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Jeff Bryde’s 21-foot sailboat, which sunk over the weekend, was raised by Diving Dynamics Tuesday. (Submitted photo)

Sailboat raised from Okanagan Lake during snowfall

Owner gave boat away after raising it

Jeff Bryde’s 21-foot sailboat, which sunk over the weekend, was raised by Diving Dynamics Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
Clearing the snow off your car is worth it

Clearing the snow off your car is worth it

Snow-covered windows make for dangerous driving and could net you a fine

Clearing the snow off your car is worth it
Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland

Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland

Callan Road detour along Highway 97 opening Monday morning

Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland
Sunday morning, smoke was still billowing from a house where Penticton firefighters had been battling a blaze since 3 a.m. Steve Kidd/Western News

Freezing temperatures complicate response to destructive blaze in Penticton

An older home on Huth Ave. was destroyed and a firefighter suffered broken ribs after a fall

Sunday morning, smoke was still billowing from a house where Penticton firefighters had been battling a blaze since 3 a.m. Steve Kidd/Western News
Commuters will have a shorter detour Monday morning around the rockslide that has closed Highway 97 for more than a week. File photo

Shorter detour for Highway 97 commuters in the Okanagan

Callan Road detour along Highway 97 opening Monday morning

Commuters will have a shorter detour Monday morning around the rockslide that has closed Highway 97 for more than a week. File photo
Marilyn Keller and the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band traditionally switch to gospel on Sunday mornings at the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival/ Steve Kidd/Western News

New name but still a party

Pentastic Hot Jazz reaching out with name change

Marilyn Keller and the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band traditionally switch to gospel on Sunday mornings at the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival/ Steve Kidd/Western News
Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland was expected to reopen Wednesday, but a new crack in the hillside has delayed work on the slope. File photo

New crack in hillside delays Highway 97 reopening

Highway was expected to reopen Wednesday

Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland was expected to reopen Wednesday, but a new crack in the hillside has delayed work on the slope. File photo
Services like Airbnb, VRBO and others have the short-term vacation rental industry booming. File photo

Penticton expects short-term rentals to continue to grow

Need for greater enforcement to convince operators to comply with city regs.

Services like Airbnb, VRBO and others have the short-term vacation rental industry booming. File photo
The view from the air of the #rockslide on Highway 97, north of Summerland. MoTi Okanagan Shuswap photo

Penticton Search and Rescue rescues two drivers trying to bypass rockslide closure

Okanagan motorists trying unsafe routes to get past Highway 97 closure

The view from the air of the #rockslide on Highway 97, north of Summerland. MoTi Okanagan Shuswap photo
B.C. Hydro says it’s the cooking, not the TVs, that causes the most power usage during the Super Bowl. File photo

Superbowl spikes power consumption pre-game

BC Hydro finds electricity use spikes in the kitchen before the big game

B.C. Hydro says it’s the cooking, not the TVs, that causes the most power usage during the Super Bowl. File photo
The cast of Beyond Therapy includes Diane Gludovatz, Joel Browne, Jenn MacNeil, Trevor Leigh, Tristan Duursma (standing) and Craig Bjornson. Submitted photo

SOAP goes Beyond Therapy

Oliver theatre troupe readying new production

The cast of Beyond Therapy includes Diane Gludovatz, Joel Browne, Jenn MacNeil, Trevor Leigh, Tristan Duursma (standing) and Craig Bjornson. Submitted photo
Patrick “Redbeard” Vrolyk had some shining facial hair for the third round of the Okanagan Beard Festival in 2017. Dale Boyd/Western News

Beard festival keeps growing

Fourth annual Okanagan Beard Festival starts in February

Patrick “Redbeard” Vrolyk had some shining facial hair for the third round of the Okanagan Beard Festival in 2017. Dale Boyd/Western News
Rex Gill was one of two men killed in separate shooting incidents in Kamloops Wednesday. Photo courtesy Facebook

Penticton man killed in Kamloops shooting

Friends and family grieving death of Rex Gill

Rex Gill was one of two men killed in separate shooting incidents in Kamloops Wednesday. Photo courtesy Facebook
Newsboy leader Jake Kelly (Josh Richardson) is surounded by his fellow newsies, as they begin to plot their strike in protest of rising newspaper costs.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News

Theatre group brings Newsies to Penticton

Soundstage produces its first Disney musical

Newsboy leader Jake Kelly (Josh Richardson) is surounded by his fellow newsies, as they begin to plot their strike in protest of rising newspaper costs.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News
Local performers Maya Robbie and Travis Weir are featured performers for a weekend of environmentally active music and humour sponsored by First Things First Okanagan. Submitted photo

First Things First evoking the power of song and play

Environmental group educating through entertainment

Local performers Maya Robbie and Travis Weir are featured performers for a weekend of environmentally active music and humour sponsored by First Things First Okanagan. Submitted photo
The Super Wolf Blood Moon, so called because it is a full moon in January which orbits unusually close to the earth and coincides with a full lunar eclipse rises over Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 20. Jim Eliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Super blood wolf moon fills Okanagan skies, to photographers’ delight

Photographers had a rare chance Sunday to capture a rare lunar eclipse

The Super Wolf Blood Moon, so called because it is a full moon in January which orbits unusually close to the earth and coincides with a full lunar eclipse rises over Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 20. Jim Eliot/Salmon Arm Observer
The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance is continuing working with growers to encourage awareness of the benefits or working with local species, like these great horned owls released at the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Mark Brett/Western News

Conservation group getting together with growers

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance talking with growers about working with species at risk

The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance is continuing working with growers to encourage awareness of the benefits or working with local species, like these great horned owls released at the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Mark Brett/Western News
City of Penticton going all in on city manager job search

City of Penticton going all in on city manager job search

City working hard to attract candidates for CAO position

City of Penticton going all in on city manager job search
A shy Wills Hodgkinson — and his not-so shy sister Scarlett — paid a visit to the Western News office in November, looking strong and healthy.                                Steve Kidd/Western News

Penticton family giving back to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

The mother of a young Penticton cancer fighter wants to support the people that helped the family

A shy Wills Hodgkinson — and his not-so shy sister Scarlett — paid a visit to the Western News office in November, looking strong and healthy.                                Steve Kidd/Western News
The City of Penticton is looking for input from residents of Windsor Avenue and K Streets neighbourhoods about whether a heritage designation would be appropriate. Steve Kidd/Western News

Penticton adding heritage conservation areas to OCP

Residents of Windsor Avenue and the K Streets invited to consider heritage designation

The City of Penticton is looking for input from residents of Windsor Avenue and K Streets neighbourhoods about whether a heritage designation would be appropriate. Steve Kidd/Western News