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Smoke can be seen near the Painted Rock Estate Winery. (Douglas Drouin Photography)

“We’ll have to see”: Painted Rock Winery’s future uncertain as Christie Mountain fire rages

Owner John Skinner said they’re taking it day by day

Smoke can be seen near the Painted Rock Estate Winery. (Douglas Drouin Photography)
More than 3,000 properties in southeast Penticton are on evacuation alert, with more than 300 homes under evacuation order in Heritage Hill. (Les Clarke)

Penticton mayor, resident speak about evacuation experience

Over 300 properties in the Heritage Hill area are under an evacuation order

More than 3,000 properties in southeast Penticton are on evacuation alert, with more than 300 homes under evacuation order in Heritage Hill. (Les Clarke)
Kendra Penrose and Sarah Stark started Velo Volt in late July. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Okanagan mobile e-bike rental company offers safe way to enjoy outdoors

Velo Volt meets customers wherever they want up and down the Okanagan

Kendra Penrose and Sarah Stark started Velo Volt in late July. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Customers are now required to wear masks when shopping at Winners, HomeSense, and Marshalls. (Juraj Varga - Pixabay)

Masks now required at Winners, HomeSense, Marshalls stores across Canada

The new safety protocol is effective as of Monday, Aug. 17

Customers are now required to wear masks when shopping at Winners, HomeSense, and Marshalls. (Juraj Varga - Pixabay)
Expect sun and heat in the Okanagan and possible thunderstorms in the Shuswap. (Pixabay)

Heat warning for Okanagan, thunderstorm watch for Shuswap

Expect highs of 35 C in the Okanagan and strong winds in the Shuswap area

Expect sun and heat in the Okanagan and possible thunderstorms in the Shuswap. (Pixabay)
The new animated music video for Robbie G and DAX’s song “I Got The People With Me” is set in Kelowna. (Ok Valley Entertainment)

Kelowna stars in animated music video

Ok Valley Entertainment brought together Canadian artists Robbie G and DAX for the music video

The new animated music video for Robbie G and DAX’s song “I Got The People With Me” is set in Kelowna. (Ok Valley Entertainment)
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UPDATE: Fire in Lake Country a “smoke chase”

A water bomber reportedly took off from Penticton and is on the way to Lake Country

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Amy Soranno (centre) was arrested along with six others after they protesting against Ribfest in downtown Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Kelowna animal rights activist speaks out amid charges in 2019 Abbotsford hog-farm protest

Amy Soranno, along with three other activists, will appear in court on Sept. 3

Amy Soranno (centre) was arrested along with six others after they protesting against Ribfest in downtown Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver, B.C. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Okanagan Correctional Centre outbreak due to training session: Interior Health

Interior Health said in a statement the staff members were at an off-site training session

Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver, B.C. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
COVID-19 exposure on WestJet flight to Kelowna

COVID-19 exposure on WestJet flight to Kelowna

Those in WestJet flight 461 from Calgary to Kelowna were possibly exposed

COVID-19 exposure on WestJet flight to Kelowna
This year’s Half Corked Marathon goes virtual. (Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country signature festival goes virtual

This year’s event will feature multi-destination roadshows including Kelowna, among others

This year’s Half Corked Marathon goes virtual. (Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)
Aldo Shoes is closing its Orchard Park Mall store permanently. (Aldo Shoes - Facebook)

Aldo Shoes’ Kelowna store to close permanently

The branch is among those closing as the company restructures to deal with COVID-19 debt

Aldo Shoes is closing its Orchard Park Mall store permanently. (Aldo Shoes - Facebook)
Tourism Kelowna wants to know how comfortable residents are with welcoming tourists back to the region. (Jan Vasek - Pixabay)

Tourism Kelowna’s survey asks if residents are ready for tourists

Tourism Kelowna’s survey asks Central Okanagan residents if they’re comfortable reopening tourism

Tourism Kelowna wants to know how comfortable residents are with welcoming tourists back to the region. (Jan Vasek - Pixabay)
A new documentary follows two Kelowna brothers in their journey to develop surfing resorts in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. (Surf Ranch Resort/YouTube photo)

Documentary on Kelowna brothers’ Central American surf resort business hits Amazon

Lucas and Travis Boychuk moved to Nicaragua in 2008, starting their surf resort business

A new documentary follows two Kelowna brothers in their journey to develop surfing resorts in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. (Surf Ranch Resort/YouTube photo)
A man was reportedly trying to lure children with candy in Penticton on Wednesday, Aug. 12. (Daria Yakovleva - Pixabay)

Elderly man who offered candy to Penticton children, doesn’t pose threat: RCMP

The man was reportedly seen at the Columbus Park Property attempting to lure children with candy

A man was reportedly trying to lure children with candy in Penticton on Wednesday, Aug. 12. (Daria Yakovleva - Pixabay)
A new studio has moved into the space previously occupied by Hot Box Yoga in West Kelowna. (File photo)

New yoga studio takes over West Kelowna Hot Box Yoga space

Perfect Balance Yoga and Fitness opened on July 6

A new studio has moved into the space previously occupied by Hot Box Yoga in West Kelowna. (File photo)
The Okanagan’s first Arabic store opens in Kelowna

The Okanagan’s first Arabic store opens in Kelowna

The store is located in Kelowna’s Landmark District

The Okanagan’s first Arabic store opens in Kelowna
Left to right: Dallas Stober, Liberty Stober, Linda Stober (Stober Foundation), Allison McLauchlan (KWS executive director) and Ester Pike (KWS resource development coordinator). (Kelowna Women’s Shelter)

Kelowna Women’s Shelter receives support for frontline workers

The Stober Foundation is donating $100,000 to hire additional frontline staff for the shelter

Left to right: Dallas Stober, Liberty Stober, Linda Stober (Stober Foundation), Allison McLauchlan (KWS executive director) and Ester Pike (KWS resource development coordinator). (Kelowna Women’s Shelter)
Petition asks for city’s surplus not to go to Kelowna RCMP

Petition asks for city’s surplus not to go to Kelowna RCMP

The City of Kelowna has an $8.1 million surplus, with $2.5 million slated for policing

Petition asks for city’s surplus not to go to Kelowna RCMP
Red Delicious apple harvest in Summerland, 2016. (Black Press Media file)

Okanagan, Creston cherry and apple farms in need of workers

The worker shortage is due to the COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

Red Delicious apple harvest in Summerland, 2016. (Black Press Media file)