Penticton

There are more than 160 hanging baskets in downtown Penticton with the majority of them on Main Street as seen here by Gyro Park. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Photos: Stop and smell the flowers: Downtown Penticton bursting with blooms

There are 160 hanging flower baskets in the downtown and along Lakeshore

There are more than 160 hanging baskets in downtown Penticton with the majority of them on Main Street as seen here by Gyro Park. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Bruce Turnbull - “Bighorns in battle”
Bruce Turnbull - “Bighorns in battle”
Joni Cutler does some work in the kitchen to prepare for the upcoming breakfast school season. (Mark Brett/ Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

Penticton’s school meal program in jeopardy

The program serves about 600 morning meals each week

Joni Cutler does some work in the kitchen to prepare for the upcoming breakfast school season. (Mark Brett/ Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
The corner of Westminster and Power Street looks a lot different now that the Villa Rosa has been demolished to make way for townhouses there. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

After 26 years, Penticton’s historic Villa Rosa restaurant is no more

Demolition of the Italian eatery is to make way for two 3-storey townhous buildings

The corner of Westminster and Power Street looks a lot different now that the Villa Rosa has been demolished to make way for townhouses there. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The Champion Creek wildfire, west of Princeton is now 111 hectares in size. Tulameen and District Fire Department took this photo 13 km on the Lodestone forest service road, looking towards Dear Mountain. (Photo- Tulameen and District Fire Department Facebook)

New lightning-caused wildfire west of Princeton now 111 hectares

The wildfire sparked Friday night, Sept. 2

The Champion Creek wildfire, west of Princeton is now 111 hectares in size. Tulameen and District Fire Department took this photo 13 km on the Lodestone forest service road, looking towards Dear Mountain. (Photo- Tulameen and District Fire Department Facebook)
The Blue Mountain wildfire in Penticton has grown to 50 hectares (Photo - @BCGovFireInfo/Twitter)

UPDATE: New wildfire west of Penticton has grown to 55 hectares

The Blue Mountain wildfire started on Sept. 2 and is thought to be human-caused

The Blue Mountain wildfire in Penticton has grown to 50 hectares (Photo - @BCGovFireInfo/Twitter)
A couple enjoys the sunset on Okanagan Lake by the Sicamous. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

August was the Okanagan’s warmest month ever, September to be a ‘mixed bag’

Monthly temperatures in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna and Salmon Arm were 2 to 4 C higher than normal

A couple enjoys the sunset on Okanagan Lake by the Sicamous. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Lisa S. Johnson’s new book, Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock pays homage to the history of rock and roll. Johnson is an alumn of Penticton Secondary. (Photo- Courtesy of Lisa S. Johnson)

‘Guitars that rock’: Okanagan woman travels world to uncover music’s greatest stories

Lisa Johnson’s most recent book features more than 160 original photos of iconic guitars

Lisa S. Johnson’s new book, Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock pays homage to the history of rock and roll. Johnson is an alumn of Penticton Secondary. (Photo- Courtesy of Lisa S. Johnson)
Blair Balch, 49, is awaiting sentencing related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)

New evidence delays Penticton bomber’s sentencing

This is the second time sentencing is delayed in case of explosives that rocked Penticton in 2021

Blair Balch, 49, is awaiting sentencing related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
Jessica Cullen of Canada is the overall women’s winner during the IRONMAN Canada on August 28, 2022 in Penticton. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Photos: Race results are in for Ironman Penticton

Massive crowds, 1,500 athletes and Penticton man wins to end epic weekend

Jessica Cullen of Canada is the overall women’s winner during the IRONMAN Canada on August 28, 2022 in Penticton. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Penticton’s Jeff Symonds is overall first place finisher at Ironman Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Hometown hero gives Penticton storybook ending with Ironman win

Jeff Symonds came in over 20 minutes ahead of the second place finisher

Penticton’s Jeff Symonds is overall first place finisher at Ironman Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Professional Ironman athlete and hometown hero Jeff Symonds and one to watch at the finish line around 3 p.m. He is pictured here with other hometown Ironman hero Jen Annet who isn’t competing in Penticton. (Western News file photo)

Hometown hero Jeff Symonds one to watch at Ironman Penticton

Massive crowds for the return of Ironman and the 226.3 km swim, bike and run

Professional Ironman athlete and hometown hero Jeff Symonds and one to watch at the finish line around 3 p.m. He is pictured here with other hometown Ironman hero Jen Annet who isn’t competing in Penticton. (Western News file photo)
The inaugural all-girls four-on-four hockey tournament at Memorial Arena ran from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

‘Start of a new tradition’: Penticton hosts its first-ever all-girls hockey tournament

‘It’s about getting more girls to know each other and to get more girls playing,’ said Paul Parkinson

The inaugural all-girls four-on-four hockey tournament at Memorial Arena ran from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
A grandmother-daughter duo teamed up Saturday morning, Aug. 26, for the return of Ironkids on Lakeshore Shore Drive in Penticton. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

A family affair: Young triathletes shine in Penticton ahead of Ironman Canada

Ironman Canada kicks off Sunday morning at Okanagan Lake in Penticton

A grandmother-daughter duo teamed up Saturday morning, Aug. 26, for the return of Ironkids on Lakeshore Shore Drive in Penticton. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Penticton RCMP are looking for a shirtless man who stole from a helicopter hangar on Aug. 26. (RCMP)

Shirtless man breaks into Penticton airport; almost $30k in losses

RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect

Penticton RCMP are looking for a shirtless man who stole from a helicopter hangar on Aug. 26. (RCMP)
Penticton hasn’t hosted Ironman Canada since 2012. There are 2,000 athletes taking part in the 226.3 km triathalon on Sunday, Aug. 28. (File photo)

Everything you need to know about Ironman Canada’s return to Penticton

Inspiring athletes stories, info about the course and where to cheer them on

Penticton hasn’t hosted Ironman Canada since 2012. There are 2,000 athletes taking part in the 226.3 km triathalon on Sunday, Aug. 28. (File photo)
The Vancouver Canucks mascot, Fin, was among those in Penticton when the team announced its pre-season return to the city. (Instagram- South Okanagan Events Centre)

Full tournament packages for 2022 Young Stars Classic sold out in Penticton

Single-game tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks’ top prospects are still available

The Vancouver Canucks mascot, Fin, was among those in Penticton when the team announced its pre-season return to the city. (Instagram- South Okanagan Events Centre)
The Coyote Cruises bus picks up customers at the exit point near the mouth of Skaha Lake for the return trip to the starting point summer. (Western News file photo)

Teen syilx Coyote Cruises manager uplifts young leaders in Penticton

PIB-owned Coyote Cruises rents out tubes at the start of the channel

The Coyote Cruises bus picks up customers at the exit point near the mouth of Skaha Lake for the return trip to the starting point summer. (Western News file photo)
Penticton RCMP are looking for a man who robbed a jewerly store at Cherry Lane Mall on Monday, Aug. 22. (Penticton RCMP)

Bear spray used in daytime jewelry store robbery in Penticton

The suspect sprayed employees at the Cherry Lane mall store before fleeing

Penticton RCMP are looking for a man who robbed a jewerly store at Cherry Lane Mall on Monday, Aug. 22. (Penticton RCMP)
Fortis is working on Highway 97 in Kaleden to backfill an exposed gas main on Tuesday. (RDOS)

Washout causes exposed gas main on Highway 97 in Penticton

Fortis said the exposed line was due to a previous washout on the highway in Kaleden

Fortis is working on Highway 97 in Kaleden to backfill an exposed gas main on Tuesday. (RDOS)