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Peeved over polling station

Oct 8, 2015 / 7:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen director Tom Siddon and other Kaleden residents are concerned that some will have to vote in Penticton in the upcoming federal election. Siddon said they have voted at the community hall in Kaleden for 25 years, but he and others have received voter...

Campfire ban rescinded

Oct 8, 2015 / 4:34 pm

Due to the change in the season within the region, the Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen (RDOS) is rescinding the temporary open fire ban at noon on Friday, Oct. 9. The ban included open fires, campfires, and fires in portable wood burning fireplaces within the RDOS Fire Protection...

Scooter operator pinned

Oct 8, 2015 / 2:05 pm

UPDATE 2 P.M. Sgt. Stephane Lacroix with the Summerland RCMP says emergency responders got the call at 12:40 p.m. of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 at Prairie Valley Road. When police arrived they found the operator of a scooter, an elderly Summerland man, pinned underneath a Lexus. The...

25 years, 58 convictions

Oct 8, 2015 / 10:47 am

A young Penticton man with a propensity for violence will spend more time behind bars. Judge Gregory Koturbash sentenced Lawrence Jordan Brown, 25, who is currently in custody, to 184 more days in jail, on Wednesday. Brown earlier pleaded guilty to charges including resisting a police...

Students give gift of life

Oct 8, 2015 / 9:08 am

A group of Osoyoos Secondary School students did their part to help save lives, Wednesday. They bused to Penticton and rolled up their sleeves at a blood donor clinic in Penticton. The school is the first in the Okanagan to donate as part of this year's nationwide, student-led challenge...

Businesses cope after fire

Oct 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

Penticton business owners impacted by last week's fire are carrying on as best they can. Some are operating their businesses out of different locations, while others deal with their inventory, as they await word on what's next. "It's the first time anything like this has...

Revitalization moving ahead

Oct 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

Penticton council has approved sprucing up two blocks of Main Street in the downtown core. The decision to move ahead with the downtown revitalization in the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street, followed a presentation by Mitch Moroziuk, the director of operations, and Barb Haynes, the downtown...

Horses, trash shared issues

Oct 7, 2015 / 2:28 pm

Summerland’s mayor and council met with Chief Jonathan Kruger and Penticton Indian Band council last month to discuss issues of mutual concern. The wild horse problem shared by PIB and the District of Summerland, and problems with garbage being dumped on band lands behind the Summerland...

Picked up on old warrants

Oct 7, 2015 / 2:00 pm

A man was picked up Friday by the Drug Task Force on old, drug-related warrants, according to Penticton RCMP. Jonathan Russell was arrested on several drug trafficking warrants from Alberta, dating back almost a decade. Russell appeared in court that same day and was remanded to return to the...

Poor grade on affordability

Oct 7, 2015 / 12:19 pm

Safety and learning got high grades, while the gap between rich and poor, and housing did not fare as well in the South Okanagan Similkameen's Vital Signs report. The report, produced by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan/ Similkameen, was released at the Shatford Centre in...

Pool closure drags on

Oct 7, 2015 / 8:52 am

The leisure pool at the Penticton Community Centre remains closed, following a tile replacement project in the aquatic area this summer. At the time, staff noticed the pool's water level had decreased after it had been refilled. Cracks were found in three drain pipes below the...

Child found on street

Oct 6, 2015 / 4:23 pm

A young child who was found on a Penticton street early Saturday morning is safe and sound. Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, said a report came in about an 18-month-old girl crying and wandering on the street at Eckhardt Avenue and Argyle Street, about 4:45 a.m. that morning. The child...

22 years for killer

Oct 6, 2015 / 4:11 pm

A Princeton man who shot two acquaintances execution style was sentenced to life in prison, Tuesday. John Ike Koopmans will be eligible to apply for parole after 22 years. Supreme Court Justice Miriam Maisonville handed down the sentence in Penticton court. Koopmans, in his early 50s, was...

City seeks Christmas art

Oct 6, 2015 / 1:36 pm

If you're an artist from the South Okanagan with work depicting a "vibrant winter wonderland" in Penticton, it could be on this year's city Christmas card. Eligible artists are invited to submit their piece to adorn the City of Penticton’s annual “Season’s...

City picks up prime land

Oct 6, 2015 / 10:06 am

The City of Penticton has purchased a parcel of land at 903 Vernon Ave. In a news release issued late Monday, the city said the purchase of the property will open up opportunities for future public amenities. The land is adjacent to city-owned land that is home to popular public facilities,...

Penticton sign defaced

Oct 6, 2015 / 10:05 am

The iconic Penticton sign has been defaced for the second time this year. A few weeks back, city crews noticed the change to the sign on Munson Mountain. Someone had taken a can of black spray paint, covering a large band across the “i" in Penticton to make an exclamation...

Car ends in Timmy's flowers

Oct 5, 2015 / 9:51 am

Multiple people were injured in a three-vehicle crash this morning in Penticton. According to witnesses, the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m., leaving debris from the three vehicles spread across Channel Parkway and Fairview Road. The accident caused one vehicle to leave the road and end up...

Accident snarls traffic

Oct 4, 2015 / 5:00 pm

No one was seriously injured, but two cars were badly damaged, after an accident Sunday afternoon in Penticton. At about 3:55 p.m. fire, police and ambulance were called to an accident involving a car and a pick-up truck at the intersection of Martin Street and Eckhardt Avenue West. Eckhardt...

JCI program gets recognition

Oct 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Penticton's Top 40 Under 40 program recently earned recognition. The program, held in 2013/2014 in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, was recognized as the best local community empowerment program in Canada from JCI Canada at the JCI National Convention...

Amazing habitat race

Oct 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan is presenting the second annual Amazing Habitat Race in Penticton on Saturday, Oct. 17. Based on the hit TV show “The Amazing Race," teams of four will travel by foot and vehicle around Penticton, completing challenges along the way. At the start...

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