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Parks take native names

May 22, 2015 / 6:40 pm

Two provincial parks in the South Okanagan are undergoing name changes. Haynes Point and Okanagan Falls provincial parks are being renamed to their traditional First Nation nsyilxcen (Okanagan) place names. The announcement was made Friday by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Osoyoos Indian...

Arrest made in assault

May 22, 2015 / 1:15 pm

One man is in custody following a brutal assault Thursday in Penticton. The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Shingle Creek Road. RCMP say they were called to the three-kilometre mark of the road, which is off Green Mountain Road, shortly after 8:30 a.m., where they encountered a man who...

Paver auction helps PRH

May 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

Penticton residents' summer backyard projects could benefit local health care. Paving stones salvaged from the Rotary Park walkway project will be sold to the highest bidders in a two-week silent auction, and funds raised will support the fundraising campaign for the Penticton Regional...

Major marina makeover

May 21, 2015 / 8:58 pm

Plans were unveiled this week for a revitalized Skaha Lake Marina. Trio Marine Group has proposed an expanded 100-slip marina that features seasonal rentals, day rentals and recreational pleasure craft like paddleboards and kayaks. "It's an exciting project ... to not only create a...

Mussel fight given boost

May 21, 2015 / 8:56 pm

Efforts to keep quagga and zebra mussels out of Okanagan lakes received a financial boost Thursday. The RBC Blue Water Project donated $100,000 to the Okanagan Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program. “We’re very excited to see RBC support such an important prevention...

Prison on time, on budget

May 21, 2015 / 3:29 pm

A new jail being built on Osoyoos Indian Band land is going up quickly in the South Okanagan. Media were invited to tour the Okanagan Correctional Centre, near Oliver, on Thursday. "It is looking very impressive," said MLA Laurie Throness, parliamentary secretary for corrections,...

Young stars back at SOEC

May 21, 2015 / 12:00 pm

Okanagan hockey fans may get a chance to see highly touted Connor McDavid up close and personal this summer in Penticton. The Vancouver Canucks have announced the Young Stars Classic will return to the South Okanagan Events Centre for a fifth year, Sept. 11-14. The four-team tournament will...

Pedal challenge issued

May 21, 2015 / 9:00 am

The RDOS and City of Penticton are putting the pedals to the pavement for Bike to Work Week. The organizations have a tradition of challenging each other to see who can get the most participation – and this year is no different. This time around, the losing team's chair or mayor and...

Medical pot for kids

May 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

A fundraiser for sick kids in need of medical cannabis will be held Saturday in Penticton. Rockn' for Kids is organized by family and friends of Kyla Williams, a three-year-old Summerland girl who has severe epilepsy. A year ago, doctors told Kyla's family they had exhausted their...

Penticton lawyer disciplined

May 20, 2015 / 7:15 pm

A longtime Penticton lawyer has been fined for writing himself and his wife into a client's wills. Charles Albas, the father of MP Dan Albas, consented to the following disciplinary action and costs: a fine of $7,000 payable by October 31, 2015 and costs in the amount of $1,736.25 payable by...

BMX track packs City Hall

May 20, 2015 / 4:44 pm

A soil analysis will be done on agricultural land eyed for a proposed BMX track in Penticton. City council agreed it needs more information before it makes a final decision on the matter. Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to test the soil at Munson Mountain before moving...

Multisport festival coming

May 20, 2015 / 12:52 pm

The International Triathlon Union has announced Penticton as host city of the 2017 Multisport World Championships Festival. The inaugural event will take place in 2017 and encompass four of the ITU’s premiere events – duathlon, aquathon, cross triathlon and the long course triathlon...

Celebrating the salmon

May 20, 2015 / 12:24 pm

Members of the Okanagan Nation and area school children celebrated the release of salmon fry into the Okanagan River Channel, Wednesday. The sockeye fry were the first released from a new hatchery that opened last fall. “The success of the Skaha Lake sockeye reintroduction program,...

Nudists not welcome

May 19, 2015 / 12:12 pm

Three Mile Beach users are concerned after a sign and surveillance camera were installed at the far end of the Penticton beach. The sign reads: "Children live in our neighbourhood, nudity is illegal, trespassing is illegal, any illegal activity will be reported to the RCMP and the area is...

Koopmans sentencing delay

May 19, 2015 / 12:00 pm

The sentencing of a Princeton man found guilty of shooting three people likely will not happen for several months. A fix date for the sentencing of John Ike Koopmans was put off, Tuesday, in Supreme Court in Penticton. Defence lawyer Don Skogstad said more time is needed to draft a...

Pedal power in focus

May 17, 2015 / 5:07 pm

Two-wheeled transportation is on Penticton council's agenda. A proposed BMX park on Munson Mountain will be discussed Tuesday. Staff are expected to present options for consideration. Those include that council instruct staff to submit a new application to the Agricultural Land Commission...

These tours are a lark

May 17, 2015 / 3:52 pm

The public was invited to participate in a wide range of tours offered through the Meadowlark Nature Festival on Sunday. At Okanagan College in Penticton there were two special exhibits on the solar system and the finer details of birds. In the afternoon, geologist Roland Dechesne provided...

Ride for Lyme arrives

May 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

Two cyclists riding across Canada to raise awareness of Lyme disease rode into Penticton on Thursday. Tanner Cookson and Daniel Corso are on the fourth day of the Ride For Lyme, which started in Victoria. "It's challenging, absolutely, but when you think of a lot of the people we are...

The Peach will open

May 14, 2015 / 2:46 pm

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says Penticton's iconic Peach on the Beach will open this summer. Both the Peach and Lakawanna Park concessions will operate, but likely won't open until the first week of June. "At the Peach, it's mostly because of the construction there," he said....

Not-guilty plea

May 14, 2015 / 2:27 pm

One of two men charged in association with the Okanagan Elite Hockey Association scandal has pleaded not guilty. Michael Elphicke faces charges of fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and unauthorized management of a lottery scheme. Loren Reagan faces the same charges, but has yet to enter a...

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