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Supt. Brian Hunter will be presenting first quarter RCMP stats to Penticton city council, tomorrow (April 21). (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)

South Okanagan RCMP superintendent wants to set up dedicated prolific offender task force

Supt. Brian Hunter plans to use the additional officers city council approved for the force

Supt. Brian Hunter will be presenting first quarter RCMP stats to Penticton city council, tomorrow (April 21). (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)
Darrell RIchards and his Harley Davidson Streetglide in front of Discovery House in Penticton on Nov. 5. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Okanagan biker still in running for custom chopper competition

Darrell Richards is sitting in first in the final round of the group stage

Darrell RIchards and his Harley Davidson Streetglide in front of Discovery House in Penticton on Nov. 5. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)

Apex Mountain Resort ready to weather dark winter

With the public opening on Dec. 5, the resort isn’t worried about the new restrictions

Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)
Retired RCMP Sgt. Kate Hansen holding up the letter she received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II thanking her for the special copy of Harry the Musical Ride Horse. (RCMP)

South Okanagan Mountie receives royal thanks for children’s books

Sgt. Kate Hansen has written many books about Harry the Musical Ride Horse, earning praise from Queen Elizabeth II

Retired RCMP Sgt. Kate Hansen holding up the letter she received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II thanking her for the special copy of Harry the Musical Ride Horse. (RCMP)
One of two hands that stand outside the Krazy Emporium, the other having been stolen on Nov. 11. (Submitted)

Krazy Emporium looks for helping hand after one of their’s was stolen

The hand statues have stood outside the hemp store for close to 20 years

One of two hands that stand outside the Krazy Emporium, the other having been stolen on Nov. 11. (Submitted)
Pictured in 2018, the lighted Kristi’s Run mogul course where members of the Canadian men’s women’s Olympic teams trained before leaving for the Olympics. (Western News - File)

Apex Mountain Resort receives record-breaking early season snow

The mountain saw close to 30 cm over the last 24 hours.

Pictured in 2018, the lighted Kristi’s Run mogul course where members of the Canadian men’s women’s Olympic teams trained before leaving for the Olympics. (Western News - File)
Counting begins Nov. 6 on mail-in ballots for the 2020 BC provincial election. (Black Press file photo)

Final B.C. election count to begin Nov. 6

BC Elections will be publishing the results starting at 10 a.m.

Counting begins Nov. 6 on mail-in ballots for the 2020 BC provincial election. (Black Press file photo)
A 55-year-old Keremeos man has been found dead in a creek near Middle Bench Road. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press file)

Keremeos man, 55, found dead in local creek

RCMP say his death is not considered suspicious

A 55-year-old Keremeos man has been found dead in a creek near Middle Bench Road. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press file)
Penticton Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a camper fire near Moosejaw Street and Conklin Avenue Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)Penticton Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a fire that consumed a camper on Nov. 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton resident suffers minor injuries after camper goes up in flames

One person is believed to have suffered minor injuries

Penticton Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a camper fire near Moosejaw Street and Conklin Avenue Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)Penticton Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a fire that consumed a camper on Nov. 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A B.C. College of Pharmacists order restricts Sunrise Pharmacy on Main Street from dispensing any narcotic or controlled drug substance intended for opioid agonist treatment. (Western News File)

South Okanagan pharmacist receives $20,000 fine and three-month suspension

Joelle Mbamy will be required to retake several courses before being allowed to dispensing medicine

A B.C. College of Pharmacists order restricts Sunrise Pharmacy on Main Street from dispensing any narcotic or controlled drug substance intended for opioid agonist treatment. (Western News File)
(Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Poll: Should Okanagan residents keep turning their clocks back?

Daylight Savings Time comes to an end for another year.

(Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Fire rips through Skaha apartment building at Elm Avenue Friday morning. (Photo - Brennan Phillips)

Fire rips through Penticton apartment building

Dozens displaced from 4 a.m. blaze

Fire rips through Skaha apartment building at Elm Avenue Friday morning. (Photo - Brennan Phillips)
(Brennan Phillips - Western News)

UPDATE: Flames doused for second time at fatal Penticton apartment fire

The Elm Ave. building first caught fire around 4 a.m., killing two people and displacing dozens

(Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Roly Russell, the predicted MLA for the Boundary Similkameen, and his wife Christine Carlson celebrate on election night. (Contributed)

B.C. Votes 2020: Russell leads as election heads to mail-in counting

Russell is likely to replace incumbent BC Liberal Linda Larson

Roly Russell, the predicted MLA for the Boundary Similkameen, and his wife Christine Carlson celebrate on election night. (Contributed)
Boundary-Similkameen’s candidates had their first forum with the cooperation of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. Clockwise from top-left, BC NDP candidate Roly Russell, BC LIberal Petra Veintimilla, and BC Conservative Darryl Seres. (Brennan Phillips - Black Press)
Boundary-Similkameen’s candidates had their first forum with the cooperation of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. Clockwise from top-left, BC NDP candidate Roly Russell, BC LIberal Petra Veintimilla, and BC Conservative Darryl Seres. (Brennan Phillips - Black Press)
The last forum before the election on Saturday focused on health care.

Boundary-Similkameen candidates talk health care over digital forum

The Support Our Health Care Society hosted the forum

The last forum before the election on Saturday focused on health care.
Advance polls are now open for the 2020 B.C. election. (Black Press File)

BC Votes 2020: Meet your Boundary Similkameen candidates

A round up of candidates’ bios, responses to our questions, and more

Advance polls are now open for the 2020 B.C. election. (Black Press File)
BC Conservative candidate Darryl Seres is running for MLA of the Boundary-Similkameen riding.

Meet the candidates: Darryl Seres

Darryl Seres is the BC Conservative candidate in the Boundary-Similkameen riding

BC Conservative candidate Darryl Seres is running for MLA of the Boundary-Similkameen riding.
Petra Veinitimilla is running for the BC Liberals in the Boundary-Similkameen. (Laurie Tritschler/Grand Forks Gazette photo)

Meet the candidates: Petra Veintimilla

Petra Veintimilla is the BC Liberal candidate in the Boundary-Similkameen riding

Petra Veinitimilla is running for the BC Liberals in the Boundary-Similkameen. (Laurie Tritschler/Grand Forks Gazette photo)
KVR Middle School, Penticton Secondary School (above) and ConnectED were placed in a hold-and-secure scenario after a man with a hatchet approached students today. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton schools placed on hold-and-secure after man with hatchet approaches students

KVR Middle School, Penticton Secondary School and ConnectED were placed in a hold-and-secure

KVR Middle School, Penticton Secondary School (above) and ConnectED were placed in a hold-and-secure scenario after a man with a hatchet approached students today. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)