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(Michael Potestio/Kamloops This Week)

UPDATE: Body found in Kamloops river confirmed to be Vernon man

Doctor drowned 12 days earlier saving son from strong current

BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)

Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuation orders rescinded for Olalla

Village of Apex and portion of Green Mountain Road remain on evacuation

Thunderstorms could hit the Okanagan. (Pixabay)

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Okanagan, Shuswap

Potential storm is capable of producing strong wind gusts and rain

The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Rosswood fire has moved away from structures

Skimmer aircraft used today to establish perimeter

The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Joy Lang holds a sign in 2017 to highlight what she and a number of others at the Penticton courthouse believe is insufficient punishment for prolific offenders. (Western News File)

‘The level of crime in Penticton is unacceptable,’ says Mayor

The city has been at the top of province’s worst crime cities for multiple years

Joy Lang holds a sign in 2017 to highlight what she and a number of others at the Penticton courthouse believe is insufficient punishment for prolific offenders. (Western News File)
This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Some Keremeos Creek fire evacuation orders and alerts rescinded

Evacuations lifted for over 40 properties along Hwy 3A corridor

This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
Okanagan Indian Band LPN Chelan McKenzie (left) collects new child seats for band residents from Kristi Rintoul of United Way B.C.,part of the organization’s annual child safety initiative Monday, Aug. 8 in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

United Way, partners buckle Okanagan kids into safety

Organization purchases $70,000 worth of new safety and booster seats for Okanagan children

Okanagan Indian Band LPN Chelan McKenzie (left) collects new child seats for band residents from Kristi Rintoul of United Way B.C.,part of the organization’s annual child safety initiative Monday, Aug. 8 in Vernon. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
(BC Wildfire Service)

Concern over incoming weather as Keremeos Creek wildfire grows past 6,800 ha

Potential lightning, thunderstorms and erratic winds are being monitored into tomorrow

(BC Wildfire Service)
(Photo - OpenTable/Contributed)

Getting back out there: Okanagan restaurants make top 100 lists

According to Opentable, 62 per cent of British Columbians are looking to make new friends

(Photo - OpenTable/Contributed)
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)
A lottery ticket for the Aug. 5 Lotto Max competition matched all four Extra numbers, worth $500,000, and was purchased in Lake Country. (File photo)

Lake Country lottery ticket worth $500K

Ticket matched all four Extra numbers in the Lotto Max draw Aug. 5

A lottery ticket for the Aug. 5 Lotto Max competition matched all four Extra numbers, worth $500,000, and was purchased in Lake Country. (File photo)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)

No structure damage overnight as crews continue to battle Keremeos Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says crews were challenged overnight in fighting the blaze north of Olalla

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)
In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)

‘Help is available’: Emergency assistance for pets amid Keremeos Creek Wildfire

BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires in 2021

In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)
(Submitted)

UPDATE: Highway 97 opens hours after Vernon crash

Traffic was detoured, and backup up, for 7 hours

(Submitted)
Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)

Okanagan to experience common, yet ‘dangerous’ summertime weather pattern

Chance of thunderstorms in the forecast across the region starting Thursday

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)
Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied

B.C. mom uses ribbons to honour late son, shed light on mental illness

Judi Hills says we need to do more to end the stigma associated with mental illness

Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied
A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)
Coroner Andy Watson confirmed the death of a man in Chemainus Monday night.

Lake Country woman dies following Enderby RV fire

Blaze put out by Good Samaritans who also provided first aid to occupant

Coroner Andy Watson confirmed the death of a man in Chemainus Monday night.
A motorcyclist was injured in Kelowna shortly before 12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, in a collision at Harvey and Richter. (Brittany Webster - Kelowna Capital News)

Motorcyclist injured in Kelowna collision

Happened just before 12 p.m. at Harvey and Richter

A motorcyclist was injured in Kelowna shortly before 12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, in a collision at Harvey and Richter. (Brittany Webster - Kelowna Capital News)
William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake. (Kelowna Capital News)
William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake. (Kelowna Capital News)