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Screenshot from a video from Transportation B.C. of a driver who maneuvered past flaggers into an avalanche closure on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke in December

Erratic driver caught on camera appears in court

Penticton man facing flight from a peace officer, driving while prohibited and disobeying directions of a flagger.

Screenshot from a video from Transportation B.C. of a driver who maneuvered past flaggers into an avalanche closure on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke in December
Trooper is coming back to Penticton to headline the Penticton Peach Festival. (Below) 5440 rocking the main stage at Peachfest in 2015.

Peachfest announces entertainment lineup for 70th anniversary

The Penticton Peach Festival announced headliners in what they are calling the greatest entertainment line-up in their 70-year history.

Trooper is coming back to Penticton to headline the Penticton Peach Festival. (Below) 5440 rocking the main stage at Peachfest in 2015.
Buck the black Lab has been missing from his Oyama home for nearly a week. A reward has been offered for his return.

Reward offered for Buck’s return

Lake Country: Buck the black Lab has been missing for nearly a week.

Buck the black Lab has been missing from his Oyama home for nearly a week. A reward has been offered for his return.
The Log Barn 1912 in Spallumcheen has new owners

Spallumcheen attraction has new owners

The Log Barn 1912: Vancouver-based group of investors takes over the property located off Highway 97A

The Log Barn 1912 in Spallumcheen has new owners
Pileated Woodpecker

Woodpeckers of winter

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean birds are absent. Winter is one of the best times to see species unobscured by summer foliage.

Pileated Woodpecker
Michael de Jong

Dial up the finance minister for budget input

Michael de Jong takes calls from Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen and Boundary regions

Michael de Jong
File photo

19 arrested in drug trafficking sting

Undercover officers able to buy drugs like cocaine, fentanyl and heroin in two-month operation

File photo
Penticton Western News reader John C. Poon captured the winter chills perfectly in this photo from the frozen shores of Okanagan Lake and below on Skaha Lake.

Photographer captures winter chills in the Okanagan

Penticton Western News reader John Poon captured the winter chills perfectly in these two photos.

Penticton Western News reader John C. Poon captured the winter chills perfectly in this photo from the frozen shores of Okanagan Lake and below on Skaha Lake.
Residents and road crews are digging out after a major snowfall Sunday night.

UPDATE: Snowfall warning lifted

Compact and slippery conditions reported on most major highways in the Okanagan-Shuswap

Residents and road crews are digging out after a major snowfall Sunday night.
A group of Okanagan-artists have created artworks influenced by the Tim Burton film Big Fish for an exhibition at the Lake Country Art Gallery.

Artists go fishing at Lake Country Art Gallery

Tim Burton’s 2003 film Big Fish is the jumping off point for the Lake Country Art Gallery’s first exhibition of 2017.

A group of Okanagan-artists have created artworks influenced by the Tim Burton film Big Fish for an exhibition at the Lake Country Art Gallery.
British Columbians can expect an increase in many premiums and utility fees in 2017.

New year brings higher costs for British Columbians

Canadian Taxpayers Federation points the finger at provincial and local governments

British Columbians can expect an increase in many premiums and utility fees in 2017.
Okanagan Regional Library branches will resume operations Tuesday after being closed for the Christmas holiday.

Library branches preparing to reopen

All branches of Okanagan Regional Library will resume normal operating hours Tuesday except downtown Kelowna

Okanagan Regional Library branches will resume operations Tuesday after being closed for the Christmas holiday.
QUIZ: 12 questions to test your knowledge of B.C. news in 2016

QUIZ: 12 questions to test your knowledge of B.C. news in 2016

How well do you know your provincial news? Take our #BCNewsQuiz and see how you score

QUIZ: 12 questions to test your knowledge of B.C. news in 2016
Road and highway conditions are challenging in many parts of the Southern Interior

Snow warnings issued for major Interior highways

Motorists cautioned on Coquihalla Highway and the Trans-Canada Highway

Road and highway conditions are challenging in many parts of the Southern Interior
Emergency dispatchers received some unusual phone calls in 2016.

Stuck gym lockers, job queries top 2016 list of reasons to not call 911

Non-emergency calls can delay the response to a legitimate emergency

Emergency dispatchers received some unusual phone calls in 2016.
Rosalie Worbets is supporting the Okanagan Rail Trail.

Senior rallies behind Okanagan Rail Trail

Rosalie Worbets is donating her age in metres to the fundraising efforts

Rosalie Worbets is supporting the Okanagan Rail Trail.
Armstrong man guilty of animal cruelty

Armstrong man guilty of animal cruelty

Gary Roberts found guilty of neglecting horses at an Armstrong residence in December 2014

Armstrong man guilty of animal cruelty
Kelowna International Airport is a busy place during the Christmas season.

Planning ahead can ease airport tension at Christmas

Kelowna International anticipates increased, but steady traffic flow until Jan. 3.

Kelowna International Airport is a busy place during the Christmas season.
CLUSTERS OF QUAGGA and zebra mussels have been found on at least eight boats entering the Okanagan and officials are concerned some are being missed.

Invasive mussels pushing their way to B.C.

Invasive mussels that devastated lakes in eastern North America are getting closer to B.C.

CLUSTERS OF QUAGGA and zebra mussels have been found on at least eight boats entering the Okanagan and officials are concerned some are being missed.
Lake Country firefighters now have the equipment to save animals rescued from fires.

Special equipment targets Lake Country pets

Tri Lake Animal Hospital has donated two sets of oxygen masks for all critters

Lake Country firefighters now have the equipment to save animals rescued from fires.