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UPDATE: Missing Enderby man found safe and well

60-year-old located after reported missing Sept. 7

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Eagle River Secondary in Sicamous undergoes upgrades in time for new school year. Dale Brodoway and Daylon Gray were busy doing finishing touches on Sept. 1, 2022 (Andrea Horton-Eagle Valley News)

Gender neutral washrooms among building upgrades for Sicamous high school

New principal says new washrooms exciting project for the secondary school

Eagle River Secondary in Sicamous undergoes upgrades in time for new school year. Dale Brodoway and Daylon Gray were busy doing finishing touches on Sept. 1, 2022 (Andrea Horton-Eagle Valley News)
Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)

British man pleads guilty to UK murder of Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth

Wadsworth, 19, was stabbed to death a few months after travelling to England

Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth was murdered in the U.K. Feb. 1, just days before she was scheduled to return home. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)
The South Similkameen Health Centre’s emergency department will be closing down overnight from Sept. 6 to the morning of Sept. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Nursing shortage closes Keremeos emergency overnight

People are asked to seek care at the Penticton Regional Hospital instead

The South Similkameen Health Centre’s emergency department will be closing down overnight from Sept. 6 to the morning of Sept. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
RCMP are reminding motorists to travel with care through school zones and crosswalks as students return to the classrooms Sept. 6 and 7. (RCMP)

Okanagan motorists use caution as students return to school

B.C. RCMP sends out yearly reminder that school speed zones are back in effect as kids head to classes

RCMP are reminding motorists to travel with care through school zones and crosswalks as students return to the classrooms Sept. 6 and 7. (RCMP)
The Ross Street Underpass in Salmon Arm is now more than 65 per cent complete, say city staff. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Ross Street Underpass in Salmon Arm to be complete in April 2023

City engineer says no further long-term closures of Lakeshore anticipated

The Ross Street Underpass in Salmon Arm is now more than 65 per cent complete, say city staff. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Two-term incumbent Armstrong councillor Steven Drapala plans to seek a third straight term in office in the Oct. 15 municipal vote. (File photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap educator looks to remain on Armstrong council

Former Shuswap administrator Steven Drapala, now principal at PVSS in Armstrong, runs for third term

Two-term incumbent Armstrong councillor Steven Drapala plans to seek a third straight term in office in the Oct. 15 municipal vote. (File photo)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a long weekend abduction and assault of a man in his 20s. (Black Press - file photo)

Armstrong abduction, assault victim released near Salmon Arm

Man, 27, taken off Armstrong street after leaving IPE grounds Saturday morning

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a long weekend abduction and assault of a man in his 20s. (Black Press - file photo)
Smoky skies captured in Kelowna Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ease and Flow Yoga/Facebook)

Smoke advisory issued for Okanagan, most of B.C. Interior

Smoke covering the Okanagan is from fires in Washington and Oregon as well as local fires

Smoky skies captured in Kelowna Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ease and Flow Yoga/Facebook)
Angela Scholefield took this photo of the new Blue Mountain fire from Okanagan Lake at Trout Creek in Summerland. (Facebook)

New wildfire erupts near Keremeos Creek fire west of Penticton

Fires across the U.S. border are also blowing a lot of smoke here, says BC Wildfire Services

Angela Scholefield took this photo of the new Blue Mountain fire from Okanagan Lake at Trout Creek in Summerland. (Facebook)
A couple enjoys the sunset on Okanagan Lake by the Sicamous. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

August was the Okanagan’s warmest month ever, September to be a ‘mixed bag’

Monthly temperatures in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna and Salmon Arm were 2 to 4 C higher than normal

A couple enjoys the sunset on Okanagan Lake by the Sicamous. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The Wildfire BC map shows a new wildfire start near Enderby (in brown) Friday morning, Sept. 2, as well as three in the Seymour Arm region and one near Kamloops. One fire near Malakwa (green) and another off Shuswap Lake between Canoe Point and Paradise Point are now considered under control. (Wildfire BC image)

Lightning sparks five wildfires in Shuswap while Lumby fire person-caused

BC Wildfire map shows all new fires in the North Okanagan-Shuswap ‘spot-sized’

The Wildfire BC map shows a new wildfire start near Enderby (in brown) Friday morning, Sept. 2, as well as three in the Seymour Arm region and one near Kamloops. One fire near Malakwa (green) and another off Shuswap Lake between Canoe Point and Paradise Point are now considered under control. (Wildfire BC image)
Librarian Tal Wieczorek is the new co-ordinator of Reading Buddies and will be leading the Chilliwack Library's new Man in the Moon story time for male caregivers and their children. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Okanagan libraries help new residents settle in

Champion Program gives immigrants access to resources

Librarian Tal Wieczorek is the new co-ordinator of Reading Buddies and will be leading the Chilliwack Library's new Man in the Moon story time for male caregivers and their children. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Taig Savage was found murdered on Sept. 5, 2021. His case remains unsolved. (Contributed)

Murder of Penticton man remains unsolved 1 year later

Taig Savage, 22, was killed on Sept. 5, 2021 and found at Penticton Secondary track

Taig Savage was found murdered on Sept. 5, 2021. His case remains unsolved. (Contributed)
Don Nettleton has announced his retirement as CEO of the Okanagan Regional Library Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan Library CEO starts new chapter: retirement

Long-time library advocate Don Nettleton headed the ORL since 2018

Don Nettleton has announced his retirement as CEO of the Okanagan Regional Library Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)

Time to wave a final goodbye to the Convair air tankers in the Okanagan

Tanker 44, 49, and 55 will be retired on Sept. 6 but not before a proper send-off

Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)
A ‘spot-sized’ wildfire at Knight Peak near Shuswap Lake was added to the BC Wildfire map on Thursday morning, Sept. 1, 2022. (BC Wildfire image)

New small wildfire discovered north of Salmon Arm

Wildfire BC announced a ‘spot-sized’ fire at Knight Peak near Shuswap Lake

A ‘spot-sized’ wildfire at Knight Peak near Shuswap Lake was added to the BC Wildfire map on Thursday morning, Sept. 1, 2022. (BC Wildfire image)
BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon makes northern B.C. pitch during Terrace visit

Falcon said northern communities are being “totally left out” by an “urban” NDP government

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)

Campfire ban lifted in some areas of Kamloops Fire Centre

Kamloops Fire Centre seeing shorter days, increased overnight recoveries and relative humidities

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
Dairy cattle graze on pasture. (File photo)

Dairy families in North Okanagan-Shuswap suffering after tragic collision

4H members in the region lose their animals in fatal crash on Trans-Canada Highway

Dairy cattle graze on pasture. (File photo)