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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Winefest fast approaching

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Changing leaves and cooler weather means the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is right around the corner. For 10 days, the 37th annual festival will return to the...

Powwow set to wow

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

The ninth annual Youth Exhibition Powwow will celebrate Indigenous culture on Thursday – and everyone is invited. Dancers and drummers from across B.C....

Freedom House a go

Sep 20, 2017 / 12:25 am

"I am prepared to lose votes, I am prepared to lose friends, because I believe that this is what's best for our community. "I will stand up for...

Too early for Christmas?

Sep 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

There are 97 days until Christmas – but that fact hasn't stopped a number of Okanagan retailers from putting out their holiday wares. Walmart and...

Seller's Market - see it here

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:16 pm

Canada’s newest real estate TV show has a new home on Castanet. Seller’s Market, from co-producers Cedarwood Productions and Kelowna-based Visland...

Evening Update Sept. 19

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Sept. 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Spot fire above Glenrosa

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:50 pm

A wildfire is burning above Glenrosa, near the Powers Creek dam area, but it's currently not near any buildings. West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund says...

4 years for violent B&E

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Alexander Laramee's grandma and great aunt waved goodbye and blew him kisses as he was handcuffed by a sheriff and taken away following...

3-day canoe trip for youth

Sep 19, 2017 / 1:04 pm

Indigenous youth departed on a three-day canoe journey Tuesday morning. The second annual event is a combined effort between the First Nations Friendship Centre...

Do grades really matter?

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:50 am

Do you really have to be at the head of the class to make it to head of the boardroom? A new study done by UBC Okanagan researchers found that good grades...

Pay taxes or risk property

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:31 am

The City of Kelowna is putting delinquent taxpayers on notice. Pay up, or risk losing your property. The city recently published a list of 82 properties,...

Drowning confirmed

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

UPDATE: 11 a.m. Kelowna RCMP and the BC Coroners Service remain on the scene of a drowning at 1721 Mountain Ave. Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says police were...

Deer impact trashes SUV

Sep 19, 2017 / 6:12 am

A collision between an SUV and a deer in West Kelowna demolished the front end of the vehicle Monday night. The black Range Rover struck a four-point buck at...

What's best on Bernard?

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

With the purchase of the high-profile Bargain Shop property on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna, there are plenty of opinions about what should happen to the...

Cutting desks out of class

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Reports of children being taught while sitting on the floor at Rutland Senior Secondary school seem to be true, but it’s likely not what you expect....

Muting housing opposition

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

A full house is expected at city council chambers for a controversial rezoning application Tuesday evening. The public hearing will determine whether a piece of...

Traffic impacts hotel plan

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Some on Kelowna city council voiced concerns Monday over the possible traffic impact of a new hotel proposed for the intersection of Spall Road and Enterprise...

Crash sends car on its roof

Sep 18, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 97 and Cooper Road caused some anxious moments for occupants of a dark-coloured sedan. The crash, early Monday evening,...

WFN celebrates new centre

Sep 18, 2017 / 7:20 pm

The Westbank First Nation Early Years Centre celebrated its official opening and provincial recognition at an inaugural open house Friday. The centre is now...

Doing good on social media

Sep 18, 2017 / 6:30 pm

A graduate of Mount Boucherie Secondary is being recognized for trying to make a positive difference through social media. Karah Hopgood is one of 16 students,...

Kelowna, UBCO ink deal

Sep 18, 2017 / 6:00 pm

The City of Kelowna and UBC Okanagan have come to an understanding. The two entities signed a memorandum of understanding in chambers prior to Monday's city...

Car fires 'suspicious'

Sep 18, 2017 / 5:31 pm

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Given the amount of smoke and windy conditions, Monday's car fire in Glenrosa was upgraded to a second alarm. West Kelowna Fire Rescue...

Evening Update Sept. 18

Sep 18, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Sept. 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Name city's new school

Sep 18, 2017 / 4:08 pm

You could help name Kelowna's newest school. The Central Okanagan School District is seeking suggestions from the community to name a new middle school in...

Recycling cops watching

Sep 18, 2017 / 3:53 pm

Inspection teams will have an eye on your recycling bins this fall. As much as 18 per cent of material put out in the carts cannot be accepted, adding cost and...

Taste of winter

Sep 18, 2017 / 11:15 am

A special weather statement is in effect throughout the Okanagan valley. "We expect the first taste of winter at higher elevations this morning in central...

First snowfall flies

Sep 18, 2017 / 9:47 am

Winter is one step closer. The first snowfall of the season took place at Big White Ski Resort, east of Kelowna, and Silver Star Mountain, near Vernon. Photos...

YLW accepting art

Sep 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Calling all artists who live in the Thompson Okanagan area from Kamloops to Osoyoos. Artists have until Nov. 15 to submit their work for the Art Kiosk in the...

Big showing for Ribfest

Sep 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna’s second annual Rotary Ribfest heated up this year with more people waiting to sink their teeth into some BBQ cooking. Workers estimated upwards...

Needles found by 6 yr old

Sep 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A six-year-old boy found a bag of used needles and his mother said this isn’t the first time in their neighbourhood. Rosalea Smith said her son found a...

Cycling cops come home

Sep 17, 2017 / 10:26 pm

After 10 days of cycling and over 1,000 kilometres covered, the Cops for Kids 16th annual ride is now complete. The 28 riders started through smoky skies in the...

Making a difference

Sep 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Hundreds of people packed the Kelowna Community Theatre Saturday night to be inspired by Craig Kielburger, the founder of Free the Children and Me to We. ...

4 taken to hospital

Sep 17, 2017 / 6:35 pm

Four people were taken to hospital after a collision on Postill Lake Road Sunday night. Everyone was able to be removed from the vehicle and paramedics,...

Scaling back fire op

Sep 17, 2017 / 10:58 am

The BC Wildfire Service will be scaling back operations on the Finlay Creek wildfire near Peachland. "We still have resources on it although it's 100...

Hyatt hotel seeks approval

Sep 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

A proposed new hotel and mixed-use commercial-residential complex comes before city council Monday. As Castanet News first told you back in January, Kelowna...

A conversation on drugs

Sep 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

The opiate crisis continues to plague B.C. and although it's gaining attention, at-risk youth are still a big concern. The Bridge Youth and Family Services...

Cece the pig protests Ribfest

Sep 16, 2017 / 8:45 pm

While many people enjoyed the tastes of Rotary Ribfest in City Park Saturday, some urged festival goers to rethink their meat-loving tendencies. And they had an...

Wife killer jailed for life

Sep 16, 2017 / 6:00 pm

UPDATE: 6 p.m. The father of Laura Letts-Beckett, the woman murdered by her husband in 2010, says he has to forgive the man who killed his daughter, but...

Sask. bacteria to the rescue

Sep 16, 2017 / 2:30 pm

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a common soil bacterium may keep the mold away. Rhiannon Wallace, a PhD candidate at UBC Okanagan’s campus,...

Castanet's week in review

Sep 16, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Riders for kids almost home

Sep 16, 2017 / 11:49 am

The Cops for Kids riders will arrive back in Kelowna following a 10-day journey, Sunday morning. They will be greeted at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna at 11:30...

Cyclist hit by vehicle

Sep 16, 2017 / 10:04 am

One person has reportedly been sent to hospital following a collision between a bicycle and a vehicle in Kelowna, Saturday morning. The collision occurred at...

BC Cons eye Clark's seat

Sep 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

BC Conservatives are eyeing Christy Clark's former riding to get a toehold in the legislature. The party will elect a new board of directors at its annual...

Grateful dog owner

Sep 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Scott Metherel is grateful for everything he has. And, it's not much. What he does have is the love of his two dogs, and an abandoned trailer near Grand...

Designer looks, thrift budget

Sep 15, 2017 / 9:00 pm

If you like designer looks at a discounted price, then the Salvation Army's Rouge fashion show is calling your name. The event takes place Monday, 7 p.m....

World's best wake surfers

Sep 15, 2017 / 8:27 pm

The world's best wake surfers will invade Kelowna next week. Kelowna's Hot Sands Beach at City Park will serve as the backdrop for the World Wakesurf...

Awaiting a decision

Sep 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

After three full days of deliberation, the 12-person jury working to deliver a verdict on the innocence or guilt of Peter Beckett have yet to come to a...

Jeep and car crash

Sep 15, 2017 / 5:55 pm

A Jeep and a car collided shortly after 5 p.m. in the roundabout on Westlake Road and Stevens Road. RCMP and Ambulance attended. No injuries have been reported....

Cyclist struck along Hwy 33

Sep 15, 2017 / 5:44 pm

A cyclist was struck along Highway 33 and Davie Road, just before 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening. At this time it is unknown how the cyclist was struck. Emergency...

Canada's OD capital

Sep 15, 2017 / 5:01 pm

Kelowna's hospital is seeing more opioid users per capita come through their doors than anywhere else in Canada. A recent report by the Canadian Institute...

Evening Update Sept. 15

Sep 15, 2017 / 4:57 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Sept. 15, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Gas leak under repair

Sep 15, 2017 / 3:41 pm

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. FortisBC crews should have a gas leak on WFN land repaired in about two hours. Spokesperson Diana Sorace says the leak was brought under...

Fastest growth in Canada

Sep 15, 2017 / 3:02 pm

Blistering growth at a trio of Kelowna startups has landed all three businesses among exclusive company. Kelowna-based Strawhouse has been named the...

Smoke from movie, not fire

Sep 15, 2017 / 2:31 pm

If you see smoke in the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna this afternoon, don't worry. It's all just movie magic. Crews from the film "I'm Not a...

Castanet Kid Report

Sep 15, 2017 / 2:30 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with pint-sized correspondent Ariella Amato.

Bus boost to UBCO

Sep 15, 2017 / 1:45 pm

A new transit exchange opened at UBC Okanagan this week, providing new bays for buses at the growing university. The almost $5-million project was completed...

Condos met code: city

Sep 15, 2017 / 11:31 am

Kelowna's community planning department says a fire at Water’s Edge North would have likely spread to the second building, even if it was built...

Local aid after Irma

Sep 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

A seven-member power line restoration team from FortisBC has arrived in the South Caicos to assist in the restoration of power following the destruction caused...

Marching against violence

Sep 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

For the 25th year, people in Kelowna took to the streets to spread awareness about the threats of violence women face in the community. The annual Take Back...

Make your mark on mural

Sep 14, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Central Okanagan residents are making their mark on a mural to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday. Once complete, the mural will hang in Interior...

Neighbours battle blaze

Sep 14, 2017 / 8:00 pm

UPDATE: 8 p.m. A suspicious, human-caused grass fire in West Kelowna could have ended much worse, if it wasn't for the quick actions of several residents...

Reid's Corner redo on 97

Sep 14, 2017 / 7:30 pm

Two permanent closures of roads connecting to Highway 97 in Kelowna will take effect over the next few days. The road connecting Old Vernon Road and Highway 97...

Fall weather on the way

Sep 14, 2017 / 6:45 pm

Fall weather is expected to arrive in Kelowna over the next few days. Environment Canada is calling for temperatures below 20 C starting Saturday. Along with...

Evening Update Sept. 14

Sep 14, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Sept. 14, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Sports store closing its doors

Sep 14, 2017 / 4:46 pm

Wholesale Sports announced on Thursday it will be closing all 12 of its retail stores in Western Canada, which includes its locations in Westbank and Kamloops....

Disney invades Kelowna

Sep 14, 2017 / 4:43 pm

If you happen to notice one, two, or 100 Disney characters roaming downtown Kelowna, you're not seeing things. And, no, the Okanagan is not being invaded by...

Police costs rise $1.1M

Sep 14, 2017 / 4:12 pm

The City of Kelowna will have to shell out an additional $1.1 million in retroactive pay for policing. The additional amount will cover all of 2015 and 2016,...

Semi and BMW collide

Sep 14, 2017 / 4:11 pm

UPDATE 4:10 P.M. There are no serious injuries following the collision of a semi and a BMW sports car along Highway 97 and Airport Way. The accident occurred...

Pallet blaze suspicious

Sep 14, 2017 / 4:11 pm

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say a pallet fire early Thursday was suspicious. Cpl. Tania Carroll says the fire spread to an adjacent residential building,...

Philpott flare-up reported

Sep 14, 2017 / 3:28 pm

Emergency crews are looking for a possible flare-up in the area of the Philpott Road wildfire in Joe Rich. A resident reported seeing smoke in the area of...

$3.6M makeover at casino

Sep 14, 2017 / 3:17 pm

This fall’s $3.6 million renovation at Kelowna’s Lake City Casino will see a pair of new restaurants grace the gaming floor, but no changes to the...

Bears are on the prowl

Sep 14, 2017 / 12:39 pm

As residents return to regional parks that were previously closed due to fire hazard, the Central Okanagan Regional District is reminding residents about bears....

UBCO at bio-research front

Sep 14, 2017 / 11:55 am

Research at UBC Okanagan could revolutionize the fabrication of human tissues and organs. A new "bio-ink" may support a more efficient and inexpensive...

'Thanks for saving BC'

Sep 14, 2017 / 11:49 am

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre, and emergency responders across B.C. worked non-stop this summer, since floods hit in early May and forest...

Trial almost thrown out

Sep 14, 2017 / 9:52 am

A judge's reasons for denying a dismissal application by Jonathan Bacon's accused murderers reveal just how close the case was to being thrown out....

Wanted in hit and run

Sep 14, 2017 / 7:35 am

A man who served time in jail in the vehicular death of a Kelowna man, is wanted in connection with a hit and run in the Lower Mainland earlier this year. Mark...

Where'd centennial sign go?

Sep 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

It's been adorning the entrance to Rutland Centennial Park for decades – until now. Castanet readers have been wondering just what has become of the...

Top wine winners

Sep 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Honourable Judith Guichon arrived in the Okanagan to award 11 wineries with the 2017 Lieutenant-Governor's Awards for Excellence. One hundred and...

Riders on home stretch

Sep 13, 2017 / 7:15 pm

The Cops for Kids riders are past their halfway mark and will return to Kelowna this weekend. The 25 cyclists hit the road Sept. 8 and will ride through...

Tennis by the lake returns

Sep 13, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna General Hospital will again be the recipient of proceeds from a charity tennis event this weekend. The 16th annual Celebrity Tennis and Bocce by the...

Thieves go shopping

Sep 13, 2017 / 4:58 pm

A man and woman from out of province were arrested after they stole someone's credit card and went on a shopping spree in West Kelowna. RCMP were notified...

Evening Update Sept. 13

Sep 13, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Sept. 13, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Hid in bushes, attacked her

Sep 13, 2017 / 4:01 pm

RCMP are investigating after a woman was allegedly approached by a man who grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her Sunday in Kelowna. Police are...

Yacht club sinking in red ink

Sep 13, 2017 / 3:45 pm

The Kelowna Yacht Club is swimming in red ink. Members have been told the club could lose as much as $560,000 in 2017. In an information package obtained by...

Fun to play at the YMCA

Sep 13, 2017 / 3:09 pm

Kelowna's new Downtown YMCA hosted its grand opening event Wednesday. The facility is open to the public all day, with cake, food and refreshments, as well...

Biggest win of UFC career

Sep 13, 2017 / 11:53 am

One of Kelowna's fiercest fighters had the biggest win of her career Saturday night at UFC 215 in Edmonton. Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras, 29,...

Passed out after crime spree

Sep 13, 2017 / 11:49 am

A man with a criminal record dating back nearly two decades is a guest of the Kelowna RCMP following a weekend crime spree. According to police, events began...

Motionball to Kelowna

Sep 13, 2017 / 10:03 am

The 2017 Motionball Marathon of Sport is coming to Kelowna on Sept. 23 and will be in full swing down at City Park. A group with 28 teams will participate in a...

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