Tara Bowie

B.C. becomes first province to allow 12-storey timber buildings

B.C. becomes first province to allow 12-storey timber buildings

Premier Horgan announced in OK Falls that mass-timber will be allowed on buildings up to 12 storeys

B.C. becomes first province to allow 12-storey timber buildings
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B.C. bar wants patrons to stop dropping their phones in the toilet

Barking Parrot in Penticton says when a phone gets flushed, entire toilet often has to be replaced

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Wife reflects on husband’s death with dignified party: ‘There’s no roadmap’

Wife reflects on husband’s death with dignified party: ‘There’s no roadmap’

“Everything about Dan’s death was a reflection of who he was here.”

Wife reflects on husband’s death with dignified party: ‘There’s no roadmap’
B.C. man chooses death with dignified party – music, whiskey and cigars included

B.C. man chooses death with dignified party – music, whiskey and cigars included

Dan Laramie of Keremeos died with medical help on March 2 after amazing ‘farewell to this life’ party

B.C. man chooses death with dignified party – music, whiskey and cigars included
Single on Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we got you

Single on Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we got you

A round up of some of the funny memes out there for singles this Valentine’s Day

Single on Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we got you
Soon-to-be dad dies in tragic B.C. car crash

Soon-to-be dad dies in tragic B.C. car crash

Leon Marchand Holmes died in a single-vehicle crash near Kamloops Jan. 12.

Soon-to-be dad dies in tragic B.C. car crash
Google maps                                A man is facing several charges after pulling a firearm on an employee and customer at the Hilltop Esso gas station in Keremeos on Sunday morning.

‘I thought I was dead as soon as I saw the gun’

Keremeos gas station attendant tells story about man with gun coming to store

Google maps                                A man is facing several charges after pulling a firearm on an employee and customer at the Hilltop Esso gas station in Keremeos on Sunday morning.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip recognized with honorary degree

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip recognized with honorary degree

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip was awarded an honorary degree from the University of British Columbia

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip recognized with honorary degree
A picture of some of the guns seized on the Canadian side of the Osoyoos border.                                Tara Bowie/Western News

Okanagan border agents sniff out U.S. handguns

Canada Border Services Agency talk to media about Americans bringing firearms through Osoyoos port

A picture of some of the guns seized on the Canadian side of the Osoyoos border.                                Tara Bowie/Western News
Woodpecker goes out with a bang, starts grassfire in B.C. city

Woodpecker goes out with a bang, starts grassfire in B.C. city

Untimely death of woodpecker causes power outage in Cawston

Woodpecker goes out with a bang, starts grassfire in B.C. city
Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing
Submitted                                The Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department has worked alongside the BC Wildfire crews doing water suppression to save buildings, putting out spot fires, and patrolling.

Behind the fire line: B.C. firefighters stalked by cougars

A Keremeos volunteer firefighter talks about what it was like to patrol the Snowy Mountain fire

Submitted                                The Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department has worked alongside the BC Wildfire crews doing water suppression to save buildings, putting out spot fires, and patrolling.
A picture of a Western Rattlesnake taken by a BC Wildfire crew member working the Snowy Mountain fire, (BC Wildfire)

Snakes rattling up trouble for wildfire crews near Keremeos

Terrain near the Snowy Mountain fire, 14 kilometres southeast of Keremeos, is home to rattlesnakes

A picture of a Western Rattlesnake taken by a BC Wildfire crew member working the Snowy Mountain fire, (BC Wildfire)
A transport fire has caused a grass fire just east of Hedley. (Trisha Coyne)

UPDATE: Highway 3 still closed near Hedley

A transport truck caught fire just east of Hedley causing a grass fire

A transport fire has caused a grass fire just east of Hedley. (Trisha Coyne)
Similkameen grassfire put out within ‘a stones throw’ from homes

Similkameen grassfire put out within ‘a stones throw’ from homes

Bud Gottfriedson and his family was woken up when two grass fires were within 100 metres of his home at the side of Highway 3. Highway was closed 10 km east of Keremeos.

Similkameen grassfire put out within ‘a stones throw’ from homes
Burnt branches like this one a Keremeos resident sent into the Review are falling to the valley bottom floor in and around Keremeos along with embers and hot ash. The embers are coming from the Snowy Mountain Fire burning about 12 kilometers south of Keremeos (submitted photo)

B.C. volunteer firefighters work night patrols as raging wildfire rains ash, embers

Keremeos firefighters say they will work night shifts as long as needed, patrolling the Snowy Mountain fire.

Burnt branches like this one a Keremeos resident sent into the Review are falling to the valley bottom floor in and around Keremeos along with embers and hot ash. The embers are coming from the Snowy Mountain Fire burning about 12 kilometers south of Keremeos (submitted photo)
UPDATE: Placer Mountain fire in Similkameen Valley grows to 2,336 hectares

UPDATE: Placer Mountain fire in Similkameen Valley grows to 2,336 hectares

BC Wildfire Service continues to work to get blaze under control

UPDATE: Placer Mountain fire in Similkameen Valley grows to 2,336 hectares
Water is expected to force the closure of Highway 3 in several spots when the Similkameen River rises again laster this week. (File photo)

Prepare now for Highway 3 to close when river rises

Officials are urging residents on evac alerts that have mobility/health issues to self evacuate

Water is expected to force the closure of Highway 3 in several spots when the Similkameen River rises again laster this week. (File photo)
UPDATE: Highway 3 near Keremeos open

UPDATE: Highway 3 near Keremeos open

Crowsnest Pass, about 14 kilometres west of Keremeos, remains closed Friday morning.

UPDATE: Highway 3 near Keremeos open
More than 800,000 starlings have been trapped and euthanized in the Okanagan and Similkameen over the last 15 years. Estimates of damage caused by the invasive and destructive birds still account for about $4 million in lost crops.                                Courtesy of Master Gardeners

More than 50,000 starlings euthanized in the Okanagan last year

An Okanagan program was designed 15 years ago to control the invasive species of starlings

More than 800,000 starlings have been trapped and euthanized in the Okanagan and Similkameen over the last 15 years. Estimates of damage caused by the invasive and destructive birds still account for about $4 million in lost crops.                                Courtesy of Master Gardeners