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Perfect season for a 'Brewski'

Jan 24, 2015 / 10:00 am

Grab some friends and head up to Apex Mountain Resort for a ‘Brewski’, on February 14. For the second year in a row the Brewski event will take place on the hill at the Gunbarrel Saloon. Brewski, is a celebration of craft beer, cider and spirits explains Apex Events Manager,...

Penticton man dies in custody

Jan 24, 2015 / 9:10 am

The inmate who died in custody at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre was a Penticton man with a lengthy history in the courts. Daryl Vic Belseck, 52, was awaiting trial for an assault, uttering threats and a mischief under $5000 charge, stemming from an incident that occurred on...

Youth mental wellness initiative

Jan 24, 2015 / 9:00 am

The Penticton Rotary Club is partnering with School District 67 to create a program focused on enhancing mental wellness amongst youth in the community. The goal of the program is to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues through open dialogue and community support as well as create...

Former employer sued

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:58 pm

Update: Friday January, 23, 6 p.m. According to a court document obtained by Castanet, Penticton Councillor Judy Sentes was employed with the Okanagan-Similkameen Neurological Society from August 1994 until her retirement on July 8, 2013. When she started working there, she entered into an...

Snowbirds returning to Penticton

Jan 22, 2015 / 3:30 pm

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are returning to Penticton. The Snowbirds aerobatic team will kick off the 68th annual Penticton Peach Festival Wednesday, Aug 5. The CT-114 Tutor aircraft last flew over Penticton in 2013. They performed in Kelowna last summer. The Snowbirds are expected...

Louie to serve six months

Jan 22, 2015 / 12:01 pm

An Oliver man who stabbed his younger brother to death while under the influence of alcohol and drugs was handed a sentence of 75 months, Thursday. Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen handed down the sentence in Penticton court, but with time-served credit of 69 months, Kyle Louie will serve...

Naramata Centre shuts down

Jan 21, 2015 / 8:54 pm

The Centre at Naramata has posted a notice on its website that it is closing its doors. The statement reads as follows: "It is with deep regret and heartfelt sadness that the Board of Directors of the Naramata Centre Society announces that the Centre at Naramata will cease operations...

Man goes berserk at Canadian Tire

Jan 21, 2015 / 4:29 pm

A disgruntled Penticton man is facing charges after smashing the glass-encased firearms cabinet at Canadian Tire. At about 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, a Canadian Tire employee heard a huge crash in the sports department. Checking to see if anyone was injured, the person found a man with a...

Kyle Louie sentencing begins

Jan 21, 2015 / 3:14 pm

UPDATE 3:15 P.M. Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen is expected to hand down his sentence for Kyle Louie tomorrow. Kyle pleaded guilty to stabbing his younger brother to death in 2011. His family declined comment outside the courtroom Wednesday as court proceedings wrapped up for the...

Youth invited to try ice fishing

Jan 21, 2015 / 10:41 am

Young people are being invited to give ice fishing a try at Yellow Lake. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, B.C. Wildlife Federation, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and have organized a youth ice fishing day for Saturday at the lake on Highway 3A, 20...

Winter Games names directors

Jan 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

A board of directors has been chosen to lead Penticton's hosting of the B.C. Winter Games next year. “Let the Games begin, again,” said Bill Bidlake, president of the 2016 B.C. Winter Games Organizing Committee. "We are so excited for the Games to return to our great city....

Councillor pushes to cut rates

Jan 20, 2015 / 4:49 pm

A Penticton councillor's efforts to rein in electrical rates have her colleagues' support. Coun. Helena Konanz issued a notice of motion asking council to consider that staff base the 2016 budget on the wholesale power purchase level from FortisBC. The motion passed Monday by a 4-3 vote....

Sentencing in downtown assault

Jan 20, 2015 / 2:20 pm

A Penticton man, who assaulted a man who slept with his then girlfriend, was given a four-month conditional sentence this week in court. Judge Gregory Koturbash handed down the sentence, after Elkena Knauff, 29, pleaded guilty to a count of assault causing bodily harm. According to Crown...

BMX club needs a new track

Jan 19, 2015 / 7:00 pm

The Penticton BMX Club needs to expand or move, board members told city council on Monday. The presentation regarding the club and its desire to grow its membership and improve facilities, was given at a special committee of the whole meeting at City Hall. "We are looking at...

Bobcat sighting in Naramata

Jan 19, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Randy Brown was looking out the window of his Naramata home late last week, when he noticed something large passing by. Turns out it was a good sized bobcat making its way up the lane. "At first I thought it was a household cat, but it was clearly bigger than that," he said. "I...

Good turnout for new bus service

Jan 19, 2015 / 4:32 pm

Several Okanagan Falls residents took advantage of a new bus service between Okanagan Falls and Penticton Monday morning. Around eight to 10 people boarded the bus, along with RDOS Area D Director Tom Siddon. "I think it's perfect because I don't like driving, and taking the bus...

Penticton eyes budget, BMX track

Jan 19, 2015 / 8:55 am

Penticton city council is expected to pass its 2015 budget today. The city adopted its financial plan last week, including a 1.3 per cent tax increase to cover a $326,230 shortfall and a 4.4 per cent electrical rate increase. Other highlights of the budget are RCMP contract costs increasing...

Society expands housing mandate

Jan 18, 2015 / 7:00 am

The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society has taken over ownership and operation of two low-income housing buildings in Penticton. The projects are being transferred as a charitable donation at no cost as two non-profit societies wind up activities and will cease to exist later this...

An artist with a love for hockey

Jan 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

By Kevin Rothwell Penticton Artist Glenn Clark is equally as comfortable with a hockey stick in hand as he is with a paint brush. While Clark has created works through across a range of subjects, one of his first loves is “the game.” The Kelowna born artist migrated to...

Art awards coming up

Jan 17, 2015 / 6:00 am

Do you know a local artist? Nominate them for the second annual Penticton and District Arts awards. Nominations in 13 categories close Monday, Jan. 19, and the presentation of the awards will be Feb. 25 at the Shatford Centre. This will be the second annual celebration recognizing winning...

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