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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Working on fire guards

Jul 23, 2017 / 9:35 am

The weather has cooperated with crews fighting the wildfires in the Cariboo region and fireguards are being built around some of the more active fires,...

Crews fight garage fire

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:20 am

Kelowna firefighters fought a garage fire Saturday night at a residence on the 4800 block of Dillon Place. Crews were called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. when...

Central Green building up

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

A fourth development is set to go ahead at Kelowna's Central Green site. City council will be asked Monday to approve a development permit for a...

Grass fire quickly doused

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:02 pm

Fire crews rushed to a small grass fire in Rutland Saturday afternoon and managed to douse it before it caused any significant damage. The fire burned a small...

One big party downtown

Jul 22, 2017 / 3:00 pm

The streets of downtown Kelowna were filled with thousands of people enjoying games, music, food and entertainment at the 28th annual Downtown Kelowna Block...

Climbing accident takes life

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:17 pm

"It is with heavy and aching hearts we announce the sudden passing of Thomas (Tom) Padmore on July 15, 2017," wrote Tom's mother, Carol, and his...

Castanet's week in review

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Mission Creek Clean up

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:20 am

Kokanee salmon will soon return to a cleaner home in Mission Creek. Starting Monday, July 24, BC Ministry of Environment crews will start cleaning the spawning...

Sandbags headed to landfill

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Sand has been working overtime in the Okanagan this year. About two million sandbags were distributed from Peachland up to Lake Country this spring, as...

Adam Scorgie talks docs

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna documentary producer Adam Scorgie was in the Okanagan earlier this week. During his visit, he sat down with Castanet reporter Wayne Moore to discuss his...

Mustang and SUV collide

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:03 pm

A white Mustang and a black SUV collided on Harvey and Cooper just after 9:45 p.m. Emergency crews are on scene. It is unknown if there are any injuries at this...

Jailed for coke, heroin, meth

Jul 21, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A 33-year-old father-to-be will be serving a three-year jail sentence when his child is born for trafficking large amounts of five different types of drugs in...

Water cops watching you

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Rutland Waterworks are taking the unusual step of sending out water cops to ensure citywide sprinkling regulations are adhered to. In a news release sent out by...

Home Depot delivers

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:15 pm

Kelowna and West Kelowna Home Depot Stores have raised $40433 for local youth through the Orange Door Campaign. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs will use the...

Evening Update July 21

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, July 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Van T-boned on highway

Jul 21, 2017 / 3:16 pm

A T-bone collision slowed traffic on Highway 97 in Peachland Friday afternoon. A van was hit by a pickup at Highway 97 and Princeton Road about 2 p.m. A...

Truswell home in the clear

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:59 pm

Bud Truswell can breathe a little easier now. His home on Truswell Road, near the mouth of Mission Creek, has been removed from an evacuation alert....

Who started the fire?

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:32 pm

Police have set up a tip line to find out who started last weekend's devastating wildfire in Okanagan Centre. RCMP continue to investigate the blaze, which...

Okanagan workers earn less

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:56 am

It doesn’t matter what your job is – if you live in the Thompson-Okanagan, you’re probably getting paid less than the majority of your peers...

Castanet's Kid Report

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

Dads do daughters' hair

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

Dads and grandpas learned the basics of hair styling Thursday night, giving their daughters and granddaughters new dos in the process. MC College, a...

Lake nears normal level

Jul 21, 2017 / 7:30 am

Since Okanagan Lake reached historic highs back in early June, the level of the lake has fallen dramatically. It's fallen 61 centimetres since reaching a...

What to do with retardant

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Dozens of former evacuees met in Winfield Thursday night, to learn about their next steps moving on from the devastating Okanagan Centre wildfire and to learn...

West Kelowna opens parks

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:30 pm

The City of West Kelowna has opened up several parks that have been closed the past few months due to flood concerns. Parks have opened as crews remove sandbags...

Moviemaker returns home

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:45 pm

Peachland moviemaker Andrew Huculiak has returned home to film his second dramatic feature. I'm Not A Bad Person is set to begin filming Aug. 15. The movie...

Evening Update July 20

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, July 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Evacuees to meet tonight

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:54 pm

Okanagan Centre residents impacted by last weekend's wildfire are invited to a meeting tonight at Winfield Memorial Hall. The meeting concerns the impact of...

Bear pays brief visit

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:06 pm

A black bear walked right through a townhouse complex in Kelowna, Thursday. The bear trundled through the Glen Valley development near Boynton Place just off...

Lightning sparks small fires

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:17 am

A brief storm rolled through portions of the Southern Interior Wednesday evening, sparking some small fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre. Fire information...

Returning home after fire

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Residents along Nighthawk Road in Okanagan Centre returned to what remained of their homes, Wednesday. "Most of the residents went back to their homes...

Spot fire on Nighthawk

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:54 pm

Firefighters extinguished a spot fire near Nighthawk Road in Okanagan Centre Wednesday night. Winds were gusting up to the area that was previously torched by a...

Miss Kelowna crowned

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:24 pm

The winner of Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake and Kelowna’s Princess has been crowned. Alexa Rood is Miss Kelowna and Bethany Kover has been named...

Iced tea for wildfires

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:53 pm

Three Kelowna kids wanted to do their part to help communities affected by wildfires. Jordan, Layla and Jayda made an iced tea and Freezee stand, and were able...

Downtown ready to party

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Downtown Kelowna is getting ready for its biggest party of the year. The Downtown Kelowna Association's 28th annual Block Party is set for Saturday from 10...

Evening Update July 19

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, July 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Body recovered from lake

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:33 pm

The body of a 23-year-old man who went into Okanagan Lake and wasn't seen again has been recovered. West Kelowna RCMP confirmed the body was located at 7...

Bakery truck torched

Jul 19, 2017 / 2:35 pm

Police are looking for two men who torched a Specialty Bakery truck early Wednesday morning. A company employee says two men, possibly teenagers, were seen...

Mobile drug sites approved

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:30 pm

Health Canada has approved Interior Health's application to provide mobile supervised drug consumption sites in Kelowna and Kamloops. The sites should be up...

2 kilos of cocaine in car

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:48 am

A Kelowna man has been arrested after police found two kilos of cocaine in his vehicle. On July 11, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit pulled over a...

Malfunction sparks fire

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:41 am

UPDATE: 11:40 P.M. Firefighters were called to A.J. Forsyth Russel Metals for reports of a possible grass fire just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. "A piece of...

Danger closes more parks

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:33 am

More Kelowna parks have been closed due to the extreme fire hazard. The following parks will be closed to the public until conditions improve: Paul’s...

Smoky skies ease

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:47 am

For the first time in a couple days, blue skies can be seen above Kelowna. After two days of smoky skies in the valley, things have cleared off for the time...

Kelowna's fastest street car

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:22 am

So, you think you're fast? Here's your chance to prove it. Thunder Mountain Raceway brings back Kelowna’s Fastest Street Car Shootout this...

Robbery, intimidation, threat

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:33 am

A Kelowna man who has yet to face trial for a 2014 bank robbery is back in custody after allegedly making threats, just weeks after completing his sentence for...

All evacuations lifted

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:25 am

All evacuation orders have now been lifted for 58 properties within the Okanagan Centre Wildfire. This includes all properties on Nighthawk, Long and Tyndall...

Wanting to rebuild condo

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The developer of the destroyed Water's Edge north building intends to rebuild the destroyed condo, but won't know the full extent of the damage until...

Frayed nerves over fire

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Lake Country residents are still shaken in the wake of Saturday's destructive wildfire. It's the topic on everyone's lips, as they talk about the...

Sandbag removal begins

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Sandbag removal on private properties that are no longer under threat of flooding has begun. On Tuesday, crews started in Kelowna and West Kelowna and will move...

Fighting it out with fish

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:00 pm

A chef battle took place in Kelowna Monday night. Their weapon – fish. The Underground Chef Company teamed up with Krafty Kitchen to have Chef Chris Braun...

Sleepy driver hits ditch

Jul 18, 2017 / 7:12 pm

A drowsy driver found himself in the ditch Tuesday evening. No one was hurt when an import sedan went off Highway 97 just north of Berry Road in Winfield. The...

Evacuees flock to Kelowna

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:54 pm

More than 1,100 evacuees from across the B.C. Interior have made their way to the Central Okanagan. As of Monday night, 1,130 people had registered at the...

Gellatly Rd finally reopens

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:23 pm

After nearly three months, Gellatly Road is finally open again to traffic. The portion of the road below Highway 97, between Witt and Boucherie roads, was...

Five homes can return

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:20 pm

Residents of five properties in the Killiney Beach area were allowed home on Tuesday after an evacuation order was rescinded in the wake of recent flooding. The...

Fire 90% contained

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:15 pm

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. The fire has gone from 80 per cent contained Tuesday morning to its current status of 90 per cent containment. The size of the fire-affected...

Evening Update July 18

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, July 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Small grass fire out

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:18 pm

Firefighters responded to a small grass fire in the Old Glenmore neighbourhood of Kelowna Tuesday afternoon. The call came in about 4 p.m., near Glenmore Road...

Fire danger closes parks

Jul 18, 2017 / 1:28 pm

Several Central Okanagan parks have been closed due to extreme to fire hazard. The following parks are closed until further notice: Trepanier Creek Greenway...

A close call on the highway

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

"That truck is on fire!" That's what Chris Kearney's wife, Crystal, exclaimed Monday as they were driving on Highway 97 near Oyama. Kearney...

Milex Court house fire

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:36 am

It was a busy morning for Kelowna Fire Department crews. After extinguishing a brush and tree fire along Highway 97 before midnight, crews were called out to a...

Late-night fire closes hwy

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:20 am

UPDATE: 8:20 a.m. A cause of a fire which threatened an apartment building on Thayer Court in Kelowna is under investigation. The fire, which started in brush...

Lake closes in on full pool

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:00 am

While many in the Okanagan focus on the affects of wildfires across the region and the interior, local lake levels slowly inch their way down toward normal...

Parkway soon in local hands

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:35 am

A former strip of Highway 97 will soon be turned over to the District of Lake Country. Pelmewash Parkway, arguably one of the most scenic drives in the region,...

Mischief could lead to fire

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A concerned Castanet viewer sent in a photo on the weekend of people disregarding barriers on trails in Lake Country. Riley Hastings took to the Lake Country...

Sea sick for 12-hr swim

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna swimmer conquered the 35-kilometre swim from England to France in under 12 hours, all while being sea sick. “I got sea sick about four hours...

1 on 1: Amazing Racer

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Wayne Moore sits down with Amazing Race Canada contestant Shabbir Dhalla to get a behind-the-scenes look at just how the show works. Dhalla makes his home in...

Rose Valley fire out

Jul 17, 2017 / 7:09 pm

UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. Neighbours were able to hose down the small grass fire that broke out at about 6 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after...

Small fire dealt with

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:35 pm

BC Wildfire crews were notified of a fire near Crystal Mountain Sunday night, and say it has since been declared out. Fire crews were able to deal with the spot...

Evening Update July 17

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:59 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, July 17, with news director Jon Manchester, in for Wayne Moore.

Collision stalls traffic

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:42 pm

Crews responded to a two vehicle collision near Harvey Avenue and Water street on Monday. The collision occurred around 4:15 p.m., causing traffic to stall in...

Working overnight on fire

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:25 pm

Crews will continue to work on the wildfire at Okanagan Centre overnight to get it closer to full containment. The wildfire is now 75 per cent contained and is...

Daytime shooting targeted

Jul 17, 2017 / 3:38 pm

A man was found with a gunshot wound to his leg Saturday afternoon in what police believe to be a targeted attack. West Kelowna RCMP responded to shots fired...

A place for evacuees' pets

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:42 pm

West Kelowna's Dr. Oz is extending the invite for evacuees' pets that need a place to stay. Dr. Moshe Oz, of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, said...

Boaters weren't drunk

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:28 pm

A woman who was on board the boat when a man went missing in Okanagan Lake says people are jumping to conclusions. She says the group was not drinking...

Fortis: Call before you dig

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:00 pm

UPDATE: 1 p.m. FortisBC is reminding the public and contractors to call or click before they dig. This morning's gas leak that shut down Highway 97 was the...

58 properties on evac order

Jul 17, 2017 / 12:28 pm

The Okanagan Centre wildfire evacuation order now excludes 11 properties along Tyndall Road. An evacuation order remains in place for Nighthawk Road, Long Road...

Where the fire started

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:41 am

Dramatic video shows the very beginnings of the destructive wildfire that ripped through Okanagan Centre over the weekend. Video shot by Joe Delehay shows the...

Local smoke staying

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:57 am

The Okanagan is in for another hot and sunny week. Environment Canada forecasts a high of 27 C, on Monday with a mix of sun and clouds and local smoke...

Expecting 1,000 evacuees

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:23 am

Group lodging has been prepared in Kelowna and West Kelowna for evacuees from fires throughout the Interior. Emergency Social Services is prepared to...

Fire now 75% contained

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:15 am

The Okanagan Centre wildfire is now 75 per cent contained. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre says firefighters worked through the night putting...

West Kelowna teen gone

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:58 am

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing West Kelowna teen. Jake Fehr, 17, was last seen on July 13, about midnight, at his...

The ultimate fitness test

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Big White will play host to one of the most demanding obstacle challenges. Mudd, Sweat and Tears will stage an event at Big White Saturday, Aug. 26. The eight...

Million dollar bus tour

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna man quit his job and converted an old school bus for a community impact project across Canada in which he hopes to raise a million dollars to support....

Nighthawk hit hardest

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Nighthawk Road in Okanagan Centre suffered the worst damage of the weekend's wildfire. The residents and then the media toured the destruction on Sunday. ...

Some may return home

Jul 16, 2017 / 8:56 pm

Some residents in Lake Country can return home, but not everyone. The Emergency Operation Centre advises that following an assessment this afternoon, the...

A tour of fire scene

Jul 16, 2017 / 7:54 pm

Blackened and smouldering earth was the first sign of the wildfire that scorched Okanagan Centre over the weekend. Then, blankets of fire retardant on land,...

Winds, fire calmer

Jul 16, 2017 / 6:43 pm

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Readers in the area say conditions have calmed substantially. During a media tour of the area, a light breeze was blowing and the fire seemed...

Searchers scour the lake

Jul 16, 2017 / 6:05 pm

UPDATE: 6 p.m. Police and search and rescue volunteers continue their efforts to locate a 23-year-old man missing in Okanagan Lake. RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt....

'We did our best'

Jul 16, 2017 / 5:50 pm

UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. A destructive wildfire in Lake County was human caused. The Emergency Operations Centre says no lightning was recorded in the area and that...

Images from the fire line

Jul 16, 2017 / 3:21 pm

As fire raced through Okanagan Centre Saturday night, fire crews from throughout the region battled the flames. West Kelowna Fire Rescue posted these dramatic...

Flying gazebo cuts power

Jul 16, 2017 / 2:50 pm

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. A BC Hydro crew is at the scene of a power outage in West Kelowna and Peachland. Hydro says 1,568 customers have been affected by the outage...

Driving through flames

Jul 16, 2017 / 1:50 pm

An Okanagan Centre couple who had to drive past flames on both sides of the road described their terror during the initial evacuation from a wildfire. "We...

OK Centre: Wind worry

Jul 16, 2017 / 12:51 pm

UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. A number of homes in Okanagan Centre are still threatened by fire due to gusting winds in the area but firefighters are hopeful they can keep...

Evacuees can't go home

Jul 16, 2017 / 12:11 pm

Officials in Lake Country say residents hoping to get back to their homes are being turned away. Evacuees were forced to flee quickly on Saturday when a...

Castanet's week in review

Jul 16, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

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