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FORMER VANCOUVER CANUCKS forward Thomas Gradin is being inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame along with former Canuck Tony Tanti and former Canucks GM Dave Nonis

John Shannon gets Hall call

The B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017 includes John Shannon and former Canucks Thomas Gradin and Tony Tanti.

FORMER VANCOUVER CANUCKS forward Thomas Gradin is being inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame along with former Canuck Tony Tanti and former Canucks GM Dave Nonis
Shakura S'Aida returns to the Dream Music Festival for 2017.

Dream Music Festival releases 2017 line-up

The line up for the 2017 Dream Music Festival has been announced with some new and returning favourites.

Shakura S'Aida returns to the Dream Music Festival for 2017.
Local photographer Meghan Fletcher shared this beautiful image of an ice-edged lake.

Ice, ice, everywhere

Penticton Western News readers share their photos of winter's cold beauty

Local photographer Meghan Fletcher shared this beautiful image of an ice-edged lake.
A portion of the Canada 150 Mosaic

Council preview: Canada 150 mosaic, fire season, tax grants

Penticton city council is getting together for their next regular meeting a week early, on Jan. 17.

A portion of the Canada 150 Mosaic
Weezer comes to the SOEC in April.

Weezer coming to Penticton

Weezer, The Trews and The Flatliners are coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in April.

Weezer comes to the SOEC in April.
Council briefs: finishing up, new duplexes

Council briefs: finishing up, new duplexes

Penticton city council deals with property issues

Council briefs: finishing up, new duplexes
The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen is looking for a few good men and women to participate on an Official Community Plan citizen’s committee

Seeking members for citizen’s committee

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen are asking for residents to participate on an Official Community Plan citizen’s committee.

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen is looking for a few good men and women to participate on an Official Community Plan citizen’s committee
Severe weather and natural disasters like the Fort McMurray fires added up to a record year of payouts for the insurance industry in 2016.

Record insurance payouts in 2016

Severe weather, natural disasters cause record year for insurable damage in Canada

Severe weather and natural disasters like the Fort McMurray fires added up to a record year of payouts for the insurance industry in 2016.
RDOS director Karla Kozakevich

Regional district director looks back at 2016

Looking back over 2016, Karla Kozakevich said a decision near the end of the year was one of the biggest accomplishments for the RDOS.

RDOS director Karla Kozakevich
OWEN SILLINGER (23) and the Penticton Vees welcome the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to the South Okanagan Events Centre for their lone meeting in Penticton in BCHL regular season action.

VIDEO: Vees look to bounce back against the Bulldogs

The Penticton Vees host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during the Valley First Feed the Valley initiative and BCHL Fivehool for Food Challenge.

OWEN SILLINGER (23) and the Penticton Vees welcome the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to the South Okanagan Events Centre for their lone meeting in Penticton in BCHL regular season action.
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has launched a new activity program in Penticton at the Community Centre.

Dementia is everyone’s concern

The Penticton Community Centre is home to a new program offering physical and social activity for people living with dementia and caregivers

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has launched a new activity program in Penticton at the Community Centre.
Writing Out Loud Workshops return to the Keremeos Area on Jan. 25

Writing Out Loud returns to the Similkameen

A Keremeos group has the popular Writing Out Loud workshops back on the schedule this month

Writing Out Loud Workshops return to the Keremeos Area on Jan. 25
Top 10 complaints and top 10 inquiries of 2016

Top 10 complaints and top 10 inquiries of 2016

In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for business reviews through their website.

Top 10 complaints and top 10 inquiries of 2016
Pileated Woodpecker

Woodpeckers of winter

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean birds are absent. Winter is one of the best times to see species unobscured by summer foliage.

Pileated Woodpecker
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Chris Buck Band coming to Oliver Sunshine Festival

A free concert is coming to Oliver this summer in the form of the BC Country Music Association's Country Club Act of the Year.

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SIMON ALBRECHTSON of the Nickel plate Nordic club at the Teck B.C. Cup at Larch Hills on Sunday

Nickel Plate racers earn top 10 results

Nickel Plate Nordic Club junior racers performed well at Salmon Arm's Teck B.C. Cup race.

SIMON ALBRECHTSON of the Nickel plate Nordic club at the Teck B.C. Cup at Larch Hills on Sunday
DJ WARKENTIN of Penticton midget recreation 1 stickhandles his way past two Semiahmoo defenders during a Penticton Minor Hockey Association tournament Jan. 6 to 8. Warkentin led the Vees to a 5-1 win by netting a hattrick

Vernon edges Penticton midget rec 2 team for tournament championship

The Penticton 2 midget recreation team lost a tight battle to Vernon in a Penticton Minor Hockey Association tournament.

DJ WARKENTIN of Penticton midget recreation 1 stickhandles his way past two Semiahmoo defenders during a Penticton Minor Hockey Association tournament Jan. 6 to 8. Warkentin led the Vees to a 5-1 win by netting a hattrick
Theo's Restaurant in Penticton had to be evacuated this evening (Jan. 12) when flames began shooting out of a chimney on the building.

Chimney fire clears restaurant

A Penticton restaurant had to be evacuated tonight due to a chimney fire.

Theo's Restaurant in Penticton had to be evacuated this evening (Jan. 12) when flames began shooting out of a chimney on the building.
Public skating at McLaren Park Arena.

Arena Task Force set

Determining the future of Memorial and McLaren arenas got underway this week with the first meeting of the Arena Task Force.

Public skating at McLaren Park Arena.
Penticton city council begins discussions on the city's 2017 budget on Jan. 24.

Budget talks begin later this month

Penticton city council is preparing to discuss the city's 2017 budget

Penticton city council begins discussions on the city's 2017 budget on Jan. 24.