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Cougar visits the Peach

May 28, 2015 / 12:12 pm

A young cougar seen in downtown Penticton Wednesday morning has been dealt with. Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said the one-year-old animal was observed in a tree by the Peach on the Beach, at 6:30 a.m. A conservation officer and RCMP responded to the scene, and the animal was...

Roller derby's back

May 28, 2015 / 9:00 am

Roller derby action returns to the Penticton Curling Club this weekend. The Penticton Pistoleras will host the Rink Minx from Comox Valley on Saturday in the South Okanagan Roller Derby Association's season home opener. Spokesperson Colleen Milligan says the Spring Roll will feature two...

Sob-storyteller in court

May 28, 2015 / 6:10 am

A Penticton single mother who reported a thief stole gifts from her home last Christmas made her first court appearance, Wednesday Jackie Ann Hooper is facing one charge of reporting an offence committed when it was not. In late December, Hooper reported the theft took place from the...

Reserve death still unsolved

May 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

This is the third in a series on unsolved murders in the South Okanagan. On the last night of the year in 1996, a pretty, middle-aged woman left a New Year's Eve party on the Penticton Indian Reserve on foot and seemingly disappeared. It wasn't until the snows melted in May of 1997...

Sentencing delayed

May 27, 2015 / 11:43 am

The sentencing of a Summerland businessman who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation earlier this year continues to be delayed. Tyrone Duerr, the lawyer for Joshua James Roberts, told Penticton court on Wednesday that pre-sentence and psychiatric assessment reports were requested, but he...

Micro biz expo launches

May 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

The first Micro Business Expo will open its doors in Penticton on Sunday, May 31. Hosted by Cowork Penticton, the event showcases a plethora of businesses offering services to other businesses. “The Micro Business Expo is intended to answer the question facing many decision-makers,...

Party for KVR's 100th

May 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Almost a century to the day, Penticton residents will gather to celebrate the first official trains arriving in the city. The city's Museum & Archives is hosting a free centennial birthday event in Gyro Park on May 30, a few steps from where that May 31, 1915 arrival took...

Name a hospital for $10M

May 26, 2015 / 6:30 pm

You could name a hospital tower after yourself – or a loved one – for a cool $10 million. The South Okanagan-Similkameen Medical Foundation has pulled the wraps off a donor campaign that outlines just how much it would cost to attach your name to a health-care legacy at Penticton...

RCMP cruiser side-swiped

May 26, 2015 / 3:55 pm

An erratic driver side-swiped a police cruiser in Penticton, Monday. RCMP were notified of a possibly impaired driver of an older white cargo van, Monday afternoon. Witnesses described the vehicle as being all over the road and endangering other motorists. Police pulled up beside the van at...

Airlifted to hospital

May 25, 2015 / 10:29 am

One person was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital following a serious collision on Highway 97 near Kaleden. The incident happened about 11:40 a.m. Sunday, when a motorcycle hit a car which was turning left from the highway onto Lakehill Road. The rider and the passenger of the motorcycle...

Stove sparks fire

May 24, 2015 / 9:04 pm

Penticton fire crews rushed to the scene of a kitchen fire Sunday evening in the 100 block of Secrest Avenue. The call came into dispatch at 6:06 p.m. “The stove caught some articles that were set on top of the stove on fire, and then it extended into the rest of the kitchen,”...

Jaws of Life used

May 24, 2015 / 8:51 pm

Two people were rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a crash Sunday afternoon in Penticton. The Penticton Fire Department got the call at 4:28 p.m. for a two-vehicle crash at Duncan and Main. “We ended up using the Jaws of Life to extricate two people, the driver and...

Adventure sports festival

May 24, 2015 / 12:07 pm

Adventure Addiction, a festival celebrating adventure sports, is returning to Penticton next month. Presented by Hoodoo Adventures and hosted by Barefoot Beach Resort, the action-packed event, June 4 to 7, will feature a thrilling line-up of outdoor adventures and races, in addition to clinics,...

Serious structure fire

May 24, 2015 / 10:30 am

UPDATE: 1 p.m. Naramata Fire Chief Tony Trovao said the fire at the Plexus Doors wood shop at 780 Gulch Road is now in the mop up stage. Trovao said the fire started around 9:19 a.m. and firefighters dealt with multiple explosions, from combustibles stored in the shop, as well as flames as...

Parks take native names

May 22, 2015 / 6:40 pm

Two provincial parks in the South Okanagan are undergoing name changes. Haynes Point and Okanagan Falls provincial parks are being renamed to their traditional First Nation nsyilxcen (Okanagan) place names. The announcement was made Friday by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Osoyoos Indian...

Arrest made in assault

May 22, 2015 / 1:15 pm

One man is in custody following a brutal assault Thursday in Penticton. The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Shingle Creek Road. RCMP say they were called to the three-kilometre mark of the road, which is off Green Mountain Road, shortly after 8:30 a.m., where they encountered a man who...

Paver auction helps PRH

May 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

Penticton residents' summer backyard projects could benefit local health care. Paving stones salvaged from the Rotary Park walkway project will be sold to the highest bidders in a two-week silent auction, and funds raised will support the fundraising campaign for the Penticton Regional...

Major marina makeover

May 21, 2015 / 8:58 pm

Plans were unveiled this week for a revitalized Skaha Lake Marina. Trio Marine Group has proposed an expanded 100-slip marina that features seasonal rentals, day rentals and recreational pleasure craft like paddleboards and kayaks. "It's an exciting project ... to not only create a...

Mussel fight given boost

May 21, 2015 / 8:56 pm

Efforts to keep quagga and zebra mussels out of Okanagan lakes received a financial boost Thursday. The RBC Blue Water Project donated $100,000 to the Okanagan Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program. “We’re very excited to see RBC support such an important prevention...

Prison on time, on budget

May 21, 2015 / 3:29 pm

A new jail being built on Osoyoos Indian Band land is going up quickly in the South Okanagan. Media were invited to tour the Okanagan Correctional Centre, near Oliver, on Thursday. "It is looking very impressive," said MLA Laurie Throness, parliamentary secretary for corrections,...

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