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New mill bringing new jobs

Sep 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

A South Okanagan manufacturer is preparing to open a new mill in OK Falls next month. Structurlam will be opening a new 35,000-square-foot facility in the...

Rescuers brush up skills

Sep 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Several members of the Penticton Fire Department took part in high-angle rescue training earlier this week. Deputy fire chief Chris Forster said the training...

Raise proposed for council

Sep 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Mayor and council in Summerland may be getting a raise. District staff are recommending in a report going before council Monday that the mayor receive a nearly...

Ride the last Greyhound

Sep 21, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The era of the Greyhound bus is nearly over in B.C., and a group of Penticton historians are inviting the public aboard while they document the last bus out of...

Council hopeful withdraws

Sep 21, 2018 / 4:39 pm

One of Penticton's 25 council candidates has withdrawn her nomination after she said she was in a car accident last week. Tracy Franklin shared the news on...

Meningitis case in Oliver

Sep 21, 2018 / 4:19 pm

Interior Health is advising of a recent case of pneumococcal disease resulting in meningitis in Oliver, but say there's no further risk to the public. ...

Vote on new fire truck

Sep 21, 2018 / 3:57 pm

Residents who will be able to vote for or against a new fire truck for the Keremeos Fire Department will be able to find out more on the public referendum early...

Vagrancy affecting banks

Sep 21, 2018 / 1:43 pm

Prospera Credit Union in downtown Penticton has scaled back the hours its ATM is available due to vagrancy issues in the area. The bank's head office posted...

Developer sued over runoff

Sep 21, 2018 / 12:11 pm

Two Naramata families have filed a lawsuit against a development uphill from them for damage to their property caused by water runoff over the past two years....

KVR to finally be finished

Sep 21, 2018 / 10:27 am

Longstanding plans to improve the Kettle Valley Rail trail through Pioneer Park in Kaleden are finally set to go ahead. On Thursday, the Regional District of...

Cannings on Trans Mountain

Sep 21, 2018 / 10:25 am

Prominent NDP MP Nathan Cullen is coming to Penticton next week for a town hall with South Okanagan—West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings on the...

Candidate forum packed

Sep 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

A majority of candidates running for mayor or council in Penticton turned up at the second annual Arts Rising festival's all-candidate forum Thursday night....

New wine centre unveiled

Sep 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

A new state-of-the-art wine centre in downtown Penticton is preparing to open its doors this weekend. The Wine Experience Centre has been undergoing...

Charity plant sale goes Sat.

Sep 20, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The Summerland Friends of the Ornamental Gardens is holding its annual Fall plant sale this Saturday, raising money for maintenance of the site. A wide variety...

'Garage sale' at the Mule

Sep 20, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The city’s last nightclub may be closed, but you have a chance this weekend to purchase a piece of Penticton nightlife history. The new owners of the Mule...

Former local guilty in killing

Sep 20, 2018 / 4:13 pm

A man convicted and sentenced in April to five years in prison for a Penticton armed robbery has now been found guilty of manslaughter for the killing of a man...

Nat'l park boundaries soon

Sep 20, 2018 / 2:32 pm

A Parks Canada staff member said a preliminary park boundary will be ready in November regarding a proposed national park in the South Okanagan and Similkameen....

City to overhaul website

Sep 20, 2018 / 2:30 pm

The City of Penticton is starting consultations on a redesign and modernization of its website, and it wants your input. In a bid to build an “easy-to-use...

Mayors worried of cop 'hub'

Sep 20, 2018 / 12:27 pm

Two South Okanagan mayors raised concerns to the region's top cop about suggested increased policing centralization in Penticton. At the UBCM in Whistler...

Breakfast raises thousands

Sep 20, 2018 / 11:11 am

The seventh annual United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast fundraiser was a huge success Thursday morning, handily beating their donation goal and serving so many...

Pot factory construction set

Sep 20, 2018 / 10:41 am

A work camp will soon be set up in Princeton for employees who will be building a new medical marijuana facility worth $21.5 million. Town council approved a...

City asks for stiffer sentences

Sep 20, 2018 / 10:08 am

The Mayor of Penticton says the provincial government was receptive, but non-committal to the city’s lobbying for reform to the criminal justice system...

Spending highest in valley?

Sep 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

An independent report ranked Penticton last in the Okanagan for municipal spending, but city staff say the report doesn't account for it supplying...

Can you name candidates?

Sep 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

With just a month to go until municipal election day and candidate signs popping up all over town, Castanet hit the streets to ask a simple question of...

RDOS using 'roving polls'

Sep 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will be trying to combat low voter turnout in next month's local elections with a “roving poll”...

Vees to give out $28K

Sep 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The Penticton Vees have announced they will be giving out $1,000 to community groups during each of their 28 home games this season. The Community Heroes...

Cats in 'hoarding situation'

Sep 19, 2018 / 7:00 pm

More details about the 64 cats and kittens taken in from a hoarding situation by the SPCA this week are now available, including how the public can help. On...

RDOS trims emergency staff

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:22 pm

Turnover is continuing this year at the regional district's emergency operations department. Brandy Maslowski was let go earlier this month by the Regional...

Free after-school education

Sep 19, 2018 / 4:55 pm

With back-to-school season well underway, the Penticton Public Library is also launching their fall educational programs, which you can get a sneak peek at this...

Most obeying sign rules

Sep 19, 2018 / 2:25 pm

Election candidates in Penticton have had their signs up for a few days now, and many appear to be following new guidelines laid out earlier this year for where...

OHG renews 10-year lease

Sep 19, 2018 / 1:08 pm

Penticton city council approved a new 10-year lease Tuesday with the Okanagan Group, for its use of South Okanagan Events Centre facilities. The hockey school,...

Cram the Cruiser with food

Sep 19, 2018 / 11:45 am

Penticton RCMP, along with The Real Canadian Superstore and Salvation Army, are hosting their annual "Cram the Cruiser" food drive this weekend. On...

Charity drive-thru tomorrow

Sep 19, 2018 / 11:10 am

The day has almost arrived — the United Way wants to provide you with drive-thru breakfast and prizes at the Penticton Lakeside Resort Thursday morning. ...

Supportive housing green-lit

Sep 19, 2018 / 10:50 am

Penticton city council has approved the construction of a 62-unit transitional housing development for the homeless on Winnipeg Street. The BC Housing project...

Candidate plans to withdraw

Sep 19, 2018 / 9:40 am

Martyn Lewis has declared his intention to withdraw from the crowded Penticton city council race. The owner of Brexit Pub and Coconut Express tours told...

New nightlife spot in town?

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

A gap left in the late-night scene in Penticton could soon be filled by recently-opened pub Brexit, which is seeking a liquor primary license from the city. The...

Another big year of building

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

After seeing the highest value of construction in more than a decade last year, the Town of Osoyoos is on pace to have more construction this year than in 2017....

Hone your fire safety skills

Sep 18, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The Penticton Fire Department is offering training for residents wanting to learn how to properly and safely use fire extinguishers. Interested adults can sign...

$415,115 in tax exemptions

Sep 18, 2018 / 7:30 pm

Penticton city council has approved $415,115 in permissive tax exemptions for 2019. The exemptions are for 98 qualifying candidates as assessed by council. In...

City buys creekside home

Sep 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Penticton has pulled the trigger on the purchase of a home along Penticton Creek to make way for creek widening and restoration work. It was...

No conflict here, says Sentes

Sep 18, 2018 / 5:23 pm

An unprecedented bylaw that would ban carriage homes from a Penticton neighbourhood was forwarded Tuesday to a public hearing next month, supported by a vote...

Top cop: Tickets won't help

Sep 18, 2018 / 3:34 pm

The Penticton RCMP "will not be able to enforce” homelessness out of the city, according to the city’s top cop. South Okanagan regional...

New fire hire sure to fit in

Sep 18, 2018 / 3:32 pm

The Penticton Fire Department is trying out a new hiring process to fill their upcoming vacancy, aiming to make sure new additions are a good fit. Four...

'Bad situation' at shelter

Sep 18, 2018 / 2:24 pm

Over 60 cats and kittens have been rescued, completely overwhelming the BC SPCA South Okanagan-Similkameen branch to the point where they needed to close for...

Counting kokanee in creek

Sep 18, 2018 / 1:00 pm

The annual kokanee salmon run is well underway, with fish trying out the newly renovated spawning beds installed this summer in place of Penticton Creek's...

Peake to meet with locals

Sep 18, 2018 / 12:32 pm

Janet Peake, one of two mayoral candidates in Summerland, will be hosting an open house to meet with members of the public on Thursday. The event will run from...

90 days for fatal crash

Sep 18, 2018 / 11:58 am

Problems with the investigation into an alleged drunk driving death in Penticton in 2015 have led to a plea deal, avoiding a trial and sending a young man to...

Indo-Canadians give to PRH

Sep 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

Longtime Penticton resident Jas Garib has donated $30,000 towards the expansion project at the Penticton Regional Hospital. Garib's donation is part of a...

Money going to local family

Sep 18, 2018 / 9:30 am

Penticton's Habitat for Humanity team is thrilled to have received a $500 donation from 100 Women Who Care last week. "It feels incredible, it feels...

The power of the vegetable

Sep 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Health Forum takes place this Sunday at the Shatford Centre, providing attendees “a day of education and inspiration” on the power of a...

Fire camp being dismantled

Sep 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The B.C. Wildfire Service camp that has called Keremeos home for much of the summer fire season is being disbanded, due to fires in the area being sufficiently...

Visit hundreds of birds

Sep 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's migration season, and the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory is busy tracking the progress of around 150 different species of songbirds that make their way...

Planting hundreds of trees

Sep 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is looking for volunteers for a pair of events next week that will aim to restore natural habitat by planting hundreds of...

9,000 pounds of food

Sep 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

An annual Thanksgiving Food Drive in Penticton and the surrounding area has been a big success, with roughly 9,000 pounds of food donated. "Donations per...

Fugitive caught 3 years later

Sep 17, 2018 / 2:09 pm

A convicted South Okanagan drug dealer is back behind bars after skipping her sentencing hearing more than three years ago. Laurie-Ann Williams, 52, was...

Syringe drop bins rolled out

Sep 17, 2018 / 12:50 pm

Installation of public syringe disposal bins has started in Penticton, with nine outdoor locations selected by the city in collaboration with social service...

Make way for LED lights

Sep 17, 2018 / 11:44 am

The Streetlight LED Retrofit Project is now underway, with 885 streetlights being converted to LED lights in Summerland. The project was made possible by the...

Alleged drug mule in court

Sep 17, 2018 / 11:40 am

A Mexican national accused of smuggling several kilograms of methamphetamine across the border near Osoyoos earlier this month had his bail hearing adjourned...

Oliver man murder charge

Sep 17, 2018 / 10:58 am

An Oliver man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the homicide of a young woman in Boston Bar earlier this summer. On Aug. 22, 2018 at...

Theatre boss runs for mayor

Sep 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Landmark Cinema manager James Blake is one of six people running for mayor in Penticton in October's municipal election, and he has released his platform....

Big year for Terry Fox Run

Sep 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Despite cool temperatures and slightly gloomy skies, Penticton's annual Terry Fox Run was a success. "It went fantastic. We had some great help from...

'Inclusive' candidate to run

Sep 16, 2018 / 4:32 pm

The nomination period is over for the upcoming municipal elections in October, and one candidate throwing his hat in the ring for council in Penticton is Jesse...

Watch out for wild horses

Sep 16, 2018 / 9:48 am

If you’re driving on Highway 97 in Kaleden watch out for wild horses. Drive BC is advising drivers about a herd of wild horses near Lakehill Road on...

50-site RV Park proposed

Sep 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

A developer is proposing to build a 50-site RV park on industrial land in OK Falls, but staff with the regional district are recommending the proposal be...

Respiratory issues rampant

Sep 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

An overwhelming number of kittens taken in by Summerland's Critteraid sanctuary this season have had respiratory issues, resulting from illnesses spread by...

Funding provided for OSNS

Sep 15, 2018 / 7:11 pm

The Downtown Penticton Association has provided just under $1,500 for programs at the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre in Penticton. The DPA said the...

Boot to hold open house

Sep 15, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Summerland mayoral candidate Toni Boot is holding an informal open house later this month to meet with residents. The public event is scheduled for Sept. 26 at...

Festival sizzles on cool day

Sep 15, 2018 / 5:40 pm

Temperatures around B.C. are below seasonal this weekend but, in Keremeos, you could say it was hotter than usual. The village hosted the 17th annual...