Judie Steeves

Barry Paull with a sample of drought tolerant turf.

Make Water Work: Time to turf the turf

Lawns are among the heaviest users of water so they’re a good place to begin to conserve.

Barry Paull with a sample of drought tolerant turf.
Eva Antonijevic, community programs director for the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

Make Water Work: Choose plants suitable for our dry climate

Drought-tolerant landscapes can be vibrant with colour.

Eva Antonijevic, community programs director for the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

Don’t let automated irrigation systems get lazy

It would be wise to do a check on your automatic watering system once a month.

Endocrine-disrupting compounds in Okanagan Valley water

Estrogen compounds leached into ground water eventually break down.

Volunteers from a number of local groups worked together this summer to create rock and log dams to prevent the continued erosion of an old informal dirt bike trail through the Bald Range grassland off Bear Main.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Resolve to do your part to keep nature natural

For 2014, make a decision to play a role in protecting, maintaining or restoring natural areas around the Okanagan.

Volunteers from a number of local groups worked together this summer to create rock and log dams to prevent the continued erosion of an old informal dirt bike trail through the Bald Range grassland off Bear Main.

Winter wine tasting popular: inside and outside

With the opening of the 16th annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival next week, wine enthusiasts need to sign up soon to get tickets.

Carmelis Goatgonzola spread

from Jude’s Kitchen: my last column

Here's wishing you a Happy New Year and the very best in a year of changes: 2014.

Carmelis Goatgonzola spread
Ginger Roast Chicken with Orange

from Jude’s Kitchen: Merry Christmas

Festive chicken can replace the big bird for a smaller group at the Christmas table.

Ginger Roast Chicken with Orange

Join the Christmas Bird Count from Home

All birders—even backyard ones—are invited to join in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Saturday.

Weather is good news for some; not for others

A series of storms will be followed by another cold snap next week, but the cold allowed a record harvest of grapes for Okanagan icewine.

Canadian Christmas goodies

from Jude’s Kitchen: Canadian Christmas

Traditional Canadian Christmas cooking is featured in a special book put together by food writer Rose Murray.

Canadian Christmas goodies
Canadian Christmas goodies

from Jude’s Kitchen: Canadian Christmas

Traditional Canadian Christmas cooking is featured in a special book put together by food writer Rose Murray.

Canadian Christmas goodies
Cipes Rose wins world competition.

Summerhill sparkling wine judged among top in world

Summerhill's Cipes Rose has been judged among the top 10 sparkling wines in the world.

Cipes Rose wins world competition.
Gary Tebbutt

Public market, brewery and offices to replace fruit co-op in Kelowna

Kelowna's north end will undergo major renos in the coming year as Urban Square—an upscale market, brewery and office complex—moves in.

Gary Tebbutt
A conservation officer with large hands takes a close look at the immense paw of a dead, garbage-habituated bear that roamed a West Kelowna neighbourhood until this October.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Help prevent more deaths

Large black bears who are unafraid of people pose a threat roaming around residential neighbourhoods, so stop attracting them.

A conservation officer with large hands takes a close look at the immense paw of a dead, garbage-habituated bear that roamed a West Kelowna neighbourhood until this October.
Ecologist Dick Cannings

Wetland loss blamed for most endangered species in Okanagan

Most of the Okanagan's 67 endangered species are at risk because of the loss of wetland habitat.

Ecologist Dick Cannings
Scallion Pancakes

from Jude’s Kitchen: beer in food

We're all familiar with the concept of using wine in our meals, but how about trying some local craft beer in food?

Scallion Pancakes
People to blame for conflicts with bears

People to blame for conflicts with bears

There are steps we can take to prevent risks to both humans and bears when they meet in residential neighbourhoods.

People to blame for conflicts with bears

There’s great value in happiness

Happiness can make you rich, respected and desirable as well as simply happy...

As farmland and buildings cover the Okanagan's valley bottom and creep up the hillsides, they're crowding out habitat for wildlife, birds and even fish. It's not sustainable.

Steeves/Trail Mix: A little long-term thinking needed

Stuck in the present, must we continue to make the mistakes that have imperilled the natural world, or can we begin to think ahead?

As farmland and buildings cover the Okanagan's valley bottom and creep up the hillsides, they're crowding out habitat for wildlife, birds and even fish. It's not sustainable.
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