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ICBC asked to buck-up

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:00pm
Penticton council may have saved local taxpayers some money this week as a resolution was passed urging ICBC to restore full coverage for damages to City property. The resolution to "urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to direct ICBC to reimburse the full costs of damages ...

Gift of gab comes to market

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:20pm
The Penticton Toastmaster's club is holding a one-time-only event at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. The Toastmaster's club is a non-profit worldwide organization that promotes communication and leadership through support and positive feedback. Saturday they will be challenging members o...

Councillor chips in cycling plan

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:08am
Cycling could be the new golf in the South Okanagan if one councillor's plan gains traction from the province. This was the second year Penticton council brought the idea of designating the South Okanagan an official cycling destination to the UBCM conference. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit said they'r...

Broker steps up for council

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 1:21pm
A Penticton business leader has announced his intention to run for Penticton city council. Campbell Watt is a mortgage broker with Dominion Lending. He is also the president of the Downtown Penticton Association and the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. He was voted Business Leader ...

Filling the labour gap

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:55pm
Penticton council is one step closer to solving the issue of attracting and retaining skilled labour in Penticton. Mayor and council raised their concerns during face-to-face meetings with BC cabinet ministers in Whistler at the Union of BC Municipalities conference. According to Coun. Helena...

Water line flushing advisory

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:21am
The Okanagan Falls irrigation district is issuing an advisory to local residents. "Please note that the district will be flushing the water mains commencing Sunday, Sept 28," said Judy Morris, administrator with OK Falls irrigation in a release. "This work will take several days t...

Good year for grapes

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:00am
By next week, winemaker Gavin Miller expects to be hard at work harvesting the Merlot and Chardonnay grapes, which grow in his Penticton vineyard. Miller has been growing grapes at Upper Bench Winery & Creamery since 2011, and at this point in the road he anticipates 2014 will be his best yea...

Wine sensory centre opens

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:45pm
There was a good turnout for the official opening of the BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at Okanagan College's Penticton campus on Wednesday. Attendees were invited to enjoy wine and food pairings and take tours of the new centre. "This can already be declared a success," ...

Challenge prompts council bid

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:01pm
A Summerland businessman has taken up the challenge thrown down by Mayor Janice Perrino. John Dorn has announced his intention for running for Summerland Council in the November 15 Municipal Election. Dorn says during this spring's public hearings on the Summerland Urban Growth Plan, faced wit...

Man dies after hit by semi

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:46pm
Update Sept 24: The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the man who was hit by a semi crossing Highway 97 in Summerland, as Gildo Vit. Vit was immediately transported to Penticton Regional Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival at hospital. Vit's family...

Teneycke appeal dismissed

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 2:51pm
An appeal by Ronald Teneycke regarding a three year probation order was dismissed Wednesday in a Penticton court room. Judge Terry Schultes made the decision after hearing submissions from crown counsel Cory LaBoucane and defence lawyer Michael Welsh on the matter. Teneycke, a convicted sex of...

Boonstock & festival control

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am
The provincial government may have an appetite to oversee large-scale events and festivals in BC. The issue was raised by members of Penticton's delegation at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention (UBCM) in Whistler. The request for some provincial oversight was made to Attorney General, S...

New Facebook group for change

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:15pm
Time For Change Penticton is no more, and now there is a new Facebook group focused on bringing change to the city. The three founders of Educate Encourage Empower #Penticton -- Crystal Olson, 36, Marissa McPherson, 30, and Tracy Van Raes, 36 -- envision getting younger people more involved in th...

Councillor wants to be mayor

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:39pm
Penticton Councillor Andrew Jakubeit will run for mayor in the November election. Jakubeit, 43, has spent the last six years on council and has been active in championing the one hour free parking and community market, as well as spending 20 years volunteering with minor hockey. "...

Fire damages house

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:13pm
The Penticton Fire Department responded to a fire in an unoccupied house on Ellis Street on Monday night. Fire Chief Wayne Williams said when the crew arrived at 601 Ellis Street, they saw smoke coming out and found a fire in the basement. It was their understanding, it was a vacant house that...

Almost 5 yrs. for sex assault

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:04pm
A 42-year-old Penticton man who sexually assaulted a young woman in an isolated area, will spend the next 58 months in jail. Darren MacDonald, who earlier pleaded guilty to charges he was facing including sexual assault with a weapon and using an imitation firearm, was sentenced Tuesday in a Pent...

Borba trial to resume next month

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 5:00am
A trial stemming from alleged sexual assault and touching incidents in Oliver, is slated to resume next month in Penticton. Tyrone Borba, 23, is facing charges of sexual interference of a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching under 16 and sexual assault. The offences allegedly took place...

Historic tug to be repaired

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:30pm
The last tug on Okanagan Lake is slated to be repaired thanks to Fest of Ale. Since 1996, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society has donated more than half a million dollars to local charities. This year the SS Sicamous was chosen to receive funding, along with 15 other local charity groups. As a no...

Sentencing in assault case

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:14pm
A Penticton man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in the Penticton area in August of 2013 is slated to be sentenced on Tuesday. Darren MacDonald has pleaded guilty to some of the charges he was facing in the assault case. The others will be stayed Among the char...

Dangerous intersection

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:15pm
A woman was sent to hospital with serious injuries following a motorcycle accident in Naramata on Saturday evening. Naramata Fire Chief Tony Trovao said the motorcycle was travelling up the hill on Robinson Avenue around 6:30 p.m., when it failed to negotiate the corner and crossed the centre lin...