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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)
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RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
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Dan Jack photo First responders prepare to transport an apparent overdose victim in downtown Parksville Saturday morning, April 22, 2017.
Dan Jack photo First responders prepare to transport an apparent overdose victim in downtown Parksville Saturday morning, April 22, 2017.
A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Kootenays, Okanagan, Columbias

Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. Calvin Dickson photo

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Kootenays, Okanagan, Columbias

Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. Calvin Dickson photo
Category 2 and 3 fire bans are being implemented in the Coastal as well as Southeast Fire Centres starting Friday July 24. (BC Wildfire Service)

Category 2, 3 fires to be banned in Southeast and Coastal Fire Centres

There are similar bans in the Kamloops and Cariboo Fire Centres as well

Category 2 and 3 fire bans are being implemented in the Coastal as well as Southeast Fire Centres starting Friday July 24. (BC Wildfire Service)
Aidan Alexander Ostrom, from Alberta, was last seen in Revelstoke on July 7. (RCMP)

UPDATE: Missing Alberta man located

RCMP are asking for the public’s help locating him

Aidan Alexander Ostrom, from Alberta, was last seen in Revelstoke on July 7. (RCMP)
The travelling ladybug rocks from Ladybug Coffee are pictured sunbathing on a dock in Kootenay Bay near the ferry terminal. (Ladybug Coffee file)

Travelling ladybugs bring smiles to Kootenay residents

Did you know, a group of ladybugs is called a loveliness?

The travelling ladybug rocks from Ladybug Coffee are pictured sunbathing on a dock in Kootenay Bay near the ferry terminal. (Ladybug Coffee file)
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RCMP identify dangerous driver from near head-on collision by Golden

Police say the extremely dangerous and illegal maneuver put multiple lives at risk

Black Press File Photo
Parts of the Kootenay Boundary region are now closed to commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting for the summer. The identified closure areas remain open to household picking. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Commercial huckleberry harvesting restricted in Kootenays

The province of B.C. has banned commercial-scale picking from July 15 to October 15

Parts of the Kootenay Boundary region are now closed to commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting for the summer. The identified closure areas remain open to household picking. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Nelson’s Mountain Lake Seniors Community is one of two seniors care facilities in the city. Interior Health announced Monday that 495 new long-term seniors care beds will be added to Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton. Photo: Tyler Harper/Nelson Star

UPDATED: Interior Health to add 495 long-term seniors care beds

Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton to receive new facilities

Nelson’s Mountain Lake Seniors Community is one of two seniors care facilities in the city. Interior Health announced Monday that 495 new long-term seniors care beds will be added to Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton. Photo: Tyler Harper/Nelson Star
MP Morrison pushes for accountability following federal fiscal update

MP Morrison pushes for accountability following federal fiscal update

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian says it is time to restart the economy

MP Morrison pushes for accountability following federal fiscal update
Parks Mountain Safety crew on Mt. Fidelity. (C. Gooliaff/Parks Canada)

Slow melt at high elevations near Revelstoke this spring

At one location on Mt. Fidelity there is double the usual snowpack for early July

Parks Mountain Safety crew on Mt. Fidelity. (C. Gooliaff/Parks Canada)
Tanker 489 in action. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

Tanker 489 in action. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The video was shared by Putt Jattan De Driver Truckkan De. (Screen shot)

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision by Golden

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

The video was shared by Putt Jattan De Driver Truckkan De. (Screen shot)
A haze, possibly caused by wildfire smoke drifting from as far away as Siberia, could be seen throughout the Okangan-Shuswap on Friday, July 3. (Jim Elliot-Salmon Arm Observer)
A haze, possibly caused by wildfire smoke drifting from as far away as Siberia, could be seen throughout the Okangan-Shuswap on Friday, July 3. (Jim Elliot-Salmon Arm Observer)
RCMP Southeast District Commander, Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

RCMP brass addresses concerns over recent actions of police in the Southeast District

Southeast District Commander wants to increase Police and Crisis Team program

RCMP Southeast District Commander, Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Heavy rain in Okanagan results in slowest start to fire season in four years

Heavy rain in Okanagan results in slowest start to fire season in four years

119 hectares of land burned so far this year, compared to 991 ha in 2019, and 3,835 ha in 2018

Heavy rain in Okanagan results in slowest start to fire season in four years