Logan Lockhart

B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame curator Pay Loyer has collected dozens of famous memobillia since taking the job two and a half months ago. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame going the extra mile to honour province’s history

Hall of Fame curator Pat Loyer is a man on a mission

B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame curator Pay Loyer has collected dozens of famous memobillia since taking the job two and a half months ago. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Village at Smith Creek in West Kelowna is among the latest health facility in the Okanagan to declare a COVID-19 outbreak. (Village at Smith Creek)

Interior Health reports new COVID-19 outbreaks at Okanagan health facilities

The outbreaks were declared at the facilities on Jan. 16

Village at Smith Creek in West Kelowna is among the latest health facility in the Okanagan to declare a COVID-19 outbreak. (Village at Smith Creek)
Lane Merrifield and the Merrifield Family Foundation have gifted $100k to healthcare students at Okanagan College. (Photo courtesy of Okanagan College)

‘Incredibly grateful’: Okanagan College Health Sciences Centre receives $100k donation

The Merrifield Family Foundation’s donation will support technology upgrades around the building

Lane Merrifield and the Merrifield Family Foundation have gifted $100k to healthcare students at Okanagan College. (Photo courtesy of Okanagan College)
Two men broke into a Kelowna art gallery early Saturday morning, stealing almost $70k worth of pieces in the process. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Thieves break into Kelowna gallery, escape with $70k worth of fine art

Camera footage indicates the heist was completed by 2:02 a.m. on Jan. 15

Two men broke into a Kelowna art gallery early Saturday morning, stealing almost $70k worth of pieces in the process. (Submitted)
Photos from the transportation ministry show the Coquihalla collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merritt. (BC Transportation)

BC Trucking Association voices concerns over dangerous conditions on Coquihalla

Multiple crashes on the Coquihalla Highway last week prompted the BCTA to file a complaint

Photos from the transportation ministry show the Coquihalla collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merritt. (BC Transportation)
The weekly COVID-19 case map for Jan. 2 to 8. (BC CDC).

441 COVID-19 cases reported in the Central Okanagan from Jan. 2 to 8

The data indicates a decline in cases from the region’s 625 infections the week before

The weekly COVID-19 case map for Jan. 2 to 8. (BC CDC).
Josh Niedermayer has been a member of the Penticton Vees since the 2019-2020 season but committed to the NCAA’s Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 3 for the 2022-2023 campaign where he will join his older brother, Jackson. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees’ Josh Niedermayer eager to reunite with his brother in Arizona

The two brothers previously played three games together with the Vees in 2019-2020

Josh Niedermayer has been a member of the Penticton Vees since the 2019-2020 season but committed to the NCAA’s Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 3 for the 2022-2023 campaign where he will join his older brother, Jackson. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)
Angel and Aaron Basarowick have been married for four years and they say they'll always share a love for the Penticton Vees. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Basarowick)

Penticton Vees superfan reflects on her connection to the team and the late Neil Jamieson

Jamieson gave Angel Basarowick season tickets to the Vees in 2015 as well as a jersey

Angel and Aaron Basarowick have been married for four years and they say they'll always share a love for the Penticton Vees. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Basarowick)
Concentration camp survivor and Penticton resident Joe Knypstra celebrated his 102nd birthday on Jan. 3 with friends and staff at the Concorde Retirement Residence in Penticton. (Photo courtesy of the staff at Concorde)

Penticton resident and concentration camp survivor celebrates 102nd birthday

Joe Knypstra, a retired baker from Kaleden, turned 102 on Jan. 3

Concentration camp survivor and Penticton resident Joe Knypstra celebrated his 102nd birthday on Jan. 3 with friends and staff at the Concorde Retirement Residence in Penticton. (Photo courtesy of the staff at Concorde)
Cristophe Farmer is the newest member of the West Kelowna Warriors after being acquired by the team ahead of the BCHL’s trade deadline on Jan. 10. (Photo: William Rondeau)

West Kelowna Warriors add CHL experience, acquire Cristophe Farmer ahead of trade deadline

The team also traded a pair of forwards in two separate deals on Monday (Jan. 10)

Cristophe Farmer is the newest member of the West Kelowna Warriors after being acquired by the team ahead of the BCHL’s trade deadline on Jan. 10. (Photo: William Rondeau)
The Kelowna Rockets will meet the Portland Winterhawks for the fourth and final time this season on Saturday (Jan. 8) after the team’s game the night before the postponed. (Steve Dunsmoor photo)

Kelowna Rockets back on the ice Saturday after six-day hiatus

The team’s game on Friday against the Vancouver Giants was postponed

The Kelowna Rockets will meet the Portland Winterhawks for the fourth and final time this season on Saturday (Jan. 8) after the team’s game the night before the postponed. (Steve Dunsmoor photo)
DriveBC issued a wildlife advisory reminder on Friday (Jan. 7) to drivers on Highway 97 between Riverside Dr. and Wharf St. (File photo)

Wildlife Advisory still in effect on Highway 97: DriveBC

Motorists have been asked to watch out for wild horses on the highway since New Year’s Eve

DriveBC issued a wildlife advisory reminder on Friday (Jan. 7) to drivers on Highway 97 between Riverside Dr. and Wharf St. (File photo)
The newest member of the Kelowna Rockets, Adam Kydd, is expected to ‘step in and play in all situations’. (Photo by Candice Ward/Calgary Hitmen)

Rockets trade Vernon product Steel Quiring for Calgary Hitmen’s Adam Kydd

Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton expects Kydd to be a team leader right away

The newest member of the Kelowna Rockets, Adam Kydd, is expected to ‘step in and play in all situations’. (Photo by Candice Ward/Calgary Hitmen)
Kelowna not only had its driest year on record in 2021 but also had its third-warmest year ever. (Aaron Hemens - Black Press Media)

2021 was Kelowna’s driest year ever: Environment Canada

Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton all saw their precipitation numbers cut in half for the entire year

Kelowna not only had its driest year on record in 2021 but also had its third-warmest year ever. (Aaron Hemens - Black Press Media)
The weekend in Penticton kicked off an unexpected snowfall (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Snow and more below-normal temperatures on its way to the Okanagan: Environment Canada

The first week of the new year will feature temperatures with highs of -6 C in Kelowna and Penticton

The weekend in Penticton kicked off an unexpected snowfall (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
After a two-day hiatus, Pacific Coastal Airlines flights will resume on Jan. 4. (File photo)
After a two-day hiatus, Pacific Coastal Airlines flights will resume on Jan. 4. (File photo)
Grey Ron Allison was born to parents Molly Smith and Tyler Allison at 2:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming Interior Health’s first baby born in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Molly Smith and IH)

First baby of 2022 in B.C.’s Interior born at Kelowna General Hospital

Grey Ron Allison was welcomed into the world by parents Molly Smith and Tyler Allison

Grey Ron Allison was born to parents Molly Smith and Tyler Allison at 2:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming Interior Health’s first baby born in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Molly Smith and IH)
The SS Aberdeen pictured in Westbank around 1900 going to Penticton, eight years before the area officially become an incorporated district. (Contributed)

Happy Birthday: Penticton turns 113 on New Year’s Eve, 2021

Penticton was incorporated as a district municipality in 1908 before becoming a city in 1948

The SS Aberdeen pictured in Westbank around 1900 going to Penticton, eight years before the area officially become an incorporated district. (Contributed)
2nd Ave in Fernie almost completely empty on Christmas day. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Okanagan’s extreme weather patterns difficult to escape, meteorologist says

Kelowna recorded a well-below normal -24 C temperature on Wednesday (Dec. 29)

2nd Ave in Fernie almost completely empty on Christmas day. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
West Kelowna RCMP responded to a woman waving a knife in a hotel lobby on Wednesday morning (Dec. 29) (Black Press Media file)

RCMP respond to woman waving knife in West Kelowna hotel lobby

Officers say the incident was brought to a peaceful solution

West Kelowna RCMP responded to a woman waving a knife in a hotel lobby on Wednesday morning (Dec. 29) (Black Press Media file)