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The proposed site of a townhouse on the Sunset Motel property, which would require rezoning approval from the Village of Keremeos to proceed. (Google Earth via Village of Keremeos)

Keremeos’ Sunset Motel seeks residential rezoning

The owner plans to build a townhouse on the property

The proposed site of a townhouse on the Sunset Motel property, which would require rezoning approval from the Village of Keremeos to proceed. (Google Earth via Village of Keremeos)
During the height of the rising waters on Nov. 15, the Similkameen River came close to touching the underside of Keremeos’ White Bridge. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

B.C. reviewing responsibility for orphaned dikes such as those near Keremeos, Princeton

The B.C. Liberal government of 2003 shifted the responsibility to municipalities

During the height of the rising waters on Nov. 15, the Similkameen River came close to touching the underside of Keremeos’ White Bridge. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year in the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards for 2020. Crawford was recognized for his work in supporting and bringing art into the community. “We had 15,000 visitors over 71 days,” Crawford said on the Bob Ross exhibit displayed at the gallery earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Ignite the Arts Festival gets Penticton council’s blessing and funding

Ignite the Arts Festival will be a nine-day event in late March 2022

Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year in the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards for 2020. Crawford was recognized for his work in supporting and bringing art into the community. “We had 15,000 visitors over 71 days,” Crawford said on the Bob Ross exhibit displayed at the gallery earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Pathways would like to open a day-tox centre.

Penticton council grants $10k for Pathways counseling services

The addiction treatment centre was looking for $344k instead

Pathways would like to open a day-tox centre.
The first portion of the Lake to Lake bike lane officially opened Aug. 1 on Martin Steet. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

No pause for Lake-to-Lake Bike lane in Penticton

A move to delay $4.7M 2nd phase of bike path was shot down in 4-3 vote during budget deliberations

The first portion of the Lake to Lake bike lane officially opened Aug. 1 on Martin Steet. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Homebuilder Chris Shoene, client care supervisor Ben Somerville, Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham, Janet Parker and Parkers Chrysler general manager Jim Tabler outside Parker Place on Nov. 19, where donations from Parker and Parkers Chrysler kicked off the Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House in Penticton kicks off Shed the Light on Addiction campaign for fourth building

The addiction treatment program is looking to raise $150,000

Homebuilder Chris Shoene, client care supervisor Ben Somerville, Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham, Janet Parker and Parkers Chrysler general manager Jim Tabler outside Parker Place on Nov. 19, where donations from Parker and Parkers Chrysler kicked off the Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Coquihalla Highway has been closed since Sunday, Nov. 14 when a bridge collapsed between Hope and Merrit. Access between the Okanagan and Lower Mainland has been severed by this and floods and mudslides on all other routes. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

Highway damage to delay utility bills and increase local traffic in Penticton

The bills are printed and mailed out from the Lower Mainland

The Coquihalla Highway has been closed since Sunday, Nov. 14 when a bridge collapsed between Hope and Merrit. Access between the Okanagan and Lower Mainland has been severed by this and floods and mudslides on all other routes. (Ministry of Transportation photo)
The weekly COVID-19 case map for Nov. 7 to 13. (BC CDC)

COVID-19 cases stay steady in South Okanagan Similkameen

BC Centre for Disease now tracking third dose rates

The weekly COVID-19 case map for Nov. 7 to 13. (BC CDC)
A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Feedback sought for South Okanagan Similkameen transit plan

The previous plan was built in 2015

A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Kelowna RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file)

Violent crime surges in Naramata

The 3 murders and 1 shooting in Naramata aren’t part of newly released RCMP stats

Kelowna RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file)
Cars remain underwater on Fenchurch Avenue in Princeton Nov. 15. Extreme weather events such as the summer heat dome, wildfires and flooding are being worsened by climate change. (Andrea DeMeer - Princeton Spotlight)

Penticton gives green light to climate plan

The plan has a goal of cutting emissions to zero by 2050

Cars remain underwater on Fenchurch Avenue in Princeton Nov. 15. Extreme weather events such as the summer heat dome, wildfires and flooding are being worsened by climate change. (Andrea DeMeer - Princeton Spotlight)
Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

Penticton councillors defend tax increase for 2022

The DPA and Chamber both called for reductions to the proposed 8.5% hike

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
The Similkameen River flooded a part of the Riverside RV Park west of Keremeos on Monday, Nov. 15. By Tuesday, the waters were beginning to recede. (Keremeos Community News Facebook)

Evacuation alert remains for Keremeos as Similkameen River recedes

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band has issued notice that both Chopaka bridges were compromised

The Similkameen River flooded a part of the Riverside RV Park west of Keremeos on Monday, Nov. 15. By Tuesday, the waters were beginning to recede. (Keremeos Community News Facebook)
Not only is there the constant worry of flooding, but now Keremeos is being pounded with wind and rain. (Brennan Phillips Review)

Communication disrupted across Penticton

City, BCSPCA and the RCMP’s non-emergency lines are down

Not only is there the constant worry of flooding, but now Keremeos is being pounded with wind and rain. (Brennan Phillips Review)
Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)

RCMP search for man charged with Penticton bombings

A warrant has been issued for Blair Robert Balch

Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
The waters of the Similkameen River have reached the underside of the Red Bridge near Keremeos as flooding ravages Princeton and Tulameen Monday. (Keremeos Fire Department)

Keremeos readies as Similkameen River swells

Sand and bags being offered as river rises over 4 metres in span of 20 hours

The waters of the Similkameen River have reached the underside of the Red Bridge near Keremeos as flooding ravages Princeton and Tulameen Monday. (Keremeos Fire Department)
Members of the Similkameen Kulture Kompass staff and volunteers in front of one of the murals they helped paint. The group was recognized with a $15,000 donation by FortisBC. (FortisBC Youtube)

Similkameen’s Kulture Kompass program gets $15k boost from Fortis

The group showcases art by local Indigenous and other minority artists

Members of the Similkameen Kulture Kompass staff and volunteers in front of one of the murals they helped paint. The group was recognized with a $15,000 donation by FortisBC. (FortisBC Youtube)
Black Press media file

Penticton man arrested after manhunt through Keremeos and Olalla

The man allegedly stole a vehicle and struck a police vehicle before being caught

Black Press media file
COVID-19 cases over the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6. (BC CDC)

New COVID-19 cases down in South Okanagan Similkameen

The region saw a total of 29 new cases over the first week of November

COVID-19 cases over the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6. (BC CDC)
The Vees' Josh Nadeau scored twice to bring the Vees a 2-1 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday night, Nov. 10. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees start four-game home set with 2-1 overtime win

The Vees are back at the SOEC on Saturday for their Orange Shirt Game

The Vees' Josh Nadeau scored twice to bring the Vees a 2-1 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday night, Nov. 10. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)