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The Penticton Fire Department puts out a fire at the Meadowlark Motel on Skaha Lake Road late on Aug. 2. (Mike Biden Photography - Twitter)

Cat rescued from fire in Penticton

The fire damaged one unit at the Meadowlark Motel

The Penticton Fire Department puts out a fire at the Meadowlark Motel on Skaha Lake Road late on Aug. 2. (Mike Biden Photography - Twitter)
RCMP badge (file photo)

Penticton RCMP have busy long weekend

The RCMP responded to 240 calls between Friday evening and Tuesday morning

RCMP badge (file photo)
Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Chainsaw-wielding Penticton man gets time in jail

Robert Austin Teal had pleaded guilty to multiple charges including possession of a weapon

Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs at the Penticton Peach Festival after their sudden cancellation. (Submitted - Penticton Peach Festival)

Penticton Peach Festival changes opening line-up

Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs, who had to cancel

Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs at the Penticton Peach Festival after their sudden cancellation. (Submitted - Penticton Peach Festival)
The Quail Crossing project in Keremeos is finally open and seniors have already started to move into the affordable housing. (Photo courtesy of BC Housing)

Long-awaited BC Housing project opens in Keremeos

Quail Crossing is the first of 3 set to open this year

The Quail Crossing project in Keremeos is finally open and seniors have already started to move into the affordable housing. (Photo courtesy of BC Housing)
The most recent evacuation orders for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The most recent evacuation orders for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The current map of evacuation orders and alerts in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (RDOS)
The current map of evacuation orders and alerts in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (RDOS)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)

UPDATE: One structure lost as aggressive Keremeos Creek wildfire continues to grow

The fire is currently unable to be reached by heavy machinery or air tankers

The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)
Penticton’s Skaha Thunder, left, and the Peach City Dragons dragon boat teams celebrate their victories at the Vernon Dragonboat Festival on the July 23 weekend. (Submitted)

Penticton dragon boaters dominate Vernon festival

Local teams took multiple fastest team titles

Penticton’s Skaha Thunder, left, and the Peach City Dragons dragon boat teams celebrate their victories at the Vernon Dragonboat Festival on the July 23 weekend. (Submitted)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)

Osoyoos man found not guilty in manslaughter charge over wife’s death

A lack of evidence and analysis undermined the case according to the judge

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)
The directors of the Penticton Chamber att the announcement for this year's Business Excellence Awards. (brennan Phillips - Western News)

Nominations open for Penticton Chamber Business Excellence awards

The chamber has added a new code of conduct following 2021’s controversy

The directors of the Penticton Chamber att the announcement for this year's Business Excellence Awards. (brennan Phillips - Western News)
Dahlia and Derek Millington’s Little Falls Foods has a unique warehouse-styled store to serve the community of Okanagan Falls. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Okanagan Falls’ Little Falls Foods to close

After months of financial hardship the family is pivoting their business

Dahlia and Derek Millington’s Little Falls Foods has a unique warehouse-styled store to serve the community of Okanagan Falls. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A 1.4 hectare wildfire near Kaleden on the west side of Skaha Lake started July 26. (BC Wildfire)

Locals and visitors asked to be extra cautious in backcountry B.C. Day weekend

Fire risk is expected to rise to extreme in coming weeks

A 1.4 hectare wildfire near Kaleden on the west side of Skaha Lake started July 26. (BC Wildfire)
New fire near Kaleden on the west side of Skaha Lake Tuesday. (BC Wildfire)

Second wildfire starts near Kaleden

The Mount Hawthorne fire was caused by lightning, according to BC Wildfire

New fire near Kaleden on the west side of Skaha Lake Tuesday. (BC Wildfire)
Local band Jack and Jill rocked the block at the Mardi Gras on Martin last Friday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Celebrate B.C. Day in Penticton’s Gyro Park

It’s a full day of family fun and a whole lot of live music to enjoy

Local band Jack and Jill rocked the block at the Mardi Gras on Martin last Friday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Snowbirds make a pass over Penticton ahead of Peach Fest. Watch their full show on opening day of Peach Fest Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Snowbirds soar through Penticton skies ahead of Peach Fest

Pentictonites were treated to several flybys from the Canadian Forces air team

The Snowbirds make a pass over Penticton ahead of Peach Fest. Watch their full show on opening day of Peach Fest Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Don and Dolly Abney. Dolly will be riding in the Tour de Cure to raise funds for cancer research after her husband’s diagnosis in 2021. (Submitted)

Riding for a cure: Penticton woman joins Tour de Cure for husband of 35 years

So far, Dolly Abney has raised over $6,400 through the Tour de Cure

Don and Dolly Abney. Dolly will be riding in the Tour de Cure to raise funds for cancer research after her husband’s diagnosis in 2021. (Submitted)
Darrell Taylor from the Keremeos Search and Rescue holds the guide ropes during Family Day in 2018 for one young climber at the Similkameen Rec Centre. (Tara Bowie - Keremeos Review File)

Keremeos Search and Rescue shutting down after 13 years

A lack of volunteers made it unsustainable

Darrell Taylor from the Keremeos Search and Rescue holds the guide ropes during Family Day in 2018 for one young climber at the Similkameen Rec Centre. (Tara Bowie - Keremeos Review File)
(Black Press file photo)

Osoyoos to open cooling centres amid expected heat wave

Temperatures across the South Okanagan could reach up to 38 C next week

(Black Press file photo)
The B.C. College of Pharmacists has disciplined Sunrise Pharmacy owner Joelle Mbamy again, this time prohibiting her from owning a pharmacy for five years. (Western News file photo)

Penticton pharmacist not allowed to own a pharmacy for 5 years

College found Joelle Mbamy to have “a pattern of poor professional judgment…” at Sunrise Pharmacy

The B.C. College of Pharmacists has disciplined Sunrise Pharmacy owner Joelle Mbamy again, this time prohibiting her from owning a pharmacy for five years. (Western News file photo)