Penticton

Gord Portman presents Penticton mayor John Vassilaki with a cheque for $8,030 at the conclusion of Tuesday’s city council meeting. (Submitted)

Dream comes true for local hero as Penticton’s Memorial Bench becomes reality

Gord Portman presented an $8,000 cheque to city council for lakefront bench construction

Gord Portman presents Penticton mayor John Vassilaki with a cheque for $8,030 at the conclusion of Tuesday’s city council meeting. (Submitted)
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Hot weather statement issued for Okanagan

The warmer weather will start Saturday and run into next week

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Sawyer Brown and Lonestar will be joined by a pair of Canadian country acts at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Nov. 17. (File photo)

Country music icons ready to rock Penticton this November

Sawyer Brown and Lonestar will be at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Nov. 17

Sawyer Brown and Lonestar will be joined by a pair of Canadian country acts at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Nov. 17. (File photo)
Darla Smith, 11, gets her first COVID-19 vaccination at the Vernon Rec Centre recently. Children born in 2009 are eligible to be vaccinated. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

New Interior Health clinics boost COVID-19 vaccination for kids

Upcoming vaccine dates in Vernon, Nelson, Revelstoke and Penticton

Darla Smith, 11, gets her first COVID-19 vaccination at the Vernon Rec Centre recently. Children born in 2009 are eligible to be vaccinated. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
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Okanagan-based group ready for B.C.-wide celebration of collector cars

July 9 is recognized as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province

(Black Press file photo)
Okanagan Lake in Penticton has reached full pool and will continue to rise over the next couple weeks. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s emergency centre continuing to monitor Okanagan Lake water levels

The rate of the rise is still well below both 2017 and 2020 flood levels

Okanagan Lake in Penticton has reached full pool and will continue to rise over the next couple weeks. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
An e-bike bursts into flames on Thursday night behind a building on the 100 block of Ellis Street in Penticton. (Addison Palmer, Facebook)

VIDEO: E-bike goes up in flames in Penticton

Fire crews responded to the incident at around 10:30 p.m. on June 16

An e-bike bursts into flames on Thursday night behind a building on the 100 block of Ellis Street in Penticton. (Addison Palmer, Facebook)
Okanagan Lake in Penticton has reached full pool and will continue to rise over the next couple weeks. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Monitoring for flooding as Okanagan Lake exceeds full pool

City of Penticton and fire department ready to activate sandbagging or tiger dams if necessary

Okanagan Lake in Penticton has reached full pool and will continue to rise over the next couple weeks. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, helped set a new Canadian record in the mixed 4 x 50-metre Individual Medley 20-point relay at the World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal. (Contributed)

Coldstream swimmer helps set Canadian relay record

Jacob Brayshaw, 19, part of mixed relay team that set new national standard at World Para finals in Europe

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, helped set a new Canadian record in the mixed 4 x 50-metre Individual Medley 20-point relay at the World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal. (Contributed)
Team Bend was declared the winners of the world’s biggest adventure race that started in Kelowna and finished in Penticton. (Photo- Nathan Karsgaard)

Across the Okanagan in 73 hours: Winners of adventure race reflect on journey

Team Bend, a squad made up of members from Oregon and Quebec, won the race

Team Bend was declared the winners of the world’s biggest adventure race that started in Kelowna and finished in Penticton. (Photo- Nathan Karsgaard)
RCMP investigate a bomb that went off near the bike racks at Carmi Elementary in March, 2021. (Facebook)

Penticton bomber facing possible 13 months jail sentence

Blair Robert Blach, 50, who has 87 previous convictions will learn his fate on a later date

RCMP investigate a bomb that went off near the bike racks at Carmi Elementary in March, 2021. (Facebook)
Penticton RCMP is seeking to prevent the online exploitation of children. (File image)

Penticton RCMP sees increase in online sex-related crimes against youth

Police are seeking to prevent the online exploitation of children

Penticton RCMP is seeking to prevent the online exploitation of children. (File image)
Steve Zed got to see a rubber boa up close on Green Mountain Road. (Facebook)

PHOTOS: Snakes slithering all over Okanagan

Sightings include rattlers, rubber boas and lots of gopher snakes

Steve Zed got to see a rubber boa up close on Green Mountain Road. (Facebook)
Mayor John Vassilaki was among those to speak at the Penticton Golf and Country Club’s 100th-anniversary party on Saturday, June 11. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Okanagan golf course celebrates 100th birthday

The club was formed after the Kettle Valley Railway suggested it would attract more tourists

Mayor John Vassilaki was among those to speak at the Penticton Golf and Country Club’s 100th-anniversary party on Saturday, June 11. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Dragon boat competitors from Kelowna and Penticton take to Skaha Lake for the Interior’s first official race of 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Okanagan dragon boat racers return to Penticton for first race of 2022

The 13th annual Okanagan Super Sprints and 5th Senior Sprints took place from June 10 to 11

Dragon boat competitors from Kelowna and Penticton take to Skaha Lake for the Interior’s first official race of 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
(Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Hundreds of athletes from Okanagan Super Sprints take to Penticton’s Skaha Lake

The 13th edition of the event is hosted by the Penticton Dragonboat Festival

(Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Gord Portman and his dog Zippy sit at Marina Way Park while holding a picture of a bench he would like to have installed in memory of those who have lost their lives to an overdose. (Mark Brett photo)

Local hero hopes for Penticton waterfront memorial bench for overdose victims

“You can come here, cry if you have to, think about friends we’ve lost,” said Gord Portman

Gord Portman and his dog Zippy sit at Marina Way Park while holding a picture of a bench he would like to have installed in memory of those who have lost their lives to an overdose. (Mark Brett photo)
Riley Martin, left, joined by his coach Naomi Antler after becoming the first Canadian in his para classification to complete the 400-metre individual medley. (Submitted)

Okanagan swimmer overcomes the odds to make Canadian history

Riley Martin competes for Penticton’s KISU Swim Club

Riley Martin, left, joined by his coach Naomi Antler after becoming the first Canadian in his para classification to complete the 400-metre individual medley. (Submitted)
Penticton Rona has been fine $330,000 for failing to repair damaged or worn storage racks. (Google Maps)

WorkSafeBC fines Penticton Rona over $300,000

WorkSafeBC alleges Rona failed to ensure damaged storage racks be repaired

Penticton Rona has been fine $330,000 for failing to repair damaged or worn storage racks. (Google Maps)
The crowd at the 2018 Okanagan Vinyl Festival. The event runs on Sept. 22 at the Penticton Senior’s Drop-In Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Smith)

Okanagan Vinyl Festival spinning back into Penticton

The Sept. 25 festival will feature the selling of records and audio gear

The crowd at the 2018 Okanagan Vinyl Festival. The event runs on Sept. 22 at the Penticton Senior’s Drop-In Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Smith)