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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...

Death at Boonstock

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:30pm
RCMP confirm a 24-year-old woman from Leduc, died from a suspected drug overdose Saturday morning at 1 a.m.A young woman from Alberta has died at the Boonstock Music Festival. The woman died after being taken to hospital from the event grounds. Upon further investigation, police discovered tha...

Cherry pit spit back on

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 5:00am
The annual cherry pit spitting contest in Naramata will now take place Sunday, Aug. 3, at Manitou Park. The contest, typically held at the community market, was cancelled last Wednesday, when a powerful storm rolled through the area. It is now slated to be held between noon and 1 p.m. at Manit...

History made at Ultraman

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:30pm
The south Okanagan Similkameen is again playing host to one of North America's most challenging endurance events on the August long weekend. Making this year's Ultraman Canada one for the history books, is the inclusion of Andre Kajlich, an accomplished paratriathlete and one of 29 entrants. R...

Boonstock begins

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 2:11pm
The road to the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival in Penticton has been paved with setbacks, but as of Friday morning everyone seemed to be having a good time. Traffic was moving on Skaha Lake Road and visitors were making their way to the beach to hear music, heading into Penticton for food or g...

Hwy. 3 opens after crash

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:15am
11:15 a.m. update: Hwy. 3 is now open, crews have cleared away a flipped logging truck and its load of logs. Update -- 9 a.m. Highway 3 is now open to single lane alternating traffic. Crews will still be on scene to clear up the mess, as logs were strewn along the side of the road. ...

City responds to court ruling

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:36pm
The City of Penticton released a statement Thursday on the hotel room tax decision. The release came following news Wednesday that a BC Supreme Court judge dismissed the City of Penticton's case against the Penticton Hospitality Association. The statement reads as follows: The City of Pent...

Triathlon Race Society gets boost

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:10pm
The Penticton Triathlon Race Society is getting a boost of $125,000 thanks to the Province's community gaming grant program, as announced by Premier Christy Clark Wednesday at the Penticton Chamber of Commerce. The funds will support the Challenge Penticton triathlon event on August 24, 2014. ...

Fire destroys log home

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:51pm
A log home on Saddlehorn Drive was completely destroyed in a fire that started Wednesday night. Kaleden Fire Chief Darlene Bailey says 17 firefighters from the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department responded, along with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, just after 11 p.m. Forestry was on s...

Teachers picket Clark luncheon

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 5:00am
Teachers picketed outside a chamber luncheon attended by Premier Christy Clark at the Penticton Lakeside Resort on Wednesday. Leslea Woodward, president of the Okanagan Skaha Teachers Union, who was in attendance, said they thought this would be the perfect time to let the public know they are st...

A letter from the LCB

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:32pm
Penticton Indian Band member Pierre Kruger stated earlier today (Wednesday) the liquor license for Boonstock was denied because of one person. Castanet received the following letter from LCLB General Manager Douglas Scott in response to the comments that one person was solely responsible for the ...

Hospital gets new tower

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:34pm
Premier Christy Clark's announcement, Wednesday, that the Penticton Regional Hospital is getting a new tower brought the crowd in attendance at a chamber of commerce luncheon to their feet. "As Penticton continues to grow, so does the demand on services Penticton families rely on, including ...

Boonstock organizers talk

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:29pm
Boonstock organizers presented their side of the story on the liquor license denial as well as other issues, on the festival grounds Wednesday morning. The statements came following a tumultuous week for the festival slated for this long weekend in Penticton. "There are a lot of conversat...

Hospital on wheels

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:30pm
The arrival of BC's mobile medical unit in Penticton, two days before Boonstock, is no coincidence. The MMU was hauled into place in front of the Emergency Department at PRH July 29 and will be operational July 31 through Aug 3. Penticton Regional Hospital's acute health services director Maur...

PIB backtracks on Boonstock

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:50pm
Just hours after publicly pulling its support for the embattled Boonstock festival, the Penticton Indian Band has done an about face. The Penticton Indian Band Council held yet another meeting today (Tuesday) regarding their support for the Boonstock event planned for this coming weekend. As o...