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Pool finally reopens

Nov 30, 2015 / 12:16 pm
After months of repairs, the Penticton Community Centre's leisure pool is finally back in action. The pool was reopened today after being closed in July for annual maintenance and a tile replacement project. The work began because the new tiles were too slippery, and pool users were...

Conservation in focus

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:51 am
The public can have their say on the creation of a nature conservation fund and environmentally sensitive development permits in the South Okanagan. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is holding a series of public information meetings to outline the changes. The RDOS created a...

Free parking downtown

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:38 am
In the spirit of the season, the city of Penticton will provide free parking downtown for all Saturdays in December. Following up on the Downtown Penticton Association’s “I Heart Penticton” campaign, the free parking is set to encourage people to shop local. Free parking...

Lunch with Santa

Nov 29, 2015 / 5:00 am
Children made crafts and people of all ages lined up to have their pictures taken with Santa at a special event in Penticton, Saturday. The festivities were part of the Lunch with Santa, held by Sprott Shaw College Penticton campus, at the Seniors' Drop-In Centre. "We do this event...

Warmth for the homeless

Nov 28, 2015 / 7:53 pm
A Penticton nursing student's effort to help homeless people stay warm this winter is picking up momentum. Mike Forster, who created the Keep the Cold off Penticton Facebook page, to collect donations of warm clothing, said more in the community are getting involved. "I completely...

Skating at the Lakeside

Nov 28, 2015 / 6:57 pm
A Penticton hotel manager's desire to offer an outdoor skating rink in the winter months is now a reality. The rink opened by Okanagan Lake at the Penticton Lakeside Resort in mid-November. "General Manager David Prystay was aware of the public's desire for an outdoor ice rink a...

Jamming in the city

Nov 28, 2015 / 3:09 pm
On the last Saturday of every month, musicians gather at Penticton's Orchard House for a lively jam session. The jams known as The House is a-Rockin' are hosted by the Yard Katz, a local band, and musicians are invited to bring their guitars, their sticks and bands. The hosts have...

Budget crunching begins

Nov 28, 2015 / 5:22 am
Residents, businesses and stakeholders are invited to take part in the 2016 budget planning in Penticton. “The City’s budget is a massive undertaking, but is a great way to learn about how the municipality serves residents, embraces innovation and sustains our vibrant...

Keeping theatre dream alive

Nov 27, 2015 / 8:35 pm
The Penmar Community Arts Society is working hard to raise the last little bit of money needed for a community theatre in Penticton. On Thursday, the nonprofit society, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $190,000 to get the doors open for phase one. "Our ownership group who have...

New buyer for Baldy?

Nov 27, 2015 / 4:00 pm
UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. Mount Baldy Ski Resort could have a new owner soon. While the most recent operators of the hill said this week the window of opportunity has now closed in order for us to be able to complete the acquisition of Mt. Baldy Ski area, a new potential buyer has come...

Penticton victim identified

Nov 27, 2015 / 1:30 pm
UPDATE NOVEMBER 27 The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Merritt on Nov. 16, 2015. He was Martin Lewis Schultz, aged 44, of Penticton. Mr. Schultz was the driver and sole occupant of an SUV that was westbound on Highway 97C...

Centre to house refugees

Nov 27, 2015 / 11:57 am
The Naramata Centre Society is looking into housing Syrian refugees on a short-term basis. Doug Woollard, chair of the society, said they were approached by the United Church of Canada and a local group who want to bring in refugees. "Both wanted to see if we could provide housing for...

Fire under investigation

Nov 27, 2015 / 11:11 am
Deputy fire chief Dave Spalding says the cause of a garage fire on Middle Bench Road in Penticton early Friday remains under investigation. The fire broke out just before 1 a.m. Firefighters found a garage behind the home at 130 Middle Bench Rd. fully engulfed in flames. Crews were on...

Late-night garage fire

Nov 27, 2015 / 5:59 am
Penticton firefighters responded to a fully involved structure fire early this morning. Just before 1 a.m., a two-storey garage caught fire on Middle Bench Road. Three crews attended the blaze, in which open flames could be seen rising from the building. All occupants of the building got...

Prelim for kidnapping case

Nov 26, 2015 / 7:30 pm
A preliminary inquiry will likely take place next year for the four men accused in a Penticton kidnapping and assault case. Judge Meg Shaw made the decision at a pre-trial conference for the four men, Carey Anderson, John Szanto, Kerry Ellis and Albert Fontaine, in Penticton court on...

Health boss tours hospitals

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:45 pm
Interior Health's new CEO is on tour – visiting the health region's many facilities. This week, Chris Mazurkewich, visited South Okanagan/Similkameen sites, meeting staff, physicians and volunteers. He toured Princeton and Keremeos on Monday, Oliver and Penticton Tuesday, and...

Penticton all charged up

Nov 26, 2015 / 2:48 pm
Electric car drivers have something to get charged about in Penticton. A partnership between the city, provincial government, BC Hydro and FortisBC has resulted in the installation of an electrical vehicle charging station downtown. The BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program will see up to 30...

Dog tangles with deer

Nov 26, 2015 / 2:31 pm
Conservation officers say a reported dog attack in Penticton, Wednesday, was most likely the work of a deer, not a cougar. Conservation officer Jeff Hanratty said he was contacted by the dog's owner and has seen photographs of the injuries. "The dog was found with extensive...

Violence fuelled by booze

Nov 26, 2015 / 12:05 pm
A South Okanagan man facing charges of assault and uttering threats has been sentenced to 48 days in jail. Gabriel Labrosse was given credit for time served and will be released today or Friday. He'll be on probation for 15 months. On June 26 last summer, in Cawston, Labrosse assaulted...

Racer steps into new ride

Nov 26, 2015 / 8:57 am
Summerland’s stock car superstar, Sarah Cornett-Ching, will race in a new class of car this weekend, now that her record-breaking Automobile Racing Club of America season is over. She’ll be competing at the Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, N.C., in the Thanksgiving...

Apex opens early

Nov 26, 2015 / 5:00 am
Apex Mountain Resort has moved up its opening day to Saturday, Nov. 28. The ski area had previously planned to open Dec. 5, but conditions have allowed the hill to open earlier. "We had a significant snowfall, roughly 100 centimetres of snow that fell in quite a short period," said...

Big boost for hospital

Nov 25, 2015 / 6:22 pm
Anthony and Joan Vant Geloof of Penticton company Starline Enterprises have given Penticton Regional Hospital a big boost. The family is donating $250,000 to help provide medical equipment for the new patient care tower at PRH. The Vant Geloofs were both raised in Holland, and met after...

Prolific offender arrested

Nov 25, 2015 / 4:28 pm
A prolific offender from Oliver expanded his horizons, but ended up back in jail. Brooks Vandenbroek is facing 23 new property offences in Medicine Hat. According to the Medicine Hat News, police have named three individuals, including Vandenbroek, who were arrested and charged with a number...

Probation for tagger

Nov 25, 2015 / 2:09 pm
A young man who spray painted political graffiti on two Penticton buildings was given a suspended sentence and 16 months probation, Wednesday. Judge Gale Sinclair handed Ryan Rose the sentence, saying the vandalism was not artistic expression, but mischief, pure and simple Rose, 24,...

Mayor welcomes casino

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
Mayor Andrew Jakubeit is pleased the effort to keep the casino in Penticton has paid off. Jakubeit said Tuesday that Monday's announcement by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment regarding plans to build in the city was exciting news. "We've always had a vision for the SOEC to be...

Cougar in the city

Nov 24, 2015 / 8:00 pm
Cougars have been spotted in Penticton recently, the Conservation Officer Service warns. Conservation officer Dave Cox said they received a report on Nov. 19 of a sighting in the regional park near the Penticton Yacht Club. An hour-long search turned up nothing. Signs were posted in the...

Non-profit broken into

Nov 24, 2015 / 2:26 pm
A Penticton non-profit previously targeted by thieves was broken into again over the weekend. Tony Laing, executive director of the Penticton and District Society for Community Living, said the latest incident took place early Sunday on Industrial Avenue. "It happens on a constant...

Victim struck on scooter

Nov 24, 2015 / 2:22 pm
UPDATE: Tuesday According to RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, the pedestrian struck by a Hummer at Skaha Lake Road and Guelph Avenue on Monday was a woman riding on a disability scooter. She was dragged 50 to 60 feet under the 4x4, which stopped at the scene. The woman suffered serious but not...

Fatal crash closes Hwy 3

Nov 23, 2015 / 8:40 pm
UPDATE 8:40 P.M. Highway 3 has now fully reopened to traffic about 21 kilometres east of Osoyoos. UPDATE 7:35 P.M. RCMP in the South Okanagan say one person was killed as a result of a crash on Highway 3 about 21 kilometres east of Osoyoos. The incident occurred about 4:30. Sgt....

Casino doubles down

Nov 23, 2015 / 1:38 pm
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment has announced plans to build a new, 45,000-square-foot entertainment and gaming property next to the South Okanagan Events Centre. It will be called Cascades Casino Penticton. The project promises up to 150 new jobs and a $25-million construction...

Missing man found

Nov 22, 2015 / 7:26 pm
UPDATED 7:23 P.M. Geza Szajko has been located. Police said the 81-year-old man was found five kilometres south of Beaverdell. Szajko was driving at 50 km/h on the highway and was almost out of gas. Szajko was apprehended under the mental health act and taken to hospital in...

Run like Santa

Nov 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
A seven-kilometre run and walk, with racers decked out in Santa hats, is happening next month in Penticton. Hoodoo Adventures’ fourth annual Santa Rec Run is set for Saturday, Dec. 12. The run supports outdoor recreation and conservation programming for local youth. Schools have the...

A boost for Alleycats

Nov 20, 2015 / 8:25 pm
A non-profit society in Penticton and another in Summerland have received funding from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program. The Alleycats Alliance Society in Penticton is the recipient of $10,000 for its rescue, rehabilitate, release or adopt program and its spay-neuter...

Man beaten, stabbed

Nov 20, 2015 / 12:23 pm
A 32-year-old Summerland man is at home recovering after he was beaten and stabbed Wednesday night. RCMP responded shortly after 9 a.m. after several 911 calls indicated an injured man was trying to flag down traffic on Highway 97 near Rosedale Avenue. Police discovered the man with a severe...

Show your game face

Nov 20, 2015 / 6:00 am
Support young athletes in 2016 when the BC Winter Games come to Penticton. Friends of the Games are hosting the event at Tugs Taphouse on Thursday, Nov. 26. “Young athletes train so hard to excel in their sport, and this Friends of the Games fundraising night is a great opportunity to...

No decision on hotel site

Nov 19, 2015 / 8:00 pm
Penticton council has not yet reached an agreement on what to do about the old Three Gables Hotel site on Main Street. Staff's suggestion to formalize a parking lot at the location, led to a lengthy discussion by council this week, with the end decision being to defer it to the next...

Bail in kidnapping case

Nov 19, 2015 / 3:13 pm
One of four men who allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a Penticton man last May has been released on bail. Judge Gale Sinclair set the bail for Carey Anderson at $50,000. Information earlier released by Penticton RCMP states that on May 21 the man was kidnapped and seriously assaulted in the...

10 more months in jail

Nov 19, 2015 / 2:08 pm
A Williams Lake man who tried to rob the Capitol Restaurant will spend 10 more months behind bars. Judge Gale Sinclair handed down the sentence for Clay Oldershaw in Penticton court, Thursday. Oldershaw, 36, was found guilty of attempted robbery, having his face masked and commiting an...

Officer assault trial

Nov 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
An Osoyoos woman charged with wilfully resisting a police officer and assaulting an officer took the witness stand at the continuation of her Penticton trial on Wednesday. Fiona Munro, 34, told court that during the incident on Sept. 28, 2013, she was the one assaulted during a traffic...

Vision for Lakawanna

Nov 18, 2015 / 8:00 pm
The leaseholder of the Lakawanna concession in Penticton is continuing his effort to get upgrades made to the old building. Gord Ferguson pitched his vision for the building and park to city council this week, presenting feedback from two community open houses. "I took my ideas and...
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