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Merritt hotel gets green light

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 9:57am
The City of Merritt will be receiving a $3 million investment in the form of a new hotel. Merritt city council gave approval for a 40,000 square foot, 46-room hotel development and accompanying 80 seat restaurant that will be located on DeWolf Way. This project has a value over $3 million in ...

Medical experts testify

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 7:26pm
The doctor who examined the alleged victim of a sexual assault after the incident, told the court Friday his findings were consistent with such an assault. Dr John Brinkerhoff saw the woman at Kelowna General Hospital following the alleged incident in 2007. His testimony was given on the fifth da...

Catamaran rescue

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:15pm
A Kelowna man was a little sore Friday, but otherwise OK after being rescued from the rough waters of Okanagan Lake in Summerland,Thursday night. Chris Gayford, 31, was out with two friends in a Tornado catamaran in the early evening when it flipped end over end, sending him and the others into t...

Flights impacted in Penticton

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:04pm
Air Canada confirmed Thursday that some of its flights into and out of Penticton will be impacted by the runway project this summer. The airline was advised on June 20 by Transport Canada that Penticton Regional Airport, YYF, will be closed every evening starting July 3 until Aug. 31 from 10:45 p...

Car accident in Penticton

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:00pm
Two young men from the South Okanagan were taken to hospital, Wednesday, following a car accident on Beaverdell Road in Penticton. Cpl. Martin Trudeau said Penticton RCMP received the call around 5 p.m. and responded to the scene past the Lost Moose Lodge. The fire department and ambulance wer...

Alleged victim cross examined

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:20pm
David Bobbitt's dangerous offender/sentencing hearing continued Thursday, with cross examination of the alleged victim of a sexual assault in February, 2007. Bobbitt's defence lawyer James Pennington repeatedly asked the woman about her dealings with the police on different occasions that year an...

Attention Walmart shoppers

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:50pm
UPDATE 1:50 P.M. JUNE 26 - According to Cpl. Martin Trudeau, the suspect in the Penticton Walmart TV theft was arrested Wednesday at 11 a.m. The man was taken into custody, after Walmart staff saw him at the store. He was subsequently charged with robbery and made an appearance in Penticton co...

Alleged victim testifies

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 7:15pm
An alleged victim described being pinned down by her arms and legs and raped by David Bobbitt during an incident that took place in Penticton several years ago. The woman provided the testimony via closed circuit television on the third day of the dangerous offender hearing for Bobbitt in Pentict...

Council opts to save money

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:37pm
The Penticton council has decided against spending extra money to make changes to the railing on the Okanagan Lake waterfront. The matter was discussed at Monday's meeting, after a recommendation was brought forward by the city's waterfront enhancement committee to add perforated metal sheeting a...

Sentencing in Osoyoos case

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:31pm
A sentencing date of Sept. 3 has been set for an Osoyoos man who pleaded guilty to a charge of theft over $5,000 earlier this year. Michael McWhinnie was facing charges of theft and fraud in relation to the theft of $40,000 from the Osoyoos Rural Fire Protection District. McWhinnie, a retired...

Former councillor's court date

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 7:12am
The sentencing date for the former Penticton city councillor, who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault, is set for Aug. 11, according to Neil MacKenzie, communications counsel for the Criminal Justice Branch. Gary Leaman entered the guilty plea on Jan. 29 during an arraignment hearing. ...

Concerns over Telus tower

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 7:30pm
Naramata resident Pete Ehlers has lived in the community for years, and the last thing he wants to see when he looks up from his rural property is a Telus tower. Ehlers says he learned of the plans for the wireless site on private property on Smethurst Road a few months ago by word of mouth. &...

Bobbitt statement heard

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 1:46pm
The court heard a statement by David Bobbitt regarding an alleged victim of a sexual assault on the second day of his dangerous offender hearing, Tuesday in Penticton. In the statement given to Cst. Mike Desmond, regarding the incident that took place several years ago, Bobbitt claimed many times...

Boiling water so passe

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:00am
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen celebrated the completion of the West Bench Water Supply Upgrade project, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday. Boiling drinking water on a daily basis is now a thing of the past for the West Bench water service area customers. After many years ...

Naramata is Bear Smart

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:15pm
Naramata was showered with praise on Monday for becoming BC's newest Bear Smart Community. It is now the sixth in the province to earn this status and the first in the Okanagan. "This is to honour the community for working toward Bear Smart status and reducing the annual destruction of se...

Dangerous offender hearing

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:03pm
The mother of a woman who was sexually assaulted in Penticton told the court her daughter would shut down if she had to testify in person. Her testimony was on the first day of the David Bobbitt dangerous offender/sentencing hearing, which is expected to continue until July 8, with another portio...

What bugs you Summerland?

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 9:03pm
Okanagan College is doing a voluntary survey of residents to better understand the sterile insect release program. The SIR program is partially funded by a Regional District residential land value tax. The land tax levy is approximately $10.50 per year for a typical residence in the Okanagan/Simi...

Happy to live in Summerland

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 8:53pm
A Summerland student has made a video that the District posted on their Facebook page and website. Steven Cogbill made the video which you can watch here:...

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu comes to SOEC

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:49pm
The Western Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships are being held at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Saturday, June 28. The CBJJF is a professional tournament and organization dedicated to a safe and high quality experience for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors and spectators. From two ...

Oliver home destroyed

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 9:34am
A home on the 500 block of Earl street in Oliver has been destroyed by fire. The blaze began this morning around 9 a.m. and soon had engulfed the single-family dwelling in flames. At about 9:30 a.m. the roof of the building caved in. It is unknown whether anybody was inside the building at the...