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Penticton News Last 7 days

Placer Mtn fire at 50 ha

Jul 18, 2018 / 6:08 pm

UPDATE 6:00 p.m. The BC Wildfire Service says a 50 hectare wildfire burning on Placer Mountain, just west of Cathedral Mountain Provincial Park is putting up a...

PIB issues evac alerts

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:35 pm

UPDATE 5:35 p.m. The Penticton Indian Band has issued an evacuation alert for 13 addresses near the Conkle Mountain wildfire, west of Summerland. All homes on...

Nine fire starts in region

Jul 18, 2018 / 4:48 pm

Nine of the 13 Okanagan fires sparked by lightning on Tuesday ignited in the South Okanagan and Similkameen, and the damage done is still being tallied. The...

Two houses gutted

Jul 18, 2018 / 4:18 pm

Penticton fire captain Mike Richards said that fire crews will be working on controlling the fire for a few more hours, though the largest of the flames are...

Truck ablaze on Eastside Rd

Jul 18, 2018 / 2:29 pm

A pickup truck is on fire on Eastside Road, just north of Skaha Estates. According to several Castanet readers, a fire truck is now on the scene. Traffic is...

Waterfront tower paused

Jul 18, 2018 / 1:25 pm

Penticton city council has sent a proposed 7-storey building on Marina Way back to the drawing board while simultaneously approving it in principle. A developer...

Four wildfires under control

Jul 18, 2018 / 12:43 pm

Four wildfires sparked near Naramata during Tuesday night's thunderstorm are said to be relatively small and under control. Naramata fire chief Tony Trovao...

Young Stars tix on sale soon

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:42 am

Tickets for the eighth Young Stars Classic tournament in Penticton will be available to the public beginning on July 27, at 10 a.m. The showcase from Sept. 7 to...

'Good day, saved a house'

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Fire crews in Naramata pulled out all the stops on Tuesday evening to save a rural home from a fast-approaching wildfire. The fire, sparked by lightning when a...

Bones slowed roadwork job

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The end of the road is near of a major infrastructure upgrade on Highway 3 — a project that has come with its share of unavoidable, and some bizarre,...

Strike hurts wine centre

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Business at the non-profit B.C. VQA Wine Information Centre in Penticton has been collateral damage to a strike taking place next door at Cascades Casino. The...

13 fires sparked

Jul 17, 2018 / 11:21 pm

UPDATE 10:20 p.m. The B.C. Wildfire Service is attending to 13 new fire starts in the Okanagan-Similkameen caused by widespread lightning. Additional resources...

Your pics: wildfires in Valley

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:01 pm

A thunderstorm rolled through the Okanagan Tuesday, sparking several wildfires. Crews are scrambling to fires near Summerland, Naramata, West Kelowna, Peachland...

Crews stop 1 of 2 wildfires

Jul 17, 2018 / 9:14 pm

The Naramata Volunteer Fire Department has stopped one of two new fire starts sparked by lightning near the community. Three water tenders and the entire...

Lounge in style at Skaha

Jul 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A first-of-its-kind business for Penticton beaches has opened on the shores of Skaha Lake, with the aim of making lazy days on the sand even more comfortable....

Town gifted empty lots

Jul 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A little over 2.5 acres of undeveloped land near Cottonwood Park in Osoyoos has been donated to the municipality. The Robert L. Conconi Foundation acquired the...

Wildfire doubles to 16 ha

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:21 pm

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. The BC Wildfire Service says the Pike Mountain wildfire near Princeton has grown to 16 hectares, more than double the seven hectares it was...

Club fails ammonia tests

Jul 17, 2018 / 4:58 pm

The Penticton Curling Club was before city council Tuesday with an urgent plea for help to get the club’s ice plant compliant with new safety regulations...

Chief says: Stay fire safe

Jul 17, 2018 / 4:01 pm

Penticton fire chief Larry Watkinson is hoping residents will reacquaint themselves with strategies for fire safety and preparedness now that wildfire season...

City council sees the streets

Jul 17, 2018 / 3:35 pm

Penticton city council took a virtual walk downtown Tuesday, guided by city manager Peter Weeber through a lengthy photo slideshow of images he’s captured...

Cougar in neighbourhood

Jul 17, 2018 / 2:40 pm

A BC conservation officer has confirmed what he believes is a credible sighting of a cougar in an Oliver neighbourhood Sunday evening. "We got a call...

Blaze battled, beaten

Jul 17, 2018 / 12:35 pm

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department members have wrapped up activities at the fire site, as the flames are controlled. Fire chief Denis Gaudry...

MMA event hits Okanagan

Jul 17, 2018 / 11:45 am

A loaded mixed martial arts fight card which includes UFC veterans, prospects and local pro fighters is coming to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre this...

Popular wine bash is back

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Tickets are now on sale for one of the biggest bashes on the Bench, the annual Naramata Bench Wineries Association Tailgate Party to celebrate the end of the...

Stay chill despite the heat

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

This Okanagan heat wave means business, so Castanet hit the streets to find out how people in Penticton are battling back and staying cool. According to...

Airport holding b-day bash

Jul 16, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Penticton airport will be celebrating its birthday this month, and wants the community to join the fun. Sunday, July 22 will be Airport Day, to mark the 76th...

Motorbike crash was fatal

Jul 16, 2018 / 7:47 pm

Police have confirmed one person lost their life in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Oliver on Saturday. Investigators believe a northbound vehicle...

City expansion finalized

Jul 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Penticton has completed the process to expand its southeast boundaries near Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park by about 300 acres. A report going before...

Fentanyl dealing at casino

Jul 16, 2018 / 5:50 pm

A Penticton mother has been sentenced to 34 months in prison for being caught selling fentanyl from the slot machines of the old Penticton Lakeside casino in...

Vineyard crews fight fire

Jul 16, 2018 / 5:40 pm

UPDATE 5:40 p.m. Vineyard workers north of Osoyoos assisted the Oliver fire department in knocking down a large brush fire on the Black Sage Bench. Senior...

Free family waterpark fun

Jul 16, 2018 / 2:25 pm

The Town of Osoyoos is hosting two Family Splash Days at the Osooyos Splash Park this summer. On Wednesday, July 18 and Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30...

Crash slows Highway 97

Jul 16, 2018 / 1:01 pm

Traffic was slowed coming into the north end of Penticton Monday after a car left Highway 97 and landed in the ditch. A grey sedan crashed just north of West...

Sally Ann eyes new home

Jul 16, 2018 / 11:57 am

The Penticton Salvation Army is looking to purchase and renovate a large property on Camrose Street, previously the location of the Penticton Western News, for...

New safety lights downtown

Jul 16, 2018 / 9:57 am

Downtown is a brighter place at night now, as part of an ongoing push to make the Main Street area of Penticton a safer place to be. Various new lights have...

Three Days Grace to play

Jul 16, 2018 / 9:46 am

Multi-platinum Canadian rockers Three Days Grace will be hitting Penticton at the SOEC this December as one of 16 stops on their tour, "The Outsider."...

Winery tries to make a mark

Jul 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

A winery on the Naramata Bench is trying to make a name for itself by opening a new style of tasting room and hosting a big 1920s-themed gala. "It's...

Great year for triathlon

Jul 15, 2018 / 6:11 pm

The 36th annual Peach Classic Triathlon went smoothly this Sunday. "It went phenomenal, the last three or four years it's increased in numbers so...

Free ice cream at the Peach?

Jul 15, 2018 / 4:11 pm

You might be a lucky winner today if you buy ice cream from Penticton's iconic Peach at Okanagan Lake. According to owner Diana Stirling, from 5 to 10 p.m....

April Wine will play the hits

Jul 15, 2018 / 2:03 pm

Canadian classic rock greats April Wine haven't been to Penticton in years, but guitarist and vocalist Brian Greenway is looking forward to a return visit...

Plans to pave spray park lot

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Families visiting the Kinsmen playground and spray park in Oliver's downtown likely won't have to deal with a pot-holed gravel parking lot for much...

Meet the rescued kitties

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Last week, Summerland animal sanctuary Critteraid rescued 50 cats from unsafe living conditions in Kaleden. The cats are now up for adoption, and according to...

Crash possibly fatal

Jul 14, 2018 / 9:40 pm

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. A crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 97 between Oliver and Osoyoos may have been fatal. It's believed the collision involved a car and a...

Hwy 97 car fire doused

Jul 14, 2018 / 8:16 pm

UPDATE: 8:15 p.m. Osoyoos Fire Chief Ryan McCaskill confirmed no one was hurt when a Toyota sedan burst into flames on the side of Highway 97 near Osoyoos, late...

Back-to-back river rescues

Jul 14, 2018 / 2:48 pm

Crews in Oliver were busy on Friday evening with back-to-back rescues on the Okanagan River — first locating a missing man before bringing four stranded...

Housing market cooling

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Despite a continued climb in South Okanagan real estate prices, activity has cooled off. Midway through 2018, it's a noticeable difference compared to the...

Still reeling after jail beating

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Penticton resident says she and her husband are being short-changed from a settlement they received more than two years ago from RCMP, after a...

Grow-op faces new hurdle

Jul 13, 2018 / 7:00 pm

It appears a large-scale marijuana grow-op that broke ground in Kaleden earlier this year still has a regulatory hurdle to clear with the Agricultural Land...

New salmon bed going in

Jul 13, 2018 / 3:11 pm

Construction will start this August on a new salmon spawning bed under the Penticton Channel. The new 500-metre-long bed is planned for the area between the...

Scotties claim $6.7M impact

Jul 13, 2018 / 1:09 pm

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts held in Penticton earlier this year generated a $6.7M impact on the local economy, according to a report going before city...

Former director to run again

Jul 13, 2018 / 12:22 pm

Bill Schwarz plans to once again seek a seat at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board table this fall, after spending the past two terms in...

Dump truck fire on Hwy 97

Jul 13, 2018 / 11:34 am

The Oliver Volunteer Fire Department quickly doused a dump truck fire Friday afternoon on Highway 97. Crews were called to the highway just south of Skagit...

Barriers going up downtown

Jul 13, 2018 / 11:08 am

Contractors with the City of Penticton were on Main Street Friday installing steel railings to make the area less comfortable for loitering. The installation is...

Element fest coming soon

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

In two weeks, Snug Lake Amphitheatre near Princeton will play host to a unique music festival that is about more than just the tunes. "It's a beautiful...

BC Hockey Hall to add four

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

The BC Hockey Hall of Fame inductee reception will take place on Thursday in Naramata, honouring the four new members who will be inducted the following day....

Penticton's racist past

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two new exhibits are open at the Penticton Art Gallery, focused on educating the public about an ugly mark on Penticton's history, and starting...

Support for SOWINS

Jul 12, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A local private liquor store has raised $1,300 for the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. Jak’s Beer-Wine-Liquor held its annual Summer Celebration...

New trash bins on the way

Jul 12, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Residents of Summerland will see changes to their garbage pickup starting this week, following district council adopting a new solid waste management bylaw...

New candidate in the ring

Jul 12, 2018 / 4:55 pm

A new candidate for Penticton city council has stepped up and officially announced her run Thursday afternoon. Marie Prior is a U.K. native who moved with her...

Legion hosting poker run

Jul 12, 2018 / 3:43 pm

The Summerland Legion is hosting its fourth annual Friday the 13th motorcycle rally on Friday. The event is formally called the Bob Wolleswinkel Memorial Poker...

Wear a helmet, get treats

Jul 12, 2018 / 2:01 pm

Police and community members in Penticton are ramping up their response to certain activity — and if you get caught in the act, you get... free ice cream?...

Boil water through weekend

Jul 12, 2018 / 12:35 pm

The District of Summerland expects a boil water notice for the entire community will stay in place through the weekend. The notice was put in place Tuesday, and...

$26K spent on Braun case

Jul 12, 2018 / 10:58 am

The City of Penticton has spent just over $26,000 so far prosecuting a well-known panhandler, trying to remove him from the Main Street breezeway he has refused...

Concert series back at Gyro

Jul 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

Rock the Sun, a free, family-friendly concert series at Penticton's Gyro Park, is returning this summer beginning on Friday. Folk country pair Aidan Mayes...

Local gets CCMA nods

Jul 12, 2018 / 9:51 am

Invictus Entertainment Group, a Penticton company, boasts a host of top-tier Canadian country musicians as clients, which the Canadian Country Music Association...

New bistro open downtown

Jul 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

A unique new restaurant offering a taste of Poland opened in downtown Penticton on Wednesday. The Polish Bistro opened its doors at 65 Nanaimo Avenue East at...

Solve clues, earn freedom

Jul 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

Do you think you've got what it takes to solve clues to earn your freedom from a locked room? A new Penticton business is giving you the opportunity to...

Dirt biker badly hurt on KVR

Jul 11, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A Lower Mainland man is in stable condition after crashing his dirt bike on the KVR trail near Tulameen, Princeton RCMP said. The incident happened on Tuesday,...