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Kelowna News Last 7 days

Most successful poppy fund

Dec 4, 2016 / 4:54 pm

This year's poppy fund in Kelowna has hit a new record, according to MLA Norm Letnick. A cheque for $176,297.72 has been cut for Royal Canadian Legion...

Here comes winter

Dec 4, 2016 / 2:51 pm

It looks like winter may be arriving in the Okanagan. Following a warm November, the mercury is set to take a nosedive over the next few days of December with...

Santa trades sleigh for bus

Dec 4, 2016 / 1:54 pm

It may not be pulled by reindeer, but Santa will still be using it to get around the city. Once again, BC Transit and its regional partners are getting into the...

Culture Vulture lands

Dec 4, 2016 / 10:00 am

Castanet is pleased to welcome Leanne Allen to the fold. In a new partnership with Culture Vulture TV, we'll be bringing you a series of light-hearted and...

Final Conservatory build

Dec 4, 2016 / 5:00 am

A development proposal set to come before city council will mark the final projects on what was the Conservatory site. Council will be asked Monday to approve a...

Housing with boat storage

Dec 3, 2016 / 9:16 pm

A unique development featuring a boat storage facility with townhouses above is being proposed for the McKinley Landing area. City council will be asked to...

Christmas comes to town

Dec 3, 2016 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna's downtown core was overrun by Christmas spirit Saturday, as the 28th annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up celebration took over. Carolers were singing...

Crash near Big White

Dec 3, 2016 / 2:34 pm

UPDATED: 2:34 p.m. A man was airlifted to the hospital in serious, but stable, condition, while three others were transported by ambulance after two cars...

Celebrating Chinese culture

Dec 3, 2016 / 2:15 pm

Dozens of people, including many members of Kelowna's Chinese community, gathered in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery Saturday morning for the unveiling of...

Castanet's week in review

Dec 3, 2016 / 2:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Madison Erhardt.

Arrest in Greyhound groping

Dec 3, 2016 / 11:49 am

A man was arrested at the Kelowna Greyhound station Friday afternoon after allegedly groping a woman. Police were called to station on Leckie Road at 4:30 p.m....

Fire sends two to hospital

Dec 3, 2016 / 8:47 am

Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after waking up to flames and a smoke-filled house Saturday morning in Rutland. Fire crews rushed to...

Sledding to the top

Dec 3, 2016 / 6:14 am

A Kelowna man is in the running to be named North America’s top snowmobiler by Snowtrax Magazine. Justin Evans has been racing hillcross for a few years...

Protesting council decision

Dec 3, 2016 / 5:00 am

A sit-in is planned in front of city hall next Monday to protest a recent council decision banning the practice on city sidewalks. The protest, "Sit down...

Food bank fights hunger

Dec 3, 2016 / 5:00 am

The Spirit of giving is gaining ground. The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is expected to distribute 2,000 Christmas hampers in the Central Okanagan, up...

UBCO gets new building

Dec 2, 2016 / 7:45 pm

Students at UBC Okanagan started a campaign in 2014 to help fund more study space on campus. The university announced Friday the federal and provincial...

Missing man led double life

Dec 2, 2016 / 6:00 pm

Kelowna RCMP have closed the books on a decades-old missing person case. This one, it was discovered, had a twist – it appears the man was living a double...

Evening Update Dec. 2

Dec 2, 2016 / 5:25 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Dec. 2, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Injuries in Hwy 33 crash

Dec 2, 2016 / 2:27 pm

Several people were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 33 in Kelowna. The crash happened at about 2 p.m. at Highway 33 and Roxby Road. A red sedan ended...

Sentenced for hot tub sex

Dec 2, 2016 / 1:57 pm

A woman who pleaded guilty to having sex in a Kelowna man's hot tub has been ordered to pay the owner $100 to clean the tub, in addition to a probation...

Castanet Kid Report

Dec 2, 2016 / 1:17 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with pint-sized correspondent Ariella Amato.

School bus, taxi crash

Dec 2, 2016 / 11:46 am

A school bus and taxi crashed Thursday in Kelowna. Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene at about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 33 and Enterprise...

Snow falling on our heads

Dec 2, 2016 / 11:00 am

The Okanagan got a taste of what's to come. A smattering of snow fell in parts of Kelowna, including downtown where people covered themselves with hoods and...

Drunk driver lucky to live

Dec 2, 2016 / 10:45 am

A driver who slammed into a power pole Thursday afternoon is facing an impaired driving charge. But police say the 23-year-old driver is lucky just to be alive...

CBC unseated in ratings

Dec 2, 2016 / 10:18 am

Central Okanagan radio listeners are apparently changing their habits. Long-reigning top station CBC Radio 1 has been unseated by not one, but two Kelowna...

Lane lights up

Dec 2, 2016 / 7:00 am

Candy Cane Lane lit up for its fifth year Thursday night, spreading Christmas cheer while collecting food donations for several local charitable causes. The...

Out on bail for sex assault

Dec 2, 2016 / 5:00 am

A 39-year-old Peachland man accused of sexually assaulting two women while they slept will remain out of custody until at least April, when he faces a...

Sharpen your skates

Dec 2, 2016 / 5:00 am

Grab your skates and go! The Stuart Park rink is officially open for business. Free skating at the rink is now open all the way until late February. If you...

Governance vote on hold

Dec 1, 2016 / 7:00 pm

Who will pay for a study to determine governance for residents of the North Westside Fire Protection area? That's the question the Regional District of...

Fourth best place to work

Dec 1, 2016 / 6:00 pm

Kelowna is the fourth best place to work in B.C. according to BCBusiness Magazine, moving up seven spots since last year. BCBusiness used seven 'economic...

Evening Update Dec. 1

Dec 1, 2016 / 5:03 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Dec. 1, with reporter Wayne Moore.

From Canada, with love

Dec 1, 2016 / 3:36 pm

A Kelowna photojournalist has returned from a charitable journey to Haiti. Castanet freelancer Gary Moore spent a week in the impoverished Caribbean with One...

Erhardt joins Castanet

Dec 1, 2016 / 3:34 pm

Castanet welcomes Madison Erhardt to its news team. Erhardt comes to the Okanagan's news leader from Toronto, where she most recently worked as a reporter...

Pedestrian rushed to hospital

Dec 1, 2016 / 3:22 pm

A woman was rushed to the hospital in serious condition Thursday morning morning after she was hit by a pickup truck. Just before 11 a.m., a 40-year-old woman...

More injection objections

Dec 1, 2016 / 2:55 pm

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has also come out against Interior Health's proposed location for a safe injection site. "We have heard loud and clear...

This charity is diamonds

Dec 1, 2016 / 2:48 pm

The future owner of a stunning set of one-carat diamond earrings will be able to show off his or her generosity. Appraised at $7,700, the earrings will by...

Ready for the snow

Dec 1, 2016 / 1:30 pm

Brace yourself, winter is coming. The City of Kelowna says it's ready to clear the way. With Environment Canada predicting snow in the valley Friday, the...

Our resilient Okanagan

Dec 1, 2016 / 12:51 pm

Okanagan academics, experts and stakeholders will ponder the future of the valley at the Okanagan Research Forum. The community is invited to take part in the...

Rock the Lake headliners

Dec 1, 2016 / 12:17 pm

UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. We now know which bands will Rock the Lake next summer. April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Honeymoon Suite, Platinum Blonde, Rik Emmett, Chilliwack,...

We found the groom!

Dec 1, 2016 / 10:35 am

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m. It didn't take long for our readers to get us in touch with the groom. We'll ensure the wedding pictures are back in the right hands....

Santa and supercars

Dec 1, 2016 / 9:03 am

For kids looking to meet Santa and check out some hot cars, August Luxury Motorcars is offering just that, while collecting donations for kids in need. This...

Funds earmarked for UBCO

Dec 1, 2016 / 8:08 am

There will be a "significant" funding announcement at UBCO Friday. Details are thin, but a statement from the province says the funding will benefit...

Nooks get Dragon partner

Dec 1, 2016 / 5:00 am

Nooks Designs have found a Dragon partner to work with. The Kelowna company was featured on the CBC program Dragons' Den Wednesday night. In the episode,...

Rental help 'on the way'

Dec 1, 2016 / 5:00 am

A series of Castanet stories on Kelowna’s rental crunch and homelessness have drawn hundreds of comments this week. People have shared anecdotes about the...

IH says not in its building

Dec 1, 2016 / 5:00 am

The owner of a downtown Kelowna business near Interior Health's proposed safe injection site has a suggestion for Interior Health. He says the brand new IH...

Parade of Lights is back

Nov 30, 2016 / 6:54 pm

All aboard for the Parade of Lights! The annual tour of Kelowna Christmas light displays is set to roll Dec. 9 and 10. And you can get your tickets at Castanet...

Evening Update Nov. 30

Nov 30, 2016 / 4:59 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Nov. 30, with reporter Wayne Moore.

No bail in serious assault

Nov 30, 2016 / 4:04 pm

A man accused in a serious assault on Rutland's notorious Hein Road in September will remain in custody after he was denied bail Wednesday. Clayton...

Tied up during robbery

Nov 30, 2016 / 3:24 pm

Two employees at a Kelowna jewellery store were tied up while suspects robbed the store. The robbery happened shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday at Cooper Jewellers...

Warmest Nov. recorded

Nov 30, 2016 / 12:53 pm

As this month wraps up, it will go down as the warmest November in recorded history in Kelowna. Environment and Climate Change Canada recorded the mean monthly...

BC Tree Fruits has new CEO

Nov 30, 2016 / 11:19 am

The BC Tree Fruits Co-operative has found a new CEO after firing its previous one. Stan Swales has already begun working at the co-op, but won't officially...

Big lines at Big White

Nov 30, 2016 / 10:56 am

Big White's opening day is a record setter. More than 1,000 eager skiers and snowboarders flocked to the mountain for the resort's largest mid-week...

Cramming the cruiser again

Nov 30, 2016 / 9:58 am

For the fifth year in row, Kelowna and Lake Country residents will have the opportunity to “cram a cruiser” full of charitable donations. The...

Kelowna RCMP cleared

Nov 30, 2016 / 9:08 am

An investigation into the Kelowna RCMP detachment has found no wrongdoing. The Abbotsford Police Department said Wednesday morning that they'd investigated...

Beware credit hangover

Nov 30, 2016 / 7:00 am

Canadians plan to spend 17 per cent more this Christmas than last, according to a national holiday shopping survey. The Accenture survey found shoppers plan to...

Still distracted, still driving

Nov 30, 2016 / 5:00 am

It didn't take police long to figure out motorists in Kelowna continue to drive distracted. Over 7 1/2 hours during two separate road checks, police issued...

Local hills ready to go

Nov 29, 2016 / 8:30 pm

The anticipation and excitement a child feels on Christmas Eve soon dissipates with age, but for snow sports enthusiasts, the feelings that come the night...

Giving Tuesday kicks off

Nov 29, 2016 / 8:00 pm

The City of Kelowna was one of many communities across Canada and the United States to proclaim today “Giving Tuesday” Following Black Friday and...

Evening Update Nov. 29

Nov 29, 2016 / 4:59 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Nov. 29, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Cops nab armed thieves

Nov 29, 2016 / 4:19 pm

Two men are in custody following a dramatic pursuit and takedown early Tuesday. The chase and arrests followed reports of robberies at the Chevron gas station...

Vagrancy bylaw defended

Nov 29, 2016 / 3:15 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran delivered a fiery defence of city council’s decision to amend bylaws to outlaw sleeping or sitting on sidewalks 24 hours a day....

Guilty in hot tub sex

Nov 29, 2016 / 2:40 pm

UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. Noah McDonald is scheduled to be sentenced in late January. His accomplice, Sarah Clementi will be appearing in a Kelowna courtroom in Friday...

Shelter turning people away

Nov 29, 2016 / 12:39 pm

A Kelowna cold weather homeless shelter has been at capacity every night since it opened for the season at the start of November. Inn from the Cold is a...

Get lit up for the holidays

Nov 29, 2016 / 12:10 pm

The Christmas season officially comes to the Central Okanagan this weekend. Communities from Peachland to Lake Country will hold Christmas light-up festivities...

'Not without a heart'

Nov 29, 2016 / 12:03 pm

Kelowna's mayor says a new bylaw cracking down on people sitting, lying or sleeping on city sidewalks is not a crackdown on the homeless. City council gave...

Break from buying, and give

Nov 29, 2016 / 10:19 am

Tuesday is 'Giving Tuesday' in Kelowna, and around the world. Mayor Colin Basran stated at the end of Monday's council meeting he would be...

Readers help find trailer

Nov 29, 2016 / 10:03 am

UPDATED: 10:05 a.m. There's a happy ending for the family who had a trailer filled with all their belongings stolen. Less than two hours after a story...

Email: forgot your milk

Nov 29, 2016 / 9:48 am

Did you forget to drink your milk today? A researcher from UBCO says daily email reminders prompting you to take your calcium is an effective way to improve...

Semi-truck crash clear

Nov 29, 2016 / 8:26 am

UPDATE: 8:25 a.m. Traffic is flowing along Highway 97 again, after emergency crews cleared a morning crash. ORIGINAL: 7:55 a.m. The commute in Kelowna is slow...

Return of the baby faces

Nov 29, 2016 / 7:17 am

With the end of November, comes the return of beards and baby faces. But before that happens, consider making a donation to the men who have endured the month...

The rising cost of water

Nov 29, 2016 / 5:00 am

The cost of delivering water to Kelowna households is going to rise dramatically over the next 20 years. That was one of several items taken from the city's...

Meningitis in high school

Nov 28, 2016 / 6:40 pm

A Kelowna high school student has been diagnosed with meningitis. A letter emailed to parents last Friday states Interior Health has confirmed the case of...

Evening update: Nov. 28

Nov 28, 2016 / 4:54 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Nov. 28, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Leon injection site opposed

Nov 28, 2016 / 4:35 pm

Downtown businesses are opposed to Interior Health's suggested location for a safe injection site. Last week, IH released its proposed Kelowna location for...

Vacancy rates near zero

Nov 28, 2016 / 4:19 pm

The average price of rent went up 4.5 per cent last year in the Central Okanagan. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has released its annual report...

Explanation for gunshots

Nov 28, 2016 / 3:10 pm

An RCMP officer was forced to put down a suffering deer alongside Benvoulin Road Sunday night. Police were called to the scene just before 10 p.m. for a...

Suspect sneaks away

Nov 28, 2016 / 1:14 pm

The Kelowna RCMP have released details on what prompted a large police presence near the Parkinson Recreation Centre on Sunday. At about 3 p.m. an officer...

Family loses everything

Nov 28, 2016 / 12:10 pm

A Kelowna family has lost everything they own in a brazen theft. In 2007, Kimble and Kathy Mooney bought a home at 428 Hawes Court in Upper Mission, with plans...

Law to ban street sleeping

Nov 28, 2016 / 11:21 am

Kelowna city council will consider a bylaw this afternoon that would outlaw sleeping on the sidewalk at night. A small item nestled in a traffic enforcement...

Poachers, dumpers targeted

Nov 28, 2016 / 10:31 am

Those wanting to help stamp out poachers and polluters have a new weapon. The BC Wildlife Federation released an iPhone app that lets users take geo-referenced,...

Maxing out reserve funds

Nov 28, 2016 / 5:00 am

The District of Lake Country is looking at putting a cap on reserve accounts held by the municipality. Lake Country, as with every other municipality, holds...

Mannequin Challenge

Nov 28, 2016 / 5:00 am

Castanet has accepted the Mannequin Challenge. The viral social media phenomenon is going global, with everyone from pop stars like Adele and Taylor Swift to...