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Cannings holds open house

Feb 13, 2016 / 7:03 pm
MP Richard Cannings shook hands and chatted with enthusiastic supporters at an open house at his Penticton office, Saturday afternoon. The MP for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay recently opened the doors at the new office on Main Street, which has housed other MPs before him. The open house...

Pool hosts big swim meet

Feb 13, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Powerful young swimmers competed in a big event held in Penticton over the weekend. The KISU Swim Club, hosted the 2016 Swim BC Short Course AA Championships at the community centre pool. "This is probably one of the largest meets at this level in the past number of years, so that's...

Still plans for sternwheeler

Feb 13, 2016 / 6:00 am
Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit is hopeful that plans to develop the land around the SS Sicamous still move ahead, despite news this week that grant funding for another project fell through. Council learned at a meeting this week that grant money in the amount of $2.4 million would not be coming...

Label business thriving

Feb 13, 2016 / 5:29 am
Corks are popping at a Penticton company that manufactures wine and spirits labels. Okanagan Label & Print on Dawson Avenue recently added a second printing press. "It is probably one of the fastest offset label presses in North America," said owner James Parker. "It means...

Board waffles on trail

Feb 12, 2016 / 7:27 pm
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board revisited the issue of a lakeside trail between Summerland and Penticton this week. After deciding at a previous meeting, not to participate in funding a master plan for a Summerland-Penticton multi-use trail, the board decided to hold off on...

Seedy Saturdays

Feb 12, 2016 / 4:34 pm
The gardening season in the South Okanagan unofficially kicks off this month, with Seedy Saturday events. Last weekend, hundreds attended an event in Naramata, and this Saturday the public is invited to the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos. "We have held it here on and off for the last...

Teen injured at intersection

Feb 12, 2016 / 11:05 am
A teen was seriously injured, after being struck by a vehicle, Thursday evening in Penticton. According to the Penticton RCMP, officers responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a 2012 Dodge pickup and a pedestrian at the intersection of Main Street and Industrial Avenue at 6:13 p.m. It...
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Ready for the Challenge

Feb 11, 2016 / 8:17 pm
Valley First Credit Union is continuing its support of the Challenge Penticton triathlon. Valley First is the official volunteer sponsor for the 2016 event. This year’s triathlon encompasses a five-day multi-sport festival and culminates with the Canadian National Long Course...

Waiting for refugees

Feb 11, 2016 / 7:15 pm
A group hoping to bring Syrian refugee families to Naramata continues to await word on when they might arrive. Laura Gray, spokeswoman for the Naramata Community Syrian Refugee Initiative, said the group has been informed there is a new federal Community Partnership Settlement Plan in place for...

Pedestrian struck on Main

Feb 11, 2016 / 6:58 pm
A pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck in Penticton Thursday evening, closing the southbound lanes of Main Street for a period of time. The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Industrial Avenue. Emergency crews arrived at the scene and loaded the...

Cams up to catch thieves

Feb 11, 2016 / 5:00 pm
A Penticton non-profit group has stepped up efforts to prevent theft. The Penticton and District Society for Community Living has installed security cameras at its Industrial Avenue property. "It has been in the plan for a while, but a break and enter in November was a catalyst to get...

Car sharing looks south

Feb 11, 2016 / 2:44 pm
An Okanagan car sharing company is toying with the idea of expanding south, after three years of operation in Kelowna. The OGO Car Share Co-op held an open forum at the Cannery Brewery in Penticton on Wednesday to test the waters and determine if there may be a receptive audience in...

Revitalization reaction

Feb 11, 2016 / 11:17 am
Merchants on the 200 block of Penticton's Main Street have mixed opinions on the city's new downtown revitalization plan. While some welcome the idea of upgrades to the city core, others aren't so sure. "As far as I'm concerned, it's short-term pain for long-term...

All set for fun and Games

Feb 11, 2016 / 11:12 am
The opening ceremony for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games is set to take place Feb. 25 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The entire community is invited to welcome the 1,738 participants descending on the city from across the province. Olympian and BC Games alumna Kristi Richards, who...

Robotti inquiry adjourned

Feb 11, 2016 / 9:29 am
A preliminary inquiry for the brother and sister facing charges in the death of Roxanne Louie has been adjourned to next week. Don Skogstad, the lawyer for Pier Robotti, said evidence in the inquiry has been completed and there will be just argument, with no witnesses, on the next Penticton...

Penticton drug bust

Feb 10, 2016 / 1:56 pm
The Penticton RCMP have apprehended three people with drugs in their possession, after observing them at a suspect residence on Beams Lane in Penticton. According to Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, the drug task force saw the vehicle parked outside the residence with Manitoba plates, from a different...

School closures opposed

Feb 10, 2016 / 12:10 pm
Nearly 1,000 people filled the Osoyoos Secondary School gym Tuesday evening in an attempt to save one of the town’s two schools. Parents, students and politicians expressed their views at the first of two public consultation meetings. The school board faces a looming budget crisis...

Car goes into lake

Feb 10, 2016 / 11:54 am
The Penticton RCMP has confirmed that a vehicle went into Okanagan Lake, north of Penticton, at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The incident took place in the vicinity of Sage Mesa Drive and Highway 97, with several emergency vehicles on scene. The occupant of the vehicle got out safely, according to...

Suite gig for Peachfest

Feb 10, 2016 / 10:57 am
Canadian band Honeymoon Suite is returning to Penticton Peach Festival. The band will perform Aug. 5. In their only previous appearance at Peachfest, in 2013, they attracted a capacity crowd to Okanagan Lake Park. "Thousands of people were dancing and singing along with their...

Drunk drivers off the street

Feb 10, 2016 / 9:58 am
South Okanagan Traffic Services took numerous impaired drivers off the street during the long weekend. The incidents include one Criminal Code impaired driving charge and one refusal to provide a breath sample charge in Penticton. Incidents in Okanagan Falls include two Criminal Code...

Task force for homeless

Feb 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
A new task force dedicated to getting a low-barrier shelter in Penticton was created on Tuesday in the city. People representing the United Way, mental health, a service club and downtown churches, as well as local homeless advocates will be part of the group. "If you can bring together...

Revitalization a go

Feb 9, 2016 / 4:29 pm
Penticton's downtown revitalization project is expected to begin this spring, despite the city not getting grant funding for the project. Council learned Tuesday the city would not be receiving $2 million from the New Infrastructure Canada Small Communities Fund and the Gas Tax Fund. As a...

Fined for gun at border

Feb 9, 2016 / 11:45 am
An Alaska man has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for attempting to smuggle a firearm into Canada. Judge Richard Hewson handed down the sentence in Penticton court, Tuesday, after James Sumner pleaded guilty to two counts including smuggling goods into Canada and unauthorized possession of a...

Snowmobiler cold, but safe

Feb 9, 2016 / 10:36 am
A happy ending to a search for a missing snowmobiler in the woods east of Okanagan Falls. Penticton Search and Rescue was called out shortly after 8 p.m. Monday for a snowmobiler missing in the Allendale Lake Recreation area. RCMP said the man left in the afternoon for a short ride and had not...

City shakes up vendors

Feb 5, 2016 / 8:28 pm
Penticton is putting a new face on its vending program this year. Council followed staff recommendations this week in approving the changes. "We are trying to find a balance between what the community needs and allowing vendors to be successful," said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. The...

Carmi garbage changes

Feb 5, 2016 / 1:04 pm
Homes in the Carmi Road area, east of Penticton, will start receiving curb-side garbage and recycling collection as of March 4. The 87 homes have for more than 10 years been using a drop-off depot located in the city. In a report submitted to the regional district in December, RDOS staff...

Precision apple harvesting

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:36 am
A tool that could change how and when Canadian apple growers harvest their crops is being worked on in Summerland. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers at the Summerland Research and and Development Centre and in Kentville, N.S., are creating protocols for using the DA Meter, an...

A changing neighbourhood

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:00 am
Penticton residents raised concerns ranging from losing the character of their neighbourhood to parking issues, at a public hearing on a Churchill Avenue duplex development this week. Some described parking in the area as already a problem, with new development expected to make it...

Seniors sound off at forum

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:25 pm
Seniors expressed concern over matters ranging from affordable housing to health care at a well-attended forum in Penticton, Thursday. The city was one of the stops on a B.C.-wide tour by New Democrat MLAs, aimed at listening to the problems of the over-65s and taking those issues back to...

How else to use schools?

Feb 4, 2016 / 9:56 am
The Okanagan Skaha School District is planning a public meeting for input on alternative uses of school facilities. Input is sought on six facilities being considered for closure: Carmi Elementary, McNicoll Park Middle, Parkway Elementary, and West Bench Elementary in Penticton, and...

Focused on repeat offenders

Feb 3, 2016 / 8:00 pm
The Penticton RCMP is responding to a recent increase in break and enters and thefts from motor vehicles by shifting resources to focus directly on this surge in crime. "We know prolific offenders usually drive this type of crime, and we have seen great success in the past when we work with...

Students try archery

Feb 3, 2016 / 7:15 pm
West Bench Elementary School students were introduced to archery at a special event at the school Wednesday. The goal of the morning program, where youth ambassadors for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games visited the school, is to get students excited about the upcoming games. "This is...

Lacrosse players need space

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Penticton council heard Monday from a delegation of lacrosse players seeking use of city facilities, after learning staff was considering leaving the ice in. It would have meant teams that play on a dry floor would have had only three weeks usage, rather than the usual three and a half...

Light fading on project

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:14 am
A proposal to put up an expensive light canopy on the 100 block of Main Street is expected to be revisited by Penticton council. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said some council members who supported it in the past want to look at the idea again. City staff is doing a presentation on the downtown...

Drug arrests and thefts

Feb 2, 2016 / 2:42 pm
Penticton RCMP remain busy dealing with break and enters, vehicle thefts and drug arrests. On Jan. 28, the detachment's Drug Task Force arrested 29-year-old Jennifer Montgomery in Penticton for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. After receiving numerous...

Suspicious package reported

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:25 pm
Osoyoos RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious package left at the town's CIBC Bank branch this morning. The package, a medium-sized duffle bag, had been tied to a railing at the bank's rear door at 10:55 a.m. For safety reasons, the bank and two neighbouring businesses were...

Council approves tax hike

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:55 am
Penticton residents can expect to pay more taxes in 2016. Council approved a 5.5 per cent tax increase, in principal, Monday. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said in the past, council has dipped into reserves to mitigate tax increases, but with cost pressures that is not sustainable. "No one...

Robotti inquiry underway

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:57 am
The preliminary inquiry for a brother and sister facing charges in the death of Roxanne Louie got underway Tuesday in Penticton. Grace and Pier Robotti, who are both charged with second-degree murder, arrived just before the proceedings began and sat quietly side by side. There is a...

Police beat firefighters

Jan 31, 2016 / 5:47 pm
Police and firefighters in Penticton were called in force to the Memorial Arena Sunday. The two agencies met in a 'heated' and 'arresting' competition for a charity hockey came. While the police squad eventually won the fun match, those attending the game had a hard time...

Celebrating Family Day

Jan 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Good times are planned at the Penticton Community Centre for Family Day on Feb. 8. Coldwell Banker is returning as the title sponsor for the event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. A special line up of activities will be offered including swimming in the pool from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Super Gymboree...
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