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Doris Gage (left) poses with her grandson Nash and her granddaughter Meghan Mitchell on April 1, 2021, when restrictions were lifted to allow in-suite visits. (Contributed photo)

COVID-19 restrictions lifting at B.C. seniors home ‘absolutely’ a big deal

Doris Gage, 95, is set to celebrate her great-grandson’s 1st birthday July 24

Doris Gage (left) poses with her grandson Nash and her granddaughter Meghan Mitchell on April 1, 2021, when restrictions were lifted to allow in-suite visits. (Contributed photo)
A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. As July 23, the fire had grown to 1,000 hectares, prompting evacuation orders and alerts for Sicamous and Swansea Point. More inside. (Peggy Buckler photo)

People not staying clear of Two Mile Road fire operations putting lives at risk: Sicamous fire chief

Fire chief grateful for the public support, including meals donated to firefighters

A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. As July 23, the fire had grown to 1,000 hectares, prompting evacuation orders and alerts for Sicamous and Swansea Point. More inside. (Peggy Buckler photo)
Chase RCMP responded to a report of “shots fired” on July 13, 2021. (File photo)

Driver claims he was shot at during road rage incident in Chase: Police

On July 13, Chase RCMP responded to a report of “shots fired”

Chase RCMP responded to a report of “shots fired” on July 13, 2021. (File photo)
As of Friday, July 23, the Two Mile Road fire burning south of Sicamous was estimated to be 1,000 hectares in size. (Shuswap Lake Watch photo)

Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous hits 1,000 hectares

Crews are making good progress holding fire guards

As of Friday, July 23, the Two Mile Road fire burning south of Sicamous was estimated to be 1,000 hectares in size. (Shuswap Lake Watch photo)
The Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire is over 6,500 hectares and growing. (BC Wildfire Service Twitter)
The Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire is over 6,500 hectares and growing. (BC Wildfire Service Twitter)
Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Barbecues are not allowed in the Central Okanagan right now. (Pixabay)

Dry conditions lead to barbecue ban throughout Central Okanagan

The ban on propane barbecues is in addition to the provincial campfire ban

Barbecues are not allowed in the Central Okanagan right now. (Pixabay)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits the Interior Health region in late June, 2021 to say thank you to health care workers. (Penticton Western News)

B.C.’s COVID-19 spread rises, 112 more cases confirmed Friday

Interior Health region infections higher than Lower Mainland

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits the Interior Health region in late June, 2021 to say thank you to health care workers. (Penticton Western News)
Garibaldi Lake Provincial Park, near Whistler, by Jennifer Mets. Amateur Photographer of the Year entry.

Wildfire crew looking for newly started fire finds B.C. hiker missing for 2 weeks

Squamish RCMP says the hiker missing in the park for two weeks was found safe on Thursday

Garibaldi Lake Provincial Park, near Whistler, by Jennifer Mets. Amateur Photographer of the Year entry.
The ‘Alertable’ app transmites emergency notifications affecting a specified area. (File photo)

CSRD launches new emergency alert system

It is important residents have access to trusted, timely and accurate information, says CSRD

The ‘Alertable’ app transmites emergency notifications affecting a specified area. (File photo)
The ‘Alertable’ app transmites emergency notifications affecting a specified area. (File photo)

CSRD launches new emergency alert system in Golden and Area A

It is important residents have access to trusted, timely and accurate information, says CSRD

The ‘Alertable’ app transmites emergency notifications affecting a specified area. (File photo)
The estimated perimeter of the Nk'Mip Creek Wildfire as of Friday, July 23. (BC Wildfire Service)

Nk’Mip Creek wildfire north of Osoyoos now over 6,800 hectares

Clearing smoke gave BC Wildfire a chance to finally update their size estimate

The estimated perimeter of the Nk'Mip Creek Wildfire as of Friday, July 23. (BC Wildfire Service)
The Okanagan Science Centre added a 21-foot-long, 567-pound animatronic dyoplosaurus to its permanent exhibit to mark its 30th anniversary on Aug. 11, 2020. (OKS - Contributed)

3 Vernon attractions get provincial boost for COVID-19 recovery

Science centre, Splashdown among recipients of province’s $36M funding to bolster tourism

The Okanagan Science Centre added a 21-foot-long, 567-pound animatronic dyoplosaurus to its permanent exhibit to mark its 30th anniversary on Aug. 11, 2020. (OKS - Contributed)
A vehicle after a tire flew off on Highway 1 near Canmore, Alberta in July 2020. The driver was on her way home from the Okanagan where she believed her lug nuts were purposefully loosened. (Rick Bigland photo)

‘Check your nuts’: Kelowna-Lake Country MLA condemns lug nut looseners

Norm Letnick says such vandalism could result in a ‘horrific accident’

A vehicle after a tire flew off on Highway 1 near Canmore, Alberta in July 2020. The driver was on her way home from the Okanagan where she believed her lug nuts were purposefully loosened. (Rick Bigland photo)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
Highway 3, nine km west of the Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos, looking east. (DriveBC)

Highway 3 still open as other South Okanagan roads close for Nk’Mip Wildfire

The fire is approaching the Camp McKinney Road east of Oliver

Highway 3, nine km west of the Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos, looking east. (DriveBC)
(Pxfuel)

Vernon turns to court to shut down problem party house

City seeks legal action after 50 bylaw visits and 25-plus tickets issued to short-term rental

(Pxfuel)
Rising real estate prices in the Okanagan fueled by out-of-town buyers has created a concern about the ability of Millennials and Gen Zers to afford to eventually buy a house. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Home ownership dream for Millennials, Gen Zers in the Okanagan under pressure

But RE/MAX vice-president cites cyclical nature of real estate market

Rising real estate prices in the Okanagan fueled by out-of-town buyers has created a concern about the ability of Millennials and Gen Zers to afford to eventually buy a house. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A rendering of the proposed tower included in New Town Architecture’s January 2021 application to the city. (Contributed/New Town Architecture)

Kelowna city staff not a fan of ‘2020’ tower proposal

Tower plans reduced to 35 storeys from 46, but city staff say it’s still too big

A rendering of the proposed tower included in New Town Architecture’s January 2021 application to the city. (Contributed/New Town Architecture)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)

Heat and high winds drive Nk’Mip wildfire north of Osoyoos

Anarchist Mountain residents have all been forced to evacuate

The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)