The Critteraid Animal Sanctuary in Summerland has a bonded pair of rambunctious kittens looking for a home

Bouncy, playful pair of cats

Casey Richardson

Say hello to Javier and Mini, a bouncy pair of kittens looking to find a home with a family that loves to play.

The Critteraid Animal Sanctuary in Summerland picked up these two when they were very little and the opposite personalities of the kittens didn't hold them back from becoming best friends.

"Mini came to us at just a few days old and had to be bottle fed," Critteraid Animal Director Jess Byer explained. "Javier is a little more on the sweet side, definitely more about sitting in laps and cuddles."

Mini keeps him busy with her energy and love of playing.

"We're looking for a family that has a lot of energy to give these two rambunctious little kittens and time to keep them safe."

Both of the cats would do well with being harnessed trained to eventually venture outdoors. They are currently indoor cats, but Byer explains that they are smart cats that would thrive.

If you're interested in getting to know more about Javier and Mini, send Critteraid an email at [email protected]


$700 shopping spree in downtown Penticton up for grabs

$700 shopping spree is here

The Downtown Penticton Association is thrilled to announce the popular 24 Days of Christmas Contest is back this year at participating downtown businesses.

From now until Dec. 16, visit as many of the two dozen participating shops to enter to win a $25 gift card from each business, and $100 additional downtown dollars, all valued at $700.

Participating businesses are:

  • Mi Amor Clothing Boutique
  • Dragon's Den
  • Penticton Optical Co
  • Relentless Fire & Safety
  • Something Pretty Boutique
  • Buoy Clothing Co.
  • Beadz Penticton
  • Teas & Weaves
  • Blenz Coffee Penticton
  • City Centre Health & Fitness
  • Sirius Science and Nature
  • Game Cave Videogames & Amusements
  • Cannabis Cottage
  • Simply Keto
  • TIME Family of Wines
  • Below the Ankle
  • Arcadia Modern Home
  • SmartShopper Value Variety Convenience
  • Cannery Brewing
  • The Grooveyard
  • Peaches Lingerie Penticton
  • Renew Laser & Skin Clinic
  • Eskala Mountain Sports
  • Sass Boutique

All of the businesses will have ballots available to enter the draw. Visit them all to increase your odds!

The grand prize winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, Dec. 17.

It's back! The jolliest community fun run in Penticton returns this weekend

Santas along the lakeshore

The Santa Rec Run is back!

The annual jolly community fun run returns for its 12th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 27, with all proceeds from registration fees going to the not-for-profit Youth Outdoor Recreation Society providing affordable outdoor programs for Okanagan youth.

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will gather at the Loco Landing Saturday afternoon for the easy five-kilometre loop along the waterfront and back, or a one-kilometre version for kids.

Every participant gets a Santa hat and gloves and entries into a prize draw, and more elaborate costumes are encouraged!

"Yes, the weather is getting colder but we encourage everyone to just throw on a few extra layers, including a costume, enjoy some outside exercise and fresh air and check out our beautifully decorated course," said Hoodoo Adventures founder Lyndie Hill, who is behind the run.

Participants are encouraged to enter in groups such as school classrooms, businesses or clubs who can be entered to win prizes of customized fun outdoor activities with Hoodoo Adventures.

Rates are $15 per child aged 4-16, $20 per adult or $50 for a family rate of three to five people. Registration is required.

All proceeds will go right to the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society.

For more information and to register, click here.


Highway 3 reopens after 16 hour closure due to crash

Hwy 3 reopens after crash

UPDATE 11:35 p.m.

Highway 3 has now reopened after a closure of 16 hours.

DriveBC reports there is still an eastbound lane closure in the crash site west of Princeton.

Motorists should expect delays while the backlog clears.

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

Highway 3 will remain closed well into the evening.

DriveBC will provide their next update at 11:30 p.m.

The crash, which sent one person to hospital, occurred about four kilometres south of Princeton.

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m.

Very little details are known at this time, but DriveBC reports Highway 3 remains closed following a crash.

RCMP say at least one individual was taken to hospital as a result of the accident.

Police received a call shortly after 7 a.m. regarding two freight trucks on fire about four kilometres south of Princeton.

The next update is scheduled for 6 p.m.

UPDATE 2:35 p.m.

Details are still limited, but RCMP say at least one person was taken to hospital after the crash.

The call came into police for two freight trucks on fire about four kilometres south of Princeton shortly after 7 a.m.

DriveBC reports the highway is still closed. The next update is due at 4 p.m.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m.

Highway 3 remains closed between Hope and Princeton due to the crash.

DriveBC reports the next update is due at 3 p.m.

UPDATE 8:34 a.m.

A photo from the scene of a vehicle incident just outside of Princeton shows a semi-trailer partially in the ditch and engulfed in flames while another vehicle in the other ditch is also completely engulfed by fire.

DriveBC is reporting that the highway is closed in both directions between Hope and Princeton due to multiple vehicle incidents, there is no estimated opening time or detour available.

ORIGINAL 7:58 a.m.

An incident said to involve a semi truck on fire has closed Highway 3 west of Princeton.

DriveBC reports the highway is closed in both directions between Burr Road and Wrights Road, five kilometres west of the Similkameen community.

No estimated time of reopening is available.

There is also no detour.

Expect major delays.

Castanet readers report a "major accident involving a semi truck on fire."

Meanwhile, a second incident is reported 47 km west of Princeton at Tower Road.

It has also closed the highway.

At this time, it's unclear which incident involves the semi.

The Hope-Princeton Highway has been hit hard in recent day, and further west major delays continue at the site of a mudslide between Sunshine Valley and the Allison Pass Summit.

The route is open for essential travel only, with one lane each direction and areas of single-lane, alternating traffic.

New electric vehicle charging station opens in Osoyoos

E-vehicle charging station

The Town of Osoyoos has a brand-new electric vehicle charging station.

It opened in the municipal parking lot on 74th avenue this week, and is now accessible to the public.

The project was developed with support from Natural Resources Canada and Tesla Motors Canada.

It includes eight Tesla Superchargers and three Flo Direct Current Fast Chargers.

Penticton food drive smashes one-night goal, and there are still ways to help

Food drive smashes goal

10,000? Try more than 13,000!

The annual 10,000 Tonight food drive run by students from Penticton secondary schools smashed its goal of 10,000 non-perishable food items, collecting close to 14,000 thanks to generous donors around the city.

"We want to thank everyone who donated, as well as out sponsors and volunteers! It is so wonderful to be a part of such a caring community," they wrote on Facebook late Thursday night.

All of the items will be going to families in need.

But the giving season isn't over. 10,000 Tonight is just part one of two events that make up "Penticton Provides."

Part two is Toys for Tots to Teens, looking to raise $20,000 and collect $1,000 gifts for kids aged 0-18 to make sure no child goes without something under the tree this holiday season.

That event takes place Dec. 9 at Penticton Secondary School. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy or a cash donation starting at 7 a.m. and you'll be given a free breakfast as a thanks for participating, while supplies last.

If you can't make the drop-off day, call one of the Castanet team members to arrange a stocking to be dropped off at your business that can be filled with whatever donations you would like to give.

Call 250-460-0121 to schedule Jasmine, Elin or Andrea to come by.

South Okanagan/Similkameen SPCA asking for foster homes for cats and kittens out of homes due to floods

Fosters needed for flood cats

The South Okanagan-Similkameen BC SPCA branch is hoping the community will step up to help house animals displaced by recent storms.

They are looking for people to join their foster home program for cats and kittens. SPCA teams in other areas of the province are overwhelmed, and the local branch wants to help.

"If you have a spare room in your home that isn’t being used currently, please consider offering this space to cats or kittens in need, even for the next 2-4 weeks," they ask.

For more information and to apply to be a foster, click here.

And if fostering isn't in the cards, there are other ways to help. Longtime local donor Barry Zarudenec, with the help of the Penticton Indian Band, recently raised $1,220 for the local SPCA branch during a Halloween Drive-Thru event.

Branch manager Carolyn Hawkins said she is very appreciative of the support.

Anyone looking to donate can click here.

Town of Princeton updates boil water notice for several neighbourhoods as flood recovery continues

Boil water advisory ongoing

The Town of Princeton has updated its boil water notice list as it continues to recover from devastating floods in mid-November that damaged the local water system.

Properties on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bench, in the Mine Subdivision and in Westridge must bring their tap water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking it, or using it to cook, feed pets, make ice, wash food, make infant formula or other drinks, or for canning.

Water should also not be used for bathing individuals who need help, such as infants, toddlers and the elderly. They should be given a sponge bath instead to avoid them swallowing the water.

A more severe notice, "Do Not Consume," is in place for properties in:

  • Allison Flats (Corina, Allison, Angela, etc)
  • Tunnel Area (Similkameen, Auburn, Dollie, etc)
  • Downtown Core
  • East Princeton
  • Deerview
  • Pines, Lynnwood, Deblyn MHP
  • Industrial Park
  • Airport & Jacobson Rd

The notice means that there are harmful chemicals or other materials in the water that can make anyone who consumes it sick.

This water can be used for bathing or showering as long as it is not consumed, household cleaning, flushing toilets, washing vehicles and watering plants.

Clean drinking water is available for pickup at the Baptist Church Food Bank at 160 Old Hedley Road. Residents are advised they will need to bring their own containers to fill up.

Anyone unable to pick up water for themselves can call the food bank at 250-295-7752 to arrange for water to be delivered.

Evac orders downgraded to alerts in Chopaka area of Cawston, and RV parks in Keremeos, as one new evacuation order issued

New evacuation order

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

As some areas of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen see evacuation orders dropped to alerts, another has seen an additional order.

One large property in rural Princeton, 600 Public Works Road, has been placed under order as of Friday morning due to "immediate danger to life and property" caused by Similkameen River flooding.

RCMP will be expediting the order.

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.

More properties in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have been downgraded from evacuation orders to alerts.

The Riverside RV Park and Estates areas in rural Keremeos are no longer under order, but should still be prepared to evacuate should that change.

ORIGINAL: 10 a.m.

Evacuation orders for four properties in the Chopaka area of Cawston have been rescinded Friday morning.

The properties had been under order since Nov. 15 as part of the area's response to historic flooding.

While the order has been lifted, the properties remain under alert due to the continued threat of flooding in the area. Affected properties are 1049, 186, 1050 and 1101 Chopaka Road.

In rural Princeton and the Town of Princeton, hundreds of properties remain either on alert or order near the Similkameen and Tulameen rivers. For a full interactive map, click here.

Properties on alert are urged to make preparations, in case they are changed to an order. For helpful resources and tips on how to prepare, click here.

Experimental non-alcoholic brew comes to Firehall Brewery

Brewing up experiment

Firehall Brewery in Oliver is releasing a new experimental non-alcoholic beer in collaboration with a laboratory in Ontario, part of ongoing research into brews that taste great without the alcohol.

The innovative new technique involves a maltose-negative strain of yeast developed by Escarpment Laboratories, which ferments only a portion of the sugars during the brewing process.

That allows the essential beer flavour profile to flourish, without exceeding 0.5 per cent alcohol content.

The non-alcoholic beer market is growing, and it is usually unavailable to small craft breweries. This new technology may help local businesses like Firehall brew those beers.

Firehall's brew is called "Fire Drill N.A.I.P.A.," short for Non-Alcoholic India Pale Ale. They describe it as refreshing and hoppy with strong aromas of citrus fruit and evergreen.

The batch will be available on tap and by the bottle to go at Firehall. Volume is limited so will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Find Firehall in Oliver on Main Street, and learn more here.

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