Phil McLachlan

Barrels pictured outside Oliver winery, Quinta Ferreira, in May. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

B.C. Master of Wine reflects on industry’s teetering economic state

Pandemic, for some wine makers, has been a blessing in disguise. For others, not so much.

Barrels pictured outside Oliver winery, Quinta Ferreira, in May. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
RCMP Cpl. Cory Lepine pictured at BC Livestock Producers Co. in Kamloops, Nov. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Meet B.C.’s only cowboy cop; a voice for the livestock industry

Cpl. Cory Lepine serves as a bridge between the law and those who make a living off the land

RCMP Cpl. Cory Lepine pictured at BC Livestock Producers Co. in Kamloops, Nov. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
(Kelowna RCMP)

Fluke find reunites dog tags of late B.C. veteran with family

Family doesn’t know how the tags were lost, but delighted to have them back

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Regulatory agencies overseeing real estate professionals in B.C. have called for a halt to all open houses, across the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

B.C. realtors asked to halt open houses due to spike in COVID cases

The Real Estate Council of BC says as COVID-19 cases surge, open houses should stop

Regulatory agencies overseeing real estate professionals in B.C. have called for a halt to all open houses, across the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
City of Kelowna crews are cleaning city hall after it was vandalized overnight. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Kelowna City Hall hit by anti-pandemic vandalism

Graffiti condemning the virus appears overnight on City Hall

City of Kelowna crews are cleaning city hall after it was vandalized overnight. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
BC Votes 2020: Horgan talks mass timber, climate targets in visit to Revelstoke

BC Votes 2020: Horgan talks mass timber, climate targets in visit to Revelstoke

Mass timber will help grow businesses and get families into homes, says Horgan

BC Votes 2020: Horgan talks mass timber, climate targets in visit to Revelstoke
With winter months drawing closer, BC RCMP Traffic Services are reminding drivers to be prepared, and drive safely. (Pixabay)

Be prepared and drive safely, say BC RCMP as winter draws closer

Police provide list of ways to stay safe while driving in winter conditions

With winter months drawing closer, BC RCMP Traffic Services are reminding drivers to be prepared, and drive safely. (Pixabay)
Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend

Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend

Kiera Bourque, 24, was sentenced for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend
Several families united in solidarity last week after one group, consisting of mixed-race individuals, was evicted from Wrights Beach campground on alleged noise complaints. Just after the group was evicted, they posted together for a photo. Just days before, they were strangers to each other. Now, lifelong friends. (Submitted)

Alleged racially-motivated eviction from Okanagan campground sparks outcry

“It was wrong and it needs to be addressed,” says neighbour after mixed-race family evicted

Several families united in solidarity last week after one group, consisting of mixed-race individuals, was evicted from Wrights Beach campground on alleged noise complaints. Just after the group was evicted, they posted together for a photo. Just days before, they were strangers to each other. Now, lifelong friends. (Submitted)
Osoyoos Indian Band chief proposes prison time for racist vandals

Osoyoos Indian Band chief proposes prison time for racist vandals

“They want people to get upset, and angry, and saddened… That’s the reaction racists want, isn’t it?”

Osoyoos Indian Band chief proposes prison time for racist vandals
Exhibit showcasing B.C.’s rich hockey history seeks submissions from the public

Exhibit showcasing B.C.’s rich hockey history seeks submissions from the public

“… We’re excited to see what interesting pieces of history we can gather from around the province.”

Exhibit showcasing B.C.’s rich hockey history seeks submissions from the public
Barbers around the province are being urged to join a new BC Barbers Coalition, part of a new BC Barbers Association, a group created with the purpose of giving those in the industry a voice. Pictured above, a man receives a haircut shortly after shops reopened in Penticton. (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)

New provincial barber coalition forms in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has brought attention to health and safety issues facing barbers during reopening

Barbers around the province are being urged to join a new BC Barbers Coalition, part of a new BC Barbers Association, a group created with the purpose of giving those in the industry a voice. Pictured above, a man receives a haircut shortly after shops reopened in Penticton. (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)
Benjamin Pinch passed through Penticton, on his west-east walk across Canada. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

700km in on a walk across Canada, B.C. man passes through Okanagan

Benjamin Pinch talks dropping everything to fulfill his lifelong dream of walking across the country

Benjamin Pinch passed through Penticton, on his west-east walk across Canada. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
For Penticton’s Nancy Browne (left), seeing her 86-year-old mother recover from COVID-19 was a sign that there is hope. Pictured about is Nancy Browne, Betty Jukes and Kim Tully on a Skype call. (Supplied)

COVID-19 ‘not a death sentence’ says B.C. woman after seeing senior mother recover

Cancer, blindness, a fractured hip, dementia, and COVID-19 not enough to bring Betty Jukes down

For Penticton’s Nancy Browne (left), seeing her 86-year-old mother recover from COVID-19 was a sign that there is hope. Pictured about is Nancy Browne, Betty Jukes and Kim Tully on a Skype call. (Supplied)
Wineries in the Okanagan are struggling amid COVID-19, some 50 per cent under capacity in labour force. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Pandemic an opportunity for B.C. wineries to reset, reinvent

What could wineries look like this summer? That’s what the BC Wine Institute is working on

Wineries in the Okanagan are struggling amid COVID-19, some 50 per cent under capacity in labour force. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
The Ironman Canada race in Penticton is instead set to take place Aug. 29, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Western News file)

COVID-19: Ironman Canada race in Penticton postponed to 2021

The race is instead set to take place Aug. 29, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ironman Canada race in Penticton is instead set to take place Aug. 29, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Western News file)
Penticton RCMP is working with Canada Post in an effort to recover a package, containing a rifle, stolen from a man’s front door. Pictured is the Savage 99C rifle, Series A, with a new Bushnell Engage 2.5-10x44 scope attached. The serial number on the rifle is D597026. (Dan Saver photo)

B.C. man frustrated with Canada Post after gun delivery stolen from front door

Penticton gun owner expresses frustration at method of delivery by Canada Post

Penticton RCMP is working with Canada Post in an effort to recover a package, containing a rifle, stolen from a man’s front door. Pictured is the Savage 99C rifle, Series A, with a new Bushnell Engage 2.5-10x44 scope attached. The serial number on the rifle is D597026. (Dan Saver photo)
FortisBC has adapted its BC-based school programming to support those learning from home. (FortisBC)

FortisBC program to help students learn about energy from home

Lessons challenge students to consider social, ethical, environmental implications of energy use

FortisBC has adapted its BC-based school programming to support those learning from home. (FortisBC)
Nurses and other healthcare providers in B.C. can now more easily monitor patients while they recover from COVID-19. TELUS Health today announced the expanion of its Home Health Monitoring (HHM) solution, set to further support B.C. patients with, or at risk, of the novel coronavirus. (TELUS photo)

Virtual tool allows B.C. health-care workers to monitor COVID-19 patients remotely

Digital health dashboard allows remote monitoring of patients as they recover from home

Nurses and other healthcare providers in B.C. can now more easily monitor patients while they recover from COVID-19. TELUS Health today announced the expanion of its Home Health Monitoring (HHM) solution, set to further support B.C. patients with, or at risk, of the novel coronavirus. (TELUS photo)
COVID-19 pushes Canadian food industry to tipping point: Federation of Agriculture

COVID-19 pushes Canadian food industry to tipping point: Federation of Agriculture

CFA today urged government to establish emergency fund to help farmers overcome mounting costs

COVID-19 pushes Canadian food industry to tipping point: Federation of Agriculture