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Fire damages house

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:13pm
The Penticton Fire Department responded to a fire in an unoccupied house on Ellis Street on Monday night. Fire Chief Wayne Williams said when the crew arrived at 601 Ellis Street, they saw smoke coming out and found a fire in the basement. It was their understanding, it was a vacant house that...

Almost 5 yrs. for sex assault

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:04pm
A 42-year-old Penticton man who sexually assaulted a young woman in an isolated area, will spend the next 58 months in jail. Darren MacDonald, who earlier pleaded guilty to charges he was facing including sexual assault with a weapon and using an imitation firearm, was sentenced Tuesday in a Pent...

Borba trial to resume next month

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 5:00am
A trial stemming from alleged sexual assault and touching incidents in Oliver, is slated to resume next month in Penticton. Tyrone Borba, 23, is facing charges of sexual interference of a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching under 16 and sexual assault. The offences allegedly took place...

Historic tug to be repaired

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:30pm
The last tug on Okanagan Lake is slated to be repaired thanks to Fest of Ale. Since 1996, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society has donated more than half a million dollars to local charities. This year the SS Sicamous was chosen to receive funding, along with 15 other local charity groups. As a no...

Sentencing in assault case

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:14pm
A Penticton man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in the Penticton area in August of 2013 is slated to be sentenced on Tuesday. Darren MacDonald has pleaded guilty to some of the charges he was facing in the assault case. The others will be stayed Among the char...

Dangerous intersection

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:15pm
A woman was sent to hospital with serious injuries following a motorcycle accident in Naramata on Saturday evening. Naramata Fire Chief Tony Trovao said the motorcycle was travelling up the hill on Robinson Avenue around 6:30 p.m., when it failed to negotiate the corner and crossed the centre lin...

New Sockeye hatchery

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 2:23pm
The k] cpә'lk' stim' salmon hatchery, part of the Okanagan Nation Alliance sockeye reintroduction program, broke ground today. The hatchery is on Penticton Indian Band reserve lands at 155 Enowkin Trail, Penticton. “The return of Okanagan Sockeye to our fishing grounds used to be o...

Social media thwarts shoplifter

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 1:59pm
A Penticton storeowner has again turned to social media to identify a shoplifter. Leigh Follestad, the owner of Smart Shopper in the downtown, put video of a recent theft on Facebook, and the person was quickly identified. "I will continue to do this, because I am fed up with my store bei...

Biz. welcomes return to school

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 1:13pm
Like parents and teachers, Penticton business owners are looking forward to school starting up again in the near future. Several say business has been slow during the ongoing labour dispute and it will be good to see it pick up. "We count on them, (students), to come in and spend money du...

Hwy. 97 reopens after crash

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:16pm
8:15 P.M. UPDATE DriveBC says the highway has been reopened. The extent and nature of the injuries suffered by the five occupants are still unknown. Heavy trucks were not able to take the detour due to the tight turns and weight restrictions on the wood bridges along the route. At one ...

City bucks up for UBCM

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:33pm
The Penticton mayor and council members, with the exception of Councillor John Vassilaki, will attend the Union of British Columbia Muncipalities, UBCM, in Whistler next week. Although the council received flak last year for sending a big contingent and the associated costs, Deputy Mayor Judy Se...

Judge accepts officer's version

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:50am
A man facing charges that stem from an impaired driving incident in Oliver in 2012 was found guilty on four counts in a Penticton courtroom on Thursday. Anthony Chester Bryant was convicted of impaired driving, obstructing a police officer, failing to stop and refusing to take a breath sample -- ...

SS Sicamous master plan

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:06pm
Penticton council was provided with an update on the master plan for the SS Sicamous area at Tuesday's meeting. Highlights of the presentation given by consultant Ed Grifone were public consultation to date, the best liked options and efforts to bring all stakeholders on board. "A part of...

Dead motorcyclist identified

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:01pm
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident in Penticton on Sept. 13, 2014. He was Kevin Michael Bradley Vezina, aged 41, of Penticton. Vezina was the operator of a motorcycle on Main Street in Penticton at about 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 w...

District 67 letter to parents

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:00pm
School District 67 Okanagan Skaha released a letter to parents and guardians today, Thursday, regarding the tentative agreement reached between the British Columbia Teachers' Federation and the British Columbia Public School Employers' Association. It includes the following information: Openin...

Suspicious fire near Oliver

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:10am
The Willowbrook Fire Department and Oliver RCMP responded to a rural residence fire on Orofino Road, near Oliver, at 10:26 a.m. on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation and appears to be suspicious at this point. Of particular interest to the police is any information from th...

Builder sought for new hospital

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:00am
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released Wednesday as the first step in selecting a qualified team to design, build, finance, and maintain the new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH). “Just a few weeks ago we announced approval of the business plan for a new patie...

Freak'n Farmer is back

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 8:30pm
People are again invited to test their skills at the third annual Freak'n Farmer set for this Saturday, Sept. 20, at Covert Farms in Oliver. This year will feature a 12K with 23 obstacles, a half plowed 5K with 10 obstacles, a Freak'n Little Farmer 3K and Mini Freak'n Farmer 1K. There are expe...

New library on the way

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 8:28pm
Ground broke today on a new library that will establish a permanent foothold for the Okanagan Regional Library in Summerland. The ORL has been planning an expansion in the District of Summerland for more than 10 years. Today those dreams finally came to realization. The new building will cost ...

Summerland bids farewell to CAO

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:38pm
The District of Summerland is losing its top bureaucrat. The district announced Wednesday Chief Administrative Officer, Tom Day is retiring. Day has been in the position for the past two years. Over that time he has made many difficult decisions and provided staff and Council with the direc...