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Bregje Kozak, Penticton’s recreation and culture director, says an updated business case for a new arena is almost ready to be presented to city council. Submitted photo

Business case for new Penticton arena being updated

New twin-sheet arena still years away

Bregje Kozak, Penticton’s recreation and culture director, says an updated business case for a new arena is almost ready to be presented to city council. Submitted photo
Penticton Search and Rescue was called to Pencushion Mountain Tuesday to help rescue a hang glider pilot who had crashed on the slopes. PENSAR photo

Hang glider pilot rescued from Pincushion Mountain

Pilot was able to help guide rescue crews to her location

Penticton Search and Rescue was called to Pencushion Mountain Tuesday to help rescue a hang glider pilot who had crashed on the slopes. PENSAR photo
With five decades of guitar playing, Jack Semple is no stranger to playing solo. He’s performing at the Dream Café on Jan. 17. Submitted photo

Acoustic blues to fill the Dream Café

Jack Semple bringing his solo show to Penticton

With five decades of guitar playing, Jack Semple is no stranger to playing solo. He’s performing at the Dream Café on Jan. 17. Submitted photo
A Nanaimo Clippers’ stick goes flying over Brendan Harrogate’s head as they both chase a puck into the corner. Brennan Phillips/Western News

Vees end Nanaimo’s streak with 4-1 win at home

Vees now ranked no. 1 in the Interior Division

A Nanaimo Clippers’ stick goes flying over Brendan Harrogate’s head as they both chase a puck into the corner. Brennan Phillips/Western News
Coun. Jake Kimberley continued his opposition to allowing cannabis retail on Main and Front Streets.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News

Cannabis stores allowed in downtown Penticton

City council removes ban on stores in city core

Coun. Jake Kimberley continued his opposition to allowing cannabis retail on Main and Front Streets.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News
Peter Weeber, seen here recording the new city council’s first working meeting, is resigning as Penticton’s chief administrative officer. Steve Kidd/Western News

Penticton looking for new city manager

Peter Weeber leaving for private sector

Peter Weeber, seen here recording the new city council’s first working meeting, is resigning as Penticton’s chief administrative officer. Steve Kidd/Western News
Emergency crews work with a woman who was struck by a car in an intersection. Skylar Noe-Vack photo

Pedestrian escapes with minor injuries after crosswalk collision

Penticton RCMP investigate after pedestrian struck at intersectio

Emergency crews work with a woman who was struck by a car in an intersection. Skylar Noe-Vack photo
97 youth gathered in the B.C. Legislature in the final days of 2018 to take part in the 90th B.C. Youth Parliament.                                Submitted photo

South Okanagan students go to work at B.C. Youth Parliament

Participants return from 90th B.C. Youth Parliament

97 youth gathered in the B.C. Legislature in the final days of 2018 to take part in the 90th B.C. Youth Parliament.                                Submitted photo
Jordan Coble of the Westbank First Nation and Levi Bent of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band did a joint presentation in nsyilxcən at the Syilx Language House’s celebration of their third year last April. Steve Kidd/Western News

Critically endangered language being brought back to life

Syilx Language House nears end of first four-year program

Jordan Coble of the Westbank First Nation and Levi Bent of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band did a joint presentation in nsyilxcən at the Syilx Language House’s celebration of their third year last April. Steve Kidd/Western News
Property assessment are in the mail, and the average South Okanagan homeowner can expect an increase in their property value. File photo

Property assessments continue to increase in the South Okanagan

Owners of more than 208,000 properties in the Okanagan can expect their 2019 assessment notices

Property assessment are in the mail, and the average South Okanagan homeowner can expect an increase in their property value. File photo
Start the new year with a full tank

Start the new year with a full tank

Gas prices dropping to $1/litre range in Penticton

Start the new year with a full tank
Wills Hodgkinson (wearing his Batman T-shirt) is surrounded by his classmates on a rare trip home last April from Vancouver, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News

Looking back: a South Okanagan family’s year-long journey

Community support plays role in recovery

Wills Hodgkinson (wearing his Batman T-shirt) is surrounded by his classmates on a rare trip home last April from Vancouver, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News
John Vassilaki was sworn in as Penticton’s 20th mayor on Nov. 6, 2018.                                Steve Kidd/Western News

The year changes, but the problems remain

City of Penticton continuing focus on attracting jobs, homelessness and safety in 2019

John Vassilaki was sworn in as Penticton’s 20th mayor on Nov. 6, 2018.                                Steve Kidd/Western News
Call taker Heather Andrews handled the number one call on this year’s list and said when someone calls 9-1-1 just to complain about customer service at a business, time is taken away from helping people with real life safety issues.                                 E-Comm photo

Fast-food restaurant being closed tops list of worst 911 calls

Nuisance and abandoned 911 calls waste police resources

Call taker Heather Andrews handled the number one call on this year’s list and said when someone calls 9-1-1 just to complain about customer service at a business, time is taken away from helping people with real life safety issues.                                 E-Comm photo
According to a new report traditional agriculture now only accounts for less than one per cent of the economy, with the agriculture focus shifting to grape growing.                                Western News file photo

Penticton no longer the ‘Peach city’

Fruit growing declining as economic driver

According to a new report traditional agriculture now only accounts for less than one per cent of the economy, with the agriculture focus shifting to grape growing.                                Western News file photo
Helping Hands — Silver Eagles at Christmas

Helping Hands — Silver Eagles at Christmas

The Silver Eagles Were doing their Christmas rounds in Penticton earlier this month

Helping Hands — Silver Eagles at Christmas
Penticton Vees top the Interior Division

Penticton Vees top the Interior Division

Vees win marathon game in West Kelowna to sweep weekend

Penticton Vees top the Interior Division
A GoFundMe account has been started to help a family that lost their home on Dec. 21 in fire at Riva Ridge mobile home park.                                Skylar Noe-Vack photo

Updated: Mother and son lost everything in Riva Ridge mobile home fire

GoFundMe started for Penticton family who lost home Friday

A GoFundMe account has been started to help a family that lost their home on Dec. 21 in fire at Riva Ridge mobile home park.                                Skylar Noe-Vack photo
Penticton MLA weighs in on referendum results

Penticton MLA weighs in on referendum results

Penticton and Boundary Similkameen vote for first-past-the-post

Penticton MLA weighs in on referendum results
The City of Penticton plans to continue the work of a safety and security task force through summer 2019. File photo

Penticton continuing to clean up streets this summer

Council endorses continuation of city safety and security task force

The City of Penticton plans to continue the work of a safety and security task force through summer 2019. File photo