Brennan Phillips

Ponderosa Primary Care Centre in Penticton is considered a model for care clinics going forward by the South Okanagan Division of Family Practice. (Monique Tamminga)

Mayor of Oliver calls on province to address South Okanagan doctor shortage

‘None of the people in our acquaintance that we’ve come to know here in Oliver have their own doctor’

Ponderosa Primary Care Centre in Penticton is considered a model for care clinics going forward by the South Okanagan Division of Family Practice. (Monique Tamminga)
Butter and sourdough bread is shown at a house in Vernon, B.C. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A Quebec dairy farmers’ group is calling on milk producers to stop feeding palm oil or its derivatives to livestock as controversy churns over how these supplements affect the consistency of butter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS - Jesse Johnston)

Poll: Care to spread your feelings on butter?

Reports of hard butter have rattled the Canadian dairy industry

Butter and sourdough bread is shown at a house in Vernon, B.C. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A Quebec dairy farmers’ group is calling on milk producers to stop feeding palm oil or its derivatives to livestock as controversy churns over how these supplements affect the consistency of butter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS - Jesse Johnston)
The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is for sale. (Facebook)

Popular Keremeos tavern up for sale

Owner Liza Sanders is selling The Wrong Turn Tavern for $800,000

The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is for sale. (Facebook)
Penticton's Global Grocers, an expansion of Oliver's Global Grocers will be opening up around the end of April. (Facebook)

Penticton to get taste of global flavour with new grocer in April

Oliver’s Global Grocers are opening up their new store by the start of May

Penticton's Global Grocers, an expansion of Oliver's Global Grocers will be opening up around the end of April. (Facebook)
Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>

CODEanagan gives youth a chance to learn about technology

The youth, aged 12 to 21, built their own WordPress sites and developed blogging ideas

Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>
This sign was put up at McKinney Place in Oliver to thank the heroes working through Okanagan’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19. (Facebook)

Oliver councillor calls on province to give seniors dignity and safety in long-term care

Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger’s resolution urges for single-bed rooms for all seniors in care

This sign was put up at McKinney Place in Oliver to thank the heroes working through Okanagan’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19. (Facebook)
The Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. (Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre photo)

Osoyoos Indian Band receives $400,000 grant for heritage project

Some of the money will be used to build a traditional pit house at Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

The Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. (Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre photo)
Oliver Elementary School. (File)

Potential COVID-19 exposure at Oliver Elementary School

Interior Health lists two dates for the potential exposure

Oliver Elementary School. (File)
A cube van and a sedan collided at Duncan and Government Wednesday morning. (Brennan Phillips)

Crash snarls traffic at Government and Duncan Wednesday morning

A cube van and sedan crashed in the intersection around 9 a.m.

A cube van and a sedan collided at Duncan and Government Wednesday morning. (Brennan Phillips)
Former MP Stockwell Day came back to Penticton in July 2019 to give a speech in support of Helena Konanz during her run for one of the districts that were formed out of the one Day used to represent. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Konanz acclaimed as Federal Conservative candidate for South Okanagan West Kootenay riding

In 2019 Konanz came with 796 votes of incumbent NDP MP Richard Cannings

Former MP Stockwell Day came back to Penticton in July 2019 to give a speech in support of Helena Konanz during her run for one of the districts that were formed out of the one Day used to represent. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Regional district seeks ministry approval before raising Kaleden recreational tax

The RDOS is in discussions on whether they will need to formally seek approval from residents

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
The Apex Fire Brigade, and other volunteer departments who have supported them, stand in front of the new engine that was donated to the Apex brigade. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Regional District hosts virtual town hall for Kaleden, Apex and Twin Lakes Feb. 26

Topics of discussion include the budget for the area and fire protection, Kaleden Rec Services

The Apex Fire Brigade, and other volunteer departments who have supported them, stand in front of the new engine that was donated to the Apex brigade. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.

Oliver Winter Shelter postponed further

Council won’t revisit the issue until the Cold Weather Shelter Committee prepares a plan for them

Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.
Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Penticton Indian Band applauds decision to halt Naramata Bench development, calls for preservation of Sickle Point

Penticton city council rejected a proposed 300 house development on Naramata Bench on Feb. 16

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
Tim Birmingham’s homemade submarine is up for sale. The pricetag? $94,000. (Facebook)

Keremeos man selling home-made submarine on Facebook

For a mere $94,000 you could have your own vessel to dive deep below the water

Tim Birmingham’s homemade submarine is up for sale. The pricetag? $94,000. (Facebook)
Yamabiko Taiko with Naoko Nakamura at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

OneWorld Multicultural Festival kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m.

The festival’s performances will be streamed virtually

Yamabiko Taiko with Naoko Nakamura at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Keremeos Village town hall

Community garden and AV equipment among early approved budget items

Council gave pre-budget approval to several capital projects so they could be finished in spring

Keremeos Village town hall
Keremeos Village town hall

Tax rate changes and new zoning and community plan bylaws highlight council

Council also approved seeking a grant for flood mitigation planning

Keremeos Village town hall
The federal government is proposing new legislation which would empower municipalities to enact handgun bans that would be backed with federal punishment for violations. (RCMP - File)

Penticton mayor says handgun control should be federal and RCMP responsibility

New legislation from the federal government proposes supporting municipal handgun bans

The federal government is proposing new legislation which would empower municipalities to enact handgun bans that would be backed with federal punishment for violations. (RCMP - File)
This is the existing pool in Summerland. The District is seeking a feasibility study into whether to renovate or make a new aquatic centre. (File photo)

Summerland to go forward with feasibility study for aquatic centre

The District will be opening up bids for contractors to undertake the study

This is the existing pool in Summerland. The District is seeking a feasibility study into whether to renovate or make a new aquatic centre. (File photo)