Steve Kidd

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(Black Press Media files)
The Okanagan School of the Arts Society is calling a special meeting to end their lease of the Shatford Centre and close down operations. (File photo)

Penticton’s Okanagan School of the Arts wrapping up operations

OSA board says there isn’t enough funding to continue

The Okanagan School of the Arts Society is calling a special meeting to end their lease of the Shatford Centre and close down operations. (File photo)
Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes

Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes

Cody Allen Pelletier is wanted for a number of property offences

Penticton RCMP searching for man wanted on multiple crimes
There are no measles cases in the Interior Health region, but IH still wants to remind people that immunization is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones against measles. (File photo)

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

There are no measles cases in the Interior Health region, but IH still wants to remind people that immunization is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones against measles. (File photo)
Jeff Bryde’s 21-foot sailboat, which sunk over the weekend, was raised by Diving Dynamics Tuesday. (Submitted photo)

Sailboat raised from Okanagan Lake during snowfall

Owner gave boat away after raising it

Jeff Bryde’s 21-foot sailboat, which sunk over the weekend, was raised by Diving Dynamics Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
Clearing the snow off your car is worth it

Clearing the snow off your car is worth it

Snow-covered windows make for dangerous driving and could net you a fine

Clearing the snow off your car is worth it
Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland

Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland

Callan Road detour along Highway 97 opening Monday morning

Shorter commute for along Highway 97, near Summerland
Sunday morning, smoke was still billowing from a house where Penticton firefighters had been battling a blaze since 3 a.m. Steve Kidd/Western News

Freezing temperatures complicate response to destructive blaze in Penticton

An older home on Huth Ave. was destroyed and a firefighter suffered broken ribs after a fall

Sunday morning, smoke was still billowing from a house where Penticton firefighters had been battling a blaze since 3 a.m. Steve Kidd/Western News
Commuters will have a shorter detour Monday morning around the rockslide that has closed Highway 97 for more than a week. File photo

Shorter detour for Highway 97 commuters in the Okanagan

Callan Road detour along Highway 97 opening Monday morning

Commuters will have a shorter detour Monday morning around the rockslide that has closed Highway 97 for more than a week. File photo
Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland was expected to reopen Wednesday, but a new crack in the hillside has delayed work on the slope. File photo

New crack in hillside delays Highway 97 reopening

Highway was expected to reopen Wednesday

Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland was expected to reopen Wednesday, but a new crack in the hillside has delayed work on the slope. File photo
The view from the air of the #rockslide on Highway 97, north of Summerland. MoTi Okanagan Shuswap photo

Penticton Search and Rescue rescues two drivers trying to bypass rockslide closure

Okanagan motorists trying unsafe routes to get past Highway 97 closure

The view from the air of the #rockslide on Highway 97, north of Summerland. MoTi Okanagan Shuswap photo
B.C. Hydro says it’s the cooking, not the TVs, that causes the most power usage during the Super Bowl. File photo

Superbowl spikes power consumption pre-game

BC Hydro finds electricity use spikes in the kitchen before the big game

B.C. Hydro says it’s the cooking, not the TVs, that causes the most power usage during the Super Bowl. File photo
Patrick “Redbeard” Vrolyk had some shining facial hair for the third round of the Okanagan Beard Festival in 2017. Dale Boyd/Western News

Beard festival keeps growing

Fourth annual Okanagan Beard Festival starts in February

Patrick “Redbeard” Vrolyk had some shining facial hair for the third round of the Okanagan Beard Festival in 2017. Dale Boyd/Western News
Rex Gill was one of two men killed in separate shooting incidents in Kamloops Wednesday. Photo courtesy Facebook

Friends and family grieving for man killed in Kamloops shooting

Penticton’s Rex Gill was one of two men shot in Kamloops Wednesday

Rex Gill was one of two men killed in separate shooting incidents in Kamloops Wednesday. Photo courtesy Facebook
Newsboy leader Jake Kelly (Josh Richardson) is surounded by his fellow newsies, as they begin to plot their strike in protest of rising newspaper costs.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News

Theatre group brings Newsies to Penticton

Soundstage produces its first Disney musical

Newsboy leader Jake Kelly (Josh Richardson) is surounded by his fellow newsies, as they begin to plot their strike in protest of rising newspaper costs.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News
The Super Wolf Blood Moon, so called because it is a full moon in January which orbits unusually close to the earth and coincides with a full lunar eclipse rises over Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 20. Jim Eliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Super blood wolf moon fills Okanagan skies, to photographers’ delight

Photographers had a rare chance Sunday to capture a rare lunar eclipse

The Super Wolf Blood Moon, so called because it is a full moon in January which orbits unusually close to the earth and coincides with a full lunar eclipse rises over Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 20. Jim Eliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Penticton Search and Rescue was called to Pencushion Mountain Tuesday to help rescue a hang glider pilot who had crashed on the slopes. PENSAR photo

Hang glider pilot rescued from Pincushion Mountain

Pilot was able to help guide rescue crews to her location

Penticton Search and Rescue was called to Pencushion Mountain Tuesday to help rescue a hang glider pilot who had crashed on the slopes. PENSAR photo
Jordan Coble of the Westbank First Nation and Levi Bent of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band did a joint presentation in nsyilxcən at the Syilx Language House’s celebration of their third year last April. Steve Kidd/Western News

Critically endangered language being brought back to life

Syilx Language House nears end of first four-year program

Jordan Coble of the Westbank First Nation and Levi Bent of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band did a joint presentation in nsyilxcən at the Syilx Language House’s celebration of their third year last April. Steve Kidd/Western News
Gas sells for under $1/litre in one B.C. community

Gas sells for under $1/litre in one B.C. community

Gas prices dropping to $1/litre range in Penticton

Gas sells for under $1/litre in one B.C. community
A GoFundMe account has been started to help a family that lost their home on Dec. 21 in fire at Riva Ridge mobile home park.                                Skylar Noe-Vack photo

Updated: Mother and son lost everything in Riva Ridge mobile home fire

GoFundMe started for Penticton family who lost home Friday

A GoFundMe account has been started to help a family that lost their home on Dec. 21 in fire at Riva Ridge mobile home park.                                Skylar Noe-Vack photo