Dustin Godfrey

The B.C. Wildfire Service has been in the South Okanagan for a couple days, now, on a seven-day contract to help sandbag areas to help mitigate flooding in the area — particularly around Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl Road.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Thieves target B.C. firefighters helping flood victims

The service has been helping with sandbagging efforts, as rural Oliver battles flooding

The B.C. Wildfire Service has been in the South Okanagan for a couple days, now, on a seven-day contract to help sandbag areas to help mitigate flooding in the area — particularly around Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl Road.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Workers at the Okanagan Correctional Centre while it was still under construction in 2015.                                Western News file photo

Okanagan jail used solitary confinement as overflow: advocate

PART FOUR: Province denies allegations, but Prisoners’ Legal Services says it was part of ‘growing pains’ at jail

Workers at the Okanagan Correctional Centre while it was still under construction in 2015.                                Western News file photo
B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

More violence at B.C.’s newest jail than nearly any other

OCC’s staff-on-inmate claims tops list, jail rates second highest in B.C. for assaults among inmates

B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre

‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre

Inexperienced staff a likely contributor to a tower of complaints stacked against OCC

‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre
The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Okanagan Incorrectional: Dashboard

Interactive graphics and features and the information we couldn’t fit into the series

The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Okanagan Incorrectional: B.C.’s promising, new jail grinds into motion

PART ONE: Violence, drugs and health-care issues at the Okanagan Correctional Centre

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
‘Violated and humiliated’: Inmate claims privacy breach in jail

‘Violated and humiliated’: Inmate claims privacy breach in jail

Latest lawsuit makes at least 4 against Okanagan Correctional Centre, just 14 months after opening

‘Violated and humiliated’: Inmate claims privacy breach in jail
Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse during the summer, following hearings on a Crown application for a dangerous offender application for the notorious South Okanagan criminal.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C. criminal added to narrow list of dangerous offenders

Judge: ‘Evidence of treatability does not even justify an expression of hope’

Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse during the summer, following hearings on a Crown application for a dangerous offender application for the notorious South Okanagan criminal.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
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