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Top Stories for February 11, 2024

Massive search for young West Kelowna man comes to tragic end

Massive search for young West Kelowna man comes to tragic end

West Kelowna 6:30 am - 119,646 views

The search for West Kelowna's Lucas Singer-Kraus has come to a tragic end. In a post to the "Help Search for Lucas" Facebook group Saturday night,...

RCMP, including tactical team members, wrap up investigation on Coronation Avenue in downtown Kelowna

RCMP, including tactical team members, wrap up investigation on Coronation Avenue in downtown Kelowna

Kelowna 8:50 pm - 62,297 views

UPDATE 8:50 p.m. Police appear to have concluded their operation on Coronation Avenue in downtown Kelowna. An RCMP member says they are wrapping up at the...

Kelowna RCMP unable to track down person who poisoned downtown tree

Kelowna RCMP unable to track down person who poisoned downtown tree

Kelowna 4:00 am - 29,194 views

It appears that a Kelowna tree killer has gotten away with it. Last spring, 25 holes were drilled into a large tree in Sunset Drive Park near the Waterscapes...

TransCanada Highway reopened west of Kamloops, two transported to hospital

TransCanada Highway reopened west of Kamloops, two transported to hospital

Cache Creek 4:53 pm - 28,951 views

UPDATE 4:51 p.m. BC EHS says two people have been transported to hospital following a vehicle incident which closed the TransCanada Highway at Juniper Beach,...

Asking price for two-bedroom rent in Central Okanagan falls yet again

Asking price for two-bedroom rent in Central Okanagan falls yet again

Kelowna 2:00 pm - 26,359 views

The average asking price for two-bedroom rent in the Central Okanagan has dropped for the fifth time in the last six months. According to Castanet classifieds...

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Two-vehicle crash on West Kelowna's snow-covered Gellatly Road Sunday

Two-vehicle crash on West Kelowna's snow-covered Gellatly Road Sunday

West Kelowna 2:16 pm - 24,653 views

UPDATE:2:15 p.m. West Kelowna's Gellatly Road appears to be moving smoothly again after a two-car collision just before noon. ORIGINAL: 12 p.m. It appears...

Vernon pizza shop says inflation played a part in permanent closure

Vernon pizza shop says inflation played a part in permanent closure

Vernon 11:15 am - 23,257 views

Inflation is part of the reason a Vernon pizza joint will be closing its doors for good. Lozza Mozza announced its closure on Facebook, saying the shop's...

The pitfalls of putting adult children on property titles

The pitfalls of putting adult children on property titles

The Last Word 11:00 am - 22,797 views

Is it a good idea to hold bank accounts and property in joint names with your intended beneficiaries to avoid probate fees and expenses? My last column...

Jeff Bezos sells nearly 12 million Amazon shares worth at least $2 billion, with more to come

Jeff Bezos sells nearly 12 million Amazon shares worth at least $2 billion, with more to come

Business 6:45 am - 21,416 views

Jeff Bezos filed a statement with federal regulators indicating his sale of nearly 12 million shares of Amazon stock worth more than $2 billion. The Amazon...

Kelowna slide-rule enthusiast featured in New York Times article

Kelowna slide-rule enthusiast featured in New York Times article

Kelowna 11:00 am - 20,475 views

A Kelowna man with a passion for slide rules was recently featured in the New York Times, after his death last fall. Avionics engineer Walter Shawlee called...

Manitoba RCMP say three children and two women dead, man in custody

Manitoba RCMP say three children and two women dead, man in custody

Winnipeg 3:03 pm - 19,979 views

RCMP say they are investigating the suspicious deaths of three children and two women in southern Manitoba. Insp. Tim Arseneault says a 29-year-old man is in...

Woman firing rifle killed by 2 off-duty officers at Joel Osteen's church, 2 others hurt, police say

Woman firing rifle killed by 2 off-duty officers at Joel Osteen's church, 2 others hurt, police say

Texas 3:35 pm - 19,790 views

A woman in a trenchoat entered the Houston megachurch of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen and started shooting Sunday afternoon and was killed by two off-duty...

CBP dog sniffs out something unusual in passenger's luggage: mummified monkeys

CBP dog sniffs out something unusual in passenger's luggage: mummified monkeys

Boston 12:45 pm - 19,406 views

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog sniffed out something unusual in luggage from a traveler returning from Africa — mummified monkeys. The passenger...

Patrick Mahomes rallies the Chiefs to second straight Super Bowl title, 25-22 over 49ers in overtime

Patrick Mahomes rallies the Chiefs to second straight Super Bowl title, 25-22 over 49ers in overtime

NFL 8:03 pm - 19,115 views

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Andy Reid have made the Kansas City Chiefs a dynasty. They’re already thinking three-peat. First, they...

Summerland rescue searching for forever home for a loyal and loving German shepherd

Summerland rescue searching for forever home for a loyal and loving German shepherd

Summerland 4:00 am - 18,160 views

If you're looking for a pup to play any type of ball with, a Summerland animal rescue has the German shepherd for you. Critteraid Animal Sanctuary is...

Early morning house fire in Rutland extinguished by firefighters

Early morning house fire in Rutland extinguished by firefighters

Kelowna 8:00 am - 16,314 views

A home in Rutland caught fire in the early morning hours of Sunday. At about 2 a.m., the Kelowna Fire Department was called out to a structure fire on the 700...

2nd proposal to Kelowna council for Upper Mission development

2nd proposal to Kelowna council for Upper Mission development

Kelowna 4:00 am - 13,861 views

Kelowna city council will get a chance to weigh in on a second development proposal for Hewetson Court in the Upper Mission. The development would be situated...

Southern Interior now a B.C. mecca for skiing

Southern Interior now a B.C. mecca for skiing

Making Tracks 4:00 am - 13,264 views

The return of cold temperatures and new snow this week have Southern Interior ski hills very optimistic for February and March. Last Tuesday morning, for...

Still no word when City of Vernon will receive two full-sized electric Ford trucks

Still no word when City of Vernon will receive two full-sized electric Ford trucks

Vernon 4:00 am - 13,163 views

The City of Vernon is still waiting on delivery of two fully electric trucks. A report that will be presented to city council at their regular meeting Monday...

Dispute among Alberta physicians now in second year, draws new counter-allegations

Dispute among Alberta physicians now in second year, draws new counter-allegations

Alberta 8:40 am - 13,008 views

An Alberta Health Services investigation into a long-running dispute involving six physicians and conflict of interest allegations has been animated by new...

Judge to decide whether drug-addicted Kamloops fentanyl dealer should go to jail

Judge to decide whether drug-addicted Kamloops fentanyl dealer should go to jail

Kamloops 4:00 am - 10,125 views

Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence for a Kamloops addict who was busted three years ago with 13 grams of drugs including fentanyl and...

Students from across the Okanagan take part in LEGO Robotics competition

Students from across the Okanagan take part in LEGO Robotics competition

Kelowna 4:00 am - 9,947 views

Students from all across the district gathered at UBCO this weekend to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics competition, where students must build and...

Former MP Raj Grewal sues for damages following acquittal last year

Former MP Raj Grewal sues for damages following acquittal last year

Ontario 8:10 pm - 9,778 views

Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal is seeking millions of dollars in damages from the RCMP and the Ontario attorney general after being acquitted of using his...

Ignite Okanagan summit will help employers recruit and retain immigrant employees

Ignite Okanagan summit will help employers recruit and retain immigrant employees

Kelowna 4:00 pm - 8,983 views

Businesses looking to build a welcoming and inclusive workspace should mark March 13 on their calendars. Ignite Okanagan 2024 will be held on that date at...

Penticton-based pastry chef hosting specialty chocolate tasting workshops throughout February

Penticton-based pastry chef hosting specialty chocolate tasting workshops throughout February

Penticton 4:00 am - 7,767 views

Whether you're an expert-level chocolate lover or someone just looking for a unique night out, a Penticton-based pastry chef is running chocolate tasting...

Student labour helped make Okanagan agriculture what it is today

Student labour helped make Okanagan agriculture what it is today

Okanagan history 4:00 am - 7,697 views

This article is part of the Vernon Archives’ “Roots of Green: Unearthing Horticultural History” series. Thank you to Wray McDonnell for his...

West Kelowna council to review redevelopment options for former city hall

West Kelowna council to review redevelopment options for former city hall

West Kelowna 4:00 am - 7,585 views

Will a redeveloped Mount Boucherie Community Centre include a gymnasium? That's a question West Kelowna city council will wrestle with when they are...

As many as a dozen City of Kamloops plows out as fresh dump of snow falls

As many as a dozen City of Kamloops plows out as fresh dump of snow falls

Kamloops 2:23 pm - 7,493 views

City of Kamloops crews are working to clear streets as a fresh layer of snow blankets the Tournament Capital. Snow has been falling since Saturday night and it...

Crash cleared after Sunday morning Highway 1 closure near Kamloops

Crash cleared after Sunday morning Highway 1 closure near Kamloops

Kamloops 6:40 am - 5,733 views

UPDATE: 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning's crash has been cleared at Copperhead Drive and the highway traffic is once again moving unimpeded. ORIGINAL: 5:55 a.m. A...

South Okanagan-Similkameen invasive trees targets of pilot eradication program

South Okanagan-Similkameen invasive trees targets of pilot eradication program

West Bench 12:00 pm - 5,709 views

Multiple invasive trees have been removed from Mariposa Park on the West Bench near Penticton as part of an ongoing pilot project aimed at making room for...

Beyoncé drops new songs 'Texas Hold 'Em' and '16 Carriages.' New music 'Act II' will arrive in March

Beyoncé drops new songs 'Texas Hold 'Em' and '16 Carriages.' New music 'Act II' will arrive in March

Entertainment 8:02 pm - 5,399 views

Beyoncé is back with two new country tracks — “Texas Hold 'Em” and “16 Carriages.” After a Verizon commercial starring...

Nicola Valley Hospital's ER shutdown temporarily Monday

Nicola Valley Hospital's ER shutdown temporarily Monday

Merritt 3:47 pm - 5,371 views

The Nicola Valley Hospital's emergency department will close down Monday morning into Tuesday due to limited physician availability. Emergency services will...

Jordan's King Abdullah II to visit Canada on Wednesday, Trudeau's office says

Jordan's King Abdullah II to visit Canada on Wednesday, Trudeau's office says

Canada 8:08 pm - 5,340 views

The King of Jordan will visit Canada later this week and meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Prime Minister's Office issued a news release Sunday...

Rigour and Whimsy 2022 Bifrost

Rigour and Whimsy 2022 Bifrost

Wine Reviews 4:00 am - 5,052 views

Wine: Rigour and Whimsy 2022 Bifrost Winery: Rigour and Whimsy Why drink it: This may be one of the most unique B.C. wines I’ve ever had. Made from Pinot...

Biden says Israel shouldn't press into Rafah without 'credible' plan to protect civilians

Biden says Israel shouldn't press into Rafah without 'credible' plan to protect civilians

Gaza 10:50 am - 4,743 views

Israel shouldn’t go ahead with a military operation in the densely populated Gaza border town of Rafah without a “credible” plan to protect...

Vancouver celebrates Year of the Dragon at 50th Chinatown Spring Festival

Vancouver celebrates Year of the Dragon at 50th Chinatown Spring Festival

Vancouver 8:09 pm - 4,642 views

Dragons danced to the beat of drums through the streets of Vancouver's historic Chinatown neighbourhood Sunday morning. The spectacle was part of the 50th...

Unruly nightclub patron taken to jail to sober up, Kamloops Mounties say

Unruly nightclub patron taken to jail to sober up, Kamloops Mounties say

Kamloops 6:00 pm - 4,640 views

A Kamloops man was taken from the bar to jail over the weekend, held behind bars to sober up after allegedly causing a ruckus at a downtown nightclub. According...

Driver loses licence, taken to jail after drunken North Kamloops crash

Driver loses licence, taken to jail after drunken North Kamloops crash

Kamloops 3:00 pm - 4,284 views

A Kamloops man sobered up in a jail cell after drunkenly causing a crash last weekend near a busy North Shore intersection, police say. According to Mounties,...

Castanet Event Calendar with Brayden Ursel

Castanet Event Calendar with Brayden Ursel

Kelowna 12:00 pm - 4,261 views

A look at upcoming events in the Thompson-Okanagan this week.

Shade structure at Vernon's Civic Memorial Park substantially completed

Shade structure at Vernon's Civic Memorial Park substantially completed

Vernon 12:30 pm - 3,708 views

Vernon's old Civic Arena may be gone but parts of it will live on. Demolition of the 80-year-old arena was finished in December 2018, with the downtown...

Lots to discuss when Hamer-Jackson, Casimir deliver speeches next month at chamber event

Lots to discuss when Hamer-Jackson, Casimir deliver speeches next month at chamber event

Kamloops 4:00 am - 2,791 views

The executive director for the Kamloops and District Chamber of Commerce says an upcoming event offers an opportunity for local businesspeople to connect and...

The Copper Island Pub in Sorrento is hosting a silent auction to raise funds for a local resident dealing with ALS

The Copper Island Pub in Sorrento is hosting a silent auction to raise funds for a local resident dealing with ALS

Sorrento 4:00 am - 2,740 views

Shuswap residents are rallying around one of their own as he battles a serious ailment. Copper Island Pub is organizing a silent auction to raise funds for a...

City of Vernon to review Southern Interior Local Government Association Conference budget

City of Vernon to review Southern Interior Local Government Association Conference budget

Vernon 3:32 pm - 2,592 views

The Southern Interior Local Government Association Conference will be held in Kamloops this year and Vernon civic leaders will be in attendance. At their...

Kamloops' repeat violent offender program fully booked

Kamloops' repeat violent offender program fully booked

Kamloops 4:00 am - 2,404 views

The Kamloops hub for the province’s Repeat Violent Offenders Intervention Initiative (ReVOII) is now serving its maximum number of people. According to...

TRU law professor to give talk on agricultural gag laws

TRU law professor to give talk on agricultural gag laws

Kamloops 12:00 pm - 2,397 views

A Thompson Rivers University law professor says Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the world, something she hopes to bring attention to...

Volunteers with Vernon's Safe Community Unit logged thousands of hours in 2023

Volunteers with Vernon's Safe Community Unit logged thousands of hours in 2023

Vernon 10:12 am - 2,058 views

It was a busy year for Vernon's Safe Community Unit. At its regular meeting Monday, city council will be presented with a report about what the unit and its...