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Teneycke back in custody

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 4:30pm
An Okanagan Falls man with a long history of criminal offences was back before a judge again today. Ronald Teneycke is now facing charges of possessing an explosive device and having an explosive substance while prohibited under order. He was arrested last week on the matter and was in a Penti...

Oliver principal mourned

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:16pm
Staff and students of School District 53 are mourning the sudden death of Oliver Elementary School's principal. Barton Tumlinson began his employment with the Okanagan-Similkameen school system in August 2009 as vice-principal of Similkameen Elementary-Secondary School. He was promoted to Oliver ...

Rally for Roxanne Louie

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 2:35pm
Another rally for Roxanne Louie will be held at the Penticton courthouse this Wednesday, Jan. 28. The gathering is timed to take place on the same day, Grace Robotti, 65, and Pier Robotti, 61, the brother and sister allegedly involved in her death, make a court appearance by video. "It is...

Perfect season for a 'Brewski'

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 9:00am
Grab some friends and head up to Apex Mountain Resort for a ‘Brewski', on February 14. For the second year in a row the Brewski event will take place on the hill at the Gunbarrel Saloon. Brewski, is a celebration of craft beer, cider and spirits explains Apex Events Manager, Emily Childs...

Penticton man dies in custody

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:10am
The inmate who died in custody at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre was a Penticton man with a lengthy history in the courts. Daryl Vic Belseck, 52, was awaiting trial for an assault, uttering threats and a mischief under $5000 charge, stemming from an incident that occurred on December 2...

Youth mental wellness initiative

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:00am
The Penticton Rotary Club is partnering with School District 67 to create a program focused on enhancing mental wellness amongst youth in the community. The goal of the program is to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues through open dialogue and community support as well as create r...

Former employer sued

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:58pm
Update: Friday January, 23, 6 p.m. According to a court document obtained by Castanet, Penticton Councillor Judy Sentes was employed with the Okanagan-Similkameen Neurological Society from August 1994 until her retirement on July 8, 2013. When she started working there, she entered into an agr...

Snowbirds returning to Penticton

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:30pm
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are returning to Penticton. The Snowbirds aerobatic team will kick off the 68th annual Penticton Peach Festival Wednesday, Aug 5. The CT-114 Tutor aircraft last flew over Penticton in 2013. They performed in Kelowna last summer. The Snowbirds are expected...

Louie to serve six months

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:01am
An Oliver man who stabbed his younger brother to death while under the influence of alcohol and drugs was handed a sentence of 75 months, Thursday. Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen handed down the sentence in Penticton court, but with time-served credit of 69 months, Kyle Louie will serve si...

Naramata Centre shuts down

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 7:54pm
The Centre at Naramata has posted a notice on its website that it is closing its doors. The statement reads as follows: "It is with deep regret and heartfelt sadness that the Board of Directors of the Naramata Centre Society announces that the Centre at Naramata will cease operations and cl...

Naramata Centre to close

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 7:54pm
The Centre at Naramata has posted a notice on its website that it is closing its doors. The statement reads as follows: "It is with deep regret and heartfelt sadness that the Board of Directors of the Naramata Centre Society announces that the Centre at Naramata will cease operations and cl...

Man goes berserk at Canadian Tire

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:29pm
A disgruntled Penticton man is facing charges after smashing the glass-encased firearms cabinet at Canadian Tire. At about 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, a Canadian Tire employee heard a huge crash in the sports department. Checking to see if anyone was injured, the person found a man with a sledgeha...

Kyle Louie sentencing begins

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:14pm
UPDATE 3:15 P.M. Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen is expected to hand down his sentence for Kyle Louie tomorrow. Kyle pleaded guilty to stabbing his younger brother to death in 2011. His family declined comment outside the courtroom Wednesday as court proceedings wrapped up for the d...

Youth invited to try ice fishing

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:41am
Young people are being invited to give ice fishing a try at Yellow Lake. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, B.C. Wildlife Federation, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and BCFishn.com have organized a youth ice fishing day for Saturday at the lake on Highway 3A, 20 k...

Winter Games names directors

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:00am
A board of directors has been chosen to lead Penticton's hosting of the B.C. Winter Games next year. “Let the Games begin, again,” said Bill Bidlake, president of the 2016 B.C. Winter Games Organizing Committee. "We are so excited for the Games to return to our great city. Penti...

Councillor pushes to cut rates

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:49pm
A Penticton councillor's efforts to rein in electrical rates have her colleagues' support. Coun. Helena Konanz issued a notice of motion asking council to consider that staff base the 2016 budget on the wholesale power purchase level from FortisBC. The motion passed Monday by a 4-3 vote. Coun...

Sentencing in downtown assault

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:20pm
A Penticton man, who assaulted a man who slept with his then girlfriend, was given a four-month conditional sentence this week in court. Judge Gregory Koturbash handed down the sentence, after Elkena Knauff, 29, pleaded guilty to a count of assault causing bodily harm. According to Crown couns...

BMX club needs a new track

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:00pm
The Penticton BMX Club needs to expand or move, board members told city council on Monday. The presentation regarding the club and its desire to grow its membership and improve facilities, was given at a special committee of the whole meeting at City Hall. "We are looking at expansi...

Bobcat sighting in Naramata

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:00pm
Randy Brown was looking out the window of his Naramata home late last week, when he noticed something large passing by. Turns out it was a good sized bobcat making its way up the lane. "At first I thought it was a household cat, but it was clearly bigger than that," he said. "I ...

Good turnout for new bus service

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:32pm
Several Okanagan Falls residents took advantage of a new bus service between Okanagan Falls and Penticton Monday morning. Around eight to 10 people boarded the bus, along with RDOS Area D Director Tom Siddon. "I think it's perfect because I don't like driving, and taking the bus is much e...