Judie Steeves

Fall winefest events already selling out

Flagship events for the 33rd annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival are already selling out, so organizers are optimistic.

Kokanee headed upstream to spawn and die

The annual migration of Okanagan Lake kokanee into the streams of their birth has begun, but it's not forecast to be a stellar run.

Be wary of fall tick bites

The black-legged tick is active at this time of year, and because it carries Lyme Disease, Okanagan residents are warned to watch for it.

from Jude’s Kitchen: ‘I do’ appies

Appies are wedding food, shower food, birthday food and get-together-with-friends-food, so it's always good to have more recipes.

Mission Hill judged top Canadian winery

West Kelowna winery Mission Hill Family Estate comes out on top in the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada for 2013.

Season and colours change Saturday

With the onset of autumn Saturday comes a change in weather and new colours in the wild as well as less daylight.

Criminals out in the bush Saturday

You can help track down criminals destroying wildlife and habitat by reporting suspicious activity to conservation officers.

Hunters say wild game meat is healthier to eat

Long-term health benefits associated with hunting extend beyond providing food for your family and getting outdoor exercise.

Steeves/trail mix: get outside and have fun

There are activities for everyone with any outdoors interests this month around the Okanagan, so participate and have some fun.

Coyote kills dog in Westbank

Despite being in his own fenced yard, a Westbank dog was killed by a coyote Monday, so take care with your pets.

Mud boggers fined for environmental destruction

Five West Kelowna teens have been fined for destroying a wildlife meadow and pond out of Peachland.

Storms today to give way to sun Sunday

A severe thunderstorm watch by Environment Canada isn't forecast to last long before the weather turns back to summer.

from Jude’s Kitchen: blue grapes

Those tasty morsels are now available from local vineyards and they're a great addition to lots of favourite dishes.

Former BCFGA president dies suddenly

Joe Sardinha, former president of the fruit growers' association, is dead at 52.

Steeves/Trail Mix: You can prevent bear conflicts

September is normally when conflicts with bears in the Okanagan soar as the bruins bulk up for hibernation.

from Jude’s Kitchen: lunches anyone?

With next week's return to classes for many families, it's time once again to think about what to put in the lunch bag.

from Jude’s Kitchen: Simple Greens

As the wealth of the local harvest of fruits and vegetables continues to roll in, enjoy the best in simple recipes and eat your greens.

Orchardists face crop damage losses in the millions

A hailstorm on Monday left behind a trail of devastation in Southeast Kelowna orchards, vineyards and crop fields.

from Jude’s Kitchen: Flavours of Aleppo

With fresh ripe tomatoes now available locally, think salads to gorge yourself on their fabulous flavour while they're in season.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Prepare for severe summer weather

It's not all sunshine and roses as far as summer weather is concerned—there's also severe weather than can be fatal.