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Hot weekend of fun

Jul 31, 2015 / 2:58 pm

Events ranging from music in the park to a display of vintage cars and bartending competition are all on tap for the long weekend in Penticton. A night market takes place tonight, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gyro Park. It features live music as well as vendors. The Rotary Wheels Car Show will be held...

Snowbirds set to shine

Jul 31, 2015 / 12:31 pm

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform in the air as well as sign autographs on land next week. The Snowbirds will dazzle with their aerobatics on Wednesday, during Peach Fest, as part of their 45th year in action. The 40-minute show is choreographed to music with a performance featuring...

Home burns - again

Jul 31, 2015 / 9:55 am

An under-construction home on Joy Road, east of Penticton, burned to the ground this morning. The fire was first reported at 6:30 a.m. Fire Chief Wayne Williams said despite the fire's potential to spread, it did not affect any other homes. The homeowner, who was at the scene, said...

Penticton Creek restoration

Jul 30, 2015 / 8:15 pm

Penticton council awarded a contract for Penticton Creek restoration at a special meeting on Wednesday morning. The vote was 6-1, with only Counc. Helena Konanz opposed. The showcase project was awarded to H&M Excavating in the amount of $329,550. In addition, the 2015 capital budget was...

Family displaced by fire

Jul 30, 2015 / 3:21 pm

A Trout Creek family is in the care of emergency social services, after a fire broke out in their kitchen Wednesday afternoon. The fire started about 3:26 p.m. in the Nixon Road home, according to Summerland assistant fire chief George Pugh. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke...

What to do about Teneycke?

Jul 30, 2015 / 11:37 am

Oliver's mayor says he plans to take concerns about prolific offender Ronald Teneycke to the provincial government. A resolution was passed at Monday's council meeting to see if the mayor and others could meet with B.C. Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton at the Union...

Complaints over beach bust

Jul 30, 2015 / 9:44 am

A woman who was arrested at Three Mile Beach says she will lodge a formal complaint. Jacqueline Wachell said Wednesday she believes the arrest and the limitations placed on her for the past month to be politically motivated. She says she has hired legal counsel, but will be representing...
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Vehicle fire spreads to grass

Jul 30, 2015 / 9:43 am

The Oliver Fire Department was busy early this morning, fighting a brush fire caused by a burning pickup. Firefighters responded about 2:45 a.m. to Black Sage Road in rural Oliver, where they found the fully engulfed vehicle, according to Rob Graham, media relations officer for the...

No stopping water park

Jul 29, 2015 / 2:42 pm

Penticton city council will not revisit its decision to move ahead with a controversial Skaha Lake Marina Development. The decision came after a closed-door meeting on the matter, with Coun. Campbell Watt casting the only opposing vote. Wednesday was the last day of a 30-day window during...

Convention centre's 50th

Jul 29, 2015 / 11:21 am

In celebration of 50 years of meetings and conventions, the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre will host a community celebration in August. During the event, a symbolic legacy art piece by Clint George will be unveiled. The art will be a focal point in the north lobby and enjoyed by...

Pool shut down

Jul 29, 2015 / 11:19 am

The Penticton Community Centre annual pool shutdown began Monday and will last for seven weeks. The shutdown has been extended to accomodate tile replacement. Council voted last August to close the aquatics area from July 27 to Sept. 13 for the replacement project. It has been considered...

Missing farm workers found?

Jul 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

A Naramata man believes he has found the four migrant Mexican farm workers missing from a Vernon orchard for more than a month. RCMP have been looking for the men since they left the orchard on June 26, leaving their personal belongings behind. Vernon RCMP say they are concerned for the safety...

Mountain bike trail funding

Jul 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

A network of mountain biking trails in Penticton will see more improvements, thanks to a financial boost. Okanagan-Coquihalla conservative MP Dan Albas announced support of $34,750 for the Three Blind Mice Trail Network under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, on...

Courthouse owl released

Jul 28, 2015 / 2:27 pm

The great horned owl rescued from the Penticton Court House in the spring is now back in the wild. The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls, SORCO, released the owl, named Jeanie, in a clearing at the Garnet Fire Interpretive park (opposite Lost Moose) on July 18. "It's...

Crime jump slams RCMP

Jul 28, 2015 / 12:16 pm

Penticton RCMP have had their hands full this year with an overall increase in crime and two homicide investigations to deal with. During the second quarter, the RCMP responded to 4,885 calls for service compared to 4,188 calls in the same quarter in 2014, an increase of 17 per cent, according...

B-17 bomber flight

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

It's not every day members of the media get to fly over Okanagan Lake in a grand old warbird, but on Monday they got to do just that. Reporters and others were invited for a flight aboard the B-17 bomber, Sentimental Journey, which arrived at Penticton Regional Airport this morning. It...

Wine, water a great mix

Jul 27, 2015 / 10:03 am

Readers Digest recently named a Penticton company's water-based wine tour among the top 10 kayak tours in the country. Hoodoo Adventure’s kayak wine tour nabbed the No. 3 spot in the national magazine's ranking. ​"The Okanagan Valley in south-central British Columbia...

Marina opposition ongoing

Jul 25, 2015 / 6:03 pm

People opposed to the Skaha Lake Marina development gathered at the Penticton park they want to save, Saturday afternoon. The goal said one of the organizers, Clifford Martin, is to get more signatures and volunteers to keep the effort alive. "We just want to let the public know...

Tail gunner honoured

Jul 25, 2015 / 3:20 pm

RCAF Flight Lieutenant (ret.) Lance Benson received the French Medal of Honour on July 24 at a ceremony at the Royal Canadian Air Force Wing in Penticton. Benson, of Penticton, has been recognized by the French government for his exceptional service as a tail gunner and his contribution to...

Film festival deadline looms

Jul 25, 2015 / 2:32 pm

The inaugural ReelPeachFest film festival will take place Aug. 5 to 9 during the Penticton Peach Festival at Okanagan Lake Park. Film makers can submit a one to three minute commercial or short film on either an Okanagan libation (wine, craft beer, distillery, pop, etc…) or Okanagan...
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