Aaron Hemens

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Teen girl, 15, dead after being struck by motorcycle in Kelowna

Motorcycle struck two teenaged pedestrians after colliding with a car, 15-year-old died in hospital

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The site of the vigil, prior to its commencement. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

PHOTOS: Hundreds gather for vigil for Kelowna crane collapse victims

Several people took to the podium to honour and pay their respects to the five men

The site of the vigil, prior to its commencement. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A screenshot of a video that shows Kelowna man Bruce Orydzuk uttering racist insults to a security guard outside of the Trinity Church COVID-19 immunization clinic on July 13.

Security guard attacked by man in racist tirade outside Kelowna COVID vaccine clinic

Premier John Horgan has called out the racist incident

A screenshot of a video that shows Kelowna man Bruce Orydzuk uttering racist insults to a security guard outside of the Trinity Church COVID-19 immunization clinic on July 13.
Memorabilia in honour of Jared Zook, located outside of the site of the crane collapse. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Here’s what we know about the five men killed in Kelowna crane collapse

Five people died when the crane collapsed at around 11 a.m. on Monday

Memorabilia in honour of Jared Zook, located outside of the site of the crane collapse. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, Friday, April, 6, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

22 electric vehicle chargers launching through FortisBC project

The initiative will give British Columbians more options to charge their zero-emission vehicles

An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, Friday, April, 6, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, middle right, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honour of the launch of Kelowna’s plasma donor centre at Orchard Plaza Mall on June 22. From left to right: Canadian Blood Services’ business development manager Janna Pantella, Canadian Blood Services’ operational excellence manager Tyler Burke, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Canadian Blood Services’ centre manager Janine Johns. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

B.C.’s first dedicated plasma donor centre opens in Kelowna

The Kelowna location is the third dedicated plasma donor to open in Canada

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, middle right, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honour of the launch of Kelowna’s plasma donor centre at Orchard Plaza Mall on June 22. From left to right: Canadian Blood Services’ business development manager Janna Pantella, Canadian Blood Services’ operational excellence manager Tyler Burke, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Canadian Blood Services’ centre manager Janine Johns. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The top photo is of a real carbine rifle, while the bottom photo is the airsoft rifle seized from a Kelowna man on May 15. (Contributed)

RCMP issue warning: ‘Imitation firearms need to be dealt with responsibly’

A man brandishing his airsoft rifle in public had his weapon seized by Mounties on Saturday

The top photo is of a real carbine rifle, while the bottom photo is the airsoft rifle seized from a Kelowna man on May 15. (Contributed)
Ashok Mohan holds up a photo of his brother-in-law, Vijay Sharma, who died from complications due to COVID-19 on April 27, 2021. A 72-year-old retired bank manager, Sharma had been living in the city of Jabalpur, India when he was infected and died within 10 days of contracting the virus. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

‘We don’t know what to do’: Okanagan man shares COVID’s impact on family in India

India is currently seeing some of the world’s highest COVID-19 case counts, more than 200K have died

Ashok Mohan holds up a photo of his brother-in-law, Vijay Sharma, who died from complications due to COVID-19 on April 27, 2021. A 72-year-old retired bank manager, Sharma had been living in the city of Jabalpur, India when he was infected and died within 10 days of contracting the virus. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
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Kelowna man’s sentence for ‘degrading’ sex assault of teen extended

Joshua Milne will serve a total of 3.5 years in jail for sexually assaulting his teenage ex-girlfriend

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B.C.’s 2021 budget is trending in the right direction to support farmers, says the BC Fruit Growers’ Association. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

BC Fruit Growers’ Association gives thumbs up to provincial budget

BCFGA general manager said budgetary investments put farming industry on a good trajectory for recovery

B.C.’s 2021 budget is trending in the right direction to support farmers, says the BC Fruit Growers’ Association. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
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Indoor wine tastings still allowed in B.C., not considered a ‘social gathering’

“Tasting is really just part of the retail experience. The analogy I use is you wouldn’t buy a pair of pants without trying them on.”

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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Interior Health reports 42 cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

16 people are currently hospitalized, while eight are in critical care

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Editor’s Note: My final issue at the Advance

“Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
Photo: DriveBC

2-vehicle collision closes Highway 3 near Yahk

According to DriveBC, the incident occurred between Yahk-Meadow Creek Road and Ryan Bridge, about 7.5 km east of Yahk.

Photo: DriveBC
A detailed close-up of Kate Tupper’s “Boreal Underground,” a 3-D resin and fibre botanical mandala on display at the Tilted Brick’s “View Point” exhibit. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Manipulated, stitched and dyed: Explore the versatility of fibre art at Creston exhibit

The “View Point: A Fibre-Based Exploration of the Natural World” exhibit features the fibre works of 20 artists — all of whom are women — from throughout the Columbia Basin Trust region

A detailed close-up of Kate Tupper’s “Boreal Underground,” a 3-D resin and fibre botanical mandala on display at the Tilted Brick’s “View Point” exhibit. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A 2020 drone photo of the former Creston open reservoir. Photo: Town of Creston

Creston’s Crawford Hill Reservoir Restoration Project to begin this month

The former Erickson reservoir will be addressed first, which will begin by removing dirt berms and filling the reservoir.

A 2020 drone photo of the former Creston open reservoir. Photo: Town of Creston
Father Kanickaisamy Lawrence, the priest at Creston’s Holy Cross Catholic Church, poses for a portrait in the living room of the church’s rectory on Feb. 5, 2021. Photo: Aaron Hemens

From India to Creston, the path to priesthood

Kanickaisamy Lawrence was barely nine-years-old when he developed an interest in becoming a priest.

Father Kanickaisamy Lawrence, the priest at Creston’s Holy Cross Catholic Church, poses for a portrait in the living room of the church’s rectory on Feb. 5, 2021. Photo: Aaron Hemens
The marsh landscape mural was defaced in early February by a graffiti tag. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston artists hoping to repair ‘bunker’ mural in summer

The marsh landscape mural was defaced in early February by a graffiti tag

The marsh landscape mural was defaced in early February by a graffiti tag. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Nasukin Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, left, and Mayor Ron Toyota pose for a picture, following a land acknowledgement that was made by Toyota at a regular council meeting for the Town of Creston on March 9. Photo: Town of Creston

Town of Creston begins meeting with land acknowledgement

This was the first time the municipality has honoured the Yaqan Nukiy — the original inhabitants of the land where the Creston Valley is situated — before one of their meetings.

Nasukin Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, left, and Mayor Ron Toyota pose for a picture, following a land acknowledgement that was made by Toyota at a regular council meeting for the Town of Creston on March 9. Photo: Town of Creston