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A traditional salmon barbecue on Newcastle Island near Nanaimo. Black Press File Photo

Indigenous food sovereignty movement reclaiming wellness, sense of identity

Indigenous health dietitian says goal is to restore decision making power through food supply

 

The list included other well-known small towns such as Banff and Tofino. (file photo)

Golden named one of Canada’s top 12 small towns

Travel + Leisure magazine showed the mountain town some love this week

 

Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino (left) accepts the B.C. Long Service Medal in recognition of his 25 years of fire service on Sept. 8, 2021. (District of Sicamous image)

Sicamous fire chief receives medal for 25 years of service

Brett Ogino was recognized for his dedication on Sept. 8, 2021

Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino (left) accepts the B.C. Long Service Medal in recognition of his 25 years of fire service on Sept. 8, 2021. (District of Sicamous image)
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Golden’s Louisiana Pacific to allow only vaccinated employees on site

As ordered by Interior Health in response to several employees testing positive

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John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)

In the heart of Mara Lake: Family and dive team reflect on recovery of drowned Alberta man

John Planaden called Sicamous a second home, was part of community for more than 30 years

John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)
Vernon’s Eric Tucker, 74, is all smiles after collecting $500,000 in spliting a $1 million Maxmillions prize with a man from Surrey in the June 8 Lotto Max draw. (BCLC photo)

Vernon man soars to $500K lottery win

Eric Tucker, owner of aircraft maintenance company, collects $500,000 in Lotto Max Maxmillions draw

Vernon’s Eric Tucker, 74, is all smiles after collecting $500,000 in spliting a $1 million Maxmillions prize with a man from Surrey in the June 8 Lotto Max draw. (BCLC photo)
The Calgary driver involved in the fatal Lake Louise hit and run has been charged. (File photo)

Charges laid in Golden arrest after fatal Lake Louise hit and run

The man was arrested in Golden, after allegedly striking two Ontarians in Lake Louise Thursday

The Calgary driver involved in the fatal Lake Louise hit and run has been charged. (File photo)
The single-lane bridge on Kicking Horse Trail where the fatality occurred. (File photo)

Golden man dead after falling into Columbia River

Golden-Field RCMP responded on Friday, Aug. 6 to a call that a man had fallen into the river

The single-lane bridge on Kicking Horse Trail where the fatality occurred. (File photo)
Three Valley Lake Fire on July 20. (Photo by Nicole Rodriguez-Garcia)

Columbia Shuswap Regional District monitoring risk of rockfall near Three Valley Lake Chateau

The Three Valley Lake wildfire burning nearby is measured at 60 hectares in size

Three Valley Lake Fire on July 20. (Photo by Nicole Rodriguez-Garcia)
After hosting Cranworx last summer, Kicking Horse will now have a shot at hosting the Canadian Downhill Natioanl Championships this weekend. (Cranworx photo)

Canadian downhill championships come to Kicking Horse

Approximately 350 athletes from across the country will converge on Golden this weekend

After hosting Cranworx last summer, Kicking Horse will now have a shot at hosting the Canadian Downhill Natioanl Championships this weekend. (Cranworx photo)
A wildfire was discovered at Yard Creek on July 16, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Dashboard image)

UPDATE: Small wildfire northeast of Sicamous being held

Cause of fire is unknown at this time

A wildfire was discovered at Yard Creek on July 16, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Dashboard image)
Cattle graze in a field in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Oliver RCMP left wondering where’s the beef after highway cow chase

The stray cow failed to stop for police and was last spotted disappearing into a peach orchard

Cattle graze in a field in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service set up a live trap on Ben McGuffie’s property on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy Ben McGuffie

B.C. winery operator throws rock to protect his goats from menacing grizzly

The big bears are rare for Quadra Island, especially in the populated areas

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service set up a live trap on Ben McGuffie’s property on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy Ben McGuffie
A pod of orcas joined the 7 Generation Steward Society at the Tyee Spit singing in memorial for the 215 children found in Kamloops. Photo courtesy Cory Cliffe

VIDEO: Whales appear during Indigenous ceremony for 215 children in Campbell River

‘Our ancestors wouldn’t appear if we weren’t doing things in a good way’ — Cory Cliffe

A pod of orcas joined the 7 Generation Steward Society at the Tyee Spit singing in memorial for the 215 children found in Kamloops. Photo courtesy Cory Cliffe
Armstrong’s Tina Bridal (left) and Vernon’s Risa Pallister have reached the quarterfinals of Maxim magazine’s cover girl search, and a grand prize of $25,000. (Photos submitted)

North Okanagan women in hunt for Maxim cover

Armstrong’s Tina Bridal and Vernon’s Risa Pallister need votes to advance to semifinals

Armstrong’s Tina Bridal (left) and Vernon’s Risa Pallister have reached the quarterfinals of Maxim magazine’s cover girl search, and a grand prize of $25,000. (Photos submitted)
There will be no actual theme for the 62nd annual Vernon Winter Carnival in 2022 says the society. (Vernon Winter Carnival photo)

No theme in 2022 for Okanagan Carnival

Vernon Winter Carnival Society says it’s time for a step back and connect with community by just being a winter festival

There will be no actual theme for the 62nd annual Vernon Winter Carnival in 2022 says the society. (Vernon Winter Carnival photo)
Jasmyn Yakura’s 2004 Chevy Aveo ended up going off Cosens Bay Road Sunday, April 18, with her behind the wheel, and coming to rest down a steep cliff. Yakura suffered only minor injuries. She was helped back to the road by a friend travelling behind her when the car left the road. (Yakura family photo)

North Okanagan driver credits seatbelt with saving life

Jasmyn Yakura, 17, survived after car went off Cosens Bay Road over a cliff, flipping ‘five or six times or more’

Jasmyn Yakura’s 2004 Chevy Aveo ended up going off Cosens Bay Road Sunday, April 18, with her behind the wheel, and coming to rest down a steep cliff. Yakura suffered only minor injuries. She was helped back to the road by a friend travelling behind her when the car left the road. (Yakura family photo)
Monashee Toastmasters (Lumby) secretary Marina Legare received a special award for technical support from District 21 of Toastmasters. (photo submitted)

Okanagan toastmasters group keen on volunteerism

Monashee Toastmasters (Lumby) secretary wins accolade while on her leadership path

Monashee Toastmasters (Lumby) secretary Marina Legare received a special award for technical support from District 21 of Toastmasters. (photo submitted)
Cast members Brian Martin (top row, from left), Vince Walzak, Peter Kaz, Nevada Christensen (middle row, from left), Victor Cumming, Roger Knox and Rebecca Barton (bottom) act out the virtual play Our HOME Town, written by Vernon’s Jason Armstrong, during its three-night run for the Vernon Winter Carnival. (Our HOME Town photo)

Okanagan winter carnival a virtual hit

Community, businesses support annual Vernon event that had to think outside box in 2021

Cast members Brian Martin (top row, from left), Vince Walzak, Peter Kaz, Nevada Christensen (middle row, from left), Victor Cumming, Roger Knox and Rebecca Barton (bottom) act out the virtual play Our HOME Town, written by Vernon’s Jason Armstrong, during its three-night run for the Vernon Winter Carnival. (Our HOME Town photo)