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Conservatives elect Penticton man

Jul 27, 2014 / 2:19 pm

Conservative party members in the South Okanagan elected a candidate to run in the new South Okanagan West Kootenay riding. Marshall Neufeld expressed his sincere appreciation to Conservative Party members in the new riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay, who turned out by the hundreds and...

Feds help fund Penticton bridge

Jul 26, 2014 / 4:01 pm

The federal government has kicked in an additional $2.4 million to help build a bridge across the southern part of the Okanagan River channel. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt today announced a federal government investment in support of the Penticton...

Merritt to receive power plant

Jul 26, 2014 / 12:03 pm

Merritt is to be the site of a new 40 megawatt, biomass-fired power plant for BC Hydro. Merritt Green Energy Limited Partnership announced Friday that it has closed on its financing for the Merritt Green Energy Project, a $235 million investment. An Environmental Appeal Board document...

Gaza rally in Penticton

Jul 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

A rally for Gaza and West Bank to end the killing and occupation took place on Friday in Penticton. The gathering at the corner of Main Street and Nanaimo Avenue was organized by resident Carolyn Kidd. "My intention is this is the first of many rallies or gatherings to show support for...

Market welcomes liquor vendors

Jul 25, 2014 / 7:08 pm

The Penticton Farmers' Market will make room for two liquor vendors beginning Saturday, July 26. Marketing Manager Erin Trainer says because of space, only two vendors will be allowed at the market each week. Cannery Brewing and Tyler Harlton Wines have been granted spots...

No booze for Boonstock

Jul 25, 2014 / 6:59 pm

According to a statement issued Friday by Ray Tetzel, Assistant Deputy General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Boonstock is not getting its liquor license. “After working with the RCMP and festival organizers, and reviewing the...

Wine awards given out

Jul 25, 2014 / 3:30 pm

BC Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon paid a visit to the Howling Bluff Estate Winery in Penticton on Friday to present an award of excellence. The award was given to owner Luke Smith and his son Daniel for their 2013 Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Smith, who has won twice before for his...
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Orchardists busy after rainfall

Jul 24, 2014 / 6:00 pm

The owners of 30 acres of cherry trees in the Naramata area were hard at work Thursday, making sure the fruit didn't split. Late in the afternoon a helicopter arrived at the Van Westen orchard to blow water off the trees after the recent rainfall. "Once they are split, they are...

Home hit by lightning

Jul 24, 2014 / 1:39 pm

A Penticton couple spent most of Thursday dealing with the aftermath of a lightning strike to their home. The strike hit the house on Victoria Drive during Wednesday's storm. Debra Lawton said she was downstairs in the home around 7:30 p.m., when she heard a really loud bang. "All...

Alerts rescinded in RDOS

Jul 24, 2014 / 10:00 am

The RDOS has announced the evacuation alerts for both the Apex Mountain and Jura fires have been rescinded, thanks to the tireless efforts of firefighting crews on the ground and more favourable weather conditions over the past few days. The previously identified properties are: Apex Mountain...

Council nixes Boonstock support

Jul 23, 2014 / 5:15 pm

The Boonstock Music and Arts Festival was again under discussion at Monday's Penticton council meeting. This time around they were considering a letter asking them to endorse the festival, submitted by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The chamber fully supports the...

Liquor coming to market

Jul 23, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Visitors to the Downtown Community Market in Penticton can expect to see wine vendors at the location this Saturday. Following Monday's public hearing, council adopted zoning changes that will include liquor tastings and sales within the outdoor market use. "We need to really promote...

Graffiti partnership considered

Jul 23, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Penticton council has directed staff to support a partnership with the Downtown Penticton Association to investigate professional graffiti removal options. The move came after a presentation by Kerri Milton with the DPA and Tina Siebert, the bylaw services supervisor, at Monday's...

BC tankers assist US fire

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:41 pm

The BC government has come to the aid of firefighting efforts in Washington State. Five bombers were sent to the border yesterday, (Monday) to help with a wildfire burning near the town of Tonasket. The fire, which was detected Monday afternoon east of the town has grown to about 1,000 acres...

Buyer sought for Mount Baldy

Jul 22, 2014 / 2:00 pm

G-Force Real Estate Inc. out of Vancouver has been appointed marketing agent for a secured creditor who has received conduct of sale from the Supreme Court of BC under a foreclosure action to sell most of the assets of Mount Baldy Ski Corporation and related companies. The primary objective of...

WWII bomber at airport

Jul 22, 2014 / 1:00 pm

A plane that flew combat missions during World War II has landed at Penticton Regional Airport. During this entire week, the public is invited to view the B-25 Maid in the Shade, or even hop aboard for a ride. The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force brought the plane to Penticton, as...

White Lake wildfire

Jul 22, 2014 / 10:15 am

A small wildfire in the White Lake area south of Penticton is nearly fully contained. Photo: Contributed - Google Maps The fire was discovered about 5 a.m. Tuesday. According to Fire Information Officer, Melissa Welsh, the fire is about four hectares in size. "We were on...

The "WWI Hedley Boys"

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

Imagine if every person in your town donated an average of $195 to the Canadian Armed Forces and 5 per cent of your town’s population enlisted into the Canadian Army in one day. This is what happened in Hedley in the late summer of 1915 – just into the second year of the First World...

Smoke in the south

Jul 21, 2014 / 6:48 pm

Despite smokey skies in the south Okanagan, there are no new wildfires of note in the region. The haze is being blamed on the raging fires south of the border in Washington state. Castanet has received several emails from residents of Penticton and Oliver claiming the air is thick with...

Penticton council highlights

Jul 21, 2014 / 2:00 pm

A public hearing on allowing the sale of alcohol at the Penticton Farmers Market will take place Monday night in council chambers. The council passed first reading of zoning changes that would include liquor tastings and sales within the outdoor market at its last meeting. The government of...



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