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Penticton resident Doreen Abbott failed to arrive at a friend’s house on the evening of Jan. 27 and has not been seen since. She was driving a green 1993 Subaru Legacy with BC license plate MXH063. (RCMP handout)

No update on missing 89-year-old Penticton woman; search continues after 1 week

Doreen Abbott was reported missing close to eight days ago, on the night of Jan. 27

Pictured is the four, one-of-a-kind library cards that you can get, starting Feb. 6 (Contributed)

Okanagan libraries launch Minecraft-inspired cards

The cards will also come with a tracker, so kids can monitor their reading progress

Penticton council could elect on Tuesday to send a proposed five-storey Martin Street development to a future public engagement period. (Photo-Courtesy of Penticton’s city council agenda for Feb. 7)

Martin Street in Penticton could be home to new, 5-storey development

The building would feature a total of 18 residential units and just as many parking spaces

The South Similkameen Health Centre’s emergency department will be closing down overnight from Sept. 6 to the morning of Sept. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Cut to services at Keremeos health centre lab continue with staffing shortage

The facility is currently providing services to people who have an urgent notice from their doctor

The South Similkameen Health Centre’s emergency department will be closing down overnight from Sept. 6 to the morning of Sept. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)

Penticton wants province to match municipal funding efforts for affordable housing

Mayor Julius Bloomfield requests council to endorse resolution for provincial housing funding

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)
The Princeton Town Hall is also the same building where the Princeton law courts are situated, which made the upcoming case of Thomas Muir a little complicated. (File photo)

Princeton man accused of allegedly harassing mayor now allowed to go to court

The town hall where the Mayor works is the same building as the courthouse

The Princeton Town Hall is also the same building where the Princeton law courts are situated, which made the upcoming case of Thomas Muir a little complicated. (File photo)
One driver has died and another has been taken to hospital after two semi trucks collided on Highway 5 north of Kamloops around noon Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Roy Parker/Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Highway 5 reopened after fatal collision north of Kamloops

Two commercial vehicles collided near McLure Thursday; the other driver was taken to hospital

One driver has died and another has been taken to hospital after two semi trucks collided on Highway 5 north of Kamloops around noon Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Roy Parker/Facebook photo)
Outgoing Penticton mayor John Vassilaki looking a bit stunned as the election results come in. Vassilaki said he is retiring from politics to focus on his businesses. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Those who spent, won in Penticton’s 2022 election

More than $110,000 was spent by candidates in the election

Outgoing Penticton mayor John Vassilaki looking a bit stunned as the election results come in. Vassilaki said he is retiring from politics to focus on his businesses. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Okanagan Okie did not see his shadow on Groundhog Dog, therefore predicting an early spring. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Early spring forecast by Okanagan Okie

Stuffed Vernon marmot mascot did not see his shadow at Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Okanagan Okie did not see his shadow on Groundhog Dog, therefore predicting an early spring. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Crystal Hedlund (left), who operates a business, Crystal’s Baked Blessings, helps out families in need with Christmas dinners and gifts. (Submitted photo)

Burnout, death threats, stigma: Inside the life of an Okanagan non-profit operator

Three women who have tasked themselves with helping others share their stories

Crystal Hedlund (left), who operates a business, Crystal’s Baked Blessings, helps out families in need with Christmas dinners and gifts. (Submitted photo)
Oliver Town Hall (Town of Oliver Facebook).

Oliver becomes latest Okanagan community to reduce frequency of council meetings

Regular meetings in the town will now occur every 3 weeks, instead of 2

Oliver Town Hall (Town of Oliver Facebook).
Scales of justice at Vancouver law courts. (File photo)

Convicted drug trafficker released on bail to mom’s Okanagan Falls home

Lower Mainland man appealing sentence for having over $800K in street drugs including fentanyl

Scales of justice at Vancouver law courts. (File photo)
A 2021 rendering of a 15-storey tower that is being considered along with townhouses and a smaller apartment building for the Ogopogo Motel property in Penticton. (Submitted)

What Penticton could have looked like if projects of the past went ahead

From a 2nd hwy to Kelowna to 15-storey towers - Penticton could have looked much different

A 2021 rendering of a 15-storey tower that is being considered along with townhouses and a smaller apartment building for the Ogopogo Motel property in Penticton. (Submitted)
Water flowing through the Clore River work area where Coastal GasLink contractors are digging a trench for a pipeline crossing. (Photo courtesy the Suzuki Foundation)

New fish habitat damage allegations levelled at northwest B.C. pipeline project

Coastal GasLink opponents say water overflowed a dam on Clore River due to inadequate safeguards

Water flowing through the Clore River work area where Coastal GasLink contractors are digging a trench for a pipeline crossing. (Photo courtesy the Suzuki Foundation)
Paramedics and firefighters, along with police, help with an overdose last year in Penticton. (File photo)

Penticton looks at how to address public drug use after decriminalization

Little will change when it comes to policing, said Penticton RCMP

Paramedics and firefighters, along with police, help with an overdose last year in Penticton. (File photo)
Penticton RCMP are looking for witnesses to a New Year’s Eve assault at Skaha Lake. (File photo)

Penticton RCMP look for witnesses to New Year’s Eve assault at beachfront

The victim suffered a broken bone during the assault at the Skaha Lake promenade

Penticton RCMP are looking for witnesses to a New Year’s Eve assault at Skaha Lake. (File photo)
Highway 97 at Highway 3A Junction, just south of Kaleden Weigh Scale on Wednesday morning, Feb. 1. DriveBC is warning of slippery conditions on both highways on Wednesday. (Photo- DriveBC)

DriveBC warns of slippery conditions on Highway 97 between Summerland and Osoyoos

Slippery conditions are also being reported on Highway 3 between Hedley and Osoyoos

Highway 97 at Highway 3A Junction, just south of Kaleden Weigh Scale on Wednesday morning, Feb. 1. DriveBC is warning of slippery conditions on both highways on Wednesday. (Photo- DriveBC)
The Similkameen Rec Centre rink and perfect blue skies played host to the Outdoor Classic on Jan. 29. Hockey players from across the region came out for the afternoon. (Jeff Ashe - Submitted)

Outdoor Classic a hit in Keremeos

The recreational hockey game took over the Similkameen Rec Centre rink on Sunday

The Similkameen Rec Centre rink and perfect blue skies played host to the Outdoor Classic on Jan. 29. Hockey players from across the region came out for the afternoon. (Jeff Ashe - Submitted)
Penticton resident Doreen Abbott ‘Nana’ failed to arrive at a friend’s house on the evening of Jan. 27 and has not been seen since. Her vehicle was found stuck in snow up Greyback Mountain Rd. on Jan. 28. (Facebook)

Penticton RCMP now looking for dash cam, footage of missing senior’s car

Police are also asking to leave the search to the experts due to difficult terrain, cold weather

Penticton resident Doreen Abbott ‘Nana’ failed to arrive at a friend’s house on the evening of Jan. 27 and has not been seen since. Her vehicle was found stuck in snow up Greyback Mountain Rd. on Jan. 28. (Facebook)
The Barking Parrot in Penticton is transforming into a wedding chapel this Valentine’s Day. (Contributed)

Get hitched on a whim at Penticton pub this Valentine’s Day

The Barking Parrot is transforming into a wedding chapel on Feb. 14

The Barking Parrot in Penticton is transforming into a wedding chapel this Valentine’s Day. (Contributed)