Brennan Phillips

The league will be celebrating with an outdoor all-stars game in Penticton in January, 2023. (BCHL)

BCHL pushes 60th Anniversary in Penticton to 2023

The league decided to delay the game based on the province’s current COVID-19 situation

The league will be celebrating with an outdoor all-stars game in Penticton in January, 2023. (BCHL)
The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Dec. 12 to 18. (BC CDC)

A quarter of Penticton children have first dose as COVID-19 cases drop

A quarter of those aged 12 and above have also had their third dose

The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Dec. 12 to 18. (BC CDC)
A rendering of a potential 15-storey tower that is being considered along with townhouses and a smaller apartment building for the Ogopogo Motel property in Penticton. (Submitted)

Riverside developer has big plans for Ogopogo property

The company that owns the former Ogopogo Motel is dreaming big

A rendering of a potential 15-storey tower that is being considered along with townhouses and a smaller apartment building for the Ogopogo Motel property in Penticton. (Submitted)
In front are Lower Similkameen Community Services Society executive director Sarah Martin and manager of operations and finance Julie Ellsion. In behind are members of the Keremeos Ladies of the Royal Purple, from left to right, Marjorie Bracconier, president Marie Farren, Ginny Bennett, Gail Strandberg and Joan Popovich.

Record number of Handbags of Hope for Similkameen women and men in need

The Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple put together 77 bags this year

In front are Lower Similkameen Community Services Society executive director Sarah Martin and manager of operations and finance Julie Ellsion. In behind are members of the Keremeos Ladies of the Royal Purple, from left to right, Marjorie Bracconier, president Marie Farren, Ginny Bennett, Gail Strandberg and Joan Popovich.
Penticton Regional Hospital staff ready to go to work as the David E. Kampe Tower’s second phase upgrade to the emergency department opens. (Interior Health - Submitted)

Penticton Regional Hospital emergency department upgrades complete

The David E. Kampe Tower project is now finished

Penticton Regional Hospital staff ready to go to work as the David E. Kampe Tower’s second phase upgrade to the emergency department opens. (Interior Health - Submitted)
Highway 5A north of Princeton will be closed for two hours between noon and 2 p.m. today. (DriveBC)

Highway 5A to close north of Princeton for avalanche control at noon

The road is expected to be reopened at 2 p.m.

Highway 5A north of Princeton will be closed for two hours between noon and 2 p.m. today. (DriveBC)
The storefront of Wicked Electrics was shot up late on Sunday night, Dec. 19. RCMP believe it was targeted. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Downtown Penticton store shooting targeted: RCMP

Wicked Electrics was shot multiple times and an investigation is ongoing

The storefront of Wicked Electrics was shot up late on Sunday night, Dec. 19. RCMP believe it was targeted. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Discovery House turned the lights on their Winnipeg Street building on Dec. 18 as part of their annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. Staff, such as operations manager Blaine Russel, pictured here, as well as former and current clients of the program and elected officials all spoke at the ceremony. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House lights up a beacon in the fight against addiction in Penticton

The annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign is closing on its goal

Discovery House turned the lights on their Winnipeg Street building on Dec. 18 as part of their annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. Staff, such as operations manager Blaine Russel, pictured here, as well as former and current clients of the program and elected officials all spoke at the ceremony. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Transport trucks hauling trailers travel on the Coquihalla Highway after it was reopened to commercial traffic as heavy equipment is used to rebuild the southbound lanes that were washed away by flooding last month at Othello, northeast of Hope, B.C., on Monday, December 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Coquihalla opens to commercial traffic; Hwy 3 to fully open Tuesday

Highway 99 is also open for non-essential travel

Transport trucks hauling trailers travel on the Coquihalla Highway after it was reopened to commercial traffic as heavy equipment is used to rebuild the southbound lanes that were washed away by flooding last month at Othello, northeast of Hope, B.C., on Monday, December 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos’ community garden caretaker looking to raise funds for new wheels

Albert McCormick’s motorized wheelchair recently burned out

Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Extra transit trips and new South Okanagan route start 2022

The new route will provide service between West Bench and Penticton

A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Santa takes a break to shoot some hoops with the kids at the Similkameen Rec Centre after the Keremeos Light Up Parade on Dec. 4, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Santa raising donations for Keremeos/Cawston Food Bank

Get your photo with Santa in exchange for a donation on Dec. 18 and 24

Santa takes a break to shoot some hoops with the kids at the Similkameen Rec Centre after the Keremeos Light Up Parade on Dec. 4, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The weekly COVID-19 case map for Dec. 5 to 11. (BC CDC)

COVID-19 returns to Similkameen Valley

Weekly cases rose in every health area in the South Okanagan except Penticton

The weekly COVID-19 case map for Dec. 5 to 11. (BC CDC)
Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton drops lawsuit against BC Housing; new shelter proposed

A new shelter will go beside Compass Court and Victory Church shelter will close spring 2022

Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)
Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton drops lawsuit against BC Housing; new shelter proposed

A new shelter will go beside Compass Court and Victory Church shelter will close spring 2022

Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)
Two days of racing at Big White crowned the champions for the Canadian Rally Championship for 2021. (Canadian Rally Championship - Andrew Snucins Photography)

PHOTOS: Winter rally hits snowy roads at Big White

The Canadian Rally Championship wrapped up 2021 in the Okanagan

Two days of racing at Big White crowned the champions for the Canadian Rally Championship for 2021. (Canadian Rally Championship - Andrew Snucins Photography)
Over $13 million of drugs were seized after multiple searches across Alberta and B.C. by the Calgary Police Service. (Calgary Police Service)

Alberta police seize over $13M of drugs in Kelowna, Beaverdell and Calgary

The Chronfather website is alleged to have sold millions of illegal drugs

Over $13 million of drugs were seized after multiple searches across Alberta and B.C. by the Calgary Police Service. (Calgary Police Service)
This home at 2357 Cornwall Dr. was sold by the city for $150,000 at an auction. It was assessed at $420,000. The BC Ombudsperson filed a report saying the city failed to help a vulnerable person and sold her home over not paying $10,000 property tax. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)

Penticton pays $140K to vulnerable woman who lost home over unpaid taxes

Ombudsperson who investigated city responds saying: It’s never too late to do the right thing

This home at 2357 Cornwall Dr. was sold by the city for $150,000 at an auction. It was assessed at $420,000. The BC Ombudsperson filed a report saying the city failed to help a vulnerable person and sold her home over not paying $10,000 property tax. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)
RCMP stock. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)

Oliver RCMP recover stolen saddle and computers

A man was reportedly trying to break into his own business when RCMP arrived

RCMP stock. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
The company behind the truck caught on dashcam passing on a double yellow on Highway 5A on Dec. 9 has had their licence suspended according to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming. (Jim Beckett - Facebook)

Company has B.C. operating licence suspended after truck caught driving dangerously on Hwy 5A

The CVSE is conducting on ongoing investigation and audit of the company

The company behind the truck caught on dashcam passing on a double yellow on Highway 5A on Dec. 9 has had their licence suspended according to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming. (Jim Beckett - Facebook)