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Penticton News Last 7 days

Volunteer firefighter sacked

Oct 23, 2018 / 1:22 pm

A volunteer firefighter in Oliver has been terminated, weeks after entering a peace bond related to an incident involving his female neighbour. Oliver fire...

City selling SOEC furniture

Oct 23, 2018 / 12:00 pm

The City of Penticton is auctioning off all the used furniture from the suites at the South Okanagan Events Centre. A dozen sets are up for grabs, each...

Season's last farmers market

Oct 23, 2018 / 11:23 am

Penticton residents have one last chance to stock up on fall produce, during this Saturday's final outdoor Farmers' Market of the season. The weekly...

Prescribed burn to begin

Oct 23, 2018 / 11:07 am

A prescribed that was announced earlier this month will begin today in the Garnet Lake area between Summerland and Peachland. The burn is a joint project...

100 years up in flames

Oct 23, 2018 / 7:45 am

UPDATE 7:45 a.m. We are getting more information on the fire that destroyed one of the oldest structures in the village of Hedley B.C. overnight. Larry Verigin...

Outcry over planned logging

Oct 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

Logging planned for an area east of Penticton frequented by cross-country skiers and mountain bikers has sparked outcry from some user groups. The forest...

RDOS to combat burning

Oct 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is trying to keep the air clear by encouraging vineyards and orchards to grind rather than burn. In Penticton,...

'Warm up the winter' returns

Oct 22, 2018 / 3:51 pm

As winter approaches, volunteers are seeking donations of blankets and warm clothing for the annual “warm up the winter” blanket drive for the...

Final race of the season

Oct 22, 2018 / 2:37 pm

The Penticton Speedway hosts its final event of the season this Sunday, the annual Halloween Day of Destruction. Cars and drivers will be dressed up, with...

Solar array on arts centre

Oct 22, 2018 / 12:44 pm

Solar panels are being installed atop the Summerland arts centre, just one part of the district’s larger push into sun power. The 50-panel array will...

Half Corked lottery soon

Oct 22, 2018 / 11:16 am

The ticket lottery for one of the South Okanagan’s most popular events will open next month. The Half Corked Marathon returns for its 11th year May 25...

Senior staffer leaving city

Oct 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Penticton is looking for a new director of corporate services. The city’s current number two administrator, Laurie Darcus, is on her way out...

RCMP stoned drivers blitz

Oct 21, 2018 / 7:09 pm

The South Okanagan RCMP suspended the licence of a suspected stoned driver and handed out numerous other tickets during a crackdown this weekend in the wake of...

Kelowna staffer set to govern

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:56 pm

Arguably the biggest electoral shocker in the Okanagan came in Oliver, where newcomer Martin Johansen ousted longtime mayor Ron Hovanes after an elbows-up...

Zombie Walk for a cause

Oct 21, 2018 / 11:26 am

Penticton's streets are about to get scary for the second annual Zombie Walk. Zombies of all ages are welcome to gore up, bundle up and shuffle their way...

Oktoberfest fills Lakeside

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

It was a busy night filled with beers, dancing and plenty of lederhosen in the new East Ballroom of the Penticton Lakeside Resort for Oktoberfest Saturday. ...

Bauer returns in squeaker

Oct 20, 2018 / 11:08 pm

Incumbent Keremeos mayor Manfred Bauer will keep his job and serve a third term, according to preliminary results. Bauer narrowly topped lone challenger Arlene...

Voter turnout 41%

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:46 pm

Voter turnout was up significantly in Penticton. Preliminary figures show 10,883 people cast a ballot this year, or 41 per cent of the electorate. That is well...

Boot heads 'strong' council

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:37 pm

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. It was a tale of two councillors in Summerland's municipal election, with two current council members facing off against each other for...

Rural director/trustee results

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:08 pm

Residents outside municipal limits in the South Okanagan-Similkameen cast ballots for nine rural directors. Winning candidates below: Area A (Osoyoos rural)...

Vassilaki city's new mayor

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:03 pm

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. The mayor's vote in Penticton was expected to be a three-horse race, but it was 72-year-old John Vassilaki who ran away on the ballot....

McKortoff wins in landslide

Oct 20, 2018 / 9:37 pm

Osoyoos mayor Sue McKortoff has been re-elected in a landslide. Her 1,379 votes easily trounced novelty candidate Doug Pederson’s total of 162. She will...

Hovanes out, new mayor in

Oct 20, 2018 / 9:24 pm

Oliver residents have voted for change. Incumbent mayor Ron Hovanes has been ousted by newcomer and City of Kelowna staffer Martin Johansen. He won with 879...

Penticton election numbers

Oct 20, 2018 / 9:01 pm

Refresh the page to see the latest election numbers as they come in for Penticton.

Live stream of vote count

Oct 20, 2018 / 6:56 pm

The polls will close across the Okanagan and around B.C. at 8 p.m. tonight as residents vote to elect new city councils, boards of education and regional...

House fire knocked down

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:25 pm

Fire crews in Oliver responded to a home burning on an acreage just east of town on Saturday morning. The Oliver Fire Department was called to the fire at the...

Voter turnout brisk so far

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:09 pm

Turnout has been brisk at Summerland’s two polling stations for general voting day. As of 5 p.m., a total of 2,248 people had cast a ballot at Summerland...

Zero wait at PTCC polls

Oct 20, 2018 / 4:14 pm

Wait times to vote have been minimal in Penticton for general voting today at the Trade and Convention Centre, less than four hours before polls close....

Expert sounds climate alarm

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

One of the world's top climate scientists was in Penticton on Friday to talk about where the planet is heading with climate change. SFU professor Kirsten...

City won't axe weekly meals

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Penticton city staff would like to see Monday night meals at Nanaimo Square for the homeless not shut down, but rather moved a couple blocks away to the...

Crane plucks cat from tree

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:07 pm

An arborist and local crane truck service joined forces this afternoon to pluck a cat from the top of a Summerland tree, ending a three-day ordeal for the...

Internet, floods a big focus

Oct 19, 2018 / 1:29 pm

This story is part of a series highlighting each director race within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Click for stories on Area C, Area D, Area...

Chute Lake Rd. to close

Oct 19, 2018 / 1:03 pm

The only provincially maintained road from Naramata to Chute Lake will be closed for repairs for two weeks starting Oct. 25. DriveBC reports the road will be...

Underpaid doctors leaving

Oct 19, 2018 / 12:07 pm

Politicians in the Oliver area have again raised concerns of unfair wages for physicians at the South Okanagan General Hospital, saying many are leaving for...

Early voter turnout up 158%

Oct 19, 2018 / 11:11 am

Voter turnout was extraordinary during the final advanced poll Thursday at the Penticton Seniors Centre. Chief election officer Laurie Darcus said 3,034 people...

Vassilaki tops Castanet poll

Oct 19, 2018 / 10:33 am

Castanet readers plan on voting John Vassilaki for the mayor of Penticton. An online poll run on Castanet Penticton Wednesday evening saw Vassilaki capture just...

Flat year for bear conflicts

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Bear-human conflict calls are about average for this time of year, according to the BC Conservation Officer Service. South Okanagan conservation officer David...

Still void to fill from bus cut

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

While a new long-haul bus service will fill the gap between Kelowna, Kamloops and Vancouver when Greyhound leaves, many small communities in the southern...

Bus depot on the market

Oct 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The end is nigh for the Penticton bus depot, with the property officially up for sale ahead of Greyhound ceasing bus service throughout B.C. Oct. 31. The...

Monday meals may get boot

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:56 pm

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen directors may soon be approaching Interior Health to find an alternative to Monday night meals given to the homeless...

Sockeye spawn near its peak

Oct 18, 2018 / 3:25 pm

The Okanagan Channel is full of sockeye, as thousands return to spawn four years after the first release of local hatchery salmon in Penticton. “2014 was...

Kids learning confidence

Oct 18, 2018 / 3:22 pm

Naramata Elementary was certainly busier than normal Thursday, with hundreds of students from around School District 67 converging on the school for the second...

Advanced polls busy

Oct 18, 2018 / 12:54 pm

UPDATE 12:55 p.m. Voter turnout has been heavy for today’s advanced polls at the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre. Voters report waiting between 20 and 30...

Pot plant expansion planned

Oct 18, 2018 / 12:50 pm

The company behind a $22-million medical cannabis factory in Princeton only broke ground this week, but it is already planning framework for expansion. BC Green...

Cat stuck in tree for days

Oct 18, 2018 / 12:49 pm

A Summerland resident has been trying for two days to get help with bringing her cat down from a high perch in a pine tree across the street from her house. ...

Parking set aside for voters

Oct 18, 2018 / 11:13 am

The City of Penticton is planning for heavy traffic at the Trade and Convention Centre during Saturday’s voting. Access to the general parking lot off...

PENSAR saves hunter

Oct 18, 2018 / 7:46 am

Penticton Search and Rescue helped save a man who was badly injured when his ATV flipped over in the mountains west of Oliver on Wednesday afternoon. Victoria...

Village origins recognized

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Dozens gathered at Manitou Park in Naramata on Wednesday to unveil a new entry sign recognizing the community’s original name. The name, citxws paqelqyn...

Sculpture contest returns

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Sculptors around Penticton will once again get their chance to have a piece of their work displayed publicly as part of the annual Penticton Public Sculpture...

Pint-sized pot parade

Oct 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A Penticton woman decided to hold her own tiny marijuana legalization parade Wednesday, to celebrate what she called a success for democracy. National...

Hovanes heading to Ottawa

Oct 17, 2018 / 4:17 pm

Town of Oliver mayor Ron Hovanes is off to Ottawa next week for a meeting with the federal Minister of Infrastructure to try to secure funding for the...

Managing water a top issue

Oct 17, 2018 / 2:18 pm

This story is part of a series highlighting each director race within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Click for stories on Area C, Area D, Area E...

Celebrating health workers

Oct 17, 2018 / 11:55 am

An annual conference helping and celebrating health care assistants made its way to the Okanagan for the first time Wednesday. The Hearts and Hands Conference,...

CFUZ captures $33K grant

Oct 17, 2018 / 11:18 am

CFUZ Peach City Radio has received $33,000 in funding from the Community Radio Fund of Canada to improve local programming. The community radio station is...

Treehouse in the crosshairs

Oct 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The RDOS is looking at ways to deal with a treehouse on a property in West Bench which exceeds building size restrictions for such a structure. On May 23,...

How do you feel about pot?

Oct 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Marijuana is now legal in B.C. and the rest of Canada, but local guidelines on how and where it can be ingested have been murky, so Castanet hit the streets of...

MP rails on climate change

Oct 16, 2018 / 8:00 pm

South Okanagan—West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings called on the Trudeau Liberals Monday to take greater action on climate change. Cannings spoke at length...

Run for Paralympic brother

Oct 16, 2018 / 4:18 pm

Tyler Luscombe says his younger brother Braydon hasn't asked for any help his whole life, despite having had his right leg amputated at the age of five. ...

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