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

Virtual townhall on Sickle Point goes Jan. 13

RDOS staff will answer questions on the alternative approval process and potential financial impacts

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
Oliver used some of their COVID-19 Safe Restart grant funds to make safety improvements to their Town Hall. (Google Maps photo)

Oliver breaks down use of COVID-19 recovery funds

The town will be saving a portion of the $1.59 million they received from the province

Oliver used some of their COVID-19 Safe Restart grant funds to make safety improvements to their Town Hall. (Google Maps photo)
Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

RDOS seeking alternate approval of loan to purchase Sickle Point

The RDOS needs approval to borrow up to $3.5 million

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
Elise Verge gets a preview of a CT exam at Penticton Regional Hospital. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has successfully raised $3 million for a second CT at PRH to be operational by early 2022.(Submitted)

Community comes through for $3M CT scanner at Penticton Regional Hospital

The second CT scanner would be located near the emergency department

Elise Verge gets a preview of a CT exam at Penticton Regional Hospital. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has successfully raised $3 million for a second CT at PRH to be operational by early 2022.(Submitted)
The aftermath of the fire on Wednesday morning. (Facebook)

Twin Lakes van fire not suspicious: RCMP

The van burned down outside the Twin Lakes Market

The aftermath of the fire on Wednesday morning. (Facebook)
Ideal Energy Solutions will be offering grants for local non-profits. (Facebook)

Ideal Energy Solutions offering community grants

The Penticton company is offering 10 $1,000 grants

Ideal Energy Solutions will be offering grants for local non-profits. (Facebook)
Emanuel Höfling is happy to have his camper back after it was stolen on Dec. 30. (Facebook)

Man thanks community for getting his stolen camper back

The thieves posed as buyers who wanted to test drive the camper

Emanuel Höfling is happy to have his camper back after it was stolen on Dec. 30. (Facebook)
Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver. (Google Maps)

Second long-term care outbreak in Oliver

Interior Health has declared an outbreak at Sunnybank Retirement Home

Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver. (Google Maps)
New Year’s Fireworks for 2020 as seen from the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Brennan Phillips - Western News

Poll: What is your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s that time of year again to make promises to improve yourself

New Year’s Fireworks for 2020 as seen from the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Brennan Phillips - Western News
Osoyoos Fire Rescue’s fire hall. (Osoyoos Fire Rescue Facebook)

One dead and one in intensive care after fire in Osoyoos

A young man was rescued before dying of burn injuries at the hospital

Osoyoos Fire Rescue’s fire hall. (Osoyoos Fire Rescue Facebook)
The city of Penticton, as seen from Westbench shortly after midnight on Jan. 2. (Submitted)

Late night power outage puts Penticton in the dark

The cause and number of affected residences is not yet known

The city of Penticton, as seen from Westbench shortly after midnight on Jan. 2. (Submitted)
Interior Health’s South Okanagan executive director of clinical operations, Carl Meadows, says he, alongside staff at the Penticton Regional Hospital, are ready for COVID-19. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Penticton Regional Hospital welcomes New Year’s Baby Girl

The baby was born at 6:52 a.m. on Jan. 1

Interior Health’s South Okanagan executive director of clinical operations, Carl Meadows, says he, alongside staff at the Penticton Regional Hospital, are ready for COVID-19. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Penticton as seen from West Bench, with clouds moving in. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

South Okanagan experiences warmer than average December, rainstorms incoming

The end of 2020 and start of 2021 are warmer than usual

Penticton as seen from West Bench, with clouds moving in. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Staff and residents of Discovery House in a moment of silence for friends and loved ones lost to overdose this year. Discovery House held a private in-person light up on Dec. 19 as part of their Shed the Light on Addiction Campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton’s Discovery House beats fundraising goal to expand program

The addiction recovery program raised over $100,000 in December

Staff and residents of Discovery House in a moment of silence for friends and loved ones lost to overdose this year. Discovery House held a private in-person light up on Dec. 19 as part of their Shed the Light on Addiction Campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The vehicle currently sitting in Skaha Lake. (Patricia Cunningham - Facebook)

Occupants wet and cold but alive after vehicle ends up in Skaha Lake

The incident occurred on Eastside Road near Heritage Hills

The vehicle currently sitting in Skaha Lake. (Patricia Cunningham - Facebook)
The B.C. Government Employees Union is looking for feedback on how well maintained the highways in the South Okanagan are.(AIM Roads)

Feedback wanted on how well the roads are being cleared of snow

AIM took over the road maintenance contract for South Okanagan in May 2019

The B.C. Government Employees Union is looking for feedback on how well maintained the highways in the South Okanagan are.(AIM Roads)
The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House closing in on fundraising goal

The recovery centre is $6,000 shy of their $100,000 goal

The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A member of the SkyHawks parachute team colours the skies over Okanagan Lake Park on the opening day of the 2019 Penticton Peach Festival. (Western News - File )

Penticton Peach Festival calling on past royalty for 75th-anniversary reunion

All past royalty are being invited back for 2022’s Peachfest

A member of the SkyHawks parachute team colours the skies over Okanagan Lake Park on the opening day of the 2019 Penticton Peach Festival. (Western News - File )
Auxiliary firefighters Jason Coyle (left) and Joe Le Blanc (right) with assistant fire chief Dennis Smith at the Number 2 fire hall prior to the start of weekly training in 2016 ( Western News - File)

Naramata Fire Department gets new fire chief

Former Penticton deputy fire chief Dennis Smith takes over the role

Auxiliary firefighters Jason Coyle (left) and Joe Le Blanc (right) with assistant fire chief Dennis Smith at the Number 2 fire hall prior to the start of weekly training in 2016 ( Western News - File)
Ashley Smethurst and her husband Matthew and children Julia and Kai helped prepare over 230 meals for people in the community for Christmas this year. (Contributed)

Penticton family gives back with hundreds of Christmas meals for the community

The Smethursts cooked and delivered over 230 meals

Ashley Smethurst and her husband Matthew and children Julia and Kai helped prepare over 230 meals for people in the community for Christmas this year. (Contributed)