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Festival of Lights

Nov 28, 2014 / 8:01 pm

Hundreds of people filled downtown Summerland for the annual Festival of Lights. Residents of all ages celebrated with Santa and the Grinch in sub-zero temperatures among frozen street vendors and shops that were open late for the festivities. The annual light up happened was at 7 p.m. with...

Oliver man guilty of sexual abuse

Nov 28, 2014 / 2:34 pm

An Oliver man was found guilty of sexual touching, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault, Friday, in a Penticton courtroom. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce handed down the decision, following the earlier trial for Tyrone Borba, which included testimony from the 12-year-old...

Fire tears through complex

Nov 28, 2014 / 10:30 am

An apartment complex in Okanagan Falls went up in flames early this morning, but everyone was able to get out safely. Fire Chief Bob Haddow says the blaze began around 2:30 a.m. at a small two-unit complex on Main Street and 10th Avenue – the structure is believed to be a total...

Black Friday in Penticton

Nov 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

Black Friday sales are returning to Penticton for the second year in a row. The Downtown Penticton Association is holding the event for a second time, after it was well received the first time around. "It was successful, with a few stores saying it was their busiest weekend," said...

Busy day for fire departments

Nov 27, 2014 / 7:18 pm

South Okanagan firefighters were on the go Wednesday, after heavy snow blanketed the region overnight on Tuesday. In Penticton, the fire department responded to 14 calls, eight of them related to the snowfall, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. "That is a lot. Normally we have four...

Bolt flies off plane, cracks glass

Nov 27, 2014 / 12:49 pm

What is typically a quick and quiet flight from Penticton to Vancouver came with an unwelcome dose of excitement on Tuesday. An Air Canada Jazz flight was apparently descending into Vancouver when a bolt flew off of the propeller and lodged into the outer pane of glass in a passenger cabin...

Fogerty 1969 concert tonight

Nov 27, 2014 / 12:15 pm

By Thursday morning, there was only a handful of tickets left for the John Fogerty concert in Penticton. He will be at the South Okanagan Events Centre tonight performing songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival -1969. His current tour celebrates that year, in which Fogerty wrote and produced...

Movember drive thru breakfast

Nov 27, 2014 / 5:30 am

Oliver residents will be getting their first opportunity to drive through the local fire hall this weekend, and it's all for a good cause. The Oliver Fire Department is holding a drive-thru breakfast this Sunday to benefit the Movember cause. "It seemed like a fun way to involve the...

'Tiny' heads home

Nov 26, 2014 / 7:32 pm

A month ago, the very small Northern Pygmy Owl named Tiny asked for the public’s help with his rehabilitation. Today, Tiny is thanking the donors who paid for his ‘room and board’ at the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO), as he is being released back into...

Meeting on helping homeless

Nov 26, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A meeting to discuss establishing a low barrier shelter in Penticton will be held Thursday evening, Nov. 27, in the city. The focus of the meeting is to establish such a shelter in the city, and volunteers with fund-raising ideas are needed, according to the organizers, the Lighthouse Penticton...

Suspect in crash turns self in

Nov 26, 2014 / 6:44 pm

The man allegedly responsible for the hit and run that killed a 73-year-old woman in Oliver, has turned himself into police. Cst. Kris Clark says the 46-year-old Oliver man has been identified as a suspect in connection with the fatal crash. “He attended the Oliver RCMP detachment...

Naramata deals with winter blast

Nov 26, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Naramata residents dealt with fallen trees and tree branches, roads piled high with snow and a long power outage, due to the overnight heavy snowfall. Elaine Fester, who lives on Ellis, said the power went out early this morning and didn't come back on until around 11 a.m. The snowfall...

City crews on scene

Nov 26, 2014 / 12:00 pm

UPDATE 12:00 - City crews are responding to reports of downed trees and branches as quickly as possible. Priority is given to debris that poses a risk to public safety and access. Please do not approach hanging branches that have been cordoned off or have cones around them - they may be unsafe....

Missing cat found in Yukon

Nov 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

AlleyCATS Alliance is currently seeking donations to bring home a Penticton cat that went missing this past summer in Dawson City. It was during the second week of July, while camping in an abandoned campground close to the Bonanza Motel in Dawson City, that Clancy went out the door and never...

Accident victim was well known

Nov 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

The woman who died after being hit by two cars in Oliver early Tuesday morning, was well known in the town. Residents said the accident victim was a sweet older lady who everyone knew. "She roamed the streets picking up bottles," said a man standing near the accident scene....

New distillery in South Okanagan

Nov 25, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Oliver is known for its wineries, but visitors will soon have the opportunity to sample spirits made at a new distillery just off the highway, north of town. Owner Grant Stevely is hoping to open the Dubh Glas Distillery in Gallagher Lake in December. "Gin by Christmas is our goal,"...

Woman killed in Oliver

Nov 25, 2014 / 11:13 am

UPDATE 11 A.M. - Investigators are looking to speak with the driver of an older model Chevy pickup after an elderly woman succumbed to injuries sustained in a pedestrian-involved collision Tuesday morning. At approximately 6:20 a.m. Tuesday emergency services working in Oliver were called...

United Way at halfway point

Nov 24, 2014 / 7:00 pm

After an exciting kickoff in September, the United Way of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen is at their halfway point of the 2014 campaign for community. "The community partners that receive funding from the United Way are always a bit anxious at this time of the campaign,”...

Robbery, assault sentencing

Nov 24, 2014 / 4:45 pm

A 25-year-old man was sentenced to 722 days Monday in a Penticton courtroom for his role in a robbery and violent assault. Ryan Joseph Patt was found guilty in October of charges including assault causing bodily harm and robbery, related to an incident that took place in Penticton in March. He...

Naramata students are Bear Smart

Nov 24, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Naramata Elementary School students were further recognized Monday morning for their part in helping their community achieve Bear Smart Status this past June. Insp. Barbara Leslie of the Conservation Officer Service and RDOS director Karla Kozakech were both on hand to recognize the...

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