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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Dust off the cowboy boots

Apr 24, 2018 / 5:07 pm

Get out your cowboy boots and get ready to rock the night away to country music in true Okanagan fashion. Kelowna is getting its own country music festival,...

Hotel delay spec tax fallout

Apr 24, 2018 / 4:27 pm

Kelowna's mayor isn't surprised construction of a major downtown hotel is being delayed. Edmonton-based developer Westcorp officially put the brakes on...

Valley gas prices jumping

Apr 24, 2018 / 12:16 pm

Brace yourself – gas prices are jumping yet again in the Okanagan. Any talk of a gas war, as happened recently in Vernon, appears to be a distant memory....

Bank rob suspect nabbed

Apr 24, 2018 / 11:55 am

Kelowna RCMP have collared their suspect in Monday's downtown bank robbery. Police flooded the downtown about 12:15 p.m. after the Bernard Avenue Bank of...

TSB to reveal crash report

Apr 24, 2018 / 9:59 am

The investigation report into a fatal 2016 plane crash just outside Kelowna that left four people dead will be revealed on Thursday. The Cessna 500 Citation...

Repair Cafe can fix it

Apr 24, 2018 / 6:50 am

Spring cleaning goes to a new level this weekend at Okanagan College. This Saturday you can, Get Stuff Fixed at Repair Café! If you have stuff around the...

Pizza to fulfil kids' dreams

Apr 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

Papa John's Pizza and the Sunshine Foundation of Canada will again team up to help assist kids in the Okanagan living with severe physical disabilities and...

Support supportive housing

Apr 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

BC Housing made good on a second chance at designing a 46-unit supportive housing complex on Commerce Avenue. Neighbours in the mainly commercial area off...

Snow melt to test rivers

Apr 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

Sunshine and scorching temperatures is a welcome sight to many living in the Okanagan Valley, but officials at the River Forecast Centre are saying it will...

Bus tracker months away

Apr 23, 2018 / 8:45 pm

BC Transit is getting ready to roll out its much-anticipated real-time bus location technology. But, Kelowna transit riders will have to wait until the fall to...

What's in our lake

Apr 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Recent curiosity about red-tinged beaches in Kelowna led many to wonder how safe Okanagan Lake water really is. The City of Kelowna tested water from Cedar...

Boat show this weekend

Apr 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

About 10,000 people are expected to hit the Kelowna Yacht Club docks this weekend for its annual boat show. Friday and Saturday, more than 50 exhibitors will...

Building out tree fruits land

Apr 23, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Kelowna city council has given initial approval for a rezoning and OCP amendment for a development on the former BC Tree Fruits property on Clement Avenue. The...

Bye bye, West Kelowna

Apr 23, 2018 / 4:47 pm

After 18 years operating in West Kelowna, the Quality Greens Farm Market will close its doors for good. The local grocery chain is known for its freshly made...

Fake drug boss testifies

Apr 23, 2018 / 4:35 pm

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. An undercover RCMP officer who played the role of a South American crime boss spent several months in 2012 convincing a Kelowna Hells Angel he...

Short sparks attic fire

Apr 23, 2018 / 3:30 pm

An electrical short caused an attic fire in Kelowna, Monday. Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Cactus Road about 1:20 p.m. They arrived to find smoke...

Hunt for bank robber

Apr 23, 2018 / 3:08 pm

UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. RCMP are searching for a bank robber in Kelowna. Police flooded downtown Kelowna about 12:15 p.m. after reports were received of a robbery...

Fatal rollover on Connector

Apr 23, 2018 / 2:14 pm

A single vehicle rollover on the Okanagan Connector Saturday morning has claimed a life. About 6:50 a.m., paramedics and RCMP responded from West Kelowna to...

B&E suspects busted

Apr 23, 2018 / 2:13 pm

Threatening employees at a Kelowna business with bear spray and a pair of bolt cutters landed two suspects in jail, Sunday. Just after 7 a.m., RCMP received a...

LIVE: Kelowna council

Apr 23, 2018 / 1:28 pm

3. Development Application Reports & Related Bylaws 3.1 and 3.2 Cross Road 1967 and 1973 Z17-0083 Protech Consultants 3.3 to 3.5 Clement Ave 726 OCP17-0021...

Hot, sunny days ahead

Apr 23, 2018 / 12:49 pm

Environment Canada forecasts a hot and sunny week. Six solid days of sunshine are expected, with rain cooling things off on Sunday. "Seasonal averages...

Let there be light!

Apr 23, 2018 / 12:40 pm

Let there be light ... and there was. And baseball players proclaimed, it was good. New lights were officially turned on at the Lower Boucherie and Rosewood...

Finalizing rail trail buy

Apr 23, 2018 / 10:24 am

The City of Kelowna is in the process of finalizing purchase of the final piece of the Okanagan Rail Trail. Andrew Gibbs, the inter-jurisdictional development...

Flood threat looming

Apr 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is busy with flood management and preparation, but it appears Mother Nature has her own plan and could make things more challenging this...

Return of the Osprey

Apr 22, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Another sure sign of spring in the Okanagan, the osprey have returned. FortisBC and the Ministry of Transportation have set up cameras across the province so...

Bubbles, smoke at Sails

Apr 22, 2018 / 12:22 pm

Bubbles filled the Kelowna Sails' fountain and smoke was seen coming from a manhole right beside it on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the scene...

Castanet's week in review

Apr 22, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

40 dogs need new homes

Apr 22, 2018 / 11:15 am

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog, here’s your chance. Upwards of 40 dogs will be up for adoption at Kelowna’s PetSmart on April 27...

Boil water notice

Apr 22, 2018 / 8:34 am

The District of Peachland is under a boil water notice. Turbidity levels in Peachland Creek increased over the 5 NTU threshold overnight forcing the boil water...

A gift of solar power

Apr 21, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Several volunteers spent their Saturday on the roof of the Kelowna Gospel Mission Saturday, helping save the shelter $1,000 per year in expenses. Crews from...

Pushing for electoral reform

Apr 21, 2018 / 5:00 pm

About a dozen people took to the pedestrian overpass near the Parkinson Rec Centre Saturday with a big sign, to spread awareness about the upcoming provincial...

Behind the scenes of justice

Apr 21, 2018 / 2:45 pm

Hundreds of people filtered through the Kelowna courthouse Saturday, exploring the courtrooms and touring through the holding cells. The local courthouse...

Local history hits big screen

Apr 21, 2018 / 12:40 pm

One of the Okanagan's most interesting stories is hitting the big screen. If Eddy Haymour had gotten his way, Rattlesnake Island, located across Okanagan...

Rollover on the Connector

Apr 21, 2018 / 10:10 am

Despite warm and sunny weather at the Valley bottom, icy conditions persist on the surrounding mountain passes. Emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle...

Protest for 'fair vote'

Apr 21, 2018 / 7:21 am

A Kelowna group advocating electoral reform in the province is planning a demonstration this afternoon. Fair Vote Kelowna will take over what has become known...

Elementary schools ranked

Apr 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Private schools in B.C. continue to perform better than public schools, according to the annual elementary school report card published by the Fraser Institute....

Watching the water rise

Apr 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Freshet preparations are ramping up across the Central Okanagan. With temperatures in the mid-teens this weekend and as high as 20 C next week, spring runoff is...

Right way to roundabout

Apr 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

As the number of roundabouts across the Okanagan continues to increase, so too does confusion for some motorists. Some get fed up with people not properly...

Jams for million-dollar bus

Apr 20, 2018 / 9:00 pm

A Kelowna man is heading back east to continue his million dollar bus project, which he started last fall. In the spring and summer of 2017, Ryan Lancaster quit...

Kelowna gas-break capital

Apr 20, 2018 / 8:00 pm

More natural gas lines are being struck in British Columbia, and Kelowna is among the worst offenders. According to FortisBC, which supplies natural gas to a...

Mural honours Humboldt

Apr 20, 2018 / 5:20 pm

A mural at Kelowna's Innovation Centre is paying tribute to the 16 people who lost their lives in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash this month. The mural, in...

Eat and drink up!

Apr 20, 2018 / 4:59 pm

The Okanagan Eats food show is back for a second year in Kelowna, and it promises to be super tasty. This year, there are double the vendors, with decadent food...

Highway 33 reopened

Apr 20, 2018 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. After days of work, Highway 33 has reopened in both directions. The highway was closed Tuesday after a massive washout destroyed the highway....

Ready for Earth Day

Apr 20, 2018 / 2:00 pm

With Earth Day around the corner this weekend, Okanagan residents are encouraged to clean up their neighbourhoods. Central Okanagan waste reduction facilitator...

Big buy-in at Compass

Apr 20, 2018 / 1:26 pm

A global cannabidiol producer has bought in significantly to a fast-growing chain of medical marijuana clinics based out of Kelowna. Isodiol International Inc....

Collision closes Glenmore

Apr 20, 2018 / 1:05 pm

There are reports of a two-vehicle collision on Glenmore Road, near Winfield. An eye witness tells Castanet the crash happened on the second of two sharp...

Castanet Kid Report

Apr 20, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Castanet's Kid Report with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Deal struck in Bacon trial

Apr 20, 2018 / 10:50 am

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. The single murder charge that has now been laid in the midday killing of Jonathan Bacon is murder in the second degree, a charge reserved for...

Flotilla to open paddle trail

Apr 20, 2018 / 10:39 am

What is being billed as Kelowna's largest flotilla or water parade will officially open the city's new paddle trail. The opening of the 27-kilometre...

Sweeping, pothole delays

Apr 20, 2018 / 10:38 am

With twice the usual amount of sand on city streets due to the long winter, and delays due to the cold spring, City of Kelowna street sweeping efforts have...

Wild cop chase on video

Apr 20, 2018 / 9:05 am

New video sent to Castanet by Pauly Brandtt shows Kelowna RCMP engaged in a vehicle and foot chase Thursday morning. The incident started about 8:45 a.m., after...

Jailbird freed by hockey

Apr 20, 2018 / 7:26 am

You know you're in trouble when the Mounties show up at your place of business and formally charge you, place you in cuffs, and put you in the back of a...

'Like a tsunami wave'

Apr 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Residents living on a Southeast Kelowna road fear this is just the beginning of flooding on their properties. A clogged culvert was unplugged on Tuesday,...

Spec tax delays new hotel

Apr 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Uncertainty over just who will be affected by the government's proposed speculation tax, and how they will be impacted, has caused a delay in the sale and...

Relocating transfer station

Apr 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The City of West Kelowna will ask the regional district for some guidance in finding a new home for its regional transfer station. The transfer station, which...

$300K for water quality

Apr 19, 2018 / 6:30 pm

The Okanagan Basin Water Board will dole out $300,000 for projects to conserve and improve water quality across the Okanagan Valley. More than half of the...

Transformer in harm's way

Apr 19, 2018 / 5:30 pm

Those driving along Loseth Road on Kirschner Mountain might not even notice the crack on the side of the road. But a closer look will show a shift in the ground...

Oops, scammer calls a cop

Apr 19, 2018 / 4:38 pm

Dozens of Okanagan residents have been receiving fraudulent – and threatening – Canada Revenue Agency calls lately. But, scammers dialed the wrong...

Flood prep on Gellatly Rd

Apr 19, 2018 / 4:30 pm

Flood preparations are underway in earnest in West Kelowna. The city has begun installing bladder dams along the west side of Gellatly Road, between the Cove...

Detour relief in sight

Apr 19, 2018 / 3:18 pm

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. Friday's evening's anticipated reopening of Highway 33 east of Kelowna can't come soon enough for some. Residents of the...

Cop hit, fugitive chased

Apr 19, 2018 / 1:32 pm

Police in Lake Country eventually stopped a fleeing driver after he hit a police officer in Kelowna. About 10 a.m., police responded to a report about a man...

Wild police chase, arrest

Apr 19, 2018 / 1:06 pm

Kelowna RCMP chased down a wanted man in a wild foot pursuit Thursday morning. About 8:45 a.m., police were alerted to a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant...

Busted newsman!

Apr 19, 2018 / 9:37 am

Castanet's Rob Gibson has been arrested – for a good cause. The news director was cuffed by Kelowna RCMP Thursday morning as part of the force's...

Rehab pool remains closed

Apr 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Eleven weeks after Interior Health said the therapeutic pool in the rehab unit of Kelowna General Hospital would "reopen soon," the facility remains...

Rock legends at Prospera

Apr 18, 2018 / 11:10 pm

The one-two punch of Peter Frampton and the Steve Miller Band took over Kelowna's Prospera Place Wednesday night, delivering classic rock favourites to...

Culvert floods properties

Apr 18, 2018 / 7:31 pm

Resident’s living in South East Kelowna came home to find their yards flooded after a culvert that was filled with water was cleared out on Wednesday....

Shocking violence stats

Apr 18, 2018 / 7:15 pm

Every six days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner. The Kelowna Women’s Shelter is reminding the public of that shocking statistic during...

Alleged drug dealer on trial

Apr 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

In the summer of 2016, police spent five days tailing a red Toyota Echo around Kelowna and West Kelowna, watching as those inside allegedly dealt drugs all over...

Starting with clean pot slate

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:50 pm

The City of West Kelowna is tightening its bylaws around the illegal sale of cannabis. Council endorsed several bylaws Tuesday in an effort to start with a...

Training future firefighters

Apr 18, 2018 / 3:00 pm

A group of 75 students across the Okanagan took part in a firefighter bootcamp Wednesday. Students in Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 were put through the trenches at...

Telus email service down

Apr 18, 2018 / 2:30 pm

The entire Telus email system has been down since Tuesday afternoon, and it's causing problems for at least one Kelowna resident. Rick Simpson says he's...

Hwy 33 remains closed

Apr 18, 2018 / 12:34 pm

UPDATE 12:35 p.m. Construction crews worked through the night on the Highway 33 closure south of 8 Mile curve but in spite of their best efforts there is still...

Mill Creek flood prep

Apr 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

After a spring 2017 that saw Mill Creek overflow its banks for more than a month, City of Kelowna crews have been working hard preparing for similar water...

Close eye on rising water

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Central Okanagan residents aren't the only ones watching as creek levels rise. The Central Okanagan Emergency program, fire departments, regional parks and...

Iconic statue leaves mall

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

There were some big changes Tuesday afternoon at Kelowna's Towne Centre Mall. The 7,000-pound iconic carving The Old Tree was lifted through a rooftop...

Prepping for the worst

Apr 17, 2018 / 7:30 pm

The City of West Kelowna will be installing bladder dams along Gellatly Road between the Cove Lakeside Resort and the bridge over Powers Creek. The stretch of...

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