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A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre during a recent concert. (Jeff Hook — South Okanagan Events Centre)

Okanagan’s best contest, Key to the SOEC, returns

A chance to win two tickets to every ticketed event at the South Okanagan Events Centre

A packed house at the South Okanagan Events Centre during a recent concert. (Jeff Hook — South Okanagan Events Centre)
Described as the moder-day block watch, an app called Lightcatch is growing its user base in Penticton. A group page on Facebook called Penticton Lightcatch has also been established. (Mark Brett — Western News)

Modern-day block watch app, Lightcatch, catching on in South Okanagan

The app creator has a mission to give those with a mobile phone the ability to stop trouble

Described as the moder-day block watch, an app called Lightcatch is growing its user base in Penticton. A group page on Facebook called Penticton Lightcatch has also been established. (Mark Brett — Western News)
Video: Olympian leads viral Git Up challenge with Okanagan kids

Video: Olympian leads viral Git Up challenge with Okanagan kids

A hockey player twist on one of the latest viral dance challenges

Video: Olympian leads viral Git Up challenge with Okanagan kids
RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Colin Palmer, 41, who was last seen by his family on Saturday evening. It is believed he was kayaking on Okanagan Lake near Sunoka Beach. (Photo submitted by RCMP)

Body found on Okanagan Lake confirmed to be missing kayaker

Colin Palmer, 41, was last heard from when he took his kayak out on Okanagan Lake on July 13

RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Colin Palmer, 41, who was last seen by his family on Saturday evening. It is believed he was kayaking on Okanagan Lake near Sunoka Beach. (Photo submitted by RCMP)
Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue helped bring 10 overdue hikers back to safety after they were reported missing while in the Gallagher Canyon area, north of Oliver. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)

Overdue hikers spend the night in a South Okanagan canyon

Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue helped rescue 10 overdue hikers

Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue helped bring 10 overdue hikers back to safety after they were reported missing while in the Gallagher Canyon area, north of Oliver. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)
A helicopter bucketing water at the Richter Mountain wildfire on Sunday. (BC Wildfire photo)

Richter Mountain wildfire in Similkameen now held

Monday’s suppression efforts will be focused on the ground

A helicopter bucketing water at the Richter Mountain wildfire on Sunday. (BC Wildfire photo)
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. (Submitted photo)

All paws on deck for when PAW Patrol comes to the South Okanagan

PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre

PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. (Submitted photo)
The Richter Wildfire, near Cawston, is at an estimated 250 hectares as of Saturday, July 27. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)

Update: Wind pushes Richter Mountain wildfire back on itself in the Similkameen

Wildfire near Cawston is now an estimated 250 hectares

The Richter Wildfire, near Cawston, is at an estimated 250 hectares as of Saturday, July 27. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)
A celebration of life for Harry McWatters, a pioneer of the B.C. wine industry, is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Submitted photo)

Celebration of life scheduled for B.C. wine industry pioneer

Harry McWatters died on July 24 at the age of 74, in the comfort of his own home in Summerland

A celebration of life for Harry McWatters, a pioneer of the B.C. wine industry, is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Submitted photo)
Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen appeared in the Penticton court house on June 20 for his bail hearing. He is facing two charges of assault, one charge of aggravated assault and one charge of sexual assault in relation to an incident on a Penticton beach on May 3. The decision regarding his bail is expected for Monday, June 24. (Western News file photo)

Man in court for allegedly vandalizing former home of accused Penticton shooter

Zachary Charles Steele has been charged with one count of mischief to property

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen appeared in the Penticton court house on June 20 for his bail hearing. He is facing two charges of assault, one charge of aggravated assault and one charge of sexual assault in relation to an incident on a Penticton beach on May 3. The decision regarding his bail is expected for Monday, June 24. (Western News file photo)
One person was arrested following an alleged break and enter at the Oliver Food Bank. (Submitted photo)

RCMP call alleged theft from South Okanagan food bank “heartless”

One person in custody for allegedly breaking into the Oliver Food Bank

One person was arrested following an alleged break and enter at the Oliver Food Bank. (Submitted photo)
BC Wildfire map showing the two wildfires south of Penticton that started on Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire map)

Two new wildfires after storm rolls through the South Okanagan

Both of the fires were put on the wildfire map on Tuesday evening as a thunderstorm rolled through

BC Wildfire map showing the two wildfires south of Penticton that started on Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire map)
An RCMP officer talks to a man in front of Wrights Beach Camp and RV park early Sunday morning. (Mark Brett - Western News)

RCMP track down vehicle used in South Okanagan hit and run

Penticton RCMP are asking for any witnesses to a hit and run incident to come forward

An RCMP officer talks to a man in front of Wrights Beach Camp and RV park early Sunday morning. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Professional wrestler Chris Jericho stopped in the South Okanagan with his family for a wedding on the weekend. He posted several photos and videos of his trip to his social media accounts. (Photo Chris Jericho/Facebook)

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in the South Okanagan

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho stopped in the South Okanagan with his family for a wedding on the weekend. He posted several photos and videos of his trip to his social media accounts. (Photo Chris Jericho/Facebook)
UPDATE: Lightning causes three wildfires east of Osoyoos

UPDATE: Lightning causes three wildfires east of Osoyoos

It is believed the fires started by a lightning storm

UPDATE: Lightning causes three wildfires east of Osoyoos
Image: Bev Van Unden

Backhoe ‘burned to a crisp’ in South Okanagan

South Okanagan fire chief said the situation could have been a lot worse

Image: Bev Van Unden
Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen is one of three men that were charged after a ‘vicious’ assault two years ago that took place in a back alley behind a nightclub. The judge gave him a four month conditional sentenced to be followed by 18 months probation. (Facebook photo)

House arrest for ‘vicious’ back-alley attack on South Okanagan man

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen was at the Mule Nightclub prior to the assault

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen is one of three men that were charged after a ‘vicious’ assault two years ago that took place in a back alley behind a nightclub. The judge gave him a four month conditional sentenced to be followed by 18 months probation. (Facebook photo)
A beautiful Okanagan sunset. (Photo courtesy of windsailguy/Instagram)

Mix of sun and cloud for the Okanagan-Similkameen Shuswap

Chance of showers for much of the region this afternoon

A beautiful Okanagan sunset. (Photo courtesy of windsailguy/Instagram)
Jason Court, from Edson, Alta., will be behind the wheel of monster truck Roughneck at the Penticton Speedway July 20 and 21 for a big weekend of racing and car-crushing. (Contributed)

Monster truck action hits Okanagan

Penticton Speedway hosting two nights of racing and monster truck action

Jason Court, from Edson, Alta., will be behind the wheel of monster truck Roughneck at the Penticton Speedway July 20 and 21 for a big weekend of racing and car-crushing. (Contributed)
Cold case files: Investigation continues for unidentified South Okanagan remains

Cold case files: Investigation continues for unidentified South Okanagan remains

The identity of the deceased male was established as Edward Howe

Cold case files: Investigation continues for unidentified South Okanagan remains