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Garbage schedules change

Dec 20, 2014 / 5:00 am
Garbage collection and curbside recycling pickup for some residents will be changing this month, as Christmas and New Year’s both fall on a Thursday this year. That means the pick-up schedule will jump ahead one day for both of those weeks, for any residents who normally have pick up on...

Kelowna's CN share, $7.6M

Dec 9, 2014 / 3:00 pm
Kelowna taxpayers appear to be off the hook, at least for the time being, for its share of the CN Rail line purchase. One week after signing a negotiated sales, purchase and gift agreement with CN, local governments are working to secure funding. “With a route that follows portions of...

Given heads Regional Board

Dec 9, 2014 / 11:00 am
Kelowna City Councillor, Gail Given is the new chair of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Given replaces Robert Hobson who spent 21 years as board chair before deciding not to run for re-election in Kelowna last month. "It's an absolute honour," says Given who served...

Warrant team maximize arrests

Dec 8, 2014 / 1:30 pm
During a six-week period from October though November, the Kelowna RCMP executed hundreds of warrants throughout the Central Okanagan and beyond. The Warrant Team project involved a dedicated team of RCMP officers solely focussed on outstanding warrants from the Kelowna Regional jurisdiction...

Thousands raised for food bank

Dec 8, 2014 / 9:50 am
Residents of Lake Country were invited to ‘Cram the Cruiser’ again this year, and they did just that. Members of the RCMP, along with auxiliary officers and volunteers, were on hand at Cooper’s Foods Saturday for the third annual event, asking for non-perishable food...

$7 million for xmas?

Dec 7, 2014 / 9:46 am
The $5 million jackpot prize in last night`s Lotto 6/49 draw went unclaimed. The jackpot for next Wednesday`s draw will rise to approximately $7 million, and there will also be one guaranteed prize of a million dollars. Quick facts: * The largest prizes ever won in BC were $50 million...

Road conditions cause havoc

Dec 7, 2014 / 8:18 am
UPDATED: 8 a.m. Emergency crews were called out throughout the night to more than a dozen motor vehicle accidents around the Central Okanagan. No serious injuries have been reported. Road conditions today will remain sloppy with limited traction as the temperature continues to hover around...
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Travel warnings

Dec 6, 2014 / 11:52 am
12 p.m. update Highway 3: Freezing rain from Anarchist Summit to Greenwood is now clear. Travel advisory is rescinded. Highway 33: Freezing rain from Beaverdell to McColloch Road is now clear. Travel Advisory is rescinded. Highway 5: Freezing rain from Exit 202, Portia Interchange to...

Pet photos with Santa

Dec 6, 2014 / 8:09 am
Today, local pet lovers have two more chances to capture your furry, feathered or scaled loved one with Santa. Rose Valley Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Oz have invited all pet owners down to their clinic in West Kelowna on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. for photos with Santa. The clinic promises...

Grants boost public safety

Dec 5, 2014 / 3:00 pm
Five Kelowna organizations that focus on public safety are sharing $172,800 in community gaming grants from the provincial government. Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local organizations that serve communities...

A weekend to give back

Dec 5, 2014 / 11:40 am
The holiday season is upon us. It is the time of year for family, fun, friends and celebrating all we have in our lives, but for many, this time of year is a reminder of what they don't have. The pressure to provide gifts, food, fun and cheer can be overwhelming for the many Okanagan...

Power usage peak

Dec 5, 2014 / 5:00 am
This past week's cold snap set record breaking hydro use numbers across the province. On Monday Dec. 1 alone, BC Hydro saw province-wide electricity demand increase to 9,581 megawatts, just under the top number set in November 2006 of 10,113 megawatts. The same day, power use also peaked...

Arctic Sea Smoke show

Dec 4, 2014 / 5:00 am
The video above shows a fairly cool meteorological moment when very cold air hits the relatively warm lake water and creates a Arctic Sea Smoke show. Environment Canada Meteorologist Jennifer Hay says this weekend's extreme cold made for the perfect conditions. “Because we had quite...

Teen girls struggle in Okanagan

Dec 3, 2014 / 3:00 pm
A new report shows that Okanagan teens are making safer choices when it comes to alcohol and driving. They are also remembering to buckle up more than ever before, but, the same report also says Okanagan girls are more likely than their peers elsewhere in the province to attempt or consider...

Be Santa for a senior

Dec 3, 2014 / 5:00 am
This Christmas, you can drop by your local London Drugs and make the difference in the life of a senior in need. Many seniors who live in isolation will get the opportunity to experience some holiday cheer with your help by providing the gifts they aren't expecting! London Drugs will...

Cram the police cruiser

Dec 3, 2014 / 5:00 am
Grab your non-perishable food donations and head to Lake Country this weekend for the annual Cram the Cruiser event. Kelowna and Lake Country Mounties will be out in full force again this year for the third annual fundraising event Once again both regular and auxiliary members of the RCMP,...

Flu shot shortage delays clinics

Dec 2, 2014 / 9:00 pm
Flu shot clinics in Vernon, Summerland and Princeton have been postponed for what Interior Health is calling a shortage in vaccines. Despite comments from Interior Health just two weeks ago that there would be no shortage in the vaccines at any public clinic, three local clinics have now been...

Wendy's changes charities

Dec 2, 2014 / 5:30 pm
Wendy's Restaurants in the Okanagan will continue to raise money for children. A day after it was learned the local restaurants had ended its 20-year partnership with the Sunshine Foundation of Canada, owner Ken Park announced the chain would turn its attention to its own charity. Park,...

CN deal leaves taxpayer in dark

Dec 2, 2014 / 6:00 am
Taxpayers in the Central and North Okanagan won't know for a few months just how much they will be paying for the purchase of the CN rail corridor announced Monday. The purchase price for the nearly 50km of discontinued rail line between Kelowna and Mile 88 in Coldstream, announced Monday...

Deer poacher in Lake Country

Dec 1, 2014 / 7:30 pm
Local conservation officers in the Central Okanagan are dealing with a poacher on the loose after a mule deer was shot out of season. Conservation officer Terry Myroniuk says he was called to Moberly Road in Lake Country Saturday morning to find the animal had recently been...

Wendy's drops Dreamlift Day

Dec 1, 2014 / 3:45 pm
Wendy's Restaurants throughout the Okanagan will no longer be raising funds to send local children to Disneyland through the Sunshine Foundation of Canada. In an email from its corporate head offices in Toronto, Sunshine Foundation media and communications officer Tristan Joseph confirmed...

CN Rail deal reached

Dec 1, 2014 / 12:00 pm
A deal has been reached with CN Rail. The City of Kelowna made the announcement Monday morning on behalf of the Inter-jurisdictional Acquisition team, that a signed and negotiated sales and purchase agreement with CN has been completed for the discontinued rail line between Kelowna and Mile 88...

Castanet's week in review

Nov 30, 2014 / 5:00 am
Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski. This week's episode includes a special preview of the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hypothermic hunter at KGH

Nov 29, 2014 / 7:29 pm
Hypothermia and a possible dislocated hip have put a Vernon area man into Kelowna General Hospital for the night with non-life threatening injuries. Vernon Search and Rescue search manager Leigh Pearson says a man slipped while hunting near Lumby, approximately eight kilometers up Harris Creek...

HWY 5 reopened

Nov 29, 2014 / 5:10 pm
Update -- 5 p.m. The Coquihalla has been reopened. Update -- 4 p.m. According to DriveBC, Highway 5 remains closed on the Northbound section between exits 221 and 228. The investigation is still in progress and the estimated time of reopening is 5 p.m. Next update will be at 5...

Food bank in funding competition

Nov 29, 2014 / 5:00 am
Proponents of a new building for the food bank in Lake Country are one step closer to receiving a $100,000 grant. The food bank has applied for a $100,000 grant from the Aviva Fund which grants $1M yearly to worth community projects through an on-line competition. The Lake Country Food Bank...

Frustrated and hunkered down

Nov 28, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Frustration rules the day in Peachland, as residents head into the second lengthy power outage of the week. After Wednesday's snowstorm damaged a power pole in West Kelowna, the power was forced off for nearly 24 hours in Peachland. Late...

More power woes

Nov 28, 2014 / 10:00 am
Update -- 10 a.m. It was initially thought that Peachland would be the only community affected by today's power outage, but it now appears that some residents of West Kelowna have also been affected. According to BCHydro there are 1,533 homes that went dark shortly before 10 a.m. Friday...

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...