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Peachfest's rich history

Jul 30, 2016 / 10:58 am
A unique festival originally held in Penticton to draw attention to its fruit industry and tourism is still going strong today. That event is of course, the Penticton Peach Festival, slated to take place in the Okanagan city next week. According to a story written years ago by Penticton...

Second Skaha Park lawsuit

Jul 29, 2016 / 6:45 pm
A second lawsuit has been filed in regards to the controversial water slide development at Skaha Park in Penticton. Resident Nelson Meikle filed the suit in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday, naming the city and Trio Marine Group Inc. The suit states, in part, that where a trust exists...

Making Insta-friends

Jul 29, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Tourism Penticton is inviting people to join them on B.C. Day, Aug. 1, for Instameet Penticton. They will be exploring the city, taking photos and Instagraming B.C. celebrations. The meet up is at 10 a.m. at The Peach at 185 Lakeshore Drive and they will tour by foot through the downtown...

Cool Keremeos car show

Jul 29, 2016 / 3:00 pm
An event that combines family fun with an antique cars display will unfold in Keremeos on the weekend. The annual Kars Under the K event will take place along Main Street on Sunday. People are invited to start off the day with a pancake breakfast, spend the afternoon in a beverage garden,...

And the weed survey says...

Jul 29, 2016 / 2:24 pm
People in Penticton could be part of the dispensary dialogue on regulations, with the city looking at a potential survey in the near future. Penticton communications officer Tina Lee said the city could post an online survey within two weeks. Lee said questions haven't been finalized yet,...

City director departs

Jul 29, 2016 / 2:11 pm
Penticton's director of development services is no longer with the city, as of this week. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit would only confirm that Jules Hall no longer works for the city. "It is typically not our practice to disclose circumstances around the departure of staff," he said.

Fisherman found

Jul 29, 2016 / 10:52 am
A man out fishing, who was reported missing by his family on Thursday, was located on the west shore of Skaha Lake. Penticton Deputy Fire Chief Dave Spalding said firefighters were called out by the RCMP to search for the man in their rescue boat at about 6:58 p.m. The Okanagan Falls Fire...


BC's best winery

Jul 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lake Breeze Vineyards has been awarded the distinction of Best Small Winery in Canada, along with Best Winery in B.C. from the National Wine Awards of Canada. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Lake Breeze has been going strong on the Naramata Bench since 1995. Winemaker Garron Elmes...

Mount Baldy sale closes

Jul 28, 2016 / 7:49 pm
The sale of Baldy Mountain Resort closed today. Joey O’Brien, managing director for Baldy Mountain Resort, has assumed full responsibility for the Mount Baldy assets and operation on behalf of a group of investors. O’Brien, a passionate lifetime skier, is originally from...

OK Falls boil-water notice

Jul 28, 2016 / 7:13 pm
A boil-water notice has been issued for areas of Okanagan Falls. The notice was sent out Thursday from the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, and is effective for the lower zone of the district. It advises residents to bring all water intended for consumption to a rolling boil for at least...

Council pushed back a day

Jul 28, 2016 / 4:11 pm
People in Penticton wanting to attend next week’s council meeting are advised the meeting will be held a day late. Although council is looking at moving its bi-weekly meeting to Tuesdays, the change has not yet been implemented, and next week’s rescheduling is simply due to B.C. Day...

Aquabike to debut

Jul 28, 2016 / 3:14 pm
Aquabike will make its debut at the ITU Multisport World Championships in Penticton next year. For the first time ever, it will be contested at the ITU World Championship level next August. Aquabike, a race that combines long-distance swimming and biking, offers athletes the opportunity to...

Midgets played like giants

Jul 28, 2016 / 3:05 pm
A local lacrosse team came oh so close to winning it all at the B.C. Summer Games. The midget Thompson Okanagan boys lacrosse team played Fraser River for the gold medal last week at the Games – a level coach Dan Chetner said he’s never seen the team reach. Fraser River won in the...

NHL Young Stars to return

Jul 28, 2016 / 12:22 pm
The NHL Young Stars tournament is coming back to Penticton for its sixth year. The event will consist of six games between four teams of NHL draft picks from the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. The tournament run from Sept. 16 to 19 at the South Okanagan...

Thieves getting bolder

Jul 28, 2016 / 12:19 pm
Thieves appear to be getting much bolder in the Penticton area. According to police, a woman recently walked into Bosley's Pet Food Plus, picked up a bag of dog food, said she bought it and produced a receipt in an attempt to get a refund. The woman then proceeded to leave the store with...

Four-vehicle MVA

Jul 28, 2016 / 11:12 am
A four-vehicle collision on Highway 97 in Penticton, Wednesday, slowed traffic and resulted in one man being taken to hospital. Community policing co-ordinator Rick Dellebuur said the incident took place just after 5 p.m. at Sandhills Road. At the time, he said, the driver of a Hyundai from...

Assault sentencing delayed

Jul 28, 2016 / 10:37 am
A South Okanagan man found guilty of assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats in June will have to wait a while longer to learn his fate. After hearing submissions this week from Crown counsel Nashina Devji and defence lawyer Don Skogstad in the Chad Douglas Schunter case, judge Meg Shaw...

Floating fun in the lake

Jul 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Registrations have been trickling in for the cardboard boat race to be held in Naramata this Sunday, but the organizers hope to see more come in this week. The race at Manitou Park is open to locals and visitors alike. The Naramata Church Women's Group will once again be serving...

Telus shelter break and enter

Jul 27, 2016 / 8:27 pm
A South Okanagan man who broke into a Telus service shelter in the Oliver area was sentenced to two years, with credit for time served, in a Penticton courtroom on Wednesday. Steve Godbout was facing charges of breaking and entering, stemming from the shelter incident on March 19, and possession...

Getting Smart with security

Jul 27, 2016 / 8:00 pm
A fed-up downtown shop has hired a new security guard after an ongoing issue with shoplifting. SmartShopper owner Leigh Follestad estimates his shop loses about $100 per day in stolen items. “That’s what we’re able to catch, or either find,” he said. “Even based...

PIB project revving up

Jul 27, 2016 / 8:00 pm
The South Okanagan’s first Nissan auto dealership will open at the Penticton Indian Band’s Satikw Crossing development, according to Chief Jonathan Kruger and John Kot, owner of Nissan Penticton. “I’m very honoured and excited to work with the Penticton Indian Band and...

Peach Fest bus extensions

Jul 27, 2016 / 3:47 pm
People looking to avoid traffic during this year’s Peach Festival will be getting a little relief from the bus service along Main Street. From Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, BC Transit is extending its bus times for the Route 5 bus, which runs along Main Street to the Cherry Lane Shopping...

Peach Fest street closures

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:31 pm
The City of Penticton is warning drivers about street closures during next week's Peach Festival. Various streets and parking lots will see closures throughout the week to make way for the 69th annual Peach Festival. Streets will be closed to regular traffic due to various events like the...

Petro gas cards stolen

Jul 27, 2016 / 1:53 pm
The Penticton RCMP responded to several business break and enters in the city in recent days. On July 25, several Petro-Canada gas cards were reported stolen from school buses parked at the Berry & Smith Trucking Ltd. lot on Warren Avenue. The cards apparently had $3,000 worth of gas...

Flipped semi slows traffic

Jul 27, 2016 / 10:35 am
UPDATE: 10:35 a.m. Penticton's deputy fire Chief Dave Spalding says the driver suffered minor injuries and managed to get himself out of the cab. The crash happened just before 5 a.m. ORIGINAL A semi-truck has rolled on Highway 97 in Penticton near the bridge that crosses the...

Peach City takes Pride

Jul 27, 2016 / 10:02 am
Penticton’s mayor is expected to make an official proclamation recognizing Pride week, marking a first for the city. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said he will likely read out a proclamation at this year’s Okanagan Pride Festival in Kelowna. He said it is part of an ongoing theme in the...

Lake swim a success

Jul 27, 2016 / 5:42 am
After a swim spanning the length of Okanagan Lake, Adam Ellenstein finally reached his landing point late Tuesday. Ellenstein swam 105 kilometres from Vernon to Penticton and was met with an outpouring of cheers from a crowd at Penticton's Okanagan Lake beach. It was an emotional journey...

Paid parking stalled

Jul 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
Plans for paid parking along Okanagan Lake has seen some setbacks, with metres still not installed in parking spots by the beach. The city was planning to have parking metres installed along the lake by late spring, but staff are still deciding how to implement them. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit...

Car show on long weekend

Jul 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
A car show that serves as a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Penticton-Okanagan’s local projects is taking place on the long weekend. The club's 21st annual car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Rotary Park. "It's a super fun day in the park, wandering...

Thieves targeting golf clubs

Jul 26, 2016 / 8:00 pm
People are being advised to lock up their golf clubs after a recent spate of thefts in the city. Community policing co-ordinator Rick Dellebuur said they are the big thing right now with half a dozen sets of high-end clubs taken in the last couple of days. His advice to both locals and people...

Injured ATV teen in hospital

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:43 pm
The 15-year-old girl who was badly injured in an ATV incident on Saturday in the Apex Mountain area is still hospitalized. Community policing co-ordinator Rick Dellebuur said as of Tuesday morning she was still recovering and not out of the woods yet. Search and rescue crews rushed to save...

Single vehicle accident

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:18 pm
Naramata Fire and Rescue responded to a single-vehicle crash at about 3:10 p.m. on Monday. One occupant of the vehicle sustained injuries and was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital, according to fire chief Tony Trovao. Firefighters were on scene to provide medical care and vehicle...

Identity thief targets convict

Jul 26, 2016 / 2:37 pm
A man has been given six months of house arrest in a case of attempted identity theft. Jedd Ladeur, 39, was sentenced Monday morning for his attempt to buy a phone at the London Drugs on Main Street in Penticton using the social insurance card of Jessy Michaud – a man who is well known to...

Dumpster fire licks at house

Jul 26, 2016 / 1:56 pm
Penticton fire officials say a dumpster fire Tuesday morning had potential to cause serious damage to a neighbouring house. The Penticton Fire Department said it responded to a call to a dumpster fire at Dynes Avenue and Sydney Street at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived at the...

Generosity matched

Jul 26, 2016 / 1:50 pm
When the staff at Berry & Smith Trucking learned the family‐owned company had made a significant donation to support Penticton Regional Hospital, they decided it was a gesture worth duplicating. Now the employees are making their own $30,000 donation to the South Okanagan Similkameen...

Druggie busts into Legion

Jul 26, 2016 / 12:25 pm
A person, who was extremely high on drugs broke into the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 on Martin Street, last week, according to the Penticton RCMP. Rick Dellebuur, the community policing co-ordinator, said there were a lot of intoxicated people on the street and one individual smashed a...

Stroke of inspiration

Jul 26, 2016 / 12:10 pm
UPDATE: 12:10 p.m. For a man currently swimming the length of the Okanagan and his aunt, inspiration is a two-way street. Adam Ellenstein is expected to land at the Penticton end of Okanagan Lake early Tuesday evening, after he jumped in near Vernon on Monday morning. Ellenstein is looking...

Cleaning ladies assaulted

Jul 26, 2016 / 10:55 am
Two cleaning ladies were assaulted last week at the Black Sea Motel on Lakeshore Drive, according to the Penticton RCMP. The women were attacked by a man who was trying to get bottles, while they were cleaning at the location, said Rick Dellebuur, the community policing co-ordinator. The...

Rocky road to inclusivity

Jul 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Penticton is looking at ways to promote inclusivity. That includes looking at how to be more welcoming of the LGBTQ and immigrant communities in the city, as well as being accommodating for those with disabilities. The city’s manager of human resources Gillian Kenny said...

Theft of war vet's car

Jul 25, 2016 / 3:55 pm
A teen has been handed a year on probation for his involvement in the theft of a car that held a veteran’s licence plate. The owner had reported his vehicle stolen, which was then reportedly spotted near Penticton. A police cruiser drove past the vehicle in opposing traffic, and turned...
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