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The bike lanes were cleared with one of the newer pieces of the city’s fleet; a municipal tractor armed with a purpose-bought blade to clear snow on the bike path. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton tries out new bike lane snow plow

City used new municipal tractor with purpose-bought blade to clear bike paths

New recruits will be trained and ready to go out of the Penticton detachment this summer. (File photo)

3 new police officers arrive in Penticton in New Year

The new recruits will start training in Penticton in February 2022

A semi truck was caught on video passing another semi past a double solid line and a curve in the road on Highway 5A on Dec. 2. (Twitter)

Semi caught on camera driving erratically on Hwy 5A sparks RCMP probe

BC Highway Patrol called the move dangerous and unprofessional

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style with two elves on the wagon from the South Similkameen Museum to the Keremeos Light Up Parade last Saturday, Dec. 4. (Brennan Phillips - Review)

Photos: Keremeos Lights Up with return of annual parade

The parade brought hundreds to Veterans Avenue

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style with two elves on the wagon from the South Similkameen Museum to the Keremeos Light Up Parade last Saturday, Dec. 4. (Brennan Phillips - Review)
A semi-truck went off the road and is blocking traffic at the bottom of West Bench Hill Drive just outside of Penticton. (Danah Phillips - Contributed)

Semi-truck takes out light post and blocks Highway 97 intersection in Penticton

The truck slid off the road and took out a light post, according to a witness

A semi-truck went off the road and is blocking traffic at the bottom of West Bench Hill Drive just outside of Penticton. (Danah Phillips - Contributed)
Highway between Elliot and Glenrosa Road backed up. (Carol Ryan)

Snow causes havoc on Highway 97 in West Kelowna

Semis and trucks involved in crashes on Highway 97 in West Kelowna

Highway between Elliot and Glenrosa Road backed up. (Carol Ryan)
Police services along with bylaw and fire will be looked at during a community safety review. (Western file photo)

Penticton to review community safety

It will cost $75K to hire consultants to look at policing, bylaw and fire services

Police services along with bylaw and fire will be looked at during a community safety review. (Western file photo)
(File photo)

B.C. chiropractic regulating body walks back motion against vaccine mandates

Health Minister Adrian Dix called the motion disappointing, not reflective of most chiropractors

(File photo)
The proposed development for 602 Lakeshore Drive would be a four-storey eight-unit building. (City of Penticton)
The proposed development for 602 Lakeshore Drive would be a four-storey eight-unit building. (City of Penticton)
UBC Okanagan is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C.’s Interior to receive provincial funding for new co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities, according to an announcement Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 (File photo)

Okanagan post-secondary students will soon have more work placement opportunities

Funding from province to bolster co-op, work-integrated learning programs at Interior schools

UBC Okanagan is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C.’s Interior to receive provincial funding for new co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities, according to an announcement Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 (File photo)
(Black Press Media files)

Snowfall warning in place for Hope, Coquihalla and Hope-Princeton

Up to 15 cm expected to fall overnight on mountain passes, says Environment Canada

(Black Press Media files)
One of the multiple incidents that closed Highway 3 last week. (Paul Anthony - Twitter)

Five fatal crashes in a week on Highways 3 and 97

Traffic has increased substantially due to floods closing other routes

One of the multiple incidents that closed Highway 3 last week. (Paul Anthony - Twitter)
Santa is no stranger to taking his bicycle out for rides, having met up with children in Chilliwack in 2018 before coming to Penticton this year. (Jenna Hauck - File)

Santa will be cycling the Penticton bike lane Dec. 11

You can join Jolly St. Nick on a community ride with photos after at Gyro Park

Santa is no stranger to taking his bicycle out for rides, having met up with children in Chilliwack in 2018 before coming to Penticton this year. (Jenna Hauck - File)
Re-Inventing The Wheel will be making its online international debut on Dec. 3, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (Contributed)

Documentary on Okanagan, Kamloops wheelchair community making its international debut

Re-Inventing The Wheel won the best feature documentary at the 2020 Chelsea Film Festival in New York

Re-Inventing The Wheel will be making its online international debut on Dec. 3, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (Contributed)
The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

Less than 25% of users have applied for groundwater licence as B.C.’s deadline nears

Those without a licence could face fines, penalties and lose water rights

The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
Giant’s Head Elementary had potential exposure days from Nov. 18, 19 and from 22 to 24. (Google Maps)

Summerland schools have more potential COVID-19 exposures

Interior Health added more dates to two schools in Summerland

Giant’s Head Elementary had potential exposure days from Nov. 18, 19 and from 22 to 24. (Google Maps)
An Osoyoos family got the fright of their life when someone through a piece of concrete through their front window, with glass landing on the mom who fell asleep on the couch. The man seen in the photo is the victim’s partner who came to the rescue with a ladder and plywood to board up the window. (Submitted)

Osoyoos family shaken after chunk of concrete thrown through front window

The family had fallen asleep on the couch when glass and concrete came down on them

An Osoyoos family got the fright of their life when someone through a piece of concrete through their front window, with glass landing on the mom who fell asleep on the couch. The man seen in the photo is the victim’s partner who came to the rescue with a ladder and plywood to board up the window. (Submitted)
A person was killed in this crash at the uncontrolled intersection of Warren Ave. and Channel Parkway on Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton crash on Highway 97 Channel Parkway was fatal

BC Coroners Service confirm one person died in crash at Warren Ave. and Channel Parkway

A person was killed in this crash at the uncontrolled intersection of Warren Ave. and Channel Parkway on Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The Town of Osoyoos is asking people to inquire about unclaimed bikes the town has accumulated over the past year. (Carl Neazen Loven Unsplash)
The Town of Osoyoos is asking people to inquire about unclaimed bikes the town has accumulated over the past year. (Carl Neazen Loven Unsplash)
Shawn Lamouroux of Vernon is facing seven counts of robbery stemming from crimes up and down the Okanagan in October and November 2021. (Contributed)

Month-long Okanagan-wide robbery spree ends with arrest

37-year-old Vernon man facing 7 counts of robbery

Shawn Lamouroux of Vernon is facing seven counts of robbery stemming from crimes up and down the Okanagan in October and November 2021. (Contributed)