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Okanagan Falls Firefighter Captain Robert Somerville, who died of a work-related illness.

Condolences pour in for OK Falls fire captain who died of a work-related illness

Captain Robert Somerville was a man of dedication and integrity, says fire chief

Okanagan Falls Firefighter Captain Robert Somerville, who died of a work-related illness.
Haven Hill

Second care home in Penticton has COVID outbreak

Haven Hill reporting its first cases since pandemic began

Haven Hill
The kindness meter stands outside City Hall. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton councillor questions why COVID restart funds haven’t been spent

‘Businesses and families hanging on by their fingernails’: Judy Sentes

The kindness meter stands outside City Hall. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A pop up garden was constructed at Komasket Park, with 60 boxes, for the Okanagan Indian Band’s Food Security Initiative in 2020. (OKIB photo)

Poverty-reduction funds granted to Okanagan First Nations

OKIB focusing on food security, Osoyoos hosting community well-being sessions

A pop up garden was constructed at Komasket Park, with 60 boxes, for the Okanagan Indian Band’s Food Security Initiative in 2020. (OKIB photo)
The bike lane up Martin Street is complete. Council has now approved putting the next phase to South Main in the 2022 budget. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Estimated $4.7 million next phase of Penticton bike lane a-go

Council approves putting the next section costs into the 2022 budget

The bike lane up Martin Street is complete. Council has now approved putting the next phase to South Main in the 2022 budget. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
955 Timmins Street near the Canadian Tire could be turned into major housing, if council gives their approval. (City of Penticton)

Proposed development on Penticton’s Timmins Street goes to public hearing

The developer is looking to turn the industrial storage into townhouses and apartments

955 Timmins Street near the Canadian Tire could be turned into major housing, if council gives their approval. (City of Penticton)
Penticton RCMP officers have the highest caseload in B.C., according to police chief

Crime caseloads has put Penticton in crisis mode: Mayor

Penticton’s reputation with residents and tourists at stake, says one councillor

Penticton RCMP officers have the highest caseload in B.C., according to police chief
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki is suing members of his family over the Greer Block which they co-own. (Brennan Phillips - Western News

Penticton mayor’s family lawsuit heats up with alleged assault counterclaim

The mayor’s brother alleges that John Vassilaki assaulted him in 2020

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki is suing members of his family over the Greer Block which they co-own. (Brennan Phillips - Western News
police badge file photo

No foul play suspected with body found across from Penticton detachment

RCMP said the deceased was a local man experiencing homelessness

police badge file photo
One person has died of COVID-19 related to the recent outbreak. (File photo)
One person has died of COVID-19 related to the recent outbreak. (File photo)
A group of supporters pictured at the encampment located just before the RCMP access control checkpoint at kilometre 27 of the Morice West Forest Service Road from Feb. 5, 2020 show their support for the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in their fight against CGL. (File photo/Houston Today)

Protests renewed along CGL pipeline near Houston

Two people have been arrested; protesters continue to block construction work

A group of supporters pictured at the encampment located just before the RCMP access control checkpoint at kilometre 27 of the Morice West Forest Service Road from Feb. 5, 2020 show their support for the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in their fight against CGL. (File photo/Houston Today)
Hundreds gathered to walk from the Peach to the Okanagan Nation’s Residential School Survivor Memorial in Penticton to mark the first Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Hundreds join walk to recognize Truth and Reconciliation in Penticton

The walk ended at the site of the Okanagan Nation Residential School Survivor Memorial

Hundreds gathered to walk from the Peach to the Okanagan Nation’s Residential School Survivor Memorial in Penticton to mark the first Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Workers wait for a window to be lifted into place on the third-storey of the Ambrosia housing development in Keremeos. (Submitted - Ray Guenther)

Seeing clearly as Ambrosia’s 3rd-storey gets its windows

The project is still coming along as it moves to be ready for residents in 2022

Workers wait for a window to be lifted into place on the third-storey of the Ambrosia housing development in Keremeos. (Submitted - Ray Guenther)
Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton Indian Band Chief and Council denounce Truth and Reconciliation Day

No substantive actions to date to show a sincere commitment for reconciliation, says Chief Gabriel

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton Indian Band Chief and Council denounce Truth and Reconciliation Day

No substantive actions to date to show a sincere commitment for reconciliation, says Chief Gabriel

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Kelowna’s Orchard Park Mall Apple Entrance. (Black Press Media file)

Kelowna RCMP investigating bear spray incident at Orchard Park Shopping Centre

Mounties responded to the incident at approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29

Kelowna’s Orchard Park Mall Apple Entrance. (Black Press Media file)
A new sculpture has gone up at Manitou Park in Naramata created by PIB artist Clint George. The sculpture is depicting an eagle alighting on a tree-top nest further celebrating and bringing awareness to this important place and the syilx (Okanagan) people. (Submitted)

Penticton Indian Band sculpture raising in Naramata

Band member and artist Clint George/wàpupxn created the eagle sculpture at Manitou Park

A new sculpture has gone up at Manitou Park in Naramata created by PIB artist Clint George. The sculpture is depicting an eagle alighting on a tree-top nest further celebrating and bringing awareness to this important place and the syilx (Okanagan) people. (Submitted)
First Nations counsellors Louise Snowdon and Reg Phillips will facilitate the Journey to Understanding Each Other webinar Oct. 14. (Contributed)

Okanagan counsellor facilitates better understanding of First Nations

‘As a child, I was ignorant of the implications of the ’60s scoop’

First Nations counsellors Louise Snowdon and Reg Phillips will facilitate the Journey to Understanding Each Other webinar Oct. 14. (Contributed)
Robert Riley Saunders. (Facebook photo)

First Nations Leadership Council frustrated by former Kelowna social worker’s plea deal

Robert Riley Saunders pleaded guilty to stealing from and harming at-risk youth in his care, many of whom are Indigenous

Robert Riley Saunders. (Facebook photo)
The Kampe Estate across from the Channel has been bought again, but it’s not currently known who the new owner is. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton’s Kampe estate sold again

The property had gone back on the market after the previous buyer’s development was rejected

The Kampe Estate across from the Channel has been bought again, but it’s not currently known who the new owner is. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)