Monique Tamminga

Luna and Soleil were adopted November 2021 through the Okanagan Humane Society. (Submitted)

Cat overpopulation growing problem: Okanagan Humane Society

Extremely busy start to 2022 with 130 calls already to volunteers

Luna and Soleil were adopted November 2021 through the Okanagan Humane Society. (Submitted)
From left, Jonathan Finlay, a wildfire technician with B.C. Wildfire Service, and Penticton fire chief Larry Watkinson organized the Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Training Symposium in 2019. (Penticton Western News file photo)

Up to 300 firefighters expected back in Penticton for wildfire training

Penticton Fire Department hosts Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire training April 22-24

From left, Jonathan Finlay, a wildfire technician with B.C. Wildfire Service, and Penticton fire chief Larry Watkinson organized the Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Training Symposium in 2019. (Penticton Western News file photo)
Penticton artist Johann Wessels seen here with dragonfly mural at Liquidity Winery in OK Falls has been chosen to be part of the Penticton Square Mural Project. (Johann Wessels Facebook)

10 local artists chosen for 2022 Square Mural Project in Penticton

Murals unveiled March 25 at Ignite the Arts gala and then will hang at Cannery Brewery

Penticton artist Johann Wessels seen here with dragonfly mural at Liquidity Winery in OK Falls has been chosen to be part of the Penticton Square Mural Project. (Johann Wessels Facebook)
A Caucasian protester was filmed by students hurling explicits and racist comments during at protest at the Oliver high school Feb. 11. (Youtube)

Several racist incidents by protesters prompt Okanagan Nation chiefs to demand investigation

The protests are examples of ‘concerning uprising of extreme groups with bigoted agenda’: Chiefs

A Caucasian protester was filmed by students hurling explicits and racist comments during at protest at the Oliver high school Feb. 11. (Youtube)
An Osoyoos Smitty’s breakfast will see coffee pots on every table. (Contributed)

A fixture of Osoyoos re-opens after major flood damage

Smitty’s family restaurant has been on Osoyoos’s Main Street for 47 years

An Osoyoos Smitty’s breakfast will see coffee pots on every table. (Contributed)
A protester was caught on video making racist remarks and hurling profanity at students at SOSS in Oliver. (YouTube)

Town of Oliver ‘appalled’ at actions of protesters at school

School principal initially didn’t see reason to disperse what she called ‘peaceful’ protest

A protester was caught on video making racist remarks and hurling profanity at students at SOSS in Oliver. (YouTube)
A smash up with 3 vehicles has tied up northbound traffic on hwy 97 near Pyramid Park. (Google Maps)

Three vehicle smash up on Hwy 97 between Penticton and Summerland

Traffic is backed up northbound with one lane currently getting through

A smash up with 3 vehicles has tied up northbound traffic on hwy 97 near Pyramid Park. (Google Maps)
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)
Success! Eagle flies away with today's dinner from Osoyoos Lake. (SSteck Photography)

Photos: Eagles ice fishing caught on camera in Osoyoos

Photographer Sandy Steck witnessed 17 eagles hunting duck through the ice

Success! Eagle flies away with today's dinner from Osoyoos Lake. (SSteck Photography)
Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Chainsaw-wielding Penticton man pleads guilty in court

Robert Teal walked into a Summerland liquor store and gas station with a chainsaw

Summerland RCMP converge on the Trout Creek Go Market on Oct. 21, 2021 after a man with a chainsaw barricaded himself inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Last glimpse of Slack Alice’s and Bubblee’s Beer and Wine Store before they were demolished after a fire ripped through three businesses on Front Street Feb. 5, 2012. Ken Helms of Cawston took this photo of the heritage building prior to its final demolition. (Ken Helms photo)

Slack Alice’s Show Pub burned to the ground in Penticton 10 years ago this week

The blaze consumed a portion of Front Street including four businesses

Last glimpse of Slack Alice’s and Bubblee’s Beer and Wine Store before they were demolished after a fire ripped through three businesses on Front Street Feb. 5, 2012. Ken Helms of Cawston took this photo of the heritage building prior to its final demolition. (Ken Helms photo)
Penticton Fire truck in action. (Contributed)

350 in 2021: Penticton fire crews see significant increase in overdose calls

Police and bylaw also overwhelmed with mental health and addictions issues

Penticton Fire truck in action. (Contributed)
McWatters family of Harry, Darrien and Christa-Lee inside the Time Winery in downtown Penticton. (Contributed)

Penticton’s TIME Wine sisters chosen as Most Inspiring People of 2021

McWatters sisters continue dad’s legacy as true trailblazers in B.C. wine industry

McWatters family of Harry, Darrien and Christa-Lee inside the Time Winery in downtown Penticton. (Contributed)
This buck has been walking in the Windsor street area with a hockey net stuck to his antlers. According to conservation, this isn’t the first trouble he’s been in. (Cheryl Nason Facebook)

Very Canadian sight in Penticton: Deer with hockey net stuck in its antlers

Conservation officers say this teenage buck has been getting in trouble all month

This buck has been walking in the Windsor street area with a hockey net stuck to his antlers. According to conservation, this isn’t the first trouble he’s been in. (Cheryl Nason Facebook)
RCMP vest

Helicopter, RCMP, police dog, Conservation take down Penticton man at crime encampment

Clayton Bone allegedly struck a police vehicle before fleeing on foot

RCMP vest
The front entrance to the Village of Keremeos offices is boarded up after a man damaged property and allegedly attacked staff inside. (Keremeos News)

Village of Keremeos partially opens while recovering from violent attack

Keremeos RCMP call Jan. 24 attack on staff a ‘terrible day’

The front entrance to the Village of Keremeos offices is boarded up after a man damaged property and allegedly attacked staff inside. (Keremeos News)
Kevin, Penticton’s broken wing Canada goose, did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, predicting six weeks of spring-like weather. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Kevin, Penticton’s broken-wing goose predicts early spring

Kevin did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day

Kevin, Penticton’s broken wing Canada goose, did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, predicting six weeks of spring-like weather. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Kevin being rewarded after predicting an early spring on Groundhog Day. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Kevin, Penticton’s broken-wing goose predicts early spring

Kevin did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day

Kevin being rewarded after predicting an early spring on Groundhog Day. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton dealing with mental health crisis on its streets and Penticton RCMP are in the frontlines. (file photo)

“Officers are getting exhausted”: Penticton RCMP dealing with medical crisis on the streets

Penticton police deal with twice the calls for mental health than Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon

Penticton dealing with mental health crisis on its streets and Penticton RCMP are in the frontlines. (file photo)
Penticton dealing with mental health crisis on its streets and Penticton RCMP are in the frontlines. (file photo)

“Officers are getting exhausted”: Penticton RCMP dealing with medical crisis on the streets

Penticton police deal with twice the calls for mental health than Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon

Penticton dealing with mental health crisis on its streets and Penticton RCMP are in the frontlines. (file photo)