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B.C. chiropractic regulating body walks back motion against vaccine mandates

Health Minister Adrian Dix called the motion disappointing, not reflective of most chiropractors

UBC Okanagan is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C.’s Interior to receive provincial funding for new co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities, according to an announcement Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 (File photo)

Okanagan post-secondary students will soon have more work placement opportunities

Funding from province to bolster co-op, work-integrated lerning programs at Interior schools

One of the multiple incidents that closed Highway 3 last week. (Paul Anthony - Twitter)

Five fatal crashes in a week on Highways 3 and 97

Traffic has increased substantially due to floods closing other routes

Re-Inventing The Wheel will be making its online international debut on Dec. 3, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (Contributed)

Documentary on Okanagan, Kamloops wheelchair community making its international debut

Re-Inventing The Wheel won the best feature documentary at the 2020 Chelsea Film Festival in New York

Re-Inventing The Wheel will be making its online international debut on Dec. 3, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (Contributed)
The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

Less than 25% of users have applied for groundwater licence as B.C.’s deadline nears

Those without a licence could face fines, penalties and lose water rights

The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
Brian Pealow (owner of Pealow’s Your Independent Grocer), Danny Turner (owner of Just-A-Mere Organic Farm and Fields Forward board chair), and Tanya Wall (food hub manager) poses in front if the grocery store with the first of a fresh shipment of apple juice. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Apple juice produced at Kootenay regional food hub supplied to Creston grocery store

Kootenay producers can rent space and equipment at the food hub

Brian Pealow (owner of Pealow’s Your Independent Grocer), Danny Turner (owner of Just-A-Mere Organic Farm and Fields Forward board chair), and Tanya Wall (food hub manager) poses in front if the grocery store with the first of a fresh shipment of apple juice. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
A person was killed in this crash at the uncontrolled intersection of Warren Ave. and Channel Parkway on Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton crash on Highway 97 was fatal

BC Coroners Service confirm one person died in the crash at an uncontrolled highway intersection

A person was killed in this crash at the uncontrolled intersection of Warren Ave. and Channel Parkway on Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Shawn Lamouroux of Vernon is facing seven counts of robbery stemming from crimes up and down the Okanagan in October and November 2021. (Contributed)

Month-long Okanagan-wide robbery spree ends with arrest

37-year-old Vernon man facing 7 counts of robbery

Shawn Lamouroux of Vernon is facing seven counts of robbery stemming from crimes up and down the Okanagan in October and November 2021. (Contributed)
Dale Safinuk (left) is the new vice chair of Okanagan College’s board of directors while former vice chair Juliette Cunningham (right) takes over as chair. (Okanagan College photo)

Okanagan College elects new board chairs

Juliette Cunningham moves from vice chair to chair; Dale Safinuk elected vice chair

Dale Safinuk (left) is the new vice chair of Okanagan College’s board of directors while former vice chair Juliette Cunningham (right) takes over as chair. (Okanagan College photo)
The RCMP arrested, and subsequently released, two more opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline for setting up a blockade near the construction site in Houston on Monday morning, Nov. 29. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint/ Facebook)
The RCMP arrested, and subsequently released, two more opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline for setting up a blockade near the construction site in Houston on Monday morning, Nov. 29. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint/ Facebook)
Betty Anne Marino of Warfield joins Columbia Basin Trust Board. CBT file

Betty Anne Marino joins Columbia Basin Trust Board

Marino’s family’s history in the Kootenays dates back to the 1800s

Betty Anne Marino of Warfield joins Columbia Basin Trust Board. CBT file
The neutered male has no permanent forms of identification. (BC SPCA Maple Ridge/Special to The News)

Are you this dog’s owner? BC SPCA looking out for dog displaced during Abbotsford flooding

The dog was brought from the Chilliwack branch to Maple Ridge due to evacuations

The neutered male has no permanent forms of identification. (BC SPCA Maple Ridge/Special to The News)
Stolen hand painted ties and bow ties created by Osoyoos artist Gabriele Beyer. (Contributed)

Osoyoos artist’s life’s work stolen during home break-in

Over 1,000 painted silk ties and 42 original paintings were stolen from her home Nov. 10

Stolen hand painted ties and bow ties created by Osoyoos artist Gabriele Beyer. (Contributed)
Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel will be shut down for the next 16 days due to a lack of pulp supply. (West Fraser Photo)

Quesnel pulp mill to shut down due to flooding and transportation issues

Around 220 employees have been temporarily laid off at two West Fraser pulp mills

Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel will be shut down for the next 16 days due to a lack of pulp supply. (West Fraser Photo)
Cokato Rd south of Fernie was impacted by flooding 10 days ago when the first atmospheric river hit the province. (Image courtesy of Valerie Barry)

High streamflow advisory issued for Kootenays, Upper Columbia region

A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Kootenay and Upper…

Cokato Rd south of Fernie was impacted by flooding 10 days ago when the first atmospheric river hit the province. (Image courtesy of Valerie Barry)
A view of Highway 1 east of Revelstoke at around 8 a.m., Nov. 28. The highway is currently closed until 2 p.m. for avalanche control. (DriveBC)

Highway closed east of Revelstoke

Avalanche control work is ongoing

A view of Highway 1 east of Revelstoke at around 8 a.m., Nov. 28. The highway is currently closed until 2 p.m. for avalanche control. (DriveBC)
A survey published Nov. 9, 2021 by the Okanagan Cannabis Collective and the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers found that 60 per cent of legal B.C. retailers feel their business is no longer viable due to the number of illegal and public stores in operation. (File photo)

Okanagan cannabis retailers feel ‘squeezed out’ by illicit operators, public stores: survey

Survey by Okanagan Cannabis Collective found 60 per cent of licenced B.C. retailers feel their business is unviable

A survey published Nov. 9, 2021 by the Okanagan Cannabis Collective and the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers found that 60 per cent of legal B.C. retailers feel their business is no longer viable due to the number of illegal and public stores in operation. (File photo)
Chilliwack’s Aaron Tschritter died in a car crash in the early hours of Nov. 25 in Texas. (Melissa Tschritter/ Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Chilliwack man reported missing dies in car crash in Texas

Chilliwack Realtor Aaron Tschritter died in an early-morning crash on expressway in Dallas

Chilliwack’s Aaron Tschritter died in a car crash in the early hours of Nov. 25 in Texas. (Melissa Tschritter/ Facebook photo)
Hwy 1, about 46 km east of Revelstoke, looking east. (DriveBC)

Winter storm warning on Highway 1 from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

Heavy snow continues today over the Pass, hazardous winter conditions are expected

Hwy 1, about 46 km east of Revelstoke, looking east. (DriveBC)
Aerial view from Kimberley: Funding of $2.9 million has been secured to expand Columbia Basin Trust’s regional fibre optic network between Kimberley and Wasa. CBT file

CBT announces fibre optic internet for Nelson to Fruitvale; Kimberley to Wasa

The Trust collaborates with several partners on fibre optic projects worth $7.6M

Aerial view from Kimberley: Funding of $2.9 million has been secured to expand Columbia Basin Trust’s regional fibre optic network between Kimberley and Wasa. CBT file