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A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health reports second-highest number of COVID-19 cases over weekend in B.C.

1,345 new cases, more than Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Homicide investigators search a home reportedly belong to the husband of Trina Hunt on Saturday, June 5. Hunt's body was found in Hope on March 29, 2021. (Shane MacKichan)

Trina Hunt’s family angry and frustrated as her murder remains unsolved

It’s been one year since the Port Moody woman disappeared. Her body was found in Hope weeks later

Penticton paramedics took 70 per cent more calls for drug overdoses in 2020 compared to 2019, Interior Health representatives told Penticton council Dec. 8, 2020. (Jesse Day - Western News file photo)

748 overdoses in 2021: Those on the frontlines of the crisis in Penticton speak out

The number of overdoses in 2021 is almost double that of 2020 in Penticton

Highway 1 is closed again between Yale and Spuzzum. (Google Earth screenshot)

Highway 1 closed again between Yale and Spuzzum

Falling ice has brought down power lines and DriveBC says the situation is being assessed

Highway 1 is closed again between Yale and Spuzzum. (Google Earth screenshot)
Killer Keith Wiens is lead from the Penticton Court House in handcuffs. (Mark Brett Western News file photo)

Day parole denied for ex-Summerland RCMP officer who killed wife

Parole board says Keith Wiens still poses risk to public, lacks victim empathy

Killer Keith Wiens is lead from the Penticton Court House in handcuffs. (Mark Brett Western News file photo)
Kelowna courthouse. (Black Press file photo)

Kelowna parents of Vernon nurse killed by drunk driver awarded $90K in lawsuit

Parents of Erin Smith, killed in 2014 crash, sought compensation for losses after their daughter’s death

Kelowna courthouse. (Black Press file photo)
Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. A new report on the need for Canada to become better prepared for climate disasters says a lack of critical data is preventing governments and individuals from making better decisions about adapting to and preventing the effects of climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Expert panel says Canada needs to ‘up its game’ on climate data to better adapt

‘2021 has really now been a wake-up call that these are no longer sort of one-off anomalies’

Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. A new report on the need for Canada to become better prepared for climate disasters says a lack of critical data is preventing governments and individuals from making better decisions about adapting to and preventing the effects of climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Highway 3 east between Hope and Manning Park was briefly closed on Jan. 12, 2022 due to high avalanche danger. (DriveBC)

UPDATE: Highway 3 reopened between Hope and Manning Park after reports of high avalanche risk

Closure was announced by Transportation Ministry just after noon Wednesday, rescinded at 1:53 p.m.

Highway 3 east between Hope and Manning Park was briefly closed on Jan. 12, 2022 due to high avalanche danger. (DriveBC)
West Kelowna map outlining the Boil Water Notice effected areas (Jordy Cunningham - Kelowna Capital News)

West Kelowna boil water notice rescinded after water main break

After mandatory tests, the boil water notice has been lifted

West Kelowna map outlining the Boil Water Notice effected areas (Jordy Cunningham - Kelowna Capital News)
Angel and Aaron Basarowick have been married for four years and they say they'll always share a love for the Penticton Vees. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Basarowick)

Penticton Vees superfan reflects on her connection to the team and the late Neil Jamieson

Jamieson gave Angel Basarowick season tickets to the Vees in 2015 as well as a jersey

Angel and Aaron Basarowick have been married for four years and they say they'll always share a love for the Penticton Vees. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Basarowick)
Interior Health’s South Okanagan executive director of clinical operations, Carl Meadows, says he, alongside staff at the Penticton Regional Hospital, are ready for COVID-19. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Kelowna teacher suing Penticton surgeon over alleged ‘negligent’ operation

Lawsuit alleges ureter severed during operation resulted in many subsequent surgeries and suffering

Interior Health’s South Okanagan executive director of clinical operations, Carl Meadows, says he, alongside staff at the Penticton Regional Hospital, are ready for COVID-19. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
This semi was caught on dash camera video passing vehicles over a solid line in Oliver in the dark morning hours Jan. 7, 2022. (Bronco Fowlie Facebook)

Fully loaded semi trailer makes dangerous pass in Oliver

Dash cam video shows the truck crossing the solid line to pass during icy dark conditions

This semi was caught on dash camera video passing vehicles over a solid line in Oliver in the dark morning hours Jan. 7, 2022. (Bronco Fowlie Facebook)
A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)

UPDATE: One man confirmed dead in Trans-Canada Highway multi-vehicle collision in Shuswap

Highway 1 remains closed between Salmon Arm and Sicamous; detours available

A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)
Vernon RCMP have recovered Dayton Lloyd McAlpine's 2009 Ford Focus, but his whereabouts remain unknown. (West Kelowna RCMP photo)

Vehicle associated with wanted West Kelowna man found in Vernon

Dayton Lloyd McAlpine’s whereabouts are still unknown

Vernon RCMP have recovered Dayton Lloyd McAlpine's 2009 Ford Focus, but his whereabouts remain unknown. (West Kelowna RCMP photo)
Interior Health image

No appointment necessary for rapid COVID-19 tests in Interior Health

Limited supplies are available and reserved for at-risk individuals

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Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Snow removal crews will be working around the clock, but it could be up to 48 hours before some roads are cleared. (Jacqueline Gelineau/ Kelowna Capital News)

West Kelowna says snow removal crews working around the clock ahead of storm

Main roads will be cleared first while some local streets could go 48 hours without maintenance

Snow removal crews will be working around the clock, but it could be up to 48 hours before some roads are cleared. (Jacqueline Gelineau/ Kelowna Capital News)
A Pixton Road home in Lake Country is the second most expensive valued residence in the region at $13.5 million. (BC Assessment photo)

Kelowna, Lake Country home to some of B.C.’s top priced real estate

Six Okanagan properties made the top 500 list, while assessments rose 30-40 per cent across the region

A Pixton Road home in Lake Country is the second most expensive valued residence in the region at $13.5 million. (BC Assessment photo)
Kelowna International Airport Director Sam Samaddar (Submitted photo)

Kelowna Airport director elected to chair of Airports Council International

Sam Samaddar became Chair of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) on Jan. 1

Kelowna International Airport Director Sam Samaddar (Submitted photo)
Rock House is Kelowna’s highest assessed home. It’s worth is $14 million. (Capital News file photo)

Assessed home values jump by more than 30 per cent across Central Okanagan

‘Assessments do not automatically translate into an increase in property taxes,’ assessor said

Rock House is Kelowna’s highest assessed home. It’s worth is $14 million. (Capital News file photo)