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Penticton News Dec 31, 2017 to Jan 6, 2018

Firefighters chipping in

Jan 6, 2018 / 5:00 pm

With the holidays over and many people disposing their real Christmas trees, there are some things to be aware of. "People are sometimes hard-pressed to...

Air quality advisory issued

Jan 6, 2018 / 4:26 pm

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for Grand Forks on Saturday afternoon. The notice came after an air quality advisory was jointly...

Investors gobbling up homes

Jan 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

The value of single-family homes in the Okanagan skyrocketed in 2017, and one economist said the demand is being fuelled by investors. Ross Hickey, assistant...

Best breaky beer brewed

Jan 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local beer hobbyist in Penticton now has his name on one of his own creations on tap at Bad Tattoo brewing. Warren Everton made a breakfast stout beer that...

Bobcat in the area

Jan 5, 2018 / 3:41 pm

Residents of Keremeos are being warned about a bobcat in the area. The village sent out a warning Friday afternoon, advising it has been seen near 3rd Avenue...

Last push against bus cuts

Jan 5, 2018 / 2:50 pm

With Greyhound's proposed cuts to its bus routes in the Similkameen now imminent, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will be writing to the...

Report icy sidewalks

Jan 5, 2018 / 2:18 pm

The City of Penticton is reminding residents to clear sidewalks next to their property of snow and ice by 11 a.m. following a snow event. In a news release...

Hotel bookings rebound

Jan 5, 2018 / 12:48 pm

It appears the Okanagan tourism market bounced back relatively quickly from this summer’s wildfires. Hotel room revenues gathered through local hotel...

RDOS approves storage lot

Jan 5, 2018 / 11:07 am

A proposal from Osoyoos-area farmers to charge customers for storage on their land gained partial approval from the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen board...

Travellers pick Penticton

Jan 5, 2018 / 11:05 am

Penticton has been selected by Canadian Expedia users as one of the top 18 cities to visit in 2018. The travel website surveyed 1,000 Canadians, who...

Compost plan in shambles

Jan 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen is back to square one for plans to build a regional compost and biosolids facility, and a 45-minute discussion on...

Locals climb Kilimanjaro

Jan 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two Valley First employees in Penticton raised $3,400 for charity this summer by climbing Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro. Jim Lamond and Kevin Tom decided to...

Winery hits the market

Jan 4, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Less than a year after it opened its doors, a new winery on the Naramata Bench is up for sale. Ledlin Family Vineyards is listed by Re/Max for $1.85 million,...

Eco projects get $400K

Jan 4, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Funding for seven ecological projects, valued at $400,271, was approved by the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen on Thursday. Of those funds, $200,000 will...

City opening OCP storefront

Jan 4, 2018 / 3:56 pm

The City of Penticton is leasing out the former Penticton Auto Sales building at 249 Westminster Ave. as a part of ongoing Official Community Plan public...

YES Project raises $1M

Jan 4, 2018 / 3:31 pm

The Penticton YES Project is one-third of the way towards a $3M goal to help fund a youth centre in the community. The Community Foundation of the South...

$200K in GPS gear stolen

Jan 4, 2018 / 2:44 pm

H&M Excavating says thieves stole over $200,000 worth of GPS and survey equipment from one of their work sites in Oliver on Tuesday. Between 6 and 9:30...

Fortis to end 2-step billing

Jan 4, 2018 / 12:55 pm

Two-tiered billing for FortisBC customers may soon be a thing of the past, but it’s too early to say exactly when. In a presentation to the Regional...

New head of Desert Sun

Jan 4, 2018 / 11:29 am

The Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre has a new executive director. Marieze Tarr was appointed to the role on Tuesday. She holds a Masters degree in...

Smoky year for PenSAR

Jan 4, 2018 / 11:06 am

Penticton and District Search and Rescue is looking back on a busy 2017. The 40-volunteer group was called out 40 times last year, committing more than 8,000...

'Dry January' not for all

Jan 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

January is often the time of year people feel a little more depressed following the Christmas holidays usually due to a lack of cash. This year many people are...

Hats off to cap collector

Jan 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Penticton man has collected over 10,000 baseball caps, and shows no sign of stopping. Justin Zinz has been gathering hats since 1998. He has a special...

Car crashes into pole

Jan 3, 2018 / 7:45 pm

Just after 7 p.m. Penticton Emergency crews where called to the intersection of Skaha Lake Road and Galt Ave for a car into a telephone pole. Upon arrival crews...

ONA at court in solidarity

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:19 pm

Three Penticton Indian Band members had full support from the Okanagan Nation Alliance Wednesday as they made their first court appearance on poaching charges....

City plows past snow budget

Jan 3, 2018 / 2:56 pm

The City of Penticton estimates it could be as much as 40 per cent over its snow clearing budget for 2017. Public works manager Len Robson says they had already...

Teneycke decision date set

Jan 3, 2018 / 1:24 pm

The sentencing for one of the South Okanagan’s most notorious criminals will not take place until March. Online court records show Ronald Teneycke is due...

City still working on snow

Jan 3, 2018 / 11:42 am

The City of Penticton wants residents to know they are on the ball when it comes to snow and ice removal. City plows prioritize main routes, steep hills and bus...

Parking fines help homeless

Jan 3, 2018 / 10:21 am

Fines for bad parking habits issued in December contributed more than $700 towards helping house the homeless in Penticton Drivers had the option of donating...

New store helps artisans

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

A new business on Penticton's Main Street is aiming to help local artisans succeed. Lisa Lauzé opened Mondo Creation because she felt creativity in...

Robbie Burns dinner returns

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Tickets are now on sale for the Penticton Scottish Society’s Robbie Burns celebration dinner on January 20 at the Shatford Centre. The event will have...

Truck pulled from river

Jan 2, 2018 / 6:55 pm

UPDATE 6:55 p.m. Highway 3 is now open to traffic. UPDATE 4:40 p.m. DriveBC is estimating Highway 3 will reopen east of Princeton around 6 p.m. The road is...

December snowfall at 200%

Jan 2, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Penticton saw surprising precipitation rates and low temperatures in the last month of 2017. The average temperature for the month of December was -2.6 C,...

RCMP musical ride coming

Jan 2, 2018 / 3:28 pm

The iconic RCMP musical ride is coming to the Similkameen Valley this year. A pair of shows will take place at the Princeton Exhibition Grounds Aug. 11-12, part...

Bus stops buried in snow

Jan 2, 2018 / 12:06 pm

Penticton bus stops are buried in snow, but the city is working hard to clear them. Knee-deep piles of snow block access from the sidewalk to the bus at many...

Assessments shoot skyward

Jan 2, 2018 / 10:03 am

A Trout Creek home is once again the most expensive residential property in the South Okanagan, according to the annual BC Assessment top 100 list released...

Garbage collection resumed

Jan 2, 2018 / 9:35 am

Penticton residents whose garbage was not picked up on Dec. 30 can expect trucks to come by today. Snowfall prevented city trucks from completing all scheduled...

Gallery: Polar Bear Dip

Jan 1, 2018 / 5:54 pm

A group of about 50 people braved the frigid waters of Okanagan Lake Monday morning for the Summerland Polar Bear Dip. The annual event at Sun-Oka Beach is also...

Airlifted out of Apex

Dec 31, 2017 / 10:12 am

One person was airlifted out of Apex Mountain on Saturday after an incident on the slopes. The person appeared to be bleeding from an unknown injury, according...

Teen with meningitis dies

Dec 31, 2017 / 5:00 am

The father of an Okanagan teenager who was diagnosed with meningococcal disease and passed away earlier this year has spoken out about his family's loss....

1. Historic flooding

Dec 31, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet Penticton is counting down the five biggest stories of 2017. They are being determined by a combination of web-traffic, public interest and overall...

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