Monique Tamminga

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

South Okanagan Tim Hortons raises over $8K for residential school survivors

More than $4,000 worth of doughnuts were purchased over three days

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Justin Fotherby,17, and Ashley McMillan, 17 have been chosen for an invitation only competition that sees 20 of Canada’s top swimmers per event vying for a spot at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Submitted)

Penticton swimmers off to Olympic trials

The pair are eyeing a spot on the Canadian team heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Justin Fotherby,17, and Ashley McMillan, 17 have been chosen for an invitation only competition that sees 20 of Canada’s top swimmers per event vying for a spot at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Submitted)
Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)

Dog bit by baby rattler at popular Vernon park

The rattlesnake was hidden underneath a park bench when it struck out

Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)
Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)

Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Keremeos pool will open on Canada Day, July 1, 2021. (File Photo)

Similkameen Rec Centre getting upgrades in time for summer fun

Community pool will be ready for opening day July 1

Keremeos pool will open on Canada Day, July 1, 2021. (File Photo)
Gas prices shot up to $1.45.9 Thursday morning in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Gas prices shoot up 10 cents overnight in South Okanagan

Most gas stations are charging $1.45.9 on Thursday

Gas prices shot up to $1.45.9 Thursday morning in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Dragon Boat Festival is back Sept. 11-12, 2021. (File photo)

Penticton Dragon Boat Festival is a go for 2021

The 20th festival will take place Sept. 11 and 12 on Skaha Lake

Dragon Boat Festival is back Sept. 11-12, 2021. (File photo)
Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce president Jonathan McGraw helped kick off its 34th business excellence awards celebrations at a launch event held Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Kick off to the Penticton Chamber business excellence awards

Plan is to host the gala in person this year on Oct. 2

Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce president Jonathan McGraw helped kick off its 34th business excellence awards celebrations at a launch event held Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The Heal family of Oliver lost everything, including their home, when their furnace caught fire on June 7, 2021. (Oliver Fire Department)

Oliver community rallies around family who lost everything in fire

Bbq fundraiser being held Saturday, June 12 at the Buy Low Foods

The Heal family of Oliver lost everything, including their home, when their furnace caught fire on June 7, 2021. (Oliver Fire Department)
Jesse Faulkenham, 31, went missing from his Grand Prairie home on June 2 and his wife was very worried for his well being. He has been found, seven days later. (Submitted)

Missing Alberta man thought to be headed to Penticton found safe

Jesse Faulkenham’s wife confirmed that after seven days missing, he is now home

Jesse Faulkenham, 31, went missing from his Grand Prairie home on June 2 and his wife was very worried for his well being. He has been found, seven days later. (Submitted)
Judy and Lorraine were the recipients of the 10,000th and 10,001 meal delivered by volunteer driver John from the Seniors Drop In Centre. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre delivers its 10,000th meal to a senior

The meal service started in response to a need created by COVID restrictions

Judy and Lorraine were the recipients of the 10,000th and 10,001 meal delivered by volunteer driver John from the Seniors Drop In Centre. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Pay parking stations went into effect in May 2021 on Main Street. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Petition against downtown Penticton pay parking tops 500 signatures in 2 days

The Change.org petition is asking that the city go back to free parking

Pay parking stations went into effect in May 2021 on Main Street. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Survivorship paddlers hold up pink carnations to honour women fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their lives on the last day of the Penticton Dragonboat Festival in 2019. Many Survivorship paddlers have become volunteers of Tomorrow’s Hope. (Western News file photo)

Offering Tomorrow’s Hope for women diagnosed with breast cancer in South Okanagan

Penticton dragonboat group along with other women offering support, resources

Survivorship paddlers hold up pink carnations to honour women fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their lives on the last day of the Penticton Dragonboat Festival in 2019. Many Survivorship paddlers have become volunteers of Tomorrow’s Hope. (Western News file photo)
A family in Oliver lost their home to a stubborn fire on Monday. (Oliver Fire Department Facebook)

Oliver family loses home to fire

House had to be knocked down because of stubborn blaze, said fire department

A family in Oliver lost their home to a stubborn fire on Monday. (Oliver Fire Department Facebook)
Eli was stabbed in downtown Kelowna and died later in hospital. The woman who has pleaded guilty to his death will be sentenced. (file photo)

Young woman who stabbed and killed Penticton teen to be sentenced this month

It’s two years this month that Elijah (Eli) Beauregard, 16, was killed

Eli was stabbed in downtown Kelowna and died later in hospital. The woman who has pleaded guilty to his death will be sentenced. (file photo)
This bear was visiting the Eastside Road area, near OK Falls recently. (Brenda Veller Facebook)

Last summer’s wildfire in Penticton brings bears down mountain

Conservation officers hope residents near Christie Mountain can manage attractants

This bear was visiting the Eastside Road area, near OK Falls recently. (Brenda Veller Facebook)
Drivebc.ca posted the picture of the Anarchist Summit on Highway 3, just outside Osoyoos with slushy conditions on June 7, 2021. (Drive BC)

Snow in June hits South Okanagan

Residents of Anarchist Mountain, near Osoyoos, woke to the white stuff Monday, June 7

Drivebc.ca posted the picture of the Anarchist Summit on Highway 3, just outside Osoyoos with slushy conditions on June 7, 2021. (Drive BC)
BC Housing has just announced it will fund the proposed five-storey affordable housing project at 603 Main Street. (Western News file photo)

BC Housing announces funding of 5-storey affordable housing in downtown Penticton

M’akalo Housing Society had applied to the province to fund the 28-unit tower at 603 Main Street

BC Housing has just announced it will fund the proposed five-storey affordable housing project at 603 Main Street. (Western News file photo)
The model railway which recreates the Kettle Valley Railway throughout Okanagan, is located inside the historic SS Sicamous sternwheeler situated at 1699 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton.

Penticton Kettle Valley Model Railway Club looking for new members

The model railway is located inside the historic SS Sicamous sternwheeler

The model railway which recreates the Kettle Valley Railway throughout Okanagan, is located inside the historic SS Sicamous sternwheeler situated at 1699 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton.