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The number of rural and northern seats in the provincial legislature might be reduced, and that has MLA John Rustad worried. (Wikipedia photo)

33,000 B.C. government employees issue 72-hour strike notice

The most recent collective agreement between the union and Public Service agency expired on April 1

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP will present Q2 2022 stats to council. (File photo)

Westside crime numbers see significant increase

Report to council notes RCMP are monitoring 17 prolific offenders

(Photo by Don Bodger)

Kelowna under severe thunderstorm warning

Environment Canada issued the warning Friday afternoon

A protester yells “freedom” towards a person who attempted to stick a paper sign on a truck criticizing the so called “Freedom Convoy,” a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, on its 18th day, in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

International partners had concern about Canada’s ‘ability to handle’ convoy protests

The warning is contained in heavily redacted summaries of government meetings

A protester yells “freedom” towards a person who attempted to stick a paper sign on a truck criticizing the so called “Freedom Convoy,” a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, on its 18th day, in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Minister for Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly responds to a question during a news conference at the NATO Summit in Madrid on June 29, 2022. The impact on Canadian jobs and global inflation were factored into Ottawa’s decision to return a turbine being repaired in Montreal to a Russian energy giant, a position paper for Ministers produced in a court case shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canada considered jobs, inflation in decision to return Russian turbine: document

Ukrainian World Congress has launched legal challenge of the turbine decision

Minister for Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly responds to a question during a news conference at the NATO Summit in Madrid on June 29, 2022. The impact on Canadian jobs and global inflation were factored into Ottawa’s decision to return a turbine being repaired in Montreal to a Russian energy giant, a position paper for Ministers produced in a court case shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Stuart LePage, of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, sprints to place a salmon in a vessel to be lifted by a helicopter and transported up the Fraser River past a massive rock slide west of Clinton, B.C., on Wednesday July 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Excitement in B.C. Indigenous communities as salmon get past Fraser slide zone

The DFO is forecasting up to 10 million sockeye could return to the Fraser River this summer

Stuart LePage, of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, sprints to place a salmon in a vessel to be lifted by a helicopter and transported up the Fraser River past a massive rock slide west of Clinton, B.C., on Wednesday July 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hedy Fry speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday June 15, 2017. Fry says mistakes made decades ago when the gay and bisexual communities were “afraid and ashamed to come out” because of misconceptions about HIV-AIDS must not be repeated with monkeypox. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MP warns of repeating AIDS stigma with monkeypox, as Feds announce funding

Feds will give $550,000 to three community groups

Hedy Fry speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday June 15, 2017. Fry says mistakes made decades ago when the gay and bisexual communities were “afraid and ashamed to come out” because of misconceptions about HIV-AIDS must not be repeated with monkeypox. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Kris Cudmore shared this photo on Shuswap Everything Friendly Thursday evening, Aug. 11, which he took while trying to help out on his Sea-Doo after he learned the boat had capsized and people were calling for help. (Kris Cudmore/Facebook)

RCMP issue warning after boat capsizes on Shuswap Lake during big storm

Two people rescued, police urge boaters to check weather conditions before heading out

Kris Cudmore shared this photo on Shuswap Everything Friendly Thursday evening, Aug. 11, which he took while trying to help out on his Sea-Doo after he learned the boat had capsized and people were calling for help. (Kris Cudmore/Facebook)
Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Louie speaks to Penticton Rotarians on Truth and Reconciliation

Clarence Louie spoke about injustices and the path forward to building their communities

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Taryn Lim, 34 months old, suffered a broken leg and is missing a couple of teeth after she fell from a third-storey window in Langley on Monday, Aug. 8. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Toddler’s fall from third-storey window should be a warning to other parents, father says

Langley’s Taryn Lim has a broken leg, but her parents worried it could have been much worse

Taryn Lim, 34 months old, suffered a broken leg and is missing a couple of teeth after she fell from a third-storey window in Langley on Monday, Aug. 8. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Lightning strikes in Kelowna on Aug. 11. (Landon Hemmes- Instagram)

Thunderstruck: Recent lightning storms in the Okanagan ‘significant’ and ‘notable’

Chance of thunderstorms remain in the forecast through Saturday

Lightning strikes in Kelowna on Aug. 11. (Landon Hemmes- Instagram)
Rory McDonald has been missing since May 2021 and RCMP suspect foul play in his disappearance. (Contributed)

Criminality suspected in case of missing Vernon man

RCMP again appealing to public following May 2021 disappearance

Rory McDonald has been missing since May 2021 and RCMP suspect foul play in his disappearance. (Contributed)
Randy “Elvis” Friskie, shown here perfoming in 2018, says he is on his deathbed on a cot in a hallway at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

Elvis impersonator says he is on deathbed in hallway at a B.C. hospital

‘No dignity in it whatsoever,’ says Randy Friskie, who has liver disease

Randy “Elvis” Friskie, shown here perfoming in 2018, says he is on his deathbed on a cot in a hallway at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
An RCMP cruiser sits outside a home on Kelowna’s Bechard Road after a suspicious death on Monday, Oct. 18. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

Woman in Kelowna court on charges of murder of partner

Billie-Jo Bennett has been in custody since Dec. 2021

An RCMP cruiser sits outside a home on Kelowna’s Bechard Road after a suspicious death on Monday, Oct. 18. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
A car crash along Highway 3 sparked a new wildfire on Friday morning between Keremeos and Osoyoos. (BCWS)

Dozens of properties on evacuation alert amid ‘out of control’ wildfire along Highway 3

A car accident on Highway 3 sparked the Richter Mountain wildfire

A car crash along Highway 3 sparked a new wildfire on Friday morning between Keremeos and Osoyoos. (BCWS)
Smoke is pictured billowing from the Connell Ridge fire, south of Cranbrook. (Photo via BC Wildfire Service)

10 new lightning-caused wildfires in Southeast Fire Centre

Thunderstorms in the region have increased fire activity

Smoke is pictured billowing from the Connell Ridge fire, south of Cranbrook. (Photo via BC Wildfire Service)
Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)

Highway 3A from Keremeos to Penticton reopens

Reduced speed limits and additional RCMP will be along the road

Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)
(Photo - Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)

Off-duty lifeguard saves woman ejected from boat in West Kelowna

Kelowna RCMP rewarded the man on Aug. 11 for saving the woman’s life

(Photo - Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)
Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue and Talon helicopters rescued a hiker who was lost on the Golden Ears Mountains on Thursday evening. (RMSAR/Special to The News)

B.C. search team rescues hiker from Golden Ears Mountains

Search and Rescue warns people to bring navigation tools into the back country

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue and Talon helicopters rescued a hiker who was lost on the Golden Ears Mountains on Thursday evening. (RMSAR/Special to The News)
Sim’oogit Ni’isjoohl (Chief Earl Stephens) stands next to a replica of the Ni'isjoohl memorial pole in Laxgalts’ap (Greenville), in the Nass Valley. (Photo courtesy Nisga'a Nation)

B.C. First Nation delegation headed to Scotland to discuss repatriation of Nisga’a memorial pole

The totem pole was taken in 1929 without consent from Nisga’a Nation’s House of Ni’isjoohl

Sim’oogit Ni’isjoohl (Chief Earl Stephens) stands next to a replica of the Ni'isjoohl memorial pole in Laxgalts’ap (Greenville), in the Nass Valley. (Photo courtesy Nisga'a Nation)