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Evacuation alerts have been expanded in the Similkameen River valley after an unexpected rise in the water level.                                Evacuation alerts have been expanded in the Similkameen River valley after an unexpected rise in the water level.

Evacuation alerts expanded in Similkameen

Unexpected rise in river prompts new alerts

Evacuation alerts have been expanded in the Similkameen River valley after an unexpected rise in the water level.                                Evacuation alerts have been expanded in the Similkameen River valley after an unexpected rise in the water level.
A report from B.C. Hydro says the cost of owning an electric car isn’t as high as people think. File photo

Electric vehicles more affordable than you think: BC Hydro

Myths blocking road to electric vehicle adoption

A report from B.C. Hydro says the cost of owning an electric car isn’t as high as people think. File photo
A pair of British sisters are searching for family connections in Summerland, hoping to find memories of the Beattie family, or someone that recognizes their Aunt Kitty and their grandfather. (Submitted photo)

Tracing their family tree

Sisters searching for Summerland connection

A pair of British sisters are searching for family connections in Summerland, hoping to find memories of the Beattie family, or someone that recognizes their Aunt Kitty and their grandfather. (Submitted photo)
Western News file photo

Boots on the ground wildfire training for B.C. firefighters

Firefighters from around B.C. will be in Penticton at a simulated wildfire training exercise

Western News file photo
A little brown bat with visible symptoms of fungal growth typical of white nose syndrome. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Researchers watching for spread of white nose syndrome

Spring bat reports can help monitor spread of deadly disease

A little brown bat with visible symptoms of fungal growth typical of white nose syndrome. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Taking these grapes from the field to the wine bottle takes a chain of skilled workers. (Steve Kidd/Western News)

Growing demand for skilled workers in the wine industry

A lot of work goes into creating a bottle of wine

Taking these grapes from the field to the wine bottle takes a chain of skilled workers. (Steve Kidd/Western News)
Husain Sattar, Sarah Wood and Reese Buffer are three Penticton students fundraising so students like them can join the March For Our Lives protest in Spokane later this month (Submitted photo)

Okanagan students joining March For Our Lives

Penticton students fundraising to join U.S. Gun reform march

Husain Sattar, Sarah Wood and Reese Buffer are three Penticton students fundraising so students like them can join the March For Our Lives protest in Spokane later this month (Submitted photo)
Don Kendall, seen here directing traffic at the Penticton Peach Festival parade, is being honoured for his contributions to the newspaper industry. Steve Kidd/Western News

Former Black Press publisher honoured for industry contributions

Don Kendall being honoured by community newspaper association

Don Kendall, seen here directing traffic at the Penticton Peach Festival parade, is being honoured for his contributions to the newspaper industry. Steve Kidd/Western News
B.C. boy battles rare cancer as community rallies

B.C. boy battles rare cancer as community rallies

A parent’s worst nightmare: Community support building for seven-year-old Okanagan cancer victim

B.C. boy battles rare cancer as community rallies
The nature of family practice is changing, shifting to group practice and team care approach. (File photo)

Changing the picture of family medical care

Efforts ongoing to recruit family physicians for the South Okanagan Similkameen

The nature of family practice is changing, shifting to group practice and team care approach. (File photo)
Jack Godwin (on steel guitar) said the Kettle Valley Brakemen are busier than ever and have some surprises for 2018. (Western News file photo)

Brakemen pulling out all the stops for 2018

Kettle Valley Brakemen planning some surprises

Jack Godwin (on steel guitar) said the Kettle Valley Brakemen are busier than ever and have some surprises for 2018. (Western News file photo)
Researchers at the University of B.C. are looking for Okanagan residents to participate in a study of differing regional accents in B.C. (File photo)

DRAWL searches for Okanagan Valley accent

UBC study wants to hear from Okanagan residents

Researchers at the University of B.C. are looking for Okanagan residents to participate in a study of differing regional accents in B.C. (File photo)
Andre Sutherland Begin visits Village by the Station monthly, entertaining the residents with dramatic recitations of Robert Service’s poems like The Cremation of Sam McGee.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News

Storyteller brings poetry to seniors

Penticton man tells the tale of Robert Service and his poems

Andre Sutherland Begin visits Village by the Station monthly, entertaining the residents with dramatic recitations of Robert Service’s poems like The Cremation of Sam McGee.                                 Steve Kidd/Western News
Blood moons (lunar eclipses) aren’t uncommon, but combined with a supermoon and a blue moon, they’re exceedingly rare. (Image courtesy NASA)

Super blue blood moon coming to skies near you

This may be the only time you will ever see this combination

Blood moons (lunar eclipses) aren’t uncommon, but combined with a supermoon and a blue moon, they’re exceedingly rare. (Image courtesy NASA)
Angels at The Mule

Angels at The Mule

Penticton nightclub introduces angel shots for safety

Angels at The Mule
Tychonik continues scoring run

Tychonik continues scoring run

Vees chalk up another win with Pink in the Rink

Tychonik continues scoring run
A Naramata Christmas tree grower says that leaving just one branch attached to the stump will allow the tree to regrow in half the time. (File photo)

Leave a limb, save a tree

Cutting down a Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the end of the story

A Naramata Christmas tree grower says that leaving just one branch attached to the stump will allow the tree to regrow in half the time. (File photo)
Trying to back out of her driveway this morning , Penticton resident Jodi Lynn got stuck in the deep snow on the road. (Photo courtesy Jodi Lynn)

Many hands make light work of a stuck car

A Penticton resident asked for help getting her car out of the snow

Trying to back out of her driveway this morning , Penticton resident Jodi Lynn got stuck in the deep snow on the road. (Photo courtesy Jodi Lynn)
Firefighters move an absorbent boom into place at the mouth of Penticton Creek to block a spill of a petroleum product into Okanagan Lake. (Steve Kidd/Western News)

Fire crews investigating oil sheen on Penticton Creek

Fire crews are working to contain the oil from spreading

Firefighters move an absorbent boom into place at the mouth of Penticton Creek to block a spill of a petroleum product into Okanagan Lake. (Steve Kidd/Western News)
B.C. wine industry rallying for a fight

B.C. wine industry rallying for a fight

B.C. wineries are pressing hard to see legal barriers against interprovincial shipping…

B.C. wine industry rallying for a fight