Central Okanagan Regional District

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media file)

Central Okanagan fire ban lifted

Campfires are allowed across the region, except for Kelowna where they’re never permitted

 

Ellison Fire Department. (Contributed)

Ellison Fire Department looking for new recruits

Department will be taking applications for paid-on-call firefighters until Oct. 15

 

(Regional District of Central Okanagan/Contributed)

Watch out for bears in parks: Regional District of Central Okanagan

With the fall season comes ripening fruit, which can attract bears to parks

 

COSAR’s headquarters, located at 4680 Old Vernon Road in Kelowna. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue looking for new building

‘An improved building and location will allow COSAR to better serve the community’

COSAR’s headquarters, located at 4680 Old Vernon Road in Kelowna. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)
Hazelnuts are ready for harvest at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Regional District of Central Okanagan)

Self-harvest hazelnuts at West Kelowna’s Gellatly Nut Farm

Due to the ongoing pandemic, people will need to harvest the hazelnuts themselves

Hazelnuts are ready for harvest at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Regional District of Central Okanagan)
(FIle photo)

‘A slap in the face’: Central Okanagan Search and Rescue without gear after trailer theft

An oxygen tank and trauma pack are just some of the many items stolen

(FIle photo)
A group of West Kelowna and Peachland parents want increased access to school bus transportation for their kids. (File photo)

Parents demand Peachland, Westside students need a seat on school bus

Parents advocate for change to Central Okanagan School District mandate

A group of West Kelowna and Peachland parents want increased access to school bus transportation for their kids. (File photo)
A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

UPDATE: Evacuation order rescinded for Mount Law wildfire

Evacuation alert still remains in place for the area

A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A photo of the White Rock Lake fire at Westside Road. (Darren Wolf/Facebook)

6 structures west of Vernon damaged by White Rock Lake fire

The structures are on four properties in the Bouleau Lake area

A photo of the White Rock Lake fire at Westside Road. (Darren Wolf/Facebook)
The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)

Evacuation order lifted for some on Westside Road, alert still in place

Orders remain in place for some as the White Rock Lake wildfire continues to burn at 55,700 hectares

The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
Water quality advisories for Upper Fintry, Westshore, Killiney Beach water systems. (Kim Sievers/Wikimedia Commons photo)

Water quality advisories issued for evacuated North Westside communities

731 properties affected in Upper Fintry, Westshore and Killiney Beach water systems

Water quality advisories for Upper Fintry, Westshore, Killiney Beach water systems. (Kim Sievers/Wikimedia Commons photo)
The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)

PHOTOS: White Rock Lake wildfire lights up night skies in the Okanagan

The 55,000-hectare wildfire caused thousands of evacuations Friday night, even more on alert

The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
A photo of the White Rock Lake fire located approximately 34 kilometres northwest of Vernon. (BC Wildfire Service)

Some North Westside residents refusing to leave as wildfire threatens homes

The White Rock Lake wildfire is estimated at 32,500 ha, burning 8.5 km away from Westside Road

A photo of the White Rock Lake fire located approximately 34 kilometres northwest of Vernon. (BC Wildfire Service)
Emergency crews responding to a downtown Kelowna construction site after a crane fell on Monday, July 12. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

Deadly Kelowna crane collapse sparks calls for mandatory training, certification for operators

The incident killed five people, one who was a worker on an adjacent site

Emergency crews responding to a downtown Kelowna construction site after a crane fell on Monday, July 12. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Students at Quigley Elementary will have access to the school’s library over the summer. (Contributed)

Kelowna elementary school library stays open to combat the ‘summer slide’

Quigley Elementary’s library will be open once weekly to keep them reading over the holidays

Students at Quigley Elementary will have access to the school’s library over the summer. (Contributed)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Campfires banned as heat wave cooks the Central Okanagan

The ban will be effective as of noon on Wednesday, June 30

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
Rescue crews search for a missing diver in Okanagan Lake at Hot Sands Beach by the William R. Bennett Bridge on Sunday, May 16. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

Search for missing Okanagan Lake diver called off

The recovery mission was called off after nine days of searching

Rescue crews search for a missing diver in Okanagan Lake at Hot Sands Beach by the William R. Bennett Bridge on Sunday, May 16. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran’s absence from meetings of the RDCO board, which he serves on as one of seven city representatives, became a point of controversy last month. (File photo)

Curtailing Kelowna influence on regional district board

Kelowna’s representation on the 13-member RDCO board could drop from 7 to 6 with proposed changes

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran’s absence from meetings of the RDCO board, which he serves on as one of seven city representatives, became a point of controversy last month. (File photo)
Chickadees are one of the most common birds that can be easily spotted in parks around the Okanagan. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Birds return to Central Okanagan parks on the wings of spring

The RDCO is offering free birdwatching kits to help people explore local parks

Chickadees are one of the most common birds that can be easily spotted in parks around the Okanagan. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
North Westside Fire Rescue. (File)

Two North Westside deputy fire chiefs jet off to Mexico amid pandemic

‘To have two of the most senior guys off of our force at the exact same time puts us in a risky situation out here’

North Westside Fire Rescue. (File)