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Close to 130 cattle being kept in 'deplorable' conditions were seized in January from a Cawston rancher. (BC SPCA)

‘Deplorable’ conditions lead to seizure of 129 cattle from Cawston rancher

The animals were taken by the SPCA and are now recovering

Close to 130 cattle being kept in 'deplorable' conditions were seized in January from a Cawston rancher. (BC SPCA)
The S.S. Sicamous Society recently received two of the ship’s original lifeboats, and work is now underway to restore them for display. (Mike Bews - S.S. Sicamous Society)

PHOTOS: S.S. Sicamous Society looking to restore original life boats

The society needs volunteers to help repair and repaint the boats before they can be displayed

The S.S. Sicamous Society recently received two of the ship’s original lifeboats, and work is now underway to restore them for display. (Mike Bews - S.S. Sicamous Society)
The geotechnical assessment of the slide area near Keremeos after Jan. 16’s slide found further potential rock fall areas on the mountainside. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)

Rockslide report finds high risk as evacuation order near Keremeos expires

The slide damaged a trailer and other structures at the Eagle RV Park on Jan. 16

The geotechnical assessment of the slide area near Keremeos after Jan. 16’s slide found further potential rock fall areas on the mountainside. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
Kristine Jack, left, hands over the eagle feather and metaphorical reins of the Pow Wow Between the Lakes to Haley Regan. The Pow Wow will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the first time in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

‘Healing the Nation’: Penticton’s Pow Wow Between the Lakes returns this June

June marks the first time the event will be held in the city since settlers came to the region

Kristine Jack, left, hands over the eagle feather and metaphorical reins of the Pow Wow Between the Lakes to Haley Regan. The Pow Wow will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the first time in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Cawston actor Joey Munroe, right, in a still shot opposite Bruce Willis in the recently released film Detective Knight: Independence. (Submitted)

From small town Cawston to co-starring with Bruce Willis; Joey Munroe is living his dream

The actor has continued to push further to inspire kids just like he was

Cawston actor Joey Munroe, right, in a still shot opposite Bruce Willis in the recently released film Detective Knight: Independence. (Submitted)
Drugs being sold as down/fentanyl in Penticton that appear as grey pebbles have been found to contain enough fentanyl and fentanyl analogue to cause high risks of overdose and fatal overdose. (Interior Health)

Interior Health say risk high for fatal overdoses in Penticton street drugs

The drugs, described as grey pebbles contain a high percentage of fentanyl

Drugs being sold as down/fentanyl in Penticton that appear as grey pebbles have been found to contain enough fentanyl and fentanyl analogue to cause high risks of overdose and fatal overdose. (Interior Health)
Three motels bought by BC Housing in 2021 for redevelopment will be staying as they are for some time yet, as delays hit the design phase before the project was to get public feedback. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

BC Housing’s redevelopment of Penticton motels facing design delays

Public engagement for the Skaha Lake Road project may take place late in 2023

Three motels bought by BC Housing in 2021 for redevelopment will be staying as they are for some time yet, as delays hit the design phase before the project was to get public feedback. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
BC Transit wants your input on bus service in Penticton. (Black Press file photo)

BC Transit surveys Penticton residents on routes and how to increase ridership

They are hosting 2 days of open houses Feb, 1, 2 at popular gathering spots

BC Transit wants your input on bus service in Penticton. (Black Press file photo)
Huge rocks fell onto the path at Garnett Family Park in Okanagan Falls on Jan. 10. An assessment is underway. (RDOS)

Okanagan Falls park reopens after rock fall

The pathway where the rocks landed is still closed

Huge rocks fell onto the path at Garnett Family Park in Okanagan Falls on Jan. 10. An assessment is underway. (RDOS)
Short term rentals in Penticton have been a controversial issue for sometime. (File photo)
Short term rentals in Penticton have been a controversial issue for sometime. (File photo)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News File)

South Okanagan man gets additional 424 days in jail

Parker James Ardiel was in the news in 2020 for a multi-province crime spree

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News File)
Vancouver rock band 54-40 will be returning to the Penticton Peach Festival Stage in August. (Contributed)

54-40 returns to headline Penticton Peach Festival stage

Doug & the Slugs will open for the Vancouver band on Aug. 12

Vancouver rock band 54-40 will be returning to the Penticton Peach Festival Stage in August. (Contributed)
A cat was inside this trailer when a fridge-sized boulder slammed into it during the rockslide near Keremeos on Jan. 16. With help from ALERT, the cat is back safe with its owner. (ALERT Facebook)

Warming and cooling temperatures keep evacuation order in place after Keremeos rockslide

Residents of the Eagle RV Park have been evacuated since the start of the week

A cat was inside this trailer when a fridge-sized boulder slammed into it during the rockslide near Keremeos on Jan. 16. With help from ALERT, the cat is back safe with its owner. (ALERT Facebook)
Marcus Francisco is a Grade 12 student at Princess Margaret Secondary School and the Rotary Student of the Month for January. (Submitted)

Penticton Rotary Student of the Month a young ‘Iron Man’

Marcus Francisco is a Grade 12 student at Princess Margaret

Marcus Francisco is a Grade 12 student at Princess Margaret Secondary School and the Rotary Student of the Month for January. (Submitted)
Damage to a stretch of the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route in Penticton on Jan. 19. Design work on the final phase of the multi-million dollar project has recently begun. (Facebook)

Damage to Penticton bike lane expected to be repaired quickly

The damage comes as the final phase begins

Damage to a stretch of the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route in Penticton on Jan. 19. Design work on the final phase of the multi-million dollar project has recently begun. (Facebook)
Bob MacMillan raises a toast to Robbie Burns at the celebration for the 261st birthday of the Scottish Bard in 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Still time to get a spot at Robbie Burns Night in Penticton

Penticton Scottish Festival’s annual fundraiser serves up entertainment and haggis on Jan. 21

Bob MacMillan raises a toast to Robbie Burns at the celebration for the 261st birthday of the Scottish Bard in 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
City Hall. (File photo)

Penticton council to trial public open house

The open house is in response to Coun. Gilbert’s idea to create more dialogue with public

City Hall. (File photo)
City Hall. (File photo)

Penticton to look at streamlining development variance process

Staff is looking at cutting council out of deciding on some variances

City Hall. (File photo)
The FMX World Tour is coming to Penticton in March. (Submitted)

Freestyle Motocross World Tour to take over South Okanagan Events Centre

Death-defying stunts and tricks coming to Penticton in March

The FMX World Tour is coming to Penticton in March. (Submitted)
An ambulance was stolen from Penticton hospital and a man later arrested on Jan. 17. (File photo)

Man arrested after stealing ambulance from Penticton hospital

The man was found hiding in some bushes after abandoning the vehicle

An ambulance was stolen from Penticton hospital and a man later arrested on Jan. 17. (File photo)