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A serious multi-vehicle collision at Warren Avenue and Highway 97 has the area closed for some time on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30. (Western News)

T-bone collision closes Highway 97 at Warren Ave in Penticton

The serious nature of the crash will have the highway closed for sometime

A serious multi-vehicle collision at Warren Avenue and Highway 97 has the area closed for some time on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30. (Western News)
Logs coming down the Similkameen River damaged the Red Bridge in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Floodwaters turned Okanagan River back towards Osoyoos Lake

The Similkameen River levels caused the Zosel Dam to overflow

Logs coming down the Similkameen River damaged the Red Bridge in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Penticton Secondary. (File photo)

2 Penticton and 2 Summerland schools report potential COVID-19 exposures

There are currently five schools from district 67 listed by Interior Health

Penticton Secondary. (File photo)
The Downtown Penticton Association installed (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Penticton Mounties call for more surveillance cameras

Footage has helped solve several headline cases, according to the RCMP

The Downtown Penticton Association installed (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Former Pen-Hi P.E. teacher Keith Allen passed away on Thursday, according to a post from his daughter-in-law. (Nadine Allen - Facebook)

Beloved Pen-Hi teacher Keith Allen has died

A Change.org petition has been active since 2019 to rename the gym in his name

Former Pen-Hi P.E. teacher Keith Allen passed away on Thursday, according to a post from his daughter-in-law. (Nadine Allen - Facebook)
Traffic backed up in Hope due to the Highway 3 closure, as seen from the Old Hope Princeton Highway. (Pattie Desjardins - Hope Standard)

UPDATE: Highway 3 incident past Princeton estimated to be clear by midnight

Multiple vehicle incidents have closed the highway since the morning

Traffic backed up in Hope due to the Highway 3 closure, as seen from the Old Hope Princeton Highway. (Pattie Desjardins - Hope Standard)
West Bench as seen from above Okanagan Lake. (RDOS Facebook)

Findings of West Bench geotechnical survey maps potential hazards and risks

Survey of Greater West Bench will be released in info session Dec. 7

West Bench as seen from above Okanagan Lake. (RDOS Facebook)
The current map of evacuation alerts, in orange, and evacuation orders, in red, for the Regional District around Princeton. (RDOS)

Additional Princeton properties put on evacuation alert

Residents are strongly advised to prepare for an evacuation order

The current map of evacuation alerts, in orange, and evacuation orders, in red, for the Regional District around Princeton. (RDOS)
The entryway to the new charging station. (Town of Osoyoos)

Tesla charging station open for travelers in Osoyoos

The charging station also has three generic chargers

The entryway to the new charging station. (Town of Osoyoos)
The weekly COVID-19 case map for Nov. 14 to 20. (BC CDC)

COVID-19 cases tick up in Penticton and Summerland

People with their third doses are also on the rise

The weekly COVID-19 case map for Nov. 14 to 20. (BC CDC)
The proposed site of a townhouse on the Sunset Motel property, which would require rezoning approval from the Village of Keremeos to proceed. (Google Earth via Village of Keremeos)

Keremeos’ Sunset Motel seeks residential rezoning

The owner plans to build a townhouse on the property

The proposed site of a townhouse on the Sunset Motel property, which would require rezoning approval from the Village of Keremeos to proceed. (Google Earth via Village of Keremeos)
During the height of the rising waters on Nov. 15, the Similkameen River came close to touching the underside of Keremeos’ White Bridge. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

B.C. reviewing responsibility for orphaned dikes such as those near Keremeos, Princeton

The B.C. Liberal government of 2003 shifted the responsibility to municipalities

During the height of the rising waters on Nov. 15, the Similkameen River came close to touching the underside of Keremeos’ White Bridge. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year in the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards for 2020. Crawford was recognized for his work in supporting and bringing art into the community. “We had 15,000 visitors over 71 days,” Crawford said on the Bob Ross exhibit displayed at the gallery earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Ignite the Arts Festival gets Penticton council’s blessing and funding

Ignite the Arts Festival will be a nine-day event in late March 2022

Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year in the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards for 2020. Crawford was recognized for his work in supporting and bringing art into the community. “We had 15,000 visitors over 71 days,” Crawford said on the Bob Ross exhibit displayed at the gallery earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton city council pulls from reserves to reduce the proposed 8.5 per cent tax hike to 5.7%. (File photo)

Penticton council to pull from reserves and reduce this year’s tax hike to 5.7%

Council votes to delay 3 per cent of 8.5% tax hike to 2023

Penticton city council pulls from reserves to reduce the proposed 8.5 per cent tax hike to 5.7%. (File photo)
Pathways would like to open a day-tox centre.

Penticton council grants $10k for Pathways counseling services

The addiction treatment centre was looking for $344k instead

Pathways would like to open a day-tox centre.
The first portion of the Lake to Lake bike lane officially opened Aug. 1 on Martin Steet. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

No pause for Lake-to-Lake Bike lane in Penticton

A move to delay $4.7M 2nd phase of bike path was shot down in 4-3 vote during budget deliberations

The first portion of the Lake to Lake bike lane officially opened Aug. 1 on Martin Steet. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Homebuilder Chris Shoene, client care supervisor Ben Somerville, Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham, Janet Parker and Parkers Chrysler general manager Jim Tabler outside Parker Place on Nov. 19, where donations from Parker and Parkers Chrysler kicked off the Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House in Penticton kicks off Shed the Light on Addiction campaign for fourth building

The addiction treatment program is looking to raise $150,000

Homebuilder Chris Shoene, client care supervisor Ben Somerville, Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham, Janet Parker and Parkers Chrysler general manager Jim Tabler outside Parker Place on Nov. 19, where donations from Parker and Parkers Chrysler kicked off the Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Coquihalla Highway has been closed since Sunday, Nov. 14 when a bridge collapsed between Hope and Merrit. Access between the Okanagan and Lower Mainland has been severed by this and floods and mudslides on all other routes. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

Highway damage to delay utility bills and increase local traffic in Penticton

The bills are printed and mailed out from the Lower Mainland

The Coquihalla Highway has been closed since Sunday, Nov. 14 when a bridge collapsed between Hope and Merrit. Access between the Okanagan and Lower Mainland has been severed by this and floods and mudslides on all other routes. (Ministry of Transportation photo)
Oliver’s taxes for 2022 are proposed 9 per cent increase to pay for policing. (File photo)

Oliver looking at 9% tax hike to cover increased policing costs

Osoyoos is proposing a 4.5% tax increase

Oliver’s taxes for 2022 are proposed 9 per cent increase to pay for policing. (File photo)
The weekly COVID-19 case map for Nov. 7 to 13. (BC CDC)

COVID-19 cases stay steady in South Okanagan Similkameen

BC Centre for Disease now tracking third dose rates

The weekly COVID-19 case map for Nov. 7 to 13. (BC CDC)