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Penticton News Dec 3 to 9, 2017

'Best ever' Cookie Walk

Dec 9, 2017 / 7:15 pm

When residents were evacuated from their properties in the Okanagan due to wildfires in the summer, members of the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team were...

Last native bird stronghold

Dec 9, 2017 / 5:19 pm

The final touches have been put on a protected area in Summerland for two bird species. An area about 2.5 acres in size, now known as the Woodbridge Nature...

Gov could fund private bus

Dec 9, 2017 / 4:34 pm

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure isn't ruling out the potential to subsidize a private bus company such as Greyhound, if it means keeping...

Irate over bank closure

Dec 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

A public meeting held by CIBC in Keremeos on Thursday night was met with backlash from residents, following news that the bank is closing its branch in the...

Anti-drug lighting mulled

Dec 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

A common sight in the Downtown Eastside or near Surrey’s Whalley Strip — a blue light signalling the prevalence of intravenous drug — could be...

RDOS backs firewood job

Dec 8, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A 20-month pilot project for processing firewood that is expected to bring jobs to the Similkameen Valley has been backed by Regional District Okanagan...

Sentenced for police chase

Dec 8, 2017 / 5:53 pm

A Penticton man with strong support from his First Nations community was released from custody Friday on time-served after pleading guilty to assault, flight...

Shooting trial in jeopardy

Dec 8, 2017 / 5:00 pm

The Crown’s attempted murder case against a South Okanagan man could be jeopardized by the death of the victim last week. Afshin Ighani is charged with...

Teen meets her saviours

Dec 8, 2017 / 1:42 pm

A touching reunion took place in Penticton on Friday between a young woman and paramedics who saved her life, 17 years earlier. Jayden Arnold was just two years...

Loren Reagan still a fugitive

Dec 8, 2017 / 1:09 pm

The other man facing charges related to the Penticton hockey dorm saga remains a fugitive, with a new charge sworn against him this week for failing to appear...

Funds for climate change

Dec 8, 2017 / 12:25 pm

The District of Summerland is one of 18 communities across Canada selected by the federal government to participate in an environmental initiative. The district...

Sewer plans to cost $340K

Dec 8, 2017 / 10:25 am

The RDOS is going ahead with the predesign phase of a project to add Skaha Estates to the OK Falls sewer system, which will cost an estimated $337,500. The...

Dock repairs to cost $75K

Dec 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is seeking $75,000 from the province to repair boat launches on Skaha Lake in Kaleden and OK Falls, which were...

If you drink, don't drive

Dec 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

The holiday season is here, and so is ICBC’s drinking and driving counterattack. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the initiative, which started in...

Credit union helps childcare

Dec 7, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Summerland and District Credit Union is contributing $5,000 to the new childcare centre at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus. “A child care...

Public transit usage up

Dec 7, 2017 / 3:02 pm

Ridership this year appears to be up significantly for B.C. Transit users in the South Okanagan, compared to 2016. The number of riders has increased 41 per...

Fighting to keep rural buses

Dec 7, 2017 / 12:29 pm

A provincially-funded private bus company could be in the future in B.C. to help Greyhound keep rural bus routes running. Greyhound is asking for written...

Wineries court case wraps

Dec 7, 2017 / 11:46 am

Five small Okanagan wineries had their day in court today during a rare two-day hearing at the Supreme Court of Canada. The wineries are intervening in a case...

LSIB open to nat'l park talks

Dec 7, 2017 / 10:44 am

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band is looking forward to negotiations about a national park reserve proposed for the South Okanagan. In a statement released...

'Help bring them home'

Dec 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

The family of two missing people last seen taking off in a single-engine plane from Penticton are refusing to give up hope. Dominic Neron, 28, Ashley...

Fundraising to save animals

Dec 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

A fundraiser this Saturday will help raise funds for animals in need of emergency support. The 16th annual Cookie Walk will take place December 9 at the...

Property inventory ordered

Dec 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

Penticton city council has ordered staff to prepare a full inventory of the city’s real estate assets. The motion from Coun. Andre Martin directs staff to...

Last chance for charity bids

Dec 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre's online holiday auction is in its final days of accepting bids. Bidding opened on Nov. 24 and ends at...

Free festive bus tour coming

Dec 6, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The annual 'Lights Tour' on B.C. Transit buses of Christmas lights around Penticton will take place on Dec. 13. B.C. Transit said the tour they and the...

Skate by the Lakeside

Dec 6, 2017 / 7:00 pm

To celebrate the final month of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Penticton Lakeside Resort is taking part in a family event on Sunday. A “Canada 150...

New life for packinghouse

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Construction will begin shortly on a new cold-storage facility for wineries, distilleries and cider operations in Naramata. The old BC Tree Fruits packinghouse...

Help for the Caribbean

Dec 6, 2017 / 1:52 pm

Two Okanagan-based organizations are helping feed people in Caribbean countries ravished by hurricanes. Shelters International Disaster Response is bringing...

Towers officially killed

Dec 6, 2017 / 1:01 pm

The City of Penticton has officially cancelled its deal with the developer of a three-tower project downtown currently blocked by federal aviation regulations....

Nuisance properties targeted

Dec 6, 2017 / 12:12 pm

The City of Penticton is bringing in new financial penalties for “nuisance properties” within the community. City council approved the fees Tuesday,...

3 charged with poaching

Dec 6, 2017 / 10:32 am

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has had charges approved against three people in connection to an alleged poaching incident in Penticton’s Greyback...

YES Project drive begins

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan is launching a public fundraising campaign for Penticton’s new youth centre, headed up by long-time...

Court day for B.C. wineries

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

Representatives from five small Okanagan wineries will have their cases heard in the Supreme Court of Canada on Wednesday and Thursday, fighting for improved...

MLA wants to abolish DST

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

Boundary—Similkameen MLA Linda Larson is trying to make daylight saving time a thing of the past. She has tabled a private member’s bill in support...

Bridge-jumpers worry town

Dec 5, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Council members in Osoyoos discussed concerns Monday of kids jumping off the Main Street bridge into Osoyoos Lake. Mayor Sue McKortoff spoke of one...

Pot on stove creates concern

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:48 pm

Penticton fire crews responded to what was believed to be a structure fire at a seniors facility Tuesday evening. At 5:21 p.m., firefighters where called to...

Car club supports PRH

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:00 pm

The Penticton Regional Hospital has received a generous donation of $5,000. The cheque, from the Vintage Car Club of Canada, South Okanagan Chapter, was...

Cyclist crashes into truck

Dec 5, 2017 / 4:50 pm

The Penticton RCMP is reminding cyclists and drivers to take care as the days get shorter and road conditions marginal. Police say a cyclist left the sidewalk...

Lakeshore parking stays free

Dec 5, 2017 / 4:14 pm

Parking will remain free along the Okanagan lakeshore, but motorists along a large portion of it will be required to move their vehicle every three hours....

Baldy Mtn opens Friday

Dec 5, 2017 / 3:20 pm

Oliver’s Baldy Mountain Resort will officially open for the skiing and snowboarding season this Friday. The Sugarlump chair and the magic carpet will be...

Known house catches fire

Dec 5, 2017 / 12:54 pm

An Oliver home caught fire early Tuesday morning, but was quickly tackled by fire crews. Firefighters arrived on scene just after midnight to find the vacant...

Guns, crossbow stolen

Dec 5, 2017 / 11:53 am

A crossbow and firearms are missing from a home in Summerland following a break and enter last week The crossbow and more than one firearm were stolen from a...

DPA investigation still going

Dec 5, 2017 / 11:18 am

More than a year later, a police investigation into 'irregularities' in the Downtown Penticton Association's financial statements is still going on,...

Stolen vehicle flees police

Dec 5, 2017 / 11:05 am

A stolen vehicle crashed after fleeing a police roadblock in Penticton Saturday night. The roadblock was one of many around the city overnight Dec. 1, according...

Makeup gift for SOWINS

Dec 5, 2017 / 10:37 am

Many clients of the South Okanagan Women In Need Society will be receiving Christmas gifts thanks to a donation of makeup made by a Penticton business. Renew...

OHA launches scholarships

Dec 5, 2017 / 10:31 am

A new charitable wing of the Okanagan Hockey Group has been granted status as a registered charity by the CRA. The Okanagan Hockey Community Foundation will aim...

Usual problems at new jail

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver may be state-of-the-art, but is still dealing with problems typical of prisons. In the jail's first six months of...

100 Women boost Scouts

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Three Penticton nonprofits were given a boost by the 100 Women Who Care last week. One organization walked away with $5,000, while the other two received $500...

Help us fight hunger

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet staff and the Penticton Vees will be at IGA Sunday filling the Vees' bus with donations for the local food bank. The 1st annual ‘Penticton...

Seniors need gifts too

Dec 4, 2017 / 8:00 pm

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to remember the many elders throughout the community. The 13th annual ‘Be a Santa to a...

Holiday decor brings biz

Dec 4, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Penticton Lakeside Resort might look more like the North Pole than a hotel this month, but the decorations have worked to attract guests during the winter...

Apex opens Wednesday

Dec 4, 2017 / 4:35 pm

Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton is opening for the season on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The ski hill will start with 10 runs off the Triple Chair — offering a...

Shooting victim dies

Dec 4, 2017 / 4:09 pm

A well-known Oliver man and victim of an alleged attempted murder earlier this year has passed away. Tommy Szajko, 50, died in his home Friday, reports the...

Guilty of child porn charges

Dec 4, 2017 / 3:30 pm

A Penticton man was found guilty Monday of possession, importing and distributing child pornography. Jesse Prince, 34, was convicted by Judge Kathleen Ker...

$500K for child care spaces

Dec 4, 2017 / 1:50 pm

The Osoyoos Indian Band’s Inkameep preschool and daycare has received just under a half a million dollars to create 12 new child care spaces. The money is...

No hearings on bus cuts

Dec 4, 2017 / 12:21 pm

The Passenger Transportation Board of B.C. isn’t planning on holding any public meetings in the Similkameen Valley related to Greyhound’s...

Free signage for non-profits

Dec 4, 2017 / 11:34 am

A Penticton branding, design, signage and print company is providing free window signage to one local non-profit a month. Every month, Jafa Signs will randomly...

Man acquitted of sex crimes

Dec 4, 2017 / 11:09 am

An Oliver man was found not guilty of three sex crimes against a minor in Penticton court Monday. The man, who can only be identified as TB due to a publication...

Family pleading for help

Dec 4, 2017 / 10:07 am

The family of a missing couple who took off in a plane from Penticton are pleading for help from the public in searching for their single-engine Mooney...

City sued over trip and fall

Dec 4, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Penticton retiree is suing the city for a fall she took at the downtown market in June. In a civil claim filed in Penticton Supreme Court last week, Elaine...

Former pot shop owner sued

Dec 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

An Okanagan pot shop owner is being sued over a storefront he briefly operated in Penticton. Robert Jaenicke, owner of Okanagan Cannabis Solutions in West...

Thanks from Critteraid

Dec 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

With many animals looking for forever homes, there isn't enough staff to keep up with all the furry friends. That's why Critteraid is asking for...

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