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Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Chainsaw-wielding Penticton man gets time in jail

Robert Austin Teal had pleaded guilty to multiple charges including possession of a weapon

Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs at the Penticton Peach Festival after their sudden cancellation. (Submitted - Penticton Peach Festival)

Penticton Peach Festival changes opening line-up

Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs, who had to cancel

Rock band Prism will take the place of Doug and the Slugs at the Penticton Peach Festival after their sudden cancellation. (Submitted - Penticton Peach Festival)
The most recent evacuation orders for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The most recent evacuation orders for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The current map of evacuation orders and alerts in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (RDOS)
The current map of evacuation orders and alerts in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (RDOS)
The snow making machines are primed and ready to fight the Keremeos Creek wildfire if the blaze starts threatening the popular ski village. (Apex Mountain Resort)

Apex Mountain snowmaking guns ready to fight wildfire

Snow making guns can shoot water 150 feet and oscillate

The snow making machines are primed and ready to fight the Keremeos Creek wildfire if the blaze starts threatening the popular ski village. (Apex Mountain Resort)
Penticton fire crews responded to an attic fire on Norton Street on Friday night, July 29. (Photo- Mike Biden, Twitter)

Penticton fire crews respond to attic fire

The cause of the Friday night fire is under investigation

Penticton fire crews responded to an attic fire on Norton Street on Friday night, July 29. (Photo- Mike Biden, Twitter)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)

Smokey skies bulletin issued for South Okanagan amid Keremeos Creek wildfire

Environment Canada posted an air quality statement on Saturday afternoon

The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)

Osoyoos man found not guilty in manslaughter charge over wife’s death

A lack of evidence and analysis undermined the case according to the judge

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)
Penticton firefighters investigate the fire at the Penticton Fairfield by Marriott on July 25. (Mike Biden photo)

Penticton hotel fire evacuees left to find own accommodations, vacations cut short

Fairfield Marriott says they haven’t communicated with guests because systems were down

Penticton firefighters investigate the fire at the Penticton Fairfield by Marriott on July 25. (Mike Biden photo)
Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Permanent repairs coming for Othello stretch of Coquihalla Highway

Work is expected to begin in early August and be completed sometime in the fall

Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
A 1.4 hectare wildfire near Kaleden on the west side of Skaha Lake started July 26. (BC Wildfire)
A 1.4 hectare wildfire near Kaleden on the west side of Skaha Lake started July 26. (BC Wildfire)
Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)

Chilliwack teacher suspended after ‘crossing personal boundaries‘ with students

Sheldon Lyle Nickel admitted to inappropriate conduct, including sending personal text messages

Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)
Osoyoos Lake. File photo

Man presumed drowned trying to rescue his dog on Osoyoos Lake

The 41-year-old Oliver man was last seen swimming with his dog on his back

Osoyoos Lake. File photo
Guests of the Fairfield Marriott on Eckhartd Ave. were forced to evacuate after a fire broke out in the roof of a 4th floor unit Monday. Firefighters are seen here gearing up to go inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Fire forces 120 Penticton hotel guests to be displaced

Fairfield Marriott has closed with hopes of re-opening sometime during BC Day weekend

Guests of the Fairfield Marriott on Eckhartd Ave. were forced to evacuate after a fire broke out in the roof of a 4th floor unit Monday. Firefighters are seen here gearing up to go inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The Crazy Chilly-wack Corn Man, koo-koo ka-chew is back in the empty parking lot on Main Street beside the Wendy’s with his sweet Chilliwack corn. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton Crazy Chilli-wack Corn Man is back

Despite a cold spring, that sweet Chilliwack corn is tasting better than ever

The Crazy Chilly-wack Corn Man, koo-koo ka-chew is back in the empty parking lot on Main Street beside the Wendy’s with his sweet Chilliwack corn. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The B.C. Coroners Service reported 719 sudden deaths during last summer’s heat wave, triple the number that would typically be expected in the province in a week. (Shutterstock)

Okanagan heat warning prompts tips to stay cool

Environment Canada forecasting highs of 37

The B.C. Coroners Service reported 719 sudden deaths during last summer’s heat wave, triple the number that would typically be expected in the province in a week. (Shutterstock)
Darrell Taylor from the Keremeos Search and Rescue holds the guide ropes during Family Day in 2018 for one young climber at the Similkameen Rec Centre. (Tara Bowie - Keremeos Review File)
Darrell Taylor from the Keremeos Search and Rescue holds the guide ropes during Family Day in 2018 for one young climber at the Similkameen Rec Centre. (Tara Bowie - Keremeos Review File)
Skaha Beach in Penticton. (John Arendt - Black Press)

‘We learned a lot last year’: Public urged to be prepared for heat wave in Penticton

The city has seven publically accessible water stations and two dog park taps

Skaha Beach in Penticton. (John Arendt - Black Press)
A two-vehicle collision at Eckhardt Avenue and Riverside Drive in Penticton on July 21. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)

Two-vehicle collision slows down traffic on Penticton’s Eckhardt Avenue

Traffic going north is backed up heavily as a result of the crash

A two-vehicle collision at Eckhardt Avenue and Riverside Drive in Penticton on July 21. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)
(Black Press file photo)

Osoyoos to open cooling centres amid expected heat wave

Temperatures across the South Okanagan could reach up to 38 C next week

(Black Press file photo)