Jordyn Thomson

Tennis players in Penticton are asking the city to look at the idea of constructing a public, indoor facility. The renewed interest was triggered by the recent opening of an indoor facility in Salmon Arm. (Photo from Unsplash)

Users renew request for indoor tennis facility in Penticton

“If Salmon Arm, with half our population, can support something like that, why can’t we?”

Tennis players in Penticton are asking the city to look at the idea of constructing a public, indoor facility. The renewed interest was triggered by the recent opening of an indoor facility in Salmon Arm. (Photo from Unsplash)
Tracey Wiseman (left) and Kim Wade are co-owners of the Busy Beans Play Café and are hosting two upcoming Christmas markets to recoup their losses from a recent break-in. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton’s Busy Beans to host two Christmas markets

Owners Kim Wade and Tracey Wiseman are hoping to recoup losses after a recent break-in

Tracey Wiseman (left) and Kim Wade are co-owners of the Busy Beans Play Café and are hosting two upcoming Christmas markets to recoup their losses from a recent break-in. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Coun. Katie Robinson makes the first donation to the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society’s new fundraiser. The fundraiser kicked off on Dec. 3, globally-recognized as Giving Tuesday, to fundraise to address needed upgrades and renovations in the 20-year-old building. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton’s Seniors’ Drop-In starts Toonie fundraiser

Coun. Katie Robinson was the first to donate to the cause

Coun. Katie Robinson makes the first donation to the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society’s new fundraiser. The fundraiser kicked off on Dec. 3, globally-recognized as Giving Tuesday, to fundraise to address needed upgrades and renovations in the 20-year-old building. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Ava Holmberg, 8, practices her association and motor skills with her toy piggy bank. She is autistic and struggles with social and communication skills. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

More support needed for Penticton family with severely autistic daughter

Vikki Holmberg said they need to raise $26,000 annually for Ava’s treatment

Ava Holmberg, 8, practices her association and motor skills with her toy piggy bank. She is autistic and struggles with social and communication skills. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Gary Haupt lost his upcoming job as a shopping mall Santa in Penticton after posting risky photos online. (Facebook)

Penticton residents, businesses embrace ‘naughty’ Santa

Gary Haupt lost his contract with Cherry Lane, but you can still find him at other holiday events

Gary Haupt lost his upcoming job as a shopping mall Santa in Penticton after posting risky photos online. (Facebook)
On this day 84 years ago, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his thought experiment, ‘Schrödinger’s cat,’ to counter the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Stock photo)

On This Day: 84 years ago the world was introduced to the theory of Schrödinger’s cat

The Austrian physicist developed the thought experiment to counter the Copenhagen Interpretation

On this day 84 years ago, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his thought experiment, ‘Schrödinger’s cat,’ to counter the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Stock photo)
From left: RONA Penticton manager Chris Norlen and employees Waleed Raza, David Farebrother, Crystal Snow, Laszlo Lakatos and Lorraine Lockhart present a cheque to SOWINS executive director Debbie Scarborough for $13,333. The funds were raised through the store in the month of September through the Lowe’s Canada Heroes campaign. (Contributed)

RONA Penticton donates $13,333 to SOWINS

The non-profit society helps women and children experiencing or fleeing abuse in the South Okanagan

From left: RONA Penticton manager Chris Norlen and employees Waleed Raza, David Farebrother, Crystal Snow, Laszlo Lakatos and Lorraine Lockhart present a cheque to SOWINS executive director Debbie Scarborough for $13,333. The funds were raised through the store in the month of September through the Lowe’s Canada Heroes campaign. (Contributed)
Gary Haupt (right) lost his upcoming job as Penticton’s Cherry Lane Shopping Centre Santa for the holiday season after posting this image and another crude photo to Facebook. Jennifer Andrews, dean of the Victor Nevada Santa School in Calgary, Alta., said it’s lamentable but Santa must be held to a higher standard. (Photo from Facebook)

‘What would Santa do?’: Head of Santa school agrees with firing of Penticton man

Jennifer Andrews said the incident is lamentable, but Santa is held to a higher standard

Gary Haupt (right) lost his upcoming job as Penticton’s Cherry Lane Shopping Centre Santa for the holiday season after posting this image and another crude photo to Facebook. Jennifer Andrews, dean of the Victor Nevada Santa School in Calgary, Alta., said it’s lamentable but Santa must be held to a higher standard. (Photo from Facebook)
Penticton Vees announce 12 Days of Giveaways for December home games

Penticton Vees announce 12 Days of Giveaways for December home games

The team is also partnering with Slackwater Brewing to host a Toys for Tots drive on Dec. 12

Penticton Vees announce 12 Days of Giveaways for December home games
Country stars and brothers High Valley are bringing their recently announced Canadian tour to Penticton this spring. Joining the tour is the Eli Young Band and special guests Lindsay Ell and Jade Eagleson. (Contributed)

Country stars High Valley coming to Penticton

The Alberta-native band recently announced its headline Canadian tour, which kicks off in May 2020

Country stars and brothers High Valley are bringing their recently announced Canadian tour to Penticton this spring. Joining the tour is the Eli Young Band and special guests Lindsay Ell and Jade Eagleson. (Contributed)
Gary Haupt (right) dressed as Santa at a recent Christmas market at Penticton’s Shatford Centre takes a silly photo with a woman who asked him to pretend to drink from a flask. This is one of the photos on Haupt’s personal Facebook page that landed him in hot water with the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, which decided to terminate his upcoming contract as their mall Santa. (Photo from Facebook)

Crude photos land Penticton’s Santa on the ‘naughty list’

Gary Haupt said his upcoming contract to be the Cherry Lane Santa has been terminated

Gary Haupt (right) dressed as Santa at a recent Christmas market at Penticton’s Shatford Centre takes a silly photo with a woman who asked him to pretend to drink from a flask. This is one of the photos on Haupt’s personal Facebook page that landed him in hot water with the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, which decided to terminate his upcoming contract as their mall Santa. (Photo from Facebook)
Co-accused in Penticton home invasion allegedly breaches bail - again

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion allegedly breaches bail – again

Jesse Mason, 32, has allegedly been granted and breached his bail twice in two months

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion allegedly breaches bail - again
Chelsie Lesnoski, Penticton resident and co-owner of Throttle Thrashers Garage, custom rebuilt this 2013 Scion FR-S, which was selected as fan favourite to compete in the SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns 27 & Under Category. Lesnoski’s car placed in the top 10 and she found sponsors at the show who have reserved her a spot for next year’s competition. (Photo by Holden Bucher with Holden.Media)

Penticton resident’s car places in top 10 at SEMA auto show

Chelsie Lesnoski entered her 2013 Scion FR-S in the Battle of the Builders Young Guns 27 & Under

Chelsie Lesnoski, Penticton resident and co-owner of Throttle Thrashers Garage, custom rebuilt this 2013 Scion FR-S, which was selected as fan favourite to compete in the SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns 27 & Under Category. Lesnoski’s car placed in the top 10 and she found sponsors at the show who have reserved her a spot for next year’s competition. (Photo by Holden Bucher with Holden.Media)
Calliope is the name given to the mural of an ethereal red-headed woman painted on the side of Cowork Penticton’s building. The mural was painted by Skyler Punnett and it meant to represent the weaving together of community. Unfortunately, the mural was vandalized.

Vandals target Cowork Penticton mural

Calliope is meant to be a symbol for weaving separate parts together to form a community

Calliope is the name given to the mural of an ethereal red-headed woman painted on the side of Cowork Penticton’s building. The mural was painted by Skyler Punnett and it meant to represent the weaving together of community. Unfortunately, the mural was vandalized.
Vandals target Cowork Penticton mural

Vandals target Cowork Penticton mural

‘Calliope’ is meant to be a simble for weaving separate parts together to form a community

Vandals target Cowork Penticton mural
The Penticton RCMP detachment is watching the Kelowna detachment’s investigation into its high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases. Both detachments reported nearly double the provincial average of ‘unfounded’ sexual assaults in 2018, prompting public pressure to account for the discrepancy. (File Photo)

Penticton RCMP do not intend to review sexual assault stats

Eleven out of 29 sexual assault cases in Penticton were deemed unfounded in 2018

The Penticton RCMP detachment is watching the Kelowna detachment’s investigation into its high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases. Both detachments reported nearly double the provincial average of ‘unfounded’ sexual assaults in 2018, prompting public pressure to account for the discrepancy. (File Photo)
City of Penticton has been ranked 19th most dangerous Canadian city by Maclean’s magazine according to its Crime Severity Index (CSI). The CSI is compiled by Statistics Canada using reported crime data. (Photo from Facebook)

Penticton makes Maclean’s list of most dangerous Canadian cities again

City of Penticton was ranked 16th in 2018, and now ranks 19th in 2019

City of Penticton has been ranked 19th most dangerous Canadian city by Maclean’s magazine according to its Crime Severity Index (CSI). The CSI is compiled by Statistics Canada using reported crime data. (Photo from Facebook)
The single detached dwelling and detached shed on the property of 377 Winnipeg St. have been long dilapidated, and Penticton city council have officially declared it a nuisance property. Now the non-compliant owner will have until the end of this year to pay their outstanding fines with the city and obtain a building permit to demolish the structures, or the city will pursue injunctive actions through the B.C. Supreme Court. (Photo from Google Maps Street View, 2016)

Penticton council fed up with non-compliant property owner

“I’m deeply offended, as I think all of Penticton is, and especially the neighbours.”

The single detached dwelling and detached shed on the property of 377 Winnipeg St. have been long dilapidated, and Penticton city council have officially declared it a nuisance property. Now the non-compliant owner will have until the end of this year to pay their outstanding fines with the city and obtain a building permit to demolish the structures, or the city will pursue injunctive actions through the B.C. Supreme Court. (Photo from Google Maps Street View, 2016)
Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 29 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. City council will hear the case for declaring a climate emergency once the newly-formed Sustainability Committee begins meeting in the new year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton council to hear case for declaring a climate emergency in the new year

The newly formed Sustainability Committee has been directed to look at the idea

Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 29 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. City council will hear the case for declaring a climate emergency once the newly-formed Sustainability Committee begins meeting in the new year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Co-accused in Penticton home invasion, standoff granted bail again

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion, standoff granted bail again

Jesse Mason was granted bail this morning, co-accused Josef Pavlik’s bail was denied

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion, standoff granted bail again