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Anne Schmiedel of Summerland (Photo/BCLC)

Summerland woman welcomes whopping windfall

A free play leads to a $1 million guaranteed prize for resident Anne Schmiedel

Moyra Baxter, chair of the Central Okanagan Board of Education. (File photo)

Vaccination mandate adoption facing Central Okanagan school trustees

Resolution for Jan. 26 board meeting calls for adoption of mandate for teachers, support staff

Moyra Baxter, chair of the Central Okanagan Board of Education. (File photo)
Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield relaxes before launch, ahead of a past trip to the International Space Station. He spoke to Black Press Media this week about his time at Royal Roads Military College. (Courtesy Cmdr. Chris Hadfield)

B.C. university ‘renames’ stairway after alumni Chris Hadfield

‘For me it all started there, just up the hill from Hatley Castle,’ Canadian astronaut says

Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield relaxes before launch, ahead of a past trip to the International Space Station. He spoke to Black Press Media this week about his time at Royal Roads Military College. (Courtesy Cmdr. Chris Hadfield)
Pandosy Waterfront Park is one of several projects the City sought input on through 2021 (City of Kelowna)

Kelowna residents help shape the city through virtual voices

Feedback through Get Involved Kelowna sees a 25 per cent increase in 2021 over 2020

Pandosy Waterfront Park is one of several projects the City sought input on through 2021 (City of Kelowna)
Angel and Aaron Basarowick have been married for four years and they say they'll always share a love for the Penticton Vees. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Basarowick)

Penticton Vees superfan reflects on her connection to the team and the late Neil Jamieson

Jamieson gave Angel Basarowick season tickets to the Vees in 2015 as well as a jersey

Angel and Aaron Basarowick have been married for four years and they say they'll always share a love for the Penticton Vees. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Basarowick)
Choose to move is a health-focused program for older adults (YMCA of Okanagan)

YMCA of Okanagan program offers aging adults active living program

Choose To Move offers a personalized physical activity program based on interest and abilities

Choose to move is a health-focused program for older adults (YMCA of Okanagan)
Kevin the free range peacock was killed by a wild animal in the village of Naramata Jan. 10. (Bob Stirrat photo Facebook)

Naramata Village’s beloved free range peacock killed

Kevin, one of 2 free range peacocks had been living in the village for years

Kevin the free range peacock was killed by a wild animal in the village of Naramata Jan. 10. (Bob Stirrat photo Facebook)
This historic photo is of a snowy scene in Westbank showing the construction of the Lakeview Flume.
According to the Westbank Museum and Visitor Centre, which shared the photo on Facebook, the picture was taken sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share, if so email us at newstips@westknews.com

History in photos: Lakeview flume

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of a snowy scene in Westbank showing the construction of the Lakeview Flume.
According to the Westbank Museum and Visitor Centre, which shared the photo on Facebook, the picture was taken sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share, if so email us at newstips@westknews.com
The starboard and port lights prevent collisions with other watercraft in low light (MSLR Electric/Submitted)

Kelowna company lighting the way in e-foil safety

MSLR Electric E-Foil has designed the world’s first light-up hydrofoil board

The starboard and port lights prevent collisions with other watercraft in low light (MSLR Electric/Submitted)
Deceased bat (R. Gervais/ B.C. Community Bat Program)

Furry flying friend fungus threatens Okanagan bat populations

White-nose syndrome is decimating populations as it moves West

Deceased bat (R. Gervais/ B.C. Community Bat Program)
Volunteers from River Wrangler Sportfishing in the Mission Hills community deliver donations by boat after the floods affected dairy farms in Abbotsford in November 2021

BC Dairy thanks the community for over $850,000 flood relief donations, and shines a spotlight on local community heroes

British Columbians have come forward with an incredible show of support for…

  • Jan 10, 2022
Volunteers from River Wrangler Sportfishing in the Mission Hills community deliver donations by boat after the floods affected dairy farms in Abbotsford in November 2021
This historic photo is of the Westbank waterfront circa 1925.

The photo shows both the CNR and the Government Wharves. Mount Boucherie and the future location of Mission Hill Winery are seen in the background of this image.

This picture was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page. 

Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share, if so email us at newstips@westknews.com

History in photos: Westbank waterfront

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of the Westbank waterfront circa 1925.

The photo shows both the CNR and the Government Wharves. Mount Boucherie and the future location of Mission Hill Winery are seen in the background of this image.

This picture was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page. 

Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share, if so email us at newstips@westknews.com
Large ice cap on Okanagan Lake (José Salmerón/Dec. 2021)

‘Ice jellyfish’ spotted around Okanagan Lake

Unusual weather creates strange ice formations

Large ice cap on Okanagan Lake (José Salmerón/Dec. 2021)
Lake Country firefighters helped deliver a healthy newborn baby Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Pixabay)

Okanagan’s first baby girl of 2022 born in Vernon

Baby girl born Jan. 1 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, first baby, and boy, born in Kelowna

Lake Country firefighters helped deliver a healthy newborn baby Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Pixabay)
Videos from throughout 2021 capture readers’ top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)

Top animal videos from B.C.’s Vancouver Island in 2021

Look back at a year of adorable, breathtaking and unusual footage

Videos from throughout 2021 capture readers’ top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)
Central Okanagan Public Schools superintendent/CEO Kevin Kaardal and board of education chair Moyra Baxter are again facing adopting measures to protect students from a COVID-19 variant. (File photo)

Central Okanagan school reopening disrupted by omicron variant

School districts given additional time to adapt to new COVID measures

  • Dec 29, 2021
Central Okanagan Public Schools superintendent/CEO Kevin Kaardal and board of education chair Moyra Baxter are again facing adopting measures to protect students from a COVID-19 variant. (File photo)
Gas in Keremeos was 43 cents a litre in 1966. (BC Ministry of Transportation)

VIDEO: Road trip time machine drives back to 1966 on Highway 3

Ministry of Transportation creates Road Trip video from Princeton to Osoyoos

Gas in Keremeos was 43 cents a litre in 1966. (BC Ministry of Transportation)
This historic photo is of sleigh-loads of logs at Glenrosa en route to Hitchner's sawmill.

The photo was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page from Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's book "A bit of Okanagan History" (1983).

This photo may have been taken sometime in the 1930s.

Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share, if so email us at newstips@westknews.com

History in photos: Sleigh-loads of logs at Glenrosa

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of sleigh-loads of logs at Glenrosa en route to Hitchner's sawmill.

The photo was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page from Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's book "A bit of Okanagan History" (1983).

This photo may have been taken sometime in the 1930s.

Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share, if so email us at newstips@westknews.com