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Boonstock police bill not paid

Nov 21, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Boonstock organizers have yet to pay the large policing bill that was issued in September, following the Penticton festival. According to the Ministry of Justice, the province invoiced the promoter on Sept. 5 for $176,901.10, and no payment has been received yet. "The province has been...

Loader burns in Princeton

Nov 21, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The Princeton Fire Department kept a close eye on a business on Old Hedley Road, Thursday, after a loader fire earlier in the day. Fire Chief Eric Gregson said a 930 cat loader burned at around noon, prompting the fire watch at the Princeton Co-Gen Corp-Pellet Plant. "We were just...

Scary night at fiery apartment

Nov 21, 2014 / 11:30 am

Some tenants of the apartment building where a unit burned Thursday in Penticton remained displaced Friday, while others returned last night. The female occupant of the unit where the fire started was also in hospital overnight. Her condition was not immediately available. "The tenants...

The most expensive wine in BC

Nov 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

One Faith Vineyards - A First Growth from the Okanagan Valley from Olaf Strassner on Vimeo. If you love wine and money is not an issue, you now have a chance to be the first to own and drink BC's most expensive wine. The Okanagan's first First Growth – a Grand Vin can be...

Apartment fire

Nov 20, 2014 / 5:50 pm

Update One is in hospital after a fire broke out on the fourth floor of an apartment building at 803 Fairview Rd. The lone occupant of the unit went to the hospital, but their condition is unknown. "They were met by BC Ambulance on the street and taken to the hospital," said...

Youth food drive tonight

Nov 20, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Church youth groups in Penticton and Summerland will conduct a food drive tonight, (Thursday) in different neighbourhoods. This will be the first time the young people have done such a drive for the food bank, according to Youth Pastor Greg Hamm with the Vineyard Community Church, one of the...

Downtown improvements supported

Nov 20, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Upgrades to the 100 and 200 blocks of Penticton's Main Street are moving closer to becoming a reality. Blake Laven, the city's planning manager, told council this week that as of last Friday, the 30 day deadline for property owners to petition against a 25 per cent tax contribution, they...

Vandals hit milfoil machine

Nov 20, 2014 / 12:45 pm

With only weeks left to rototill milfoil in Osoyoos Lake before winter freeze-up, vandalism and theft from one of the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s (OBWB) machines has effectively stopped efforts to control the invasive weed in the South Okanagan lake. “It’s really...

Art house art show

Nov 20, 2014 / 5:31 am

A local artist’s collective is opening their doors to the public, with an opening reception slated for 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29. Artwork from member artists Shayn Hagel, Liz Marshall, Derrie Selles, and Jessie Dunlop will be on display at Art House Penticton. Visitors will also be...

Fresh start for Summerland

Nov 19, 2014 / 4:30 pm

A longtime horticulturist and orchardist is the mayor elect of Summerland, following Saturday's election. Peter Waterman won with 1,197 votes. He will be joined by a council of new faces, including four women councillors. "I advocated for a good gender and age mix and we got it...

City ball fields improved

Nov 19, 2014 / 4:00 pm

A partnership between the city and the Penticton Slo-Pitch League has scored one for the home team, as changes to Lions, Parkway and Skaha ball diamonds have improved the ball fields for users. "This partnership has improved softball fields in Penticton with additional safety features and...

Craft beer lovers unite

Nov 19, 2014 / 12:15 pm

One of the hottest trends in BC right now is craft beer, with the demand growing at an unprecedented rate as consumers enjoy an ever-increasing selection of hand-crafted beers. The Okanagan craft beer market is also burgeoning as new craft breweries open and existing craft breweries...

Native workers want equality

Nov 19, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Native courtworkers from the Okanagan participated in a job action at the Penticton Courthouse on Wednesday. The BC Government & Service Employees' Union members, who are employed by the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia, have been on strike since...

$99,999 error in player's favour

Nov 18, 2014 / 3:00 pm

A slot machine malfunction at the Penticton casino last winter, resulted in the person playing it getting a much higher jackpot than they were supposed to. According to the BC Lottery Corporation, on Jan. 20, the slot machine at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino erroneously displayed a...

Council says no to recount

Nov 18, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Penticton city staff will not be doing a recount of votes, according to information provided at Monday's council meeting. Staff was responding to concerns expressed by some residents that there needed to be a manual recount, following Saturday's election. "Our chief election...

Emotional last council meeting

Nov 18, 2014 / 11:20 am

It was an emotional last meeting for the current council in Penticton on Monday night. There were tears, as well as some laughter, when Councillor John Vassilaki walked around hugging everyone sitting at the council table. "I had 12 very, very interesting years on City Council, overall...

Inmate with Penticton ties sought

Nov 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

A warrant for arrest has been issued for inmate Amanda Sach, after she failed to return to the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford on Nov. 15, following an authorized temporary absence. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately contacted the Abbotsford Police and issued...

Sexual assault sentencing

Nov 17, 2014 / 3:30 pm

A young Penticton man was sentenced Monday to 12 months to be served in the community for sexually assaulting two female students. The man, unnamed because of a publication ban on identifying the victims, was facing charges including sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16...

Voter turnout questioned

Nov 17, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Although Penticton voters experienced long lines at the trade and convention centre on Saturday, it apparently wasn't because of a higher voter turnout. According to Simone Blais, the city's communications officer, the voter turnout for the 2014 election was 8,424, compared to 8,589 in...

Bomb maker sentenced

Nov 17, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The Penticton man responsible for making an explosive device that went off in his neighbourhood was sentenced on Monday. Matthew Nason, who was born in 1976, was given a $1,000 fine for the first charge of making or possessing explosives, and a suspended sentence and three years probation for...

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