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An autographed Shea Weber jersey is being raffled off at Hideaway Liquor Store in Salmon Arm and tickets are available until Dec. 20, 2021. (Contributed)

Signed Shea Weber jersey being raffled off in support of Shuswap charity

The two-time Olympic gold medalists’ threads will benefit Shuswap Paws Rescue Society

A power outage has hit the entire north end of Penticton on Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Power out across north end of Penticton

Power is currently expected to be restored in an hour

Highway 3 east of Princeton is flooding for the second time this week. Photo Marcie Anne Roberts

Highway 3 east of Princeton closes as road floods again

Small vehicles are being diverted to Old Hedley Road

Highway 3 east of Princeton is flooding for the second time this week. Photo Marcie Anne Roberts
Chris Lamoureux, who has struggled with substance abuse and robbed two banks in September 2019, is hoping to end the stigma of drug addiction. (Chris Bush/Black Press)

B.C. man who struggled with substance use, crime seeks to end drug addiction stigma

Chris Lamoureux about to begin studying to be peer support worker

Chris Lamoureux, who has struggled with substance abuse and robbed two banks in September 2019, is hoping to end the stigma of drug addiction. (Chris Bush/Black Press)
Destiny and Zion Orchard enjoy some swing time at Salmon Arm’s Blackburn Park during the unusually warm December weather on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Wednesday’s temperature highs in Okanagan-Shuswap break century of records

Environment Canada says return to cooler weather expected by Friday

Destiny and Zion Orchard enjoy some swing time at Salmon Arm’s Blackburn Park during the unusually warm December weather on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Rob Morrison says that he supports banning conversion therapy, and that the new beefed-up bill is much better than the previous one that he voted against on third reading this past summer. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay-Columbia MP for conversion therapy ban after previously voting against it

Morrison feels new beefed-up bill is ‘way better’ than previous bill

Rob Morrison says that he supports banning conversion therapy, and that the new beefed-up bill is much better than the previous one that he voted against on third reading this past summer. Photo: Submitted
A large tree lies on Green Mountain Road, blown down by winds that also knocked out power to Apex Mountain on Dec. 1. (Tom Weirich - Facebook)

Trees crash onto power lines and road to Apex from Penticton

Wind storm puts power out to over 500 customers in Apex Wednesday morning

A large tree lies on Green Mountain Road, blown down by winds that also knocked out power to Apex Mountain on Dec. 1. (Tom Weirich - Facebook)
Debris is seen at the highway 7 mudslide west of Agassiz, B.C., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Flood warnings issued for several B.C. rivers, dozens of weather warnings in effect

B.C. River Forecast Centre says rivers expected to rise throughout day, conditions changing rapidly

Debris is seen at the highway 7 mudslide west of Agassiz, B.C., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Fenchurch Avenue in Princeton after the flood of Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. 300 homes damaged and new flood warning issues for this area as rivers rise from rain. (Andrea DeMeer file photo)

Penticton’s ESS team steps up for Princeton, donates $1,500

City’s Emeregency Services team wanted to recognize the efforts of Princeton’s ESS team

Fenchurch Avenue in Princeton after the flood of Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. 300 homes damaged and new flood warning issues for this area as rivers rise from rain. (Andrea DeMeer file photo)
Warren Brundage with “Beans” the rabbit. (File photo)

B.C. man who claims he ‘rescued’ rabbit from Surrey street gets arrested, charged

Warren Brundage, of Surrey, claims bunny was abandoned. It’s “surreal,” he said, on being charged with theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property

Warren Brundage with “Beans” the rabbit. (File photo)
Sicamous RCMP received a report of two pickup trucks and a 27-foot trailer having been stolen on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Golden RCMP unable to stop pickup truck believed stolen in Sicamous

Two Ford trucks and 27-foot trailer reported stolen on Nov. 29

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Sicamous RCMP received a report of two pickup trucks and a 27-foot trailer having been stolen on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
The trailer involved in the collision that closed Highway 97 earlier on Dec. 1 is being cleared from the scene. (Submitted - Casey Harder)

UPDATE: Highway 97 partially reopened after serious crash south of Penticton

Police said the highway will be closed for an extended period in Kaleden

The trailer involved in the collision that closed Highway 97 earlier on Dec. 1 is being cleared from the scene. (Submitted - Casey Harder)
Highway 1 just outside of Field. (DriveBC webcam photo)

Highway 1 to close east of Golden for avalanche control

Two 1 hour closures are planned between 12-1 p.m. MST and 8-9 p.m. MST

Highway 1 just outside of Field. (DriveBC webcam photo)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will once again allow his caucus to have a free vote on a government bill seeking to ban conversion therapy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

O’Toole to allow free vote for Conservative MPs on new conversion therapy ban

Liberals introduced legislation for a third time in the House of Commons to criminalize the practice

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will once again allow his caucus to have a free vote on a government bill seeking to ban conversion therapy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
RCMP released a composite sketch of the man whose remains were found near Merritt in late September 2019. (BC RCMP photo)

RCMP release sketch to help identify remains found near Merritt in 2019

Police believe the man may be from the Lower Mainland or even Alberta

RCMP released a composite sketch of the man whose remains were found near Merritt in late September 2019. (BC RCMP photo)
FILE - In this combination of photos New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, appears during a news conference about COVID-19 at the State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Dec. 3, 2020, and his brother CNN anchor Chris Cuomo attends the 12th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Dec. 9, 2018. CNN said Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, it was suspending Chris Cuomo indefinitely after details emerged about how he helped his brother, as he faced charges of sexual harassment.(Mike Groll/Office of Governor of Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

CNN suspends anchor Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal

Attorney General’s office found former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women

FILE - In this combination of photos New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, appears during a news conference about COVID-19 at the State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Dec. 3, 2020, and his brother CNN anchor Chris Cuomo attends the 12th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Dec. 9, 2018. CNN said Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, it was suspending Chris Cuomo indefinitely after details emerged about how he helped his brother, as he faced charges of sexual harassment.(Mike Groll/Office of Governor of Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, baby turkeys stand in a poultry barn at Smotherman Farms near Waco, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero

Turkeys killed in flooding tumble out of truck, block traffic in Whistler,

Birds already dead, believed to have come from flood zones in the Lower Mainland

In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, baby turkeys stand in a poultry barn at Smotherman Farms near Waco, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero
Salmon Arm’s Mt. Ida Nursery commercial tree seedling nursery that grows seedlings for BC Timber Sales, private forest companies and woodlots. (Mt. Ida Nursery photo)

Old growth harvest deferrals create stress, uncertainty for Salmon Arm tree nursery

Province criticized for lack of consultation with First Nations, forest industry stakeholders

Salmon Arm’s Mt. Ida Nursery commercial tree seedling nursery that grows seedlings for BC Timber Sales, private forest companies and woodlots. (Mt. Ida Nursery photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry meets with some of the first children to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic in Victoria, Nov. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. calls on retired medical staff to help with COVID-19 vaccinations

Booster doses for adults ramping up as 350,000 children eligible

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry meets with some of the first children to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic in Victoria, Nov. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)