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Penticton’s sun goddess statue has been vandalized with red paint. (Anne Ramey / Facebook)

South Okanagan statue targeted by vandals for second time

The sun goddess statue near the Penticton hospital has attracted more unwanted attention

Penticton’s sun goddess statue has been vandalized with red paint. (Anne Ramey / Facebook)
Allan Gee (left) of Ez Rock Radio and former 97.1 FM morning host Kyle Stewart (right) at a past Coats for Kids campaign. (Contributed)

Popular South Okanagan morning voice taken off the air

Kyle Stewart was let go from his position as 97.1 FM morning show host Feb. 4

Allan Gee (left) of Ez Rock Radio and former 97.1 FM morning host Kyle Stewart (right) at a past Coats for Kids campaign. (Contributed)
Idris Hudson, who has lived experience with homelessness, is speaking out against the conditions he’s seen at Penticton’s homeless shelters. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Activist speaks out against conditions at South Okanagan homeless shelters

Idris Hudson, 44, is appalled with how some of the city’s shelters have treated vulnerable people

Idris Hudson, who has lived experience with homelessness, is speaking out against the conditions he’s seen at Penticton’s homeless shelters. (Jesse Day - Western News)
(BC CDC)

Weekly South Okanagan COVID-19 case count remains low

There were only five total cases identified in the area from Feb. 7 to 13

(BC CDC)
Bob Richards, 77, took out a loan in 2010 to help a struggling family find a place to live but is now having trouble paying it off. (Contributed)

Community quick to help South Okanagan man struggling with debt

Bob Richards has recently been collecting cans to help pay his $93,000 debt

Bob Richards, 77, took out a loan in 2010 to help a struggling family find a place to live but is now having trouble paying it off. (Contributed)
Chandler Gagnon and Brianne Vongrad were engaged outside the South Okanagan Events Centre Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2021. (Click Start my Heart Photography)

Penticton man uses arena billboard to make proposal of a lifetime

It was a Valentine’s Day to remember for one Penticton couple

Chandler Gagnon and Brianne Vongrad were engaged outside the South Okanagan Events Centre Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2021. (Click Start my Heart Photography)
68-year-old Penticton man Ned Captroppa was killed in a hit-and-run at the at intersection of Winnipeg Street and Nanaimo Avenue Monday, Feb. 15, 20201. (Contributed by April Richards)

Granddaughter of Penticton hit-and-run victim pleas for driver to come forward

Ned Captroppa, 68, was killed in a downtown hit-and-run on Family Day, Feb. 15

68-year-old Penticton man Ned Captroppa was killed in a hit-and-run at the at intersection of Winnipeg Street and Nanaimo Avenue Monday, Feb. 15, 20201. (Contributed by April Richards)
This area of Naramata Bench overlooking Lake Okanagan was the proposed sight for a 300 plus home development by Canadian Horizons. (Canadian Horizons photo)

Penticton council shoots down controversial rezoning request for 300 home development

Council voted unanimously against moving to forward with the process

This area of Naramata Bench overlooking Lake Okanagan was the proposed sight for a 300 plus home development by Canadian Horizons. (Canadian Horizons photo)
(BC CDC)

COVID-19 case count continues decline in South Okanagan

There were 12 new cases of the virus recorded Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

(BC CDC)
The Penticton Indian Band has gone eight consecutive days without recording a new case of COVID-19. (Penticton Indian Band photo)

No new cases within South Okanagan Indigenous community for over a week

The PIB previously issued a ‘shelter at home’ order as a COVID-19 outbreak reached ‘crisis’ levels

The Penticton Indian Band has gone eight consecutive days without recording a new case of COVID-19. (Penticton Indian Band photo)
Penticton police officers deal with double the case load compared to every other B.C. jurisdiction. They are getting burned out and frustrated, said Supt. Brian Hunter to city council Feb. 2, 2021. (Western News file photo)

Drugs, guns, cash and resisting arrest: Two weeks in the life of a Penticton cop

Penticton RCMP detail recent rash of crime, dangerous behavior

Penticton police officers deal with double the case load compared to every other B.C. jurisdiction. They are getting burned out and frustrated, said Supt. Brian Hunter to city council Feb. 2, 2021. (Western News file photo)
RCMP. (File photo)

Penticton police officer assaulted during dispute between tenant and landlord

A man and woman both faces charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer

RCMP. (File photo)
Jason Yadlowski has been on kidney dialysis for over a year, but was given a second chance at life last week when he received a transplant. His hospital parner is former Penticton Indian Band Chief Stewart Phillip who also received a new kidney the same week. (Contributed)

Two Pentictonites get kidney transplants three days apart

‘I’m going to live life to the fullest with my kids for my donor’s family too,’ says Jason Yadlowski

Jason Yadlowski has been on kidney dialysis for over a year, but was given a second chance at life last week when he received a transplant. His hospital parner is former Penticton Indian Band Chief Stewart Phillip who also received a new kidney the same week. (Contributed)
Hudson’s Bay Company and Penticton’s Cherry Lane Mall have reached a temporary rental agreement. (File photo)

Hudson’s Bay reaches rent agreement with South Okanagan mall

Cherry Lane Mall previously filed a lawsuit to evict The Bay over unpaid rent

Hudson’s Bay Company and Penticton’s Cherry Lane Mall have reached a temporary rental agreement. (File photo)
One person was airlifted to hospital after explosions were heard and a fire ripped through an Oliver residence Thursday, Feb. 4 2020. (Cristal Cook / Facebook)

One airlifted to hospital after explosions, fire in South Okanagan

A residence and vehicle were both destroyed

One person was airlifted to hospital after explosions were heard and a fire ripped through an Oliver residence Thursday, Feb. 4 2020. (Cristal Cook / Facebook)
COVID-19 cases spiked in Keremeos Jan. 24 to 30, according to data released by the BC Centre for Disease Control. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

COVID-19 cases spike in Keremeos, remain stagnant elsewhere in South Okanagan

Keremeos recorded six new cases Jan. 24 to 30

COVID-19 cases spiked in Keremeos Jan. 24 to 30, according to data released by the BC Centre for Disease Control. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Interior Health issued a new warning about a “black tar-like” substance containing both fentanyl and benzodiazepines Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Interior Health photo)

Dangerous drugs in Penticton prompt new alert from Interior Health

The drug, containing fentanyl and benzodiazepines, poses a high risk of overdose

Interior Health issued a new warning about a “black tar-like” substance containing both fentanyl and benzodiazepines Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Interior Health photo)
Okanagan Nation Alliance that President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip will undergo kidney transplant surgery Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Okanagan Nation Alliance / Facebook)

B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip to undergo kidney transplant surgery

Phillip went public with his search for a donor in the summer

Okanagan Nation Alliance that President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip will undergo kidney transplant surgery Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Okanagan Nation Alliance / Facebook)
Kidney Foundation volunteers Annick Lim and Vivian Short were able to deliver over 200 pairs of socks and twenty toques to kidney dialysis patient sin the Okanagan this year for their annual “Warm the Soul” campaign. (Contributed)

Okanagan kidney dialysis patients receive warm socks from volunteers

The Kidney Foundation’s annual “Warm the Soul” campaign reached more patients than ever this year

Kidney Foundation volunteers Annick Lim and Vivian Short were able to deliver over 200 pairs of socks and twenty toques to kidney dialysis patient sin the Okanagan this year for their annual “Warm the Soul” campaign. (Contributed)
There was a strong racist, anti-immigration sentiment in the South Okanagan in the 1920s, reflected in these headlines from the era. While it may not be as overt today, racism is still prevalent in the community, says South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services executive director Cherry Fernandez. (Photo Courtesy Penticton Museum)

Survey hopes to shine light on racism in the South Okanagan

Racism ‘very much a reality’ in the Okanagan, says immigrant services executive director

There was a strong racist, anti-immigration sentiment in the South Okanagan in the 1920s, reflected in these headlines from the era. While it may not be as overt today, racism is still prevalent in the community, says South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services executive director Cherry Fernandez. (Photo Courtesy Penticton Museum)