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Business split on minimum

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Businesses in Penticton appear to have no single voice on how to deal with the minimum wage, as demands return for a bump to $15 per hour. Leadership in the...

RDOS board recognized

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:18 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board has received an award to acknowledge and celebrate local governments for their efforts in protecting...

Cannabis exhibit coming

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

In anticipation of the government of Canada's promised introduction of federal legislation to legalize marijuana, the Penticton Art Gallery is holding an...

Celebrating diversity

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The fourth annual OneWorld Multicultural Festival is set to take place in Penticton next weekend. South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, SOICS, is...

Wine and snow

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Apex Mountain Resort is announcing the fifth annual Vertical & Vintages Wine Event Weekend. Centered around a wine tasting evening hosted by the Naramata...

Budget deliberations to start

Feb 18, 2017 / 6:58 pm

Penticton city council will review a new five-year financial plan and deliberate on 2017 budgets for all city operations during three days of council meetings,...

First curling event a success

Feb 18, 2017 / 4:58 pm

A first time curling event held in Penticton Saturday proved to be a success. About 72 curlers showed up to play, mingle and raise funds for a good cause at the...

Healthy living fair returning

Feb 18, 2017 / 12:00 pm

The Healthy Living Fair is returning to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, Saturday March 11. The event brings together community resources for people...

Lakeside tower topped off

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Lakeside Resort in Penticton “topped off” their new tower on Friday afternoon with a ceremony, hoisting signed beams to the roof. Construction...

Figure skaters hit the ice

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Young figure skaters are taking to the ice all weekend in Penticton for the Okanagan Region Championships at Memorial Arena. "There will be a lot of...

Business leader of the year

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

This is the last in a series recognizing businesses that took home awards from the 29th business excellence awards held by the Penticton and Wine Country...

Human smuggling charges

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:27 pm

A Canadian is accused of helping five people sneak into the U.S. from the South Okanagan. U.S. Border Patrol Agents headed to a remote area southeast of Osoyoos...

Drug and gun charges

Feb 17, 2017 / 3:52 pm

A Penticton woman who has had previous brushes with the law is again in custody. Amanda Sach is facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight...

Streamlining public transit

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:53 pm

B.C. Transit is getting ready to roll out a harmonized public transit system in the South Okanagan. A B.C. Transit representative met with the Regional District...

Police warn of rental scam

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:00 pm

The Summerland RCMP is warning the public about a rental scam in the community. On Feb. 16, police were contacted about an online scam, where a unknown person...

City cheers pot shop ruling

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:07 pm

The City of Penticton is welcoming a recent decision from a B.C. Supreme Court judge, who has ruled local governments have the right to regulate marijuana...

A trade show for women

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:06 pm

The biggest fundraiser of the year for a South Okanagan nonprofit is set to take place this weekend at the Oliver Community Centre. The Women of Oliver for...

Jeep rolls off Highway 97

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:00 pm

UPDATE 1:00 p.m. The Penticton Fire Department says the woman involved in the single vehicle crash walked away unscathed. Deputy Chief Chris Forster said after...

Curling event for charity

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:51 am

A curling tournament for a good cause is set to take place at the Penticton Curling Club on Saturday. The Tugs Tournament for Heart and Stroke, a first time...

Clarence Louie re-elected

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:20 am

Clarence Louie has been re-elected chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band. He won his 12th term Thursday with 214 votes, according to the Oliver Daily News. Louie was...

Fentanyl more 'devious'

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Stephen Samoyloff has worked as an emergency doctor for years, but he says the most recent overdose spike, largely due to fentanyl, is unique. "I think...

Fruit pickers squeezed

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Fruit pickers have seen their minimum piece rate wages grow at a slower pace than the standard minimum wage, which one picker says is unfair to the seasonal...

Too much screen time

Feb 16, 2017 / 8:00 pm

How much screen time is too much for a child? Local experts with Children for a Better Future delivered a presentation Wednesday evening in Penticton to help...

First female firefighter

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Isabeau Venables has started her career with the Penticton Fire Department, making her the first-ever full-time female firefighter in the city. She brings over...

Upper Bench Rd. flooded

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:33 pm

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. The road has now reopened. UPDATE 4:00 p.m. The City of Penticton says melt water flows have decreased to the point where crews are now able...

Hundreds attend job fair

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:22 pm

There has been a steady flow of people looking for work at at a job fair held Thursday in Penticton. The Cascades Casino Penticton teamed up with YMCA WorkBC to...

New distillery taking shape

Feb 16, 2017 / 3:52 pm

A new distillery is getting ready to open up in the South Okanagan this spring. Tumbleweed Spirits in Osoyoos is the latest to join a rapidly growing craft...

Get off the pot, says judge

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:39 pm

A 20-year-old Hedley man was handed a 42-day sentence and 18 months probation in Penticton court on Thursday for illegally being in possession of a rifle. Harry...

Avalanche near Tulameen

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:35 pm

An avalanche has blocked Coalmont Road – the northern route connecting the community of Tulameen to the rest of B.C. The avalanche happened after 1 p.m....

UBAKA clothing drive

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:28 pm

Urban Bulldogs Against Kids Abuse will be holding it's food and clothing bank on Feb. 25 in Penticton to help those in need. The drive is still going strong...

Lacrosse team filling a gap

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:47 am

The Okanagan Wild is bridging a massive gap for lacrosse players in the Southern Interior as the only team from the region in the B.C. Intermediate Lacrosse...

Win a Wicked Windfall

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:51 am

Make the most of winter with Castanet's Wicked Winter Windfall contest. It's our biggest giveaway of the year so far. One winner will walk away with a...

Crash on Main Street

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:16 am

Emergency responders were called to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Main Street and Eckhardt Ave. Thursday morning. The accident occurred around 9...

Keeping it affordable

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Whether or not greater investment in Penticton will drive property values up, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says the city will be working to ensure there is a stock of...

New Naramata fire hall

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Naramata Fire Rescue has a spot in mind for a new satellite fire hall. The new spot – legally called Subsidy Lot 5, Plan 1190 – sits eight...

Residents want cell service

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Residents along the Highway 3 corridor, particularly in the East Gate area southwest of Princeton, would like to see improved cell phone service. A petition on...

Walking for Alzheimer's

Feb 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Penticton will be one of 22 communities across B.C. holding a walk to support those with Alzheimer's Disease. The Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's...

RCMP files: property thefts

Feb 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Vehicle thefts and break and enters continue to be an ongoing problem in Penticton. On Feb. 7, a resident of the 2300 block of Naramata Road reported that his...

Cab driver needs help

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:51 pm

A Penticton cab driver is still struggling to get back on his feet after a fire destroyed his home and all his belongings. Robert Emms has been staying with...

Border agents raid home

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:00 pm

UPDATE 4:00 p.m. The Canadian Border Services Agency has confirmed this morning's police action in Oliver was related to a man facing nine charges for...

Arts council needs funding

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:50 pm

Volunteers with the Summerland Community Arts Council are “being stretched pretty thin,” since moving off of Main Street to make way for the new...

Nightmare move to Valley

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:00 pm

A woman who recently moved to Penticton is speaking out about a bad experience she had with her moving company. Monica Bolduc said her things arrived over a day...

Troublemaker back in court

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:32 pm

A Penticton man with a long history of threatening behaviour in the community appeared before a judge again on Wednesday. Gerzson Kovacs was in Penticton court...

Dad, daughter to the rescue

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:05 pm

A Naramata father and daughter played a big role in helping a woman whose car went off the road during Wednesday’s snowfall. Robert Van Westen and his...

Vees keep win streak

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

For the sixth year in a row, the Penticton Vees have taken the BCHL Interior Division pennant for their own. That solidifies the Vees' record-setting...

Talk about downtown

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Town of Oliver is looking for some input on their downtown revitalization process. "Downtown Oliver is recognized as the heart of Oliver and is highly...

Scotties tickets on sale soon

Feb 14, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Tickets for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday. The Canadian women's championships will run from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 at...

Heritage week underway

Feb 14, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Penticton's rich and exciting history is on display this week at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre. The Penticton branch of the Okanagan Historical Society...

Archery equipment stolen

Feb 14, 2017 / 5:37 pm

Archery equipment and other valuables were stolen from a vehicle on Quebec Street in Penticton on Sunday night. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said the rear window of...

Seniors project crawls along

Feb 14, 2017 / 5:18 pm

Staff with the District of Summerland will be meeting with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. this week to review concerns about the potential impact a...

Filmmaker on historic hike

Feb 14, 2017 / 2:54 pm

A Summerland based filmmaker is producing a documentary on the HBC Heritage Trail. Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade between Hope and...

Valentine's Day outreach

Feb 14, 2017 / 1:52 pm

City staff, clad in red shirts and carrying bags of candy, blanketed Penticton on Tuesday gathering feedback from residents. The focus on Valentine's Day...

Elementary school rankings

Feb 14, 2017 / 1:26 pm

An independent institution is the highest ranked elementary school in the South Okanagan once again, according to the annual Fraser Institute rankings out...

One hurt in four car crash

Feb 14, 2017 / 1:23 pm

UPDATE: 1:08 p.m., Tuesday The incident Sunday night on Highway 97 was a four vehicle crash that sent one person to hospital, according to the RCMP. When...

Helping immigrants

Feb 14, 2017 / 12:17 pm

Immigrants and refugees will have a new building to call home. South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) is announcing a new 4,000-square-foot...

Suspicious vehicles spotted

Feb 14, 2017 / 10:45 am

The RCMP was made aware of suspicious vehicles in the Okanagan Falls area on Monday night. Observant people spotted prowlers with flashlights, said Cpl. Don...

Name your top volunteers

Feb 14, 2017 / 10:38 am

Know any outstanding volunteers in the community? The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is looking for nominations for people who have been...

Driver runs from rollover

Feb 14, 2017 / 10:24 am

UPDATE: TUE 10:20 a.m. The driver who fled the scene of a vehicle roll over Saturday in Naramata has been contacted, according to the RCMP. Cpl. Don...

Police takedown at Denny's

Feb 14, 2017 / 10:19 am

A Penticton man with several outstanding warrants was arrested after a fight with RCMP officers in the Denny's parking lot last week. According to Cpl. Don...

Talking report cards

Feb 14, 2017 / 9:55 am

The Ministry of Education is inviting Penticton parents to give their opinion on report cards, and how their children’s progress is reported to them. The...

Talk romance with the city

Feb 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Penticton is taking Valentine's Day as an opportunity to hear what people love about Penticton – and what they'd love to see improved....

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