Penticton

Penticton Secondary School athlete Jodie Whalen prepares to throw the javelin at the South Central Zone Middle and High School Championships in Kelowna. A total of 36 athleres placed in the top three in their events and have now qualified for the Okanagan Championships. (Contributed)

Summerland and Penticton athletes advance to Okanagan Championships

South Central Zone Middle and High School Championships were held in Kelowna on May 10

Penticton Secondary School athlete Jodie Whalen prepares to throw the javelin at the South Central Zone Middle and High School Championships in Kelowna. A total of 36 athleres placed in the top three in their events and have now qualified for the Okanagan Championships. (Contributed)
A fire started in the Penticton Toyota dealership in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is currently under investigation. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)

2 arrested in Penticton after Toyota dealership fire deemed arson

Fire crews say damage to the back of the dealership is ‘extensive’

A fire started in the Penticton Toyota dealership in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is currently under investigation. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)
The fire at the Penticton Toyota dealership was visible from the surrounding area earlier on May 11. (Stephanie Lawrence - Facebook)

VIDEO: Damage to the rear portion of Penticton Toyota is ‘extensive’ after devastating blaze

A pair of firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the blaze

The fire at the Penticton Toyota dealership was visible from the surrounding area earlier on May 11. (Stephanie Lawrence - Facebook)
Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)

Okanagan resident left speechless after Skate Canada B.C. Hall of Fame induction

Diane Nielsen was inducted into the builder category after 50 years of serving the community

Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)
A fire started in the Penticton Toyota dealership in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is currently under investigation. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)

Photos: Fire rips through Penticton Toyota dealership

It’s not currently known what started the fire

A fire started in the Penticton Toyota dealership in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is currently under investigation. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)
Fest of Ale will return to Penticton in May 2022 this time outdoors at Okanagan Lake Park. (File photo)

Thirst for Okanagan Fest of Ale grows as event officially sells out

The festival has been on hiatus since 2019

Fest of Ale will return to Penticton in May 2022 this time outdoors at Okanagan Lake Park. (File photo)
Penticton’s Wildstone Construction Group is among four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed by Deloitte. (wildstone.com photo)

Four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed

Two from Vernon, one each from Penticton and West Kelowna named to Deloitte’s Best Managed companies list

Penticton’s Wildstone Construction Group is among four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed by Deloitte. (wildstone.com photo)
Vocalist Claire Twiddy and Kylar Chan rock out on stage together. (Raincity/Submitted)

Penticton, Kelowna shows on Raincity’s first Canadian tour

The tour is to celebrate the band’s new album “A Proper Latte”

Vocalist Claire Twiddy and Kylar Chan rock out on stage together. (Raincity/Submitted)
The Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers (white jerseys) were slated to play the South Okanagan Flames in their Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 7, at Kal Tire Place. The Flames, though, did not have enough players for the game and forfeited the contest, 1-0. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon Tigers score forfeit junior lacrosse win over South Okanagan

Flames cite lack of players for Thompson Okanagan Junior League tilt; Vernon wins 1-0

The Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers (white jerseys) were slated to play the South Okanagan Flames in their Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 7, at Kal Tire Place. The Flames, though, did not have enough players for the game and forfeited the contest, 1-0. (Black Press file photo)
The Ministry of Transportation did not receive any bids from contractors to work on previously planned safety improvements to the intersection of Highway 97 and 3A. (Photo: Facebook)

Safety improvements to dangerous Highway 97 and 3A intersection delayed

The Ministry of Transportation didn’t receive any bids from contractors for the project

The Ministry of Transportation did not receive any bids from contractors to work on previously planned safety improvements to the intersection of Highway 97 and 3A. (Photo: Facebook)
Supt. Brian Hunter presented a quarterly RCMP report to Penticton council on Tuesday, May 3 (April 21). (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)

Prolific offenders in Penticton average 93 contacts with police: RCMP report

Prolifics are more prominent in Penticton than in other B.C. communities, says Brian Hunter

Supt. Brian Hunter presented a quarterly RCMP report to Penticton council on Tuesday, May 3 (April 21). (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)
Students at Penticton Secondary recognized National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Thursday, May 5, for the first time in the school’s history. (Photo: Eva Koch)

PHOTOS: Penticton high school students honour lost Indigenous lives with Red Dress Day

May 5 is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Students at Penticton Secondary recognized National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Thursday, May 5, for the first time in the school’s history. (Photo: Eva Koch)
After a three-year hiatus, the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic will return to the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Vancouver Canucks bringing Young Stars Classic back to Penticton

The multi-day event ran in the Peach City from 2010 to 2018

After a three-year hiatus, the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic will return to the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Liz from SOWINS

Sexual assaults on the rise in South Okanagan: Women’s society

South Okanagan Women in Need Society responds by creating new response team

Liz from SOWINS
Penticton RCMP Supt. Brian Hunter presented data to city council in February that found his officers were going to more mental health calls than RCMP in bigger cities like Kelowna and Kamloops. (Screen shot)

Penticton pushes for provincially funded mental health worker to ride with RCMP

Penticton’s top cop also would love to see the program

Penticton RCMP Supt. Brian Hunter presented data to city council in February that found his officers were going to more mental health calls than RCMP in bigger cities like Kelowna and Kamloops. (Screen shot)
The Scoop. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

The Scoop: News that made headlines this week

Josh Piercey recaps the top news items from around the Okanagan-Shuswap region

The Scoop. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
Statistics Canada released new data on April 27, revealing that Penticton’s population has an average age of 49 years old. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

30% of Penticton’s population is 65 years and older: Statistics Canada

The agency released its ‘2021 Census of Population’ data on April 27

Statistics Canada released new data on April 27, revealing that Penticton’s population has an average age of 49 years old. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
Fire departments from Kelowna, Lake Country and Armstrong arrived at Penticton’s Evergreen Drive for wildfire training on Saturday, April 23. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

PHOTOS: B.C. firefighters arrive in the Okanagan for training ahead of wildfire season

Classroom sessions and on-the-ground training will take place until Sunday

Fire departments from Kelowna, Lake Country and Armstrong arrived at Penticton’s Evergreen Drive for wildfire training on Saturday, April 23. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
The Scoop. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

The Scoop: News that made headlines this week

Josh Piercey recaps the top news items from around the Okanagan-Shuswap region

The Scoop. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
(Photo: Pixabay)

B.C. announces 240 new child care spaces coming to the Okanagan

The spaces will be spread over Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon

(Photo: Pixabay)