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China caring for our seniors

May 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

Local politicians are sounding the alarm about the level of care being provided to seniors at a care home in Summerland now owned by the Chinese government. The...

Bus cuts looming large

May 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

In just a few days, Greyhound buses will be making their final stops through the Similkameen Valley. Greyhound was given approval in February to cut routes in...

Time to pull out the bikes

May 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

The annual Bike to Work Week, rebranded this year as Go By Bike Week, begins on Monday, and there are many opportunities to get involved in the Penticton -...

MS Walk goes Sunday

May 25, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in Sunday's MS Walk in Penticton to support those living with multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the...

Motorbike enforcement now

May 25, 2018 / 4:44 pm

With motorcycle season here, the Penticton RCMP is shifting into enforcement mode. South Okanagan Traffic Services organized a free motorcycle skills training...

Affordable rentals planned

May 25, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Plans are being proposed for a major affordable housing complex in the heart of Oliver. The apartment is proposed to be built at 6089 Main Street —...

Market in the Park returning

May 25, 2018 / 2:03 pm

The “Market in the Park” is returning to Okanagan Falls next month at Centennial Park. The weekly Wednesday afternoon market will start June 6,...

Man faces 3.5 years for gun

May 25, 2018 / 1:34 pm

Crown prosecutors are looking to lock up a man for 3.5 years after he was caught with a loaded handgun in the parking lot of the Penticton Denny’s in...

All residents can go home

May 25, 2018 / 11:01 am

All 15 remaining evacuation orders in Tulameen have now been lifted, as the flood threat from Otter Lake has diminished. The affected properties, outlined on...

Some evac orders lifted

May 25, 2018 / 10:35 am

The Town of Osoyoos has rescinded mandatory evacuation orders for 15 properties along Solana Key Drive as the lake continues to recede. Another 80 homes on 67...

Serving up new courts

May 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

After years of playing on cracked and rutted courts, the Penticton Tennis Club has a new surface to play on. "The members of the club have been raising...

Rally through woods revs up

May 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

Many pairs are preparing to take their old vehicles out in the bush for a weekend rally through the Okanagan. The first-ever Gambler 500 B.C. begins with a...

Abused, but not defeated

May 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

Dawn Adamson was abused as a child, and the feelings of being unworthy she developed carried on into her marriage. "I was in an abusive relationship for...

Local spots up for 'Foodies'

May 24, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Foodies take note: Penticton has arrived on the scene. Three businesses in town — Winecrush, People's Crafthouse and Roche Wines — are finalists...

Donation for breakfast clubs

May 24, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Fourteen local nonprofits and school breakfast programs were granted a combined $8,680 today by the Penticton Speedway Foundation. Funds raised at the track...

Floods may weaken trees

May 24, 2018 / 5:15 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is warning residents to be careful around trees that have been impacted by flooding. High groundwater and flooding...

Rash of vehicle thefts

May 24, 2018 / 4:51 pm

Keremeos RCMP are investigating three vehicle thefts and one attempted vehicle theft, as well as two other property-related incidents from last weekend. The...

BC Housing, city talking

May 24, 2018 / 4:15 pm

The Mayor of Penticton is confident a BC Housing development for the homeless will still come to fruition within the city, after council rejected plans this...

Convention centre opens

May 24, 2018 / 3:00 pm

The curtains are up on Penticton’s newest convention space. After nearly nine months of construction, the Penticton Lakeside Resort opened its new...

Lake may plateau soon

May 24, 2018 / 2:32 pm

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. If the weather cooperates, Okanagan Lake could stop rising within just over a week, provincial officials say. Shaun Reimer, section head of...

Flood barriers coming down

May 24, 2018 / 12:47 pm

Flood barriers are coming down in Tulameen, where building inspectors have been sent to examine 15 properties that have been under evacuation order since April...

New bike trail opens

May 24, 2018 / 11:50 am

After nearly two years of work, the newest mountain-bike trail at Penticton’s Three Blind Mice area has opened. Upper Neverland is a 3.2 kilometre...

Olympian part of Peachfest

May 24, 2018 / 10:34 am

Summerland's Justin Kripps, who is fresh off of winning an Olympic gold medal in bobsled earlier this year, will be a part of the Penticton Peach Festival...

Urgency to count bats

May 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

Little is known about the bat populations in the Okanagan and Similkameen, and a provincial non-profit group is asking for volunteers to help collect the most...

Wildfire cause still unknown

May 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

Investigators with the B.C. Wildfire Service still have not determined a cause of a wildfire that scorched over 3,200 hectares of bush north of Princeton last...

Check that sprinkler

May 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Is your home as fire-safe as it could be? This Saturday, May 26, the Penticton Fire Department is aiming to help you make it safer. It's Home Fire Sprinkler...

City hopes owners will pay

May 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Penticton is going to try to have local property owners pay for over $820,000 in road upgrades in the area of Wylie Street and Burnaby Avenue. A...

Most evac alerts lifted

May 23, 2018 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. The RDOS has now also lifted evacuation alerts for 663 properties along the Similkameen River near Keremeos, Cawston and the Lower Similkameen...

Animal control on patrol

May 23, 2018 / 4:28 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is rolling out its new watch dog. For the first time, an animal control vehicle will now be on patrol the region...

'A very delicate situation'

May 23, 2018 / 3:26 pm

Flood issues are persisting at Twin Lakes, where the lower lake in the community has risen by about nine feet since it fully thawed on April 18. Nine homes...

School bus safety blitz

May 23, 2018 / 3:18 pm

Don't forget to stop for school buses in the South Okanagan — it could cost you. The Oliver RCMP and School District 53 Okanagan-Similkameen have...

Forestry kudos for Cannings

May 23, 2018 / 2:25 pm

South Okanagan—West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings has been recognized for his support of Canadian forestry with an award from the Forest Products...

Lots of snow in the hills still

May 23, 2018 / 2:04 pm

Snowpack on Apex Mountain has significantly reduced over the past two weeks but still has a lot of melt left to go, as shown in photos taken via drone Tuesday....

Help solve SOEC parking

May 23, 2018 / 11:39 am

The City of Penticton is seeking feedback from the public on how to improve the parking situation at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The city has hired a...

Gunfire at problem home

May 23, 2018 / 9:55 am

UPDATE 9:55 a.m. Police are investigating a shooting in Penticton Tuesday night. Officers were called to the home on Government Street around 11 p.m. for a...

Homeless housing rejected

May 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

After a lengthy public hearing for a proposed 52-unit supportive housing complex in Penticton, mayor and council voted to send the plans back to the drawing...

Beards boost rehab centre

May 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

For a third straight year, growing beards has provided a boost for a men’s recovery program in Penticton. The Discovery House was given just under $4,200...

Political sign rules tightened

May 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The City of Penticton has somewhat tightened its bylaws around political signage in advance of October’s municipal election. Candidates in the election...

Poisoned owls progressing

May 22, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Three owls are progressing well at the South Okanagan Recovery Centre for Owls after eating poisoned rodents last week. SORCO manager Dale Belvedere said she...

Evac order for Twin Lakes

May 22, 2018 / 6:27 pm

Rising waters has forced the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to issue an evacuation order for Twin Lakes. Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, the...

837 evac alerts lifted

May 22, 2018 / 5:33 pm

UPDATE: 5:35 p.m. More than 650 properties near the Similkameen River are no longer at the risk of flooding. The RDOS has rescinded a further 263 evacuation...

Lake rise slowing down

May 22, 2018 / 4:58 pm

The rate of water flowing out of Okanagan Lake through the dam in Penticton has been steadily increasing as part of the fight against rising waters in the lake....

Pawn shops to log purchases

May 22, 2018 / 3:27 pm

Pawn shops in Penticton will now be required to electronically log and report all their purchases to the RCMP. City council approved the changes to its...

RCMP: Homeless are local

May 22, 2018 / 2:52 pm

Most of Penticton’s homeless are originally from the South Okanagan, says the regional Chief of Police. Supt. Ted De Jager was before Penticton council...

Lake level continues to drop

May 22, 2018 / 2:36 pm

Officials are hoping to rescind some evacuation orders in Osoyoos this week as the water level in Osoyoos Lake continues to drop steadily. The lake's level...

Deploying syringe drop bins

May 22, 2018 / 1:47 pm

The City of Penticton will be supporting the deployment of 30 drop boxes for drug syringes in public washrooms and spaces around the community. Ian Gerbrandt of...

Don't move your sandbags

May 22, 2018 / 11:18 am

Though floodwaters in the region are receding, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is reminding the public that this doesn't mean it's time to...

The bulls are back in town

May 22, 2018 / 10:41 am

The roar of engines will be missing at the Penticton Speedway this weekend, replaced with a crowd cheering on the riders and bulls at Bull-A-Rama. Twenty riders...

Cyclists vying for BC title

May 22, 2018 / 10:40 am

The fourth annual Hayman Classic returns to the South Okanagan this weekend, attracting nearly 120 of B.C.'s best young cyclists for four races in three...

Paint alongside a pro

May 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Penticton artist wants to help people get over their fear of painting and simply create art through her new YouTube channel. Jenny Long of Long Gallery on...

Evening of flamenco guitar

May 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Penticton classical guitarist will be sharing some Spanish flavour during a performance in Cawston. On Friday, May 25, William Leggott will be playing some...

Provincial secretary visits

May 21, 2018 / 3:11 pm

B.C.'s parliamentary secretary has been touring the Okanagan-Similkameen to take stock of damage done by floods, and assess the ongoing threat. Jennifer...

Evacuation order issued

May 21, 2018 / 12:09 pm

An Evacuation Order has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen due to immediate danger to life and safety due to flooding in four...

Kitty rescued, unharmed

May 21, 2018 / 9:45 am

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m. The kitty is back on solid ground. The Okanagan Humaine Society contacted FortisBC again early this morning. Shortly after the call Fortis...

Motorcycle skills for safety

May 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

A drop-in motorcycle skills class was a success in Penticton on Sunday. Dave Cramm, with South Okanagan Traffic Services, organized the event. "The reason...

Evac orders lifted

May 20, 2018 / 6:59 pm

A total of 776 properties in the Grand Forks area are now no longer under evacuation order. More than 1500 people were able to return to their homes Sunday,...

New treats at the Peach

May 20, 2018 / 6:47 pm

The iconic Peach on the Beach in Penticton has some new treats to offer this summer, which they showed off at their official opening weekend. Owner Diana...

Silver a thrill for Peewees

May 20, 2018 / 5:14 pm

A Penticton Peewee lacrosse team came close to tasting gold over the May long weekend at the 2018 Barn Burner tournament. The Penticton Heat battled hard...

Training on two wheels

May 20, 2018 / 10:15 am

The RCMP is putting on a motorcycle training evolution at Moduline parking lot in Penticton from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. today.

High water an expensive fix

May 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

City staff in Penticton will be asking council to spend an extra $745,000 this year for repair work needed from high water this spring. The most costly of the...

Jousters clash in desert

May 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

It’s the closest any of us will be to life in the Middle Ages. The third annual Osoyoos Medieval Faire is taking place this weekend at Desert Park, giving...

Very worst of flood over?

May 19, 2018 / 8:16 pm

There’s cautious optimism in Osoyoos that the peak of the town’s flooding woes has passed. The water level in Osoyoos Lake dropped slightly on...