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Another boost for PRH

Mar 26, 2015 / 12:06 pm

More money has been pledged to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation for its Patient Care Tower campaign. The Penticton Hospital Auxiliary has agreed to donate $250,000 over the next five years, with a further donation of $150,000 from the gift shop located in the front lobby of...

Driver pinned in crash

Mar 26, 2015 / 9:00 am

A pickup driver was pinned inside his vehicle during an early morning crash in Penticton About 3:45 a.m., residents of Government Street were awoken by a loud crash. People could be heard yelling and screaming, and a truck was flipped on its side. Debris was scattered all over the 1400 block...

Primary investigator testifies

Mar 25, 2015 / 7:00 pm

The primary investigator in a double murder case told Penticton court Wednesday, he believed a man caught on surveillance video walking toward the crime scene to be John Ike Koopmans. Cpl. Darren Kakuno with the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit is the last Crown witness to testify in...

MP takes aim at Gateway

Mar 25, 2015 / 1:41 pm

NDP MP Nathan Cullen brings his fight to stop the Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the Okanagan this weekend. The Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP will host two town hall meetings Saturday, in Penticton and Vernon, to discuss his private member's bill aimed at "settling uncertainty and avoiding...

Frustration over Louie case

Mar 25, 2015 / 11:34 am

The lawyers for Grace and Pier Robotti expressed frustration over how slowly the cases are moving, Wednesday, in Penticton court. James Pennington, the lawyer for Grace, told Judge Gale Sinclair they had not received any disclosure from the Crown or police, and that the accused turned themselves...

Success for local triathlete

Mar 24, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Penticton triathlete Jeff Symonds has had quite a few big wins in his career, but his first-place finish Sunday at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne is the biggest so far. "The combination of media prize money and qualifying points for the Ironman World Championships made...

Girlfriend testifies at trial

Mar 24, 2015 / 2:08 pm

The former girlfriend of a man accused of shooting three people broke down and sobbed in court, Tuesday. Crown witness Elaine Hoiland was testifying in the trial of John Ike Koopmans. Koopmans is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Robert Keith Wharton, 43, and Rosemary...

DNA analyst testifies

Mar 23, 2015 / 6:00 pm

A forensics expert testified Monday that DNA from one of the victims of a triple shooting was found on the clothing of the accused. Christine Crossman, a biology reporting scientist at the RCMP forensic lab, was the first witness this week in the ongoing John Ike Koopmans trial. Koopmans, 51,...

Sentencing date for Borba

Mar 23, 2015 / 5:30 pm

Content warning The sentencing date for an Oliver man found guilty of sexual touching and sexual assault has been set for May 1 in Penticton. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce found Tyrone Borba guilty of the charges, including invitation to sexual touching, in November 2014. The trial...

Guilty plea in child sex case

Mar 23, 2015 / 11:35 am

The man accused of several sex-related charges involving a minor has pleaded guilty in Penticton Provincial Court. Joshua James Roberts, a 38-year-old Summerland businessman, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation this morning due to a relationship he had with a teenaged girl. According to his...

Craft beer seminar

Mar 22, 2015 / 3:18 pm

A craft beer revolution seminar and book launch will be held in conjunction with the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale in early April. Joe Wiebe will be hosting the seminar followed by the official Penticton launch of the newly revised second edition of his book, "Craft Beer Revolution: The...

Fire extinguisher training

Mar 22, 2015 / 2:19 pm

The Penticton Fire Department is offering fire extinguisher training to interested adults. The 30-minute training provides a basic understanding of fire safety and the use and limitations of fire extinguishers. The program fulfills WorkSafe BC regulations requiring staff training on how to...

Elevator Race returns

Mar 22, 2015 / 1:33 pm

A challenging race that has become a spring tradition is again being staged in the South Okanagan. The fourth annual Penticton Ramada Elevator Race – a 52 km, six-stage event that rises more than 6,000 ft, is set to take place March 28. Coordinated by Hoodoo Adventures, the event...

Two fitness clubs join forces

Mar 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

After 27 years at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, Lakeside Fitness is uprooting and moving to the Penticton Racquet Club. The move will take place around April 15 and any Lakeside Fitness members with passes valid until April 30 will be honoured at the new facility located at 201 Okanagan Ave....

Dog catches alleged killer

Mar 20, 2015 / 7:16 pm

Despite the best efforts of the RCMP's emergency response team, it was Brutus the police dog who found an alleged murderer, apparently asleep in a camper at the scene of a triple shooting. Cpl. Brian Burke, a dog handler with the Penticton RCMP and ERT member, was on the witness stand...

Ringo Starr coming to SOEC

Mar 20, 2015 / 5:34 pm

Ringo Starr, the famous drummer for The Beatles, is bringing his All-Starr Band to the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday Oct. 10. The tour is in support of Starr's new album Postcards from Paradise, which is due for release March 31 and his new book, Photograph, where Starr reveals...

Apex happy with season

Mar 20, 2015 / 10:00 am

Apex Mountain Resort operators report it has been a good season, despite strange weather. In a season where some mountains in B.C. didn't open at all, opened for just a few weeks, or didn't have very good conditions, Apex has shined, according to general manager James...

OneStop shop for new biz

Mar 20, 2015 / 9:00 am

The City of Penticton has joined a provincial program to reduce red tape for new businesses. In collaboration with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services, Penticton has joined the BC OneStop program, designed to make it easier to launch a new business or update an existing...

Boating death inquiry soon

Mar 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

The preliminary inquiry for the man allegedly responsible for the death of a BC teen in a boating accident in Osoyoos nearly four years ago, is set to start next month. Ryan Symington, of Alberta, is facing charges of impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, failure to...

Daycare concerns aired

Mar 19, 2015 / 6:43 pm

Neighbours get the chance to air concerns about a proposed new daycare centre at an information meeting tonight. Tina Bootsma staged the open house after neighbours expressed concerns about the proposed Yorkton Avenue centre at a public hearing in February. At that time, Penticton city council...

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