Tara Bowie

Members of the Masons Ron Brace and Ron Champken were on kettle duty for the Salvation Army on the first day of the Christmas campaign at the Canadian Tire store last year.                                Western News file photo

South Okanagan kettle program in need of volunteers

The Penticton Salvation Army kettle program has 700 slots to fill

Members of the Masons Ron Brace and Ron Champken were on kettle duty for the Salvation Army on the first day of the Christmas campaign at the Canadian Tire store last year.                                Western News file photo
Jane and Robert Mennell

Cawston orchardist talks about prestigious award

Local orchardist talks about winning award at Royal Agriculture Winter Fair

Jane and Robert Mennell
Penny has been found!

Penny has been found!

Carolyn Hawkins located the missing pooch in the Uplands Court area of Penticton

Penny has been found!
File photo                                Collisions between motorists and wildlife, especially deer, are on the rise.

Oh deer! Wildlife collisions on rise near Keremeos

Multiple deer and several bears have been hit and killed in collisions with vehicles

File photo                                Collisions between motorists and wildlife, especially deer, are on the rise.
Car hits hydro pole, slows down Highway 3

Car hits hydro pole, slows down Highway 3

Highway 3 about 15 kms west of Keremeos down to one-lane alternating traffic

Car hits hydro pole, slows down Highway 3
Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Mark Brett/Western News photo

Students get skills training for careers at Penticton Indian Band

More than 30 students are enrolled in two new programs being offered at the Penticton Indian Band

Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Mark Brett/Western News photo
Stef Laramie                                The quails have names. The winning name entrants were Rob Showell, who chose Amos for the cement quail and Susan Hoffus who picked the name Kera for the metal quail. Left to right, Rob Showell, Susan Shearer, one of the cement quail artist’s, Carolyn Jager, president of the South Similkameen Arts Society, Bob Terry, sculpted the metal quail and Susan Hoffus.

Names hatched for quail sculptures

The Keremeos quails have names.

Stef Laramie                                The quails have names. The winning name entrants were Rob Showell, who chose Amos for the cement quail and Susan Hoffus who picked the name Kera for the metal quail. Left to right, Rob Showell, Susan Shearer, one of the cement quail artist’s, Carolyn Jager, president of the South Similkameen Arts Society, Bob Terry, sculpted the metal quail and Susan Hoffus.
Only mayor race for Keremeos

Only mayor race for Keremeos

Council is acclaimed, two contenders for mayor of Keremeos and three for Area G.

Only mayor race for Keremeos
Vigil to be held in Keremeos for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Vigil to be held in Keremeos for missing and murdered Indigenous women

The vigil will be held Oct. 4 at Victory Hall

Vigil to be held in Keremeos for missing and murdered Indigenous women
More candidates come forward for Lower Similkameen

More candidates come forward for Lower Similkameen

Some familiar faces put their name in for council and regional district area director positions

More candidates come forward for Lower Similkameen
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Learn about proportional representation

Fair Vote South Okanagan-Similkameen are holding two events in September in Penticton

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The charity barbecue at Pentown Throwdown raised $2,200 for the YES Youth Project. Left to right, Aaron McRann, Community Foundation South Okanagan-Similkameen, Kristi Chisholm, Boyd Autobody and Glass, regional markeing, Amberlee Erdmann, Yes Project Coordinator, Marie Wild, Penticton IGA, office manager, and Ryan Wuthe, local store manager for Boyd Autobody and Peachfest director.                                Tara Bowie/Western News

Charity bbq cooks up funds for YES project

A barbecue at Pentown Throwdown during the Peach Festival raised for the YES project

The charity barbecue at Pentown Throwdown raised $2,200 for the YES Youth Project. Left to right, Aaron McRann, Community Foundation South Okanagan-Similkameen, Kristi Chisholm, Boyd Autobody and Glass, regional markeing, Amberlee Erdmann, Yes Project Coordinator, Marie Wild, Penticton IGA, office manager, and Ryan Wuthe, local store manager for Boyd Autobody and Peachfest director.                                Tara Bowie/Western News
Haze starting to clear on pot production facility regulations

Haze starting to clear on pot production facility regulations

No concrete floor? No problem, says one company proposing to build a…

Haze starting to clear on pot production facility regulations
Mayor race official in Keremeos

Mayor race official in Keremeos

Two people have put their names in the ring to be mayor of Keremeos

Mayor race official in Keremeos
A picture of some of the guns seized on the Canadian side of the Osoyoos border.                                Tara Bowie/Western News

Okanagan border agents sniff out U.S. handguns

Canada Border Services Agency talk to media about Americans bringing firearms through Osoyoos port

A picture of some of the guns seized on the Canadian side of the Osoyoos border.                                Tara Bowie/Western News
Snowy Mountain fire still smoky

Snowy Mountain fire still smoky

Two of the three fires near Keremeos are considered held.

Snowy Mountain fire still smoky
Update: Hedley fire department fights garage fire

Update: Hedley fire department fights garage fire

The fire broke out around 10 a.m. Thursday

Update: Hedley fire department fights garage fire
Cooler temps helping with fight against wildfire near Keremeos

Cooler temps helping with fight against wildfire near Keremeos

There are 44 BC Wildfire personnel, two water tenders and air support when visibility allows

Cooler temps helping with fight against wildfire near Keremeos
File photo                                Save your treats and just say thank you to BC Wildfire Crews.

No brownies just a nice thank you suffices

So, it turns out BC Wildfire won’t accept donations at the Keremeos camp

File photo                                Save your treats and just say thank you to BC Wildfire Crews.
Wildfire west of Olalla continues to grow

Wildfire west of Olalla continues to grow

On Thursday 115 BC Wildfire personnel were assigned to the Old Tom Creek wildfire

Wildfire west of Olalla continues to grow