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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)
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
Steve Dahnert, 60, was riding his motorbike along Highway 33 in 2020 when an SUV travelling in the opposite direction crossed the double-solid lines and collided with him. (Contributed)

Keremeos woman pledges 5 blood donations in 2022 to honour her dad’s memory

Penticton’s Steve Dahnert, a blood donor himself, was struck and killed in a motorcycle crash outside Kelowna

Steve Dahnert, 60, was riding his motorbike along Highway 33 in 2020 when an SUV travelling in the opposite direction crossed the double-solid lines and collided with him. (Contributed)
Ice jellyfish and geese on Okanagan Lake (José Salmerón)

‘Ice jellyfish’ spotted around Okanagan Lake

Unusual weather creates strange ice formations

Ice jellyfish and geese on Okanagan Lake (José Salmerón)
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)
A five-year-old outdoor rink at Penticton’s Lakeside Resort, large enough for 10 people, is ready to welcome dozens of skaters each and every day this winter. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Penticton’s Lakeside Resort eager to support outdoor winter activities in 2022

The resort’s outdoor skating rink has attracted winter enthusiasts since Dec. 15

A five-year-old outdoor rink at Penticton’s Lakeside Resort, large enough for 10 people, is ready to welcome dozens of skaters each and every day this winter. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
This Penticton Herald article shows Penticton resident Andrea Dobrik breaking the record for fastest swim from Kelowna to Penticton in 1989. (Penticton Herald)
This Penticton Herald article shows Penticton resident Andrea Dobrik breaking the record for fastest swim from Kelowna to Penticton in 1989. (Penticton Herald)
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)
Downtown Keremeos circa 1966 during BC Ministry’s Road Trip Time Machine time lapse video. (BC Ministry of Transportation)

VIDEO: Road trip time machine drives back to Keremeos 1966

Ministry of Transportation creates Road Trip video from Princeton to Osoyoos

Downtown Keremeos circa 1966 during BC Ministry’s Road Trip Time Machine time lapse video. (BC Ministry of Transportation)
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.

Ellie’s journey: Rare condition points to critical research need

BC Children’s Hospital shares need for increased research for childhood cancers

  • Dec 27, 2021
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.
Ice that's been dyed by someone who lives near the 's'-curves on Highway 3 west of the junction with Highway 97. (Contributed)

Colourful frozen waterfall mysteriously returns on Highway 3A

The tradition has been going on for over 10 years now

Ice that's been dyed by someone who lives near the 's'-curves on Highway 3 west of the junction with Highway 97. (Contributed)
The Paws it Forward team. (Contributed)

10 years, 1952 dogs: Paws it Foward reflects

Okanagan charity looks back on 2021

  • Dec 26, 2021
The Paws it Forward team. (Contributed)
CRIS Adaptive adventure

CRIS 2021: A Year in Review in the Okanagan

Community Recreational Initiatives Society looks back on the past year

  • Dec 26, 2021
CRIS Adaptive adventure
United Way

What a year: United Way

United Way Southern Interior looks back at 2021

  • Dec 25, 2021
United Way
Kelowna Kinsmen’s Kelly Hutchinson presents a donatio to the BGC Okanagan. (Kristi Patton photo)

BGC Okanagan reflects on 2021

A look back on the past year from the BGC Okanagan

  • Dec 25, 2021
Kelowna Kinsmen’s Kelly Hutchinson presents a donatio to the BGC Okanagan. (Kristi Patton photo)
The light of the moon illuminates Wood Lake while a Christmas tree sits lit up and perched on the deck of a home in Lake Country. Upwards of 15 birds at a time have been counted perched on and eating from the tree, see additional photo on page A10. (Geri Allan-Helmer photo)

Merry Christmas to all

…and to all a good night

The light of the moon illuminates Wood Lake while a Christmas tree sits lit up and perched on the deck of a home in Lake Country. Upwards of 15 birds at a time have been counted perched on and eating from the tree, see additional photo on page A10. (Geri Allan-Helmer photo)
This Penticton woman was selected as the winner for Huber Bannister Chevrolet’s vehicle giveaway, just two days ahead of Christmas. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

A Christmas surprise: Penticton woman takes homes vehicle ahead of holidays

Huber Bannister Chevrolet in Penticton launched its vehicle-giveaway campaign in early December

This Penticton woman was selected as the winner for Huber Bannister Chevrolet’s vehicle giveaway, just two days ahead of Christmas. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Santa Claus stops at the McKechnie subdivision with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, collection donations for the food bank and spreading Christmas cheer Sunday, Dec. 19. (James Watt photo)

Armstrong helps Santa feed the need for Christmas

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department along with the Armstrong Ladies Club once…

Santa Claus stops at the McKechnie subdivision with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, collection donations for the food bank and spreading Christmas cheer Sunday, Dec. 19. (James Watt photo)
In response to a cold front moving in, the annual Larch Hills lantern ski event planned for Dec. 29 has been postponed to Jan. 8. (Brad Calkins photo)

Icy evening outing averted with postponement of Larch Hills lantern ski event

Salmon Arm: colder temperatures on the way but record-breaking lows not anticipated

In response to a cold front moving in, the annual Larch Hills lantern ski event planned for Dec. 29 has been postponed to Jan. 8. (Brad Calkins photo)
Tina Gibson fell in love with the Penticton Vees from the moment she started watching them and now she has her eyes set on one day seeing her nephew play for her beloved team. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Penticton Vees superfan recalls her instant love for the city’s hockey team

Since becoming a season-ticket holder in 2011, Tina Gibson has never missed a Vees game

Tina Gibson fell in love with the Penticton Vees from the moment she started watching them and now she has her eyes set on one day seeing her nephew play for her beloved team. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)