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New Osoyoos/Kelowna shuttle

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:00pm
As of this Monday, residents and visitors to the Okanagan will soon have another transportation option. The announcement of a new shuttle service from Osoyoos to Kelowna International Airport, with 10 community stops along the way, was made Friday morning at the Nk'mip Resort in Osoyoos. &quot...

Grassfire threatens houses

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 7:24pm
A grassfire threatened a housing complex on Balsam Avenue behind Wiltse Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. Fire chief Wayne Williams said there were unconfirmed reports the fire was human caused. A couple of witnesses said a man apparently threw a cigarette butt which ignited the dry gr...

Anti-nude beach petition

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:00pm
Neighbours in the Three Mile Beach area have launched a petition as of today, Thursday, asking the mayor of Penticton and RCMP to take action regarding nudity at the beach. They say the encroachment by nudists on to the family beach has forced families to move to the dog beach at the Penticton lo...

Litke: Festivals need to be regulated

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:00pm
Mayor Garry Litke issued comments Thursday in regards to the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival, held in Penticton over the August long weekend. The mayor said in moving forward, he is requesting meetings with the attorney general and the minister of health. "I would like to meet with them...

Police costs exceed estimate

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 5:00pm
Penticton RCMP are now coming forward without hesitation and saying the previously estimated policing costs for the long weekend, (featuring the Boonstock Music Festival) won't even be close. Although they have not figured out the final numbers, Cst. Kris Clark says costs are expected to far exce...

Vehicle fire stalls traffic

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 3:47pm
A vehicle fire on Hwy. 97 had traffic down to a crawl Wednesday afternoon. The sedan was off to the side of the northbound lane of Hwy.97, just south of Summerland. Traffic was down to single lane alternating while crews dealt with the fire. Witnesses tell Castanet fire and police were on ...

Youngest councillor resigns

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:30am
Penticton councillor Wes Hopkin attended his last council meeting Tuesday night, and will officially resign on Friday. Hopkin, who announced his plans to resign last week, issued a statement at the meeting, which began with him thanking Mayor Garry Litke and fellow council members. &qu...

Boonstock patient count nears 100

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:45am
The final number of patients taken from the Boonstock festival to Penticton Regional Hospital is 90, according to Grace Kucey, spokeswoman for Interior Health. Kucey said from July 31 to Aug. 1 there were 3, from Aug. 1 to 2, there were 17, from Aug. 2 to 3, 26, Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 37, and from Au...

Council's Boonstock verdict

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:00am
The Penticton council is awaiting reports from the RCMP and Interior Health before commenting further on the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival. But at Tuesday's meeting, they were quick to thank the RCMP, city staff and emergency services for their hard work during the long weekend event, held on...

Readying for Peach Festival

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 7:00pm
Penticton Peach Festival organizers were busy Tuesday setting up stages and bleachers in preparation for the 67th annual festival, starting Wednesday, Aug. 6. Highlights in 2014 range from the best entertainment line up they have ever had to the trampoline wall and power track show. "I th...

Cawston man dies in rollover

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:59pm
A single vehicle rollover cost a Cawston man his life over the weekend after losing control of his vehicle on Chopaka Road. Keremeos RCMP identified the victim as 47-year-old Charles Seymour of Cawston. According to RCMP, Seymour was thrown from his pick-up truck, when it lost control and fli...

Boonstock aftermath

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 1:45pm
The Boonstock Music and Arts Festival has come and gone, leaving in its wake the tragic loss of a life, abandoned camping gear, empty bottles and mixed feelings. Despite the dust and concerns about security, most attendees claim to have had a good time, while the RCMP and city officials are still...

Boonstock death was birthday trip

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 8:00am
Family and friends of Lynn Tolocka are in shock after learning the 24-year-old from Leduc, Alberta, died on her birthday trip to the troubled Boonstock Music Festival near Penticton. CTV Vancouver says tributes have been pouring into her Facebook page, as friends struggled to digest the news &nda...

Hiker rescued near Penticton

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:42am
Penticton Search and Rescue rescued an injured hiker from Ellis Creek Canyon on Sunday, in its second callout in 24 hours. Around 10 a.m. BC Ambulance requested the PENSAR team to help evacuate a patient. BC Ambulance reported that a woman in her mid-thirties had fractured her leg in a hiking...

Bikinis replaced by cars

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm
After 30 years of the Mr Muscle and bikini contest, Junior Chamber International Penticton decided to put on a car show this year. The Jacked and Juiced custom car show, as the muscle and bikini contest always was, is a fundraiser for the JCI Summer Day Camp for Kids, an event they've been sponso...

Climber rescued from canyon

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:33pm
A man is recovering in hospital after being rescued from McIntyre Canyon north of Oliver late Saturday afternoon. Shortly after 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Oliver-Osoyoos Search and Rescue were alerted to a member of a four person hiking group had fallen. It was confirmed that a man believed to be in...

Boonstock update and gallery

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:29pm
After the second full day of Boonstock Music Festival, the feeling among attendees is positive and reports of injuries are still relatively low. Saturday was the second full day of Boonstock Music Festival which wraps up Sunday night. Grace Kucey with Interior Health said in the period from 7 ...

Water scarce at dusty Boonstock

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:13am
Despite the concerns over Boonstock having no liquor license, the scarcity of water is a much bigger issue for festivalgoers. A source close to Castanet who spoke on condition of anonymity has said the water situation on the grounds is "dire" and that he tried to address water concerns...

Boonstock 'cops' on camera

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:00am
A video has emerged which appears to show two 24/7 Security guards, hired for Boonstock, attempting to hide a bottle of vodka from Last Call Liquor Mart in Penticton. The owner Fred Vassilaki posted the video after 8 p.m. Saturday night. In the video the two men are seen looking at vodka, then on...

Boonstock speaks on death

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:47pm
Statement from Boonstock Music and Art Festival Organizers: Late last night, we learned that one of our guests at the Boonstock Music Festival became distressed while dancing at one of our stages. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, she tragically passed away at the Penticton Regio...