Mark Brett

Penticton man honours first responders who died in 9/11 attacks

Penticton man honours first responders who died in 9/11 attacks

Bob Rietveld keeps alive the memories of those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Penticton man honours first responders who died in 9/11 attacks
‘Garbage-fed bears are dead bears’ - Penticton conservation officer

‘Garbage-fed bears are dead bears’ – Penticton conservation officer

Conservation is getting tough with those who refuse to manage bear attractants

‘Garbage-fed bears are dead bears’ - Penticton conservation officer
Okanagan corrections officers rally to protest working conditions

Okanagan corrections officers rally to protest working conditions

Prisoner-to-guard ratio is one of highest in Canada

Okanagan corrections officers rally to protest working conditions
The scoop on Okanagan Falls Tickleberry’s summer ice cream numbers

The scoop on Okanagan Falls Tickleberry’s summer ice cream numbers

For two months of each summer Tickleberry’s is hopping to fill ice cream orders

The scoop on Okanagan Falls Tickleberry’s summer ice cream numbers
A plaque at LocoLanding Adventure Park tells the story of its construction by Adolf and Lesley Steffen in memory of their son Mike Steffen. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Penticton adventure park built on memories of love and life

Local busineswoman working to support children’s grief support group

A plaque at LocoLanding Adventure Park tells the story of its construction by Adolf and Lesley Steffen in memory of their son Mike Steffen. (Mark Brett - Western News)
RCMP tape was seen early this morning around a portion of Skaha Beach, near the marina, where an unidentified body was found on the shore. (Mark Brett — Western News)

Update: Body found on shoreline of Penticton beach

Penticton RCMP are investigating an area of Skaha Beach

RCMP tape was seen early this morning around a portion of Skaha Beach, near the marina, where an unidentified body was found on the shore. (Mark Brett — Western News)
Iconic South Okanagan eatery Theo’s changes hands

Iconic South Okanagan eatery Theo’s changes hands

Greg Condonopoulos bought the iconic Penticton restaurant that he once managed

Iconic South Okanagan eatery Theo’s changes hands
Sheri Maurer and her German shepherd Co-cheise who nearly died from what may have been poison the dog ate. Two other dogs in the mobile home park also became sick around the same time and one of them died. (Mark Brett - Western News)

One dog dies, other pups sick after visiting Penticton park

One of three dogs that became sick around the same time at a Penticton mobile home park has died

Sheri Maurer and her German shepherd Co-cheise who nearly died from what may have been poison the dog ate. Two other dogs in the mobile home park also became sick around the same time and one of them died. (Mark Brett - Western News)
South Okanagan city second highest in B.C. for Kidney Walk fundraising

South Okanagan city second highest in B.C. for Kidney Walk fundraising

Penticton was once again one of the top fundraising regions for the Kidney Walk in B.C.

South Okanagan city second highest in B.C. for Kidney Walk fundraising
Rain in the forecast for much of the Southern Interior

Rain in the forecast for much of the Southern Interior

Rain for much of the day in most areas clearing in the evening

Rain in the forecast for much of the Southern Interior
The Ice Queen of the blues coming to the South Okanagan

The Ice Queen of the blues coming to the South Okanagan

Award winning blues artist Sue Foley coming to the Dream Café

The Ice Queen of the blues coming to the South Okanagan
Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan and dance competitor Lennard Supernault chat during the grand entry of the Between the Lakes Pow Wow Saturday. (Mark Brett - Western News)

South Okanagan powwow strikes a chord on the human level for federal minister

Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan was the special guest at powwow

Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan and dance competitor Lennard Supernault chat during the grand entry of the Between the Lakes Pow Wow Saturday. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Hawk chick that was cared for in the Okanagan euthanized

Hawk chick that was cared for in the Okanagan euthanized

Public warned against keeping wildlife after hawk chick had to be euthanized

Hawk chick that was cared for in the Okanagan euthanized
Bree-Anne Buhler was sentenced to 845 days in jail for separate crimes. (Western News file photo)

Overruled plea agreement means 426 days in jail for Okanagan woman

The woman’s crimes took place between the Vernon and Penticton area

Bree-Anne Buhler was sentenced to 845 days in jail for separate crimes. (Western News file photo)
SORCO Raptor Recovery Centre manager Dale Belvedere with Houdini the great horned owl and the sign she made up thanking B.C. Wildfire Service Crews. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Wildfire crews credited with saving Okanagan raptor rehab centre

The manager of SORCO is thanking the B.C. Wildfire Service crews for helping save the facility

SORCO Raptor Recovery Centre manager Dale Belvedere with Houdini the great horned owl and the sign she made up thanking B.C. Wildfire Service Crews. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Norm Swerdfeger does some engine work on the car he’ll be driving at this weekend’s Gordy Mannes Memorial, Penticton Speedway’s main event of the season. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Drivers revving up for South Okanagan speedway ‘marquee’ event

The Gordy Mannes Memorial event is the premiere racing event and more at the Penticton Speedway

Norm Swerdfeger does some engine work on the car he’ll be driving at this weekend’s Gordy Mannes Memorial, Penticton Speedway’s main event of the season. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Colin Palmer and his sister Jill Harrison enjoy a day on the water together in this family photo. Palmer went missing last month while kayaking on Okanagan Lake and was later found deceased. (Submitted)

South Okanagan kayaker remembered as caring and free spirited

Colin Palmer died doing something he loved and is remembered by family as caring and free spirited

Colin Palmer and his sister Jill Harrison enjoy a day on the water together in this family photo. Palmer went missing last month while kayaking on Okanagan Lake and was later found deceased. (Submitted)
‘Irresponsible’ people keeping raptors as pets in Okanagan and Shuswap

‘Irresponsible’ people keeping raptors as pets in Okanagan and Shuswap

Three cases of people keeping birds of prey as pets documented

‘Irresponsible’ people keeping raptors as pets in Okanagan and Shuswap
Man allegedly sets fire to South Okanagan RCMP detachment with officers inside

Man allegedly sets fire to South Okanagan RCMP detachment with officers inside

An Osoyoos man is charged with arson following a fire at the Osoyoos RCMP detachment July 25.

Man allegedly sets fire to South Okanagan RCMP detachment with officers inside
Flames from the Richter Mountain wildfire moved down hill and closed Highway 3 between Osoyoos and Keremeos early Friday morning. (Twitter)

Highway 3 near Keremeos briefly closes due to wildfire

Highway 3 between Keremeos and Osoyoos was closed early Friday morning due to fire.

Flames from the Richter Mountain wildfire moved down hill and closed Highway 3 between Osoyoos and Keremeos early Friday morning. (Twitter)