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This is the Grinch in all his lit up glory at the Hughes’ yard on Granby Ave. (Hughes photo - Facebook)

The Grinch has been returned

“I guess someone’s heart grew three times that night” says April Hughes

Giant's Head Elementary

Second COVID-19 case at Giant’s Head Elementary

Letter sent to parents Dec. 3 about the recent case

Paramedic Jason Manuel, dressed in PPE, inspects an ambulance at Station 341 on Nov. 30. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Second wave, twice the anxiety; Okanagan paramedics reflect on pandemic from the front line

‘I don’t know who that (next) person is going to be, I don’t want it to be me or my family’: Paramedic

(Contributed)

Penticton Regional Hospital Auxiliary donates $78k to school breakfast programs

The Penticton Breakfast Club runs programs at Queens Park, Westbench and Columbia Elementary schools

(Contributed)
The aftermath of the 3 a.m. fire in Keremeos. (Keremeos Fire Department)

Fire and explosion wakes Keremeos residents

A motorhome was consumed and a boat severely damaged after the 3 a.m. fire

The aftermath of the 3 a.m. fire in Keremeos. (Keremeos Fire Department)
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One death and 82 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

1,981 total cases, 609 are active and those individuals are on isolation

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Boundary-Similkameen BC Liberal candidate Petra Veintimilla
Boundary-Similkameen BC NDP candidate Roly Russell
Penticton BC NDP candidate Toni Boot
Penticton BC Libertarian candidate Keith MacIntyre
The Cactus Court housing property was intended to have zero barriers for accessibility, but the door sills are visibly above the outer layer of concrete. It is one of the issues that BC Housing is currently working on with the contractor for the project. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Affordable housing projects in Keremeos continue to sit empty

Cactus Court was supposed to be finished around July this year

The Cactus Court housing property was intended to have zero barriers for accessibility, but the door sills are visibly above the outer layer of concrete. It is one of the issues that BC Housing is currently working on with the contractor for the project. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)

‘People need to start listening’: IH top doc combats COVID-19 misconceptions

Dr. Albert de Villiers says light at the end of the tunnel will grow in step with people’s adherence to PHO guidance

Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
Mike Forster (left) and Kristyn Trickey (right) spend multiple nights a week supplying people experiencing homelessness in Penticton with food, clothing, blankets and other essential items to help through the night. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton community outreach group seeking donations for online auction

Funds raised will support outreach work with those experiencing homelessness

Mike Forster (left) and Kristyn Trickey (right) spend multiple nights a week supplying people experiencing homelessness in Penticton with food, clothing, blankets and other essential items to help through the night. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Desert Sun would like to house a winter shelter in the Oliver United Church. They are seeking a three year contract. (Google View)

Virtual meeting for Oliver winter shelter is tonight

Public invited to join Zoom meeting, ask questions

Desert Sun would like to house a winter shelter in the Oliver United Church. They are seeking a three year contract. (Google View)
Santa, Gary Haupt out of costume, is putting together personalized videos for kids. (Submitted)
Santa, Gary Haupt out of costume, is putting together personalized videos for kids. (Submitted)
Penticton Secondary School has been added to the list of school exposures to COVID-19 by Interior Health. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

BREAKING: COVID-19 at Pen-Hi

Pen Hi is the third school this week to have COVID exposures

Penticton Secondary School has been added to the list of school exposures to COVID-19 by Interior Health. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
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Osoyoos Credit Union staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The credit union made the announcement Dec. 1

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South Okanagan Women in Need Society and TIME Winery will be accepting donations from noon to 4 p.m. at Time Winery Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 to help women and children in need during their annual “Time to Give” event. (Contributed)

Support women and children in need this weekend at TIME Winery in Penticton

SOWINS has seen more women than ever become victims to domestic abuse this year

South Okanagan Women in Need Society and TIME Winery will be accepting donations from noon to 4 p.m. at Time Winery Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 to help women and children in need during their annual “Time to Give” event. (Contributed)
The Hughes’ Grinch was stolen from their front yard Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The Santa suit the Grinch is wearing is 50 years old and has sentimental value. It was once worn by April Hughes’ dad. (Hughes photo)

Stolen Grinch ‘irreplaceable’

The Hughes have had a Christmas display for 25 years on Grandy Avenue in Penticton

The Hughes’ Grinch was stolen from their front yard Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The Santa suit the Grinch is wearing is 50 years old and has sentimental value. It was once worn by April Hughes’ dad. (Hughes photo)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)

Penticton cops awarded for impaired driving investigations

Award recognizes ‘extraordinary contributions’ in reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
Gabrielle Poon said Fiction, formerly Amka, is the perfect fit for their family. “She loves playing with her big brothers, Cricket (a Shiba Inu) and Facts (Siberian husky).” She has attended rally, obedience, and agility classes and has done remarkably well for such a young pup, according to Poon. “She is eager to please and gets excited whenever she sees the training equipment pulled out. She loves hiking and had her first overnight hiking trip in October. She is such sweet little dog and has so much love to give. We’re delighted to have Fiction as a member of our family!” Poon said. (SPCA photo)

Before and after: SPCA shares update on rescued husky puppies

Seventeen husky puppies were adopted after being found neglected on a property in the B.C. Interior last December

Gabrielle Poon said Fiction, formerly Amka, is the perfect fit for their family. “She loves playing with her big brothers, Cricket (a Shiba Inu) and Facts (Siberian husky).” She has attended rally, obedience, and agility classes and has done remarkably well for such a young pup, according to Poon. “She is eager to please and gets excited whenever she sees the training equipment pulled out. She loves hiking and had her first overnight hiking trip in October. She is such sweet little dog and has so much love to give. We’re delighted to have Fiction as a member of our family!” Poon said. (SPCA photo)
Hoodoo Adventures is getting all decked out for the holidays and hoping businesses do to for their new Holiday Spirit Map. The Candy Cane Lane drive thru had to be cancelled. (Contributed)

Candy Cane Lane cancelled

Hoodoo Adventure will be creating a holiday spirit map instead

Hoodoo Adventures is getting all decked out for the holidays and hoping businesses do to for their new Holiday Spirit Map. The Candy Cane Lane drive thru had to be cancelled. (Contributed)
Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)

No mask? Lose your pass at Apex

The ski resort has implemented a strict mask policy for the upcoming ski season

Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)
Pentictonites have orderd SkipTheDishes at an unprecedented rate throughout 2020. (Submitted)

This cuisine was Penticton’s most popular on SkipTheDishes in 2020

Pentictonites ordered SkipTheDishes more than ever in 2020, with one cuisine proving most popular

Pentictonites have orderd SkipTheDishes at an unprecedented rate throughout 2020. (Submitted)