Brennan Phillips

The Glenfir fire in 2018 grew to over 100 ha near Naramata in 2018. (File photo)

From Naramata to Tulameen, evacuation plans and routes are in place

The district has spent years building up emergency plans for fires, floods and landslides

The Glenfir fire in 2018 grew to over 100 ha near Naramata in 2018. (File photo)
An accident has closed a southbound lane on Highway 97 between Sun-Oka and Kickininee. (Google)

Southbound lane of Highway 97 closed between Penticton and Summerland

It is not known when the road will be fully re-opened

An accident has closed a southbound lane on Highway 97 between Sun-Oka and Kickininee. (Google)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Battle between Penticton and B.C. over homeless shelter officially before the court

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
The Ker family. (GoFundMe)

Fundraiser launched for family of Chilliwack man who drowned in Osoyoos Lake

The 31-year-old was last seen alive in the shallow water at Nk’Mip RV Park playing with his young child

The Ker family. (GoFundMe)
RCMP. (File)

Osoyoos man airlifted to Kelowna hospital after being hit by truck

The truck failed to stop for the man crossing at the designated crosswalk

RCMP. (File)
Keremeos’ heritage Grist Mill and Gardens. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Teddy Bear Picnic and live music back in July at Keremeos’ Grist Mill and Gardens

The picnic is July 10 and tickets are on sale for Valdy’s concert on July 15

Keremeos’ heritage Grist Mill and Gardens. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The weekly COVID-19 map for June 20 to 26. (BC CDC)

South Okanagan sees 6 new COVID-19 cases over last week

Five of those cases were located in the Penticton local health area

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 20 to 26. (BC CDC)
Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)

Kids turn 45 C into fundraising opportunity for South Okanagan Search and Rescue

Lily Traynor raised over $1,300 for Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue on June 30

Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)
Smoke from the fires north of Big White on June 30. (Michael J. Ballingall/Facebook)

Fires north of Big White grow to over 1,400 hectares

The Derrickson Lake Fire has grown to over 1,300 hectares on its own

Smoke from the fires north of Big White on June 30. (Michael J. Ballingall/Facebook)
Fire ripped through a residential unit at the Maples on Maple Street in Penticton, leaving residents homeless. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

GoFundMe set up for victims of Penticton fire

The Large family lost everything they owned in the blaze

Fire ripped through a residential unit at the Maples on Maple Street in Penticton, leaving residents homeless. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
This is undated photo of Osoyoos Lake near the Nk’Mip RV Park where a man drowned June 29, 2021. (Tripadvisor)

Chilliwack father drowns in Osoyoos Lake

The 31-year-old was last seen in the shallow water at Nk’Mip RV Park playing with his young child

This is undated photo of Osoyoos Lake near the Nk’Mip RV Park where a man drowned June 29, 2021. (Tripadvisor)
Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (File photo)

Penticton, Kamloops and Kelowna break heat records 2 days in a row — and counting

More record-breaking heat could be ahead, according to Environment Canada

Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (File photo)
Cattle graze in a field in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Oliver RCMP left wondering where’s the beef after highway cow chase

The stray cow failed to stop for police and was last spotted disappearing into a peach orchard

Cattle graze in a field in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie - Facebook)
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie - Facebook)
The Chuchuwayha chapel, built between 1910 and 1911 by the Catholic Church, was cared for by band members. Photo John Moody

2 more churches on Indigenous land burn in Similkameen Valley

Chief Keith Crow said the acts only bring more pain to residential school survivors

The Chuchuwayha chapel, built between 1910 and 1911 by the Catholic Church, was cared for by band members. Photo John Moody
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)

UPDATE: RCMP investigating suspicious fires that burned 2 Similkameen churches

The fires are being considered suspicious and anyone who saw something is asked to contact RCMP

Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)

UPDATE: RCMP investigating suspicious fires that burned 2 South Okanagan churches

Chief Keith Crow said the acts only brought more pain to residential school survivors

Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)
The For the Children Caravan, made up of members of the Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance's constituent First Nations, departed from Penticton on Saturday morning to head to the site of the Kamloops Residential School where 215 children's bodies were uncovered. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Photos: For the Children Caravan leaves Penticton for Kamloops

Members of the Osoyoos, Lower Similkameen and Penticton Indian Bands left this morning

The For the Children Caravan, made up of members of the Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance's constituent First Nations, departed from Penticton on Saturday morning to head to the site of the Kamloops Residential School where 215 children's bodies were uncovered. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton grass fire almost a ‘catastrophic’ situation: fire chief

Westbench area was near evacuation, says Penticton fire chief

Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the West Bench area on the morning of June 24. The hillside fire was near Selby Park, off West Bench Drive. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The weekly COVID-19 map for June 13 to 19. (BC CDC)

South Okanagan records just 5 new COVID cases for second straight week

The Similkameen Valley saw its third week without new cases

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 13 to 19. (BC CDC)