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Fire gives resident a scare

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:04am
A midnight fire gave one Princeton resident a scare Sunday morning. Around midnight on Saturday emergency crews were called to Fenchurch Avenue in downtown Princeton. A fire had broken out in the basement of a single family home. The lone occupant escaped the fire unharmed. Princeton f...

Gov't cash for orchardists

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 7:48am
The BC government is investing $8.4 million for a tree-fruit replanting program. The program supports producers' efforts to meet consumer demands for high-value and high-quality B.C. fruit. Growers will be able to apply for grants beginning April 1, 2015 through to the 2021 season. An estim...

Mayor-elect lays out goals

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:00am
Penticton Mayor-elect Andrew Jakubeit plans to hit the ground running in the weeks ahead. His first order of business will be to just sit down with the new council and talk about current strategic priorities. "I want to ensure that the downtown and waterfront revitalization are still key ...

Boonstock police bill not paid

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:00pm
Boonstock organizers have yet to pay the large policing bill that was issued in September, following the Penticton festival. According to the Ministry of Justice, the province invoiced the promoter on Sept. 5 for $176,901.10, and no payment has been received yet. "The province has been in...

Loader burns in Princeton

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:30pm
The Princeton Fire Department kept a close eye on a business on Old Hedley Road, Thursday, after a loader fire earlier in the day. Fire Chief Eric Gregson said a 930 cat loader burned at around noon, prompting the fire watch at the Princeton Co-Gen Corp-Pellet Plant. "We were just keeping...

Scary night at fiery apartment

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:30am
Some tenants of the apartment building where a unit burned Thursday in Penticton remained displaced Friday, while others returned last night. The female occupant of the unit where the fire started was also in hospital overnight. Her condition was not immediately available. "The tenants of...

The most expensive wine in BC

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:00am
One Faith Vineyards - A First Growth from the Okanagan Valley from Olaf Strassner on Vimeo. If you love wine and money is not an issue, you now have a chance to be the first to own and drink BC's most expensive wine. The Okanagan's first First Growth – a Grand Vin can be purchased in ver...

Apartment fire

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:50pm
Update One is in hospital after a fire broke out on the fourth floor of an apartment building at 803 Fairview Rd. The lone occupant of the unit went to the hospital, but their condition is unknown. "They were met by BC Ambulance on the street and taken to the hospital," said Depu...

Youth food drive tonight

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:15pm
Church youth groups in Penticton and Summerland will conduct a food drive tonight, (Thursday) in different neighbourhoods. This will be the first time the young people have done such a drive for the food bank, according to Youth Pastor Greg Hamm with the Vineyard Community Church, one of the part...

Downtown improvements supported

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00pm
Upgrades to the 100 and 200 blocks of Penticton's Main Street are moving closer to becoming a reality. Blake Laven, the city's planning manager, told council this week that as of last Friday, the 30 day deadline for property owners to petition against a 25 per cent tax contribution, they had only...

Vandals hit milfoil machine

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:45am
With only weeks left to rototill milfoil in Osoyoos Lake before winter freeze-up, vandalism and theft from one of the Okanagan Basin Water Board's (OBWB) machines has effectively stopped efforts to control the invasive weed in the South Okanagan lake. “It's really unfortunate,” said O...

Art house art show

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:31am
A local artist's collective is opening their doors to the public, with an opening reception slated for 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29. Artwork from member artists Shayn Hagel, Liz Marshall, Derrie Selles, and Jessie Dunlop will be on display at Art House Penticton. Visitors will also be invited t...

Fresh start for Summerland

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:30pm
A longtime horticulturist and orchardist is the mayor elect of Summerland, following Saturday's election. Peter Waterman won with 1,197 votes. He will be joined by a council of new faces, including four women councillors. "I advocated for a good gender and age mix and we got it all,"...

City ball fields improved

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:00pm
A partnership between the city and the Penticton Slo-Pitch League has scored one for the home team, as changes to Lions, Parkway and Skaha ball diamonds have improved the ball fields for users. "This partnership has improved softball fields in Penticton with additional safety features and am...

Craft beer lovers unite

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:15am
One of the hottest trends in BC right now is craft beer, with the demand growing at an unprecedented rate as consumers enjoy an ever-increasing selection of hand-crafted beers. The Okanagan craft beer market is also burgeoning as new craft breweries open and existing craft breweries expand. &q...

Native workers want equality

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00am
Native courtworkers from the Okanagan participated in a job action at the Penticton Courthouse on Wednesday. The BC Government & Service Employees' Union members, who are employed by the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia, have been on strike since September. ...

$99,999 error in player's favour

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:00pm
A slot machine malfunction at the Penticton casino last winter, resulted in the person playing it getting a much higher jackpot than they were supposed to. According to the BC Lottery Corporation, on Jan. 20, the slot machine at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino erroneously displayed a jac...

Council says no to recount

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:30pm
Penticton city staff will not be doing a recount of votes, according to information provided at Monday's council meeting. Staff was responding to concerns expressed by some residents that there needed to be a manual recount, following Saturday's election. "Our chief election officer has s...

Emotional last council meeting

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:20am
It was an emotional last meeting for the current council in Penticton on Monday night. There were tears, as well as some laughter, when Councillor John Vassilaki walked around hugging everyone sitting at the council table. "I had 12 very, very interesting years on City Council, overall it...

Inmate with Penticton ties sought

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:00am
A warrant for arrest has been issued for inmate Amanda Sach, after she failed to return to the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford on Nov. 15, following an authorized temporary absence. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately contacted the Abbotsford Police and issued t...