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Gordon Oliver of the B.C Thanksgiving Food Drive speak about the upcoming collection as (left to right) Central Okanagan Food Bank executive director Lenetta Parry, and the mayors of Kelowna and West Kelowna, Colin Basran and Doug Findlater look on.—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Flooding and fires put Central Okanagan food bank donations ‘way behind’

The Central Okanagan Food Bank in Kelowna has collected half as much food as normal this summer.

Gordon Oliver of the B.C Thanksgiving Food Drive speak about the upcoming collection as (left to right) Central Okanagan Food Bank executive director Lenetta Parry, and the mayors of Kelowna and West Kelowna, Colin Basran and Doug Findlater look on.—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News
Okanagan real estate board says house sales dipped in August

Okanagan real estate board says house sales dipped in August

OMREB says sales were down eight per cent last month compared to July.

Okanagan real estate board says house sales dipped in August
Four-legged, furry stress busters

Four-legged, furry stress busters

Just 20 minutes with a dog significantly reduces stress, says new UBC Okanagan research.

Four-legged, furry stress busters
British Columbia Premier John Horgan photographs the Philpott Road fire east of Kelowna, B.C., as he toured the area via helicopter Monday.—Image credit: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Premier hails ‘extraordinary’ effort by fire crews

John Horgan flew over Philpott Road fire after touring fire-ravaged areas in Central B.C.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan photographs the Philpott Road fire east of Kelowna, B.C., as he toured the area via helicopter Monday.—Image credit: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press
Smoke from the Philpott Road wildfire has helped as the Central Okanagan to the B.C. Environment ministry’s smokey sky advisory. —Image credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

Okanagan added to B.C. smokey sky advisory

People with breathing problems advised to stay indoors.

Smoke from the Philpott Road wildfire has helped as the Central Okanagan to the B.C. Environment ministry’s smokey sky advisory. —Image credit: Carli Berry/Capital News
Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will speak in Kelowna Tuesday.—Image Credit: Troy Landreville Langley Times

Federal Tory leader in Kelowna

Andrew Scheer is scheduled to speak to supporters Tuesday in Mission Creek Park.

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will speak in Kelowna Tuesday.—Image Credit: Troy Landreville Langley Times
Canada West Foundation’s Carlo Dade.—Image credit: CWF

Pro-Western think tank urges support for Trans Pacific Partnership

Canada West Foundation wants B.C. Liberal MPs to speak up at Kelowna caucus meeting

Canada West Foundation’s Carlo Dade.—Image credit: CWF
Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.—Image credit: contributed

West Kelowna Warriors get concessions back at Royal LePage Place

New owners say move could help secure new corporate sponsors.

Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.—Image credit: contributed
B.C Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark assists heavy-duty mechanics student Kevin McNicol during a stop at the Okanagan College in Kelowna Friday.—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

New trades seats for Okanagan College

New NDP government announces $196,000 to add 46 more student spaces.

B.C Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark assists heavy-duty mechanics student Kevin McNicol during a stop at the Okanagan College in Kelowna Friday.—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News
A mussel-infested boat intercepted at a roadside inspection station in 2015 in Alberta shows the ability of the mussels to form dense layers on hard surfaces of watercraft.

Invasive mussels found on 15 boats entering B.C.

Five of the boats were headed to the Okanagan but were stopped and quarantined, says the province.

A mussel-infested boat intercepted at a roadside inspection station in 2015 in Alberta shows the ability of the mussels to form dense layers on hard surfaces of watercraft.
Chef Mike Barillaro, an instructor with the culinary program at Okanagan College, talks with one of the many people who turned out for the ninth annual Okanagan Feast of Fields event in Kelowna Sunday.—Image credit: Alistair Waters

Ninth annual Okanagan Feast of Fields a hit

Outdoor event showcases foods and food preparation from throughout the valley.

Chef Mike Barillaro, an instructor with the culinary program at Okanagan College, talks with one of the many people who turned out for the ninth annual Okanagan Feast of Fields event in Kelowna Sunday.—Image credit: Alistair Waters
Just like last year, The Rock The Lake music festival, which goes this weekend in the parking lot of Kelowna’s Prospera Place downtown, will draw a big crowd.—Image credit: Capital News file

Pump down the volume

Kelowna city hall tells Rock The Lake organizers to lower the volume at this weekend’s music event.

Just like last year, The Rock The Lake music festival, which goes this weekend in the parking lot of Kelowna’s Prospera Place downtown, will draw a big crowd.—Image credit: Capital News file
Alistair Waters/Capital News                                 B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham was in Kelowna Thursday to speak with stakeholder groups.

Return to single-tier ALR says minister

New NDP Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says she supports abolishing the current two-tier system.

Alistair Waters/Capital News                                 B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham was in Kelowna Thursday to speak with stakeholder groups.
At the height of the high water level in Okanagan Lake, 80 cubic metres of water per second were being released. That amount has since dropped to 67 cubic metres per second.—Image credit: Warren Henderson/Capital News

Despite hot, dry weather, water still being released from Okanagan Lake

Government official says lake is still 20 centimetres above the target level.

At the height of the high water level in Okanagan Lake, 80 cubic metres of water per second were being released. That amount has since dropped to 67 cubic metres per second.—Image credit: Warren Henderson/Capital News
Environment Canada says July was a record breaker when it came to temperature and lack of precipitation, and as we enter August, the heat is sticking around.—Image credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

July’s weather was one for the record books

Hottest and driest July on record in the Central Okanagan

Environment Canada says July was a record breaker when it came to temperature and lack of precipitation, and as we enter August, the heat is sticking around.—Image credit: Carli Berry/Capital News
Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart fought off tears as he announced his decision in 2013 to step aside in order to allow then-premier Christy Clark (right) to run in a byelection in what was then known as Westside-Kelowna. —Image credit: Capital News file

Former MLA announces bid to replace Clark in Kelowna-West

Ben Stewart, who stepped aside for Clark in 2013, wants his old job back.

Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart fought off tears as he announced his decision in 2013 to step aside in order to allow then-premier Christy Clark (right) to run in a byelection in what was then known as Westside-Kelowna. —Image credit: Capital News file
Gerry Zimmermann, seen here in 2003 when he was the Kelowna fire chief during the Okanagan Mountain Park Wildfire that swept through the city’ southern end, destroying 238 homes.—Image credit: Capital News file

‘It’s like deja vu’: Former Kelowna Fire Chief on B.C. wildfires

Gerry Zimmermann says the current situation in B.C. takes him back to the 2003 wildfire in Kelowna

Gerry Zimmermann, seen here in 2003 when he was the Kelowna fire chief during the Okanagan Mountain Park Wildfire that swept through the city’ southern end, destroying 238 homes.—Image credit: Capital News file
Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harjit Saffan (left) and Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr (centre) were given a tour of the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation in Kelowna Wednesday by Accelerate Okanagan CEO Raghwa Gopal (right).—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Updated: Defence minister in Kelowna

Harjit Sajjan tours innovation centre, KF Aerospace and will appear at public event in Lake Country.

Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harjit Saffan (left) and Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr (centre) were given a tour of the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation in Kelowna Wednesday by Accelerate Okanagan CEO Raghwa Gopal (right).—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News
One of the many wildfires raging in the B.C. Interior destroyed all but one home in the Boston Flats mobile home park near Ashcroft.—Image credit: Arnold Lim/Black Press

Fires prompt largest IH medical evacuation ever

Patients being squeeze in at facilities in Prince George, Kamloops and Kelowna.

One of the many wildfires raging in the B.C. Interior destroyed all but one home in the Boston Flats mobile home park near Ashcroft.—Image credit: Arnold Lim/Black Press
West Kelowna’s Wildcat Helicopters used its B.C. Air Rescue chopper—seen here in an unrelated photo—to lift an injured climber to safety Sunday evening in the Myra Canyon area.—Image credit: Wildcat Helicopters

Helicopter used to pluck injured climber after fall

Climber injured after falling off a cliff near Myra Canyon Adventure Park.

West Kelowna’s Wildcat Helicopters used its B.C. Air Rescue chopper—seen here in an unrelated photo—to lift an injured climber to safety Sunday evening in the Myra Canyon area.—Image credit: Wildcat Helicopters