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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...

Fire 70% contained

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:40pm
UPDATE SEPT 15, 2014 AT 7:30 P.M. A wildfire burning near Princeton is now 70 per cent contained. According to Fire Information Officer, Kayla Pepper, crews were able to get a handle on the fire Monday. The fire grew to 182 hectares, however, Pepper says most of the growth took place Sunday...

Fire spooks locals

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:00pm
The wildfire north of Princeton burnt large swaths of dry grass, and frayed the nerves of locals but otherwise was kept from destroying any homes or structures. The fire began around 6 p.m. Sunday evening and soon grew to 60 hectares in size due to wind and an abundance of dry fuel. Overnight it ...

Fire storm at night

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:57pm
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Motorcyclist dies in crash

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:42pm
Penticton RCMP confirmed Monday that a 41-year-old motorcyclist from West Kelowna died in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday. According to Sgt. Rick Dellebuur, the man died after his motorcycle hit the passenger side of a black Toyota Camry that was preparing to turn left, east, on to Industria...

Grass fire near Princeton

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 11:26pm
11 P.M. UPDATE: Princeton RCMP are saying there are currently no evacuations ordered due to this fire. More details to come. 10:35 P.M. UPDATE: A witness told Castanet that the fire has jumped the Summerland Princeton Road near Wayne Lake and is now burning on the east side of the roa...

Gary Leaman gets jail time

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:47pm
An ex-Penticton city councillor was sentenced to 21 months in jail and 27 months probation in a Penticton courtroom on Friday. Judge Gale Sinclair handed down the sentence in the Gary Leaman case after hearing submissions from crown counsel Catherine Crockett and defence lawyer Michael Welsh. ...

Bobbitt hearing on hold

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:35pm
The David Bobbitt dangerous offender/sentencing hearing has been put over to Oct. 20. So far, the hearing in a Penticton courtroom has focused on an alleged sexual assault in 2007 and a violent assault in 2011, which Bobbitt previously pleaded guilty to. There have been witnesses from both, wi...

Boy may have started deadly fire

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:23pm
The young boy who died last year after being caught in a vehicle fire was possibly playing with matches, says a coroner's report on the incident. Cody Alexander James O'Connor was eight years old when a fire broke out Aug. 28, 2013 inside the recreational vehicle he lived in with his fami...