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This is some of the mud and debris that came down from the hillside Vista development onto the Stonebrook neighbourhood in Naramata. (Contributed)

‘Everyone is passing the buck’: Mudslides from hillside developments plague Naramata residents

Regional District says it is Ministry of Transportation responsible for storm drainage

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

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

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.
The two suspects stole a car in Kelowna on Thursday and have since been arrested. RCMP are no longer asking residents to be on the lookout for them. (File photo)

Five lives lost in 9 hours as Kelowna RCMP issue toxic drug warning

Police issued a toxic drug warning Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24

The two suspects stole a car in Kelowna on Thursday and have since been arrested. RCMP are no longer asking residents to be on the lookout for them. (File photo)
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)
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)
The popular show is back for its 11th season and premieres on Sept. 26 on Discovery Canada. (HWYThruHell/Twitter)

11th season of Highway Thru Hell once again features Coquihalla Highway by Hope

Popular show featuring Hope’s very own Jamie Davis Motor Truck & Auto Ltd company airs on Sept. 26

The popular show is back for its 11th season and premieres on Sept. 26 on Discovery Canada. (HWYThruHell/Twitter)
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)
Sixty riders turned out the Rex Gill and Mike Courtney Memorial Ride on Sept. 25, with thousands raised for charities close to Rex’s heart. (Submitted)

Annual Rex Gill memorial ride returns to Penticton and Kelowna

Police have said Gill’s unsolved murder in 2019 was a case of mistaken identity

Sixty riders turned out the Rex Gill and Mike Courtney Memorial Ride on Sept. 25, with thousands raised for charities close to Rex’s heart. (Submitted)
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)
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)
The hillsides aren't visible due to heavy smoke in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The hillsides aren't visible due to heavy smoke in Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Wildfire smoke hangs over Vernon and Coldstream, as seen from the Kal Lake Lookout Sunday, Sept.11. A smoky skies bulletin for the Okanagan has been issued. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Smoky skies bulletin issued for Okanagan

Wildfire haze expected to be around for 24 hours, maybe longer

Wildfire smoke hangs over Vernon and Coldstream, as seen from the Kal Lake Lookout Sunday, Sept.11. A smoky skies bulletin for the Okanagan has been issued. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
A former UBCO RA is calling for changes to the school’s sexual misconduct policy. (File)

B.C. woman’s ‘traumatizing’ sexual assault probe at UBCO leads to human rights complaint

UBCO says it is ‘deeply committed’ to creating a culture of consent on campus

A former UBCO RA is calling for changes to the school’s sexual misconduct policy. (File)
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)
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