Robin Grant

The beloved Canadian figure skating duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have announced they are stepping away from figure skating but fans in the Okanagan will get to see them skate on Oct. 6 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton as part of the Rock the Rink show. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Virtue, Moir stepping away but give fans in Okanagan a chance to see them skate

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue will be performing on Oct. 6 at the South Okanagan Events Centre

The beloved Canadian figure skating duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have announced they are stepping away from figure skating but fans in the Okanagan will get to see them skate on Oct. 6 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton as part of the Rock the Rink show. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Ancestral remains were unearthed on Feb. 29, 2016 in an orchard. The only protection from the elements the bone fragments have is a thin piece of plastic that is not secure. (Photo courtesy of Stef Laramie)

Similkameen orchardists file lawsuit over ancestral remains site

Lawsuit alleges individuals entered the property by force

Ancestral remains were unearthed on Feb. 29, 2016 in an orchard. The only protection from the elements the bone fragments have is a thin piece of plastic that is not secure. (Photo courtesy of Stef Laramie)
A Penticton man who is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly repeatedly stabbing his 78-year old wife with a kitchen knife will appear in court on Sept. 25. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton senior accused of attempted murder makes brief court appearance

Gunter Volkmar Spoerlein, 77, is back in court on Sept. 25

A Penticton man who is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly repeatedly stabbing his 78-year old wife with a kitchen knife will appear in court on Sept. 25. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
(RCMP supplied photo)

Arsonist who set Osoyoos RCMP detachment ablaze not criminally responsible

McArthur-Pereira will remain in custody until review board determines if he should be released

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Retired nurse Teri McGrath and Liz Hansen from the Penticton Seniors’ Centre hold up the petition they will be sending out to seniors’ centre across B.C. this week. (Robin Grant-Western News Staff)

South Okanagan woman continues quest against preventable medical errors

Teri McGrath is hoping the provincial government in B.C. will act

Retired nurse Teri McGrath and Liz Hansen from the Penticton Seniors’ Centre hold up the petition they will be sending out to seniors’ centre across B.C. this week. (Robin Grant-Western News Staff)
Scientists and Lower Similkameen Indian Band technicians are hoping to learn more about the roughly 30 mountain goats that inhabit Cathedral Provincial Park to avoid potential human-wildlife conflict. (BC Parks photo)

Similkameen mountain goats being tracked to avoid potential human-wildlife conflict

10 mountain goats have been collared and monitored using GPS collars since June

Scientists and Lower Similkameen Indian Band technicians are hoping to learn more about the roughly 30 mountain goats that inhabit Cathedral Provincial Park to avoid potential human-wildlife conflict. (BC Parks photo)
PENSAR confirmed it helped in a search for a Kelowna man who died while cliff jumping at the Skaha Bluffs on Aug. 30. (Photo courtesy of BC Parks)

Kelowna man dies after cliff jumping in South Okanagan Friday

BC Coroners Service is investigating the Aug. 30 incident

PENSAR confirmed it helped in a search for a Kelowna man who died while cliff jumping at the Skaha Bluffs on Aug. 30. (Photo courtesy of BC Parks)
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says affordable housing high priority during stop in South Okanagan

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says affordable housing high priority during stop in South Okanagan

Singh said his government would make sure Canadains paid less for housing

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says affordable housing high priority during stop in South Okanagan
Mid-August to mid-September is rattlesnake birthing season in the Okanagan. (Photo courtesy of Floor Terpstra)

Mid-August to mid-September is rattlesnake birthing season in the Okanagan

‘Misunderstood’ rattlesnakes will only strike and bite as last resort, says expert

Mid-August to mid-September is rattlesnake birthing season in the Okanagan. (Photo courtesy of Floor Terpstra)
A Penticton man has been sentenced to seven and a half months for one count of possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose and one count of disguising his face with intent to commit offence. (File photo)

Penticton man sentenced in non-fatal 2017 shooting

Elkena Michael Knauff sentenced to seven and a half months in jail

A Penticton man has been sentenced to seven and a half months for one count of possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose and one count of disguising his face with intent to commit offence. (File photo)
Four-year-old princess Sariah Jacobs of the North Vancouver Squamish First Nations. Mark Brett/Western News

Biggest First Nations cultural event in the South Okanagan returns

Third annual powwow at the Penticton Indian Band is this weekend

Four-year-old princess Sariah Jacobs of the North Vancouver Squamish First Nations. Mark Brett/Western News
Kate and Jewel Keca arrive in B.C. on their long ride across Canada to raise money and awareness for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Keca)

Cross Canada horseback riding sisters trek through Similkameen

Sister duo is raising money and awareness about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Kate and Jewel Keca arrive in B.C. on their long ride across Canada to raise money and awareness for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Keca)
Megan Anne Roberts, 32, was reported missing on Aug. 7. She was found on Aug. 11 near Hedley. (Submitted photo)

Woman located after missing for five days

Police say police Megan Roberts was picked up by a truck Sunday afternoon heading toward Hedley

Megan Anne Roberts, 32, was reported missing on Aug. 7. She was found on Aug. 11 near Hedley. (Submitted photo)
The evacuation alert for 41 properties near the Eagle Bluff wildfire has been rescinded. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Services)

RDOS rescinds evacuation alert for 41 properties near Eagle Bluff wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says wildfire still out of control but has experienced no growth since Saturday

The evacuation alert for 41 properties near the Eagle Bluff wildfire has been rescinded. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Services)
A 2.6 magnitude earthquake struck the South Okanagan Sunday morning. (US Geological Survey)

Small earthquake hits South Okanagan

Residents in Penticton and Okanagan Falls report that houses shook

A 2.6 magnitude earthquake struck the South Okanagan Sunday morning. (US Geological Survey)
The Crash Test Dummies got mixed reviews after their performance at Peach Festival on Wednesday. Some were very negative and others were more positive. (Alix Dawn/Facebook photo)

Crash Test Dummies get poor social media reviews following Okanagan show

Poor sound quality due to production issues hurt Crash Test Dummies Peachfest show

The Crash Test Dummies got mixed reviews after their performance at Peach Festival on Wednesday. Some were very negative and others were more positive. (Alix Dawn/Facebook photo)
A small crew with the Keremeos fire department has been called in as a cautionary measure to help with the Eagle Bluff wildfire north of Oliver. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Similkameen firefighting crew backing up BC Wildfire Service at Eagle Bluff wildfire

Six task forces from across the province called in as a cautionary measure

A small crew with the Keremeos fire department has been called in as a cautionary measure to help with the Eagle Bluff wildfire north of Oliver. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
Sharon Constance Forner was arrested on Aug. 8, 2018 after a strange home invasion in Osoyoos. (screenshot from security video)
Sharon Constance Forner was arrested on Aug. 8, 2018 after a strange home invasion in Osoyoos. (screenshot from security video)
Police are looking for witnesses to a robbery that took place in the parking lot on Vees Drive in Penticton on July 31 around 2 p.m. (file photo)

Senior allegedly robbed in parking lot of South Okanagan casino

Police say suspect is a South Asian female with a heavy build, wearing a dark yellow tank top

Police are looking for witnesses to a robbery that took place in the parking lot on Vees Drive in Penticton on July 31 around 2 p.m. (file photo)
Penticton RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating Floyd Baptiste Sr. who is believed to be near Oliver. (file photo)

Man wanted for alleged assault believed to be in the South Okanagan

RCMP says do not approach the man if found

Penticton RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating Floyd Baptiste Sr. who is believed to be near Oliver. (file photo)