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Gusty winds made tent setups difficult for approximately 100 people who attended a rally in support of the homeless Friday afternoon in a downtown Penticton park, although the organizer was quick to note some of the city’s most vulnerable will soon be at the mercy of the weather 24 hours a day.

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A one-punch assault two years ago on a Penticton beach that left the brain-damaged victim unable to work resulted Friday in a five-year prison term for the attacker.

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Federal officials sat down for a second virtual meeting this week with local politicians responsible for some of the areas proposed for inclusion in a new South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve.

The third season of “Rust Valley Restorers” features yet another connection to the South Okanagan as an Oliver born-and-raised fabricator is hitting TV screens for the first time.

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If there’s anyone who deserves a free massage right about now, it’s the care aide who’s working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to take care of others.

The fire dispatch centre for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen received the following calls:

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In the face of non-stop public safety complaints and an overstretched RCMP detachment, Penticton council has asked staff to develop a fully costed plan to beef up the city’s bylaw services department to help fill the gaps.

The second phase of construction at The Ridge, which will double the size of the residential development, has been cleared to proceed by local politicians.

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Interior Health has awarded a contract for 10 substance use treatment beds for youth to The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna.

Sixteen new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest one-day total since late October — were reported between Monday and Tuesday in the Interior Health region.

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B.C.’s housing minister says there are 1,000 tents and sleeping bags stored in a BC government warehouse and some of them could be headed to a homeless camp in Penticton thanks to city council’s decision Tuesday to close a downtown emergency shelter as planned at the end of March.

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Just like many of the people it serves, a winter shelter in downtown Penticton has been told to move along.

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In what will be a first for the modern B.C. public education system, a Penticton school is planning this spring to begin offering a kindergarten-style program to four-year-olds as part of a broader shift in philosophy surrounding early learning.

The fire dispatch centre for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen received the following calls:

Extended hours are now in effect at local landfills in anticipation of the busy summer months, but Penticton residents are still being advised to consider taking some waste out of town to save time.

Krista Maclean and Justin Gabriel were the grand-prize winners of The Herald’s “Nominate Your Valentines” contest. The couple, pictured with their dog Arlo, won a prize package which included a couples photo shoot by Xposed Moments and Beauty & The Blade, a three-month gym membership for…

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Health-care workers have reacted with compassion and sensitivity when treating Indigenous people with COVID-19 and drug overdoses, a Westbank First Nation councillor says.

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Thanks to assistance from a COVID-19 restart grant, Summerland council has locked in a 2021 budget containing a modest 1.65% tax increase while also socking away money for a rainy day

Residents in the most heavily taxes area of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen are invited to a virtual town hall meeting later this week to learn more about the 2021 budget.

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Dog tags for canine companions in the regional district will soon be renewable online, but still need to be renewed annually, after the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) updated its dog control bylaw Thursday prompting discussion on the possibility for a one-time dog license f…

The Osoyoos Desert Centre is getting a new boardwalk and the Nk'Mip Cultural Centre is getting new programming and funds to construct a pit house thanks to economic recovery funding for tourism.

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Okanoggin Barbers Mens Grooming Room and Fine Retail raised $20,750 for a childhood cancer patient from Penticton at a mega-fundraiser, Saturday.

The following were the five most-read stories on The Herald’s website for the week ending Feb. 27, 2021.

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A 70-year-old employee of Mount Baldy Ski Resort, near Oliver, is dead after what appears to be a work-place injury Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.