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A wood frog spotted in Wolf Creek in Whitehorse on June 20, 2015. This special species of frog has the ability to freeze months at a time without dying. (Heidi Miller/Black Press Media)

Morning Start: The wood frog can hold its pee for eight months

Here’s the start to your morning and your week

A wood frog spotted in Wolf Creek in Whitehorse on June 20, 2015. This special species of frog has the ability to freeze months at a time without dying. (Heidi Miller/Black Press Media)
Merritt’s emergency operations centre is at 1950 Mammette Avenue. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

‘We’re fortunate we can help’: Merritt’s open doors welcome wildfire evacuees

Merritt offers space for wildfire victims, their cattle and livestock

Merritt’s emergency operations centre is at 1950 Mammette Avenue. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Skies are smoky in the Okanagan as wildfires burn. Pictured is one of the fires burning north of Big White, as seen from Dilworth Mountain on July 1. (Dale Mckee/Facebook)

Smoky skies ahead for Okanagan Valley, Shuswap

The province issued the bulletin as air quality degrades due to wildfire activity

Skies are smoky in the Okanagan as wildfires burn. Pictured is one of the fires burning north of Big White, as seen from Dilworth Mountain on July 1. (Dale Mckee/Facebook)
Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

This week was full of stories, but here’s a short summary in case you missed some

Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)
Temperatures in Victoria reached 40 degrees on Monday, with records broken all across the province this week. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Safety, comfort in long-term care homes top priority during heat wave: Interior Health

Some care facilities don’t have air conditioners in individual rooms, only in common areas

Temperatures in Victoria reached 40 degrees on Monday, with records broken all across the province this week. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file)

No heat-related deaths in the city: Kelowna RCMP

The detachment said it received 13 heat-related calls but fortunately have not seen sudden deaths

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file)
A fire has sparked near Trepanier Road along Highway 97C. (Nikki Hayden/Facebook)

Wildfire near Peachland on Hwy 97C closes eastbound lane

This is the fourth fire to spark near the district

A fire has sparked near Trepanier Road along Highway 97C. (Nikki Hayden/Facebook)
Concrete sidewalks and traffic islands expand and sometimes heave up because of the heat. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Kelowna sidewalks buckle due to extreme heat

City staff said they normally see two or three buckled sidewalks but have seen more this year

Concrete sidewalks and traffic islands expand and sometimes heave up because of the heat. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Interior Health ready to administer COVID-19 second doses at record pace

Interior Health said over 785,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Samson is one of the horses at Arion Therapeutic Farm. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Popular Kelowna therapy farm moves to Enderby

Arion Therapeutic Farm moved to another property after selling their Kelowna site

Samson is one of the horses at Arion Therapeutic Farm. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Several restaurants, food trucks, and even the farmers’ market announced closures for the next two days due to the extreme heat. (Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market/Facebook)

Kelowna food trucks, farmers market closed due to extreme heat

Kelowna is forecasted to see a high of 44 C today

Several restaurants, food trucks, and even the farmers’ market announced closures for the next two days due to the extreme heat. (Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market/Facebook)
Canada Day celebrations in Peachland on July 1, 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)

District of Peachland cancels Canada Day festivities due to extreme heat

Councillor Patrick Van Minsel said people’s health is more important than celebrating

Canada Day celebrations in Peachland on July 1, 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Central Okanagan School District)

VIDEO: West Kelowna, Japan students join voices in virtual choir

The students sang with their sister school in Japan, Haruhigaoka Junior High

(Central Okanagan School District)
RCMP officers from all over B.C. will be in Kelowna for the next 14 days for a motorcycle operators course. (Kelowna RCMP)

B.C. RCMP officers flock to Kelowna for motorcycle training

Expect some traffic stops in the city as part of their training

RCMP officers from all over B.C. will be in Kelowna for the next 14 days for a motorcycle operators course. (Kelowna RCMP)
Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of the biggest stories from June 21 to 24

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Lorence Williams is charged with second-degree murder. (Contributed)

B.C. Police watchdog investigating Kelowna murder

The IIO said Kelowna RCMP performed two wellness checks before the incident

Lorence Williams is charged with second-degree murder. (Contributed)
Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray

Kelowna-Lake Country MP votes against ban on conversion therapy over wording of legislation

Tracy Gray is one of 63 MP across Canada to vote against Bill C-6

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray
Illicit drugs, weapons and money were seized from a Lower Mission home on Friday, June 18. (Kelowna RCMP)

Kelowna RCMP seize illicit drugs, guns, money in Lower Mission home

Police seized the items on Friday, June 18 at a home in Tomby Court

Illicit drugs, weapons and money were seized from a Lower Mission home on Friday, June 18. (Kelowna RCMP)
With high temperatures forecasted for the week and into the next, Interior Health is offering some tips on how to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness. (Pixabay)

Interior Health offers safety tips as temperatures soar

‘Too much heat can be harmful to your health’

With high temperatures forecasted for the week and into the next, Interior Health is offering some tips on how to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness. (Pixabay)
A West Kelowna man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle collision early on Tuesday morning. (Black Press file photo)

Single vehicle collision seriously injures West Kelowna man

The man was driving a pickup truck that went off the road and caught on fire

A West Kelowna man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle collision early on Tuesday morning. (Black Press file photo)