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E. coli levels close beach

Aug 19, 2014 / 10:54 am

The swimming advisory at Reiswig Regional Park and Beasley Park is still in effect, five days after the beaches were closed. According to the District of Lake Country swimming at those beaches is not recommended until further notice. The District notes that the science of water quality is...

The good, the bad, the E. coli

Aug 19, 2014 / 6:41 am

How clean are our beaches? Well, as it turns out they are pretty clean. In order to ensure the local waterways are safe to swim, Interior Health -- along with municipalities -- test the waters weekly. Castanet conducted our own tests and had a water analysis company take a look. All 10...

New BC ambassadors chosen

Aug 18, 2014 / 6:52 pm

The British Columbia Ambassador Program is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 Ambassador Team. During a gala event, Saturday, August 16, three candidates were chosen to represent the province as youth ambassadors. Juliana Martine of Oliver, Navjot Takhar of Kelowna, and Cheyanne...

Castanet's weekly weather

Aug 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week looks mostly cool and rainy with a chance of thunderstorms almost everyday until Saturday. It's getting very cool at night as well this week, with some evening lows reaching the single digits.

Parks re-open as fire hazard drops

Aug 15, 2014 / 3:07 pm

With the recent rain fall and the reduction in the fire hazard, the Regional District of Central Okanagan and districts of Peachland and West Kelowna have re-opened several parks for public use. These include... RDCO Regional Parks: Hardy Falls Regional Park Trepanier Creek Greenway...

Severe thunderstorm watch...again

Aug 14, 2014 / 2:08 pm

Is Environment Canada becoming the little boy who cried wolf? After severe thunderstorm watches the past two days produced little more than some overnight rain Wednesday morning, Canada's national weather service has issued another warning today. According to Environment Canada,...

RCMP: Lock it or lose it

Aug 13, 2014 / 11:00 am

Theft from vehicles are on the rise in the Central Okanagan, where we’ve seen a 21 per cent increase in thefts so far this year compared to 2013. Residential break and enters are also eight per cent higher than last year, with many rural homes being targeted, according to numbers released...

Severe storm watch round 2

Aug 13, 2014 / 10:50 am

The severe thunderstorm watch on Tuesday proved to be just a watch after all with the Okanagan getting only a little rain, but a new watch is on for today that may provide more of a show. Environment Canada Meteorologist Andre Besson says that although Tuesday did not show any storm activity we...

Truck fire on Connector

Aug 13, 2014 / 9:59 am

Update August 13, 9:30 a.m. According to police, the driver reported having problems with the truck and was returning to the Lower Mainland to have maintenance done. He was able to escape the truck before the flames engulfed the cab. A semi truck burst into flames on the Okanagan...

Okanagan thunderstorm watch

Aug 12, 2014 / 11:54 am

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire Okanagan Valley. The advisory was put out at 10 a.m. this morning. According to the advisory, conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and...

Beach rescue

Aug 12, 2014 / 6:04 am

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) were called to rescue a man with a broken leg from a beach, on the Westside, Monday night. At 7 p.m. the BC ambulance (BCAS) service contacted COSAR and asked for assistance in performing the shoreline rescue. The man in his 40’s had been out...

Human caused fire

Aug 11, 2014 / 5:20 pm

By: Muriel Archibald A fire in Lake Country overnight might have been the result of careless smoking. Director of Protective Services Steve Windsor says fire crews were called out just after 1 a.m. to a blaze on Tyndall Road. Windsor says crews had no problem putting out the fire, but...

Supermoon gallery

Aug 11, 2014 / 2:00 pm

If anyone looked outside last night, they were sure to see the supermoon. This unique spectacle happens when a full moon coincides with its closest elliptical orbit to earth and can appear 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter. The moon was about 305,000 kilometres away last night --...

97C reopens after rollover

Aug 11, 2014 / 6:15 am

6:15 a.m. update Aug. 11: Teri Gartrell emailed us the video (above) of the crash on 97C that sent four to hospital Sunday afternoon. "This clip shows the rescuers attempting to free the fourth victim who was trapped in the wreckage. We arrived on the scene probably within 10 minutes of...

Weekly weather forecast

Aug 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

Check out the weekly weather forecast. This week looks sunny and warm again, although some areas may see thunderstorms later in the week. For a detailed forecast head to our weather page.

Week in Review

Aug 10, 2014 / 5:16 pm

Castanet's Week in Review.

Close encounter with chopper

Aug 10, 2014 / 10:54 am

Watch as this group of boaters gets up close and personal with a firefighting helicopter Saturday afternoon. According to Joseph Sikora, the pilot "kept dropping his bucket right beside people. We were all out of his way, floating in a tube, and here comes a chopper." The bucket...

Okanagan monitoring mussels

Aug 10, 2014 / 10:02 am

A Central Okanagan boat launch is part of a valley-wide network of monitoring stations for invasive mussels. The monitor device is installed in Okanagan Lake at the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park boat launch that is maintained by the Regional District. The Okanagan and...

Webworm returns to Okanagan

Aug 9, 2014 / 8:54 am

The fall webworm has begun its semi-annual appearance in the Okanagan. These webworms are commonly seen in the late summer or early fall and while they can be unsightly – with webs that are often confused with the more destructive tent caterpillar – they rarely cause any permanent...

Peachland parks closed

Aug 8, 2014 / 3:00 pm

As a result of the high to extreme fire hazard and extremely dry conditions, the Regional District has closed several Regional Parks until further notice. Hardy Falls Regional Park Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park Coldham Regional Park Glen Canyon Regional Park Kalamoir Regional...

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