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Ground breaks on casino

May 2, 2016 / 1:24 pm
Ground will be broken next week on a $25-million casino in Penticton. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment will begin work on the Cascades Casino Penticton, next to the South Okanagan Events Centre. The casino will feature a large gaming floor with entertainment and multiple dining options,...

Volunteer at Scottish fest

May 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Penticton Scottish Festival Society needs volunteers for its annual summer event. “It will take dozens of eager volunteers to stage our Highland Games this summer," said Bob McMillan, volunteer co-ordinator for the festival. “And you don't have to be a burly Scotsman to...

Move for health

May 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
In celebration of Move for Health Day, Recreation Penticton is inviting people to head outdoors. The Take it Outdoors Showcase is taking place on May 8 at Rotary Park. “With the support of BCRPA, we are excited to host this free outdoor recreation showcase and introduce people to...

Swap meet draws a crowd

Apr 30, 2016 / 3:05 pm
Vintage car enthusiasts checked out vehicles for sale and browsed through tables laden with motorcycle and car parts at a big event in Penticton, Saturday. It was all part of the 26th Annual Automotive, Motorcycle and Antique Swap Meet held by The South Okanagan and Okanagan Chapter of the...

Big turnout for yard sale

Apr 30, 2016 / 2:15 pm
Hundreds of people visited Naramata to shop for yard sale items, ranging from clothing to tools and more, Saturday. The annual yard sale was held at people's homes as well as at the school, Naramata Community Church and other locations in the small community. "It brings out lots of...

Legal action after closure

Apr 30, 2016 / 2:06 pm
Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff said Friday that she was horrified by the School District 53 board's decision to close Osoyoos Secondary School. The board voted 4-3 on the third reading of the school closure matter at its regular meeting on Wednesday night. "It makes me wonder whether...

Kids take to the skies

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:00 am
Penticton area children will get the opportunity to take to the skies, this weekend, thanks to an opportunity provided by local pilots. The Penticton Flying Club is hosting its annual COPA For Kids event on Sunday. "Every year I've been involved with the event it's been obvious...

Penmar Society still hopeful

Apr 29, 2016 / 7:45 pm
The group that hoped to open a community theatre in the old Penmar building hasn't given up on the idea, even though the building has been sold. Kerri Milton, with the Penmar Community Arts Society, said while the group's restoration effort is now at a close, the vision...

Tidying up the oxbows

Apr 29, 2016 / 4:43 pm
A group that has worked diligently to restore oxbows in the Penticton area is inviting the public to help with a cleanup on Saturday. The effort to get rid of garbage and weeds is part of the ongoing efforts of the Friends of the Oxbows. "Our biggest concern is the loss of wetlands, and...

Funding for creative hub

Apr 29, 2016 / 2:56 pm
The En’owkin Centre in Penticton will be the recipient of $27,500 from the B.C. government as part of the 2015-16 collaborative spaces pilot project. The project encourages innovation and partnership between arts organizations through the sharing of space and specialized...

Upcycling needs new home

Apr 28, 2016 / 4:03 pm
A Penticton centre that diverts tons of useable building materials from local landfills needs to find a new home. Upcycling Centre supporters recently learned that they will need to vacate their current location at the Penticton and District Society for Community Living, as it has been approved...

Property crime a problem

Apr 28, 2016 / 12:32 pm
Property crime is hammering Penticton. The city saw a 162 per cent increase in residential break and enters during the first three months of this year, according to Supt. Kevin Hewco. But, there have been improvements in other areas, he told Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen...

Jail readying to open

Apr 28, 2016 / 12:24 pm
The Okanagan Correctional Centre is on track to open this fall, north of Oliver. Warden Steve diCastri gave an update on construction of the jail, Thursday, to Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen directors. According to diCastri, the prison will open Oct. 1, with staff training until...

Huge community yard sale

Apr 28, 2016 / 11:30 am
Naramata residents are readying for the huge yard sale taking place in the community on Saturday. It is expected that 10 per cent of the full-time occupied homes in Naramata will be participating, said co-ordinator Craig Henderson. “In 2015, we had over four dozen locations noted on the...

Top skaters to flip at fest

Apr 28, 2016 / 10:52 am
Some of the top skateboarders and BMX riders in the province will be participating in Peachfest in Penticton this summer. The fourth annual PenTown Throwdown will be one of the highlights of the festival. "This will be a great spectator event. You won't believe the tricks that some...

Motorcycle and car crash

Apr 27, 2016 / 11:18 pm
Emergency crews responded Wednesday night to a motorcycle crash in Penticton. The crash between the motorcycle and another vehicle happened at Dawson Avenue and Dartmouth Road at about 9:30 p.m. A witness said the motorcyclist was conscious and sitting up. The crash is under investigation.

High school to close

Apr 27, 2016 / 8:45 pm
The final nail was put in the proverbial coffin of Osoyoos Secondary School at the School District 53 board office Wednesday evening. The third and final reading of the vote to permanently close the school was held in Oliver, and the board trustees voted 4 to 3, again, in favour. The vote,...

Sex offender dies

Apr 27, 2016 / 3:55 pm
A South Okanagan man convicted of sexual interference has died midway through his sentence. Kenneth Blair Schmutz, an inmate at Mountain Institution in Agassiz, died at a hospital in Surrey on April 19. At the time of his death, Schmutz, 51, had been serving a 7-1/2-year sentence since April...

Vintage vehicles on display

Apr 27, 2016 / 3:37 pm
The public is invited to cruise over to the South Okanagan Events Centre parking lot for a swap meet featuring vintage vehicles and more this weekend. The South Okanagan and Okanagan Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada is holding their 26th Annual Automotive, Motorcycle and Antique Swap...

Board turns down money

Apr 27, 2016 / 2:41 pm
Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff said Wednesday she isn't happy that the School District 53 board has declined an offer of financial assistance from the town. That assistance, in the amount of $350,000 over three years, equaling $1.1 million, was laid out in a letter recently sent to board...

Poaching charges dropped

Apr 27, 2016 / 1:08 pm
Charges have been dropped against a second man after a deer poaching incident in Penticton, according to Crown counsel. Edward Neave had been facing charges after a pregnant doe was shot with a crossbow in April 2015, including hunting out of season and outside permitted hours. Jason Thurston...

Hard hits and good times

Apr 27, 2016 / 11:35 am
The atmosphere will be light, but the hits heavy during the South Okanagan Roller Derby Association Let Them Eat Skate event. The action gets rolling May 7 at the Penticton Curling Club as the Penticton Pistoleras play host to the Okanagan Derby Dolls. There will be something for everyone,...

Jailed for stabbing wife

Apr 27, 2016 / 11:02 am
James Buhler was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years behind bars for stabbing his estranged wife 11 times and injuring his daughter as she tried to stop the attack. He will receive credit for 39 months served, leaving him three years and three months left in the aggravated assault sentence....

Murder case may move

Apr 27, 2016 / 10:49 am
The defence in a high-profile murder case has indicated they are considering an application for a change of venue, according to Crown counsel John Swanson. This is the latest development in the Grace and Pier Robotti case, which has been moving slowly through the court system. The pair are...

New pickleball courts

Apr 26, 2016 / 9:15 pm
A ceremony celebrating the city of Penticton's new pickleball facilities is set to take place Saturday. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit and council members will join the Penticton Pickleball Association for a ribbon cutting at the new courts. Pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton...

1,000 pounds copper stolen

Apr 26, 2016 / 4:22 pm
Thieves stole several items from a Penticton business overnight on April 24. According to RCMP Cpl. Jill Wrigglesworth, copper wire on a spool, weighing about 1,000 pounds, was taken using a forklift on site at Penticton Foundry Ltd. A 1989 Chevy truck was also taken from the location. The...

Guilty plea in stabbing

Apr 26, 2016 / 3:20 pm
UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. The judge hearing the Buhler case is expected to hand down a sentence in the case on Wednesday morning. The decision was reached after hearing from defence lawyer Tim Russell, who described his client's mental health issues, which at one point led him to write a suicide...

Warning about imposters

Apr 26, 2016 / 2:07 pm
The City of Penticton is warning that a group of people are impersonating city employees to gain access to homes. In no circumstances would city staff or contractors, attend a home to gain access without either prior notice and consent or by showing official identification. For public...

Invasive species forum today

Apr 26, 2016 / 7:43 am
The public is invited to learn more about invasive species today in Penticton. The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society is celebrating their 20th anniversary and is hosting a public forum at Okanagan College to share the successes and challenges of invasive species...

Penmar's new life in wine

Apr 25, 2016 / 1:58 pm
After months of trying to save the old PenMar Theatre and turn it into the Valley First Community Arts Theatre, the battle has been lost. Encore Vineyards Ltd. announced today that it has purchased the former PenMar Theatre Complex (361 Martin Street) and will be transforming it into an urban...

$3M donation to buy MRI

Apr 25, 2016 / 12:39 pm
A Penticton businessman has donated a whopping $3 million to Penticton Regional Hospital for the purchase of a permanent MRI machine. The huge donation to the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation is being made by David Kampe, owner of Peters Bros. Construction and Inland...

Glowing grass fire

Apr 25, 2016 / 9:19 am
Penticton firefighters battled a large grass fire for more than an hour early Monday morning. The call came into the firehall at 1:49 a.m. of a very large grass fire with flames shooting in the air on the channel behind the Red Wing retirement resort development. “It was a wooded area...

Festival celebrates nature

Apr 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Tickets for the 19th Annual Meadowlark Nature Festival are now on sale. Showcasing the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys’ natural environments, the festival, May 19-23, is the flagship public event presented by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance. This year, it offers 79 tours...

Centre set to reopen

Apr 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Naramata Centre is readying to open from May 28 to Oct. 15. According to the centre society, they will have accommodation and camping options for people who wish to stay at the centre. Doug Woollard, chair of the society, said they have three outcomes they are seeking for the coming...

School district 67 changes

Apr 24, 2016 / 8:39 pm
The School District 67 board announced a number of administrative changes. The moves are a result of retirements, school closures and reconfigurations. In the category of retirement or resignations are: Dave Burgoyne, assistant superintendent, effective July 31; Don MacIntyre, director of...

Store smashed with brick

Apr 24, 2016 / 2:58 pm
A Penticton business owner is frustrated today after her business was broken into overnight, a break-in she partially blames on local construction. Anne Bauer of At The Front Door says the glass front door of her home-décor boutique was smashed with a loose brick from the sidewalk on Main...

SORCO set to soar

Apr 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
The SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre is only open to the public one day a year, and that day is coming soon. The Oliver centre will hold its 28th annual open house May 1. The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature an opportunity to tour the facilities, view rehabilitating raptors, a kiddies...

Big first day for market

Apr 23, 2016 / 6:52 pm
Hundreds of people shopped for kale, strawberry plants, mushrooms and more at this year's first Penticton Farmers' Market, Saturday The market, which started two weeks early, is now expected to run through the spring and summer on the 100 block of Main Street. "We had an...

Chamber reveals new exec

Apr 23, 2016 / 4:21 pm
The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2016 board of directors and executive committee. Michael Magnusson, with Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, will serve as president, with Jennifer Taylor, from Taylormade Ideas, as vice-president. The secretary/treasurer...

Campaign to save park

Apr 23, 2016 / 3:52 pm
The effort to save Skaha Lake Park from commercial development was back in full swing on Saturday. Members of the Save Skaha Park Society held an event at the Penticton park to celebrate Earth Day and launch a membership drive. "We thought saving the park is a natural fit with Earth...
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