Brennan Phillips

Transport trucks hauling trailers travel on the Coquihalla Highway after it was reopened to commercial traffic as heavy equipment is used to rebuild the southbound lanes that were washed away by flooding last month at Othello, northeast of Hope, B.C., on Monday, December 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Coquihalla opens to commercial traffic; Hwy 3 to fully open Tuesday

Highway 99 is also open for non-essential travel

Transport trucks hauling trailers travel on the Coquihalla Highway after it was reopened to commercial traffic as heavy equipment is used to rebuild the southbound lanes that were washed away by flooding last month at Othello, northeast of Hope, B.C., on Monday, December 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Extra transit trips and new South Okanagan route start 2022

The new route will provide service between West Bench and Penticton

A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton drops lawsuit against BC Housing; new shelter proposed

A new shelter will go beside Compass Court and Victory Church shelter will close spring 2022

Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)
Two days of racing at Big White crowned the champions for the Canadian Rally Championship for 2021. (Canadian Rally Championship - Andrew Snucins Photography)

PHOTOS: Winter rally hits snowy roads at Big White

The Canadian Rally Championship wrapped up 2021 in the Okanagan

Two days of racing at Big White crowned the champions for the Canadian Rally Championship for 2021. (Canadian Rally Championship - Andrew Snucins Photography)
Glenrosa Elementary School in West Kelowna. (Contributed)

Central Okanagan sees 13 elementary schools with COVID-19 exposures

Another two secondary schools and one middle school have also had potential exposures

Glenrosa Elementary School in West Kelowna. (Contributed)
Over $13 million of drugs were seized after multiple searches across Alberta and B.C. by the Calgary Police Service. (Calgary Police Service)

Alberta police seize over $13M of drugs in Kelowna, Beaverdell and Calgary

The Chronfather website is alleged to have illegally sold millions of drugs

Over $13 million of drugs were seized after multiple searches across Alberta and B.C. by the Calgary Police Service. (Calgary Police Service)
This home at 2357 Cornwall Drive was sold by the city for $150,000 at auction. It was assessed at $420,000. 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)

Update: Penticton to pay $140K to vulnerable woman who lost home over unpaid taxes

Mayor offers apology to woman who lost her home to the city after not paying $10K in taxes

This home at 2357 Cornwall Drive was sold by the city for $150,000 at auction. It was assessed at $420,000. 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)
A COVID-19 testing facility at Kelowna International Airport. (Contributed/WhiteCap RSC)
A COVID-19 testing facility at Kelowna International Airport. (Contributed/WhiteCap RSC)
The company behind the truck caught on dashcam passing on a double yellow on Highway 5A on Dec. 9 has had their licence suspended according to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming. (Jim Beckett - Facebook)

Company has B.C. operating licence suspended after truck caught driving dangerously on Hwy 5A

The CVSE is conducting on ongoing investigation and audit of the company

The company behind the truck caught on dashcam passing on a double yellow on Highway 5A on Dec. 9 has had their licence suspended according to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming. (Jim Beckett - Facebook)
North Westside Fire Rescue has seen the departure of another fire chief after only a few months on the job. (Google Maps photo)

North Westside fire department looking for another fire chief

Captain Nick Cantyn promoted to be acting chief for the time being

North Westside Fire Rescue has seen the departure of another fire chief after only a few months on the job. (Google Maps photo)
Carlos Santana and Dallas Smith will be bringing their tours to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2022. (Submitted)

Award-winning Carlos Santana and Dallas Smith coming to South Okanagan

The two stars will be performing in Penticton in April and June 2022

Carlos Santana and Dallas Smith will be bringing their tours to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2022. (Submitted)
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)
The Snowbirds send their love over Okanagan Lake. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Snowbirds set to fly South Okanagan skies in August 2022

The Snowbirds last visit to Penticton was for Peach Fest 2019

The Snowbirds send their love over Okanagan Lake. (Mark Brett - Western News)
The Ayuen family are refugees from South Sudan who are being resettled in Summerland. Back row, left to right: Amer (20), Angeth (18), Yar (16), Ajah (mother), Mach (13), and Jean Munro from the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group. Front row: Herjok (nine), Alior (two), and Abuk (seven). (Submitted)

Calling Summerland home after 18 years of living in a refugee camp

The Ayuen family of 8 were sponsored by the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group

The Ayuen family are refugees from South Sudan who are being resettled in Summerland. Back row, left to right: Amer (20), Angeth (18), Yar (16), Ajah (mother), Mach (13), and Jean Munro from the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group. Front row: Herjok (nine), Alior (two), and Abuk (seven). (Submitted)
Lengendary rocker Alice Cooper is coming back to the South Okanagan Events Centre in April, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Alice Cooper returns to Okanagan in 2022

Cooper last performed at Penticton’s SOEC in 2016

Lengendary rocker Alice Cooper is coming back to the South Okanagan Events Centre in April, 2022. (Submitted photo)
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)
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)
Highway 3 is partially closed south of Princeton due to a rolled over commercial truck. (Google Maps via DriveBC)

Highway 3 partially closed south of Princeton due to rollover

A truck overturned on the highway towards the Lower Mainland

Highway 3 is partially closed south of Princeton due to a rolled over commercial truck. (Google Maps via DriveBC)
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)
A power outage has hit the entire north end of Penticton on Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Power out across north end of Penticton

Power is currently expected to be restored in an hour

A power outage has hit the entire north end of Penticton on Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)