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A four-person B.C. Wildfire Service crew will patrol and monitor a .04 hectare-sized wildfire classified as under control Sunday, Aug. 7, near Kingfisher east of Enderby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck - file photo)

Small wildfire east of Enderby under control

.04 hectare-sized fire breaks out Saturday, Aug. 6, north of Kingfisher

A federal grant worth $12.5 million will help Splatsin develop almost all of the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. (Jacob Brett file photo)

Major federal funds for Splatsin to develop rail trail

First Nations band near Enderby receives more than $12 million to develop almost all of old rail corridor

A lottery ticket for the Aug. 5 Lotto Max competition matched all four Extra numbers, worth $500,000, and was purchased in Lake Country. (File photo)

Lake Country lottery ticket worth $500K

Ticket matched all four Extra numbers in the Lotto Max draw Aug. 5

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)

No structure damage overnight as crews continue to battle Keremeos Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says crews were challenged overnight in fighting the blaze north of Olalla

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)
Your opinion is wanted on how to make Salmon Arm inviting, safe for those using human-powered transportation. (File photo)
Front Street’s new bike lanes are a success from a cyclist’s standpoint, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

You’re asked to weigh in on human-powered transportation in Salmon Arm

Second survey ready on how to make city safer, easier for walkers, bicycles, wheelchairs and more

Your opinion is wanted on how to make Salmon Arm inviting, safe for those using human-powered transportation. (File photo)
Front Street’s new bike lanes are a success from a cyclist’s standpoint, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)
In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)

‘Help is available’: Emergency assistance for pets amid Keremeos Creek Wildfire

BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires in 2021

In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)
Two new wildfires were sparked in the Shuswap on Aug. 4, one by Niskonlith Creek near Chase and the other in Larch Hills near Salmon Arm. (BC Wildfire Service map)

UPDATE: Status of both new wildfires in Shuswap downgraded

After crews’ work, Larch Hills fire ‘being held’ while Niskonlith Creek blaze ‘under control’

Two new wildfires were sparked in the Shuswap on Aug. 4, one by Niskonlith Creek near Chase and the other in Larch Hills near Salmon Arm. (BC Wildfire Service map)
The Splatsin Development Corporation has received $600,000 in grant funding to relocate and renovate historic St. Mary’s Church, located currently on Splatsin territory on Canyon Road near Enderby. (Contributed)

Funding awarded to renovate, relocate historic Splatsin church near Enderby

Splatsin Development Corporation receives $600,000 for work on 104-year-old St. Mary’s Church

The Splatsin Development Corporation has received $600,000 in grant funding to relocate and renovate historic St. Mary’s Church, located currently on Splatsin territory on Canyon Road near Enderby. (Contributed)
Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)

Okanagan to experience common, yet ‘dangerous’ summertime weather pattern

Chance of thunderstorms in the forecast across the region starting Thursday

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)
Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied

B.C. mom uses ribbons to honour late son, shed light on mental illness

Judi Hills says we need to do more to end the stigma associated with mental illness

Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied
A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)
Coroner Andy Watson confirmed the death of a man in Chemainus Monday night.

Lake Country woman dies following Enderby RV fire

Blaze put out by Good Samaritans who also provided first aid to occupant

Coroner Andy Watson confirmed the death of a man in Chemainus Monday night.
B.C. Wildfire Service crews are working on and monitoring spot-sized fires in the North Okanagan region. (@BCGovFireInfo photo)

B.C. Wildfire crews tackle spot-sized fires near Enderby

Crews busy with suppression efforts on spot-sized blazes in North Okanagan region

B.C. Wildfire Service crews are working on and monitoring spot-sized fires in the North Okanagan region. (@BCGovFireInfo photo)
Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘It was unbelievable’: Shuswap farmer overwhelmed by kindness of residents

Sidelined by injuries from a fall, 91-year-old Tappen man wondered how he’d handle the hay crop

Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
A man was caught on surveillance stealing a van from an Alexis Park area home early Monday, July 25. (Video still)

Van stolen in Vernon, ditched, then car allegedly taken from Salmon Arm

RCMP tell owner the thief took a salvage yard employees vehicle after his broke down

A man was caught on surveillance stealing a van from an Alexis Park area home early Monday, July 25. (Video still)
The Shuswap River Ambassadors have stocked the Kids Don't Float kiosks with lifejackets for use. (Video still)

Enderby Shuswap River users reminded, ‘Kids don’t float’

Heatwave sees increasing number of people out on river, despite higher-than-normal levels

The Shuswap River Ambassadors have stocked the Kids Don't Float kiosks with lifejackets for use. (Video still)
A bomber drops retardant on a fire near Cherryville Friday, July 29, 2022. (Katie Squair-Gamache photo)
A bomber drops retardant on a fire near Cherryville Friday, July 29, 2022. (Katie Squair-Gamache photo)
Penticton firefighters investigate the fire at the Penticton Fairfield by Marriott on July 25. (Mike Biden photo)

Penticton hotel fire evacuees left to find own accommodations, vacations cut short

Fairfield Marriott says they haven’t communicated with guests because systems were down

Penticton firefighters investigate the fire at the Penticton Fairfield by Marriott on July 25. (Mike Biden photo)
Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Permanent repairs coming for Othello stretch of Coquihalla Highway

Work is expected to begin in early August and be completed sometime in the fall

Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
The Bastion Bay fire near the eastern arm of Shuswap Lake and the Whip Creek wildfire across from Mabel Lake and inland about 10 kilometres are no longer a threat. (Wildfire BC image)

UPDATE: Two small wildfires in North Okanagan-Shuswap no longer a threat

One fire near eastern arm of Shuswap Lake, the other east of Mabel Lake, taken off BC Wildfire map

The Bastion Bay fire near the eastern arm of Shuswap Lake and the Whip Creek wildfire across from Mabel Lake and inland about 10 kilometres are no longer a threat. (Wildfire BC image)