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Sign removal debated

Apr 17, 2014 / 3:11 pm

An announcement by the Ministry of Transportation regarding sign removal by Highway 97 in the South Okanagan, was not well-received by some RDOS board directors on Thursday. Rural Oliver director Allan Patton was particularly incensed, after district manager Murray Tekano told the board, via a...

No mountain of trouble

Apr 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

An owner of Apex Mountain Resort confirmed Thursday that the group that owns the ski area is considering a sale, but it's not because of financial troubles. Ted Garnett, a Penticton businessman, said the fact the partners are ready to retire is more of a factor. "Apex is run by a...

Trashed for killing bears

Apr 16, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Two days after a momma bear and her cubs were shot and killed in Summerland, neighbours are still fuming. They say this is just another case of conservation officers choosing to destroy, rather than relocate, neighbourhood wildlife. Locals, Claudette Murti and Tena Beattie, had seen the bear...

Shed fire at motel

Apr 16, 2014 / 11:14 am

A small shed fire broke out on the property of the Swiss Sunset Inn, late Tuesday night, but the blaze did not extend to the motel itself. According to witnesses at the scene, three fire engines and two-dozen firefighters converged on the scene. Management at the motel confirms that the...

3 bears put down

Apr 16, 2014 / 11:01 am

A mother bear and her two cubs were killed on Monday after they had been seen living off of garbage in Summerland, with no fear of human interaction. Conservation officer Barb Leslie says they have been getting calls about bears coming out of hibernation at the lower elevations since early...

Acquittal in waste case

Apr 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Two men from the Penticton area facing charges related to the burning of demolition waste were acquitted in a Penticton courtroom on Tuesday. Douglas Cotter, of Cotter's Bin and Demolition Service Ltd. and Penticton Indian Band member Eneas Kruger faced charges of introducing activity...

No hurdles for new jail

Apr 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Work is ready to go ahead on the Okanagan Correctional Centre, now that all papers have been signed between the BC government and *Plenary Justice. Construction will begin in August on the 36-acre site, located just north of Oliver, in the Senkulmen Business Park. The agreement is...

B & E and arson

Apr 15, 2014 / 2:46 pm

After an ongoing investigation into multiple break and enters in the Osoyoos area, the Osoyoos RCMP obtained an arrest warrant on April 11 for Scott Paquette, 47, of no fixed address. DNA evidence linked him to a break in of a fifth wheel trailer located on Lakeshore Drive, which occurred in...

Landfill upcycling

Apr 15, 2014 / 2:12 pm

A new Penticton society has embarked on an ambitious project to reduce landfill waste and employ marginalized and unemployed residents at the same time. The Okanagan Upcycling Resource Society paid a recent visit to an RDOS board meeting to talk about their plans for the Waste Knot...

Skaha: Fitness with a view

Apr 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

City officials and and a handful of residents were the first to try out new outdoor equipment on the south end of Penticton on Monday. The day marked the opening of the Skaha Lake Fitness Park, located beside the sport courts, with the lake in the background. "We have been talking about...

Concern grows as fires burn

Apr 14, 2014 / 7:24 pm

Two wildfires south of Penticton have burned up more than 160 hectares of timber. And, that is cause for concern at the Kamloops Fire Centre "Since Friday April 11, the Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 10 new wildfires, all of which have been human-caused," says fire...

Sentencing in drug haul case

Apr 14, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A 33-year-old man facing drug and gun charges in Penticton and numerous criminal charges from Hanna and Calgary, Alberta was sentenced on Monday. Kid Broadhead, who has been in custody since his arrest last August, will spend 44.7 months more behind bars. In handing down the sentence, Judge...

Top guns recognized

Apr 14, 2014 / 2:39 pm

Penticton's top business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders have been recognized in the city's latest media campaign, Top 40 Under 40, presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with JCI Penticton and the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. Recipients...

Crews fight 80-hectare fire

Apr 13, 2014 / 11:30 am

Crews are working hard to try and contain a wildfire burning northeast of Osoyoos. Kayla Pepper, fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre, says that the blaze started on Friday and has continued to grow in size. Today (Sunday) they have 25 fire fighters on the scene as well as two...

Welcoming WestJet

Apr 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

A celebration was held Saturday in Penticton to welcome WestJet to town. The airline made the announcement last week that they would begin offering nonstop flights between Calgary and Penticton beginning in October. Lots of community members were at the event Saturday sharing their excitement...

Forest fire near Keremeos

Apr 12, 2014 / 11:39 am

UPDATE: SAT. APR 12, 11:30 AM: The forest fire that was burning near Keremeos is now under control. According to Kayla Pepper, from the Kamloops Fire Centre, the fire got up to 10-hectares in size Friday, but crews were able to contain it and the Keremeos Fire Department is now dealing with...

Celebrating Steamfest

Apr 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

In recognition of the SS Sicamous, Kettle Valley Railway system and other historic landmarks celebrating 100 years in 2014 and 2015, Okanagan Steamfest will kick off in May. Steamfest will bring 18 months of steam driven events to the South Okanagan, and starts off during Steamfest Week on...

A solar powered first

Apr 11, 2014 / 5:00 pm

A Summerland company, along with others, spent much of Friday working on installing a large solar tracker at a home in the hills west of Penticton. The tracker with a 40 panel solar array is going in at the home of Peter Lindelauf and Jenny Paquet to help them cut down on their energy...

Social media finds shoplifters

Apr 11, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The Penticton storeowner who turned to social media to get the word out about a theft at his store, says the two shoplifters have been found. Leigh Follestad said after the video of the theft at Smart Shopper went up on Facebook and YouTube, people started responding. "I learned who one...

Penticton gets WestJet

Apr 11, 2014 / 8:45 am

WestJet Encore has announced that a new non-stop Calgary and Penticton connection will begin in October. Penticton Mayor Garry Litke described this as phenomenal news for the city and entire South Okanagan region. "There has been an overwhelming demand in the South Okanagan for increased...

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