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Penticton News Mar 4 to 10, 2018

A chance to take in nature

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The public is invited to the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance's annual general meeting next week. The AGM takes place on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7...

Jagmeet Singh visits town

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and South Okanagan - West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings were active in Penticton on Friday. Singh was visiting the city for the...

Alta. MP visits wine country

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Several winery owners in the Okanagan feel it's up to the federal government to end the "growing animosity" between governments in B.C. and...

New chamber board elected

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:02 pm

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce elected a new board of directors Thursday night during its AGM at the Shatford Centre. Nine vacancies were...

Big bucks for Keremeos

Mar 9, 2018 / 3:50 pm

The Village of Keremeos is now flush with cash to upgrade its aging sewage treatment plant. The small Similkameen community was granted $3.9M from the federal...

Pot sales to be delayed?

Mar 9, 2018 / 3:11 pm

Once recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada in July retail sales may not be allowed in the Town of Oliver. Staff are recommending council to ban retail...

Snowpack exceeds last year

Mar 9, 2018 / 2:15 pm

The BC River Forecast Centre says snowpack levels in the Okanagan and Similkameen are well above what would be considered concerning in any year. As of March 1,...

Public solar array funded

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:12 pm

With $6-million dollars in federal funding announced today, the District of Summerland will be harnessing the power of the bright Okanagan sun. The money will...

Wastewater plant gets $2M

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:07 pm

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen has been awarded just under $2.3 million from the federal gas tax fund to help fund a pair of projects. The most...

$6M for arena vision

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:17 am

Penticton is one step closer to a new arena. A $6-million federal Gas Tax Fund grant was announced Friday in support of an Arena Task Force study into a new...

Races showcasing Valley

Mar 9, 2018 / 9:30 am

Adventure athletes from around the province are preparing for a pair of unique multi-sport races in Kelowna and Penticton later this month. During the second...

Finding ways to end poverty

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Poverty reduction was the theme at a community meeting at the Ooknakane Friendship Centre Thursday night. A few dozen people gathered around six communal...

Boost for Starfish program

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The Penticton Starfish Pack program has received a $5,000 donation from Cascades Casino in the run up to its first anniversary celebrations. The Starfish Pack...

CSSHL hopes to bring $3M

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Staff with the Canadian Sport School Hockey League are expecting the annual championships to have an economic impact of more than $3 million in Penticton this...

Nonprofit debuts new look

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:32 pm

The Penticton and District Community Resource Society has a new identity. In front of about 100 people at the Lakeside Resort, the nonprofit announced it has...

Women's Day challenge

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:50 pm

International Women's Day is March 8, celebrating women around the world. Castanet hit the streets to challenge Okanagan residents – male and female...

Only video store shuts down

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:44 pm

The show will soon be over for the only video rental store in Summerland. Homeside Video on Jubilee Road is selling all of its inventory in anticipation of...

Women helping women

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:43 pm

International Women's Day was well represented on Main Street in Penticton Thursday, with feminist speakers and female-oriented discussions. Mondo Creation,...

Snowpack 141% of normal

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:22 pm

New data from the BC River Forecast Centre has snowpacks in the Okanagan and Similkameen way above normal. As of March 1, the Okanagan snowpack was at 141 per...

Billing error expands audit

Mar 8, 2018 / 2:27 pm

The City of Penticton is placing new priority on an audit of its commercial high-usage electrical customers after discovering a “notable” billing...

Penticton getting more grey

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:44 pm

Penticton is getting older. An updated study presented to council this week using 2016 census data predicts Penticton’s population will grow from 34,440...

Special visit for sick child

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:05 pm

Seven-year-old Naramata resident Wills Hodgkinson, who is battling a rare form of kidney cancer, was visited at Vancouver's Ronald McDonald House by a local...

Growing youth baseball

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Penticton-born baseball coach and local MLB prospect are returning to the city this spring and summer to provide training for a quickly growing minor baseball...

Skiers hit bumps, jumps

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The future stars of Canada's international ski team could be among the competitors at the Canadian Junior Nationals aerial and mogul championships at Apex...

College partners with JIBC

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Students at Okanagan College can expand their education in law enforcement close to home, thanks to a partnership between the college at the Justice Institute...

Marina RFP on hold

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:31 pm

It appears the Penticton Yacht Club will not have to compete with the market anytime soon to keep its longtime home on Okanagan Lake. Penticton city council...

Rural med expenses 'unfair'

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:14 pm

When Anne Tansey Rouleau was faced with a cancer diagnosis in Osoyoos several years ago, she had no idea about the extra costs of treatment she would be facing...

Watch for vending thieves

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:11 pm

Travel Penticton is advising local businesses to "be on the alert" for a pair of alleged thieves stealing from Pepsi and Coca Cola vending machines in...

Man acquitted of sex assault

Mar 7, 2018 / 1:25 pm

A South Okanagan man has been acquitted by judge of a sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl that was alleged to have occurred in Oliver in 2016. Although she...

Economic ups and downs

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:12 am

The City of Penticton’s restructured economic development department is starting to hit its stride, even with some recent bad news in the closure of the...

Family's worst nightmare

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:17 am

It's a family's worst nightmare. Tim Hodgkinson and Neeley Brimer's seven year-old son Wills has cancer. The boy complained of a stomach ache so his...

Policing increase covered

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

While municipal policing costs for the Town of Osoyoos will be going up substantially after its census appeal failed last month, their proposed tax increase...

Paved road to Baldy wanted

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

A petition has been launched to pave the road to Mount Baldy, near Oliver, as one official said it's the only ski area in the Okanagan without a paved road...

Are you looking for work?

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

Skilled workers seeking employment in the South Okanagan can start their search at a free job fair next week. The YMCA's Penticton WorkBC Centre will host a...

Plan your healthy fair visit

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The lineup of speakers at the upcoming Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair in Penticton has been announced. On Saturday March 10, the free event will open...

Another sculpture needed

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A second round of submissions for the annual Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition has been announced, with the city looking for art with requirements specific...

New town hall best option

Mar 6, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Staff with the Town of Osoyoos will be bringing a report to council soon to get the ball rolling on building a new town hall. The current 50-plus-year-old...

Babysitter alleges sex assault

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:38 pm

Details of this story may be difficult for some readers. The trial for a South Okanagan man accused of molesting a sleeping 13-year old girl in Oliver opened in...

'Band geek' fest underway

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 pm

The annual Okanagan Concert Band Festival is back in town, bringing teenaged school band members from around B.C. and Alberta together for two days of free...

Seeking 10 big solutions

Mar 6, 2018 / 4:24 pm

What is the single largest issue facing Penticton? The clock is ticking for volunteers with the Smart Cities Penticton campaign to answer that question on...

Feds answer to mussel worry

Mar 6, 2018 / 3:53 pm

The federal government has told the Okanagan Basin Water Board that it "takes very seriously" risks posed by zebra and quagga mussels, after the board...

Arrest, gun seizure at motel

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:56 pm

Police in Penticton arrested a man on outstanding warrants on Friday and seized a stolen handgun. Seamus Kirby was apprehended when Penticton RCMP descended on...

Big bike tours eyeing city

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:28 pm

A unique Kelowna business is eyeing Penticton for expansion this summer. Smile Cycle Tours provides tours to up to 15 cyclists at a time on a single large...

Chamber nominees are in

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:09 pm

The Penticton Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting takes place on Thursday night, where an election will take place to fill several openings at the...

Car used in smash and grab

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:56 am

Police are investigating a smash a grab at the Desert Country Liquor store in Oliver. On March 3, police were called to the store on Main St., arriving to find...

RBC supports PRH tower

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:42 am

The Penticton Regional Hospital has received a large donation from an institution with longtime ties to Penticton, the Royal Bank of Canada. The RBC Foundation...

Fairview fender bender

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:10 am

Penticton emergency crews were on scene of a motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Fairview Road and Channel Parkway about 8:20 p.m. Monday. Thanks to...

Growing pains on Main

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's been a few weeks since the 300-block of Main Street in Penticton closed to vehicle traffic for structural upgrades and improvements, and businesses are...

$5M airport reno planned

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Major renovations worth over $5 million are planned for the Penticton airport, Castanet News has learned. Transport Canada is looking to carry out a complete...

Where's our study?

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Following in the footsteps of the Okanagan-Skaha school district, the Town of Osoyoos is requesting the release of a provincial education report kept under...

Swimmers take BC crown

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Penticton’s KISU Swim Club won big at the SwimBC Tier 2 Provincial Championships in Kamloops last weekend. Represented by 21 athletes, the club became the...

Loren Reagan behind bars

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:41 pm

The co-accused in a high-profile fraud case in Penticton is sitting in an Alberta jail cell, B.C. prosecutors confirmed Monday. Loren Reagan has been wanted on...

Man just can't stop driving

Mar 5, 2018 / 4:31 pm

A Penticton man who can’t seem to stay out of the driver’s seat was sentenced to 90 days in prison Monday for his ninth driving while suspended...

Fined for selling game meat

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:54 pm

A Similkameen man has been fined $2,500 for illegally selling about $150 worth of deer, moose and elk meat. Clint Holmes, 29, is a natural resource and cultural...

Weekend blitz for cops

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:34 pm

South Okanagan traffic enforcers want to be clear: If you break the rules, you're going to pay for it. A distracted driving task force made a huge push...

Skier buried by avalanche

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:55 pm

A backcountry skier is recovering in hospital after being caught in an avalanche east of Apex Mountain on Sunday. Penticton and District Search and Rescue...

Pecha Kucha returning soon

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:39 am

The 11th edition of Pecha Kucha Penticton takes place next week at Cannery Brewing, presenting a series of fascinating and educational Okanagan tales. Featuring...

Coworkers fighting cancer

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

The caregivers at Haven Hill Retirement Centre consider themselves more like family than coworkers, so when two of their own were diagnosed with cancer, the...

Neglected dogs helped

Mar 4, 2018 / 2:56 pm

Last week, 24 rescued dogs were relocated from Williams Lake to the BC SPCA in Penticton, scared, neglected and in need of help. When the SPCA put out a call...

Still not adopted!

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Five playful pups that Castanet has been following at the Critteraid animal sanctuary are now 12 weeks old and at the perfect age to go to their forever home...

Home reno show in town

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Locals were treated to a one-stop shop for information on everything to do with the building industry, Saturday in Penticton. The Home and Reno Show, put on in...