Gary Barnes

Kelowna Fire Department Chief Travis Whiting. (File photo)

Still a ladder to climb on Kelowna fire staffing: Chief

‘We will continue to work on resourcing, training, and equipping our front-line responders’

Kelowna Fire Department Chief Travis Whiting. (File photo)
The high cost of housing in Kelowna is causing recruitment problems for the RCMP. (File photo)

Housing cost handcuffs Kelowna RCMP recruitment

“Direct correlation with the cost of housing in Kelowna impacting ability to recruit officers’

The high cost of housing in Kelowna is causing recruitment problems for the RCMP. (File photo)
Kelowna RCMP investigated 24 police-reported hate files in 2021, compared to six in 2020. (File photo)

Jump in reported hate crimes last year COVID-related: Kelowna RCMP

Kelowna was third in B.C. for police-reported hate crimes in 2021

Kelowna RCMP investigated 24 police-reported hate files in 2021, compared to six in 2020. (File photo)
A report from Statistics Canada shows Kelowna with the highest rate in the country for 2021. (File photo)

Kelowna had Canada’s highest crime rate in 2021

Kelowna also ranked seventh worse in the country for violent crime

A report from Statistics Canada shows Kelowna with the highest rate in the country for 2021. (File photo)
RCMP were called to an area near Shelter Bay Marina around 1:15 p.m. on Friday July, 29 after a call from a member of the public. (Gary Barnes/Capital News)

Vehicle used in West Kelowna homicide: RCMP

The victim has been identified but his name is not being released until next of kin are notified

RCMP were called to an area near Shelter Bay Marina around 1:15 p.m. on Friday July, 29 after a call from a member of the public. (Gary Barnes/Capital News)
(Gary Barnes/Capital News)

Body discovered in Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna, criminality suspected

Found near Shelter Bay Marina in West Kelowna

(Gary Barnes/Capital News)
Kelowna RCMP recently arrested two individuals who combined for a total of 68 recommended charges over two months. (File photo)

Facebook not the way to fight community crime: Kelowna RCMP

‘It is easy to find yourself in a dangerous situation, or in legal hot water’

Kelowna RCMP recently arrested two individuals who combined for a total of 68 recommended charges over two months. (File photo)
The intersection of Prairie Valley Road, Solly Road, and Highway 97 in Summerland has seen 139 crashes over the past five years according to an ICBC report. (Photo/Google Maps)

Summerland council seeking speed limit change on Highway 97

‘It’s not a very large area that we’re asking people to slow down in’

The intersection of Prairie Valley Road, Solly Road, and Highway 97 in Summerland has seen 139 crashes over the past five years according to an ICBC report. (Photo/Google Maps)
Conceptual rendering of revised development planned for 350 Doyle Ave. (Zeidler Architecture graphic)

Kelowna council approves 25-storey downtown tower amid controversy

‘There’s no conspiracy going on just a fully committed developer’

Conceptual rendering of revised development planned for 350 Doyle Ave. (Zeidler Architecture graphic)
The UBCO campus tower is still planned for 46 storeys. (UBCO graphic)

Make way: 46-storey campus housing tower gets green light in Kelowna

Council passed the newly created CD28 zone making way for the tower

The UBCO campus tower is still planned for 46 storeys. (UBCO graphic)
The UBCO campus tower is still planned for 46 storeys. (UBCO graphic)

Make way: Kelowna UBCO tower passes public hearing at 46-storeys

Council passed the newly created CD28 zone making way for the tower

The UBCO campus tower is still planned for 46 storeys. (UBCO graphic)
A serious crash has closed Highway 97 in Summerland. (Photo/Monique Tamminga)

Crash involving scooter sends 3 to hospital closes Highway 97 in Summerland

Truck and moped scooter were involved in the crash

A serious crash has closed Highway 97 in Summerland. (Photo/Monique Tamminga)
More than 30,00 FortisBC customers were affected at the height of the short power outage. (Photo/FortisBC)

Planned work led to huge FortisBC outage in the Okanagan

More than 30,000 customers were affected

More than 30,00 FortisBC customers were affected at the height of the short power outage. (Photo/FortisBC)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an electric battery announcement at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

PM Trudeau makes surprise visit to Okanagan

The Prime Minister’s last visit to the Okanagan was in 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an electric battery announcement at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Night time photos of Nohomin Creek wildfire, about two-kilometeres north of Lytton, B.C. July 14, 2022. (Facebook/Edith Loring Kuhanga)
Night time photos of Nohomin Creek wildfire, about two-kilometeres north of Lytton, B.C. July 14, 2022. (Facebook/Edith Loring Kuhanga)
A wildfire started about two-kilometres northwest of Lytton, B.C. on July 14. (Facebook BC Wildfire and Flood Support Group)

Out-of-control Nohomin Creek wildfire near Lytton now 1,500 hectares

Fire is now moving away from the Village of Lytton and Lytton First Nation

A wildfire started about two-kilometres northwest of Lytton, B.C. on July 14. (Facebook BC Wildfire and Flood Support Group)
Kelowna International Airport. (File photo)

Kelowna Airport lands $500,000 in funding for terminal expansion

YLW has received $500,00 in funding through B.C.’s mass timber demonstration program

Kelowna International Airport. (File photo)
Professional bull riders will be "looking for eight" at Kelowna's Prospera Place on July 20. (File photo/Black Press Media)

Bull riders return to Kelowna

Professional Bull Riders Canada returns to the Okanagan July 20

Professional bull riders will be "looking for eight" at Kelowna's Prospera Place on July 20. (File photo/Black Press Media)
The Nouissers stand outside their Peachland, B.C. home which was the scene of an armed police response that may have been predicted by a swatting call on Apr. 16, 2022 (Photo/Gary Barnes)

‘What am I charged with?’ B.C. couple seeks RCMP apology after suspected swatting call

“They marched through my house with guns drawn going ‘clear’, top floor clear.’”

The Nouissers stand outside their Peachland, B.C. home which was the scene of an armed police response that may have been predicted by a swatting call on Apr. 16, 2022 (Photo/Gary Barnes)
The Nouissers stand outside their Peachland home which was the scene of an armed police response that may have been predicted by a swatting call on Apr. 16, 2022 (Photo/Gary Barnes)

‘What am I charged with?’ Peachland couple seeks RCMP apology after suspected swatting call

“They marched through my house with guns drawn going ‘clear’, top floor clear.’”

The Nouissers stand outside their Peachland home which was the scene of an armed police response that may have been predicted by a swatting call on Apr. 16, 2022 (Photo/Gary Barnes)