Monique Tamminga

Mayor John Vassilaki (File)

Penticton mayor backpedals comments about making people with mental illness ‘normal’

“I didn’t mean it to come out the way people take it” says John Vassilaki

Mayor John Vassilaki (File)
Police have cordoned off an area outside a West Kelowna strip mall near Highway 97 and Elk Road on Sunday morning. (Dave Ogilvie photo)

One man dead after ‘targeted shooting’ near Highway 97 in West Kelowna

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime unit is investigating the homicide

Police have cordoned off an area outside a West Kelowna strip mall near Highway 97 and Elk Road on Sunday morning. (Dave Ogilvie photo)
Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)

70-year-old man killed in a workplace accident at Okanagan ski resort

BC Coroner and WorkSafe BC are investigating

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Canadian Border Services Agency Osoyoos port of entry. (Western News)

Border closure delays trial for U.S. lawyer accused of bringing guns into B.C.

Shawn Jensen is charged with gun smuggling across the Osoyoos border

Canadian Border Services Agency Osoyoos port of entry. (Western News)
Kids, ages two and four, are all smiles after receiving new bikes from total strangers. Their bikes were stolen on New Year’s Day when out for a walk near Penticton Ave. By the next day, strangers donated to replace the bikes. (Dawn Jones Facebook)

Strangers come together to replace children’s Christmas bikes stolen in Penticton

Kids bikes were left for less than 10 minutes before being swiped on New Year’s Day

Kids, ages two and four, are all smiles after receiving new bikes from total strangers. Their bikes were stolen on New Year’s Day when out for a walk near Penticton Ave. By the next day, strangers donated to replace the bikes. (Dawn Jones Facebook)
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B.C. has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 variant from the U.K.

The Island resident flew from the U.K. to Vancouver on Dec. 15

(AP Photo)
BokBoks pizza place in Keremeos has closed its doors to take a stand against mandatory masks. It has a new sign up this weekend. (Twitter photo)

South Okanagan pizza place shuts down, changes its name to ‘Hydroxychloroquine’

BokBoks said it closed to fight against mandatory mask requirements

BokBoks pizza place in Keremeos has closed its doors to take a stand against mandatory masks. It has a new sign up this weekend. (Twitter photo)
Scouts Canada in B.C. has decided to stop meeting in person because of the rise of COVID cases across the province. (Scouts Okanagan Facebook)

Scouts across B.C. to stop meeting in person as cases surge

A rise in COVID cases across B.C. has Scouts Canada going virtual

Scouts Canada in B.C. has decided to stop meeting in person because of the rise of COVID cases across the province. (Scouts Okanagan Facebook)
Dave Choukalos visits with Kevin, the broken winged Canada goose, a few times a week. Dave’s worried Kevin won’t make it through winter. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

VIDEO: Kevin, the famous Penticton goose, needs help

Humans like Dave Chuokalos want to help their fine-feathered friend who hangs out at Okanagan Lake

Dave Choukalos visits with Kevin, the broken winged Canada goose, a few times a week. Dave’s worried Kevin won’t make it through winter. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
A black bear similar to this one charged at a Summerland woman bike riding on Conkle Mountain in Summerland (September 2020.) (Black Press file photo)
A black bear similar to this one charged at a Summerland woman bike riding on Conkle Mountain in Summerland (September 2020.) (Black Press file photo)
Shelby Kirnaghan MacNeil remains in hospital after being viciously attacked by a large breed dog when she stepped out of her vehicle at the corner store at 272 Street and 29 Avenue. A GoFundMe page has been started. Submitted pic

UPDATE: GoFundMe started for woman shaken ‘like a rag doll’ in Aldergrove dog attack

It took 85 staples to close the massive bite wounds on her leg

Shelby Kirnaghan MacNeil remains in hospital after being viciously attacked by a large breed dog when she stepped out of her vehicle at the corner store at 272 Street and 29 Avenue. A GoFundMe page has been started. Submitted pic
Langley mom Kimberley Chalmers with her four-week-old daughter Kamaria who proudly wears the Langley Child Development designed bandana that says ‘talk to me, play with me, carry me’ to encourage parents to put the phone down and interact with their babies. Monique Tamminga Langley Times

Put down the phone, please, say children, experts

Langley-based Infant Mental Health team launch awareness campaign aimed at parents’ phone addiction

Langley mom Kimberley Chalmers with her four-week-old daughter Kamaria who proudly wears the Langley Child Development designed bandana that says ‘talk to me, play with me, carry me’ to encourage parents to put the phone down and interact with their babies. Monique Tamminga Langley Times
Langley daycare says parents already saving $350 per month from fee reduction

Langley daycare says parents already saving $350 per month from fee reduction

Many daycare operators remain uncertain about opting in to provincial program

Langley daycare says parents already saving $350 per month from fee reduction
Nicomekl Enhancement Society volunteer Brian Armstrong stood over salmon fry at the society hatchery in Langley. The hatchery is hosting its annual fish release Saturday. Troy Landreville Langley Times

VIDEO: Fish release this Saturday

Come out to the Nicomekly Enhancement Society’s Hatchery for open house, salmon release

Nicomekl Enhancement Society volunteer Brian Armstrong stood over salmon fry at the society hatchery in Langley. The hatchery is hosting its annual fish release Saturday. Troy Landreville Langley Times
The Quality Inn at 200 Street sits empty after BC Housing purchased it last year. A second info session is planned sometime in late May or June about turning it into 49 units of supportive housing for the homeless. Langley Times file photo

BC Housing will hold second info session about Quality Inn

No firm date set but need to house Langley’s homeless grows, says BC Housing

The Quality Inn at 200 Street sits empty after BC Housing purchased it last year. A second info session is planned sometime in late May or June about turning it into 49 units of supportive housing for the homeless. Langley Times file photo
House fire in Aldergrove

House fire in Aldergrove

Flames shooting out what appears to be the chimney

House fire in Aldergrove
Gas tank of Langley man’s pickup drilled to steal fuel

Gas tank of Langley man’s pickup drilled to steal fuel

Record-high gas prices may be to blame for the theft that has left him without a truck

Gas tank of Langley man’s pickup drilled to steal fuel
‘Bad Ass’ Barry McQuarrie sentenced to 14 years

‘Bad Ass’ Barry McQuarrie sentenced to 14 years

McQuarrie shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend

‘Bad Ass’ Barry McQuarrie sentenced to 14 years
On April 13, police allege a woman obtained $7,500 in loans using fraudulent ID from the Money Mart in Langley City. A surveillance photo of her has been released to the public.

Crime Briefs: Stolen church tent, loan fraud and missing chipper

Langley RCMP release photos of suspects and stolen goods

On April 13, police allege a woman obtained $7,500 in loans using fraudulent ID from the Money Mart in Langley City. A surveillance photo of her has been released to the public.
Karen McLaren jokes around with her six-year-old nephew. McLaren who has stage 4 breast cancer has been fighting to get a life-saving drug covered in B.C. Coverage is now available, but only to a select few, not including her.                                 Submitted photo

No celebrating cancer drug coverage, says B.C. woman

BC Cancer Agency approves potentially life-saving drug Ibrance but severely restricts access

Karen McLaren jokes around with her six-year-old nephew. McLaren who has stage 4 breast cancer has been fighting to get a life-saving drug covered in B.C. Coverage is now available, but only to a select few, not including her.                                 Submitted photo