Brennan Phillips

Volunteers at Anarchist Mountain hard at work making their community FireSmart. So far 19 communities across the RDOS have been designated FireSmart (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)

Regional District offering free FireSmart assessments for strata and gated communities

Now is the time to protect your property, not when the fire is across the road, says RDOS.

Volunteers at Anarchist Mountain hard at work making their community FireSmart. So far 19 communities across the RDOS have been designated FireSmart (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The food security program for students at the Cawston Elementary School and Similkameen Elementary Secondary School is in need of sponsors.

Similkameen Starfish Pack program in need of sponsors

The program has grown from three supported students to 16 in three years

The food security program for students at the Cawston Elementary School and Similkameen Elementary Secondary School is in need of sponsors.
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)

DNA evidence led to ID of South Okanagan break-in suspect: Crown

Kevin Maurice James Leclerc is charged with five break-ins over 2014 to 2017

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is hosting an open house to discuss the future of Cawston's Kobau Park on Oct. 27. (Submitted)

Open house on future of Cawston’s Kobau Park

The on Oct. 27 open house will be held at the Similkameen Rec Centre in Keremeos

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is hosting an open house to discuss the future of Cawston's Kobau Park on Oct. 27. (Submitted)
RCMP have identified Doug Barker, 30 as one of the two found dead Sept. 15 near the Penticton shooting range. This is a picture of Barker taken in June. The other body found with Barker has been identified as Alanna Brown. (Facebook)

Penticton man and woman ID’d as victims found near local shooting range

Alanna Brown and Douglas Barker were last seen the day before their bodies were discovered

RCMP have identified Doug Barker, 30 as one of the two found dead Sept. 15 near the Penticton shooting range. This is a picture of Barker taken in June. The other body found with Barker has been identified as Alanna Brown. (Facebook)
This is what’s left of the Pot Doctor in Oliver and the trailer after a suspicious fire at 4:40 a.m. Feb. 22. (Arlin Baptiste)

Oliver’s Pot Doctor gets visit from cannabis law enforcement unit

The Ministry of Public Safety’s investigators were escorted by Oliver RCMP

This is what’s left of the Pot Doctor in Oliver and the trailer after a suspicious fire at 4:40 a.m. Feb. 22. (Arlin Baptiste)
A fire on Chute Lake Road was visible from Summerland and destroyed a home in the early hours of Oct. 21. (Facebook)

Fire destroys Naramata home in blaze seen across Okanagan Lake

The fire completely destroyed the house and threatened to spread into the forest

A fire on Chute Lake Road was visible from Summerland and destroyed a home in the early hours of Oct. 21. (Facebook)
Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay, aka PIQSIQ, will be performing in Penticton on November 4. (Contributed)

Indigenous sister throatsingers PIQSIQ to perform in Penticton

The Route97 Culture Road Trip is coming to the Okanagan College campus

Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay, aka PIQSIQ, will be performing in Penticton on November 4. (Contributed)
Keremeos’ Ambrosia affordable housing development celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 19. The 43 units are now accepting applicants, including suites for families. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Photos: Ambrosia affordable housing opens a new chapter for Keremeos

The 43-unit 3-storey housing project is the largest yet in the community

Keremeos’ Ambrosia affordable housing development celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 19. The 43 units are now accepting applicants, including suites for families. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
A worker scales the clifface while another in a skid-steer removes fallen rock from a section under work on Highway 97 between Kaleden and Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Expect delays and road closures on Highway 97 south of Penticton

Multiple projects are underway around the community of Kaleden

A worker scales the clifface while another in a skid-steer removes fallen rock from a section under work on Highway 97 between Kaleden and Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
WorkSafeBC issued a number of fines in the Williams Lake area for high-risk violations. Image file.

WorkSafeBC fines Oliver fruit company $19K

A tractor with a broken seat belt was one of the safety violations

WorkSafeBC issued a number of fines in the Williams Lake area for high-risk violations. Image file.
Penticton Art Gallery patrons line up to pick out their unique soup bowl from the bowls supplied by Penticton and Summerland’s potters’ guilds in 2019. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Soup’s On at the Penticton Art Gallery

The November fundraiser is one of the gallery’s most popular events

Penticton Art Gallery patrons line up to pick out their unique soup bowl from the bowls supplied by Penticton and Summerland’s potters’ guilds in 2019. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Yves Emile Wilfred Grenier, 31, has been charged with multiple counts of possession of drugs for trafficking. (Penticton RCMP)

Alleged Penticton drug dealer charged after multiple investigations

The 31-year-old is facing charges for trafficking fentanyl, meth and cocaine

Yves Emile Wilfred Grenier, 31, has been charged with multiple counts of possession of drugs for trafficking. (Penticton RCMP)
After a three-day tournament on P.E.I., Naramata's Rocky Gould is a Canadian Champion in disc golf. (Submitted)

Penticton disc golfer becomes National Champion after P.E.I tournament

Rocky Gould topped his division in September’s event

After a three-day tournament on P.E.I., Naramata's Rocky Gould is a Canadian Champion in disc golf. (Submitted)
Penticton court.

Bail rejected for man charged in Okanagan Falls attempted murder

Richard Cody Graham has an extensive history of firearm convictions

Penticton court.
Voter turnout was abysmal in Penticton with only 33% of eligible voters turning out to the polls for the 2022 municipal election. (City of Penticton)

Only 33% of eligible voters show up to vote in Penticton

It’s a drop from the 41% turnout in 2018

Voter turnout was abysmal in Penticton with only 33% of eligible voters turning out to the polls for the 2022 municipal election. (City of Penticton)
Jason Wiebe, centre, was elected Mayor of Keremeos with 63 per cent of the vote. Clockwise from the top left are the acclaimed councillors who will join him at the table: Incumbents Jeremy Evens and Arden Holly, and newcomers Tracy Henderson and Garry Elliot. (File)

Jason Wiebe elected Mayor of Keremeos

Wiebe beat Arlene Arlow to the vacated Mayor’s chair

Jason Wiebe, centre, was elected Mayor of Keremeos with 63 per cent of the vote. Clockwise from the top left are the acclaimed councillors who will join him at the table: Incumbents Jeremy Evens and Arden Holly, and newcomers Tracy Henderson and Garry Elliot. (File)
Julius Bloomfield responds to the announcement he has been elected as Penticton’s new mayor. (Brennan Phillips, Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Julius Bloomfield is Penticton’s new mayor

It was a close finish against newcomer Jason Reynen

Julius Bloomfield responds to the announcement he has been elected as Penticton’s new mayor. (Brennan Phillips, Logan Lockhart- Western News)
The third annual Penticton-Con is taking place on Oct. 22 and 23 the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. (file photo)

Penti-Con 2022 packing Penticton Trade and Convention Centre with pop culture

The two-day event also brings back the annual Zombie Walk

The third annual Penticton-Con is taking place on Oct. 22 and 23 the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. (file photo)
SOWINS Walk to End Abuse earlier in 2022. SOWINS was also a recipient of funding from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen announces fund for gender equality

The fund supports equity, inclusion and justice for women, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals

SOWINS Walk to End Abuse earlier in 2022. SOWINS was also a recipient of funding from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
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