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Weekly COVID-19 case count for August 15-21 (BC CDC)

South Okanagan COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Penticton and Keremeos saw a rise in case count this week

Weekly COVID-19 case count for August 15-21 (BC CDC)
While Princeton’s wildlife photographer John Moody is most noted for his stunning pictures of birds, last week he proved he can do the bees as well. Fun facts…it takes 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey. It takes a colony, about 30,000 bees, to pollinate an acre of fruit trees.

The buzz on honey bees and B.C. wildfires

While wildfires negatively impact the bee population there may be an upside

While Princeton’s wildlife photographer John Moody is most noted for his stunning pictures of birds, last week he proved he can do the bees as well. Fun facts…it takes 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey. It takes a colony, about 30,000 bees, to pollinate an acre of fruit trees.
The Festival of Lights is an annual staple in Summerland. (Brennan Phillips/Western News)

Summerland’s Festival of Lights potentially downsizing for 2021

Council denies $30,000 funding request, calling for a reduced event size amid COVID concerns

The Festival of Lights is an annual staple in Summerland. (Brennan Phillips/Western News)
Flanked by escourts, Penticton’s Janelle Morrison closes in on the finish line at the final 2012 Ironman Canada race in Penticton. (Western News file photo)
Flanked by escourts, Penticton’s Janelle Morrison closes in on the finish line at the final 2012 Ironman Canada race in Penticton. (Western News file photo)

Penticton 2021 Ironman cancelled

The announcement comes following recent COVID-19 health restrictions

Flanked by escourts, Penticton’s Janelle Morrison closes in on the finish line at the final 2012 Ironman Canada race in Penticton. (Western News file photo)
Flanked by escourts, Penticton’s Janelle Morrison closes in on the finish line at the final 2012 Ironman Canada race in Penticton. (Western News file photo)
Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. (File photo)

Okanagan Lake drawdown could be cause for thousands of dead salmon eggs

Experts say current models for the lake’s drawdown leading to the reversal of decades of progress

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. (File photo)
Rattlesnakes are a federally protected species and not as venomous and some people think (BC Wildfire Services/Facebook)

BC Wildfire crews get a lesson in dealing with rattlesnakes in the South Okanagan

BC Wildfire Services took part in a rattlesnake workshop earlier in August

Rattlesnakes are a federally protected species and not as venomous and some people think (BC Wildfire Services/Facebook)
Howard Soon is the Master Winemaker at Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley (Vanessa Vineyard)

UPDATE: Okanagan winemaker wins award for dedication to the craft

Howard Soon has been in the wine industry for over 40 years

Howard Soon is the Master Winemaker at Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley (Vanessa Vineyard)
The “Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man” with his truck and the corn he sells for $1 a cob. 
(Clayton Whitelaw - Western News)

Who is Penticton’s Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man?

The Corn Man has been selling Chilliwack corn in the Okanagan for almost 10 years

The “Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man” with his truck and the corn he sells for $1 a cob. 
(Clayton Whitelaw - Western News)
The “Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man” with his truck and the corn he sells for $1 a cob (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)

Who is Penticton’s Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man?

The Corn Man has been selling Chilliwack corn in the Okanagan for almost 10 years

The “Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man” with his truck and the corn he sells for $1 a cob (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)
Northwestern parts of the Thomas Creek fire have been changed to a modified response classification. (BC Wildfire)

Thomas Creek and Nk’Mip wildfires see minimal growth

Both fires are still out of control but are cooperating with fire crews

Northwestern parts of the Thomas Creek fire have been changed to a modified response classification. (BC Wildfire)
Leighton Allen Labute. (Contributed)

Kelowna hamster killer handed conditional sentence, not allowed in pet stores

Leighton Labute appeared in a Kelowna court on Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier this year

Leighton Allen Labute. (Contributed)
Former Penticton Vees player and current Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost hosted a shooting camp with Okanagan Hockey Camps this summer. (Colorado Avalanche/Twitter)

Okanagan-based NHLers return home to coach youth hockey camp

All three pros played youth hockey in the Okanagan before heading to the NHL

Former Penticton Vees player and current Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost hosted a shooting camp with Okanagan Hockey Camps this summer. (Colorado Avalanche/Twitter)
Vees towels line the seats of the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett/Western News)

Looking for work? South Okanagan Events Centre hosts job fair

Over 100 positions are available to be filled across a number roles

Vees towels line the seats of the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett/Western News)
Evacuees of Logan Lake began checking in at the emergency operations centre in Chilliwack on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

Penticton emergency support services in need of volunteers

10 volunteers are needed to help those evacuating from wildfires

Evacuees of Logan Lake began checking in at the emergency operations centre in Chilliwack on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
The WHL is the second CHL league to mandate vaccines (FILE/WHL)

WHL announces vaccine mandate for players and staff this 2021/22 season

All WHL players and personnel are required to be vaccinated for the upcoming season

The WHL is the second CHL league to mandate vaccines (FILE/WHL)
Jeff Jones view of Mount Law wildfire, Sunday night.
Jeff Jones view of Mount Law wildfire, Sunday night.

Your Photos: Mount Law fire above West Kelowna

Some pictures of the Mount Law wildfire provided by readers

Jeff Jones view of Mount Law wildfire, Sunday night.
Jeff Jones view of Mount Law wildfire, Sunday night.
Taken from Highway 97 at Ethel Street of Mount Law fire. (Brent Crozier)

Your Photos: Mount Law fire above West Kelowna

Some pictures of the Mount Law wildfire provided by readers

Taken from Highway 97 at Ethel Street of Mount Law fire. (Brent Crozier)
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. (Contributed photo)

Canada Sports Hall of Fame launches Indigenous Heroes Exhibition

Featuring 14 Indigenous athletes, the digital book will be available for educators at no cost

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. (Contributed photo)
COVID-19 has raised concerns in doctors over whether their patients are taking the appropriate dosage of their medication (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

COVID-19 may have led to incorrect doses of medications, B.C. doctor worries

Doctors are worried their patients may not be taking sufficient medication during COVID-19

COVID-19 has raised concerns in doctors over whether their patients are taking the appropriate dosage of their medication (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
File - A standard War Amps key tag (The War Amps)

75 years of returning lost keys, War Amps celebrate program

Started in 1946, the key tags have provided Canadians with piece of mind if they lose their keys

File - A standard War Amps key tag (The War Amps)