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Penticton Law Courts (File photo)

Penticton man who went on 9 day auto crime spree fueled by $300 a day meth habit: Lawyer

Jesse Shawcross stole multiple vehicles over nine days in 2019

Penticton Law Courts (File photo)
Double Juno Award-winning pianist Michael Kaeshammer is returning to the Okanagan as part of his latest tour. He will be making three stops across the valley later in 2022. (Photo courtesy Tina Acke via Eric Alper)

Piano man Kaeshammer returning to the Okanagan

The double Juno winner is touring for his latest album

Double Juno Award-winning pianist Michael Kaeshammer is returning to the Okanagan as part of his latest tour. He will be making three stops across the valley later in 2022. (Photo courtesy Tina Acke via Eric Alper)
Drugs and weapons seized after a man was reported slumped over the steering wheel of his running vehicle in Penticton on Sept. 21. (RCMP)

Penticton man asleep at the wheel leads to drug bust

The 34-year-old’s vehicle contained drugs, weapons and cash

Drugs and weapons seized after a man was reported slumped over the steering wheel of his running vehicle in Penticton on Sept. 21. (RCMP)
George Bush and Joe Domijan are running for director of Cawston and the Lower Similkameen in the Regional District. (Submitted)

Candidates for Cawston-Lower Similkameen field questions from the public

The two candidates vying for a seat at the RDOS table participate in the forum Sept. 20

George Bush and Joe Domijan are running for director of Cawston and the Lower Similkameen in the Regional District. (Submitted)
The medal winners of women’s doubles at the Canadian Mental Health Associations’ Penticton charity pickleball tournament. Taking top spot were Lois Neu and Leah Currie of North Vancouver, Silver went to Jeannie Lister and Lori Needham of Penticton and Bronze to Donna Hammerquist and Leanne Barnes also of Penticton. (Submitted)

Penticton pickleball tournament helps smash mental health fundraising goal

Over $51,000 raised for the local Canadian Mental Health Association branch

The medal winners of women’s doubles at the Canadian Mental Health Associations’ Penticton charity pickleball tournament. Taking top spot were Lois Neu and Leah Currie of North Vancouver, Silver went to Jeannie Lister and Lori Needham of Penticton and Bronze to Donna Hammerquist and Leanne Barnes also of Penticton. (Submitted)
The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club Nature in Focus invasive species category winner Curtis Zutz took this picture, titled Mommy and daddy quail. The photo was featured as a of the club’s 2018 photo contest, which brought in almost 600 entries. (Photo courtesy of Curtis Zutz)

South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club celebrates 60 years

The club welcomes the public to celebrate their anniversary Sept. 30

The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club Nature in Focus invasive species category winner Curtis Zutz took this picture, titled Mommy and daddy quail. The photo was featured as a of the club’s 2018 photo contest, which brought in almost 600 entries. (Photo courtesy of Curtis Zutz)
Sixty riders turned out the Rex Gill and Mike Courtney Memorial Ride on Sept. 25, with thousands raised for charities close to Rex’s heart. (Submitted)

Annual Rex Gill memorial ride returns to Penticton and Kelowna

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

Sixty riders turned out the Rex Gill and Mike Courtney Memorial Ride on Sept. 25, with thousands raised for charities close to Rex’s heart. (Submitted)
RCMP are turning away people who are driving up the road to the Penticton Shooting Range. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Police shut down road to Penticton shooting range

It is not currently known why access is closed

RCMP are turning away people who are driving up the road to the Penticton Shooting Range. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, pictured here at the South Okanagan Events Centre in 2017, are back in November, 2022. (File photo)

Blue Rodeo returns to Penticton in November

The band last visited for their 1000 Arms tour in 2017

Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, pictured here at the South Okanagan Events Centre in 2017, are back in November, 2022. (File photo)
A Penticton firefighter demonstrates what not to do at their charity dodgeball tournament on Sept. 17. (PFD - Instagram)

Get ready to dodge some balls with Penticton Fire Department’s charity tournament

The dodgeball games will be held at Gyro Park all day Sept. 17

A Penticton firefighter demonstrates what not to do at their charity dodgeball tournament on Sept. 17. (PFD - Instagram)
Members of the Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts String Orchestra practice at Leir House. (Submitted)

Penticton String Orchestra looking for musicians

The Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts has brought the orchestra back

Members of the Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts String Orchestra practice at Leir House. (Submitted)
Naramata’s Centre Beach was purchased by the Regional District to preserve area as a public park for the community. (Naramataslow)

Parks and rec master plan nearly finished for Okanagan Similkameen

The regional district is looking for feedback on parks, trails and recreation facilities

Naramata’s Centre Beach was purchased by the Regional District to preserve area as a public park for the community. (Naramataslow)
Lise Eccelstone shows off a cold frame made from recycled materials at First Things First’s 2016 solar symposium. Steve Kidd/Western News

Clean Energy Expo coming to Penticton

The Oct. 1 expo will cover a wide range of topics including home retrofits

Lise Eccelstone shows off a cold frame made from recycled materials at First Things First’s 2016 solar symposium. Steve Kidd/Western News
The Penticton pickleball courts are going to play host to a fundraising three day tournament for mental health over Sept. 16 to 18. (Submitted)

Pickleball for mental health in Penticton

A 3-day tournament will take over the courts Sept. 16-18 at the Senior Drop-In Centre

The Penticton pickleball courts are going to play host to a fundraising three day tournament for mental health over Sept. 16 to 18. (Submitted)
Construction is underway on Penticton's new supportive housing project on Skaha Lake Road. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Foundations laid on new Penticton supportive housing project

The four-storey, 54-unit building is expected to open in early 2023

Construction is underway on Penticton's new supportive housing project on Skaha Lake Road. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The ring Rick Hanes recovered from Okanagan Lake earlier in September, 2022. (Submitted)

Another lost ring found in Okanagan Lake in Penticton

A man from Cape Breton found the ring while swimming

The ring Rick Hanes recovered from Okanagan Lake earlier in September, 2022. (Submitted)
Matthias Bieber examines the wings of a Red-Shafted Flicker at the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory’s open house on Sunday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Bird Migration Day open house returns to Vaseux Lake

The popular event gives the public a chance to see the birds banded and released

Matthias Bieber examines the wings of a Red-Shafted Flicker at the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory’s open house on Sunday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Bike lane down Martin Street will soon connect to Fairview.

Second phase of Penticton’s Lake-to-Lake cycling route to finish in October

Work will now focus on Duncan Avenue between Fairview and Main

Bike lane down Martin Street will soon connect to Fairview.
Oliver Harrison watches his throw as he competes with Grayson Sanders in the kids’ Ring of Fire competition on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Keremeos new disc golf course. (Brennan Phillips - Review)

Dozens take a toss at Keremeos’ new disc golf course

From age four to 93, all ages were represented at Pine Park

Oliver Harrison watches his throw as he competes with Grayson Sanders in the kids’ Ring of Fire competition on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Keremeos new disc golf course. (Brennan Phillips - Review)
The north-east corner of the Heather Lake Wildfire as of 8 p.m. on Sept. 7. (BC Wildfire Service)

Heather Lake Wildfire over 7,000 hectares and growing

The fire continues to show aggressive behaviour

The north-east corner of the Heather Lake Wildfire as of 8 p.m. on Sept. 7. (BC Wildfire Service)