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Building community policing

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:00pm
RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth is a familiar face in downtown Penticton these days. Wrigglesworth now heads up community policing for the RCMP in the city, and part of his role is literally walking the downtown beat. "I do foot patrols, Monday to Friday," he said, as he walked along Mai...

Shooting victim testifies

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:25pm
The key witness in the John Ike Koopmans trial described being shot while he stood in the doorway of a bedroom where two people were shot to death in 2013. Bradley Martin took the witness stand on Wednesday, as the trial continued this week at the Penticton Courthouse. Koopmans is facing first...

Say YES to healthy living

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:41am
Teens from the Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) project will speak at the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair in Penticton. Emma Reiter, a Grade 12 student at Pen-Hi, will talk about the YES project along with advisers Ulises Rodriguez, Moonlight Supernault, Richelle Broiwn and Victoria Ritch...

Hockey rallies for Kaylee

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:30am
Community support for a Penticton teen who is battling cancer continues to grow. Penticton Minor Hockey's Tim Hortons Novice #3 Jr Vees - Green Stars (7 to 9 years old) and their parents are holding a fundraiser on Saturday to assist 16-year-old Kaylee Kozari-Bowland's family with the costs for h...

Mom testifies 'help my son'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:00pm
The mother of a Princeton shooting victim described asking the police to "please go help her son" on the night of his death, on the property where they lived. Carol Wharton took the stand during the ongoing jury trial for John Ike Koopmans at the Penticton Courhouse. Koopmans is fac...

Robottis granted bail

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:07am
Grace and Pier Robotti were granted bail by Justice Patrice Abrioux in Penticton provincial court, Tuesday. Grace is charged with second-degree murder, and Pier is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the death of Roxanne Louie. Several conditions were imposed, and there is a $25,...

Council debates nude beach

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:34am
The debate over Penticton's clothing optional beach continues to heat up as council stripped down several options for Three Mile Beach to just two on Monday. After some discussion, staff was directed to investigate signage to control clothing optional uses for a portion of the beach and berms an...

Koopmans trial, week 2

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:00am
An RCMP officer who served as the exhibit officer following a shooting in Princeton in 2013 took the witness stand on Monday. RCMP Const. John Leach was testifying in the second week of the John Ike Koopmans' jury trial in Penticton. Koopmans is facing first degree murder charges in the death...

Robotti bail decision expected

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:13pm
A decision on whether or not bail will be granted to the brother and sister allegedly involved in the death of Roxanne Louie will be made Tuesday morning in Penticton court. Grace Robotti, 65, is charged with second-degree murder, while Pier Robotti, 61, was charged with being an accessory after ...

No more police at schools

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:00pm
Police officers are no longer stationed at the South Okanagan schools named in a threat letter found on school grounds last month. On Monday, School District 67 Supt. Wendy Hyer said police were at the schools since Feb. 18, but that is no longer the case. "They continue morning patrols b...

Bobbitt decision soon

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:18pm
A decision on David Bobbitt's dangerous offender designation is expected this month. Crown has been pushing for Bobbitt to be labelled a dangerous offender, stemming from a violent sexual assault in 2011 in Penticton. A hearing on the matter was held off and on for several months in Penticton in ...

Microbrews for microphones

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:05pm
The local craft beer industry has stepped up to support the establishment of a community radio studio in Penticton. In March, beer lovers who fill up their growlers at Bad Tattoo, Cannery Brewing, Tin Whistle Brewery and Kettle Valley Station Pub will be helping to raise funds for Peach City Radi...

BC NDP looks forward

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 3:29pm
About 300 people attended a BC NDP conference focused on campaign tactics for 2017, held in Penticton this weekend. Party faithful of all ages were treated to inspirational speakers and breakout sessions at the Forward conference at the trade and convention centre. "We were doing sessions...

New home for med students

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:08pm
Visting medical students and locum physicians now have a home away from home at Penticton Regional Hospital. A new factory-built modular student housing facility was placed on the site, Saturday, near the hospital's psychiatric unit. The fully furnished, single-storey residence will be known a...

Nude beach on agenda

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 1:43pm
Penticton council is expected to discuss solutions to public nudity at Three Mile Beach at Monday's meeting. Recommendations in a staff report on the matter include the possibility of levying fines for public nudity, using signs to control clothing optional behaviour in a public space, segregati...

Arctic Apple sold for $41M

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 9:24am
Just two weeks after the Summerland Arctic Apple was approved for sale in the USA, the company has sold for $41 million. After a long battle, Summerland's own Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), pioneer of the non-browning Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples, was over the moon its apples had bee...

Teneycke pleads not guilty

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:17pm
An Okanagan Falls man accused of several charges including making or being in possession of explosives, pleaded not guilty in provincial court Friday morning. Ronald Arthur Teneycke, who has a long list of criminal offences and is a registered sex offender, appeared before Justice Gregory Koturb...

Health Fair brings in TV doc

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:00am
A veteran medical personality will be speaking at the annual healthy living fair in Penticton March 14. Dr. Art Hister will be at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre to talk about how to live a healthier and happier life. This event is presented by the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living...

UBC prof talks climate

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:00pm
A climate expert from UBC's Vancouver campus will be holding a free public forum in the Penticton library next weekend. Simon Donner is a climatology professor and research scientist at UBC in Vancouver. The event is hosted by First Things First, a local organization committed to raising the awar...

RDOS hires public works mgr

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:28pm
A new public works manager has been hired by the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen. Roger Huston, a professional with over 22 years experience in local government, starts March 30. Huston has spent the past 20 years in senior management positions within public works in Loga...