Dustin Godfrey

Ali Hassan, a stand-up comedian and CBC Radio host, is bringing his show Muslim, Interrupted to Penticton’s Dream Theatre on June 17.                                Katia Taylor/Submitted photo

CBC host’s comedy show coming to Penticton aims to break down barriers

Ali Hassan’s show Muslim, Interrupted hopes to normalize Canadian Muslims at Dream Café

Ali Hassan, a stand-up comedian and CBC Radio host, is bringing his show Muslim, Interrupted to Penticton’s Dream Theatre on June 17.                                Katia Taylor/Submitted photo
DNA warrant pushes back Ighani kidnapping trial

DNA warrant pushes back Ighani kidnapping trial

Afshin Ighani is accused of a violent spree spanning the South Okanagan-Similkameen region

DNA warrant pushes back Ighani kidnapping trial
Highway 97 crash north of Penticton sends one car into Okanagan Lake

Highway 97 crash north of Penticton sends one car into Okanagan Lake

Another car was spotted facing south with its front driver-side wheel bent nearly horizontally

Highway 97 crash north of Penticton sends one car into Okanagan Lake
Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Princeton man gets 18 more months for loaded handgun outside Denny’s

Wilson was convicted in February of 3 weapons charges for incident in Penticton Denny’s parking lot

Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Coun. Max Picton (centre) listens on as Supt. Ted De Jager of the Penticton RCMP delivers his quarterly crime report last month. Comments from Picton regarding homelessness is the subject of ire for at least one non-profit operator in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton non-profit operator lambastes city councillor

Ooknakane director Matthew Baran took aim at recent comments from Coun. Max Picton on homelessness

Coun. Max Picton (centre) listens on as Supt. Ted De Jager of the Penticton RCMP delivers his quarterly crime report last month. Comments from Picton regarding homelessness is the subject of ire for at least one non-profit operator in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A red truck and blue-grey SUV crashed at the Channel Parkway’s turnoff to Canadian Tire in Penticton Thursday morning, reducing the parkway to single-lane traffic in both directions.                                Kristi Patton/Western News

Crash reduces Penticton’s parkway to single lane both directions

There do not appear to have been any serious injuries from the crash

A red truck and blue-grey SUV crashed at the Channel Parkway’s turnoff to Canadian Tire in Penticton Thursday morning, reducing the parkway to single-lane traffic in both directions.                                Kristi Patton/Western News
Penticton Indian Band signs historic agreement with forestry company

Penticton Indian Band signs historic agreement with forestry company

Interfor signed a deal with PIB this week, which is being touted as a step toward reconciliation

Penticton Indian Band signs historic agreement with forestry company
Devon Blackmore, 17, died on April 2, 2017, with police believing at the time that his death was the result of an overdose. His girlfriend, Kiera Bourque, was arrested Tuesday on charges of manslaughter.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe

Mother of alleged Penticton homicide victim speaks out

Lorrie Blackmore hopes her son, Devon, will be remembered for his life, not his death last April

Devon Blackmore, 17, died on April 2, 2017, with police believing at the time that his death was the result of an overdose. His girlfriend, Kiera Bourque, was arrested Tuesday on charges of manslaughter.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe
In Penticton’s courthouse, a victim testified to several years of sexual abuse from her step-father, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault and sexual interference of a minor.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan Falls victim testifies on years of sexual abuse from step-father

Victim claims abuse from age 10 to 16, while defence claims abuse started when victim was 15

In Penticton’s courthouse, a victim testified to several years of sexual abuse from her step-father, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault and sexual interference of a minor.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Arrest made in 1 of 4 homicides in Penticton last year

Kiera Bourque arrested Tuesday after RCMP investigation into a 17-year-old boy’s death in April 2017

Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton crews respond to car fire at landfill

Penticton crews respond to car fire at landfill

The older model station wagon appeared to have two occupants at the time of the fire

Penticton crews respond to car fire at landfill
Registered clinical counsellor Lindsay Bysterveld, counselling services co-ordinator with the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, demonstrates eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy, often used with those who have experienced or witnessed trauma.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Walk to end abuse for those who can’t

SOWINS’s Debbie Scarborough points to the lethal potential in intimate partner abuse

Registered clinical counsellor Lindsay Bysterveld, counselling services co-ordinator with the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, demonstrates eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy, often used with those who have experienced or witnessed trauma.                                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

Penticton council’s modular housing decision ‘disappointing’: B.C. Housing

But the low-barrier housing project could still be built on two properties in the same location

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
As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton homeless campers devastated by park cleanup

Two women, in their 50s and 60s, said they felt like giving up after their only home was cleared out

As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

That includes 663 properties in Electoral Area “B” and Electoral Area “G” and 589 in Keremeos

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties
Penticton city council voted to defer its decision on a bylaw that would require pawn shops and second-hand stores to sign up to an RCMP database to find stolen items, asking staff to bring harsher penalties for non-compliant businesses. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton council defers on pawn shop stolen goods database

Council directed staff to come back with harsher, escalating penalties for non-compliant businesses

Penticton city council voted to defer its decision on a bylaw that would require pawn shops and second-hand stores to sign up to an RCMP database to find stolen items, asking staff to bring harsher penalties for non-compliant businesses. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Karen Haynes (right) and her friend Terry Gabelhei crouch in their meager living space in the Esplanade Trails above the marina on Okanagan Lake, as they prepare to pack up their belongings.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

‘Lost in the shuffle’: Penticton homeless struggle with camp restrictions

City bylaw says they’re ‘trying to balance the heart and the hammer’ with homeless camps in Esplanade

Karen Haynes (right) and her friend Terry Gabelhei crouch in their meager living space in the Esplanade Trails above the marina on Okanagan Lake, as they prepare to pack up their belongings.                                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

UPDATED: Penticton council sends housing project back to drawing board

B.C. Housing had proposed 52 units of modular housing for the corner of Green Avenue and Main Street

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
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

Okanagan jail likely driver of region’s violent crime hike

South Okanagan-Similkameen’s top cop says violent crime happening in jail, not after inmates released

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
Ian Gerbrandt with OneSky Community Resources delivers his pitch to Penticton city council for an ad-hoc committee’s sharps disposal strategy, as community partners with Pathways Addictions Resource Centre and City of Penticton’s bylaw department watch.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton council green lights sharps disposal inquiry

City staff will help an ad-hoc committee refine a list of locations for sharps disposal bins

Ian Gerbrandt with OneSky Community Resources delivers his pitch to Penticton city council for an ad-hoc committee’s sharps disposal strategy, as community partners with Pathways Addictions Resource Centre and City of Penticton’s bylaw department watch.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News