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RCMP badge (file photo)

New Penticton Mounties and bylaw officers ready to go

As of May 1, bylaw services will be 7 days a week 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

RCMP badge (file photo)
RCMP are investigating after an armed robbery in Oliver. (Black Press File)

2 armed men sought after robbing cannabis store in Oliver

The men held a security guard at gunpoint and stole his vehicle

RCMP are investigating after an armed robbery in Oliver. (Black Press File)
Penticton’s Law Courts. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Oliver man who threatened to burn down and kill ex-girlfriend sentenced to year in jail

In 2020, Dean Roger Vanbocquestal showed up with a loaded rifle and gas cans to a home

Penticton’s Law Courts. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Penticton is proposing to put one fire hall, bylaw services and city’s emergency centre under one roof. (File photo)

‘Massive’ log cabin-style shelter goes up in flames near Okanagan Lake Marina

RCMP and Penticton Fire were called out at 2 a.m. to find the make-shift shelter engulfed in flames

Penticton is proposing to put one fire hall, bylaw services and city’s emergency centre under one roof. (File photo)
Items still missing after a theft from Sunvolt Supply include a chainsaw, bag, batteries and cordless clipper. (Oliver RCMP)

Suspects and stolen chainsaw sought by Oliver RCMP

Sunvolt Supply, south of Oliver was robbed overnight on April 20

Items still missing after a theft from Sunvolt Supply include a chainsaw, bag, batteries and cordless clipper. (Oliver RCMP)
The most recently released COVID-19 casemap for April 10 to 16. (BC CDC)

Penticton has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in B.C.

The local health area saw 102 positive cases reported for the week of April 10 to 16

The most recently released COVID-19 casemap for April 10 to 16. (BC CDC)
The Penticton Naval Veterans Association will be commemorating those lost at sea on May 1 outside the S.S. Sicamous in Penticton. The anchor that was located outside the former Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 headquarters on Martin Street has been relocated to the paddlewheeler. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Ceremony at Penticton’s S.S. Sicamous to commemorate those lost at sea during WWII

The ceremony will include the dedication of an anchor on Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m.

The Penticton Naval Veterans Association will be commemorating those lost at sea on May 1 outside the S.S. Sicamous in Penticton. The anchor that was located outside the former Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 headquarters on Martin Street has been relocated to the paddlewheeler. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The City of Penticton is inviting residents to enjoy picnics in pop-up ‘parklets’ this summer. (Corey Bullock file)

Penticton bringing back Picnic-ton program

The event coincide with booze on beaches coming back to Penticton May 1

The City of Penticton is inviting residents to enjoy picnics in pop-up ‘parklets’ this summer. (Corey Bullock file)
Columbia Elementary (Google maps)

Penticton is getting 110 new child care spaces

The spaces will be split between the hospital and Columbia Elementary

Columbia Elementary (Google maps)
Haven Hill in Penticton. (Google Maps)

More than 60 COVID-19 cases in 2 Penticton long-term care facility outbreaks

Westview Place and Haven Hill both have outbreaks

Haven Hill in Penticton. (Google Maps)
These are the cotton trees burning from the inside that are standing on top of gas lines making it too dangerous for firefighters to go in. (Jordy Bosscha Keremeos Fire)

Update: Fire crew knock down trees in Similkameen blaze to save gas line from rupturing

The out of control brush fire spread to cottonwoods planted at a high pressure gas line

These are the cotton trees burning from the inside that are standing on top of gas lines making it too dangerous for firefighters to go in. (Jordy Bosscha Keremeos Fire)
The new security measures installed at the Keremeos municipal office. (Village of Keremeos)

Keremeos Village office back open to the public after violent attack

New security measures are in place including security cameras and intercom

The new security measures installed at the Keremeos municipal office. (Village of Keremeos)
From left to right, Marriot representative Duncan Chiu, MLA Dan Ashton, developer Ron Mundi, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki, Valley First president Steven Chen, and construction chief Parm Kandola break ground for the new Four Points by Sheraton high-end hotel in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Penticton breaks ground on first North Gateway development

The new Four Points by Sheraton hotel is first project for the area’s future

From left to right, Marriot representative Duncan Chiu, MLA Dan Ashton, developer Ron Mundi, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki, Valley First president Steven Chen, and construction chief Parm Kandola break ground for the new Four Points by Sheraton high-end hotel in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Sharlene and Ralph Oslund are retiring after 56 long years in the community. A scrapbook collection of newspaper articles opens to the story of their store’s grand opening in 1965. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

After 56 years of being a Main Street staple in Penticton, jeweller Ralph Oslund retires

At 92, Ralph Oslund will be closing up shop at Oslund Jewellers for the last time

Sharlene and Ralph Oslund are retiring after 56 long years in the community. A scrapbook collection of newspaper articles opens to the story of their store’s grand opening in 1965. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton’s Law Courts. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Princeton man who wanted judge to view image of his hernia sentenced to 72 days in jail

Jesse L. E. Williams was sentenced for multiple instances of driving while prohibited

Penticton’s Law Courts. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
A helicopter taking off after receiving a patient rescued by the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue team on Monday, April 18. (OOSAR Facebook)

Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue help rescue seriously injured man

The man was rescued west of Oliver and taken to hospital via med-evac helicopter

A helicopter taking off after receiving a patient rescued by the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue team on Monday, April 18. (OOSAR Facebook)
Quick action prevented a vehicle fire from becoming much worse on Sunday morning at the Penticton Hospital. (File photo)

Quick action contained Penticton Hospital vehicle fire

The vehicle was parked near to a pressurized cylinder

Quick action prevented a vehicle fire from becoming much worse on Sunday morning at the Penticton Hospital. (File photo)
The Easter Bunny greeted kids as they headed over to the Penticton Safety Village for an egg hunt on Saturday, April 16. (Kiwanis Club of Penticton Facebook)

Eggs-citing Easter weekend brings out families across the South Okanagan

Helicopter egg drop, visits with the Easter bunny and egg hunts aplenty

The Easter Bunny greeted kids as they headed over to the Penticton Safety Village for an egg hunt on Saturday, April 16. (Kiwanis Club of Penticton Facebook)
The property on Vancouver Place the City of Penticton is being sued over, as captured on Google Streetview in 2015. (Google Earth)

Homeowners sue for damage from alleged City of Penticton negligence

The Vancouver Place house allegedly sunk two feet due to a leaking curb drainage system

The property on Vancouver Place the City of Penticton is being sued over, as captured on Google Streetview in 2015. (Google Earth)
The Vees started round 2 of playoffs against the Spruce Kings with a 2-1 win at the SOEC. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees start round 2 of play-offs with win over Prince George

The Vees play game 2 tonight, April 16 on home ice at the SOEC

The Vees started round 2 of playoffs against the Spruce Kings with a 2-1 win at the SOEC. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)