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Terrorist acts in the 1950s

Aug 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Valley has seen its fair share of crime over the years, but one of the more violent chapters in its history was in the late 1950s. BC newspapers during that period were filled with stories of terrorist acts thought to be committed by the Sons of Freedom Doukhobors. Starting in...

Altercation on the picket line

Aug 21, 2014 / 3:44 pm

Tensions appear to be heating up in an on-going labour dispute in Naramata. Police in Penticton are investigating allegations of verbal and physical threats made towards picketing CUPE workers by a Naramata Centre manager. According to CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer, Paul Faoro, the incident...

Hit and run investigation

Aug 21, 2014 / 2:31 pm

The police are continuing to investigate a hit and run fatality in Penticton and are requesting public assistance in moving the investigation forward. At approximately 4:40 a.m., on Aug. 12, the Penticton RCMP received a report of a body lying in the middle of Skaha Lake Road near Lee Avenue,...

Fire brought back '03 memories

Aug 20, 2014 / 4:53 pm

Tuesday's fire off of North Naramata Road triggered memories of another much more devastating fire 11 years ago. Some residents who live in the area say it took place the same day they were asked to leave their homes during the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire. "It was exactly the same...

Curtain drops on theatre plan

Aug 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The Penticton council has voted to stick with the status quo in regards to a restrictive covenant being placed on properties at the corner of Nanaimo Avenue and Ellis Street. The 4-2 vote at Monday's meeting, followed presentations by former mayor Jake Kimberley on behalf of the South...

Mayor takes icy challenge

Aug 20, 2014 / 2:07 pm

Penticton Mayor Garry Litke took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of city hall Wednesday afternoon. A Penticton firefighter poured the ice water on the mayor's head, as an enthusiastic crowd looked on. "The ice bucket challenge is sweeping across North America, all on...

Pool closed next summer

Aug 20, 2014 / 10:22 am

The pool at the Penticton Community Centre will be shut down for several weeks next summer. Council voted at Monday's meeting to close the aquatics area from July 27 to Sept. 13, 2015, for the much needed tile replacement project. "It is a pool decking and change room tile...

Wildfire contained

Aug 20, 2014 / 8:46 am

Update -- August 20 The wildfire that broke out in Naramata has been fully contained. Officials at the BC Wildfire Management Branch says a crew of 15 stayed overnight to fight the blaze. At it's peak, the wildfire grew to 2.9 hectares in size. 4:20 pm. update: Crews are...

Harrowing tale from missing picker

Aug 19, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The fruit picker from Quebec who was recently reported missing in Summerland has been found. The Summerland RCMP was notified on the morning of Aug. 17, that a man who was walking his dog in the Trout Creek Canyon area, discovered Julien Landry. Cst. Jacques Lefebvre says Landry went hiking...

Readying for Challenge Penticton

Aug 19, 2014 / 10:59 am

Sunday's Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada is much more than just a triathlon. It is also a multi day festival, focused on creating a memorable experience for both those in the race and those on the sidelines. "While we have planned a world-class race for our athletes, we have...

Good turnout for rally

Aug 19, 2014 / 9:24 am

People carrying babies mingled with retirees at a rally held Monday night at Penticton's city hall prior to the council meeting. In all, around 75 people attended the Time For Change Penticton gathering, set up so people who have been communicating on Facebook could meet face to...

Hospice gets boost

Aug 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

To address the growing need for supportive care for seniors, Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson has announced that the Province has signed a three year agreement with the Desert Valley Hospice Society to help develop a hospice centre in Osoyoos. As of Sept. 1, the province is providing the...

PHA endorses Challenge Penticton

Aug 18, 2014 / 6:47 pm

The Penticton Hospitality Association has stepped up its support for the Challenge Penticton triathlon, set to take place on Sunday. Paulette Rennie, president of the Penticton Triathlon Society, said to have the support again this year from the PHA is so important for the community...

Penticton council highlights

Aug 18, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Replacing the floor tiles at the Penticton Community Centre pool will be under discussion at Monday's council meeting. The change is needed after people reported serious injuries from slipping on the slick surface. The city also weighed costs of doing the replacement versus ongoing...

Jet hits deer while landing

Aug 18, 2014 / 2:30 pm

A jet is in need of repairs, and a deer is no longer with us after being hit by the plane as it landed in Princeton Monday morning. "A Kal Tire jet landed and a deer was going across the runway. When they landed, they clipped it," says Rick Zerr, chief administrative officer for the...

Gathering planned at City Hall

Aug 18, 2014 / 11:30 am

The people behind a new Facebook group seeking change in Penticton are now taking their message to the streets. A gathering is planned for 5:30 p.m. today (Monday) at City Hall, so people who have been expressing their thoughts at #TimeForChangePenticton can actually meet in...

Horse racing draws thousands

Aug 16, 2014 / 7:46 pm

Horse racing in Osoyoos featured a trifecta of racing styles on Saturday, with quarter horse, thoroughbred and harness racing on the same card. Close to 2,000 people enjoyed sunny skies and warm temperatures - along with parimutuel betting and a beer garden - for the second and final race day of...

Hwy. 97 reopens

Aug 16, 2014 / 3:59 pm

4 p.m. update: The BC coroner's service has confirmed that a young man died in Penticton early Saturday morning. Around 3:30 a.m. RCMP were called to a motor vehicle accident. By 7:15 a.m. the scene had been cleared and traffic resumed. No more details of the incident are available....

RCMP: fruit picker missing

Aug 16, 2014 / 2:32 pm

Summerland RCMP are looking to the public for help locating a man missing since Thursday. Julien Landry, 25, was last seen in the Summerland area Aug 13. Landry is described as french speaking and was in the area picking fruit. He has a thin, slender build and has short, straight dark...

PWP creates jobs

Aug 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Princeton Wood Preservers Ltd, a manufacturer of pressure-treated wood products, has expanded its business and created new jobs in Princeton. PWP has been in business for more than 40 years at their site 18 kilometres outside of Princeton. "This is the most significant expansion of...

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