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The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)

Smoke from B.C. wildfires creating issues for those with respiratory illnesses

The wildfire smoke has made it difficult to be outside for some

The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)
Kevin, left, is pictured during a bike race with his son Nicholas. (Contributed)

Kelowna dad plans cycling journey to raise funds, honour late son

Kevin Witzke’s son died of colon cancer in April 2021

Kevin, left, is pictured during a bike race with his son Nicholas. (Contributed)
(Aline Ponce/Pixabay)

Morning Start: An 11-year-old invented the popsicle

Your morning start for July 27

(Aline Ponce/Pixabay)
Pack a grab-and-go bag for yourself and your family before you receive an evacuation alert or order. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Pack your grab-and-go bag before the evacuation alert

Being prepared is a priority as wildfires burn throughout the province

Pack a grab-and-go bag for yourself and your family before you receive an evacuation alert or order. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Central Kitchen and Bar will be closed until July 30 after a COVID-19 exposure at the restaurant. (Central Kelowna/Facebook)

UPDATE: Multiple Kelowna restaurants close after COVID-19 exposures

Central Kitchen + Bar, Rusty’s Sports Lounge and the Kelowna Yacht Club’s members’ lounge are all closed

Central Kitchen and Bar will be closed until July 30 after a COVID-19 exposure at the restaurant. (Central Kelowna/Facebook)
The intersection between Springfield and Burtch was closed on Sunday as investigators gathered evidence after a fatal collision. (Paula Tran/Capital News)

RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigate fatal collision in Kelowna

The collision happened at around 3 a.m. on July 25

The intersection between Springfield and Burtch was closed on Sunday as investigators gathered evidence after a fatal collision. (Paula Tran/Capital News)
A photo of the Brenda Creek fire from July 15. (Contributed/B.C. Wildfire Service)

Hot, dry and windy conditions will make Brenda Creek fire more aggressive: BC Wildfire

Firefighters stayed at the site overnight to continue monitoring the fire

A photo of the Brenda Creek fire from July 15. (Contributed/B.C. Wildfire Service)
Barbecues are not allowed in the Central Okanagan right now. (Pixabay)

Dry conditions lead to barbecue ban throughout Central Okanagan

The ban on propane barbecues is in addition to the provincial campfire ban

Barbecues are not allowed in the Central Okanagan right now. (Pixabay)
A Lower Mainland woman is looking for the owner of a necklace her son found in West Kelowna. (Sandra Palm/Facebook)

Lost necklace with memorial pendant found in West Kelowna

Woman’s son found the necklace while swimming in West Kelowna, believes pendant contains ashes

A Lower Mainland woman is looking for the owner of a necklace her son found in West Kelowna. (Sandra Palm/Facebook)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here’s a quick summary of this week in news

The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has been working with BC Wildfire on establishing protective guards and battling the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
The four orange diamonds represent the four new fires that sparked in the North Okanagan. (BC Wildfire Service dashboard)

Four new wildfires spotted in North Okanagan

The new fires were all discovered on July 22

The four orange diamonds represent the four new fires that sparked in the North Okanagan. (BC Wildfire Service dashboard)
The fire started on Thursday evening, July 22. (Aaron Derickson/Facebook)

Fire sparks near West Kelowna’s Glenrosa neighbourhood

The fire was detected on July 22

The fire started on Thursday evening, July 22. (Aaron Derickson/Facebook)
A fire has sparked off Highway 3A, just a few kilometres outside of Highway 97. (Contributed)

Fire sparks just off Highway 3A outside Okanagan Falls

The fire sparked on the evening of July 22

A fire has sparked off Highway 3A, just a few kilometres outside of Highway 97. (Contributed)
West Kelowna RCMP said they are investigating after a swastika was spray-painted behind a Jewish man’s vehicle. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)

West Kelowna RCMP investigate swastika spray-painted in parking lot

The symbol was painted right behind a Jewish man’s vehicle

West Kelowna RCMP said they are investigating after a swastika was spray-painted behind a Jewish man’s vehicle. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
A suspicious grass fire behind the 500-block of Long Ridge Drive is under investigation. (Isabella Harmel/Capital News)

Suspicious grass fire in Kelowna neighbourhood under investigation

Kelowna RCMP believe the fire was deliberately set

A suspicious grass fire behind the 500-block of Long Ridge Drive is under investigation. (Isabella Harmel/Capital News)
Yellow stop sign in Cedar Mill, Oregon. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Morning Start: Stop signs used to be yellow

Your morning start for July 20

Yellow stop sign in Cedar Mill, Oregon. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
(Twila Amato/Capital News)

2 arrested after allegedly trying to flee Kelowna RCMP in stolen vehicle

During an attempt to evade police, the suspect vehicle struck several police and civilian vehicles

(Twila Amato/Capital News)
Cailen is pictured here with his girlfriend Jaydean. He was planning to propose to her before he was killed in a crane collapse in Kelowna. (GoFundMe)

Canadian country star pays tribute to cousin killed in Kelowna crane collapse

Aaron Pritchett described Cailen Vilness as a ‘prince of a man’

Cailen is pictured here with his girlfriend Jaydean. He was planning to propose to her before he was killed in a crane collapse in Kelowna. (GoFundMe)
Security footage shows a teenager pouring flour all over the hood of a parked vehicle in Glenmore on July 14. (Jim Wilson/Facebook)

VIDEO: Teens pour flour on car, fountain in Kelowna neighbourhood

Security footage shows teens messing around at nearly 4 a.m. on July 14

Security footage shows a teenager pouring flour all over the hood of a parked vehicle in Glenmore on July 14. (Jim Wilson/Facebook)
Thirteen non-profits in the Thompson, Nicola and Okanagan received grants from Interior Savings. (Interior Savings/Contributed)

Okanagan non-profits receive Interior Savings grants

Thirteen non-profits shared $120,000 in grant funding

Thirteen non-profits in the Thompson, Nicola and Okanagan received grants from Interior Savings. (Interior Savings/Contributed)