Twila Amato

(Jennifer Klumpp/GoFundMe)

Rock Creek man’s home burns down after lightning strike

His sister-in-law launched a fundraiser for him to support him

(Jennifer Klumpp/GoFundMe)
(Black Press Media file)

Man arrested for allegedly setting bushes on fire in Kelowna

The 32-year-old suspect is in police custody

(Black Press Media file)
Kangaroos can’t jump backwards. (Kangaroo Creek Farm/Facebook)

Morning Start: Kangaroos can’t jump backwards

Your morning start for Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

Kangaroos can’t jump backwards. (Kangaroo Creek Farm/Facebook)
Pictured is an evacuee’s cat currently under the care of Dr. Oz at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: West Kelowna veterinary clinic offers free pet boarding for evacuees

Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital took in dozens of pets as the Mount Law wildfire ballooned on Sunday

Pictured is an evacuee’s cat currently under the care of Dr. Oz at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Smoke from the Mt. Law fire near Peachland. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

West Kelowna’s Mount Law wildfire evacuees directed to Kelowna for emergency supports

Hotel vacancies are low, causing struggles for some evacuees trying to find a place to stay

Smoke from the Mt. Law fire near Peachland. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
The “beach” area at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Several Central Okanagan regional parks closed due to Mount Law wildfire

The regional district is asking residents to stay out of the parks for safety

The “beach” area at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Smoke from the Mt. Law fire as seen from downtown Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)

Mount Law fire now 800 hectares, guards in place to protect West Kelowna neighbourhood

Eight fire departments from different jurisdictions also assisted with the fire overnight

Smoke from the Mt. Law fire as seen from downtown Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)
West Kelowna pizza parlour Pizzamoreh is offering free food for evacuees displaced by the Mount Law wildfire. (Pizzamoreh Artisan Pizzeria/Facebook)

West Kelowna pizza parlour offers free meals for evacuees, firefighters

Pizzamoreh is cooking up hot meals for those who need it

West Kelowna pizza parlour Pizzamoreh is offering free food for evacuees displaced by the Mount Law wildfire. (Pizzamoreh Artisan Pizzeria/Facebook)
Georgia Mates, prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ahead of a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Ottawa is requiring that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Interior Health records 376 new cases of COVID-19

There are now 2,446 active cases in the region overall

Georgia Mates, prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ahead of a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Ottawa is requiring that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
UBC’s Centre for Rural Health Research has released a summary of its ongoing rural health survey. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

UBC president voices support for mandatory indoor masking, vaccination

Santa J. Ono confirmed the university is working to have vaccination clinics on both campuses

UBC’s Centre for Rural Health Research has released a summary of its ongoing rural health survey. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Kelowna West MLA elect Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his riding victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of this week’s news items from the Interior

Kelowna West MLA elect Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his riding victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
People walk along the Okanagan Lake waterfront in a smoky downtown Kelowna on Tuesday, July 27. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Dense wildfire smoke returns to Okanagan-Shuswap

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for the region

People walk along the Okanagan Lake waterfront in a smoky downtown Kelowna on Tuesday, July 27. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna General Hospital. (Black Press Media file)

50 surgeries cancelled at Kelowna General Hospital as COVID-19 surges

Health minister Adrian Dix says they are reallocating resources to respond to heat wave, COVID-19

Kelowna General Hospital. (Black Press Media file)
Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)

Costs go up for Peachland water treatment plant project

Staff asked for more funding to get the project to the finish line

Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)
Lexaria Bioscience is a Kelowna biotech company that uses its technology to make medication more effective and with less side effects. (Lexaria Bioscience)

Kelowna tech company leading the way in making medications more effective, affordable

Lexaria Bioscience is putting Western Canada on the map with their innovative technology

Lexaria Bioscience is a Kelowna biotech company that uses its technology to make medication more effective and with less side effects. (Lexaria Bioscience)
(Black Press file photo).

Kelowna woman facing charges after fatal Thanksgiving collision

A 60-year-old motorcyclist from the South Okanagan died in the crash

(Black Press file photo).
The UBCO campus is located at 3333 University Way, Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)

VIDEO: University students concerned as Okanagan COVID-19 cases increase

In-person classes are being re-instated, but going back to school won’t be easy

The UBCO campus is located at 3333 University Way, Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)
14-year-old Andy Son was on his way home from a friend’s house when he was hit at a crosswalk on KLO Road on Aug. 2. (Junkyu Lee/GoFundMe)

Teen struck by car in Kelowna remains in critical condition

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support Andy Son and his family

14-year-old Andy Son was on his way home from a friend’s house when he was hit at a crosswalk on KLO Road on Aug. 2. (Junkyu Lee/GoFundMe)
Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)

Low flows, high temperatures killing fish in Okanagan creeks

The drought conditions are threatening fish habitat in Okanagan creeks

Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)
The Central Okanagan seen from the top of Knox Mountain in Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Central Okanagan bars, nightclubs ordered to close as COVID-19 cases surge

In the last week, COVID-19 cases tripled in the Central Okanagan, health officials say

The Central Okanagan seen from the top of Knox Mountain in Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)