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Penticton News Feb 4 to 10, 2018

Family Day events abound

Feb 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

'Family Day' will live up to its billing in the South Okanagan on Monday, as ample family activities are available up and down the region. In...

Health delaying sentencing

Feb 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Crown prosecutors are accusing a convicted hockey fraudster of deliberately delaying his sentencing. Michael Elphicke was found guilty of fraud over $5,000,...

'Baldy Bums' on the hill

Feb 9, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Baldy Mountain Resort near Oliver has launched a new video series, “The Baldy Bums.” The video series follows four resort regulars while they...

Province sees jail issues

Feb 9, 2018 / 5:19 pm

B.C.'s Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made his first visit to the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver on Friday, and he said he's working to...

Temperature records fall

Feb 9, 2018 / 2:14 pm

Daily temperature records were smashed throughout the South and Central Okanagan on Thursday. An Okanagan Valley inversion sent the mercury shooting skywards,...

Grand Tour in South OK

Feb 9, 2018 / 12:54 pm

The latest episode of the globally-popular car show, The Grand Tour, features Oliver's Area 27 private speedway and Apex Mountain Ski Resort outside of...

Inmates caring for horses

Feb 9, 2018 / 11:33 am

Inmates at the Okanagan Correctional Centre near Oliver are learning how to care for large animals through a work partnership program with the Osoyoos Indian...

Harley raffle helps OSNS

Feb 9, 2018 / 11:18 am

Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit bought the first ticket on Friday for a Harley motorcycle raffle, put on to support the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre....

Guilty of firearms offences

Feb 9, 2018 / 9:51 am

A Penticton jury has found Cody Wilson guilty of three of four firearm charges against him. The 11-person jury returned the verdict late Thursday night,...

Distilleries win gold

Feb 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

A pair of South Okanagan distilleries won gold medals for their products at the inaugural Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, recently held in Vancouver....

Dog days of semester

Feb 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

It’s the dog days of the semester at Penticton's Okanagan College campus. Canines were the centre of attention at the college’s ‘Stress...

Students learn tourism trade

Feb 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Grade 8 students at KVR middle school are working on a series of tourism-related projects to help get them involved in this important industry for Penticton....

Naude off to stellar start

Feb 8, 2018 / 8:37 pm

Penticton mogul skier Andi Naude is off to a fantastic start at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Naude, 22, punched her ticket to the finals in ladies...

Ever wanted to podcast?

Feb 8, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Podcasts have enjoyed an explosion of popularity in recent years, and one of Canada's most prolific freelance producers is coming to Penticton to share her...

Ighani kidnapping trial set

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:17 pm

A South Okanagan man facing charges for the armed kidnapping of a woman in Princeton last year will go to trial this summer. Afshin Ighani, 46, will face a...

Construction just days away

Feb 8, 2018 / 3:18 pm

The upcoming improvements to the 300 block of Main Street in Penticton will be undertaken by Grizzly Excavating, the same contracting company that did similar...

Siddon 'hanging up spurs'

Feb 8, 2018 / 3:13 pm

RDOS Electoral Area D director Tom Siddon said he doesn't plan to seek reelection this fall, which will mark the end of a political career that spanned...

Firearm trial in jury's hands

Feb 8, 2018 / 2:17 pm

An 11-person jury heard closing arguments Thursday morning in the BC Supreme Court trial of Cody Wilson in Penticton. Wilson is charged with four firearm...

Help an SPCA kitty in pain

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:00 pm

A rescued senior cat just wants to live her final years pain-free, but needs donations to do it. Sugar Plum, who came to the South Okanagan/Similkameen BC SPCA...

Arrest in nightclub attack

Feb 8, 2018 / 12:05 pm

A man has been arrested in connection to a brutal assault last December at the Mule nightclub in Penticton. The male was arrested and released on Jan. 20 on a...

New park next to hotel

Feb 8, 2018 / 11:51 am

Design work is underway to put a new park next to the Coast hotel being built in Oliver. The location of the proposed park is on Fairview Road between Station...

Lifting downtown's 'siege'

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Mayor of Penticton agrees something has to be done to get a handle on an increase of “flagrant social deviances” downtown. Council got an earful...

Snowpack 'concerning'

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

Current snowpack levels in the Okanagan Valley and in the Similkameen are "concerning" for the province's River Forecast Centre. Data released on...

Use of wood bill proceeds

Feb 7, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A federal wood use bill championed by South Okanagan—West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings has made it past its first vote at second reading. Bill C-354 would...

Airbnb tax levels field

Feb 7, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Penticton and its tourism agency is welcoming an agreement announced Wednesday between the provincial government and Airbnb that will see the...

No $25K for celebrity event

Feb 7, 2018 / 5:57 pm

Council members in Osoyoos denied a request of $25,000 to help fund Sticks and Pics — a two-day celebrity charity event coming to the South Okanagan this...

Local wine ban woes

Feb 7, 2018 / 4:38 pm

There's a lot of beef between B.C. and Alberta right now, and not the kind with four legs. Okanagan Valley wineries are feeling caught in the middle after...

Arson at Oliver mall

Feb 7, 2018 / 4:21 pm

A man has been arrested in connection to a fire outside Oliver Place Mall. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, a man was seen putting items into a dumpster fire behind the mall...

Urn stolen from vehicle

Feb 7, 2018 / 2:18 pm

A Penticton man is hoping the thieves who broke into his truck on Sunday night realize what they stole, and return it to him. Scott Dennis said he discovered...

Lark let down by Banks vote

Feb 7, 2018 / 1:45 pm

Lark Group, the company behind the proposed housing complex on Banks Crescent in Summerland that was rejected by council on Tuesday night, has spoken out about...

Police seek missing man

Feb 7, 2018 / 11:53 am

The Summerland RCMP is turning to the public for help tracking down a missing man. Jeffrey Caddick of Chilliwack was reported missing on Tuesday. He was last...

Economic plan adopted

Feb 7, 2018 / 11:03 am

Penticton city council has signed off on a new economic development strategy for the community. The plan mandates the city to communicate with stakeholders to...

Banks Cres. killed

Feb 7, 2018 / 9:33 am

UPDATE: 9:04 a.m. Wednesday The 5 - 2 decision to vote down the Banks Crescent development had "no winners," according to councillor Doug Holmes, who...

Ellis St. apartment approved

Feb 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

A six-storey, 48-unit apartment building proposed on Ellis Street in Penticton will go ahead as planned after council members voted unanimously to approve the...

35-unit complex at council

Feb 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

Plans for a 35-unit townhouse complex in Penticton were introduced during Tuesday night's council meeting, and will go to a public hearing in two weeks...

Buy a ticket, feed a kid

Feb 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A raffle at this year's Valentines Day Vees' game will benefit local Penticton school breakfast programs, plus give fans the chance to win big prizes....

Downtown 'under siege'

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:05 pm

Downtown Penticton Association President Ryan Graham tore into the RCMP’s policing of the downtown core Tuesday, declaring the neighbourhood “under...

School lifts ban to hide scars

Feb 6, 2018 / 4:41 pm

A Grade 9 student at Penticton Secondary School who was forced to wear sleeves to hide self-harm scars said the school lifted that ban on Monday. The student...

Arrested, let go in homicide

Feb 6, 2018 / 2:10 pm

A woman was arrested in connection to the 2017 death of a 17-year-old Penticton man, but was released without charges. Police informed the public of the April...

Witness: 'He was set up'

Feb 6, 2018 / 12:34 pm

Defence lawyer Michael Patterson went after his own witness on the stand Tuesday during the Penticton Supreme Court trial of Cody Wilson. Wilson is charged with...

Beach Cruise on TV

Feb 6, 2018 / 9:28 am

The episode of My Classic Car shot at the Peach City Beach Cruise in Penticton last year is now available for watching online. Host Dennis Gage opens the show...

City studying marijuana regs

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Penticton is studying newly released provincial guidelines on the legalization of marijuana this July. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says it's likely...

Banks vote set for Tue.

Feb 5, 2018 / 10:01 pm

UPDATE 10:00 p.m. Summerland council will hold its final vote on the controversial Banks Crescent development Tuesday night. Mayor Peter Waterman made the...

Town's census appeal fails

Feb 5, 2018 / 4:42 pm

The Town of Osoyoos has partially failed its appeal of the 2016 census, and have begrudgingly signed an RCMP contract with the provincial government. The 2016...

Daycare centre gets a boost

Feb 5, 2018 / 2:40 pm

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen has donated $5,000 to the new daycare on Okanagan College’s Penticton campus. The Little Learners childcare centre...

Student forced to cover scars

Feb 5, 2018 / 11:16 am

A group of students at Penticton Secondary School are fighting against a ruling ordering a Grade 9 student to wear long sleeves at all times to cover scars. The...

Scotties deemed a success

Feb 5, 2018 / 10:15 am

The 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts wrapped up Sunday night in Penticton, and organizers have labelled it a success. The nearly sold-out crowd at the South...

Youth attendance tweaked

Feb 5, 2018 / 9:27 am

With attendance at games booming, the Penticton Vees are making tweaks to the program that allows youth under 18 through the gates for free. For the rest of the...

Accounting firm sold

Feb 5, 2018 / 9:11 am

A member branch of an Okanagan accounting firm has been purchased by an industry giant. Grant Thornton LLP has announced it is absorbing White Kennedy's...

Jones wins 6th Scotties

Feb 4, 2018 / 8:44 pm

The 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship draw was a nail biter, but curling veteran Jennifer Jones and her Manitoba team emerged victorious. Jones...

'Andrew fits right in'

Feb 4, 2018 / 3:29 pm

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton thinks Andrew Wilkinson, who became the new BC Liberal Party leader yesterday, is a great fit who will keep the needs of the Okanagan...

Cars collide at intersection

Feb 4, 2018 / 2:11 pm

Two vehicles collided downtown Penticton Sunday afternoon. Emergency crews responded to a collision at about 1:30 p.m. at the Main Street and Rosetown Avenue...

Battle of Manitoba

Feb 4, 2018 / 1:48 pm

The final two teams in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts will battle it out on Sunday — and both are from Manitoba. The provincial team, headed by skip...

Local teen to open for Kissel

Feb 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

A 15-year-old country artist from Penticton will open for country star Brett Kissel when he performs at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre next month....

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