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Taxes to increase in RDOS

Jan 31, 2015 / 1:03 pm

South Okanagan residents could be paying more in taxes if the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen passes the draft budget for 2015. The total budget has increased from $3.72 million to $4.14 million this year, mostly due to a $436,000 capital expenditure to renovate the RDOS building...

Apex mountain in mourning

Jan 30, 2015 / 11:54 am

The Apex Mountain community is in mourning following the loss of one of the resort's owners. Louise Burgart, 68, was part of the group that purchased the mountain in 1997. She was found dead by her coworkers on Jan. 24. The cause of death is currently unknown, although it is not...

Family Day fun in the works

Jan 30, 2015 / 8:00 am

Three Penticton Vees joined Mayor Andrew Jakubeit and a representative from Coldwell Banker for a friendly game of road hockey Thursday. The game, with Jakubeit serving as referee and realtor Joni Cutler as goalie, was a preview of Family Day activities on Feb. 9. "We all need a little...

Website posts naked truth on beach

Jan 30, 2015 / 7:00 am

Although it's the middle of winter, concerns over use of a popular Penticton beach by naturists don't appear to be going away. A website titled shows pictures and videos of people walking around fences and past no trespassing signs at Three Mile Beach. While most of the...

Cafe gets community support

Jan 29, 2015 / 7:06 pm

Running a small business in the Okanagan has been a tough go for the owners of the Dogtown Cafe & Urban Market in Penticton. So Wednesday morning, co-owner Corrie Corfield posted a heartfelt message on the Dogtown Coffee Co. Facebook page telling the community they were in trouble and in...

Crime goes up in Penticton

Jan 29, 2015 / 12:38 pm

A rise in vehicle thefts and break and enters has Penticton RCMP concerned. Penticton saw a significant increase in crime in 2014, according to an RCMP report. Insp. Kevin Hewco provided statistics showing that in 2014 there were 182 reported auto thefts, compared to 110 the year before,...

Mayor joins blogosphere

Jan 29, 2015 / 8:56 am

It only takes 60 seconds to learn about Penticton, thanks to the new "Mayor's Minute" blog feature on the city's website. Citizens are invited to catch up on council news and musings with the new online blog, launched this week at "Council wants...

Shoplifters Facebook page removed

Jan 28, 2015 / 3:25 pm

The well-used Facebook page Penticton Shoplifters and Thieves - Exposed! is currently not available, according to the page's creator. Leigh Follestad said the page is down, and he has sent an email to the people at Facebook Canada. Since then, he has received a response that they are looking...

Event organizer sues DPA

Jan 28, 2015 / 1:43 pm

A Penticton event organizer has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming wrongful dismissal. According to a court document obtained by Castanet, Laurel Burnham is suing the Downtown Penticton Association, where she previously worked as the community market manager. According to...

Second rally for Roxanne

Jan 28, 2015 / 12:46 pm

The brother and sister facing charges for their alleged involvement in the death of Roxanne Louie appeared by video in Penticton court Wednesday. As court heard information on what is next for the pair, another rally seeking justice for Louie, a 26-year-old Osoyoos Indian Band member, unfolded...

Hospital attacker stays in custody

Jan 28, 2015 / 12:41 pm

The Summerland man charged with a violent assault on a physician at Penticton Regional Hospital will remain behind bars for now. Gregory Nield, 30, is charged with aggravated assault, stemming from the incident in early December at the hospital. On that day, an unnamed physician was...

School board seeks utility relief

Jan 27, 2015 / 8:25 pm

School District 67 is looking for relief from rising utility rates. District representatives gave a presentation on rising electrical rates and their impact on education at a special meeting of Penticton council and trustees on Monday. The electrical rates were among several issues looked at...

Drivers asked to slow down

Jan 27, 2015 / 11:28 am

The City of Penticton and Downtown Penticton Association are encouraging local drivers to slow down and shop a while, as speed limits in the commercial core drop to 30 km/h. "We want to enhance the pedestrian experience and make downtown Penticton a comfortable place for people to discover...

Teneycke back in custody

Jan 26, 2015 / 5:30 pm

An Okanagan Falls man with a long history of criminal offences was back before a judge again today. Ronald Teneycke is now facing charges of possessing an explosive device and having an explosive substance while prohibited under order. He was arrested last week on the matter and was in a...

Oliver principal mourned

Jan 26, 2015 / 1:16 pm

Staff and students of School District 53 are mourning the sudden death of Oliver Elementary School’s principal. Barton Tumlinson began his employment with the Okanagan-Similkameen school system in August 2009 as vice-principal of Similkameen Elementary-Secondary School. He was promoted to...

Rally for Roxanne Louie

Jan 25, 2015 / 3:35 pm

Another rally for Roxanne Louie will be held at the Penticton courthouse this Wednesday, Jan. 28. The gathering is timed to take place on the same day, Grace Robotti, 65, and Pier Robotti, 61, the brother and sister allegedly involved in her death, make a court appearance by video. "It...

Perfect season for a 'Brewski'

Jan 24, 2015 / 10:00 am

Grab some friends and head up to Apex Mountain Resort for a ‘Brewski’, on February 14. For the second year in a row the Brewski event will take place on the hill at the Gunbarrel Saloon. Brewski, is a celebration of craft beer, cider and spirits explains Apex Events Manager,...

Penticton man dies in custody

Jan 24, 2015 / 9:10 am

The inmate who died in custody at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre was a Penticton man with a lengthy history in the courts. Daryl Vic Belseck, 52, was awaiting trial for an assault, uttering threats and a mischief under $5000 charge, stemming from an incident that occurred on...

Youth mental wellness initiative

Jan 24, 2015 / 9:00 am

The Penticton Rotary Club is partnering with School District 67 to create a program focused on enhancing mental wellness amongst youth in the community. The goal of the program is to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues through open dialogue and community support as well as create...

Former employer sued

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:58 pm

Update: Friday January, 23, 6 p.m. According to a court document obtained by Castanet, Penticton Councillor Judy Sentes was employed with the Okanagan-Similkameen Neurological Society from August 1994 until her retirement on July 8, 2013. When she started working there, she entered into an...

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