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Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue during a 2019 rescue. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)

Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue assists ATVers on 27th call of the year

A group of ATVers had become stranded and one injured southwest of Oliver

Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue during a 2019 rescue. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)
The For the Children Caravan, made up of members of the Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance’s constituent First Nations, including the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, departed from Penticton on June 30 to head to the site of the Kamloops Residential School where 215 children’s bodies were uncovered. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

‘Truth and Reconciliation is an action, not a day off’: Lower Similkameen Indian Band Chief

Many left wondering over new statutory Truth and Reconciliation Day

The For the Children Caravan, made up of members of the Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance’s constituent First Nations, including the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, departed from Penticton on June 30 to head to the site of the Kamloops Residential School where 215 children’s bodies were uncovered. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Image from Google Maps Street View.

Penticton’s Bad Tattoo co-owner steps down after backpedal on vax passport

Bad Tattoo will be requiring passports in Penticton from now on

Image from Google Maps Street View.
At 17, Aleena Harrell is the latest to join the Keremeos Fire Department as a student firefighter. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos student firefighter program going strong after over 20 years

Highschool program ‘a huge bonus’ for department, says Chief Bosscha

At 17, Aleena Harrell is the latest to join the Keremeos Fire Department as a student firefighter. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing vows to fight for ‘vital’ Penticton shelter in court

The filing is in response to the city’s civil claim filed in July

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
The weekly COVID-19 case map for Sept. 12 to 18. (BC CDC)

Keremeos sees new record of weekly COVID-19 cases

The South Okanagan Similkameen saw 111 cases over the most recent week.

The weekly COVID-19 case map for Sept. 12 to 18. (BC CDC)
Image from Google Maps Street View.

Bad Tattoo Brewing Penticton moves to cafe model to avoid vax passport

The business had previously announced it would not be enforcing vaccine proof

Image from Google Maps Street View.
The North Gateway area that is undergoing a plan to create a long-term creative vision. (City of Penticton)

Bringing together local needs and tourism focus of Penticton’s North Gateway plan

Local stakeholders came together for a week of dedicated design work

The North Gateway area that is undergoing a plan to create a long-term creative vision. (City of Penticton)
Slackwater Brewing’s Idleback took home the gold at the 2021 Canadian Beer Awards. (Submitted)

Penticton breweries take home top craft honours

Slackwater Brewing and Neighbourhood Brewing were recognized for their craft brews

Slackwater Brewing’s Idleback took home the gold at the 2021 Canadian Beer Awards. (Submitted)
The Rockets beat the Victoria Royals 7-3 to kick off preseason on Friday, Sept. 17. (Paige Bednorz / Kelowna Rockets)

Kelowna Rockets start preseason with 7-3 victory

The Rockets are back in Kelowna Saturday night for their second game against the Victoria Royals

The Rockets beat the Victoria Royals 7-3 to kick off preseason on Friday, Sept. 17. (Paige Bednorz / Kelowna Rockets)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)

Ex-Oliver PAC treasurer who embezzled more than $10,000 sentenced

Belinda Yorke redirected the funds from the Oliver PAC

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)
Debris litters the scene of a two-vehicle collision in Kaleden. (Submitted - Casey Harder)

2 vehicle collision snarls Highway 97 traffic south of Penticton

Debris is currently spread across the road and DriveBC crews are en route

Debris litters the scene of a two-vehicle collision in Kaleden. (Submitted - Casey Harder)
Paramedics and firefighters, along with police, help with an overdose last year in Penticton. (File photo)

Penticton on track to break fatal overdose record

The local health area has seen 15 fatal overdoses so far

Paramedics and firefighters, along with police, help with an overdose last year in Penticton. (File photo)
The SOEC is one of several landmarks including the Kelowna Sails lighting up across the province for awareness of CP. (File photo)

Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre will light up green for cerebral palsy

The SOEC is one of several landmarks lighting up across the province for CP

The SOEC is one of several landmarks including the Kelowna Sails lighting up across the province for awareness of CP. (File photo)
An investigation is currently ongoing into the circumstances around a body being found by the Penticton River Channel.

Coroners investigating body found near Penticton River Channel

The body was found near the bridge to Green Mountain Road

An investigation is currently ongoing into the circumstances around a body being found by the Penticton River Channel.
(Apex Mountain Resort/Facebook)

Apex Mountain will not require vaccine proof to ride the lifts

Masks will continue to be required in most parts of the resort

(Apex Mountain Resort/Facebook)
(Black Press Media files)

RCMP investigating after young man found dead outside Penticton Secondary School

Officers were called at around 6 a.m. to the field outside the school

(Black Press Media files)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

More evacuation alerts as Hedges Butte wildfire near Penticton grows to 230 hectares

The RDOS and PIB have both issued evacuation alerts for residents nearest the fire.

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Photos from the Hedges Butte Fire Zone west of Penticton

The fire has grown to 100 hectares in a single day

Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A brushfire has ignited along Green Mountain Road towards Apex. (Sheryl Blois - Facebook)

Brushfire sparked along road between Penticton and Apex Mountain

The fire is already six hectares in size

A brushfire has ignited along Green Mountain Road towards Apex. (Sheryl Blois - Facebook)