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Castanet's weekly weather

Sep 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week looks rainy and cloudy, with a few days of warmth thrown in, just to remind us that summer was so recently here. Check out the forecast here:

Firefighters fill boots w cash

Sep 21, 2014 / 8:26 am

Firefighters throughout the Okanagan are joining forces to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Salmon Arm firefighters will be shaking their boots across the valley on the weekend of September 26 to 28. "Stop by and drop off your extra...

Castanet's week in review

Sep 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Mad about gas? You're to blame

Sep 19, 2014 / 8:26 pm

Drivers in the South Okanagan might be wondering why gas is more expensive for them compared to other areas of the valley. It turns out, it could be their own fault. On Friday, gas prices ranged from a low of 124.9 per litre for regular fuel in Kelowna, to a high of 135.9 in Osoyoos, and that...

Festival time is here again

Sep 19, 2014 / 7:15 am

It’s that time of year again, where wine makers hunker down in their cellars to harvest this vintage’s fruit, and for the rest of us -- it’s festival season. During the 34th annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, over 10,000 visitors will come to the region to take part in more...

Movie extras wanted

Sep 19, 2014 / 6:41 am

Have you ever wanted to find yourself in front of the camera? Here's your chance. Vancouver based Sepia Films, in Kelowna filming the fourth installment of the Nightmare series, "A Wife's Nightmare," is looking for extras. Scenes will be shot Monday. Producers of the...

Square dance awareness week

Sep 18, 2014 / 7:51 pm

Dancers in the Westsyde Squares -- the Central Okanagan’s only square and round dance club -- have been busy spreading the word. They’ve been bringing attention to the B.C. Government’s proclamation and declaration of “Square and Round Dance Awareness Week,”...


Letter to parents

Sep 18, 2014 / 6:54 am

From SD23: Dear Parents and Guardians: Thank you for the patience that you have shown as we have waited for a resolve to the provincial labour dispute. It now appears that we are very close to being able to open our schools. The purpose of this letter is to give you details to help you...

Parents get Robo-Calls

Sep 17, 2014 / 4:50 pm

Although we do not 'officially' know school is back on, parents in the Okanagan are receiving some promising calls. School District 23 Superintendent Hugh Gloster says 'robo-calls' or automated calls have started going out to parents letting them know that, pending the...

Schools ready to welcome kids

Sep 16, 2014 / 11:55 am

As teachers get ready to vote on a tentative agreement Thursday to end their lengthy strike schools in the Central Okanagan are ready to accept students. School District 23 Superintendent, Hugh Gloster, says schools in the district could open Friday if that is deemed the course of action if...

School conference still in limbo

Sep 15, 2014 / 7:02 pm

School District 23 is appealing to the compassionate side of teachers union leader, Jim Iker. The district has sent a letter to Iker asking for permission to use Kelowna Secondary School and some district buses for the Canadian Student Leadership Conference, slated to be held in Kelowna...

Sports persevere through strike

Sep 15, 2014 / 9:00 am

Photo: Contributed - Sasha Lakic Photo: Contributed - Sasha Lakic Photo: Contributed - Sasha Lakic Photo: Contributed - Sasha Lakic While all school and extra-curricular activities remain dark in the province due to the on-going teachers strike, some high school sports are finding a way to...

Castanet's weekly weather

Sep 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Warmer weather returns this week but there will still be cloud cover. What are you doing now that the tourists have all gone, and kids still aren't in school? Check out the forecast here.

Keeping kids busy: your options

Sep 13, 2014 / 6:58 pm

At this point kids being out of school for the third week is imminent and parents are stuck scrambling for options for their kids. Many of the programs first offered when the summer ended are winding down and parents are left with even less options. Castanet called around to those still...

Crash victim succumbs to injuries

Sep 13, 2014 / 1:37 pm

A 69-year-old man injured in a rollover on Hwy 97C two weeks ago, succumbed to his injuries Friday. Just before 3 p.m. on August 27 Merritt RCMP responded to a single-vehicle rollover near Pothole Creek Bridge on the connector. At the scene, a Ford F350 pickup towing a loaded flat deck...

Student conference needs billets

Sep 10, 2014 / 7:25 pm

The Central Okanagan School District is making an URGENT shout-out to our community. We still need billets for over 300 student delegates for the five-day Canadian Student Leadership Conference coming to Kelowna the week of September 23-27 and volunteers during the event!!! This conference is...

Risk of frost and sunshine

Sep 10, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Summer in Canada is typically defined as the three months from June to August, and Environment Canada readily concedes the warmest months are behind us. While that doesn’t necessarily mean the Okanagan will soon see conditions similar to what Calgary has experienced lately, there is a...

Saw horse blocks highway

Sep 9, 2014 / 1:30 pm

An Okanagan motorist has a word of warning after nearly colliding with a saw horse in the middle of the highway last night. Vernon resident Brad Lewicky was on his way home from work in Kelowna around 9 p.m., when he found the saw horse, standing up in the locked position, in the middle of...

Super moon gallery

Sep 9, 2014 / 6:52 am

A few of our readers were being followed by a moon shadow last night so they took these photos. Photo: Contributed - Brianne Mapson Photo: Contributed - Keith Martin Photo: Contributed - Linda Tymko Photo: Contributed - Conrad Photo: Contributed - Mike Pittaway Photo: Contributed - Trevor...

Hwy. 97 - motorist killed

Sep 8, 2014 / 10:51 am

Update -- 10:45 a.m. Kelowna RCMP have confirmed that the victim struck alongside Highway 97 Monday morning died on the way to hospital. The man is said to have been in his late 20's or early 30's and from Kelowna. The person driving the vehicle who struck the victim is also a...
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