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Revitalization a go

Feb 9, 2016 / 4:29 pm
Penticton's downtown revitalization project is expected to begin this spring, despite the city not getting grant funding for the project. Council learned Tuesday the city would not be receiving $2 million from the New Infrastructure Canada Small Communities Fund and the Gas Tax Fund. As a...

Fined for gun at border

Feb 9, 2016 / 11:45 am
An Alaska man has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for attempting to smuggle a firearm into Canada. Judge Richard Hewson handed down the sentence in Penticton court, Tuesday, after James Sumner pleaded guilty to two counts including smuggling goods into Canada and unauthorized possession of a...

Snowmobiler cold, but safe

Feb 9, 2016 / 10:36 am
A happy ending to a search for a missing snowmobiler in the woods east of Okanagan Falls. Penticton Search and Rescue was called out shortly after 8 p.m. Monday for a snowmobiler missing in the Allendale Lake Recreation area. RCMP said the man left in the afternoon for a short ride and had not...

City shakes up vendors

Feb 5, 2016 / 8:28 pm
Penticton is putting a new face on its vending program this year. Council followed staff recommendations this week in approving the changes. "We are trying to find a balance between what the community needs and allowing vendors to be successful," said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. The...

Carmi garbage changes

Feb 5, 2016 / 1:04 pm
Homes in the Carmi Road area, east of Penticton, will start receiving curb-side garbage and recycling collection as of March 4. The 87 homes have for more than 10 years been using a drop-off depot located in the city. In a report submitted to the regional district in December, RDOS staff...

Precision apple harvesting

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:36 am
A tool that could change how and when Canadian apple growers harvest their crops is being worked on in Summerland. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers at the Summerland Research and and Development Centre and in Kentville, N.S., are creating protocols for using the DA Meter, an...

A changing neighbourhood

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:00 am
Penticton residents raised concerns ranging from losing the character of their neighbourhood to parking issues, at a public hearing on a Churchill Avenue duplex development this week. Some described parking in the area as already a problem, with new development expected to make it...

Seniors sound off at forum

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:25 pm
Seniors expressed concern over matters ranging from affordable housing to health care at a well-attended forum in Penticton, Thursday. The city was one of the stops on a B.C.-wide tour by New Democrat MLAs, aimed at listening to the problems of the over-65s and taking those issues back to...

How else to use schools?

Feb 4, 2016 / 9:56 am
The Okanagan Skaha School District is planning a public meeting for input on alternative uses of school facilities. Input is sought on six facilities being considered for closure: Carmi Elementary, McNicoll Park Middle, Parkway Elementary, and West Bench Elementary in Penticton, and...

Focused on repeat offenders

Feb 3, 2016 / 8:00 pm
The Penticton RCMP is responding to a recent increase in break and enters and thefts from motor vehicles by shifting resources to focus directly on this surge in crime. "We know prolific offenders usually drive this type of crime, and we have seen great success in the past when we work with...

Students try archery

Feb 3, 2016 / 7:15 pm
West Bench Elementary School students were introduced to archery at a special event at the school Wednesday. The goal of the morning program, where youth ambassadors for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games visited the school, is to get students excited about the upcoming games. "This is...

Lacrosse players need space

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Penticton council heard Monday from a delegation of lacrosse players seeking use of city facilities, after learning staff was considering leaving the ice in. It would have meant teams that play on a dry floor would have had only three weeks usage, rather than the usual three and a half...

Light fading on project

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:14 am
A proposal to put up an expensive light canopy on the 100 block of Main Street is expected to be revisited by Penticton council. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said some council members who supported it in the past want to look at the idea again. City staff is doing a presentation on the downtown...

Drug arrests and thefts

Feb 2, 2016 / 2:42 pm
Penticton RCMP remain busy dealing with break and enters, vehicle thefts and drug arrests. On Jan. 28, the detachment's Drug Task Force arrested 29-year-old Jennifer Montgomery in Penticton for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. After receiving numerous...

Suspicious package reported

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:25 pm
Osoyoos RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious package left at the town's CIBC Bank branch this morning. The package, a medium-sized duffle bag, had been tied to a railing at the bank's rear door at 10:55 a.m. For safety reasons, the bank and two neighbouring businesses were...

Council approves tax hike

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:55 am
Penticton residents can expect to pay more taxes in 2016. Council approved a 5.5 per cent tax increase, in principal, Monday. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said in the past, council has dipped into reserves to mitigate tax increases, but with cost pressures that is not sustainable. "No one...

Robotti inquiry underway

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:57 am
The preliminary inquiry for a brother and sister facing charges in the death of Roxanne Louie got underway Tuesday in Penticton. Grace and Pier Robotti, who are both charged with second-degree murder, arrived just before the proceedings began and sat quietly side by side. There is a...

Police beat firefighters

Jan 31, 2016 / 5:47 pm
Police and firefighters in Penticton were called in force to the Memorial Arena Sunday. The two agencies met in a 'heated' and 'arresting' competition for a charity hockey came. While the police squad eventually won the fun match, those attending the game had a hard time...

Celebrating Family Day

Jan 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Good times are planned at the Penticton Community Centre for Family Day on Feb. 8. Coldwell Banker is returning as the title sponsor for the event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. A special line up of activities will be offered including swimming in the pool from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Super Gymboree...

New offices for Cannings

Jan 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Richard Cannings, the MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay, announced this week that both of his offices are now up and running at full capacity. “It is with pleasure that I and my staff, offer our services to the citizens of South Okanagan-West Kootenay," he said. “After months...

Penticton council highlights

Jan 30, 2016 / 7:42 pm
Penticton council will continue with 2016 budget discussions at its next meeting on Monday. Staff is recommending that council receive the financial plan for information and direct the preparation of the plan with a 5.5. per cent tax increase for 2016. "Council had asked our development...

Supporting the food bank

Jan 30, 2016 / 7:06 pm
Residents can help stock the shelves at the Salvation Army food bank, by dropping off items at different Penticton locations, starting Sunday. Barrels will be set up at the The Laughing Lotus Clothing Company at 537 Main Street and the Sunday Open Market, 575 Main Street, for the Be My Valentine...

Olympics museum exhibit

Jan 30, 2016 / 3:31 pm
An exhibit that takes a look at the controversial 1936 Olympics in Germany, is now on display at the Penticton Museum & Archives. "More Than Just Games, Canada and the 1936 Berlin Olympics," will be shown at the museum until the end of March. Dennis Oomen, museum...

Robotti prelim to start

Jan 30, 2016 / 5:29 am
A preliminary inquiry for a brother and sister charged in connection with the killing of a young mother, Roxanne Louie, is slated to start in a Penticton courtroom on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Lawyers for both sides were court in Friday to confirm the starting date for the case against Pier and Grace...

Incident at Cherry Lane

Jan 29, 2016 / 6:02 pm
UPDATE: 2:08 p.m.: According to Cst. Paul Tithecott, with the Penticton RCMP, two men entered Cherry Lane Shopping Centre at about 2 p.m. on Friday. After smashing a case at Paris Jewellers, one of the men was tackled by bystanders and held for the police, while the other fled on foot. The...

Not guilty in arson case

Jan 29, 2016 / 4:14 pm
A Kamloops woman accused of burning down three homes in Princeton was found not guilty in Penticton court, Friday. Justice Elliott Myers acquitted Ashley Gallagher, saying he could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that threats were made to burn her boyfriend's snowmobile and...

Mini youth crime spree

Jan 29, 2016 / 3:14 pm
UPDATE: 3 p.m. Break ins, vehicle thefts, mischief, arson, bear spray assaults and more are suspected to have been caused by the same group of youth in Penticton overnight. About 9 p.m., RCMP began receiving complaints about a group of young people causing problems around Power Street,...

Granny foils break in

Jan 29, 2016 / 2:03 pm
A 95-year-old Penticton resident scared off a break and enter suspect Thursday night. The woman also provided a description and the suspect's direction of travel to police, which led to a 47-year-old man being chased down by a police dog. RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said at 11:57 p.m.,...

City sues Lakeside Resort

Jan 29, 2016 / 2:01 pm
The City of Penticton has filed a lawsuit against Penticton Lakeside Resort, asking for payment for electricity the hotel allegedly obtained without charge. According to the claim, filed Jan. 22, the action relates to a malfunctioning electrical meter on the property that resulted in the resort...

Hail to the (new) chief

Jan 29, 2016 / 12:49 pm
There will be a new fire chief in Penticton, starting Monday. Larry Watkinson is coming to the city from the District of Mission, where he's currently fire chief. Watkinson, who is originally from the Okanagan, is taking over from Chief Wayne Williams, who is set to retire. The new...

Fire at Gyro Beach

Jan 29, 2016 / 12:05 pm
Osoyoos RCMP and firefighters responded to a building fire at Gyro Beach in Osoyoos about 7 a.m. Friday. Sometime in the early morning, vandals spray painted graffiti onto the public washrooms and concession building at the park. The suspects then started a fire in the men’s washroom,...

Woman denies starting fire

Jan 28, 2016 / 8:00 pm
She didn't start the fire. That's according to the testimony of the woman accused of burning down three houses in Princeton in March 2014. Ashley Gallagher was the only witness called by the defence after the Crown closed its case, in her four day trial this week. She is facing...

FN forum discusses children

Jan 28, 2016 / 7:22 pm
The Okanagan Nation Alliance held a two-day forum this week to discuss the state of First Nation children in government care. The forum was held just one day after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the Canadian government had spent less money on social services for on-reserve...

Motorcycle crashes decline

Jan 28, 2016 / 4:16 pm
The South Okanagan saw a significant decline in motorcycle crashes in 2015, after two years of high numbers. Last year, there was one fatal motorcycle crash and 28 injuries. The year previous, four people were killed and 39 injured. RCMP noticed a trend of increasing motorcycle crashes in...

Crash slows Highway 97

Jan 28, 2016 / 2:08 pm
UPDATE: 2:10 p.m. A 58-year-old Grand Forks man was airlifted to hospital in serious condition after a serious accident this morning, north of Oliver. According to RCMP, at 11:20 a.m. a pickup heading north on Highway 97 near the south end of Vaseaux Lake drifted into the southbound...

Battle of the Badges

Jan 28, 2016 / 1:43 pm
The community is invited to come out and cheer on teams from the Penticton RCMP and Penticton Fire Department, at a special hockey event this weekend. The "Battle of the Badges" (Hogs vs. Hosers) hockey game will take place at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Memorial Arena in...

Police takedown at Walmart

Jan 28, 2016 / 1:33 pm
RCMP officers surrounded a stolen vehicle out of Calgary at the Walmart in Penticton on Wednesday evening. The incident at about 7 p.m. took place after a 34-year-old man was observed entering the vehicle after shopping at the store. According to Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, he was found to be in...

Gone ice fishin'

Jan 28, 2016 / 1:00 pm
The South Okanagan might be one of those places that B.C. residents and our neighbours see as a summertime only destination, but there are winter activity gems all over the region. The BC Fishn’ Team is out to prove the South Okanagan is the perfect location for ice fishing, and not just...

Warning: bears crossing

Jan 28, 2016 / 9:43 am
Signs warning motorists of bears have been posted at two locations on Naramata Road. The signs, showing a mother bear and cub, were recently posted by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure near Arawana Road and where Robinson Avenue turns into Naramata Road, said Zoe Kirk, RDOS...

Victim's family relieved

Jan 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
News that ex-cop Keith Wiens' appeal had been denied was welcomed by the family of his victim, Lynn Kalmring. Brandy Cummings, Kalmring's daughter, said Wednesday that she felt major relief when her husband told her what had happened. "I cried pretty good then, and this morning,...
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