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Positive strides for Central Okanagan Indigenous student equity journey

Rise seen in graduation rates, integration of Indigenous culture and history into local schools

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Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

COVID vaccine debate a minefield for Central Okanagan teachers to navigate

Parents increasingly sensitive to what is told to students

Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Okanagan Basin Water Board chair Sue McKortoff (left) received a congratulatory certificate from Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray marking the water agency's 50th anniversary in 2020 at an event held in Bertram Creek Regional Park.  Gray was unable to attend the event, as the certificate was presented to McKortoff by her assistant Gina Lang. (Barry Gerding - File photo)

Strengthening water conservation efforts in the Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Basin Water Board provides vital link between water resource managers and community stakeholders

Okanagan Basin Water Board chair Sue McKortoff (left) received a congratulatory certificate from Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray marking the water agency's 50th anniversary in 2020 at an event held in Bertram Creek Regional Park.  Gray was unable to attend the event, as the certificate was presented to McKortoff by her assistant Gina Lang. (Barry Gerding - File photo)
Czech forward Pavel Novak will be looked upon as a key scoring contributor for the Kelowna Rockets in the 2021-22 WHL season. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze photo)

Kelowna Rockets brass reloads for WHL season

No plans for retirment as Bruce Hamilton fired up for another WHL championship

Czech forward Pavel Novak will be looked upon as a key scoring contributor for the Kelowna Rockets in the 2021-22 WHL season. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze photo)
Emily Zurrer won bronze with Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team in 2012. (Black Press Media file)

Kelowna Olympian felt joy of former team’s gold medal in Tokyo

Emily Zurrer watched her old teammates on Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team win gold in August

Emily Zurrer won bronze with Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team in 2012. (Black Press Media file)
Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)

Okanagan kokanee spawning initiative suffers setback

Okanagan Lake drawdown timing blamed for fish kill

Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)
Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)

Water diligence urged amid continued drought conditions in the Okanagan

Cooler temperatures are a welcome sight but extremely dry conditions remain

Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Public Schools administrative office in Kelowna. (File photo)

Mask mandate for Central Okanagan students not surprising: superintendent

Students will be wearing masks in class again this fall

Central Okanagan Public Schools administrative office in Kelowna. (File photo)
Teachers are voicing concerns about health protocols with school set to resume in September. (Black Press file photo)

B.C. teachers push for classroom mask mandate

BC Teachers’ Federation issues workplace health wishlist

Teachers are voicing concerns about health protocols with school set to resume in September. (Black Press file photo)
The White Rock Lake fire as seen from 50th Parallel Winery in Lake Country at 5 a.m. on Aug. 16. (Jessie Ballard photo)

Okanagan West rural director calls for intensified wildfire mitigation efforts

Wayne Carson advocates for proactive rather than reactive response to wildfires

The White Rock Lake fire as seen from 50th Parallel Winery in Lake Country at 5 a.m. on Aug. 16. (Jessie Ballard photo)
The Okanagan Mountain Park fire of 2003. (Capital News file)

Lessons learned from Kelowna’s infamous 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire

Evacuees, officials of 2003 blaze lay out what lies ahead for those who lost their homes this year

The Okanagan Mountain Park fire of 2003. (Capital News file)
This is a familiar sight around Central Okanagan communities as the limited housing inventory is unable to meet buyer demand, which has created bidding wars and quick sales on many homes this year, a scenario likely to continue. (File photo)

Housing sales boom in Okanagan surges ahead

No relief in prices coming soon based on Century 21 Canada national survey

This is a familiar sight around Central Okanagan communities as the limited housing inventory is unable to meet buyer demand, which has created bidding wars and quick sales on many homes this year, a scenario likely to continue. (File photo)
Rising real estate prices in the Okanagan fueled by out-of-town buyers has created a concern about the ability of Millennials and Gen Zers to afford to eventually buy a house. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Home ownership dream for Millennials, Gen Zers in the Okanagan under pressure

But RE/MAX vice-president cites cyclical nature of real estate market

Rising real estate prices in the Okanagan fueled by out-of-town buyers has created a concern about the ability of Millennials and Gen Zers to afford to eventually buy a house. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Okanagan Lake water level manager Shaun Reimer at the Penticton dam regulating the water release from Okanagan Lake further south into the Okanagan Valley watershed. (OBWB photo)

Water security a B.C. economic driver

New study says $100 million watershed investment over next decade will create 13,000 new jobs

Okanagan Lake water level manager Shaun Reimer at the Penticton dam regulating the water release from Okanagan Lake further south into the Okanagan Valley watershed. (OBWB photo)
Flooding and sandbag retaining walls have become a familiar occurrence across the Okanagan Valley in recent years. (File photo)

Okanagan Lake water regulation system needs updating

Province has received report on process for moderinizing Okanagan Lake Regulations System

Flooding and sandbag retaining walls have become a familiar occurrence across the Okanagan Valley in recent years. (File photo)
George and Trudy Heiss at Gray Monk Winery in Lake Country. (File photo)

Okanagan winery co-founder dies at 81

Okanagan Valley wine industry pioneer George Heiss, co-founder of Grey Monk, passed away June 29

George and Trudy Heiss at Gray Monk Winery in Lake Country. (File photo)
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Interior Health reports COVID-19 impact declining

Immunization program credited for pandemic reversal

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Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)

Donors who gave $1M to Central Okanagan grads want to send positive message

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
Central Okanagan Public Schools is assisting with the distribution of a donation of $500 to every Grade 12 graduating student in the school district. (File photo)

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads get $500 surprise

Anonymous donor gifts $500 to every Grade 12 student

Central Okanagan Public Schools is assisting with the distribution of a donation of $500 to every Grade 12 graduating student in the school district. (File photo)
The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)

RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)