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Bears like pumpkins

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 5:00am
The community coordinator for RDOS WildSafe BC is reminding the public this is the time of year when bears are foraging to add fat reserves prior to denning. In the fall they are known to frequent neighbourhoods close to wildlife corridors, fish bearing creeks and residential areas close to the e...

Deer left to rot by mailbox

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:19pm
A dead deer has been carefully wrapped in clear plastic, duct-taped and left to rot near mailboxes in the Anarchist mountain area, leaving residents dumbfounded. Sandra Wouters lives on Bobcat Court, and discovered the deer's body while collecting the mail at the end of her cul-de-sac on Tuesday....

Voting machines a worry

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:10pm
A concerned Penticton resident has sent a letter of complaint to the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development over the use of electronic/mechanical counting machines in the city's civic elections. Kevin Proteau believes that with the use of counting machines and the inability of can...

PIB medical marijuana cultivation

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:00pm
The Penticton Indian Band is looking into cultivating medical marijuana on their land, after being contacted by a company interested in doing so. Chief Jonathan Kruger said they were recently approached by Kaneh Bosm BioTechnology to see if the band was interested in doing a joint venture. &qu...

RDOS cancels open houses

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:49pm
Two RDOS public information meetings on agricultural signage and the keeping of livestock on small parcels have been cancelled. The meetings were slated for 7 p.m., Oct. 21 in Penticton and 7 p.m., Oct. 23 in Oliver. RDOS planner Christopher Garrish said the cancellation was due to scheduling con...

Panhandlers discharged

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:47pm
Two panhandlers facing charges were given absolute discharges at their sentencing in a Penticton court room on Thursday morning. Jordan Ricketts and Erwin Sedlmeier were both looking at a charge each of soliciting a person who is in a stopped vehicle. The two received the discharges as they ha...

Documentary weekend

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:16am
Connectivity is the theme uniting a stellar program of films for the third edition of the We Love Documentary weekend at the Shatford Centre of the Okanagan School of the Arts. Running from October 17 to 19, the line-up was handpicked by Pepita Ferrari, National Chair of the Documentary Organizat...

Sentencing date for sex offender

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:37pm
A sentencing date of Dec. 1 has tentatively been set for a Keremeos man who missed his sentencing last week. The date was set Wednesday in Penticton court, after Roy O'Donaghey didn't make his recent scheduled appearance. O'Donaghey was convicted in December, 2013 of two counts of exposing his...

Closing submissions, Borba case

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:31pm
Closing submissions were given by the defence and crown counsel Wednesday in the Penticton trial of an Oliver man facing charges of sexual abuse. Tyrone Borba, 23, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual interference of a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault tied ...

Beached boat & burning bush

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:55pm
The Naramata Fire Department was kept busy dealing with fires and boats set adrift in Monday's windstorm over the long weekend. On Friday night, they were called out around 9:30 p.m. after someone set the shrubs in front of the Naramata Pub on fire, according to Fire Chief Tony Trovao. Pub pat...

New sculpture celebrates school

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 5:00am
City officials, both past and present Naramata Elementary School students, and proud parents were on hand Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting of a unique sculpture. The MayPole Dance, featuring 12 dancers and a peacock, is now officially installed in the circle across from the Penticton Art Ga...

Farmers' Market not done yet

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 7:30pm
Shoppers have two more Saturdays to enjoy the Penticton Farmers' Market in the 100 block of Main Street. The final two outdoor markets of the season are Saturday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then starting in November, the event will move indoors for the annual Wint...

Women and baby escape fire

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 8:38am
1 2 A car fire south of Oliver brought traffic to a halt on Monday afternoon. The blaze occurred just after 5 p.m. on Highway 97, near Road 5. The Oliver Daily News reports that three women, including a baby, were able to escape the car before it erupted into flames. Fire crews we...

Jakubeit leads in poll

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:58pm
Andrew Jakubeit held a small lead over John Vassilaki in a Castanet poll on Penticton mayoral candidates. 288 people had responded to the poll by Monday afternoon and Jakubeit had 47.57 per cent of the votes. Vassilaki was in the lead for most of Sunday but ended up with 43.4 per cent by...

Biz friendly bylaw changes

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:24pm
The city of Osoyoos is considering changes that could make the area more business friendly. The city is reducing fees for parking spaces and lowering the number of spaces required by a licensed organization. In-lieu parking payments would be reduced from $10,000 to $3,000 per space. License...

Water service restored

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 8:27am
The repairs to the water main break in Okanagan Falls on Oct 10 have been completed. To remove any sediment that may be in the lines, residents of OK Falls should run outside taps for several minutes. Those people whose water service was disrupted are under a boil water advisory until the Irri...

No water in Ok Falls

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:29am
UPDATE 11:30 A.M. Ken Peters, water operator for the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, says the water line broke this morning around 6:30 a.m. at the corner of 10th and Maple. He says the more than likely cause of the break was due to age, with the line being at least 30 to 40 years old. ...

Truck rolls, apples cover road

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:16am
One man was injured after a semi truck carrying bins of apples lost control at the bottom of West Bench Hill on Highway 97, spilling its load onto the highway Thursday night. Penticton deputy fire chief Dave Spalding said the call came in at 11:24 p.m. and a rescue truck plus a fire engine respon...

Penticton house fire

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:57am
Emergency crews responded to a house fire on Norton Street near East Nanaimo Ave. Thursday night. Penticton deputy fire chief Dave Spalding said the call came in at 8:40 p.m. for the fire which apparently began in the kitchen. Two fire engines and six on shift members initially responded but t...

Thanksgiving at Soupateria

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:15pm
Penticton's Soupateria is again readying to serve turkey dinners with all the trimmings to the less fortunate, on Monday. Providing the abundance of food is a longstanding tradition in the community, and no one will be turned away, according to Soupateria coordinator Kris Rusk. "We have ...