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Penticton resident Taig Savage’s critically injured body was found at the track of Pen Hi in the early morning hours of Sept. 5. RCMP released his identity nearly a week later. (RCMP handout)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of the week’s news items

Penticton resident Taig Savage’s critically injured body was found at the track of Pen Hi in the early morning hours of Sept. 5. RCMP released his identity nearly a week later. (RCMP handout)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was getting ready to unveil their new West Kelowna location when they were called to rescue two lost hikers in Peachland. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue)

COSAR gear cache unveiling interrupted by Peachland rescue

The rescue group was unveiling its new West Kelowna gear cache when the call came

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was getting ready to unveil their new West Kelowna location when they were called to rescue two lost hikers in Peachland. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue)
HOPE Outreach has a new project to help vulnerable women in the Okanagan. (HOPE Outreach)

Okanagan outreach service launches new initiative to help vulnerable residents

Jewels of Hope teaches women tangible skills while earning money

HOPE Outreach has a new project to help vulnerable women in the Okanagan. (HOPE Outreach)
(Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Harvest a mixed bag for Okanagan fruit growers this year

The heatwave has damaged some crops, while it has been welcome for others

(Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
West Kelowna mayor Gord Milsom, Westbank First Nation councillor Jordan Coble, and Okanagan Regional Library CEO Don Nettleton. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: City of West Kelowna unveils new skatepark

Skate park opening marks completion of the first step of the city’s work towards a new city hall, library

West Kelowna mayor Gord Milsom, Westbank First Nation councillor Jordan Coble, and Okanagan Regional Library CEO Don Nettleton. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Sue Simpson is asking the community to send handmade cards and letters of encouragement to her son, Jessie. (Sue Simpson)

Kamloops mom asking for encouraging letters for son injured in 2016 assault

Sue Simpson hasn’t seen Jessie, whose nursing home is in lockdown due to COVID-19

Sue Simpson is asking the community to send handmade cards and letters of encouragement to her son, Jessie. (Sue Simpson)
Kelowna's Aiyla Forgie is one of five Lotto Max Dream Studio 2021 winners. The Okanagan hiker submitted an entry describing her dream to spread her mother's ashes at the top of Mount Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. (BCLC/Contributed)

Kelowna woman wins dream trip to Alaska’s Mount Denali

Aiyla Forgie wants to climb North America’s highest mountain in honour of her mom

Kelowna's Aiyla Forgie is one of five Lotto Max Dream Studio 2021 winners. The Okanagan hiker submitted an entry describing her dream to spread her mother's ashes at the top of Mount Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. (BCLC/Contributed)
Voters shared with Black Press Media what their pandemic voting experience was like. (Elections Canada)

VIDEO: Voters on their pandemic election day experience

Here’s what some voters had to say about voting during a pandemic

Voters shared with Black Press Media what their pandemic voting experience was like. (Elections Canada)
Mamas for Mamas is launching a new fundraising campaign in place of its annual gala. (Ratna Fitry/Pixabay)

Kelowna-based non-profit launches fundraising campaign for vulnerable families

Mamas for Mamas is hoping to raise $210,000 for its poverty relief, mental health programs

Mamas for Mamas is launching a new fundraising campaign in place of its annual gala. (Ratna Fitry/Pixabay)
Jan Paleta has been missing since Sept. 17. (Lake Country RCMP)

RCMP asking for assistance in locating missing Lake Country man

58-year-old Jan Paleta was last seen on or around Sept. 15 in Lake Country

Jan Paleta has been missing since Sept. 17. (Lake Country RCMP)
Eunice Gorman has passed away at 100 years old. (Gorman Bros Lumber Ltd.)

Last founder of West Kelowna sawmill passes away

Eunice Gorman of Gorman Bros Lumber celebrated her 100th birthday 24 days ago

Eunice Gorman has passed away at 100 years old. (Gorman Bros Lumber Ltd.)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of this week’s biggest news items

Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)
The Johnson-Bentley family was killed while camping near Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1982. (Tammy Arishenkoff/change.org)

Friend of slain family grateful Wells Gray murderer denied parole

More than 100,000 people signed Tammy Arishenkoff’s petition to keep David Ennis behind bars

The Johnson-Bentley family was killed while camping near Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1982. (Tammy Arishenkoff/change.org)
The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. (Black Press Media files)

Okanagan restaurants not following vaccine card protocol will face consequences: BCRFA

‘It’s not going to end well. They will be eventually closed or fined’

The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. (Black Press Media files)
Kelowna RCMP’s commanding officer Supt. Kara Triance. (Kelowna RCMP)

Murder prompts Kelowna’s top cop to call for wellness check changes

Supt. Kara Triance said the detachment is working on advocating for more mental health resources

Kelowna RCMP’s commanding officer Supt. Kara Triance. (Kelowna RCMP)
Despite a decrease in cases, the Central Okanagan still has the highest number of active cases in the region. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Central Okanagan COVID-19 numbers continue downward trend

Data shows the region’s COVID-19 cases decreasing for a fourth week

Despite a decrease in cases, the Central Okanagan still has the highest number of active cases in the region. (BC Centre for Disease Control)
FILE - David Shearing, pictured in this 1983 file photo. David Ennis (formerly David Shearing) convicted of killing three generations of a BC family in a mass murder faces his first parole hearing Wednesday Oct. 22, 2008. Ennis was convicted in the deaths of six members of the Bentley- Johnson family while they were camping in Wells Gray Park, in the BC Interior, in 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ files

Parole denied for B.C. man who killed family of 6 camping in Wells Gray Provincial Park

While he has made positive progress, the Parole Board said there were still overwhelming negatives

FILE - David Shearing, pictured in this 1983 file photo. David Ennis (formerly David Shearing) convicted of killing three generations of a BC family in a mass murder faces his first parole hearing Wednesday Oct. 22, 2008. Ennis was convicted in the deaths of six members of the Bentley- Johnson family while they were camping in Wells Gray Park, in the BC Interior, in 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ files
Rental prices for a one-bedroom unit have climbed in Kelowna in the last year (File photo)

Rent report: Kelowna sees upward trend in rates, fifth most expensive rental market in Canada

Average one-bedroom rental price is at $1,600 in Kelowna

Rental prices for a one-bedroom unit have climbed in Kelowna in the last year (File photo)
FILE - David Shearing, pictured in this 1983 file photo. David Ennis (formerly David Shearing) convicted of killing three generations of a BC family in a mass murder faces his first parole hearing Wednesday Oct. 22, 2008. Ennis was convicted in the deaths of six members of the Bentley- Johnson family while they were camping in Wells Gray Park, in the BC Interior, in 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ files

Conditional release not recommended for B.C. man who killed family of 6: parole officer

David Shearing killed six while they camped near Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1982

FILE - David Shearing, pictured in this 1983 file photo. David Ennis (formerly David Shearing) convicted of killing three generations of a BC family in a mass murder faces his first parole hearing Wednesday Oct. 22, 2008. Ennis was convicted in the deaths of six members of the Bentley- Johnson family while they were camping in Wells Gray Park, in the BC Interior, in 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ files
Tyler Woloshyn and Venessa Thorsen founded Students for Heart Health, which is now participating in JUMP IN, a national fundraiser for women’s cardiac health and care. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

UBC Okanagan grads start community group focused on heart health

Students for Heart Health is now fundraising for women’s cardiac health and care

Tyler Woloshyn and Venessa Thorsen founded Students for Heart Health, which is now participating in JUMP IN, a national fundraiser for women’s cardiac health and care. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)