Brennan Phillips

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.[CDC]

More COVID-19 exposures reported at schools in Kelowna

Interior Health added additional schools and dates to their list of exposures

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.[CDC]
Penticton Christian School. (Facebook)

COVID-19 exposure at South Okanagan independent school

The exposures are the latest in a quickly growing list in the Interior

Penticton Christian School. (Facebook)
The lucky rubber duckies ready to go for the first draw to support the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team. (Facebook)

Lucky duck draw to support Okanagan animal response team

The last draw will take place before April 23

The lucky rubber duckies ready to go for the first draw to support the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team. (Facebook)
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]

Second week of 33 new COVID-19 cases in South Okanagan

There were 16 cases in Penticton, 15 in Oliver and Osoyoos and two in Keremeos

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]
Members of the B.C. Wildfire Service assisted the Keremeos Fire Department in fighting a blaze near River Road on Monday, April 5. (Submitted)

Two fires in two days keep South Okanagan firefighters busy

One fire continued to send up smoke the next day

Members of the B.C. Wildfire Service assisted the Keremeos Fire Department in fighting a blaze near River Road on Monday, April 5. (Submitted)
Multiple COVID-19 exposures were announced in SD 23 on April 2. [CDC]

Multiple COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna schools

No dates for the exposures were released

Multiple COVID-19 exposures were announced in SD 23 on April 2. [CDC]
Penticton Fire Department mops up after a fire damaged a net in Kings Park on Saturday, April 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Fire burns soccer net in South Okanagan park

Witnesses say they someone there with hanging sheets just before the net caught on fire

Penticton Fire Department mops up after a fire damaged a net in Kings Park on Saturday, April 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School in Kelowna. (Facebook)

Potential COVID-19 exposure at Kelowna independent school

Interior Health listed the exposure for March 29

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School in Kelowna. (Facebook)
First responders on the scene of human remains that were found on March 30 under the bridge over the River Channel near Skaha Beach. (Penticton Western News)

RCMP and Coroners investigating after body found under South Okanagan bridge

A jogger spotted the remains around 3:15 p.m. on March 30

First responders on the scene of human remains that were found on March 30 under the bridge over the River Channel near Skaha Beach. (Penticton Western News)
The weekly case counts for the province were updated on March 31. (BC CDC)

South Okanagan COVID-19 cases rise dramatically over last week

Cases rose to 33 cases for the most recent week from five the week before

The weekly case counts for the province were updated on March 31. (BC CDC)
Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Growing a community garden in the South Okanagan

Albert McCormick is spearheading the project to build a new community garden in Keremeos

Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The old Shielings Motel is being demolished for an eventual roundabout to reduce congestion between Skaha Lake Road and South Main Street. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Demolition begins on decrepit Penticton motel units

The city will be turning the property into a roundabout to reduce traffic

The old Shielings Motel is being demolished for an eventual roundabout to reduce congestion between Skaha Lake Road and South Main Street. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)

South Okanagan community raises $14,000 for addiction recovery program

Penticton’s Discovery House raised over $14,000 and dished out over 1,800 bowls of soup

Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)
The Penticton Museum and Archives reopened Aug. 18, 2020 after being closed for months due to COVID-19. (Google maps photo)

Out of the Ordinary artifacts focus of upcoming Penticton Museum exhibition

In June the Royal BC Museum’s Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in B.C. exhibit will open

The Penticton Museum and Archives reopened Aug. 18, 2020 after being closed for months due to COVID-19. (Google maps photo)
Charmane Lazzarotto receives the first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Kelowna, Tuesday, Dec. 22. (Interior Health)

Over 101,000 vaccines administered in B.C. Interior

The first dose was administered on Dec. 22, 2020

Charmane Lazzarotto receives the first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Kelowna, Tuesday, Dec. 22. (Interior Health)
Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Wednesday February 3, 2021 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS — Adrian Wyld)

Penticton Chamber to host O’Toole virtual town hall

The town hall will open with O’Toole’s vision and priorities for Canada

Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Wednesday February 3, 2021 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS — Adrian Wyld)
A delivery worker tested positive for COVID-19 in Penticton. (Photo by Canada Post)

South Okanagan postal worker tests positive for COVID-19

A Canada Post statement said the worker had not been in a local facility in the last week

A delivery worker tested positive for COVID-19 in Penticton. (Photo by Canada Post)
The battle over Victory Church shelter continues as city council went into a closed meeting Tuesday to talk about litigation. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton council holds closed meeting on legal action after letter from BC Housing

Without adequate supports, shelters are just ‘legalized drug dens,’ says coun. Robinson

The battle over Victory Church shelter continues as city council went into a closed meeting Tuesday to talk about litigation. (Jesse Day Western News)
Parliament Hill is viewed below a Canada flag in Gatineau, Quebec, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. In 2014, Parliament and the Canadian War Memorial were the sites of a terrorist attack.
(Canadian Press - Sean Kilpatrick)

Shouting it out loud: You can’t wish away addiction and mental illness

Who is John Vassilaki to say what is ‘normal’?

Parliament Hill is viewed below a Canada flag in Gatineau, Quebec, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. In 2014, Parliament and the Canadian War Memorial were the sites of a terrorist attack.
(Canadian Press - Sean Kilpatrick)
A shot of the sunset from Ambrosia’s second floor. (Sarah Martin - LSCSS Photo)

Ambrosia rising up to second-storey in Keremeos

The affordable housing project will see the village’s first elevator

A shot of the sunset from Ambrosia’s second floor. (Sarah Martin - LSCSS Photo)