Brennan Phillips

North Westside Fire Rescue has seen the departure of another fire chief after only a few months on the job. (Google Maps)

North Westside fire department looking for another fire chief

Captain Nick Cantyn promoted to be acting chief for the time being

North Westside Fire Rescue has seen the departure of another fire chief after only a few months on the job. (Google Maps)
Carlos Santana and Dallas Smith will be bringing their tours to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2022. (Submitted)

Award-winning Carlos Santana and Dallas Smith coming to Penticton

The two stars will be performing at the SOEC in April and June 2022

Carlos Santana and Dallas Smith will be bringing their tours to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2022. (Submitted)
Arlene Arlow (back row third from left) from the Similkameen Country Chamber of Commerce visited the Ntamtqensnma?maya?tn Band School on December 10th to present Principal Stuart Krestell (back row centre) with a certificate from Boboys Pizza and Donair in Keremeos for winning one of three youth awards. (Sydney Crow - Submitted)

Lower Similkameen Indian Band youth and chief recognized for Light Up entries

The Ntamtqensnma?maya?tn Band School’s entry picked up one of three prizes for youth in 2021’s parade

Arlene Arlow (back row third from left) from the Similkameen Country Chamber of Commerce visited the Ntamtqensnma?maya?tn Band School on December 10th to present Principal Stuart Krestell (back row centre) with a certificate from Boboys Pizza and Donair in Keremeos for winning one of three youth awards. (Sydney Crow - Submitted)
After and before picture shows the edge of the dike along the River Valley RV Park. (Ronda Wilkins - Submitted)

Rural Similkameen residents feel forgotten after flood

Residents on their own if they want damaged dikes fixed

After and before picture shows the edge of the dike along the River Valley RV Park. (Ronda Wilkins - Submitted)
Weekly COVID-19 cases for the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. (BC CDC)

Weekly COVID-19 cases drop by more than half in South Okanagan

Summerland went from 28 weekly cases down to just 4

Weekly COVID-19 cases for the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. (BC CDC)
West Bench as seen from above Okanagan Lake. (RDOS Facebook)

No pools, secondary houses and subdivisions likely after West Bench geotech report

The regional district is looking at multiple bylaw changes and additions

West Bench as seen from above Okanagan Lake. (RDOS Facebook)
A cart with a homeless person’s belongings waits outside the makeshift shelter in a Main Street alley. (Western News file photo)

Penticton homeless shelters at capacity as winter hits

There are some emergency spaces in the planning in case of another cold snap

A cart with a homeless person’s belongings waits outside the makeshift shelter in a Main Street alley. (Western News file photo)
While not the boom of 2017, Penticton will finish 2021 strong in construction. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Construction steady in Penticton as 2021 ends

The city is looking to its 4th biggest year on record for building

While not the boom of 2017, Penticton will finish 2021 strong in construction. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News David Large points to a solar panel array and a glass-enclosed sun room that provide electricity and heat to his energy efficient home in rural Sequim. FILE September 2018

Penticton looks at over $1.5M in residential solar panels in 2022

2021 saw over $800,000 in panels installed

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News David Large points to a solar panel array and a glass-enclosed sun room that provide electricity and heat to his energy efficient home in rural Sequim. FILE September 2018
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)

B.C. government funds 5 beds at Penticton’s Discovery House

Discovery House’s Shed the Light On Addiction light up goes Dec. 18

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)
The Snowbirds send their love over Okanagan Lake. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Snowbirds set to fly Penticton skies in August 2022

The Snowbirds last visit to Penticton was for Peach Fest 2019

The Snowbirds send their love over Okanagan Lake. (Mark Brett - Western News)
The Ayuen family are refugees from South Sudan who are being resettled in Summerland. Back row, left to right: Amer (20), Angeth (18), Yar (16), Ajah (mother), Mach (13), and Jean Munro from the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group. Front row: Herjok (nine), Alior (two), and Abuk (seven). (Submitted)

Calling Summerland home after 18 years of living in a refugee camp

The Ayuen family of 8 were sponsored by the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group

The Ayuen family are refugees from South Sudan who are being resettled in Summerland. Back row, left to right: Amer (20), Angeth (18), Yar (16), Ajah (mother), Mach (13), and Jean Munro from the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group. Front row: Herjok (nine), Alior (two), and Abuk (seven). (Submitted)
The bike lanes were cleared with one of the newer pieces of the city’s fleet; a municipal tractor armed with a purpose-bought blade to clear snow on the bike path. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton tries out new bike lane snow plow

City used new municipal tractor with purpose-bought blade to clear bike paths

The bike lanes were cleared with one of the newer pieces of the city’s fleet; a municipal tractor armed with a purpose-bought blade to clear snow on the bike path. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Lengendary rocker Alice Cooper is coming back to the South Okanagan Events Centre in April, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Alice Cooper returns to Penticton in 2022

Cooper last performed at the SOEC in 2016

Lengendary rocker Alice Cooper is coming back to the South Okanagan Events Centre in April, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style with two elves on the wagon from the South Similkameen Museum to the Keremeos Light Up Parade last Saturday, Dec. 4. (Brennan Phillips - Review)
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style with two elves on the wagon from the South Similkameen Museum to the Keremeos Light Up Parade last Saturday, Dec. 4. (Brennan Phillips - Review)
A semi-truck went off the road and is blocking traffic at the bottom of West Bench Hill Drive just outside of Penticton. (Danah Phillips - Contributed)

Semi-truck takes out light post and blocks Highway 97 intersection in Penticton

The truck slid off the road and took out a light post, according to a witness

A semi-truck went off the road and is blocking traffic at the bottom of West Bench Hill Drive just outside of Penticton. (Danah Phillips - Contributed)
The proposed development for 602 Lakeshore Drive would be a four-storey eight-unit building. (City of Penticton)

Public hearing on controversial Penticton Lakeshore Drive development

The development has 75 pages of correspondence already

The proposed development for 602 Lakeshore Drive would be a four-storey eight-unit building. (City of Penticton)
One of the multiple incidents that closed Highway 3 last week. (Paul Anthony - Twitter)

Five fatal crashes in a week on Highways 3 and 97

Traffic has increased substantially due to floods closing other routes

One of the multiple incidents that closed Highway 3 last week. (Paul Anthony - Twitter)
Santa is no stranger to taking his bicycle out for rides, having met up with children in Chilliwack in 2018 before coming to Penticton this year. (Jenna Hauck - File)

Santa will be cycling the Penticton bike lane Dec. 11

You can join Jolly St. Nick on a community ride with photos after at Gyro Park

Santa is no stranger to taking his bicycle out for rides, having met up with children in Chilliwack in 2018 before coming to Penticton this year. (Jenna Hauck - File)
Highway 3 is partially closed south of Princeton due to a rolled over commercial truck. (Google Maps via DriveBC)

Highway 3 partially closed south of Princeton due to rollover

A truck overturned on the highway towards the Lower Mainland

Highway 3 is partially closed south of Princeton due to a rolled over commercial truck. (Google Maps via DriveBC)