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Street of broken promises

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:25pm
Since Garry Gratton moved to Corry Place in Penticton 15 years ago, he has been to city hall every year to get improvements made to the street's infrastructure. Now it does appear something may finally get done, after council discussed the matter at this week's meeting. But Gratton, who is run...

WestJet Penticton flight, Sunday

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:05am
There will be plenty of excitement in the air this Sunday, when the inaugural WestJet Encore flight from Calgary to Penticton lands at the airport. On board, will be WestJet representatives, as well as Penticton MLA Dan Ashton. They will be greeted by local government representatives, including M...

Mayor in theft scandal

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:13pm
6:48 p.m. Oct. 23, update: Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells issued this statement late Thursday afternoon. There will not be a press conference tomorrow, Friday. My final statement is my apology. It is unfortunate that Mr. Betz could not accept it. There was a time frame – a year and a hal...

Mayor, wife in theft scandal

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:13pm
6:48 p.m. update: Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells issued this statement late Thursday afternoon. There will not be a press conference tomorrow, Friday. My final statement is my apology. It is unfortunate that Mr. Betz could not accept it. There was a time frame – a year and a half ago. ...

Bully for the Opera

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:29pm
The world premiere performance of Stickboy, a new opera exploring the subject of bullying, will open this evening at the Vancouver Playhouse. Written by Penticton spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan, with music by composer Neil Weisensel, Stickboy is produced by Vancouver Opera. The autobiographical...

No shirt, no shoes, no freedom

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:10pm
Despite attempts to hide in the surrounding bush, a 20-year-old man from Nanaimo is in custody thanks to Tig the police dog. Around 12 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 23, Osoyoos RCMP attended a home on Gravenstein Drive in an attempt to arrest Dillan Cote on outstanding warrants. When police arrived, t...

Random Act of Kindness Day

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:51am
A presentation on passing on kindness has been well-received by Penticton Council. Aaron McRann, executive director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, provided information about what's in store for Random Act of Kindness Day at Monday's meeting. Community foundations acro...

Cannery Brewing on the move

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00am
Craft beer flowed and there were plenty of toasts at the groundbreaking ceremony for a well known Penticton brewery on Wednesday. Cannery Brewing is moving from its longtime location at the Cannery Trade Centre to a a new site on Ellis Street in the city's downtown. "Today marks an import...

Penticton reacts to shooting

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:46pm
Penticton politicians, veterans and residents described the shootings in Ottawa as shocking and disturbing, as they went about their business on Wednesday. Suzanne Moccia, a Penticton resident who works for an Ottawa company, said it is super unsettling. "That part of Ottawa is generally ...

Council says no to rental property

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:03am
Penticton council has again rejected plans to build a multi family housing development on Scott Avenue. Following a packed and lengthy public hearing Monday, the council voted 3-3 on the matter, sparking a round of applause from those in attendance. "I don't believe it all has to be on th...

Apartment laundry rooms targeted

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:00am
Penticton RCMP has responded to an increasing number of break ins in the last few days, especially in regards to apartment laundry rooms and storage lockers. On Monday, officers responded to eight break ins that had occurred between Friday, Oct. 17 and Monday, Oct. 20. Six of these break ins a...

Hiker struck by falling rock

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:19pm
A woman was rescued near Princeton Monday after being struck by a falling rock while hiking. Princeton Search and Rescue responded late Monday afternoon shortly after a report of an injured female hiker in her early 20's on Johnny's Hat Mountain near Princeton. The female hiker was part...

Truck thief quickly nabbed

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:11pm
The Penticton RCMP was advised at 3:58 a.m. on Oct. 21 that a red 1993 Ford F150 with a red Yamaha Big Bear ATV in the back was just taken from a residence on Wade Avenue. The owner was awakened by the noise and when he looked outside saw that his truck and ATV were gone. At 4:09 a.m., an offi...

Bobbitt hearing adjourned

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:08pm
The David Bobbitt dangerous offender/sentencing hearing has been adjourned to Nov. 10 to fix continuation dates. Those dates will be for submissions on the dangerous offender hearing and for possible testimony from a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Bobbitt in February of 2007. T...

Investing in firefighters

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:57pm
Penticton plans to add a fire training officer position to oversee best practices in fire protection service training. The officer will be responsible for creating, implementing and coordinating the department training program for all staff, as well as serving the technical training advisor inter...

Car goes into lake

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:55pm
A man drove his car into Skaha Lake in Okanagan Falls at around 12:54 a.m., Tuesday morning, according to Penticton RCMP Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. Dellebuur said the man was driving a red Ford Explorer north on Main Street and ended up about 50 feet from the shore. The man was taken to hospital whe...

Bobbitt hearing continues

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:16pm
The dangerous offender/sentencing hearing for David Bobbitt continued in a Penticton courtroom on Monday. Witnesses regarding two separate incidents in 2007 and 2011 have been heard in previous portions of the hearing in the early summer and then again in September. This time around, crown cou...

Child pornography sentence

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:13pm
An American man facing charges including possession of child pornography was sentenced Monday in a Penticton courtroom to 90 days behind bars. Sidney Van Valkenburgh, 49, was hauling shingles across the border into Osoyoos on Jan. 9, 2014 when he came under suspicion. The border guard subseque...

Date fixed for Borba decision

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:46pm
The judge's decision in the Tyrone Borba case is expected to be made on Nov. 28 in a Penticton courtroom. Borba, 23, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual interference of a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault tied to incidents that allegedly took place from Jun...

Tourism up almost 20%

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:10am
Penticton's lakes, mountains and many wineries have drawn in record visitors this year. Tourism Penticton Executive director Chris Bower said going from January to the end of July, visits were up 19 per cent from 2013. Tourism Penticton doesn't have the exact numbers for August yet, but it is ...