• A young bear wanders through Casitas del Sol checking out the neighbourhood. (Bruce Bidinoff photo)
    A surprise backyard visitor

    Bruce Bidinoff heard his dog barking uncontrollably Thursday afternoon at his home in Casitas del Sol on the northwestern edge of Osoyoos. He tried to get the dog to stop. He then checked to see what his...

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  • Members of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department fill a water reservoir as they work to contain a wildfire on the mountain on Thursday afternoon. (Hilda Reimer photo)
    Great teamwork cited by Anarchist Mountain fire chief for bringing brush fire quickly under control

    The chief of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department credited great teamwork for quickly controlling and extinguishing a brush fire that “could easily have escalated out of control” on Thursday afternoon on Anarchist Mountain. Around 12:38 p.m. Thursday,...

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  • Standardbred horses round a corner in the second of two harness races on Saturday at Desert Park. This was the first time harness racing has taken place there. (Richard McGuire photo)
    Harness racing could return here next year

    Harness racing may have a future in Osoyoos based on a successful experiment at Saturday’s race day at Desert Park. For the first time in B.C. history, thoroughbreds, quarter horses and standardbred horses all competed at the...

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  • Mike Campol, the former general manager of Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa in Osoyoos, says he’s looking forward to continuing his career and hopes he and his family will remain in the Okanagan Valley. (Photo supplied)
    Former Spirit Ridge resort manager remains optimistic, looking forward to future success

    When one door closes, many others open, says the man who managed one of Osoyoos’ most popular resorts and became the face of establishing the Desert Live Music Festival in our community. Management with Bellstar Hotels and...

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  • Barbara Haskell tries to control Koko for a photo, but Koko has other priorities. Koko disappeared on a walk when a woman took him and dropped him in Grand Forks. (Richard McGuire photo)
    Dog lost at Regal Ridge turns up in Grand Forks

    Koko, a chocolate lab who lives on Anarchist Mountain, loves to chase cars, but he’s terrified to get into one. That’s why his disappearance on Tuesday, Aug. 12 and his reappearance later in Grand Forks was so...

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  • Dawn MacRae of Oliver was chosen as the new Osoyoos Idol, edging out two-time winner Sue Gerrard. Both women got perfect 10-10-10 scores in the first round, and Gerrard actually edged her in the second round. Judges didn't give scores in the third round. (Richard McGuire photo)
    Dawn MacRae of Oliver is new Osoyoos Idol

    Dawn MacRae from Oliver is the new Osoyoos Idol after edging out two-time winner Sue Gerrard in Saturday evening’s singing competition. Seventeen contestants participated and were narrowed down in three rounds based on scores awarded by three...

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  • Sockeye salmon attempt to swim up one of the gates at the Zosel Dam in Oroville, Washington. The salmon are migrating up the Okanogan River to Osoyoos Lake, where they will wait before proceeding up tributaries in the late summer to spawn. (Richard McGuire photo)
    Sockeye recreational quota increases to four and will run to after Labour Day

    Recreational fishers on Osoyoos Lake will be allowed to keep four sockeye salmon effective as of Tuesday. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) issued a new notice on Monday, increasing the catch from the two previously...

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  • RCMP Sgt. Kevin Schur
    RCMP commander Sgt. Kevin Schur is moving on to Kelowna-based training job

    After nine years in the South Okanagan, Osoyoos RCMP Detachment Commanding Officer Sgt. Kevin Schur is moving on. Schur will be based in Kelowna and will be teaching and coordinating two RCMP leadership courses. The date he’ll...

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  • Children get into the spirit of Friday evening's Osoyoos Street Dance. (Richard McGuire photo)
    Second street dance keeps them hopping

    Friday evening’s second Osoyoos Street Dance of the summer drew an enthusiastic crowd of youngsters and their parents and grandparents to this family event. With a number of new songs, more intimate placement of bleachers and smoother...

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  • Clutching a toy plane, Ryder McVicar, 2, of Oliver checks out a Cessna at the South Okanagan Flying Club annual fly-in breakfast on Saturday. His parents say already Ryder has visions of becoming a pilot. (Richard McGuire photo)
    Airplane buffs fly in for breakfast

      For airplane buffs ranging from toddlers to seniors it was a chance to socialize and share their enthusiasm for aviation. Members of the South Okanangan Flying Club held their annual fly-in breakfast at Oliver airport on...

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