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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is advocating for property owners to skip the raking this fall and help native insects and pollinators hibernate. (Stock photo)

Why you may want to skip raking leaves this fall

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) said fallen leaves are vital for native insects and pollinators

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is advocating for property owners to skip the raking this fall and help native insects and pollinators hibernate. (Stock photo)
Lorne Michaels and the cast of SNL accept the award for outstanding variety sketch series for “Saturday Night Live” at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

PHOTOS: On this day 44 years ago, SNL began!

The show aired for the first time on Oct. 11, 1975, hosted by George Carlin

Lorne Michaels and the cast of SNL accept the award for outstanding variety sketch series for “Saturday Night Live” at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Penticton resident David Folstad has now had three kidney transplants in 32 years. The odds of successfully finding a match for him when he was placed on the transplant list for the third time were just one per cent, but thanks to a donation chain expanding across the country and a dear close friend, they found him a match. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Against All Odds: Penticton resident looks back at receiving three kidneys in 32 years

David Folstad received his third successful kidney transplant in Vancouver in April

Penticton resident David Folstad has now had three kidney transplants in 32 years. The odds of successfully finding a match for him when he was placed on the transplant list for the third time were just one per cent, but thanks to a donation chain expanding across the country and a dear close friend, they found him a match. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Chelsie Lesnoski, Penticton resident and co-owners 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. (Photo by Holden Bucher with Holden.Media)

Road to Victory: Penticton resident’s car selected to compete at SEMA show

Chelsie Lesnoski’s modified 2013 Scion FR-S was chosen as fan favourite in an online contest

Chelsie Lesnoski, Penticton resident and co-owners 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. (Photo by Holden Bucher with Holden.Media)
A mother black bear and her two cubs were caught on video frolicking in the wooded area outside of Pineview Road and Juniper on Wednesday morning. Since black bears usually begin hibernating in November, it is likely they are foraging to prepare. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Mother black bear and two cubs frolic outside homes in Penticton

The bears were caught in the area of Pineview Road and Juniper on Wednesday morning

A mother black bear and her two cubs were caught on video frolicking in the wooded area outside of Pineview Road and Juniper on Wednesday morning. Since black bears usually begin hibernating in November, it is likely they are foraging to prepare. (Submitted)
City of Penticton CAO Donny van Dyk is being sued by his former employer, Enbridge, for $30,779.92 for allegedly violating a relocation payment agreement. (File Photo)

Penticton CAO sued by former employer Enbridge

Enbridge is seeking $30,779.92 from Donny Van Dyk due to a relocation payment agreement violation

City of Penticton CAO Donny van Dyk is being sued by his former employer, Enbridge, for $30,779.92 for allegedly violating a relocation payment agreement. (File Photo)
A mother black bear was illegally shot in a Keremeos vineyard between the evening of Sept. 30 and the morning of Oct. 1. Authorities are seeking any information related to this event, and B.C. Wildlife Federation is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for info that leads to a conviction. (Photo from Unsplash)

Authorities seeking information after mother bear illegally shot in South Okanagan vineyard

B.C. Wildlife Federation offers up to $2,000 reward for info leading to a conviction

A mother black bear was illegally shot in a Keremeos vineyard between the evening of Sept. 30 and the morning of Oct. 1. Authorities are seeking any information related to this event, and B.C. Wildlife Federation is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for info that leads to a conviction. (Photo from Unsplash)
Several people from 298 Maple St., where a police standoff unfolded on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, were seen being handcuffed by police hours before a shooting suspect hiding in unit 117 surrendered. RCMP announced Thursday that charges have been laid against two individuals, Josef Pavlik and Jesse Eldon Harry Mason. (Jan Farmer Facebook photo)

Suspects charged in Penticton shooting, police standoff

Josef Pavlik and Jesse Eldon Harry Mason are scheduled to appear in Penticton court on Oct. 7

Several people from 298 Maple St., where a police standoff unfolded on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, were seen being handcuffed by police hours before a shooting suspect hiding in unit 117 surrendered. RCMP announced Thursday that charges have been laid against two individuals, Josef Pavlik and Jesse Eldon Harry Mason. (Jan Farmer Facebook photo)
Canadian figure skating champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir come to Penticton Oct. 6 with the Rock the Rink tour. This will be the pair’s last tour as they have announced they are retiring from the world of competitive figure skating. (Contributed)

‘Interesting mixture of emotions’: Scott Moir reflects on final tour with Tessa Virtue

The Canadian figure skating champions will be skating through B.C. for Rock the Rink tour

Canadian figure skating champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir come to Penticton Oct. 6 with the Rock the Rink tour. This will be the pair’s last tour as they have announced they are retiring from the world of competitive figure skating. (Contributed)
Penticton RCMP rushed downtown around noon on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 and taped off a house at 464 Winnipeg St. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

UPDATE: Shooting suspect surrenders to RCMP after hour-long standoff

Victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Penticton RCMP rushed downtown around noon on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 and taped off a house at 464 Winnipeg St. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
On Oct. 1, 1908, Henry Ford introduced the world to the Model T, historically the first “affordable” automobile for the public. (Photo from Pixabay)

On this day: Ford changes the car industry with introduction of Model T

111 years ago exactly, the world got a little faster thanks to Henry Ford

On Oct. 1, 1908, Henry Ford introduced the world to the Model T, historically the first “affordable” automobile for the public. (Photo from Pixabay)
Jesse William Shawcross will be appearing in Penticton court on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. in relation to a dozen charges he is facing, including theft of a motor vehicle, driving while prohibited and willfully resisting a peace officer. (File Photo)

Prolific car theft suspect to appear in Penticton court

Jesse William Shawcross faces over a dozen of charges related to incidents taking place on Sept. 24

Jesse William Shawcross will be appearing in Penticton court on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. in relation to a dozen charges he is facing, including theft of a motor vehicle, driving while prohibited and willfully resisting a peace officer. (File Photo)
Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall to participate in the global Climate Strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. The message advocated by attendees was clear, they want climate action now. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Video: Hundreds turn out for Penticton Climate Strike

The message attendees were advocating for was clear, they want climate action now

Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall to participate in the global Climate Strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. The message advocated by attendees was clear, they want climate action now. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton businesses and schools are gearing up for the Climate Strike scheduled for Sept. 27 at noon outside of city hall. Penticton students will be permitted to attend the strike, providing they have parental permission. (Photo from Unsplash)

Penticton students get green light to attend Climate Strike

The strike is scheduled for noon on Sept. 27 at 171 Main St.

Penticton businesses and schools are gearing up for the Climate Strike scheduled for Sept. 27 at noon outside of city hall. Penticton students will be permitted to attend the strike, providing they have parental permission. (Photo from Unsplash)
Former South Okanagan elementary PAC treasurer charged with fraud

Former South Okanagan elementary PAC treasurer charged with fraud

The charge against Belinda Yorke is in relation to the alleged theft of funds from the committee

Former South Okanagan elementary PAC treasurer charged with fraud
A fire quickly engulfs the interior of a motor boat docked at the Eldorado Marina in Kelowna on Sept. 21. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. (Photo by Adam Way)

Caught on Camera: Boat catches fire at Okanagan marina

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze

A fire quickly engulfs the interior of a motor boat docked at the Eldorado Marina in Kelowna on Sept. 21. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. (Photo by Adam Way)
A Caucasian male appearing in his 50s or 60s with white hair and dark glasses can be seen entering Winemaster at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Sept. 20, thanks to the store’s security footage. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the business’s cash drawer. (Photo from Facebook)

Security footage shows grab and go of cash in South Okanagan business break-in

Marla Black is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into Winemaster

A Caucasian male appearing in his 50s or 60s with white hair and dark glasses can be seen entering Winemaster at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Sept. 20, thanks to the store’s security footage. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the business’s cash drawer. (Photo from Facebook)
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. The cast have added a third showtime performance due to popular demand. (Submitted photo)

PAW Patrol Live! adds third Penticton show due to pup-ular demand

Fans can now see the heroic pooches at three different showtimes at the SOEC

PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. The cast have added a third showtime performance due to popular demand. (Submitted photo)
One Penticton school bus driver is calling out bad drivers for going by when the bus has its flashing overhead lights on. She is speaking out to remind drivers that the extra few seconds it takes to stop could save a life. (Photo from Unsplash)

South Okanagan school bus driver calls out bad drivers

Bus driver said she sees multiple vehicles go by the bus despite having the overhead lights flashing

One Penticton school bus driver is calling out bad drivers for going by when the bus has its flashing overhead lights on. She is speaking out to remind drivers that the extra few seconds it takes to stop could save a life. (Photo from Unsplash)
South Okanagan driver held at gunpoint, car-jacked near Penticton

South Okanagan driver held at gunpoint, car-jacked near Penticton

Penticton RCMP are asking for the public to keep an eye out for the suspect, stolen vehicle

South Okanagan driver held at gunpoint, car-jacked near Penticton