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Parkinson pool reopens

Jan 28, 2015 / 9:00 am

UPDATE 9 A.M. JAN. 28: The main pool at the Parkinson Rec Centre has reopened. The pool was shut down at noon Sunday while maintenance crews worked to fix an issue with the filtration system. Some swim lessons and aquatic fitness classes are still cancelled for today until the pool...

RDCO sets goals for the year

Jan 28, 2015 / 8:00 am

The Regional District of Central Okanagan sets out its priorities for the year in its just-published annual review. The district’s programming and service game plan for 2015 includes: Construction of a new Mission Creek intake for the Falcon Ridge water system and a new outfall...

SOPA Square deal gets go-ahead

Jan 27, 2015 / 7:33 pm

A $29.5-million bid to purchase the stalled Kelowna SOPA Square development has received the final go-ahead. The oft-delayed project in Kelowna’s Pandosy district fell into receivership, and the bid by Vancouver’s Aquilini Group was accepted Dec. 5, triggering a six-week waiting...

Lake Country tax hike at 2.76%

Jan 27, 2015 / 4:28 pm

Lake Country council will begin debating a budget tonight that calls for a tax increase of 2.76 per cent. That would work out to an additional $45 on an average single-family home assessed at approximately $492,000. In his draft budget proposal, CAO Alberto De Feo says the district's...

Axe falls again at SRI Homes

Jan 27, 2015 / 3:39 pm

For the second time in less than a year, SRI Homes in Lake Country has been forced to make massive layoffs. According to one employee, workers were issued layoff notices Jan 9. The last day of production was Friday, Jan. 16. An employee who contacted Castanet says approximately 155 employees...

Kelowna principal receives honour

Jan 27, 2015 / 3:38 pm

Excited and humbled. That's the reaction from Raquel Steen, École KLO Middle School principal upon learning she's been named one of Canada's outstanding principals by The Learning Partnership. "Very proud to be a part of our education system in Canada. I think we...

Lake Country Food Bank wins big

Jan 27, 2015 / 2:40 pm

After weeks of anticipation and voting, Lake Country Food Bank found out Tuesday it has won a $100,000 grand prize in a national competition. The tiny operation says it has proved once again that “many hands make light work.” This morning, as staff waited with bated breath, the...

Black Mountain water advisory

Jan 27, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Black Mountain Irrigation District advises water users in its service area of a temporary change in water quality. Because of scheduled infrastructure work at the district’s intake, BMID will be shutting off its main supply of water and utilizing its own groundwater wells as well as those...

Valley fog on way out

Jan 27, 2015 / 9:40 am

Fog that has disrupted air travel at Kelowna International Airport the past several days could be on the way out. Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Coldwells says the inversion that has gripped the Valley could break up later today. Coldwells says the inversion was caused by a large-scale...

What's next for UBC Okanagan?

Jan 27, 2015 / 6:00 am

UBC is reaching out to the community, asking for input on how the campus should grow and evolve over the next couple of decades. An open house, where the public can examine and participate in the UBC Okanagan Campus Master Plan review, takes place Wednesday. During the past decade, a...

Lawrence tops ticket parade

Jan 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Nearly one out of every eight parking violation tickets written in the City of Kelowna during the past two years was issued on Lawrence Avenue. That according to figures obtained by Castanet from the city's traffic division. Figures show Lawrence was by far the most ticketed street in...

4 groups receive gaming grants

Jan 26, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Four local organizations have received $243,000 in community gaming grants. CNIB Southern Interior Region - $100,000 Resurrection Recovery Resource Society - $60,000 John Howard Society of the Central & South Okanagan - $55,000 Kiwanis Club of Kelowna-Summit -...

More fog delays at YLW

Jan 26, 2015 / 6:00 pm

UPDATE 6 P.M.: Late afternoon fog has reduced visibility at Kelowna International Airport, causing some delays and cancellations. YLW spokesperson Jenelle Hynes says fog rolled in about 5:30, reducing visibility to about one-eighth of a mile. As a result, several flights have either been...

Council says yes to pot analysis

Jan 26, 2015 / 3:39 pm

Kelowna city council rubber stamped a request from staff to alter its medical marijuana production facility bylaw. The change centres around analytical testing of medicinal pot. If the bylaw makes its way through the public hearing phase and receives final reading, analytical testing of...

Sweaters to help warm the needy

Jan 26, 2015 / 2:31 pm

The Downtown Kelowna Association is urging residents to "Turn Down The Heat" and donate a sweater to someone less fortunate. During Turn Down the Heat Week, Feb. 1-7, people can donate gently used sweaters, hats or gloves or mitts to be used by clients of Kelowna Gospel Mission....

Ex-Dragon to lecture at college

Jan 26, 2015 / 10:45 am

Canadian entrepreneur, author and former Dragon’s Den deal-maker W. Brett Wilson will share his wisdom at Okanagan College on Tuesday. Wilson will give a free lecture to college students, staff and the public at 2 p.m. in the atrium of the Kelowna campus Centre for Learning. Wilson may...

Creating books for kids

Jan 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

Children’s author Karen Autio will be the guest instructor at the seminar Keys to Creating Books Kids Want to Read on Saturday, Jan. 31. Writing a book that will appeal to children is not as easy as people think. It involves research and writing skill. This session, headed exclusively by...

Power outage

Jan 25, 2015 / 4:09 pm

UPDATE 6:20 P.M. According to Fortis BC, power has been returned to the remaining 200 customers. UPDATE 4 P.M. Power went out to approximately 400 customers in the Clifton Road and Magic Estates area at 3 p.m. today. Fortis BC spokesperson David Wylie says power has been restored to...

Watch for rocks, snow and sheep

Jan 25, 2015 / 12:13 pm

The BC Ministry of Transportation likes to warn drivers to prepare for road conditions and to keep safe on our highways. They have issued warnings about being prepared for falling rocks, changing weather conditions, fog and snow. This time, it is for sheep. A large herd of Bighorns were...

Castanet's week in review

Jan 24, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

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