Production crew in town

Oct 26, 2016 / 6:00 am
The producers of a documentary which reveals the truth behind why Americans are so sick and what can be done about it, are in Penticton this week. Paul Kennamer, director and co-producer, and Merrilee Jacobs, co- producer of "Eating You Alive," arrived in their motorhome and were...

Trailblazing mobile shops

Oct 26, 2016 / 5:57 am
A mobile vendor says the City of Penticton was on board with her operation until just recently, when changes were made to mobile vendor licensing. Tracey Lloyd's Chic Mobile Boutique sells clothing out of an old FedEx truck, which she says is blazing trails in a new kind of mobile...

Payphone case adjourned

Oct 25, 2016 / 7:23 pm
The trial for a man who allegedly smashed into a Coalmont phone booth with his car while another man was inside the booth has been pushed back. Roland Giroux faces charges of assault and assault causing bodily harm, which was scheduled to go to trial for Nov. 21. But defence lawyer James...

10k litres of diesel spilled

Oct 25, 2016 / 3:25 pm
The B.C. Ministry of Environment says about 10,000 litres of diesel spilled onto Highway 3 after a tanker crashed into a concrete barrier just west of Hedley. The ministry was alerted to the crash of the 'B train' tanker, which was carrying 12,000 litres of diesel, at 7:50 p.m. on...

Toeing the deadline

Oct 25, 2016 / 3:18 pm
Penticton city council held a special meeting Monday afternoon to push through its permissive tax exemptions bylaw for 2017. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said the previous meeting saw second and third readings of the bylaw, but council isn't allowed to push bylaws through to adoption on the same...

A peachy pumpkin

Oct 25, 2016 / 2:47 pm
Penticton's iconic Peach on Lakeshore Drive has been transformed into a large grinning Jack-O-Lantern just in time for Halloween. Diana Stirling, owner of The Peach and LocoLanding, said her family recently did the handiwork to kick off Halloween and get in the spirit of it. "We are...

Toddler goes for a stroll

Oct 25, 2016 / 2:32 pm
A toddler apparently took a walk alone on Eckhardt Avenue in Penticton last week. After police responded to the incident, reported on Oct. 20, they found the mother who said she had fallen asleep and her daughter wandered out of the residence. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said the incident was...

Falling prey to hydro scam

Oct 25, 2016 / 1:33 pm
The Penticton RCMP are warning people of a BC Hydro scam, after a restaurant owner was asked via phone to pay a large sum. The owner received a call from the company saying he owed $1,200 in bills and asked him to pay up in pay safe cards or his power would be shut off, said Cpl. Don...

Greyhound bus assault

Oct 25, 2016 / 12:45 pm
A woman was assaulted on a Greyhound bus travelling on Highway 3A last week, according to the Penticton RCMP. The bus company reported an incident at a stop on the highway in the Twin Lakes area on the night of Oct. 21. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said a male passenger was drinking and throwing...

Attacked and robbed

Oct 25, 2016 / 11:18 am
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth confirmed Tuesday that the Starbucks employee who was walking on Robinson Street on her way to make a deposit at TD Canada Trust had her arm slashed when someone tried to cut the strap of her briefcase. She received a deep cut to her arm and was...

Tanker crash closes hwy

Oct 25, 2016 / 10:55 am
UPDATE: 10:55 a.m. A man on the scene of the tanker crash on Highway 3 says traffic has started to move as of 10:20 a.m. Trevor Wolfe says the truck was an Esso diesel tanker that overturned on the highway causing a rupture in the tank. He said environmental clean-up is now...

Fleeing cops in stolen truck

Oct 25, 2016 / 10:51 am
Police are looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle who evaded them Monday night. Several local RCMP detachments were involved in tracking down a man who fled from Penticton after stealing a vehicle from the parking lot at Cue's Gameroom Grill and Pizzeria on Monday night. At about...

Bigger, better next year

Oct 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
A leadership conference for school-aged children in Osoyoos will become an annual event, according to an organizer. Mike Campol with Spirit of the Game said despite a short amount of time to put the conference together, the Spirit of Leadership event went well for its first run on Monday...

Casting call for new film

Oct 24, 2016 / 1:59 pm
A studio is looking for locals to fill some roles as extras for its upcoming feature film The Humanity Bureau. Humanity West Productions Inc. is mum on details of the movie, but it has put out a casting call for its filming in the Oliver and Osoyoos area through November and December. Those...

House arrest for assault

Oct 24, 2016 / 12:59 pm
A man will be house-bound for seven months for his involvement in what was described both by a Crown lawyer and the judge as a "vicious" assault. Local RCMP said they received a call from Ronald Street on Aug. 31 saying he had been assaulted by "Charlie and John" and that...

More Naramata parkland

Oct 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has announced the purchase of three properties within the community of Naramata for parkland use. Two parcels of land totaling .76 acres are located adjacent to Wharf Waterfront Park and a 1.5 acre parcel is located adjacent to the Naramata...

Car crashes into Skaha

Oct 23, 2016 / 11:34 am
The Penticton fire department responded to the incident with a truck and a boat. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department also responded. The lone occupant of the vehicle was under the care of paramedics when fire crews arrived. There is no word on the cause of the accident. Emergency...


Oct 23, 2016 / 7:55 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we are...

Lederhosen and laughter

Oct 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Hundreds of people of all ages showed up Saturday night for a Penticton event organizers describe as the fall beer festival. All the merriment was part of Penticton Oktoberfest, held by the Oktoberfest Society and JCI Penticton, at the trade and convention centre. "It's just a great...

Water shut off sessions

Oct 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
The District of Summerland will be holding two information sessions on the planned water shutoff for March 2017. The same information will be presented at each session, which will begin at 7 p.m., Oct. 25 and 7 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Centre Stage Theatre, 9518 Main Street. Details about the...

Recognition for PIB

Oct 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
There was more recognition for the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation this week. On Oct. 19, representatives from the PIB and the development corporation attended the 2016 BC Aboriginal Business Awards Gala at the Fairmont in Vancouver. The development corporation is being...

Local effort to end polio

Oct 22, 2016 / 7:24 pm
In honor of World Polio Day, on Oct. 24, The Rotary Club of Penticton-Okanagan and The Rotary Club of Penticton will be raising awareness of the End Polio Now initiative. Rotarians will be hoisting their End Polio Now signs on the highway near the South Okanagan Events Centre on Monday between...

Return of the sockeye

Oct 22, 2016 / 3:59 pm
People gathered on the banks of the Okanagan River in Penticton on Saturday to learn more about the return of sockeye salmon coming home after a 6,000 kilometre journey to the ocean and back. The event was one of two Celebrate the Salmon open houses hosted by the Okanagan Similkameen...

Food film generates interest

Oct 22, 2016 / 1:58 pm
A matinee screening of the new health and nutrition documentary, Eating You Alive, has been added in Penticton. The pre-release Canadian debut of the film, taking place at the Shatford Centre Wednesday, Oct. 26, sold out quickly the 300 seats available for the 6:30 p.m. event. “We are...

First meeting at the top spot

Oct 22, 2016 / 5:30 am
The Penticton and District Community Arts Council's new executive director says she's expecting to see a lot of new faces at the organization's upcoming annual general meeting. The AGM, which will take place on Monday, will be Vaelei Walkden-Brown's first as executive director...

Meeting with new chief

Oct 21, 2016 / 8:37 pm
New Penticton Indian Band Chief Chad Eneas met with community members, Friday, to talk about working as a team together and the challenges that lie ahead. "This isn't just about me," said Eneas a former professional bull rider. "The people in our community are probably the...

Owl centre needs boost

Oct 21, 2016 / 3:05 pm
The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls, SORCO, is reaching out to the community for help after a very busy year. The centre in the Oliver area typically holds one big fundraiser, an open house in May, but this year is planning one for November as well, due to financial...

New chief gets congrats

Oct 21, 2016 / 2:52 pm
Local community leaders have opened their arms to the Penticton Indian Band's new chief. Chad Eneas has taken office at the band after winning the Wednesday evening election with just over half of the votes in a three-way race, beating out two-term chief Jonathan Kruger. Mayor Andrew...

Festival of Colours at Baldy

Oct 21, 2016 / 2:14 pm
Visitors are invited to partake in different activities and look into job opportunities at an event this weekend at Baldy Mountain Resort in the South Okanagan. The resort is hosting its second weekend of the Festival of Colours this Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can ride...

New jail completed

Oct 21, 2016 / 11:47 am
A new jail in the South Okanagan is officially complete. The B.C. government said Friday the new $200-million Okanagan Correctional Centre is on time and on budget. Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes, who was joined by Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris, MLA Linda Larson and...

Team up to fight cancer

Oct 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
A Penticton Vees home game next week will have a little more excitement than usual. In an effort to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, four people will be getting their heads shaved or their hair cut during the game. The idea came from longtime Vees fan Jon Race, who will be getting...

Put out fires to engage

Oct 20, 2016 / 10:50 pm
The City of Penticton may need to put out some fires in order to be effective in community engagement. The city's new engagement officer, JoAnne Kleb, spoke before council this week to provide an update following two weeks of consultations, including meet-ups at the Seniors Drop-in Centre...

Excellence award winners

Oct 20, 2016 / 7:32 pm
Penticton and area businesses that are setting a standard for excellence in their respective fields were recently recognized. The 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards, hosted by the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, took place on Oct. 15 at the trade and convention...

Crash slows Skaha Lake Rd.

Oct 20, 2016 / 5:33 pm
A two-vehicle car crash backed up traffic along Skaha Lake Road Thursday afternoon. The crash, which occurred before 5 p.m., tied up traffic and resulted in minor injuries. The Penticton Fire Department, RCMP and ambulance attended the scene. The crash was cleared by 5:30 p.m. - With...

Spirit of leadership

Oct 20, 2016 / 3:10 pm
The disappointment of a cancelled leadership camp earlier this month will be erased next Monday when Grade 7 and OSS leadership students in Osoyoos instead head to the Spirit Ridge Conference Centre. The Spirit of Leadership Forum, an opportunity for young leaders to create a positive start to...

Get scared for a cause

Oct 20, 2016 / 2:08 pm
A Penticton couple is once again going all out to scare people this Halloween. For the fifth year in a row Erik and Lisa Laflamme are transforming their home into the haunted attraction, Dr. Franks Insanitorium. "The witches have moved into the mausoleum, the jail cell is back again and...

Two transported to hospital

Oct 20, 2016 / 1:21 pm
Two people were transported to hospital, following a two vehicle collision on Westminster Avenue in Penticton, Thursday afternoon. Penticton fire captain Ken Younghusband said firefighters responded to the scene in the 400 block at about 12:17 p.m., after a person reported hearing a loud...

Grateful for time as chief

Oct 20, 2016 / 1:00 pm
Former Penticton Indian Band chief Jonathan Kruger says he's proud of the work he's been able to do in that position. Kruger came in second place in the three-way race for the title to former band councillor Chad Eneas, who took 54 per cent of the 330 votes. Kruger took 37.5 per cent,...

Brewery wins gold

Oct 20, 2016 / 11:53 am
A Penticton brewery has won gold. Tin Whistle Brewing Company won the medal in the fruit beer category with its Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde at the 2016 B.C. Beer Awards and Festival. The beer is an unfiltered blonde ale aged in a Pinot Noir barrel with Fraser Valley raspberries for four...

Eneas ousts Kruger as chief

Oct 20, 2016 / 10:14 am
The Penticton Indian Band has a new chief. Former band councillor Chad Eneas will be taking the office, ousting two-term Chief Jonathan Kruger. Eneas will serve as chief for at least four years, after winning the election with 179 votes. That was followed by Kruger at 124 votes and community...
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