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Economic development group pitches highway shortcut between Red Deer, Alta., and Golden, B.C.  

Howse Pass route through Banff proposed as safer, "gentler path" than Highway 1's Kicking Horse Canyon for traffic between central Alberta and B.C.

Rural grant program missing from budget as $25M redirected to forestry crisis response

Municipal leaders hoped for a return of the $25-million Rural Dividend Program in the recent provincial budget to fund community projects in small towns. Instead, the funds have been diverted to help unemployed forest industry workers.

Baby, it's cold inside: Seniors centre struggles to heat building, stay open

A popular activity centre in Vernon has launched a "furnace fundraiser" as it faces possible closure over crushing debt and a failing heating system.

Neither snow, nor rain ... but staff shortage delays mail for weeks in southern B.C. villages

Residents in the southern Interior community of Coalmont are frustrated with Canada Post because they haven't had mail delivery to their town since before Christmas.

Former regimental sergeant major pleads guilty to possessing child porn

The former Regimental Sergeant Major of the B.C. Dragoons of the Department of National Defence's 39th Brigade Group, based in Kelowna, B.C. has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Star light, star bright: Rare designation sought to keep Kelowna park dark

Isabella Hodson's work at a dark-sky preserve in Alberta led her to spot the potential for a similar designation of a 405-hectare park on the south slopes of Kelowna.

B.C. woman first Canadian to complete ultra-triathlon equivalent to 20 Ironmans

Vernon, B.C. ultra-triathlete Shanda Hill has become the first Canadian to complete a double-Deca triathlon - a gruelling race equivalent to 20 Ironman triathlon races.

B.C. dad sentenced to life for murders of his wife and 2 daughters

Jacob Forman admitted to killing his wife and two daughters in the family home in December of 2017. He has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 35 years.

Curtis Sagmoen pleads not guilty as trial begins over allegations of threatening sex worker with gun

Curtis Sagmoen, accused of threatening a sex trade worker with a shotgun while wearing a mask, has pleaded not guilty to five charges. The alleged incident occurred in August 2017 near his parents' property south of Salmon Arm, B.C.

'Ghost bike' memorial to be installed where Kelowna, B.C., cyclist was killed by truck

Ernie Gabbs died after a collision with a semi-trailer truck on Monday at the intersection of Dilworth Drive and Harvey Avenue. Kelowna RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen the fatal crash to come forward with information.

How a B.C. mayor plans to rank reefer at the fall fair

Homegrown pot will join poultry, pies and preserves at exhibitions in Grand Forks and the Cowichan Valley.

4-day school week coming for some Kootenay kids

Students at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland, B.C. will have every Friday off beginning this school year.

Fossils of giant, human-sized penguin found by amateur fossil hunter

An amateur fossil hunter in New Zealand found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago, scientists say.

'Impenetrable' coating to protect B.C. theatre from woodpeckers' pointy beaks

Protected northern flickers have caused 10s of thousands of dollars worth of damage to Vernon performing arts centre

'Crazy' to consider releasing man who named Revelstoke dam as ISIS target into nearby community: mayor

Othman Ayed Hamdan named the Revelstoke dam in B.C. as a potential target in a series of online posts praising ISIS. Now, Hamdan may be released into nearby Enderby while he awaits deportation from Canada.

Critter couriers: Trucker who transports rescue animals needs drivers to join his fleet

Truck driver Josh Aldrich voluntarily moves rescue animals to their "furever" homes so they can avoid having to go by airplane, and he's looking for other drivers to join his fleet.

Wildfire south of Cawston, B.C., grows to 60 hectares

A fire 14 kilometres south of the Similkameen community of Cawston, B.C., has grown to 60 hectares, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

'Our town has turned into a hellhole': Emotions run high at Vernon town hall on downtown issues

Vernon residents and business owners yelled, cried and offered solutions as they took to the microphone at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening to address persistent issues plaguing the city's downtown core.

'An option of last resort': West Kelowna fire hall forced to close temporarily due to staff shortage

West Kelowna Fire Rescue was forced to close one of its two main fire halls on Saturday because of a staffing shortage at the fire department.

Retired pilot trying to fund free flights for medical patients in B.C. Interior

Angel Flight East Kootenay will fly medical patients from B.C.'s Interior to appointments in Vancouver and Kelowna for free. It's seeking donors to help get the airline off the ground.

'It was just beautiful': Kelowna family that saved owl watches as it's released back into the wild

A Kelowna family watched on Wednesday as a great horned owl it helped rescue three months ago was released back into the wild after its rehabilitation at the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre.

No criminal record for security guard who broke man's arm while restraining him

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has granted a Kelowna security guard a conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty to one count of common assault for breaking a man's arm in 2016 while attempting to restrain him. 

West Kelowna man sentenced to 5 years in prison for violent rape, confinement

A B.C. Supreme Court Justice has sentenced a West Kelowna man to five years in prison for confining a woman in his home while he repeatedly choked and raped her.

'There was a lot of blood. He was a very broken man': Snowboarder swept away by avalanche at B.C. ski resort

A Vernon B.C., man watched as his snowboarding partner was swept up in an avalanche on a ski run at SilverStar Mountain Resort last week.

15-year-old softball star has her sights set on Division 1 U.S. college ball

This summer, 15-year-old Renay Willier will compete to win national softball championships in two countries, facing off against players up to four years older than herself.

Police rescue woman robbed at gunpoint and kidnapped in Kamloops

The captive woman was found in a vehicle with firearms near Falkland, B.C., after being robbed in downtown Kamloops and held against her will as her captors travelled to Kelowna.

'I feel like I've just lost my family': Oliver pub closes as owner seeks health treatment abroad

The owner of a neighbourhood pub in Oliver has closed down her business in order to seek treatment in China for chronic pain she's experienced since a traffic accident in 2017.

South Okanagan residents call for referendum on proposed national park

A new public poll shows 76 per cent of residents surveyed in the South Okanagan-Similkameen support a local referendum to determine if a Parks Canada plan for a national park in the region should be green lit.

Man shot in the back gets disturbing Christmas card from imprisoned shooter

Oliver resident Wayne Belleville was shocked and upset to receive a card from a dangerous offender in a maximum security prison who shot him in the back in 2015.

B.C. judge who refused recusal after crying during victim statement hands down sentence

A British Columbia provincial court judge who teared up over a victim impact statement in a sex crimes trial has sentenced the perpetrator to 14 months in jail.

Some of Kelowna's homeless to get housing as winter shelter closes for good

B.C. Housing has secured an extension for the Inn from the Cold shelter in Kelowna. B.C., so that people sleeping there have a place to stay until a supportive housing building is ready to accept residents.

Few answers about what happened to Kelowna mother and daughters 1 year after alleged domestic homicide

One year after the death of Kelowna, B.C., mother Clara Forman and her daughters Karina, 7, and Yesenia, 8, neighbours and friends are searching for answers to what could have happened that led to their deaths in a quiet duplex near the end of a cul-de-sac.

Former Kamloops deputy sheriff caught in Creep Hunters sting handed 1 year conditional sentence

A former Kamloops deputy sheriff has been handed a one year conditional sentence stemming from an investigation that was launched after a vigilante group lured him into a sexualized online relationship with a person representing themself as a 14-year-old girl.

Conservation officer on mend after shooting and killing grizzly that attacked him

Matthew Corbett has been off work since a mission to kill an aggressive bear north of Cranbrook, B.C., turned into a fight for his life.

Suspension of TRU professor could violate academic freedom, faculty association says

A Canadian university faculty association is investigating the suspension of a B.C. professor as a possible violation of academic freedom.

Kelowna doctor calls for greater access to less invasive breast cancer treatment

The B.C. Cancer Agency calls Dr. Juanita Crook a leading expert in the field of brachytherapy, a relatively new way of treating cancer in which doctors implant tiny seeds of radioactive material into breast tissue at the site of the cancer.

Better than canned goods? Union donates house to Cranbrook food bank

The food bank had been using the converted house as a distribution centre, renting it from the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union. But recently, the union gifted the entire house, worth about $112,000, to the non-profit.

'It's inhumane': B.C. Parkinson's patients frustrated with long waits for life-changing surgery

Some B.C. Parkinson's disease patients are speaking out about the lengthy wait time for a surgical procedure that can drastically reduce symptoms associated with the neurological condition, such as tremors, rigidity and slow movement.

Election brings new school trustees for North Okanagan-Shuswap after last board fired by province

After two-and-a-half years, the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has a board of elected trustees. The previous board was dismissed en masse by the province in 2016 over what it termed financial troubles and a loss of public confidence.

Issues of housing affordability, homelessness and a botched park development dominate Penticton election

The lack of affordable housing, homelessness and outgoing city council's handling of a plan to develop part of a popular lake park are issues top of mind for voters in Penticton as they prepare to head to the polls on Oct. 20.

Kelowna mayoral candidates outline their visions for the city in all-candidate forum

Kelowna's four mayoral candidates squared off on topics of homelessness, transportation and leadership in an election debate Monday afternoon.

We ask 3 notable Canadians about their most memorable meals

Once-imprisoned journalist Mohamed Fahmy tells us about the first thing he ate as a free man as part of our series, Memorable Meals.

Dig this: you can vote online for B.C.'s official fossil

The race features a mixture of ancient creatures including a type of crab, an ancient forerunner to the salmon and a large, dinosaur-like sea reptile called the elasmosaur.

Wildfire, flood evacuees in B.C. offered break on energy bills

FortisBC announced Thursday that anyone who was forced from their homes due to the disasters that gripped the province for months will not be charged for energy used while they were not at their homes.

Old Fort residents make do after northeast B.C. community cut off by landslide

The community of about 30 homes in northeastern B.C. had its only road in or out of town cut off Sunday when a landslide began to slowly tear the pavement apart.

Man pleads guilty to 7 arsons that terrorized Vernon

William Munton, 56, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of arson in a Vernon courtroom Monday on what was supposed to be the first day of his three-week trial.

Talkin' turkey: Kootenay town calls for crackdown on feeding troublesome birds

Local politicians in the Kootenay town of Edgewater are frustrated by people feeding wild turkeys and hope the province will put a stop to the behaviour.

Penticton man pleads guilty to panhandling in case that cost city more than $25,000 in legal fees

The City of Penticton and a local panhandler have reached a plea deal over eight outstanding bylaw tickets to avoid a trial in provincial court.

'Finally, It's 2018 and not 1900': Haida Gwaii village gets cell phone service

Mayor says safety will be improved with the service which is important due to a number of earthquakes and tsunami warnings in recent years.

Vernon, B.C., abandons shopping cart ban as way to discourage homelessness

City council voted to quash a proposed shopping cart ban after receiving criticism from homeless advocates suggesting such a ban would violate Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Kelowna beach walkers want a shoreline free of private docks and fences that block public access

About 100 people took to the shoreline of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, B.C., for beach walk to protest private docks and fencing that block public access to the foreshore.

B.C. judge refuses to recuse herself for crying in court

A B.C. provincial court judge has ruled not to recuse herself from presiding over a sexual interference case after a defence lawyer accused her of not being able to deliver a fair sentence because she cried during a victim impact statement.

Lower Mainland man arrested in homicide of woman at West Kelowna hotel

The RCMP are investigating the homicide of a Lower Mainland woman at at the Best Western Hotel in West Kelowna.

City of Kelowna one step closer to regulating Airbnb-style rentals

The City of Kelowna is looking to Vancouver and Victoria as it drafts regulations around short term rentals.

City of Kelowna may keep its rare indoor surfing machine after all

City of Kelowna staff is recommending council go ahead with upgrades to its FlowRider machine which is needed to keep the indoor wave surfing machine in operation.

Clean-up planned for 'filthy' campsite left by notorious mail thieves near Peachland

A group of Peachland volunteers are cleaning up trash and refuse left behind at a campsite where a couple was living in a stolen RV.

Official urges caution after 2 cyclists hit by cars during Bike to Work Week in Kelowna

Kelowna's active transportation co-ordinator says cyclists and drivers need to be better.

Kelowna council votes to top up salaries after feds scrap tax break

The bump is a reaction to the 2018 federal budget ditching the current tax-free expense allowance for elected officials which amounts to about a third of their income being tax free.

Lack of Indigenous voices at Columbia River Treaty talks 'total slap in the face'

Indigenous people were not involved in the original treaty and some hoped the renegotiation would be different.

B.C. researchers say hearing loss contributes to seniors' isolation, loneliness

“You can just imagine not being able to catch the punchline on a joke or not hearing everything said and responding inappropriately," researcher says.

Could forest fire control be hurting B.C. deer? Study aims to find out

Researchers are going into areas hit hard by wildfire in recent years to see how the landscape affects the population and movement of mule deer.

'They just didn't want to come': Tourism down over May long weekend in South Okanagan

Tourists stayed away from the South Okanagan this May long weekend over concerns about flooding in the region.

Seniors face eviction from Penticton, B.C. mobile home park

Dozens of residents of the Delta Mobile Home Park in Penticton, B.C., have been ordered to leave the properties by before October 1.

New Kelowna, B.C. clinic aims to provide faster mental health, addiction treatments

Greg Cutforth, who works in primary and community care for the health authority, says the clinic aims to fill a gap between the level of care provided by family doctors and the level provided by specialized mental mental health and addictions treatment — and fill it quickly.

B.C. hot spell brings potential river spills

A spell of warm weather in B.C.'s southern Interior this week could lead to flooding across parts of the region as snow-melt flows into river basins, according to B.C.'s River Forecast Centre.

Hospitality operators in Osoyoos, B.C., propose trucking in mobile work camp for summer staff

A group of hospitality businesses in Osoyoos, B.C., wants to bring an oil field work camp to the South Okanagan because of a lack of housing for seasonal workers.

Washout closes Highway 33 east of Kelowna

Highway 33 east of Kelowna, B.C. is closed in both directions because of a washout this morning.

They called this Grade 9 girl 'disgusting' and 'ugly.' She fought back

When she was the target of hurtful graffiti, Kailey Kukkola wanted to stand up for herself. She had the graffiti printed on a T-shirt and wore it to school to show words couldn't hurt her.

Vernon business owners air frustrations over growing homeless problem

Vernon business owners shared stories of dealing with people living on the streets in the North Okanagan city's downtown at a public town hall Thursday night.

Frustrations mount over derelict Penticton, B.C. house

Frustrations are mounting over a rental property in Pentiction, B.C. that's been described as everything from derelict to "a crack house."

Revelstoke, B.C., scrambles to create staff housing amid low-vacancy crunch

The city of Revelstoke is working to create housing for businesses that can't find workers due to the city's low-vacancy rate.

90-year-old Kelowna woman attends more than 4,400 aquafit classes

Beatrice Ingram has been attending three aquafit classes a week for 37 years and has been asked to teach the classes.

Kelowna temporary homeless shelter to stay open until 2019

A Kelowna homeless shelter set up in a former A&B Sound building will remain open until at least March 31, 2019, the province announced Thursday.

Alleged voyeur peers up woman's skirt in Kelowna bookstore

Police in Kelowna are releasing surveillance photos after an unknown man allegedly looked up a woman's skirt in a Chapters bookstore.

Kelowna musician writes song protesting new busking bylaws

A Kelowna musician has written a protest song condemning new restrictions imposed on downtown buskers. City council recently approved changes to its busking and panhandling bylaws.

12-metre tree root pulled from B.C. storm drain

When a storm drain backed up in Osoyoos, B.C., over the weekend, a 12-metre tree root was the last thing crews expected to find.

Police investigate after body found in vehicle in Kelowna's Myra Canyon area

RCMP are investigating what they call the sudden death of a 54-year-old man whose body was found in a vehicle in rural Kelowna.

Deadly fall claims construction worker on the job in Penticton, B.C.

RCMP say a 59-year-old man is dead after he fell from a structure on a residential construction site in Penticton, B.C.

Local flooding prompts state of emergency in Armstrong, B.C.

A North Okanagan community has issued a state of local emergency after a night of heavy rain and flooding.

Bear-sprayed Good Samaritan incident in North Okanagan reveals mobile drug lab

RCMP say a yellow cube van that was found in a ditch along Highway 6 near Lumby, B.C., this week contained a mobile drug lab. The suspect allegedly bear-sprayed a Good Samaritan and stole his truck to get away.

Kelowna woman blames developer for 'swimming pool of water' in her house

A Kelowna, B.C., woman blames a developer who cut down 'hundreds of trees' for leaving her property at risk of spring runoff and flooding.

Kelowna dumps plan for 1,000 housing units near landfill

The City of Kelowna has voted against a large-scale housing development planned near the city's landfill saying future residents may have health and noise concerns.

'Thanks, but no thanks': Kelowna to fight speculation tax

Kelowna city council voted Tuesday to draft a letter to the B.C. government officially announcing its opposition to the proposed speculation tax.

South Okanagan village wants to ban camping at party spot

If the Village of Keremeos gets its way, partiers could soon face new bylaws and fines at an unofficial camping location near the Similkameen River.

Good Samaritan attacked with bear spray and robbed near Lumby, B.C.

RCMP say a 35-year-old man was bear sprayed and had his truck stolen when he pulled over to help someone on the side of the road on Highway 6.

Stolen truck creates hit-and-run carnage in Okanagan

RCMP are asking for witnesses to come forward after a stolen white Ford F-150 pickup truck was involved in a series of hit-and-run collisions in Kelowna, B.C.

Police say foul play is possible in Vernon, B.C., death

RCMP remain on the scene at a Vernon, B.C., home where a 37-year-old woman was found unresponsive on Thursday.

Weed 101: New B.C. college program teaches retail side of pot

The College of the Rockies is about to launch a new online course with a practicum component dedicated to the retail side of cannabis sales.

Speculation tax causing 'confusion and fear' in East Kootenay

Some B.C. Interior communities say they are feeling the effects of B.C.'s speculation tax, even though they are not included in the proposed housing control measure.

2017 B.C. flood response 'appropriate,' says independent review

An independent review of the province's response to unprecedented 2017 flooding in the Thompson Okanagan has concluded the ministry acted 'professionally and appropriately.'

1 dead in Kelowna house fire

One person was killed in an early morning house fire in Kelowna, B.C.

MP worries about fate of small-time pot growers

NDP MP Wayne Stetski worries that small-scale pot growers in the B.C. Interior will by crushed by large corporations once marijuana is legalized this summer.

Man killed after rock slide hits Okanagan home

An 81-year-old man is dead after a rock slide slammed into his home in Okanagan Falls, B.C.

Man charged in teen's death pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

The man charged in connection to the 2011 killing of teenager Taylor Van Diest in Armstrong, B.C., has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Closure of school used for special programs in Creston, B.C. draws protests

A Creston Valley school now used for community programs like early childhood education, speech therapy, pregnancy outreach and distance learning is to be shut down, the school district says.

B.C. flood fears grow amid rising temperatures and above average snowpack

Forecasters are urging people be on alert for flooding in the coming days and weeks due to rising temperatures and an above average snowpack in much of B.C.

Three suspicious fires in two days in North Okanagan

RCMP in the North Okanagan are concerned about a string of fires set at garages in Armstrong, B.C., this week.

Kelowna RCMP use therapy dogs to battle stress

Kelowna RCMP officers are battling workplace stress with the help of some trained four-legged friends and UBC Okanagan.

Province reduces number of school trustees in North Okanagan-Shuswap

The B.C. government has reduced the number of school trustees in the North Okanagan-Shuswap after the previous board of nine was fired in 2016.

UBC acquires rare 1st edition of Harry Potter for roughly $47K Cdn

Staff at the UBC Library waved a magic wand and paid a few golden Galleons to obtain a very rare first U.K. edition of the original Harry Potter book.