Dustin Godfrey

Penticton Museum and Archives manager/curator Dennis Oomen checks out one of the informational walls in the new temporary exhibit from Kelowna titled The Social Life of Water. The exhibit opens to the public at 3 p.m. Thursday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Two new exhibits launching in Penticton Museum Thursday

The Social Life of Water, a temporary exhibit from Kelowna, and the Hands-on Heritage Lab opening up

Penticton Museum and Archives manager/curator Dennis Oomen checks out one of the informational walls in the new temporary exhibit from Kelowna titled The Social Life of Water. The exhibit opens to the public at 3 p.m. Thursday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

From cooks throwing knives to a breakdown that nearly killed a chef, kitchens struggle to deal with stress

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry
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Penticton RCMP tells dispensary Green Essence to stop selling pot

A Green Essence employee confirmed to Western News the shop would discontinue cannabis sales

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Conservation service investigating possible deer shooting in Penticton

Conservation service investigating possible deer shooting in Penticton

Penticton RCMP said a caller reported the deer may have been shot by a neighbour with a pellet gun

Conservation service investigating possible deer shooting in Penticton
Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Singla family lawyer responds to media reports of CBSA raid

Border services agents had been at the home all day Thursday conducting an “enforcement action”

Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Families get colourful for a cause in Penticton

Families get colourful for a cause in Penticton

Organizers are calling this year’s Colours4Kids event a success

Families get colourful for a cause in Penticton
Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Organizers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention for the B.C. Southern Interior…

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton
An artist’s rendering of a B.C. Housing proposal for 52 units of social housing, part of a 2,000-unit initiative of modular housing from the B.C. government. The proposal for the site to go up at Green Ave. and Skaha Lake Road was quashed by council last month.                                Image: City of Penticton

No supervised consumption site planned for Penticton housing proposal

B.C. Housing seeks to quash rumours the Green Ave. proposal included a supervised consumption site

An artist’s rendering of a B.C. Housing proposal for 52 units of social housing, part of a 2,000-unit initiative of modular housing from the B.C. government. The proposal for the site to go up at Green Ave. and Skaha Lake Road was quashed by council last month.                                Image: City of Penticton
Jim Bailey, one of the directors of the Peach City Beach Cruise, behind the wheel of his 1966 Cadillac Deville with president Wayne Wood (right) and director and past-president Ron Muzzillo (seated in the background). Western News file photo

Penticton’s Beach Cruise already sees record entries

The Peach City Beach Cruise already has over 800 entries, more than last year’s total of around 760

Jim Bailey, one of the directors of the Peach City Beach Cruise, behind the wheel of his 1966 Cadillac Deville with president Wayne Wood (right) and director and past-president Ron Muzzillo (seated in the background). Western News file photo
Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Singla Brothers Holdings office raided by border services officers

Paul Singla runs Singla Brothers Holdings, while Vijay Singla is a Realtor in the South Okanagan

Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
It was a packed house Tuesday evening in Penticton’s council chambers, for a major supportive housing project from B.C. Housing that would have provided 52 units of modular housing at Green Avenue and Main Street. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

COLUMN: The world is watching — let’s take real action on homelessness

When I consider the phrase “shit hit the fan,” nothing seems more…

It was a packed house Tuesday evening in Penticton’s council chambers, for a major supportive housing project from B.C. Housing that would have provided 52 units of modular housing at Green Avenue and Main Street. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton Fire Department captain Blaine Dionne observes as a firefighter douses a small dumpster fire in the alley on the east side of Ellis Street’s 300 block Thursday afternoon.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton fire crews douse small dumpster fire downtown

The smell of burning plastic was evident at least two blocks away from the fire

Penticton Fire Department captain Blaine Dionne observes as a firefighter douses a small dumpster fire in the alley on the east side of Ellis Street’s 300 block Thursday afternoon.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
In Penticton’s courthouse Thursday morning, an Okanagan Falls man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his underage step-daughter claimed the abuse was solely in 2015, when the girl was 15 years old. The girl testified last week that the abuse had been going on since she was just 10 years old.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

OK Falls man denies majority of sex assault on underage step-daughter

Okanagan Falls man said abuse was solely in 2015, while the victim testified it had gone from 2010 to 2016

In Penticton’s courthouse Thursday morning, an Okanagan Falls man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his underage step-daughter claimed the abuse was solely in 2015, when the girl was 15 years old. The girl testified last week that the abuse had been going on since she was just 10 years old.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Dana Schmidt, Penticton’s corporate officer, works with one of the city’s standalone vote tabulators during a previous election. Western News file photo

Penticton council votes down manual vote counts

A small group had concerns about tampering with tabulation machines, but staff said they can’t be hacked

Dana Schmidt, Penticton’s corporate officer, works with one of the city’s standalone vote tabulators during a previous election. Western News file photo
A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre last year for the Sublime with Rome and Offspring concert. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton council votes unanimously to keep Spectra at SOEC

“I think this is ‘if it’s running fantastically well, why change it?’” Coun. Campbell Watt said

A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre last year for the Sublime with Rome and Offspring concert. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

In jail and in withdrawal: Inmates face long waits for opioid therapy in OCC

Provincial health body aims to erase waitlists in Okanagan’s jail, including for opioid replacement

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
During last year’s provincial election, B.C. Liberal MLA Dan Ashton watches as a potential majority vote for the Liberals drifts towards a minority government, with the Greens holding the balance.                                Steve Kidd/Western News

Electoral reform could mean less rural representation: Penticton MLA

But local proponents say voters of non-majority parties would have greater voice under new system

During last year’s provincial election, B.C. Liberal MLA Dan Ashton watches as a potential majority vote for the Liberals drifts towards a minority government, with the Greens holding the balance.                                Steve Kidd/Western News
B.C. senator offers a few pieces of cannabis advice for Penticton

B.C. senator offers a few pieces of cannabis advice for Penticton

In a letter to council, Senator Mobina Jaffer noted legal issues with U.S. border regarding cannabis

B.C. senator offers a few pieces of cannabis advice for Penticton
A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre last year for the Sublime with Rome and Offspring concert.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton council to vote on renewing Spectra contract for SOEC

Staff recommend renewing contract, saying RFP process likely not to produce better deals

A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre last year for the Sublime with Rome and Offspring concert.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
City council listens during a presentation on another proposed tax change from the B.C. government — the municipal and regional district tax on accommodations. Council is expected to debate the issue of the employer’s health tax on Tuesday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton council to consider pushing back against new health-care tax

The employer’s health tax is expected to incur a significant bill for municipalities in 2019

City council listens during a presentation on another proposed tax change from the B.C. government — the municipal and regional district tax on accommodations. Council is expected to debate the issue of the employer’s health tax on Tuesday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News