Brennan Phillips

The Similkameen Country Development Association runs the Information Centre in Keremeos as part of their work to promote tourism and local businesses. (Submitted)

Similkameen Country looking for new members

The association has had a challenging and busy year

The Similkameen Country Development Association runs the Information Centre in Keremeos as part of their work to promote tourism and local businesses. (Submitted)
Dave Bennett brought two bands to Pentastic this year, the Memphis Speed Kings and his quartet, which he was playing clarinet with here. (Steve Kidd/Black Press Media)

Pentastic Jazz Festival swings back into town Sept. 9 to 11

The very unique, S.S. Sicamous’ Speakeasy stage can’t be missed

Dave Bennett brought two bands to Pentastic this year, the Memphis Speed Kings and his quartet, which he was playing clarinet with here. (Steve Kidd/Black Press Media)
A swimmer has found a man’s wedding ring in the popular Penticton river channel that sees hundreds of people a day during the summer. (Mike Biden photo)
A swimmer has found a man’s wedding ring in the popular Penticton river channel that sees hundreds of people a day during the summer. (Mike Biden photo)
Penticton RCMP are looking for a shirtless man who stole from a helicopter hangar on Aug. 26. (RCMP)

Shirtless man who caused $30k losses stealing from Penticton helicopter identified

The man broke into a helicopter hangar and rifled through the aircraft

Penticton RCMP are looking for a shirtless man who stole from a helicopter hangar on Aug. 26. (RCMP)
Keremeos coun. Jason Wiebe has announced that he will be running for mayor in the coming October election. (Submitted)

Jason Wiebe throws hat in Keremeos mayoral race

Wiebe is currently a member of Keremeos Village council

Keremeos coun. Jason Wiebe has announced that he will be running for mayor in the coming October election. (Submitted)
The RCMP is looking for witnesses and any surveillance footage that might show who broke into the School District 67 yard in Penticton on Aug. 31. (File Photo)

Vandals break in, damage Penticton school district yard

Vehicles, air conditioners and generators were all damaged overnight

The RCMP is looking for witnesses and any surveillance footage that might show who broke into the School District 67 yard in Penticton on Aug. 31. (File Photo)
The Oliver Arena is set to get a $3 million makeover. (Google Streetview Image)

Oliver Arena to get $3 million makeover

Provincial, federal and regional governments are funding the project

The Oliver Arena is set to get a $3 million makeover. (Google Streetview Image)
The Oliver Fire Department was busy early on Aug. 27 with a fire at a compost pile in the Oliver Landfill. (OFD Facebook)

Oliver Fire Department extinguishes weekend fire at landfill

The fire was thankfully contained to a small area despite gusty winds

The Oliver Fire Department was busy early on Aug. 27 with a fire at a compost pile in the Oliver Landfill. (OFD Facebook)
Work on Penticton Creek is finished for 2022, as trout return to the waters. The remaining work will be completed in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton Creek restoration finished for 2022 because of fish return

Work will start again during 2023 fish window

Work on Penticton Creek is finished for 2022, as trout return to the waters. The remaining work will be completed in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Surrey city Coun. Jack Hundial. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey councillor taking aim at seat in Penticton

Public safety will be Jack Hundial’s priority

Surrey city Coun. Jack Hundial. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles are restricted from flying near any wildfire due to the safety risks for the low-flying firefighting aircraft. (UBC photo)

BC Wildfire Service calls out ‘extremely dangerous’ drones near Keremeos Creek Wildfire

The drones led to a shutdown of aerial firefighting efforts on Monday

Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles are restricted from flying near any wildfire due to the safety risks for the low-flying firefighting aircraft. (UBC photo)
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki took to the steps of city hall to announce his re-election bid on Aug. 29. 
(Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton mayor announces re-election bid

John Vassilaki touts successes over last 4 years, wants to continue progress

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki took to the steps of city hall to announce his re-election bid on Aug. 29. 
(Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Members of the Penticton Vees on the 2022 Grand Parade route, with the B.C. Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Penticton Vees announce return of Peaches Cup

The free Peaches Cup intrasquad game is on Sept. 3

Members of the Penticton Vees on the 2022 Grand Parade route, with the B.C. Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Penticton’s Jeff Symonds is overall first place finisher at Ironman Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Hometown hero gives Penticton storybook ending with Ironman win

Jeff Symonds came in over 20 minutes ahead of the second place finisher

Penticton’s Jeff Symonds is overall first place finisher at Ironman Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire southwest of Penticton on Aug. 26. BC Wildfire Service says the blaze is now considered “being held.”

Emergency Support Services in Penticton see busy summer

The team clocked in just under 900 hours for the Keremeos Creek Wildfire

The Keremeos Creek wildfire southwest of Penticton on Aug. 26. BC Wildfire Service says the blaze is now considered “being held.”
The RDOS has worked with Native Plant Solutions to create a wetland next to the local wastewater treatment plant as an additional natural purification step. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)

New wetland to help further purify water from Okanagan Falls treatment plant

The wetland has already cut down the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous entering the river

The RDOS has worked with Native Plant Solutions to create a wetland next to the local wastewater treatment plant as an additional natural purification step. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The College of Massage Therapists of B.C. found that alleged sexual misconduct of former registered massage therapist Leonard Krekic was accurate. (Unsplash photo)

Panel finds former Penticton massage therapist committed sexual misconduct

Leonard Krekic lived or worked in White Rock, Surrey and Penticton at the time of the misconduct

The College of Massage Therapists of B.C. found that alleged sexual misconduct of former registered massage therapist Leonard Krekic was accurate. (Unsplash photo)
RCMP vehicles. (File photo)

Missing 14-year-old in Keremeos found safe and sound

The girl was reported missing on Thursday, Aug. 25.

RCMP vehicles. (File photo)
Three local Indigenous artists, from left to right Chila Louis, Shianna Allison and Sharifa Mardsen, are working on installing a diversity focused mural on the side of the Cawston Community Hall. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Cawston Community Hall gets colourful with Indigenous inclusive mural

Three local artists have been working on the mural over the last week

Three local Indigenous artists, from left to right Chila Louis, Shianna Allison and Sharifa Mardsen, are working on installing a diversity focused mural on the side of the Cawston Community Hall. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The new disc golf course in Keremeos wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers; Shawn Black, the Penticton Disc Golf Club president, Terry Rigby, Elaine Vickers, Dylan Warrington, Russ Clark, Laurie Smitty, Bob McAtamney, Michel Boileau, Josee-Anne Rouleau, Leo Nelson, Carter McDonald and course designer Dion Eden . Elected officials Roly Russell, MLA, and Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer stand with the volunteers at the new course. (Submitted)

Grand opening celebration announced for Keremeos’ Pine Park disc golf course

The course would not have been possible without the many volunteers

The new disc golf course in Keremeos wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers; Shawn Black, the Penticton Disc Golf Club president, Terry Rigby, Elaine Vickers, Dylan Warrington, Russ Clark, Laurie Smitty, Bob McAtamney, Michel Boileau, Josee-Anne Rouleau, Leo Nelson, Carter McDonald and course designer Dion Eden . Elected officials Roly Russell, MLA, and Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer stand with the volunteers at the new course. (Submitted)