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Portland’s Josh Zakreski (left) and Kelowna’s Dylan Wightman battle for the puck during the Winterhawks’ 3-1 WHL win over the hometown Rockets Saturday, Jan. 8, at Prospera Place. (kelownarockets.com)

Portland rallies past Kelowna Rockets

Home team scores 31 seconds into game, Winterhawks scored three straight for 3-1 win

Portland’s Josh Zakreski (left) and Kelowna’s Dylan Wightman battle for the puck during the Winterhawks’ 3-1 WHL win over the hometown Rockets Saturday, Jan. 8, at Prospera Place. (kelownarockets.com)
Crash headed into Peachland on Highway 97. (Dave Ogilvie)

Snowplow hits vehicle on Highway 97 heading into Peachland

Traffic is slow going southbound on Highway 97

Crash headed into Peachland on Highway 97. (Dave Ogilvie)
Dayton Lloyd McAlpine and a photo of a vehicle he could be driving. (RCMP)

West Kelowna man wanted in connection with violent assault

RCMP is searching for Dayton Lloyd McAlpine and there is a warrant for his arrest

Dayton Lloyd McAlpine and a photo of a vehicle he could be driving. (RCMP)
Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)

Favourite Black Press Media stories of 2021, chosen by our journalists

Our editorial staff share their favourite stories from the year across our 80 local publications

Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)
RCMP has been checking on those experiencing homelessness. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Man found unresponsive downtown Kelowna, dies in hospital

The man was found outside in chilly temperatures of -20 C

RCMP has been checking on those experiencing homelessness. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Hands with protective glove, examining a novel coronavirus covid 19 test tube the result is + positive.

Interior Health updates guidelines for COVID-19 testing

When should you get a COVID-19 test?

Hands with protective glove, examining a novel coronavirus covid 19 test tube the result is + positive.
Ruth Hamilton with her famous Golden meteor. The rock is currently on loan to Western University for imaging and scans. (Ruth Hamilton photo)

Black Press Media’s Top 25 most-read stories of 2021

Revisit some of our most popular stories of 2021

Ruth Hamilton with her famous Golden meteor. The rock is currently on loan to Western University for imaging and scans. (Ruth Hamilton photo)
Vernon resident Raine Bouzane woke up to water in his basement suite near 39th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road Monday morning, Dec. 27, the result of a suspected water main break as temperatures reached Minus 24 degrees. (Raine Bouzane photo)

Streets filled with ice after water main break in Vernon

Happened in Minus 24 degree weather at around 4 a.m. Monday near 39th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road

Vernon resident Raine Bouzane woke up to water in his basement suite near 39th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road Monday morning, Dec. 27, the result of a suspected water main break as temperatures reached Minus 24 degrees. (Raine Bouzane photo)
Heather Ann Harris, 33, was last seen in Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 23, and RCMP are concerned for her well-being. (Contributed)

RCMP seek help on missing Okanagan woman

Heather Ann Harris, 33, of Vernon, last seen Dec. 23; may have been seeking ride to Kelowna

Heather Ann Harris, 33, was last seen in Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 23, and RCMP are concerned for her well-being. (Contributed)
It will be a chilly end to 2021, according to the gang at Environment Canada. (Photo submitted)

Cold end to 2021 in southern Interior

After a white Christmas, the week before the New Year will be a frosty one

It will be a chilly end to 2021, according to the gang at Environment Canada. (Photo submitted)
Amanita muscaria mushrooms are linked closely with many holiday traditions, says an anthropology instructor at Camosun College. (Pixabay)

A look at mushrooms and their link to several holiday traditions

Anthropology instructor says ancient cultural traditions can be found in unexpected places

Amanita muscaria mushrooms are linked closely with many holiday traditions, says an anthropology instructor at Camosun College. (Pixabay)
Santa Paws 2021. Image: Majic Greenwood

Kelowna raises more than $6,000 for Mexican street dogs

The Santa Paws walk raised money for Taco Dog Rescue Society

Santa Paws 2021. Image: Majic Greenwood
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking information on a Vernon man in his 50s being found badly burned near Polson Park at the intersection of 32nd Street and 25th Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. (File photo)

Okanagan man found badly burned

Vernon RCMP looking for information as man in 50s found burned at 2:30 a.m. at downtown intersection

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking information on a Vernon man in his 50s being found badly burned near Polson Park at the intersection of 32nd Street and 25th Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. (File photo)
A crowd of approximately 6,500 packed into Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna to ring in 2018. (Contributed)

Kelowna’s Valley First New York New Years cancelled

The event that takes in Stuart Park is postponed due to a surge in Omicron

A crowd of approximately 6,500 packed into Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna to ring in 2018. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue mobilize near the Jackpine Forest Service Road in West Kelowna to search for a man and two dogs involved in a motor-vehicle incident on the road Tuesday, Dec. 21. The man and the dogs were found safe. (COSAR photo)

Okanagan man, two dogs found safe by COSAR

Search and rescue crew called to West Kelowna FSR for report of man, two dogs involved in vehicle incident

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue mobilize near the Jackpine Forest Service Road in West Kelowna to search for a man and two dogs involved in a motor-vehicle incident on the road Tuesday, Dec. 21. The man and the dogs were found safe. (COSAR photo)
Lake Country hockey players Brooke Disher (left) and Jade Iginla are among 40 players contesting for spots on Canada’s U18 Women’s Team that will compete at the World Championships in Sweden in January. (Facebook photos)

Okanagan duo hoping for Team Canada spot

Brooke Disher and Jade Iginla named to Hockey Canada’s U18 Women’s Selection camp in Ontario

Lake Country hockey players Brooke Disher (left) and Jade Iginla are among 40 players contesting for spots on Canada’s U18 Women’s Team that will compete at the World Championships in Sweden in January. (Facebook photos)
Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)

Get Outdoors! And celebrate the sun

The Winter Solstice begins Dec. 21, meaning the days will be getting longer and nights shorter

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)
RCMP at KGH, Dec. 20. (Jacqueline Gelineau)

West Kelowna RCMP confirm two men shot, taken to hospital with serious injuries

The incident may have unfolded in West Kelowna

RCMP at KGH, Dec. 20. (Jacqueline Gelineau)
SilverStar Mountain Resort recently made a donation from its Play Forever fund to the North Valley Gymnastics Society, which lost its Vernon facility to a fire on Hallloween morning. (SilverStar Photo)

Vernon ski resort fund amps up December initiatives

SilverStar Mountain Resort’s Play Forever Fund has donated more than $140K since 2019

SilverStar Mountain Resort recently made a donation from its Play Forever fund to the North Valley Gymnastics Society, which lost its Vernon facility to a fire on Hallloween morning. (SilverStar Photo)
North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society volunteers stand in front of a sea can that will be loaded with close to one million meals of soup mix and medical equipment, earmarked for the Dominican Republic. (Contributed)

North Okanagan Gleaners cap busy year with a million meals

Shipment of soup mix along with medical equipment heading to the Dominican Republic

North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society volunteers stand in front of a sea can that will be loaded with close to one million meals of soup mix and medical equipment, earmarked for the Dominican Republic. (Contributed)