Steve Kidd

Speaking at Penticton’s B.C. Day festivities, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about the federal government’s new funding for research and education about invasive mussels. Steve Kidd/Western News

Feds jump in to fund invasive mussels research in B.C.

Funding to help combat zebra and quagga mussels

Speaking at Penticton’s B.C. Day festivities, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about the federal government’s new funding for research and education about invasive mussels. Steve Kidd/Western News
There were selfies a-plenty as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted the crowds at B.C. Day festivities in Penticton’s Gyro Park. Steve Kidd/Western News

Prime Minister Trudeau visits South Okanagan

No politics, just bigger-than-ever B.C. Day party in Penticton

There were selfies a-plenty as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted the crowds at B.C. Day festivities in Penticton’s Gyro Park. Steve Kidd/Western News
Environment Canada is warning hot weather is expected to return to the Okanagan Valley this week. File photo

Hot weather returning to the Okanagan

Temperatures may rise as high as 40 C by mid-week

Environment Canada is warning hot weather is expected to return to the Okanagan Valley this week. File photo
Topping the cutest pet list this week is Zoe, a long-haired Manx who lives in Summerland with Debi Sexsmith and her sister-cat Sara.

Photo gallery: Zoe takes the cutest pet throne

Cutest pet contest running in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

Topping the cutest pet list this week is Zoe, a long-haired Manx who lives in Summerland with Debi Sexsmith and her sister-cat Sara.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen here visiting the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre Saturday afternoon, is visiting the B.C. Day picnic in Penticton tomorrow. File photo

Prime Minister planning picnic in Penticton

Justin Trudeau planning to visit B.C. Day celebrations in Penticton tomorrow

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen here visiting the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre Saturday afternoon, is visiting the B.C. Day picnic in Penticton tomorrow. File photo
The Snowy Mountain fire is holding at about 11,000 hectares, thanks to cooler temperatures and rain. Photo courtesy BC Wildfire

Snowy Mountain wildfire holding size in southern B.C.

Calm night for major fires in the Similkameen Valley

The Snowy Mountain fire is holding at about 11,000 hectares, thanks to cooler temperatures and rain. Photo courtesy BC Wildfire
Three-time cherry spit champion Colin Lacee of Edmonton watches as his cherry pit rises into the air, not making it far enough to beat this year’s new champion, Jesse Ashworth of Ucluelet, who had a record breaking 36.5 foot spit. Steve Kidd/Western News

Naramata cherry pit spit competition draws international crowd

A new champion crowned, a new record set

Three-time cherry spit champion Colin Lacee of Edmonton watches as his cherry pit rises into the air, not making it far enough to beat this year’s new champion, Jesse Ashworth of Ucluelet, who had a record breaking 36.5 foot spit. Steve Kidd/Western News
Merle Kindred shows off one of the examples of colourful embroidery she picked up while on a Cuso International-sponsored posting in Guyana. Steve Kidd/Western News

South Okanagan woman returns from 6 months in Guyana

After five decades of service work, Merle Kindred shows no signs slowing down

Merle Kindred shows off one of the examples of colourful embroidery she picked up while on a Cuso International-sponsored posting in Guyana. Steve Kidd/Western News
Starting at noon tomorrow, Oliver is mirroring the Kamloops Fire Centre ban on campfires. File photo

Oliver bans campfires in region

Ban includes Town of Oliver and surrounding area

Starting at noon tomorrow, Oliver is mirroring the Kamloops Fire Centre ban on campfires. File photo
The Penticton Indian Band has lifted an evacuation alert on band land threatened by the Mount Conkle wildfire. Image contributed by John Bubb.

Penticton Indian Band lifts evac alert

Mount Conkle wildfire being consistently held

The Penticton Indian Band has lifted an evacuation alert on band land threatened by the Mount Conkle wildfire. Image contributed by John Bubb.
Mark Humbke’s two-seater gyrocopter, which he once flew from Quebec to Penticton, drew a lot of attention at the Penticton Airport Day Sunday. Steve Kidd/Western News

Penticton Airport celebrates 76 years

Penticton Flying Club fills the field with aircraft of all description

Mark Humbke’s two-seater gyrocopter, which he once flew from Quebec to Penticton, drew a lot of attention at the Penticton Airport Day Sunday. Steve Kidd/Western News
A view from Okanagan Lake of the plume of smoke that rose above the Mount Eneas fire today. Photo courtesy Sandy Baldwin

BC Wildfire holding steady on Okanagan Complex

Evening update on Okanagan fire situation

A view from Okanagan Lake of the plume of smoke that rose above the Mount Eneas fire today. Photo courtesy Sandy Baldwin
A large plume of smoke rose from the Mt. Eneas fire today, after B.C. WIldfire caused a burn to join it with the Munro Lake fire.

BC Wildfire merges Mt. Eneas and Munro Lake fires

Large plume of smoke seen over the fire was a controlled event

A large plume of smoke rose from the Mt. Eneas fire today, after B.C. WIldfire caused a burn to join it with the Munro Lake fire.
Some Summerland residents are still on evacuation order or alert due to the Mount Eneas fire. File photo

Wildfires still keeping residents from their homes

Many homes still on evacuation orders or alerts in South Okanagan

Some Summerland residents are still on evacuation order or alert due to the Mount Eneas fire. File photo
A plane flies over smoke billowing from the Mount Eneas fire last week. Photo courtesy of Meghann Fletcher

Progress being made on Okanagan wildfires

Danger not over, fires could flare up again

A plane flies over smoke billowing from the Mount Eneas fire last week. Photo courtesy of Meghann Fletcher
With concerns about fire danger ratings, Penticton is banning all open burning within city boundaries. File photo

Penticton bans open burning

Temporary fire ban takes effect noon Friday

With concerns about fire danger ratings, Penticton is banning all open burning within city boundaries. File photo
Organizers have cancelled the Bull-a-Rama event planned for July 21 at the Penticton Speedway. Western News file photo

Wildfire concerns cancel Penticton Bull-a-Rama

Fire, smoke and travel all factors in cancelling the event at Penticton Speedway

Organizers have cancelled the Bull-a-Rama event planned for July 21 at the Penticton Speedway. Western News file photo
After being forced to camp overnight next to Power Street, Okanagan visitors pack up their tent in the morning. Steve Kidd/Western News

Campers find refuge at Penticton community centre

Campers evacuated from Okanagan Lake Provincial Park

After being forced to camp overnight next to Power Street, Okanagan visitors pack up their tent in the morning. Steve Kidd/Western News
Neighbouring houses in Penticton go up in flames

Neighbouring houses in Penticton go up in flames

Two Penticton homes engulfed in fire

Neighbouring houses in Penticton go up in flames
Kaleden firefighters are on the scene of a grass fire that broke out on the side of Highway 97.                                Kristi Patton/Western News

Firefighters respond to roadside brush fire

Fire next to Highway 97 being brought under control.

Kaleden firefighters are on the scene of a grass fire that broke out on the side of Highway 97.                                Kristi Patton/Western News