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WestJet has added a new direct route between Penticton and Vancouver. (Western News file)

WestJet adding direct flights between Vancouver and Penticton

The new flights will be six days a week

WestJet has added a new direct route between Penticton and Vancouver. (Western News file)
Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Penticton fire department called to rescue floaters on River Channel

The floaters had become tangled around the centre pillar after tying the rafts together

Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Smoke-filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Communities rally in support of Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuees

Evacuation orders have been issued for more than 500 properties

Smoke-filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Keremeos Creek Wildfire now over 5,900 hectares

There are over 500 properties on evacuation order due to the fire

Smoke filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn off fuel. (BCWS)

Farleigh Lake and Marron Lake added to Keremeos Creek Wildfire evacuation alerts

The properties on the list are located to the north east of the fire

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn off fuel. (BCWS)
Penticton’s Law Courts. (File)

Prolific Penticton offender ‘too unstable’ for psychiatric assessment

Terry Voshall has been at the forensic psychiatric hospital since July 13

Penticton’s Law Courts. (File)
Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

S.S. Sicamous Society receives $5k for tugboat restoration

The donation from CN will go towards making the tug ship-shape and tour-ready

Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A power outage is currently affecting properties from the Penticton Indian Band to the edge of Summerland. (FortisBC)

Power outage from Penticton Indian Band to Summerland

There is no estimated time for power to be restored

A power outage is currently affecting properties from the Penticton Indian Band to the edge of Summerland. (FortisBC)
Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Falling debris from Keremeos Creek wildfire temporarily closes Highway 3A

The debris was cleared quickly but more could fall onto the highway

Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Shinedown lit up the South Okanagan Events Centre Stage on Aug. 2. in Penticton (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Shinedown lit up the South Okanagan Events Centre Stage on Aug. 2. in Penticton (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Penticton Fire Department puts out a fire at the Meadowlark Motel on Skaha Lake Road late on Aug. 2. (Mike Biden Photography - Twitter)

Cat rescued from fire in Penticton

The fire damaged one unit at the Meadowlark Motel

The Penticton Fire Department puts out a fire at the Meadowlark Motel on Skaha Lake Road late on Aug. 2. (Mike Biden Photography - Twitter)
RCMP badge (file photo)

Penticton RCMP have busy long weekend

The RCMP responded to 240 calls between Friday evening and Tuesday morning

RCMP badge (file photo)
Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Chainsaw-wielding Penticton man gets time in jail

Robert Austin Teal had pleaded guilty to multiple charges including possession of a weapon

Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs at the Penticton Peach Festival after their sudden cancellation. (Submitted - Penticton Peach Festival)

Penticton Peach Festival changes opening line-up

Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs, who had to cancel

Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs at the Penticton Peach Festival after their sudden cancellation. (Submitted - Penticton Peach Festival)
The Quail Crossing project in Keremeos is finally open and seniors have already started to move into the affordable housing. (Photo courtesy of BC Housing)

Long-awaited BC Housing project opens in Keremeos

Quail Crossing is the first of 3 set to open this year

The Quail Crossing project in Keremeos is finally open and seniors have already started to move into the affordable housing. (Photo courtesy of BC Housing)
The most recent evacuation orders for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The most recent evacuation orders for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The current map of evacuation orders and alerts in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (RDOS)
The current map of evacuation orders and alerts in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (RDOS)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)

UPDATE: One structure lost as aggressive Keremeos Creek wildfire continues to grow

The fire is currently unable to be reached by heavy machinery or air tankers

The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)
Penticton’s Skaha Thunder, left, and the Peach City Dragons dragon boat teams celebrate their victories at the Vernon Dragonboat Festival on the July 23 weekend. (Submitted)

Penticton dragon boaters dominate Vernon festival

Local teams took multiple fastest team titles

Penticton’s Skaha Thunder, left, and the Peach City Dragons dragon boat teams celebrate their victories at the Vernon Dragonboat Festival on the July 23 weekend. (Submitted)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)

Osoyoos man found not guilty in manslaughter charge over wife’s death

A lack of evidence and analysis undermined the case according to the judge

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)
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