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Bobbitt hearing continues

Oct 20, 2014 / 6:16 pm

The dangerous offender/sentencing hearing for David Bobbitt continued in a Penticton courtroom on Monday. Witnesses regarding two separate incidents in 2007 and 2011 have been heard in previous portions of the hearing in the early summer and then again in September. This time around, crown...

Child pornography sentence

Oct 20, 2014 / 6:13 pm

An American man facing charges including possession of child pornography was sentenced Monday in a Penticton courtroom to 90 days behind bars. Sidney Van Valkenburgh, 49, was hauling shingles across the border into Osoyoos on Jan. 9, 2014 when he came under suspicion. The border guard...

Date fixed for Borba decision

Oct 20, 2014 / 1:46 pm

The judge's decision in the Tyrone Borba case is expected to be made on Nov. 28 in a Penticton courtroom. Borba, 23, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual interference of a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault tied to incidents that allegedly took place...

Tourism up almost 20%

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:10 am

Penticton's lakes, mountains and many wineries have drawn in record visitors this year. Tourism Penticton Executive director Chris Bower said going from January to the end of July, visits were up 19 per cent from 2013. Tourism Penticton doesn't have the exact numbers for August yet,...

Bears like pumpkins

Oct 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

The community coordinator for RDOS WildSafe BC is reminding the public this is the time of year when bears are foraging to add fat reserves prior to denning. In the fall they are known to frequent neighbourhoods close to wildlife corridors, fish bearing creeks and residential areas close to the...

Deer left to rot by mailbox

Oct 17, 2014 / 7:19 pm

A dead deer has been carefully wrapped in clear plastic, duct-taped and left to rot near mailboxes in the Anarchist mountain area, leaving residents dumbfounded. Sandra Wouters lives on Bobcat Court, and discovered the deer's body while collecting the mail at the end of her cul-de-sac on...

Voting machines a worry

Oct 17, 2014 / 3:10 pm

A concerned Penticton resident has sent a letter of complaint to the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development over the use of electronic/mechanical counting machines in the city's civic elections. Kevin Proteau believes that with the use of counting machines and the inability...


PIB medical marijuana cultivation

Oct 17, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The Penticton Indian Band is looking into cultivating medical marijuana on their land, after being contacted by a company interested in doing so. Chief Jonathan Kruger said they were recently approached by Kaneh Bosm BioTechnology to see if the band was interested in doing a joint...

RDOS cancels open houses

Oct 16, 2014 / 7:49 pm

Two RDOS public information meetings on agricultural signage and the keeping of livestock on small parcels have been cancelled. The meetings were slated for 7 p.m., Oct. 21 in Penticton and 7 p.m., Oct. 23 in Oliver. RDOS planner Christopher Garrish said the cancellation was due to scheduling...

Panhandlers discharged

Oct 16, 2014 / 2:47 pm

Two panhandlers facing charges were given absolute discharges at their sentencing in a Penticton court room on Thursday morning. Jordan Ricketts and Erwin Sedlmeier were both looking at a charge each of soliciting a person who is in a stopped vehicle. The two received the discharges as they...

Documentary weekend

Oct 16, 2014 / 5:16 am

Connectivity is the theme uniting a stellar program of films for the third edition of the We Love Documentary weekend at the Shatford Centre of the Okanagan School of the Arts. Running from October 17 to 19, the line-up was handpicked by Pepita Ferrari, National Chair of the Documentary...

Sentencing date for sex offender

Oct 15, 2014 / 7:37 pm

A sentencing date of Dec. 1 has tentatively been set for a Keremeos man who missed his sentencing last week. The date was set Wednesday in Penticton court, after Roy O'Donaghey didn't make his recent scheduled appearance. O'Donaghey was convicted in December, 2013 of two counts of...

Closing submissions, Borba case

Oct 15, 2014 / 7:31 pm

Closing submissions were given by the defence and crown counsel Wednesday in the Penticton trial of an Oliver man facing charges of sexual abuse. Tyrone Borba, 23, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual interference of a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault tied...

Beached boat & burning bush

Oct 15, 2014 / 1:55 pm

The Naramata Fire Department was kept busy dealing with fires and boats set adrift in Monday's windstorm over the long weekend. On Friday night, they were called out around 9:30 p.m. after someone set the shrubs in front of the Naramata Pub on fire, according to Fire Chief Tony...

New sculpture celebrates school

Oct 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

City officials, both past and present Naramata Elementary School students, and proud parents were on hand Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting of a unique sculpture. The MayPole Dance, featuring 12 dancers and a peacock, is now officially installed in the circle across from the Penticton Art...

Farmers' Market not done yet

Oct 14, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Shoppers have two more Saturdays to enjoy the Penticton Farmers' Market in the 100 block of Main Street. The final two outdoor markets of the season are Saturday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then starting in November, the event will move indoors for the annual...

Women and baby escape fire

Oct 14, 2014 / 8:38 am

A car fire south of Oliver brought traffic to a halt on Monday afternoon. The blaze occurred just after 5 p.m. on Highway 97, near Road 5. The Oliver Daily News reports that three women, including a baby, were able to escape the car before it erupted into flames. Fire crews...

Biz friendly bylaw changes

Oct 13, 2014 / 1:24 pm

The city of Osoyoos is considering changes that could make the area more business friendly. The city is reducing fees for parking spaces and lowering the number of spaces required by a licensed organization. In-lieu parking payments would be reduced from $10,000 to $3,000 per...

Water service restored

Oct 11, 2014 / 8:27 am

The repairs to the water main break in Okanagan Falls on Oct 10 have been completed. To remove any sediment that may be in the lines, residents of OK Falls should run outside taps for several minutes. Those people whose water service was disrupted are under a boil water advisory until the...

No water in Ok Falls

Oct 10, 2014 / 11:29 am

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. Ken Peters, water operator for the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, says the water line broke this morning around 6:30 a.m. at the corner of 10th and Maple. He says the more than likely cause of the break was due to age, with the line being at least 30 to 40 years...



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