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The league will be celebrating with an outdoor all-stars game in Penticton in January, 2023. (BCHL)

BCHL pushes 60th Anniversary in Penticton to 2023

The league decided to delay the game based on the province’s current COVID-19 situation

The league will be celebrating with an outdoor all-stars game in Penticton in January, 2023. (BCHL)
Highway 1 in Revelstoke is closed until 4 p.m. Dec. 23, as one Vernon motorist trying to make his way home for Christmas discovered. (Ben Boha photo)

No weather warnings for Okanagan, yet, but preparedness urged

Vernon offers tips on staying safe and warm, and shovelling

Highway 1 in Revelstoke is closed until 4 p.m. Dec. 23, as one Vernon motorist trying to make his way home for Christmas discovered. (Ben Boha photo)
The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Dec. 12 to 18. (BC CDC)

A quarter of Penticton children have first dose as COVID-19 cases drop

A quarter of those aged 12 and above have also had their third dose

The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Dec. 12 to 18. (BC CDC)
A rendering of a potential 15-storey tower that is being considered along with townhouses and a smaller apartment building for the Ogopogo Motel property in Penticton. (Submitted)

Riverside developer has big plans for Ogopogo property

The company that owns the former Ogopogo Motel is dreaming big

A rendering of a potential 15-storey tower that is being considered along with townhouses and a smaller apartment building for the Ogopogo Motel property in Penticton. (Submitted)
Penticton Regional Hospital staff ready to go to work as the David E. Kampe Tower’s second phase upgrade to the emergency department opens. (Interior Health - Submitted)
Penticton Regional Hospital staff ready to go to work as the David E. Kampe Tower’s second phase upgrade to the emergency department opens. (Interior Health - Submitted)
While it's not out of the realm of possibility, Salmon Arm currently has no plan to add glass to its curbside recycling collection program such as what recently rolled out in the North Okanagan. (File photo)

Glass recycling pickup returns to Okanagan

But don’t get caught on Santa’s recycling naughty list

While it's not out of the realm of possibility, Salmon Arm currently has no plan to add glass to its curbside recycling collection program such as what recently rolled out in the North Okanagan. (File photo)
The storefront of Wicked Electrics was shot up late on Sunday night, Dec. 19. RCMP believe it was targeted. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Downtown Penticton store shooting targeted: RCMP

Wicked Electrics was shot multiple times and an investigation is ongoing

The storefront of Wicked Electrics was shot up late on Sunday night, Dec. 19. RCMP believe it was targeted. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos’ community garden caretaker looking to raise funds for new wheels

Albert McCormick’s motorized wheelchair recently burned out

Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Snow accumulations could be as much as 30 centimetres through Saturday on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton. (file photo)

Heavy snowfall expected on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton

A snowfall warning has also been issued for the Central and Eastern Fraser Valley

Snow accumulations could be as much as 30 centimetres through Saturday on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton. (file photo)
22 Penticton events will resume safely, after a $1 million grant from the B.C. government. (City of Penticton photo)

B.C. government grants Penticton $1M for return of 22 local events and festivals

Peachfest, Grandfondo, Elvis Festival, Rib Fest are just some of the events receiving grant money

22 Penticton events will resume safely, after a $1 million grant from the B.C. government. (City of Penticton photo)
A semi has crashed on Highway 3 (Caity Shaw/Twitter)

Highway 3 closed in both directions due to semi crash

DriveBC told drivers to exercise caution and expect major delays

A semi has crashed on Highway 3 (Caity Shaw/Twitter)
Interior Health is planning whole community immunization clinics in rural and remote communities. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Interior Health is planning whole community immunization clinics in rural and remote communities. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Canadian Border Services Agency Osoyoos port of entry. (Tara Bowie/Western News file photo)

Penticton man slapped with $5,700 ticket for crossing border for milk

Daniel Pontes wants others to know the government just recently voided the ticket

Canadian Border Services Agency Osoyoos port of entry. (Tara Bowie/Western News file photo)
Penticton bylaw services manager Tina Mercier is wanting to bring six new staff by January to increase enforcement hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Penticton bylaw department increasing hours and days of service

The city is looking to hire six new bylaw officers by January

Penticton bylaw services manager Tina Mercier is wanting to bring six new staff by January to increase enforcement hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This home at 2357 Cornwall Dr. was sold by the city for $150,000 at an auction. It was assessed at $420,000. The BC Ombudsperson filed a report saying the city failed to help a vulnerable person and sold her home over not paying $10,000 property tax. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)

Penticton pays $140K to vulnerable woman who lost home over unpaid taxes

Ombudsperson who investigated city responds saying: It’s never too late to do the right thing

This home at 2357 Cornwall Dr. was sold by the city for $150,000 at an auction. It was assessed at $420,000. The BC Ombudsperson filed a report saying the city failed to help a vulnerable person and sold her home over not paying $10,000 property tax. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)
The popular leisure pool has been closed since September after a leak was discovered. (Western News file photo)

Penticton’s leisure pool is back open

A leak shut the popular pool down in September

The popular leisure pool has been closed since September after a leak was discovered. (Western News file photo)
Scales of justice (file photo)

Penticton man gets house arrest for forging cheques, making counterfeit money

RCMP found a printer and fake $100 bills in the man’s Penticton motel room

Scales of justice (file photo)
Five new firefighters join Penticton FD: Colton Gillies, Evan Guthrie, Blair Bosscher, Ryan Sutcliffe, Rob Leigh. (Mike Biden photo)

Five new recruits join Penticton Fire Department

The new firefighters will allow for 8 person shifts 24/7

Five new firefighters join Penticton FD: Colton Gillies, Evan Guthrie, Blair Bosscher, Ryan Sutcliffe, Rob Leigh. (Mike Biden photo)
After and before picture shows the edge of the dike along the River Valley RV Park. (Ronda Wilkins - Submitted)

Rural Similkameen residents feel forgotten after flood

Residents on their own if they want damaged dikes fixed

After and before picture shows the edge of the dike along the River Valley RV Park. (Ronda Wilkins - Submitted)
Trail and Rossland bid successful, will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.

Rossland-Trail to host 2026 B.C. Winter Games

Trail and Rossland will welcome over 2,000 athletes, officials and coaches to 2026 BC Winter Games

Trail and Rossland bid successful, will host the 2026 BC Winter Games.