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Waterfront being repaired

Apr 20, 2018 / 4:14 pm

Work starts next week on repairs to the Okanagan Lake walkway to fix significant damage caused by last spring's high water event. Lakeshore Drive will be...

Wetland work underway

Apr 20, 2018 / 2:25 pm

The first phase of plans to build a wetland next to the OK Falls wastewater treatment plant has been given the go-ahead by the Regional District Okanagan...

Too sick for sentencing

Apr 20, 2018 / 1:04 pm

Convicted hockey fraudster Michael Elphicke has called in sick for his sentencing hearing in Penticton on Monday. Defence lawyer James Pennington presented a...

Community plans for freshet

Apr 20, 2018 / 11:32 am

The tiny community of Hayes Creek, west of Summerland, has come together to prepare for spring flooding. Earlier this week, 15 Hayes Creek volunteer...

Clinging to compost plans

Apr 20, 2018 / 10:46 am

Board members with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen aren't quite ready to trash their regional compost plans for the final few months of their...

New funds for OK College

Apr 20, 2018 / 10:33 am

The Okanagan College Oliver campus has received funding from the province for 12 new seats in its health-care assistant program. "Education is the key to...

City readying creeks for melt

Apr 20, 2018 / 10:14 am

The City of Penticton has received special approval from the provincial government to prepare Ellis Creek for the spring freshet. The municipality is also...

Picking BC's best wines

Apr 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Wine judges from near and far were at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Thursday, plying their craft on hundreds of B.C. wines. The full day of...

Where are the deer going?

Apr 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

A new study into declining mule deer populations has had a successful start so far, collaring over 50 deer for tracking and monitoring. The B.C. Wildlife...

Pen-Hi kids tackle 'Oliver!'

Apr 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Consider yourself at home — or at least entertained — at Penticton High's annual spring musical production of Oliver! The classic musical is...

Flood risk lowers, for now

Apr 19, 2018 / 7:15 pm

Despite decreasing water levels behind Secrest Hill Road, north of Oliver, 148 homes remain on evacuation alert. The alert was put into place Monday, after...

New resources for cyclists

Apr 19, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The District of Summerland will be unveiling new cyclist resources on Friday as a part of annual Earth Week celebrations. Members of the community are invited...

Senior housing on the way

Apr 19, 2018 / 5:28 pm

Construction for a first-of-its-kind senior housing project in OK Falls could begin soon, as the project has received financial help from the Regional District...

New bus service provider

Apr 19, 2018 / 4:45 pm

BC Transit has awarded Penticton-based Berry and Smith Trucking the contract to operate the bus network in the South Okanagan, effective July 1, 2018. Berry and...

Green candidate in court

Apr 19, 2018 / 2:24 pm

Penticton's Green Party candidate in last year's provincial election was in Vancouver Supreme Court on Wednesday, after being apprehended for protesting...

Dam spills, floods road

Apr 19, 2018 / 2:22 pm

The District of Summerland expects spilling from the Garnet Dam every year during melt season, but they didn't expect it this soon. The dam was spilling...

Smart Cities a boon to city

Apr 19, 2018 / 1:11 pm

The Mayor of Penticton says even if the local Smart Cities Challenge application is unsuccessful, the process over the past four months will reap benefits for...

Wildfire trucks burgled

Apr 19, 2018 / 12:41 pm

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. The BC Wildfire Service says four of its vehicles were broken into at a hotel in Osoyoos last night. A spokesman said firefighting gear and...

Rise in theft from vehicles

Apr 19, 2018 / 10:39 am

Police in Oliver have put out a warning to residents about a rise in thefts from vehicles. Sgt. Blaine Gervais said two suspects, a male and female, are...

Gallery: Cirque at SOEC

Apr 19, 2018 / 8:19 am

Cirque du Soleil Crystal opened Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The show combines Cirque’s signature acrobatics with figure skating...

Feeding hungry kids

Apr 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Penticton's Starfish backpack program got a big boost Wednesday night, courtesy of the 100 Women who Care charity group. The group, whose members commit to...

Sommelier Express returning

Apr 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive is teaming up with the Kettle Valley Steam Railway to bring back the Grand Sommelier Express for a third year, June 9....

Burning ban back for season

Apr 18, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The annual open air burning ban has been put in effect in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for the 2018 season. Effective Sunday, April 15 and...

Element lineup announced

Apr 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The lineup for the third annual family-friendly Element Music Festival near Princeton has been announced. Element calls itself "a music festival in the...

Cirque takes over SOEC

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:54 pm

Cirque du Soleil has hit the ice in Penticton. The company is taking over the South Okanagan Events Centre for the next five days with a unique show called...

City tweaks tax policy

Apr 18, 2018 / 4:17 pm

The City of Penticton is changing the way is calculates property taxes. City council voted Tuesday to shift to a “revenue neutral” approach, moving...

Large slash burns planned

Apr 18, 2018 / 2:46 pm

A controlled burn will take place Monday in Naramata, overseen by the BC Wildfire Service. Around 50 piles of wood debris near the Arawana Forest Service Road,...

City eyeing election signs

Apr 18, 2018 / 2:18 pm

The City of Penticton is looking to tighten regulations on political signage in advance of the municipal election later this year. City council voted Tuesday to...

Housing camp faces hurdles

Apr 18, 2018 / 1:17 pm

A plan in Osoyoos for employee rental housing is faced with a tight timeline, while seeking an endorsement from town staff and council. The Osoyoos Employee...

Pumps running at full speed

Apr 18, 2018 / 12:16 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen's Emergency Operation Centre is urging all residents who have ever experienced flooding to be prepared for...

'Landmark change' in ER

Apr 18, 2018 / 11:11 am

The emergency department at Penticton Regional Hospital has a new high-tech system to document patient care. On Wednesday, the hospital began rolling out an...

Road reopens after washout

Apr 18, 2018 / 10:56 am

The Summerland-Princeton Road has reopened to traffic following a washout Sunday night. The Ministry of Transportation says the road was restored Tuesday...

Controlled burns planned

Apr 18, 2018 / 10:39 am

The Penticton Indian Band is announcing prescribed burns in the Garnet Lake area northwest of Summerland. In conjunction with the provincial government, the...

Luxury hotel sent to hearing

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The public will get a chance to share their thoughts with Penticton city council on a luxury hotel proposed on the Naramata Bench. The hotel's plans breezed...

No action on urban deer

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Penticton will continue to deal with urban deer issues on a case-by-case basis, despite concerns voiced by some council members during Tuesday night's...

Roadwork on time, budget

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The $2.2 million road upgrade in downtown Penticton has reached its halfway point, and the Downtown Penticton Association said the project is currently on time...

Concerns over 5G networks

Apr 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The City of Penticton will be engaging with telecommunications companies and local residents about the potential health impacts of forthcoming 5G wireless...

Victim will testify from jail

Apr 17, 2018 / 7:19 pm

The victim in an alleged prison stabbing will be able to testify against his attacker via video link at a preliminary hearing later this month. Afshin Ighani,...

Safety measures on the way

Apr 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A Kaleden school is making progress with safety improvements to the busy road it sits on following a meeting with provincial and regional officials Thursday....

Sewage waste to be studied

Apr 17, 2018 / 6:52 pm

The City of Penticton is looking for new ways to deal with its sewage waste. Council heard Tuesday a request for proposals will be issued shortly for ideas to...

And the winner is...

Apr 17, 2018 / 4:59 pm

A public naming contest for a new room at the Penticton Regional Hospital finally has a winner. Out of seven finalists, selected from 90 public submissions of...

Mental health slip irks judge

Apr 17, 2018 / 4:46 pm

A Penticton judge lambasted the criminal mental health system Tuesday after a bail hearing was derailed due to a court-ordered mental health assessment falling...

Dams at 'critical level'

Apr 17, 2018 / 3:43 pm

Water is being pumped away from Secrest Hill Road above Oliver in order to save the road from washout and protect lower-lying properties under evacuation alert....

Highway 3A reopened

Apr 17, 2018 / 2:20 pm

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. Highway 3A has partially reopened after being closed for more than four full days due to a mudslide. The section of highway, 18.5 kilometres...

Theme park plans upgrades

Apr 17, 2018 / 2:16 pm

Penticton city council has directed staff to start negotiations to renew a 20-year lease with the Locolanding theme park. The move came after a presentation...

Three motels sell for $5M

Apr 17, 2018 / 12:35 pm

New details are being revealed about the sale of three low-budget motels in Penticton. The Western Investor is reporting the motels sold for $5 million....

Mudslide crashes into shed

Apr 17, 2018 / 11:00 am

A South Okanagan family is counting their blessings after a mudslide wiped out a shed, narrowly missing a home Friday night near Twin Lakes. Brandon Burchett...

Holding gas hostage?

Apr 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

With Monday's announcement from Alberta that new legislation will be enacted allowing the province to restrict the amount of oil and gas products leaving...

Cirque tix giveaway today

Apr 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

We are planning an icy scavenger hunt! Castanet Penticton, the Downtown Penticton Association and the South Okanagan Events Centre are teaming up to give away...

Speedway cars ready to race

Apr 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Penticton, start your engines. This Sunday, April 22 is opening day at Penticton Speedway, and preparations are well underway at the track. "We're...

148 homes under evac alert

Apr 16, 2018 / 9:29 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has expanded an evacuation alert to 148 properties north of Oliver due to the potential of a debris flow. The...

Earth Day at Spring Market

Apr 16, 2018 / 8:00 pm

In celebration of Earth Day, the Penticton Trade and Convention Center will be hosting a Spring Market over the coming weekend. On April 21 and 22, over 150...

More work on Memorial

Apr 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Penticton is taking a look at the arches of Memorial Arena over the next few weeks. Crews will be removing the concrete block construction at the...

Chamber against spec tax

Apr 16, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce has decided to throw their support behind a "Scrap the Speculation Tax" movement, of which the...

Hwy closed another night

Apr 16, 2018 / 4:56 pm

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Highway 3A at Yellow Lake will remain closed overnight due to a landslide Friday morning. DriveBC reports the next update will be available...

Two hurt in road washout

Apr 16, 2018 / 4:52 pm

UPDATE: 4:50 p.m. The Penticton RCMP says two female occupants of a vehicle that plunged into a washout on the Princeton-Summerland Road were taken to hospital...

Rehab operator walks away

Apr 16, 2018 / 4:33 pm

In the face of wide opposition from the neighbourhood, the operator of a Penticton recovery centre has pulled the plug on efforts to open a similar six-bed...

1000s of sandbags filled

Apr 16, 2018 / 2:20 pm

The Penticton Fire Department is not letting flood season catch it unprepared. They have been at work all weekend filling sandbags at Fire Hall 202, and...

Input sought on legal pot

Apr 16, 2018 / 1:42 pm

The City of Penticton wants to know what people think about legal cannabis. The city has launched a community survey to help it develop local rules for retail...

Rain closes sports fields

Apr 16, 2018 / 12:41 pm

Soggy weather has resulted in the closure of the Kings Park soccer fields in Penticton. The City of Penticton says the fields need to be re-examined Tuesday...

Luxury hotel before council

Apr 16, 2018 / 11:40 am

Staff with the City of Penticton are recommending council support a 20-room hotel proposed for the Naramata Bench. A report going before council on Tuesday also...

Farmers' market returning

Apr 16, 2018 / 10:59 am

The surest sign of spring in Penticton is the opening of the Penticton Farmers' Market, this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. “It’s a very exciting time...

Pumps working against rain

Apr 16, 2018 / 10:28 am

Water levels in Green Lake near Okanagan Falls are holding steady despite a rainy weekend, thanks to pumping efforts by the Regional District of Okanagan...

A happy Sikh celebration

Apr 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

The second annual Vaisakhi parade, celebrating the creation of the Sikh religion, took place Sunday on South Main Street in Penticton. Hundreds of people were...

Hwy still closed from slide

Apr 15, 2018 / 10:36 am

A section of Highway 3A at Yellow Lake will continue to be closed on Sunday afternoon. Crews are still on scene working to clean up the mudslide that slid right...

Last day for manufacturer

Apr 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Sunday marks the last day of operations for Pattison Sign Group's manufacturer in Penticton, which is closing down due to a "profoundly changing...

Kitten season is here

Apr 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Critteraid animal sanctuary has recently rescued two adorable litters of kittens, a few of whom are now old enough to be adopted. The older group, nicknamed...

Wineries raise $50K for kids

Apr 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

An event hosted by the Naramata Bench Wineries Association earlier this week raised more than $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of B.C. and Yukon. Hundreds...

College gives award to trio

Apr 14, 2018 / 4:00 pm

Three community builders will be honoured with Okanagan College's highest honour later this spring. Mollie QuilQuil Sneena Bono, Rick Thorpe and Patrick...

Hwy 3A still out of service

Apr 14, 2018 / 12:26 pm

Highway 3A at Yellow Lake will remain closed for at least another full day, as crews continue to clean up from a mudslide on Friday morning. The slide occurred...

24-hour board for cancer

Apr 14, 2018 / 12:08 pm

Paddle boarders are making a splash in Naramata for families impacted by cancer. As part of a fundraiser called Monster and Sea 24, a group of people gathered...

Concerns over rehab centre

Apr 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Osoyoos residents have shared concerns about a proposed zoning amendment that would allow rehab centres in residential areas — with concerns particularly...

Beer buffs hit the town

Apr 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Beer buffs made their way to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Friday night of the annual Okanagan Fest of Ale. John Cruickshank, president of Fest...

Smart Cities aims for health

Apr 13, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The organizers of the Penticton Smart Cities campaign have nearly finalized their entry to the federal grant competition. Volunteers will be before council...

Road repairs expedited

Apr 13, 2018 / 5:16 pm

The provincial government says an eroded section of North Naramata Road will be repaired in the next few days. Earlier this week, a concerned Castanet reader...