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Lois Carson Dickinson captured the majestic mountain goat in her element on Winter Solstice. (Lois Carson Dickinson)

PHOTOS: South Okanagan wildlife embrace winter’s chill

Local photographers capture stunning pics of South Okanagan wildlife enjoying winter

Lois Carson Dickinson captured the majestic mountain goat in her element on Winter Solstice. (Lois Carson Dickinson)
With windchill of -19 C, at least 50 dared to take the Polar plunge at the 36th annual Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip at Sunoka in Summerland on Jan. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

PHOTOS: Brave Summerland souls take an ice-cold plunge into 2022

Despite wind and freezing temperatures, fun still had at the Polar Bear Dip at Sunoka Beach Jan. 1

With windchill of -19 C, at least 50 dared to take the Polar plunge at the 36th annual Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip at Sunoka in Summerland on Jan. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Highway 3 at Frontage Road on the west side of Princeton, looking south at noon on Saturday, Jan 1, 2022. (DriveBC photo)

Weather alerts in effect on B.C. Interior highways

Between 20 and 40 cm of snow expected on various mountain passes

Highway 3 at Frontage Road on the west side of Princeton, looking south at noon on Saturday, Jan 1, 2022. (DriveBC photo)
Local COVID-19 cases for the week of Dec. 19 to 25. (BC CDC)

South Okanagan Similkameen records 42 new COVID-19 cases as 2022 approaches

Penticton sees steady increase in case numbers since the beginning of December

Local COVID-19 cases for the week of Dec. 19 to 25. (BC CDC)
Edge Bistro at the base of Apex Mountain will be closed until Jan. 3 for an abundance of caution after potential COVID exposure. (Facebook)
Edge Bistro at the base of Apex Mountain will be closed until Jan. 3 for an abundance of caution after potential COVID exposure. (Facebook)
Penticton resident Taig Savage was found unresponsive on the sports track at Penticton Secondary on Sept. 5, 2021. Police deemed his death a homicide. There have been no arrests or charges in the case. (Submitted)

YIR: Penticton shocked by 5 murders in 2021

The deaths of locals Kathy Richardson, Taig Savage and Clayton Dyer remain unsolved

Penticton resident Taig Savage was found unresponsive on the sports track at Penticton Secondary on Sept. 5, 2021. Police deemed his death a homicide. There have been no arrests or charges in the case. (Submitted)
Discovery House celebrates Light Up for their Shed the Light on Addictions campaign nearly reaching their $150K goal so they can open a fourth recovery home. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton’s Discovery House a beacon of hope in 2021 opioid crisis

With added beds and new recovery house, the addiction centre is looking to help even more in 2022

Discovery House celebrates Light Up for their Shed the Light on Addictions campaign nearly reaching their $150K goal so they can open a fourth recovery home. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
A total of 11 sightings of Anna’s Hummingbirds were counted in the annual Penticton Christmas bird count on Dec. 19, 2021. (Shirley Sobkow photo)

102 bird species spotted in Penticton Christmas count

Anna’s hummingbirds, rare Harlequin ducks and Hermit Thrush just some of the rare birds counted

A total of 11 sightings of Anna’s Hummingbirds were counted in the annual Penticton Christmas bird count on Dec. 19, 2021. (Shirley Sobkow photo)
Ice jams are causing potential flooding along the Similkameen River Wednesday evening. (RDOS photo)

Ice jams cause evacuation alerts in rural Keremeos and Princeton

Threat of flooding for five properties Wednesday evening

Ice jams are causing potential flooding along the Similkameen River Wednesday evening. (RDOS photo)
Osoyoos Lake on Dec. 27, 2021. (Sarah Hughes Facebook)

Osoyoos Fire Department warns of thin ice on lakes and pond

Thick ice is the colour blue while grey ice is dangerous, firefighters warn

Osoyoos Lake on Dec. 27, 2021. (Sarah Hughes Facebook)
Discovery House held their annual light up Dec. 18 to celebrate the ongoing Shed the Light on Addictions campaign to raise money to build another sober recovery home in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Shed the Light on Addictions Penticton campaign close to reaching $150K goal

Five days left to buy string of lights so Discovery House can open 4th sober recovery home

Discovery House held their annual light up Dec. 18 to celebrate the ongoing Shed the Light on Addictions campaign to raise money to build another sober recovery home in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
The Nk’Mip fire east of Osoyoos caused hundreds of evacuations with many of them seeking support with the Penticton Emergency Support Services. (File photo)

YIR: Penticton emergency services went non-stop for 5 months helping disaster victims

Volunteers helped fire and flood evacuees from 25 different communities in busiest year yet

  • Dec 28, 2021
The Nk’Mip fire east of Osoyoos caused hundreds of evacuations with many of them seeking support with the Penticton Emergency Support Services. (File photo)
A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Hatchery salmon program hit hard by ‘perfect storm’

First drought, then flooding decimate chum numbers in West Shore spawning river

A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)
Shelter beds and mats have been added at Victory Church Shelter in Penticton to help during cold snap. (Kelowna Capital News file photo)

Extra beds added at Penticton shelter during cold snap

Nighttime temperatures are down to -20 C for those experiencing homelessness

Shelter beds and mats have been added at Victory Church Shelter in Penticton to help during cold snap. (Kelowna Capital News file photo)
Lake Country’s Kevin Blakely took these photos of twister-like formations called ‘steam devils’ from his home Monday, Dec. 27. The formations were travelling west along Okanagan Lake. (Kevin Blakely photos)

Devil(s) went down to Okanagan Lake

Steam devils - twister-like formations - scooted down the west side of the lake Monday, Dec. 27

Lake Country’s Kevin Blakely took these photos of twister-like formations called ‘steam devils’ from his home Monday, Dec. 27. The formations were travelling west along Okanagan Lake. (Kevin Blakely photos)
It will be a chilly end to 2021, according to the gang at Environment Canada. (Photo submitted)

Cold end to 2021 in southern Interior

After a white Christmas, the week before the New Year will be a frosty one

It will be a chilly end to 2021, according to the gang at Environment Canada. (Photo submitted)
Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)

Donation, rescue make for lively week before Christmas for COSAR

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue find missing woman safely Christmas Eve; receive $15,000 from rescued pair

Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)
The light of the moon illuminates Wood Lake while a Christmas tree sits lit up and perched on the deck of a home in Lake Country. Upwards of 15 birds at a time have been counted perched on and eating from the tree, see additional photo on page A10. (Geri Allan-Helmer photo)

Merry Christmas to all

…and to all a good night

The light of the moon illuminates Wood Lake while a Christmas tree sits lit up and perched on the deck of a home in Lake Country. Upwards of 15 birds at a time have been counted perched on and eating from the tree, see additional photo on page A10. (Geri Allan-Helmer photo)
Santa Claus stops at the McKechnie subdivision with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, collection donations for the food bank and spreading Christmas cheer Sunday, Dec. 19. (James Watt photo)

Armstrong helps Santa feed the need for Christmas

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department along with the Armstrong Ladies Club once…

Santa Claus stops at the McKechnie subdivision with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, collection donations for the food bank and spreading Christmas cheer Sunday, Dec. 19. (James Watt photo)
Kelowna RCMP released this photo of a suspect involved in a string of suspicious activity at a Rutland construction site. (Kelowna RCMP photo)

Kelowna RCMP investigate suspicious activity at Rutland construction site

“We are dealing with three separate incidents and believe there to be one male suspect,” RCMP say

Kelowna RCMP released this photo of a suspect involved in a string of suspicious activity at a Rutland construction site. (Kelowna RCMP photo)