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SUV, car collide

May 29, 2016 / 8:36 pm
Emergency crews in Penticton were kept busy Sunday evening with a car crash. An SUV and car collided at about 7:15 p.m.at Martin Street and Eckhardt Avenue West. No word on injuries.

Revite taking shape

May 29, 2016 / 9:54 am
With paving and intersections complete at Nanaimo Avenue and Westminster Avenue, the downtown revitalization of Penticton's Main Street is taking shape. Crews are installing paving bricks around each of the intersection corners, and this week a grass plaza by Starbucks should near...

Joy of beekeeping

May 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
A passion for beekeeping runs deep in Janelle Dunn's family. Her father has been a beekeeper for years and she is carrying on the tradition, here in Penticton. "You're always learning and there are so many important things to discover about the bees and the natural landscape,...

Good times at Half Corked

May 28, 2016 / 7:04 pm
There were plenty of good times to be had at the Half Corked Marathon in Oliver on Saturday. About 1,000 people ran the 18km, stopping at 15 Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association member winery stations along the way. The finish line party then offered another 24 winery stations. Best costumes...

Rock out for Fort Mac

May 28, 2016 / 3:25 pm
A big fundraiser for those impacted by the wildfire in Fort McMurray is happening in early June in Penticton. Okanagan Experiential Tourism Events, Barefoot Beach Resort and the Skaha Beach Club Pub and Grill are presenting Rockin The Beach, a classic rock tribute night. The event will...

Financing for hospital

May 28, 2016 / 6:00 am
The green bond issued to finance Penticton Regional Hospital’s new patient care tower and parkade is one of only two issuance to date for B.C. public-private partnership projects. Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced, Thursday, this issuance builds on the success of the North Island...

Caught with gun, drugs

May 27, 2016 / 6:49 pm
A Penticton man is facing a number of charges after being pulled over by police, Wednesday morning. Members of the newly formed Penticton Targeted Enforcement Unit became suspicious after observing the man driving a vehicle with wrong plates. Officers stopped the 26-year-old in the 1400 block...

Building cycling awareness

May 27, 2016 / 5:23 pm
The Penticton mayor joined Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen representatives, RCMP officers and local cyclists on a bike ride in the city, Friday. The awareness ride took place before the upcoming Bike to Work Week Penticton. "It's just to let drivers know there are going to...

Hurry hard for Hearts

May 27, 2016 / 4:22 pm
Former national and international women’s curling champion Kelly Scott has thrown her weight behind Penticton’s bid to host the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She's urging B.C. curling enthusiasts to hurry hard with support. Scott, an Okanagan resident and skip of the...

Recogniton for cadets

May 27, 2016 / 3:43 pm
The 259 Panther Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is holding its 74th annual ceremonial review Saturday in Penticton. The squadron has just completed an action-packed training year and several of 259's teams have been successful at Okanagan Wing and Provincial Competitions. Cadets are...

Boost for search and rescue

May 27, 2016 / 2:08 pm
Penticton and District Search and Rescue received a big financial boost from the province on Friday. MLA Dan Ashton presented the local volunteer team with a cheque in the amount of $92,000. "These folks do an incredible job, volunteering for the benefit of others," said Ashton....

Power outages planned

May 27, 2016 / 1:37 pm
Penticton's electric utility is planning power outages in several service areas in the city in upcoming weeks. The outage is required to allow crews to make necessary changes, upgrades or repairs to the electrical distribution system. The upgrades are a step in updating the Westminster...

Join half-corked party

May 27, 2016 / 1:05 pm
The Half Corked Marathon takes place this Saturday and although the race sold out back in November, the finish line party is free for spectators at Oliver Community Park. The seventh year of this event, sees 1,000 runners weaving through the vineyards of Oliver/Osoyoos wine country, sampling...

Fundraiser to assist deaf

May 27, 2016 / 11:41 am
A fundraiser to assist the deaf and hard of hearing, especially children with hearing loss, in South Okanagan communities is slated to take place this weekend. Local service club, Quota International of Penticton, is hosting its second annual Cheers for Ears fundraiser this Saturday, May 28, at...

Centre opening on weekend

May 27, 2016 / 10:23 am
The Naramata Centre re-opens this Saturday after being closed for more than a year. The long existing facility in the heart of the village, will offer accommodations to start, with programs to be offered beginning in June. "Unlike in the past where people had to take a program at the...

Shocked they can't appeal

May 26, 2016 / 4:50 pm
Concerned residents say they are seeking assistance in having a special advisor, an independent third party who can report findings to the Ministry of Education, appointed to review the process used by School District 67 to close Trout Creek Elementary School and reconfigure all remaining schools...

Stray gets lucky break

May 26, 2016 / 3:22 pm
A half-starved stray cat’s fate changed when AlleyCATS volunteers made it a mission to trap a semi-feral mother with her newborn kittens in Oliver. Instead, they got a street brawler they dubbed Brando. The trap was set, the tuna can open, and within 30 minutes the big, burly, matted...

Perspective on parks

May 26, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Residents provided feedback this week on Penticton's parks at the trade and convention centre. The event was the Parks and Recreation Master Plan open house, the first opportunity for people to present ideas on the matter. "The purpose is we are creating a master plan and we want to...

Sickly bear spotted

May 26, 2016 / 11:49 am
Bears are on the move in Naramata. The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and WildSafeBC say there are reports of a very thin, single bear on upper Juniper Road, loitering and coming close to houses. WildSafeBC has posted sign boards at the Arawana post boxes and at the Naramata RDOS...

Cyclist safety in focus

May 26, 2016 / 11:34 am
The Penticton & Area Cycling Association and Penticton Bike to Work will hold a safety awareness ride, led by the mayor, on Friday. The purpose of the ride, from downtown to Walmart and back following marked bike routes, is to make the community aware that Bike to Work Week starts May 30 and...

Trailer destroyed in fire

May 26, 2016 / 9:16 am
A fifth-wheel trailer on an Oliver property was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning. According to Rob Graham, spokesman for the Oliver Fire Department, the fire was reported at about 12:50 a.m. at No. 1 Road and Airport Street. When firefighters arrived on scene the trailer was fully...

RVs smashed with hammer

May 25, 2016 / 4:33 pm
Leisureland RV Centre is one of the latest businesses to be targeted by thieves in Penticton. Last week, seven RVs were damaged during a break in at the compound on Industrial Place According to Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, thieves used a hammer to smash windows and gain access. TVs were reported...

Local vying for Bachelorette

May 25, 2016 / 3:53 pm
A former Penticton resident is hoping he gets kissed by a rose. Pen-High graduate Daniel Maguire, 31, is a contestant on the current season of The Bachelorette, vying for the affections (and roses) of Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher. The male model describes himself as honest, experienced and...

Drone caused no impact

May 25, 2016 / 12:23 pm
A drone was reported at Penticton Regional Airport Thursday night, according to a Transport Canada incident report. The report states that just before midnight, a well-lit drone was observed flying/hovering about 1.5 kilometres east of the airport and 150 to 200 feet above the ground. It was...

Car stolen for date

May 25, 2016 / 11:12 am
A man is slated to appear in court, after stealing a car so he could meet up with a girl for a date in Penticton. The police saw the man driving a grey Toyota Corolla with no lights on Eckhardt Road, said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. The driver sped off through the construction zone on Main Street...

Bike thief flips off cops

May 25, 2016 / 10:13 am
Bike theft continues to be an ongoing problem in Penticton. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth reports there have been numerous thefts in the past week, starting with the theft on Tuesday of a Kona Blast mountain bike that was locked up on Main Street. Three black Kona Blast bikes were also stolen from...

Well of volunteers dries up

May 25, 2016 / 9:00 am
The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society is at risk of dissolving, unless it can get more board members. “We have several board members who are resigning at the May 27 annual general meeting and no one has stepped forward to take their positions," said president Birgit Arnstein. ...

Driver turns herself in

May 24, 2016 / 3:03 pm
The woman driving a truck that hit a tree behind a Penticton home last week has turned herself in. The driver attended the detachment at about 9:20 p.m. Thursday to report the accident, said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. She stated she tapped the brakes while going down the hill causing the vehicle...

Drone too close to airport

May 24, 2016 / 2:19 pm
A drone flying near Penticton Regional Airport drew a response from the RCMP last week. The Penticton RCMP responded to the drone complaint after it was reported on Thursday night, said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. As drones grow in popularity, the rules surrounding their use are getting stricter....

Walmart fire suspicious

May 24, 2016 / 10:25 am
The fire behind Penticton's Walmart on Monday evening is being called suspicious. Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said it is considered arson and there is video evidence showing two males at the scene. One man is described as 5-foot-8 and weighing 198 pounds the other was 6-feet.

Police have busy weekend

May 24, 2016 / 10:15 am
Police were busy over the May long weekend with thefts, car crashes, fights and an incident on the Okanagan River Channel. On Friday night, there were 35 calls – including lots of mischief and drunks, with the bars being full. During Saturday day shift, the number went up to 38 calls,...

Fire ignites behind Walmart

May 23, 2016 / 6:00 pm
A tree, fence and some shrubbery caught fire in Penticton behind the Walmart Monday evening. The Penticton Fire Department responded to the area at 5:15 p.m. and found a part of someone's yard behind the department store ablaze. Someone inside Walmart pulled the fire alarm as a...

Knights wow crowd at joust

May 23, 2016 / 1:30 pm
Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Hundreds of people decked out in all...

Scottish Festival in July

May 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Penticton Scottish Festival Society will host the third annual Penticton Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, July 2. The one-day event celebrates Celtic culture with bagpiping and drumming, Highland dancing, heavy events, such as caber toss, and sheep dog...

Students visit RDOS

May 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Students from area high schools spent most of Thursday at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen office learning about local government. The six students from Penticton Secondary and Princeton Secondary, were invited to attend meetings and mingle with staff and RDOS directors. "I...

March against Monsanto

May 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 12:40 P.M. MAY 23 Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Marie Lord sent a statement from the company in response to the protest: "The 22,000 people of Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about food and agriculture – we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re...

Ribfest back for second year

May 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Penticton Council approved a special occasion licence, this week, for the second annual Ribfest in Penticton. The approval is for a beer and wine garden from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the event in Okanagan Lake Park. Organized by the Penticton Rotary Club, Ribfest is being held June 30 through...

Showing love for the lake

May 21, 2016 / 6:57 pm
Residents and area dignitaries gathered under cloudy skies at Gyro Park in Osoyoos, Saturday, to celebrate the lake many of them live next to. The festivities were for Osoyoos Lake Appreciation Day, held for the first time by the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society. "The purpose of the...

Cherries for sale

May 21, 2016 / 4:15 pm
The May long weekend seems early to find cherries for sale, but that's not the case at one fruit stand in the South Okanagan. Orchardist Sarabjit Rai started selling an early variety at his stand, Rai Produce, just west of Osoyoos, on Highway 3, on Friday. "Last year we were able to...

SUV on its side after crash

May 21, 2016 / 10:43 am
Emergency crews in Penticton responded to a head-on collision Saturday morning. The crash happened just before 10 a.m. at Channel Parkway and Fairview Road, leaving a black Mercedes SUV on its side after the collision with a silver Honda Civic. A witness says everyone was out of the vehicles...
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