Brennan Phillips

The Reception Centre is located at the Victory Hall at 427-7th Ave. in Keremeos. Residents in Evacuation Order areas can register there for supports. (google maps)

Emergency Support Services centres in Penticton and Keremeos closed

The centres will be closed on Aug. 12 according to the RDOS

The Reception Centre is located at the Victory Hall at 427-7th Ave. in Keremeos. Residents in Evacuation Order areas can register there for supports. (google maps)
scales of justice (File photo)

6 years later: Victim of Summerland motorbike crash awarded $545,000

The crash left the former mill worker with back injuries and pain

scales of justice (File photo)
Kids in the middle of a previous production of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at the Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens. The Kids Theatre Camp returns starting Aug. 22. (Submitted)

Kids Theatre Camp is returning to the Keremeos Grist Mill

Registration begins for the free camp that is now in its 16th year

Kids in the middle of a previous production of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at the Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens. The Kids Theatre Camp returns starting Aug. 22. (Submitted)
The American Badger is one of many species that calls the rare grassland ecosystem of the White Lake Basin home. The protected land in the basin is expanding with another purchase by the Nature Trust of BC. (Bennett Whitnell - Nature Trust of BC)

Nature Trust of BC expands White Lake protection

The area now covers 8,287 hectares of protected land

The American Badger is one of many species that calls the rare grassland ecosystem of the White Lake Basin home. The protected land in the basin is expanding with another purchase by the Nature Trust of BC. (Bennett Whitnell - Nature Trust of BC)
Joy Lang holds a sign in 2017 to highlight what she and a number of others at the Penticton courthouse believe is insufficient punishment for prolific offenders. (Western News File)

‘The level of crime in Penticton is unacceptable,’ says Mayor

The city has been at the top of province’s worst crime cities for multiple years

Joy Lang holds a sign in 2017 to highlight what she and a number of others at the Penticton courthouse believe is insufficient punishment for prolific offenders. (Western News File)
Interior Savings and BGC Okanagan are bringing a free family movie to Penticton on Aug. 15. (Submitted)

Movie under the stars coming to Okanagan Lake Park

Interior Savings and BGC Okanagan hosting Hotel Transylvania 3 on Aug. 15

Interior Savings and BGC Okanagan are bringing a free family movie to Penticton on Aug. 15. (Submitted)
A photo from the Cedar Creek Ranch near Olalla on Aug 3. Volunteers assisted firefighters until the early hours of the morning to protect the ranch. The cattle ranch is still standing thanks to all the firefighters and helping hands of the community. (Facebook)

Cawston man has helped battle many wildfires but nothing like Keremeos Creek fire

“The sound was as if you were on the tarmac at the Vancouver Airport and let a 767 land on you”

A photo from the Cedar Creek Ranch near Olalla on Aug 3. Volunteers assisted firefighters until the early hours of the morning to protect the ranch. The cattle ranch is still standing thanks to all the firefighters and helping hands of the community. (Facebook)
Residents in Osoyoos are being warned to boil their water before drinking. Some residents didn't need that warning as they took to social media to share images of their brown water. (Facebook)
Residents in Osoyoos are being warned to boil their water before drinking. Some residents didn't need that warning as they took to social media to share images of their brown water. (Facebook)
The most recent map of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire's perimeter from August 9, including areas where planned ignitions were conducted. (BC Wildfire Service)

Keremeos Creek Wildfire over 6,800 hectares

No estimate for when Highway 3A will reopen

The most recent map of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire's perimeter from August 9, including areas where planned ignitions were conducted. (BC Wildfire Service)
WestJet has added a new direct route between Penticton and Vancouver. (Western News file)

WestJet adding direct flights between Vancouver and Penticton

The new flights will be six days a week

WestJet has added a new direct route between Penticton and Vancouver. (Western News file)
Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Penticton fire department called to rescue floaters on River Channel

The floaters had become tangled around the centre pillar after tying the rafts together

Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Smoke-filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Communities rally in support of Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuees

Evacuation orders have been issued for more than 500 properties

Smoke-filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Not too late to FireSmart property against Keremeos Creek wildfire: RDOS

The RDOS issued an advisory also warning against leaving sprinklers running

Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Keremeos Creek Wildfire now over 5,900 hectares

There are over 500 properties on evacuation order due to the fire

Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn off fuel. (BCWS)

Farleigh Lake and Marron Lake added to Keremeos Creek Wildfire evacuation alerts

The properties on the list are located to the north east of the fire

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn off fuel. (BCWS)
Penticton’s Law Courts. (File)

Prolific Penticton offender ‘too unstable’ for psychiatric assessment

Terry Voshall has been at the forensic psychiatric hospital since July 13

Penticton’s Law Courts. (File)
Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

S.S. Sicamous Society receives $5k for tugboat restoration

The donation from CN will go towards making the tug ship-shape and tour-ready

Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A power outage is currently affecting properties from the Penticton Indian Band to the edge of Summerland. (FortisBC)

Power outage from Penticton Indian Band to Summerland

There is no estimated time for power to be restored

A power outage is currently affecting properties from the Penticton Indian Band to the edge of Summerland. (FortisBC)
Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Falling debris from Keremeos Creek wildfire temporarily closes Highway 3A

The debris was cleared quickly but more could fall onto the highway

Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Shinedown lit up the South Okanagan Events Centre Stage on Aug. 2. in Penticton (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Shinedown lit up the South Okanagan Events Centre Stage on Aug. 2. in Penticton (Brennan Phillips - Western News)