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City of West Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

West Kelowna awarded $190k to combat homelessness

The money will pay to hire a bylaw officer through August 2022

City of West Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
A firefighter extinguishes a hotspot on Aug. 24 near a Westside Road property impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Central Okanagan White Rock Lake wildfire evacuees invited to public info session

Officials will take questions from evacuees during an online event Thursday evening

A firefighter extinguishes a hotspot on Aug. 24 near a Westside Road property impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The wildfire above Westside Road seen on Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Westside Road wildfire near West Kelowna being held

The fire is approximately three hectares in size and was reported on Tuesday, Aug. 24

The wildfire above Westside Road seen on Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A picture of the fire outside the Kettle Valley area in Kelowna. (Photo: Facebook)

New fire sparks outside Kettle Valley area in Kelowna

The fire is under one hectare in size and is suspected to be human caused

A picture of the fire outside the Kettle Valley area in Kelowna. (Photo: Facebook)
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

COVID-19 cases identified on Air Canada flight from Toronto to Kelowna

Passengers seated in rows 30 to 36 are considered to be at higher risk of exposure

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Kristi Laforest with her loved dog Sombra who is lost in Penticton near Township 7 wineries after following the wrong biking group up Campbell Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 22. (Submitted)
Kristi Laforest with her loved dog Sombra who is lost in Penticton near Township 7 wineries after following the wrong biking group up Campbell Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 22. (Submitted)
Jennifer Oakes (right) will be making her second appearance at the Paralympic Games with Canada's sitting volleyball team. (Contributed: UBCO Heat)

Former UBCO Heat women’s volleyball player to make second Paralympic Games appearance

Jennifer Oakes was a member of the UBCO Heat women’s volleyball team for two seasons

Jennifer Oakes (right) will be making her second appearance at the Paralympic Games with Canada's sitting volleyball team. (Contributed: UBCO Heat)
Pathways executive director Daryl Meyers stands outside their offices on Main Street, happy to welcome back clients to the addictions counselling centre. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s Pathways re-opens with Gift for Service campaign

Without Interior Health funding, the addictions counselling is a fee for service model

Pathways executive director Daryl Meyers stands outside their offices on Main Street, happy to welcome back clients to the addictions counselling centre. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton Dragon Boat Festival in 2019. (Western News file photo)

COVID restrictions sink Penticton Dragon Boat Festival

The two-day festival is one of three big events in Penticton cancelled Monday

Penticton Dragon Boat Festival in 2019. (Western News file photo)
Cooler temperatures and rain, with more in the forecast, have helped a bit with suppression efforts on the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Crews’ efforts helped slightly by Mother Nature on White Rock Lake wildfire

Some areas get rain, others do not as firefighters continue to battle ‘the beast’

Cooler temperatures and rain, with more in the forecast, have helped a bit with suppression efforts on the White Rock Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

UPDATE: Four properties downgraded from evacuation order to alert at Mount Law fire

Residents are reminded to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice

The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Pathways counsellor Steve King announced that Pathways Addictions Resource Centre and its counselling programs are back up and running again as of Aug. 20, 2021. (YouTube)

Penticton’s Pathways Addictions Centre re-opens

After IH pulled funding in May, Pathways’ phones ringing with people in crisis

Pathways counsellor Steve King announced that Pathways Addictions Resource Centre and its counselling programs are back up and running again as of Aug. 20, 2021. (YouTube)
The weekly COVID-19 cases for Aug. 8 to 14. (BC CDC)
The weekly COVID-19 cases for Aug. 8 to 14. (BC CDC)
(Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
(Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
This garage and neighbouring home on Martin Street was damaged in an alleged arson fire Aug. 30, 2020. A local man has been charged with the crime. (Western News file photo)

Bench warrant issued for Penticton man charged with arson

A garage was allegedly set on fire last August in downtown Penticton

This garage and neighbouring home on Martin Street was damaged in an alleged arson fire Aug. 30, 2020. A local man has been charged with the crime. (Western News file photo)
BC Housing is giving Unity House until next April to vacate its home for the past 12 years at Skaha Sunrise. (City of Penticton photo)

BC Housing meets with Penticton’s Unity House after impassioned plea to stay

BC Housing had given the clubhouse notice to vacate so motel can be redeveloped

BC Housing is giving Unity House until next April to vacate its home for the past 12 years at Skaha Sunrise. (City of Penticton photo)
The search continues for an Alberta man presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous on Aug. 11, 2021 (File photo)

Search continues for Alberta man presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous

RCMP Underwater Recovery Team searched for three days but could not find the man

The search continues for an Alberta man presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous on Aug. 11, 2021 (File photo)
The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association urges tourists to postpone vacation

Exercise caution, common sense says chief executive officer

The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
BC Housing is waiting on approval for a development permit to begin building a 54-unit facility at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (City of Penticton / BC Housing)

Penticton’s Skaha supportive housing project still in development limbo

Council did not grant full approval to the requested development permit despite BC Housing’s request

BC Housing is waiting on approval for a development permit to begin building a 54-unit facility at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (City of Penticton / BC Housing)
Kenya Thompson was inspired to give back to her community after the Dilworth Mountain fire and after seeing her mother help with evacuation efforts in West Kelowna. (Contributed/Kenya Thompson)

Kelowna woman offers free food, supplies to wildfire evacuees

Kenya Thompson posted on Twitter offering to cook for families who have evacuated

Kenya Thompson was inspired to give back to her community after the Dilworth Mountain fire and after seeing her mother help with evacuation efforts in West Kelowna. (Contributed/Kenya Thompson)