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The first baby of 2023 was born in Abbotsford. In the Okanagan, the first tyke was born in Penticton, and in the Interior Health region, the first baby was delivered in Cranbrook. (Black Press - file photo)

Interior Health region’s first baby born in Cranbrook

Okanagan’s first tyke delivered in Penticton; B.C.’s first baby born at 12:02 a.m. in Abbotsford

The first baby of 2023 was born in Abbotsford. In the Okanagan, the first tyke was born in Penticton, and in the Interior Health region, the first baby was delivered in Cranbrook. (Black Press - file photo)
Highway 3 at Frontage Road on the west side of Princeton. At Whipsaw Creek Road on Saturday afternoon, a vehicle incident closed the highway in both directions. (Photo- DriveBC)
Highway 3 at Frontage Road on the west side of Princeton. At Whipsaw Creek Road on Saturday afternoon, a vehicle incident closed the highway in both directions. (Photo- DriveBC)
Anarchist Mountain Fire Department responded to an overturned vehicle Thursday, Dec. 29, on Highway 3 east of Osoyoos. (Photo- Anarchist Mountain Fire Department /Facebook)

Vehicle rolls over into ditch on Highway 3 east of Osoyoos

Adjust your speed due to icy conditions, Anarchist Mountain FD warned drivers after the incident

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department responded to an overturned vehicle Thursday, Dec. 29, on Highway 3 east of Osoyoos. (Photo- Anarchist Mountain Fire Department /Facebook)
Average gas prices in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen are higher than in the Central and North Okanagan, on average. (Photo: Tyler Harper)

Average gas prices in the South Okanagan-Similkameen higher than anywhere in the valley

The average price of regular fuel in communities across the RDOS is $1.53 a litre

Average gas prices in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen are higher than in the Central and North Okanagan, on average. (Photo: Tyler Harper)
With a windchill of -17 C, over 50 people braved frigid waters in Summerland to plunge into the New Year of 2022. (Monique Tamminga/Western News)

Naramata and Summerland hosting Polar Bear Dips

Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip is now into its 37th year

With a windchill of -17 C, over 50 people braved frigid waters in Summerland to plunge into the New Year of 2022. (Monique Tamminga/Western News)
Which of 23 B.C. hospitals will have the first baby of 2023? You can place a bet on which facility if you like. (File photo)

Two Okanagan hospitals among odds for B.C.’s first 2023 baby

Kelowna General and Vernon Jubilee among 23 ranked hospitals of which you can place an online wager

Which of 23 B.C. hospitals will have the first baby of 2023? You can place a bet on which facility if you like. (File photo)
Karanjot Singh Sodhi has been identified as one of four people killed in a Christmas Eve bus crash on the Connector. (Photo/GoFundMe)
Karanjot Singh Sodhi has been identified as one of four people killed in a Christmas Eve bus crash on the Connector. (Photo/GoFundMe)
An arson fire completely destroyed the Penticton Toyota dealership in May. The black plume of smoke could be seen across the city. Two were arrested for the arson but charges have not been formalized. (Facebook)

Year in Review: A year of fires, suspicious and tragic in Penticton

2022: Iconic heritage home explodes, arson destroys dealership and numerous suspicious fires

An arson fire completely destroyed the Penticton Toyota dealership in May. The black plume of smoke could be seen across the city. Two were arrested for the arson but charges have not been formalized. (Facebook)
Karanjot Singh Sodhi has been identified as one of four people killed in a Christmas Eve bus crash on the Connector. (GoFundMe)

Penticton hospital took in 6 victims of Christmas Eve bus crash

Hospitals throughout the Interior were activated to respond to the crash that killed 4

Karanjot Singh Sodhi has been identified as one of four people killed in a Christmas Eve bus crash on the Connector. (GoFundMe)
The scene of the Christmas Eve bus crash along the Okanagan Connector, which sent dozens of people to hospital and killed four of them. (Skilled Truckers Canada/Facebook)

Questions of Okanagan road conditions surround Christmas Eve bus crash blame

Transport minister says highway was plowed and salted; RCMP say bus faced ‘adverse road conditions’

The scene of the Christmas Eve bus crash along the Okanagan Connector, which sent dozens of people to hospital and killed four of them. (Skilled Truckers Canada/Facebook)
The scene of the Christmas Eve bus crash along the Okanagan Connector, which sent dozens of people to hospital and killed four of them. (Skilled Truckers Canada/Facebook)
The scene of the Christmas Eve bus crash along the Okanagan Connector, which sent dozens of people to hospital and killed four of them. (Skilled Truckers Canada/Facebook)
The College of Massage Therapists of B.C. found that claims of alleged sexual misconduct of former registered massage therapist Leonard Krekic were accurate earlier in 2022. (Unsplash photo)

Former Penticton massage therapist banned 25 years, ordered to pay $105,000 for sexual misconduct

Leonard Krekic lived or worked in White Rock, Surrey and Penticton at the time of the misconduct

The College of Massage Therapists of B.C. found that claims of alleged sexual misconduct of former registered massage therapist Leonard Krekic were accurate earlier in 2022. (Unsplash photo)
Work to fix the Osoyoos Lake Pedestrian Path is almost done and it has reopened for public use four years after floodwaters overtopped the road in the area. (Photo- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen)

Flooded pedestrian path on Osoyoos Lake fixed; reopens to public 4 years after damage

In 2018, floodwater overtopped the pathway and caused damage to the retaining wall

Work to fix the Osoyoos Lake Pedestrian Path is almost done and it has reopened for public use four years after floodwaters overtopped the road in the area. (Photo- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen)
South Okanagan General Hospital

Nursing shortage temporarily closes Oliver hospital’s emergency department

Emergency services will be available after 8 a.m. on Christmas Day

South Okanagan General Hospital
Signs like this one opposing Canadian Horizons development proposal of 1050 Spiller Road appear all along Naramata Bench. (Submitted)

Year in Review: Penticton’s controversial developments

Council recently approved turning the Bogner’s restaurant into a three-storey office building

Signs like this one opposing Canadian Horizons development proposal of 1050 Spiller Road appear all along Naramata Bench. (Submitted)
Needle Peek on Dec. 30, 2018. (Avalanche Canada/Submitted)

Winter storm brings avalanche warning to Highways 1 and 3 out of Hope

Province says crews are monitoring after heavy snowfall and drivers need to be aware of risk

Needle Peek on Dec. 30, 2018. (Avalanche Canada/Submitted)
Penticton firefighters investigate a fire at the Penticton Fairfield by Marriott on July 25, 2022. (Mike Biden photo)

Council motions pass for more Penticton firefighters, city-supported housing

Councillors dealt with an unusually high number of motions on Tuesday, Dec. 20

Penticton firefighters investigate a fire at the Penticton Fairfield by Marriott on July 25, 2022. (Mike Biden photo)
A stabbing in Penticton has turned into a murder investigation after the victim succumbed to his injuries while in hospital. (Black Press file photo)
A stabbing in Penticton has turned into a murder investigation after the victim succumbed to his injuries while in hospital. (Black Press file photo)
Grace Elinor Robotti (at right) led from the Penticton courthouse by a sheriff in 2015 following her appearance. (Penticton Western News file photo )

Penticton murderer Grace Robotti gets escorted leave for community service

Robotti is serving a life sentence for the killing of Roxanne Louie in 2015

Grace Elinor Robotti (at right) led from the Penticton courthouse by a sheriff in 2015 following her appearance. (Penticton Western News file photo )
The Penticton Fire Department rescued a dog that was stuck under a boulder on Tuesday, Dec. 20. (Photo- Mike Biden)
The Penticton Fire Department rescued a dog that was stuck under a boulder on Tuesday, Dec. 20. (Photo- Mike Biden)