Steve Kidd

The Sea-to-Sky highway snakes its way up the B.C. coast with a wildfire raging on the forested slopes above. (BC Wildfire photo)

Crews fight wildfire along Sea-to-Sky Highway

A cause has not been determined, although a downed power line is suspected

The Sea-to-Sky highway snakes its way up the B.C. coast with a wildfire raging on the forested slopes above. (BC Wildfire photo)
Joan Phillip, poses with her husband Stewart. She is the NDP candidate for the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Riding. (Black Press file photo)

Penticton Indian Band councillor trying for federal seat

Joan Phillip acclaimed as NDP candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Joan Phillip, poses with her husband Stewart. She is the NDP candidate for the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Riding. (Black Press file photo)
Princess Margaret’s Kevin Styba-Nelson was chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month for May. (Submitted)

Student of the month takes on new experiences

Kevin Styba-Nelson is the Rotary Student of the Month for May

Princess Margaret’s Kevin Styba-Nelson was chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month for May. (Submitted)
Philanthropist David Kampe, seen here on a tour of the new hospital tower named in his honour, died on the evening of May 8. (File photo)

City mourns passing of philanthropist

David E. Kampe was surrounded by his loved ones

Philanthropist David Kampe, seen here on a tour of the new hospital tower named in his honour, died on the evening of May 8. (File photo)
Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, stands outside Ecuador’s London embassy in 2017. The extensive database covers many areas, including Penticton. (Frank Augstein - AP Photo)

South Okanagan sneaks into Wikileaks

Penticton a sour note in 1978 Trudeau tour

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, stands outside Ecuador’s London embassy in 2017. The extensive database covers many areas, including Penticton. (Frank Augstein - AP Photo)
Community engagement for Penticton’s Official Community Plan review included reaching out to families and children, like Thomas Dawson, encouraging participation in games involving planning and development. (Western News file photo)

Floods, fires and park controversy played a part of Penticton’s planning

New Official Community Plan projects less than one per cent growth

Community engagement for Penticton’s Official Community Plan review included reaching out to families and children, like Thomas Dawson, encouraging participation in games involving planning and development. (Western News file photo)
A new study recommends Penticton’s electricity rates stay the same until 2022. (File photo)

Minimal rate increases for Penticton utilities

Preliminary results of study says utility reserves are healthy

A new study recommends Penticton’s electricity rates stay the same until 2022. (File photo)
RCMP officers work outside a crime scene in Penticton where four people were killed in a shooting spree that rocked the city Monday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett)

Schools, community centres wait behind closed doors during Penticton shootings

Safety procedures functioned smoothly during fatal shooting

RCMP officers work outside a crime scene in Penticton where four people were killed in a shooting spree that rocked the city Monday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett)
Penticton mayor speaks out after shootings

Penticton mayor speaks out after shootings

Vassilaki reassures troubled city

Penticton mayor speaks out after shootings
The first-ever image of a black hole surrounded by a halo of bright gas, was released on April 10. It’s in a galaxy 55 million light years away from Earth. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)

Okanagan astronomer talks about the importance of first-ever black hole image

Eight observatories worked together for breakthrough

The first-ever image of a black hole surrounded by a halo of bright gas, was released on April 10. It’s in a galaxy 55 million light years away from Earth. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)
Houdini, the resident Great Horned Owl at the South Okanagan Raptor Rehab Centre near Oliver, looks around at the crowd.. The B.C. SPCA is hoping to set up their own rehab centre to help a wider range of animals in the Central Okanagan. (Steve Kidd – Black Press)

BC SPCA looking at Okanagan for wildlife rehab centre

Community support is needed to get the project going

Houdini, the resident Great Horned Owl at the South Okanagan Raptor Rehab Centre near Oliver, looks around at the crowd.. The B.C. SPCA is hoping to set up their own rehab centre to help a wider range of animals in the Central Okanagan. (Steve Kidd – Black Press)
An HNZ Topflight (former Canadian) helicopter over a region of the Similkameen. (Western News file photo)

B.C. premier wants to move quickly on national park

John Horgan support’s ‘community’s drive to have a national park.’

An HNZ Topflight (former Canadian) helicopter over a region of the Similkameen. (Western News file photo)
Penticton RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, paraphernalia and weapons in a raid on a Penticton home Thursday. (RCMP)

Penticton RCMP shut down drug traffickers

Drugs, guns and a stolen motorcycle seized in bust

Penticton RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, paraphernalia and weapons in a raid on a Penticton home Thursday. (RCMP)

Facts vs alternate facts

Rumour spreads faster than ever

Fire hoses snake across the street as Penticton firefighters prepare to enter a home with a fire in the basement. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Penticton fire department attending basement fire

Fire only showing a trickle of smoke outside the home

Fire hoses snake across the street as Penticton firefighters prepare to enter a home with a fire in the basement. (Mark Brett - Western News)
(Black Press Media files)
(Black Press Media files)
The Okanagan School of the Arts Society is calling a special meeting to end their lease of the Shatford Centre and close down operations. (File photo)

Penticton’s Okanagan School of the Arts wrapping up operations

OSA board says there isn’t enough funding to continue

The Okanagan School of the Arts Society is calling a special meeting to end their lease of the Shatford Centre and close down operations. (File photo)
Kikkan Randall, a four-time U.S. Olympic athlete, helped found Fast and Female, an organization dedicated to inspiring girls to participate in sports. (Submitted photo)

Fast and female in Penticton

Olympic athletes, sports mentors gear up to inspire girls at Penticton campus

Kikkan Randall, a four-time U.S. Olympic athlete, helped found Fast and Female, an organization dedicated to inspiring girls to participate in sports. (Submitted photo)
Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes

Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes

Cody Allen Pelletier is wanted for a number of property offences

Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes
There are no measles cases in the Interior Health region, but IH still wants to remind people that immunization is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones against measles. (File photo)

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

There are no measles cases in the Interior Health region, but IH still wants to remind people that immunization is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones against measles. (File photo)