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Penticton News Feb 11 to 17, 2018

KVR repairs in the spotlight

Feb 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Community members in Summerland are planning to shed some light on the Trout Creek trestle along the Kettle Valley Railway, which is in line to receive about...

Snow cancels several flights

Feb 17, 2018 / 5:34 pm

Poor visibility caused most flights in and out of Penticton Regional Airport to be grounded on Saturday. Air Canada cancelled its 6 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. flights...

Couple pulled from lake

Feb 17, 2018 / 2:40 pm

An older couple was rescued from Okanagan Lake Saturday by several quick-thinking passing motorists. Just before 11 a.m., Chris Sayles was driving along the...

Plant closing, 58 jobs lost

Feb 17, 2018 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE: Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m. The president of Pattison Sign Group confirmed the company's Penticton manufacturer will be shutting down on Apr. 15, putting 58...

Hotel on Naramata bench?

Feb 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

A luxury hotel could soon be part of the hillside on the Naramata bench. Poplar Grove Winery owner Tony Holler is proposing to build a hotel with about 20 units...

Upping wildfire preparation

Feb 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The RDOS is continuing to try and make its rural areas more prepared for wildfires after last year's record burn in B.C. The regional district voted on...

Fest of Ale tickets going fast

Feb 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Ticket sales for the 23rd annual Fest of Ale, taking place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre in April, are more than double what they were last year...

City crews braced for snow

Feb 16, 2018 / 2:47 pm

In anticipation of snowfall predicted to hit the Okanagan this weekend, city staff in Penticton are advising residents they are prepared for potential issues on...

8.5 months for B&E spree

Feb 16, 2018 / 1:54 pm

A Penticton man was sentenced to an additional 254 days in jail Friday, stemming from a series of property theft convictions last year. Simon Bell, 37, was...

Raffle gives $6,500 to SD67

Feb 16, 2018 / 9:28 am

Apart from a 7-1 Vees win on Wednesday for the 2,957 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre, things were made sweeter during the Valentine's Day game for...

All life-saving meds free?

Feb 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

With naloxone now readily available free of charge for those who need it, the RDOS plans to push the province to make other life-saving medications available in...

Meet adoptable puppies

Feb 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

A litter of rescue puppies will be visiting PetSmart in Penticton on Saturday, where people can play with them and get more information on how to adopt one. The...

Push to trash recycling plan

Feb 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

In order to ensure stability of its own curb side recycling programs, the RDOS is hoping RecycleBC will curb their plans to ban one recycling method that many...

Local dog on world stage

Feb 15, 2018 / 5:30 pm

It's off to the big leagues for a local woman and her show dog, who have a closet full of medals and ribbons from Canada and the U.S. and now are taking on...

'Just another old fart'

Feb 15, 2018 / 3:09 pm

After 30 years on the bench at the Penticton Law Courts, Judge Gale Sinclair is hanging up his robes and heading for retirement. Sinclair, 70, graduated law...

Officer beaten badly at jail

Feb 15, 2018 / 2:04 pm

A correctional officer at the Okanagan Correctional Centre near Oliver is recovering after being violently assaulted by an inmate on Tuesday. The male officer...

Town street revamp begins

Feb 15, 2018 / 12:03 pm

A road work project worth $1.25 million begins today in Oliver at the block where the new Coast hotel is being built and a new park is planned. Penticton-based...

Take-two at rehab centre

Feb 15, 2018 / 10:26 am

Two months after plans to open a rehab centre in Penticton fell through, the Brandon Jansen Recovery Centre Inc. (BJMRC) announced they will be opening a centre...

Drunk driver downs pole

Feb 15, 2018 / 9:54 am

An Osoyoos man is facing an impaired driving charge after a single-vehicle incident Wednesday evening on Highway 97 north of 62nd Street. A witness saw the 2007...

New face at school district

Feb 15, 2018 / 9:35 am

The Okanagan-Skaha School District has appointed a new secretary-treasurer, who will begin his tenure on Jun. 1. Kevin Lorenz has been working in the same...

Gov't. fighting flood risk

Feb 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

With a snowpack level 131 per cent of normal in the Okanagan as of Feb. 1, the province is releasing much more water than usual from the Penticton dam. ...

CMHA: now they're cookin'

Feb 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Mental Health Association has a new stove, thanks to a donation from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. “We were...

Council OK with hotel entry

Feb 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A newly-proposed entrance canopy by the developer of Oliver's new hotel is alright by council members. Council voted 3-2 to allow Mundi Hotels to alter the...

Calls for harm reduction

Feb 14, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The program coordinator of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society said she and her staff have been "bursting into tears" due to several recent...

March for MMIW in town

Feb 14, 2018 / 3:57 pm

A national, annual march for missing and murdered Indigenous women made its way through Penticton on Wednesday for the first time ever. Dozens of people...

100s give input in ExpOCP

Feb 14, 2018 / 3:18 pm

A total of 800 residents gave feedback at a recent three-day expo about the official community, called 'ExpOCP,' according to the City of Penticton....

9% tax increase approved

Feb 14, 2018 / 12:31 pm

Council members in Oliver unanimously voted for a nine per cent increase in the municipal portion of property taxes this year, finalized during a special...

Free parking off Main Street

Feb 14, 2018 / 12:05 pm

The 300 block of Main Street is now officially closed for construction in Penticton, but the city is hoping to alleviate some of the inconvenience by offering...

Flees from police, crashes

Feb 14, 2018 / 10:27 am

A Lower Mainland man is facing a handful of charges after fleeing a traffic stop in Keremeos and crashing into a nearby RV Park. Gary Richard, a 36-year-old man...

PRH gets $50K for play area

Feb 14, 2018 / 10:08 am

The Penticton Regional Hospital will have spending room to enhance a new pediatrics waiting and play area, thanks to a sizeable donation. The Summerland...

Students explore careers

Feb 14, 2018 / 6:23 am

Students at Summerland Secondary got the chance to explore their career options on Tuesday, thanks to the WorkBC Find Your Fit tour. The program involves...

Cougar family on the prowl

Feb 13, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Two cougar cubs and their mother have been spotted by multiple witnesses in the Nk'Mip RV Park area of Osoyoos. The family has been spotted around 45th...

Unique rally to scale Valley

Feb 13, 2018 / 3:49 pm

A unique motorsports rally that will be coming to the Okanagan this spring expects to not only bring cheap cars and good times, but community service as well....

Hit and run suspect sought

Feb 13, 2018 / 12:29 pm

Police in Oliver are searching for a suspect after a hit and run during the long weekend. Early Saturday morning, a motorist drove into two parked vehicles on...

Visitor centre temp. closure

Feb 13, 2018 / 9:47 am

Travel Penticton's visitor centre will be closed beginning Tuesday until early March, as the company moves from the SOEC complex back to its old space on...

Urn returned to victim

Feb 12, 2018 / 4:47 pm

Word of mouth on social media has helped a victim of theft reclaim his father's ashes. A burial urn containing the ashes of his father was stolen, and...

Crews douse engine fire

Feb 12, 2018 / 9:46 am

Fire crews in Penticton pounced on a small fire in a vehicle's engine that occurred on a main roadway through town on Sunday. The Penticton Fire Department...

Gallery: Old Dominion

Feb 12, 2018 / 9:38 am

Country music group Old Dominion, along with Canadian bands The Washboard Union and Cold Creek Country, took over the South Okanagan Events Centre on Sunday...

Ice fishing draws crowd

Feb 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

Families gathered for a day of ice fishing on Yellow Lake on a frigid, sunny Saturday. The annual ice fishing event, on the lake next to Highway 3A, enables...

Sick kitties need love

Feb 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

A pair of cats suffering from Feline Leukemia Virus are quarantined from other animals at Critteraid in Summerland, and volunteers are welcome to come help them...