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Penticton News Last 7 days

Writing Out Loud returns

Jan 15, 2017 / 8:33 pm

Workshops focused on written expression are set to take place starting this month in Keremeos. Writing Out Loud, the eighth series of five session writing...

New album from local artist

Jan 15, 2017 / 8:24 pm

A Penticton musician is getting ready to put out his ninth album, which, for the most part, he produced entirely on his own. With a bit of backing from some...

Ross takes NDP nomination

Jan 15, 2017 / 8:11 pm

The BC NDP has nominated Colleen Ross as their candidate for the Boundary-Similkameen riding ahead of the May provincial election. "We're excited that...

Skating on the Okanagan

Jan 15, 2017 / 7:15 pm

It's not every day – or even every year – that you get to skate on Okanagan Lake, but on Sunday in Penticton, people were doing just that. With...

Osoyoos chimney fire

Jan 15, 2017 / 2:57 pm

Osoyoos fire department responded to a chimney fire that had spread to small sections of the house's roof Saturday morning. Fire Chief Rick Jones said the...

Vees trounce Bulldogs

Jan 15, 2017 / 7:23 am

Vees captain Nicolas Jones scored a pair of goals at home and 12 Penticton Vees hit the scoresheet, in a 6-0 rout over the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs...

Support for music dept.

Jan 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Multi Juno award and American Music Award winner Alfie Zappacosta is returning to Penticton next month in support of the Penticton Secondary music department....

Skating on frozen lake

Jan 14, 2017 / 7:11 pm

Frozen Okanagan Lake was a big draw for Penticton residents on Saturday. People figure skated, played hockey or just walked out as far as they could on the ice....

More cougar sightings

Jan 14, 2017 / 3:29 pm

A Penticton family has spent the last few days dealing with a cougar family which is roaming close to their home. Bradley Beatty, who lives on Basham Court,...

Gorgeous new fire hall

Jan 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Osoyoos Volunteer Fire Department has moved into their new state-of-the-art fire station. The $6M facility is a big step-up from the old space next to city...

BCWF decries development

Jan 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

The BC Wildlife Federation is wading into the debate over a proposed seniors development in Summerland. The group is urging members to attend a pair of public...

'Iron Indian' making a mark

Jan 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

This is the 11th in a series recognizing businesses that took home awards from the 29th business excellence awards held by the Penticton and Wine Country...

Support for AlleyCats

Jan 13, 2017 / 8:00 pm

A charity dedicated to providing rescue and rehabilitation to feral and orphaned cats throughout the Okanagan is again holding a raffle to raise funds to...

Cougars seen near school

Jan 13, 2017 / 3:45 pm

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. A family of cougars has been spotted in close proximity to Columbia Elementary. RCMP and the Conservation Officer Service are on scene at...

Man shoots himself in ER

Jan 13, 2017 / 2:45 pm

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. The Grand Forks RCMP is confirming the incident occurred at around 6 p.m on Thursday. In a statement, Cpl. Janelle Shoihet said officers...

Sun driving home prices

Jan 13, 2017 / 12:18 pm

The Town of Osoyoos saw a considerable jump both in properties sold and average house prices in 2016. The average single-family home cost about $485,000 last...

Fighting hunger on the ice

Jan 13, 2017 / 12:12 pm

The Penticton Vees and Valley First are joining forces again for “Feed the Valley” night on Saturday, at the Vees’ home game against the...

Theo's open after fire

Jan 13, 2017 / 11:55 am

UPDATE FRI 12:00 p.m. It was business as usual at Theo's Restaurant in Penticton, Friday, after a fire at the location on Thursday night. It was just a...

Mental health by app

Jan 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Penticton-built smartphone application for those dealing with mental health challenges is now being marketed right across the country. Stay-at-home mom and...

Mayor's Minute - Jan. 13

Jan 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

This week's Mayor's Minute, the first of 2017, looks at two topics that came up in City Hall on Tuesday. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit answers why he thinks the...

Open call for bands

Jan 12, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The Penticton Legion is looking for up-and-coming bands to play at their venue. "Mostly we are looking for people who have semi established themselves...

Clean water for Honduras

Jan 12, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Osoyoos Rotary Club has funded a project providing clean drinking water to 21 families in Honduras. Longtime member Roger Clinton has been travelling to...

Fire at Greenwood mill

Jan 12, 2017 / 4:32 pm

UPDATE: 4:32 p.m. Penticton Fire Department captain Blaine Dionne says crews responded to the Greenwood Forest Products mill after an alarm went off on the...

More charges for shooting

Jan 12, 2017 / 4:00 pm

A Penticton man is now facing 12 charges in connection to a shooting incident that took place early Monday morning in the city. Harley McBride, 35, was...

25 years for Crime Stoppers

Jan 12, 2017 / 2:55 pm

The South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers are celebrating a special anniversary. It was 25 years ago that the local chapter was established by a pair of...

Murder appeal rejected

Jan 12, 2017 / 1:00 pm

The B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed a request for a new trial for a Princeton man convicted of two counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted...

Downtown biz opens up

Jan 12, 2017 / 12:07 pm

A new print shop downtown Penticton is looking to promote local events, businesses and artists. Felts Photo & Printing Services owner Christine Felts opened...

Peace after near-death

Jan 12, 2017 / 11:59 am

A couple who recently moved to Summerland from Florida is hosting meetings starting this week for anyone interested in talking and learning about near-death...

Two hurt in mattress fire

Jan 12, 2017 / 10:18 am

Two people were taken to hospital with serious burns as a result of a mattress fire in Oliver Thursday morning. Deputy Fire Chief Bob Graham said the fire was...

Budget talks to kick off

Jan 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

This year's budget talks are set to kick off toward the end of the month, with staff expected to deliver a draft five-year financial plan to city council on...

Teenage prodigy blossoms

Jan 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Rylan Wheeler is only 16, but is already meeting with success in the music industry. The Pen High student was under contract with L.A.- based Cleopatra Records...

'Imagine Change' on display

Jan 11, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Last fall students at the Outma Sqilix’w Cultural School were given cameras and set free to shoot photos of their environment. The results of the project,...

Puck dropped for task force

Jan 11, 2017 / 7:58 pm

A new task force set to look at how best to deal with Penticton's aging arenas has convened for the first time this week. The city's arena task force...

Cops talk gangs to kids

Jan 11, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, better known as the gang squad, is visiting schools in the South Okanagan. After a stop in Osoyoos Wednesday...

Man charged for shooting

Jan 11, 2017 / 5:24 pm

A local man has been charged in connection with a shooting early Monday morning that sent one person to hospital. Harley McBride, 35, is set to appear in court...

Kettle totals fall short

Jan 11, 2017 / 2:54 pm

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign in Penticton fell a bit short of its goal this year. Rene van der Meijden, the community ministries director, said...

Fire boat funding mulled

Jan 11, 2017 / 12:56 pm

Summerland councillors heard a presentation from Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson this week, asking for the district to chip-in for a desperately needed new...

Active living with dementia

Jan 11, 2017 / 11:47 am

A local program from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is keeping those fighting dementia active and social. The Minds in Motion program launched last fall at the...

Shoplifter punches security

Jan 11, 2017 / 11:23 am

A man has been arrested and charged after stealing headphones and getting in a tussle with a security officer at a Penticton store. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said...

Unearthing a creek

Jan 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

A proposed project to daylight a section of Prairie Creek near Giant’s Head School in Summerland has been met with questions from School District 67....

Rural thieves keeping busy

Jan 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

Theft continues to be an ongoing problem in Naramata, with reports of two vehicles being broken into last week on Gammon Road. One of the vehicles was a van...

Old, young drive sales spike

Jan 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

Retiring baby boomers and millennials looking for more affordable housing may have driven record South Okanagan real estate sales in 2016, according to a local...

More options for disc golf

Jan 10, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The sport of disc golf continues to grow in Penticton, with a second club opening for the upcoming season. The Penticton United Disc Golf Association is...

Man steals faucet, leaves ID

Jan 10, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Police are searching for a man who tried to steal a faucet from Rona in Penticton on Jan. 3. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said at about 7:30 p.m. a man ran out of the...

City working on big picture

Jan 10, 2017 / 5:35 pm

Penticton city council gave staff the go-ahead to start an 18-month process to create a new official community plan to guide development in the city. While the...

Still awaiting a sentence

Jan 10, 2017 / 2:01 pm

A Penticton woman has been in jail for a full year now, awaiting a sentence on kidnapping and robbery charges. Angel Violet Dyck was finally set to receive her...

Crash on Government St.

Jan 10, 2017 / 12:09 pm

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Government Street and Warren Avenue Tuesday morning. At the scene, a car was being loaded up onto a tow truck on...

Robbed at knifepoint

Jan 10, 2017 / 11:47 am

The Penticton RCMP is investigating a knifepoint robbery at the Shell gas station on Fairview Road on Jan. 6. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said at about 8:30 p.m. a...

Rash of mailbox theft

Jan 10, 2017 / 11:25 am

Several mailboxes in the Penticton area have been broken into in recent days, according to the RCMP. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said overnight Friday, a bank of 80...

Unique saddle recovered

Jan 10, 2017 / 10:56 am

UPDATE: TUESDAY 10:55 a.m. A unique and sentimental saddle will be returned to it’s rightful owner. On Jan. 1, an RCMP officer in West Kelowna pulled over...

One arrested after shooting

Jan 10, 2017 / 10:17 am

The Penticton RCMP is investigating a pair of violent confrontations which took place early Monday. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said two men entered an apartment in...

Skaha Lake hitting the ice

Jan 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Skaha School Board has given the green light to a proposed hockey academy at Skaha Lake Middle School. Trustees unanimously approved the plan for...

Intl. students generating $

Jan 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

Students from 15 countries outside Canada are attending school within the Okanagan Skaha School District this year. The district is working to grow its...

Firefighters face OD crisis

Jan 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

Penticton firefighters got naloxone kits in the fall, putting them at the front lines of the overdose crisis just as it hit the city. While mostly similar to...

Record year for real estate

Jan 9, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Over the course of 2016, a more than $1.1B worth of real estate changed hands in the South Okanagan, according to numbers recently released by the South...

$24k for Children's Hospital

Jan 9, 2017 / 6:00 pm

The third annual Winter Classic Hockey Jamboree for B.C. Children's Hospital was held this weekend at Apex Mountain. Six teams of players aged nine and 10...

Guilty plea for sex assault

Jan 9, 2017 / 3:57 pm

This story contains details that may be disturbing to some readers. A man who has pleaded guilty to sexual assault on an underage girl will not be sentenced...

Gang squad visiting schools

Jan 9, 2017 / 3:43 pm

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit will be visiting South Okanagan Schools this week to talk about organized crime. Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton will...

Beer thieves cause diversion

Jan 9, 2017 / 1:12 pm

The Naramata Store was hit by a pair of co-ordinated shoplifters on Sunday evening. An employee of the store said that just before 6 p.m. a pair of men loaded...

NDP set to pick candidate

Jan 9, 2017 / 12:39 pm

The Boundary Similkameen NDP will be meeting on Sunday to select a candidate for May’s provincial election. Members have two strong local names to choose...

Hail to the fire chief

Jan 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

How long have you kept a job for? Five years? Ten years? Maybe even 20? Bob Haddow has been fire chief of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50...

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