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Downtown improvements coming

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 7:44am
The Penticton Council recently moved the next stages for revitalizing the downtown forward. According to Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, the new council has been supportive of changes to the downtown as a strategic priority. "Once the final budget is adopted work can get underway for planning in t...

Thief steals boy's Christmas

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:00am
A Penticton single mother and her 13-year-old son are still in shock, after a thief stole food and gifts, just days before Christmas. The theft took place Monday morning from the home of Jackie Hooper on Atkinson Street. "It was like our whole Christmas was stolen," she said Tuesday....

Landfill fire extinguished

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 8:35am
A fire in the residential yard waste pile at Campbell Mountain Landfill has been extinguished. According to Lisa Bloomfield with the RDOS, the pile started to smoke slightly on Saturday afternoon. It was monitored overnight and at 5 a.m. crews were called to site as the smoking increased. Th...

Change to garbage collection

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 7:54pm
Residents across the RDOS with regular garbage collection on Thursday will not receive trash collection on Christmas and New Year's Day. Residents in Penticton with regular Thursday collection and residents in Oliver, West Bench, Sage Mesa and Red Wing will have their collection day shifted to Sa...

Soupateria dinners during holidays

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 7:21pm
Penticton's Soupateria is again gearing up to offer sit down dinners during the holiday season. Those who show up will be treated to the special meals on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Volunteers expect around 150 people to stop by for the dinners at the busy soup kitchen. &q...

3 teams compete for hospital

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:53pm
Three companies have qualified to compete for the contract to build the new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. The request for qualification process wrapped up in November and out of the six teams that responded, three were shortlisted. The winning team will be responsible for ...

Gift cards with choice

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:40am
For people wandering aimlessly around the shopping mall hoping to come up with gift ideas, there is a new gift card program in Penticton. "We are very excited to be a part of a gift card program aimed to support local shopping by combining six businesses into one gift card program," say...

Penticton Channel Crash

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 9:32am
An accident on the Channel Parkway in Penticton nearly resulted in a vehicle crashing into the river channel. Just before 7 p.m. a car went through the intersection of Skaha Lake road and Channel Parkway and into a fence. The car ended up in the fence, narrowly avoiding a slide into the water. ...

Fire dept. Xmas safety tips

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:00am
The Penticton Fire Department is offering Christmas holiday safety tips, following a house fire in the city last weekend. In this situation, the blaze in the 200 block of Okanagan Avenue West was caused by a candle in a bathroom. "This is the time of year when candles are popular, and the...

South Okanagan bird count

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:30pm
Hawk-eyed volunteers in the South Okanagan have begun braving weather conditions to count birds during the annual Christmas Bird Count. Every year the counts, conducted both here and across Canada, utilize the power of volunteers to track the health of the populations at a scale that professional...

Observing the winter solstice

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:00am
The public is again being invited to echo the ancient custom of observing the winter solstice at the Okanagan's own standing stone structure 'Pen Henge' on Munson Mountain in Penticton. The event, which marks the Sun's southernmost setting point, will take place on the afternoon of Dec. 21, with ...

Big turnout for hamper distribution

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:52am
Hundreds of Penticton residents will have a brighter Christmas this year, thanks to the efforts of the Salvation Army. On Thursday, the long existing charitable organization, again handed out boxes of food and toys at their Christmas Hamper Distribution at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centr...

Council votes for polling station

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:30am
Penticton residents will have a second place to vote and more choices when it comes to advance voting in the next election. The decision to make changes was made by council this week, after hearing a staff report on the November election. "It's good to debrief now when it is fresh in our ...

Kettle campaign needs boost

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:45pm
The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign is getting great support in Penticton, but it is behind in donations. Major Jo Sobool says their goal has been to raise $90,000 and they are currently just over halfway there. "We are always concerned as we get near the end of the year, but ...

Stolen shelter dog returned

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:30pm
Cooper is back safe and sound after he was stolen from the South Okanagan-Similkameen SPCA on Oct. 8 of this year. After being one of 21 animals rescued from terrible conditions in the North Okanagan, he was snatched overnight from the SPCA shelter in Penticton. The one-year-old miniature pins...

Council concerned by RCMP costs

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:36am
Penticton City Council is taking action regarding increasing RCMP costs, at the urging of City Manager Annette Antoniak. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said council is endorsing a letter be sent to Attorney General Suzanne Anton, after again being surprised by policing costs, during Tuesday's RCMP budget ...

Airport operation under discussion

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:47pm
The Penticton council agreed this week to move ahead with discussions regarding the operation of Penticton Regional Airport. The action came after council received a recent letter from Transport Canada regarding transferring ownership and/or operation of the airport. "We have endorsed sen...

Electrical rate hikes

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:15pm
A report on potential revisions to the 2015 electrical rates was presented to Penticton Council this week including considering three separate components that affect prices. First is the FortisBC increase of the price of power purchased by the city, which is 3.5 per cent. Second is the increase o...

Helping assault victim

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:30pm
People are invited to drop off donations at a Penticton store on Tuesday, for the victim of a violent assault. Leigh Follestad, the owner of Smart Shopper on Main Street, said one of the members of the Penticton Shoplifters and Thieves Exposed! Facebook page, suggested helping Ken Paton and his d...

Council reviews cemetery plan

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:30pm
The need for expansion at Penticton's Lakeview Cemetery was brought to the attention of the new council at Monday's committee of the whole meeting. Public works manager Len Robson discussed key findings in the 2013 master plan, as well as recommendations to promote the cemetery and its services. ...