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Penticton News Feb 18 to 24, 2018

Diversity celebrated

Feb 24, 2018 / 4:40 pm

For the fifth year in a row, Penticton celebrated its diversity at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival. The annual event, hosted by South Okanagan Immigrant and...

Hefty toll for flood damage

Feb 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

The major repairs in Summerland from last spring's high-water damage are expected to cost $680,000. The district's director of works and utilities Kris...

Demand for skilled labour

Feb 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Those looking to obtain a skilled-labour job will have an opportunity to sell themselves in Penticton next week. YMCA WorkBC Employment Services and...

$400K put to compost plans

Feb 23, 2018 / 3:38 pm

Planning for a new compost and biosolids facility in the South Okanagan, which is "back to square one," has cost about $400,000 in the past five...

Dads, daughters dance away

Feb 23, 2018 / 1:53 pm

A special event for dads and daughters will take place in Penticton this weekend. A dance and date night for daughters and fathers — or father figures...

Several flights grounded

Feb 23, 2018 / 12:47 pm

Three scheduled Air Canada flights between Penticton Regional Airport and Vancouver International Airport have been cancelled for Friday. The 8:50 a.m. flight...

Car plows into hotel entry

Feb 23, 2018 / 12:34 pm

The results could've been much worse when a vehicle plowed into the Penticton Sandman Hotel on Friday afternoon. Fire and ambulance crews responded to the...

Mayors let down by bus cuts

Feb 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

Greyhound's plan to slash bus routes around B.C. was made official Wednesday, and mayors of the two largest Similkameen communities are disappointed. Among...

Whiz kids tackle coding

Feb 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

An after-school computer science program celebrated national Digital Learning day Thursday with a group of pre-teen coders. Kids aged 8-12 meet biweekly at the...

16 months for truck thefts

Feb 22, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The co-accused in back-to-back truck thefts last summer was handed a 16-month jail sentence in Penticton court on Thursday. Michael Carlston was one of two men...

Two significant arrests

Feb 22, 2018 / 2:57 pm

The Penticton RCMP have apprehended two people on drug and firearm charges in recent days. Last week, the Penticton Targeted Enforcement Unit arrested...

Queer icon coming to town

Feb 22, 2018 / 2:23 pm

A speaker described as a "natural born storyteller" is coming to Penticton to share their personal stories about gender identity, social justice and...

Golden years taken away

Feb 22, 2018 / 2:04 pm

A single knock-out punch that caused permanent brain damage to an Okanagan Falls senior has landed a man 10 months of jail time. Mervin Volk, 49, was sentenced...

What needs fixing here?

Feb 22, 2018 / 12:14 pm

Public input is being sought to identify Penticton's greatest challenge as a city. Smart Cities Penticton is a group aiming to put together an entry for the...

'Cut open a car or two'

Feb 22, 2018 / 11:53 am

Seven lucky high school students in Penticton will be training alongside the Penticton Fire Department this spring. For the first time, the department is...

New policy on surplus funds

Feb 22, 2018 / 10:55 am

A new year-end budget surplus policy was approved by Penticton city council earlier this week. The new policy, effective immediately, will provide better...

Sow your own seeds

Feb 22, 2018 / 10:38 am

It might not seem like gardening season yet, but an annual seed event is back in Penticton for both expert and beginner gardeners alike. The 15th annual...

Interesting promo tactic?

Feb 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Oliver Fire Department is hosting its bi-annual spring seminar in May, and this year they've shed some light on the course with an eccentric video. The...

Police swarm Nanaimo Ave

Feb 21, 2018 / 10:26 pm

Numerous police vehicles swarmed an area near the Pentiction Fire Department on Wednesday night. At least five police vehicles rushed to 250 Nanaimo Avenue West...

19 months jail for drug trip

Feb 21, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A prolific offender has been handed a 19-month jail sentence after stealing a pickup truck and fleeing from police afterwards. Penticton court heard that...

Free health assessment

Feb 21, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The annual Healthy Living Fair is back in Penticton this year, with the added option to pre-register for free for a Healthy Living Assessment program. On...

Overdose warning issued

Feb 21, 2018 / 3:48 pm

An overdose warning has been issued by Interior Health for Penticton following reports of increased incidents in the community. Anecdotal reports of pre-loaded...

Greyhound bus cuts official

Feb 21, 2018 / 1:57 pm

Greyhound made official on Wednesday that the company is dropping its bus routes through many rural communities across the Okanagan, after receiving approval...

Jail for dispute over shoes

Feb 21, 2018 / 12:42 pm

A South Okanagan man with a lengthy criminal record will spend 30 days in jail after a dispute over shoes with an ex-girlfriend in Osoyoos. Sahand Sobhani, 41,...

City acting on trade war

Feb 21, 2018 / 11:37 am

Penticton's mayor and council will be penning a letter to the provincial government about the impact the area has felt from the ongoing trade war between...

'Won't turn anybody away'

Feb 21, 2018 / 9:48 am

Several nights of double-digit below-zero temperatures have kept homeless shelters busy in Penticton. "We've been basically full for both the winter...

Homeless population rises

Feb 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

The percentage of homeless residents in Penticton appears to be on the rise, according to results from a recent homeless count. Speaking to council members on...

Team up against dementia

Feb 20, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Registration is now open for teams interested in participating in a walk for Alzheimer's research in Penticton, with a possible prize for teams who start...

Flood fixes still in spotlight

Feb 20, 2018 / 4:17 pm

One major repair along the Okanagan Lake waterfront in Penticton is set to go ahead soon, while another could still be far off. On Tuesday, mayor and council...

Record-low in Peach City

Feb 20, 2018 / 4:04 pm

If you felt like it was extra cold last night, you were right — it hasn't been that cold on this day in Penticton since 1986. The previous record low...

B&E with axe into business

Feb 20, 2018 / 11:50 am

A prolific offender has been taken into custody after a break and enter with an axe into an Oliver business. Police responded after a witness initially saw a...

Ashton: 'End wine war'

Feb 20, 2018 / 11:22 am

The B.C. wine industry is near and dear to the citizens of MLA Dan Ashton's Penticton riding, and he has now spoken out against the ongoing embargo in...

Millions needed for museum

Feb 20, 2018 / 10:54 am

A new home for the Osoyoos Museum is now less than two years away, and for the museum board that means kicking fundraising into high gear. Osoyoos Council...

Two shots-fired incidents

Feb 20, 2018 / 10:30 am

Police in Keremeos are searching for a suspect after two shooting incidents in the village on the weekend. In the first incident, RCMP responded to the 800...

'Flushable' wipes costing all

Feb 20, 2018 / 10:02 am

"Flushable" wipes are causing taxpayer turmoil in cities everywhere, according to the City of Penticton. To raise awareness on the "damage to...

Big money for local youth

Feb 20, 2018 / 9:47 am

The new Penticton Youth Centre has received a big donation to help it get started. Summerland's Penny Lane Society has donated $50,000 to the facility...

An unlikely mascot

Feb 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

You've heard of emotional support dogs, but Nugget is no puppy — she's a six-week-old black lamb who has been spreading joy at the Penticton...

Music & fun on Riel Day

Feb 19, 2018 / 4:19 pm

Louis Riel day fell on Monday, Feb. 19 this year, and students at KVR Middle School enjoyed their second annual day-long celebration of all things Métis....

Years of quiet service

Feb 19, 2018 / 1:03 pm

A new unsung hero has been recognized by the Rotary Club of Penticton-Okanagan. Bob Anderson founded the Friends of the Oxbow advocacy group a decade ago with...

'I still pinch myself'

Feb 19, 2018 / 12:01 pm

The adventure of a lifetime has arrived for a South Okanagan astrophysicist and his family. Until recently, Sean Dougherty was the director of the Dominion...

Check out your heritage

Feb 19, 2018 / 10:35 am

It's Heritage Week in Penticton, and the local branch of the Okanagan Historical Society is hosting a weeklong event at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre to...

Power problems persist

Feb 18, 2018 / 6:05 pm

UPDATE: 6:01 p.m. FortisBC claims issues with power in the Summerland area have been resolved, but multiple Castanet readers claim their power is still out....

Local in range of a medal

Feb 18, 2018 / 4:26 pm

Local Summerland bobsledder Justin Kripps is within sight of an Olympic medal. Kripps and his two-man bobsleigh partner Alexander Kopacz of Ontario are...

Radio marathon for change

Feb 18, 2018 / 3:45 pm

For the fourth year in a row, Penticton community radio station CFUZ will broadcast a nationwide radio event in solidarity with homeless and under-housed...

Local kids marvel in hockey

Feb 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Three atom-aged hockey players in the South Okanagan will take part in the most prestigious tournament on the continent for their age group this summer. Mathis...