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Increased fire behaviour

Sep 2, 2015 / 3:09 pm

The Testalinden Creek wildfire continues to burn in the Oliver area. According to fire information officer Rosalie MacAulay, because today is sunnier and drier, there is increased fire behaviour compared to the last few days. The focus is currently the northern flank of the fire, in the...

Watch those school zones

Sep 2, 2015 / 11:58 am

Penticton RCMP remind drivers that school speed zones will soon be in effect throughout the region, and that drivers can expect increased enforcement. Fines for speeding in a school zone range from $196 to $253. At this time of year, schools become busy with increased levels of parental...

Stranded hikers rescued

Sep 2, 2015 / 6:16 am

Penticton Search and Rescue was called out Tuesday to evacuate a group of stranded hikers from Manning Provincial Park. Princeton RCMP alerted Princeton ground SAR after police received a distress call that four males had become stranded in a wilderness area along the Canada-U.S. border, south...

Giants Head reopens

Sep 1, 2015 / 4:09 pm

Due to the decreased fire hazard rating in the region, Giants Head Mountain Park Road has been reopened to vehicle traffic. However, a campfire ban remains in effect in Summerland and will be monitored daily. The Summerland Fire Department thanks the public for their co-operation. For more...

Heartland cast visits city

Sep 1, 2015 / 2:47 pm

Stars from CBC's family drama Heartland made a stop in Penticton, Tuesday. Four cast members were participating in Cruise with a Cause, for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Graham Wardle, Amber Marshall, Shaun Johnston and Alisha Newton signed autographs and posed for pictures with...

Smart car no 4x4

Sep 1, 2015 / 2:42 pm

A Penticton man's vehicle is a write-off after thieves took his Smart car off-roading. The owner is also missing items of sentimental value, following the overnight theft. According to RCMP Sgt. Don Wrigglesworth, the yellow Smart car was stolen from Saliken Drive in Penticton and later...

Fire activity diminishes

Sep 1, 2015 / 12:08 pm

Fire activity has diminished at the Testalinden Creek wildfire near Oliver, following rain and cooler temperatures. It is still an active fire, however, with 228 firefighters, four helicopters and 12 pieces of heavy equipment on scene. The focus today is on the north flank of the fire, north...


NDP plan backs firefighters

Sep 1, 2015 / 10:16 am

The #NDP will assist in keeping Canadians safe from wildfires and floods, as the effects of climate change worsen. https://t.co/pzdPjTZRQf — Tom Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) September 1, 2015 On the first stop of his swing through the Okanagan in Penticton, Monday night, federal NDP...

No arrests in drone incident

Aug 31, 2015 / 11:02 am

Two people who have drone permits with Transport Canada have been spoken to by Oliver RCMP regarding an incident that halted aerial wildfire support on Aug. 16. According to Sgt. Gervais, the two people were not responsible for flying the drone that caused issues for B.C. Wildfire Service crews...

Rain helps fire conditions

Aug 31, 2015 / 10:51 am

Rain and cooler temperatures has helped slow fire activity at the Testalinden Creek wildfire near Oliver. Fire information officer Heather Rice says the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has lifted its evacuation order, and residents living on or near Fairview Road are allowed to return...

Evacuation order lifted

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:50 pm

The evacuation order due to the Testalinden Creek Wildfire has been rescinded for 27 properties and homes in the upper Fairview Road area, west of Oliver. Residents can now go back to their homes and access their properties but these properties remain under evacuation alert. The total number...

Alexa's legacy lives on

Aug 30, 2015 / 3:30 pm

On Friday and Saturday, RCMP from the South Okanagan Traffic Services team deployed in the Osoyoos and Oliver areas in large scale. The officers were supported by the presence of Alexa’s Bus, a mobile safety unit designed to assist police in their counter-attack against impaired...

Challenge Penticton results

Aug 30, 2015 / 1:30 pm

It was not a gold-medal finish, but Penticton triathlete Jeff Symonds said he is happy with his fourth-place finish at the Valley First Challenge Penticton. Brent McMahon of Victoria came in first for men's professional category of the half triathlon with a time of 3:50:38. Kelowna's...

Triathlon banner botched

Aug 30, 2015 / 12:19 pm

Um, how's that again? While hundreds of elite athletes participate in the 33rd edition of Valley First Challenge Penticton today, many people are talking about a banner that was designed by someone who was spelling challenged. The large, bright red banner with bold white letters proudly...

Fire stable, but bigger

Aug 30, 2015 / 9:49 am

The Testalinden Creek wildfire near Oliver is now mapped at 4,295 hectares in size. Site information officer Heather Rice with the B.C. Wildfire Service reports the growth is partly due to increased fire activity on Friday and Saturday as winds picked up, but also because crews have had the...

Dogs are stars at fundraiser

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Animal lovers, accompanied by their four-legged friends, sipped wine and mingled at an upbeat event held at an Okanagan Falls winery, Saturday afternoon. It was all part of the 13th annual Dog Days of Summer at See Ya Later Ranch winery, a long running tradition in support of the BC...

Skaha Bluffs thefts

Aug 29, 2015 / 4:25 pm

Area climbers have joined forces with local authorities to do something about the rash of break-ins at Skaha Bluffs parking lot this year. Rolf Ryback, regional director and vice president of the Climbers Access Society of B.C., said in August he met with the RCMP, Penticton Mayor Andrew...

Pros ready to race

Aug 29, 2015 / 3:16 pm

Fifty professionals will join the more than 1,000 triathletes competing in Sunday's big race in Penticton. The 2015 Valley First Challenge Penticton pro field is the biggest and strongest it has been in 10 years. "There is a buzz around Penticton this year, as the city once again is...

Fire tops 3,700 hectares

Aug 29, 2015 / 2:00 pm

UPDATED: 3:30 P.M. The Emergency Support Service Reception Centre in Oliver has been closed after registering and assisting 44 evacuees Friday and Saturday. Any evacuee from the Testalinden Creek fire can contact 250-809-8430 for immediate Emergency Support Service assistance or to register...

Options for old hotel site

Aug 29, 2015 / 6:00 am

An application to put a temporary parking lot at the former Three Gables Hotel site in Penticton is on hold for now. The matter was recently referred back to staff for the developer to work closer with the Downtown Penticton Association to make sure loitering and aesthetics at the site are dealt...
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