Jordyn Thomson

Protestors gather at a sit-in on June 4 outside of Penticton’s city hall to express their disapproval of the no sitting or lying on the sidewalk bylaw which was passed into effect by council shortly after the event. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton bans sitting and lying down on some sidewalks

The council voted 5-2 in favour of the bylaw amendments at the meeting on June 4

Protestors gather at a sit-in on June 4 outside of Penticton’s city hall to express their disapproval of the no sitting or lying on the sidewalk bylaw which was passed into effect by council shortly after the event. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Bird bangers may have sparked blaze near B.C. church

Bird bangers may have sparked blaze near B.C. church

Oliver RCMP said they found tampered with bird bangers at the scene of a fire

Bird bangers may have sparked blaze near B.C. church
Chelsea Terry, Penticton resident and organizer of the Nanaimo Square Sit-In, said the Monday Night Dinners that used to take place in the square are very important to her. When she learned they have to move due to a new lease agreement by a business that includes a portion of the sidewalk and that a proposed bylaw amendment that would outlaw sitting or lying on any downtown sidewalk, she decided to organize a protest. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

VIDEO: Protesters in Penticton gather to rally against sleeping-on-sidewalk bylaw

The proposed bylaw would outlaw sitting or lying on the city’s downtown sidewalks

Chelsea Terry, Penticton resident and organizer of the Nanaimo Square Sit-In, said the Monday Night Dinners that used to take place in the square are very important to her. When she learned they have to move due to a new lease agreement by a business that includes a portion of the sidewalk and that a proposed bylaw amendment that would outlaw sitting or lying on any downtown sidewalk, she decided to organize a protest. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
While it may seem to residents that B.C. conservation officers are only concerned with bears, they often have to wear many hats. In addition, they have very similar authority to RCMP or municipal police. (Image from Facebook)

The many hats of a B.C. conservation officer

Not just the “bear police,” conservation officers have similar authority to RCMP

While it may seem to residents that B.C. conservation officers are only concerned with bears, they often have to wear many hats. In addition, they have very similar authority to RCMP or municipal police. (Image from Facebook)
John Brittain, 68, was charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder as a result of the incidents that occurred on April 15. He appeared via closed circuit television at Penticton court on May 8 for his arraignment, which has been adjourned until May 29. (Jordyn Thomson — Western News)

Penticton man charged in quadruple murder makes short but tense court appearance

Family of victims wanted him to “see their faces” at arraignment on May 8, adjourned for three weeks

John Brittain, 68, was charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder as a result of the incidents that occurred on April 15. He appeared via closed circuit television at Penticton court on May 8 for his arraignment, which has been adjourned until May 29. (Jordyn Thomson — Western News)
The Oliver RCMP and Major Crimes Unit are investigating following the discovery of human remains in a burned truck outside of Oliver on May 1. The identity of the victim is still unknown, and the model and type of Ford truck has yet to be determined. (Black Press file photo)

Human remains discovered in burned truck in Oliver, B.C.

Oliver RCMP responded to a remote location east of the town, identity of the victim is still unknown

The Oliver RCMP and Major Crimes Unit are investigating following the discovery of human remains in a burned truck outside of Oliver on May 1. The identity of the victim is still unknown, and the model and type of Ford truck has yet to be determined. (Black Press file photo)
‘Priceless’ grad dress handmade by Okanagan teen’s grandma stolen

‘Priceless’ grad dress handmade by Okanagan teen’s grandma stolen

The dress took three months to make, stolen from back of car in Salmon Arm on April 11

‘Priceless’ grad dress handmade by Okanagan teen’s grandma stolen
Penticton resident Joan Sheppard said there’s nothing “special” about her welcome mat that has now been stolen twice from her property on Green Ave. Sheppard’s security camera caught footage of a woman approaching Sheppard’s porch at just after 10 p.m. on March 13 and taking the mat. Photo submitted

B.C. resident baffled about welcome mat theft

Security footage shows a woman and her dog taking the mat from the property on March 13

Penticton resident Joan Sheppard said there’s nothing “special” about her welcome mat that has now been stolen twice from her property on Green Ave. Sheppard’s security camera caught footage of a woman approaching Sheppard’s porch at just after 10 p.m. on March 13 and taking the mat. Photo submitted
Barbie turns 60-years-old today, so Mattel celebrated by highlighting how far the iconic doll has come over the decades. Images from @Barbie Instagram

Barbie Turns 60: A look at the iconic doll through the decades

Mattel’s popular doll officially launched at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959

Barbie turns 60-years-old today, so Mattel celebrated by highlighting how far the iconic doll has come over the decades. Images from @Barbie Instagram
Red bite marks next to Hudson McPherson’s right eye following a biting incident at Little Paws Daycare Centre. According to Hudson’s mother, Carol Gillard, he has been bitten 12 times by the same child while attending the centre. (Facebook photo)

Mom concerned after multiple biting incidents reported at Okanagan daycare

Parents upset that biting was allowed to continue for so long

Red bite marks next to Hudson McPherson’s right eye following a biting incident at Little Paws Daycare Centre. According to Hudson’s mother, Carol Gillard, he has been bitten 12 times by the same child while attending the centre. (Facebook photo)
Rex Gill and Sherri Lou share a tender embrace. Lou describes her husband as a caring family man that would help anyone without thinking twice. Gill was shot outside of a hotel in Kamloops on Jan. 23, an incident the RCMP are now saying was likely a case of mistaken identity. Photo submitted

Wife remembers B.C. man killed in possible case of mistaken identity

Rex Gill was in Kamloops working to support his family after oilfield job dried up

Rex Gill and Sherri Lou share a tender embrace. Lou describes her husband as a caring family man that would help anyone without thinking twice. Gill was shot outside of a hotel in Kamloops on Jan. 23, an incident the RCMP are now saying was likely a case of mistaken identity. Photo submitted
‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel
Rex Gill, 41, was a Summerland resident shot outside the Kamloops Comfort Inn and Suites on Jan. 23. His homicide was considered related to a similar shooting that took place the same morning in Kamloops. RCMP are now saying that this is possibly a case of mistaken identity. Photo from Facebook

Man shot dead in front of Kamloops hotel may be case of mistaken identity: RCMP

Rex Gill, 41, was not previously known to Kamloops police unlike second shooting victim

Rex Gill, 41, was a Summerland resident shot outside the Kamloops Comfort Inn and Suites on Jan. 23. His homicide was considered related to a similar shooting that took place the same morning in Kamloops. RCMP are now saying that this is possibly a case of mistaken identity. Photo from Facebook
Ronan Wolf displays his first trophy he won last season in dirt biking with his mom, Cait. Ronan’s dirt bike was stolen from their underground garage on Jan. 25 and a GoFundMe campaign started by Summerland resident Elijah Saarinen has already almost raised enough to replace it. Image from GoFundMe

B.C. dirt bikers unite to replace young boy’s stolen bike

GoFundMe for Lower Mainland child’s stolen bike almost at goal in just 72 hours

Ronan Wolf displays his first trophy he won last season in dirt biking with his mom, Cait. Ronan’s dirt bike was stolen from their underground garage on Jan. 25 and a GoFundMe campaign started by Summerland resident Elijah Saarinen has already almost raised enough to replace it. Image from GoFundMe
Ronald Teneycke is currently a dangerous offender, serving an indefinite sentence at Kent Institution in Agassiz. Despite a no-contact order as part of his conditions of sentencing, he still was able to send his victim, Wayne Belleville, a letter. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Ronald Teneycke is currently a dangerous offender, serving an indefinite sentence at Kent Institution in Agassiz. Despite a no-contact order as part of his conditions of sentencing, he still was able to send his victim, Wayne Belleville, a letter. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
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B.C. telescope provides new insights beyond our galaxy

South Okanagan radio telescope detects fast radio bursts originating 1.5 billion light years away

Image from CHIME-experiment.ca
Black Press reader Michael White captured this image of a lunar eclipse last year. (Michael White photo)

B.C. residents might be able to a glimpse of the ‘super blood wolf moon’

It will be the only total lunar eclipse to reach B.C. eyes this year

Black Press reader Michael White captured this image of a lunar eclipse last year. (Michael White photo)
In this photo provided Jan. 3, 2019, by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, the first image of the moon’s far side taken by China’s Chang’e-4 probe. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday, Jan. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. The lunar explorer Chang’e 4 touched down at 10:26 a.m., China Central Television said in a brief announcement at the top of its noon news broadcast.(China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

B.C. astronomer explains importance of Chinese moon landing

Ken Tapping, astronomer at DRAO, discusses why astronauts are refocusing on moon exploration

In this photo provided Jan. 3, 2019, by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, the first image of the moon’s far side taken by China’s Chang’e-4 probe. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday, Jan. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. The lunar explorer Chang’e 4 touched down at 10:26 a.m., China Central Television said in a brief announcement at the top of its noon news broadcast.(China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency via AP)
Black Press file photo.

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Black Press file photo.
Image from Enbridge.

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

Image from Enbridge.