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Psych. staff to get alarms

Apr 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Staff at the psychiatric ward of Penticton Regional Hospital will soon be equipped with personal alarms for cases of violence. The decision to speed up the implementation of the duress alarm system came in light of an attack in December which left a psychiatrist with a broken jaw. Gregory...

Landfill fees to change

Apr 17, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Fees at the Campbell Mountain, Oliver and Okanagan Falls landfills and Keremeos transfer station will be amended starting May 1. Changes affect burned materials and metal tanks brought to the landfill. There are no changes to regular garbage rates. Burned materials generally come from...

Harry Potter found guilty

Apr 17, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Potter was on trial for the murder of Hogwart's School of Magic professor Quirinus Quirrel, who was allegedly aiding and abetting Lord Voldemort at the time of the incident. The mock...

Firebug caught on roof

Apr 17, 2015 / 1:42 pm

A man has been arrested and charged following a fire at a Husky gas station in Penticton Friday morning. Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams said a call was received about 2 a.m. that a fire was burning next to the gas station. When crews arrived, they found the fire right next to the...

Naturists issue challenge

Apr 17, 2015 / 9:51 am

Nude beach advocates in Penticton want to clean up their image – and the waterfront. The non-profit Okanagan Naturist Association will be holding a Three Mile Point spring cleanup at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Participants are asked to bring rakes, garbage bags and something for 10 people to...

Family hopes for justice

Apr 17, 2015 / 6:00 am

The father of a teen who was killed while tubing on Osoyoos Lake, says he will be there for every minute of the preliminary inquiry for the man facing charges in his son's death. The inquiry for Ryan William Symington is set to start next week at the Penticton courthouse. Symington is...

Petition opposes utility fee

Apr 16, 2015 / 6:52 pm

There was a good turnout Thursday for a petition signing organized by a Penticton senior at Nanaimo Square. Jean Mitchell is circulating a petition opposing the city's plans to charge a $1 postage fee for mailed utility bills. "When I read about it, I thought, oh no, being dinged a...

Aurora dances in local vid

Apr 16, 2015 / 4:31 pm

A local Okanagan photographer has captured a spectacular show of the Northern Lights. Wednesday evening, Carlos LeGuerrier filmed the Aurora Borealis dancing above the Ellis Creek Reservoir near Penticton. Check out the video above to watch the impressive showing.

Abused bird freed

Apr 16, 2015 / 2:08 pm

2 p.m. update - There is some good news about our troubled feathered friend in Penticton. Corinne Ross with the South Okanagan SPCA contacted Castanet to say the bird had been freed from his impediments Thursday morning. A woman in the South Main Street area heard a bell ringing and...

Opposition to day moorage

Apr 16, 2015 / 10:09 am

Retired Penticton resident Gerry Gilligan will hold a rally on the steps of City Hall, Monday, to show opposition to day moorage proposed in the SS Sicamous Master Plan. Gilligan says it's not just him, but a lot of people, who are opposed to the idea of moorage on the rock groin in the...

Soup Sisters success

Apr 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

Soup Sisters Penticton held its third successful event at Brodo Kitchen this week. A lively group of 22 participants donned their aprons, rolled up their sleeves, chopped, stirred, simmered—and even celebrated a birthday—during the soup-making spectacular. Under the watchful eye...

Firefighters suck limes

Apr 15, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The Penticton Fire Department took a break from battling local blazes on Wednesday, to suck sour limes. The firefighters were the latest Penticton group to participate in the Lyme Sucks Challenge. "We were challenged by the RCMP and we are doing it because it's a good cause and...

Vees legend passes away

Apr 15, 2015 / 7:30 pm

One of the original players of the Penticton Vees hockey team passed away two weeks ago in Penticton. James Edgar Fairburn, known as Jimmy or 'Gentleman Jimmy', succumbed to disease in the Summerland Senior Village on March 28. Fairburn was with the Penticton Vees when they won the...

Hockey fraud hits court

Apr 15, 2015 / 2:31 pm

Lawyers appeared in court Wednesday on behalf of two men associated with the Okanagan Elite Hockey Association scandal in Penticton. It was slated to be the first appearance for Loren Reagan and an arraignment for Michael Elphicke. The two are charged with fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000...

Cherry Lane confident

Apr 15, 2015 / 1:38 pm

General manager Judy Richards is confident Cherry Lane Shopping Centre will remain a strong and vibrant part of Penticton. Her response comes after Comark Inc., parent company of Bootlegger, Cleo and Ricki’s, announced their protection from creditors as of March 26, 2015. The three...

Gun law won't help killer

Apr 15, 2015 / 10:20 am

The sentencing of a convicted murderer will not be affected by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that mandatory minimums for gun crimes are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court of Canada struck down a law requiring mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes Tuesday, in a serious blow to the...

Swap meet this weekend

Apr 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

The South Okanagan chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada is readying for its 25th annual auto swap meet. More than 100 vendors will be on hand at the South Okanagan Event Centre parking lot and the Penticton Curling Club. "It's a fun event with something for everyone in the...

Relay For Life changes

Apr 14, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Changes are in store for the annual Relay for Life, which takes place at the end of May in the South Okanagan. The relay has always been a 12-hour event for symbolic reasons, but rather than an all-night relay, this year the relay starts at 11 a.m. with the Survivor’s Lap and finishes at...

DPA lawsuit resolved

Apr 14, 2015 / 6:00 pm

A wrongful dismissal claim filed by a Penticton event organizer against her former employer has been dealt with. According to a court document dated April 9, 2015 and obtained by Castanet, Laurel Burnham and the Downtown Penticton Association have resolved their issue. Burnham previously...

SS Sicamous master plan

Apr 13, 2015 / 6:20 pm

Plans for improvements to the waterfront and park areas around the SS Sicamous in Penticton are moving ahead. A presentation was given on the matter last Tuesday and Council has endorsed the SS Sicamous master plan and had first reading of bylaw changes that would incorporate the vision into the...

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