Monique Tamminga

Opening weekend at LocoLanding Adventure Park which is now home to the largest inflatable outdoor park in Canada, as seen here. (LocoLanding photo)

Opening weekend at Penticton adventure park

LocoLanding is now home to Canada’s largest outdoor inflatable park

Opening weekend at LocoLanding Adventure Park which is now home to the largest inflatable outdoor park in Canada, as seen here. (LocoLanding photo)
A wildfire of undetermined size has appeared in the Twin Lakes area, according to the BC Wildfire Dashboard Saturday, May 1, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service dashboard)

UPDATE: Wildfire in Twin Lakes area appears contained

The fire is listed at 0.4 hectares on the BC Wildfire Dashboard

A wildfire of undetermined size has appeared in the Twin Lakes area, according to the BC Wildfire Dashboard Saturday, May 1, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service dashboard)
Matthew Gibb encountered this 'big fella' gopher snake on the popular walking and cycling path along the Penticton channel on April 26, 2021.

VIDEO: Penticton man has close encounters with massive snakes twice in one week

South Okanagan residents share space with scorpions, rattlesnakes, black widows and more

Matthew Gibb encountered this 'big fella' gopher snake on the popular walking and cycling path along the Penticton channel on April 26, 2021.
A letter writer takes issue with the 'glaring' electric sign at the entrance of Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
A letter writer takes issue with the 'glaring' electric sign at the entrance of Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
For the month of May, Hillside Winery is donating $1 from every bottle of their signature muscat ottenel wine to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation. (Hillside Winery photo)

Naramata winery helps hurting hospitality workers

$1 from every bottle of Hillside Winery’s muscat ottonel goes to B.C. Hospitality Foundation

For the month of May, Hillside Winery is donating $1 from every bottle of their signature muscat ottenel wine to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation. (Hillside Winery photo)
Growers

UPDATE: Penticton’s Growers Supply Co. closes temporarily after COVID case

The agricultural and feed supply store will reopen May 10

Growers
Osoyoos is getting a new fire chief, coming from Elkford, B.C.

Osoyoos has a new fire chief

Corey Kortmeyer brings 18 years experience, most recently in Elkford, B.C.

Osoyoos is getting a new fire chief, coming from Elkford, B.C.
Alida Erickson is retiring after being there for many emergencies throughout Penticton. (Contributed)

When there was an emergency in Penticton, Alida Erickson was always there

The Emergency Support Services (ESS) director is retiring

Alida Erickson is retiring after being there for many emergencies throughout Penticton. (Contributed)
Starbucks on Riverside Drive has a case of COVID again. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton Starbucks closed again for another case of COVID-19

The popular coffee destination on Riverside Drive won’t re-open until May 5

Starbucks on Riverside Drive has a case of COVID again. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Sickle Point on Skaha Lake.

Sickle Point has been saved

A Vancouver family has purchased it with the promise of conservation

Sickle Point on Skaha Lake.
A grass fire is spreading behind a vineyard on Road 21 in Osoyoos. (Sandy Steck Photography)

UPDATE: Osoyoos grass fire started by mower

The fire spread up a hill behind a house off Road 21

A grass fire is spreading behind a vineyard on Road 21 in Osoyoos. (Sandy Steck Photography)
Wayne and his dog Singer went from being homeless in Penticton to having his own Winnebago thanks to a caring group of strangers who wanted to make a difference. (Contributed photos)

Penticton helps a man and his dog go from homeless to happy in a Winnebago

$17k was raised in 7 days for Wayne and Singer, with Wayne giving most of the money back

Wayne and his dog Singer went from being homeless in Penticton to having his own Winnebago thanks to a caring group of strangers who wanted to make a difference. (Contributed photos)
The Aylmer Cannery in 1948 at 1475 Fairview Road was the main fruit canning factory in Penticton from the 1930s to the 1980s when the canning factory was shut down. Now it’s home to dozens of businesses including a remodelled Tin Whistle Brewery, The Nest restaurant, shoe repair, CFUZ Radio, 4th Meridian Auctions and more. The canning machinery is still on display in the halls of the Cannery. (Picture from Stocks Photography courtesy of Okanagan Archive Trust Society)

Penticton’s fruit cannery has been reimagined into thriving centre

The Cannery Centre is now home to independent radio, brewery, restaurants, shops, dance studio

The Aylmer Cannery in 1948 at 1475 Fairview Road was the main fruit canning factory in Penticton from the 1930s to the 1980s when the canning factory was shut down. Now it’s home to dozens of businesses including a remodelled Tin Whistle Brewery, The Nest restaurant, shoe repair, CFUZ Radio, 4th Meridian Auctions and more. The canning machinery is still on display in the halls of the Cannery. (Picture from Stocks Photography courtesy of Okanagan Archive Trust Society)
(File photo)

Outbreak numbers remain unchanged at Keremeos care home

Only one resident and one staff have tested positive for COVID-19

(File photo)
Fire departments from around the Okanagan got together Sunday in Lake Country to train for wildfire season. (Photo courtesy of Penticton Fire Chief)

South Okanagan fire departments train for wildfire season

There are currently 132 wildfires burning in B.C.

Fire departments from around the Okanagan got together Sunday in Lake Country to train for wildfire season. (Photo courtesy of Penticton Fire Chief)
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway Society needs help and support to pay for upkeep of operations of Okanagan’s only operating steam train in Summerland. (Summerland Review file photo)

Okanagan’s only operating heritage steam train needs our help

Closed for most of 2020, the Summerland train has maintenance costs to pay for

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway Society needs help and support to pay for upkeep of operations of Okanagan’s only operating steam train in Summerland. (Summerland Review file photo)
Oliver Fire Department. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Fire burns through Oliver trailer on Saturday night

The fire is believed to have started in a wood stove

Oliver Fire Department. (Submitted photo)
Summerland Ornamental Gardens are now open to the public after being closed for the pandemic for a year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

PHOTO GALLERY: Historical gardens in Summerland re-open

The Ornamental Gardens plant sale will be online again this May

Summerland Ornamental Gardens are now open to the public after being closed for the pandemic for a year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Film crews had set up a staging area for an ABC TV pilot, fronted by Kevin Costner, at the Wholesale Club on Main St. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Lights, camera, action! Filming ramping up in South Okanagan

Costner’s pilot filmed in Penticton, other ‘movies of the week’ filming now

Film crews had set up a staging area for an ABC TV pilot, fronted by Kevin Costner, at the Wholesale Club on Main St. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Courtesy of pixaby

A call for after-hour vet care in Penticton can’t be met with crisis level vet shortages

Kelowna is only option for pet emergencies in all of Okanagan

Courtesy of pixaby