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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...

Not as prepared as we think

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

In this week's poll, Castanet asked readers whether they felt prepared in the event of an emergency. Basic essential items include: Non-perishable food for all family members Two litres of water per person, per day Flashlights Batteries Cash Medications or other special...

Hwy. 33 reopens

Jul 22, 2014 / 12:30 am

12:30 a.m. update: Hwy. 33 is now open for traffic in both directions. 8 p.m. update: Highway 33 remains closed in both directions at Beaverdell. Estimated time of opening is after 12 a.m. Check DriveBC for updates. Highway 33 is closed in both directions at Beaverdell because of...

Longboard competition cancelled

Jul 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Due to extremely dry conditions the Giants Head Freeride Longboard competition will be cancelled. The District of Summerland issued a statement Monday claiming the risk of wildfire on Giant’s Head Mountain was too great and the competition that was to be held July 28 thru to August 4 must...

Castanet's weekly weather

Jul 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Check out the weekly weather forecast starting Monday July 21.

97C rollover

Jul 19, 2014 / 4:11 pm

A rollover on Highway 97C entrapped one man in a vehicle and left a second, female occupant injured. The crash occurred around 2 p.m. near the Pennask Summit. The westbound lane of the highway was temporarily closed so the air ambulance could land. By 4 p.m., it had two lanes open eastbound...

Dog ambassadors cruise parks

Jul 19, 2014 / 6:00 am

They will be hard to miss this summer with their bright colours and smiling faces. The Regional District of the Central Okanagan dog ambassador team are becoming familiar faces around the areas beaches and parks, but are not enforcement officers of bylaws. Spokesperson for the RDCO, Bruce...

Heatwave is sweet for fruit

Jul 16, 2014 / 12:58 pm

The BC Fruit Growers' Association says the recent high temperatures are 'cherry'. They say the heatwave will not impact the availability or quality of apples, cherries or other fruit grown up and down the Okanagan Valley, as it turns out for the fruit, heat is a good thing. West...

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