Kelowna News Last 7 days

$30M for KF Aerospace

May 26, 2017 / 12:00 pm

A local aerospace company was recently awarded a $30-million contract to maintain several of Canada's Search and rescue aircraft. KF Aerospace,...

'I wouldn't be here today'

May 26, 2017 / 10:48 am

Gordon Leverington has been donating blood since he was 17. Over the following 63 years, he has sat down to give 306 additional times. Leverington was just one...

Won't get in the way of golf

May 26, 2017 / 9:57 am

A "senior moment" cost a golfer half their game at Kelowna Golf and Country Club this morning. A silver SUV could be seen about 7:45 a.m., dangling...

Fire sparked in van

May 26, 2017 / 8:35 am

A vehicle fire on Highway 97 slowed southbound commuters Friday morning. A man was driving his Dodge Caravan south on the highway, near Wood Lake, when an...

Lake finally levelling off?

May 26, 2017 / 8:10 am

While Okanagan Lake continued to rise overnight, the rising waters may have begun to taper off. Despite an increase of less than one centimetre overnight,...

44 years, never seen this

May 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

He's lived in his Okanagan Lake home for 44 years, and never seen anything this dramatic. Gabion dams set up on the beach next to Mill Creek separate Fred...

Radio: are you listening?

May 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

When it comes to radio listening habits in the Central Okanagan, people love their information, and their country music. The latest rating numbers for the...

'I have nowhere to go'

May 25, 2017 / 7:45 pm

David Bell was forced to evacuate his Brookside Avenue home when Mill Creek spilled its banks. Now, he's living in a tent in his backyard because he...

Lake hits forecast high

May 25, 2017 / 5:45 pm

As Okanagan Lake continues to rise, two new evacuation alerts have been issued on the Westside. The lake now sits around 343 metres above sea level, the...

Evening Update May 25

May 25, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, May 25, with reporter Wayne Moore.

SEKID downgrades notice

May 25, 2017 / 3:29 pm

The South East Kelowna Irrigation District has issued a water-quality advisory. This is a downgrade from what was originally a boil-water notice issued at the...

Mill Creek overflowing

May 25, 2017 / 2:51 pm

The Lake Avenue beach access is starting to flood in Kelowna. Neighbours are raising concerns the water could surround their homes from Mill Creek and Okanagan...

Large snowpack still to melt

May 25, 2017 / 1:15 pm

Okanagan creeks and lakes could rise at a faster rate as temperatures soar to above seasonal norms. The long-range forecast is for temperatures to hit 30 C by...

Searching for federal bucks

May 25, 2017 / 12:19 pm

Canada's minister of employment, workforce development and labour will make an announcement in Kelowna on Friday about the future of Canada’s search...

Babies in the classroom

May 25, 2017 / 11:19 am

"When a child smiles at a baby, that baby takes it in. When a baby smiles back at a child, that child receives that love." That is the impact an...

Breakfast with a cause

May 25, 2017 / 11:14 am

Students at Kelowna Secondary School learned how to host an event while raising money for a good cause. The Rona parking lot was jam-packed for the 15th KSS...

A life-altering accident

May 25, 2017 / 10:43 am

Nov. 25, 2016, was the day that changed a professional wakeboarder's life forever. Ben Leclair had a bad crash while training in Florida that has left him...

Round we go again

May 25, 2017 / 10:36 am

Kelowna residents will be going around another roundabout. This latest utility and road project is expected to begin this summer at Lakeshore and Collett roads...

Lake nears historic high

May 25, 2017 / 7:50 am

All eyes continue to be on Okanagan Lake, as it inches toward uncharted territory. The lake rose another three centimetres over the past 24 hours. It now sits...

Fun Day flooded

May 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

The annual Oyama Fun Day has been cancelled due to extensive flooding in the area. The event is organized by the Oyama Community Club, a more than 100-year-old...

Who are you pulling for?

May 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

The United Way and BC Transit are pulling for the community. Literally. The annual United Way Bus Pull returns to Kelowna on Saturday. Join in on the fun,...

Fastest log car visiting town

May 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

The world's fastest tree is coming to Kelowna. The Cedar Rocket is made out of a single 240-year-old red cedar. The car, along with HGTV’s Bryan Reid...

Pride ready to shine

May 24, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Okanagan Pride has unveiled its theme for this summer's festival. "Shine Bright" is the slogan for the 2017 Pride Week festival, Aug. 12-19....

'I'm glad to be alive'

May 24, 2017 / 7:30 pm

An East Kelowna woman had a rude, and violent, awakening in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Susanna Drewes was lying in her bed in the McCulloch Heights...

'A shock to the community'

May 24, 2017 / 6:30 pm

The Crown spent Wednesday pushing back against the narrative that they're responsible for the long delay in getting the three men accused of killing...

Reprieve in flood battle

May 24, 2017 / 6:10 pm

Temperatures are expected to rise again at the end of the week, and a break in the weather Wednesday allowed residents to bolster flood protection measures....

Tough times across region

May 24, 2017 / 5:23 pm

Thousands of jobs disappeared, more people were unemployed, there was less capital investment and dozens of businesses went bankrupt in the Thompson-Okanagan in...

Expect delays at landfill

May 24, 2017 / 5:16 pm

You can expect some delays at the Glenmore landfill. Delays will occur Thursday and Friday for completion of a project at the scale house at the entrance to the...

Naborly and Equifax partner

May 24, 2017 / 5:13 pm

A Kelowna entrepreneur’s startup announced a major partnership with Equifax Canada today that will see it act as the primary service provider for...

Evening Update May 24

May 24, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, May 24, with reporter Wayne Moore.

'Get flooded with deals'

May 24, 2017 / 3:01 pm

In the midst of near-record lake levels and intensive flood preparation in the Okanagan, a Kelowna optometrist has raised some eyebrows with a unique...

More great storm photos

May 24, 2017 / 2:19 pm

Castanet readers captured some awesome images of nature's fury before, during and after Tuesday evening's wind storm that swept through the Okanagan....

Lake damage from the sky

May 24, 2017 / 1:53 pm

Okanagan Lake beaches took a beating from a violent wind storm Tuesday night. Beaches around the Central Okanagan were almost completely underwater at parts,...

KSS steps up for cancer

May 24, 2017 / 12:37 pm

Students at Kelowna Secondary School are stepping up again for the fight against cancer. For the 15th year, students are raising money during "Cancer...

Late-night delays on Spall

May 24, 2017 / 12:34 pm

Motorists who frequent Spall Road can expect some delays beginning this evening. Crews will be out on Spall, between Bernard and Harvey avenues, from 6 p.m....

Storm hits expected peak

May 24, 2017 / 10:39 am

Environment Canada was right on the mark in its prediction of Tuesday's storm activity. Wind gusts expected to hit up to 70 km/h were reached, and in many...

Lake doesn't give way

May 24, 2017 / 8:00 am

The Central Okanagan took a pounding from a storm that blew through the region Tuesday night. But, for the most part, emergency measures put in place to keep...

Storm pounds valley

May 24, 2017 / 6:24 am

UPDATE: 6:20 a.m. Power lines were brought down throughout the region during Tuesday night's wind storm. Lines were reported down in West Kelowna, on...

Cannabis centre licensed

May 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

An Okanagan company is the first research and development cannabis facility in the valley to receive a Health Canada licence. Valens Agritech now holds a...

New lawyer in fentanyl bust

May 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

A man who pleaded guilty in March to possession and production of a fentanyl-like drug has changed his lawyer ahead of sentencing, and his new lawyer has...

The storm in pictures

May 23, 2017 / 10:22 pm

Castanet readers have sent in numerous pictures of the waves and damage caused by the strong winds blasting the Valley. From Penticton to Vernon, no community...

Severe wave warning issued

May 23, 2017 / 9:46 pm

A severe wave action warning for all property owners on Central Okanagan lakes has been issued. A storm surge phenomenon, created by high winds pushing a high...

Boaters heed warnings

May 23, 2017 / 9:00 pm

It seems boaters heeded warnings issued by the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre to stay off Okanagan Lake. Despite temperatures nudging towards 30C...

At mercy of the weather

May 23, 2017 / 6:39 pm

Officials are firmly stating the William R. Bennet Bridge is secure enough to handle the rising lake levels and strong winds. Okanagan Lake is going to continue...

More delay in Bacon trial

May 23, 2017 / 5:21 pm

Evidence submissions in the Kelowna trial of three men accused of murdering gangster Jonathan Bacon in 2011 have been pushed back again. Michael Jones, Jason...

Evening Update May 23

May 23, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, May 23, with reporter Wayne Moore.

'Monster' loses lawyer

May 23, 2017 / 1:03 pm

A convicted child rapist described by a judge as a “monster” has lost yet another lawyer, as he attempts to appeal his conviction. Steven Walsh, 47,...

High water, higher winds

May 23, 2017 / 12:51 pm

Waterfront flood protection measures could face an additional test if forecast strong winds come to reality. Winds from 40 to 70 km/h are forecast to move into...

Planning new Foerster trial

May 23, 2017 / 12:36 pm

The lead up to a second trial of the man convicted of killing an Armstrong teenager has begun. Three years ago, Matthew Foerster was convicted by a jury of...

A perfect mosquito storm

May 23, 2017 / 12:24 pm

As residents in low-lying areas and along the lakeshore continue to fortify their properties from rising water, the regional district is doing what it can to...

Rec room in the park

May 23, 2017 / 12:16 pm

When the weather is nice, bring the rec room outdoors. That's what the City of Kelowna and Downtown Kelowna Association have done at Stuart Park with the...

Car hits walker, man hurt

May 23, 2017 / 10:52 am

A pedestrian was rushed to Kelowna General Hospital, Tuesday morning, after a compact car struck the man's walker, sending him to the ground. According to...

Lake nears historic level

May 23, 2017 / 8:30 am

Okanagan Lake is nearing record levels. Jodie Foster, information officer with the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre, says the lake rose another four...

Back to back rescues

May 23, 2017 / 6:18 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 6:15 a.m. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was dispatched twice within 90 minutes on Monday. The first call came to assist in the evacuation...

Oh deer!

May 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Conservation officers in Kelowna are warning the public about fawning season. The cute fawns may look lonely but they want to get the message out that the baby...

Storm brewing

May 22, 2017 / 6:49 pm

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Okanagan Lake has risen over the 1990 flood level and water is still rising Monday. Waterfront flood protection measures will face tests in...

Ricci, Cusack to film here

May 22, 2017 / 1:00 pm

The director behind The Humanity Bureau, a feature film shot in Osoyoos late last year, is returning to the Okanagan for his next project. Opening production in...

COSA sailors head to worlds

May 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Two first-place finishers at this year's Springtime Regatta will be representing the Central Okanagan Sailing Association at the 2017 World Children's...

Jets overhead in Okanagan

May 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Some CF-18 jets were flying overhead in the Central and North Okangan over the weekend. Kelowna International Airport director Sam Samaddar says two jets were...

Rapid melt coming

May 21, 2017 / 3:50 pm

Rapid upper level snowpack melt is causing Okanagan Lake and area creeks to rise even faster over the next two to three days. Environment Canada has issued a...

Lake up, protect your land

May 21, 2017 / 11:48 am

Residents along Okanagan Lake are once again being urged to adequately protect their properties as the big lake continues to rise. Okanagan Lake rose 3.7...

2 Westside homes evac'd

May 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

Two Westside residences have been evacuated following a small landslide on Marchbank Road, off Westside Road, north of Killiney Beach, according to a release...

4 to run in Lake Country

May 21, 2017 / 10:58 am

Three people will be running for Lake Country council in a June 24th by-election for the Carr's Landing seat. However, the Oyama council seat will be...

Art from the heart for cops

May 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A collaborative art piece has been unveiled at Kelowna's new RCMP Police Services Building. The month-long Gratitude Project saw students and residents show...

Castanet's week in review

May 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Knox Hill Climb turns 60

May 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

For the 60th year, the roar of engines echoed across Knox Mountain, as dozens of race cars rocketed to the top. The Knox Mountain Hill Climb has been a mainstay...

May Days hits the streets

May 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Music, costumes, flags, posters, classic cars and dancing filled the streets of Rutland Saturday, during the 58th annual Rutland May Days celebration. The...

Walking to their futures

May 20, 2017 / 11:30 am

Grade 12 students from Kelowna Secondary School were decked out in their best attire for the annual prom walk Friday afternoon. Hundreds of students walked...

Lake surpasses 1997 flood

May 20, 2017 / 10:45 am

Okanagan Lake has surpassed lake levels from the 1997 floods, and it continues to rise. The lake rose another two centimetres Friday and now sits at 342.8...

Rory's dominant debut

May 20, 2017 / 10:10 am

Moving his full training camp back to Kelowna for the first time in seven years proved to be a good move for Rory MacDonald, who looked to be at his best in his...

Green thumbs 'ageless'

May 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Rutland Senior Secondary students joined seniors from Fernbrae Manor for a special garden party on Friday. The students have been hard at work on a project to...

Simple sandbag solution

May 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

As local residents, firefighters, police and friendly strangers fill sandbags to protect homes from flooding creeks and rising lake levels, several locals have...

Unique danger on lake

May 19, 2017 / 8:02 pm

There are some uniquely dangerous conditions on Okanagan Lake this long weekend, and several organizations were out Friday urging boaters to be cautious. The...

Guilty man delays sentence

May 19, 2017 / 7:30 pm

The two men convicted of being a part of a vicious assault outside of a Kelowna nightclub in 2014 will have to wait for their sentencing, after one of them...

Evening Update May 19

May 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, May 19, with Jon Manchester, in for Wayne Moore.

Urged to stay off water

May 19, 2017 / 3:05 pm

UPDATE: 3 p.m. The Emergency Operations Centre is asking boaters to avoid the following locations: Kelowna The entire waterfront between Poplar Point and...

Castanet Kid Report

May 19, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Castanet's Kid Report for May 19 with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.