Monique Tamminga

McWatters sisters Darrien and Christa-Lee have won the 2021 ‘Most inspirational people in the wine industry’ award. (TIME winery photo)

Penticton Women in Business: Continuing their dad’s legacy as trailblazers

TIME Winery sisters Christa-Lee and Darrien McWatters

McWatters sisters Darrien and Christa-Lee have won the 2021 ‘Most inspirational people in the wine industry’ award. (TIME winery photo)
Unsplash image by Bethany Beck.

Opinion: Mothers hold our hearts forever

This Sunday let’s honour all women who play important roles in mothering

Unsplash image by Bethany Beck.
Hundreds of Penticton students joined Okanagan Nation Alliance and Penticton Indian Band members to release 17,000 salmon fry during a ceremonial fish release at Okanagan River channel Thursday morning. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

PHOTOS: Hundreds of Penticton students take part in ceremonial salmon fry release

Over 17,000 salmon released into Okanagan River channel

Hundreds of Penticton students joined Okanagan Nation Alliance and Penticton Indian Band members to release 17,000 salmon fry during a ceremonial fish release at Okanagan River channel Thursday morning. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton fire crews battle a large fire that erupted Wednesday night on Duncan Avenue. (Facebook)

Sound of an explosion followed by large fire in Penticton

Two cement trucks were destroyed in the Wednesday night fire

Penticton fire crews battle a large fire that erupted Wednesday night on Duncan Avenue. (Facebook)
You are never too young or too old to try roller skating. The next pop up roller skating night in Penticton takes place as a tailgate party at the new outdoor skating rink on Martin Street, Friday May 6. (PRS Facebook)

Tailgate roller skating party at Penticton’s new outdoor rink

Roller skate on the new rink, under the lights on Friday, May 6

You are never too young or too old to try roller skating. The next pop up roller skating night in Penticton takes place as a tailgate party at the new outdoor skating rink on Martin Street, Friday May 6. (PRS Facebook)
Andy Anderson competes in the men’s park skateboarding preliminary heats at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Aug. 5. Though he didn’t advance to the final round, he gained a fan in legendary skater Tony Hawk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Time to celebrate youth with Youth Week in Penticton

Public invited for BBQ and to watch scooter and skateboard competition May 6

Andy Anderson competes in the men’s park skateboarding preliminary heats at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Aug. 5. Though he didn’t advance to the final round, he gained a fan in legendary skater Tony Hawk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Penticton RCMP are investigating the validity of a Facebook post that claims that there is a trip-wired shotgun hanging from a tree up Carmi trails. (Facebook)

Penticton RCMP investigate validity of trip-wired shotgun up Carmi trails

The original Facebook post claims a loaded trap to a single shot gun is tied to a tree

Penticton RCMP are investigating the validity of a Facebook post that claims that there is a trip-wired shotgun hanging from a tree up Carmi trails. (Facebook)
Liz from SOWINS

Sexual assaults on the rise in South Okanagan: SOWINS

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)
A fire broke out Sunday night at a home on Westminster Ave. and Bassett St. The fire is suspicious. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Fire at problem house in downtown Penticton deemed suspicious

The fire is in the same location of a shooting on April 11

A fire broke out Sunday night at a home on Westminster Ave. and Bassett St. The fire is suspicious. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
When nature turns the lights down, they’ll start the show around 8 p.m. and you’ll have the chance to watch several inspiring films about paddling to inspire you for the upcoming paddling season. (Submitted)

Watch the 2022 Paddling Film Fest on the shores of Okanagan Lake

Bring a blanket and head to Marina Park on May 6 to enjoy this outdoor film fest for a cause

When nature turns the lights down, they’ll start the show around 8 p.m. and you’ll have the chance to watch several inspiring films about paddling to inspire you for the upcoming paddling season. (Submitted)
Kirsten (Fergy) Ferguson admiring the balloon display in Ukrainian colours on opening day of her new location Honey Toast on Front Street Sunday, May 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Honey Toast Cafe opens in downtown Penticton to flowers, hugs and cheer

The cafe is named in honour of Fergy’s grandma’s special honey toast treat

Kirsten (Fergy) Ferguson admiring the balloon display in Ukrainian colours on opening day of her new location Honey Toast on Front Street Sunday, May 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
El Rancho Motel will be in front of city council May 3 for first reading of a potential 305 residential units constructed there. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

El Rancho Motel site in Penticton could turn into six 6-storey apartment buildings

Over 300 residential units and commercial space proposed in North Gateway location

El Rancho Motel will be in front of city council May 3 for first reading of a potential 305 residential units constructed there. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The main float of the Vaisakhi Parade comes from the temple down South Main Street on Sunday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

PHOTOS: Hundreds line streets for Vaisakhi parade in Penticton

From floats to martial arts demonstrations, the parade was a colourful display of culture on Sunday

The main float of the Vaisakhi Parade comes from the temple down South Main Street on Sunday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Vees right winger Casey McDonald takes the puck to the Warriors. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees shutout West Kelowna 6-0 in second win of series

Warriors will have to try and dig themselves out of this hole on home ice Monday

Vees right winger Casey McDonald takes the puck to the Warriors. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)
Two people with outstanding warrants were arrested in a stolen truck in Penticton that contained 'tons and tons' of stolen mail.

2 arrested in stolen truck that contained ‘tons and tons of stolen mail’ in Penticton

Mail includes people’s tax returns, T4s, and other important mail documents

Two people with outstanding warrants were arrested in a stolen truck in Penticton that contained 'tons and tons' of stolen mail.
School desks. (File photo)

Okanagan-Skaha school district reopens long-range facilities planning

COVID-19 spike postponed the board of education’s look at how to best manage schools

School desks. (File photo)
Vintage Market returns to Summerland Saturday, April 30 10 to 3 p.m. at 10912 Quinpool Road. (Submitted)

Vintage Market is back in Summerland Saturday, April 30

With even more treasures, this Saturday’s market will raise funds for Penticton’s Alley Cats Alliance

Vintage Market returns to Summerland Saturday, April 30 10 to 3 p.m. at 10912 Quinpool Road. (Submitted)
A developer is hoping to bring around 700 new homes to this area of Wiltse in south Penticton. (Zoom Earth)

Proposed 700-home development in Penticton causes concern for traffic, habitat, trails

The city plans to narrow Wiltse Boulevard by putting in bike lane

A developer is hoping to bring around 700 new homes to this area of Wiltse in south Penticton. (Zoom Earth)
City of Penticton goes ahead with booze on beaches this summer but this will be the first time since 2019 that there will be major events and no gathering and travel restrictions. (Ale Trail photo)

Booze is back at Penticton beaches but so are festivals and major events

This will be the 1st summer of booze on beaches where there are no COVID restrictions

City of Penticton goes ahead with booze on beaches this summer but this will be the first time since 2019 that there will be major events and no gathering and travel restrictions. (Ale Trail photo)