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Sailing away with prizes

May 28, 2016 / 7:23 pm
Kelowna Yacht Club racer Scott Moore and his sailing team aboard Corona Bob took first overall at the regatta held on Okanagan Lake this past weekend The 2016 Blossom Time Regatta held annually on the May long weekend and sponsored by the Kelowna Yacht Club got off to a slow start on Saturday...

BC chamber forum in town

May 28, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Chamber and business leaders from across B.C. will converge on Kelowna from May 29 to 31 for B.C.’s largest business policy forum. The BC Chamber AGM & Conference, which is hosted in a different community every year, brings together approximately 200 Chamber delegates from across B.C....

A day to push it

May 28, 2016 / 2:12 pm
Dozens of people were running around downtown Kelowna this morning in silly outfits and decorated shopping carts, completing challenges to raise money to fight homelessness. Saturday’s Push to End Homelessness was the fifth annual event held by Inn From the Cold, a non-profit shelter and...

Giving back in City Park

May 28, 2016 / 12:49 pm
Dozens of Telus employees, and their family and friends, were hard at work in City Park Saturday morning, looking to make Kelowna a little more beautiful. The team was pouring gravel for a new trail near Mushroom Beach, or Lake Avenue beach access as it’s known to some, and painting a...

Expect Pandosy delays

May 28, 2016 / 10:11 am
Those taking Pandosy Street next week will run into more delays and backups than usual on the main arterial road. Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., crews will be repaving Pandosy from K.L.O. Road to Royal Avenue, causing significant delays. Additionally, beginning June 12, Pandosy’s northbound...

Big response from skeptics

May 28, 2016 / 8:32 am
While the many Castanet readers agree with the scientific consensus on climate change, the most vocal appear to be on the side of skepticism. A Castanet poll found 46.7 per cent of respondents agreed that “climate change is science,” while 32 per cent felt those skeptical of climate...

Many refuse census

May 28, 2016 / 5:29 am
Hundreds of people are refusing to complete their census, according to a Castanet poll. We asked readers this week in an informal poll if they have completed their census. The majority of the 4,642 respondents said they had filled out the mandatory census, with just over 82 per cent, or 3,815...

Bloody needle in park toilet

May 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
A local mother and nurse is sounding the alarm after she discovered several dirty, open needles in a Kelowna City Park bathroom. Jessica Emery was visiting City Park with her son Wednesday afternoon when she went to use the bathroom, and was disturbed with what she discovered in one the...

Riding for a cause

May 27, 2016 / 9:00 pm
The Okanagan Trail Riders Association will hold one of their most important, fun rides of the year this weekend. The annual Alf Klassen Memorial family fun ride is set for Sunday. Alf Klassen was one of the pioneer builders and supporters of the Central Okanagan trail riding community. He was...

Boil water downgraded

May 27, 2016 / 8:40 pm
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District has downgraded its boil water notice issued. The notice, issued May 25, has been downgraded to a water quality advisory, effective immediately. The boil water notice was removed after lab results for samples taken over the past 48 hours show no...

Lane may be 'people space'

May 27, 2016 / 7:36 pm
It appears the city will go ahead with its idea to turn a portion of the lane linking Bernard and Lawrence avenues into a people space. City council will be updated Monday on discussions to date, and plans to move forward this summer and in the coming years. Council was in favour of the...

Dragon's Den for youth

May 27, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Several young entrepreneurs took home awards earlier this week for their part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition. The 22nd annual Young Entrepreneur Competition tasks students in Grades 7-12 to develop a product or service, along with a marketing and financial...

Just a flashback

May 27, 2016 / 2:29 pm
Iconic downtown nightclub Flashbacks will become just that, a flashback. Memories will be all that is left of the Kelowna club that operated on Ellis Street for the last 27 years, as it closes its doors for the last time this weekend. Originally owned by Billie Shepherd until 2004, when...

Ready, set, bike to work

May 27, 2016 / 1:13 pm
Stretch your leg muscles and get ready to pedal like you've never pedaled before. It's Bike to Work and Bike and Walk to School Week May 30 to June 5. "Bike to Work Week is a celebration of active living through cycling, acknowledging those who already cycle regularly and...

Jailed for gruesome threat

May 27, 2016 / 12:05 pm
An Oliver man was released from jail Friday after spending 33 days behind bars for threatening to cut out a pregnant woman’s child. Martin Beaudry, 25, was hanging around outside the Tim Hortons on Harvey Avenue and Cooper Road on the morning of Oct. 15, 2015. The manager, who was...

Hot tub sex machine

May 27, 2016 / 11:59 am
UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say they have now identified an 18-year-old man as the suspect after two people trespassed and committed lewd acts in a stranger's hot tub. ORIGINAL A downtown Kelowna resident is feeling entirely violated after two trespassers took unwelcome advantage...

Brazen Lake Country B&E

May 27, 2016 / 11:46 am
RCMP are searching for a suspect after an eyewitness watched a brazen daytime residential break-in Tuesday morning. Lake Country RCMP responded to a 911 emergency call of a break and enter in progress at a residence in the 10000 block of Seaton Road on May 24 at 11:45 a.m. “Police have...

CBC tops radio dial

May 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
Radio listeners of Kelowna are continuing to tune in to the CBC. The top radio station in Kelowna, according to the latest radio ratings book released this week, is once again CBC Radio 1, taking a strong lead in the market in the spring ratings book. The ratings released by Numeris, formerly...

Gather round the garden

May 26, 2016 / 7:07 pm
Residents of Interior Health’s David Lloyd Jones home finally have a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. What is now the Bernard Garden used to be a large patch of green grass, inaccessible to those in the home. Residential care manager Jon Claire says the Bernard Garden project has...

Park society denies charge

May 26, 2016 / 5:45 pm
Rutland Park Society's president denies any wrongdoing surrounding a new community hall and other allegations levelled by the group's treasurer. Todd Sanderson, who was in hospital last week, went against doctors orders to refute allegations made by Wendi Swarbrick at a news conference...

3 more years for OC boss

May 26, 2016 / 3:23 pm
The president of Okanagan College will be sticking around for at least three more years. Jim Hamilton has agreed to an offer to extend his term through October 2019. He has been at the helm since 2004, the longest tenure of any post-secondary school in the province. “Over the course of...

Trial date set for murder

May 26, 2016 / 12:35 pm
A tentative trial date has been set for the man accused of second-degree murder in the death his ex-fiancee in 2014. Jury selection in Ryan Quigley's trial will tentatively begin Sept. 12. Quigley, 36, is accused of killing his ex-fiancee, Aimee Parkes, at the Hiawatha Mobile Home Park...

Pledge to fight distraction

May 26, 2016 / 11:07 am
Several Kelowna businesses have come together to try and make local roads safer for everyone. My driving pledge is a website where motorists can go and vow not to use their phones or other electronic devices while driving. According to ICBC figures, about 140 cyclists are injured in crashes...

Questions swirl around hall

May 26, 2016 / 10:37 am
The treasurer of the Rutland Park Society is calling for an investigation of the society under Section 84 of the BC Society Act. That section outlines reasons under which an investigation can be carried out. Wendy Swarbrick, said she believes the society is not following its own bylaws,...

Heretics, hoax and climate

May 26, 2016 / 10:00 am
A UBC Okanagan professor is interested in what makes a climate change skeptic tick. Greg Garrard, a professor of sustainability, has partnered with academics at four universities around the world to investigate how climate change skeptics differ across different countries, and where this...

Finishing fibre-optic puzzle

May 26, 2016 / 9:06 am
Following an investment last year that brought fibre optics to the Central Okanagan, Telus has announced an additional $40 million in fibre-optic infrastructure. This 2016 investment will be the final pieces in bringing the fibre-optic network into homes and businesses in the area. Telus says...

What fell from sky?

May 26, 2016 / 8:45 am
UPDATE 8:45 P.M. Mystery solved. It appears the mysterious object fluttering and falling from the sky earlier this week was a piece of fabric used to keep insects away from vegetables at Orchard Hill Farm. Kathy Wiebe said a dust devil touched down, and eventually pulled up one of the row...

New chapter for school

May 26, 2016 / 5:59 am
After nearly 80 years in Kelowna, St. Joseph's Elementary School is set to retire its building. Thousands of students have graduated from the Catholic elementary school, and the decision has been made to build a new one. Students, staff, teachers and community leaders attended a...

Castanet readers give big

May 26, 2016 / 5:52 am
Castanet readers have raised more than $30,000 for the victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire, a figure that will double once it's matched by the federal government. Castanet will be closing the Castanet Cares campaign at the end of May, the last day the federal government will match...

Residents fear death of bears

May 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Central Okanagan residents aren't reporting bear sightings to authorities for fear the animals will be killed, says a B.C. conservation officer. Locals reported several bear sightings to Castanet after the City of Kelowna issued a warning about a black bear on Knox Mountain, Tuesday....

Have a ball, fight cancer

May 25, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Good food, good wine, crystals and daffodils are the theme of a cancer-fighting annual ball coming up this weekend. The 12th Annual Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Ball is taking place this Saturday, May 28, at the at the Delta Grand Okanagan in support of the innovative research of Dr....

Motorcyclist injured in crash

May 25, 2016 / 6:00 pm
A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries Wednesday evening after a collision with a pickup truck. The crash occurred at 5:30 p.m. outside Willow Park Church on Highway 33 in Rutland. Ambulance and fire crews attended the scene, and traffic was slowed along the highway in...

Microbes prompt water boil

May 25, 2016 / 5:52 pm
A boil water notice has been issued for those in the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. The notice has been issued as a precautionary measure after positive microbial results were found on May 23. Tests taken on May 24 came up negative for microbes, but the notice will remain in effect...

Sustainable and green

May 25, 2016 / 5:45 pm
The challenge has been accepted and the ground is now broken, on what will be Kelowna’s most sustainable community. Al Stober Construction Ltd. and Mission Group Enterprise took on the City of Kelowna's call to construct a new master-planned community. Ground was officially broken...

Wife's ashes lost in fire

May 25, 2016 / 4:59 pm
A man who lost nearly everything in a house fire Wednesday morning managed to recover his dead wife’s wedding ring from the rubble, but her ashes are gone. Ray Tremblay, 66, woke at 1:30 a.m. to find his patio, on Maddock Avenue in Okanagan Centre, engulfed in flames. He managed to pull...

Must see culinary TV

May 25, 2016 / 4:34 pm
For a second straight year, you can catch all of the excitement of the Canadian Culinary Championships from the comfort of your computer, tablet or phone. Through a community programming grant from TELUS Optik Local, Render Digital Media, has produced a three-episode series from the...

Oh baby, what a donation

May 25, 2016 / 4:03 pm
Telus has Kelowna's newest generation in mind with a donation to the KGH Foundation, in support of the Giving Giggles campaign. A $30,000 cheque from Telus was presented yesterday with the goal of advancing the Kelowna General Hospitals’ capacity to provide care for the region's...

Fire at Waterscapes

May 25, 2016 / 3:42 pm
UPDATED: 3:40 p.m. Fire Crews arrived at the Skye building at Waterscapes on Sunset Drive at 1:45 p.m. to find light smoke coming from the balcony of a unit on the 24th floor. A barbecue propane had caught fire, but the resident of the unit had put out the fire before fire crews...

Long line to the dump

May 25, 2016 / 3:04 pm
The long wait at the Glenmore landfill to dump off soil waste is driving some residents bonkers. A local business owner who uses the landfill on a regular basis says lineups are almost an hour long, despite the installation of two new scales at the end of last year. The man, who did not wish...

Homeowner hits gas line

May 25, 2016 / 1:45 pm
Emergency crews converged in the Mission Wednesday morning after a homeowner hit a natural gas line. "He was digging around his yard," said Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Capt. Tim Light, adding he severed the underground line. "I guess the moral of the story is call before...
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