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An event for the records

Sep 25, 2016 / 8:18 pm
From vinyl shopping to vintage clothing to a live painting, Okanagan Vinyl Fest brought it all to Penticton on Sunday. The event, which entered its fifth year, is intended as a fundraiser for the Peach City Community Radio station. It's also an opportunity for vinyl lovers to celebrate their...

Motorcycle and van crash

Sep 25, 2016 / 5:36 pm
Emergency crews responded to a crash involving a van and a motorcycle in Penticton late Sunday afternoon. Little is known about the crash at this time, but an RCMP officer on the scene said the motorcycle driver was conscious and talking. A firefighter on scene said he didn't know at the...

Penticton leads Kidney Walk

Sep 25, 2016 / 2:57 pm
Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Photo: Dustin Godfrey Penticton may be the top fundraiser for this year's Kidney...

Tailgate Party recognition

Sep 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
An annual party, focused on local wineries, on the Naramata Bench received recognition this week. The 13th Tailgate Party held Sept. 10 at Red Rooster Winery was third in the Best B.C. Wine Festival category in the Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver. "This certainly lets us know...

More problems at pool

Sep 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
The aquatic area at the Penticton Community Centre is once again experiencing problems. The hot tub at the community centre has been shut down after staff noticed the water level was lowering. The initial focus was on the drain (which was the cause of the leisure pool repair last season), but...

Marching without fear

Sep 24, 2016 / 6:46 pm
About 100 people gathered in Gyro Park and roamed downtown Penticton to stand up to violence against women, this week. Penticton's fifth annual Take Back the Night drew a stronger crowd than previous years, to make the statement that women should be able to walk alone at night without fear...

Challenging obstacle race

Sep 24, 2016 / 4:29 pm
Women dressed up as brides and farmers and men wearing silly suits were among the many participants in a challenging South Okanagan race on Saturday. The day marked the fifth annual Freak’n Farmer adventure obstacle course race, presented by Penticton Home Hardware and coordinated by...


Crews respond to house fire

Sep 24, 2016 / 3:15 pm
Penticton firefighters were called into action after reports of a house fire, Saturday afternoon. Upon arrival at a house in the 700 block of Revelstoke Avenue, crews were met with smoke coming from the home and fire in the kitchen. Firefighters quickly removed the source which was believed...

Readying for ski season

Sep 24, 2016 / 1:51 pm
This weekend is a good time to shop for ski and snowboard gear for the upcoming ski season. The Canadian Ski Patrol's Winter Extreme Ski and Board Swap is now underway at the Penticton Curling Club. "We've got a lot of product available and an excellent turnout," said swap...

Fire devastates family home

Sep 24, 2016 / 11:08 am
A family is looking for a little bit of help after a fire devastated their home Friday night. Sara LaRose says her family thought they put a chimney fire out with a garden hose at about 8 p.m. Friday night, but added that they took extra precautions when going to sleep later that night. The...

Boutique mall opening

Sep 24, 2016 / 6:00 am
A new boutique mall, featuring retail and residential spaces, officially opened its doors on Penticton's Main Street on Friday. The Tiffany's Boutique Mall, at the site of a former nightclub, offers nine boutique spots on the first floor and five residential units on the second...

Successful food drive

Sep 23, 2016 / 9:16 pm
A Thanksgiving food drive last weekend in the South Okanagan met with success. On Saturday, Sept. 17 over 100 local BC Thanksgiving Food Drive volunteers collected 7,062 pounds in Penticton and 1,865 pounds in Summerland/Trout Creek, totalling 8,927 pounds. "We are extremely grateful to...

Penticton's forgotten home

Sep 23, 2016 / 7:32 pm
The house is located at the end of Three Mile Road, a serene, hardly trodden route that ends at a beach with a panoramic view of the southern end of the Okanagan Lake – a locale that would draw the envy of just about anyone. But the house itself, which is owned by the City of Penticton,...

GMO Fuji apple OK to eat

Sep 23, 2016 / 7:00 pm
It's red, ripe and crunchy. It's also genetically modified. The Arctic Fuji apple has now been granted deregulated status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The non-browning fruit is the third such variety from Okanagan...

Bending political ears

Sep 23, 2016 / 3:33 pm
Penticton's mayor and council is hoping to bend political ears at next week's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. Local officials are planning to discuss several topics, including infrastructure funding from the provincial government, simplifying the provincial grants process,...

Bird event takes off

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:19 pm
People interested in bird migration will have the opportunity to learn more at an event this weekend in the South Okanagan. The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance is set to present its second Bird Migration Day open house at the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory on Sunday. The event offers...

A drag of a weekend

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:13 pm
Drag racers will be convening at the Osoyoos airport on Sunday to burn some rubber on the tracks. The Wine Country Racing Association will be hosting the seventh annual Rumble in the Valley car club challenge at the Richter Pass Motorplex at the Osoyoos airport. The races will bring several...

Penticton Creek restoration

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:58 am
An anniversary celebration marking the restoration of Penticton Creek is set to take place this weekend. The Penticton Creek Restoration Committee is holding the event on Saturday. It has been a year since the restoration project for fish habitat in the creek was completed and the Kokanee...

SUV slams into pole

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:55 am
An SUV slammed into a utility pole in Penticton overnight, snapping the pole at its base. Just before 2 a.m., firefighters, RCMP and paramedics were called to the intersection of Industrial Avenue and Atkinson Street. The red GMC reportedly hit the pole at high speed, breaking it, but leaving...

Big tourism boost

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:46 am
The tourism industry in Osoyoos is getting a boost from the province. The South Okanagan town is receiving $390,335 from the resort municipality initiative to support the industry. Through the initiative Osoyoos has received a total of $3.5 million since 2008 in funding toward projects...

100 homes for vulnerable

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:30 am
A new initiative in Penticton is looking to expand the city's low-income housing. In a presentation at a committee of the whole meeting, Tanya Behardien told council the goal of 100 Homes Penticton is to provide housing for 100 vulnerable people in the community by 2018. That goal is part...

Garage wine a big hit

Sep 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
One Penticton wine festival may not be that well-known locally, but it is getting attention globally. In fact, the London Financial Times featured Garagiste North Artisan Wine Festival as one of the five best wine festivals in the world. “We were thrilled and amazed to be recognized,...

Exempt from new FOI fee?

Sep 22, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Media outlets may be exempt from a new fee for freedom-of-information requests, which was brought up in city council this week, along with several other fee changes in a report from staff. Deb Clipperton provided a report, which included all of the city's new or altered fees heading into...

Dad gives son his kidney

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:45 pm
Jeff Treadway is best known in Penticton as the longtime owner of Jeffer's Fryzz. But recently he has gained attention for another reason, serving as a kidney donor for his 24-year-old son. "When my son was born I committed to looking after him and I didn't think twice about...

Three days without water

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:28 pm
Residents of Summerland are being urged to prepare for a multi-day water outage in 2017. According to the District of Summerland, officials are preparing to complete mandatory maintenance of its water system in March 2017 that will require an extended water shutdown. The outage will affect...

Planned power outage

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:41 pm
The City of Penticton electric utility is planning a power outage for this weekend. The outage will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, within the 1700-2100 block of Camrose Street from Industrial Avenue East to Warren Avenue East affecting about 30 customers. The purpose of this...

Taking back the night

Sep 22, 2016 / 2:00 pm
Residents are being urged to stand up for safety in their community in a special event taking place in Penticton tonight. Communities Unite! Take Back the Night! is set to take place at Gyro Park, starting with sign making at 6:30 p.m. and a march taking place at 7 p.m. Participants in the...

SUV crashes into fence

Sep 22, 2016 / 12:05 pm
Penticton firefighters, the RCMP and paramedics responded to a collision just after 11 a.m. Thursday morning. It happened at the intersection of Haywood Street and Eckhardt Avenue. Emergency crews found a Honda SUV that had veered off the road and into a fence on the corner. The driver is...

Blaze guts building

Sep 22, 2016 / 9:13 am
UPDATE: 9:35 a.m. According to the RCMP, it was an unoccupied outbuilding that burned on an Oliver property about 5:38 a.m., Thursday. The fire department and RCMP attended. Cpl. Christina Tarasoff said the fire was caused by electrical issues and not thought to be suspicious. A fire...

No lifeguards for beaches

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:58 am
Penticton's beaches will not be getting any lifeguards to monitor for drowning and other issues. Instead, the city will rely on its signage along Skaha and Okanagan lakes to inform beachgoers of dangers and how to keep safe. The unanimous vote from city council this week came after a...

New arts council director

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Penticton & District Community Arts Council has appointed a new executive director. Vaelei Walkden-Brown is set to take over the position from Lynn Allin, who became executive director of the Downtown Penticton Association in late July. “We are very happy and excited to welcome...

Needle drops on Vinyl Fest

Sep 21, 2016 / 6:59 pm
An annual record fair is returning to Penticton this weekend. Okanagan Vinyl Fest, one of CFUZ - Peach City Community Radio’s major fundraisers, is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 25. This fifth anniversary year will feature 34 vinyl vendors, most of whom have attended since year...

Nightclub no more

Sep 21, 2016 / 4:07 pm
A location that long served as a Penticton nightclub has been transformed over the past year into boutique spots and residential units. Tiffany's Boutique Mall, owned by the Vassilaki family, will hold its grand opening this Friday. "I am ecstatic with the outcome and the response...

Motorhome stolen

Sep 21, 2016 / 3:40 pm
UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. The motorhome stolen from an Osoyoos property on Sept. 20 has been located. The motorhome was recovered in Oliver thanks to an alert citizen who recognized it from the media release issued by the RCMP. A motorhome has been stolen in Osoyoos, according to the RCMP. On...

Leader sought for tourism

Sep 21, 2016 / 12:22 pm
The organization that markets Penticton as a tourist destination is looking for a leader. Travel Penticton was born out of the merger of the former Tourism Penticton and Penticton Hospitality Association earlier this year. The two organizations continued operating separately until the end of...

Firefighters' boot drive

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:40 am
Penticton firefighters will join forces with Vernon, Kelowna and Kelowna International Airport fire crews on Saturday as they attempt to fill their boots to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The firefighters will collect donations big or small from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Safeway and...

Feedback after town hall

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:37 am
A week after his town hall meeting on electoral reform, local MP Richard Cannings says he has received about 200 correspondences about the subject. Cannings held a town hall meeting on Tuesday last week along with MP Nathan Cullen, who is one of the vice-chairs of the federal electoral reform...

Catch and release for bear

Sep 21, 2016 / 10:37 am
A bear was captured by conservation officers Wednesday morning at a trucking company in Penticton. Officer Dave Cox said two officers successfully caught the animal at about 8:30 a.m. at Berry & Smith Trucking Ltd. on Warren Avenue E. "We viewed sighting and response over the last...

Laundromat thief busted

Sep 20, 2016 / 4:58 pm
A man has been arrested after stealing $200 from a laundromat in Penticton. According to Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, the man took the money from the till at the Penticton Laundromat on Eckhardt Avenue, before departing on an expensive mountain bike, The man, who had recently moved from Surrey,...

Bear sighting near schools

Sep 20, 2016 / 4:25 pm
School District 67 Supt. Wendy Hyer has confirmed there was a bear sighting in the vicinity of Skaha Lake Middle School and Princess Margaret Secondary School on Tuesday. According to the superintendent, conservation officers were called. Castanet will provide more details as they become...
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