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Fire ripped through a residential unit at the Maples on Maple Street in Penticton, leaving residents homeless. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

GoFundMe set up for victims of Penticton fire

The Large family lost everything they owned in the blaze

Fire ripped through a residential unit at the Maples on Maple Street in Penticton, leaving residents homeless. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
This is undated photo of Osoyoos Lake near the Nk’Mip RV Park where a man drowned June 29, 2021. (Tripadvisor)

Chilliwack father drowns in Osoyoos Lake

The 31-year-old was last seen in the shallow water at Nk’Mip RV Park playing with his young child

This is undated photo of Osoyoos Lake near the Nk’Mip RV Park where a man drowned June 29, 2021. (Tripadvisor)
Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (File photo)

Penticton, Kamloops and Kelowna break all-time heat records 2 days in a row — and counting

More record-breaking heat could be ahead, according to Environment Canada

Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (File photo)
Cattle graze in a field in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Oliver RCMP left wondering where’s the beef after highway cow chase

The stray cow failed to stop for police and was last spotted disappearing into a peach orchard

Cattle graze in a field in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie - Facebook)

Similkameen Indian Bands ‘in disbelief and angered’ over burning of Catholic churches

Two churches in the valley burned down on June 26

Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie - Facebook)
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)

UPDATE: RCMP investigating suspicious fires that burned 2 South Okanagan churches

Chief Keith Crow said the acts only brought more pain to residential school survivors

Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)
Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton grass fire almost a ‘catastrophic’ situation: fire chief

Westbench area was near evacuation, says Penticton fire chief

Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
RCMP and BC Coroner’s Service are investigating after a two-vehicle collision ended with one vehicle missing in Okanagan Lake. (File photo)

Search for vehicle and driver in Okanagan Lake following collision in West Kelowna

BC Coroners Services and RCMP are investigating the collision

RCMP and BC Coroner’s Service are investigating after a two-vehicle collision ended with one vehicle missing in Okanagan Lake. (File photo)
Tiki Shores in Penticton. (Google Maps)

Former manager of Penticton condo strata ordered to pay back $75k in mishandled funds

Tiki Shores’ strata was awarded the $75,000 that their former manager mishandled

Tiki Shores in Penticton. (Google Maps)
Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Crews respond to fire on West Bench Drive near Penticton

Fire near Selby Park reported on morning of June 24

Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
As temperatures soar, the Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department cheekily warns residents that fires are particularly risky at this time. (Don Williams - Facebook)

Penticton set to break 96-year-old heat record on Sunday

The forecast from Environment Canada predicts a high temperatures across the Okanagan

As temperatures soar, the Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department cheekily warns residents that fires are particularly risky at this time. (Don Williams - Facebook)
Wade Cudmore, seen here with his mother Kathy Richardson, had his first court appearance in relation to first degree murder charges in the deaths of Erick and Carlo Fryer Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kathy Richardson/Facebook)

Man charged in Naramata double homicide appears in Penticton court

Wade Cudmore appeared for the first time in relation to first degree murder charges

Wade Cudmore, seen here with his mother Kathy Richardson, had his first court appearance in relation to first degree murder charges in the deaths of Erick and Carlo Fryer Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kathy Richardson/Facebook)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)

South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
Sandra Krauer, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki and Barb Hoolaeff were in Skaha Park to announce the return of RIbfest for September, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Ribfest returns to Penticton

Festival runs from Sept. 17 - 19 at Skaha Lake Park with proceeds going to new splash park

Sandra Krauer, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki and Barb Hoolaeff were in Skaha Park to announce the return of RIbfest for September, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Spiritleaf, Penticton’s first cannabis retailer opened in 2019. (Western News File)

Penticton expands cannabis store hours to match liquor stores

Cannabis stores are now allowed to operate until 11 p.m. in Penticton

Spiritleaf, Penticton’s first cannabis retailer opened in 2019. (Western News File)
Travel Penticton went to city council for support in increasing the tax on short-term stays to fund a convention bureau and affordable housing. (File photo)

Travel Penticton seeks to grow through increased hotel tax

The increased funds would go to creating a convention bureau and to affordable housing

Travel Penticton went to city council for support in increasing the tax on short-term stays to fund a convention bureau and affordable housing. (File photo)
One of the five vehicles involved in an incident on Highway 97 north of Okanagan Falls on June 10. (Facebook)

Police searching for car that caused 5-vehicle collision on Highway 97 near Okanagan Falls

No serious injuries were reported despite the number of vehicles involved

One of the five vehicles involved in an incident on Highway 97 north of Okanagan Falls on June 10. (Facebook)
Derek and Dahlia Millington (middle and middle right) have opened up Little Falls Foods in Okanagan Falls to fill the need for a grocery store in the community. They’ve brought on their son Malachite Miller (far left), Dianne Gough (middle left) and Spencer McConnell to work at the store. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Little Falls Foods opens as only grocery store in Okanagan Falls

The community’s new grocery store is already seeing steady business

Derek and Dahlia Millington (middle and middle right) have opened up Little Falls Foods in Okanagan Falls to fill the need for a grocery store in the community. They’ve brought on their son Malachite Miller (far left), Dianne Gough (middle left) and Spencer McConnell to work at the store. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Penticton Chamber of Commerce pens letter of support in shelter battle

The letter included the results of a survey the chamber conducted with businesses

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)