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Latest Articles from Laura Brookes

In-app purchase frustrations

Nov 14, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: The Canadian Press The story of a family who lost $12,000 in a month on TikTok, and later had it refunded by the app, has sparked other residents in the Okanagan to come forward with similar experiences.  Salmon Arm resident Jeromy

Haircuts for the homeless

Nov 13, 2020 / 4:00 am

For Plan B Headquarters general manager and barber Tim Davenport, cutting hair isn't just reserved for the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day. He's also started volunteering his free time at the Kelowna Gospel Mission, doing haircuts for the less

Pandemic closes sanctuary

Nov 12, 2020 / 4:00 am

A Kelowna woman who has spent the past 16 years rescuing and caring for vulnerable birds is asking for the public’s help to keep her bird sanctuary afloat. The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on Kim Fargo, who is now facing the permanent

Water polo club a first

Nov 11, 2020 / 9:00 am

Photo: Facebook There aren't many people who would choose to open a new sports club in the midst of a global pandemic, but that's exactly what motivated Kelowna local Ben Halsall. Halsall has started

Heritage home up for free

Nov 10, 2020 / 5:08 pm

Photo: CTV News A Vancouver heritage home that had its debut in a famous television series is being given away for free, with a small catch - the new owner has to pay for its relocation.   CTV News Vancouver says the 100-year-old

Stolen truck suspects found

Nov 10, 2020 / 12:10 pm

Photo: Contributed Two Kelowna residents were arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a F350 truck on Saturday evening and driving it into the backcountry.  RCMP received a report on Saturday, Nov. 7 that a white

Student TED talk inspires

Nov 10, 2020 / 4:00 am

Mount Boucherie Secondary School student Alyssa Sundstrom knows what it's like to live with a rare auto-immune disorder, after being diagnosed with Behcet's disease when she was just a young toddler. The disorder causes blood vessel

Henry optimistic on vaccine

Nov 9, 2020 / 5:14 pm

Photo: BC Gov Flickr Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has expressed her elation at the idea of adding a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to British Columbia's pandemic-fighting toolkit by early 2021.  On Monday, Pfizer reported an

998 new cases, five deaths

Nov 9, 2020 / 4:45 pm

UPDATED: 4:45 p.m. Interior Health has confirmed 53 additional cases of COVID-19 in the region over the weekend, bringing the total in IH since the start of the pandemic to 898.  There are 128 active cases of COVID-19 in IH at this time,

Family left homeless by fire

Nov 9, 2020 / 9:28 am

MONDAY 9:30 a.m. The Kelowna Fire Department says the mobile home was fully involved when they arrived at the 700 block of Beaver Lake Road at 7:30 p.m. Crews from Lake Country Fire also attended.  “Thankfully all residents were


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