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Apartment fire

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:50pm
Update One is in hospital after a fire broke out on the fourth floor of an apartment building at 803 Fairview Rd. The lone occupant of the unit went to the hospital, but their condition is unknown. "They were met by BC Ambulance on the street and taken to the hospital," said Depu...

Youth food drive tonight

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:15pm
Church youth groups in Penticton and Summerland will conduct a food drive tonight, (Thursday) in different neighbourhoods. This will be the first time the young people have done such a drive for the food bank, according to Youth Pastor Greg Hamm with the Vineyard Community Church, one of the part...

Downtown improvements supported

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00pm
Upgrades to the 100 and 200 blocks of Penticton's Main Street are moving closer to becoming a reality. Blake Laven, the city's planning manager, told council this week that as of last Friday, the 30 day deadline for property owners to petition against a 25 per cent tax contribution, they had only...

Vandals hit milfoil machine

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:45am
With only weeks left to rototill milfoil in Osoyoos Lake before winter freeze-up, vandalism and theft from one of the Okanagan Basin Water Board's (OBWB) machines has effectively stopped efforts to control the invasive weed in the South Okanagan lake. “It's really unfortunate,” said O...

Art house art show

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:31am
A local artist's collective is opening their doors to the public, with an opening reception slated for 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29. Artwork from member artists Shayn Hagel, Liz Marshall, Derrie Selles, and Jessie Dunlop will be on display at Art House Penticton. Visitors will also be invited t...

Fresh start for Summerland

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:30pm
A longtime horticulturist and orchardist is the mayor elect of Summerland, following Saturday's election. Peter Waterman won with 1,197 votes. He will be joined by a council of new faces, including four women councillors. "I advocated for a good gender and age mix and we got it all,"...

City ball fields improved

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:00pm
A partnership between the city and the Penticton Slo-Pitch League has scored one for the home team, as changes to Lions, Parkway and Skaha ball diamonds have improved the ball fields for users. "This partnership has improved softball fields in Penticton with additional safety features and am...

Craft beer lovers unite

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:15am
One of the hottest trends in BC right now is craft beer, with the demand growing at an unprecedented rate as consumers enjoy an ever-increasing selection of hand-crafted beers. The Okanagan craft beer market is also burgeoning as new craft breweries open and existing craft breweries expand. &q...

Native workers want equality

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00am
Native courtworkers from the Okanagan participated in a job action at the Penticton Courthouse on Wednesday. The BC Government & Service Employees' Union members, who are employed by the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia, have been on strike since September. ...

$99,999 error in player's favour

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:00pm
A slot machine malfunction at the Penticton casino last winter, resulted in the person playing it getting a much higher jackpot than they were supposed to. According to the BC Lottery Corporation, on Jan. 20, the slot machine at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino erroneously displayed a jac...

Council says no to recount

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:30pm
Penticton city staff will not be doing a recount of votes, according to information provided at Monday's council meeting. Staff was responding to concerns expressed by some residents that there needed to be a manual recount, following Saturday's election. "Our chief election officer has s...

Emotional last council meeting

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:20am
It was an emotional last meeting for the current council in Penticton on Monday night. There were tears, as well as some laughter, when Councillor John Vassilaki walked around hugging everyone sitting at the council table. "I had 12 very, very interesting years on City Council, overall it...

Inmate with Penticton ties sought

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:00am
A warrant for arrest has been issued for inmate Amanda Sach, after she failed to return to the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford on Nov. 15, following an authorized temporary absence. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately contacted the Abbotsford Police and issued t...

Sexual assault sentencing

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:30pm
A young Penticton man was sentenced Monday to 12 months to be served in the community for sexually assaulting two female students. The man, unnamed because of a publication ban on identifying the victims, was facing charges including sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16 tie...

Voter turnout questioned

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:45pm
Although Penticton voters experienced long lines at the trade and convention centre on Saturday, it apparently wasn't because of a higher voter turnout. According to Simone Blais, the city's communications officer, the voter turnout for the 2014 election was 8,424, compared to 8,589 in the 2011 e...

Bomb maker sentenced

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:00pm
The Penticton man responsible for making an explosive device that went off in his neighbourhood was sentenced on Monday. Matthew Nason, who was born in 1976, was given a $1,000 fine for the first charge of making or possessing explosives, and a suspended sentence and three years probation for sto...

Final meeting for old council

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:59am
Tonight, Monday, will be the last meeting night for the current council in Penticton. Mayor Garry Litke did not run for re-election and Councillor John Vassilaki was defeated by Councillor Andrew Jakubeit in the mayoral race. Katie Robinson will also not be returning, following an unsuccessful...

Penticton - mix of old & new

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:28am
The city of Penticton has a new mayor and some new faces on council, following Saturday's election. Incumbent Andrew Jakubeit was elected mayor with 5,126 votes. Council includes incumbents Helena Konanz with 3,626 votes and Judy Sentes with 2,890 votes. New to council are Andre Martin with 3,...

Bobbitt hearing to resume next year

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:01pm
The dangerous offender hearing for David Bobbitt is currently scheduled to resume next year. According to information provided by the court registry, the date fixed this week in Penticton is for Feb. 18. So far, the sentencing/hearing has been held in portions in the early summer, September an...

Winter photos on display

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:00pm
Photos of horses standing in snow-covered fields and other winter scenes will be on display this weekend in a first of its kind show at the Penticton mall. "London Drugs Celebrates Local Photographers," a winter photography show, will take place Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Cherry Lane Shop...