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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)
Improvements to Lakeshore Road are one of 10 projects listed as short-term priorities in Salmon Arm’s 2022 Corporate Strategic Plan. (File photo)

Council approves projects plan for City of Salmon Arm’s next 10 years

2022 strategic plan prioritizes projects, leaves ability for newly elected council to review it

Improvements to Lakeshore Road are one of 10 projects listed as short-term priorities in Salmon Arm’s 2022 Corporate Strategic Plan. (File photo)
The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)

Chilliwack women frightened by unexpected road block

Driving home just after midnight, they came across a man placing pylons in the middle of Bailey Road

The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)
BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)

Five U.S. citizens fined for fishing with barbed hooks near Bella Coola

BC Conservation officers caught them during a patrol of the Dean River

BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)
Okanagan College students from Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kelowna and Penticton launched the Unusually Good Food Co. and are heading to Toronto to compete in the Enactus Canada National Exposition finals Sept. 30, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan College waste-saving food project heads to nationals

Students behind the Unusually Good Food Co. are in the Enactus Finals

Okanagan College students from Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kelowna and Penticton launched the Unusually Good Food Co. and are heading to Toronto to compete in the Enactus Canada National Exposition finals Sept. 30, 2022. (Submitted photo)
A Williams Lake woman said she was a victim of a phone scam where the caller ID showed the call was from TELUS. (File image)

Be wary of cell phone scams, B.C. senior tricked out of $600 warns

A fake customer survey call was how the scammer got an account number

A Williams Lake woman said she was a victim of a phone scam where the caller ID showed the call was from TELUS. (File image)
The makeshift residence where two individuals wanted by police had set up, visible from Highway 3. A shootout with RCMP on Tuesday, Sept. 13 left one resident dead and another in the hospital. (Andrea DeMeer - Princeton Spotlight)

Woman involved in Keremeos police shooting expected to survive

Man who allegedly pulled gun as RCMP serve warrants died and the woman was also shot

The makeshift residence where two individuals wanted by police had set up, visible from Highway 3. A shootout with RCMP on Tuesday, Sept. 13 left one resident dead and another in the hospital. (Andrea DeMeer - Princeton Spotlight)
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers and mascot tended to vehicles at the Vernon location of the Armstrong Regional Co-operative during Fuel Good Day Tuesday, Sept. 15. As a result, the Cops For Kids charitable foundation will receive a portion of the funds collected from the annual event. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Fueling up feels good for North Okanagan-Shuswap charities

Armstrong Regional Cooperative hosts fundraising Fuel Good day Tuesday, Sept. 20

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers and mascot tended to vehicles at the Vernon location of the Armstrong Regional Co-operative during Fuel Good Day Tuesday, Sept. 15. As a result, the Cops For Kids charitable foundation will receive a portion of the funds collected from the annual event. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A Penticton firefighter demonstrates what not to do at their charity dodgeball tournament on Sept. 17. (PFD - Instagram)
A Penticton firefighter demonstrates what not to do at their charity dodgeball tournament on Sept. 17. (PFD - Instagram)
A job action by transit workers in Vernon and Salmon Arm will see drivers forego wearing their uniforms while handing out pamphlets. (File photo)

Salmon Arm, Vernon transit workers’ job action won’t affect riders, for now

The transit workers will not be wearing uniforms to highlight wage gap, lack of pension

A job action by transit workers in Vernon and Salmon Arm will see drivers forego wearing their uniforms while handing out pamphlets. (File photo)
The policy change impacts all routes and service in the Kelowna Regional Transit System, route 90 between UBC Okanagan and Vernon, and route 70 between Penticton and Kelowna. (Contributed/BC Transit)

Vernon and Salmon Arm transit workers serve strike notice

Pension plan sought as employer asked to close the gap between Kelowna and Kamloops

The policy change impacts all routes and service in the Kelowna Regional Transit System, route 90 between UBC Okanagan and Vernon, and route 70 between Penticton and Kelowna. (Contributed/BC Transit)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are asking residents planning home renovations to use due diligence when seeking a contractor, as two area residents have been scammed out of more than $16,000 after finding a contractor through a Facebook ad. (File photo)

RCMP warn of Okanagan contractor fraud

Two Vernon area residents scammed out of thousands after hiring company through social media ad

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are asking residents planning home renovations to use due diligence when seeking a contractor, as two area residents have been scammed out of more than $16,000 after finding a contractor through a Facebook ad. (File photo)