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Hospital gets new tower

Jul 30, 2014 / 3:34 pm

Premier Christy Clark's announcement, Wednesday, that the Penticton Regional Hospital is getting a new tower brought the crowd in attendance at a chamber of commerce luncheon to their feet. "As Penticton continues to grow, so does the demand on services Penticton families rely on,...

Boonstock organizers talk

Jul 30, 2014 / 3:29 pm

Boonstock organizers presented their side of the story on the liquor license denial as well as other issues, on the festival grounds Wednesday morning. The statements came following a tumultuous week for the festival slated for this long weekend in Penticton. "There are a lot of...

Hospital on wheels

Jul 30, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The arrival of BC's mobile medical unit in Penticton, two days before Boonstock, is no coincidence. The MMU was hauled into place in front of the Emergency Department at PRH July 29 and will be operational July 31 through Aug 3. Penticton Regional Hospital's acute health services...

PIB backtracks on Boonstock

Jul 29, 2014 / 4:50 pm

Just hours after publicly pulling its support for the embattled Boonstock festival, the Penticton Indian Band has done an about face. The Penticton Indian Band Council held yet another meeting today (Tuesday) regarding their support for the Boonstock event planned for this coming weekend. As...

Hopkin not seeking re-election

Jul 29, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Penticton councillor Wes Hopkin has announced he will not be seeking re-election in the fall. Hopkin will instead be attending law school at the University of Toronto, he said in his resignation announcement. "As my program begins before my term is completed, I will be resigning my...

Osoyoos RCMP report

Jul 29, 2014 / 11:20 am

The Osoyoos RCMP has been busy responding to motor vehicle incidents in recent days. On July 26, officers dealt with a vehicle collision on Highway 3 near Vineyard Road. A BMW X5 pulling a boat on a trailer was travelling on Highway 3 in the slow lane when a deer jumped out front and struck the...

Anniv. of film set in Naramata

Jul 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

The 25 member wineries of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association are circling their trucks on Sept. 13 for the annual tailgate party. The event will take place at Poplar Grove Winery from 6:30 to 9 PM. Attendees will enjoy wines from 25 renowned wineries, local cuisine, live 50’s music...

Boonstock liquor decision final

Jul 28, 2014 / 7:00 pm

This statement was released from Ray Tetzel, A/Deputy General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, regarding Boonstock, on Monday. The statement comes on the heels of a decision by the government agency to not issue a liquor licence to the Boonstock...

Movie set burned in fire

Jul 28, 2014 / 6:30 pm

The loss of a south Okanagan movie set in a fire earlier in July, is a blow for the BC film industry, according to Jon Summerland, film commissioner with the Okanagan Film Commission. The set on land owned by rancher Ace Elkink, about eight miles west and north of Osoyoos, burned on July...

Sharing fruits of their labour

Jul 28, 2014 / 3:24 pm

A program devoted to ensuring unused fruit doesn't go to waste is back in operation. The Penticton Fruit Tree Project is up and running, after taking the summer of 2013 off. "Our goal is to harvest unused fruit from backyard trees and share it with community members in need,"...

Vehicle crashes

Jul 28, 2014 / 10:32 am

On July 20, the RCMP responded to a report of a collision involving a 2006 Honda van and a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the 4300 block of Black Sage Road. The 43-year-old female operator of the motorcycle sustained non life threatening injuries and the driver of the Honda van was...

Thieves on the prowl

Jul 28, 2014 / 10:29 am

During this past week the Oliver RCMP received a number of theft from vehicle complaints. In most circumstances the stolen items were left in the open. The RCMP reminds people to place their valuables out of sight or leave them at home. Lock your vehicles and roll your windows up far enough so...

Property gets paint-balled

Jul 28, 2014 / 10:22 am

Oliver RCMP have been receiving a number of reports of vehicles and property being paint-balled (white paint balls) over the last couple of weeks. A suspect is identified but charges are not available as yet. The lone male subject is nocturnal and generally travels by bicycle. If the public...

Conservatives elect Penticton man

Jul 27, 2014 / 2:19 pm

Conservative party members in the South Okanagan elected a candidate to run in the new South Okanagan West Kootenay riding. Marshall Neufeld expressed his sincere appreciation to Conservative Party members in the new riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay, who turned out by the hundreds and...

Feds help fund Penticton bridge

Jul 26, 2014 / 4:01 pm

The federal government has kicked in an additional $2.4 million to help build a bridge across the southern part of the Okanagan River channel. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt today announced a federal government investment in support of the Penticton...

Merritt to receive power plant

Jul 26, 2014 / 12:03 pm

Merritt is to be the site of a new 40 megawatt, biomass-fired power plant for BC Hydro. Merritt Green Energy Limited Partnership announced Friday that it has closed on its financing for the Merritt Green Energy Project, a $235 million investment. An Environmental Appeal Board document...

Gaza rally in Penticton

Jul 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

A rally for Gaza and West Bank to end the killing and occupation took place on Friday in Penticton. The gathering at the corner of Main Street and Nanaimo Avenue was organized by resident Carolyn Kidd. "My intention is this is the first of many rallies or gatherings to show support for...

Market welcomes liquor vendors

Jul 25, 2014 / 7:08 pm

The Penticton Farmers' Market will make room for two liquor vendors beginning Saturday, July 26. Marketing Manager Erin Trainer says because of space, only two vendors will be allowed at the market each week. Cannery Brewing and Tyler Harlton Wines have been granted spots...

No booze for Boonstock

Jul 25, 2014 / 6:59 pm

According to a statement issued Friday by Ray Tetzel, Assistant Deputy General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Boonstock is not getting its liquor license. “After working with the RCMP and festival organizers, and reviewing the...

Wine awards given out

Jul 25, 2014 / 3:30 pm

BC Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon paid a visit to the Howling Bluff Estate Winery in Penticton on Friday to present an award of excellence. The award was given to owner Luke Smith and his son Daniel for their 2013 Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Smith, who has won twice before for his...

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