Monique Tamminga

This picture of the Thomas Creek fire was taken the day it started on July 11. It is now at 10,000 hectares. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Evacuation alert lifted for more properties near Thomas Creek wildfire

There are 77 properties in electoral area D that are no longer on evacuation alert

This picture of the Thomas Creek fire was taken the day it started on July 11. It is now at 10,000 hectares. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Scales of justice. (File photo)

Keremeos woman charged with arson makes court appearance

In July, firefighters attended several suspicious fires on one property

Scales of justice. (File photo)
Sharon Brown is behind the counter, serving lunch and cones one day after she was beaten and robbed.

One day after attack, Penticton ice cream shop owner is back at work

Penticton RCMP have not made any arrests in the serious crime

Sharon Brown is behind the counter, serving lunch and cones one day after she was beaten and robbed.
Ogo's Ice Cream owner who is in her 70s was the victim of a violent robbery Aug. 4.

Penticton RCMP looking for witnesses to violent robbery at ice cream shop

Many local RCMP resources have been assigned to investigate this serious incident, says police

Ogo's Ice Cream owner who is in her 70s was the victim of a violent robbery Aug. 4.
Thomas Creek fire seen from West Bench Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Evacuation alert lifted for over 600 OK Falls properties near Thomas Creek fire

Thomas Creek fire moves north towards Penticton

Thomas Creek fire seen from West Bench Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Penticton ice cream shop owners are coming together to support the owner of Ogo's Ice Cream who was violently attacked and robbed on Aug. 4 at her downtown shop. (Ogo's Ice cream Facebook)

Penticton ice cream shops come together to support business owner attacked with hammer

All sale proceeds from waffle cones at the Peach, Tickleberry’s and Lickity Splitz go to Ogo’s

Penticton ice cream shop owners are coming together to support the owner of Ogo's Ice Cream who was violently attacked and robbed on Aug. 4 at her downtown shop. (Ogo's Ice cream Facebook)
A van drove into the office of the Sunset Inn motel Wednesday afternoon. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Vehicle crashes into Penticton motel

The van is lodged inside the motel’s office

A van drove into the office of the Sunset Inn motel Wednesday afternoon. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
The sign on the door of Ogo's Ice Cream in downtown Penticton reads closed today and tomorrow. The 70-year-old owner was allegedly beaten and robbed Aug. 4, 2021. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Senior Penticton ice cream shop owner beaten and robbed

The 70-year-old victim was hit with a hammer, said victim’s daughter

The sign on the door of Ogo's Ice Cream in downtown Penticton reads closed today and tomorrow. The 70-year-old owner was allegedly beaten and robbed Aug. 4, 2021. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.

Evacuees returning home after a wildfire should throw out garden food, drain pools

Re-entry kits are available to evacuees returning back home

Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.
The Nk’Mip fire as seen from above shortly after it first started July 19. (BC Wildfire)

Some evacuees on Osoyoos Indian Band land get to return home

Several properties around McKinney Road still remain on evacuation order

The Nk’Mip fire as seen from above shortly after it first started July 19. (BC Wildfire)
A Fortis power pole sparked on a property on Anarchist Mountain starting a grass fire last week. Just one of the many unexpected challenges firefighters are facing. (Facebook)

Osoyoos wildfire evacuees growing weary

Anarchist Mountain residents ordered out of their homes since July 20

A Fortis power pole sparked on a property on Anarchist Mountain starting a grass fire last week. Just one of the many unexpected challenges firefighters are facing. (Facebook)
Rancher Jennifer Brock from the Sidley area donated $4,300 to the Anarchist Mountain FD and some farm fresh beef to the firefighters. (AMFD Facebook)

UPDATE: Nk’Mip fire grows to over 16,000 hectares

Firefighters focusing on Mt. Baldy Resort and the McKinney Nordic Ski Club

Rancher Jennifer Brock from the Sidley area donated $4,300 to the Anarchist Mountain FD and some farm fresh beef to the firefighters. (AMFD Facebook)
Ben from the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department working through the night putting out hot spots on the mountain. (AMFD Facebook)

Only 2 mm of rain fell on South Okanagan wildfires

Expected winds and hot, dry weather will continue to challenge these fires, said BC Wildfire

Ben from the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department working through the night putting out hot spots on the mountain. (AMFD Facebook)
Rancher Jennifer Brock from the Sidley area donated $4,300 to the Anarchist Mountain FD and some farm fresh beef to the firefighters. (AMFD Facebook)

PHOTOS: Nk’Mip fire, north of Osoyoos grows to over 15,000 hectares

Large embers and ash falling from the sky before rain arrived

Rancher Jennifer Brock from the Sidley area donated $4,300 to the Anarchist Mountain FD and some farm fresh beef to the firefighters. (AMFD Facebook)
Stanley Cup champion and local Duncan Keith holds up the Stanley Cup in Penticton in 2013. (File photo)

Stanley Cup comes to Osoyoos to support firefighters

The Cup will be at North Basin Brewing Co. on Monday, Aug. 2

Stanley Cup champion and local Duncan Keith holds up the Stanley Cup in Penticton in 2013. (File photo)
Mayor John Vassilaki cuts the ribbon for the opening of the bike lane at Martin and Lakeshore Drive Sunday morning. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Over 200 cyclists turn out to try Penticton’s new bike lane

Cyclists of all ages tried out the two-way cycle track which opened Sunday morning

Mayor John Vassilaki cuts the ribbon for the opening of the bike lane at Martin and Lakeshore Drive Sunday morning. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
People can be seen trying to pick up glass from wine bottles that are across both lanes of traffic on Highway 97 in Oliver Wednesday afternoon. (Anica Grenzberg Facebook)

Shattered wine bottles close Highway 97 north of Oliver

DriveBC says Highway 97 is closed at Vaseux Lake

People can be seen trying to pick up glass from wine bottles that are across both lanes of traffic on Highway 97 in Oliver Wednesday afternoon. (Anica Grenzberg Facebook)
Mack Motzko, a 20-year-old forward who was scheduled to join the Penticton Vees this September has died in a horrific crash in Minnesota. (NAHL handout)

Penticton Vees incoming recruit dies in horrific crash

Mack Motzko, a 20-year-old forward was scheduled to join the Vees this September

Mack Motzko, a 20-year-old forward who was scheduled to join the Penticton Vees this September has died in a horrific crash in Minnesota. (NAHL handout)
Photo taken July 25 of the Nk'Mip fire from Abour Crescent. (Rob Swan photo)

Just in time: Helicopter douses flames for Oliver firefighters fighting Nk’Mip blaze

Firefighters feel the heat as the Nk’Mip fire continues to challenge Shrike Hill subdivision

Photo taken July 25 of the Nk'Mip fire from Abour Crescent. (Rob Swan photo)
Oliver RCMP Const. Walsh feeds a very hungry pig that was without a food source during recent evacuations from the Nk’Mip fire. (contributed)

Oliver Mountie helps hungry pig left behind during Nk’Mip fire evacuations

The officer brought produce to the pig for two days

Oliver RCMP Const. Walsh feeds a very hungry pig that was without a food source during recent evacuations from the Nk’Mip fire. (contributed)