Logan Lockhart

Anna Lopez (left) and Kailyn Beaudoin are aiming to collect 1,000 toys for kids in need ahead of Penticton Secondary’s Tot for Toys Fundraiser on Dec. 8.

Grade 12 duo leads much-needed return of Pen High’s flagship Christmas fundraiser

Kailyn Beaudoin and Anna López are at the forefront of the Dec. 8 Toys for Tots fundraiser

Anna Lopez (left) and Kailyn Beaudoin are aiming to collect 1,000 toys for kids in need ahead of Penticton Secondary’s Tot for Toys Fundraiser on Dec. 8.
A photo from DriveBC at around 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, north of Summerland on Highway 97. (Photo- DriveBC)

Expect delays on Highway 97 as roadwork continues north of Summerland

Southbound right lane closed until Christmas between Bridgeman Road and Callan Road: DriveBC

A photo from DriveBC at around 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, north of Summerland on Highway 97. (Photo- DriveBC)
Penticton council will review a proposed six-storey apartment building at 270 Riverside Drive at its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. (City of Penticton photo)

Penticton council to review proposed 6-storey development at former Ogopogo motel site

The North Gateway strata apartment would feature 234 units at 270 Riverside Drive

Penticton council will review a proposed six-storey apartment building at 270 Riverside Drive at its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. (City of Penticton photo)
The outdoor rink next to Penticton City Hall will open for the new season on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Lace your skates: Penticton’s $1.1M outdoor rink soon opens to public

City loaned a Zamboni to Activate Penticton for purpose of opening the rink on Monday, Dec. 5

The outdoor rink next to Penticton City Hall will open for the new season on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Penticton council will vote on a notice of motion on Tuesday, Dec. 6, that calls for the suspension of the city’s on-street paid parking program. (File photo)

End paid parking, support downtown businesses: Penticton councillor

Coun. Ryan Graham is introducing a notice of motion, calling for a temporary end to paid parking

Penticton council will vote on a notice of motion on Tuesday, Dec. 6, that calls for the suspension of the city’s on-street paid parking program. (File photo)
Barenaked Ladies are coming to Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday night, Dec. 2. (Submitted)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in the South Okanagan

Santa Claus Parade, Teddy Bear Toss and the Barenaked Ladies all coming up

Barenaked Ladies are coming to Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday night, Dec. 2. (Submitted)
Penticton Emergency Support Services were the recent recipient of the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award. (Photo- City of Penticton)

Penticton’s emergency support team recognized nationally for ‘outstanding achievements’

The team supported evacuees from 20 communities, including those affected by the Lytton wildfires

Penticton Emergency Support Services were the recent recipient of the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award. (Photo- City of Penticton)
Penticton has been excluded from an expansion announcement from Interior Health and the Car-40 program. (File photo)

‘Disappointing’: Penticton excluded from Interior Health’s latest plans for Car-40 program

Mayor Julius Bloomfield says he remains optimistic IH is aware of the needs of Penticton

Penticton has been excluded from an expansion announcement from Interior Health and the Car-40 program. (File photo)
Okanagan Lake in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

One year after record-breaking heat, Okanagan prepares for frigid start to winter

Below-average December temperatures follow the fourth coldest November in the region’s history

Okanagan Lake in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Josh, left, and Bradly Nadeau were named the BCHL's first and second stars of the month for October. (Jack Murray)

Nadeau brothers the lone Penticton Vees to make 2022 B.C. Hockey League All-Star Game

Penticton’s new outdoor rink next to City Hall will host the league’s 60th-anniversary game

Josh, left, and Bradly Nadeau were named the BCHL's first and second stars of the month for October. (Jack Murray)
Employers and job-seekers are invited to the Okanagan’s biggest job fair in March at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. (File photo)

Looking for a place to work? South Okanagan’s largest job fair coming to Penticton

The city’s trade and convention centre hosts the Star Right Here job fair on March 9, 2023

Employers and job-seekers are invited to the Okanagan’s biggest job fair in March at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. (File photo)
Figure skater Deepika Gill, who earned a perfect score at the 2022 Okanagan Interclub Competition in West Kelowna last week, was one of 25 skaters from Penticton sent to the competition. (Submitted)

Penticton figure skater glides to perfect score at competition in West Kelowna

16-year-old Deepika Gill was joined by other Penticton skaters in capturing first-place finishes

Figure skater Deepika Gill, who earned a perfect score at the 2022 Okanagan Interclub Competition in West Kelowna last week, was one of 25 skaters from Penticton sent to the competition. (Submitted)
The Penticton Vees acquired the rights to forward Nicholas Degraves from the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) on Wednesday, Nov. 30. (Photo- Brooks Bandits/Em Duncan)

Penticton Vees say goodbye to key forward Ethan Mann for a player they ‘couldn’t pass up’

‘It is always difficult to tweak your lineup when things are going well,’ said coach Fred Harbinson

The Penticton Vees acquired the rights to forward Nicholas Degraves from the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) on Wednesday, Nov. 30. (Photo- Brooks Bandits/Em Duncan)
The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre’s Share a Smile Telethon returned to Penticton’s Cherry Lane Mall on Saturday, Nov. 26, with live entertainment. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Update: 43rd annual Share a Smile Telethon raises over $100,000 goal

The OSNS telethon returned to Cherry Lane mall and was a huge success

The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre’s Share a Smile Telethon returned to Penticton’s Cherry Lane Mall on Saturday, Nov. 26, with live entertainment. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
The city of Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Heavy snowfall, strong winds forecasted for most of the Okanagan

Environment Canada forecasts parts of the Interior to get five to 10 cm of snow overnight

The city of Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Jackson Nieuwendyk’s hat trick lifted the Penticton Vees to a 7-1 victory Friday night against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (Photo- Jack Murray)

Hat trick for Nieuwendyk as Penticton Vees extend streak to 22, win 7-1 on Vancouver Island

The Vees are back in action Saturday night when they battle the Powell River Kings on the road

Jackson Nieuwendyk’s hat trick lifted the Penticton Vees to a 7-1 victory Friday night against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (Photo- Jack Murray)
The PIB adds they are continuing to work with the Ministry of Transportation and AIM Roads to ensure that cattleguards and other potential points of access are in good shape. (Kate Helmore photo)

Wild horses break free in South Okanagan after fence illegally cut

PIB has installed remote cameras and will increase patrol in the area

The PIB adds they are continuing to work with the Ministry of Transportation and AIM Roads to ensure that cattleguards and other potential points of access are in good shape. (Kate Helmore photo)
Downtown Summerland was packed full of people for the annual Festival of Lights in 2019. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in the South Okanagan

Light-up festivals, Santa Rec Run, and one of the year’s most important fundraisers for kids

Downtown Summerland was packed full of people for the annual Festival of Lights in 2019. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Vees players help clean up the ice after a previous Teddy Bear Toss night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (File Photo)

Penticton Vees change time of Teddy Bear Toss game to 7 p.m.

Vees play West Kelowna Warriors at 7 p.m., giving people time to enjoy Santa Parade and game

Penticton Vees players help clean up the ice after a previous Teddy Bear Toss night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (File Photo)
Bicycles that Bryan Miles repaired for two kids in Penticton this holiday season. (Photo- Lori TC/Facebook)

Osoyoos man turns garage into Santa’s workshop, gifting kids with bicycles this Christmas

Bryan Miles expects to put a smile on more than 70 children’s faces this holiday season

Bicycles that Bryan Miles repaired for two kids in Penticton this holiday season. (Photo- Lori TC/Facebook)