesday, June 9. (File photo)

Boiling water advised for Killiney Beach customers

Advisory issued for 290 customers of Killiney Beach system after control room work finished June 9

Customers on the Killiney Beach Water System are now under a planned water quality advisory following work done on the Winchester Control Room Tuesday, June 9. (File photo)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers dealt with a distraught man in Spallumcheen Sunday, June 7. The suspect was successfully taken into police custody. (File photo)

Armed Okanagan man arrested

Heavy police presence, K9 unit, in Spallumcheen Sunday after report of man armed with weapon

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers dealt with a distraught man in Spallumcheen Sunday, June 7. The suspect was successfully taken into police custody. (File photo)
An off-duty Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officer spotted a man near a park in breach of his court-ordered conditions. The suspect was arrested and is facing a charge of breaching his probation. (File photo)

Suspicious activity near Okanagan playground stopped by alert off-duty cop

A man, known to police, was allegedly snapping photos of Coldstream skate park, playground

An off-duty Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officer spotted a man near a park in breach of his court-ordered conditions. The suspect was arrested and is facing a charge of breaching his probation. (File photo)
SilverStar Mountain Resort is creating a Play It Forward fund to help local organizations in these challenging times. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan ski resort plays it forward

SilverStar, in partnership with Community Foundation, pledges $150,000 for local groups

SilverStar Mountain Resort is creating a Play It Forward fund to help local organizations in these challenging times. (Morning Star - file photo)
A plaque is erected at Vernon’s MacDonald Park at what was once the site of a First World War Internment Camp from 1914-1920. The 100th anniversary of the end of the camps is Saturday, June 20. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan internment camps shut down 100 years ago

Vernon and District Family History Society to commemorate end of internment operations

A plaque is erected at Vernon’s MacDonald Park at what was once the site of a First World War Internment Camp from 1914-1920. The 100th anniversary of the end of the camps is Saturday, June 20. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Customers on the Killiney Beach Water System can expect a water service outage Tuesday, June 9, as work is done on the Winchester Control Room. (File photo)

Water service outage planned for Okanagan system

Control room work being done on Killiney Beach Water System on Westside of Okanagan Lake

Customers on the Killiney Beach Water System can expect a water service outage Tuesday, June 9, as work is done on the Winchester Control Room. (File photo)
Skip Jim Cotter of Vernon finished the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont. with a 9-3 loss to the defending champions Team Canada, skipped by Kevin Koe of Calgary. (Black Press - file photo)

B.C. rink ends Brier with loss

Defending champion Team Canada wins 9-3 over Jim Cotter rink, who finish with 2-5 record

Skip Jim Cotter of Vernon finished the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont. with a 9-3 loss to the defending champions Team Canada, skipped by Kevin Koe of Calgary. (Black Press - file photo)
Vernon’s Jim Cotter returned to the win column at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian Men’s Curling Championships Wednesday in Kingston, Ont. (Black Press - file photo)

B.C. rink snaps Brier losing skid

Jim Cotter and company double the Yukon 6-3 Wednesday morning in Kingston, Ont.

Vernon’s Jim Cotter returned to the win column at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian Men’s Curling Championships Wednesday in Kingston, Ont. (Black Press - file photo)
Vernon’s Jim Cotter fell to 1-4 at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont. Tuesday, March 3, with a 6-3 loss to New Brunswick. (Curling Canada/Michael Burns File)

BC rink drops fourth straight at Brier

Vernon’s Jim Cotter and company fall 6-3 to New Brunswick Tuesday morning

Vernon’s Jim Cotter fell to 1-4 at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont. Tuesday, March 3, with a 6-3 loss to New Brunswick. (Curling Canada/Michael Burns File)