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Penticton News Last 7 days

Super League cancelled

Aug 19, 2018 / 2:00 pm

The annual Super League Triathlon has been officially cancelled due to smoky conditions in the South Okanagan this weekend. On Saturday, events were suspended,...

900 pounds of love

Aug 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

A very lovable pig at the Critteraid animal sanctuary in Summerland is looking for help exercising and staying healthy. Mr. Banks is a 900-pound, roughly...

Park upgrades moving along

Aug 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Work is set to get underway to upgrade tennis courts and build two new pickleball courts at Spirit Park in Naramata. On Thursday, Regional District of...

Smoke chokes YYF flights

Aug 18, 2018 / 5:19 pm

All flights in and out of the Penticton Regional Airport have been cancelled for the remainder of Saturday, as heavy smoke limits visibility. Air Canada has...

Cool Creek evac alerts grow

Aug 18, 2018 / 3:29 pm

Evacuation alerts have expanded in the Similkameen for areas near the volatile Cool Creek wildfire. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued a...

Part of triathlon cancelled

Aug 18, 2018 / 2:43 pm

The Super League Triathlon in Penticton has cancelled its afternoon events for Saturday due to poor air quality. Organizers had postponed the women's and...

Small blaze guarded quickly

Aug 18, 2018 / 2:36 pm

Fire crews have quickly gained progress on a small wildfire burning west of Summerland. The Bear Paw Creek wildfire, about five hectares in size, is now 100 per...

IH appealing Worksafe fine

Aug 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

Interior Health has launched an appeal of a $628,000 penalty issued to it by WorkSafeBC related to an assault on an employee in 2016. Interior Health was fined...

Canadians lead the way

Aug 18, 2018 / 9:18 am

Canadian athletes are leading the way at the Super League Triathlon Penticton. After the first day of competition Friday, BC’s Rachel McBride and Nathan...

Pow Wow powers ahead

Aug 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The smoke-filled skies offered a little reprieve near Penticton on Friday evening, just in time for the grand entry to kick off the third annual Pow Wow Between...

Spring closes Hwy 97 lane

Aug 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The province has confirmed a lane closure along Highway 97 near OK Falls is due to a natural groundwater spring which has weakened the section of highway. The...

Inmate attacks prison guard

Aug 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

An inmate at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver has had another 30 days tacked on to his sentence for attacking one of the guards. Nathan Durant, 22,...

Cool Creek now 6,000 ha

Aug 17, 2018 / 9:37 pm

UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. The Cool Creek wildfire in the Similkameen is now estimated to be 6,000 hectares, up substantially from only a few hours ago. BC Wildfire...

Penticton paddlers prevail

Aug 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Two dragon boat teams from Penticton placed well while competing at the Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival last weekend. The Peach City Dragons finished third among...

Home-saving gear up close

Aug 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The Penticton Fire Department is encouraging the public to have a look at its new apparatus used to protect properties from fire. The department will be...

New fire 'highly visible'

Aug 17, 2018 / 6:15 pm

Fire crews are advising that a new, two-hectare blaze burning near Summerland will be highly visible from surrounding areas. The BC Wildfire Service said they...

Jailed for nightclub 'ambush'

Aug 17, 2018 / 4:38 pm

A young Penticton man has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for a pair of serious assaults, one of them a savage “ambush” outside the Mule...

Soccer tourney up in smoke

Aug 17, 2018 / 2:54 pm

Poor air quality has cancelled a major youth soccer tournament which was set to take place in Penticton this weekend. The Peach City Classic, which would've...

Temporary closure of ER

Aug 17, 2018 / 1:33 pm

A doctor shortage will force the closure of the ER at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver on Sunday night. Interior Health says the emergency department...

Olalla wildfire now 'of note'

Aug 17, 2018 / 12:37 pm

The B.C. Wildfire Service has now classified the blaze burning northwest of Keremeos as a “fire of note.” The Old Tom Creek fire, seven kilometres...

2 more strange grass fires

Aug 17, 2018 / 11:31 am

The Penticton Fire Department was called to a pair of strange grass fires along the Channel last night, in the same area an arsonist lit four at on Sunday...

Down safe from PRH roof

Aug 17, 2018 / 11:16 am

UPDATE 11:15 a.m. Traffic is again flowing on Government Street in front of Penticton Regional Hospital, where a distressed man was on the roof of the...

Major triathlon rolls in

Aug 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Some of the world’s best triathletes have rolled into Penticton for a major race this weekend. The Super League Triathlon takes place in the city from...

New packinghouse fills void

Aug 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

An Osoyoos-area farm has been authorized to operate a packinghouse by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, which staff said will fill a void left from...

$135K for flood mitigation

Aug 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Hedley and rural Keremeos will be having four flood mitigation projects expedited. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen voted to allow $135,000 of gas...

Man dies in RCMP cells

Aug 16, 2018 / 4:41 pm

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has been dispatched to Penticton to investigate the death of a man in the holding cells of the local RCMP...

Bike chop shop cleaned up

Aug 16, 2018 / 3:34 pm

The saga of 377 Winnipeg is not yet over, with a trailer-load of bikes spotted being hauled out of the property mid-afternoon Thursday. The notorious problem...

Orange plume blocks sun

Aug 16, 2018 / 3:10 pm

The B.C. Wildfire Service says it's likely the large plume of orange smoke that rolled over the Penticton area last hour is coming from the complex of fires...

Grand opening for hotel

Aug 16, 2018 / 2:56 pm

Oliver's first full-service hotel celebrated its official grand opening Thursday. The Oliver Coast Hotel opened its doors to guests two months ago, but held...

Flasher targeting women

Aug 16, 2018 / 12:49 pm

Police are investigating a report of a young man who exposed himself to a woman on the Hike and Bike trail in Oliver this morning. RCMP say the incident took...

'Status quo' on retail pot

Aug 16, 2018 / 12:18 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen plans at this point to remain in a "status quo" on where retail cannabis stores will be allowed in its...

Man extricated from rollover

Aug 16, 2018 / 12:08 pm

It’s believed both speed and alcohol were factors in a dramatic rollover of an SUV in Oliver early Thursday morning. Emergency crews were called to...

Fire chief at Shovel Lake fire

Aug 16, 2018 / 11:39 am

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson has been sent to Northern B.C. to assist in the fight against the massive Shovel Lake wildfire. Watkinson is in the Nechako...

Fire grows to 50 hectares

Aug 16, 2018 / 11:16 am

The wildfire burning west of Olalla grew overnight to about 50 hectares, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. Fire information officer Marla Catherall says...

Sockeye fishery re-opening

Aug 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has decided to reopen the recreational Sockeye fishery in Osoyoos Lake later this week. A two Sockeye limit will be in...

Space for salmon spawn

Aug 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Penticton Creek upgrades are right on schedule, aiming to be done in time to help the kokanee salmon run in early September. Penticton Creek used to be a...

Helping to save owls, snakes

Aug 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Groups of young people have been working hard on conservation projects all summer as members of the Nature Trust of BC Conservation Youth Crews. The trust hires...

On the run after crash

Aug 15, 2018 / 4:55 pm

A wanted man is on the run after being involved in a car crash on Wednesday. At approximately 12 p.m., a Ford F150 towing a tent trailer was side swiped by a...

Crews at 30-hectare fire

Aug 15, 2018 / 4:39 pm

UPDATE 4:35 p.m. BC Wildfire crews are also responding to two other small new lightning-caused wildfires in the Similkameen. The Etches Creek fire north of...

Snowy Mtn. fire being 'held'

Aug 15, 2018 / 3:17 pm

Nearly a month after lightning sparked the Snowy Mountain wildfire near Keremeos, fire crews aren't expecting the blaze to grow any further. The...

Triathlon road closure list

Aug 15, 2018 / 2:58 pm

Motorists are being advised about road closures, starting today, for the Super League Triathlon this weekend. The event is bringing hundreds of athletes to the...

RCMP nab pair of crooks

Aug 15, 2018 / 2:37 pm

Oliver RCMP nabbed a pair of well-known crooks over the weekend. Police were at South Okanagan General Hospital Saturday at about 9:30 p.m. to assist with a...

Transit expansion nears

Aug 15, 2018 / 1:45 pm

Many who attended an open house in Penticton on a proposed public transit expansion say they’re on board with the idea. The public had its first chance on...

Truck caused power outage

Aug 15, 2018 / 10:41 am

The City of Penticton says a large vehicle was behind last night’s power outage impacting about 1,000 homes. At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, a truck hit a pole...

Mugged while sleeping

Aug 15, 2018 / 9:42 am

The Penticton RCMP is investigating a robbery overnight south of Kaleden on a rural road. A couple sleeping in a moving van on Old Kaleden Road was awoken last...

Tires slashed during eviction

Aug 15, 2018 / 9:36 am

A bailiff was heard saying "it's done today" while carrying out an eviction at a notorious Penticton problem house, but the process on Tuesday...

Mobile home turned to ash

Aug 15, 2018 / 7:29 am

An abandoned mobile home in Penticton has burned to the ground overnight. Firefighters responded to a call to the Whitewater mobile home park at 3245 Paris St,...

First urban winery in town

Aug 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

The first urban winery in Osoyoos will soon be opening its doors right in the heart of town. Bruce Fuller, founder and former proprietor of Rustico Farm and...

Pow wow this weekend

Aug 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

One of the biggest First Nations cultural events in the South Okanagan will take place this weekend, with dancing, drumming and singing. The third annual Pow...

Battling for beach spots

Aug 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

The heat is on at Sudbury Beach, and not just on the thermometer. Frustrations are simmering at the small beach on Skaha Lake, with some locals and visitors...

Cannings 'riding the riding'

Aug 14, 2018 / 8:00 pm

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings is hitting the ol’ dusty trail again, crossing the riding for the third year on a bicycle. “Ride...

Emergency manager leaving

Aug 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

For a second straight year, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is losing its emergency services manager. Paul Edmonds' last day in the position...

Buffers will limit pot shops

Aug 14, 2018 / 3:45 pm

The City of Penticton is proposing to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries in the city to about seven, not through a hard cap, but through a series of...

Snowy Mtn. winding down

Aug 14, 2018 / 2:33 pm

Crews have made steady progress fighting the Snowy Mountain wildfire as the number of resources battling the blaze is significantly reduced. On Tuesday there...

Peachy film fest winners

Aug 14, 2018 / 2:33 pm

The winners in the fourth annual ReelPeachFest have been announced. The short film festival featured films from one to three minutes long, submitted to one of...

Nat'l park focus in the south

Aug 14, 2018 / 1:24 pm

Early talks on the development of a national park in the South Okanagan have been focused on the southern areas around Mount Kobau and the South Okanagan...

377 Winnipeg evicted

Aug 14, 2018 / 12:32 pm

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m. Matt Taylor, who owns the small apartment building next to 377 Winnipeg Street and paid for the bailiff to carry out an eviction on the...

Burglar out on time served

Aug 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A South Okanagan woman will be out of jail by the end of the week after pleading guilty to burglary and firearms charges. Chelsey Thorstenson, 31, was sentenced...

Workers out in the smoke

Aug 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Outdoor workers in the Okanagan have a tough go of it when smoke in the air causes the air quality health index to rise. At the present time, the entire valley...

Parking passes on sale soon

Aug 13, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Monthly permits for downtown Penticton's newest monthly parking lot go on sale later this week. To alleviate parking pressure due to development, the city...

Racing in a bathtub

Aug 13, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Boats are a frequent sight on Okanagan Lake in the summertime, but bathtubs? The annual Ogopogo Bathtub Race will launch at Powell Beach Park this Saturday,...

Anarchist Mtn. crash

Aug 13, 2018 / 6:45 pm

UPDATE 10:00 p.m. The incident has now cleared, and the highway is open again, according to DriveBC. ORIGINAL 6:45 p.m. Few details are available, however,...

Pedophile facing 2 years jail

Aug 13, 2018 / 5:22 pm

An Osoyoos man faces up to two years in prison after admitting to molesting an 11-year-old boy in 2016. Shawn Berry Titus, 36, appeared in Penticton court...

Missing man found

Aug 13, 2018 / 3:37 pm

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. The family of Sheridan Graham says he has been found safe and sound. ORIGINAL 3:35 p.m. Police in Penticton are turning to the public for...

Solar projects moving along

Aug 13, 2018 / 3:22 pm

Two upcoming solar projects in the District of Summerland made more progress at Monday morning's Committee of the Whole meeting. Council unanimously passed...

Snowy Mtn. holds steady

Aug 13, 2018 / 12:51 pm

Despite all the wind, the Snowy Mountain wildfire outside of Keremeos did not grow over the weekend. The fire remains at 13,300 hectares, burning behind K...

Wheelchair hit on street

Aug 13, 2018 / 11:59 am

UPDATE: 12 p.m. Const. James Grandy with the RCMP has confirmed that an individual in a wheelchair was hit while crossing Duncan Avenue at Government Street. ...

100 convictions, arrested

Aug 13, 2018 / 10:18 am

A prolific offender with more than 100 criminal convictions is back behind bars after being arrested in Penticton. Ian James MacDonald, 38, was arrested...

Arsonist lights up channel

Aug 13, 2018 / 9:59 am

UPDATE MON 10:00 a.m. Police in Penticton are looking for witnesses who may have seen an arsonist light four fires along the Channel Sunday evening. The...

Biggest Peach Fest yet?

Aug 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

The 71st annual Peach Fest came to a close Sunday night, with B.C.-born country artist Madeline Merlo rounding off five days of top-class entertainment....

Say goodbye to the Mule

Aug 12, 2018 / 8:08 pm

Penticton's only nightclub is closing its doors after 20 years in business on Martin Street. The last chance to dance the night away at the Mule will be...

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