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Okanagan College unveils online continuing studies brochure, fall courses

Okanagan College unveils online continuing studies brochure, fall courses

School offering courses in business, health, education, technology, cannabis, wine and food and more

Okanagan College unveils online continuing studies brochure, fall courses
The City of Penticton held a noon press conference with BC Wildfire Service and the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen officials regarding the status of the Christie Mountain wildfire on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Christie Mountain wildfire sees ‘minimal’ growth despite heavy winds

55 pieces of equipment, 110 firefighters from across B.C. have been released from Penticton blaze

The City of Penticton held a noon press conference with BC Wildfire Service and the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen officials regarding the status of the Christie Mountain wildfire on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Area restriction implemented for Christie Mountain wildfire

Area restriction implemented for Christie Mountain wildfire

Blaze near Penticton experienced ‘minimal fire activity’ over the past 24 hours

Area restriction implemented for Christie Mountain wildfire
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The Mount Christie wildfire burning on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 18. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Majority of Okanagan fires human-caused

BC Wildfire Service urging extreme caution

The Mount Christie wildfire burning on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 18. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson speaks via video link during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 14, 2020. The federal government has announced it will join in an environmental assessment of a major expansion to proposed southern British Columbia coal mine. A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the decision was made after analyzing the potential of Teck Resources’ Castle project to cause adverse effects within areas of federal jurisdiction. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government to join assessment of Teck coal mine expansion in B.C.

Contamination was a main concern of eight interveners who asked Ottawa to assist B.C. in reviewing the expansion

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson speaks via video link during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 14, 2020. The federal government has announced it will join in an environmental assessment of a major expansion to proposed southern British Columbia coal mine. A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the decision was made after analyzing the potential of Teck Resources’ Castle project to cause adverse effects within areas of federal jurisdiction. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and staff have helped invest more than $1.3 million in 90+charities in the region to support people affected by the coronavirus. (United Way SIBC photo)

United Way supports Okanagan charities

United Way Southern Interior BC invests more than $1 million with 90+ regional groups

United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and staff have helped invest more than $1.3 million in 90+charities in the region to support people affected by the coronavirus. (United Way SIBC photo)
Logo of the new B.C. EcoSocialist Party. (Facebook graphic)

New B.C. political party ‘further left than the NDP, greener than the Greens’

Skeena and Bulkley Valley EcoSocialist Party organizer Edward Quinlan explains the party’s philosophy

Logo of the new B.C. EcoSocialist Party. (Facebook graphic)
UPDATE: Fire between Salmon Arm-Sicamous suspected human caused

UPDATE: Fire between Salmon Arm-Sicamous suspected human caused

Blaze near Craigellachie now 15 hectares, new spot fire at Hummingbird Creek

UPDATE: Fire between Salmon Arm-Sicamous suspected human caused
Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo

Province announces $2M in arts and culture funding under BC Arts Council

The program will go toward renovating arts and cultural spaces in BC and to buy special equipment

Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo
Tl’uk, a rare, low-pigment transient orca was spotted in Alaska waters last week. (Courtesy of Stephanie Hayes.)
Tl’uk, a rare, low-pigment transient orca was spotted in Alaska waters last week. (Courtesy of Stephanie Hayes.)
A Jeep SUV burned alongside the Trans-Canada Highway west of Salmon Arm on Aug. 11. (MrHazardous/Youtube)

Video: SUV burns alongside the highway near Salmon Arm

Footage of the burning vehicle was posted to Youtube.

A Jeep SUV burned alongside the Trans-Canada Highway west of Salmon Arm on Aug. 11. (MrHazardous/Youtube)
Health care priorities debated following surprise funding announcement

Health care priorities debated following surprise funding announcement

Surprise provincial funding stirs debate on local health care priorities during regional meeting

Health care priorities debated following surprise funding announcement
Real estate sales set records in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

July Kootenay real estate sales at record high

Sales and prices of Kootenay real estate on the rise

Real estate sales set records in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
A server wears a face mask while cleaning a table on the patio at an Earls restaurant in Vancouver in May. A group of doctors and dentists are calling on the B.C. government to make masks mandatory. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

Kootenay doctor among 82 physicians, dentists calling on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

A server wears a face mask while cleaning a table on the patio at an Earls restaurant in Vancouver in May. A group of doctors and dentists are calling on the B.C. government to make masks mandatory. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press
The B.C. Wildfire Service has responed to a cluster of suspected lightning-caused fires in the Revelstoke area, as a thunderstorm is being blamed for multiple starts over the last 48 hours. Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Service.

Lightning blamed for multiple fire starts across Kootenays

Southeast Fire Centre says ground crews, air support responding to fires near Revelstoke, Nakusp

The B.C. Wildfire Service has responed to a cluster of suspected lightning-caused fires in the Revelstoke area, as a thunderstorm is being blamed for multiple starts over the last 48 hours. Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Service.
Lightning caused four small fires to break out on or near Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie overnight Saturday, Aug. 1. (BC Wildfire Service Twitter photo)

Fires ignite on Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie; Kamloops Fire Centre blazes holding

Crews working throughout region over holiday weekend to contain wildfires

Lightning caused four small fires to break out on or near Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie overnight Saturday, Aug. 1. (BC Wildfire Service Twitter photo)
Hazy Kelowna skies on Friday, July 31. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Hazy Okanagan skies caused by U.S. wildfires: Environment Canada

Despite potential thunderstorms forecasted Friday, the Okanagan heat wave will carry through the weekend

Hazy Kelowna skies on Friday, July 31. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison had the biggest campaign pot to use in the last federal election. 
(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison had the biggest campaign pot to use in the last federal election. 
(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
A wildfire continues to burn in the Sheep Creek area, west of Premier Lake. Crews are on site as of Thursday, July 23, 2020. (File photo)

Temperatures soar, wildfire danger rating rises across Kootenays

East, West Kootenays expected to hit high 30s C as fire danger rating increases to high and extreme

A wildfire continues to burn in the Sheep Creek area, west of Premier Lake. Crews are on site as of Thursday, July 23, 2020. (File photo)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)