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Injured climber rescued

Mar 28, 2015 / 1:00 pm

A 24-year-old climber from Alberta is recovering in hospital after being rescued from the Skaha Bluffs climbing area Friday night. Shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, the BC ambulance Service received a call from an injured male climber in the Skaha bluffs provincial park. The climber was visiting B.C....

Oil issues cause local layoffs

Mar 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

The recent slow down in the Alberta oil patch is being blamed for a run of layoffs at Britco in Penticton. In the past couple of months, 60 people have been laid off at the modular building construction facility on Government Avenue. Sixty people accounts for 39 per cent of Britco's local...

Boonstock's uncertain legacy

Mar 27, 2015 / 7:33 pm

Despite being popular among festival-goers, Boonstock leaves behind an uncertain legacy in Penticton. On Thursday afternoon, Boonstock productions announced on its Facebook page that it would not be returning to the valley this summer. The announcement got 383 likes, 337 shares and 442...

Alibi of an accused killer

Mar 27, 2015 / 5:54 pm

John Ike Koopmans was out on a drunken walk to a friend's house at the time Keith Wharton and Rosemary Fox were shot to death, B.C. Supreme Court heard Friday. Koopmans is on trial for the first-degree murder of Wharton and Fox, and the attempted murder of Bradley Martin on a rural property...

PIB earns recognition

Mar 26, 2015 / 8:12 pm

The Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation continues to get recognition for economic strides it has made in recent years. The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has named the PIB winners of the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award for 2015. “Congratulations to...

Kaylee benefit concert

Mar 26, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Local band Cosmic Brew has been embraced by the community, and now the band wants to give back. On Saturday, the band, comprised of Kris Marsel, bass player, Mason Burns, lead guitar and vocals, and Thomas Hunter, drums, will join forces with Skaha Ford for a fundraiser for Kaylee...

Accused killer testifies

Mar 26, 2015 / 5:18 pm

The man accused of shooting three people two years ago, told a Penticton courtroom he was a close friend of one of the victims right up to his death. John Ike Koopmans, 51, formerly of Princeton, began telling his side of the story, Thursday afternoon. He is accused of first-degree murder in...

Boonstock leaves town

Mar 26, 2015 / 4:14 pm

Boonstock Productions has just announced the music festival will not be held in Penticton this summer. "It is with a heavy heart that Boonstock Productions Inc. would like to inform you that the Boonstock Music & Arts Festival will not be returning to Penticton, B.C., in 2015,"...

Vees banner yanked down

Mar 26, 2015 / 2:53 pm

Whether it's an omen, or just poor sportsmanship, no one knows for sure. Following the 4-1 thrashing the Nanaimo Clippers took at the hands of the Penticton Vees on Wednesday night, someone yanked the four-storey Penticton Vees banner down from the side of Penticton Lakeside Resort. The...

Off on a journey of hope

Mar 26, 2015 / 2:17 pm

A Penticton artist who plans to walk all the way to Ottawa with his faithful dog got a great send off, Thursday. A large group gathered at the Peach on the beach to bid farewell to Robin Edgar Haworth and Koda, who are embarking on the Right the Wrong journey. "I feel great. I'm...

Koopmans to testify

Mar 26, 2015 / 12:10 pm

The defence lawyer for John Ike Koopmans told the jury, Thursday, the accused will take the witness stand in his own murder trial. Don Skogstad provided the information in a brief address after Crown counsel concluded its case. Koopmans is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths...

Another boost for PRH

Mar 26, 2015 / 12:06 pm

More money has been pledged to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation for its Patient Care Tower campaign. The Penticton Hospital Auxiliary has agreed to donate $250,000 over the next five years, with a further donation of $150,000 from the gift shop located in the front lobby of...

Driver pinned in crash

Mar 26, 2015 / 9:00 am

A pickup driver was pinned inside his vehicle during an early morning crash in Penticton About 3:45 a.m., residents of Government Street were awoken by a loud crash. People could be heard yelling and screaming, and a truck was flipped on its side. Debris was scattered all over the 1400 block...

Primary investigator testifies

Mar 25, 2015 / 7:00 pm

The primary investigator in a double murder case told Penticton court Wednesday, he believed a man caught on surveillance video walking toward the crime scene to be John Ike Koopmans. Cpl. Darren Kakuno with the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit is the last Crown witness to testify in...

MP takes aim at Gateway

Mar 25, 2015 / 1:41 pm

NDP MP Nathan Cullen brings his fight to stop the Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the Okanagan this weekend. The Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP will host two town hall meetings Saturday, in Penticton and Vernon, to discuss his private member's bill aimed at "settling uncertainty and avoiding...

Frustration over Louie case

Mar 25, 2015 / 11:34 am

The lawyers for Grace and Pier Robotti expressed frustration over how slowly the cases are moving, Wednesday, in Penticton court. James Pennington, the lawyer for Grace, told Judge Gale Sinclair they had not received any disclosure from the Crown or police, and that the accused turned themselves...

Success for local triathlete

Mar 24, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Penticton triathlete Jeff Symonds has had quite a few big wins in his career, but his first-place finish Sunday at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne is the biggest so far. "The combination of media prize money and qualifying points for the Ironman World Championships made...

Girlfriend testifies at trial

Mar 24, 2015 / 2:08 pm

The former girlfriend of a man accused of shooting three people broke down and sobbed in court, Tuesday. Crown witness Elaine Hoiland was testifying in the trial of John Ike Koopmans. Koopmans is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Robert Keith Wharton, 43, and Rosemary...

DNA analyst testifies

Mar 23, 2015 / 6:00 pm

A forensics expert testified Monday that DNA from one of the victims of a triple shooting was found on the clothing of the accused. Christine Crossman, a biology reporting scientist at the RCMP forensic lab, was the first witness this week in the ongoing John Ike Koopmans trial. Koopmans, 51,...

Sentencing date for Borba

Mar 23, 2015 / 5:30 pm

Content warning The sentencing date for an Oliver man found guilty of sexual touching and sexual assault has been set for May 1 in Penticton. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce found Tyrone Borba guilty of the charges, including invitation to sexual touching, in November 2014. The trial...

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