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More Peachland power woes

Nov 27, 2014 / 3:26 pm

Residents of Peachland will have to endure another day without power. A day after many residents endured about 24 hours without power, BC Hydro has informed the municipality it will be shutting off the power to the entire community at 10 a.m. Friday morning. According to BC Hydro...

Slush will freeze tomorrow

Nov 27, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Local Environment Canada Meteorologist Doug Lundquist has a stern warning to clean the roads and sidewalks before the leftover snow freezes solid, starting tomorrow. “Be prepared for some real cold (weather),” says Lundquist. “My big concern is that if you are in a...

Cold snap on the way

Nov 26, 2014 / 6:55 pm

Environment Canada is issuing a special weather statement for the Central, North and South Okanagan. A cold snap is anticipated for Thursday and Friday, which will affect Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. According to Environment Canada cold Arctic air will push southward throughout Thursday...

A place to warm up in Peachland

Nov 26, 2014 / 4:29 pm

Peachland residents enduring a full day without power have a place to go if they want to warm up. The Peachland Community Centre is equipped with a generator and will be open until 8 p.m. Anyone wanting to get a cup of coffee or are looking for a place to warm up can drop into the Community...

Big White makes it official

Nov 26, 2014 / 1:07 pm

Big White will officially open Saturday. The storm, which dumped several centimetres of snow on the valley bottom overnight, left about 43 centimetres of snow behind at Big White. The hill now has a 61 centimetre base. Big White had hoped to open Thursday in time for the US Thanksgiving,...

One school without power

Nov 26, 2014 / 10:55 am

Update -- 10:45 p.m. Only one Central Okanagan school remains without power at this time -- Peachland Elementary -- and parents are being asked to pick up their children if at all possible. School buses have all made their morning runs and have returned to the yard, so school district...

Big White delays opening

Nov 25, 2014 / 10:24 am

More delays for Okanagan mountains as the lack of snow is moving back opening dates. Big White Ski Resort has announced they are being forced to delay their opening from this Thursday Nov. 27 to Saturday Nov. 29. “We’ve been snow-dancing and praying to the snow gods, but...

Castanet's week in review

Nov 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

Castanet's Week in Review, with Jen Zielinski.

Sally Ann sets $700,000 target

Nov 21, 2014 / 10:53 am

The Kelowna Salvation Army hopes people in the Central Okanagan are in a giving mood this holiday season. Salvation Army lead Pastor, Lt. Darryl Burry, says they hope to be able to raise $300,000 through the annual kettle campaign which kicked off Friday morning, and another $400,000 through...

Winter wine events

Nov 21, 2014 / 10:03 am

The summer may over but the wine season is yearlong in the Okanagan, and some of best local wineries are opening their doors this winter and welcoming you in. With a holiday theme and spirit in plenty, wineries up and down the Okanagan are holding special events Nov, 29 – Dec 7, 2014. They...

Youth orchestra performing

Nov 20, 2014 / 6:00 am

Three concerts held this weekend will showcase a number of talented musicians from the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra. The group is made up of 80 musicians who will be performing classical pieces for guests in Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna. “Our youth musicians are so talented that...

No shortage of free flu shot

Nov 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Despite rumblings there are shortages of the flu vaccine in the Interior Health region, the authority stresses that isn’t the case. Instead Renee Liddicoat, with the Influenza Immunization Program at Interior Health, says there is a delay in re-supplying some of the regions community...

First hint of snow forecast

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:52 am

The Okanagan can expect its next hint that winter is right around the corner. As we warm up from our first blast of Arctic air, expect some snow to fall later this week. Environment Canada meteorologist, Greg Pearce, says we will likely see some flurries beginning sometime...

Kettles bells will soon be ringing

Nov 17, 2014 / 12:18 pm

The Salvation Army is getting ready to 'ring in' the Christmas season. The annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign will officially kick off Friday morning at 9 at the Kelowna Walmart. The kettle campaign is one of Canada's largest and most recognizable annual...

Apples win gold

Nov 16, 2014 / 1:50 pm

B.C. apples captured the top spots in the Ambrosia, Golden Delicious, Aurora Golden Gala, and Heaviest Apple categories at this year’s National Apple Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto. The agriculture fair is held in the heart of the largest urban centre...

Search and Rescue called out

Nov 15, 2014 / 2:07 pm

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) members were called out to help locate two males who had gone exploring on the back roads around Beaver Lake. RCMP say the pair called to ask for assistance when they became disoriented and could not find their way out of the area. COSAR was...

Therapy dogs make a difference

Nov 15, 2014 / 6:00 am

Over 120 Okanagan dog handlers, with 114 faithful pups, spend more than 11,000 hours a year making a difference in the lives of those who need a furry friend. The local dogs are all members of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program which has over 500 registered Therapy Dogs in BC that visit...

Board endorses parks' review

Nov 14, 2014 / 6:21 am

The following are highlights from the Regional District of Central Okanagan board meeting from Thursday, Nov 13, 2014. The Regional Board has endorsed a report regarding the review of the Regional Parks service. The service review was conducted over the past year and looked at how the RDCO...

Diabetes diagnosis on the rise

Nov 14, 2014 / 6:19 am

Nov. 14 is National Diabetes Awareness Day, a time to address the seriousness of the disease that affects nearly four million Canadians. In the Interior Health region the number of people with diabetes has increased by 72 per cent since 2001, to over 53,000 living with the disease. With no...

Tree Fruits pick new president

Nov 13, 2014 / 1:35 pm

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative has a new man at the helm. At its recent Annual General Meeting in Summerland, the new Board of Directors appointed Malcolm Mitchell as its new president. Mitchell replaces Robert Dawson. Gordon Hahn was appointed as the sole Vice President, replacing Colin...

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