Monique Tamminga

Penticton’s Rona’s garden centre roof collapsed Wednesday morning. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton Rona’s garden centre roof collapses

The weight of the snow caused the roof to cave in

Penticton’s Rona’s garden centre roof collapsed Wednesday morning. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Kevin the free range peacock was killed by a wild animal in the village of Naramata Jan. 10. (Bob Stirrat photo Facebook)

Naramata Village’s beloved free range peacock killed

Kevin, one of 2 free range peacocks had been living in the village for years

Kevin the free range peacock was killed by a wild animal in the village of Naramata Jan. 10. (Bob Stirrat photo Facebook)
Mike Reno, lead singer of Loverboy rocks out to a sold-out crowd in his home town at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2019. (Roger Knox Black Press)

Happy birthday Loverboy!

Penticton-raised lead singer of Loverboy Mike Reno turned 67 this weekend

Mike Reno, lead singer of Loverboy rocks out to a sold-out crowd in his home town at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2019. (Roger Knox Black Press)
This semi was caught on dash camera video passing vehicles over a solid line in Oliver in the dark morning hours Jan. 7, 2022. (Bronco Fowlie Facebook)

Fully loaded semi trailer makes dangerous pass in Oliver

Dash cam video shows the truck crossing the solid line to pass during icy dark conditions

This semi was caught on dash camera video passing vehicles over a solid line in Oliver in the dark morning hours Jan. 7, 2022. (Bronco Fowlie Facebook)
Penticton RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27 -year-old Kaeleigh-Lynne Eden. (RCMP handout)

Update: Penticton RCMP locate woman

Mounties want to confirm the 27-year-old’s well-being

Penticton RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27 -year-old Kaeleigh-Lynne Eden. (RCMP handout)
An icicle formed on a highway camera at Highway 97 in Kaleden, near Penticton at 8 a.m. Jan. 6, 2022. (DriveBC)

Crashes increase 138% in January in Southern Interior

On average, there are close to 130 crashes in the region this winter month

An icicle formed on a highway camera at Highway 97 in Kaleden, near Penticton at 8 a.m. Jan. 6, 2022. (DriveBC)
Anita Reles captured this picture of Highway 97 heading to Penticton at 7 a.m. (Facebook)

Snowy, icy but doable commute on Highway 97

Reports of some black ice with snow expected all day

Anita Reles captured this picture of Highway 97 heading to Penticton at 7 a.m. (Facebook)
Penticton-based poet Shane Koyczan released his poem Tomorrow on YouTube speaking a message of hope for what 2022 could bring. (Shane Koyczan photo)

Famed Penticton poet Shane Koyczan offers a dose of hope for 2022

Shane Koyczan releases ‘Tomorrow’ on Youtube where we should ‘stockpile hope like toilet paper’

Penticton-based poet Shane Koyczan released his poem Tomorrow on YouTube speaking a message of hope for what 2022 could bring. (Shane Koyczan photo)
Grey Ron Allison was born to parents Molly Smith and Tyler Allison at 2:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming Interior Health’s first baby born in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Molly Smith and IH)

It’s a boy for South Okanagan’s first baby of 2022

It took until Jan. 3 for a baby to be born at Penticton hospital in 2022

Grey Ron Allison was born to parents Molly Smith and Tyler Allison at 2:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming Interior Health’s first baby born in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Molly Smith and IH)
Lois Carson Dickinson captured the majestic mountain goat in her element on Winter Solstice. (Lois Carson Dickinson)

PHOTOS: South Okanagan wildlife embrace winter’s chill

Local photographers capture stunning pics of South Okanagan wildlife enjoying winter

Lois Carson Dickinson captured the majestic mountain goat in her element on Winter Solstice. (Lois Carson Dickinson)
With windchill of -19 C, at least 50 dared to take the Polar plunge at the 36th annual Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip at Sunoka in Summerland on Jan. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

PHOTOS: Brave Summerland souls take an ice-cold plunge into 2022

Despite wind and freezing temperatures, fun still had at the Polar Bear Dip at Sunoka Beach Jan. 1

With windchill of -19 C, at least 50 dared to take the Polar plunge at the 36th annual Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip at Sunoka in Summerland on Jan. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Edge Bistro at the base of Apex Mountain will be closed until Jan. 3 for an abundance of caution after potential COVID exposure. (Facebook)

Apex Mountain bistro latest to be sidelined by potential COVID exposure

Local ski resorts are being hit hard by staffing shortages

Edge Bistro at the base of Apex Mountain will be closed until Jan. 3 for an abundance of caution after potential COVID exposure. (Facebook)
Ice jams are causing potential flooding along the Similkameen River Wednesday evening. (RDOS photo)

Ice jams cause evacuation alerts in rural Keremeos and Princeton

Threat of flooding for five properties Wednesday evening

Ice jams are causing potential flooding along the Similkameen River Wednesday evening. (RDOS photo)
Gas in Keremeos was 43 cents a litre in 1966. (BC Ministry of Transportation)

VIDEO: Road trip time machine drives back to 1966 on Highway 3

Ministry of Transportation creates Road Trip video from Princeton to Osoyoos

Gas in Keremeos was 43 cents a litre in 1966. (BC Ministry of Transportation)
A steam devil formed and twisted above Okanagan Lake in Summerland on Dec. 27, 2021. (Cindy Whitford Facebook)

Ice volcanoes, steam devils and ice pancakes show up during Okanagan’s deep freeze

Ice volcanoes erupt all along shoreline of Okangan Lake in Penticton

A steam devil formed and twisted above Okanagan Lake in Summerland on Dec. 27, 2021. (Cindy Whitford Facebook)
Gunbarrel Saloon at Apex Mountain is temporarily shut until Dec. 30 for potential COVID exposure among staff. (Gunbarrel Saloon Facebook)

Potential COVID exposure temporarily closes Apex Mountain bar

Gunbarrel Saloon is shut down until Dec. 30

Gunbarrel Saloon at Apex Mountain is temporarily shut until Dec. 30 for potential COVID exposure among staff. (Gunbarrel Saloon Facebook)
Penticton nature photographer Tom W. Hall took this deep freeze photo at Okanagan Lake Dec. 30, 1968 when the temperature dipped down to a record -27 C. (Tom W. Hall photo)

Penticton’s coldest day was December 30, 1968

Nature photographer Tom W. Hall took pictures during record-breaking -27 C

Penticton nature photographer Tom W. Hall took this deep freeze photo at Okanagan Lake Dec. 30, 1968 when the temperature dipped down to a record -27 C. (Tom W. Hall photo)
Canadian Border Services Agency Osoyoos port of entry. (Tara Bowie/Western News file photo)

Penticton man slapped with $5,700 ticket for crossing border for milk

Daniel Pontes wants others to know the government just recently voided the ticket

Canadian Border Services Agency Osoyoos port of entry. (Tara Bowie/Western News file photo)
Hundreds line Penticton shore to welcome world record swimmer Ann Meraw in 1958. (BC Sports Hall of Fame Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs Collection)

The woman who swam the entire length of Okanagan Lake in 1958

Many have attempted the 88 km swim, but no one has matched Ann Meraw

Hundreds line Penticton shore to welcome world record swimmer Ann Meraw in 1958. (BC Sports Hall of Fame Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs Collection)
Will and Grace star Eric McCormack wearing a Penticton Bike Barn bib while playing Hank in the Penticton-made movie Drinkwater which debuts this month. (Film grab)

Penticton-made movie hits the big screen

Drinkwater, (formally Change of Pace starring Eric McCormack) filmed in summer 2020

Will and Grace star Eric McCormack wearing a Penticton Bike Barn bib while playing Hank in the Penticton-made movie Drinkwater which debuts this month. (Film grab)