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The Penticton Sports and Fitness Expo debuts this Sunday, March 19, at the city’s trade and convention centre. (Photo- Penticton Sports and Fitness Expo/Facebook

Hockey, BMX groups among those at first-ever Penticton Sports and Fitness Expo

The free expo is being held in conjunction with the Okanagan Valley Throwdown March 19

The Penticton Sports and Fitness Expo debuts this Sunday, March 19, at the city’s trade and convention centre. (Photo- Penticton Sports and Fitness Expo/Facebook
Xiao (Benson) Yang, 44, of Burnaby, has been reported missing by the Burnaby RCMP who believe he may be in the Okanagan. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Missing Burnaby man found safe

Burnaby RCMP believe Xiao (Benson) Yang, 44, made his way to the Okanagan Valley

Xiao (Benson) Yang, 44, of Burnaby, has been reported missing by the Burnaby RCMP who believe he may be in the Okanagan. (Contributed)
(l-r) Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, Parliamentary Secretary Public Safety Pam Damoff, Central Okanagan Public Schools Board Chair Lee-Ann Tiede, Central Okanagan Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Kaardal, Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas. (Gary Barnes/Capital News)

Millions pledged to keep Okanagan teens out of gang life

Five Interior cities to benefit from federal funding

(l-r) Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, Parliamentary Secretary Public Safety Pam Damoff, Central Okanagan Public Schools Board Chair Lee-Ann Tiede, Central Okanagan Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Kaardal, Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas. (Gary Barnes/Capital News)
A split council voted to remove the final stretch of the bike lane from the budget after a spirited debate (Monique Tamminga Western News)

UPDATE: Mistaken vote by Penticton councillor gives life to bike lane’s final phase

Council will hold a re-vote on the fate of the bike lane’s last leg during a Thursday meeting

A split council voted to remove the final stretch of the bike lane from the budget after a spirited debate (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A pilot project will allow for responsible alcohol consumption at three beaches in Summerland in the summer of 2023. (Summerland Review file photo)

Pilot program allows alcohol on 3 Summerland beaches

Council gives unanimous approval to concept

A pilot project will allow for responsible alcohol consumption at three beaches in Summerland in the summer of 2023. (Summerland Review file photo)
The Penticton Community Fridge and Pantry is celebrating one year on Sunday, March 19 from 11 to 1 p.m. on Ellis Street outside the Elks Club. (Logan Lockhart Western News file photo)

Penticton Community Fridge celebrates 1 year anniversary

The pantry is open 24-7 with at least 100 patrons visiting per day, said organizers

The Penticton Community Fridge and Pantry is celebrating one year on Sunday, March 19 from 11 to 1 p.m. on Ellis Street outside the Elks Club. (Logan Lockhart Western News file photo)
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Morning Start: The longest street in the world

Your morning start for Wednesday, March 15

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The BCHL celebrated its 60th anniversary All Stars weekend with a first by having the events on an outdoor rink in Penticton. Thousands came out to watch the outdoor events. The rink is now closed for the season. (Logan Lockhart Western News)

Penticton’s outdoor ice rink closes after successful season

Volunteer group Activate Penticton looks to improve rink and come up with a name for it

The BCHL celebrated its 60th anniversary All Stars weekend with a first by having the events on an outdoor rink in Penticton. Thousands came out to watch the outdoor events. The rink is now closed for the season. (Logan Lockhart Western News)
Glengarry Skating Club's Micah Rodrigues and Vivian Kanazawa crowned provincial champions during weekend skate finals in Kelowna. (Submitted)

Two Penticton skaters crowned champions for the year

Glengarry Skating Club competed in the Super Series StarSkate Final in Kelowna

Glengarry Skating Club's Micah Rodrigues and Vivian Kanazawa crowned provincial champions during weekend skate finals in Kelowna. (Submitted)
WW2 Chinese-Canadian soldiers at ‘Commando Bay’ near Naramata during the summer of 1944. Commando Bay was a training base for a special unit called Operation Oblivion where a select group of Chinese Canadian volunteer soldiers went through rigorous training to go behind enemy lines. These 13 soldiers were instrumental in driving the Japanese forces out. Only a plaque remains at the site. (Okanagan Historical Society/Greater Vernon Museum & Archives/Rick Wong)

Top secret WW2 training base once existed north of Naramata

Only a plaque remains for Chinese-Canadian soldiers who spent 1944 summer training there

WW2 Chinese-Canadian soldiers at ‘Commando Bay’ near Naramata during the summer of 1944. Commando Bay was a training base for a special unit called Operation Oblivion where a select group of Chinese Canadian volunteer soldiers went through rigorous training to go behind enemy lines. These 13 soldiers were instrumental in driving the Japanese forces out. Only a plaque remains at the site. (Okanagan Historical Society/Greater Vernon Museum & Archives/Rick Wong)
Okanagan film Until Branches Bend is coming to theatres for one night only on March 20 across Canada including Penticton and Kelowna. (Courtesy of Until Branches Bend)

Psychological thriller filmed in Penticton debuts at Landmark Cinemas

Until Branches Bend will play March 20 with a Q&A with director after

Okanagan film Until Branches Bend is coming to theatres for one night only on March 20 across Canada including Penticton and Kelowna. (Courtesy of Until Branches Bend)
The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th-anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Look up in the sky: The SkyHawks are back for Penticton’s Peach Festival

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute team returns on opening day

The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th-anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Ostap Tryhub who recently had to leave his home in war-torn Kyiv, Ukraine is the Penticton Western News' carrier of the month. (Western News photo)

From war torn Ukraine to Penticton paper route

13-year-old Ostap got the paper route so he could buy his mom a present

Ostap Tryhub who recently had to leave his home in war-torn Kyiv, Ukraine is the Penticton Western News' carrier of the month. (Western News photo)
Baldy Mountain is experiencing so much snow they are extending their season until Easter long weekend. (Baldy Mountain)

Too much snow! Ski mountain near Oliver extends season

Baldy Mountain Resort will stay open until the end of Easter weekend

Baldy Mountain is experiencing so much snow they are extending their season until Easter long weekend. (Baldy Mountain)
Nor-Val Rentals store in Oliver on Maple Avenue was broken into in the middle of the night March 10 and numerous expensive electrical tools stolen. They are asking people to be on the look out for Milwaukee tools. (Facebook)
Nor-Val Rentals store in Oliver on Maple Avenue was broken into in the middle of the night March 10 and numerous expensive electrical tools stolen. They are asking people to be on the look out for Milwaukee tools. (Facebook)
Cherie Morgan photo.

Penticton Vees win streak has hit double digits

10th consecutive on Saturday, beating Merritt Centennials 6-3 at the SOEC

Cherie Morgan photo.
The budget and property tax proved to be popular topics at Penticton city council’s first open house held March 9 at PTCC. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton’s trial open house proved popular

Around 200 people visited the PTCC to talk to city council, staff, RCMP, bylaw and fire

The budget and property tax proved to be popular topics at Penticton city council’s first open house held March 9 at PTCC. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
This was the Connector Saturday evening, March 11. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Highway 5, 3 and 1 with up to 25 cm falling and extreme driving conditions. (Facebook)

Heavy snowfall warning for Coquihalla, Highway 3 and 1

Extreme driving conditions and up to 25 cm to fall on Sunday to Tuesday

This was the Connector Saturday evening, March 11. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Highway 5, 3 and 1 with up to 25 cm falling and extreme driving conditions. (Facebook)
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Morning Start: Cetaceans

Your morning start for Monday, March 13

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Okanagan Hockey Academy’s David Hoy scored his team’s first goal on Saturday, March 11, against the Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U17 in Penticton. The OHA secured a 4-1 victory to open its CSSHL Championships in 2023. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)

PHOTOS: Okanagan Hockey Academy, Kelowna battle at CSSHL Championships in Penticton

The tournament ends March 19 and features 86 teams from across North America

Okanagan Hockey Academy’s David Hoy scored his team’s first goal on Saturday, March 11, against the Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U17 in Penticton. The OHA secured a 4-1 victory to open its CSSHL Championships in 2023. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)