Twila Amato

(Black Press Media file)

Kelowna International Airport launches employee COVID-19 testing program

The testing program is voluntary and confidential for airport employees

(Black Press Media file)
(GoFundMe)

Okanagan man needs support to transport beloved dog to Australia

Josh Waters needs to go back to Australia but needs help getting his best friend Rocky with him

(GoFundMe)
A dog in a witch costume for Halloween. (Yama Markus/Pixabay)
A dog in a witch costume for Halloween. (Yama Markus/Pixabay)
(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)

West Kelowna art students inspired by frontline workers

Mount Boucherie Secondary art students create pieces to thank frontline workers

(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)
Peachland fire department. (Peachland Fire and Rescue Service/Facebook)

Recommendations call for new Peachland fire hall, assistant chief

There were more than 20 recommendations made to council to improve the district’s fire service

Peachland fire department. (Peachland Fire and Rescue Service/Facebook)
Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall have been restoring cars on Mike’s Tappen property for three season’s of the popular History channel show. Season four is underway, and will feature the auction of Mike’s collection of vehicles. (Contributed)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of this week’s news items

Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall have been restoring cars on Mike’s Tappen property for three season’s of the popular History channel show. Season four is underway, and will feature the auction of Mike’s collection of vehicles. (Contributed)
(Mike “Motor” Rosenau/Facebook)

Fundraiser launched to aid Okanagan trucker with broken rig, cancer diagnosis

Mike “Motor” Rosenau drove his Support the Troops truck to help raise funds for veterans

(Mike “Motor” Rosenau/Facebook)
Kathie Dionne, centre, competed in the Food Network’s The Big Bake: Halloween. (Contributed)

Kelowna baker goes national with spooky cake

Local cake maker Kathie Dionne will be featured on The Big Bake: Halloween on the Food Network

Kathie Dionne, centre, competed in the Food Network’s The Big Bake: Halloween. (Contributed)
A portion of Kelowna Art Gallery’s new exhibit Grizzly Bears: Teachers of the Land. (Kelowna Art Gallery)

Kelowna Art Gallery’s newest exhibit attempts to de-stigmatize grizzly bears

Grizzly Bears: Teachers of the Land, runs from now until Jan. 9, 2022

A portion of Kelowna Art Gallery’s new exhibit Grizzly Bears: Teachers of the Land. (Kelowna Art Gallery)
(Pixabay)

Morning Start: There’s a village in the U.S. with a population of one

Your morning start for Tuesday, Sept. 28

(Pixabay)
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)