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South Okanagan bird count

Dec 19, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Hawk-eyed volunteers in the South Okanagan have begun braving weather conditions to count birds during the annual Christmas Bird Count. Every year the counts, conducted both here and across Canada, utilize the power of volunteers to track the health of the populations at a scale that...

Observing the winter solstice

Dec 19, 2014 / 10:00 am

The public is again being invited to echo the ancient custom of observing the winter solstice at the Okanagan's own standing stone structure 'Pen Henge' on Munson Mountain in Penticton. The event, which marks the Sun's southernmost setting point, will take place on the afternoon...

Big turnout for hamper distribution

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:52 am

Hundreds of Penticton residents will have a brighter Christmas this year, thanks to the efforts of the Salvation Army. On Thursday, the long existing charitable organization, again handed out boxes of food and toys at their Christmas Hamper Distribution at the Penticton Trade and Convention...

Council votes for polling station

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:30 am

Penticton residents will have a second place to vote and more choices when it comes to advance voting in the next election. The decision to make changes was made by council this week, after hearing a staff report on the November election. "It's good to debrief now when it is fresh in...

Kettle campaign needs boost

Dec 18, 2014 / 1:45 pm

The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign is getting great support in Penticton, but it is behind in donations. Major Jo Sobool says their goal has been to raise $90,000 and they are currently just over halfway there. "We are always concerned as we get near the end of the year,...

Stolen shelter dog returned

Dec 18, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Cooper is back safe and sound after he was stolen from the South Okanagan-Similkameen SPCA on Oct. 8 of this year. After being one of 21 animals rescued from terrible conditions in the North Okanagan, he was snatched overnight from the SPCA shelter in Penticton. The one-year-old miniature...

Council concerned by RCMP costs

Dec 18, 2014 / 5:36 am

Penticton City Council is taking action regarding increasing RCMP costs, at the urging of City Manager Annette Antoniak. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said council is endorsing a letter be sent to Attorney General Suzanne Anton, after again being surprised by policing costs, during Tuesday's RCMP...

Airport operation under discussion

Dec 17, 2014 / 7:47 pm

The Penticton council agreed this week to move ahead with discussions regarding the operation of Penticton Regional Airport. The action came after council received a recent letter from Transport Canada regarding transferring ownership and/or operation of the airport. "We have endorsed...

Electrical rate hikes

Dec 17, 2014 / 4:15 pm

A report on potential revisions to the 2015 electrical rates was presented to Penticton Council this week including considering three separate components that affect prices. First is the FortisBC increase of the price of power purchased by the city, which is 3.5 per cent. Second is the increase...

Helping assault victim

Dec 16, 2014 / 2:30 pm

People are invited to drop off donations at a Penticton store on Tuesday, for the victim of a violent assault. Leigh Follestad, the owner of Smart Shopper on Main Street, said one of the members of the Penticton Shoplifters and Thieves Exposed! Facebook page, suggested helping Ken Paton and his...

Council reviews cemetery plan

Dec 16, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The need for expansion at Penticton's Lakeview Cemetery was brought to the attention of the new council at Monday's committee of the whole meeting. Public works manager Len Robson discussed key findings in the 2013 master plan, as well as recommendations to promote the cemetery and its...

Trail network designated parkland

Dec 16, 2014 / 1:20 pm

A popular mountain biking and hiking area at the top of Riddle Road will continue to be used for those types of outdoor activities. Penticton City Council voted unanimously Monday night on an amendment to the Official Community Plan for 1400 Riddle Road to be made part of parks and recreation....

Blanket drive best ever

Dec 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

People sorted through tables piled high with blankets, scarves, coats and more on the first day of a blanket drive giveaway, Monday, in Penticton. This holiday season marks the fifth year of the Cover with Kindness drive, and organizer Greg Litwin said it's the best yet. "I see the...

RDOS chair, vice chair elected

Dec 15, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Elections were held for chair and vice chair at the recent Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen inaugural board meeting. Rural Osoyoos Director Mark Pendergraft was elected as chair for a third term and Director Andrew Jakubeit, representing the City of Penticton, was elected as vice-chair...

Man sentenced for voyeurism

Dec 15, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A 19-year old man was handed a $500 fine, as well as six months probation for voyeurism, Monday, in a Penticton courtroom. The man, unnamed because of a publication ban identifying the complainants, was facing charges of making or publishing child pornography, importing or distributing child...

Penticton council highlights

Dec 15, 2014 / 11:00 am

The new Penticton City Council has a busy Monday ahead of them. It begins with a committee of the whole meeting on the Cemetery Master Plan, which includes a look at the overview and expansion of the Lakeview Cemetery. Next is a public hearing on an Official Community Plan amendment for 1400...

Bathroom fire smokes out home

Dec 14, 2014 / 4:14 pm

Everyone got out safe after a fire started in the upstairs bathroom of a Penticton home. The Penticton Fire Department responded to the call at 1:48 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Okanagan Avenue West. “We responded to a report of smoke coming from a residence,” explains...

Dog survives cougar attack

Dec 12, 2014 / 1:30 pm

A Penticton couple is grateful their dog is on the mend after it was attacked by a cougar outside their home this week. Jazz, a Border Collie cross, suffered injuries ranging from puncture wounds to his head and scratches following the encounter with the large animal, Wednesday. "It was...

African pottery sale for good cause

Dec 11, 2014 / 7:31 pm

Theo's Restaurant and OliveUs Education Society is presenting a display and sale of African pottery, along with a presentation on volunteering in Africa, this weekend in Penticton. The presentation will be given by Debra Brosseuk, an amateur potter, painter and photographer, who travels to...

Child porn charges

Dec 11, 2014 / 3:42 pm

A Summerland businessman has been charged with several sex-related charges involving a young female. Photo: Contributed - Facebook Joshua James Roberts, 38, has been charged with sexual exploitation, child luring, possession of child pornography, invitation to sexual touching and...

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