Phil McLachlan

COVID-19 pushes Canadian food industry to tipping point: Federation of Agriculture

COVID-19 pushes Canadian food industry to tipping point: Federation of Agriculture

CFA today urged government to establish emergency fund to help farmers overcome mounting costs

COVID-19 pushes Canadian food industry to tipping point: Federation of Agriculture
The Catholic Parishes of Penticton have been offering drive-thru confessions for parishioners amid COVID-19. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

PHOTOS: B.C. priests offer drive-thru confessions amid COVID-19 pandemic

This new practice allows individuals to practice their religion while social distancing

The Catholic Parishes of Penticton have been offering drive-thru confessions for parishioners amid COVID-19. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert
Interior Health (IH) today announced it is limiting the number of visitors entering all sites to essential visits only. (File)

COVID-19: Visitation limits in place at all Interior Health sites

Essential visits only restriction now in place to keep patients, healthcare workers safe

Interior Health (IH) today announced it is limiting the number of visitors entering all sites to essential visits only. (File)
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) stated on their website Thursday that while suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C. (Photo - Pixabay)

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) stated on their website Thursday that while suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C. (Photo - Pixabay)
Penticton RCMP are seeking the rightful owners of a headstone found in January. (RCMP - Submitted)

Police search for family after toddler’s headstone discovered in Penticton

The headstone reads the following: “Mary Ann Heath 1993-1995”

Penticton RCMP are seeking the rightful owners of a headstone found in January. (RCMP - Submitted)
WestJet passengers on route to Penticton yesterday were stopped short due to ‘uncontrollable weather’ and diverted back to Calgary, where they spent the night. (Black Press file)

Okanagan-bound WestJet passengers face further delays in Calgary

Passengers on route to Penticton from Calgary have been trying to get home since yesterday

WestJet passengers on route to Penticton yesterday were stopped short due to ‘uncontrollable weather’ and diverted back to Calgary, where they spent the night. (Black Press file)
WestJet passengers on route to Penticton were stopped short due to ‘uncontrollable weather’ and diverted back to Calgary, where they will spend the night. (Black Press file)

WestJet passengers stuck in Calgary after weather prevents landing in Penticton – twice

Okanagan-bound WestJet flight returns to Calgary after ‘uncontrollable weather’ conditions

WestJet passengers on route to Penticton were stopped short due to ‘uncontrollable weather’ and diverted back to Calgary, where they will spend the night. (Black Press file)
Authorities in Penticton have issued a warning to the public regarding a new phone scam taking place across the South Okanagan. (File)

Penticton RCMP warn of new ‘port-out’ scam that targets online banking

Two-factor verification has been the go-to way to keep online accounts secure

Authorities in Penticton have issued a warning to the public regarding a new phone scam taking place across the South Okanagan. (File)
A juvenile cougar has been destroyed by conservation officers in the Penticton area. (WildSafe BC photo)

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

A juvenile cougar has been destroyed by conservation officers in the Penticton area. (WildSafe BC photo)
The entrance to Esplanade Park in downtown Penticton. The City of Penticton has started a large cleanup initiative which has resulted in the eviction of campers, and collection of three large dumpster bins, four pickup trucks and two garbage trucks full of waste. (File Photo)

1,200 used syringes found during clean up of Penticton homeless camp

Three large dumpster bins, four pickup trucks and two garbage trucks were filled with waste

The entrance to Esplanade Park in downtown Penticton. The City of Penticton has started a large cleanup initiative which has resulted in the eviction of campers, and collection of three large dumpster bins, four pickup trucks and two garbage trucks full of waste. (File Photo)
Another busy season at Fernie Alpine Resort is about to kick-off. File Photo

Tentative opening day set for Fernie Alpine Resort

The countdown is on – Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) will tentatively open…

Another busy season at Fernie Alpine Resort is about to kick-off. File Photo
Entrepreneur Keegan Street is bringing a new cafe and roastery to downtown Fernie. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Brewing up a fresh cup at Rooftop Coffee Roasters

Years ago, Keegan Street had a dream; start a coffee company. Years…

Entrepreneur Keegan Street is bringing a new cafe and roastery to downtown Fernie. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Fernie Ghostriders climbed into second place for the Kootenay division after this game against the Nelson Leafs Thursday night. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Ghostriders secure win against Nelson

After a 6-4 win against the Nelson Leafs Thursday night, the Fernie…

The Fernie Ghostriders climbed into second place for the Kootenay division after this game against the Nelson Leafs Thursday night. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Jordan Kromm will be playing for the University of Jamestown in North Dakota next season. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Kromm to join fellow Ghostriders in North Dakota

Joining Greg Susinski in North Dakota is Fernie Ghostrider forward Jordan Kromm,…

Jordan Kromm will be playing for the University of Jamestown in North Dakota next season. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The proposed passing lane is designed to provide drivers with safe passing opportunities. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Positive feedback for Jaffray passing lane

Jaffray residents seem to be in favour of a new proposed Highway…

The proposed passing lane is designed to provide drivers with safe passing opportunities. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Grasmere Post Office has been closed since November 1. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Temporary solution for Grasmere Post Office, future uncertain

Kootenay-Columbia Member of Parliament Rob Morrison says he’s hoping for a positive outcome

The Grasmere Post Office has been closed since November 1. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Greg Susinski has committed to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota for the 2020/21 season.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Ghostriders defenseman commits to North Dakota university

Ghostriders defenseman commits to North Dakota university

Greg Susinski has committed to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota for the 2020/21 season.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Left, fans of goaltending coach Thomas Skelton attended Friday’s game. Right, Fernie’s goaltender Chance Griffith shows relief as the game ends.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Ghostriders climb Rockies in nail biting home victory

The Ghostriders took a nail biting 6-5 victory at home against the…

Left, fans of goaltending coach Thomas Skelton attended Friday’s game. Right, Fernie’s goaltender Chance Griffith shows relief as the game ends.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Editorial: Free Press editor bids farewell

Editorial: Free Press editor bids farewell

Not too long ago the thought crossed my mind that I might…

Editorial: Free Press editor bids farewell