Penticton

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

UPDATE: Skaha Creek wildfire now held, evacuation alerts lifted

Evacuation alerts lifted for both fires as both blazes have seen little or no growth

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

Hedges Butte wildfire outside of Penticton now a Wildfire of Note

Crews will continue to work around the east side of the fire with suppression activities

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
The air quality statement issued on Tuesday, Aug. 31 warned residents of smoky skies for two days. Environment Canada urged people to be mindful of the health effects of wildfire smoke and limit time spent outdoors. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Smoky skies bulletin lifted for Kelowna, Vernon; remains in place for South Okanagan

A special air quality statement still remains for the South Okanagan

The air quality statement issued on Tuesday, Aug. 31 warned residents of smoky skies for two days. Environment Canada urged people to be mindful of the health effects of wildfire smoke and limit time spent outdoors. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Several employees of Match Eatery have tested positive for COVID in Penticton. (Google photo)

Penticton Match Eatery closes after several staff test positive for COVID

The restaurant is doing a deep clean and plans to re-open Sept. 3

Several employees of Match Eatery have tested positive for COVID in Penticton. (Google photo)
A statue pictured as smoke blocks the sun in downtown Kelowna on July 27, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Smoky skies forecasted for the Okanagan Valley

Temperatures forecasted in low- to mid-20s throughout the week

A statue pictured as smoke blocks the sun in downtown Kelowna on July 27, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
(Pixabay)

Annual golf fundraiser brings in $75K for BGC Okanagan

The funds will benefit children and youth across the Okanagan Valley

(Pixabay)
Aerial photographs of the Skaha Creek Fire taken by BC Wildfire Service on Saturday, Aug. 28. (BC Wildfire Service)

Skaha Creek wildfire up to 17 hectares as daylight fades

The fire was first spotted on Saturday afternoon

Aerial photographs of the Skaha Creek Fire taken by BC Wildfire Service on Saturday, Aug. 28. (BC Wildfire Service)
One of several bus stops that had their glass smashed between Aug. 25 and 27. (Facebook)

Vandals target Penticton bus stops again

Three stops had their glass smashed

One of several bus stops that had their glass smashed between Aug. 25 and 27. (Facebook)
A Summerland store clerk was injured in an incident that eventually led police to arrest two Penticton men. File photo

Summerland store clerk injured by car as alleged shoplifters flee parking lot

RCMP arrested two men at a Penticton home and also seized several firearms and illegal drugs

A Summerland store clerk was injured in an incident that eventually led police to arrest two Penticton men. File photo
Penticton's Lisa Doucette is $50,000 richer from the Lucky Lines XI Scratch & Win ticket.

Penticton woman almost throws out $50,000 scratch and win

Luckily, she checked her winning ticket on the BCLC Lotto app

Penticton's Lisa Doucette is $50,000 richer from the Lucky Lines XI Scratch & Win ticket.
The site of one of three set fires in Penticton was behind the Vitamin King. Two other fires were located along the buildings on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

More suspicious dumpster fires plague Penticton

Two garbage cans were on fire at the dog beach Sunday night

The site of one of three set fires in Penticton was behind the Vitamin King. Two other fires were located along the buildings on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
An evacuation order has been issued for electoral area H due to the Garrison Lake fire. (Contributed)

Evacuation order to Electoral Area H due to Garrison Lake fire

Residents are urged to leave the area immediately

An evacuation order has been issued for electoral area H due to the Garrison Lake fire. (Contributed)
have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society looks to raise funds to stay operational

The society hopes to raise $2,000 through a GoFundMe

have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News - File)

Oliver businessman charged in immigration scandal to plead guilty

Randhir Toor of Oliver will return to court Nov. 5 with an intention of pleading guilty

Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News - File)
Kelowna West MLA elect Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his riding victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here are some of this week’s news items from the Interior

Kelowna West MLA elect Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his riding victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
A helicopter buckets water over the White Rock Lake wildfire near Westside on Aug. 10. Evacuees from the fire are one of six groups who have been assisted by Penticton’s Emergency Support Services. (Darren Wolf photo)

Close to 850 evacuees from 6 wildfires registered for support in Penticton since July

The city’s emergency support services have provided support for just over 440 evacuees

A helicopter buckets water over the White Rock Lake wildfire near Westside on Aug. 10. Evacuees from the fire are one of six groups who have been assisted by Penticton’s Emergency Support Services. (Darren Wolf photo)
Discovery House exceeded its goal with its Soup is Good fundraiser this winter. The recovery and housing program was one of three to receive grant money from Valley First Foundation. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton community groups get grants from Valley First foundation

The three groups received over $18,000 between them

Discovery House exceeded its goal with its Soup is Good fundraiser this winter. The recovery and housing program was one of three to receive grant money from Valley First Foundation. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Ogo's Ice Cream owner who is in her 70s was the victim of a violent robbery Aug. 4.

Penticton RCMP looking for witnesses to violent robbery at ice cream shop

Many local RCMP resources have been assigned to investigate this serious incident, says police

Ogo's Ice Cream owner who is in her 70s was the victim of a violent robbery Aug. 4.
Penticton ice cream shop owners are coming together to support the owner of Ogo's Ice Cream who was violently attacked and robbed on Aug. 4 at her downtown shop. (Ogo's Ice cream Facebook)

Penticton ice cream shops come together to support business owner attacked with hammer

All sale proceeds from waffle cones at the Peach, Tickleberry’s and Lickity Splitz go to Ogo’s

Penticton ice cream shop owners are coming together to support the owner of Ogo's Ice Cream who was violently attacked and robbed on Aug. 4 at her downtown shop. (Ogo's Ice cream Facebook)
A van drove into the office of the Sunset Inn motel Wednesday afternoon. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Vehicle crashes into Penticton motel

The van is lodged inside the motel’s office

A van drove into the office of the Sunset Inn motel Wednesday afternoon. (Brennan Phillips Western News)