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Man feared drowned

Jun 28, 2017 / 4:34 pm

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. A 21-year-old man is feared drowned, after getting tangled up on the Green Mountain Road bridge while floating down the Penticton channel....

Scottish Festival on Saturday

Jun 28, 2017 / 2:54 pm

The annual Penticton Scottish Festival runs on Saturday in King’s Park, a full day of Celtic competition and entertainment for the whole family. The...

New wheels for OSNS

Jun 28, 2017 / 2:33 pm

Penticton's OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre has received another boost from a local organization. The Knights of Pythias recently donated $600 to...

Wildfire 70% contained

Jun 28, 2017 / 11:39 am

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. The B.C. Wildfire Service has gotten an upper hand on the wildfire burning near Cawston. Fire information officer Jody Lucius says the blaze...

Arena cheaper to renovate

Jun 28, 2017 / 10:43 am

The City of Penticton would have to spend $17.5M to renovate Memorial Arena to a level comparable to a new facility, but that's still less than building an...

Police seeking suspects

Jun 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Penticton RCMP is investigating the public robbery of a young man last week. On June 20 at about 11:30 p.m., a 20-year-old male reported he had been...

New SD 67 admins hired

Jun 27, 2017 / 7:00 pm

School District 67 is announcing a number of changes to its administration team, effective Aug. 1. Nancy Lomax has been appointed the new principal of Kaleden...

Another beach cleanup

Jun 27, 2017 / 2:44 pm

The City of Penticton is planning another community cleanup of the Okanagan Lake waterfront. With Canada Day right around the corner, the city is inviting the...

The kilt makers

Jun 27, 2017 / 1:13 pm

Some of the most authentic kilts in all of Canada are made right here in Penticton, by a small business that ships its product around the globe. McPhail Kilt...

Store robbed at knifepoint

Jun 27, 2017 / 11:32 am

The Penticton RCMP is investigating an armed robbery of the Foodland grocery store on Westminster Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Two males entered the...

Crews douse brush fire

Jun 27, 2017 / 11:06 am

The Penticton Fire Department made quick work of a brush fire off Max Lake Road in West Bench on Monday evening. Crews were called to the mountainside behind...

Busy weekend for RCMP

Jun 27, 2017 / 10:42 am

The Penticton RCMP is reporting a very busy first weekend of the summer. Police called in extra resources to handle the crowds brought in by the Peach City...

City skips local company

Jun 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

A local waste management company believes something stinks about the way the City of Penticton awarded the contract for the community’s residential...

Warbird circling Penticton

Jun 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

If you look up in the skies around Penticton this week, you might be able to spot a flying museum. A World War II B25J bomber, nicknamed the “Maid in the...

Developer runs bad ads

Jun 26, 2017 / 5:56 pm

The developers behind a controversial 389-unit seniors development proposed for Summerland ran “misleading and unsupported” local newspaper...

City manager: this is a crisis

Jun 26, 2017 / 4:40 pm

Penticton’s city manager is speaking out on the community’s mental health, addiction, and homelessness problems, or as he calls it, “a...

Locals sweep boat races

Jun 26, 2017 / 2:51 pm

While the Okanagan Lake waterfront was packed all weekend for the Peach City Beach Cruise and Elvis Festival, Skaha Lake played the first Interior B.C. dragon...

Crews holding wildfire

Jun 26, 2017 / 11:43 am

UPDATE 11:45 A.M. The Penticton Fire Department says several staff and guests at the God’s Mountain Retreat had to be evacuated on Sunday night due to the...

Hatchery: show us details

Jun 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. says the developers behind a controversial 389-unit seniors development proposed for Summerland have a lot of work to...

Stolen dog found safe

Jun 25, 2017 / 9:20 pm

UPDATE: 9:20 p.m. A happy ending to a nightmare of a weekend for a Prince George couple. Ellie-Mae, Brad and Kristy Russell's stolen three-year-old...

Rescue boats in action

Jun 25, 2017 / 4:15 pm

Rescue boats from both the Naramata and Penticton fire departments went into action Sunday just before 2:30 p.m. after a report of a person on a jet ski in...

150 Ride Don't Hide

Jun 25, 2017 / 2:11 pm

About 150 people took part in the Ride Don’t Hide bicycle event in Penticton on Sunday, raising over $26,000, an organizer said. The amount was well over...

Motorists stomp out fire

Jun 25, 2017 / 8:06 am

Quick-thinking motorists snuffed a small spot fire beside Highway 97 Friday night. Reader Brian Kerluke tells Castanet he and several others noticed a small...

Busker a big hit

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

A young woman from Osoyoos wowed the big crowd at the Downtown Community Market Saturday in Penticton. Kansas-Lee, 23, sat on busy Main Street playing her...

Elvis in the park

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Elvis tribute artists signed autographs, took pictures with fans and performed at Okanagan Lake Park on Saturday. It was all to honour the legacy of the King of...

Kitten season is here

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Summerland’s CritterAid has an abundance of kittens up for adoption right now, or need of foster homes. “Kitten season hit really late this year...

Ride for mental health

Jun 24, 2017 / 6:59 pm

People can still register in person for an event billed as a day of hope and optimism happening in Penticton on Sunday. Ride Don't Hide kicks off at 8 a.m....

Dog stolen in Oliver

Jun 24, 2017 / 6:02 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of a dog being stolen in Oliver, Saturday afternoon. The English Bulldog, named Ellie Mae, and 2015 lifted Nissan Titan were...

Big crowd at car show

Jun 24, 2017 / 4:47 pm

Thousands of people packed Penticton's Lakeshore Drive Saturday for the annual Peach City Beach Cruise. Car enthusiasts, young and old, filled the street by...

Wildlife activist dies

Jun 24, 2017 / 2:55 pm

UPDATE: 2:55 p.m. Gwen Barlee grew up in Penticton, and was the daughter of the late Bill Barlee, former NDP cabinet minister and MLA for the Okanagan-Boundary...

Crash shears off hydrant

Jun 24, 2017 / 6:57 am

A late-night crash in Penticton sheared off a fire hydrant, flooding streets. Emergency crews were called to the scene at Fairview Road and Scott Avenue about...

New fire boat a marvel

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

The wait is over for the Penticton Fire Department, who now has its hands on a badly needed new rescue boat. The $200,000 modern machine was delivered last...

Ribfest is back next week

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Penticton Ribfest is returning to Okanagan Lake Park this summer. The event, organized by the Penticton Rotary Club, will offer a rib cook-off between four...

Who cleans up the lake?

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

While beach cleanups of Okanagan Lake are well underway, the cleanup of the debris floating in the lake is still a work in progress. Steve Sweeney, emergency...

Good bike week for RDOS

Jun 23, 2017 / 7:00 pm

With participants new and old, Penticton area residents again met the challenge, cycling over 7,500 kilometres and preventing 1,625 kilograms of greenhouse...

Don't fight bugs with oil

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:12 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen says some members of the public have started using oil and other petroleum products to fight mosquito larvae in...

Elvis festival opens

Jun 23, 2017 / 4:05 pm

A massive annual gathering of Elvis enthusiasts and performers is taking place in Penticton. The Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival kicked off Thursday and...

Biggest Beach Cruise ever

Jun 23, 2017 / 1:33 pm

The Okanagan waterfront in Penticton is roaring, as cars young old, and in all shapes and sizes take over Lakeshore Drive for the Peach City Beach Cruise. The...

Growing for the food bank

Jun 23, 2017 / 12:11 pm

Every summer, vegetables make their way to the Salvation Army community food bank thanks to the hard work of volunteers. For the last five years, the food bank...

Man banished from town

Jun 23, 2017 / 10:51 am

A Princeton man has been banished from town for three years, for harassing his ex-girlfriend, her mother and her new partner over a period of four years. Kevin...

Security guard bear-sprayed

Jun 23, 2017 / 9:31 am

A Commissionaires security guard was bear-sprayed at the Fairhaven B.C. Housing complex (formerly the Bel-Air Motel) Thursday night. A witness of the incident...

Youth being taught to ride

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Seven local youth are being treated to a free mountain bike program led by a pair of certified trainers, thanks to the generosity of local donors. The...

Wibit opening in Penticton

Jun 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Wibit inflatable water park on Okanagan Lake is opening in Penticton this weekend for its third season. "It has been a long hard spring and we are just...

Ighani gets 14 days for drugs

Jun 22, 2017 / 5:18 pm

The South Okanagan man accused of attempted murder in connection to a shooting and manhunt in Oliver, was sentenced on a separate drug charge Thursday in...

Police swarm library

Jun 22, 2017 / 4:39 pm

A report of a man with a gun near Penticton’s Queen’s Park Elementary elicited a major police response on Thursday. At 12:53 p.m., police were...

Rebuilding a language

Jun 22, 2017 / 2:28 pm

A group of Syilx Okanagan First Nation students is celebrating the halfway mark on a remarkable journey to speaking their Indigenous language, Nsyilxcn. On...

Sawed-off shotgun seized

Jun 22, 2017 / 2:09 pm

The Penticton RCMP has taken a sawed-off shotgun off the streets, following a routine traffic stop on Wednesday. At about noon, officers stopped a pickup truck...

Standoff ends peacefully

Jun 22, 2017 / 2:01 pm

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. The Penticton RCMP have released more details on Thursday morning’s incident. Officers were called to the 1300 block of Carmi Ave....

Rally on healthcare planned

Jun 22, 2017 / 12:41 pm

A rally focused on the shortage of doctors in the South Okanagan will take place in Osoyoos on Friday. Residents for Healthcare, a group led by Marilyn...

Moms donate breast milk

Jun 22, 2017 / 12:14 pm

A breast milk drive held throughout the Okanagan on Wednesday is being hailed a success. About 20 mothers in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton collected over 50...

Small slide in Naramata

Jun 22, 2017 / 11:51 am

UPDATE: 11:48 a.m. Steve Sweeney, director of the RDOS emergency operations centre, said it was a small mudslide, not of huge significance. The Ministry of...

Lake lowers, reveals damage

Jun 22, 2017 / 11:49 am

Large water-filled tiger dams that have protected Penticton’s waterfront over the past several weeks are coming down today, as the city shifts into...

Young Stars returning

Jun 22, 2017 / 11:10 am

The Young Stars Classic will return to Penticton for the seventh year this September. The South Okanagan Events will host the four-team tournament, Sept. 8 to...

Heavy traffic incoming

Jun 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Penticton RCMP are asking the public to be patient this weekend, or consider walking/biking downtown. With the Peach City Beach Cruise set to attract close to...

Arena debate to ramp up

Jun 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The long-running debate over the fate of Memorial Arena is about to heat up. “There is a few of balls in the air here,” Andrew Jakubeit said on this...

Wild hoping for less travel

Jun 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Wild play their only game of the season in Penticton this weekend, near the tail end of their inaugural season. The Wild have struggled this year...

Aboriginal Day celebrated

Jun 21, 2017 / 7:05 pm

It was a beautiful day to be alive and dance, the Penticton Indian Band’s Levi Bent told the crowd at the local Aboriginal Day celebration, and that's...