Penticton News Jan 28 to Feb 3, 2018

Scotties field down to four

Feb 3, 2018 / 10:24 am

The field is down to four teams at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts as the playoff round is set to begin on Saturday afternoon. Three teams have a 9-2 record...

Restoring a floodplain

Feb 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

The En'owkin Centre will have written support from the Regional District Okanagan Similkamneen as they seek funding to reconstruct a floodplain on Penticton...

Violent crime down last year

Feb 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Property crime in Penticton grew six per cent last year while violent crime plummeted, according to year-end data from the Penticton RCMP. Supt. Ted De Jager is...

Excess runoff back again

Feb 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

For a second straight year, Lyle Armour is dealing with excessive runoff on his Naramata property. It’s something he said he was told was a...

Early Scotties crowds sparse

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:11 pm

Filling the seats in the South Okanagan Events Centre has been a challenge through much of the first week at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but that could...

RV park, motel replacement

Feb 2, 2018 / 4:25 pm

Site preparation is underway on the former site of the Highland Motel and Park Royal RV Park, where a 35-unit townhouse development is planned. The project is...

Hwy 3 reopened

Feb 2, 2018 / 2:56 pm

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. DriveBC is reporting the accident has been cleared and highway reopened. Travellers can still expect some minor delays. UPDATE: 1:25 p.m....

Six-storey plans for Ellis St.

Feb 2, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Penticton city council will get its first look Tuesday at a six-storey apartment building proposed downtown on Ellis Street. A developer is seeking to...

Firearms trial opens

Feb 2, 2018 / 12:38 pm

The trial for a Penticton man facing firearms charges opened Friday in BC Supreme Court. Cody Wilson is charged with four weapons offences in relation to an...

Airlifted out after crash

Feb 2, 2018 / 11:53 am

Traffic has been slowed on Highway 3A near Olalla due to a motor vehicle incident. Air ambulance has been dispatched to the area to pick up a female that was...

Funds sought for water work

Feb 2, 2018 / 11:03 am

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen is looking for funding for a pair of environmental projects in the South Okanagan. On Thursday, the RDOS board voted...

Local group helps 'Angel'

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

Penticton resident Angelique Nelson, also known as “Angel,” will have the biggest day of her life later this year. Angel, who was born with cerebral...

Banks Cres. saga at climax

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

The community-wide debate around a controversial seniors development in Summerland will climax Monday during a public hearing on the project. Both sides of the...

Free ag wildfire workshop

Feb 1, 2018 / 7:38 pm

Following a wildfire season that tested many South Okanagan farmers, a wildfire mitigation workshop is being held this month in Penticton specifically for...

Sex assault charges laid

Feb 1, 2018 / 3:57 pm

The Penticton RCMP is announcing charges against a man following a report of sexual assault and forcible confinement of a local woman. On Sunday, police were...

Compost 'back to square 1'

Feb 1, 2018 / 2:15 pm

Despite verbal support on Thursday from owners of locatee land in Marron Valley where a compost facility is proposed, RDOS board members voted against pursuing...

Peachfest lineup is here

Feb 1, 2018 / 2:05 pm

The entertainment lineup for the 71st Penticton Peach Festival has been officially announced. Festival president Don Kendall revealed the rumoured main...

Refugee family sponsored

Feb 1, 2018 / 1:23 pm

A family of refugees from troubled East African nation Eritrea has been sponsored by the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group to join the community. The group,...

Plan for OD prevention site?

Feb 1, 2018 / 11:20 am

Officials confirm that an overdose prevention site could be set up in Penticton, although talks are in "very early stages." Kevin Fraser, mental...

'Works well with everyone'

Feb 1, 2018 / 10:27 am

Teachers describe Penticton Secondary student Josephine Kay as positive and helpful to her peers — praise that helped her become the Penticton Rotary...

Scotties 2nd round opens

Feb 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

Championship pool play opens today at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton. Action starts with a tiebreaker game at 9 a.m. between Ontario and...

Not too cool for school

Feb 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

An after-school club at Princess Margaret Secondary is turning arcade games into a learning opportunity. Tyler Legare is a teacher at the school, and decided...

New cemetery burial option

Jan 31, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A new burial option now exists at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery. The Town has purchased a 40-unit columbarium for funeral urns to be stored, which overlooks...

67 days for 'very high' driver

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:52 pm

A woman was handed a 67-day jail sentence in Penticton court on Wednesday for charges related to hitting another woman with her car in Oliver last week. ...

ReStore coming to town

Jan 31, 2018 / 4:19 pm

After finding popularity in Kelowna and West Kelowna, ReStore is coming to Penticton and looking to hire volunteers. Habitat for Humanity Okanagan has been...

McIvor honoured in HoC

Jan 31, 2018 / 3:56 pm

South Okanagan—West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings rose to speak in the House of Commons Monday to honour the late Penticton community booster Rory McIvor....

Big training in small towns

Jan 31, 2018 / 10:53 am

High school students in the Similkameen will receive hands-on exposure to potential career fields in the next week. WorkBC's provincial Find Your Fit tour...

Jazz Fest announces lineup

Jan 31, 2018 / 10:52 am

The annual Pentastic Jazz Festival has released its 2018 lineup. The event will be taking over five Penticton venues Sept. 7-9 at the Penticton Trade and...

Curling & football together

Jan 31, 2018 / 9:56 am

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts' HeartStop Lounge will not only be the place to be to cheer on the two finalists in the championship draw, it will also be...

Area 27 now 'sold out'

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Area 27 Motorsports Park in Oliver says it has fully sold out of memberships following its first full season in operation. The private speedway has capped...

Tackling affordable housing

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:00 am

Affordable housing and rental options are few and far between in Summerland, but Tuesday night's community conversation at the Summerland Library showcased...

Helping kids beat anxiety

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Canadian non-profit organization offering free remote counselling strategies for kids and teens suffering from anxiety is hoping to spread the word about...

Fintry Queen still eyeing city

Jan 30, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Residents of Penticton can expect to see and hear a lot more about the Fintry Queen this summer. The owner of the historic passenger vessel currently moored...

Chamber nominations open

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:29 pm

Board of directors nominations for the Penticton Chamber of Commerce is now open, ahead of this year's annual election. Board members are elected to...

Driver runs down pedestrian

Jan 30, 2018 / 3:42 pm

Police are announcing charges against an Oliver woman for running down another woman with her vehicle last week. RCMP were called to the 6000 block of Lakeside...

Protest for panhandler

Jan 30, 2018 / 3:04 pm

Paul Braun was joined by his lawyer and several members of the public for a show of solidarity on Tuesday afternoon. The display was a protest against a court...

New Arctic apple approved

Jan 30, 2018 / 2:48 pm

The Summerland company that pioneered non-browning apples has just received approval for its latest modified Arctic Fuji apple. Okanagan Speciality Fruits says...

Healthy Living Fair returning

Jan 30, 2018 / 1:24 pm

The annual Healthy Living Fair is returning to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre March 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will showcase resources,...

City: No 'war on homeless'

Jan 30, 2018 / 10:50 am

An update on Tuesday's protest can be found here. The City of Penticton is fighting back against allegations that they're waging a war on the homeless...

Kip Moore to play SOEC

Jan 30, 2018 / 9:24 am

Country music star Kip Moore returns to Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre this spring on his Plead the Fifth Tour. The second leg of dates...

SD 67 grappling with tech

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Skaha School District has been presented with a comprehensive series of ideas on how to harness technology in the classroom, but its not clear if...

Kindergarten on skis

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kindergarteners from West Bench Elementary got to try out cross-country skiing as part of the school's outdoor education program. The kids spent the morning...

Teacher seizes Tide Pods

Jan 29, 2018 / 6:57 pm

The infamous and dangerous “Tide Pod Challenge” has made an appearance at a Penticton middle school. School District 67 superintendent Wendy Hyer...

RCMP: Youth used pot shop

Jan 29, 2018 / 4:06 pm

The Keremeos RCMP says a marijuana dispensary's alleged sales to minors were the driving factor behind a raid on the Amber Light Compassion Club Friday. ...

Stormwater fee input sought

Jan 29, 2018 / 3:01 pm

The City of Penticton is hosting a pair of focus groups to gather input as it develops its new stormwater fund. Currently, work on the city’s stormwater...

Wine authority moves in

Jan 29, 2018 / 2:47 pm

The BC Wine Authority has a new home in Summerland. The group, which oversees the BC VQA program, has moved its office and testing gear to Summerland. They left...

Canada's oldest cenotaph?

Jan 29, 2018 / 12:39 pm

The tiny Similkameen community of Hedley might be home to one of the oldest war memorials in the entire country. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen...

'Pantry share' launches

Jan 29, 2018 / 11:08 am

The historic Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos is launching an innovative new “pantry share” program. Inspired by other successful community...

Job experience for students

Jan 29, 2018 / 10:06 am

Osoyoos Secondary School students will get a chance to "find their fit" for future careers on Tuesday. WorkBC's ongoing Find Your Fit tour is...

Socialize at the Scotties

Jan 29, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is only in Penticton for a short while, and organizers say it's best not to miss out. Ken Lauzon, food and beverage...

Pool A Scotties standings

Jan 28, 2018 / 6:49 pm

Draw four of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton is over, resulting in one huge win and several closer calls to round out the first weekend. Only...

Meet BC's Scotties team

Jan 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

Team BC’s Kesa Van Osch came up just short in their opening match at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Saturday. Her rink fell 6-2 to Team...

Anyone for a puppy?

Jan 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

One lovable puppy at Summerland's Critteraid pet shelter is in need of a home — just as soon as he's old enough to be adopted. Driver is seven...