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A large tree lies on Green Mountain Road, blown down by winds that also knocked out power to Apex Mountain on Dec. 1. (Tom Weirich - Facebook)

Trees crash onto power lines and road to Apex from Penticton

Wind storm puts power out to over 500 customers in Apex Wednesday morning

A large tree lies on Green Mountain Road, blown down by winds that also knocked out power to Apex Mountain on Dec. 1. (Tom Weirich - Facebook)
A serious multi-vehicle collision at Warren Avenue and Highway 97 has the area closed for some time on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30. (Western News)

T-bone collision closes Highway 97 in Penticton

The serious nature of the crash will have the highway closed for sometime

A serious multi-vehicle collision at Warren Avenue and Highway 97 has the area closed for some time on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30. (Western News)
Logs coming down the Similkameen River damaged the Red Bridge in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Floodwaters turned Okanagan River back towards Osoyoos Lake

The Similkameen River levels caused the Zosel Dam to overflow

Logs coming down the Similkameen River damaged the Red Bridge in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Traffic backed up in Hope due to the Highway 3 closure, as seen from the Old Hope Princeton Highway. (Pattie Desjardins - Hope Standard)

UPDATE: Highway 3 incident past Princeton estimated to be clear by midnight

Multiple vehicle incidents have closed the highway since the morning

Traffic backed up in Hope due to the Highway 3 closure, as seen from the Old Hope Princeton Highway. (Pattie Desjardins - Hope Standard)
During the height of the rising waters on Nov. 15, the Similkameen River came close to touching the underside of Keremeos��� White Bridge. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

B.C. reviewing municipal flood responsibility following devastating storms

The B.C. Liberal government of 2003 shifted the responsibility to municipalities

During the height of the rising waters on Nov. 15, the Similkameen River came close to touching the underside of Keremeos��� White Bridge. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The first portion of the Lake to Lake bike lane officially opened Aug. 1 on Martin Steet. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

No pause for $4.7M Lake-to-Lake Bike lane phase in Penticton

A move to delay $4.7M 2nd phase of bike path was shot down in 4-3 vote during budget deliberations

The first portion of the Lake to Lake bike lane officially opened Aug. 1 on Martin Steet. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)

RCMP search for man charged with Penticton bombings

A warrant has been issued for Blair Robert Balch

Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
Blair Balch, 49, is wanted by RCMP for allegedly possessing an explosive device, related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
The waters of the Similkameen River have reached the underside of the Red Bridge near Keremeos as flooding ravages Princeton and Tulameen Monday. (Keremeos Fire Department)

Keremeos readies as Similkameen River swells

Sand and bags being offered as river rises over 4 metres in span of 20 hours

The waters of the Similkameen River have reached the underside of the Red Bridge near Keremeos as flooding ravages Princeton and Tulameen Monday. (Keremeos Fire Department)
Black Press media file

Penticton man arrested after manhunt through Keremeos and Olalla

The man allegedly stole a vehicle and struck a police vehicle before being caught

Black Press media file
A deep purple ‘down’ drug being sold in Penticton contains high levels of fentanyl with an ‘extremely high risk of drug poisoning’ according to an alert from Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)

Second drug alert issued for ‘extremely high risk’ of overdose in Penticton

Deep purple ‘down’ has been found with high fentanyl contents

A deep purple ‘down’ drug being sold in Penticton contains high levels of fentanyl with an ‘extremely high risk of drug poisoning’ according to an alert from Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)
People hold banners during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. According to the latest information from the BC Coroners Service there have been no deaths reported at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Penticton sees 3 fatal overdoses in 2 months

Information from the BC Coroners Service paints a grim picture in Penticton

People hold banners during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. According to the latest information from the BC Coroners Service there have been no deaths reported at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is looking into the circumstances around a Penticton man’s death on Oct. 2. (Black Press file photo)

Penticton man dies hours after wellness check; B.C’s police watchdog investigating

The man died of what police believe to be a self-inflicted injury

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is looking into the circumstances around a Penticton man’s death on Oct. 2. (Black Press file photo)
law courts

Penticton’s Singla Brothers Holdings fined $75K on immigration fraud charges

The company, through its lawyer, was in court for sentencing

law courts
The weekly COVID-19 cases over Oct. 24 to 30. (BC CDC)

Vaccination rates rise as cases drop in South Okanagan Similkameen

The region saw 33 new cases over the last week

The weekly COVID-19 cases over Oct. 24 to 30. (BC CDC)
Local growers, 65 in total, attended a meeting in Osoyoos on Monday, Nov. 1 to express their rejection of a proposed apple market commission. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Okanagan fruit growers overwhelmingly reject attempt to set up apple market commission

Meetings in Keremeos and Osoyoos met with overwhelming rejection from growers

Local growers, 65 in total, attended a meeting in Osoyoos on Monday, Nov. 1 to express their rejection of a proposed apple market commission. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Members of Penticton and Kelowna’s RCMP detachments coordinated to arrest a man at the Twin Lakes Store on Nov. 2. (File)

Oliver man arrested after ramming police car at Twin Lakes Store, near Penticton

The 32-year-old was driving a vehicle stolen from Osoyoos

Members of Penticton and Kelowna’s RCMP detachments coordinated to arrest a man at the Twin Lakes Store on Nov. 2. (File)
BC Housing got its development permit for a four-storey - 54 unit supportive housing development here at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Four-storey BC Housing project in Penticton to move forward

Council voted 4-3 to have staff issue the development permit on Skaha Lake Road

BC Housing got its development permit for a four-storey - 54 unit supportive housing development here at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A back porch entryway caught fire around 1 a.m. on Becks Road in Keremeos, but it was extinguished before it could spread to the rest of the house. (Submitted)

No injuries after early morning back porch fire in Keremeos

15 firefighters were on scene for a few hours to extinguish the blaze

A back porch entryway caught fire around 1 a.m. on Becks Road in Keremeos, but it was extinguished before it could spread to the rest of the house. (Submitted)
South Similkameen Health Centre. (Google)

Unvaccinated doctors lead to shortened hours in Keremeos emergency

Residents say there are 2 of 5 doctors unvaccinated in the small community

South Similkameen Health Centre. (Google)
The Thomas Creek wildfire near Okanagan Falls earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

BC Wildfire announces 1,100 planned burns between Penticton and Peachland

Flames and smoke may be visible from Kelowna and the South Okanagan

The Thomas Creek wildfire near Okanagan Falls earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)