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A new wildfire has been spotted burning near the Penticton Airport. (Brennan Phillips/Western News Staff)

UPDATE: Skaha Creek Wildfire near Penticton now over 6 hectares

Skimmer planes and air tankers have been deployed

A new wildfire has been spotted burning near the Penticton Airport. (Brennan Phillips/Western News Staff)
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki is suing members of his family over the Greer Block which they co-own. (Brennan Phillips - Western News

Penticton mayor sues family over co-owned property

John Vassilaki has sued his brother and nephews over the Main Street property they own

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki is suing members of his family over the Greer Block which they co-own. (Brennan Phillips - Western News
One of several bus stops that had their glass smashed between Aug. 25 and 27. (Facebook)

Vandals target Penticton bus stops again

Three stops had their glass smashed

One of several bus stops that had their glass smashed between Aug. 25 and 27. (Facebook)
Nancy Schmidt has donated her four foot mammoth tusk to the Penticton Art Gallery’s upcoming auction. (Submitted)

After 40,000 years, how a mammoth tusk came to Penticton

Nancy Schmidt spent 22 years mining for gold in the Yukon

Nancy Schmidt has donated her four foot mammoth tusk to the Penticton Art Gallery’s upcoming auction. (Submitted)
Image from Google Maps Street View.

Penticton’s Bad Tattoo won’t be asking for vaccine proof

Owner Lee Agur says it’s unreasonable of government to require private businesses to enforce it

Image from Google Maps Street View.
A man was killed after being struck by two vehicles on Highway 97. (Black Press File)

Quebec man killed after being hit by two vehicles on Highway 97 near Oliver

The man was acting erratically and jumping into traffic

A man was killed after being struck by two vehicles on Highway 97. (Black Press File)
BC Wildfire crews on scene at the Garrison Lake Wildfire southwest of Princeton on Aug. 20. (BC WIldfire Service)

Cool weather and rain helping on Garrison Lake wildfire

Crews are focusing on three main flanks of the fire

BC Wildfire crews on scene at the Garrison Lake Wildfire southwest of Princeton on Aug. 20. (BC WIldfire Service)
Nk’mip fire aug. 15

BC Wildfire recommending downgrade of Mt. Baldy evacuation orders over Nk’Mip Creek wildfire

The fire has been stalled due to favourable conditions over the last few days

Nk’mip fire aug. 15
A memorial of flowers and a picture of murder victim Kathy Richardson stand outside her Narmata Village home. (Monique Tamminga)

Who killed Naramata’s Kathy Richardson?

Over 2 months later, RCMP continue to work on the crime that shocked Penticton

A memorial of flowers and a picture of murder victim Kathy Richardson stand outside her Narmata Village home. (Monique Tamminga)
Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his 2020 Christmas concert at the currently closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert was streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)

Penticton’s Dream Cafe to reopen in September with limited seating and live-streaming

Tickets for the in-person dining and performances will be limited

Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his 2020 Christmas concert at the currently closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert was streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

RCMP and Coroner investigating sudden death of Langley man in Penticton

The man was reported dead by emergency responders on Wednesday morning

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
The Cawston Community Hall played host to a scene for Invasions on Aug. 17. (Bob McAtamney - Submitted)

Invasions seen across the South Okanagan and Similkameen

The indie film was inspired by the writer’s childhood visits to the Okanagan

The Cawston Community Hall played host to a scene for Invasions on Aug. 17. (Bob McAtamney - Submitted)
BC Housing is waiting on approval for a development permit to begin building a 54-unit facility at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (City of Penticton / BC Housing)

Penticton’s Skaha supportive housing project still in development limbo

Council did not grant full approval to the requested development permit despite BC Housing’s request

BC Housing is waiting on approval for a development permit to begin building a 54-unit facility at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (City of Penticton / BC Housing)
The planes of the Penticton Model Aviation Club took to the skies above Okanagan Lake on Sunday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Planes of the Penticton Model Aviation Club take to the skies over Okanagan Lake

There were 26 pilots registered to fly on Sunday

The planes of the Penticton Model Aviation Club took to the skies above Okanagan Lake on Sunday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Service and Osoyoos Fire Department responded after a truck went off the road on a hairpin turn on Highway 3 at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 17. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Service and Osoyoos Fire Department responded after a truck went off the road on a hairpin turn on Highway 3 at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 17. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)

Semi-trailer crashes through concrete barrier on Highway 3 east of Osoyoos

The truck is not in a position to impede traffic but caution is advised for drivers

The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Service and Osoyoos Fire Department responded after a truck went off the road on a hairpin turn on Highway 3 at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 17. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Service and Osoyoos Fire Department responded after a truck went off the road on a hairpin turn on Highway 3 at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 17. (Anarchist Mountain Fire Department Facebook)
The Nk’Mip fire has jumped containment lines and climbing up Mount Baldy Sunday during 60 km/h winds. (BC Wildfire)

Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire over 20,000 hectares and close to Mount Baldy

The fire is just 2.5 kilometres away from the ski resort

The Nk’Mip fire has jumped containment lines and climbing up Mount Baldy Sunday during 60 km/h winds. (BC Wildfire)
The Garrison Lake Fire, 32 km from Princeton, as seen from the Princeton airport Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10 p.m. Photo submitted.

Community of Eastgate ordered to evacuate due to Garrison Lake wildfire

The Regional District issued the alert Saturday evening

The Garrison Lake Fire, 32 km from Princeton, as seen from the Princeton airport Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10 p.m. Photo submitted.
Staff at Penticton's Booster Juice stores are facing abuse over the decision to require masks in the store, despite accomodations for those who can't or won't wear masks. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton Booster Juice owner pleads for kindness as abuse of staff ramps up over mask policy

The Penticton Booster Juice has seen incidents of verbal and physical abuse hurled because of masks

Staff at Penticton's Booster Juice stores are facing abuse over the decision to require masks in the store, despite accomodations for those who can't or won't wear masks. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A fire consumed a home and workshop in Olalla early on Aug. 14. (Submitted)

Update: Keremeos Fire Department wrestles down Olalla fire after 7 hours

No injuries were reported and multiple buildings were damaged

A fire consumed a home and workshop in Olalla early on Aug. 14. (Submitted)
Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News - File)

Oliver businessman charged in immigration scandal to plead guilty

Randhir Toor of Oliver will return to court Nov. 5 with an intention of pleading guilty

Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News - File)