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‘Words matter’: North Okanagan-Shuswap MP addresses child pornography language

Mel Arnold’s bill advances to senate to see term changed to child sexual abuse and exploitation material

One driver has died and another has been taken to hospital after two semi trucks collided on Highway 5 north of Kamloops around noon Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Roy Parker/Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Highway 5 reopened after fatal collision north of Kamloops

Two commercial vehicles collided near McLure Thursday; the other driver was taken to hospital

Okanagan Okie did not see his shadow on Groundhog Dog, therefore predicting an early spring. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Early spring forecast by Okanagan Okie

Stuffed Vernon marmot mascot did not see his shadow at Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Crystal Hedlund (left), who operates a business, Crystal’s Baked Blessings, helps out families in need with Christmas dinners and gifts. (Submitted photo)

Burnout, death threats, stigma: Inside the life of an Okanagan non-profit operator

Three women who have tasked themselves with helping others share their stories

Crystal Hedlund (left), who operates a business, Crystal’s Baked Blessings, helps out families in need with Christmas dinners and gifts. (Submitted photo)
Water flowing through the Clore River work area where Coastal GasLink contractors are digging a trench for a pipeline crossing. (Photo courtesy the Suzuki Foundation)

New fish habitat damage allegations levelled at northwest B.C. pipeline project

Coastal GasLink opponents say water overflowed a dam on Clore River due to inadequate safeguards

Water flowing through the Clore River work area where Coastal GasLink contractors are digging a trench for a pipeline crossing. (Photo courtesy the Suzuki Foundation)
Penticton resident Doreen Abbott ‘Nana’ failed to arrive at a friend’s house on the evening of Jan. 27 and has not been seen since. Her vehicle was found stuck in snow up Greyback Mountain Rd. on Jan. 28. (Facebook)

Penticton RCMP now looking for dash cam, footage of missing senior’s car

Police are also asking to leave the search to the experts due to difficult terrain, cold weather

Penticton resident Doreen Abbott ‘Nana’ failed to arrive at a friend’s house on the evening of Jan. 27 and has not been seen since. Her vehicle was found stuck in snow up Greyback Mountain Rd. on Jan. 28. (Facebook)
Bryan Miles who became well known at Christmas time for fixing up old bikes and giving them to kids for Christmas is in jail charged with sex assault from 2021. The charge has not been proven in court. (Facebook)

Osoyoos bike Santa arrested and behind bars

The man who refurbished bikes this Christmas has been charged with sex assault

Bryan Miles who became well known at Christmas time for fixing up old bikes and giving them to kids for Christmas is in jail charged with sex assault from 2021. The charge has not been proven in court. (Facebook)
A cold spell is forecasted for much of B.C. starting Friday, Jan. 27, including the Okanagan. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Arctic air invasion to sweep across Okanagan, Shuswap

Temperatures will be ‘10 to 20 degrees colder than normal’ beginning late Friday, Jan. 27

A cold spell is forecasted for much of B.C. starting Friday, Jan. 27, including the Okanagan. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)

$213K fine issued to Coastal GasLink pipeline for environmental breach in northwest B.C.

Fine is the third for the pipeline project that will move natural gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat

Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)
Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canfor closing its Houston mill in April amid weak market; new facility under consideration

Closure being called ‘temporary’ pending decision by Canfor board

Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast

B.C. music festival visitors more likely to use drug-checking services: Interior Health

A report found high uptake of drug testing at the Bass Coast and Shambhala music festivals

The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast
Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)

Interior Health testing radon in schools

Pilot project taking place in all districts and participating independent schools

Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)
Roxanne Brower puts her hand beside the cougar’s paw print in the snow. She found a cougar with her cat in its mouth Sunday morning. (Roxanne Brower Facebook)

Cougar kills Penticton woman’s cat in front of her

The cougar had the cat in its mouth in her yard on Duncan Ave. E

Roxanne Brower puts her hand beside the cougar’s paw print in the snow. She found a cougar with her cat in its mouth Sunday morning. (Roxanne Brower Facebook)
Marty Schaffer leads a group in the backcountry. (Max Vidricaire)

How the snowpack in Revelstoke’s backcountry is affecting business

CAPOW is a backcountry guiding service that operates southwest of Revelstoke

Marty Schaffer leads a group in the backcountry. (Max Vidricaire)
A rockslide has taken place on Green Lake Road, 150 metres off Highway 97 in OK Falls. (Aim Roads)

Rockslide closes road off Highway 97 in Okanagan Falls

The slide took place Thursday morning on Green Lake Road

A rockslide has taken place on Green Lake Road, 150 metres off Highway 97 in OK Falls. (Aim Roads)
A rock slide in Keremeos by the Fas Gas and Eagle RV park took out a tent and damaged a trailer Monday morning, Jan. 16. (Facebook)

Rock slide in Keremeos damages trailer and tent, closes Highway 3

Unconfirmed reports that an evacuation is taking place in the area

A rock slide in Keremeos by the Fas Gas and Eagle RV park took out a tent and damaged a trailer Monday morning, Jan. 16. (Facebook)
Muddy debris could be harbouring the larvae of the invasive Zebra Mussel or invasive plant seeds. (East Kootenay Invasive Species Council photo)
Muddy debris could be harbouring the larvae of the invasive Zebra Mussel or invasive plant seeds. (East Kootenay Invasive Species Council photo)
This 2019 picture is of the huge pile of garbage that towers beside Green Mountain Road in Penticton, left after a waste removal company collapsed. Work is now underway to remove the trash. (RDOS photo)

Clean up of massive abandoned trash pile is finally underway in Penticton

Work will begin Jan. 16 to remove 3,360 tonnes of waste at Green Mountain Road

This 2019 picture is of the huge pile of garbage that towers beside Green Mountain Road in Penticton, left after a waste removal company collapsed. Work is now underway to remove the trash. (RDOS photo)
Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

VIDEO: ‘This is a parent’s worst nightmare’; father of missing Bella Coola man

A $10,000 reward offered for information regarding disappearance of Carl Schooner Jr.

Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo

Should B.C. allow cannabis lounges and cafes? Survey gets mixed reviews

Support high for cannabis consumption spaces among users, but police, health experts more cautions

Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo