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Big White celebrates summer

Aug 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

Big White have a big celebration planned for the final long weekend of the summer. The ski hill will open the Bullet Chair Lift this Saturday through Monday for what it calls the Bike, Bike and Beverage Festival. As part of the festival, residents and tourists alike are invited to ride the...

Myra Canyon park opens

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Despite a blatant attempt to ruin the summer season for a new outdoor adventure company, the group has opened their doors, for free, for some of their sections. Back in July Castanet brought you the story of the vandalism at the Myra Canyon Adventure Park. Vandals chainsawed multiple trees on...

Alcohol fueled crash

Aug 28, 2014 / 2:00 pm

UPDATE 2 P.M. AUG 28: A crash on Highway 97 near the entrance to Lake Country Wednesday afternoon was alcohol and speed induced. RCMP confirm the driver of a Subaru Legacy provided blood samples following the crash that were four times the legal limit. The 45-year-old Prince George man was...

Beware, bears return to valley

Aug 28, 2014 / 6:00 am

Part of the attractiveness of our Central Okanagan Regional Parks is that visitors experience wild, untouched, natural settings. That also means they may encounter wildlife at any time. And as summer draws to a close, visiting our more natural Regional Parks requires more bear...

Crash on Highway 97

Aug 27, 2014 / 10:54 am

Update -- 10:45 a.m. Two drivers were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning after a three vehicle crash closed Highway 97 north of Summerland. According to the RCMP, a 59-year-old Peachland woman was pulled over on the side of the highway with a flat tire, when...

Nomination packages available

Aug 27, 2014 / 5:30 am

Anyone considering running for public office in Lake Country can now pick up their election nomination package. These are available online or can be picked up at the Lake Country Municipal Hall. In order for someone to be nominated as a candidate, they must first be nominated by two qualified...

SD23 disappointed at lack of deal

Aug 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Board of Education for School District 23 continues to show its frustration at the lack of progress in getting a deal between the province and striking teachers. Teachers returned to the picket lines this week and have vowed to remain on the lines until a deal is reached. In an open...

Letter to parents

Aug 25, 2014 / 7:00 pm

As the month of August continues to tick down, the prospect of a settlement in the ongoing labour dispute between teachers and the province dwindles. Pickets returned to many schools within the School District 23 boundaries and across the province as the BC Teachers Federation continues to call...

Stranded boat towed to safety

Aug 25, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Kelowna Fire Department's marine rescue 2 was pressed into service Sunday night to assist a boat stranded in Okanagan Lake. According to Lake Country Fire Department deputy fire chief, Brent Penner, people on a sailboat called 911 shortly after 9:30 p.m. after hearing a horn and a call...

Tow truck fire stalls traffic

Aug 25, 2014 / 4:25 pm

Another vehicle fire has kept Lake Country fire crews busy on the new section of Hwy. 97 between Oyama and Lake Country. For the second time Monday crews were called to the scene. This time a tow truck caught on fire just a few clicks from where a logging truck caught fire earlier...

Logging truck fire

Aug 25, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed - Kelsey Black Photo: Contributed - Kelsey Black Photo: Contributed - JT field Photo: Contributed - JT field UPDATE 12 P.M. -The new stretch of Highway 97 between Oyama and Lake Country was shut down for a short period of time Monday morning while fire crews from Lake...

Castanet's weekly weather

Aug 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

The last week of August begins on a warm note and ends with rain as we prepare for our transition into September. Check out the weekly weather forecast here:

First paddleboard race a success

Aug 24, 2014 / 8:31 pm

The first ever Rattlesnake Island paddleboard race saw 30 people compete in the cross-lake competition. There were 30 entries in this challenging race around the Rattlesnake Island across from Peachland and back to the starting line at 13th Street Wharf. "The numbers exceeded the...

Week in Review

Aug 24, 2014 / 9:31 am

News from around the Okanagan with Jen Zielinski.

6th Lake Country car show

Aug 23, 2014 / 10:12 am

The sixth annual Lake Country Customs and Classics car show is expected to be bigger than ever this year with an anticipated 400 vehicles on display. Lake Country Customs and Classics is a non profit organization with all profits going to charity in Lake Country. The show is this Sunday, Aug 24...

Registry for animal abusers

Aug 23, 2014 / 9:21 am

A Vernon woman is building a registry to help protect animals from animal abusers. Camille Block, 23, is the creator of the Animal Abuse Defence Registry - a registered non-profit society dedicated to keeping people with animal abuse convictions away from animals. "We want to help...

RDCO lifts campfire ban

Aug 22, 2014 / 12:30 pm

The wet, cooler weather we are experiencing has prompted the Regional District of Central Okanagan to lift its campfire ban. Effective immediately, campfires will once again be allowed within most fire jurisdictions across the Central Okanagan. The lifting of the campfire ban coincides with...

Campfire ban lifted

Aug 21, 2014 / 8:58 pm

Light up those campfires, the ban has been lifted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre's area, including the Okanagan. The current campfire prohibition is being rescinded due to recent precipitation, which has resulted in a decreased wildfire risk in the region. Anyone lighting a campfire...

$50M for rail corridor

Aug 21, 2014 / 1:38 pm

CN Rail is asking for a little more than $50M for the 49km rail corridor stretching between Kelowna and the North Okanagan. The rail line was used to haul freight until the operator, Kelowna Pacific Railway, went bankrupt a year ago. It has been the subject of a long, drawn out sales process...

Fruitful weather

Aug 21, 2014 / 12:56 pm

If you feel it has been a hot summer, you are right, and the good news is, the fruit loves it. From cherries to peaches to grapes, growers around the Okanagan are thrilled with this years harvest. “We are lining ourselves up to be as good as last year, maybe even better. I know it is a...

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