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TSB                                 The wreckage of the Carson Air Swearingen Merlin III plane reconstructed at the TSB laboratory.

2015 plane crash report coming Thursday

The plane, belonging to Kelowna-based Carson Air, crashed into Vancouver’s North Shore mountains

TSB                                 The wreckage of the Carson Air Swearingen Merlin III plane reconstructed at the TSB laboratory.
Kelowna council being asked to support licenced private pot shop recommendation for B.C.

Kelowna council being asked to support licenced private pot shop recommendation for B.C.

But city staff want to see dispensaries regulated by both the province and local government

Kelowna council being asked to support licenced private pot shop recommendation for B.C.
Black Crow Herbal Solutions, which also has an operation in Vernon, is one of the several marijuana dispensaries in West Kelowna told to shut down by Oct. 1. —Image: Jennifer Smith/Black Press

Central Okanagan cities staking out positions on pot shops

Province asking cities for input on how cannabis distribution should be handled in B.C.

Black Crow Herbal Solutions, which also has an operation in Vernon, is one of the several marijuana dispensaries in West Kelowna told to shut down by Oct. 1. —Image: Jennifer Smith/Black Press
Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema addressed Kelowna city council about the ongoing opioid drug overdose crisis Monday at Kelowna City Hall.—Image: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Community response needed in OD crisis says Interior Health

Medical health officer talks to Kelowna council and says issue requires more than medical response

Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema addressed Kelowna city council about the ongoing opioid drug overdose crisis Monday at Kelowna City Hall.—Image: Alistair Waters/Capital News
The community-based adult education programs are delivered in partnership with Okanagan College.—Image: Google Maps

Investing in adult learners across the Interior

Province funding community-based, adult literacy programs in Okanagan and Columbia-Shuswap.

The community-based adult education programs are delivered in partnership with Okanagan College.—Image: Google Maps
West Kelowna targetting more pot shops

West Kelowna targetting more pot shops

After pulling the licence for two local shops, RCMP investigating four more dispensaries

West Kelowna targetting more pot shops
UBCO associate psychology professor Zach Walsh, who along with and PhD candidate Rielle Capler, is calling on cities to allow illegal cannabis dispensaries to remain open after studying issue.—Image:UBCO

UBCO study recommends letting illegal pot shops stay open

Study’s authors say dispensaries preferable to other illegal ways of buying cannabis

UBCO associate psychology professor Zach Walsh, who along with and PhD candidate Rielle Capler, is calling on cities to allow illegal cannabis dispensaries to remain open after studying issue.—Image:UBCO
B.C. Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts speaks with Teresa May and Mike Ostopowich during a stop in Kelowna Tuesday night.—Alistair Waters/Capital News

B.C. Liberal leadership front-runner says new vision is needed by party

Dianne Watts, speaking in Kelowna, says party also needs to reconnect with British Columbians.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts speaks with Teresa May and Mike Ostopowich during a stop in Kelowna Tuesday night.—Alistair Waters/Capital News
Dianne Watts—Black Press file

B.C. Liberal leadership front-runner slams planned election referendum

Dianne Watts says changing to proportional representation will hurt rural B.C.

Dianne Watts—Black Press file
Volunteer Kelowna airport staff walk YLW’s taxiway Friday looking for small debris that could impact the safety of planes, their crews and passengers.—Alistair Waters/Capital News

Airport Safety Week wraps up at YLW

Kelowna airport staff participate in a “foreign object debris” walk to highlight safety at the YLW

Volunteer Kelowna airport staff walk YLW’s taxiway Friday looking for small debris that could impact the safety of planes, their crews and passengers.—Alistair Waters/Capital News
Housing market continues to cool in Okanagan

Housing market continues to cool in Okanagan

Fewer sales and not as many listings in September says OMREB, and it’s also taking longer to sell.

Housing market continues to cool in Okanagan
Vernon residents Dianne and Keith Hustler walk on a short section of the Okanagan Rail Trail which opened July 29 off of McCarthy Road in Lake Country.—Carli Berry/Capital News

Rail Trail open houses scheduled

Centraland North Okanagan residents invited to learn more about the Rail Trail project.

Vernon residents Dianne and Keith Hustler walk on a short section of the Okanagan Rail Trail which opened July 29 off of McCarthy Road in Lake Country.—Carli Berry/Capital News
Cops in Kelowna will share $1.1 million in retroactive pay stemming from two past pay hikes finally approved by Ottawa.—Black Press

Kelowna owes $1.1 million in back pay to RCMP officers

City is on the hook after the federal government approved two pay hikes

Cops in Kelowna will share $1.1 million in retroactive pay stemming from two past pay hikes finally approved by Ottawa.—Black Press
At the opening of the new UBC Okanagan transit exchange Friday, (left to right) UBCO principal Deborah Buszard, B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena, Erinn Pinkerton of B.C. Transit and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran were on hand.—Alistair Waters/Capital News

UBC Okanagan transit exchange opens

The campus exchange is the last piece of the RapidBus system through Kelowna and Central Okanagan

At the opening of the new UBC Okanagan transit exchange Friday, (left to right) UBCO principal Deborah Buszard, B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena, Erinn Pinkerton of B.C. Transit and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran were on hand.—Alistair Waters/Capital News
Federal employees protested outside Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr’s downtown Kelowna office Friday, upset about ongoing payroll problems and the moving of a federal office in Alberta.—Alistair Waters/Capital News

Fed workers fed up

Federal employees affected by faulty Phoenix payroll system protest outside Kelowna MP’s office.

Federal employees protested outside Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr’s downtown Kelowna office Friday, upset about ongoing payroll problems and the moving of a federal office in Alberta.—Alistair Waters/Capital News
Project Literacy volunteer Graham Bell helping Phuong Pham brush up on her English language skills during the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2012.—Capital News file

Project Literacy Kelowna wins Canadian premiers’ award

The Kelowna-based group named this year’s winner of the Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Project Literacy volunteer Graham Bell helping Phuong Pham brush up on her English language skills during the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2012.—Capital News file
Trudeau standing firm on proposed tax changes

Trudeau standing firm on proposed tax changes

Tweaking may occur but changes are coming vows the prime minister.

Trudeau standing firm on proposed tax changes
Kelowna chamber president refutes PM’s taxation claims

Kelowna chamber president refutes PM’s taxation claims

Tom Dyas says Justin Trudeau is wrong to say high-income earners pay less tax than $50K folks

Kelowna chamber president refutes PM’s taxation claims
Kelowna’s new Police Services Building is in the running for a Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building award.—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Building awards finalists announced

This year 37 finalists will vie for Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards.

Kelowna’s new Police Services Building is in the running for a Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building award.—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News
Alistair Waters/Capital News                                 Nelson Eziekwu and his family of eight, including three of his daughters seen here, were among 60 people who took the oath of Canadian citizenship in Kelowna Wednesday afternoon.

Prime minister welcomes Canada’s newest citizens in Kelowna

Justin Trudeau thanks the 60 new citizens for choosing Canada

Alistair Waters/Capital News                                 Nelson Eziekwu and his family of eight, including three of his daughters seen here, were among 60 people who took the oath of Canadian citizenship in Kelowna Wednesday afternoon.