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Veterans ride through Valley

Apr 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Canadian war veterans mounted up and rode through Summerland and Oliver Sunday morning in an effort to help soldiers transition back into their communities. Paul Nicholls, 46, began his cross-Canada trip April 13 at the B.C. legislature in Victoria. He plans to make it to Newfoundland by...

Park referendum approved

Apr 25, 2015 / 11:16 pm

UPDATE SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 11 P.M. Voters in Okanagan Falls and the Heritage Hills area have narrowly approved the borrowing of $950,000 to purchase parkland within the Okanagan Falls and District recreation service area. Results of Saturday's referendum came in shortly before 10...

Highway 3 reopens

Apr 25, 2015 / 1:32 pm

UPDATE 1:30 P.M. Hwy. 3 is expecting to open completely by 2 p.m., after a crash this morning closed the highway. According to RCMP, at approximately 7:45 a.m., an eastbound truck crossed the double yellow centre line crashing head-on into a westbound vehicle. Sgt. Barry Kennedy with...

No answers after 13 years

Apr 25, 2015 / 6:00 am

This is the second in a series on unsolved murders in the South Okanagan Early in the morning on July 16, 2002, the body of Mitchell Carl Jorgenson was located at the rear of the Salvation Army Thrift Store in the 300 block of Ellis Street in Penticton. It was a Salvation Army worker who...

Hospital upgrades revealed

Apr 24, 2015 / 7:32 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Penticton Regional Hospital's (PRH) is now home to a to a state-of-the-art portable X-ray machine that is the first of its kind in the Okanagan. Upgrades were completed in the...

Archer takes aim at bylaw

Apr 24, 2015 / 12:59 pm

A Penticton resident with a passion for archery would like to see more events focused on the sport in the city. Rick Hamilton gave a presentation to council asking that draw bows be withdrawn from a bylaw that prohibits the discharge of firearms in the city. "Archery is an Olympic sport...

Ogopogo: the legend

Apr 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

Recent rumblings of the Ogopogo lurking Okanagan Lake may have many wondering where the legend of the lake monster came from. Castanet searched out a knowledge keeper from the Penticton Indian Band to learn its origins. The life's work of Richard Armstrong has been to carry on the...

Celebrating Kaylee's life

Apr 23, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A celebration of life for a Penticton teen who touched many lives as she fought a rare form of cancer will be held this weekend. The service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Penticton Lakeside ballroom. Tammy Kozari, the mother of Kaylee Kozari-Bowland, said her daughter died at...

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Apr 23, 2015 / 4:49 pm

Hundreds of belly dancers from across Canada and the U.S. will take part in BellyFest this weekend in Penticton. Get Bent, Western Canada’s largest belly dance school, created the event to celebrate the art and to connect, educate and inspire. "It's so exciting to have the...

NDP call for national park

Apr 23, 2015 / 9:00 am

The provincial NDP used Earth Day as a platform to urge the Liberal government to reconsider a national park in the Okanagan Similkameen region. The NDP say the region is home to more than 60 federally listed endangered species and is a unique landscape that is not protected by any national park...

BMX park concerns

Apr 22, 2015 / 8:30 pm

Opposition is growing to a BMX park proposed for Munson Mountain land in Penticton. The Friends of Munson Mountain, who have a Facebook page, was just formed two weeks ago to increase public awareness. "I don't think this is the place for a BMX park," said member Lauren...

Day of mourning Tuesday

Apr 22, 2015 / 7:45 pm

Penticton will acknowledge the Annual Day of Mourning next week with a public gathering at the memorial tree in front of McLaren Park Arena. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit will read the city’s proclamation and any members of the public wishing to come forward will have an opportunity to speak...

Stay as well as play

Apr 22, 2015 / 3:14 pm

Bringing an on-site hotel to the South Okanagan Events Centre and Penticton Trade and Convention Centre complex is under consideration. Council recently passed first reading of a zoning amendment that would add “tourist accommodation” to allowed uses at 325 Power St. The site is...

Robottis' case in court

Apr 22, 2015 / 12:10 pm

The case concerning a brother and sister charged in the death of Osoyoos Indian Band member Roxanne Louie continues to move ahead in Penticton court. Grace Robotti, 65, is charged with the second-degree murder of Louie and Pier Robotti, 61, is charged with interference with a dead body and...

Nude beach mussel at risk

Apr 22, 2015 / 10:42 am

Three Mile Beach was back on the Penticton council agenda this week, but this time it regarded a species at risk. Council has agreed to enter into a stewardship agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for Three Mile Beach for the Rocky Mountain Ridged...

Arctic Apple's new marketer

Apr 21, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The recently approved in Canada and extremely controversial Arctic Apple has a new face leading the charge of getting the genetically modified apples on store shelves. A 30-year veteran of the produce industry, Jennifer Armen, has been named director, business development and marketing for the...

Teen loses cancer battle

Apr 21, 2015 / 6:00 pm

A Penticton teen, who was loved and supported by many in the community as she battled a rare form of cancer, has died. Tammy Kozari, the mother of Kaylee Kozari-Bowland, said her daughter died at 12:45 a.m. Monday in her Penticton home. "She was the type of child who hated being in...

Sentencing in boat death

Apr 21, 2015 / 1:50 pm

An Alberta man facing charges in the death of a Mission teen in a boating incident on Osoyoos Lake was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Tuesday. The preliminary inquiry for Ryan Symington was slated to begin in Penticton court, but instead he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death...

Moorage plan hotly debated

Apr 20, 2015 / 9:00 pm

People for and against changes to the area around the SS Sicamous sternwheeler weighed in at a packed public hearing in Penticton, Monday night. Following the hearing, council passed second and third reading and final adoption of bylaw changes to incorporate the vision into the Official...

Whoo's at the courthouse?

Apr 20, 2015 / 1:16 pm

Sheriff Don White spends his days dealing with people who break the law, not local wildlife. But on Saturday, White encountered a big owl sitting at the back door of the Penticton Courthouse. "I just stopped in, parked in the back and saw the large owl right outside the door, sitting and...

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