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Penticton News Last 7 days

Fire crews called to action

Dec 16, 2017 / 9:02 am

Penticton fire crews had an early start to their day Saturday, responding to a call of smoke in an apartment building at 888 Fairview Road at 6:20 a.m....

NDP offers modular homes

Dec 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

The provincial government is offering Penticton up to 52 units of modular supported housing. A memorandum of understanding between the city and BC Housing will...

Changes for trash pickup

Dec 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Garbage collection dates in Penticton, Naramata and rural Oliver will be changed for residents on a pair of days over the holidays. Homes in Penticton that...

New acting VP for Pen High

Dec 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Penticton Secondary School will have a new vice-principal for the short term in the new year. Robert Boxall has been named the acting vice-principal of Pen...

Rehab centre fully open

Dec 15, 2017 / 5:04 pm

Friday was a day long in the making for the Discovery House. Staff and dignitaries cut the ribbon for the formal grand opening of the 13-bed rehab facility on...

Two arrests in lockdown

Dec 15, 2017 / 4:43 pm

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. Penticton RCMP said two arrests were made following a lockdown in OK Falls, and confirmed that the incident concluded safely. Police responded...

City urged to get 'Smart'

Dec 15, 2017 / 1:21 pm

A Penticton software developer is urging the city to get involved with the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge, for a shot at millions of dollars...

Study on new pool planned

Dec 15, 2017 / 11:52 am

Local governments in the South Okanagan are teaming up to study the feasibility of building an aquatic centre in the area. The towns of Oliver and Osoyoos have...

ANAVETs closed, again

Dec 15, 2017 / 11:13 am

For the second time in four months, the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans club in Penticton is closed indefinitely. The 350-member club, located at 257...

Gun scare at Cherry Lane

Dec 15, 2017 / 10:54 am

Heavily armed police officers swarmed Penticton’s Cherry Lane Mall on Thursday evening for a false report of a firearm. Police were called to the mall...

Province backs youth centre

Dec 15, 2017 / 9:50 am

The YES Project has its first anchor tenant. The provincial government announced today Penticton is the next community to join the Foundry network. Foundry...

Last call for Xmas contest

Dec 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

You have less than one week left to participate in the Castanet and the Downtown Penticton Association 24 Days of Christmas contest. Until Dec. 20, you can...

$20K for replanting effort

Dec 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Penticton’s En’owkin Centre received $20,000 in support of their multi-year project to engage local youth and restore rare and endangered habitats....

Your Christmas traditions

Dec 14, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Christmas traditions aren’t for everyone, but for many families, they are an essential part of the holidays. Castanet hit the streets of Penticton...

Rehab centre a long haul

Dec 14, 2017 / 5:17 pm

The man in charge of the Discovery House rehab facility said more discussion with the community may have helped Michelle Jansen’s plans to start her own...

Wrist broken during arrest

Dec 14, 2017 / 4:36 pm

What was supposed to be a routine sentencing for a series of property offences was derailed by revelations that the RCMP may have broken the accused’s...

Crash slows Parkway

Dec 14, 2017 / 2:54 pm

A two-vehicle crash slowed traffic on Penticton's Channel Parkway Thursday afternoon. Shortly after 2 p.m. emergency crews were called to the scene of a...

Arrest in attempted car theft

Dec 14, 2017 / 11:52 am

A man is in custody after an attempted carjacking in Penticton on Thursday morning. A 37-year-old woman contacted Penticton RCMP at 8:45 a.m., following an...

Stolen dog still in Quebec

Dec 14, 2017 / 11:15 am

A Naramata family hasn’t given up on getting their stolen dog back; believed to be taken to Montreal by migrant farm workers. Both the Penticton RCMP and...

Digital cats worth thousands

Dec 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

An online game called CryptoKitties that launched barely two weeks ago has taken the internet by storm — and a software engineer from Penticton was one of...

A Christmas dinner for all

Dec 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Penticton restaurant is opening its doors to all community members on Christmas Day. Elite Restaurant, at 340 Main St., is having a drop-in Christmas dinner...

Top skiers compete at Apex

Dec 13, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Apex Mountain Resort is welcoming some of the world's elite freestyle skiers to the hill for four days, beginning Thursday. The Toyo Tires Canadian...

Crash snarls Main St.

Dec 13, 2017 / 5:36 pm

A two-vehicle crash on Main St. at Duncan Ave. briefly blocked traffic Wednesday evening. Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly after 5 p.m.,...

Jaw shattered on dance floor

Dec 13, 2017 / 5:20 pm

The family of a born-and-raised Penticton man that was brutally assaulted in a nightclub last week says he has a long road to recovery. Police announced Tuesday...

Council table could grow

Dec 13, 2017 / 3:30 pm

The number of council members in the Town of Osoyoos could be increased from five to seven next year. On Thursday during a budget meeting, council will discuss...

Parking tickets for homeless

Dec 13, 2017 / 3:21 pm

Your bad parking habits in Penticton could do some good over the next two weeks. The city is teaming up with 100 Homes Penticton, and will allow motorists to...

Local ran child-porn forums

Dec 13, 2017 / 3:01 pm

Crown prosecutors are aiming to lock up a Penticton man for six to eight years for launching and administering a pair of child-porn websites on the darkweb....

Neighbours kill rehab centre

Dec 13, 2017 / 12:41 pm

Plans to open a rehab centre at a Penticton home on Juniper Drive on Dec. 16 have fallen through. Three neighbours of the home are reportedly closing a deal to...

Building waterline for future

Dec 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Penticton Indian Band has been installing a water line to prepare for future development at Satikw Crossing. Work on the pipeline, situated just west of the...

Treatment needed over jail

Dec 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

A South Okanagan man who begged in court for help with his drug addiction will spend just under three more months in prison for a car theft and several breaches...

PDSCL bike sale underway

Dec 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

The second annual Christmas kids' bike sale is underway this week, helping low-income families afford a bike for their child. The sale, hosted by the...

'Pen Henge' to mark solstice

Dec 12, 2017 / 9:00 pm

It's an ancient custom that some still adhere to as the winter solstice takes place. On Dec. 21, the first day of winter, the public is invited to 'Pen...

Spreading the warmth

Dec 12, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Hundreds of people were helped during Penticton’s eighth annual ‘Cover With Kindness’ blanket distribution this week. Over the past two days,...

Parks plan progressing

Dec 12, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The District of Summerland is making progress on its parks and rec master plan, council heard Monday. In April, council commissioned a consultant to complete...

Boil water notice in place

Dec 12, 2017 / 4:39 pm

A boil water notice has been issued by the District of Summerland for residents in Trout Creek, east of Highway 97. "Due to a water main break, possible...

Committee members sought

Dec 12, 2017 / 3:12 pm

The City of Penticton is seeking four community members to participate in a committee on the city’s 2018 utility rate review. The review will examine...

3 weeks jail for robbery

Dec 12, 2017 / 2:01 pm

A man will be spending three weeks in jail for stealing from a Penticton 7-Eleven and smashing a window at the store. Police were called to the convenience...

Firearms stolen in break in

Dec 12, 2017 / 11:29 am

Police in Penticton say firearms were stolen from a local home during a break and enter last week. Residents of a home on 3105 Main St. reported the break in...

Growers Supply Co. burgled

Dec 12, 2017 / 11:10 am

The Oliver RCMP is investigating a break and enter to an agricultural wholesale supply store. Sometime between early Sunday Dec. 10 and Monday Dec. 11, thieves...

Drunk driver rolls vehicle

Dec 12, 2017 / 10:39 am

Emergency crews had to rescue a drunk driver who drove off White Lake Rd. near Kaleden last week. A 31-year-old woman was heading east when her vehicle failed...

Knocked out at the Mule

Dec 12, 2017 / 9:59 am

Police are investigating after a man was found beaten unconscious inside a downtown Penticton nightclub early Sunday morning. The male, 30, was assaulted at the...

Cherry Lane supports PRH

Dec 12, 2017 / 9:51 am

A Penticton staple has made a large contribution to the Penticton Regional Hospital's new wing. Penticton's Cherry Lane Shopping Centre has donated just...

No decision on smart meters

Dec 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Summerland council is in no big rush to develop an opt-out program for electrical smart meters. Staff have been approached by residents from two households...

Still counting flood repairs

Dec 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

The District of Summerland still has significant work to do to clean up after the high level of Okanagan Lake this spring, council heard Monday. A...

Movie night for OSNS

Dec 11, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A Penticton brewery is hosting events Tuesday and Wednesday to raise money for the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre. The OSNS Child and Youth Development...

Two vehicles collide

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:50 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of an incident involving two vehicles in Penticton Monday evening. The crash occurred near Cherry Lane Mall on the corner of...

SD 67 drawn into lawsuit

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:28 pm

The Okanagan Skaha School District is being sued by a woman seeking damages for a fall she took on a sidewalk lip this summer. Alma Potter already filed a...

Pedophile jailed for 4 years

Dec 11, 2017 / 4:08 pm

A Penticton man who admitted to molesting his stepdaughters last year was sentenced to four years in prison Monday. The 44-year-old man — who cannot be...

Rural bus fund proposed

Dec 11, 2017 / 12:42 pm

Greyhound Canada is unveiling its proposal to help keep rural bus service running in large swaths of the province. The bus line is calling on government to...

Invasive goldfish discovered

Dec 11, 2017 / 11:59 am

A popular fishing spot near Penticton is being threatened by invasive goldfish. The provincial government is investigating a proliferation of goldfish in Yellow...

Puppy home safe

Dec 11, 2017 / 10:02 am

Mia, the pup who was inside a vehicle that was stolen on Sunday, has been returned safely to her owner. Hazel Ladhar delivers newspapers across Oliver and had...

Shinedown to play SOEC

Dec 11, 2017 / 9:21 am

American rock band Shinedown is headlining the annual Power 104 Powerball with In This Moment, One Bad Son and 10 Years on March 27 at the South Okanagan Events...

A community unites

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

The community has come together donating hundreds of items to Penticton’s annual 'Cover With Kindness' blanket drive. On Sunday the Penticton Vees...

Castanet fights hunger

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

Hundreds of pounds of food was donated to the local food bank Sunday at the first annual ‘Penticton Cares’ event. The food drive took place at...

A celebration on ice

Dec 10, 2017 / 6:11 pm

The Penticton Lakeside Resort celebrated the final days of Canada’s 150th birthday on their outdoor skating rink Sunday afternoon. The “Canada 150...

SUV stolen with dog inside

Dec 10, 2017 / 3:09 pm

The dog has since been returned to its owners. Read the updated story here. An SUV that had a small dog inside of it was stolen from an Oliver gas station on...

Garnet Valley project wraps

Dec 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

The $7.1M Garnet Valley water separation project in the District of Summerland has been completed, after more than a year of work that significantly affected...

Castanet's food drive today

Dec 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

Don't forget — Castanet staff and the Penticton Vees will be loading the Vees' team bus with donations for the local food bank on Sunday, at the...

Opal and James Max

Dec 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

With many animals looking for forever homes, there isn't enough staff to keep up with all the furry friends. That's why Critteraid is asking for...

'Best ever' Cookie Walk

Dec 9, 2017 / 7:15 pm

When residents were evacuated from their properties in the Okanagan due to wildfires in the summer, members of the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team were...

Last native bird stronghold

Dec 9, 2017 / 5:19 pm

The final touches have been put on a protected area in Summerland for two bird species. An area about 2.5 acres in size, now known as the Woodbridge Nature...

Gov could fund private bus

Dec 9, 2017 / 4:34 pm

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure isn't ruling out the potential to subsidize a private bus company such as Greyhound, if it means keeping...