Monique Tamminga

First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

No surprises in Penticton community safety report, says police chief

Dr. Curt Griffiths will present the report’s findings at an online forum tonight (Thursday)

First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A new independent report said Penticton RCMP are having to spend too much time on mental health calls and the city should hire mental health experts to free up police to do work on crimes. The report suggests that Penticton’s approach to community safety needs an overhaul. (Western News file photo)

Perception of crime and disorder in Penticton is the reality, says criminologist report

Penticton’s approach to community safety needs overhaul, says ‘Focus on Safety’ report

A new independent report said Penticton RCMP are having to spend too much time on mental health calls and the city should hire mental health experts to free up police to do work on crimes. The report suggests that Penticton’s approach to community safety needs an overhaul. (Western News file photo)
Officials across Penticton from the mayor to the RCMP denounce hateful, racist graffiti that was spray painted on PIB signs recently. (File image)

Officials denounce racist graffiti on Penticton Indian Band signs

Hate crime has generated renewed anger and hurt in PIB community, says chief

Officials across Penticton from the mayor to the RCMP denounce hateful, racist graffiti that was spray painted on PIB signs recently. (File image)
Famous Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell will open the 2023 Peach Fest, organizers just announced. (Handout)
Famous Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell will open the 2023 Peach Fest, organizers just announced. (Handout)
Wade Cudmore seen here with his mom Kathy Richardson, will stand trial in Kelowna for the murders of the Fryer brothers found dead in Naramata in May 2021. Cudmore’s mom was found murdered in her home in June 2021. There have been no arrests in her case. (Facebook)

Penticton double murder trial by jury could take half a year

Wade Cudmore’s jury trial will be moved to Kelowna Supreme Court

Wade Cudmore seen here with his mom Kathy Richardson, will stand trial in Kelowna for the murders of the Fryer brothers found dead in Naramata in May 2021. Cudmore’s mom was found murdered in her home in June 2021. There have been no arrests in her case. (Facebook)
A power outage has closed Baldy Mountain Resort on Monday. (Baldy Mountain Facebook)

Power outage causes Baldy Mountain to close

Chairlifts can’t spin without power and guest service has no power as well

A power outage has closed Baldy Mountain Resort on Monday. (Baldy Mountain Facebook)
Summerland resident Debi Johnson calms a busy Penticton Regional Hospital with the soothing sounds of her harp on Wednesday, Jan. 4. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

VIDEO: Soothing sounds of harp calm busy Penticton hospital

Debi Johnson said the sounds of her harp has a calming effect on both patients and staff

Summerland resident Debi Johnson calms a busy Penticton Regional Hospital with the soothing sounds of her harp on Wednesday, Jan. 4. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton Animal Control with help from the owner picked up the runaway dog that escaped during a police traffic stop on Jan. 2. (File photo)

Owner helps Penticton Animal Control pick up dog on the loose

RCMP put out a warning about the runaway dog after it bit a bystander on Jan. 2

Penticton Animal Control with help from the owner picked up the runaway dog that escaped during a police traffic stop on Jan. 2. (File photo)
This is the map of the protected zone set up by CFIA after avian flu was found in Summerland. (CFIA)

Avian influenza detected in Summerland

Canadian Food Inspection Agency has established a “primary control zone”

This is the map of the protected zone set up by CFIA after avian flu was found in Summerland. (CFIA)
RCMP identify the man stabbed and killed in downtown Penticton as Tejindar ‘Ted’ Singh Randhawa. (Linkedln)

Penticton stabbing victim’s name released

61-year-old Penticton resident Tejindar ‘Ted’ Randhawa was killed Dec. 17

RCMP identify the man stabbed and killed in downtown Penticton as Tejindar ‘Ted’ Singh Randhawa. (Linkedln)
Water pours into the children’s library at the Penticton Library on Christmas Eve, when a pipe burst. With quick help from restoration, library and city maintenance staff, the library is back open Jan. 3. (Penticton Library Facebook)

Penticton Library re-opens after burst pipe floods children’s section

The flood closed the library early on Christmas Eve

Water pours into the children’s library at the Penticton Library on Christmas Eve, when a pipe burst. With quick help from restoration, library and city maintenance staff, the library is back open Jan. 3. (Penticton Library Facebook)
Kiteboarders catching some waves on a chilly Skaha Lake Jan. 2. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

VIDEO: Kiteboarders get past the ice to catch some waves on Skaha Lake

Even in freezing conditions, these kiteboarders were catching major air

Kiteboarders catching some waves on a chilly Skaha Lake Jan. 2. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Over $1,000 raised at the 1st annual Naramata polar bear dip Jan. 1. (Chris Heisler photo)

1st Naramata Polar Bear Fire Plunge to become annual tradition

Hundreds show up and over $1,000 raised for Naramata Volunteer Fire Dept.

Over $1,000 raised at the 1st annual Naramata polar bear dip Jan. 1. (Chris Heisler photo)
Penticton Fire Department is disposing of Christmas trees by donation to support charitable organizations. (Western News file)

Where to bring your live Christmas tree for chipping in Penticton

Penticton Fire and Kaleden Volunteer Fire both offering tree chipping

Penticton Fire Department is disposing of Christmas trees by donation to support charitable organizations. (Western News file)
Welcome baby Eleanor Guderyan! Okanagan’s first baby of 2023 born at Pentiction Regional Hospital at 1:40 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 to proud parents Lisa and Steve Guderyan. (Submitted)

Welcome baby Eleanor! Okanagan’s first baby of 2023 born at Penticton hospital

Central Okanagan school trustee Lisa Guderyan says her New Year’s baby is doing great

Welcome baby Eleanor Guderyan! Okanagan’s first baby of 2023 born at Pentiction Regional Hospital at 1:40 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 to proud parents Lisa and Steve Guderyan. (Submitted)
Jake Evans and son Damien after taking a winter's dip in Skaha Lake. (Submitted)

Penticton father and son break through ice to have their weekly swim

Jake Evans and son Damien have been cold water swimming for 2 years now

Jake Evans and son Damien after taking a winter's dip in Skaha Lake. (Submitted)
With a windchill of -17 C, over 50 people braved frigid waters in Summerland to plunge into the New Year of 2022. (Monique Tamminga/Western News)

Plunge into the New Year at two South Okanagan beaches

Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip is now into its 37th year

With a windchill of -17 C, over 50 people braved frigid waters in Summerland to plunge into the New Year of 2022. (Monique Tamminga/Western News)
Ice on the ground? Walk like a penguin, with your feet flat and pointed out slightly. (Cornelius Venture Unsplash)

Ice on the ground? Walk like a penguin, suggests city of Penticton

Freezing rain and Monday night’s snowfall has led to slippery conditions

Ice on the ground? Walk like a penguin, with your feet flat and pointed out slightly. (Cornelius Venture Unsplash)
A former Penticton man says that looking at child porn is a victimless crime that doesn’t hurt anyone. Trenton Adams was sentenced to 16 months jail. (File photo)

Former Penticton man sentenced to jail for child porn

Trenton Adams will serve just over a year for what he calls a ‘victimless crime’

A former Penticton man says that looking at child porn is a victimless crime that doesn’t hurt anyone. Trenton Adams was sentenced to 16 months jail. (File photo)
Penticton fire investigators take out boxes of evidence on Sunday from the fatal fire on Lakeshore Drive. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Elderly man dies in Penticton apartment fire

No criminality suspected in fire that erupted in a Lakeshore Drive apartment Saturday night

Penticton fire investigators take out boxes of evidence on Sunday from the fatal fire on Lakeshore Drive. (Monique Tamminga Western News)