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The hillsides aren't visible due to heavy smoke in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The hillsides aren't visible due to heavy smoke in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Wildfire smoke hangs over Vernon and Coldstream, as seen from the Kal Lake Lookout Sunday, Sept.11. A smoky skies bulletin for the Okanagan has been issued. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Smoky skies bulletin issued for Okanagan

Wildfire haze expected to be around for 24 hours, maybe longer

Wildfire smoke hangs over Vernon and Coldstream, as seen from the Kal Lake Lookout Sunday, Sept.11. A smoky skies bulletin for the Okanagan has been issued. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Crews remain on-scene of a motor-vehicle incident said to involve a semi and a pickup truck near Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Highway Sunday, Sept. 11. (Google Maps)

Vehicle incident slows Highway 1 traffic near Sicamous

Happened shortly before 12 p.m.; witness tweets semi and pickup involved

Crews remain on-scene of a motor-vehicle incident said to involve a semi and a pickup truck near Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Highway Sunday, Sept. 11. (Google Maps)
Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)

British man pleads guilty to UK murder of Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth

Wadsworth, 19, was stabbed to death a few months after travelling to England

Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)
The South Similkameen Health Centre’s emergency department will be closing down overnight from Sept. 6 to the morning of Sept. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Nursing shortage closes Keremeos emergency overnight

People are asked to seek care at the Penticton Regional Hospital instead

The South Similkameen Health Centre’s emergency department will be closing down overnight from Sept. 6 to the morning of Sept. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
RCMP are reminding motorists to travel with care through school zones and crosswalks as students return to the classrooms Sept. 6 and 7. (RCMP)

Okanagan motorists use caution as students return to school

B.C. RCMP sends out yearly reminder that school speed zones are back in effect as kids head to classes

RCMP are reminding motorists to travel with care through school zones and crosswalks as students return to the classrooms Sept. 6 and 7. (RCMP)
Smoky skies captured in Kelowna Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ease and Flow Yoga/Facebook)

Smoke advisory issued for Okanagan, most of B.C. Interior

Smoke covering the Okanagan is from fires in Washington and Oregon as well as local fires

Smoky skies captured in Kelowna Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ease and Flow Yoga/Facebook)
Angela Scholefield took this photo of the new Blue Mountain fire from Okanagan Lake at Trout Creek in Summerland. (Facebook)

New wildfire erupts near Keremeos Creek fire west of Penticton

Fires across the U.S. border are also blowing a lot of smoke here, says BC Wildfire Services

Angela Scholefield took this photo of the new Blue Mountain fire from Okanagan Lake at Trout Creek in Summerland. (Facebook)
A couple enjoys the sunset on Okanagan Lake by the Sicamous. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

August was the Okanagan’s warmest month ever, September to be a ‘mixed bag’

Monthly temperatures in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna and Salmon Arm were 2 to 4 C higher than normal

A couple enjoys the sunset on Okanagan Lake by the Sicamous. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Librarian Tal Wieczorek is the new co-ordinator of Reading Buddies and will be leading the Chilliwack Library's new Man in the Moon story time for male caregivers and their children. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Okanagan libraries help new residents settle in

Champion Program gives immigrants access to resources

Librarian Tal Wieczorek is the new co-ordinator of Reading Buddies and will be leading the Chilliwack Library's new Man in the Moon story time for male caregivers and their children. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Taig Savage was found murdered on Sept. 5, 2021. His case remains unsolved. (Contributed)

Murder of Penticton man remains unsolved 1 year later

Taig Savage, 22, was killed on Sept. 5, 2021 and found at Penticton Secondary track

Taig Savage was found murdered on Sept. 5, 2021. His case remains unsolved. (Contributed)
Don Nettleton has announced his retirement as CEO of the Okanagan Regional Library Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan Library CEO starts new chapter: retirement

Long-time library advocate Don Nettleton headed the ORL since 2018

Don Nettleton has announced his retirement as CEO of the Okanagan Regional Library Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)

Time to wave a final goodbye to the Convair air tankers in the Okanagan

Tanker 44, 49, and 55 will be retired on Sept. 6 but not before a proper send-off

Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)
BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon makes northern B.C. pitch during Terrace visit

Falcon said northern communities are being “totally left out” by an “urban” NDP government

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)

Campfire ban lifted in some areas of Kamloops Fire Centre

Kamloops Fire Centre seeing shorter days, increased overnight recoveries and relative humidities

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
A boat theft early this morning at Topley Landing has resulted in one injury after a police service pistol was discharged. (File photo)

Boat theft leads to officer-involved shooting in northwestern B.C.

Incident now in hands of independent investigation office

A boat theft early this morning at Topley Landing has resulted in one injury after a police service pistol was discharged. (File photo)
Professional Ironman athlete and hometown hero Jeff Symonds and one to watch at the finish line around 3 p.m. He is pictured here with other hometown Ironman hero Jen Annet who isn’t competing in Penticton. (Western News file photo)

Hometown hero Jeff Symonds one to watch at Ironman Penticton

Massive crowds for the return of Ironman and the 226.3 km swim, bike and run

Professional Ironman athlete and hometown hero Jeff Symonds and one to watch at the finish line around 3 p.m. He is pictured here with other hometown Ironman hero Jen Annet who isn’t competing in Penticton. (Western News file photo)
Evacuation Alert Issued for Morice River Wildfire. (Submitted photo)

BREAKING: Evacuation Alert issued for Bulkley-Nechako region in northwest B.C in due to wildfire

The Morice River wildfire is located approximately 45kms southwest of the District of Houston

Evacuation Alert Issued for Morice River Wildfire. (Submitted photo)
Keremeos man Cameron Urquhart has been found not criminally responsible for his actions when he attacked staff at the Keremeos village offices on Jan. 24. (Facebook)

Man who attacked Keremeos village staff found not criminally responsible

Cameron Urquhart has been in a psychiatric facility since his arrest

Keremeos man Cameron Urquhart has been found not criminally responsible for his actions when he attacked staff at the Keremeos village offices on Jan. 24. (Facebook)
Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms in the Okanagan and Shuswap this weekend. (Image: Pixabay)

Heat warning, air quality statement ends as thunderstorms loom for Okanagan, Shuswap

Environment Canada calling for potential thunderstorms across the Interior this weekend

Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms in the Okanagan and Shuswap this weekend. (Image: Pixabay)