Monique Tamminga

Convicted rapist James Allen Pike has had his long term supervision release revoked after breaching several of his orders. A danger to society, he is back in jail facing new charges. (File photo)

Violent Penticton rapist back behind bars, facing new criminal charges

James Allen Pike, 49, was living with his cousin when he breached many of his orders

Convicted rapist James Allen Pike has had his long term supervision release revoked after breaching several of his orders. A danger to society, he is back in jail facing new charges. (File photo)
Kelowna fire truck. (File photo)

Large grass fire near Kelowna airport likely caused by tossed cigarette

The 100 foot by 200 foot fire was fanned by winds on Sunday morning

Kelowna fire truck. (File photo)
The Western bluebird is back for spring. (Meghann Fletcher)

PHOTOS: Good morning Okanagan and welcome to spring

Sunday, March 20 is the first day of spring and goes to June 21

The Western bluebird is back for spring. (Meghann Fletcher)
A cougar warning sign similar has been put up where a cougar killed a deer in a Summerland neighbourhood of Peach Orchard Road. (Black Press file photo)

Cougar kills deer in Summerland neighbourhood

Resident thought two raccoons were fighting but found gruesome scene instead

A cougar warning sign similar has been put up where a cougar killed a deer in a Summerland neighbourhood of Peach Orchard Road. (Black Press file photo)
Video surveillance shows this suspect at the Penticton Nissan in the middle of the night March 13. (Penticton Nissan)

Thief arrives by bike and leaves by van at Penticton car dealership

Penticton Nissan shares photos of suspect and stolen van

Video surveillance shows this suspect at the Penticton Nissan in the middle of the night March 13. (Penticton Nissan)
Global Grocers in Oliver was set on fire Sunday night. Oliver FD attended another suspicious fire at the same time. (Todd Kunz photo)

Popular grocery store in Oliver set on fire

Oliver fire managed to save the interior of Global Grocers but say it is suspicious

Global Grocers in Oliver was set on fire Sunday night. Oliver FD attended another suspicious fire at the same time. (Todd Kunz photo)
The Nature Trust of BC has donated 252 acres of ecologically important land near Okanagan Falls called Park Rill Floodplain. (Graham Osborne photo)

Nature Trust of BC adds 252 acres of ecologically important land in South Okanagan

The land is home to at risk Western Tiger Salamander and rare grasslands

The Nature Trust of BC has donated 252 acres of ecologically important land near Okanagan Falls called Park Rill Floodplain. (Graham Osborne photo)
In honour of International Women’s Day, March 8, Tin Whistle Brewing made a beer by women, including inviting local female high school science students to create the brew. Even the label’s design is by women. (Tin Whistle photo)

No female brewmasters in Penticton, Canada’s beer capital: Tin Whistle Brewing

In honour of Women’s Day, female science students helped create Tin Whistle Pink Boots hazy pale ale

In honour of International Women’s Day, March 8, Tin Whistle Brewing made a beer by women, including inviting local female high school science students to create the brew. Even the label’s design is by women. (Tin Whistle photo)
Warren House was built for Kettle Valley Railway president JJ Warren where he and his wife and five children lived. (Penticton Museum)

Video explores B.C. heritage home before it was destroyed in gas explosion

Footage shows how much care was taken to preserve heritage of Lakeshore home

Warren House was built for Kettle Valley Railway president JJ Warren where he and his wife and five children lived. (Penticton Museum)
The Barking Parrot in Penticton Lakeside Resort will host a barbecue fundraiser Friday, March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a host of traditional Ukrainian food in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Volunteers Association based in the Okanagan to help raise funds to support a humanitarian effort in Ukraine. (Contributed)

Penticton bar hosts BBQ in support of Ukraine and the many staff with family there

Barking Parrot will be serving up traditional Ukrainian food Friday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Barking Parrot in Penticton Lakeside Resort will host a barbecue fundraiser Friday, March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a host of traditional Ukrainian food in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Volunteers Association based in the Okanagan to help raise funds to support a humanitarian effort in Ukraine. (Contributed)
Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)
 Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)

Heritage home explodes in Penticton, flames spread to neighbouring apartment

Incident occurred March 7 around 2 p.m.

Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)
 Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)
The Okanagan Youth Pipe Band performed at the 2019 Scottish Festival in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News file photo)

Penticton Scottish Festival and Highland Games back

Iconic caber toss, whiskey tasting, dancing and of course pipe bands are back July 2

The Okanagan Youth Pipe Band performed at the 2019 Scottish Festival in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News file photo)
McKinney Place in Oliver had one of the most challenging COVID outbreaks due to its four to a room facility. (File photo)

Retired nurse wants review of Oliver care home that had worst COVID outbreak in region

McKinney Place had 78 cases and 17 deaths before outbreak declared over in 2020

McKinney Place in Oliver had one of the most challenging COVID outbreaks due to its four to a room facility. (File photo)
Oliver firefighters were called out to a suspicious fire at 1:38 a.m. Sunday at Station and Co-Op. (Oliver Fire Department)

Oliver firefighters called out to suspicious fire

The blaze destroyed a workshop on a farm property on Station Street

Oliver firefighters were called out to a suspicious fire at 1:38 a.m. Sunday at Station and Co-Op. (Oliver Fire Department)
Simply Queen tribute band will wow the crowd on Aug. 5.

Glass Tiger, Honeymoon Suite set to rock Penticton’s Peach Fest

The five-day festival headlines huge music line-up and entertainment

Simply Queen tribute band will wow the crowd on Aug. 5.
The 100-year-old Riordan House sits on the corner of Winnipeg and Eckhardt and once housed Penticton’s most robust rum runner during Prohibition. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

The Riordan House is named after Penticton’s most notorious bootlegger

Museum’s noon hour talk will feature Riordan House where rum runner Dave Riordan lived

The 100-year-old Riordan House sits on the corner of Winnipeg and Eckhardt and once housed Penticton’s most robust rum runner during Prohibition. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
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Driver killed in Highway 3 crash near Keremeos

32-year-old killed and passenger in critical condition after Sunday crash

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Penticton wants to turn Lakeshore Drive into a one-way so it can create a separated bike lane from Riverside Dr. to at least Martin St. (Google Maps)

Penticton wants to turn iconic Lakeshore Drive into a one-way to allow for bike lane

A separated bike lane would eliminate one lane from Riverside Dr. to at least Martin St.

Penticton wants to turn Lakeshore Drive into a one-way so it can create a separated bike lane from Riverside Dr. to at least Martin St. (Google Maps)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather warning for the Coquihalla and Highway 3 through Princeton for Sunday to Monday. (BC Highway Cameras)

Weather warning issued for Highway 3 and Coquihalla

Up to 30 cm of snow could fall on mountain highways Sunday into Monday

Environment Canada has issued a special weather warning for the Coquihalla and Highway 3 through Princeton for Sunday to Monday. (BC Highway Cameras)
This is what’s left of the Pot Doctor in Oliver and the trailer after a suspicious fire at 4:40 a.m. Feb. 22. (Arlin Baptiste)

VIDEO: Surveillance camera shows person lighting Oliver pot shop on fire

The Pot Doctor business is now closed after extensive damage in the Feb. 22 fire

This is what’s left of the Pot Doctor in Oliver and the trailer after a suspicious fire at 4:40 a.m. Feb. 22. (Arlin Baptiste)
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