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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

$12M for city water plan

Jun 20, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Kelowna will receive $12 million from the province to advance the second phase of its water plan. Phase 1, which will integrate the city water...

Car engulfed in flames

Jun 20, 2018 / 6:48 pm

Firefighters rushed to a car engulfed in flames in Lake Country on Wednesday. Witnesses watched and captured video of flames and smoke flowing out of the...

Traffic slowly moving

Jun 20, 2018 / 5:35 pm

UPDATE: 5:35 p.m. Traffic is still clogged on the William R. Bennett Bridge, but is moving steadily. The incident has been cleared. ORIGINAL: 4:45 p.m. Traffic...

Evening Update June 20

Jun 20, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, June 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

A 'terrible prank'

Jun 20, 2018 / 3:05 pm

UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. Police say the incident at Rutland Senior Secondary Wednesday morning was a "terrible prank," and the students responsible will be...

Truck rams into tree

Jun 20, 2018 / 2:30 pm

It was slow going on Campbell Road Wednesday afternoon while emergency crews dealt with a single vehicle crash. A truck was apparently heading east of Campbell...

Slopestyle volunteers sought

Jun 20, 2018 / 2:02 pm

As Big White gets set to host some of the world's top mountain bikers, the call is going out for volunteers. The inaugural Big White Invitational Slopestyle...

'Going 200 km/h'

Jun 20, 2018 / 11:50 am

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Three people were ejected from a vehicle and rushed to hospital after a high-speed crash at 3 a.m. this morning in Rutland. A police officer...

Local sports heroes in HoF

Jun 20, 2018 / 11:04 am

The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame announced six new inductees Tuesday. Rob Dirk played more than 300 games in the NHL for five teams, including the...

Idling thanks to tariffs

Jun 20, 2018 / 11:03 am

Brock Elliott, the president of Kelowna boat manufacturer Campion Boats, has had to put entire parts of his business on pause. Things in his industry became...

Westside traffic normal

Jun 20, 2018 / 8:43 am

UPDATE 8:40 a.m. Andy just called Gord Vizzutti at OK Oldies 103.9 to let us know that traffic on the bridge appears to be moving as per usual after a collision...

Return of the dragon

Jun 20, 2018 / 6:56 am

A pet dragon broke free from its home and went for a stroll in Westbank, Tuesday. Carianne Anderson spotted the creature crawling around at Jubilee Park just...

Two become one at UBC

Jun 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two have become one to form a new school at UBC. The Okanagan and Vancouver Faculties of Education have merged to create the Okanagan School of Education...

Alleged pimp's trial delayed

Jun 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

The trial for an alleged Kelowna pimp has been pushed back more than five months after he found a new lawyer. Simon Rypiak was arrested in August 2016, the...

A grave fire risk

Jun 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Several Kelowna neighbourhoods are at severe risk of wildfires if action on vegetation, landscaping and access is not taken. Wildfire expert Bruce Blackwell...

Accused killer in court

Jun 19, 2018 / 6:59 pm

The man accused of killing his wife and setting fire to their home while her body lay inside appeared in Kelowna court this week. Kevin Costin was arrested and...

Flair takes off for Edmonton

Jun 19, 2018 / 5:29 pm

Flair Airlines is taking off from Kelowna, bound for Edmonton. The low-fare airline announced Tuesday it is moving its headquarters from the Okanagan to the...

Evening Update June 19

Jun 19, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

Boat thief collared

Jun 19, 2018 / 3:05 pm

UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. Police collared a suspected boat thief after a dramatic chase from a downtown Kelowna marina on Tuesday. Just before noon, police flooded the...

Speed factor in park crash

Jun 19, 2018 / 2:34 pm

Police say both speed and alcohol contributed to a spectacular crash Sunday evening near the entrance to William R. Bennett Bridge. The vehicle, according to...

Time to Do Some Good

Jun 19, 2018 / 2:24 pm

A local tech startup has a new name, a new app, and several new initiatives that will make it easier for people to help their communities. Do Some Good,...

No slide on highway

Jun 19, 2018 / 1:35 pm

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is denying claims of another landslide on Highway 33 in the Joe Rich area. Scott Lain, area...

Gunmen caught on cam

Jun 19, 2018 / 12:53 pm

Security camera footage from Castanet's building captured two men involved in a brazen daytime robbery. The masked men can be seen strolling down Lawrence...

Sick song riles parents

Jun 19, 2018 / 11:36 am

This story contains graphic content some may find disturbing. A disturbing video posted on a Lake Country man’s Facebook page is causing residents to be...

Hot temps, hot demand

Jun 19, 2018 / 11:24 am

Hot, dry temperatures in the Okanagan are causing more than a sunburn. WorkSafe BC is warning outdoor workers of the risk of heat stress as temperatures soar...

The emergency is over

Jun 19, 2018 / 11:10 am

A state of local emergency expired overnight in Kelowna, as flood concerns have subsided. A similar state of emergency was also cancelled for the Regional...

Stabbing victim won't talk

Jun 19, 2018 / 10:34 am

Police say the victim in an early morning stabbing on Lakeshore Road in Kelowna this past weekend is refusing to co-operate with their investigation. RCMP...

Don't worry, just a drill

Jun 19, 2018 / 10:03 am

Kelowna residents were shocked to see police swarming their neighbourhood Tuesday morning on Lindahl Street, in the Capri-Landmark area. Don't worry...

Direct to Los Cabos

Jun 19, 2018 / 8:28 am

Los Cabos, Mexico just got a little closer to the Okanagan. Sunwing Airlines is expanding service to Mexico this winter. Starting just before Christmas, on Dec....

Surf's up!

Jun 19, 2018 / 7:17 am

The last day of school for many Kelowna school-aged children is coming fast. Parents are now looking for ways to keep their children engaged and active over the...

Helping families grow

Jun 19, 2018 / 6:30 am

SunRype, which makes and manufactures healthy food and beverage products, has partnered with Mamas for Mamas. Over the next 12 months, SunRype will provide...

Mayor: No simple solution

Jun 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna City Park, the city's signature park and gateway to the city, has long been a hangout for people down on their luck, drug users and dealers. Issues...

New energy targets set

Jun 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna has set new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The city hopes to reduce emissions by 12 per cent below 2007 levels by 2022. The...

Robbed at gunpoint

Jun 18, 2018 / 6:50 pm

UPDATE: 6:50 p.m. An armed robbery at a downtown business brought police racing, guns drawn, Monday afternoon. An employee at the Garden of Eden on Lawrence...

Council's emotional sendoff

Jun 18, 2018 / 6:30 pm

Kelowna city council observed a moment of silence prior to Monday's meeting for long-time employee Rob Mayne. Mayne, who had been with the city in various...

Details in bloody fight

Jun 18, 2018 / 3:01 pm

More details have been brought to Castanet about a vicious fight that sent one man to hospital with serious injuries and put a youth in custody. Bloodied...

Spectacular crash in park

Jun 18, 2018 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE 1:40 p.m We are now getting more information on a spectacular crash in City Park Sunday evening. We now know the vehicle was participating in the Royal...

Festival set to 'BreakOut'

Jun 18, 2018 / 1:20 pm

BreakOut West released a few of the top artists and venues that will be part of the weekend music festival this October in Kelowna. West Kelowna's Ben Klick...

Tour the trestles

Jun 18, 2018 / 11:53 am

The Okanagan Trestles Tour is fast approaching. The sixth annual one-day ride on July 1 will see more than 600 participants from Western Canada and beyond...

Flood threat no more

Jun 18, 2018 / 10:23 am

West Kelowna's state of local emergency has been rescinded due to a reduction in the threat of flooding. As of Monday morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.58...

Car show takes over park

Jun 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Car enthusiasts flocked to City Park Sunday for the annual Boyd Autobody & Glass Father’s Day Car Show. Organizers say this year was the best yet with...

Country concert for floods

Jun 17, 2018 / 9:02 pm

The B.C. Country Music Association is putting together a concert in support of flood relief in Grand Forks, which will take place in Kelowna. On June 21, for a...

Forest fire contained

Jun 17, 2018 / 6:39 pm

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. Castanet readers sending in tips indicate the smoke has receded. The fire appears to be contained. ORIGINAL: 6:40 p.m. Castanet has received...

Stabbed him, ran off

Jun 17, 2018 / 12:37 pm

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m. A North Okanagan man is suffering serious injuries after being stabbed early Sunday morning on Lakeshore Road. A wife and husband who were...

Castanet's week in review

Jun 17, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Car excessively speeding

Jun 17, 2018 / 8:43 am

A Kelowna man captured a driver speeding excessively heading south over the William R. Bennett Bridge into West Kelowna on Saturday evening. The man who asked...

Winery run starting early

Jun 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The annual Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon will take place more than two months earlier this year to coincide with the outdoor festival season. The fifth...

Caring for homeless pets

Jun 16, 2018 / 6:30 pm

Downtown Kelowna's Cornerstone Shelter hosted dogs, cats, ferrets and other four-legged friends Saturday afternoon, providing healthcare for the pets of the...

'The wonder of flying'

Jun 16, 2018 / 2:45 pm

For the 25th year, local pilots gave dozens of kids the chance to experience the thrill of flight. On Saturday, the Kelowna Flying Club and its members of the...

More mystery sludge

Jun 16, 2018 / 9:41 am

A West Kelowna resident had a rude surprise Saturday morning when she awoke to find her vehicle splattered with a grey-white sludge of some sort. Jenny, who...

Half price Boeing for sale

Jun 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Always had a hankering for your own jet? Got $50 million Euros laying around? Well, do we have a deal for you! Castanet has been contacted by Vicky Tagliaferro...

Rockin' night at Sunset

Jun 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Canadian rock bands Honeymoon Suite, The Younguns and Appaloosa packed the stage Friday night at Sunset Ranch Golf Course in Kelowna. Friday featured a golf...

6.5 years for sex show theft

Jun 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Cal Little lived a crime-free life for 50 years, raising two daughters with his wife while holding down steady jobs and starting his own construction company...

Evacuation alert rescinded

Jun 15, 2018 / 8:00 pm

An evacuation alert for a single property on Westside Road has been rescinded. The alert was rescinded Friday morning by the Emergency Operations Centre. It was...

Kids return wad of cash

Jun 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

It was a happy ending for a man who left his wallet full of cash at a Dairy Queen last week in Rutland. "I stopped by for my traditional milkshake at the...

Evening Update June 15

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

City loses senior manager

Jun 15, 2018 / 4:45 pm

The City of Kelowna is mourning the sudden passing of one of its senior managers. Rob Mayne, divisional director of corporate services, died suddenly Thursday...

Fender bender slows traffic

Jun 15, 2018 / 4:35 pm

You might want to leave a little extra time for your commute from Kelowna to the Westside. A three vehicle fender bender has slowed traffic out of Kelowna onto...

Local, best in the biz

Jun 15, 2018 / 4:30 pm

An Okanagan College-trained carpenter was recognized among the best in the country at Skills Canada National Competition. Lukas Pfob, a Level four Carpenter...

Homes not in danger

Jun 15, 2018 / 3:50 pm

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. The City of Kelowna says the homes above a collapsed retaining wall are not in danger, as they continue to investigate along Samurai Court in...

Beware theatre ticket scam

Jun 15, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Kelowna Actors Studio executive director Nathan Flavel is warning theatre-goers of a glut of websites offering tickets for their summer production at marked-up...

New pay scale at RDCO?

Jun 15, 2018 / 12:51 pm

Directors with the Regional District of Central Okanagan could see a bump in their yearly remuneration to cover the loss of their non-taxable allowance. As part...

Child luring, not guilty plea

Jun 15, 2018 / 12:23 pm

A former Kelowna man has pleaded not guilty to charges of child luring and making, possessing and distributing child pornography. The man, who cannot be...

Butter chicken break-in

Jun 15, 2018 / 12:00 pm

A thief who broke into a Rutland home Thursday morning appears to have had a particular hankering for Indian cuisine. For the five years Tom Bischoff has lived...

Bike-share dominoes

Jun 15, 2018 / 10:46 am

How long will they last? The City of Kelowna has rolled out the new bike share program and placed bikes at different locations throughout the downtown area....

E-bikes to aid in rescues

Jun 15, 2018 / 10:09 am

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is the first search and rescue group in Canada to add electric mountain bikes to their list of equipment. The local search...

Sailboat owner sought

Jun 15, 2018 / 9:33 am

The City of West Kelowna is looking for the owner of a sailboat that slammed into the shore Monday. The boat apparently came loose from its moorings during...

Afternooner in the park!?

Jun 15, 2018 / 8:20 am

Castanet has received a graphic photo illustrating serious issues in City Park in Kelowna. The photo shows two people, one on top of the other right across the...

Revised Boucherie detour

Jun 15, 2018 / 7:59 am

The detour route around construction on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna is changing slightly. The change, which is expected to last about a month, will take...

Walking to Cure diabetes

Jun 15, 2018 / 7:19 am

The Okanagan fights type 1 diabetes and this year the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting JDRF raised almost $90,000. The money will be used to fund...

Tallest building scaled back

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

At 10 storeys, it was going to be West Kelowna's largest building. Now, a development planned for Olalla Road in Lakeview Heights has been scaled back to...

Golfing green fees for MS

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Shadow Ridge Golf Club is offering free golf to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. The driving force behind the free golf on June 18 is a good friend to...

Pirates needed for charity

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Hundreds of young pirates will be roaming the high seas of Okanagan Lake on June 23 and volunteers are needed to help host them. The annual Variety...

Toughest pooch in town

Jun 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Ready to see if your pooch can be the toughest dog in all of Kelowna? A Dirty Mutter course has been created in Kelowna and on Sept. 8, competitors will find...

Pet fair, people care

Jun 14, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Kelowna’s first Pet Fair and People Care event is just a few days away. The event is designed for marginalized people and their pets and will be held at...

Evening Update June 14

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

Hit and run driver found

Jun 14, 2018 / 4:45 pm

The driver of a pickup truck who injured the hand of a flagger on Westside Road Monday morning has come forward to police. The hit and run collision occurred at...

Bus route coming to Gellatly

Jun 14, 2018 / 3:24 pm

A new bus route will be providing service to the Gellatly area of West Kelowna this summer. The route, 31 Gellatly, will only run on weekends and holidays...

A Kelowna first

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:58 am

A new exhibition set to open at the Kelowna Art Gallery promises to be a must-see show. A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy showcases more than...

Rooftop lounge scales 200'

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:36 am

Look up...way up. The Mission Group is promising "unparalleled views of the city, mountains and Okanagan Lake," from what will be the city's...

Spec tax costing jobs?

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:35 am

West Kelowna’s business and development communities say they’re already feeling the effect of the provincial government’s proposed...

Poop mystery deepens

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:28 am

Transport Canada is saying the brown substance that fell from the sky, through a woman's sunroof and resulted in pink eye to both of her eyes wasn’t...

Water advisory lifted

Jun 14, 2018 / 10:29 am

A water quality advisory for customers on the Lakeview Water System has been lifted. The City of West Kelowna lifted the advisory after testing showed turbidity...

Removed flood barriers

Jun 14, 2018 / 10:20 am

Okanagan residents can start removing sandbags and flood protection from private property. Central Okanagan Emergency Operations is taking down most of their...

Vineyard art snapped up

Jun 14, 2018 / 10:02 am

A painting depicting the Okanagan wine lifestyle has been picked up by a major arts licensing agency in the United States. Kelowna artist David Maclean created...

Cycling projects subsidized

Jun 14, 2018 / 9:04 am

Several cycling projects in the Central and South Okanagan have received grant funding from BikeBC, the province's cost-sharing program. The province gave...

Peachland water 'good'

Jun 14, 2018 / 7:59 am

The District of Peachland has lifted the boil water advisory and given the water in the municipality the thumbs up. Turbidity on the west side of Okanagan Lake...

Taxes could rise 7, 8, 9 %

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna council is suggesting taxpayers could face significant tax increases if the province's proposed speculation tax goes through. Tuesday,...

Teeing off for a cause

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Professional and amateur golfers teed off for cancer on Wednesday. As part of the GolfBC Championship being held at Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country...

Blatant, brazen vandalism

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna man who cut down a tree and chainsawed his way out of Knox Mountain will face thousands of dollars in fines. The City of Kelowna said they are still...

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