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Kettle campaign needs boost

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:45pm
The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign is getting great support in Penticton, but it is behind in donations. Major Jo Sobool says their goal has been to raise $90,000 and they are currently just over halfway there. "We are always concerned as we get near the end of the year, but ...

Stolen shelter dog returned

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:30pm
Cooper is back safe and sound after he was stolen from the South Okanagan-Similkameen SPCA on Oct. 8 of this year. After being one of 21 animals rescued from terrible conditions in the North Okanagan, he was snatched overnight from the SPCA shelter in Penticton. The one-year-old miniature pins...

Council concerned by RCMP costs

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:36am
Penticton City Council is taking action regarding increasing RCMP costs, at the urging of City Manager Annette Antoniak. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said council is endorsing a letter be sent to Attorney General Suzanne Anton, after again being surprised by policing costs, during Tuesday's RCMP budget ...

Airport operation under discussion

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:47pm
The Penticton council agreed this week to move ahead with discussions regarding the operation of Penticton Regional Airport. The action came after council received a recent letter from Transport Canada regarding transferring ownership and/or operation of the airport. "We have endorsed sen...

Electrical rate hikes

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:15pm
A report on potential revisions to the 2015 electrical rates was presented to Penticton Council this week including considering three separate components that affect prices. First is the FortisBC increase of the price of power purchased by the city, which is 3.5 per cent. Second is the increase o...

Helping assault victim

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:30pm
People are invited to drop off donations at a Penticton store on Tuesday, for the victim of a violent assault. Leigh Follestad, the owner of Smart Shopper on Main Street, said one of the members of the Penticton Shoplifters and Thieves Exposed! Facebook page, suggested helping Ken Paton and his d...

Council reviews cemetery plan

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:30pm
The need for expansion at Penticton's Lakeview Cemetery was brought to the attention of the new council at Monday's committee of the whole meeting. Public works manager Len Robson discussed key findings in the 2013 master plan, as well as recommendations to promote the cemetery and its services. ...

Trail network designated parkland

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:20pm
A popular mountain biking and hiking area at the top of Riddle Road will continue to be used for those types of outdoor activities. Penticton City Council voted unanimously Monday night on an amendment to the Official Community Plan for 1400 Riddle Road to be made part of parks and recreation. ...

Blanket drive best ever

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:00am
People sorted through tables piled high with blankets, scarves, coats and more on the first day of a blanket drive giveaway, Monday, in Penticton. This holiday season marks the fifth year of the Cover with Kindness drive, and organizer Greg Litwin said it's the best yet. "I see the genero...

RDOS chair, vice chair elected

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:30pm
Elections were held for chair and vice chair at the recent Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen inaugural board meeting. Rural Osoyoos Director Mark Pendergraft was elected as chair for a third term and Director Andrew Jakubeit, representing the City of Penticton, was elected as vice-chair f...

Man sentenced for voyeurism

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:00pm
A 19-year old man was handed a $500 fine, as well as six months probation for voyeurism, Monday, in a Penticton courtroom. The man, unnamed because of a publication ban identifying the complainants, was facing charges of making or publishing child pornography, importing or distributing child porn...

Penticton council highlights

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:00am
The new Penticton City Council has a busy Monday ahead of them. It begins with a committee of the whole meeting on the Cemetery Master Plan, which includes a look at the overview and expansion of the Lakeview Cemetery. Next is a public hearing on an Official Community Plan amendment for 1400 R...

Bathroom fire smokes out home

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 3:14pm
Everyone got out safe after a fire started in the upstairs bathroom of a Penticton home. The Penticton Fire Department responded to the call at 1:48 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Okanagan Avenue West. “We responded to a report of smoke coming from a residence,” explains Lieutenan...

Dog survives cougar attack

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:30pm
A Penticton couple is grateful their dog is on the mend after it was attacked by a cougar outside their home this week. Jazz, a Border Collie cross, suffered injuries ranging from puncture wounds to his head and scratches following the encounter with the large animal, Wednesday. "It was a...

African pottery sale for good cause

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:31pm
Theo's Restaurant and OliveUs Education Society is presenting a display and sale of African pottery, along with a presentation on volunteering in Africa, this weekend in Penticton. The presentation will be given by Debra Brosseuk, an amateur potter, painter and photographer, who travels to Africa...

Child porn charges

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:42pm
A Summerland businessman has been charged with several sex-related charges involving a young female. Joshua James Roberts, 38, has been charged with sexual exploitation, child luring, possession of child pornography, invitation to sexual touching and assault with a weapon. According to...

New council says no to land swap

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 7:00pm
An agenda item dealing with the land swap issue was voted on at the first meeting of the new council, Monday, in Summerland. Mayor Peter Waterman said there was an application to exclude 200 acres from the Agricultural Land Reserve and an application to include 226. "Our election year was...

New council says no to land swap

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 7:00pm
An agenda item dealing with the land swap issue was voted on at the first meeting of the new council, Monday, in Summerland. Mayor Peter Waterman said there was an application to exclude 200 acres from the Agricultural Land Reserve and an application to include 226. "Our election year was...

Rockslides frustrate residents

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:25pm
Business owners, students and truck drivers were among those impacted by Tuesday's rockslide, which forced the closure of a section of Highway 3, between Keremeos and Hedley. Many say the situation is getting more and more frustrating, with this being the fourth slide this year at the same locati...

Rockslides frustrate residents

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:25pm
Business owners, students and truck drivers were among those impacted by Tuesday's rockslide, which forced the closure of a section of Highway 3, between Keremeos and Hedley. Many say the situation is getting more and more frustrating, with this being the fourth slide this year at the same locati...