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More candidates forums ahead

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:09pm
One forum for the 25 people running for six seats on the Penticton council has come and gone, but there will be more opportunities to hear from the candidates. Residents have organized their own forum for mayor and councillor candidates. This opportunity is inspired by the Facebook group, Educ...

Unique Golden Mile wine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:40pm
Some South Okanagan wineries could soon be putting an exclusive label on their products. Several wineries on the "Golden Mile" wine route in the South Okanagan filed an application with the BC Wine Authority to have the region recognized as a unique geographical area that produces uniqu...

Firefighters union thanks city

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:00pm
The Penticton Professional Fire Fighters Union Local 1399 is thanking the city for a resolution passed last week. On Monday, the council passed that resolution to bring back two firefighter positions, effective Jan 1, 2015. The statement from the union reads: We want to thank City Council ...

Dead body not suspicious

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:21pm
The Penticton RCMP confirmed Tuesday that the body of a man was found in an abandoned shed in a field off Green Mountain Road on Monday. The death has been deemed not suspicious, and it appears the man was there for several days. His family has been located and advised. The BC Coroner is do...

Repeat sex offender sentenced

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:39am
A Keremeos man who pleaded guilty to sex offences will spend the next five years behind bars. Helge Wilson, 61, was given the sentence in a Penticton courtroom on Monday, after the court heard the circumstances of the offences: sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. According t...

Wine tourism summit coming

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:00am
This November 8, a cornucopia of wine and food enthusiasts will take to social media to celebrate Wine Tourism Day, Tweeting, Facebooking, and Instagramming special events and promotions to encourage travel to the world's wine regions. In the heart of BC wine country, All She Wrote, the consultin...

Body found in Penticton

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:36pm
A body was discovered behind the Super Save Gas in Penticton Monday. According to Penticton Indian Band community member Allen Kroeger, he discovered the body inside a shed near the Super Save Gas on Green Mountain Road earlier today. There is also unofficial confirmation from the RCMP that a...

Sentenced for $41K theft

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:06pm
An Osoyoos man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $40,000 from the fire protection district was given a conditional sentence of 12 months, Monday, in a Penticton courtroom. Judge Gregory Koturbash handed down the sentence for Michael McWhinnie, which includes two years probation, after hear...

WestJet lands in Penticton

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 2:49pm
WestJet airlines touched down in Penticton for the first time Sunday afternoon. The Calgary-based airliner began daily non-stop service between Penticton and Calgary after a multi-year campaign to bring the airline to the city. More than 100 people filled Penticton airport, including current a...

Who can help owl sanctuary

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:00am
At four inches high and weighing under three ounces little ‘Tiny' the Northern Pygmy Owl is in need of help. The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) has been looking after the bird named ‘Tiny' along with several of his extended Raptor family members (Hawks, Eagles, ...

Peach City Radio needs support

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:00am
On the heels of three major announcements from the Peach City Community Radio Society comes word that their recently submitted application for license has been granted a hearing with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, (CRTC). Peach City Radio, at their recent media ...

Street of broken promises

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:25pm
Since Garry Gratton moved to Corry Place in Penticton 15 years ago, he has been to city hall every year to get improvements made to the street's infrastructure. Now it does appear something may finally get done, after council discussed the matter at this week's meeting. But Gratton, who is run...

WestJet Penticton flight, Sunday

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:05am
There will be plenty of excitement in the air this Sunday, when the inaugural WestJet Encore flight from Calgary to Penticton lands at the airport. On board, will be WestJet representatives, as well as Penticton MLA Dan Ashton. They will be greeted by local government representatives, including M...

Mayor in theft scandal

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:13pm
6:48 p.m. Oct. 23, update: Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells issued this statement late Thursday afternoon. There will not be a press conference tomorrow, Friday. My final statement is my apology. It is unfortunate that Mr. Betz could not accept it. There was a time frame – a year and a hal...

Mayor, wife in theft scandal

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:13pm
6:48 p.m. update: Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells issued this statement late Thursday afternoon. There will not be a press conference tomorrow, Friday. My final statement is my apology. It is unfortunate that Mr. Betz could not accept it. There was a time frame – a year and a half ago. ...

Bully for the Opera

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:29pm
The world premiere performance of Stickboy, a new opera exploring the subject of bullying, will open this evening at the Vancouver Playhouse. Written by Penticton spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan, with music by composer Neil Weisensel, Stickboy is produced by Vancouver Opera. The autobiographical...

No shirt, no shoes, no freedom

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:10pm
Despite attempts to hide in the surrounding bush, a 20-year-old man from Nanaimo is in custody thanks to Tig the police dog. Around 12 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 23, Osoyoos RCMP attended a home on Gravenstein Drive in an attempt to arrest Dillan Cote on outstanding warrants. When police arrived, t...

Random Act of Kindness Day

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:51am
A presentation on passing on kindness has been well-received by Penticton Council. Aaron McRann, executive director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, provided information about what's in store for Random Act of Kindness Day at Monday's meeting. Community foundations acro...

Cannery Brewing on the move

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:00am
Craft beer flowed and there were plenty of toasts at the groundbreaking ceremony for a well known Penticton brewery on Wednesday. Cannery Brewing is moving from its longtime location at the Cannery Trade Centre to a a new site on Ellis Street in the city's downtown. "Today marks an import...

Penticton reacts to shooting

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:46pm
Penticton politicians, veterans and residents described the shootings in Ottawa as shocking and disturbing, as they went about their business on Wednesday. Suzanne Moccia, a Penticton resident who works for an Ottawa company, said it is super unsettling. "That part of Ottawa is generally ...