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This 2019 picture is of the huge pile of garbage that towers beside Green Mountain Road in Penticton, left after a waste removal company collapsed. Work is now underway to remove the trash. (RDOS photo)

Clean up of massive abandoned trash pile is finally underway in Penticton

Work will begin Jan. 16 to remove 3,360 tonnes of waste at Green Mountain Road

This 2019 picture is of the huge pile of garbage that towers beside Green Mountain Road in Penticton, left after a waste removal company collapsed. Work is now underway to remove the trash. (RDOS photo)
Apex Mountain Resort’s skating loop is temporarily closed because of fallen trees. (Photo- Apex Mountain Resort/Facebook)

Apex Mountain skating loop closes due to large number of fallen trees

The resort says the loop will be closed for at least one week; night skating closed for even longer

Apex Mountain Resort’s skating loop is temporarily closed because of fallen trees. (Photo- Apex Mountain Resort/Facebook)
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 resident fighting to keep condo strata from becoming 55+ only

Toni Russell is concerned about the impact to her financial future

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)
Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

VIDEO: ‘This is a parent’s worst nightmare’; father of missing Bella Coola man

A $10,000 reward offered for information regarding disappearance of Carl Schooner Jr.

Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

No surprises in Penticton community safety report, says police chief

Dr. Curt Griffiths will present the report’s findings at an online forum tonight (Thursday)

First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton fire investigators take out boxes of evidence from the fatal Dec. 10 fire on Lakeshore Drive. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton hiring 4 new firefighters

The new hires will bring the total number of firefighters up to 40

Penticton fire investigators take out boxes of evidence from the fatal Dec. 10 fire on Lakeshore Drive. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Cannabis Cottage on 385 Martin Street, became the third cannabis dispensary to open in Penticton in August 2019. (Black Press file)

‘Remorseful’ thief returns money after stealing from Penticton cannabis shop

‘She was very remorseful, I’ve never seen anything like it,’ said local business owner Amanda Stewart

Cannabis Cottage on 385 Martin Street, became the third cannabis dispensary to open in Penticton in August 2019. (Black Press file)
A new independent report said Penticton RCMP are having to spend too much time on mental health calls and the city should hire mental health experts to free up police to do work on crimes. The report suggests that Penticton’s approach to community safety needs an overhaul. (Western News file photo)

Perception of crime and disorder in Penticton is the reality, says criminologist report

Penticton’s approach to community safety needs overhaul, says ‘Focus on Safety’ report

A new independent report said Penticton RCMP are having to spend too much time on mental health calls and the city should hire mental health experts to free up police to do work on crimes. The report suggests that Penticton’s approach to community safety needs an overhaul. (Western News file photo)
Summerland’s Unisus School. (Summerland Review File)

Summerland private school ordered to pay salary owed to illegal foreign teacher

The Unisus school lost their appeal and was ordered to pay the teacher over the $1,000 owed

Summerland’s Unisus School. (Summerland Review File)
Two potential arrangements showing a range of amenities that could be added in the future to Kobau Park in Cawston. They are not exclusive plans, but instead are meant to provoke discussion and earn feedback before the final plan is designed. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)

Cawston’s Kobau Park users have until Jan. 25 to provide feedback on future plans

The regional district is building a plan for potential upgrades and improvements

Two potential arrangements showing a range of amenities that could be added in the future to Kobau Park in Cawston. They are not exclusive plans, but instead are meant to provoke discussion and earn feedback before the final plan is designed. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo

Should B.C. allow cannabis lounges and cafes? Survey gets mixed reviews

Support high for cannabis consumption spaces among users, but police, health experts more cautions

Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo
Officials across Penticton from the mayor to the RCMP denounce hateful, racist graffiti that was spray painted on PIB signs recently. (File image)

Officials denounce racist graffiti on Penticton Indian Band signs

Hate crime has generated renewed anger and hurt in PIB community, says chief

Officials across Penticton from the mayor to the RCMP denounce hateful, racist graffiti that was spray painted on PIB signs recently. (File image)
Huge rocks fell onto the path at Garnett Family Park in Okanagan Falls on Jan. 10. An assessment is underway. (RDOS)

Okanagan Falls park closes after huge rocks fall onto pathway

Geotechnical assessment underway at Garnett Family Park in the Heritage Hills neighbourhood

Huge rocks fell onto the path at Garnett Family Park in Okanagan Falls on Jan. 10. An assessment is underway. (RDOS)
DriveBC has issued warnings for both water pooling and slippery conditions on Highway 97 in the South Okanagan. A look on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, at Junction Highway 97 near Kaleden at 12:57 p.m. (Photo- DriveBC)

Watch for water pooling, reduce speed on Highway 97 near Oliver: DriveBC

Warnings for wet conditions, slippery conditions remain in place along Highway 97 on Tuesday

DriveBC has issued warnings for both water pooling and slippery conditions on Highway 97 in the South Okanagan. A look on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, at Junction Highway 97 near Kaleden at 12:57 p.m. (Photo- DriveBC)
Ashnola at the Crossing. (Keremeos Review - File)

Keremeos youth treatment centre won’t re-open

Ashnola at the Crossing will be replaced by 30 treatment beds split between 2 new locations

Ashnola at the Crossing. (Keremeos Review - File)
Wade Cudmore seen here with his mom Kathy Richardson, will stand trial in Kelowna for the murders of the Fryer brothers found dead in Naramata in May 2021. Cudmore’s mom was found murdered in her home in June 2021. There have been no arrests in her case. (Facebook)

Penticton double murder trial by jury could take half a year

Wade Cudmore’s jury trial will be moved to Kelowna Supreme Court

Wade Cudmore seen here with his mom Kathy Richardson, will stand trial in Kelowna for the murders of the Fryer brothers found dead in Naramata in May 2021. Cudmore’s mom was found murdered in her home in June 2021. There have been no arrests in her case. (Facebook)
Apex Volunteer Fire Service has achieved fire insurance rating for the residents and businesses at the popular ski resort. This new fire department was put to the test in their first year together fighting the Keremeos Wildfire. (Submitted)

Residents of Apex Mountain get fire insurance grading

Apex Volunteer Fire Service began 1 year ago on Jan. 1, 2022

Apex Volunteer Fire Service has achieved fire insurance rating for the residents and businesses at the popular ski resort. This new fire department was put to the test in their first year together fighting the Keremeos Wildfire. (Submitted)
A look at Highway 3 east of Osoyoos on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11:45 a.m. DriveBC is reporting patches of fog on the highway for 70 kilometres. (Photo- DriveBC)

Fog warning issued for Highway 3 between Keremeos and Osoyoos

DriveBC is reporting patches of fog for 70 kilometres on Saturday, Jan. 7

A look at Highway 3 east of Osoyoos on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11:45 a.m. DriveBC is reporting patches of fog on the highway for 70 kilometres. (Photo- DriveBC)
A trio of winter swans forage through the old corn maze at O'Keefe Ranch Jan. 5, 2023. (John Gallant Photography)

Swans captured wintering in North Okanagan

Photographers get birds on camera and video

A trio of winter swans forage through the old corn maze at O'Keefe Ranch Jan. 5, 2023. (John Gallant Photography)
Scales of justice at Vancouver law courts. (File photo)

‘Good luck to you’: Judge gives prolific Penticton thief conditional sentence after signs of change

Matthew Corey Toker was described as having made substantial positive changes to his life

Scales of justice at Vancouver law courts. (File photo)