Logan Lockhart

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Grand Parade returns to celebrate Peach Fest’s 75th birthday in Penticton

Peach Fest wraps up on Sunday night with British piano man Ben Waters

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)

No structure damage overnight as crews continue to battle Keremeos Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says crews were challenged overnight in fighting the blaze north of Olalla

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)
In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)

‘Help is available’: Emergency assistance for pets amid Keremeos Creek Wildfire

BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires in 2021

In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)
Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Jaws drop in Penticton as Mega Motocross takes over Peach Fest

Some of Canada’s top riders performed their best tricks on Lakeshore Drive

Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Florence Dyck’s new release, An Okanagan Alphabet, is available in stores and online on Aug. 5. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)

An Okanagan Alphabet: author celebrates the valley with new book

Parts of Florence Dyck’s new release was presented to students in Penticton for decades

Florence Dyck’s new release, An Okanagan Alphabet, is available in stores and online on Aug. 5. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)
GottaGoat Farm on Penticton’s Green Mountain Road has evacuated its animals, amid wildfire concerns. (Photo- GottaGoat Facebook)

Apex area farm calls for help in evacuating animals amid Keremeos Creek wildfire

Gotta Goat Farm on Green Mountain Road is currently evacuating all of its animals

GottaGoat Farm on Penticton’s Green Mountain Road has evacuated its animals, amid wildfire concerns. (Photo- GottaGoat Facebook)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire is an estimated 4,250 hectares in size, not taking into account overnight growth. (Heather Haughian- Western News)

All of Olalla under evacuation order as Keremeos Creek wildfire grows in Okanagan

Fast-moving winds became a concern for the incident management team overnight

The Keremeos Creek wildfire is an estimated 4,250 hectares in size, not taking into account overnight growth. (Heather Haughian- Western News)
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)

PHOTOS: SkyHawks take a dive for Penticton Peach Fest’s 75th birthday

Parchuters jumped 6,000 feet for the Peach City crowd landing at Okanagan Lake Park

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)
Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)

Okanagan to experience common, yet ‘dangerous’ summertime weather pattern

Chance of thunderstorms in the forecast across the region starting Thursday

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)
(Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Some Penticton gas stations out of regular fuel

Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm have also experienced shortages this summer

(Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
(File photo)

Okanagan Film Commission in ‘desperate’ need of qualified staff

The film centre is hosting a 3-day workshop in Kelowna to launch new careers from Sept. 23 to 25

(File photo)
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)
The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Hundreds of cars arrive in Penticton for 2022 Okanagan Dream Rally

Rally cars left Kelowna at 10 a.m. and arrived in Penticton shortly after 11 a.m.

The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire, spotted on Friday, July 29, is already an estimated 100 hectares in size. (BC Wildfire Service)

Aggressive wildfire prompts evacuation orders near Penticton

The RDOS issued the evacuation order at 9:30 p.m. Friday night

The Keremeos Creek wildfire, spotted on Friday, July 29, is already an estimated 100 hectares in size. (BC Wildfire Service)
Vermilion Forks Elementary’s after-school program in Princeton received a $10,000 donation from Penticton-based Valley First. (Contributed)

More than $175k donated to 20 charities across B.C.’s Interior

Valley First recently made a record-setting investment in the community

Vermilion Forks Elementary’s after-school program in Princeton received a $10,000 donation from Penticton-based Valley First. (Contributed)
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)
Vermilion Forks Elementary’s after-school program in Princeton received a $10,000 donation from Penticton-based Valley First. (Contributed)

More than $175k donated to 20 charities across B.C.’s Interior

Valley First recently made a record-setting investment in the community

Vermilion Forks Elementary’s after-school program in Princeton received a $10,000 donation from Penticton-based Valley First. (Contributed)
Penticton Search and Rescue responding to an injured climber near Skaha Bluffs on Thursday, July 21. (Photo- Randy Brown)

Injured climber rescued at popular Penticton climbing spot

The climber was taken to hospital after a fall at Skaha Bluffs

Penticton Search and Rescue responding to an injured climber near Skaha Bluffs on Thursday, July 21. (Photo- Randy Brown)
Bob Richards wants to form a local group that would help build wheelchair-access trails in the South Okanagan. (Facebook)

Okanagan man collecting cans in support of building wheelchair-accessible trails

Bob Richards is on a mission to make Okanagan trails accessible for all

Bob Richards wants to form a local group that would help build wheelchair-access trails in the South Okanagan. (Facebook)
Don Levers’ Ogopogo: And the Mysterious Stranger is set to be released on July 22. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing Group)

Ogopogo returns 37 years later to swim on pages of children’s book sequel

Don Levers’ 1985 classic about Ogopogo sold more than 30,000 copies

Don Levers’ Ogopogo: And the Mysterious Stranger is set to be released on July 22. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing Group)