Jordyn Thomson

Exactly 126 years ago today, New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote. Canada and the U.S. did not follow suit for another 26 years. (Photo from Unsplash)

On this day 126 years ago New Zealand women granted right to vote

New Zealand women beat Canadians to the polls by 26 years

Exactly 126 years ago today, New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote. Canada and the U.S. did not follow suit for another 26 years. (Photo from Unsplash)
Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson and his adorable sidekick, Sam the disaster dog, have returned home after roughly a week assisting in search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas, which were recently decimated by Hurricane Dorian. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

‘It’s almost surreal’: Penticton fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson and his adorable sidekick, Sam the disaster dog, have returned home after roughly a week assisting in search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas, which were recently decimated by Hurricane Dorian. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Oct. 19 to 26 will be the inaugural Penticton Beer Week thanks to a designation made at city council on Sept. 17. The week celebrates and showcases the seven craft breweries in the city, and promotes the popular Penticton Oktoberfest on Oct. 19. (Stock photo)

Craft breweries showcased during Penticton Beer Week

To celebrate, all seven of the city’s breweries will be collaborating on a limited release draft

Oct. 19 to 26 will be the inaugural Penticton Beer Week thanks to a designation made at city council on Sept. 17. The week celebrates and showcases the seven craft breweries in the city, and promotes the popular Penticton Oktoberfest on Oct. 19. (Stock photo)
Nicole MacMillan (left) and TJ Toor of Penticton Tim Hortons with a tray of Smile Cookies which go on sale from Sept. 16-22. Cookies cost a dollar plus tax and the full dollar goes to support local charities and community organizations in the country-wide fundraiser. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Reason to Smile: Tim Hortons cookie campaign benefits school breakfast program

The smile cookie campaign runs Sept. 13 - 22 at participating Tim Hortons from Summerland to Osoyoos

Nicole MacMillan (left) and TJ Toor of Penticton Tim Hortons with a tray of Smile Cookies which go on sale from Sept. 16-22. Cookies cost a dollar plus tax and the full dollar goes to support local charities and community organizations in the country-wide fundraiser. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Marlan “Pretty Boy” Hall struggles to stay on top during a 7-minute wrestling match at Pacific Top Team gym in Penticton on March 1. Hall employs different styles of training to ensure he’s ready for his mixed martial arts fights. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton fighter announces pro MMA debut with Battlefield Fight League

Marlan ‘Pretty Boy’ Hall will be taking the ring on Nov. 16 at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam

Marlan “Pretty Boy” Hall struggles to stay on top during a 7-minute wrestling match at Pacific Top Team gym in Penticton on March 1. Hall employs different styles of training to ensure he’s ready for his mixed martial arts fights. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson’s disaster dog Sammy takes a well-deserved rest at the Nassau Airport on New Providence. Both Watkinson and Sammy spent nearly one week searching for survivors after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas. (Photo by Penticton Fire Department)

Coming Home: Penticton fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson’s disaster dog Sammy takes a well-deserved rest at the Nassau Airport on New Providence. Both Watkinson and Sammy spent nearly one week searching for survivors after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas. (Photo by Penticton Fire Department)
The custom 2016 Yamaha FXR owned by Trent Backus, world champion snowmobiler, that was stolen in Penticton on Sept. 12. The bike is valued at $25,000. (Photo Submitted)

World champion snowmobile racer seeks public’s help after dirt bikes were stolen in Penticton

The bikes, valued at $25,000 and $11,000, were stolen from the back of a locked truck on Sept. 12

The custom 2016 Yamaha FXR owned by Trent Backus, world champion snowmobiler, that was stolen in Penticton on Sept. 12. The bike is valued at $25,000. (Photo Submitted)
A Penticton teen crossing the intersection of Westminster Avenue West and Power Street on his bicycle was allegedly struck by a black Ford truck on Sept. 10. His family is searching for any witnesses or for anyone who may know the driver. (Photo from Pixabay)

Penticton teen cyclist allegedly struck by black Ford truck resulting in hematoma

The incident occurred at the intersection of Westminster Avenue West and Power Street

A Penticton teen crossing the intersection of Westminster Avenue West and Power Street on his bicycle was allegedly struck by a black Ford truck on Sept. 10. His family is searching for any witnesses or for anyone who may know the driver. (Photo from Pixabay)
LyleXOX’s work will be on display at Liquidity Wines until Oct. 14, and his book, LyleXOX Head of Design, is also available for purchase at the winery. (Photo by Liquidity Wines)

LyleXOX launches first solo exhibition at Liquidity Wines in OK Falls

The Canadian artist has amassed thousands of fans for his beautiful self-portraits using found items

LyleXOX’s work will be on display at Liquidity Wines until Oct. 14, and his book, LyleXOX Head of Design, is also available for purchase at the winery. (Photo by Liquidity Wines)
From left: Greg McGowan, Jeff Kruck, Jude Brunt, Ian Teetzel, Tammy Tanner with the South Okanagan community impact team. (Photo Submitted)

54 charities across Southern Interior to benefit from United Way donation

The funding comes from the organization’s community fund

From left: Greg McGowan, Jeff Kruck, Jude Brunt, Ian Teetzel, Tammy Tanner with the South Okanagan community impact team. (Photo Submitted)
The Fall WestJet Wine Tasting at YWL is just one of the signature events part of the OWFS Fall Wine Festival from Oct. 3 to 13. (Photo Submitted)

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival returns with new signature event

The premier festival features over 100 wine-centric events across the Okanagan from Oct. 3 to 13

The Fall WestJet Wine Tasting at YWL is just one of the signature events part of the OWFS Fall Wine Festival from Oct. 3 to 13. (Photo Submitted)
If you’re superstitious, this weekend will surely be an eventful one with Friday the 13th and a full moon the next night. Which common superstitions do you believe in, if any?

Poll: Which common superstitions do you take seriously, if any?

Find a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck… or not?

If you’re superstitious, this weekend will surely be an eventful one with Friday the 13th and a full moon the next night. Which common superstitions do you believe in, if any?
The ex-wife of a Penticton RCMP officer is alleging that he and his now ex-girlfriend harassed her in 2016. Gail McDiarmid has filed a civil suit seeking unspecified damages from Const. Martin Degen and Rachelle Blanchard. (Black Press file photo)

Ex-Penticton Mountie hit with lawsuit after pleading guilty to harassing fellow cop’s ex-wife

Rachelle Blanchard will be sentenced in Penticton court on Oct. 7

The ex-wife of a Penticton RCMP officer is alleging that he and his now ex-girlfriend harassed her in 2016. Gail McDiarmid has filed a civil suit seeking unspecified damages from Const. Martin Degen and Rachelle Blanchard. (Black Press file photo)
Residents of Osoyoos are sick of the “unbearable” smell coming from the town’s sewer system in the summer months. Approximately 66 residents signed a petition that was presented before the town council to find a “speedy resolution” to the problem. (Black Press file photo)

Osoyoos residents fed up with ‘unbearable’ sewer smell

Approximately 66 residents signed a petition for the town to find a “speedy solution”

Residents of Osoyoos are sick of the “unbearable” smell coming from the town’s sewer system in the summer months. Approximately 66 residents signed a petition that was presented before the town council to find a “speedy resolution” to the problem. (Black Press file photo)
Although residents are reporting an odour that smells like rotten eggs in the Upper Columbia and Duncan Avenue, Fortis BC said it is not a natural gas leak. (Photo from fortisbc.com)

‘Rotten egg’ smell permeates Penticton

A technician visited the area of Upper Columbia and Duncan at approximately 10:20 a.m.

Although residents are reporting an odour that smells like rotten eggs in the Upper Columbia and Duncan Avenue, Fortis BC said it is not a natural gas leak. (Photo from fortisbc.com)
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. Pharmacy owner Joelle Mbamy has filed a court petition to have the order quashed. (Robin Grant - Western News)

B.C. coroner sheds light on overdose death of teenaged pharmacy employee

Documents provide more info on 2017 overdose death of employee from Sunrise Pharmacy

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. Pharmacy owner Joelle Mbamy has filed a court petition to have the order quashed. (Robin Grant - Western News)
IT Chapter Two is now playing in theatres, so we want to know what fear he would use against you if he were hunting you? (Photo from www.it-movie.net)
IT Chapter Two is now playing in theatres, so we want to know what fear he would use against you if he were hunting you? (Photo from www.it-movie.net)
BC Wildfire map showing the two wildfires south of Penticton that started on Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire map)

Crews tackling multiple “spot-sized” fires near Princeton, Merritt

Spot-sized wildfires measure less than 0.01 hectares or 10 x 10 meters

BC Wildfire map showing the two wildfires south of Penticton that started on Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire map)
South Okanagan crews battling multiple wildfires from lightning strikes

South Okanagan crews battling multiple wildfires from lightning strikes

Most of the fires are listed as spot-sized, meaning less than 0.01 hectares in size or 10 x 10 meters

South Okanagan crews battling multiple wildfires from lightning strikes
Phantom Creek Estates is nearly finished its construction, with the completion of phase II anticipated this fall. Then in Spring 2020, Oliver’s newest winery will be hosting a grand opening celebration. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Video: Touring the newest luxurious winery in the South Okanagan

Phantom Creek Estates Winery has finally opened its doors after nearly five years of construction

Phantom Creek Estates is nearly finished its construction, with the completion of phase II anticipated this fall. Then in Spring 2020, Oliver’s newest winery will be hosting a grand opening celebration. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)