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Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Taylor: Learning to live with smoke

‘Smoke is becoming a new normal’ for Okanagan Valley, columnist says

  • Jul 22, 2021
Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
A Vernon family gives an inside look to the COVID-19 virus in this week’s Behind the Mask.
(Carole Fawcett photo)

Behind the Mask: COVID-19 a family affair for Vernon household

Columnist Carole Fawcett speaks with a family who while safe and cautious contracted the virus

  • Jul 15, 2021
A Vernon family gives an inside look to the COVID-19 virus in this week’s Behind the Mask.
(Carole Fawcett photo)
Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)

Taylor: Themes of threes

They say bad things come in threes

  • Jul 15, 2021
Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)
In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity’s rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Entrepreneur Richard Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of about 53 miles (88 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert, enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

COLUMN: Looking skyward in the age of space tourism

The first commercial spacecraft was launched on Sunday, July 11

In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity’s rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Entrepreneur Richard Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of about 53 miles (88 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert, enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. (Virgin Galactic via AP)
Starting Block store owner Penny Trudel has helped Vernonites find the right fit since 2002. (Contributed)

Small Business Spotlight: Vernon shoe store starts you off on right foot

Columnist Sam McNair turns the spotlight on the Starting Block

  • Jul 14, 2021
Starting Block store owner Penny Trudel has helped Vernonites find the right fit since 2002. (Contributed)
The plantar fascia muscle in your foot will let you know when it’s being overused. And when it does, you should listen to it. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Spine & Sport: Foot loose

Physiotherapist Cheryl Witter looks at the foot’s plantar fascia muscle, which tends to get really busy when the weather turns nice

The plantar fascia muscle in your foot will let you know when it’s being overused. And when it does, you should listen to it. (Contributed)
View of Lake Country from the Spion Kop Summit. 
(Caitlin Clow - Calendar)

Taylor: Watering Walter’s memorial tree

Lake Country area hikers take care of memorial on local mountain

  • Jul 8, 2021
View of Lake Country from the Spion Kop Summit. 
(Caitlin Clow - Calendar)
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)

Kootnekoff: Access to justice and residential schools in Canada

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

  • Jul 6, 2021
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
A lovely re-wilded nature-scaped yard in Coldstream that doesn’t require watering or chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or mowing. Very low maintenance and it attracts and supports many birds, butterflies and other wildlife. (Charlie Peti photo)

Get Outdoors! And learn about bugs: Part 2

Roseanne Van Ee takes us back into the world of insects

  • Jul 2, 2021
A lovely re-wilded nature-scaped yard in Coldstream that doesn’t require watering or chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or mowing. Very low maintenance and it attracts and supports many birds, butterflies and other wildlife. (Charlie Peti photo)
Black Press File Photo

Paddle boarding – it’s not for everyone

Most paddlers appear to be slender and fit

Black Press File Photo
Dr. Pete Henley and his dog Alfie understand the importance of taking time outside amid the pandemic. (Contributed)

Behind the Mask: Vernon medical professionals weigh in on vaccination question

To jab or not to jab – that is the question – or is it?

  • Jul 2, 2021
Dr. Pete Henley and his dog Alfie understand the importance of taking time outside amid the pandemic. (Contributed)
Dogs in trouble often bring out the best of humanity in a n era today when empathy often seems lacking. (File photo)
Dogs in trouble often bring out the best of humanity in a n era today when empathy often seems lacking. (File photo)
Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Michele lost her mother, Carol (pictured), amid the COVID-19 pandemic and took away a different perspective from the situation. (Carol Fawcett - Contributed)

Behind the Mask: A different perspective

Vernon woman takes away different perspective after mom’s death amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • Jun 26, 2021
Michele lost her mother, Carol (pictured), amid the COVID-19 pandemic and took away a different perspective from the situation. (Carol Fawcett - Contributed)
Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)

COLUMN: I didn’t win the Lotto Max jackpot

Would life really be better with an additional $70 million?

Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)

Kootnekoff: Access to justice and residential schools in Canada

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

  • Jun 22, 2021
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)
Wild Sky Sisters

Wild Sky Sisters: Cancer Season

Wild Sky Sisters is a joint venture between Angela Moffitt and Tamara McLellan

  • Jun 21, 2021
Wild Sky Sisters
Submitted by Michelle Taylor

COLUMN: What’s a father anyway?

Columnist says ‘father’ is not defined by gender but rather in time invested, relationships

  • Jun 20, 2021
Submitted by Michelle Taylor