Brendan Shykora

Rocklin Broad, 11, hand-carves wooden wands out of sticks he finds in his backyard in Lake Country. He's now selling them for $10 apiece, and the response to his hobby turned business has been overwhelming. (Submitted photo)

The boy who carved: Lake Country kid’s handcrafted wands in high demand

Rocklin Broad’s hobby has turned into a booming business overnight with more than 50 order requests in a day

Rocklin Broad, 11, hand-carves wooden wands out of sticks he finds in his backyard in Lake Country. He's now selling them for $10 apiece, and the response to his hobby turned business has been overwhelming. (Submitted photo)
An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)

Arson suspected in 2 North Okanagan wildfires

Suspicious circumstances surround the two small fires that sparked on Monday

An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)
Vernon boasts the cheapest gas prices in B.C. Thursday, April 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Vernon gas prices cheapest in B.C.

Drivers in Vernon can fill up for 163.9 cents per litre as of Thursday afternoon

Vernon boasts the cheapest gas prices in B.C. Thursday, April 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A Vernon man has sued the Vernon RCMP and three officers over allegations of assault and excessive force, according to a notice of civil claim filed Feb. 14, 2022. (Morning Star file photo)

B.C. man sues Vernon RCMP over excessive force, police dog attack

The man claims police broke into his house while he was sleeping and released a police dog in his bedroom

A Vernon man has sued the Vernon RCMP and three officers over allegations of assault and excessive force, according to a notice of civil claim filed Feb. 14, 2022. (Morning Star file photo)
Michael Gordon Jackson, accused of abducting his seven-year-old daughter, was arrested in Vernon Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (RCMP photo)

Saskatchewan man accused of abducting daughter arrested in Okanagan; child found safe

Michael Gordon Jackson arrested without incident; daughter Sarah to be reunited with mother today

Michael Gordon Jackson, accused of abducting his seven-year-old daughter, was arrested in Vernon Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (RCMP photo)
A woman has sued the Catholic Church alleging she was sexually assaulted by a priest at an elementary school run by the St. James Catholic Church in Vernon in 1970. The statement of claim was filed in B.C. Supreme Court Feb. 22, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Lawsuit against Catholic church alleges woman was sexually assaulted at Vernon school

The woman claims she was abused by a priest while attending a church-run school in 1970

A woman has sued the Catholic Church alleging she was sexually assaulted by a priest at an elementary school run by the St. James Catholic Church in Vernon in 1970. The statement of claim was filed in B.C. Supreme Court Feb. 22, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Plans are underway for a project that would see a gondola built near Vernon, climbing 1,600 feet above Kalamalka Lake. (Ridge North America photo)

Gondola proposed in the Okanagan overlooking Kalamalka Lake

The Okanagan Gondola, a project by developers of Golden Skybridge, is pending approval from the RDNO

Plans are underway for a project that would see a gondola built near Vernon, climbing 1,600 feet above Kalamalka Lake. (Ridge North America photo)
Trail and Rossland will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.

2022 BC Winter Games cancelled due to pandemic, ‘external factors’

The multi-sport event was set to kick off in Greater Vernon in February

Trail and Rossland will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.
RCMP arrested a Maple Ridge suspect in Vernon Dec. 8 following a pursuit from Nakusp. (RCMP photo)

Police dog tracks Maple Ridge man who fled Vernon police in stolen vehicle from Nakusp

Jak the police service dog quickly sniffed out the suspect who was arrested without further incident

RCMP arrested a Maple Ridge suspect in Vernon Dec. 8 following a pursuit from Nakusp. (RCMP photo)
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning of a scam involving a police impersonator Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (File photo)

Police impersonator steals thousands from North Okanagan residents

RCMP are warning residents of a scam in which fraudsters claim to be police officers over the phone

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning of a scam involving a police impersonator Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (File photo)
An evacuation alert has been issued for Manning Park, Eastgate and San Ang due to the continued impact of flooding in the area Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (RDOS photo)

Evacuation alert issued for Manning Park, Eastgate and San Ang areas due to flooding

Alert issued ‘because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage,’ says RDOS

An evacuation alert has been issued for Manning Park, Eastgate and San Ang due to the continued impact of flooding in the area Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (RDOS photo)
A sign at the Winfield Cenotaph tells people looking for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021 that the event has been cancelled due to a threat of violence. (Bobbi DiMaggio/Facebook)

Threat of violence directed at B.C. Remembrance Day ceremony

Ceremony location changed after threat that “somebody might get killed” if United Nations flag flown

A sign at the Winfield Cenotaph tells people looking for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021 that the event has been cancelled due to a threat of violence. (Bobbi DiMaggio/Facebook)
The Parole Board of Canada’s appeal division has upheld a detention order for William Victor Schneider, who will stand trial on May 24, 2022, on a charge of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa. (Vancouver Police Department photo)

Appeal denied for Vernon man charged in killing of Japanese exchange student

The Parole Board of Canada’s Appeal Division has denied the appeal of William Victor Schneider

The Parole Board of Canada’s appeal division has upheld a detention order for William Victor Schneider, who will stand trial on May 24, 2022, on a charge of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa. (Vancouver Police Department photo)
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)
Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian responded to the discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at the former site of a Kamloops residential school Friday, May 28, 2021. (Splatsin photo)

Survivor support needed in wake of ‘unimaginable’ mass burial discovery: Splatsin chief

“It really is about you — you survived that horror, and it’s important that you get what you need,” Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian said

Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian responded to the discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at the former site of a Kamloops residential school Friday, May 28, 2021. (Splatsin photo)
Trans-Canada Highway and Hillside Way, Kamloops. (Corco Highways photo)

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens after pedestrian struck in Kamloops Saturday morning

Police closed the westbound lanes following 7:30 a.m. incident

Trans-Canada Highway and Hillside Way, Kamloops. (Corco Highways photo)
BC Housing has released a request for proposals to find a contractor that will conduct an economics of mass timber study. The bidding process closes April 28, 2021. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

BC Housing to study economics of using mass timber for affordable housing

The affordable housing agency sees mass timber as an opportunity to reduce building-related GHG emissions

BC Housing has released a request for proposals to find a contractor that will conduct an economics of mass timber study. The bidding process closes April 28, 2021. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
Six men were charged in relation to a large-scale drug lab bust in Lumby in 2018. Three of them were sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (RCMP photo)

Trio from Lower Mainland get 3 years jail time for Okanagan meth lab

Three men were charged in relation to a 2018 drug lab, which RCMP said was among biggest in province

Six men were charged in relation to a large-scale drug lab bust in Lumby in 2018. Three of them were sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (RCMP photo)
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is in the process of changing the name of Squaw Valley Road in the rural Lumby area. (Brittney Brewer photo)

Rural Okanagan road to be renamed to remove Indigenous slur

Transportation ministry is in the process of renaming rural road

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is in the process of changing the name of Squaw Valley Road in the rural Lumby area. (Brittney Brewer photo)