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Hwy 33 fire evacuations

Jul 3, 2015 / 4:33 pm

UPDATE 4:30 P.M. An Evacuation Order is being prepared and a tactical evacuation is underway of residences along Huckleberry Road between the intersections of Goudie Road and Sun Valley Road as well as residences along Jack Pine Road in the Joe Rich area. This is due to the grass and interface...

Water advisory in effect

Jul 3, 2015 / 12:28 pm

The Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District reminds Ellison residents that a water quality advisory is still in effect. The GEID says raised turbidity levels and poor water quality conditions are typical in that area during the summer months. There are approximately 400 residences under the...

Decades of change online

Jul 3, 2015 / 11:47 am

Just how much has the Central Okanagan changed over the decades? You can see first-hand with the latest Geographic Information System technology through the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. The new feature on the site allows you to compare parts of the Central Okanagan in the...

Silt messes up boat launch

Jul 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is waiting on the province before it can deal with a silty mess around the Cook Road boat launch. The sand collected around the boat launch and dock over the winter, says parks and open spaces manager Terry Barton. An "enormous" amount of sand from Mission Creek...

Surgery: behind scenes

Jul 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

It begins with the air ambulance touching down on the rooftop helipad at Kelowna General Hospital. A patient has been airlifted from Kamloops, suffering a heart attack and in need of advanced cardiac care. Since the inception of Interior Health’s cardiac program in 2009, more than...

Affordable housing unveiled

Jul 2, 2015 / 8:02 pm

A new affordable housing unit will open up 86 rental apartments for lower-income Kelowna residents. The four-storey building will be constructed at 1745 Chapman Place, behind Boston Pizza, in an area known as Central Green. Construction should be complete by summer 2016. The project is a...

Celestial treat in the sky

Jul 2, 2015 / 7:30 pm

For the last month, Jupiter and Venus have been dancing in the sky, getting closer and closer together until they were seemingly on top of each other Wednesday night. The planets are so bright and large in the sky, they show up before it is even entirely dark and may have had some thinking the...

Tax deadline for some

Jul 2, 2015 / 2:53 pm

If you're a property owner in B.C. and haven't paid your taxes - time is running out. Municipal property taxes are due today or tomorrow in most communities. There are a few exceptions such as Penticton, which has a deadline of the last working day in July, this year, that's July...

Ex-cop's porn trial

Jul 2, 2015 / 12:44 pm

A former Vernon Mountie facing child pornography charges is in court in Kelowna this week, before his trial begins next month. The trial of Ryan Hampton, 37, is set to begin July 13 at B.C. Supreme Court in Kelowna. Hampton faces one count of possession of child pornography, one count of...

Power back on in Kelowna

Jul 2, 2015 / 7:32 am

Power was out for a number of Kelowna residents this morning around the Pandosy and Richter street areas near the hospital. Power went out to homes at about 5:45 a.m. and was restored before 7 a.m. for most. Many were waking up to blinking clocks that needed resetting. "Crews have...

Hoping for good Karma

Jul 1, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The Kelowna BCSPCA is appealing to animal lovers to help a badly injured dog. Karma, a two-year-old female blue brindle Cane Corso is now safe at the shelter after she was hurt in a traffic accident and didn't receive medical treatment. For several months, the dog lived with a fractured...

Politeness reigns in Prospera

Jul 1, 2015 / 5:14 pm

Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen The arena was packed with people...

City grass is different

Jul 1, 2015 / 1:00 pm

It would seem some people don't like the impression of a double standard when it comes to watering a lawn. Parks and sports field supervisor Ted Sophonow said the city has received calls from residents concerned the city waters its sport fields during daytime hours. It's a practice...

Canada Day in Kelowna

Jul 1, 2015 / 11:24 am

There's plenty to do in Kelowna today with Canada Day events throughout downtown. Festivals Kelowna is hosting activities around Waterfront Park and Prospera Place. Events include a mini sailboat regatta, a Taste of Canada Food Fair, an apple bin paint-in, plenty of live musical...

Proud to be Canadian

Jul 1, 2015 / 9:00 am

Canada is celebrating its 148th Birthday, and Castanet wants to know what do the residents of Kelowna think about our country. What makes them proud? What makes our country unique? So, we hit the streets to find out. Let us know what you did to celebrate Canada Day and send us a note to...

Restaurant Hall of Fame

Jul 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

A favourite Kelowna dining spot is getting provincial attention as La Bussola's Franco Coccaro is now in the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame. Announced on Monday, the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association named Coccaro as one of the 2015 inductees. Coccaro was recognized...

Those darn mosquitoes!

Jun 30, 2015 / 8:03 pm

Don’t be alarmed if you see people driving through Central Okanagan neighbourhoods and dropping pellets into curbside catch basins. All this week, weather permitting, five crews (one in a car, four on scooters) will be driving by every roadside catch basin in the City of Kelowna, District...

Chopped champion

Jun 30, 2015 / 5:29 pm

An Okanagan chef is the latest winner of the Food Network culinary competition Chopped Canada. Brock Bowes, 36, grew up in B.C. with dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder, but when that didn’t pan out he started cooking. Working from Whistler to Oliver, he has competed in...

Accent Inn takedown

Jun 30, 2015 / 4:05 pm

Two men from the Lower Mainland are facing charges after uttering threats at a local business early Monday. According to Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan, a call was placed to police at 12:42 a.m. Monday about two men uttering threats and making threatening gestures at a local...

Severe thunderstorm watch

Jun 30, 2015 / 2:40 pm

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for much of the Interior of British Columbia including here in the Okanagan. Environment Canada issued the thunderstorm watch late this morning for both the North and Central Okanagan. There is only a risk of thunderstorm activity in the Penticton...

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