Mount Baldy sale approved

The sale of Mount Baldy Ski Resort in the South Okanagan has passed its last major hurdle.

On Monday, the B.C. Supreme Court approved the sale to a group that will operate as Baldy Mountain Resort. The deal has been winding its way through the approval process for months.

“A lot of hard work and support has been received in preserving the ... gem in Mount Baldy," said Gary Powroznik, managing director of G-Force Group, representing the receiver in the sale.

Baldy Mountain Resort said it plans to complete the purchase as quickly as possible so it can immediately start pre-season activities to ready the resort well before the 2016-17 ski season. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this project and can’t wait to help Baldy Mountain Resort achieve its potential,” said Joey O’Brien, an experienced resort operator who will be the resort's managing director.

Mount Baldy Ski Resort is located just north of the Canada-U.S. border and east of nearby Osoyoos and Oliver. 

At nearly 5,700 feet, the resort says its has one of the highest base elevations, the most sunshine and the lightest powder of any ski resort in the Okanagan.


Crash closes Parkway

A crash on Penticton's Channel Parkway overnight sent at least one person to hospital.

About 11:15 p.m., a compact car and pickup collided at Channel Parkway and Duncan Avenue.

Firefighters, police and paramedics responded to the scene, near the Skaha Ford dealership.

The car was in the middle of the intersection, while the truck came to rest down the road, near Lordco.

The occupant of the car was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

The female driver of the truck remained on scene and was co-operating with RCMP.

Police were investigating to see if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash, and a traffic analyst was en route as of late last night.

The road was expected to remain closed for several hours.

PNE home will end up here

The 2016 PNE prize home is slated to end up in the Okanagan.

The 82nd annual prize home, recently unveiled by the Pacific National Exhibition, features a two-level, 3,200-square-foot home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Designed by Freeport Industries, it also boasts energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive materials, contemporary design elements and details.

“The prize home is one of the most eagerly anticipated traditions of the fair at the PNE and this year’s is no exception,” said Mike McDaniel, president and CEO. “This year’s home is modern, stylish and perfect for spending time with family and friends.

"We’re also thrilled to be including in our prize package a lake view lot in the Naramata Benchlands – one of the most spectacular settings in BC – where the home will be relocated to after this year’s fair.”

The area north of Penticton, offers panoramic lake views with plenty of green space, acres of vineyards, wildlife reserves and corridors that weave through building sites. 

The 2015 prize home was also relocated to a permanent lake view lot in Naramata.


Rushing to roof fire

Penticton firefighters rushed to a home on Middle Bench Road North after smoke billowed from the roof.

Fire crews were greeted by flames when they arrived at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and worked quickly to knock them down.

Off-duty firefighters and auxiliary firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze.

Everyone made it out of the home safe. The homeowners were first to call 911 about the fire.

Crash backs up Hwy. 97

Traffic is backed up in both directions near Sun-Oka Provincial Park in Summerland Sunday afternoon due to a vehicle crash.

The crash reportedly involved three vehicles in the southbound lane of Highway 97, and occurred just before 3 p.m.

The nature of the crash or extent of any injuries suffered is unknown at this time.  

Penticton vandalism spree

Penticton RCMP are on the lookout for a pair of suspected vandals after numerous cars were damaged Saturday.

A witness estimates around 25 vehicles were vandalized on Ontario and King streets.

“Vehicle tires were slashed on every vehicle parked on the street as well as in Royal Court complex. A taxi cab witnessed the two committing the act and a neighbour responded as well when he heard the yelling,” Mike Sawyer told Castanet.

Castanet will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Brewery open a year

Penticton's Cannery Brewing is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its new brewery this weekend.

The celebration kicked off with a fruit bomb cask on Friday night and continues Sunday with $5 glasses and $15 jugs of Drupaceous Apricot Wheat Ale.

There will also be food specials and door prizes all weekend.

"It has been a roller coaster, but we are thrilled to be a part of the downtown, and we just wanted to mark the occasion," said co-owner Patt Dyck.

Partial proceeds from the weekend will go to Literacy Now South Okanagan Similkameen.

Cannery Brewing is at 198 Ellis Street in the downtown.

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