Barry Gerding

Conservative MP Dan Albas doesn’t think supporting a non-confidence motion to defeat the current Liberal minority government and force a fall election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is in the best interest of Canadians right now. (File photo)

Okanagan Conservative MP downplays push for fall federal election

But Dan Albas says frustration with scandal-plagued Liberals is growing

Conservative MP Dan Albas doesn’t think supporting a non-confidence motion to defeat the current Liberal minority government and force a fall election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is in the best interest of Canadians right now. (File photo)
Invasive mussels attached to 10 boats were detected at provincial mussel monitoring stations so far this summer. The boats were headed for both the Okanagan and Thompson regions. (File photo)

Invasive mussel monitoring stations detect 10 boats

Boats were headed to Okanagan and Thompson regions

Invasive mussels attached to 10 boats were detected at provincial mussel monitoring stations so far this summer. The boats were headed for both the Okanagan and Thompson regions. (File photo)
A long-term upgrade to Highway 97 in Peachland will be put off by the province for up to 20 yearss. (Contributed)

Highway 97 upgrade option for Peachland faces 20-year delay

Peachland council disappointed by highways department decision

A long-term upgrade to Highway 97 in Peachland will be put off by the province for up to 20 yearss. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan School District administrative office in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Class resumption raises challenges for Central Okanagan schools

Education ministry directive to resume K-12 classes Sept. 8 creating many questions

Central Okanagan School District administrative office in Kelowna. (Contributed)
Author Judie Steeves looking through the pages of the new update of the book Okanagan Trips & Trails, which she co-authored with Murphy Shewchuk. (Barry Gerding - Black Press)

Popular Okanagan/Shuswap hiking guide updated

Fourth edition of Okanagan Tips & Trails now available in bookstores

Author Judie Steeves looking through the pages of the new update of the book Okanagan Trips & Trails, which she co-authored with Murphy Shewchuk. (Barry Gerding - Black Press)
Popular Okanagan/Shuswap hiking guide updated

Popular Okanagan/Shuswap hiking guide updated

Fourth edition of Okanagan Tips & Trails now available in bookstores

Popular Okanagan/Shuswap hiking guide updated
Kids climb on the Kelowna Wibit adventure park located off Hot Sands Beach in City Park. (File photo)

Thompson Okanagan tourism takes a hit

Lack of international travelers coming to the region causing a devastating impact

Kids climb on the Kelowna Wibit adventure park located off Hot Sands Beach in City Park. (File photo)
The sign of smoke indicating a fire in B.C. this summer has so far been a surprisingly rare occurrence due to the precipitation and cooler temperatures in May through July so far this year. But things are expected to heat up for the rest of July and into August. (BC Wildfire/Facebook photo)

Rainy, cooler weather reducing forest fire activity in Okanagan

Kamloops Fire Centre reports fewer than average fires this year as of mid-July

The sign of smoke indicating a fire in B.C. this summer has so far been a surprisingly rare occurrence due to the precipitation and cooler temperatures in May through July so far this year. But things are expected to heat up for the rest of July and into August. (BC Wildfire/Facebook photo)
An upgrade to the Highway 97 intersection with Glenmore Road and Beaver Lake Road was brought up during Question Period in the B.C. Legislature on Thursday (July 9) by local MLA Norm Letnick. (File photo)

Lake Country traffic bottleneck solution still lacks funding

No money committed yet but province will unveil solution options for Highway 97- Beaver Lake Road-Glenmore Road intersection this fall

An upgrade to the Highway 97 intersection with Glenmore Road and Beaver Lake Road was brought up during Question Period in the B.C. Legislature on Thursday (July 9) by local MLA Norm Letnick. (File photo)
The Super 8 Motel in West Kelowna has been secured by BC Housing as a site for homeless people to be housed, which not all area residents are happy about. (Contributed)                                The Super 8 Motel in West Kelowna has been secured by BC Housing as a site for homeless people to be housed, which not all area residents are happy about. (Contributed)

Supportive housing angers Super 8 Motel neighbours in West Kelowna

Residents of the area have started a petition to have the occupants of the hotel relocated elsewhere

The Super 8 Motel in West Kelowna has been secured by BC Housing as a site for homeless people to be housed, which not all area residents are happy about. (Contributed)                                The Super 8 Motel in West Kelowna has been secured by BC Housing as a site for homeless people to be housed, which not all area residents are happy about. (Contributed)
Okanagan town hall forum discusses evolving sports landscape

Okanagan town hall forum discusses evolving sports landscape

Adult/youth sports face challenges starting up again during COVID-19 pandemic

Okanagan town hall forum discusses evolving sports landscape
Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin extends a consolation prize of a peach to Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper after the Central Okanagan community upended Armstrong’s bid for a third consecutive Make Water Work Community Champion contest. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)

Peachland beats out Armstrong for water conservation contest

Peachland declared 2019 Make Water Work Community Champions in fun contest with important undertone

Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin extends a consolation prize of a peach to Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper after the Central Okanagan community upended Armstrong’s bid for a third consecutive Make Water Work Community Champion contest. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)
Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin extends a consolation prize of a peach to Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper after the Central Okanagan community upended Armstrong’s bid for a third consecutive Make Water Work Community Champion contest. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)

Peachland beats out Armstrong for water conservation contest

Peachland declared 2019 Make Water Work Community Champions in fun contest with important undertone

Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin extends a consolation prize of a peach to Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper after the Central Okanagan community upended Armstrong’s bid for a third consecutive Make Water Work Community Champion contest. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)
Okanagan school district monitoring McCurdy supportive housing plan debate

Okanagan school district monitoring McCurdy supportive housing plan debate

Top priority for board of education is to maintain safety integrity of local schools

Okanagan school district monitoring McCurdy supportive housing plan debate
UPDATE: Kelowna police officer remains in hospital following crash

UPDATE: Kelowna police officer remains in hospital following crash

Both the officer and the truck driver were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries

UPDATE: Kelowna police officer remains in hospital following crash
People’s Party of Canada leader Maxine Bernier prior to fundraising dinner held Friday night in Kelowna. (Barry Gerding/Black Press)

PPC leader wants to appeal to voters’ intelligence

Maxine Bernier says his right-wing populist political movement differs from that of U.S. President Donald Trump and other similar European leaders

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxine Bernier prior to fundraising dinner held Friday night in Kelowna. (Barry Gerding/Black Press)
Signs of drought across the Okanagan Valley are a reminder of how important it is to manage and preserve our water supply. (Contributed)

Okanagan water suppliers face drought reality

May and June rain will foreshadow degree of drought this summer across valley

Signs of drought across the Okanagan Valley are a reminder of how important it is to manage and preserve our water supply. (Contributed)
Mazu founder and CEO Janice Taylor went public last month with complaints about how SIDIT’s loan policies jeopardized the future of her company, a complaint shared by other SIDIT loan recipients. (Barry Gerding - Black Press)

SIDIT complaints review nearing completion

MLA hopes government review of controversy surrounding Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust completed within next 30 days

Mazu founder and CEO Janice Taylor went public last month with complaints about how SIDIT’s loan policies jeopardized the future of her company, a complaint shared by other SIDIT loan recipients. (Barry Gerding - Black Press)
Access to the public trail off Kloppenberg Court in Kelowna is blocked off, illustrating the fears of a potential landslide due to nearby slope erosion. (Barry Gerding - Black Press)

Kelowna subdivision slope erosion fuels landslide fears

City says up to $1.2 million in slope remedial work is required this spring

Access to the public trail off Kloppenberg Court in Kelowna is blocked off, illustrating the fears of a potential landslide due to nearby slope erosion. (Barry Gerding - Black Press)
Flames arising from the Lake Country’s Nighthawk wildfire in 2017. (Capital News file photo)

Okanagan hopes $111M in B.C. wildfire cash will extinguish fires this summer

Unknown yet how much of funding targeted for the Okanagan

Flames arising from the Lake Country’s Nighthawk wildfire in 2017. (Capital News file photo)