Brennan Phillips

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)
A helicopter buckets water over the White Rock Lake wildfire near Westside on Aug. 10. Evacuees from the fire are one of six groups who have been assisted by Penticton’s Emergency Support Services. (Darren Wolf photo)

Close to 850 evacuees from 6 wildfires registered for support in Penticton since July

The city’s emergency support services have provided support for just over 440 evacuees

A helicopter buckets water over the White Rock Lake wildfire near Westside on Aug. 10. Evacuees from the fire are one of six groups who have been assisted by Penticton’s Emergency Support Services. (Darren Wolf photo)
B.C. WIldfire Services operational map for the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of Aug. 11. (BC Wildfire)

BC Wildfire: Expect activity to pick up on South Okanagan wildfires

The fires have been quiet over the last few days

B.C. WIldfire Services operational map for the Thomas Creek Wildfire as of Aug. 11. (BC Wildfire)
A number of the employees at Coyote Cruises are youth, and recently they were subjected racist abuse by people who floated down the river channel. (Western News file photo)

Indigenous youth attacked by intoxicated rafters in Penticton, sparking condemnation

The youth were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by intoxicated rafters

A number of the employees at Coyote Cruises are youth, and recently they were subjected racist abuse by people who floated down the river channel. (Western News file photo)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton business faces gun trafficking charges

The charges stem from a Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigation

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The area in green shows where evacuation alerts have been rescinded. (RDOS)

Evacuation alerts near Highway 3 rescinded as Nk’Mip Creek wildfire burns north

The contingent of Mexican firefighters returns to battle the blaze on Wednesday

The area in green shows where evacuation alerts have been rescinded. (RDOS)
Crews took advantage of favourable winds on Aug. 6 to successfully complete a 300 hectare planned ignition along the northeast flank of the Thomas Creek fire. (BC Wildfire)

South Okanagan wildfires to stay active until winter: BC Wildfire

There is a long, dry and hot fire season ahead for the South Okanagan Similkameen

Crews took advantage of favourable winds on Aug. 6 to successfully complete a 300 hectare planned ignition along the northeast flank of the Thomas Creek fire. (BC Wildfire)
Keremeos’ Community Garden is open for everyone. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos’ community garden is for the people

No one has to come in the middle of the night and try to steal what’s freely available says gardener

Keremeos’ Community Garden is open for everyone. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
The White Rock Lake wildfire burns near the Westside on Friday night, Aug. 6, 2021. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)