Monique Tamminga

BC Wildfire ground crews work on the Hedges Butte fire that started on Green Mountain Road on Friday, Sept. 3. (BC Wildfire)

Long weekend Penticton fires all person-caused: BC Wildfire

Hedges Butte and PIB fires contained or put out

BC Wildfire ground crews work on the Hedges Butte fire that started on Green Mountain Road on Friday, Sept. 3. (BC Wildfire)
Some of the Mexican firefighters who helped battle most of the South Okanagan wildfires this summer. (BC Wildfire)

Mexican firefighters set to go home after helping battle Okanagan wildfires

The expert firefighters were deployed for over a month

Some of the Mexican firefighters who helped battle most of the South Okanagan wildfires this summer. (BC Wildfire)
(Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)

Interior Health puts a cork in Half Corked Marathon in Oliver

The run through the vines of Oliver and Osoyoos was scheduled for this weekend

(Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)
Police were at Pen Hi all of Sunday investigating and gathering evidence after a body of a man was found there. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Murder victim found at Penticton high school not a student or young person: RCMP

Police have not been able to ID him nor do they think this killing was random

Police were at Pen Hi all of Sunday investigating and gathering evidence after a body of a man was found there. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
RCMP are urging students in Penticton and Summerland of the dangers of having their sunrise parties at the start of the year because of tinder dry conditions.

RCMP urge Penticton and Summerland students not to have any sunrise parties

Parties pose a fire danger because of the campfires in remote, tinder dry locations

RCMP are urging students in Penticton and Summerland of the dangers of having their sunrise parties at the start of the year because of tinder dry conditions.
Fire crews are attacking what looks to be a new fire on Penticton Indian Band land above the channel and west hill. (Kylie Kruger Facebook)

New fire on Penticton Indian Band land Monday morning

The fire broke out this morning near West Bench and the KVR trail

Fire crews are attacking what looks to be a new fire on Penticton Indian Band land above the channel and west hill. (Kylie Kruger Facebook)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

UPDATE: Skaha Creek wildfire now held, evacuation alerts lifted

Evacuation alerts lifted for both fires as both blazes have seen little or no growth

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
Serendipity Winery in Naramata wanted to do something to thank the doctors and nurses working tirelessly through this long pandemic so they are offering a glass of wine on the patio. (Serendipity Winery)

Naramata winery offers complimentary glass of wine for B.C. hospital workers

Wine on the patio is the least we can do to show our gratitude, says Serendipity Winery

Serendipity Winery in Naramata wanted to do something to thank the doctors and nurses working tirelessly through this long pandemic so they are offering a glass of wine on the patio. (Serendipity Winery)
SD67 students will be heading back to school in a near-normal in class instruction. (File photo)

Back to school closer to normal, says SD67 superintendent

No more cohorts but masks for grade 4-12

SD67 students will be heading back to school in a near-normal in class instruction. (File photo)
Vees announce they will require proof of full vaccination to see games effective immediately. (Vees)

Penticton Vees fans will need to show full vaccination proof to see games

SOEC event employees, Vees players and staff all required to be vaccinated

Vees announce they will require proof of full vaccination to see games effective immediately. (Vees)
This juvenile bear was killed by Conservation officers after being sighted numerous times in downtown Penticton. (Facebook)

Juvenile bear put down after hanging around downtown Penticton

Conservation office says the bear posed a safety risk being in busy traffic areas

This juvenile bear was killed by Conservation officers after being sighted numerous times in downtown Penticton. (Facebook)
This is what is left of a vehicle up Carmi in Penticton. Police are investigating as an arson. (John McDaniel Facebook)

Penticton RCMP investigating torched vehicle

The vehicle was set on fire late Tuesday night up Carmi Road

This is what is left of a vehicle up Carmi in Penticton. Police are investigating as an arson. (John McDaniel Facebook)
Several employees of Match Eatery have tested positive for COVID in Penticton. (Google photo)

Penticton Match Eatery closes after several staff test positive for COVID

The restaurant is doing a deep clean and plans to re-open Sept. 3

Several employees of Match Eatery have tested positive for COVID in Penticton. (Google photo)
These Seadoos came through the path of a skimmer trying to refill on Okanagan Lake on Sunday, Aug. 29 to help fight the Skaha Creek fire. (Viola Nash Hutchinson Facebook)

Penticton boat launches close after boaters, Seadoos get in way of wildfire skimmers

Watercrafts seen coming in the path of skimmers trying to refill on Okanagan Lake

These Seadoos came through the path of a skimmer trying to refill on Okanagan Lake on Sunday, Aug. 29 to help fight the Skaha Creek fire. (Viola Nash Hutchinson Facebook)
Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on evacuation alert.

Over 200 properties put on evacuation alert due to Penticton fire

Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on alert

Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on evacuation alert.
While working on the Skaha Creek wildfire, one of the Fireboss airtankers made a precautionary landing on Skaha Lake. It has since been beached so that engineers can investigate the issue on Monday. Stay clear of the area, says BC Wildfire.

Airtanker fighting Penticton wildfire beached at Skaha Lake

The pilot of the skimmer plane had to make precautionary landing

While working on the Skaha Creek wildfire, one of the Fireboss airtankers made a precautionary landing on Skaha Lake. It has since been beached so that engineers can investigate the issue on Monday. Stay clear of the area, says BC Wildfire.
Nk'Mip golf course

Nk’Mip wildfire north of Osoyoos close to being held

Progress continues to be made on the fire with some areas now inactive

Nk'Mip golf course
Air tankers will be working the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton wildfire grows to over 200 hectares

Air tankers, helicopters and over 55 ground crew working on Skaha Creek fire

Air tankers will be working the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Mike Biden took this photo of the Skaha Creek fire from Skaha Hills neighbourhood at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 2021. (Mike Biden)

Penticton residents spent a tense night as Skaha Creek fire climbs down hill

No evacuation orders or alerts were issued

Mike Biden took this photo of the Skaha Creek fire from Skaha Hills neighbourhood at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 2021. (Mike Biden)
Firefighter at the Garrison Lake wildfire recently. (BC Wildfire)

Evacuation order rescinded for Garrison Lake wildfire, near Princeton

Eastgate and Placer properties in the clear while 2 Kennedy Lake addresses downgraded to alert

Firefighter at the Garrison Lake wildfire recently. (BC Wildfire)