Okanagan

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39% of Central Okanagan public schools potentially exposed to COVID-19

Health officials have noted potential exposure events at 21 local schools in the last few weeks

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Tena McKenzie leads riders around Wood Lake on the Okanagan Rail Trail Sunday, Oct. 4 for the CIBC Run for the Cure, where she adapted the event to a Ride for the Cure. (J.P. Squire photo)

Okanagan breast cancer survivor marks 10 years at Ride for the Cure

Sporting her pink Pedego electric bike, Tena and her team circled Wood Lake Oct. 4

Tena McKenzie leads riders around Wood Lake on the Okanagan Rail Trail Sunday, Oct. 4 for the CIBC Run for the Cure, where she adapted the event to a Ride for the Cure. (J.P. Squire photo)
Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. (Contributed)

Vernon gives record support for Thanksgiving food drive

City and Coldstream collection more than doubles previous years

Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. (Contributed)
(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)

West Kelowna art students inspired by frontline workers

Mount Boucherie Secondary art students create pieces to thank frontline workers

(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)
Kid in school with mask metro creative

Vernon schools transitioning all students to wearing masks by end of week

All students, including kindergarten to Grade 3, required to wear masks as of today, Oct. 4

Kid in school with mask metro creative
Peachland fire department. (Peachland Fire and Rescue Service/Facebook)

Recommendations call for new Peachland fire hall, assistant chief

There were more than 20 recommendations made to council to improve the district’s fire service

Peachland fire department. (Peachland Fire and Rescue Service/Facebook)
Literacy Society staff enjoy a Morning Star read before they get busy helping the community to Raise Readers. From left front Robyn Thurston and Wendy Aasen, from back Debbie Nurse and Susan Prince. (Literacy Society of the North Okanagan photo)

Newspaper helps literacy society raise North Okanagan readers

Literacy Society campaign benefits from topped up donations until Oct. 15

Literacy Society staff enjoy a Morning Star read before they get busy helping the community to Raise Readers. From left front Robyn Thurston and Wendy Aasen, from back Debbie Nurse and Susan Prince. (Literacy Society of the North Okanagan photo)
Avant Brands

Cannabis company growing with Vernon plant

Avant Brands latest venture involves 60,000-square foot cultivation facility

Avant Brands
Vernon’s Deborah Wilson created a giant jade sculpture at a Victoria complex, which took 16 months to create. (Contributed)

Okanagan artist unfolds giant art sculpture in Victoria

Lotus Unfolding took 16 months to create in the Wade courtyard

Vernon’s Deborah Wilson created a giant jade sculpture at a Victoria complex, which took 16 months to create. (Contributed)
A rainbow appears over O’Keefe Ranch following a Sept. 26 rainfall. (Susan Cseh photo)

Water, permit fee relief for Westside residents following wildfire

Central Okanagan Regional District gives a break to more than 1,300 properties affected

A rainbow appears over O’Keefe Ranch following a Sept. 26 rainfall. (Susan Cseh photo)
Rilyeh Joseph. (Contributed)

RCMP searching for missing Kelowna man

Rilyeh Joseph was last seen on Oct. 1 on Pandosy Street

Rilyeh Joseph. (Contributed)
Bethany Schumacher of Canadian alternative pop band The Royal Foundry addresses the crowd at Kelowna’s third Denim On The Diamond music festival on Oct. 2. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

PHOTOS: Kelowna’s Denim On The Diamond music festival draws crowd of over 3,600

The event featured a lineup of eight artists and groups from across Canada

Bethany Schumacher of Canadian alternative pop band The Royal Foundry addresses the crowd at Kelowna’s third Denim On The Diamond music festival on Oct. 2. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
(Contributed)

Kelowna curling legend Jim Ursel dies from cancer

The Kelowna Curling Club confirmed the 84-year-old’s death on Oct. 2

(Contributed)
Kelowna International Airport. (File photo)

19 positive cases of COVID-19 onboard flights to and from Kelowna in September

During the week of Sept. 19 to 25, the Central Okanagan recorded 278 cases of the virus

Kelowna International Airport. (File photo)
(Sapphire/Facebook)

Kelowna nightclub Sapphire reopens after 18-month absence

The club has been closed since March 2020

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A grand opening ceremony for Okanagan College’s new Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna was hosted on Oct. 1, one month after the building opened its doors to students at the beginning of September. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Okanagan College opens new Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna

New 2,822-square-metre facility will support 591 training for in-demand health-care jobs

A grand opening ceremony for Okanagan College’s new Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna was hosted on Oct. 1, one month after the building opened its doors to students at the beginning of September. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Cactus Club on Water Street in downtown Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)

Cactus Club confirms Vernon opening for 2022

Company representative says information is limited at this time

Cactus Club on Water Street in downtown Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)
Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall have been restoring cars on Mike’s Tappen property for three season’s of the popular History channel show. Season four is underway, and will feature the auction of Mike’s collection of vehicles. (Contributed)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of this week’s news items

Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall have been restoring cars on Mike’s Tappen property for three season’s of the popular History channel show. Season four is underway, and will feature the auction of Mike’s collection of vehicles. (Contributed)
A screenshot from a YouTube video posted Sept. 27 of a man killing a cougar to protect his dog. (YouTube/MCQMX Moto for BC)

Cougar killing near West Kelowna was legal: BC Conservation

Conservation officers noted the cougar was severely emaciated and had porcupine quills in its mouth

A screenshot from a YouTube video posted Sept. 27 of a man killing a cougar to protect his dog. (YouTube/MCQMX Moto for BC)
(Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)

2021 busiest year for Central Okanagan Search and Rescue

The group responded to its 86th task of the year, compared to 81 in 2020

(Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)