Monique Tamminga

RCMP officer's vest. (file photo)

The battle over school liaison officers continues in Penticton

Concerns raised by marginalized American students is the reason for the B.C. commissioner’s response

RCMP officer's vest. (file photo)
Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is welcoming back their annual Cookie Walk fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 4 starting at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Casey Chase Unsplash)

Get Christmas cookies all for a great cause in Penticton

ALERT hosting Cookie Walk fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Penticton Lakeside

Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is welcoming back their annual Cookie Walk fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 4 starting at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Casey Chase Unsplash)
Two liquor stores hit by armed and masked robber this week. (file photo)

Penticton and OK Falls liquor stores robbed at gunpoint

A man brandishing a handgun and wearing a ski mask robbed Gables and OK Falls Market

Two liquor stores hit by armed and masked robber this week. (file photo)
This is the charred remains of the 110-year-old Warren House on Lakeshore Drive. An explosion caused the home to collapse on March 7. The debris has remained untouched ever since. (File photo)

City of Penticton pays to clean up fire debris at heritage home explosion site

At a cost of $45,500, work at the former Warren House will begin Dec. 5

This is the charred remains of the 110-year-old Warren House on Lakeshore Drive. An explosion caused the home to collapse on March 7. The debris has remained untouched ever since. (File photo)
Tom Dennehy, seen in this photo with his two dogs, drowned in Osoyoos Lake after trying to rescue one of his dogs July 25. His family has made a donation to Osoyoos Search and Rescue in his name. (Contributed)

Family of Okanagan man who drowned saving dog donates to search and rescue

The family of Tom Dennehy made the donation which will go to the K9 team and first aid training

Tom Dennehy, seen in this photo with his two dogs, drowned in Osoyoos Lake after trying to rescue one of his dogs July 25. His family has made a donation to Osoyoos Search and Rescue in his name. (Contributed)
Bighorn sheep use the sidewalk on a residential street on Carmi Avenue and Cleland St on Monday. The large herd didn’t visit long. (Brian Hesla)

Large herd of bighorn sheep take a stroll in Penticton neighbourhood

The rare sighting was caught on camera before they fled back up the hills

Bighorn sheep use the sidewalk on a residential street on Carmi Avenue and Cleland St on Monday. The large herd didn’t visit long. (Brian Hesla)
Vader was found wandering around Oliver after his owner died in October. He’s still looking for his forever home, says SPCA. (SPCA photo)

Vader the dog found wandering Oliver is still looking for furever home

Vader’s owner was one of two found dead at a local campground in October

Vader was found wandering around Oliver after his owner died in October. He’s still looking for his forever home, says SPCA. (SPCA photo)
Surge in respiratory illnesses hits SD67 schools. (File photo)

Okanagan Skaha schools sees surge of absences for both students and staff

Seasonal respiratory illnesses have hit classrooms hard this month, says superintendent

Surge in respiratory illnesses hits SD67 schools. (File photo)
Kandace with her kids, age 7 and 11. Kandace works full time at the Penticton hospital and still can’t make ends meet. She worries how she’ll keep a roof over their heads in 2023. (Submitted)

Penticton mom, kids facing homelessness after employment disqualifies her from subsidies

With the rise in costs, rent expected to go up, Kandace Sztepanacz can’t make ends meet

Kandace with her kids, age 7 and 11. Kandace works full time at the Penticton hospital and still can’t make ends meet. She worries how she’ll keep a roof over their heads in 2023. (Submitted)
Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)

Widow of Penticton man reacts to $2K fine levied against driver who killed her husband

Steve Dahnert’s family got a life sentence and the driver has a year to pay her fine, said wife

Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)
Steve Dahnert, 60, was riding his motorbike along Highway 33 in 2020 when an SUV travelling in the opposite direction crossed the double-solid lines and collided with him. (Contributed)

Teen driver fined $2,000 for crash that killed well-loved Okanagan College instructor

Carlie Dudych was 19 when her car crossed the centre into the path of Steve Dahnert’s motorcycle

Steve Dahnert, 60, was riding his motorbike along Highway 33 in 2020 when an SUV travelling in the opposite direction crossed the double-solid lines and collided with him. (Contributed)
The Okanagan Correction Centre in Oliver is the biggest prison in B.C. (File photo)

Okanagan prison motion goes ahead as well as invite of warden to Penticton council meeting

Finding out where prisoners go part of fact finding of why Penticton has highest crime rate: Konanz

The Okanagan Correction Centre in Oliver is the biggest prison in B.C. (File photo)
Penticton RCMP are hoping someone can ID this man accused of assaulting a loss prevention officer with a pair of scissors on Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. (Contributed)

Penticton RCMP look to ID alleged shoplifter accused of trying to stab security with scissors

Man in red toque stopped by loss prevention officer for alleged shoplifting

Penticton RCMP are hoping someone can ID this man accused of assaulting a loss prevention officer with a pair of scissors on Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. (Contributed)
Summerland Legion branch president Marg Lynum was overwhelmed with emotion on Sunday after Summerland residents come out in droves to support them after devastating Remembrance Day break in. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Summerland comes out in a big way to support Legion after devastating break in

Soup fundraiser sells out in 1 hour at the full house of support on Sunday

Summerland Legion branch president Marg Lynum was overwhelmed with emotion on Sunday after Summerland residents come out in droves to support them after devastating Remembrance Day break in. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Summerland Legion past president John Dorn stands solemn at the cenotaph after laying a wreath on behalf of the Legion on Remembrance Day. That evening thieves broke into the Legion stealing all the poppy and Remembrance Day donations. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Thieves break into Summerland Legion and steal Remembrance Day donations

Thieves broke into the Legion, stole poppy donations, caused extensive damage on Nov. 11

Summerland Legion past president John Dorn stands solemn at the cenotaph after laying a wreath on behalf of the Legion on Remembrance Day. That evening thieves broke into the Legion stealing all the poppy and Remembrance Day donations. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A townhouse on South Main has gone up in flames Thursday morning. (Sheri Bublitz Facebook)

UPDATED: Townhouse under construction goes up in flames in Penticton

People report hearing a big boom before the flames at South Main and Pineview

A townhouse on South Main has gone up in flames Thursday morning. (Sheri Bublitz Facebook)
Penticton Search and Rescue responded with a dozen volunteers including two ground units and later their air operations team to assist in the rescue of a road grader who spent the night trapped near Chute Lake. (PENSAR)

Road worker airlifted to Penticton hospital after spending night down 80 foot embankment

Penticton Search and Rescue had to airlift the victim suffering from severe exposure

Penticton Search and Rescue responded with a dozen volunteers including two ground units and later their air operations team to assist in the rescue of a road grader who spent the night trapped near Chute Lake. (PENSAR)
Penticton Search and Rescue responded with a dozen volunteers including two ground units and later their air operations team to assist in the rescue of a road grader who spent the night trapped near Chute Lake. (PENSAR)

Road worker airlifted to Penticton hospital after spending night down 80 foot embankment

Penticton Search and Rescue had to airlift the victim suffering from severe exposure

Penticton Search and Rescue responded with a dozen volunteers including two ground units and later their air operations team to assist in the rescue of a road grader who spent the night trapped near Chute Lake. (PENSAR)
The water fountain in Osoyoos on Nov. 9, 2022 is a telling sight of the freezing temperatures we have have been experiencing in South Okanagan for the start of November. (Anna and Doug Lewis photo)

Remembrance Day is going to be coldest in Penticton

A daytime high of -7 C with a chance of snow marks two weeks of freezing temperatures

The water fountain in Osoyoos on Nov. 9, 2022 is a telling sight of the freezing temperatures we have have been experiencing in South Okanagan for the start of November. (Anna and Doug Lewis photo)
Elk with birds on their backs spotted on Campbell Mountain in Penticton on Nov. 8, 2022. (Steve Zed photograph)

Photos: Herd of 70 elk caught on camera on Penticton’s Campbell Mountain

A lot of elk have been spotted in the area but few have got photos until now

Elk with birds on their backs spotted on Campbell Mountain in Penticton on Nov. 8, 2022. (Steve Zed photograph)