Dustin Godfrey

More evacuation alerts has been issued for Osoyoos by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen due to the threat of flooding.                                Photo courtesy of Sandy Steck

23 Osoyoos properties on evac alert

The alert comes as the lake continues to rise from mountain snow melting into nearby rivers

More evacuation alerts has been issued for Osoyoos by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen due to the threat of flooding.                                Photo courtesy of Sandy Steck
Osoyoos Lake shows tepid growth as long weekend approaches

Osoyoos Lake shows tepid growth as long weekend approaches

Similkameen and Okanagan rivers showing diminished flows into lake as week wears on

Osoyoos Lake shows tepid growth as long weekend approaches
The back of the Coast Osoyoos Hotel, currently closed due to flooding, along with the neighbouring Holiday Inn behind it, now back onto a non-existent beach.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Osoyoos hotel hopes to reopen early June after flooded by lake

Coast Osoyoos Hotel has been closed for about six days, now, after losing power from high lake water

The back of the Coast Osoyoos Hotel, currently closed due to flooding, along with the neighbouring Holiday Inn behind it, now back onto a non-existent beach.                                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
Swelling in local creeks has led to the Penticton Indian Band joining the majority of the South Okanagan-Similkameen in declaring a state of local emergency. City of Penticton say Penticton Creek, pictured here, likely does not pose a flood risk, despite the high water flow.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton Indian Band declares state of local emergency

Meanwhile, City of Penticton undertaking work to mitigate damage from Okanagan Lake rising water

Swelling in local creeks has led to the Penticton Indian Band joining the majority of the South Okanagan-Similkameen in declaring a state of local emergency. City of Penticton say Penticton Creek, pictured here, likely does not pose a flood risk, despite the high water flow.                                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

The Western News successfully advocated for the release of the video in court

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

Trial got underway in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers Tuesday morning for a man accused of uttering threats against and assaulting a police officer in Hedley.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

‘Pure rage’: RCMP officer testifies in Penticton on alleged assault

Bremner E. Lance accused of assaulting a peace officer and uttering threats in 2016 Hedley incident

Trial got underway in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers Tuesday morning for a man accused of uttering threats against and assaulting a police officer in Hedley.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
Trial got underway in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers Tuesday morning for a man accused of uttering threats against and assaulting a police officer in Hedley.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

‘Pure rage’: RCMP officer testifies in Penticton on alleged assault

Bremner E. Lance accused of assaulting a peace officer and uttering threats in 2016 Hedley incident

Trial got underway in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers Tuesday morning for a man accused of uttering threats against and assaulting a police officer in Hedley.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
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
A shot of the damage from the Testalinden Creek dam failure in 2010, which sent a torrent of water, mud and debris into a community and farming area south of Oliver. Photo courtesy Province of B.C.

Province has no worries about South Okanagan dam breaches

Despite early issues with area dams, officials not worried about a 2010 Testalinden dam breach repeat

A shot of the damage from the Testalinden Creek dam failure in 2010, which sent a torrent of water, mud and debris into a community and farming area south of Oliver. Photo courtesy Province of B.C.
Jennifer Rice, B.C.’s parliamentary secretary of emergency preparedness, speaks to reporters about the state of flooding issues in the province and the Province of B.C.’s efforts to help communities mitigate that flooding, alongside officials with the B.C. government and regional district. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

No way of forecasting Okanagan floods: engineer

RDOS released an informational video with expert analysis and drone shots of regional floods Wednesday

Jennifer Rice, B.C.’s parliamentary secretary of emergency preparedness, speaks to reporters about the state of flooding issues in the province and the Province of B.C.’s efforts to help communities mitigate that flooding, alongside officials with the B.C. government and regional district. Dustin Godfrey/Western News