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BC Housing has proposed that the emergency winter shelter at Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street be extended as a shelter until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be open until April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

One more year of ‘temporary’ homeless shelter in Penticton?

BC Housing has applied to extend Victory Church as a shelter for those experiencing homelessness

Walter Makepeace was shocked to find two of his beehives were missing from his Keremeos acreage Feb. 20, 2020. (Contributed)

Allegedly stolen beehives create buzz in Keremeos

Walter Makepeace was shocked to see two beehives had gone missing from his property

Okanagan patients will benefit from the recent inclusion of the Medical Arts Health Research Group in a worldwide study with the National Institute of Health (NIH). The study will be a global collaboration for finding better treatments for COVID-19. (File photo)

Okanagan research group involved with finding better COVID treatments

Okanagan Medical Arts Health Research Group invited to collaborate in global study

Calls for potential overdoses in B.C. spiked in 2020, especially in the Okanagan - Shuswap. Pictured above is a BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES photo)

UBCO program increases drug checking availability in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon

January 2021 data shows of 95 opioid samples tested across Interior Health, 93 contained fentanyl

Calls for potential overdoses in B.C. spiked in 2020, especially in the Okanagan - Shuswap. Pictured above is a BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES photo)
The Oliver Municipal Aiport runway will be extended in spring 2021. (Oliver Municipal Airport / Facebook)

Oliver airport runway to be extended

The extension will be funded through a provincial grant

The Oliver Municipal Aiport runway will be extended in spring 2021. (Oliver Municipal Airport / Facebook)
A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)

New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
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A Penticton resident since 1999, Helen Goodwin has been with Valley First for almost 20 years, holding several positions within the organization. (Contributed)

Penticton Valley First Credit Union welcomes new branch manager

Helen Goodwin will be returning to Penticton as branch manager of the Valley First on Main Street

A Penticton resident since 1999, Helen Goodwin has been with Valley First for almost 20 years, holding several positions within the organization. (Contributed)
New data from the BC CDC shows there three new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Penticton and 10 in the South Okanagan Feb 14 to 20, 2021. (BC CDC photo)
New data from the BC CDC shows there three new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Penticton and 10 in the South Okanagan Feb 14 to 20, 2021. (BC CDC photo)
A fibre-to-home project from Telus is complete, connecting more than 900 Keremeos households and workplaces to higher internet speeds. (File photo)

Keremeos homes and businesses see 40 times faster wifi

A B.C. government funded project connected more than 900 households to higher internet speed

A fibre-to-home project from Telus is complete, connecting more than 900 Keremeos households and workplaces to higher internet speeds. (File photo)
Members of the Total Restoration South Okanagan team in 2109 at the Chamber Business Excellence Awards. (Contributed)

Penticton’s Total Restoration up for ‘Best Community Impact’ award

The BC Small Busines Awards will announce the winner in May

Members of the Total Restoration South Okanagan team in 2109 at the Chamber Business Excellence Awards. (Contributed)
The husband wife team of Brett Turner and Olivia Fobert are the bakers and makers behind Joy Road Catering who are opening up a pop up bakeshop this May in the former Craft Kitchen. (Facebook)

Pop-up bakeshop opening in downtown Penticton

Joy Road Catering’s Bakeshop will be offering breads, pastries, lunch bowls and a marketplace

The husband wife team of Brett Turner and Olivia Fobert are the bakers and makers behind Joy Road Catering who are opening up a pop up bakeshop this May in the former Craft Kitchen. (Facebook)
A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

30 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths in Interior Health

This brings the total number of cases to 7,271 since testing began

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
Interior Health reported 43 new COVID-19 cases in the region Feb. 23, 2021 and no additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

43 new cases of COVID reported in Interior Health

No new deaths, Williams Lake outbreak over

Interior Health reported 43 new COVID-19 cases in the region Feb. 23, 2021 and no additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
RCMP descended on an area of Skaha Lake beachfront where a man was allegedly struck in a hit and run July 21, 2019. (Western News file photo)

Charges laid in 2019 Skaha beach hit-and-run

At the time, residents heard screaming and police arrived to a man injured near the beach

RCMP descended on an area of Skaha Lake beachfront where a man was allegedly struck in a hit and run July 21, 2019. (Western News file photo)
Former MP Stockwell Day came back to Penticton in July 2019 to give a speech in support of Helena Konanz during her run for one of the districts that were formed out of the one Day used to represent. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Konanz acclaimed as Federal Conservative candidate for South Okanagan West Kootenay riding

In 2019 Konanz came with 796 votes of incumbent NDP MP Richard Cannings

Former MP Stockwell Day came back to Penticton in July 2019 to give a speech in support of Helena Konanz during her run for one of the districts that were formed out of the one Day used to represent. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Idris Hudson, who has lived experience with homelessness, is speaking out against the conditions he’s seen at Penticton’s homeless shelters. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Activist speaks out against conditions at Penticton homeless shelters

Idris Hudson, 44, is appalled with the lack of supports at some city shelters

Idris Hudson, who has lived experience with homelessness, is speaking out against the conditions he’s seen at Penticton’s homeless shelters. (Jesse Day - Western News)
The Keremeos Grist Mill an Gardens has been awarded $150,000 grant through the Heritage Infrastructure stream of the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP). (Contributed)

Keremeos Grist Mill awarded ‘huge’ grant

The money will be used to restore and improve the heritage gardens and landscaping

The Keremeos Grist Mill an Gardens has been awarded $150,000 grant through the Heritage Infrastructure stream of the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP). (Contributed)
Penticton artist Stephanie Perry takes a break from painting her mini mural of Okanagan’s favourite bird, the quail. (Her quail Vans worn for inspiration). Perry has been chosen as one of eight local artists participating in a joint art venture with Penticton Art Gallery and Cannery Brewing. (Facebook)

Eight Penticton artists selected to paint ‘mini murals’ at Cannery Brewing

The murals will be introduced over a series of unveilings beginning in March

Penticton artist Stephanie Perry takes a break from painting her mini mural of Okanagan’s favourite bird, the quail. (Her quail Vans worn for inspiration). Perry has been chosen as one of eight local artists participating in a joint art venture with Penticton Art Gallery and Cannery Brewing. (Facebook)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Penticton RCMP see ‘alarming’ increase of drivers on drugs

One week in January saw four people arrested for driving while impaired

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
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Penticton man guilty in 2019 beach attack to be sentenced via video

Thomas Kruger-Allen will learn his fate for the attack that left the victim with long-term injuries

  • Feb 22, 2021
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