Brennan Phillips

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson at the controls of the new Penticton Fire Rescue boat on Skaha Lake Friday afternoon. Firefighter Austin Conquergood is on one of the department's two personal watercraft.
Mark Brett/Western News

Kayaker rescued from Okanagan Lake after falling in and calling 911

The Penticton Fire Department’s Marine Rescue pulled him out suffering from severe cold

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson at the controls of the new Penticton Fire Rescue boat on Skaha Lake Friday afternoon. Firefighter Austin Conquergood is on one of the department's two personal watercraft.
Mark Brett/Western News
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Oliver police looking for man accused in robbery and assault at pot shop

The man allegedly assaulted an employee at the BC Cannabis Store

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Dahlia and Derek Millington have been hard at work turning the old Post Office building in Okanagan Falls into their new Little Falls Foods grocery. They're aiming to have it open in early May. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Okanagan Falls is getting a grocery store once again

Little Falls Foods will open in the former post office building

Dahlia and Derek Millington have been hard at work turning the old Post Office building in Okanagan Falls into their new Little Falls Foods grocery. They're aiming to have it open in early May. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Ecologist and writer Don Gayton wraps up the Penticton Arts Council’s March events. (Submitted)

Penticton Arts Council unveils March’s programs

Making your own comics and short stories highlight March events

Ecologist and writer Don Gayton wraps up the Penticton Arts Council’s March events. (Submitted)
Penticton bylaw services department. (Submitted file photo)

Penticton Mayor tries again for more bylaw officers

Mayor John Vassilaki wants to see bylaw offer seven day a week services with extended hours

Penticton bylaw services department. (Submitted file photo)
From left to right, Slackwater Brewing’s assistant brewer Carri Kemp, co-founder Kelsey Peyton & shareholder Lyndi Cruickshank. Slackwater Brewing is releasing their second annual brew for International Women’s Day on March 8. (Submitted)

Slackwater’s female brewmasters are “Making Waves” with their latest beer release

Making Waves is available across B.C. on March 8 in honour of International Women’s Day

From left to right, Slackwater Brewing’s assistant brewer Carri Kemp, co-founder Kelsey Peyton & shareholder Lyndi Cruickshank. Slackwater Brewing is releasing their second annual brew for International Women’s Day on March 8. (Submitted)
The City of Penticton is redirecting $150,000 for emergency repair work on Penticton Creek. (Western News File)

Grant delays force Penticton to redirect funds for emergency creek repairs

Council approved redirecting $150K to do repairs before the spring melt

The City of Penticton is redirecting $150,000 for emergency repair work on Penticton Creek. (Western News File)
Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

Penticton council ups construction costs

Council approved an interim increase of 25 per cent to all of the city’s development cost charges

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
Ponderosa Primary Care Centre in Penticton is considered a model for care clinics going forward by the South Okanagan Division of Family Practice. (Monique Tamminga)

Mayor of Oliver calls on province to address South Okanagan doctor shortage

‘None of the people in our acquaintance that we’ve come to know here in Oliver have their own doctor’

Ponderosa Primary Care Centre in Penticton is considered a model for care clinics going forward by the South Okanagan Division of Family Practice. (Monique Tamminga)
Butter and sourdough bread is shown at a house in Vernon, B.C. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A Quebec dairy farmers’ group is calling on milk producers to stop feeding palm oil or its derivatives to livestock as controversy churns over how these supplements affect the consistency of butter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS - Jesse Johnston)

Poll: Care to spread your feelings on butter?

Reports of hard butter have rattled the Canadian dairy industry

Butter and sourdough bread is shown at a house in Vernon, B.C. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A Quebec dairy farmers’ group is calling on milk producers to stop feeding palm oil or its derivatives to livestock as controversy churns over how these supplements affect the consistency of butter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS - Jesse Johnston)
The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is for sale. (Facebook)

Popular Keremeos tavern up for sale

Owner Liza Sanders is selling The Wrong Turn Tavern for $800,000

The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is for sale. (Facebook)
Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>

CODEanagan gives youth a chance to learn about technology

The youth, aged 12 to 21, built their own WordPress sites and developed blogging ideas

Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>
This sign was put up at McKinney Place in Oliver to thank the heroes working through Okanagan’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19. (Facebook)

Oliver councillor calls on province to give seniors dignity and safety in long-term care

Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger’s resolution urges for single-bed rooms for all seniors in care

This sign was put up at McKinney Place in Oliver to thank the heroes working through Okanagan’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19. (Facebook)
The Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. (Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre photo)

Osoyoos Indian Band receives $400,000 grant for heritage project

Some of the money will be used to build a traditional pit house at Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

The Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. (Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre photo)
Oliver Elementary School. (File)

Potential COVID-19 exposure at Oliver Elementary School

Interior Health lists two dates for the potential exposure

Oliver Elementary School. (File)
A cube van and a sedan collided at Duncan and Government Wednesday morning. (Brennan Phillips)

Crash snarls traffic at Government and Duncan Wednesday morning

A cube van and sedan crashed in the intersection around 9 a.m.

A cube van and a sedan collided at Duncan and Government Wednesday morning. (Brennan Phillips)
Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Regional district seeks ministry approval before raising Kaleden recreational tax

The RDOS is in discussions on whether they will need to formally seek approval from residents

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
The Apex Fire Brigade, and other volunteer departments who have supported them, stand in front of the new engine that was donated to the Apex brigade. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Regional District hosts virtual town hall for Kaleden, Apex and Twin Lakes Feb. 26

Topics of discussion include the budget for the area and fire protection, Kaleden Rec Services

The Apex Fire Brigade, and other volunteer departments who have supported them, stand in front of the new engine that was donated to the Apex brigade. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.

Oliver Winter Shelter postponed further

Council won’t revisit the issue until the Cold Weather Shelter Committee prepares a plan for them

Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.
Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Penticton Indian Band applauds decision to halt Naramata Bench development, calls for preservation of Sickle Point

Penticton city council rejected a proposed 300 house development on Naramata Bench on Feb. 16

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)