Dustin Godfrey

A fire burns about four kilometres east of Oliver. Local and provincial forestry firefighters have reportedly knocked the blaze down and have it mostly under control, only working to douse hot spots by just after 6 p.m.                                Roberta Barens/Facebook photo

UPDATED: Oliver wildfire extinguished, B.C. Wildfire mopping up

6-ha. brush fire contained before it could spread farther

A fire burns about four kilometres east of Oliver. Local and provincial forestry firefighters have reportedly knocked the blaze down and have it mostly under control, only working to douse hot spots by just after 6 p.m.                                Roberta Barens/Facebook photo
Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

Princeton man acquitted of rape, guilty of forcible confinement, assault

Judge finds alcohol made victim and accused unreliable witnesses on matter of consent

Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
RCMP on scene of the Herbal Green Apothecary in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday.                                Tara Bowie/Western News

Court documents reveal South Okanagan cannabis dispensary probe

Police reportedly stopped 2 people at 2 different shops over 2 days in March prior to investigation

RCMP on scene of the Herbal Green Apothecary in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday.                                Tara Bowie/Western News
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Okanagan man suffers serious injuries after pinned by log

The man was airlifted to hospital late Tuesday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries

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Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

From cooks throwing knives to a breakdown that nearly killed a chef, kitchens struggle to deal with stress

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry
Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Organizers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention for the B.C. Southern Interior…

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton
In Penticton’s courthouse Thursday morning, an Okanagan Falls man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his underage step-daughter claimed the abuse was solely in 2015, when the girl was 15 years old. The girl testified last week that the abuse had been going on since she was just 10 years old.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

OK Falls man denies majority of sex assault on underage step-daughter

Okanagan Falls man said abuse was solely in 2015, while the victim testified it had gone from 2010 to 2016

In Penticton’s courthouse Thursday morning, an Okanagan Falls man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his underage step-daughter claimed the abuse was solely in 2015, when the girl was 15 years old. The girl testified last week that the abuse had been going on since she was just 10 years old.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

In jail and in withdrawal: Inmates face long waits for opioid therapy in OCC

Provincial health body aims to erase waitlists in Okanagan’s jail, including for opioid replacement

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Princeton man gets 18 more months for loaded handgun outside Denny’s

Wilson was convicted in February of 3 weapons charges for incident in Penticton Denny’s parking lot

Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Arrest made in 1 of 4 homicides in Penticton area last year

Kiera Bourque arrested Tuesday after RCMP investigation into a 17-year-old boy’s death in April 2017

Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Registered clinical counsellor Lindsay Bysterveld, counselling services co-ordinator with the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, demonstrates eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy, often used with those who have experienced or witnessed trauma.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Walk to end abuse for those who can’t

SOWINS’s Debbie Scarborough points to the lethal potential in intimate partner abuse

Registered clinical counsellor Lindsay Bysterveld, counselling services co-ordinator with the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, demonstrates eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy, often used with those who have experienced or witnessed trauma.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton homeless campers devastated by park cleanup

Two women, in their 50s and 60s, said they felt like giving up after their only home was cleared out

As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

That includes 663 properties in Electoral Area “B” and Electoral Area “G” and 589 in Keremeos

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan jail likely driver of region’s violent crime hike

South Okanagan-Similkameen’s top cop says violent crime happening in jail, not after inmates released

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint

Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal denied an application from a non-profit to dismiss the complaint

Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint
Paul Braun sits next to where he used to panhandle — now occupied by the recycling bin he leans on — after the City of Penticton moved the garbage and recycling bins to his and others’ usual panhandling spot.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton panhandler not deterred by trash

City staff moved trash and recycling bins into a regular panhandling spot to deter the practice

Paul Braun sits next to where he used to panhandle — now occupied by the recycling bin he leans on — after the City of Penticton moved the garbage and recycling bins to his and others’ usual panhandling spot.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
More evacuation alerts has been issued for Osoyoos by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen due to the threat of flooding.                                Photo courtesy of Sandy Steck

23 Osoyoos properties on evac alert

The alert comes as the lake continues to rise from mountain snow melting into nearby rivers

More evacuation alerts has been issued for Osoyoos by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen due to the threat of flooding.                                Photo courtesy of Sandy Steck
Osoyoos Lake shows tepid growth as long weekend approaches

Osoyoos Lake shows tepid growth as long weekend approaches

Similkameen and Okanagan rivers showing diminished flows into lake as week wears on

Osoyoos Lake shows tepid growth as long weekend approaches
The back of the Coast Osoyoos Hotel, currently closed due to flooding, along with the neighbouring Holiday Inn behind it, now back onto a non-existent beach.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Osoyoos hotel hopes to reopen early June after flooded by lake

Coast Osoyoos Hotel has been closed for about six days, now, after losing power from high lake water

The back of the Coast Osoyoos Hotel, currently closed due to flooding, along with the neighbouring Holiday Inn behind it, now back onto a non-existent beach.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A local resident put his question to the lineup of officials at the Sonora Community Centre in Osoyoos, where the regional district and provincial government put on a public information centre on flooding hosted by the Town of Osoyoos.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Osoyoos Lake expected to clear historic 917-foot mark

Officials took questions from residents and updated the community on flooding Tuesday evening

A local resident put his question to the lineup of officials at the Sonora Community Centre in Osoyoos, where the regional district and provincial government put on a public information centre on flooding hosted by the Town of Osoyoos.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News