Penticton power outages

Jun 29, 2016 / 8:43 am
According to Penticton communications officers Tina Lee, the city is aware of power outages in the 500-700 block of Churchill Avenue, as well as the 700 block of Lakeshore Drive W. The lower part of Ellis Street, Abbott Street and Marina Way have also lost power. Multiple city crews are...

Asteroid named for local

Jun 29, 2016 / 6:13 am
Okanagan Falls resident Alan Whitman has been honoured by having an asteroid named after him. Whitman joins Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory scientist Ken Tapping and Osoyoos amateur astronomer Jack Newton, who shared the distinction earlier. "Since I have a 20-kilometre-wide...

Admitting to kidnapping

Jun 28, 2016 / 4:46 pm
A man and woman involved in a kidnapping in Penticton in 2015 entered guilty pleas in Penticton court on Tuesday. Scott Andrew McArthur, who uses a wheelchair, and Angel Violet Dyck are facing charges of kidnapping stemming from the incident on Oct. 18, 2015. In McArthur's case, the pleas...

Crackdown on pot shops

Jun 28, 2016 / 4:36 pm
UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. According to Penticton communications officer Tina Lee, the name of the business that was recently notified of its business licence suspension was Rush in and Finish Café. Jukka Laurio, the cafe owner and a former Penticton mayoral candidate, declined to comment on...

Startled by intruder

Jun 28, 2016 / 3:31 pm
A woman woke up to find someone inside her condominium on Marina Way on Sunday morning, according to the Penticton RCMP. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said the woman's purse was gone and the liquor cabinet was also targeted. The purse was located outside and items have been seized for...

Dangerous vandalism

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:53 pm
Fire hose adapters have been stolen from several locations, including Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, in recent days, according to the Penticton Fire Department. Deputy fire chief Dave Spalding said the adapters, which firefighters use to hook into a building's sprinkler or standpipe system,...

BC still mussel free

Jun 28, 2016 / 10:58 am
British Columbia remains free of invasive mussels, thanks to ongoing efforts that have seen more than 6,100 watercraft inspected so far this year – already surpassing the number of inspections in all of 2015, according to an announcement by the province on Tuesday. Through the Invasive...

Grads light fires at party

Jun 28, 2016 / 10:18 am
The Penticton RCMP responded to a large gathering of Grade 11 and 12 students celebrating graduation on a dirt road, east of Wiltse Boulevard on Monday night. The students were burning pallets but were dispersed without incident. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth advised there are currently large fines...

Thief drops through roof

Jun 28, 2016 / 10:08 am
Police say a man removed a skylight from the roof of Canadian Tire in Penticton and dropped down into the store in a "daring" theft. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said Canadian Tire staff saw a vehicle running outside the service bay at closing time, about 8:30 p.m. They saw Canadian Tire...

Mount Baldy sale approved

Jun 27, 2016 / 3:27 pm
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...

Crash closes Parkway

Jun 27, 2016 / 6:01 am
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...

PNE home will end up here

Jun 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
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...

Rushing to roof fire

Jun 26, 2016 / 8:51 pm
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...

Crash backs up Hwy. 97

Jun 26, 2016 / 3:06 pm
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...

Penticton vandalism spree

Jun 26, 2016 / 1:05 pm
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...

Brewery open a year

Jun 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
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...

Support for youth centre

Jun 25, 2016 / 7:15 pm
Penticton’s Ascend Salon will be opening its doors the first Monday of every month to raise money for The YES Project and its goal of building a youth centre. Starting July 4, the salon will welcome people with budgetary constraints from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for hair cuts and services, with...

Accident slows traffic

Jun 25, 2016 / 5:28 pm
The Penticton Fire Department responded to an accident involving two motorcycles and a car in the city, Saturday afternoon. The incident took place at 3:48 p.m. in front of 240 Winnipeg Avenue. Upon arrival the road was blocked in all directions from Nanaimo Avenue to Westminster. Crews...

Fans gather at Elvis festival

Jun 25, 2016 / 4:46 pm
Lydia Jansen was born the year Elvis Presley went into the Army in 1958 and she has pretty much been a fan ever since. So, Saturday, she joined hundreds of others watching Elvis tribute artists perform at Okanagan Lake Park. "He was a very good influence on a lot of people, and once you...

Vintage vehicles galore

Jun 25, 2016 / 3:29 pm
People travelled up from the U.S. or simply walked from their Penticton homes to the big annual car show held in the city this weekend. It made for a huge crowd at the Peach City Beach Cruise, a three-day event, continuing through Sunday. "This is our seventh year coming up from...

Sipping up the competition

Jun 25, 2016 / 5:32 am
Wines from across Canada are being tasted at a big competition unfolding in Penticton this week. The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada are now underway at the trade and convention centre. "This started in 2001 and we are now in year 16," said chief judge David Lawrason....

Vees' duo selected 10, 17

Jun 24, 2016 / 7:30 pm
A pair of Penticton Vees know where their NHL dreams will take them. Centre Tyson Jost, who played midget hockey in Kelowna before moving to the BC Hockey League's Penticton Vees, was selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL draft Friday. Teammate, defenceman Dante...

Rainbow crosswalk coming

Jun 24, 2016 / 7:00 pm
The School District 67 board has voted unanimously to give a group of Penticton Secondary School students permission to paint crosswalks in their parking lot with rainbow colours. The board made the decision at a meeting Friday morning, after hearing from a group of passionate young people at...

Small fire at Heritage Inn

Jun 24, 2016 / 6:37 pm
UPDATED: 7 p.m. Fire Chief Tony Trovao said a power outage in Naramata caused the fire alarm to go off at the inn and they first responded at 3:08 p.m. They took a look around and everything appeared to be in order, so they left. Then at 4:19 p.m., the department was again called out to...

Donation helps vulnerable

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:27 pm
Parkers Chrysler Dodge Jeep stepped up to the plate this week by donating the use of a RAM ProMaster City van to the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. "We are thrilled that such a prominent Penticton business like Parkers has taken a leadership position in helping our community's...

Liquor store windows shot

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:18 pm
Someone shot at the windows of the BC Liquor Store next to the Copper Mug Pub in Penticton on Thursday, according to people who work in the vicinity. The damage to some of the windows could be seen at the location on Friday. Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth had confirmed that it was...

Agreement honoured

Jun 24, 2016 / 2:50 pm
The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement third anniversary was celebrated this week in Penticton. Speakers included Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, MP Richard Cannings and MLA Dan Ashton. Others who talked about the importance of the...

Cops seek hobby thieves

Jun 24, 2016 / 2:27 pm
The owners of ATD Hobbies in Penticton are reeling following a brazen break and enter at the store early Friday morning. Anthony Hobbs, who owns the store with his wife Amber, said the theft happened at about 3:10 a.m. "A thief drilled a hole in the front door before getting back in a...

Hope yet for schools

Jun 24, 2016 / 10:03 am
It may be the eleventh hour but School District 67 trustees have voted to try to save two schools slated for closure. At an early morning meeting Friday, the board voted unanimously to apply for new Rural Education Enhancement Funding for Trout Creek and West Bench elementary schools. The...

Jailed for hitting girlfriend

Jun 23, 2016 / 8:00 pm
A Penticton man accused of a widely witnessed assault on his girlfriend and another man will spend about four more months behind bars. Judge Gale Sinclair handed down the sentence of 127 days, taking into account time served, Thursday afternoon in Penticton court, after Randall Toews entered...

Partying with Elvis

Jun 23, 2016 / 4:35 pm
An event that showcases dozens of Elvis tribute artists is returning to Penticton for the 15th year. The Penticton Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival Society is bringing the annual Penticton Elvis Festival to the city. "Everybody enjoys themselves and everything works out for the vendors,...

Hope for Osoyoos school

Jun 23, 2016 / 3:20 pm
UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. According to board chair Marieze Tarr, the board decided to make an application for $490,000 throught the Rural Education Enhancement Fund. $108,000 is deferred maintenance cost and the rest is operational cost associated with running the high school. "The board voted...

Beach cruisin' time

Jun 23, 2016 / 1:43 pm
A long-running show seen as the annual kick off to summer in Penticton returns this weekend. The 16th annual Peach City Beach Cruise, recognized as Western Canada’s premier three-day car show, hits Penticton June 24, 25 and 26. An estimated 700 vintage vehicles, collector cars,...

Change up for council

Jun 23, 2016 / 1:22 pm
Penticton council meetings will be moving to Tuesday afternoons in September. The public meetings will begin at 1 p.m. and then return at 6 p.m. for public hearing and land use matters. "This should prove to be a more efficient use of staff time as they are participating during normal...

51 tax scam complaints

Jun 23, 2016 / 12:40 pm
The Penticton RCMP is reminding residents that it is OK to hang up on the tax man. On Wednesday, the RCMP detachment received 51 phone calls from residents advising they were called and bullied by a caller who identified themselves as a Canada Revenue Agency worker. Payment for taxes owed...

NHL hopefuls play in valley

Jun 23, 2016 / 11:12 am
Top NHL prospects will be hitting the ice in the Okanagan later this summer to show off their skills. The Vancouver Canucks announced Thursday that the City of Penticton will host the 2016 Young Stars Classic for the sixth year at the South Okanagan Events Centre. “We are very excited...

Eavesdropping on bats

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
A team of local researchers are monitoring bat populations in the province using bat detectors as part of the North American Bat Monitoring Program. This continent-wide program aims to monitor bat species distributions and relative abundance over time. This information is particularly...

Scooters targeted by thieves

Jun 22, 2016 / 8:00 pm
The Penticton RCMP is advising people to lock up their scooters, following several recent thefts. Last Wednesday a dark blue 2015 Honda Giorno scooter was reported stolen from where it was parked in the 300 block of Ellis Street. The following day, a grey Honda Jazz scooter was stolen between...

Attempted murder in court

Jun 22, 2016 / 5:54 pm
The preliminary inquiry for a Penticton man facing a charge of attempted murder with a firearm got underway in a Penticton courtroom on Wednesday. Matthew James Cameron, who has been out on bail, was present in court for the inquiry, which included testimony from three witnesses. The charge...

B.C. wines take on top dogs

Jun 22, 2016 / 4:57 pm
B.C. wines were pitted against some of the best wines in the world Tuesday in Summerland at the second annual Judgment of BC. The event pitted 12 B.C. wines, six pinot noirs and six reislings, against 12 “international benchmark” wines in a blind taste test. The wines were judged...
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