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Kelowna and area are now the COVID-19 hotspot, with the entire Central Okanagan declared an outbreak area Wednesday. (Kelowna Capital News)

B.C. COVID-19 cases climb to 185 as Okanagan outbreak declared

Active cases province-wide up to 909, three more deaths

Kelowna and area are now the COVID-19 hotspot, with the entire Central Okanagan declared an outbreak area Wednesday. (Kelowna Capital News)
The Garrison Lake fire on July 25. (Facebook photo)

Garrison Lake fire near Princeton grows to 3,000 hectares

Evacuation orders and alerts remain in place for the Eastgate area

The Garrison Lake fire on July 25. (Facebook photo)
An aerial view of the Bunting Road wildfire on the east side of Mabel Lake. (BC Wildfire Services)

Boaters urged to avoid area as aerial crews work on Mabel Lake wildfire

Fire likely a lot larger than its reported 3,000-hectare size, BC Wildfire Services says

An aerial view of the Bunting Road wildfire on the east side of Mabel Lake. (BC Wildfire Services)
Students in front of the school at Fort Alexandre are shown in this handout image from 1935 provided by the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface

First Nations group says all residential schools need to be investigated

Manitoba RCMP have spent years investigating abuse allegations at Fort Alexander residential school

Students in front of the school at Fort Alexandre are shown in this handout image from 1935 provided by the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface
Visitors to the Calgary Stampede line up for tickets in Calgary on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Alberta Health says 71 people likely acquired COVID-19 while attending the Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary Stampede linked to 71 COVID-19 cases; community spread from event unknown

Calgary Zone represented almost 62 per cent of Alberta’s 1,173 active cases

Visitors to the Calgary Stampede line up for tickets in Calgary on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Alberta Health says 71 people likely acquired COVID-19 while attending the Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - In this Monday, July 19, 2021 file photo, people walk in Oxford Circus, in London. The British government has sought to ease food supply pressures in England by exempting more than 10,000 workers from quarantine rules that had led to staff shortages and empty shelves and fears of panic-buying. However, it has come under criticism Friday , July 23, 2021 for the way it has lifted coronavirus restrictions in England and for not doing more to help other crucial sectors, such as transport, the emergency services and energy industry. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

England, Scotland exclude Canadians from new exception to quarantine measures

Visiting Canadians must quarantine at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days

FILE - In this Monday, July 19, 2021 file photo, people walk in Oxford Circus, in London. The British government has sought to ease food supply pressures in England by exempting more than 10,000 workers from quarantine rules that had led to staff shortages and empty shelves and fears of panic-buying. However, it has come under criticism Friday , July 23, 2021 for the way it has lifted coronavirus restrictions in England and for not doing more to help other crucial sectors, such as transport, the emergency services and energy industry. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)
Satellite imagery shows the extent of the area burned by the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of July 26. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
Satellite imagery shows the extent of the area burned by the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of July 26. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
The 2026 BC Summer Games will be held in Kelowna. (Black Press Media file)

Kelowna to host 2026 BC Summer Games

BC Summer Games act as a springboard for Olympic athletes

The 2026 BC Summer Games will be held in Kelowna. (Black Press Media file)
Attendees at the 2020 Women’s March in Victoria carry signs with messages of empowerment. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police missteps leave Greater Victoria sexual assault survivor without justice

Police made several mistakes in handling of case, lawyer says

Attendees at the 2020 Women’s March in Victoria carry signs with messages of empowerment. (Black Press Media file photo)
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

BREAKING: Mask mandate returns to Central Okanagan, COVID-19 outbreak declared

The Interior Health region leads recent provincial COVID-19 case counts

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Original Joe’s, at the Shops at Polson plaza, is temporarily closed. (Google Maps image)

COVID-19 closes another North Okanagan restaurant

Original Joe’s is reportedly closed due to a case of the coronavirus

Original Joe’s, at the Shops at Polson plaza, is temporarily closed. (Google Maps image)
Members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the 2021 Okanagan Nation Alliance annual general assembly. (Okanagan Nation Alliance/Facebook)

Okanagan Nation Alliance celebrates resilience, successes

The event was one of the first times that many Nation members have been able to safely gather.

Members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the 2021 Okanagan Nation Alliance annual general assembly. (Okanagan Nation Alliance/Facebook)
Photo taken July 25 of the Nk'Mip fire from Abour Crescent. (Rob Swan photo)

Just in time: Helicopter douses flames for Oliver firefighters fighting Nk’Mip blaze

Firefighters feel the heat as the Nk’Mip fire continues to challenge Shrike Hill subdivision

Photo taken July 25 of the Nk'Mip fire from Abour Crescent. (Rob Swan photo)
Smoke from the wildfires have stopped deliveries in Kelowna, Penticton and Oliver and delivery will resume once it is deemed safe to do so.

No mail deliveries for Kelowna, Penticton and Oliver due to poor air quality

Canada Post prompted a red service alert on Wednesday, July 28

Smoke from the wildfires have stopped deliveries in Kelowna, Penticton and Oliver and delivery will resume once it is deemed safe to do so.
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)

Interior Health leads recent provincial COVID-19 case counts

COVID-19 case counts are rising in the Interior, while falling in other jurisdictions

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)
One-year-old RosieMay has been moved to the BC Children’s Hospital. (Contributed-Sarah Warren)

Baby attacked by a dog in Nakusp returning to her happy, giggly self

The family has been moved to the BC Children’s Hospital

One-year-old RosieMay has been moved to the BC Children’s Hospital. (Contributed-Sarah Warren)
Oliver RCMP Const. Walsh feeds a very hungry pig that was without a food source during recent evacuations from the Nk’Mip fire. (contributed)
Oliver RCMP Const. Walsh feeds a very hungry pig that was without a food source during recent evacuations from the Nk’Mip fire. (contributed)
A family enjoys their ice cream in the heat. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)

Interior Health issues warning as temperatures climb

Temperatures are projected to hover around the mid-30s throughout the week

A family enjoys their ice cream in the heat. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)
An aerial view of Monday afternoon's White Rock Creek wildfire behaviour in the Jimmy Lake area July 26, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)

UPDATE: Planned burns set for White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold

Evacuation orders, alerts in places across three regional districts, Okanagan Indian Band land

An aerial view of Monday afternoon's White Rock Creek wildfire behaviour in the Jimmy Lake area July 26, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)
COVID-19 vaccines can be obtained at any time, no appointment necessary, at clinics across Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health delivers more than one million COVID-19 vaccines

Milestone number of doses with clinics now open for drop-in

COVID-19 vaccines can be obtained at any time, no appointment necessary, at clinics across Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)