Monique Tamminga

A $21,000 grant request to buy a shock pulse urology machine for Penticton Regional Hospital was denied by city council. (File photo)

Penticton hospital won’t be getting a kidney stone machine for now

City council denied SOS Medical Foundation’s grant request to help fund the equipment

A $21,000 grant request to buy a shock pulse urology machine for Penticton Regional Hospital was denied by city council. (File photo)
Issie Grecoff, 16, goes to her knees on the shores of Okanagan Lake in Penticton on Aug. 14 after swimming 12 hours from Peachland to Penticton. The Penticton teen has raised over $10,000 so far for Alzheimer’s research. (YouTube)

Penticton teen swims from Peachland to the Peach in 12 hours

16-year-old swims 32 km, raising over $10,000 for Alzheimer’s research

Issie Grecoff, 16, goes to her knees on the shores of Okanagan Lake in Penticton on Aug. 14 after swimming 12 hours from Peachland to Penticton. The Penticton teen has raised over $10,000 so far for Alzheimer’s research. (YouTube)
This picture of Apex Mountain Village was taken Aug. 8 where fire services worked tirelessly protecting and fire smarting evacuated properties in preparation should the Keremeos Creek Fire turn in their direction. On Aug. 16, residents of Apex were allowed back home. (Apex Fire Brigade)

Evacuated Apex Mountain Village residents get to go back home

Residents can go home at noon Aug. 16 as Keremeos Creek fire stabilizes

This picture of Apex Mountain Village was taken Aug. 8 where fire services worked tirelessly protecting and fire smarting evacuated properties in preparation should the Keremeos Creek Fire turn in their direction. On Aug. 16, residents of Apex were allowed back home. (Apex Fire Brigade)
Penticton Sunrise Rotary members Margo Fleming, Colleen Lister and Holly Stengel holding their newest fundraising effort - a 1,000 piece puzzle depicting floating down the Channel. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Vernon ‘jigsaw guy’ turns iconic Penticton channel into 1,000 piece puzzle

Penticton Rotary Sunrise selling puzzles to raise funds for local projects

Penticton Sunrise Rotary members Margo Fleming, Colleen Lister and Holly Stengel holding their newest fundraising effort - a 1,000 piece puzzle depicting floating down the Channel. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Apex Fire Brigade showed this picture of all the protection equipment up at the mountain to explain why there is still an evacuation order. (Apex Fire Brigade)

Evacuation orders remain for Apex village due to the Keremeos Creek fire

Apex Mountain Resort residents have been out of their homes since Aug. 1

Apex Fire Brigade showed this picture of all the protection equipment up at the mountain to explain why there is still an evacuation order. (Apex Fire Brigade)
Airtankers send fire retardant on the Richter Mountain fire near Osoyoos. (BC Wildfire)

Richter Mountain wildfire, near Osoyoos being held

A vehicle fire sparked the blaze on Highway 3 on Aug. 4

Airtankers send fire retardant on the Richter Mountain fire near Osoyoos. (BC Wildfire)
Blasted Church. (Facebook)

Blasted Church Winery puts on devilish bash to celebrate 20th birthday

Okanagan Falls vineyard hosts 7 Deadly Sins theme party Saturday, Aug. 20

Blasted Church. (Facebook)
Planned ignitions were successful on Aug. 11 at the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

High temperatures challenge firefighters working Keremeos Creek wildfire

The wildfire has increased in size to 6,948 hectares

Planned ignitions were successful on Aug. 11 at the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
A man is presumed drowned after falling into the water at the downtown Kelowna marina Saturday evening. (Facebook)

Young Surrey man drowning victim in Kelowna

Police and fire searched for the man who fell in near the gas bar

A man is presumed drowned after falling into the water at the downtown Kelowna marina Saturday evening. (Facebook)
Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Louie speaks to Penticton Rotarians on Truth and Reconciliation

Clarence Louie spoke about injustices and the path forward to building their communities

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Shadow, a 6-year-old Maltese Bichon from Keremeos is being credited for jumping a fence and scratching on a neighbour’s door to alert them to their caretaker collapsing and hitting their head. (Submitted)

Keremeos dog hailed as hero after alerting neighbour to senior in distress

Shadow leapt over a fence and scratched on a door after caretaker collapsed

Shadow, a 6-year-old Maltese Bichon from Keremeos is being credited for jumping a fence and scratching on a neighbour’s door to alert them to their caretaker collapsing and hitting their head. (Submitted)
An image of a young man throwing a stolen TV from OP Office Products into the back of a white Ford 250 pick up on the morning Aug. 7. (Video footage)

Daytime smash and grab at Penticton office supplies

OP Office Supplies is getting tired of criminal behaviour

An image of a young man throwing a stolen TV from OP Office Products into the back of a white Ford 250 pick up on the morning Aug. 7. (Video footage)
This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Some Keremeos Creek fire evacuation orders and alerts rescinded

Evacuations lifted for over 40 properties along Hwy 3A corridor

This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
Tom Dennehy, seen int his photo with his two dogs, drowned in Osoyoos Lake after trying to rescue one of his dogs July 25. (Contributed)

Body of man who drowned saving dog in Osoyoos Lake found

Tom Dennehy drowned trying to rescue one of his dogs

Tom Dennehy, seen int his photo with his two dogs, drowned in Osoyoos Lake after trying to rescue one of his dogs July 25. (Contributed)
This year the Peach Fest Peach Bin races are named after Canadian Forces Snowbird pilot and communications officer Capt. Jennifer Casey who lost her life flying above Kamloops in May 2020. Casey competed in the 2019 Peach Bin Races on the Snowbirds team.

Penticton Peach Fest Peach Bin races named after Snowbird pilot Jenn Casey

Casey competed in the Peach Bin races in 2019 with the Snowbirds team

This year the Peach Fest Peach Bin races are named after Canadian Forces Snowbird pilot and communications officer Capt. Jennifer Casey who lost her life flying above Kamloops in May 2020. Casey competed in the 2019 Peach Bin Races on the Snowbirds team.
BC Wildfire Services posted this picture of the sunrise on Highway 3A Wednesday after a difficult night protecting homes and powerlines from Keremeos Creek fire. (BC Wildfire)

Another 40 properties put on evacuation alert for Keremeos Creek wildfire

Regional District issued the alerts for Grand Oro Road and 2 Highway 3A homes

BC Wildfire Services posted this picture of the sunrise on Highway 3A Wednesday after a difficult night protecting homes and powerlines from Keremeos Creek fire. (BC Wildfire)
One of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds had a minor crash at an airshow in Fort St. John on Tuesday, grounding the pilots for the Penticton Peach Festival performance that was supposed to happen Wednesday.

Snowbirds cancel show at Penticton Peach Festival after crash

Snowbirds were scheduled to perform Wednesday above Okanagan Lake

One of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds had a minor crash at an airshow in Fort St. John on Tuesday, grounding the pilots for the Penticton Peach Festival performance that was supposed to happen Wednesday.
BC Wildfire crews work on the Keremeos Creek fire along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire)

Highway 3A re-opens

Highway 3A between Keremeos and Kaleden has re-opened in both directions on…

BC Wildfire crews work on the Keremeos Creek fire along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire)
Picture taken from Yellow Lake parking lot/bathrooms at 12:57 a.m. Aug. 2, 2022. (Stacey Melara Facebook)

Highway 3A closes due to Keremeos Creek wildfire

DriveBC has no estimated time of re-opening

Picture taken from Yellow Lake parking lot/bathrooms at 12:57 a.m. Aug. 2, 2022. (Stacey Melara Facebook)
The snow making machines are primed and ready to fight the Keremeos Creek wildfire if the blaze starts threatening the popular ski village. (Apex Mountain Resort)

Apex Mountain snowmaking guns ready to fight Pentiction-area wildfire

Snowmaking guns can shoot water 150 feet and oscillate

The snow making machines are primed and ready to fight the Keremeos Creek wildfire if the blaze starts threatening the popular ski village. (Apex Mountain Resort)