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UBC prof talks climate

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:00pm
A climate expert from UBC's Vancouver campus will be holding a free public forum in the Penticton library next weekend. Simon Donner is a climatology professor and research scientist at UBC in Vancouver. The event is hosted by First Things First, a local organization committed to raising the awar...

RDOS hires public works mgr

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:28pm
A new public works manager has been hired by the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen. Roger Huston, a professional with over 22 years experience in local government, starts March 30. Huston has spent the past 20 years in senior management positions within public works in Loga...

Koopmans trial continues

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:47pm
A constable with the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit described his findings at the crime scene where two people died, in Penticton court Thursday. Const. Tim Russell continued testifying on the second day of the jury trial of John Ike Koopmans. Koopmans is facing one count of first-degree...

Shredding identity fraud

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:42pm
Penticton-area residents and businesses are invited to learn about protecting their sensitive information next Saturday. In recognition of International Fraud Prevention Month, Valley First is partnering with Okanagan Paper Shredding, the Downtown Penticton Association and the Penticton RCMP to ...

Vees support sick teen

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:00pm
Several members of the Penticton Vees were stationed at Tim Hortons locations around the city Thursday morning, raising funds for a teen with cancer. The fundraiser was held for Kaylee Kozari-Bowland, who has been battling the disease now for several months. "Kaylee and her family are fri...

3 vie for PRH tower project

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:22pm
A new tower at Penticton Regional Hospital is crossing its next hurdle as three short-listed teams compete to take on the construction project. Requests for proposals promised in December, following announcement of the short list, are now in the hands of the competitors. The teams were selecte...

Koopmans jury trial starts

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:06pm
The two people allegedly shot and killed by a Princeton acquaintance both sustained three gunshot wounds, Crown counsel told Penticton court on Wednesday. John Ike Koopmans is facing one count of first-degree murder in the death of Robert Keith Wharton, another count of first-degree murder in the...

Burning caution issued

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 7:00pm
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is advising residents to not burn wet leaves, thatch or brush. All three are potent sources of smoke when burnt; the kind that bring about thick, billowing smoke. This smoke contains soot, dust and fine particulates that can cause serious health probl...

Fest-of-Ale's new look

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:20pm
The Ogopogo is no longer the face of Penticton's long-running Okanagan Fest-of-Ale. On Tuesday, organizers gathered for the unveiling of the new logo and to announce the winner of the design contest. "I am excited to see my work on display and excited to be part of such a good event,&quot...

Crash sends 1 to hospital

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:13pm
A multi-vehicle incident in Penticton this afternoon sent at least one person to hospital. The crash happened in front of Skaha Ford about 1 p.m. and involved four vehicles. A witness at the scene tells Castanet News that one person had to be extricated from their vehicle and taken to hospital...

Jakubeit spent most to win

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:08pm
Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit outspent other candidates to get elected in November's municipal election. The mayor's total spending added up to $21,888, according to campaign finance disclosure statements released on the BC Elections website this week. Contributors to Jakubeit's campaign in...

Mount Baldy still open

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:11am
Mount Baldy Ski Area announced this week that it is still open for business. With so many ski resorts having to shut down early this year due to lack of snow, the team at the ski area says the skiing is still good. "Our snow crew has been working hard to maintain the terrain and with a so...

Cat killing investigated

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 2:00pm
Social media has been abuzz in recent days with reports of cats being killed in the Maple Street/Birch Avenue area of Penticton, but RCMP said Monday they have only heard of one such incident. Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said police have one report of a person finding her cat dead in an empty lot. The...

Garage fire cause - smoking

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:18pm
A garage fire at a Penticton townhome complex Sunday night was probably caused by smoking materials in bedding. People who were evacuated in surrounding buildings because of an acetylene tank leak inside the structure were also back in their homes, Fire Chief Wayne Williams said Monday. The on...

Townhouse garage fire

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 7:28pm
Penticton firefighters were called out to a fire at 298 Maple St. about 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. When they arrived, they found a garage on fire in a townhouse complex. According to Fire Chief Wayne Williams, two people were rescued and transported to Penticton Regional Hospital because there ...

No suspect in school threat

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:12pm
Update - 5:50 p.m. Penticton RCMP representatives told a large group of Okanagan Falls Elementary parents, Sunday, that they don't yet know who is responsible for writing a threat letter found last week. At this point they have chased down several different leads, thrown a lot of resources at ...

Fruit growers re-elect pres

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 3:22pm
Kelowna orchardist Fred Steele will remain at the helm of the British Columbia Fruit Grower's Association (BCFGA), being re-elected as president today at their 126th annual convention in Penticton. In a rematch from last year, Steele was able to win over his fellow running mate Jeet Dukhia. His v...

House fire claims life

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 9:00am
A house fire near Penticton claimed the life of one man Friday night. At about 5:15 p.m., Penticton fire department responded to a vehicle fire on Smythe Drive about five minutes south of Penticton. By the time crews arrived, a neighbour had extinguished the fire in a white Ford SUV in the dr...

Koopmans' trial set to begin

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:00pm
The murder trial for John Ike Koopmans is set to begin Wednesday after more than a week of pre-trial matters in Penticton court. Koopmans, 51, is accused of killing Princeton residents Robert Keith Wharton, 44 and Rosemary Fox, 32 on a rural property located on Old Hedley Road near Princeton in M...

Hundreds miss class after threat

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:51am
About 300 students – 25 per cent of the student body – missed class at Penticton Secondary School Thursday, following Wednesday's threat of gun violence. A letter, which threatened to shoot unidentified students at Penticton Secondary and an OK Falls elementary school, apparently due ...