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Robotti bail decision expected

Mar 2, 2015 / 5:13 pm

A decision on whether or not bail will be granted to the brother and sister allegedly involved in the death of Roxanne Louie will be made Tuesday morning in Penticton court. Grace Robotti, 65, is charged with second-degree murder, while Pier Robotti, 61, was charged with being an accessory after...

No more police at schools

Mar 2, 2015 / 2:00 pm

Police officers are no longer stationed at the South Okanagan schools named in a threat letter found on school grounds last month. On Monday, School District 67 Supt. Wendy Hyer said police were at the schools since Feb. 18, but that is no longer the case. "They continue morning patrols...

Bobbitt decision soon

Mar 2, 2015 / 1:18 pm

A decision on David Bobbitt's dangerous offender designation is expected this month. Crown has been pushing for Bobbitt to be labelled a dangerous offender, stemming from a violent sexual assault in 2011 in Penticton. A hearing on the matter was held off and on for several months in...

Microbrews for microphones

Mar 1, 2015 / 5:05 pm

The local craft beer industry has stepped up to support the establishment of a community radio studio in Penticton. In March, beer lovers who fill up their growlers at Bad Tattoo, Cannery Brewing, Tin Whistle Brewery and Kettle Valley Station Pub will be helping to raise funds for Peach City...

BC NDP looks forward

Mar 1, 2015 / 3:29 pm

About 300 people attended a BC NDP conference focused on campaign tactics for 2017, held in Penticton this weekend. Party faithful of all ages were treated to inspirational speakers and breakout sessions at the Forward conference at the trade and convention centre. "We were doing...

New home for med students

Mar 1, 2015 / 2:08 pm

Visting medical students and locum physicians now have a home away from home at Penticton Regional Hospital. A new factory-built modular student housing facility was placed on the site, Saturday, near the hospital's psychiatric unit. The fully furnished, single-storey residence will be...

Nude beach on agenda

Mar 1, 2015 / 1:43 pm

Penticton council is expected to discuss solutions to public nudity at Three Mile Beach at Monday's meeting. Recommendations in a staff report on the matter include the possibility of levying fines for public nudity, using signs to control clothing optional behaviour in a public space,...

Arctic Apple sold for $41M

Feb 28, 2015 / 9:24 am

Just two weeks after the Summerland Arctic Apple was approved for sale in the USA, the company has sold for $41 million. After a long battle, Summerland's own Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), pioneer of the non-browning Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples, was over the moon its apples...

Teneycke pleads not guilty

Feb 27, 2015 / 2:17 pm

An Okanagan Falls man accused of several charges including making or being in possession of explosives, pleaded not guilty in provincial court Friday morning. Ronald Arthur Teneycke, who has a long list of criminal offences and is a registered sex offender, appeared before Justice Gregory...

Health Fair brings in TV doc

Feb 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

A veteran medical personality will be speaking at the annual healthy living fair in Penticton March 14. Dr. Art Hister will be at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre to talk about how to live a healthier and happier life. This event is presented by the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy...

UBC prof talks climate

Feb 26, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A climate expert from UBC's Vancouver campus will be holding a free public forum in the Penticton library next weekend. Simon Donner is a climatology professor and research scientist at UBC in Vancouver. The event is hosted by First Things First, a local organization committed to raising the...

RDOS hires public works mgr

Feb 26, 2015 / 6:28 pm

A new public works manager has been hired by the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen. Roger Huston, a professional with over 22 years experience in local government, starts March 30. Huston has spent the past 20 years in senior management positions within public works in Logan...

Koopmans trial continues

Feb 26, 2015 / 5:47 pm

A constable with the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit described his findings at the crime scene where two people died, in Penticton court Thursday. Const. Tim Russell continued testifying on the second day of the jury trial of John Ike Koopmans. Koopmans is facing one count of...

Shredding identity fraud

Feb 26, 2015 / 4:42 pm

Penticton-area residents and businesses are invited to learn about protecting their sensitive information next Saturday. In recognition of International Fraud Prevention Month, Valley First is partnering with Okanagan Paper Shredding, the Downtown Penticton Association and the Penticton RCMP to...

Vees support sick teen

Feb 26, 2015 / 3:00 pm

Several members of the Penticton Vees were stationed at Tim Hortons locations around the city Thursday morning, raising funds for a teen with cancer. The fundraiser was held for Kaylee Kozari-Bowland, who has been battling the disease now for several months. "Kaylee and her family are...

Hockey dad could be charged

Feb 26, 2015 / 1:42 pm

A Kamloops man may be facing charges after swearing at referees following a hockey game at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Feb. 20. According to RCMP Sgt. Rick Dellebuur, police were advised on Feb. 21 by the B.C. Hockey League director of officiating that referees and linesmen were...

Campaign school for NDP

Feb 26, 2015 / 1:41 pm

The BC NDP is looking to modernize its campaign strategy, and will chart a new course in Penticton this weekend. Hundreds of political volunteers will gather for the campaign training session. The conference will include presentations by Mitch Stewart and Lynda Tran, strategists for U.S....

SORCO hires new manager

Feb 26, 2015 / 5:50 am

The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls, SORCO, will soon have a new manager. Dale Belvedere was appointed by the board and will take on the new job March 1. The change come after executive manager Lauren Meads informed the board of her intention to leave the position after...

3 vie for PRH tower project

Feb 25, 2015 / 3:22 pm

A new tower at Penticton Regional Hospital is crossing its next hurdle as three short-listed teams compete to take on the construction project. Requests for proposals promised in December, following announcement of the short list, are now in the hands of the competitors. The teams were...

Koopmans jury trial starts

Feb 25, 2015 / 3:06 pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: the following article contains graphic court evidence. The two people allegedly shot and killed by a Princeton acquaintance both sustained three gunshot wounds, Crown counsel told Penticton court on Wednesday. John Ike Koopmans is facing one count of first-degree murder in...

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