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Kelsey Johnson, the City of Penticton’s manager for parks and recreation, was recognized by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association as an emerging leader for her work. (Submitted)

National recognition for Penticton’s head of parks & rec

Kelsey Johnson was deemed an emerging leader by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

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Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as AstraZeneca supply runs low: Interior Health

Province expecting large volumes of Pfizer BioNTech as age-based cohort immunization program ramps up

Al Kowalko shows off the province's first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Okanagan schools shifting gears to electric buses

Vernon, Central Okanagan, Rocky Mountain and Okanagan-Skaha on board

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht public works dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht public works dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A new video from South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS), released May 6 in collaboration with the Okanagan Chambers COVID Response Coalition (#OKWeGotThis), features members of communities across the Okanagan including Oliver, Penticton, Peachland, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. (South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services/Screenshot)

VIDEO: Penticton immigrant service group releases video addressing racism in the Okanagan

Video begins by using real audio from racist incidents in the Okanagan

A new video from South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS), released May 6 in collaboration with the Okanagan Chambers COVID Response Coalition (#OKWeGotThis), features members of communities across the Okanagan including Oliver, Penticton, Peachland, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. (South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services/Screenshot)
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Penticton, Summerland RCMP having success with online crime reporting

They have also added new crimes that can be reported online

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Rising youth suicide rates have prompted doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to launch a six-week clinical trial that includes adolescents who showed up at the hospital before or after they attempted to take their own lives. Black Press Media file photo

Suicide rates among Interior Health youth nearly double B.C. average

Vernon agency surveying parents, youth, teachers on how to help

Rising youth suicide rates have prompted doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to launch a six-week clinical trial that includes adolescents who showed up at the hospital before or after they attempted to take their own lives. Black Press Media file photo
A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The White House says it is making plans to share up to 60 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL

65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The total number of cases in the region is now at 11,075 since the pandemic began

A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The White House says it is making plans to share up to 60 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Funds are coming to the Okanagan for tourism projects including more bike trails. (North Okanagan Cycling Society photo)

Tourism funds ride into Okanagan

Bike trails, Indigenous landmarks being added around the valley

Funds are coming to the Okanagan for tourism projects including more bike trails. (North Okanagan Cycling Society photo)
Harry Richardson was found guilty on four counts at the Nelson Courthouse on March 22 and has now been found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. File photo

Man who fired at RCMP officers in West Kootenay found not criminally responsible

Harry Richardson found to be mentally ill during 2019 incident in Argenta

Harry Richardson was found guilty on four counts at the Nelson Courthouse on March 22 and has now been found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. File photo
This is a rendering of what the new BC Housing project at 3240 Skaha Lake Road will look like when it is complete in early 2022. (Rendering submitted by Ask Wellness)

New details released on Skaha Lake Road supportive housing project in Penticton

The BC Housing residents will sign a contract agreeing to no drug use on-site

This is a rendering of what the new BC Housing project at 3240 Skaha Lake Road will look like when it is complete in early 2022. (Rendering submitted by Ask Wellness)
Tacos Del Norte in Penticton will be closed Tuesday, May 4 until further notice due to a break-in. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Break-in cancels Taco Tuesday in Penticton

Tacos Del Norte was forced to close on Tuesday after they were broken into overnight

Tacos Del Norte in Penticton will be closed Tuesday, May 4 until further notice due to a break-in. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton bylaw officers tore down a homeless camp underneath the bridge near Riverside Drive Friday, April 16. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton bylaw fields 63 calls for ‘transient camps’ in April

Bylaw services may increase hours to address challenges

Penticton bylaw officers tore down a homeless camp underneath the bridge near Riverside Drive Friday, April 16. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
James Miller, the managing editor at the Penticton Herald, is running for Jake Kimberley’s vacated council seat. (Submitted)

James Miller announces bid for Penticton council

Managing editor at the Penticton Herald would keep his position if elected

James Miller, the managing editor at the Penticton Herald, is running for Jake Kimberley’s vacated council seat. (Submitted)
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May showers expected after dry April in the Okanagan

It’s going to be a wet month for the Okanagan

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New guidelines proposed for Penticton would see Compass Court shelter designated as the main shelter for the city with smaller “satellite” shelters being used as needed. (File photo)

Proposed guidelines would dictate where new homeless shelters can and can’t go in Penticton

Compass Court will be the city’s main shelter with smaller ones set up if necessary

New guidelines proposed for Penticton would see Compass Court shelter designated as the main shelter for the city with smaller “satellite” shelters being used as needed. (File photo)
Several Penticton businesses got together to clean up a burned-out motorhome, trailer and more at Carmi rec trails parking lot. (Neda Joss photo)

Surprise clean up of abandoned and burned out vehicles up Carmi in Penticton

Group of local businesses brought in a crane and flatbeds to haul away motorhome, trailer, car

Several Penticton businesses got together to clean up a burned-out motorhome, trailer and more at Carmi rec trails parking lot. (Neda Joss photo)
The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)

B.C. content with invasive mussels prevention measures

Environment minister responds to Okanagan Basin Water Board letter of concern

The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)
One of the artists renderings for the final design for the Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre being presented to Penticton council on May 4. (City of Penticton / OneSky Community Resources)

Final design for Penticton child care centre head to council for approval

Construction of the Edmonton Avenue Childcare Centre would begin in July if approved

One of the artists renderings for the final design for the Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre being presented to Penticton council on May 4. (City of Penticton / OneSky Community Resources)
A wildfire of undetermined size has appeared in the Twin Lakes area, according to the BC Wildfire Dashboard Saturday, May 1, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service dashboard)

UPDATE: Wildfire in Twin Lakes area appears contained

The fire is listed at 0.4 hectares on the BC Wildfire Dashboard

A wildfire of undetermined size has appeared in the Twin Lakes area, according to the BC Wildfire Dashboard Saturday, May 1, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service dashboard)