Logan Lockhart

Penticton experienced colder than usual weather to start the week (Feb. 21 to 23) after setting heat records in early February. (File Photo)

Don’t put your winter gear away just yet, says Okanagan meteorologist

Temperatures reached -12 C in the Peach City to start the week

Penticton experienced colder than usual weather to start the week (Feb. 21 to 23) after setting heat records in early February. (File Photo)
The Oliver Fire Department responded to smoke coming from a local pot business on Highway 97 Tuesday morning (Feb. 22) (Photo courtesy of Oliver Fire Department’s Facebook)

Fire at Oliver pot shop deemed suspicious

RCMP are also investigating the blaze that started around 4:40 a.m.

The Oliver Fire Department responded to smoke coming from a local pot business on Highway 97 Tuesday morning (Feb. 22) (Photo courtesy of Oliver Fire Department’s Facebook)
The Boys and Girls Club of the Okanagan has received a $10k donation from an anonymous donor, just in time for the Pink Shirt Day Breakfast Campaign. The organization's CEO, Jeremy Welder (pictured) is 'thankful' for all the generations donations in the lead up to the annual campaign. (Photo courtesy of the Kristi Patton, BGC Okanagan)

BGC Okanagan receives $10k donation in time for Pink Shirt Day

The original fundraising goal of $20k has now been surpassed thanks to anonymous donor

The Boys and Girls Club of the Okanagan has received a $10k donation from an anonymous donor, just in time for the Pink Shirt Day Breakfast Campaign. The organization's CEO, Jeremy Welder (pictured) is 'thankful' for all the generations donations in the lead up to the annual campaign. (Photo courtesy of the Kristi Patton, BGC Okanagan)
Kelowna RCMP arrested a woman Saturday (Feb. 19) for using bear spray while trying to rob a local Home Depot. (Contributed)

Kelowna woman uses bear spray during Home Depot robbery attempt

The suspect has since been arrested

Kelowna RCMP arrested a woman Saturday (Feb. 19) for using bear spray while trying to rob a local Home Depot. (Contributed)
Kelowna will be joined by a number of other Okanagan cities in a cooler shift of weather next week. (File)

Winter in the Okanagan is not over: Environment Canada

Cities in the region are projected to see temperatures below zero next week

Kelowna will be joined by a number of other Okanagan cities in a cooler shift of weather next week. (File)
The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) is in need of a safe and secure location for its 19-foot research boat. Boat captain Iain Fraser is fully trained at collecting water samples at four distinct spots on the Canadian side of Osoyoos lake for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. (Photo: Neil Bousquet)

Osoyoos-based organization ‘scrambling’ to find location for research boat

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society needs to find a safe and secure moorage from May to October

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) is in need of a safe and secure location for its 19-foot research boat. Boat captain Iain Fraser is fully trained at collecting water samples at four distinct spots on the Canadian side of Osoyoos lake for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. (Photo: Neil Bousquet)
AIM Roads is asking drivers to be cautious of falling rocks on Highway 3 and 3A on Wednesday morning (Feb. 16). (Trevor Seibel photo)

Caution of falling rocks issued on Highway 3 and 3A near Keremeos and Princeton

AIM Roads issued the warning just before 8 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 16)

AIM Roads is asking drivers to be cautious of falling rocks on Highway 3 and 3A on Wednesday morning (Feb. 16). (Trevor Seibel photo)
RCMP Emergency Response Team and their tactical truck are on scene at a house on Eckhardt and Winnipeg Saturday morning. (Jeffrey Alderton Kilpatrick Facebook)

UPDATE: Man arrested during major police incident in downtown Penticton

Emergency response team and numerous police surround home at Winnipeg and Eckhardt

RCMP Emergency Response Team and their tactical truck are on scene at a house on Eckhardt and Winnipeg Saturday morning. (Jeffrey Alderton Kilpatrick Facebook)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki spoke to dozens of community members on Friday afternoon, praising the individuals that made the rink’s opening a reality. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

PHOTOS: ‘A big day for Penticton’ as city’s outdoor rink officially opens to public

‘I couldn’t be happier’: Penticton mayor John Vassilaki

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki spoke to dozens of community members on Friday afternoon, praising the individuals that made the rink’s opening a reality. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
A joint operation in the South Okanagan coordinated by the RCMP saw $9k seized from traffic violations and 55 issued tickets from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. (Photo courtesy of the RCMP)

$9k seized at traffic stop during joint operation in the South Okanagan

Two RCMP units teamed up last week in an area that covered Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos and Penticton

A joint operation in the South Okanagan coordinated by the RCMP saw $9k seized from traffic violations and 55 issued tickets from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. (Photo courtesy of the RCMP)
Statistics Canada released new information from the 2021 Census on Wednesday (Feb. 9), reporting that Penticton’s population grew by 9.3 per cent over the last five years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS, Justin Tang)

Penticton’s population grows by 9%, approaches 37,000 people: Statistics Canada

Penticton’s growth is higher than the provincial and national average

Statistics Canada released new information from the 2021 Census on Wednesday (Feb. 9), reporting that Penticton’s population grew by 9.3 per cent over the last five years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS, Justin Tang)
Penticton, Summerland, Vernon and Salmon Arm recorded their warmest temperatures for the day of Feb. 7 in 2022. (Phil McLachlan - Western News) (Phil McLachlan - Western News File)

‘We’ve kicked the worst of winter’: Heat records set across the Okanagan on Monday

Environment Canada says Summerland, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm broke their own records

Penticton, Summerland, Vernon and Salmon Arm recorded their warmest temperatures for the day of Feb. 7 in 2022. (Phil McLachlan - Western News) (Phil McLachlan - Western News File)
Peach City Radio, CFUZ 92.9 FM celebrated its three-year on-air anniversary on Saturday (Feb. 5). Claire Thompson (pictured on-air) hosted one of the station's morning programs and accepted financial donations from community members on behalf of the platform during the show. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘A reflection of the community’: Penticton’s Peach City Radio celebrates anniversary

‘If you are part of this community, then there’s a place for you here’: Jackie Del Rizzo

Peach City Radio, CFUZ 92.9 FM celebrated its three-year on-air anniversary on Saturday (Feb. 5). Claire Thompson (pictured on-air) hosted one of the station's morning programs and accepted financial donations from community members on behalf of the platform during the show. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
A South Okanagan horse was rescued on Tuesday morning (Feb. 1) after looking ‘almost lifeless’ (Contributed).

Trapped horse rescued by Okanagan fire department after ‘near-death experience’

‘A great feeling for the crew to save a life that was so close to death’: Fire Chief

A South Okanagan horse was rescued on Tuesday morning (Feb. 1) after looking ‘almost lifeless’ (Contributed).
BC School Sports tournaments can now resume after a Feb. 3 decision from the Ministry of Education. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

‘It’s official’: BC School Sports gets green light to resume tournaments

The Ministry of Education initially prevented such events from happening, amid the pandemic

BC School Sports tournaments can now resume after a Feb. 3 decision from the Ministry of Education. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
One of Canada’s most successful athletes ever, Brian McKeever (right), is set to compete in his sixth Paralympic Winter Games. The nation’s Para-Nordic team is preparing for Beijing 2022 at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre near Penticton. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘Immensely proud’: Canada’s Para Nordic team training for Beijing 2022 near Penticton

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has the same altitude (1,800 metres) as the Paralympic hills in China

One of Canada’s most successful athletes ever, Brian McKeever (right), is set to compete in his sixth Paralympic Winter Games. The nation’s Para-Nordic team is preparing for Beijing 2022 at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre near Penticton. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
BC School Sports has been in talks with the Ministry of Education to reverse a decision that prevents school sports tournaments from happening, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

BC School Sports ‘hopeful’ Ministry of Education will reverse tournaments restriction

Recent decision allows club sport but prevents school tournaments from taking place

BC School Sports has been in talks with the Ministry of Education to reverse a decision that prevents school sports tournaments from happening, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has extended its deepest condolences to their Indigenous neighbours after the discovery of 93 unmarked graves at the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake First Nation. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

RDOS extends condolences to Indigenous neighbours after residential school probe findings

‘Another painful reminder of the trauma caused by the residential school system’: RDOS chair

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has extended its deepest condolences to their Indigenous neighbours after the discovery of 93 unmarked graves at the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake First Nation. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Harlem Globetrotters’ Spread Game Tour made a stop at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre on Tuesday night (Jan. 25). (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

VIDEO: Harlem Globetrotters put on world-class show for Penticton crowd

The world-famous Globetrotters hadn’t been to the Okanagan since the winter of 2020

The Harlem Globetrotters’ Spread Game Tour made a stop at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre on Tuesday night (Jan. 25). (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame curator Pay Loyer has collected dozens of famous memobillia since taking the job two and a half months ago. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame going the extra mile to honour province’s history

Hall of Fame curator Pat Loyer is a man on a mission

B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame curator Pay Loyer has collected dozens of famous memobillia since taking the job two and a half months ago. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)