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This now empty restaurant beside the Summerland Waterfront Resort will be turned back to its former glory of Shaughnessy’s Cove. Opening in May. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Summerland waterfront is getting a new restaurant

The now closed Local will be turned back into its former glory of the Shaughnessy’s Cove

This now empty restaurant beside the Summerland Waterfront Resort will be turned back to its former glory of Shaughnessy’s Cove. Opening in May. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
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Another care home in Oliver reports its first COVID-19 related death

Another Oliver home, McKinney Place loses another two residents to outbreak

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Police and ambulance were called to the Super Wash on Main Street in Penticton Monday (Jan. 12, 2021) afternoon for what was thought to be three men passed out in the car wash bay. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

One arrested after vehicle breaks down in Okanagan car wash

The initial call was for three men passed out in a vehicle a the car wash

Police and ambulance were called to the Super Wash on Main Street in Penticton Monday (Jan. 12, 2021) afternoon for what was thought to be three men passed out in the car wash bay. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
This picture was taken on Dec. 21, 2020 at the Britton Creek rest stop by DriveBC camera. That day saw the Coquihalla close for several hours after multiple vehicle and semi truck incidents.

Special weather statement in effect for all highway passes

Coquihalla and Connector could see up to 25 cm of snow on Wednesday

This picture was taken on Dec. 21, 2020 at the Britton Creek rest stop by DriveBC camera. That day saw the Coquihalla close for several hours after multiple vehicle and semi truck incidents.
Megan Bell’s design of the Vineyard Monster set into a Tshirt - one of the first when launching her new clothing line Lake + Wild - an ode to beautiful BC and Osoyoos. (Submitted)

Osoyoos vine monster emblazoned on locally-made T-shirts

Cothing designer created the ‘Vineyard Monster’ tee in appreciation of the popular landmark

Megan Bell’s design of the Vineyard Monster set into a Tshirt - one of the first when launching her new clothing line Lake + Wild - an ode to beautiful BC and Osoyoos. (Submitted)
Sally Ginter is the new Chief Executive Officer for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. (Submitted)

New CEO for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation

Sally Ginter has a wealth of experience working in charity and business roles in the Okanagan

Sally Ginter is the new Chief Executive Officer for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. (Submitted)
Jasper Brian Braga has been identified as the man who died from a house fire in Osoyoos on Jan. 1. (GoFundMe)

Fatal South Okanagan fire deemed accidental

The cause of the fire was from spilled cooking oil, says fire department

Jasper Brian Braga has been identified as the man who died from a house fire in Osoyoos on Jan. 1. (GoFundMe)
Penticton’s favourite Christmas display had their Grinch stolen earlier this year and then returned, unharmed a few days later. Now, this week, an anonymous Christmas card written by a person who is homeless humbles the Hughes and fills their heart. (Hughes photo)

Card from person experiencing homelessness brings Penticton woman to tears

The Hughes had their Grinch stolen and then returned and now an unexpected card tops the season

Penticton’s favourite Christmas display had their Grinch stolen earlier this year and then returned, unharmed a few days later. Now, this week, an anonymous Christmas card written by a person who is homeless humbles the Hughes and fills their heart. (Hughes photo)
Big horn sheep licking the salt on the roads on Highway 97 in Olalla. Ministry of Transportation has placed salt stations above the highway to deter this from happening. (Fred Allison Facebook)

VIDEO: Bighorn sheep find road salt irresistible in the Okanagan

Salt lick stations, fencing and dog hair used to deter the sheep from licking roads

Big horn sheep licking the salt on the roads on Highway 97 in Olalla. Ministry of Transportation has placed salt stations above the highway to deter this from happening. (Fred Allison Facebook)
SD67 Superintendent of Schools Todd Manuel said in-class learning is so important. Schools are safe but parents and students have a role to play in that, he said. (File photo)

Students in SD67 back in class today

Superintendent Todd Manuel said in-class learning is safe

SD67 Superintendent of Schools Todd Manuel said in-class learning is so important. Schools are safe but parents and students have a role to play in that, he said. (File photo)
Kerrilynn Milton is the former executive director of the Downtown Penticton Association. She is going to trial on charges of fraud. (File photo)

Penticton fraud trial won’t be heard until July 2021

Former DPA head Kerrilynn Milton is charged with fraud over $5,000

Kerrilynn Milton is the former executive director of the Downtown Penticton Association. She is going to trial on charges of fraud. (File photo)
Jasper Brian Braga has been identified as the man who died from a house fire in Osoyoos on Jan. 1.

GoFundMe set up for Osoyoos family whose son died in house fire

The page identifies the victim as Jasper Brian Braga, his father is still in intensive care

Jasper Brian Braga has been identified as the man who died from a house fire in Osoyoos on Jan. 1.
Kids, ages two and four, are all smiles after receiving new bikes from total strangers. Their bikes were stolen on New Year’s Day when out for a walk near Penticton Ave. By the next day, strangers donated to replace the bikes. (Dawn Jones Facebook)

Strangers come together to replace kids bikes stolen in Penticton

Kids bikes were left for less than 10 minutes before being swiped on New Year’s Day

Kids, ages two and four, are all smiles after receiving new bikes from total strangers. Their bikes were stolen on New Year’s Day when out for a walk near Penticton Ave. By the next day, strangers donated to replace the bikes. (Dawn Jones Facebook)
This guy was caught on camera shovelling a driveway and then going into the backyard to attempt to steal things on Dec. 30 in the Van Horne area. (Facebook photo)

VIDEO: Thief pretends to shovel driveways, steals from South Okanagan yards

The brazen thief stole from at least four yards in Penticton

This guy was caught on camera shovelling a driveway and then going into the backyard to attempt to steal things on Dec. 30 in the Van Horne area. (Facebook photo)
These are the Christmas scrolls that used to shine brightly down Main Street (as pictured here in this undated photo - maybe 1960s) and Riverside Drive as well as Skaha. The popular light display was taken down in 2019 by the city of Penticton because they were becoming a hazard. They were later destroyed. (Phtographer not identified)

COLUMN: First year without lighted Christmas scrolls in Penticton

Could the city be doing more to light up the town during the holidays?

These are the Christmas scrolls that used to shine brightly down Main Street (as pictured here in this undated photo - maybe 1960s) and Riverside Drive as well as Skaha. The popular light display was taken down in 2019 by the city of Penticton because they were becoming a hazard. They were later destroyed. (Phtographer not identified)
Photo from video posted to Facebook.

Woman caught on camera allegedly stealing from Okanagan charity

The woman is alleged to have stolen from the donation bin before

Photo from video posted to Facebook.
A vehicle that left the road and down a steep embankment on Carmi was a fatal on Christmas Day morning. A 63-year-old man was found deceased in the vehicle. (Adam Lawrence photo Facebook)

Penticton Christmas Day crash claims one life

A 63-year-old man died after his vehicle went down a steep embankment on Carmi Road

A vehicle that left the road and down a steep embankment on Carmi was a fatal on Christmas Day morning. A 63-year-old man was found deceased in the vehicle. (Adam Lawrence photo Facebook)
Fire ripped through this Elm Ave. apartment fire on Oct. 27, 2020, killing an elderly couple and displacing around 50 residents. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Deadly Penticton apartment fire caused by smoking materials

Community rallied around Skaha fire victims with donations and food

Fire ripped through this Elm Ave. apartment fire on Oct. 27, 2020, killing an elderly couple and displacing around 50 residents. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
There might not be enough snow falling today to go sledding at Columbia Elementary today like this girl did last week, but by Wednesday there could be. (Jesse Day Western News)

Snow today and New Year’s Eve

It’s snowing in most of the Okanagan Monday morning

There might not be enough snow falling today to go sledding at Columbia Elementary today like this girl did last week, but by Wednesday there could be. (Jesse Day Western News)
Dementia doesn’t just affect the person living with a diagnosis; it affects caregivers, family, friends and their community. The Alzheimer's Society of B.C. is hosting a webinar to help caregivers share their stories. (Submitted)

Jan 27 webinar to raise voices for those with dementia living in care homes

Donations to Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be matched until Dec. 31

Dementia doesn’t just affect the person living with a diagnosis; it affects caregivers, family, friends and their community. The Alzheimer's Society of B.C. is hosting a webinar to help caregivers share their stories. (Submitted)