Nowhere for them to go

Jul 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
While the residents of the Hiawatha Mobile Home park knew they would have to move out eventually, they didn't think it would be so soon, and now they have nowhere to go. Unexpected mould and water damage has forced Westcorp Properties, the owner of Hiawatha, to wrap-up leases on more than...

Police look for missing teen

Jun 30, 2016 / 8:15 pm
The Kelowna RCMP is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing teenager, who was last seen on Banks Road on June 18. Police say there is no indication of foul play in Jada McClelland’s disappearance at this time, and believe she is either in Kelowna, or has travelled to the...

Armed men a false alarm

Jun 30, 2016 / 7:43 pm
Kelowna RCMP surrounded Orchard Park Mall Thursday evening, after receiving reports of two armed men entering the building. Just after 6 p.m., a witness told police they had seen two men in possession of a gun, and overheard them saying the gun was loaded, before going inside. Police set up a...

Canada Day: Take the bus

Jun 30, 2016 / 7:22 pm
Downtown Kelowna is expected to be packed for Canada Day celebrations – with limited parking available in the area. The city is encouraging people to take transit, especially to and from the fireworks which are set to begin at 10:30 p.m. Buses will be running according to a regular...

Song and dance for funds

Jun 30, 2016 / 4:52 pm
After months of planning, the Angel Award packed Creekside Theatre in Lake Country, inspiring the audience and raising money to support the Arthritis Society. The Angel Award is the brainchild of Louise Boisvert, a former dancer, whose daughter suffers from juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a...

Missing teen found

Jun 30, 2016 / 4:25 pm
UPDATE: June 30 Mackenzie Fowler has been found, family sources say. ORIGINAL: June 28 A 13-year-old Kelowna girl has gone missing Tuesday and her mother believes she could be in danger. Vanessa Fowler says her daughter Mackenzie went missing Tuesday morning. “She’s at...

Grass fire near Scandia

Jun 30, 2016 / 3:58 pm
UPDATED: 3:58 p.m. Kelowna Fire Capt. John Kelly says the grass fire near Scandia reached a size of 30 meters by 20 metres before fire crews arrived and quickly knocked it down. While the fire department has yet to release the suspected cause of the fire, Kelly reminded the public to dispose...

Car thief still on the lam

Jun 30, 2016 / 3:45 pm
The person who stole a black Pontiac Wave from the 600 block of Doyle Avenue Wednesday afternoon and promptly parked it on Lawrence Avenue is still on the loose. The vehicle was stolen at 3 p.m., but was spotted at Leon Avenue and Ellis Street by the owner, just half an hour later. “The...

Stabbing suspect arrested

Jun 30, 2016 / 2:29 pm
Police have a man in custody in connection with a stabbing in downtown Kelowna last weekend. An unidentified 34-year-old Kelowna man was arrested Wednesday. He was held in custody and taken before a justice of the peace before being released with strict conditions. The suspect is expected...

400 lightning strikes

Jun 30, 2016 / 11:28 am
A lightning storm that passed through parts of the Okanagan Wednesday night kept officials at the Kamloops Fire Centre busy. According to fire information officer Rachel Witt, about 400 lightning strikes were reported throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. However, no fires have materialized...

Onward and upward

Jun 30, 2016 / 10:53 am
If you like the view from the top, Big White Ski Resort has you covered. The mountain is now open for their second summer season, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking trails and chairlift rides. Josh Foster, the director of snow sports, says hiking trails start right in the village and...

Locals prepare for Rio

Jun 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna’s Tristan Smyth has always been passionate about sports, but when a downhill longboarding accident broke his back in 2011, his future in athletics looked grim. Now, five years later, 29-year-old Smyth is preparing to head south for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he...

Equine lovers lobby for trail

Jun 29, 2016 / 7:28 pm
Horses should have access to the newly acquired Okanagan Rail Trail. That's the opinion of some within the equine community who have made their feelings known to the inter-jurisdictional development team, and through an online petition. To date, 116 people have signed the petition asking...

Holiday Inn on the move

Jun 29, 2016 / 6:45 pm
Kelowna's Holiday Inn Express is moving a few blocks north. City council approved issuance of a development permit for construction of a new Holiday Inn Express on Highway 97 and 33 Tuesday, across from the proposed Marriott hotel development. The six-storey hotel will house 120 hotel...

Car theft leads to chase

Jun 29, 2016 / 5:41 pm
A car was stolen from downtown Kelowna Wednesday afternoon, leading to a chase, collision, and eventually a poor parking job. The black Pontiac Wave was stolen from downtown Kelowna at about 3 p.m. A security guard witnessed the theft, and gave chase in a vehicle. The stolen car and the...

Yoga for a cause

Jun 29, 2016 / 4:07 pm
While yogis across the globe celebrated International Yoga Day last week, three well-known local yoga teachers took to the roof top of the Eldorado Hotel to do a lot more for their community than just stretching people’s hamstrings. Yoga teachers Pam Radar, Shauna Nyrose and Chelsea Ray...

Hefty hikes for bureaucrats

Jun 29, 2016 / 3:50 pm
Senior bureaucrats within the Regional District of Central Okanagan saw their gross pay rise between six and 14 per cent last year while overall wages jumped less than five per cent. Figures are part of the RDCO's annual financial statement, which must be made public by the end of June each...

Last day of school

Jun 29, 2016 / 1:52 pm
It is the last day of school in the Okanagan and kids are ready to hit the beach and enjoy their summer in the sun. Castanet headed to North Glenmore Elementary school today to ask a few kids what their plans were for the summer.

Ogie lost his head

Jun 29, 2016 / 1:24 pm
It's kind of "sacrilegious," that Ogopogo would be shown with his head off. But, despite the tongue-in-cheek protestations of Mayor Colin Basran, that's just what the Kelowna Museum did during a presentation to city council earlier this week. "I just can't believe...

Apple birthday cider

Jun 29, 2016 / 12:49 pm
After many years it's finally back – well, a more modern version. Hard apple cider made from 100 per cent B.C. apples by the folks at SunRype is now available for a limited time. The special-edition cider contains seven per cent alcohol and commemorates the 70th anniversary of the...

Targeted pepper spraying

Jun 29, 2016 / 10:08 am
An unidentified man is recovering after he was hit in the face on two separate occasions with pepper spray Wednesday morning. The first incident happened at about 7:45 a.m. in front of the Kelowna Gospel Mission. Officials at the Mission say a woman on a bicycle rode past the area and sprayed...

A 'troll-free' Internet

Jun 29, 2016 / 9:05 am
A local tech startup will continue to expand on its recent success with $1.6 million in new funding. Two Hat Security, the creator of the advanced community management software Community Sift, announced the the new funding Tuesday. iNovia Capital led the financing and will be working with the...

Bachelorette for Mamas

Jun 29, 2016 / 6:17 am
A local charity that helps mothers in need has gotten a high-profile hand. Fifth Bachelorette Jillian Harris, who is about to become a mom herself, has joined Mamas for Mamas as a celebrity ambassador. Harris is pregnant with her first child and is asking that those who attend her baby shower...

Closures for COG

Jun 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Several roads and beaches will be closed next week to make way for the annual Center of Gravity festival. The three-day festival runs from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 in City Park and along the shores of Okanagan Lake. Center of Gravity is in its ninth year, but this is the first...

Trophy of war unveiled

Jun 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Captured as a trophy of war by Canadian forces almost 100 years ago, a large First World War gun has a new home at the Okanagan Military Museum in Kelowna. The German 77-mm field gun was in use during the first global conflict of the 20th century and snatched from the theatre of war by Canadian...

Grad bush party nightmare

Jun 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Instead of celebrating the end of another school year, a group of Kelowna teens were left fearing for their safety. A "passing of the torch" bush party turned violent Saturday night when several people showed up with batons, brass knuckles and knives looking for a fight. Someone who...

We're getting hosed for gas

Jun 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna motorists are getting hosed every time they fill up at the pumps. That according to Dan McTeague, spokesman for the industry watchdog GasBuddy.com. In an interview with Castanet News Tuesday, McTeague said gas retailers are pocketing a tidy profit of about 18 cents per litre, unheard...

Teen home during B&E

Jun 28, 2016 / 9:03 pm
UPDATE: 9:03 p.m. A 14-year-old girl came face-to-face with two men who broke into her home in Magic Estates Tuesday morning. The girl was home alone just before noon, when two men began knocking on the door, and ringing the doorbell. Wary of the strangers, she didn’t open the door,...

Bear had to be killed

Jun 28, 2016 / 5:48 pm
The bear cub that perused downtown Kelowna on Saturday had to be euthanized by conservation officers. The animal caused quite a stir at the time and prompted pursuit by the Kelowna RCMP. Spotted first on the Paul’s Tomb trail, the cub ended his excursion on Richter Street after climbing...

IH execs rake in $1.5M

Jun 28, 2016 / 4:54 pm
Interior Health paid out wages and benefits to six executives in the amount of $1.5 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The health authority's fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. Figures were obtained from the yearly financial report the health authority is required to make...

No foul play in death

Jun 28, 2016 / 4:42 pm
UPDATE: 4:42 p.m. Hikers discovered a man’s body Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. below one of the trestle bridges in the Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, but police have ruled out any foul play in the death. By the time resources were mobilized to remove the body from the area Monday, it...

Impaired boating ads on ice

Jun 28, 2016 / 3:38 pm
A provincewide boating campaign is now in the Okanagan and not just centred in the Lower Mainland. Preventable BC has wrapped an ice chest with an anti-drinking and boating message in Kelowna. The campaign was launched at the start of May, but only targeted 15 ice coolers in the Vancouver and...

Drowning victim named

Jun 28, 2016 / 3:27 pm
The BC Coroners Service has identified the woman who drowned in a canoeing accident. Arlene Susan Westervelt, 56, died when the canoe she was in with her husband tipped over in Okanagan Lake on Sunday evening. Her husband was rescued by a passing boater, but Westervelt could not be found in...

MP denounces sentence

Jun 28, 2016 / 2:14 pm
MP Dan Albas says a seven-year sentence for stabbing a stranger in the neck on a transit bus is a "slap in the face." The Central Okanagan - Similkameen - Nicola member of Parliament says he's been contacted by numerous people expressing outrage that Tyler Jack Newton will serve...

Boost for handyDART

Jun 28, 2016 / 10:54 am
Changes are coming to the handyDART service in Kelowna. As part of its 2016 service adjustments, BC Transit will increase the handyDART service by 2,000 hours beginning in September. That's an increase of 5.6 per cent over the 35,000 hours currently provided through handyDART each...

A 'win' for renters

Jun 28, 2016 / 10:39 am
You can expect to see more construction at the once ill-fated Conservatory at Glenmore Road and Summit Drive. A four-storey, 87-unit, L-Shaped building was approved for the site. The additional units will be located between the current six-storey building and the commercial development, which is...

Glasses down pants

Jun 28, 2016 / 7:00 am
A local business is asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down a glasses thieving suspect. On June 17, a man entered NuVue Optometry at 1950 Harvey Ave about 4:30 p.m. Employee Shaylee says while the man was polite and friendly, his behaviour was odd. “I was keeping an...

City denies farm 'hotel'

Jun 28, 2016 / 6:20 am
Kelowna city council spent nearly 90 minutes debating an issue in which, technically, it has no jurisdiction. The debate centred around an application by a farmer wishing to build permanent housing for up to 40 temporary foreign workers. The request flies in the face of both city policy and...

Pedophile behind bars

Jun 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
An infamous Kelowna pedophile is back behind bars after breaching his statutory release conditions, again. Shawn Joshua Deacon, 50, is one of the most notorious pedophiles in Kelowna's history, with a decades-long rap sheet of abusing young boys and girls. He was released on Nov. 26,...

Body recovered

Jun 27, 2016 / 6:40 pm
UPDATE 6:45 P.M. The search for the body of a 57-year-old woman in Lake Country has ended tragically. Authorities have confirmed they recovered a body Monday afternoon. A dive team aided in the search for the woman who was canoeing with an older man Sunday night. The boat capsized...
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