Kelowna

Leighton Allen Labute. (Contributed)

Kelowna hamster killer handed conditional sentence, not allowed in pet stores

Leighton Labute appeared in a Kelowna court on Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier this year

Leighton Allen Labute. (Contributed)
(Stacia O’Brien/Facebook)

UPDATE: Downed power lines knock out power between Lake Country and Vernon

Traffic cleared, but power remains out for 200 properties

(Stacia O’Brien/Facebook)
Mount Law wildfire seen from Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15. (Brent Crozier photo)

Evacuation alert expands slightly due to Mount Law wildfire near West Kelowna

18 more properties on alert; Crown land added to evac order

Mount Law wildfire seen from Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15. (Brent Crozier photo)
The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)

Some Interior Health long-term care homes proactively relocated due to wildfires

Families are being contacted directly and provided details of their loved one’s temporary location

The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)
A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Conditions at Mount Law, White Rock Lake fires remain volatile

A detailed damage assessment will be done when it is safe to do so, say wildfire officials

A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Smoke from the Mt. Law fire near Peachland. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

West Kelowna’s Mount Law wildfire evacuees directed to Kelowna for emergency supports

Hotel vacancies are low, causing struggles for some evacuees trying to find a place to stay

Smoke from the Mt. Law fire near Peachland. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Smoke from the Mount Law wildfire viewed from Peachland on Sunday, Aug. 15. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

More evac alerts issued as Mount Law wildfire grows to 200 hectares near West Kelowna

More than 1,900 homes in West Kelowna, Peachland and RDCO are on alert; 460 ordered evacuated

Smoke from the Mount Law wildfire viewed from Peachland on Sunday, Aug. 15. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Kyle Gianis. (Kyle Gianis/Instagram)

RCMP cleared of wrongdoing in Enderby death of West Kelowna man with gang ties

Kyle Gianis died of self-inflicted wounds at a campground near Enderby days after surviving a shooting in Kelowna

Kyle Gianis. (Kyle Gianis/Instagram)
Kelowna West MLA elect Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his riding victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of this week’s news items from the Interior

Kelowna West MLA elect Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his riding victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
This is a familiar sight around Central Okanagan communities as the limited housing inventory is unable to meet buyer demand, which has created bidding wars and quick sales on many homes this year, a scenario likely to continue. (File photo)

Housing sales boom in Okanagan surges ahead

No relief in prices coming soon based on Century 21 Canada national survey

This is a familiar sight around Central Okanagan communities as the limited housing inventory is unable to meet buyer demand, which has created bidding wars and quick sales on many homes this year, a scenario likely to continue. (File photo)
Elana Thomas. (Contributed)

RCMP searching for missing Vanderhoof woman last seen in Kelowna

Elana Thomas was last seen in the Rutland area of Kelowna on Aug. 8

Elana Thomas. (Contributed)
Kelowna General Hospital. (Black Press Media file)

50 surgeries cancelled at Kelowna General Hospital as COVID-19 surges

Health minister Adrian Dix says they are reallocating resources to respond to heat wave, COVID-19

Kelowna General Hospital. (Black Press Media file)
First United Church on Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)

Firefighters extinguish early morning blaze at downtown Kelowna church

Blaze sparked in the doorway at First United Church on Bernard Avenue around 1 a.m.

First United Church on Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)
Power outage in Kelowna on Friday, Aug. 13. (FortisBC photo)

UPDATE: Power restored for thousands in Kelowna

Power restored in Upper Mission, lights out in Lower Mission

Power outage in Kelowna on Friday, Aug. 13. (FortisBC photo)
Lexaria Bioscience is a Kelowna biotech company that uses its technology to make medication more effective and with less side effects. (Lexaria Bioscience)

Kelowna tech company leading the way in making medications more effective, affordable

Lexaria Bioscience is putting Western Canada on the map with their innovative technology

Lexaria Bioscience is a Kelowna biotech company that uses its technology to make medication more effective and with less side effects. (Lexaria Bioscience)
Four RCMP vehicles near the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 33 in Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Jen Zielinski/Black Press Media)

RCMP arrest man panhandling at Kelowna intersection

Mounties allege the man attempted to assault an officer after being given a warning

Four RCMP vehicles near the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 33 in Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Jen Zielinski/Black Press Media)
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s gang team was in the Okanagan Aug. 3 to 7. (@cfseubc/Twitter)

Gang cops seize 2 kilos of illicit drugs, firearms during Okanagan visit

CFSEU officers were in the Okanagan patrolling between Kelowna and Vernon for five days this month

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s gang team was in the Okanagan Aug. 3 to 7. (@cfseubc/Twitter)
Cade Desjarlais, left, and Joan Phillip, right, will be running for the NDP in Kelowna-Lake Country and Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, respectively. (Contributed)

NDP confirms two Central Okanagan candidates

Cade Desjarlais and Joan Phillip will be on the ballot

Cade Desjarlais, left, and Joan Phillip, right, will be running for the NDP in Kelowna-Lake Country and Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, respectively. (Contributed)
Get ready for the fringe that roared, hitting the stages across the Okanagan on September 15(New Vintage Theatre)

Kelowna Fringe Festival returns to Central Okanagan this fall after year-long pandemic hiatus

The Kelowna Fringe Festival will feature 26 vastly different performances from comedic to touching

Get ready for the fringe that roared, hitting the stages across the Okanagan on September 15(New Vintage Theatre)
(Black Press file photo).

Kelowna woman facing charges after fatal Thanksgiving collision

A 60-year-old motorcyclist from the South Okanagan died in the crash

(Black Press file photo).