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Category: 25th Special Edition

The Changing Face of Beauty Pageants

Spring 1993 • September 2001 “Here he comes…” A comical gender bender—an attractive young man, weeping for joy, as a pageant winner’s ribbon is wrapped around his torso, dozens of roses thrust into his arms, a glittering tiara planted on his head. This is not as far-fetched as it may seem, we discover, in these two looks at the changing face of pageants. Kelowna Lady on the Lake       Read the original features from the  2001 Sept and 1993...

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Requiem for Jennifer

Summer 1997 By Julianna Hayes The image is one Jean Cusworth will never forget. It’s of her daughter Jennifer, crouched, cowering, as rage rains down on her—as she’s being murdered. Jean never actually saw this happen, it came to her in a dream, the dream she had while sleeping in her daughter’s bed the night she and her husband Terry flew into Kelowna to identify their dead child’s body. Read the original feature from our 1997 Summer issue....

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Judi Tyabji

Spring 1992 When young Liberal candidate Judi Tyabji was declared the new MLA for Okanagan East, a collective “wow” reverberated throughout the district. The 26-year-old woman, pregnant with her third child and a relative unknown, who had a background in the environmental movement and had flirted briefly with the New Democratic Party, had handily defeated both a Social Credit cabinet minister and a well-known NDP activist. Read the original feature from the Spring 1992...

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Rockets Mania

June 2004 The Memorial Cup 2004 couldn’t have happened on a more appropriate weekend for the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets. It was a victory to match all victories in the team’s history. Josh Gorges, Kelly Guard, Randall Gellech were familiar heroes, but arguably the player with the biggest smile on his face when he awoke on Victoria Day was Justin Keller...a Summerland 18-year-old. Keller scored the biggest goal of his career as the third period of the Mastercard’s Memorial Cup Championship Game raged to a fiery end for the talented Gatineau Olympiques.       Read the original...

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Coquihalla Phase 3: Okanagan Connector

October 1990 From politicians to project supervisors to sub-contractors to tourism personnel, there are few negative words regarding this much-touted road; known in the B.C. interior as the long-awaited Okanagan Connector. There is talk of how contractors stayed within budget (to the satisfaction of the taxpayers); of how highways ministry personnel prioritized and co-operated in environmental matters; of the excellent engineering; and of the economic benefits that will travel this wide ribbon of highway. Read the original feature from 1990 October....

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