A total of 73 people across the Okanagan have died so far this year because of illegal drug overdoses, newly-released figures indicate.

Barry Owen of the Penticton Knights of Pythias stopped by Penticton Regional Hospital to donate $500 as part of the BLOOD (Bike Like One On Dialysis) Challenge. The fundraiser by the SOS Medical Foundation raised $6,373 for new equipment in the PRH Renal Dept. Participants were asked to bike…

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stop the United States post office, the motto says, but smoke will stop mail delivery in B.C.

We all take for granted that our dogs are intelligent and understand life much more than any of us. I am not going to argue the point with anyone as it is not something that we can really answer. I do understand that like us, a dog needs to be taught how to be old.


Dr. Michael Mosley’s book COVID-19: Everything You Need to Know about the Corona Virus and the Race for the Vaccine” was released on June 2. It is both a refresher for those of us who have been following recent events and a self-help book with advice on how to reduce your chances of getting …

During these difficult times, many people are feeling anxious about the uncertainty of COVID-19 and their health. For others, it was the wildfires burning in our community or world news and events.


In just a few days, thousands of dollars have been donated to help two foreign farm workers who were fired and sent packing earlier this summer.


While it’s something everyone dreads and doesn’t want to think about, emergency preparedness is important to keep in mind for residents in the Penticton area.

In my opinion, it’s always the right time to look at ways to improve health and immune function. And the way 2020 has been going, I believe health is something everyone should be investing a little time and effort into.

OVERVIEW: Those with the urge to roam should pick a destination they would enjoy alone or with a select few. Check vehicle and conditions before heading out. Allow time to adjust schedule so you can plan a route with the best cell service in case you need to be reached. Stop along the way if…

Since COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan, China last year, the pandemic has wreaked havoc globally, with 20 million cases and 730,000 deaths to date and staggering economic fallout and untold human suffering as collateral damage.

Burger King has developed a low-methane Whopper. Apparently, by adding lemongrass to feed, the methane released during digestion can be reduced by a third.

It’s been a very unique summer to say the least. First it was rain, rain, rain — then Mother Nature cranked up the heat, as we all remained nervous about our health.

We’re all different. “Of course we are,” you say. “Everyone knows that.” And while that may be true, when it comes to weight loss and body type, most people compare themselves and their results to others. Some even go so far as to beat themselves up mentally if their results don’t measure up.


Over the last 40 plus years, fat became, and has remained a controversial food. Back in the 1980s we were told by the government that saturated fat caused heart disease and to avoid it at all costs.

What is a friend? We seem to analyze the hell out of that word when dealing with our own lives, but throw out everything we have learned and generalize what the word means when dealing with dogs.

B.C.’s health minister says the province is working to set up a lab in Vancouver to determine if respirators and other equipment meet safety standards.

I remember as a kid my mom saying things like, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...” and, “You've got to get something healthy in you so you can concentrate in school ...”

While I walk, almost anytime of the day, I am chatted and squawked at by the Ravens in town. Sometimes they just feel like talking and making their presence known. At other times they decide to drop things on me that they have carried in their beaks as they sit perched high up in a tall tree…

The Okanagan Valley is holding its own with regard to COVID-19 related mental health issues. The good news is true for all corners of the Interior Health Authority.

The speed at which B.C.’s economy re-starts will depend on careful and deliberate decisions made by business owners, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says.


Horns honked, and sirens wailed as residents cheered, clapped, banged on pots and noise makers, sang, held up thank you signs, even a 4 piece band of youngsters.

Many people tell me “our next car will be electric.” In other words, they see the advantages, but feel the technology, price or range is not quite there yet. Which makes me wonder: is it better to make a small change today, or a large change in the future?

Amigo Diego Alcaraz of Penticton (centre) submitted this 2012 photo in recognition of today’s Cinco de Mayo. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Penticton Amigos of Mexico is not holding a traditional celebration, but Mr. Alcaraz wanted to extend best wishes to the Mexican community in the South O…

Many of us are shaking our heads at images of Americans protesting in the streets to open up the country in the middle of a pandemic.

The following were the five most-read stories on The Herald’s website for the week of April 26-May 2.

The South Okanagan Loss Society has turned to technology to support those experiencing loss and grief during this time of physical distance and the need to stay at home.

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There have been many rapid changes to protect all of us from the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed as a result, know that you are not alone and that help is available.