Brennan Phillips

Butter and sourdough bread is shown at a house in Vernon, B.C. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A Quebec dairy farmers’ group is calling on milk producers to stop feeding palm oil or its derivatives to livestock as controversy churns over how these supplements affect the consistency of butter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS - Jesse Johnston)

Poll: Care to spread your feelings on butter?

Reports of hard butter have rattled the Canadian dairy industry

Butter and sourdough bread is shown at a house in Vernon, B.C. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A Quebec dairy farmers’ group is calling on milk producers to stop feeding palm oil or its derivatives to livestock as controversy churns over how these supplements affect the consistency of butter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS - Jesse Johnston)
The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is for sale. (Facebook)

Popular Keremeos pub up for sale

Owner Liza Sanders is selling The Wrong Turn Tavern for $800,000

The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is for sale. (Facebook)
Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>

CODEanagan gives youth a chance to learn about technology

The youth, aged 12 to 21, built their own WordPress sites and developed blogging ideas

Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>
Oliver Elementary School. (File)

Interior Health reports potential COVID-19 exposure at South Okanagan elementary school

Interior Health lists two dates for the potential exposure

Oliver Elementary School. (File)
Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Regional district seeks ministry approval before raising Kaleden recreational tax

The RDOS is in discussions on whether they will need to formally seek approval from residents

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.

Oliver Winter Shelter postponed further

Council won’t revisit the issue until the Cold Weather Shelter Committee prepares a plan for them

Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.
Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Penticton Indian Band applauds decision to halt Naramata Bench development, calls for preservation of Sickle Point

Penticton city council rejected a proposed 300 house development on Naramata Bench on Feb. 16

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
Tim Birmingham’s homemade submarine is up for sale. The pricetag? $94,000. (Facebook)

Keremeos man selling home-made submarine on Facebook

For a mere $94,000 you could have your own vessel to dive deep below the water

Tim Birmingham’s homemade submarine is up for sale. The pricetag? $94,000. (Facebook)
Tim Birmingham’s homemade submarine is up for sale. The pricetag? $94,000. (Facebook)

South Okanagan man selling home-made submarine on Facebook

For a mere $94,000 you could have your own vessel to dive deep below the water

Tim Birmingham’s homemade submarine is up for sale. The pricetag? $94,000. (Facebook)
Yamabiko Taiko with Naoko Nakamura at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

OneWorld Multicultural Festival kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m.

The festival’s performances will be streamed virtually

Yamabiko Taiko with Naoko Nakamura at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Keremeos Village town hall

Community garden and AV equipment among early approved budget items

Council gave pre-budget approval to several capital projects so they could be finished in spring

Keremeos Village town hall
The federal government is proposing new legislation which would empower municipalities to enact handgun bans that would be backed with federal punishment for violations. (RCMP - File)

Penticton mayor says handgun control should be federal and RCMP responsibility

New legislation from the federal government proposes supporting municipal handgun bans

The federal government is proposing new legislation which would empower municipalities to enact handgun bans that would be backed with federal punishment for violations. (RCMP - File)
This is the existing pool in Summerland. The District is seeking a feasibility study into whether to renovate or make a new aquatic centre. (File photo)

Summerland to go forward with feasibility study for aquatic centre

The District will be opening up bids for contractors to undertake the study

This is the existing pool in Summerland. The District is seeking a feasibility study into whether to renovate or make a new aquatic centre. (File photo)
The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall. (Google Maps)

Attempt at thawing water pipe in Kaleden leads to burning gasline

The water to a resident’s property had frozen up outside their home

The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall. (Google Maps)
This area of Naramata Bench overlooking Lake Okanagan is the proposed sight for a 300 plus home development by Canadian Horizons. (Canadian Horizons photo)

Community group happy with council’s rejection of Naramata Bench development

The Society for the Preservation of Naramata Bench has loudly opposed the Canadian Horizons proposal

This area of Naramata Bench overlooking Lake Okanagan is the proposed sight for a 300 plus home development by Canadian Horizons. (Canadian Horizons photo)
A render of the proposed new boathouse for Skaha Lake Park. (Image courtesy of Landform Architecture)

Eastern portion of Penticton’s Skaha Lake Park could get a $2.8M makeover

Feedback, self-guided tours and videos open Feb. 17 until March 7

A render of the proposed new boathouse for Skaha Lake Park. (Image courtesy of Landform Architecture)
Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for 2018’s Soup Fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)

Discovery House’ 10th annual Soup is Good Food fundraiser kicks off next week

Orders are available for pick-up or delivery

Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for 2018’s Soup Fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)
Funding will go towards repairing and improving drainage to prevent instances of overfilling and damage like what happened to Sunnybrook Drive in Penticton in 2018. (File)

$4.4 million from province for road work projects in Thompson Okanagan includes Penticton and Summerland

The Climate Adaptation Program aims to make roads safer and more resilient against climate change

Funding will go towards repairing and improving drainage to prevent instances of overfilling and damage like what happened to Sunnybrook Drive in Penticton in 2018. (File)
Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire on Paris Street in Penticton on Friday, Feb. 12 around 4:14 p.m. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Firefighters mop up smoldering mobile home in Penticton

Fire on Paris Street reported Feb. 12 around 4:14 p.m.

Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire on Paris Street in Penticton on Friday, Feb. 12 around 4:14 p.m. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
The City of Penticton is sending families out to an art hunt to visit public pieces like Raven’s Key by Fred Dobbs of Sidney, B.C., for this year’s Family Day.(Monique Tamminga-Western News)

Go on an art adventure for Family Day in Penticton

The city has arranged for a COVID-friendly celebration for this year’s Family Day weekend

The City of Penticton is sending families out to an art hunt to visit public pieces like Raven’s Key by Fred Dobbs of Sidney, B.C., for this year’s Family Day.(Monique Tamminga-Western News)