Monique Tamminga

Flags fly at half mast at Pen-High and all school properties across SD67. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Okanagan Skaha schools flags fly at half mast for 215 children buried in Kamloops

Focus will be on making respectful, age-appropriate curriculum about residential schools

Flags fly at half mast at Pen-High and all school properties across SD67. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Marcia Gee is aiming to raise $1,000 and ride 200 km in August for the SickKids Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Riding for the kids in Penticton

Marcia Gee is aiming to raise $1,000 and ride 200 km for SickKids Foundation

Marcia Gee is aiming to raise $1,000 and ride 200 km in August for the SickKids Foundation. (Submitted photo)
A ban on all open fires begins in the city of Penticton effective, June 4, 2021. (File photo)

Fire ban issued for Penticton due to dangerously dry conditions

The ban aligns with unusually dry spring and expected rapid wildfire development, says fire chief

A ban on all open fires begins in the city of Penticton effective, June 4, 2021. (File photo)
Residents of a Winnipeg Street apartment complex were evacuated after a fire broke out in the parkade area Wednesday night. The fire was limited to a storage room. (Penticton Fire Department)

Fire at downtown Penticton apartment complex

Residents evacuated while firefighters knock down storage room blaze

Residents of a Winnipeg Street apartment complex were evacuated after a fire broke out in the parkade area Wednesday night. The fire was limited to a storage room. (Penticton Fire Department)
A survey of Penticton youth show that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)

1.6 % Penticton youth are experiencing homelessness

Of youth who participated in survey, 23.9% experienced homelessness at some point

A survey of Penticton youth show that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)
Penticton city candidate Isaac Gilbert thanks the vandal of his election signs for spreading a message he very much believes in and supports. (Facebook)

Penticton city by-election candidate thanks person who vandalized election sign

Isaac Gilbert said the vandalism of ‘I love gay rights’ aligns with his values and support of LGBTQ2S+

Penticton city candidate Isaac Gilbert thanks the vandal of his election signs for spreading a message he very much believes in and supports. (Facebook)
Aarav Gaba, 10, creates and edits all commercials he makes for his parents’ store, Global Grocers. (Screen grab)

Boy becomes local star with adorable ads for parents’ Penticton grocery store

Aarav Gaba does all the marketing for Global Grocers

Aarav Gaba, 10, creates and edits all commercials he makes for his parents’ store, Global Grocers. (Screen grab)
LocoLanding owner Diana Stirling is speaking out after relentless attacks on her teenage staff and online for the business’ mask policy. (LocoLanding photo Facebook)

Penticton adventure park employee berated, brought to tears by parent over mask policy

‘It’s awful behaviour and it’s relentless,’ says LocoLanding owner

LocoLanding owner Diana Stirling is speaking out after relentless attacks on her teenage staff and online for the business’ mask policy. (LocoLanding photo Facebook)
After a one year hiatus, the Naramata Community Market returns Wednesday, June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Submitted)

Naramata Community Market opens Wednesday, June 2

Opening day will have food trucks, local entertainment, produce and artisans

After a one year hiatus, the Naramata Community Market returns Wednesday, June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Submitted)
All 10 candidates for the city by-election this June 19 were put on the hot seat Sunday during a forum put on by seniors’ groups. (Penticton Chamber photo)

Penticton by-elections candidates speak to seniors issues

All 10 candidates shared views on housing, safety, parks and accessibility

All 10 candidates for the city by-election this June 19 were put on the hot seat Sunday during a forum put on by seniors’ groups. (Penticton Chamber photo)
Marina Way beach (Google Maps)

E. coli alert lifted at Penticton beach

City says it’s safe to swim again in that area of Okanagan Lake

Marina Way beach (Google Maps)
Anita Froh took photos of a new born fawn and mom in the backyard of the notorious Winnipeg Street home. (Facebook)

Injured deer and baby living in downtown Penticton

Neighbours are concerned about the well being of the injured mom

Anita Froh took photos of a new born fawn and mom in the backyard of the notorious Winnipeg Street home. (Facebook)
Karine Noe-Vack posted a picture to Facebook of the new dachshund bronze sculpture with a green Croc on its paw. Six new sculptures were installed along Lakeshore Drive. (Facebook)

New Penticton lakeshore sculptures getting lots of attention

‘Joy of Life Unbalanced’ bronze statue became ‘Lost Green Croc’ for an evening

Karine Noe-Vack posted a picture to Facebook of the new dachshund bronze sculpture with a green Croc on its paw. Six new sculptures were installed along Lakeshore Drive. (Facebook)
Orange shirts, signs and baby socks hang from a tree at 594 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. (Amanda Darnley photo)

Penticton lakeshore display mourns 215 children found at Kamloops residential school

Amanda Darnley put up the display because she felt compelled to do something

Orange shirts, signs and baby socks hang from a tree at 594 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. (Amanda Darnley photo)
This house in Osoyoos caught fire around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. (Roy Wilmin photo Facebook)

Seven displaced from Osoyoos house fire

Smoke could be seen from Highway 97 and across the lake

This house in Osoyoos caught fire around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. (Roy Wilmin photo Facebook)
Mark Ploner posted this picture of the fire in the metal compactor at the landfill on Facebook sent from a friend who was on scene. The black smoke can be seen across Penticton. (Facebook)

Big fire at Penticton dump

It appears a metal compactor at the Campbell Mountain landfill caught fire

Mark Ploner posted this picture of the fire in the metal compactor at the landfill on Facebook sent from a friend who was on scene. The black smoke can be seen across Penticton. (Facebook)
To address an increase in need for grief support, the South Okanagan Loss Society (SOLS) has recently launched a volunteer program focused on those who have lost a loved one and are grieving alone. (Contributed)

New grief support in Penticton in response to increased isolation from COVID-19

South Okanagan Loss Society is offering one-on-one telephone support during pandemic

To address an increase in need for grief support, the South Okanagan Loss Society (SOLS) has recently launched a volunteer program focused on those who have lost a loved one and are grieving alone. (Contributed)
Peach Fest 2021 is cancelled. The parade is a tradition at Peach Fest as seen here in 2019. (Brennan Phillips Western News file photo)

Peach Fest 2021 cancelled

Too many uncertainties in the restart plan to safely go ahead with August festival, said board

Peach Fest 2021 is cancelled. The parade is a tradition at Peach Fest as seen here in 2019. (Brennan Phillips Western News file photo)
Meadowlark Motel is already housing tenants but BC Housing says they will find them homes while the build new affordable housing there. (Google Maps)

Penticton mayor pens letter in response to motel purchases

BC Housing will redevelop four motels with new buildings along Skaha Lake Road

Meadowlark Motel is already housing tenants but BC Housing says they will find them homes while the build new affordable housing there. (Google Maps)
Claire Keys, owner of Teas and Weaves which specializes in teas, rugs and gifts from the around the world, has been hit hard by the new pay parking along Main Street. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

UPDATE: Small businesses say pay machines frustrate

New pay machines are spread far apart but do allow for coin payment for 15 minute parking

Claire Keys, owner of Teas and Weaves which specializes in teas, rugs and gifts from the around the world, has been hit hard by the new pay parking along Main Street. (Monique Tamminga Western News)