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From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)                                From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Okanagan contest winner given the key to the SOEC

The annual contest gives one lucky winner two tickets to every Penticton SOEC show for a year

From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)                                From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Insp. Brian Hunter, currently the officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP Detachment, will be relocating to Penticton as the next detachment commander for the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment. Hunter will be replacing Supt. Ted De Jager, who is relocating to Surrey for a new position at RCMP headquarters. (Photo Submitted)

RCMP names Penticton’s next top cop to replace Supt. Ted De Jager

Insp. Brian Hunter will be the Penticton RCMP detachment commander

Insp. Brian Hunter, currently the officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP Detachment, will be relocating to Penticton as the next detachment commander for the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment. Hunter will be replacing Supt. Ted De Jager, who is relocating to Surrey for a new position at RCMP headquarters. (Photo Submitted)
Brandi Hansen, a pilot volunteering as a an aviation technician with BCSAR, has entered the Maxim Cover Girl competition for U.S. and international applicants. Similar to her approach in the Canadian contest, she is advocating that women and girls don’t need to rely on their bodies or looks to be successful. She also plans on donating 100 per cent of the prize money if she wins. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan pilot takes another crack at being Maxim’s next cover girl

Brandi Hansen still advocates inner beauty is what matters, plans to donate all of the prize money

Brandi Hansen, a pilot volunteering as a an aviation technician with BCSAR, has entered the Maxim Cover Girl competition for U.S. and international applicants. Similar to her approach in the Canadian contest, she is advocating that women and girls don’t need to rely on their bodies or looks to be successful. She also plans on donating 100 per cent of the prize money if she wins. (Photo submitted)
Penticton RCMP assisted with the Hwy. 3A closure on Aug. 24 at 1 p.m., east of Twin Lakes, to allow BC Air Ambulance to transport s male cyclist in his 50s to a nearby hospital for urgent medical attention. The highway was reopened within the hour. (Black Press File Photo)

Cyclist in distress prompts Hwy 3A closure

BC Air Ambulance transported the male, believed to be in his 50s, to a nearby hospital

Penticton RCMP assisted with the Hwy. 3A closure on Aug. 24 at 1 p.m., east of Twin Lakes, to allow BC Air Ambulance to transport s male cyclist in his 50s to a nearby hospital for urgent medical attention. The highway was reopened within the hour. (Black Press File Photo)
Penny, the 80 lb. lab cross, was allegedly attacked by four river otters while swimming in the Okanagan River Channel the morning of Aug. 23. Here is one of the deeper cuts she suffered after she was pulled under water. (Photo submitted)

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

Penny, the 80 lb. lab cross, was allegedly attacked by four river otters while swimming in the Okanagan River Channel the morning of Aug. 23. Here is one of the deeper cuts she suffered after she was pulled under water. (Photo submitted)
At approximately 11:30 a.m., a white Mini Cooper being towed by an motor home on Hwy. 97 caught fire in its engine compartment. The car quickly became fully-involved with flames, with the Penticton Fire Department responding to douse the blaze. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Car catches fire while being towed by motor home on Hwy. 97

The incident occured just north of Sage Mesa Rd., no injuries have been reported

At approximately 11:30 a.m., a white Mini Cooper being towed by an motor home on Hwy. 97 caught fire in its engine compartment. The car quickly became fully-involved with flames, with the Penticton Fire Department responding to douse the blaze. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
John Brittain, 68, was charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder in relation to the deaths of Darlene Knippelberg, Rudi Winter and Susan and Barry Wonch. The preliminary inquiry dates are set for Jan. 27 to 31 in the Penticton court house. (Jordyn Thomson — Western News)

Preliminary inquiry set for accused Penticton killer

John Brittain, 68, will be back in Penticton court from Jan. 27 to 31

John Brittain, 68, was charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder in relation to the deaths of Darlene Knippelberg, Rudi Winter and Susan and Barry Wonch. The preliminary inquiry dates are set for Jan. 27 to 31 in the Penticton court house. (Jordyn Thomson — Western News)
Calli Bailey, Phantom Creek Estate’s enologist, hard at work in the soon-to-open winery located outside of Oliver. The winery announced with the completion of the first phase of construction it will be offering tours and tastings by appointment beginning Sept. 1. (Photo from Phantom Creek Estates)

New South Okanagan winery will open its doors soon

Phantom Creek Estates announced its new CEO and winemaker, and completed first phase of construction

Calli Bailey, Phantom Creek Estate’s enologist, hard at work in the soon-to-open winery located outside of Oliver. The winery announced with the completion of the first phase of construction it will be offering tours and tastings by appointment beginning Sept. 1. (Photo from Phantom Creek Estates)
A recent survey conducted by Leger and commissioned by Coast Capital Savings found that 50 per cent of B.C. parents are stressed about back to school costs. (Photo from Unsplash)

Poll: Are you stressed about back to school costs?

Take our poll and have your say

A recent survey conducted by Leger and commissioned by Coast Capital Savings found that 50 per cent of B.C. parents are stressed about back to school costs. (Photo from Unsplash)
Air quality advisory lifted for Central and South Okanagan

Air quality advisory lifted for Central and South Okanagan

The advisory lasted 10 days in relation to the smoke from the nearby Eagle Bluff wildfire

Air quality advisory lifted for Central and South Okanagan
The Walnut Beach Resort is under investigation by Environment and Climate Change Canada for the alleged destruction of 150 cliff swallow nests in July. Cliff swallows are a protected species under the Migratory Bird Convention Act and are in decline. (Photo from Pixabay)

Alleged destruction of protected bird nests in the South Okanagan investigated

Cliff swallows are a protected species under the Migratory Bird Convention Act and are in decline

The Walnut Beach Resort is under investigation by Environment and Climate Change Canada for the alleged destruction of 150 cliff swallow nests in July. Cliff swallows are a protected species under the Migratory Bird Convention Act and are in decline. (Photo from Pixabay)
Scott Breier and Nicole Gidman have big plans for the Trail Fruit Store and More, as the couple hopes to start a brewery on the nearly three hectare lot. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Future South Okanagan brewery to be a family destination

Owners proposing brewery on KVR Trail assure residents that it will go with the area’s aesthetics

Scott Breier and Nicole Gidman have big plans for the Trail Fruit Store and More, as the couple hopes to start a brewery on the nearly three hectare lot. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Time to get pretty in pink and join Chef Bongo for his Rosé Party at Bench D’Or on Aug 17. (Photo courtesy of Chef Bongo)

The secret is out: South Okanagan chef is having a love affair with rosé

Don’t miss Chef Bongo’s Rosé Party at Bench D’Or in Naramata on Aug. 17

Time to get pretty in pink and join Chef Bongo for his Rosé Party at Bench D’Or on Aug 17. (Photo courtesy of Chef Bongo)
A group of firefighters with departments from Merritt, Naramata, Big White and Keremeos hold hands on the side of the road in Oliver on Aug. 9 at approximately 11:30 a.m. While it is unclear which department they are with, it is likely they are assisting in the ongoing wildfire suppression at Eagle Bluff near Gallagher Lake. (Photo by Jessica Mayhew)

Powerful photo showing fire crew huddled together in Okanagan goes viral

The image was captured by a resident in Oliver on Aug. 9 at approximately 11:30 a.m.

A group of firefighters with departments from Merritt, Naramata, Big White and Keremeos hold hands on the side of the road in Oliver on Aug. 9 at approximately 11:30 a.m. While it is unclear which department they are with, it is likely they are assisting in the ongoing wildfire suppression at Eagle Bluff near Gallagher Lake. (Photo by Jessica Mayhew)
Carolynn Chin and husband, Francesco Oliva, with baby Gaia Realina shortly after she was born on the side of Highway 97 on Aug. 2. Baby and family are healthy and happy. (Photo from Facebook)

Baby born on side of Highway 97

Gaia Realina couldn’t wait to join her family, arriving Aug. 2 as parents were en route to midwife

Carolynn Chin and husband, Francesco Oliva, with baby Gaia Realina shortly after she was born on the side of Highway 97 on Aug. 2. Baby and family are healthy and happy. (Photo from Facebook)
(From left) Guitarist Danick Dupelle, drummer Mike Melancon, singer Brad Mates and keyboard and vocalist Dale Wallace of Emerson Drive. The band takes the stage at Peachfest on Thursday, Aug. 8. (Photo submitted)

Emerson Drive ready for their return to the Okanagan

Award-winning country music band will headline Peach Festival country night

(From left) Guitarist Danick Dupelle, drummer Mike Melancon, singer Brad Mates and keyboard and vocalist Dale Wallace of Emerson Drive. The band takes the stage at Peachfest on Thursday, Aug. 8. (Photo submitted)
Flaminio Ferrari, owner of Gusto Ferrari Cuisine, handles the fresh pasta with care as it is churned out of the restaurant’s pasta maker. Ferrari explained they specially import Italian flour and pride themselves on offering high quality Italian cuisine to Penticton residents. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Foodie Friday: Fresh pasta at Gusto Ferrari Cuisine in the South Okanagan

The Ferrari’s want you to know they serve more than just authentic Italian pizza

Flaminio Ferrari, owner of Gusto Ferrari Cuisine, handles the fresh pasta with care as it is churned out of the restaurant’s pasta maker. Ferrari explained they specially import Italian flour and pride themselves on offering high quality Italian cuisine to Penticton residents. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Athletes line up in Rotary Park to be among the first to sign up for Subaru Ironman Canada’s 2020 Penticton return. The event’s registration sold out within 24 hours of being open to the public. (Robin Grant - Western News)

Less than 24 hours to sell out Subaru Ironman Canada 2020

Volunteers for the 2020 event will be given early registration access to Subaru Ironman Canada 2021

Athletes line up in Rotary Park to be among the first to sign up for Subaru Ironman Canada’s 2020 Penticton return. The event’s registration sold out within 24 hours of being open to the public. (Robin Grant - Western News)
Ellen Reid, Brad Roberts, Dan Roberts and Mitch Dorge, the original members of the Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies. The band is set to perform at the Penticton Peach Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 p.m. (Contributed)

South Okanagan festival attendees to get ‘primo show’ from Crash Test Dummies

Vocalist and musician Ellen Reid talks visiting the Okanagan, the longevity of CTD music

Ellen Reid, Brad Roberts, Dan Roberts and Mitch Dorge, the original members of the Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies. The band is set to perform at the Penticton Peach Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 p.m. (Contributed)
Harry McWatters, CEO of TIME Winery, enjoyed a glass of the winery’s first ever sparkling wine, TIME brut at the winery’s recently celebrated one-year anniversary earlier this month. The family of McWatters announced his sudden death on July 23. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Harry McWatters, CEO of TIME Winery, enjoyed a glass of the winery’s first ever sparkling wine, TIME brut at the winery’s recently celebrated one-year anniversary earlier this month. The family of McWatters announced his sudden death on July 23. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)