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Penticton News Jan 21 to 27, 2018

Pot shop forced to close

Jan 27, 2018 / 3:05 pm

An unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary in the Similkameen has closed its doors due to "overwhelming pressure from the local RCMP," according to...

En'owkin Centre on display

Jan 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

A collection of artwork from the En'owkin Centre was unveiled at the Penticton Art Gallery on Friday night. The art display, called 'REsilience,'...

Scotties field is set

Jan 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

The 16-team field for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts is officially set in Penticton. On Friday night, in a wild card game that was free for fans, Kerri...

Artisan store opens its doors

Jan 26, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A new storefront in downtown Penticton that supports local artisans opened its doors on Friday, and is holding a formal grand opening gala Friday night. Mondo...

Vehicle plows through fence

Jan 26, 2018 / 6:56 pm

A vehicle plowed through a fence before crashing into a bush on a residential property, Friday evening. Crews were called to the single-car accident at about...

Final practice before Games

Jan 26, 2018 / 5:14 pm

The Canadian Freestyle Ski Team is at Apex Mountain for a final training session before heading off to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. Athletes have now...

Pig, dog perish in car crash

Jan 26, 2018 / 3:03 pm

A pig and a dog perished when a vehicle plunged into an oxbow north of Osoyoos on Friday afternoon. Crews responded to the accident on Road 22 at about 12:30...

BMO closing local branch

Jan 26, 2018 / 12:18 pm

The Bank of Montreal is closing its only Summerland branch this July. BMO Regional Vice President John Duff says changing digital customer preferences and...

Peachfest lineup unveiled?

Jan 26, 2018 / 10:32 am

The Penticton Peach Festival is getting ready to announce its 2018 musical headliners. A formal announcement has been scheduled for Feb. 1 at the Lakeside...

Credit union grants $108K

Jan 26, 2018 / 9:43 am

Valley First says they distributed a total of $108,000 in grant funding to 13 groups in the Okanagan-Similkameen last year. “Through these grants,...

Curling teams hit town

Jan 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

With the Scotties Tournament of Hearts starting Friday, the best and brightest women's curling teams from across the nation are descending on Penticton. ...

Health study moves ahead

Jan 25, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The Town of Osoyoos is moving ahead with a study on how to improve health services for residents. On Thursday, town staff put out a request to qualified...

Tanker rolls, Hwy 3 slows

Jan 25, 2018 / 4:22 pm

UPDATE 4:20 p.m. DriveBC is reporting the highway is now open to single lane alternating traffic. Motorists should expect a 20 minute delay. UPDATE 2:45 p.m....

Fire reveals stolen goods

Jan 25, 2018 / 4:20 pm

A motel fire in Summerland has led to the recovery of a cache of stolen goods. The local RCMP and fire department responded to the Pleasant View Motel in the...

Panhandler going to trial

Jan 25, 2018 / 3:02 pm

Well-known street person Paul Braun pleaded not guilty Thursday in Penticton court to eight municipal bylaw offences he was issued last year for panhandling...

Thieves hitting mailboxes

Jan 25, 2018 / 2:18 pm

The Keremeos RCMP is reporting an uptick in mail theft in the area. Cpl. Brian Evans says at least 12 mailboxes have been broken into in the Lower Similkameen...

Options for a dry Memorial

Jan 25, 2018 / 1:34 pm

The City of Penticton is inviting the public to a pair of workshops this week on the future of Memorial Arena. The city is proposing to build a new twin-rink on...

Gas station rebuild green-lit

Jan 25, 2018 / 1:05 pm

Penticton city council gave the green light this week to a gas station rebuild on Government Street. Councillors signed off Tuesday on a development permit for...

Police nab repeat offenders

Jan 25, 2018 / 10:58 am

RCMP in Oliver made a pair of separate arrests of repeat offenders this week. A resident on the 300 block of Road 9 called police Tuesday to report his vehicle...

Poetry 'Service' for locals

Jan 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

Residents of a Penticton care facility were treated to a recital of Robert Service poetry on Wednesday afternoon. Andre Sutherland Begin, whose stage name is...

Peach all set for Scotties

Jan 24, 2018 / 5:23 pm

The iconic Penticton Peach is all dressed up for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, complete with a tam and curling broom. Paul and Amanda McPhail of McPhail...

Celebrity event in the desert

Jan 24, 2018 / 2:03 pm

A two-day celebrity fundraising event with a hockey game and golf tournament will take place in Osoyoos this spring. Local realtor Kevin Primeau is organizing...

Loan for Main St. approved

Jan 24, 2018 / 1:58 pm

Penticton city council formally approved Tuesday the borrowing of $1.6 million for the revitalization of the 300 block of Main Street. The project is expected...

New town manager hired

Jan 24, 2018 / 12:53 pm

The Town of Princeton has hired Cheryl Martens as their new chief administrative officer. Martens began her new role on Monday, and replaces Rick Zerr who...

Donating to new babies

Jan 24, 2018 / 11:13 am

The Penticton Regional Hospital has received a warm gift for infants in their newborn ward, courtesy of a late Olympic curler's foundation. The Sandra...

Water, safety job starts soon

Jan 24, 2018 / 10:56 am

Major improvements to the water system and pedestrian-safety improvements in downtown Keremeos are expected to begin as planned, early in the spring. The...

'Pressure' of housing costs

Jan 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

The housing spectrum is the topic everyone can relate to, but fewer people can keep up to. It’s something that one small business owner in downtown...

Tasting event supports youth

Jan 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Rotary Club of Penticton wants you to whet your appetite for a good cause this weekend. The club will host their second annual Palette of Penticton event on...

World cup dream come true

Jan 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Penticton athlete has achieved her dream by earning a spot at the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, U.K. South Okanagan Roller Derby Association...

New hotel entry not ideal?

Jan 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The developer of a new Coast hotel being built in Oliver wants to stray from the original plan for the entrance canopy in front of the building, but they may...

City real estate eyed for sale

Jan 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Penticton is working on a formal policy on how it will handle the any future sale of city-owned property. The city currently holds more than 400...

$1.25M to upgrade street

Jan 23, 2018 / 5:28 pm

A project worth $1.26 million to reconstruct a section of roadway in Oliver's downtown was approved by council Monday. The scope of the work — on...

Healthcare jobs encouraged

Jan 23, 2018 / 4:03 pm

A new language-training program in Penticton that begins next month will aim to help newcomers to Canada pursue work in the healthcare industry. South Okanagan...

Home biz power rate killed

Jan 23, 2018 / 3:44 pm

Home-based businesses will be treated no differently than residential customers by the City of Penticton’s electrical utility department, council decided...

City sued over bike crash

Jan 23, 2018 / 10:45 am

A Penticton retiree is suing the city for a fall he took off his bicycle last summer. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Penticton court, David Tambellini claims he...

Non-farm usage supported

Jan 23, 2018 / 10:26 am

An Agricultural Land Reserve property in Summerland has been supported by council for non-farm usage, and the application has been forwarded to the Agricultural...

Slayer to play SOEC

Jan 23, 2018 / 9:24 am

Legendary metal band Slayer is stopping at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton this May as a part of their last-ever tour. After 37 years and 12...

Ice for Scotties installed

Jan 23, 2018 / 9:00 am

Preparations for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts are well underway at Penticton's South Okanagan Events Centre ahead of opening day on Friday. Crews were...

Luring child with beer

Jan 23, 2018 / 6:57 am

A Penticton mother is outraged after she says a man tried to lure her daughter to his house with the promise of beer. The mother, who contacted Castanet News...

Time to celebrate the beard

Jan 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Beard Festival is back, opening with registration and first-round judging next week at Cannery Brewing. The 12-week competition is a celebration of...

Aquatic centre needs repairs

Jan 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

Summerland council has approved a grant application for a facility condition assessment of the aging Summerland Aquatic Centre. The centre is 42 years old and...

HELP msg prompts RCMP

Jan 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

A drone image captured by the family of a missing woman is prompting RCMP to take another look in a mountainous region. Revelstoke RCMP Staff Sgt. Kurt...

CSSHL finals returning

Jan 22, 2018 / 3:55 pm

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Canadian Sport School Hockey League Championships in Penticton. The event March 9 to 18 will see champions crowned in all...

Cop bloodied by face kick

Jan 22, 2018 / 3:07 pm

A Penticton man was sentenced to 45 days in prison Monday for kicking a downed police officer in the face during the struggle for his arrest. Jakob Holmes, 24,...

Graffiti blankets downtown

Jan 22, 2018 / 12:24 pm

The City of Penticton says nearly $30,000 in damage has been caused by graffiti vandals recently. Between Jan. 12 and 17, several “CEVER” and...

Lawsuit over withheld meds

Jan 22, 2018 / 10:24 am

A woman is suing Interior Health, several doctors and nurses at Penticton Regional Hospital and a Keremeos pharmacy for allegedly cutting her off her bipolar...

Osoyoos shop in flames

Jan 22, 2018 / 9:17 am

UPDATE MON 9:15 a.m. Osoyoos Fire Chief Ryan McCaskill says the department was called to the East Indian Meat Shop at 10475 Highway 97 shortly after 8 p.m....

Naude off to 1st Olympics

Jan 22, 2018 / 8:12 am

Penticton freestyle skier Andi Naude is heading to her first Olympic games. The 22-year-old was named to the freestyle skiing team Monday morning in Montreal....

More 'Young Stars' rumours

Jan 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

More rumours are swirling about the future of the NHL Young Stars tournament in Penticton. Canucks President Trevor Linden told The Athletic Saturday changes...

Clue in missing plane

Jan 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

The family of a missing woman who was last seen taking off in a single engine plane from Penticton are hopeful that an image taken from a drone may help locate...

Volunteer for pets

Jan 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Summerland's non-profit animal sanctuary Critteraid is seeking more volunteers to run their local charity shop. The store, located on Victoria Road in...

Taxes proposed to stay flat

Jan 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Property taxes in the Town of Oliver are being proposed by council members to stay right where they are, according to the draft budget report for 2018. The...

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