Local News

A woman from Clearwater, 35, has been identified as the victim in a motorcycle collision on Highway 97A near Grindrod Friday, Sept. 30. (File photo)

Clearwater woman identified as victim in North Okanagan motorcycle collision

Incident happened Friday, Sept. 30, on Highway 97A at 5:15 p.m.; woman ejected from bike

A woman from Clearwater, 35, has been identified as the victim in a motorcycle collision on Highway 97A near Grindrod Friday, Sept. 30. (File photo)
Ringo on the move with two of his All Starr band members, that included the nimble fingers of former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather (left) and ex-Bread Saxman Warren Ham in 2015.
(Western News File)
Ringo on the move with two of his All Starr band members, that included the nimble fingers of former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather (left) and ex-Bread Saxman Warren Ham in 2015.
(Western News File)
Annika Kirk, Ayden Clark, James Plaxton, Rebekah Dingwall, Elizabeth Hirschkorn, Jackson Price, Dr.Kyleen Myrah (faculty advisor), Devin Rubadaeu (faculty advisor), Jon Philip Talastas, Maya Samaddar, Mandi Kohout, Mackenna Lenarcic, Danielle Walker, celebrate the Enactus OC National Exhibition win. (Contributed)

Okanagan College students fundraising for international competition

Enactus Canada first place goes to Fruit Snaps and Unusually Good Food Co. projects

Annika Kirk, Ayden Clark, James Plaxton, Rebekah Dingwall, Elizabeth Hirschkorn, Jackson Price, Dr.Kyleen Myrah (faculty advisor), Devin Rubadaeu (faculty advisor), Jon Philip Talastas, Maya Samaddar, Mandi Kohout, Mackenna Lenarcic, Danielle Walker, celebrate the Enactus OC National Exhibition win. (Contributed)
Riley Christie took this impressive photo in Penticton of the newly launched Starlink satellites crossing Okanagan night skies. (Facebook)

Long trail of satellites dazzle night sky over the Okanagan

SpaceX’s Elon Musk end goal is to launch 40,000 satellites into space

Riley Christie took this impressive photo in Penticton of the newly launched Starlink satellites crossing Okanagan night skies. (Facebook)
Ashton Pede went to the Vernon hospital Friday night, Sept. 30, after allegedly being attacked by a bus driver during a B.C. Hockey League game. (Contributed)

Bus driver allegedly attacks fan outside Salmon Arm arena

Ashton Pede was assessed at the Vernon hospital after the alleged incident Friday night, Sept. 30

Ashton Pede went to the Vernon hospital Friday night, Sept. 30, after allegedly being attacked by a bus driver during a B.C. Hockey League game. (Contributed)
Hundreds came out for the second Walk for the Children in Penticton. The journey of 6,000 steps from the Peach to the residential school survivor memorial on the Penticton Indian Band represents the 6,000 children whose bodies were discovered in unmarked graves at residential schools in 2021. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)

VIDEO: Hundreds come out to Walk for the Children in Penticton

“We’re honouring the residential school survivors and those who didn’t make it home”: Penticton Chief

Hundreds came out for the second Walk for the Children in Penticton. The journey of 6,000 steps from the Peach to the residential school survivor memorial on the Penticton Indian Band represents the 6,000 children whose bodies were discovered in unmarked graves at residential schools in 2021. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)
A roundabout is proposed for 14th Avenue SE and Shuswap Street (becomes Foothill Road) in Salmon Arm, which will be the termination point of the new Auto Road Connector. The connector is scheduled in the city’s strategic plan as a medium-term priority, 2025 to 2027. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Three roundabouts on the horizon for Salmon Arm

Council approves design contract, budget change for three traffic circles

A roundabout is proposed for 14th Avenue SE and Shuswap Street (becomes Foothill Road) in Salmon Arm, which will be the termination point of the new Auto Road Connector. The connector is scheduled in the city’s strategic plan as a medium-term priority, 2025 to 2027. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Interior Health advising drug testing after recent overdoses

Testing equipment is available in communities across the Interior

First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Boil water notice has been issued on Monday, Dec. 13 in regards to construction work relating to the water twinning project being undertaken by TwinCon Enterprises Ltd.

UPDATE: Boil water notice rescinded for Grindrod

Interior Health and regional district order in effect due to poor test results

Boil water notice has been issued on Monday, Dec. 13 in regards to construction work relating to the water twinning project being undertaken by TwinCon Enterprises Ltd.
The Quilakwa Centre Esso in Enderby will pause serving gas while a new canopy is constructed starting Oct. 3, 2022. (Google Street View image)

Pumps to pause for weeks at Enderby gas station

Construction of a new canopy at Quilakwa Centre Esso will close gas service for 6 to 8 weeks

The Quilakwa Centre Esso in Enderby will pause serving gas while a new canopy is constructed starting Oct. 3, 2022. (Google Street View image)
An anonymous donor gave a million-plus dollar donation to the Shuswap Community Foundation for an endowment fund to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Shuswap. Pictured are Rob Marshall, Community Futures Shuswap; Lana Fitt, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society and Roger Parenteau, Shuswap Community Foundation. (Contributed)

Anonymous donor gives million-dollar gift to Shuswap small businesses

Shuswap Community Foundation tells city council of surprise donation

An anonymous donor gave a million-plus dollar donation to the Shuswap Community Foundation for an endowment fund to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Shuswap. Pictured are Rob Marshall, Community Futures Shuswap; Lana Fitt, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society and Roger Parenteau, Shuswap Community Foundation. (Contributed)
A new Vernon-Lake Country electoral district is being proposed for the area. (Contributed)

New Vernon-Lake Country electoral district proposed

Population growth prompts federal electoral boundary changes

A new Vernon-Lake Country electoral district is being proposed for the area. (Contributed)
Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Judges says Greater Victoria School Board lacked authority to suspend trustees

Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have been reinstated after suspension over alleged bullying

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)
First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Interior-wide drug alert after cluster of fatal overdoses in Kelowna

Drug checks have found benzodiazepines and higher than average concentrations of fentanyl

First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A Chilliwack psychiatric nurse has accepted a 12-month suspension after engaging in an intimate relationship with a former client.

Chilliwack psychiatric nurse suspended after violating professional boundaries

Ashley Grittner engaged in an intimate relationship with a vulnerable former client

A Chilliwack psychiatric nurse has accepted a 12-month suspension after engaging in an intimate relationship with a former client.
Candidates running for a seat on the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board include (top left to right) Marty Gibbons and Nicholas Najda in Electoral Area C, Rene Talbot and Dean Trumbley in Electoral Area D, (middle) Leslie Johnson, Dan Letendre, Rhona Martin and Natalie Sorkilmo in Electoral Area E, and Eugene Eklund and Jay Simpson in Electoral Area F.

Election 2022: Columbia Shuswap Regional District candidates introduce themselves

Four candidates running in race to represent Electoral Area E (Rural Sicamous-Malakwa)

  • Sep 26, 2022
Candidates running for a seat on the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board include (top left to right) Marty Gibbons and Nicholas Najda in Electoral Area C, Rene Talbot and Dean Trumbley in Electoral Area D, (middle) Leslie Johnson, Dan Letendre, Rhona Martin and Natalie Sorkilmo in Electoral Area E, and Eugene Eklund and Jay Simpson in Electoral Area F.
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
Gina Johnny, Amanda Krebs and Marianne VanBuskirk are running for the two trustee positions representing Electoral Area 4 (Salmon Arm).

Election 2022: Salmon Arm trustee candidates introduce themselves

Three candidates vying for two trustee positions for Electoral Area 4

  • Sep 23, 2022
Gina Johnny, Amanda Krebs and Marianne VanBuskirk are running for the two trustee positions representing Electoral Area 4 (Salmon Arm).
North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society’s fund development and communications coordinator Vicki Proulx was set up with information on the organization during the Armstrong Regional Co-op’s Fuel Good Day Tuesday, Sept 20, at the Vernon gas bar. Customers and members helped NOYFSS raise slightly more than $4,000 from the event. (NOYFSS photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap charities Fuel Good after event

Armstrong Regional Co-op’s Fuel Good Day raises more than $11,000 in Vernon, Armstrong, Salmon Arm

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society’s fund development and communications coordinator Vicki Proulx was set up with information on the organization during the Armstrong Regional Co-op’s Fuel Good Day Tuesday, Sept 20, at the Vernon gas bar. Customers and members helped NOYFSS raise slightly more than $4,000 from the event. (NOYFSS photo)
Penticton’s Peach City Beach Cruise returned after two years in 2022 to entertain car lovers across the province. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Peach City Beach Cruise planning Penticton car show in 2023

The future of the event was in question after burnouts took place on Lakeshore Drive this summer

Penticton’s Peach City Beach Cruise returned after two years in 2022 to entertain car lovers across the province. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)