Steve Kidd

Penticton mayor speaks out after shootings

Penticton mayor speaks out after shootings

Vassilaki reassures troubled city

Penticton mayor speaks out after shootings
The first-ever image of a black hole surrounded by a halo of bright gas, was released on April 10. It’s in a galaxy 55 million light years away from Earth. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)

Okanagan astronomer talks about the importance of first-ever black hole image

Eight observatories worked together for breakthrough

The first-ever image of a black hole surrounded by a halo of bright gas, was released on April 10. It’s in a galaxy 55 million light years away from Earth. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)
Houdini, the resident Great Horned Owl at the South Okanagan Raptor Rehab Centre near Oliver, looks around at the crowd.. The B.C. SPCA is hoping to set up their own rehab centre to help a wider range of animals in the Central Okanagan. (Steve Kidd – Black Press)

BC SPCA looking at Okanagan for wildlife rehab centre

Community support is needed to get the project going

Houdini, the resident Great Horned Owl at the South Okanagan Raptor Rehab Centre near Oliver, looks around at the crowd.. The B.C. SPCA is hoping to set up their own rehab centre to help a wider range of animals in the Central Okanagan. (Steve Kidd – Black Press)
An HNZ Topflight (former Canadian) helicopter over a region of the Similkameen. (Western News file photo)

B.C. premier wants to move quickly on national park

John Horgan support’s ‘community’s drive to have a national park.’

An HNZ Topflight (former Canadian) helicopter over a region of the Similkameen. (Western News file photo)
Penticton RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, paraphernalia and weapons in a raid on a Penticton home Thursday. (RCMP)

Penticton RCMP shut down drug traffickers

Drugs, guns and a stolen motorcycle seized in bust

Penticton RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, paraphernalia and weapons in a raid on a Penticton home Thursday. (RCMP)
(Black Press Media files)
(Black Press Media files)
The Okanagan School of the Arts Society is calling a special meeting to end their lease of the Shatford Centre and close down operations. (File photo)

Penticton’s Okanagan School of the Arts wrapping up operations

OSA board says there isn’t enough funding to continue

The Okanagan School of the Arts Society is calling a special meeting to end their lease of the Shatford Centre and close down operations. (File photo)
Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes

Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes

Cody Allen Pelletier is wanted for a number of property offences

Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes
There are no measles cases in the Interior Health region, but IH still wants to remind people that immunization is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones against measles. (File photo)

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

There are no measles cases in the Interior Health region, but IH still wants to remind people that immunization is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones against measles. (File photo)
Jeff Bryde’s 21-foot sailboat, which sunk over the weekend, was raised by Diving Dynamics Tuesday. (Submitted photo)

Sailboat raised from Okanagan Lake during snowfall

Owner gave boat away after raising it

Jeff Bryde’s 21-foot sailboat, which sunk over the weekend, was raised by Diving Dynamics Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
Clearing the snow off your car is worth it

Clearing the snow off your car is worth it

Snow-covered windows make for dangerous driving and could net you a fine

Clearing the snow off your car is worth it
Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland

Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland

Callan Road detour along Highway 97 opening Monday morning

Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland
Sunday morning, smoke was still billowing from a house where Penticton firefighters had been battling a blaze since 3 a.m. Steve Kidd/Western News

Freezing temperatures complicate response to destructive blaze in Penticton

An older home on Huth Ave. was destroyed and a firefighter suffered broken ribs after a fall

Sunday morning, smoke was still billowing from a house where Penticton firefighters had been battling a blaze since 3 a.m. Steve Kidd/Western News
Commuters will have a shorter detour Monday morning around the rockslide that has closed Highway 97 for more than a week. File photo

Shorter detour for Highway 97 commuters in the Okanagan

Callan Road detour along Highway 97 opening Monday morning

Commuters will have a shorter detour Monday morning around the rockslide that has closed Highway 97 for more than a week. File photo
Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland was expected to reopen Wednesday, but a new crack in the hillside has delayed work on the slope. File photo

New crack in hillside delays Highway 97 reopening

Highway was expected to reopen Wednesday

Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland was expected to reopen Wednesday, but a new crack in the hillside has delayed work on the slope. File photo
The view from the air of the #rockslide on Highway 97, north of Summerland. MoTi Okanagan Shuswap photo

Penticton Search and Rescue rescues two drivers trying to bypass rockslide closure

Okanagan motorists trying unsafe routes to get past Highway 97 closure

The view from the air of the #rockslide on Highway 97, north of Summerland. MoTi Okanagan Shuswap photo
B.C. Hydro says it’s the cooking, not the TVs, that causes the most power usage during the Super Bowl. File photo

Superbowl spikes power consumption pre-game

BC Hydro finds electricity use spikes in the kitchen before the big game

B.C. Hydro says it’s the cooking, not the TVs, that causes the most power usage during the Super Bowl. File photo
The cast of Beyond Therapy includes Diane Gludovatz, Joel Browne, Jenn MacNeil, Trevor Leigh, Tristan Duursma (standing) and Craig Bjornson. Submitted photo

SOAP goes Beyond Therapy

Oliver theatre troupe readying new production

The cast of Beyond Therapy includes Diane Gludovatz, Joel Browne, Jenn MacNeil, Trevor Leigh, Tristan Duursma (standing) and Craig Bjornson. Submitted photo
Patrick “Redbeard” Vrolyk had some shining facial hair for the third round of the Okanagan Beard Festival in 2017. Dale Boyd/Western News

Beard festival keeps growing

Fourth annual Okanagan Beard Festival starts in February

Patrick “Redbeard” Vrolyk had some shining facial hair for the third round of the Okanagan Beard Festival in 2017. Dale Boyd/Western News
Rex Gill was one of two men killed in separate shooting incidents in Kamloops Wednesday. Photo courtesy Facebook

Friends and family grieving for man killed in Kamloops shooting

Penticton’s Rex Gill was one of two men shot in Kamloops Wednesday

Rex Gill was one of two men killed in separate shooting incidents in Kamloops Wednesday. Photo courtesy Facebook