Annett ready to race

Aug 26, 2016 / 7:16 pm
Penticton triathlete Jen Annett is feeling good, as she prepares to compete in Sunday's long-course Challenge triathlon. This will be her fourth time entering the Challenge Penticton race. "I'm feeling strong, and we've been training really hard," she said. "So I am...

New rescue watercraft

Aug 26, 2016 / 5:06 pm
The Penticton Fire Department has officially launched two new personal watercraft rescue units. On Friday, firefighters and city officials gathered at the Skaha Marina to introduce people to the 1800 CC Yamaha jet skis. "I feel a lot more confident in our ability to service our community...

Penticton groping incidents

Aug 26, 2016 / 4:57 pm
Penticton RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a possible suspect wanted in connection with a number of groping incidents that have occurred along Wiltse Boulevard. The first reported incident occurred on July 29 at approximately 9 a.m. According to the police, a...

Time-served for threats

Aug 26, 2016 / 4:20 pm
A man is being released on time-served for uttering threats and mischief. Jackie Cosman appeared in Penticton court via video Thursday to face a sentencing trial. Cosman had previously been in a rocky relationship with Rita Jewels, but after heavy drinking by both of them, a no-contact peace...

Cross triathlon success

Aug 26, 2016 / 12:20 pm
Professional triathlete Karsten Madsen was the first man to cross the finish line in the challenging cross triathlon event in Penticton, Friday. His national championship win means he qualifies for the International Triathlon Union World Championship in the city in 2017. "I feel very...

Bee burning torches shed

Aug 26, 2016 / 8:45 am
A shed burned to the ground in the Oliver area Thursday night after a resident attempted to burn a nearby bee or wasp nest that was in a pile of wood. Rob Graham, of the Oliver Fire Department, said just before midnight they had multiple calls regarding a structure fire at Bulrush Road and...

New marine rescue units

Aug 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Penticton is inviting the public to Skaha Marina on Friday, Aug. 26 to welcome the arrival of the city's new marine rescue units. The additions to the Penticton Fire Department's fleet come after an assessment of marine rescue needs. The new, fast response watercrafts will...

Buy Local gets boost

Aug 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Two South Okanagan agri-food companies are getting a shot in the arm from B.C.'s Buy Local program. The program splits the cost of marketing for local growers and producers to help promote the industry and increase support for local companies. Howling Moon Cider House in Oliver and...

Aquathlon wraps up

Aug 25, 2016 / 9:45 pm
The aquathlon event at Challenge Penticton saw a local competitor home the top prize. Jeff Symonds was the first to cross the finish line, taking home first place in the event, which includes a one-kilometre swim and a five-kilometre run. This year's Challenge Penticton, which spans from...

Temporary parking at PRH

Aug 25, 2016 / 7:25 pm
People going to the Penticton Regional Hospital are being advised of coming temporary parking changes. Starting Aug. 27, public parking will be relocated along with a temporary public entrance, while construction work is done on the new Patient Care Tower. The public will be rerouted to the...

She pointed gun at 'son'

Aug 25, 2016 / 5:02 pm
A woman walked out of Penticton's courthouse on Thursday with a suspended sentence after an incident involving a .22 rifle. Joyce Terbasket was under the influence of alcohol when she pointed the rifle at a man she refers to as her son, though there are no genetic relations between the...

Challenge expo underway

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:16 pm
In addition to lining the race course to cheer on Challlenge Penticton athletes, residents and visitors are invited to stop by the expo at Okanagan Lake Park. The Athlete Village and Expo opened Thursday and will run through the rest of the event-filled week. "If they are interested in...

Petting zoo needs help

Aug 25, 2016 / 12:07 pm
For Andrea Buyan, running a petting zoo is a labour of love. But, she has recently realized that to continue to operate Andy's Animal Acres in the same way, she needs to turn to the community for financial aid. "For me, for Andy's, this is most difficult to ask for the...

Farmers' market moving

Aug 25, 2016 / 10:02 am
The Penticton Farmers’ Market is packing up and moving locations. Beginning Sept.10 and continuing through Oct. 29, the market will set up on the 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “The City of Penticton is starting revitalization...

Home tour for hospital

Aug 25, 2016 / 9:44 am
Penticton contractor Ritchie Custom Homes is partnering with local wineries for a Naramata Bench Charity Home Tour to benefit the new patient tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. The self-guided tour on Sept. 10 will inspire with three custom-built homes on the scenic Naramata Bench. At each...

Skaha park rally

Aug 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
People opposed to commercial development at Penticton's Skaha Park are holding another rally. Opponents are encouraged to gather at 4:45 p.m., Sept. 6 in front of Penticton City Hall. Organizers say this is their way to call for a referendum on the park and discuss in public many of the...

MP tours riding by bike

Aug 24, 2016 / 6:35 pm
A bike tour by MP Richard Cannings using a combination of rail trails and highways started in Nakusp today, Aug. 24. Cannings, who represents South Okanagan - West Kootenay, decided a bicycle trip through the riding would give him a unique and personal perspective of the people, the environment,...

Trout Creek grass fire

Aug 24, 2016 / 4:50 pm
A small grass fire broke out in the Trout Creek area Wednesday afternoon. The fire was just off Highway 97, by Green Lake Road. The Summerland Fire Department and RCMP attended the scene, blocking one lane of southbound traffic while firefighters attacked the fire with hoses from above and...

Missing Penticton man

Aug 24, 2016 / 3:48 pm
RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing Penticton resident. Dan Ross was last seen Aug. 3. Ross, 32, is described as a Caucasian male, six feet one inch tall, weighing 165 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes and was last seen wearing tan shorts, a white...

Final stages for firefighters

Aug 24, 2016 / 2:53 pm
The Okanagan Falls wildfire is now 100 per cent contained, according to the BC Wildfire Service. The service said 21 firefighters remain on the scene, with work having shifted from mop-up to patrols as of Wednesday morning. In patrols, the final stage of fighting wildfires, crews are seeking...

Shooting case goes to trial

Aug 24, 2016 / 1:39 pm
The trial of a Penticton man facing attempted murder charges is expected to take place next year. The judge and jury trial of Matthew James Cameron is set for June 2017 in Penticton Supreme Court. The charge stems from an incident last July. RCMP responded to a residence on the 2000 block...

Challenging first event

Aug 24, 2016 / 12:05 pm
A gruelling run, bike, run event kicked off a week of endurance racing in Penticton, Wednesday. The duathlon was departed from the Peach on the Beach at 7 a.m., with competitors crossing the finish line on Lakeshore Drive. Events this week are serving as the 2016 Canadian National...

Ordered to 're-flourish'

Aug 24, 2016 / 12:00 pm
A Penticton couple is being ordered to "re-flourish" some Esplanade land after cutting down a pair of trees, avoiding a compensation of nearly $21,000 to the city. Michael and Josie Daley bought a three-city-lot property in 2014, backing onto the Esplanade. A London plane and Siberian...

Ending illegal camping

Aug 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
The city of Penticton is working diligently with the parks department and RCMP to ensure an area where homeless people set up camps is kept clean and safe. "Bylaw officers are monitoring the Esplanade Trail Network almost daily to ensure there are no permanent camping structures in place...

Bathtub race a success

Aug 23, 2016 / 6:26 pm
Last weekend's Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race on Okanagan Lake in Summerland was a great success. According to organizers, they raised an unconfirmed amount for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide $20 million in medical equipment for the Penticton...

Big triathlon week

Aug 23, 2016 / 5:21 pm
Penticton is endurance racing central this week, with the 2016 Canadian National Multisport Championships in the city. The event kicks off Wednesday and ends Sunday, when Challenge Penticton, the long-course national championship, takes place. "We are excited to host the national...

Jet ski and trailer stolen

Aug 23, 2016 / 3:05 pm
A personal watercraft and trailer were stolen from a Naramata boat launch Saturday night, according to Penticton RCMP. The complainant, who was out on Okanagan Lake with family and friends about 7:30 p.m., had parked the vessel, as it wasn't operational, said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. The...

Search for 'missing' driver

Aug 23, 2016 / 2:15 pm
Police and firefighters were busy Monday night, searching for the owner of what appeared to be an abandoned vehicle in Penticton. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said the vehicle was found on the east side of Channel Parkway, just south of Warren Avenue. The windows were down, the vehicle was full of...

Road closures for Challenge

Aug 23, 2016 / 11:23 am
The City of Penticton is warning of road closures in the following days, for Challenge Penticton and related events. Those events include a duathlon, an aquathlon, a cross triathlon and a long distance race. This year's Challenge Penticton is accompanied by national qualifiers for next...

OK Falls wildfire burns on

Aug 23, 2016 / 11:22 am
The Okanagan Falls wildfire continues to burn, with crews working on containing the fire. The fire is still 75 per cent contained, with crews establishing containment on the north side, working toward the south. The BC Wildfire Service said it can be difficult to advance containment in rocky...

Car thief thwarted

Aug 23, 2016 / 11:16 am
A man has been convicted of attempting to steal a car at a Penticton gas station. Aaron Vaughan-Evans approached a woman who was filling up her car and told her he was going to take it. He offered her the passenger seat if she liked. The woman pushed him away and was able to drive off,...

Two vehicles, two fires

Aug 23, 2016 / 11:11 am
Police are investigating after someone tried to set fire to a vehicle parked at the Decoy Tavern on Martin Street in Penticton. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said some sort of accelerant was sprayed on the vehicle but the fire failed to spread. The incident happened late last week. In a separate...

Not going to let it slide

Aug 23, 2016 / 10:14 am
Opponents of a Skaha Park waterslide project say hundreds have shown support for continuing their cause. In a release, Nelson Meikle said about 450 people have shown support for another rally against the private business project in the public park. The waterslide has faced controversy during...

Convicted in assault cases

Aug 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
A man has been sentenced to four months house arrest followed by a year's probation for assault. The man was convicted of two assault charges and one other charge, following a pair of incidents in 2014. In the first incident, the man, with his dog, approached two children at a beach and...

OK Falls camp evacuated

Aug 22, 2016 / 4:48 pm
People at an Okanagan Falls campground voluntarily evacuated the site while a wildfire blazed in the hills above it. Park manager Janice Povey said she became aware of the situation as the signs of a fire started to fill the air. "It was probably about 10:30, and we just noticed noticed...

Fire crews now on "mop-up"

Aug 22, 2016 / 3:45 pm
UPDATE: 3:45 P.M. The BC Wildfire Service says the fire is now 75 per cent contained, and has been lowered to a Rank 1 fire. In prior reports, the service was calling the fire between a Rank 1 and Rank 2 fire. Rank 1 is referred to as a smouldering ground fire, whereas Rank 2 includes some...

Crash claims ATV rider

Aug 22, 2016 / 3:32 pm
A Tappen man is dead following an ATV crash on Cartwright Mountain, in Summerland. About 7 a.m. this morning, a cyclist came upon the crash scene and notified RCMP. With the assistance of the cyclist and an area resident, police hiked into the area and discovered the crash scene. Cpl....

Fire and wind in the city

Aug 22, 2016 / 12:50 pm
A fire broke out in the Esplanade Trails on Sunday night. Deputy fire chief Dave Spalding said firefighters were on call to downed power lines, but at 10:41 p.m. they were diverted to a fire in the trails, sometimes referred to as Hobo Trails due to homeless camps in the area. He said it...

Making an electric avenue

Aug 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
A coalition of mayors along Highway 3 is looking to rebrand the highway to attract more tourists. The Highway 3 Coalition has recently added a tourism subcommittee to look at ways to bring more travellers through the area. That includes rebranding the highway, which Osoyoos Mayor Sue...

Okanagan Falls wildfire

Aug 21, 2016 / 11:55 pm
UPDATE: 11:55 p.m. Strong wind is fanning a wildfire near Okanagan Falls. A witness says the fire started at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The witness says firefighters are on scene and appear to be protecting power lines. The BC Wildfire Service said there are three firefighters attending the...
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