Bird blows a fuse

Sep 24, 2016 / 10:49 am
A bird got caught in a transformer near Kelowna General Hospital Saturday morning, blowing a fuse and knocking out power in the area for a short period of time. A resident in the area said they heard a loud bang at 7 a.m., before the power went out. A FortisBC representative said this is...

Busy week at UBCM

Sep 24, 2016 / 5:30 am
It will be a busy week for municipal politicians attending next week's Union of BC Municipalities convention in Victoria. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and their various councillors will be kept busy with various meeting with provincial ministry staff on...

Fall wine fest ready

Sep 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
As winery workers and winemakers begin the production of this year's vintage, wine enthusiasts are getting ready for the 36th-annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. The annual celebration put on by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors to the...

OKM expansion complete

Sep 23, 2016 / 8:12 pm
A multi-year, multi-phase, multi-million dollar expansion of Okanagan Mission Secondary School is now complete. The ribbon was officially cut on the $15 million expansion project Friday. The first phase, completed two years ago, saw the addition of a new wing with 11 classrooms, open learning...

Crash knocks out power

Sep 23, 2016 / 7:52 pm
UPDATE: 7:52 P.M. FortisBC is reporting power will be restored to 1350 customers in the Glenmore area by 3 a.m. following a collision that caused an outage. Crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. A vehicle collision on Sexsmith Road at Reynolds Road has...

Little Hobo floods

Sep 23, 2016 / 5:42 pm
As the door was about to close on the Little Hobo’s Lawrence street location disaster struck. Owners Crystal and Steve McDonald were locking up just half an hour later than usual, when Steve heard a strange noise. Water began streaming out from the floorboards under the window...

Castanet kid report

Sep 23, 2016 / 4:32 pm
This week, Castanet kid reporter Ariella Amato ponders the impending arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Evening update Sept. 23

Sep 23, 2016 / 4:00 pm
This evening’s top stories for Sept. 23, 2016, with Castanet's Wayne Moore.

20 years of beer

Sep 23, 2016 / 2:43 pm
Things have changed a lot since Tree Brewing opened its doors 20 years ago. Back in 1996, Kelowna’s only brewery set out to educate consumers that it wasn’t only the big beer brands producing suds — there was much more craftsmanship. General manager Chris Stirling says there...

Library wants budget hike

Sep 23, 2016 / 2:34 pm
The Okanagan Regional Library is proposing a 2017 budget with an increase of nearly two per cent. Much of that proposed increase (1.6 per cent) would cover inflationary expenses, with the rest (.38 per cent) going to new programs and initiatives. The 2016 operating budget was set at $18.3...

Springfield clogged by crash

Sep 23, 2016 / 2:15 pm
Up to four vehicles were involved in a crash that gummed up Springfield Road Friday afternoon. Emergency crews helped clear the vehicles off the wet roads, on Springfield near Dayton Street. There's no word on injuries.

Hub for families in need

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:34 pm
It's called a Family Hub, a sort of one-stop shop for accessing services for families in need. It officially opened Friday morning at Pearson Road Elementary school in Rutland. About 20 different agencies from around the city are involved in the Family Hub. Ellen Boelcke, executive...

Warm fall, cool winter?

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:24 pm
Autumn should get off to a sunny start after a few showers today. And it gets better: Interior B.C. residents can look forward to more good weather ahead. After a cooler than normal end of summer, the region can look forward to a warmer than usual fall, according to Environment...

Caretaker's disappointment

Sep 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lori Mairs is more than disappointed with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan’s decision to streamline its security and evict seven onsite caretakers from local parks. For the last 14 years, Mairs has been the caretaker of the Woodhaven Conservatory Park, even writing her...

Electricity rates may rise

Sep 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Your electricity bill is likely going up again. FortisBC is applying for a 3.6 per cent hike starting Jan. 1. “This equates to an increase of $4.49 to the monthly bill for an average residential customer (based on 1,000 kilowatt hours per month),” the utility says in its...

Future of food at conference

Sep 22, 2016 / 6:15 pm
Restaurateur and celebrity chef Vikram Vij will give the keynote address at a conference on B.C.'s agrifood and seafood sector in Kelowna. Bolstering food supply security and innovation in the sector are among the topics at the Growing the Future Together conference, Nov....

Luxury auction sets record

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:58 pm
The Harvest Ridge Luxury Orchard Estate has set a new off-the-lake record for a property sale in the Okanagan. The 35-­acre estate was sold at a live auction on Thursday by The Garage Sale Luxury Auction House. The property fetched a record hammer price of $5,775,000, setting the final...

More royal visit details

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:13 pm
It will be a short but event-filled visit to Okanagan for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A more detailed schedule for their one-afternoon visit has been released and the royals day is planned down to the minute. After flying into Kelowna Tuesday morning, Prince William and Kate Middleton...

Evening update Sept. 22

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 pm
This evening’s top stories for Sept. 22, 2016, with Castanet's Wayne Moore.

Symphony gets local boost

Sep 22, 2016 / 4:31 pm
A local medical lab has pledged up to $25,000 to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, as long as the community matches $20,000 of it. Valley Medical Laboratories made the donation in recognition of their late co-founder, Dr. Duncan Innes, who was a major supporter and past-President of the Okanagan...

A trunk full of bargains

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:41 pm
Love a good bargain? Check out this weekend’s trunk sale at Okanagan College. The garage sale on wheels takes place Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Kelowna's KLO campus. Organized by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, more than 130 vendors will be selling their wares straight from...

WhiteWater makes a splash

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:40 pm
A Richmond company with a Kelowna connection has been honoured by its peers by sweeping the top three awards for best new water park rides. WhiteWater specializes in waterslides and rides, play structures, wave-generating equipment and surfing machines. Its primary Canadian production facility...

Rather text than talk?

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:28 pm
Would you rather text than talk on the phone? You’re not alone. Technology has changed the way we communicate. But should you be worried? Three experts will discuss their research on how technology is affecting our relationships at a free public forum next week. UBCO professors...

Squashing mosquitoes

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:20 pm
You can swat mosquitoes before they're even born. The Regional District of Central Okanagan wants you to destroy mosquito breeding grounds by getting rid of old tires that are laying around. "You may not realize that just a small amount of water sitting inside old tires can be the...

Ripping up railway crossing

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:17 pm
A portion of Sexsmith Road will be closed overnight tomorrow as city crews remove the railway crossing. Crews will begin their work about 8 p.m. Friday and hope to be finished by 1 p.m. Saturday. Old Vernon Road between Highway 97 and Airport Way will be closed Saturday from 5 a.m. until 1...

Flames at YLW drill

Sep 22, 2016 / 2:07 pm
Emergency vehicles flooded the Kelowna International Airport Thursday morning, and flames shot high above a grounded airplane. The excitement was controlled chaos though, as emergency crews were conducting YLW's once-every-four-years live emergency exercise. Over 20 different agencies,...

Car sharing comes to UBC

Sep 22, 2016 / 1:39 pm
A second car sharing company has come to the Okanagan. Zipcar has partnered with UBC Okanagan to offer car sharing services on campus. A Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Elantra with a bike rack, are now available to students, faculty and anyone else who's over...

Jailed for WestJet threat

Sep 22, 2016 / 12:39 pm
A 37-year-old Alberta man who threatened a WestJet flight in October 2014 will spend just shy of a year in prison. Michael Howells was apparently running late for his flight to Fort McMurray from the Kelowna International Airport, which prompted him to make a threatening phone call. A...

$35M trades complex opens

Sep 22, 2016 / 11:37 am
The new $35-million Trades Training Complex at Okanagan College was officially opened Thursday morning in Kelowna. Premier Christy Clark and Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson toured the complex before cutting the ribbon in front of a few hundred interested onlookers and...

High-tech carts for homeless

Sep 22, 2016 / 10:58 am
Engineering students at the University of B.C.'s Okanagan campus have been busy redesigning the shopping cart. The carts – which have lights, locks, GPS and a battery charger – are meant to make life easier on the homeless. The students had feedback from police, the city of...

Black Mountain back on

Sep 22, 2016 / 10:29 am
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. FortisBC has turned the lights back on. "All customers should now be fully restored," said Nicole Bogdanovic, corporate communications advisor with FortisBC. She said the outage was caused by an animal impacting the power line. "Customers may have heard...

Hallway hopscotch wins

Sep 22, 2016 / 9:40 am
The results are in. Castanet asked and you answered with your best hopscotch game in order to win two tickets to this weekend’s beer and spirit festival. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. This year’s winner is Tamara with her awesome onesie hopscotch video. Last week...

Dozy chef sets house ablaze

Sep 22, 2016 / 7:23 am
A fire took off from the kitchen of a house on the 500 block of Elliot Avenue, early Thursday morning. Fire crews arrived at the house, just south of downtown Kelowna, at 2:50 a.m. Flames were coming out of a side window of the house. The lone occupant, who made it out unscathed, said he had...

Hippo & Yeti get a boost

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
As one of the world's largest clusters for visual effects and digital animation companies, B.C. is looking to continue their reputation thanks to a $100 million government investment to the high tech sector. For the second year in a row the province celebrated Screen in B.C. Day an...

Watch a live rescue

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Kelowna Fire Department will open its doors to the public once again this weekend for a family fun day. On Sunday, the KFD will host a pancake breakfast and family day in support of the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Charitable Society. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at...

Coke import verdicts upheld

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The appeals of the men convicted of importing almost 100 kilograms of cocaine into Kelowna in 2010 have been dismissed. Clifford Montgomery, Salvador Ascencio-Chavez and Tariq Aslam were convicted of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, while...

Virtual game of thrones

Sep 21, 2016 / 8:00 pm
A new game tied to the royal visit may be a local company’s crowning achievement. Discovery Agents is an augmented reality app that transforms Kelowna’s Cultural District into an immersive "royal scavenger hunt." The app was created to celebrate the Duke and Duchess of...

Rebate for school bus riders

Sep 21, 2016 / 7:45 pm
Some students within School District 23 will receive a rebate of their 2016-2017 busing fees, says district secretary-treasurer Larry Paul. The district recently received $600,000 from the provincial government to help improve the district's transportation service. "In our case,...

Park caretakers evicted

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:03 pm
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is streamlining the way it handles security within regional parks. As of Dec. 1, on-site security at seven regional parks will be replaced by roving security provided by the Commissionaires of BC. Security at Mission Creek, Woodhaven, Gellatly...

Evening update Sept. 21

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:00 pm
This evening’s top stories for Sept. 21, 2016, with Castanet's Wayne Moore.
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