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Conservatives elect Penticton man

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 2:19pm
Conservative party members in the South Okanagan elected a candidate to run in the new South Okanagan West Kootenay riding. Marshall Neufeld expressed his sincere appreciation to Conservative Party members in the new riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay, who turned out by the hundreds and elect...

Feds help fund Penticton bridge

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:01pm
The federal government has kicked in an additional $2.4 million to help build a bridge across the southern part of the Okanagan River channel. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt today announced a federal government investment in support of the Penticton ...

Merritt to receive power plant

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:03pm
Merritt is to be the site of a new 40 megawatt, biomass-fired power plant for BC Hydro. Merritt Green Energy Limited Partnership announced Friday that it has closed on its financing for the Merritt Green Energy Project, a $235 million investment. An Environmental Appeal Board document indicate...

Gaza rally in Penticton

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 5:00am
A rally for Gaza and West Bank to end the killing and occupation took place on Friday in Penticton. The gathering at the corner of Main Street and Nanaimo Avenue was organized by resident Carolyn Kidd. "My intention is this is the first of many rallies or gatherings to show support for th...

Market welcomes liquor vendors

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:08pm
The Penticton Farmers' Market will make room for two liquor vendors beginning Saturday, July 26. Marketing Manager Erin Trainer says because of space, only two vendors will be allowed at the market each week. Cannery Brewing and Tyler Harlton Wines have been granted spots Saturday. Space is...

No booze for Boonstock

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:59pm
According to a statement issued Friday by Ray Tetzel, Assistant Deputy General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Boonstock is not getting its liquor license. “After working with the RCMP and festival organizers, and reviewing the event's safe...

Wine awards given out

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:30pm
BC Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon paid a visit to the Howling Bluff Estate Winery in Penticton on Friday to present an award of excellence. The award was given to owner Luke Smith and his son Daniel for their 2013 Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Smith, who has won twice before for his ...

Orchardists busy after rainfall

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:00pm
The owners of 30 acres of cherry trees in the Naramata area were hard at work Thursday, making sure the fruit didn't split. Late in the afternoon a helicopter arrived at the Van Westen orchard to blow water off the trees after the recent rainfall. "Once they are split, they are ruined,&q...

Home hit by lightning

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:39pm
A Penticton couple spent most of Thursday dealing with the aftermath of a lightning strike to their home. The strike hit the house on Victoria Drive during Wednesday's storm. Debra Lawton said she was downstairs in the home around 7:30 p.m., when she heard a really loud bang. "All the ...

Alerts rescinded in RDOS

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00am
The RDOS has announced the evacuation alerts for both the Apex Mountain and Jura fires have been rescinded, thanks to the tireless efforts of firefighting crews on the ground and more favourable weather conditions over the past few days. The previously identified properties are: Apex Mountain ...

Council nixes Boonstock support

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:15pm
The Boonstock Music and Arts Festival was again under discussion at Monday's Penticton council meeting. This time around they were considering a letter asking them to endorse the festival, submitted by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The chamber fully supports the festiva...

Liquor coming to market

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:30pm
Visitors to the Downtown Community Market in Penticton can expect to see wine vendors at the location this Saturday. Following Monday's public hearing, council adopted zoning changes that will include liquor tastings and sales within the outdoor market use. "We need to really promote the ...

Graffiti partnership considered

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:15pm
Penticton council has directed staff to support a partnership with the Downtown Penticton Association to investigate professional graffiti removal options. The move came after a presentation by Kerri Milton with the DPA and Tina Siebert, the bylaw services supervisor, at Monday's meeting. &quo...

Washington State fire update

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 8:00pm
Any noticeable smoke in the South Okanagan this week was likely from the Carlton Complex Fires and Bugg Road Fire, which are still burning out of control in Washington State. The former, burning south and west of Omak, WA, is the largest fire in state history. As of Tuesday, the Bugg Road Fire...

BC tankers assist US fire

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:41pm
The BC government has come to the aid of firefighting efforts in Washington State. Five bombers were sent to the border yesterday, (Monday) to help with a wildfire burning near the town of Tonasket. The fire, which was detected Monday afternoon east of the town has grown to about 1,000 acres (...

Buyer sought for Mount Baldy

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:00pm
G-Force Real Estate Inc. out of Vancouver has been appointed marketing agent for a secured creditor who has received conduct of sale from the Supreme Court of BC under a foreclosure action to sell most of the assets of Mount Baldy Ski Corporation and related companies. The primary objective of th...

WWII bomber at airport

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:00pm
A plane that flew combat missions during World War II has landed at Penticton Regional Airport. During this entire week, the public is invited to view the B-25 Maid in the Shade, or even hop aboard for a ride. The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force brought the plane to Penticton, as a...

White Lake wildfire

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:15am
A small wildfire in the White Lake area south of Penticton is nearly fully contained. The fire was discovered about 5 a.m. Tuesday. According to Fire Information Officer, Melissa Welsh, the fire is about four hectares in size. "We were on site at 5 a.m. with an initial attack cre...

Smoke in the south

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:48pm
Despite smokey skies in the south Okanagan, there are no new wildfires of note in the region. The haze is being blamed on the raging fires south of the border in Washington state. Castanet has received several emails from residents of Penticton and Oliver claiming the air is thick with smoke. ...

Penticton council highlights

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:00pm
A public hearing on allowing the sale of alcohol at the Penticton Farmers Market will take place Monday night in council chambers. The council passed first reading of zoning changes that would include liquor tastings and sales within the outdoor market at its last meeting. The government of BC...