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Brush fire in Oyama

Jul 31, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Update -- July 31, 3 pm If it wasn't for some quick thinking, the small brush fire in Oyama on Wednesday afternoon could have been a lot worse. Jennifer Madsen, co-owner of Oyama Zipline says one of her employees had just left for the day when he suddenly returned and said there was a car...

Speeders take to new highway

Jul 31, 2014 / 12:44 pm

There's nothing better than a brand new stretch of pavement to bring out the speeders. That's exactly what the the RCMP are finding along the new stretch of Highway 97 through Lake Country. Police say people are not only speeding, but driving at excessive speeds. RCMP have been...

Hot and dry raises fire rating

Jul 30, 2014 / 2:38 pm

The fire danger rating within the Kamloops fire region continues to climb as quickly as the mercury. With no end in sight to temperatures in the low to mid 30s over the next seven days, the fire danger rating has risen to moderate to high throughout the region. Fire Information Officer, Dave...

Interior Health power failure

Jul 30, 2014 / 12:34 pm

The power outage that shut down Interior Health’s website last week also presented problems for both patients and staff. It was a complete blackout across the entire IH region on July 21, which was triggered by a power outage at the main data centre in Kelowna. Multiple power surges over...

Missing hiker found

Jul 30, 2014 / 9:28 am

Update -- 9:15 a.m. COSAR is reporting that the 39-year-old missing hiker has been located and they are now bringing him out. Crews set up a staging area at Gem Lake, and the Big White Fire Department also assisted in the rescue. The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team is gearing up...

Skeet range takes flack

Jul 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

Several residents of the Trepanier area filled the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) chambers Monday, concerned about a skeet shooting range and an RV park proposed for the area. The application was submitted by the Central Okanagan Shotgun Sports Club to Front Counter BC. That...

Tentative OK for pot facility

Jul 29, 2014 / 8:11 pm

A medical marijuana facility proposed for the Trepanier area has cleared its first hurdle. The Regional District of Central Okanagan Monday gave conditional approval for a temporary use permit for the facility. RDCO communications director, Bruce Smith, says the proponent has applied to...

Wildfire doused quickly

Jul 29, 2014 / 4:28 pm

A small wildfire off Brenda Mines Road near the Okanagan Connector was quickly doused Tuesday afternoon. Fire information officer, Dave Steeves, says the fire was just 0.2 hectares in size and is completely contained. Steeves says bombers were able to action the fire quickly and spread...

Hwy. 33 crash zone cleared

Jul 28, 2014 / 3:50 pm

UPDATE 3:50 P.M. According to DriveBC the accident zone on Highway 33 north of Beaverdell has now be completely cleared and traffic is flowing again in both directions. The Highway was closed in both directions at about 8:30 Monday morning after a logging truck went onto its side. Reports...

Hot dog owners can be fined

Jul 28, 2014 / 9:36 am

Fines can now be levied to pet owners who leave their dogs inside hot vehicles in the Central Okanagan. One of the provisions within the new dog bylaw adopted earlier this year by the Regional District of Central Okanagan allows Dog Control officers to ticket anyone who puts their pet(s) at...

Racetrack crash

Jul 28, 2014 / 8:55 am

Rob Seeger emailed Castanet to say "there was no fire at the accident at Thunder Mountain raceway." After the crash there was a unanimous decision to continue racing by the racers he said. The reported explosion was actually the car impacting a safety barrel filled with water....

Weekly weather forecast

Jul 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week looks hot and sunny. Residents are reminded to be mindful of their cigarette butts and to check the BC wildfire website for burning restrictions.

Peachland triathlon road closures

Jul 26, 2014 / 3:05 pm

The Peachland Triathlon is Sunday morning and it will temporarily close some roads. The triathlon, a special event of the Peachland Recreation Department since 1994, is taking place on Beach Avenue on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Beach Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between 1st...

Crash turns fatal on 97C

Jul 26, 2014 / 7:51 am

7:40 a.m. update July 26: A 75-year-old male is dead following a crash on Hwy. 97C yesterday afternoon. At 3:45 p.m. RCMP from the Central Interior Traffic Services unit Merritt, B.C. Ambulance and Merritt Fire Rescue attended to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 97C in the...

Castanet's Week in Review

Jul 26, 2014 / 7:39 am

Castanet's Week in Review with Jen Zielinski.

Storm kills power

Jul 23, 2014 / 9:21 pm

UPDATE 9:21 P.M. Power has been restored to the majority of the Central Okanagan after lightning strikes took out power up and down the valley. Fortis BC says on twitter that they are still working on restoring power to 100 properties in Kelowna. As of 9 p.m. they are also reporting...

Storm photo gallery

Jul 23, 2014 / 4:44 pm

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3 family members killed in crash

Jul 23, 2014 / 2:59 pm

The three people who died last week in a horrific car accident near Kelowna have been identified by the BC Coroners Service. Harold Reinhardt Miller, 82, was behind the wheel with his 79-year-old wife Violet Juline Miller in the back seat. The couple’s great grandson, 14-year-old Thomas...

Man missing since December

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:44 pm

Police are seeking public assistance in determining the whereabouts of a man last seen in December, 2013. On June 8, 2014 the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a missing person from a campsite near James Lake. Terrance Michael Landon had been living in a tent trailer on Crown land for several...

Stolen truck smashes store

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:34 pm

The front doors of Lake Country Liquor were damaged last week after at least one person tried to break into the store. Members of the Lake Country RCMP responded to an attempted break and enter around 12:30 a.m. on July 17, after the front doors to the business were repeatedly smashed by a...

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