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The Jilly Box is fundraising for an award fund for underrepresented Okanagan College students. (The Jilly Box)

Canadian TV personality Jillian Harris sets up award fund for Okanagan College students

The award fund is intended for underrepresented students

The Jilly Box is fundraising for an award fund for underrepresented Okanagan College students. (The Jilly Box)
(Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Kelowna animal sanctuary relocates to Peachland

Star’s Piggly Wigglys Sanctuary was previously located in Joe Rich

(Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
West Kelowna mayor Gord Milsom thanks firefighting crews and volunteers for their efforts in saving Glenrosa during the Mount Law wildfire. (Capital News)

West Kelowna mayor thanks crews, volunteers for work on Mount Law wildfire

Some evacuees have now been able to return home thanks to crews’ hardwork

West Kelowna mayor Gord Milsom thanks firefighting crews and volunteers for their efforts in saving Glenrosa during the Mount Law wildfire. (Capital News)
Little Kingdom was destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Contributed)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of the week’s news items

Little Kingdom was destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Contributed)
West Kelowna musician Nathan Hutton is releasing a song he hopes will raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Nathan Hutton)

West Kelowna musician raising funds for cancer research through new single

Soul Forgotten’s single Lilies will be released on Aug. 22

West Kelowna musician Nathan Hutton is releasing a song he hopes will raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Nathan Hutton)
(BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)

VIDEO: Residents cheer on crews as they continue to battle White Rock Lake wildfire

People lined up outside the BC Wildfire Service camp in Vernon to cheer

(BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)
(Dave Ogilvie/Contributed)

Traffic slowed on Highway 97 in West Kelowna after crash

Only one lane is open both ways

(Dave Ogilvie/Contributed)
A black bear is seen near Lake Louise, Alberta, June, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Fires and drought increase bear activity in Central Okanagan as fall season comes

Bears may also be sighted in communities as they too flee fires

A black bear is seen near Lake Louise, Alberta, June, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
(Pixabay)

Morning Start: Lettuce is part of the sunflower family

Here’s your morning start for Aug. 19

(Pixabay)
Many flights into and out of Kelowna have been cancelled due to thick smoke from ongoing wildfires in the area. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

Kelowna woman stranded in Calgary for days as wildfires force flight cancellations

It took a Kelowna woman two days to get back home due to flight cancellations

Many flights into and out of Kelowna have been cancelled due to thick smoke from ongoing wildfires in the area. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Bait car catches alleged thief in West Kelowna

The 22-year-old man from Kelowna is now in police custody

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
(Jennifer Klumpp/GoFundMe)

Rock Creek man’s home burns down after lightning strike

His sister-in-law launched a fundraiser for him to support him

(Jennifer Klumpp/GoFundMe)
(Black Press Media file)

Man arrested for allegedly setting bushes on fire in Kelowna

The 32-year-old suspect is in police custody

(Black Press Media file)
Kangaroos can’t jump backwards. (Kangaroo Creek Farm/Facebook)

Morning Start: Kangaroos can’t jump backwards

Your morning start for Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

Kangaroos can’t jump backwards. (Kangaroo Creek Farm/Facebook)
Pictured is an evacuee’s cat currently under the care of Dr. Oz at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: West Kelowna veterinary clinic offers free pet boarding for evacuees

Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital took in dozens of pets as the Mount Law wildfire ballooned on Sunday

Pictured is an evacuee’s cat currently under the care of Dr. Oz at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Smoke from the Mt. Law fire near Peachland. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

West Kelowna’s Mount Law wildfire evacuees directed to Kelowna for emergency supports

Hotel vacancies are low, causing struggles for some evacuees trying to find a place to stay

Smoke from the Mt. Law fire near Peachland. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
The “beach” area at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Several Central Okanagan regional parks closed due to Mount Law wildfire

The regional district is asking residents to stay out of the parks for safety

The “beach” area at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Smoke from the Mt. Law fire as seen from downtown Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)

Mount Law fire now 800 hectares, guards in place to protect West Kelowna neighbourhood

Eight fire departments from different jurisdictions also assisted with the fire overnight

Smoke from the Mt. Law fire as seen from downtown Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)
West Kelowna pizza parlour Pizzamoreh is offering free food for evacuees displaced by the Mount Law wildfire. (Pizzamoreh Artisan Pizzeria/Facebook)

West Kelowna pizza parlour offers free meals for evacuees, firefighters

Pizzamoreh is cooking up hot meals for those who need it

West Kelowna pizza parlour Pizzamoreh is offering free food for evacuees displaced by the Mount Law wildfire. (Pizzamoreh Artisan Pizzeria/Facebook)
Georgia Mates, prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ahead of a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Ottawa is requiring that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Interior Health records 376 new cases of COVID-19

There are now 2,446 active cases in the region overall

Georgia Mates, prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ahead of a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Ottawa is requiring that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg