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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...

Skaha Lake Marina development

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:00pm
Penticton council is slowly but surely releasing more information regarding the Skaha Lake Marina development. Information, in the form of a timeline, out of an in camera meeting, was provided at the end of Tuesday's council meeting. Highlights of the timeline are the city issued an expression...

War canoe racing returns

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:00am
In the early 1900s, war canoe regattas were commonplace on Okanagan Lake, and this weekend local residents will get the chance to relive that piece of history. War canoe races are the highlight of the SteamFest Regatta, to be held Sept. 20 and 21 in Penticton. "It's just a unique part of ...

Guns stolen in robbery

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:06pm
Police in Keremeos are concerned about a residential break and enter in which six rifles were stolen. It happened at a home on Fairview Mountain in Cawston on Sunday. Police are releasing few details about the robbery, but are now asking for the public's assistance in locating the firearms. ...

Kittens get new lease on life

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:00pm
If you are considering adding a furry feline friend to your life, a group of lively kittens are ready for their forever homes after a rough start to life left them near death. It was just over two months ago when the eight kittens, sickly and several only days old, were rescued in the Penticton ...

Three fires spark concern

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:45pm
Marlowe Sam was at work at the En'owkin Centre on Monday afternoon, when he received the unwelcome news a fire was burning not far from his home. He couldn't leave immediately but made his way to his house at the corner of Shingle Creek Road and Green Mountain Road as quickly as he could. &quo...

Waterman running for mayor

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:50pm
Peter Waterman, a two-time Summerland councillor, has announced his intention to run for mayor in the Nov. 15 municipal election. The councillor, who was the only one to oppose the controversial Agricultural Land Reserve land swap proposed by council this spring, is calling for a new conversation...

Fire crews getting upper hand

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:33am
Local and provincial fire crews are getting the upper hand on a pair of late summer wildfires in the South Okanagan. A fire burning north of Princeton is now about 90 per cent contained says provincial Fire Information Officer, Kayla Pepper. The fire, which flared up Sunday night, quickly grew...

Shingle Creek wildfire

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:40pm
UPDATE 7:30 P.M. Fire crews hit a small wildfire on Green Mountain Road hard Monday afternoon. Fire Information Officer, Kayla Pepper, says the fire has grown to between 10 and 15 hectares, however, it is showing only rank 1 and rank 2 activity. Twenty-eight ground personnel, two tankers an...