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First responders working on a Penticton overdose victim in September 2022. 
(Brennan Phillips/ Western News)

Another record year of fatal overdoses in Penticton

There were 27 Pentictonites who lost their lives in 2022

First responders working on a Penticton overdose victim in September 2022. 
(Brennan Phillips/ Western News)
Bryan Miles who became well known at Christmas time for fixing up old bikes and giving them to kids for Christmas is in jail charged with sex assault from 2021. The charge has not been proven in court. (Facebook)

Osoyoos bike Santa arrested and behind bars

The man who refurbished bikes this Christmas has been charged with sex assault

Bryan Miles who became well known at Christmas time for fixing up old bikes and giving them to kids for Christmas is in jail charged with sex assault from 2021. The charge has not been proven in court. (Facebook)
A home near Crowsnest Winery was destroyed on Sunday after a fire ripped through the building. After six hours the fire was finally extinguished by firefighters. (Contributed)

Fire destroys home in Cawston, no injuries

An excavator had to be brought in after hours of battling the blaze

A home near Crowsnest Winery was destroyed on Sunday after a fire ripped through the building. After six hours the fire was finally extinguished by firefighters. (Contributed)
Toni Russell holds up a copy of Bill 44, which removed the ability for stratas to ban rentals or use 19+ age restrictions. Now the strata at Cherry Lane Towers where she lives is trying to turn the condo complex into a 55+ community. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton’s Cherry Lane Towers changing to 55+ age restriction

Owner Toni Russell has lost her bid to keep the buildings 19-plus, blames new Strata Act

Toni Russell holds up a copy of Bill 44, which removed the ability for stratas to ban rentals or use 19+ age restrictions. Now the strata at Cherry Lane Towers where she lives is trying to turn the condo complex into a 55+ community. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

First responders answered over 660 overdose calls in Penticton in 2022

The city continues to have more calls per capita than other neighbouring communities

First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Close to 130 cattle being kept in 'deplorable' conditions were seized in January from a Cawston rancher. (BC SPCA)
Close to 130 cattle being kept in 'deplorable' conditions were seized in January from a Cawston rancher. (BC SPCA)
The geotechnical assessment of the slide area near Keremeos after Jan. 16’s slide found further potential rock fall areas on the mountainside. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)

Rockslide report finds high risk as evacuation order near Keremeos expires

The slide damaged a trailer and other structures at the Eagle RV Park on Jan. 16

The geotechnical assessment of the slide area near Keremeos after Jan. 16’s slide found further potential rock fall areas on the mountainside. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
Kristine Jack, left, hands over the eagle feather and metaphorical reins of the Pow Wow Between the Lakes to Haley Regan. The Pow Wow will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the first time in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

‘Healing the Nation’: Penticton’s Pow Wow Between the Lakes returns this June

June marks the first time the event will be held in the city since settlers came to the region

Kristine Jack, left, hands over the eagle feather and metaphorical reins of the Pow Wow Between the Lakes to Haley Regan. The Pow Wow will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the first time in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
A cold spell is forecasted for much of B.C. starting Friday, Jan. 27, including the Okanagan. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Arctic air invasion to sweep across Okanagan, Shuswap

Temperatures will be ‘10 to 20 degrees colder than normal’ beginning late Friday, Jan. 27

A cold spell is forecasted for much of B.C. starting Friday, Jan. 27, including the Okanagan. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)

$213K fine issued to Coastal GasLink pipeline for environmental breach in northwest B.C.

Fine is the third for the pipeline project that will move natural gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat

Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)
Penticton city community services Anthony Haddad (far left) and city planning manager Blake Laven show a slide titled: Penticton lifestyle attracts professionals and remote workers.' The CHBA of South Okanagan hosted Let's Talk Housing at the Cannery Brewery Tuesday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s growing population and future housing a hot topic

CHBA of the South Okanagan hosted builders and the city to talk about housing

Penticton city community services Anthony Haddad (far left) and city planning manager Blake Laven show a slide titled: Penticton lifestyle attracts professionals and remote workers.' The CHBA of South Okanagan hosted Let's Talk Housing at the Cannery Brewery Tuesday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canfor closing its Houston mill in April amid weak market; new facility under consideration

Closure being called ‘temporary’ pending decision by Canfor board

Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
BC Transit wants your input on bus service in Penticton. (Black Press file photo)

BC Transit surveys Penticton residents on routes and how to increase ridership

They are hosting 2 days of open houses Feb, 1, 2 at popular gathering spots

BC Transit wants your input on bus service in Penticton. (Black Press file photo)
The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast

B.C. music festival visitors more likely to use drug-checking services: Interior Health

A report found high uptake of drug testing at the Bass Coast and Shambhala music festivals

The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast
Heavy snow developed overnight over the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and more expected Tuesday (Jan. 24), warns Environment Canada. (Pexels/Pixabay photo)

Snowfall warning for the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt

Heavy snow fell overnight in some areas totalling 20 to 30 cm, more to come

Heavy snow developed overnight over the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and more expected Tuesday (Jan. 24), warns Environment Canada. (Pexels/Pixabay photo)
Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)

Interior Health testing radon in schools

Pilot project taking place in all districts and participating independent schools

Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)
Short term rentals in Penticton have been a controversial issue for sometime. (File photo)
Short term rentals in Penticton have been a controversial issue for sometime. (File photo)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News File)

South Okanagan man gets additional 424 days in jail

Parker James Ardiel was in the news in 2020 for a multi-province crime spree

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News File)
Roxanne Brower puts her hand beside the cougar’s paw print in the snow. She found a cougar with her cat in its mouth Sunday morning. (Roxanne Brower Facebook)

Cougar kills Penticton woman’s cat in front of her

The cougar had the cat in its mouth in her yard on Duncan Ave. E

Roxanne Brower puts her hand beside the cougar’s paw print in the snow. She found a cougar with her cat in its mouth Sunday morning. (Roxanne Brower Facebook)
Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue Team, along with members of North Shore Rescues, successfully saved a lost skier on Friday, Jan. 20. (Photo-OOSAR/Facebook)

Lost skier rescued at Mount Baldy by Oliver/Osoyoos, North Shore rescue teams

Talon Helicopters and members of North Shore were available in assisting with Friday night’s task

Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue Team, along with members of North Shore Rescues, successfully saved a lost skier on Friday, Jan. 20. (Photo-OOSAR/Facebook)