Barry Gerding

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)
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)
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)
Kelowna website finds financial life support

Kelowna website finds financial life support

Mazu off the fiscally endangered list

Kelowna website finds financial life support
Kelowna campus of Okanagan College. Photo: Contributed

OC adopts 2% domestic student tuition hike starting 2019 fall semester

Increase called for to address projected 2019-20 budget shortfall

Kelowna campus of Okanagan College. Photo: Contributed
Chief executive officer Janice Taylor with some of her staff who work for her Mazu website tech company. Photo: Barry Gerding/Black Press

Okanagan tech company Mazu jeopardized by stalled funding, says owner

Mazu staff face missing second paycheque in January

Chief executive officer Janice Taylor with some of her staff who work for her Mazu website tech company. Photo: Barry Gerding/Black Press

Thompson Okanagan potential hot spot for lung-cancer-causing gas

Kelowna public forum addresses excessive radon radiation exposure dangers

Part of the DD Express courier vehicle fleet on the road in Kamloops. Photo: DD Express

New courier company rises out of Greyhound shutdown

Former Greyhound delivery agents start new Okanagan-Thompson region business

Part of the DD Express courier vehicle fleet on the road in Kamloops. Photo: DD Express
Dementia journey the long good-bye

Dementia journey the long good-bye

More than 70,000 people in B.C. have been diagnosed with dementia

Dementia journey the long good-bye
A drawing from the Nk’Mip children’s art exhibit opening Jan. 19 at Kelowna Art Gallery and the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Photo: contributed

Collaborative Kelowna effort to showcase historic Indigenous children’s art

Shared Nk’Mip children’s art exhibition hosted by Kelowna Art Gallery and Okanagan Heritage Museum

A drawing from the Nk’Mip children’s art exhibit opening Jan. 19 at Kelowna Art Gallery and the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Photo: contributed
Inside the Foundry Kelowna centre located on Kirschner Road. Photo: Capital News file

Foundry Kelowna looking to go mobile

Youth health centre looks to expand access to services across Central Okanagan

Inside the Foundry Kelowna centre located on Kirschner Road. Photo: Capital News file
Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of ageing. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and may contribute to 60 to 70 per cent of cases. Photo: Contributed

Column: Difficulty of dealing with dementia

Dementia journey a mix of humour and sadness.

Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of ageing. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and may contribute to 60 to 70 per cent of cases. Photo: Contributed