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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Castanet's week in review

Feb 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Ballet superstar teaches

Feb 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Experience a ballet class unlike any other with Chan Hon Goh. Goh holds master classes around Canada and the U.S. with the first stop of 2018 right here in...

Congestion at YLW

Feb 18, 2018 / 11:15 am

Kelowna International Airport is recovering from a day full of cancellation and facing congestion on Sunday. Numerous flights were forced to be cancelled on...

Make PharmaNet mandatory

Feb 18, 2018 / 7:22 am

Helen Jennens flips through two sets of documents — one for each son who fatally overdosed. Letters she sent in both cases to the College of Physicians...

A mother's joy

Feb 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The mother of Kelowna teen Giselle Roberts, reported missing on Feb. 13 and found on the 16th, has reached out to Castanet to share her joy and gratitude that...

Bikeshare plan unveiled

Feb 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Several dozen bike pick-up and drop-off locations will be set up around downtown Kelowna as part of an 18-month bike share agreement between the city and...

Park expansion to continue

Feb 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council will be asked to make an addition to the 2018 budget to facilitate Phase 3 of construction at Rutland Centennial Park. The city had applied...

Weather grounds flights

Feb 17, 2018 / 1:50 pm

Poor visibility is causing problems at the Kelowna International Airport Saturday, forcing the cancellation of several flights. While some early-morning...

Fire at George Elliot school

Feb 17, 2018 / 7:24 am

Fire broke out at a Lake Country high school overnight. Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor says firefighters were called to George Elliot Secondary just...

Local back in octagon

Feb 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

One of Kelowna's top fighters is in Texas this weekend looking to grab her third win in the UFC. Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras trains under coach...

Fruit industry thriving... but

Feb 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The outgoing president of the BC Fruit Growers Association painted a picture of an industry that has bounced back after some very dark days. Fred Steele,...

KFX: come and cosplay

Feb 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Organizers gave a sneak peek this week of the upcoming Kelowna Fan Experience. KFX as it's known is scheduled for March 23-25 and is produced by New Vintage...

Swapping pucks for rings

Feb 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The West Kelowna Warriors will ditch their curved sticks and puck for straight sticks and a ring. The BCHL hockey team will get a chance to show off its...

$5M for tree fruit farmers

Feb 16, 2018 / 7:30 pm

B.C.’s tree fruit farmers are about to get a boost from the provincial government in the form of $5 million set aside to give the industry a competitive...

Water repairs completed

Feb 16, 2018 / 4:47 pm

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. Repairs have been completed on a water pressure reducing station in the Casa Loma Area of West Kelowna. Lakeview Heights and Casa Loma...

Missing Kelowna woman

Feb 16, 2018 / 4:08 pm

RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Kelowna woman. Stephanie Lang, 29, was last seen a week ago, but hasn't been in...

Global cuts hit Okanagan

Feb 16, 2018 / 3:53 pm

Three Okanagan employees lost their jobs at Global News this week. North Okanagan reporter Megan Turcato and two camera operators are out of work, after...

$2.9M school budget cut

Feb 16, 2018 / 1:15 pm

The board of education for School District 23 has approved a $2.9-million reduction to its 2017-18 budget. The move reduces the overall district budget for...

Tattoo show adds suds, rock

Feb 16, 2018 / 1:08 pm

The Okanagan Tattoo Show returns to Kelowna this summer. Organizers have announced the event will grow this year to incorporate a music and beer festival....

Taking wine ban to court?

Feb 16, 2018 / 11:07 am

The B.C. Wine Institute is considering legal action against the Alberta government, as British Columbia wineries begin to feel the effect of Alberta’s...

Missing teen found

Feb 16, 2018 / 10:41 am

Kelowna RCMP tell Castanet they have found 16 year old Giselle Roberts. She was reported missing Tuesday Feb. 13. No further details are available at this time.

Award for Castanet's Moore

Feb 16, 2018 / 10:07 am

For 15 years, Castanet's Wayne Moore has been covering the comings and goings across the Okanagan. Thursday night, Moore was recognized by the B.C. Fruit...

Leaving it all behind

Feb 16, 2018 / 7:09 am

A Kelowna family decided to pack their bags and move across the world about eight months ago. The family of four wanted to discover a different perspective on...

Kelowna's growth slowing

Feb 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

The rate of population growth within the Kelowna Census Metropolitan area has slowed down. While the region, which encompasses the area between Peachland and...

Biggest development ever

Feb 15, 2018 / 9:00 pm

West Kelowna city council took tentative first steps this week toward approving what would be the biggest development the city has ever seen. With Couns....

Top 10 for local boarder

Feb 15, 2018 / 8:39 pm

Kelowna's Tess Critchlow is one of the top ten female snowboard cross riders in the world today. It's been a busy day for Critchlow, who's been...

Moose swerves by cars

Feb 15, 2018 / 7:30 pm

A father and daughter were recently driving down Gordon Drive when a moose came darting towards them. The moose was just inches away from the vehicle, near...

'I did not give him consent'

Feb 15, 2018 / 6:00 pm

“I never consented to anything with him, I did not give him consent to touch me,” an alleged sexual assault victim repeatedly told the court...

Stewart ready to work

Feb 15, 2018 / 4:50 pm

Less than a day after being returned to the legislature by voters in Kelowna West, Ben Stewart says he's ready to get to work. Stewart reclaimed the seat...

House fire in Rutland

Feb 15, 2018 / 2:40 pm

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. All hot spots are now out, and fire crews have left the scene. "The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. One elderly woman was...

Placid Forman in court

Feb 15, 2018 / 1:54 pm

A Kelowna father accused of three counts of second-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife and two children appeared placid in court Thursday....

Accused lurer out on bail

Feb 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A former Kelowna resident, arrested last month in Grande Prairie, Alta., on child pornography charges, is out on bail. Jonathan Karl Bruenig, 34, was released...

Drilling holes in gas tanks

Feb 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two vehicles had holes drilled into their gas tanks outside a Kelowna office. Employees came out to the work trucks on Landsdowne Place near Reid's Corner...

Greens get 13% of vote

Feb 14, 2018 / 11:15 pm

UPDATE 11:15 p.m. Robert Stupka believes in the message the Green Party is delivering. He just doesn't feel enough people bothered to listen. Stupka, making...

Voters elect Stewart

Feb 14, 2018 / 11:15 pm

UPDATE: 11:15 p.m. Liberal Ben Stewart is now the MLA of Kelowna West, again. Quails' Gate Estate Winery was packed with supporters and friends of Stewart...

NDP a distant second

Feb 14, 2018 / 11:00 pm

UPDATE: 11 p.m. Disappointing. That's how Kelowna West NDP riding association president Karen Abramsen described the results of Wednesday's byelection....

Girls rescued from scaffold

Feb 14, 2018 / 8:21 pm

Two teenage girls got a little too adventurous for their own good, Wednesday night. Firefighters with a ladder truck were called to a construction site on...

Police seek missing teen

Feb 14, 2018 / 7:01 pm

Kelowna RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Kelowna teen. Giselle Roberts was last seen Feb. 13. Police are concerned for...

Pot will transform local jobs

Feb 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Legalized cannabis will usher in major economic shifts in the Okanagan as economic activity explodes and the labor market transforms dramatically. Those are...

Steady action at the polls

Feb 14, 2018 / 2:43 pm

Voting has been steady in the Kelowna West byelection as residents go to the polls to chose a replacement for former premier Christy Clark. Clark resigned from...

Car to a mama in need

Feb 14, 2018 / 2:05 pm

A Kelowna mom received an unexpected Valentine's Day gift, Wednesday. Mamas for Mamas and Paragon Motors presented the keys to her own car to Roxanne...

Letnick pans throne speech

Feb 14, 2018 / 10:05 am

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick is disappointed the NDP government's throne speech didn't include safeguards for the provincial economy....

Kelowna West votes today

Feb 14, 2018 / 7:22 am

UPDATE 7:21 a.m. Elections B-C says results of the Kelowna West byelection should begin flowing in after eight tonight, once the polls have closed -- and...

Master ballet class back

Feb 14, 2018 / 6:48 am

The Chan Hon Goh Masterclass series is back in Kelowna by popular demand this week. Goh, a Prima Ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada (1994-2009) and...

Valentine's, do you care?

Feb 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Valentines Day is here. While many choose to dismiss it, a new poll by Insights West finds three out of four people plan to celebrate the lovers' day. In...

Building Rowcliffe Park

Feb 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Construction is finally set to begin on Rowcliffe Park. The community park is the signature piece of the overall Central Green development. Construction on...

Forman back in court

Feb 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A man who has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife and his two children just days before Christmas will...

Steps to financial literacy

Feb 14, 2018 / 4:44 am

There is no question that finances weigh heavily on the majority, but what if there was a guide to help aleviate some of that burden. Launch Community...

Bye bye, dirt pile

Feb 13, 2018 / 6:12 pm

Construction has officially begun on the Kelowna development that will one day supplant the downtown core’s much-maligned dirt pile. One Water Street will...

East Indians need not apply

Feb 13, 2018 / 4:36 pm

A racist Kijiji ad for a rental suite in Rutland is causing a stir. The ad posted on Monday offers a two-bedroom suite for rent and explicitly stated: “no...

Moose attacks family pet

Feb 13, 2018 / 4:00 pm

A moose on the loose became aggressive toward a dog in a West Kelowna backyard. Alana Haller says the moose has been hanging around her Yorkton Road...

'Disheveled and terrified'

Feb 13, 2018 / 3:45 pm

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. When a West Kelowna RCMP officer found the victim of an alleged violent rape just before 7 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2016, she leapt from the bush she...

City surprised by Airbnb tax

Feb 13, 2018 / 3:45 pm

A recently announced tax on Airbnb rentals in B.C. came as a complete surprise to the City of Kelowna, and city planners are still trying to calculate its...

Deciding Beach Ave. fate

Feb 13, 2018 / 1:32 pm

The fate of a controversial development across from Peachland's waterfront will be determined tonight. Council will debate whether to give third reading and...

'A great face for radio'

Feb 13, 2018 / 12:50 pm

Today is World Radio Day. And that's a big deal at Castanet, where we recently got into the radio business with the launch of our sister station Okanagan...

Pondering pot playing field

Feb 13, 2018 / 11:58 am

Now the province has set out rules, the City of Kelowna can begin work on land-use regulations for marijuana retailers. Rules introduced by the province last...

More than 6,000 vote early

Feb 13, 2018 / 10:47 am

Voting was light but steady during six days of advance polls in Wednesday's Kelowna West byelection. A total of 6,142 votes were cast during advance polls,...

Water shut off tomorrow

Feb 13, 2018 / 9:54 am

Residents in Killiney Beach will be without water Valentine's Day. Service will be shut off to customers above Westside Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the...

Blaze on Bernard

Feb 13, 2018 / 9:28 am

UPDATE 6:44 a.m Platoon Captain Kelly Stephens, with Kelowna Fire, tells Castanet an unattended candle is the culprit in an early morning fire that forced 10...

Okanagan PBR is coming!

Feb 13, 2018 / 8:19 am

Canada's top bull riders will be making a stop in Kelowna for the first time ever this summer. Canada’s elite Monster Energy Tour will buck into...

Calling young TEDxers

Feb 13, 2018 / 7:55 am

Calling all young Okanagan innovators, TEDxYouth wants you. Organizer Jordan Kleckner is hoping Okanagan youth will embrace the opportunity to get engaged,...

How high is too high?

Feb 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Westcorp is standing up for the new design of its proposed downtown Kelowna hotel. City planning staff are recommending council deny a new development permit...

This moose be love

Feb 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

A moose strolling around the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna is turning into a bit of a celebrity. After being spotted on Glen Eagles Drive this weekend, several...

Club mourning death

Feb 12, 2018 / 2:22 pm

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. RCMP tell Castanet there was no death at the Liquid Zoo over the weekend. The male that passed away did however, have a connection to the...

Full day of sunshine

Feb 12, 2018 / 7:54 am

The Okanagan is in for a full day of sunshine this Family Day. Environment Canada forecasts a high of -5 C and mainly sunny, with cloudy periods towards late...

Blown away by whirlwind

Feb 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna residents were blown away by a whirlwind on Saturday. Figuratively. A video taken from an Orchard Park Shopping Centre parking lot shows a defined dust...

'Very missed' lost pup

Feb 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

A missing pup named Max has been all alone for two weeks now. Max is a male boxer who was last seen on Westside Road in West Kelowna. A drone search was...

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