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Challenge pro field heats up

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:10pm
A field of male pros will be threatening hometown champion Jeff Symonds' attempt at grabbing back to back titles at this year's Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada. They include Scott Defilippis from the U.S., who had a strong run time last year to take second place, as well as Adam O'Meara, ...

Underwear run a big hit

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:07pm
Friday's rain didn't stop people from donning underwear and running for a worthwhile cause in Penticton. The good turnout was for the Underpants Run, held during the Challenge Penticton Canada festivities. "It's just a fun and uplifting event where everyone laughs the whole time," sa...

Footgolf comes to valley

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:16am
The first officially sanctioned footgolf tournament is coming to Skaha Meadows in Penticton Aug 23. Footgolf is a fast-growing sport that adds bigger holes to existing golf courses. Instead of a bag of clubs and tees, players wear turf shoes and use a soccer ball. There are typically two footgol...

SAR gear theft

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:13am
A Penticton and District Search and Rescue member went from being a rescuer to the victim of a crime, this week. Kurt Hasenkox, who is an active climber and outdoors person, was at the Skaha Bluffs area, between the hours of 6:45 to 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19. After his hike he returned to ...

Altercation on the picket line

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:44pm
Tensions appear to be heating up in an on-going labour dispute in Naramata. Police in Penticton are investigating allegations of verbal and physical threats made towards picketing CUPE workers by a Naramata Centre manager. According to CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer, Paul Faoro, the incident occu...

Hit and run investigation

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:31pm
The police are continuing to investigate a hit and run fatality in Penticton and are requesting public assistance in moving the investigation forward. At approximately 4:40 a.m., on Aug. 12, the Penticton RCMP received a report of a body lying in the middle of Skaha Lake Road near Lee Avenue, adj...

Fire brought back '03 memories

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:53pm
Tuesday's fire off of North Naramata Road triggered memories of another much more devastating fire 11 years ago. Some residents who live in the area say it took place the same day they were asked to leave their homes during the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire. "It was exactly the same day, Au...

Curtain drops on theatre plan

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:45pm
The Penticton council has voted to stick with the status quo in regards to a restrictive covenant being placed on properties at the corner of Nanaimo Avenue and Ellis Street. The 4-2 vote at Monday's meeting, followed presentations by former mayor Jake Kimberley on behalf of the South Okanagan Pe...

Mayor takes icy challenge

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:07pm
Penticton Mayor Garry Litke took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of city hall Wednesday afternoon. A Penticton firefighter poured the ice water on the mayor's head, as an enthusiastic crowd looked on. "The ice bucket challenge is sweeping across North America, all on Faceboo...

Pool closed next summer

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:22am
The pool at the Penticton Community Centre will be shut down for several weeks next summer. Council voted at Monday's meeting to close the aquatics area from July 27 to Sept. 13, 2015, for the much needed tile replacement project. "It is a pool decking and change room tile replacement, no...

Wildfire contained

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:46am
Update -- August 20 The wildfire that broke out in Naramata has been fully contained. Officials at the BC Wildfire Management Branch says a crew of 15 stayed overnight to fight the blaze. At it's peak, the wildfire grew to 2.9 hectares in size. 4:20 pm. update: Crews are gaining th...

Naramata wildfire

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:20pm
4:20 pm. update: Crews are gaining the upper hand on the fire near N. Naramata Road. Forest fire fighter Jim Mottishaw says, "Kaleden, Summerland and Penticton supported the Naramata fire department. The fire is about 2.5 hectares in size. It is 75% contained . . . we'll have it contained...

Harrowing tale from missing picker

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:00pm
The fruit picker from Quebec who was recently reported missing in Summerland has been found. The Summerland RCMP was notified on the morning of Aug. 17, that a man who was walking his dog in the Trout Creek Canyon area, discovered Julien Landry. Cst. Jacques Lefebvre says Landry went hiking on...

Readying for Challenge Penticton

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:59am
Sunday's Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada is much more than just a triathlon. It is also a multi day festival, focused on creating a memorable experience for both those in the race and those on the sidelines. "While we have planned a world-class race for our athletes, we have also ...

Good turnout for rally

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:24am
People carrying babies mingled with retirees at a rally held Monday night at Penticton's city hall prior to the council meeting. In all, around 75 people attended the Time For Change Penticton gathering, set up so people who have been communicating on Facebook could meet face to face. "I'...

Hospice gets boost

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:00am
To address the growing need for supportive care for seniors, Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson has announced that the Province has signed a three year agreement with the Desert Valley Hospice Society to help develop a hospice centre in Osoyoos. As of Sept. 1, the province is providing the soc...

PHA endorses Challenge Penticton

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:47pm
The Penticton Hospitality Association has stepped up its support for the Challenge Penticton triathlon, set to take place on Sunday. Paulette Rennie, president of the Penticton Triathlon Society, said to have the support again this year from the PHA is so important for the community event. &qu...

Penticton council highlights

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:30pm
Replacing the floor tiles at the Penticton Community Centre pool will be under discussion at Monday's council meeting. The change is needed after people reported serious injuries from slipping on the slick surface. The city also weighed costs of doing the replacement versus ongoing maintenance. ...

Jet hits deer while landing

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:30pm
A jet is in need of repairs, and a deer is no longer with us after being hit by the plane as it landed in Princeton Monday morning. "A Kal Tire jet landed and a deer was going across the runway. When they landed, they clipped it," says Rick Zerr, chief administrative officer for the Tow...

Gathering planned at City Hall

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:30am
The people behind a new Facebook group seeking change in Penticton are now taking their message to the streets. A gathering is planned for 5:30 p.m. today (Monday) at City Hall, so people who have been expressing their thoughts at #TimeForChangePenticton can actually meet in person. "It's...