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Antoniak leaving City Hall

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:45pm
Penticton city manager Annette Antoniak has announced she will be leaving City Hall later this month. "We are extremely sad to see Annette go," said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. "She has been instrumental to the realization of Penticton's vision, propelling the organization to new height...

Coping with water advisory

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:27pm
Regular customers at Blenz Coffee in Pentiction will have to go elsewhere for now. The cafe remained closed for a second day, Tuesday, due to a boil-water advisory. "We can't use the water from the city; we have to used bottled water," said a manager. "It's a huge pain not bein...

Penticton takes aim at graffiti

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 8:26am
Penticton is getting serious about cleaning up its image. After hearing a presentation on the growing number of tagging incidents in the city, city council has tentatively agreed to fund half of a graffiti-removal pilot project in the downtown core. The committee presentation was made by Downt...

Nude beach battle heats up

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 8:42pm
Frustrated neighbours told Penticton council Monday night there will be no compromise when it comes to use of Three Mile Beach. A delegation including Cary Pinkowski, owner of private property next to the beach, and neighbour Matt Fraser said in no uncertain terms they want their neighbourhood ba...

No sentencing yet for Borba

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:58pm
EDITOR'S NOTE: graphic content may offend some readers. A sentencing date for an Oliver man found guilty of sexual touching and sexual assault will likely be set later this year. Lawyers told court Monday that a psychiatric report on Tyrone Borba is not yet available. The matter was adjourned ...

Boil-water advisory still in effect

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:39pm
A water main that burst Sunday in Penticton has been repaired, but a boil-water notice remains in effect. At least one downtown business was flooded. A sign on the door at CIBC Wood Gundy reads, "branch closure, Monday, Feb. 2, due to building flooding." There was no one available to...

Robotti court order delayed

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:54am
A Crown request that the brother and sister charged in the death of Roxanne Louie not communicate was put over to Feb. 10 in Penticton court, Monday. James Pennington, defence lawyer for Grace Robotti, said the application came as a surprise. Rallies for Louie have accompanied previous appeara...

Bursaries for students

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:00am
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen will award $20,000 more in bursaries than the previous year to students throughout the RDOS. Two of the bursary funds will make awards to arts students, one bursary fund is for First Nations students and the largest bursary fund is open t...

Boil water notice

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 4:13pm
Due to a water main break, the city of Penticton is advising businesses and residents in a specific downtown area must boil their drinking water for at least one minute before drinking. City crews and equipment have been on scene for several hours following a significant water main break at the i...

Water main floods streets

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 1:31pm
Update -- 2:30 p.m. The City of Penticton says the break was reported at 10 a.m. and crews were able to stop the flow of water less than two hours later. "The volume of water indicates this is a larger water main located in an area that required more valve shut-offs to stop the flow,&quot...

Penticton beach concerns

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 1:13pm
Update: 6:53 p.m. Kevin Proteau of Locals Supporting Locals will be holding a last minute press conference, Monday, on the steps of Penticton's city hall regarding Three Mile Beach. Locals Supporting Locals believes in community and more importantly believes in standing up and speaking out fo...

Taxes to increase in RDOS

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 12:03pm
South Okanagan residents could be paying more in taxes if the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen passes the draft budget for 2015. The total budget has increased from $3.72 million to $4.14 million this year, mostly due to a $436,000 capital expenditure to renovate the RDOS building a...

Apex mountain in mourning

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:54am
The Apex Mountain community is in mourning following the loss of one of the resort's owners. Louise Burgart, 68, was part of the group that purchased the mountain in 1997. She was found dead by her coworkers on Jan. 24. The cause of death is currently unknown, although it is not considered ...

Family Day fun in the works

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:00am
Three Penticton Vees joined Mayor Andrew Jakubeit and a representative from Coldwell Banker for a friendly game of road hockey Thursday. The game, with Jakubeit serving as referee and realtor Joni Cutler as goalie, was a preview of Family Day activities on Feb. 9. "We all need a little mo...

Website posts naked truth on beach

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:00am
Although it's the middle of winter, concerns over use of a popular Penticton beach by naturists don't appear to be going away. A website titled 3milebeach.com shows pictures and videos of people walking around fences and past no trespassing signs at Three Mile Beach. While most of the people are ...

Cafe gets community support

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:06pm
Running a small business in the Okanagan has been a tough go for the owners of the Dogtown Cafe & Urban Market in Penticton. So Wednesday morning, co-owner Corrie Corfield posted a heartfelt message on the Dogtown Coffee Co. Facebook page telling the community they were in trouble and in need...

Crime goes up in Penticton

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:38am
A rise in vehicle thefts and break and enters has Penticton RCMP concerned. Penticton saw a significant increase in crime in 2014, according to an RCMP report. Insp. Kevin Hewco provided statistics showing that in 2014 there were 182 reported auto thefts, compared to 110 the year before, while...

Mayor joins blogosphere

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:56am
It only takes 60 seconds to learn about Penticton, thanks to the new "Mayor's Minute" blog feature on the city's website. Citizens are invited to catch up on council news and musings with the new online blog, launched this week at www.penticton.ca/blog. "Council wants to increas...

Shoplifters Facebook page removed

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:25pm
The well-used Facebook page Penticton Shoplifters and Thieves - Exposed! is currently not available, according to the page's creator. Leigh Follestad said the page is down, and he has sent an email to the people at Facebook Canada. Since then, he has received a response that they are looking into...

Event organizer sues DPA

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:43pm
A Penticton event organizer has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming wrongful dismissal. According to a court document obtained by Castanet, Laurel Burnham is suing the Downtown Penticton Association, where she previously worked as the community market manager. According to th...