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Syilx artist Sheldon Pierre Louis contributed a new painting to UBC Okanagan’s public art collection. (UBC Okanagan)

Syilx artist contributes painting to UBCO public art collection

The new painting is titled cax̌alqs — red dress

Syilx artist Sheldon Pierre Louis contributed a new painting to UBC Okanagan’s public art collection. (UBC Okanagan)
A for sale sign is shown in by new homes in Beckwith, Ont., just outside Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Thompson-Okanagan population grew despite COVID-19: report

The Chartered Professional Accountants of BC said there are 8,462 new residents in the region

A for sale sign is shown in by new homes in Beckwith, Ont., just outside Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Stage one water restrictions will be back in place for some Regional District of Central Okanagan water users. (Black Press Media file)

Outdoor watering restrictions return to RDCO for the season

Customers who use water systems operated by the regional district will be affected

Stage one water restrictions will be back in place for some Regional District of Central Okanagan water users. (Black Press Media file)
Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)

Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-month-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Lyndsay Fillier and Braden Taylor have been living the van life for four years and they've detailed the first year of their adventures in a new book. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Okanagan couple details first year of van life in new book

Lyndsay Fillier and Braden Taylor have been living the van life for four years

Lyndsay Fillier and Braden Taylor have been living the van life for four years and they've detailed the first year of their adventures in a new book. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)

Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
A rock quarry. (Markus Distelrath/Pixabay)

Regional district declines support of proposed quarry east of Kelowna

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is one of the referral agencies for the application

A rock quarry. (Markus Distelrath/Pixabay)
(OK Corral Cabaret/Facebook)

Kelowna’s OK Corral preparing for fall comeback

The music club closed in July 2020 due to the pandemic

(OK Corral Cabaret/Facebook)
Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here’s a summary of this week’s biggest stories from the Okanagan-Shuswap

Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
Mamas for Mamas received $12,500 from Kelowna Hyundai's Operation 150 fundraiser. (Kelowna Hyundai/Contributed)

Okanagan car dealership raises $12k for national charity

Kelowna Hyundai’s Operation 150 benefitted Kelowna-based Mamas for Mamas this year

Mamas for Mamas received $12,500 from Kelowna Hyundai's Operation 150 fundraiser. (Kelowna Hyundai/Contributed)
Rutland Senior Secondary forestry students and Okanagan Forest Task Force volunteers worked together cleaning up a makeshift shooting range along Postill Lake Road. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Kelowna forestry students, forest task force clean up backcountry together

“I tell people all the time, we need to leave better kids for our planet,” Kane Blake said

Rutland Senior Secondary forestry students and Okanagan Forest Task Force volunteers worked together cleaning up a makeshift shooting range along Postill Lake Road. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
No serious injuries were reported at a house fire in Rutland. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)

Don’t run back into a house on fire: Kelowna Fire Department

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries after a Kelowna house fire

No serious injuries were reported at a house fire in Rutland. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
John Howard Society Okanagan and Kootenay’s new video explores the work they do and encourages people to donate or work with them. (John Howard Society Okanagan and Kootenay)

John Howard Okanagan-Kootenay wants you to know what a ‘badass’ its namesake was

John Howard Society’s new promo video doesn’t mince words on the accomplishments of its namesake

John Howard Society Okanagan and Kootenay’s new video explores the work they do and encourages people to donate or work with them. (John Howard Society Okanagan and Kootenay)
A rock quarry. (Markus Distelrath/Pixabay)

Central Okanagan residents, irrigation district oppose proposed rock quarry off Hwy 33

Residents and Black Mountain Irrigation District said there are environmental, water risks

A rock quarry. (Markus Distelrath/Pixabay)
Kelowna Fire Department staff are getting ready for wildfire season. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Kelowna fire crews train for wildfire season

As temperatures rise, so does the wildfire risk and fire crews are preparing for the season

Kelowna Fire Department staff are getting ready for wildfire season. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics to traverse Interior Health

The mobile clinics will target rural and remote communities

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Big White got a dusting of summer snow on Sunday, June 6. (Liz Say/Facebook)

VIDEO: Summer snow at Big White

Other Okanagan ski hills also received a light dusting of snow

Big White got a dusting of summer snow on Sunday, June 6. (Liz Say/Facebook)
West Kelowna musician Ben Klick raised $45,360 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. (Contributed)

West Kelowna country singer raises over $45K for MS

Over the past three years, the singer has raised $115K for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

West Kelowna musician Ben Klick raised $45,360 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. (Contributed)
An air tanker drops retardant on the lumber yard fire in Spallumcheen Thursday, June 3. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are the region’s biggest stories

An air tanker drops retardant on the lumber yard fire in Spallumcheen Thursday, June 3. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The area is now open for traffic, but police are still in the area of Gordon Drive near Harvey Avenue. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Police incident closes Harvey Avenue in Kelowna

Police say a ‘distraught man’ barricaded himself inside a unit of an apartment building

The area is now open for traffic, but police are still in the area of Gordon Drive near Harvey Avenue. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)