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Village by the Station.

COVID-19 outbreak at Penticton’s Village by the Station

Eight residents and two staff have tested positive at the long term care home

Village by the Station.
A consultant report suggests Memorial Arena and McLaren Arena both be demolished to make way for a twinned-rink facility. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton’s Memorial Arena deemed too old to keep, says consultant

Many of Penticton’s most iconic facilities are aging out but hold sentimental value

A consultant report suggests Memorial Arena and McLaren Arena both be demolished to make way for a twinned-rink facility. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Kelowna Law Courts. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Surprise guilty plea derails Kelowna manslaughter trial

Noah Vaten broke down in court on Tuesday morning, returning in the afternoon with a guilty plea

Kelowna Law Courts. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Bear spray. (Contributed)

Penticton couple assaulted with bear spray while sitting in a car

Police are now looking to identify the suspect in the Sept. 10 incident

Bear spray. (Contributed)
An application to fund the building of an indoor aquatic centre has been denied. File photo

Public being asked what they want to see at future South Okanagan Aquatics Centre

The proposed facility would serve Osoyoos, Oliver and all residents in the area

An application to fund the building of an indoor aquatic centre has been denied. File photo
Robert Riley Saunders. (File)

Former Kelowna social worker pleads guilty to defrauding youth in his care

Saunders is accused of stealing money from at-risk youth in his care, many of whom are Indigenous

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Kelowna RCMP, COSAR, Vernon Search and Rescue and BC Emergency Health Services responded to the area and located a single-vehicle collision of an ATV with two occupants. One of the occupants, a 52-years-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Contributed)

Kelowna RCMP and BC Coroners Service investigate fatal ATV collision in Lake Country

The incident happened at approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25

Kelowna RCMP, COSAR, Vernon Search and Rescue and BC Emergency Health Services responded to the area and located a single-vehicle collision of an ATV with two occupants. One of the occupants, a 52-years-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Contributed)
Much as we may not want to think about it yet, snow is coming. Winter tires should be on vehicles by October 1, 2021. Black Press file

Winter tires should be installed by next Friday, October 1

Most routes in B.C. require snow tires from October to April

Much as we may not want to think about it yet, snow is coming. Winter tires should be on vehicles by October 1, 2021. Black Press file
Penticton resident Rex Gill sharing a moment with a puppy. Gill was killed in a mistaken identity case in January 2019. His murder remains unsolved. The third memorial ride for Rex takes place Sept. 25. (Contributed)

3rd annual ride in memory of Penticton’s Rex Gill

Police have said Gill’s unsolved murder in 2019 was a case of mistaken identity

Penticton resident Rex Gill sharing a moment with a puppy. Gill was killed in a mistaken identity case in January 2019. His murder remains unsolved. The third memorial ride for Rex takes place Sept. 25. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola candidates Joan Phillip and Sarah Eves, along with Kelowna-Lake Country candidate Imre Szeman, provide their thoughts on this election. (Contributed)

Losing Central Okanagan candidates look back at 2021 campaign

Candidates are proud of their campaigns, even if the results weren’t ideal

Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola candidates Joan Phillip and Sarah Eves, along with Kelowna-Lake Country candidate Imre Szeman, provide their thoughts on this election. (Contributed)
Penticton’s Ez-Vape location off Hwy 97 (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)

Penticton RCMP looking for suspect in armed robbery of vape shop

Suspect threatened an employee, stole cash and product in Sept. 12 robbery of EzVape

Penticton’s Ez-Vape location off Hwy 97 (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)
Penticton resident Taig Savage's critically injured body was found at the track of Pen Hi in the early morning hours of Sept. 5. RCMP released his identity nearly a week later. (RCMP handout)

Fundraisers set up for family of Penticton murder victim

This isn’t the first tragedy the Savage family has endured

Penticton resident Taig Savage's critically injured body was found at the track of Pen Hi in the early morning hours of Sept. 5. RCMP released his identity nearly a week later. (RCMP handout)
Multiple police cars can be seen in the area behind the Four Seasons Resort. (Black Press file photo)
Multiple police cars can be seen in the area behind the Four Seasons Resort. (Black Press file photo)
Colour Tongues hits the stage at Fernando’s Pub in Kelowna in 2020. (Contributed)

Iconic Kelowna pub, Fernando’s, shuts its doors after 10 years

Fernando’s Pub will be closing at the end of the month

Colour Tongues hits the stage at Fernando’s Pub in Kelowna in 2020. (Contributed)
Weekly COVID-19 cases for Sept. 5 to 11. (BC CDC)

Weekly COVID-19 cases decline in South Okanagan

New weekly cases dropped from 120 to 104 over the most recent week

Weekly COVID-19 cases for Sept. 5 to 11. (BC CDC)
Penticton RCMP will respond to hostile people refusing vaccination proof, says top cop Brian Hunter. (File photo)

Penticton officers will respond to abusive patrons who fight vax proof

B.C. Premier tasked police to deal with violent and unruly reactions

Penticton RCMP will respond to hostile people refusing vaccination proof, says top cop Brian Hunter. (File photo)
The degree is a four-year direct-entry program for students looking to address complex environmental issues by using an interdisciplinary approach. It will also include hands-on experience and community-based learning. (Contributed)

UBCO announces new sustainability bachelor’s degree

The program will tackle complex environmental issues through an interdisciplinary approach

The degree is a four-year direct-entry program for students looking to address complex environmental issues by using an interdisciplinary approach. It will also include hands-on experience and community-based learning. (Contributed)
Osoyoos’ Tina Seminara died in hospital following a beating in April 2020. Her husband Rod Flavell has been charged with manslaughter. (Contributed)

3 weeks set aside for Osoyoos husband’s manslaughter trial

Roderick Flavell’s wife Tina was found beaten in her Osoyoos home in 2020

Osoyoos’ Tina Seminara died in hospital following a beating in April 2020. Her husband Rod Flavell has been charged with manslaughter. (Contributed)
Taig Savage

Mounties identify murder victim found at Penticton high school

Taig Savage, 22, was found unresponsive at the track behind Pen Hi on Sept. 5

Taig Savage
VSAR dispatched 22 search and rescue members to locate the couple. Teams from Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops also helped with the search. (Contributed)

Missing hikers in SilverStar area located, says Vernon Search and Rescue

The pair had gone for a hike near SilverStar and gotten way off track

VSAR dispatched 22 search and rescue members to locate the couple. Teams from Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops also helped with the search. (Contributed)