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Cadets take flight

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:58pm
Air Cadets from 902 Summerland spent the day in Oliver experiencing the joy of flight on Sunday. The Air Cadet Gliding Program runs in the fall and spring seasons, taking Air Cadets for rides in the Schweitzer 2-33A glider and Cessna 182 aircraft. The cadets spend the day on the airfield par...

High level thief foiled

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:53pm
Lock your windows and balcony doors. A watchful guard dog alerted tenants of the Lancaster Place apartments on South Main Street to a would-be thief climbing a ladder to the third floor of the building Tuesday morning. "Richard was awoken at 4:45 a.m. by our mastiff growling very deeply....

Mt. Baldy may open this yr.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:47pm
Enthusiasts and property owners rejoice - Mount Baldy Ski Resort could reopen this year. G-Force Real Estate Inc., the company handling the foreclosure sale of Mount Baldy Ski Resort, has lined up a new owner and operator who could have the resort open in time for the 2014/2015 season. Mount B...

Time to pick your next trustees

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 1:08pm
Nominations for School District No. 67 trustees opened at 9 a.m. today, and at least one trustee is getting the jump on filing her papers. Ginny Manning has been a trustee with SD No. 67 since 2002. Nearly three hours after the nomination period opened, she had filed her papers for renomination f...

Dead horse left in ditch

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:58am
The body of a dead horse was left in the ditch beside Highway 97 in Penticton for three days after it was hit by a car and euthanized. The horse is one among the hundreds of feral horses that roam the South Okanagan. This time the young horse was hit by a vehicle on Highway 97 on Friday Sept ...

Snow day in September

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 5:00am
Own a ski like no one else. That is the promise of a new company in Penticton called Snoday. Their method of operation? Hand-building customized skis and snowboards tailor-made from the core materials to the wooden veneers on top. Founder John Hromyk and production manager Len Stebner rolled...

Fifth annual Culture Days

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:00pm
A book reading by a local author will kick off the fifth annual Culture Days in Penticton Friday night. Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture which began in 2009. It was inspired by the success and impact of Journees de la Culture, held in Quebec since 1997. Penticton's ce...

Ski swap raises cash for patrol

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:37pm
Now is the time to get some new gear for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. The Canadian Ski Patrol swap meet is back, raising money for the Apex ski patrollers. Swap manager Tom Rahkola said local vendors had brought more discounted gear than ever before with booths from Pentagon, Freerid...

ICBC asked to buck-up

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:00pm
Penticton council may have saved local taxpayers some money this week as a resolution was passed urging ICBC to restore full coverage for damages to City property. The resolution to "urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to direct ICBC to reimburse the full costs of damages ...

Gift of gab comes to market

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:20pm
The Penticton Toastmaster's club is holding a one-time-only event at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. The Toastmaster's club is a non-profit worldwide organization that promotes communication and leadership through support and positive feedback. Saturday they will be challenging members o...

Councillor chips in cycling plan

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:08am
Cycling could be the new golf in the South Okanagan if one councillor's plan gains traction from the province. This was the second year Penticton council brought the idea of designating the South Okanagan an official cycling destination to the UBCM conference. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit said they'r...

Broker steps up for council

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 1:21pm
A Penticton business leader has announced his intention to run for Penticton city council. Campbell Watt is a mortgage broker with Dominion Lending. He is also the president of the Downtown Penticton Association and the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. He was voted Business Leader ...

Filling the labour gap

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:55pm
Penticton council is one step closer to solving the issue of attracting and retaining skilled labour in Penticton. Mayor and council raised their concerns during face-to-face meetings with BC cabinet ministers in Whistler at the Union of BC Municipalities conference. According to Coun. Helena...

Water line flushing advisory

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:21am
The Okanagan Falls irrigation district is issuing an advisory to local residents. "Please note that the district will be flushing the water mains commencing Sunday, Sept 28," said Judy Morris, administrator with OK Falls irrigation in a release. "This work will take several days t...

Good year for grapes

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:00am
By next week, winemaker Gavin Miller expects to be hard at work harvesting the Merlot and Chardonnay grapes, which grow in his Penticton vineyard. Miller has been growing grapes at Upper Bench Winery & Creamery since 2011, and at this point in the road he anticipates 2014 will be his best yea...

Wine sensory centre opens

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:45pm
There was a good turnout for the official opening of the BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at Okanagan College's Penticton campus on Wednesday. Attendees were invited to enjoy wine and food pairings and take tours of the new centre. "This can already be declared a success," ...

Challenge prompts council bid

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:01pm
A Summerland businessman has taken up the challenge thrown down by Mayor Janice Perrino. John Dorn has announced his intention for running for Summerland Council in the November 15 Municipal Election. Dorn says during this spring's public hearings on the Summerland Urban Growth Plan, faced wit...

Man dies after hit by semi

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:46pm
Update Sept 24: The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the man who was hit by a semi crossing Highway 97 in Summerland, as Gildo Vit. Vit was immediately transported to Penticton Regional Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival at hospital. Vit's family...

Teneycke appeal dismissed

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 2:51pm
An appeal by Ronald Teneycke regarding a three year probation order was dismissed Wednesday in a Penticton court room. Judge Terry Schultes made the decision after hearing submissions from crown counsel Cory LaBoucane and defence lawyer Michael Welsh on the matter. Teneycke, a convicted sex of...

Boonstock & festival control

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am
The provincial government may have an appetite to oversee large-scale events and festivals in BC. The issue was raised by members of Penticton's delegation at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention (UBCM) in Whistler. The request for some provincial oversight was made to Attorney General, S...