Black Press Media Staff

B.C. Hydro outage map, Dec. 18, 2021. (B.C. Hydro)

Winter storm leaves thousands in B.C. without power

Outages can be reported to B.C. Hydro at 1-800-BCHYDRO (1-800-224-9376)

B.C. Hydro outage map, Dec. 18, 2021. (B.C. Hydro)
(Black Press file photo)

WestJet ‘strongly opposes’ travel advisory

The airline says the government should publicly share travel-related COVID-19 data

(Black Press file photo)
RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)

Williams Lake prolific offender arrested in Kamloops after regional crime spree

The 28-year-old allegedly stole fuel in Williams Lake, and fled from police in Ashcroft

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
The Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. donated and delivered 600 bales of hay to the Okanagan Indian Band for its livestock over the winter, after grazing land was devastated in the summer by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (OKIB photo)

Guide outfitters make hay for Okanagan Indian Band following wildfire

Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. donates 600 bales for band livestock over winter

The Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. donated and delivered 600 bales of hay to the Okanagan Indian Band for its livestock over the winter, after grazing land was devastated in the summer by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (OKIB photo)
Vernon North Okanagan say one woman died in hospital after a mid-afternoon collision with a semi truck in Vernon Monday, Dec. 13. (File photo)

Okanagan senior dies as result of collision

Woman, 82, succumbs to injuries from two-vehicle collision involving semi truck Monday, Dec. 13, in Vernon

Vernon North Okanagan say one woman died in hospital after a mid-afternoon collision with a semi truck in Vernon Monday, Dec. 13. (File photo)
Fire at abandoned home. (Brennan Phillips/ Black Press Media)

Abandoned Kelowna house fire considered suspicious

Smoke was spotted coming from the home on Leathead Road

Fire at abandoned home. (Brennan Phillips/ Black Press Media)
Vernon Search and Rescue responded to a pair of water calls Sunday, Dec. 12; one involving bringing a fisherman to safety, and one in regards to a missing kayaker on the Shuswap River who was found safely. (VSAR Instragram photo)

Busy Sunday on water for Vernon Search and Rescue

Crews respond to pair of calls on lake and river, both end happily with safe rescues

Vernon Search and Rescue responded to a pair of water calls Sunday, Dec. 12; one involving bringing a fisherman to safety, and one in regards to a missing kayaker on the Shuswap River who was found safely. (VSAR Instragram photo)
(THE NEWS – files)

High winds and heavy snow forecast for much of southern B.C.

Environment Canada issued warnings, watches and advisories for several regions

(THE NEWS – files)
Vernon’s Sareena Nickoli, owner-operator of Soul Studio on 43rd Avenue, has been named runner-up in the nationwide Canada Post 2021 Tales of Triumph contest in the Offline to Online category. (Instagram photo)

Canada Post shows soul for Vernon studio

Soul Studio named runner-up in Canadawide Offline to Online Tales of Triumph contest

Vernon’s Sareena Nickoli, owner-operator of Soul Studio on 43rd Avenue, has been named runner-up in the nationwide Canada Post 2021 Tales of Triumph contest in the Offline to Online category. (Instagram photo)
Kelly MacIntosh (standing) guides horses through a Spallumcheen field during Horse Drawn Okanagan’s Christmas Sleigh Ride event from 2019. The popular rides return in 2021 from Dec. 21-24, and 26-29. (Coralie Nairn photo)

North Okanagan horses help harness holidays

Harness the Holidays sleigh rides offered by Horse Drawn Okanagan after year off due to COVID

Kelly MacIntosh (standing) guides horses through a Spallumcheen field during Horse Drawn Okanagan’s Christmas Sleigh Ride event from 2019. The popular rides return in 2021 from Dec. 21-24, and 26-29. (Coralie Nairn photo)
Vernon’s Deb White of White House Mortgages has been elected to lead the first-ever all-women, four-member board of the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association - British Columbia. (Facebook photo)

Vernon woman heads historic all-female B.C. board

Deb White elected president of first all-women board of Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association – BC

Vernon’s Deb White of White House Mortgages has been elected to lead the first-ever all-women, four-member board of the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association - British Columbia. (Facebook photo)
North Valley Gymnastics Society teammates Nicole Sjoberg (left) and Neala Hackman hope to compete at home in the BC Winter Games in February, hosted in Greater Vernon. (Contributor)

Vernon gymnasts aiming for BC Games berths at home, with Kelowna assist

Nicole Sjoberg and Neala Hackman have overcome gym closures and gym fires in their training plans

North Valley Gymnastics Society teammates Nicole Sjoberg (left) and Neala Hackman hope to compete at home in the BC Winter Games in February, hosted in Greater Vernon. (Contributor)
Marco Longley from the Vernon Pickleball Association is dwarfed by the 12-foot pickleball Christmas tree he created with 350 broken pickleballs that now adorns the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex on Okanagan Landing Road. (Anne Longley photo)

Vernon home to potentially tallest pickleball tree in the world

Vernon Pickleball Association member Marco Longley designs 12-foot tree for Vernon complex

Marco Longley from the Vernon Pickleball Association is dwarfed by the 12-foot pickleball Christmas tree he created with 350 broken pickleballs that now adorns the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex on Okanagan Landing Road. (Anne Longley photo)
One person is in custody after Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to a stolen vehicle complaint in the Middleton Mountain area at approximately 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. (RCMP image)

Vernon police dog assists in stolen vehicle arrest

Incident drew police presence to Middleton Mountain area at around 12 p.m. Dec. 8

One person is in custody after Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to a stolen vehicle complaint in the Middleton Mountain area at approximately 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. (RCMP image)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP seized weapons, cash and drugs from four homes in the 3000 block of 24th Avenue Thursday, Dec. 2. (RCMP photo)

North Okanagan RCMP seize weapons, cash, drugs from homes

Targeted response on four homes in the 3000 block of 24th Avenue carried out Dec. 2

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP seized weapons, cash and drugs from four homes in the 3000 block of 24th Avenue Thursday, Dec. 2. (RCMP photo)
Aura Rose and her husband, Wouter van der Hall. (House of Rose)

Kelowna’s House of Rose Winery closing down

The last day the winery will be open is Sunday, Dec. 12

Aura Rose and her husband, Wouter van der Hall. (House of Rose)
National impaired driving enforcement saw a number of drivers under the influence taken off the roads Saturday. (Dunc Malcolm - Black Press file photo)

RCMP haul 29 drivers in 12 hours off Okanagan roads

RCMP conducted impaired driving enforcement Dec. 4

National impaired driving enforcement saw a number of drivers under the influence taken off the roads Saturday. (Dunc Malcolm - Black Press file photo)
The Vernon Boston Pizza Junior Vipers and Merritt Centennials’ U11 Development C hockey squads, along with parents and coaches, enjoy donated pizza, fruit and veggies after their game Saturday, Dec. 4, in Vernon. The Vipers arranged the meal in support of the Centennials, all of whom were affected by recently flooding. (Contributed)

Vernon hockey team breaks (pizza) bread with Merritt opponents

U11 Boston Pizza Vipers host Merritt for pizza meal post-game to show support for those affected by floods

The Vernon Boston Pizza Junior Vipers and Merritt Centennials’ U11 Development C hockey squads, along with parents and coaches, enjoy donated pizza, fruit and veggies after their game Saturday, Dec. 4, in Vernon. The Vipers arranged the meal in support of the Centennials, all of whom were affected by recently flooding. (Contributed)
Snow causes issues on Westside Road. (Mandi Poss/ Facebook)

Westside Road closed after logging truck tips over, vehicles crash

The road is closed at Bear Creek Road and emergency crews are on scene

Snow causes issues on Westside Road. (Mandi Poss/ Facebook)
Vernon Panthers runningback Kolby Thorpe eludes a Kelowna tackler in the Interior Subway Bowl AA/AAA Hybrid Senior Varsity Football championship game Friday, Dec. 4, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The visiting Owls stopped the Panthers on the one-yard line on the game’ final play to post a 21-20 victory. (Darren Hove Photo)

Kelowna Owls edge Vernon Panthers for Interior football title

Owls stop Panthers on game’s final play at Kelowna one-yard line for 21-20 victory

Vernon Panthers runningback Kolby Thorpe eludes a Kelowna tackler in the Interior Subway Bowl AA/AAA Hybrid Senior Varsity Football championship game Friday, Dec. 4, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The visiting Owls stopped the Panthers on the one-yard line on the game’ final play to post a 21-20 victory. (Darren Hove Photo)