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47 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health region

1,538 total cases, 399 are active, ten in hospital

Grand Forks’ Roly Russell met with The Gazette after he was named Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development Thursday, Nov. 26. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

NDP’s Roly Russell named secretary for rural development

Russell formerly represented rural Grand Forks on the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s elected board

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UBC Okanagan student senate votes to extend Christmas break

Move made to support mental health of students, accommodate ‘overload’ of work

Wineries in the Central Okanagan this year saw a high quality harvest, but a low yield. Pictured is a winery in West Kelowna, in October. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

B.C. Master of Wine reflects on industry’s teetering economic state

Pandemic, for some wine makers, has been a blessing in disguise. For others, not so much.

Wineries in the Central Okanagan this year saw a high quality harvest, but a low yield. Pictured is a winery in West Kelowna, in October. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Highway 5 southbound lanes are closed near Exit 286. Pictured are southbound lanes at 7:06 p.m. (DriveBC)

Coquihalla Highway southbound lanes closed due to vehicle incident

Southbound lanes closed between Exit 286: Merritt and the start of Hwy 5

Highway 5 southbound lanes are closed near Exit 286. Pictured are southbound lanes at 7:06 p.m. (DriveBC)
Penticton RCMP are looking to speak to this woman who allegedly spat on an employee at Skaha Liquor Store as well as dropping his phone on the ground. (Facebook)

WATCH: Unmasked Penticton woman allegedly spits on employee, drops his phone

Penticton RCMP are looking for the woman who was refused service for not wearing a mask

Penticton RCMP are looking to speak to this woman who allegedly spat on an employee at Skaha Liquor Store as well as dropping his phone on the ground. (Facebook)
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Crash on Highway 97C near Brenda Mine
Shuswap BC Liberal candidate Greg Kyllo
Shuswap BC Green Party candidate Owen Madden
Shuswap BC NDP candidate Sylvia Lindgren
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Interior Health reports 31 new COVID-19 cases

In the region, health authority reports 235 total active cases

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A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
In 2019, the Penticton Airport runway was shortened to accommodate an exhaust chimney at the neighbouring mill. This had many flights unable to land. Transport Canada has come up with a short term fix. (Western News file photo)

Interim fix for Penticton’s shortened runway

Several flights were unable to land last year

In 2019, the Penticton Airport runway was shortened to accommodate an exhaust chimney at the neighbouring mill. This had many flights unable to land. Transport Canada has come up with a short term fix. (Western News file photo)
A B.C. Labour Relations Board decision has barred Kelowna Cabs from laying off its dispatchers to replace them with an app. (Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)

Dispatch staff to remain with Kelowna Cabs after union fight

The cab company unsuccesfully tried to lay off its dispatch staff to replace them with an app

A B.C. Labour Relations Board decision has barred Kelowna Cabs from laying off its dispatchers to replace them with an app. (Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Current conditions on Hwy 97C. (DriveBC)

Update: Eastbound Hwy 97C traffic moving again

Incident reported at 8:44 p.m., Nov. 14. Next update expected 2 a.m.

Current conditions on Hwy 97C. (DriveBC)
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Update: Incident cleared on Coquihalla Highway, delays expected

Reportedly jack-knifed semi truck resulted in backed up traffic

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‘Not a milestone to celebrate’: Interior Health surpasses 1,000 total cases

Interior Health has recorded 42 new cases of COVID-19 for Friday

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The Tofino General Hospital has 10 in-patient beds and five stretchers. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19: Tofino and Ucluelet kindly ask visitors from Lower Mainland to postpone trips, again

“We thank visitors from these regions for their continued support and understanding.”

The Tofino General Hospital has 10 in-patient beds and five stretchers. (Westerly file photo)
Retired RCMP Sgt. Kate Hansen holding up the letter she received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II thanking her for the special copy of Harry the Musical Ride Horse. (RCMP)

South Okanagan Mountie receives royal thanks for children’s books

Sgt. Kate Hansen has written many books about Harry the Musical Ride Horse, earning praise from Queen Elizabeth II

Retired RCMP Sgt. Kate Hansen holding up the letter she received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II thanking her for the special copy of Harry the Musical Ride Horse. (RCMP)
Penticton’s Home Hardware is stepping up to raise money for breast cancer research, matching all customer donations made in November. (Google Maps photo)

South Okanagan Home Hardware raising money for breast cancer research

The hardware store will match all customer donations

Penticton’s Home Hardware is stepping up to raise money for breast cancer research, matching all customer donations made in November. (Google Maps photo)
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Another Kelowna flight exposed to COVID-19

Five Kelowna flights have been exposed to COVID-19 since Oct. 21

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Highway camera in Glacier National Park at approximately 12:30 p.m. today. (Screenshot)

Vehicle crash closes Highway 1 east of Revelstoke

Highway not expected to open until at least 6 p.m.

Highway camera in Glacier National Park at approximately 12:30 p.m. today. (Screenshot)
Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)

Paramedic donates pandemic pay to B.C. charity, challenges others to do same

Will Rogers gifts $2,000 each to Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau

Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)
BC NDP candidate Roly Russell received 49.85 per cent of total votes in the Boundary-Similkameen riding in the 2020 B.C. provincial election. Russell will take over the position of MLA previously held by Liberal Linda Larson. (Laurie Tritschler photo)

NDP Roly Russell receives nearly half of Boundary-Similkameen votes

Final vote counts from the B.C. provincial election are in

BC NDP candidate Roly Russell received 49.85 per cent of total votes in the Boundary-Similkameen riding in the 2020 B.C. provincial election. Russell will take over the position of MLA previously held by Liberal Linda Larson. (Laurie Tritschler photo)