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Okanagan man suffers serious injuries after pinned by log

The man was airlifted to hospital late Tuesday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries

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Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

From cooks throwing knives to a breakdown that nearly killed a chef, kitchens struggle to deal with stress

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry
Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Organizers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention for the B.C. Southern Interior…

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

In jail and in withdrawal: Inmates face long waits for opioid therapy in OCC

Provincial health body aims to erase waitlists in Okanagan’s jail, including for opioid replacement

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Arrest made in 1 of 4 homicides in Penticton area last year

Kiera Bourque arrested Tuesday after RCMP investigation into a 17-year-old boy’s death in April 2017

Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton homeless campers devastated by park cleanup

Two women, in their 50s and 60s, said they felt like giving up after their only home was cleared out

As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint

Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal denied an application from a non-profit to dismiss the complaint

Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint
Paul Braun sits next to where he used to panhandle — now occupied by the recycling bin he leans on — after the City of Penticton moved the garbage and recycling bins to his and others’ usual panhandling spot.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton panhandler not deterred by trash

City staff moved trash and recycling bins into a regular panhandling spot to deter the practice

Paul Braun sits next to where he used to panhandle — now occupied by the recycling bin he leans on — after the City of Penticton moved the garbage and recycling bins to his and others’ usual panhandling spot.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A local resident put his question to the lineup of officials at the Sonora Community Centre in Osoyoos, where the regional district and provincial government put on a public information centre on flooding hosted by the Town of Osoyoos.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Osoyoos Lake expected to clear historic 917-foot mark

Officials took questions from residents and updated the community on flooding Tuesday evening

A local resident put his question to the lineup of officials at the Sonora Community Centre in Osoyoos, where the regional district and provincial government put on a public information centre on flooding hosted by the Town of Osoyoos.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Water is expected to force the closure of Highway 3 in several spots when the Similkameen River rises again laster this week. (File photo)

May long affecting Okanagan-Similkameen flood preparations

Hotels fill up as RDOS seeks emergency lodging; residents with medical needs should self-evacuate now

Water is expected to force the closure of Highway 3 in several spots when the Similkameen River rises again laster this week. (File photo)

Video shows alleged 2016 assault on police officer in Hedley

Bremner Lance is accused of assault on a peace officer causing bodily harm and uttering threats

B.C. officials watching for impact of ‘extreme’ heat on floods

Temperatures are expected to rise close to 30 C in Southern Interior, threatening hasty snowmelt

B.C. Tree Fruits gets $220,000 WorkSafe fine

A WorkSafeBC inspector noted a series of issues at the B.C. Tree Fruits Oliver packing plant in 2016

Duncan Cameron said the neighbours all greeted each other in the street, but didn’t always stay for coffee. But on Friday that changed — at least with the neighbours across the street, who were at the Camerons’ house for coffee Friday. On Monday, the Camerons were headed across the street with cups in their hands.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Up to 40 people handed eviction notices in Penticton community

Residents of the Delta MHP were set to fight the evictions, but now feel they are without recourse

Duncan Cameron said the neighbours all greeted each other in the street, but didn’t always stay for coffee. But on Friday that changed — at least with the neighbours across the street, who were at the Camerons’ house for coffee Friday. On Monday, the Camerons were headed across the street with cups in their hands.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Jukka Laurio, who operated a dispensary in Penticton, has been ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court not to operate any dispensary or any stores by the same name in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C.’s ‘largest’ dispensary fine levied against Penticton operator

City hall published court order online, which mandated a $15,000 fine payment to city hall

Jukka Laurio, who operated a dispensary in Penticton, has been ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court not to operate any dispensary or any stores by the same name in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Jukka Laurio, who operated a dispensary in Penticton, has been ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court not to operate any dispensary or any stores by the same name in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C.’s ‘largest’ dispensary fine levied against Penticton operator

City hall published court order online, which mandated a $15,000 fine payment to city hall

Jukka Laurio, who operated a dispensary in Penticton, has been ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court not to operate any dispensary or any stores by the same name in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Okanagan man handed 3 years for distributing child pornography

Okanagan man handed 3 years for distributing child pornography

Jesse Prince was convicted of possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography in December

Okanagan man handed 3 years for distributing child pornography
B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon. Farnworth says he is still optimistic about the outlook of the jail as the dust in the new facility settles.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Correcting the Okanagan Correctional

B.C. Corrections, an academic and a union boss on moving forward from Incorrectional

B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon. Farnworth says he is still optimistic about the outlook of the jail as the dust in the new facility settles.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A view of the South Okanagan on a sunny day as you leave the Okanagan Correctional Centre. For the final part in the Okanagan Incorrectional series, available in Fridays paper, we speak to a union boss and an academic about how to improve corrections and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth about the work being done on the B.C. governments part.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

COLUMN: When we fail inmates, we fail ourselves

Solutions for inmates go far beyond the walls of the Okanagan Correctional Centre

A view of the South Okanagan on a sunny day as you leave the Okanagan Correctional Centre. For the final part in the Okanagan Incorrectional series, available in Fridays paper, we speak to a union boss and an academic about how to improve corrections and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth about the work being done on the B.C. governments part.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Afshin Maleki Ighani, 46, is facing yet another violent charge after allegedly assaulting a peace officer at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in March. Ighani already has kidnapping with a firearm, assault and firearms charges from last April, as well as charges from a pair of alleged stabbings at the jail last September.                                Western News file photo

Man accused of yet another violent incident at Okanagan jail

Afshin Ighani accused of assaulting a peace officer in March, following alleged stabbings last year

Afshin Maleki Ighani, 46, is facing yet another violent charge after allegedly assaulting a peace officer at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in March. Ighani already has kidnapping with a firearm, assault and firearms charges from last April, as well as charges from a pair of alleged stabbings at the jail last September.                                Western News file photo