Dustin Godfrey

One dead after rock crashes through Okanagan home

One dead after rock crashes through Okanagan home

A rock came down the hill and crashed through a wall, killing one person near Okanagan Falls

One dead after rock crashes through Okanagan home
Parents line up at a forum to oppose the proposed closure of Trout Creek Elementary School in Summerland in January 2016.                                John Arendt/Black Press file photo

Province releasing results of rural education report ‘shortly’

That follows heated demands from a local MLA, school districts and municipal politicians

Parents line up at a forum to oppose the proposed closure of Trout Creek Elementary School in Summerland in January 2016.                                John Arendt/Black Press file photo
B.C. Liberal Party MLA Linda Larson, Boundary-Similkameen, speaks in B.C. legislature.                                (B.C. legislature image)

Hate daylight saving? Don’t tell Linda Larson

Liberal MLA urging out-of-riding supporters of her bill to write government and their own MLAs

B.C. Liberal Party MLA Linda Larson, Boundary-Similkameen, speaks in B.C. legislature.                                (B.C. legislature image)
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth of the Penticton RCMP holds a syringe as emergency workers put an overdose victim on a stretcher at a Government Street house.                                Mark Brett/Western News file photo

Overdose data policy may not comply with FOI law, expert says

But B.C. Coroners likely ‘most transparent jurisdiction in the country,’ according to spokesperson

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth of the Penticton RCMP holds a syringe as emergency workers put an overdose victim on a stretcher at a Government Street house.                                Mark Brett/Western News file photo
Structurlam’s Okanagan Falls plant manager Lyndon Chernoff with some wood set for a major construction project. A bill from MP Richard Cannings proposes federal government be required to look at wood when constructing infrastructure. Western News file photo

B.C. MP’s bill on wood infrastructure branches into committee

Cannings’ bill to push wood infrastructure got oak-ay from Commons, headed fir committee study

Structurlam’s Okanagan Falls plant manager Lyndon Chernoff with some wood set for a major construction project. A bill from MP Richard Cannings proposes federal government be required to look at wood when constructing infrastructure. Western News file photo
B.C. family still seeking answers as meningitis scare diminishes

B.C. family still seeking answers as meningitis scare diminishes

The parents of Aidan Pratt say they feel left high and dry months after their son died

B.C. family still seeking answers as meningitis scare diminishes
Jennifer Jones takes home sixth Scotties title for Manitoba

Jennifer Jones takes home sixth Scotties title for Manitoba

Team Manitoba’s defeat of Team Wild Card, also from Manitoba, wraps the weeklong event in Penticton

Jennifer Jones takes home sixth Scotties title for Manitoba
B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver
Kathy Schuster, 45, sorts some of her belongings in the South Okanagan Women In Need Society’s SAFExst space at an unspecified location, where she gets a bit of warmth and can stock up on some basic supplies. For Schuster, a loss of supplies is a serious personal security matter.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Homeless, hurt and harassed

A B.C. city’s most vulnerable speak out about violence and theft on the streets

Kathy Schuster, 45, sorts some of her belongings in the South Okanagan Women In Need Society’s SAFExst space at an unspecified location, where she gets a bit of warmth and can stock up on some basic supplies. For Schuster, a loss of supplies is a serious personal security matter.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Sweet Sicamous! Family makes gingerbread model of historic B.C. ship

Sweet Sicamous! Family makes gingerbread model of historic B.C. ship

With an estimated 10 hours left on the project, one of the creators says it’s nearly done

Sweet Sicamous! Family makes gingerbread model of historic B.C. ship
Search for missing plane near Revelstoke called off

Search for missing plane near Revelstoke called off

The coast guard will officially be ending its search as of 3:30 p.m. Monday

Search for missing plane near Revelstoke called off
Michael Elphicke was found guilty of major fraud and theft over $5,000 charges as well as operating an unauthorized lottery scheme in October.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Hockey fraudster won’t skate free on time-to-trial rule

Guilty charges stick for man who committed fraud against Okanagan hockey parents

Michael Elphicke was found guilty of major fraud and theft over $5,000 charges as well as operating an unauthorized lottery scheme in October.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
South Okanagan - West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings says he wants to see the government step up for workers in the softwood lumber industry in case of business shortfalls as the trade dispute continues with the U.S.                                (Submitted photo)

NDP critic calls for support for softwood workers

Tariffs have dropped slightly for most lumber firms, but the trade dispute continues with the U.S.

South Okanagan - West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings says he wants to see the government step up for workers in the softwood lumber industry in case of business shortfalls as the trade dispute continues with the U.S.                                (Submitted photo)
One of three sheep that escaped from a Penticton-area property, leading their owners on a chase for nearly a week.                                (Marshall Shelswell/Submitted photo)

Sheep on the lam in Penticton

Not black sheep, but pretty baaaah-d

One of three sheep that escaped from a Penticton-area property, leading their owners on a chase for nearly a week.                                (Marshall Shelswell/Submitted photo)
Emergency crews were on scene at the Fernie Memorial Arena where three confirmed fatalities occurred Tuesday. (Alexandra Heck/Fernie Free Press)

Refrigeration mechanics students grapple with Fernie’s deadly leak

‘Something happened that created an immediate danger, and these guys were in the middle’: instructor

Emergency crews were on scene at the Fernie Memorial Arena where three confirmed fatalities occurred Tuesday. (Alexandra Heck/Fernie Free Press)
The McLaren 570S, a car priced in six figures, took extensive damage in a crash near Osoyoos Thursday evening. (Osoyoos RCMP)

Six-figure McLaren takes a beating near Osoyoos

Driver, 28, and passenger, 50, were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

The McLaren 570S, a car priced in six figures, took extensive damage in a crash near Osoyoos Thursday evening. (Osoyoos RCMP)
A B.C. family forced to live in the bush

A B.C. family forced to live in the bush

A family forced into living in the hills above Penticton doesn’t know where to go

A B.C. family forced to live in the bush
This notice was on a Penticton doctor’s office as of Friday morning, indicating that fentanyl has been found to be mixed with marijuana. But health officials have roundly been critical of similar reports.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C. doctor’s fentanyl-laced pot warning may be false alarm

Penticton sign gone viral on Facebook warns of fentanyl-pot mix; IH not aware of evidence of the mix

This notice was on a Penticton doctor’s office as of Friday morning, indicating that fentanyl has been found to be mixed with marijuana. But health officials have roundly been critical of similar reports.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Thick smoke is billowing into the Similkameen Valley from the Diamond Creek wildfire, which has more than doubled in size in Canada.                                (Tara Bowie/Keremeos Review)

Diamond Creek fire doubles in size in Canada

The Canadian portion of the fire has grown from 1,700 hectares to over 4,000 since Thursday

Thick smoke is billowing into the Similkameen Valley from the Diamond Creek wildfire, which has more than doubled in size in Canada.                                (Tara Bowie/Keremeos Review)
Lynn Kalmring was killed by her common-law husband Keith Wiens in 2013.                                Photo submitted to the Penticton Western News

Six years of grief for murdered B.C. woman’s family

Family of slain Penticton woman struggling through civil litigation against convicted murderer

Lynn Kalmring was killed by her common-law husband Keith Wiens in 2013.                                Photo submitted to the Penticton Western News