Top Stories for September 17, 2023

Glen Lake wildfire outside Peachland now 450 hectares

Glen Lake wildfire outside Peachland now 450 hectares

Peachland 10:12 pm - 282,153 views

UPDATE 10:10 p.m. The glow from the 450-hectare Glen Lake wildfire is visible in the night sky from Peachland. The blaze is particularly visible from the upper...

$250K reward offered as detectives search for assailant who shot Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy

$250K reward offered as detectives search for assailant who shot Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy

California 6:22 pm - 25,130 views

Authorities asked for the public's help and offered a $250,000 reward as investigators searched Sunday for the assailant who shot and killed a Los Angeles...

Several heat records fall as temperatures surpassed 30 C Saturday

Several heat records fall as temperatures surpassed 30 C Saturday

Thompson-Okanagan 11:00 am - 24,462 views

Several communities in the Okanagan and Thompson set daily temperature records on Saturday, and one local city was the hottest place in all of Canada. According...

Fire sparked on Coquihalla doused by those driving by Friday

Fire sparked on Coquihalla doused by those driving by Friday

Coquihalla Highway 4:00 am - 23,471 views

A group of passersby jumped into action Friday evening after coming upon a fire burning on the side of the Coquihalla Highway. Alyshia and Ken Ahner were...

Wildfire smoke causing reduced air quality in Okanagan Sunday

Wildfire smoke causing reduced air quality in Okanagan Sunday

Okanagan 11:30 am - 23,052 views

There are hazy skies over Kelowna Sunday morning as wildfire smoke is once again impacting air quality. Environment Canada issued a special air quality...

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Roads reopen near Overlanders Bridge after earlier police investigation

Roads reopen near Overlanders Bridge after earlier police investigation

Kamloops 3:22 pm - 22,800 views

UPDATE: 3:23 p.m. Roads have reopened in the area after an earlier RCMP investigation in the vicinity of the Overlanders Bridge. ORIGINAL: 1:25 p.m. Kamloops...

MLA Adam Walker ousted from BC New Democratic Party, Premier David Eby says

MLA Adam Walker ousted from BC New Democratic Party, Premier David Eby says

Parksville 4:49 pm - 22,771 views

Premier David Eby has announced MLA Adam Walker has been ousted from the BC New Democratic party. In a statement issued today, Eby says the BC New Democrat...

Canucks Captain Quinn Hughes visited West Kelowna firefighters Friday

Canucks Captain Quinn Hughes visited West Kelowna firefighters Friday

West Kelowna 8:30 am - 21,974 views

Just days after he was named the new captain of the Vancouver Canucks, Quinn Hughes paid a visit to the West Kelowna Fire Department Friday. Hughes and a group...

Smelly problem with Middleton cannabis facility passed on - again

Smelly problem with Middleton cannabis facility passed on - again

Vernon 12:00 pm - 20,343 views

Residents of the Quail Run neighbourhood in Vernon will need to wait for city council to take action on the cannabis smell hazing up the area. Coun. Akbal Mund...

Ernie Coombs visited Vernon in 1970

Ernie Coombs visited Vernon in 1970

Okanagan history 6:00 am - 19,610 views

He was Canada’s own “Mister Rogers” and actually served as understudy to Fred Rogers for several years. Ernie Coombs, known more often under...

Third Space has new leader for charity team

Third Space has new leader for charity team

Kelowna 7:00 pm - 19,375 views

There is a new leader at Third Space Charity in Kelowna. The board of directors is welcoming Megan Woodruff as the charity's new executive director,...

Amazon’s Whole Foods has been a bust for Canadians

Amazon’s Whole Foods has been a bust for Canadians

Writer's Bloc 11:00 am - 18,789 views

Many people in Canada agree that the grocery industry needs more competition, but finding the right player to shake things up is a tough challenge. People have...

Agency offers furniture to families who lost homes in wildfires

Agency offers furniture to families who lost homes in wildfires

West Kelowna 4:00 am - 18,055 views

A couple who owns a sales agency representing a number of furniture lines would like to get brand new furnishings into the hands of families who have lost homes...

Dollars and Sense program begins Sept. 27 to help you organize your finances

Dollars and Sense program begins Sept. 27 to help you organize your finances

Kelowna 5:00 pm - 17,589 views

It’s time to get your finances in order, and Launch Okanagan has just the program to help you do that. The non-profit is once again presenting Dollars and...

Properties in B.C.'s Cariboo region evacuated Sunday due to increasing fire behaviour

Properties in B.C.'s Cariboo region evacuated Sunday due to increasing fire behaviour

Cariboo 12:20 pm - 17,501 views

While B.C.'s worst wildfire season on record is slowing down in some parts of the province, that's not the case everywhere. Sunday at noon, the Cariboo...

Cops for Kids gets across the finish line with top-up donation from Kelowna philanthropist Thomas Budd

Cops for Kids gets across the finish line with top-up donation from Kelowna philanthropist Thomas Budd

Southern Interior 4:00 pm - 16,634 views

They battled wildfire smoke, record heat and even a rock slide that closed Highway 97, but the Cops for Kids ride has wrapped up successfully for another year....

B.C. lawyer wired $2.6M to Dubai for client under U.S. stock probe

B.C. lawyer wired $2.6M to Dubai for client under U.S. stock probe

BC 1:00 pm - 15,663 views

A B.C. lawyer wired $2.6 million to a company in Dubai, through his trust account, on behalf of a client who was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and...

Magnitude 5.5 quake recorded off B.C. coast following earlier tremor near Port Hardy

Magnitude 5.5 quake recorded off B.C. coast following earlier tremor near Port Hardy

Vancouver Island 9:20 am - 15,541 views

A second minor but slightly larger earthquake has struck the British Columbia coast today. Earthquakes Canada says a 5.5 magnitude quake was registered just...

Man dead in 'targeted' parkade shooting on Burnaby-Coquitlam border

Man dead in 'targeted' parkade shooting on Burnaby-Coquitlam border

Burnaby 7:45 am - 15,217 views

One man is dead after what police are describing as a targeted shooting in a Burnaby mall parkade Saturday afternoon. Police responded to shots fired in the...

City of Kelowna hopes to advance numerous priorities at next week's UBCM convention

City of Kelowna hopes to advance numerous priorities at next week's UBCM convention

Kelowna 4:00 am - 14,784 views

The City of Kelowna will have a number of issues it hopes to address during next week's annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in...

Debate over pronouns pits parental rights against the rights of children, experts say

Debate over pronouns pits parental rights against the rights of children, experts say

Canada 7:30 am - 14,762 views

Politicians and others who support policies that would require parental permission for teachers to use a student's preferred pronouns at school say they are...

The economic roller-coaster of a small Ontario town fuelled by chocolate and cannabis

The economic roller-coaster of a small Ontario town fuelled by chocolate and cannabis

Canada 7:00 am - 13,994 views

A small eastern Ontario town that was once known as the province's chocolate capital is preparing for the sweet return of Hershey's. "It's like...

Man arrested after breaking into Vancouver comedy festival with 'two edged weapons'

Man arrested after breaking into Vancouver comedy festival with 'two edged weapons'

Vancouver 4:46 pm - 12,618 views

A 31-year-old man was arrested Friday night, Sept. 15, after getting into the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival in Vancouver with two edged weapons, according to...

Craft and artisan market will feature more than 80 vendors

Craft and artisan market will feature more than 80 vendors

Kelowna 10:50 am - 11,359 views

More than 80 vendors are offering a wide range of locally handmade products at Craft Culture Sunday, during the September market in downtown Kelowna. The craft...

Child Advocacy Centre boss finalist for national women's business award

Child Advocacy Centre boss finalist for national women's business award

Kelowna 8:00 pm - 9,531 views

Child Advocacy Centre’s executive director is a finalist for a prestigious national business award. Ginny Becker, who leads the Kelowna centre that helps...

Ministry investigators unable to determine cause of pink substance in Guerin Creek

Ministry investigators unable to determine cause of pink substance in Guerin Creek

Kamloops 4:00 am - 9,504 views

Investigators from B.C.’s Ministry of Environment still aren’t sure what caused parts of Guerin Creek to turn pink this week, but say no...

Volunteer group hopes to spark interest and support for new Kelowna Marathon

Volunteer group hopes to spark interest and support for new Kelowna Marathon

Kelowna 4:00 am - 9,496 views

A group of dedicated runners are trying to bring a marathon back to Kelowna next year. The Okanagan Running Collective is hosting a five-kilometre run on the...

Critteraid Animal Sanctuary in Summerland hosting kitten adoption event

Critteraid Animal Sanctuary in Summerland hosting kitten adoption event

Summerland 4:00 am - 8,540 views

It's been a very long kitten season and the Critteraid Animal Sanctuary in Summerland still has 20 kittens in its care that will soon be looking for their...

Now a post-tropical storm, Lee expected to move into Gulf of St. Lawrence today

Now a post-tropical storm, Lee expected to move into Gulf of St. Lawrence today

Maritimes 6:45 am - 6,784 views

Tens of thousands of hydro customers remain without power as Lee, now a strong post-tropical storm, begins moving out of the Maritimes into the Gulf of St....

45-day jail sentence for man who punched woman in face outside downtown Kamloops store

45-day jail sentence for man who punched woman in face outside downtown Kamloops store

Kamloops 4:00 am - 6,727 views

A homeless Kamloops man who punched a woman in the face outside a downtown convenience store has been ordered to spend 45 days in jail. Robert Francis Snowdon,...

Canadians showing more support for striking workers amid inflation, corporate profits

Canadians showing more support for striking workers amid inflation, corporate profits

Business 10:00 am - 6,206 views

It was Samantha Henry’s first time on strike, and one that made headlines across the country. “Some people thought the strike would only last a...

Program to help men recover from addiction offers 'hope in a time of hopelessness'

Program to help men recover from addiction offers 'hope in a time of hopelessness'

Victoria 7:15 am - 6,181 views

Feeding his drug and alcohol addiction — and spending time in jail — filled Tyson Airaksinen’s world before he found his way to the New Roads...

Forest fires, housing, emergency services on UBCM conference agenda

Forest fires, housing, emergency services on UBCM conference agenda

BC 12:35 pm - 6,082 views

This week's Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference promises a lot of debate on ongoing hot-button issues such as homelessness, emergency services and...

When the Sheriff met Constant Companion Carmen

When the Sheriff met Constant Companion Carmen

Making Tracks 4:00 am - 5,856 views

Anyone who knows the Sheriff knows there is always a story, and when Journalism Sheriff was working full-time, somehow he could always pick someone out of a...

Penticton's Men's Shed look for shop space to keep building community projects, working 'shoulder to shoulder'

Penticton's Men's Shed look for shop space to keep building community projects, working 'shoulder to shoulder'

Penticton 4:00 am - 5,819 views

After a year of growth and a number of successful community projects, the Penticton Men’s Shed is hoping to garner more members and a space to set up...

Yacht Club approved for use as temporary winter shelter, operator yet to be identified

Yacht Club approved for use as temporary winter shelter, operator yet to be identified

Kamloops 4:00 am - 5,574 views

The Yacht Club and the former Stuart Wood schoolhouse have once again been identified as temporary shelter locations for this winter, but so far, an operator...

The Similkameen Sizzle, B.C.'s hottest festival, is gearing up in Keremeos

The Similkameen Sizzle, B.C.'s hottest festival, is gearing up in Keremeos

Penticton 12:00 pm - 4,605 views

The word around the Village of Keremeos is that things are about to get spicy, as Canada’s only celebration of peppers returns on Saturday, Sept. 23....

Parliament resuming as parties jockey for position on cost of living, housing fixes

Parliament resuming as parties jockey for position on cost of living, housing fixes

Ottawa 4:36 pm - 4,526 views

Members of Parliament will return to their seats in the House of Commons on Monday as the governing Liberals lay out new housing and cost-of-living initiatives...

Kamloops Symphony to play tribute for Kamloops-born jazz clarinetist

Kamloops Symphony to play tribute for Kamloops-born jazz clarinetist

Kamloops 3:00 pm - 4,231 views

The Kamloops Symphony will be performing its first concert of the 2023-24 season, titled Rhapsody in Blue, featuring a tribute to prolific Kamloops-born jazz...

U.S. firefighters reflect on unique cross-border experience in Osoyoos

U.S. firefighters reflect on unique cross-border experience in Osoyoos

Osoyoos 4:00 am - 3,979 views

The Ventana Interagency Hotshot Crew came from the United States to help in the battle with the Eagle Bluff Wildfire, and they commented on how phenomenal it...

Young Vernon woman making trek to Jordan to raise money for cystic fibrosis research

Young Vernon woman making trek to Jordan to raise money for cystic fibrosis research

Vernon 8:00 am - 3,667 views

Vernonite Katie MacGillivray will be trekking to Jordan to raise money for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. “This year, I am very excited to be...

Brokop and Jefferson bring music history to life

Brokop and Jefferson bring music history to life

Oliver 7:00 pm - 3,184 views

Husband-and-wife team Lisa Brokop and Paul Jefferson, country music stars who have both made names for themselves as performers and songwriters, have now come...

North Shore festival was a celebration of diverse cultures

North Shore festival was a celebration of diverse cultures

Kamloops 8:00 am - 3,159 views

Thousands of people showed up to take part in the vibrant, lively Dearborn Ford Tapestry Festival, which was held at McDonald Park on Saturday. Organizer Patti...

Speaker series hosting lawyer, podcast host's talk about work-life balance

Speaker series hosting lawyer, podcast host's talk about work-life balance

Kamloops 6:00 pm - 2,942 views

A family lawyer and podcast host will be in Kamloops next week giving a leadership speech about how to thrive at work and love being at home. Toni Nieuwhof will...

Tightrope Winery 2020 Cabernet Franc

Tightrope Winery 2020 Cabernet Franc

Wine Reviews 4:00 am - 2,852 views

Wine: Tightrope Winery 2020 Cabernet Franc Winery: Tightrope Winery Why drink it? Eye-catching branding aside, this Cab Franc is a medium-bodied, classy red...

Neuron Mobility lists top five reasons to wear a helmet

Neuron Mobility lists top five reasons to wear a helmet

Vernon 10:00 am - 2,549 views

Vernon e-scooter provider Neuron Mobility is launching Helmet Safety Awareness Week in partnership with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. Neuron shares...

DVA says farewell to summer; looks ahead to fall and winter events

DVA says farewell to summer; looks ahead to fall and winter events

Vernon 4:00 am - 2,272 views

Vernonites bid adieu to summer at the Downtown Vernon Association’s End of Summer Party on Saturday at Civic Plaza. The Food Bank collected non-perishable...

Fairbairn says international students one of TRU's 'greatest strengths' as feds consider immigration cap

Fairbairn says international students one of TRU's 'greatest strengths' as feds consider immigration cap

Kamloops 12:00 pm - 2,237 views

As Ottawa floats the idea of capping the number of foreign students allowed into the country, Thompson Rivers University's president is hailing...

Highway to Healing helps kids get medical access

Highway to Healing helps kids get medical access

Oliver/Osoyoos 3:00 pm - 2,005 views

Highway to Healing held a fundraiser barbeque supported by Nesters Market on Saturday, Sept. 9 as the society ramps up a new fall fundraising campaign. The...