Opinion

Passing lanes — the greatest invention since the solid/dashed double line.

A salute to the passing lanes of Highway 3

‘A passing lane like the new two-kilometre passing lane near Jaffray, helps encourage our better driving habits.’

Letter to the editor.

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Concerns

‘It has never been this bad and is only getting worse by the day.’

  • Jul 29, 2021
Kuya Minogue, resident teacher at Sakura-ji (Creston’s zendo), has returned with a new column. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Acts of Hope: How to Keep a Bright Mind

‘If your concerns for the future get overwhelming, it helps to breathe through your worried thoughts.’

  • Jul 19, 2021
Jason Meidl is the funeral director at Creston Valley Funeral Services.

Ask Your Funeral Director: What can I do with my loved one’s ashes?

There are many options for what you can do with someone’s cremains.

  • Jul 19, 2021
Jason Meidl is the funeral director at Creston Valley Funeral Services.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs more volunteers. Photo: Submitted
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs more volunteers. Photo: Submitted
Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)
At left: A Cedar Waxing (Craig Montgomery photo) At right: Jacob Peter Gowy’s The Flight of Icarus (1635–1637).

What would the Waxwing birds think of Icarus?

The Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings have been handling the heat wave. Icarus didn’t do so well

At left: A Cedar Waxing (Craig Montgomery photo) At right: Jacob Peter Gowy’s The Flight of Icarus (1635–1637).
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
Tia Wayling is the recreation services co-ordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. (File Photo)

Rec Perspectives: Enjoy Summer Activity with Smoky Skies

‘Keep an eye on the air quality index and take advantage of the days that are clearer than others.’

  • Jul 20, 2021
Tia Wayling is the recreation services co-ordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. (File Photo)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been interviewed on more than 50 Canadian radio stations as well as television in Canada and the United States. Photo: Submitted

Embrace the Kootenay summer night for all it has to offer

Sunday night look for the moon in a crescent low in the low western sky just after sunset

  • Jul 11, 2021
Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been interviewed on more than 50 Canadian radio stations as well as television in Canada and the United States. Photo: Submitted
In this Thursday, July 1, 2021 file photo, a wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, during record high temperatures. According to a study released on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada “was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change” which also added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing warmth. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

E-Tips: The Realities of Climate Change

‘If nothing is done, we are currently on track for the Earth to warm another four to five degrees by 2100.’

  • Jul 9, 2021
In this Thursday, July 1, 2021 file photo, a wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, during record high temperatures. According to a study released on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada “was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change” which also added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing warmth. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident. (File photo)

Valley Views: Staying Safe

‘In these times of unprecedented weather events, it’s wise for all of us to do a little calm pre-planning.’

  • Jul 9, 2021
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident. (File photo)
Paul Gaucher and Dove Sprout are co-owners of Creston Acupuncture Natural Health Centre. (File Photo)

Natural Health Approach: Fire Element

‘Fire is symbolic of maximum activity or greatest yang.’

  • Jul 9, 2021
Paul Gaucher and Dove Sprout are co-owners of Creston Acupuncture Natural Health Centre. (File Photo)
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.

Think on These Things: The Measure of Forgiveness

‘In these days of COVID - 19, we need to learn forgiveness.’

  • Jul 9, 2021
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.
Kuya Minogue, resident teacher at Sakura-ji (Creston’s zendo), has returned with a new column. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Acts of Hope: Gratitude is a Revolutionary Act

By Kuya Minogue, resident teacher at Sakura-ji, Creston’s zendo In my last…

  • Jul 8, 2021
Kuya Minogue, resident teacher at Sakura-ji (Creston’s zendo), has returned with a new column. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Snowbrush in late June on Mt. Thompson. (Photo by Ed McMackin)

Out There: Buckbrush and Snowbrush

‘Many plants, including shrubs, have started blooming as of May 21.’

  • Jul 8, 2021
Snowbrush in late June on Mt. Thompson. (Photo by Ed McMackin)
Friends' member Judy pictured hosting a COVID-friendly pop-up book sale. (Submitted by Creston Valley Public Library)

Lit Column: Are You a Friend of the Library?

Friends of the Creston Library needs new members

  • Jul 6, 2021
Friends' member Judy pictured hosting a COVID-friendly pop-up book sale. (Submitted by Creston Valley Public Library)
Tia Wayling is the recreation services co-ordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo

Rec Perspectives: A Summer of Fun

‘Even though you can travel anywhere in Canada now, don’t wait to take advantage of what’s happening in our awesome valley.’

  • Jul 6, 2021
Tia Wayling is the recreation services co-ordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo