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Boil-water notice

Jul 31, 2015 / 5:21 pm

Update: July, 31 The boil-water notice for customers on the Beaver Lake water system has been downgraded to a water quality advisory. According to Interior Health, recent testing and monitoring has shown water quality has improved and disinfection (chlorine) levels have recovered. Interior...

Topless sunbathing OK?

Jul 31, 2015 / 4:41 pm

The story of a young woman told to cover up by RCMP after she was sunbathing topless on a local beach touched a nerve with many Castanet viewers. More than 100 people commented on the story "Going topless not a crime" – with some heated debate both for and against woman baring it...

Fortis rates rise again

Jul 31, 2015 / 2:31 pm

Electricity will cost more for Okanagan customers of FortisBC, starting Saturday. Fortis has completed its annual rate review with the B.C. Utilities Commission and received approval for an increase of 1.6 per cent. Fortis said in a statement the increase is necessary to allow upgrades and...

Returning creek to nature

Jul 31, 2015 / 1:46 pm

The federal government will kick in up to $249,000 toward restoration of Mission Creek to a more natural flow. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan made the announcement on the Mission Creek Greenway Friday morning. It was the latest in a series of funding announcements by Cannan this week ahead...

Grill thrills await

Jul 31, 2015 / 11:32 am

Tree Brewing was taken over by chefs Thursday afternoon to hype the upcoming the Ktown Showdown barbecue competition. The competition takes place Aug. 22 and pits 10 local chefs against each other for barbecue bragging rights. All chefs will have to use the same cut of meat, which was revealed...

Parking lot shaming

Jul 31, 2015 / 9:47 am

Poor parker beware. Kelowna residents aren't above a little parking lot shaming. The Facebook group Sh*t Parkers of Kelowna, which posts submitted pictures of bad and inconsiderate parking jobs, has seen increased activity so far this summer. There were 21 posts in July and 31 in June,...

Pet owners still don't get it

Jul 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

While police, SPCA and regional district held a press conference on the importance of not leaving pets in hot vehicles, five complaints about dogs left in cars were received at the Kelowna shelter. One was potentially serious, as two dogs were left in a small bus in a downtown parking lot for...

Fed cash for Munson Pond

Jul 30, 2015 / 7:45 pm

Yet another federal government funding announcement, as the possibility of an election campaign lies just days away. Thursday's announcement by Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan concerns Munson Pond. The feds have handed over slightly more than $75,000 to support conservation efforts of...

Art takes over Bernard Ave.

Jul 30, 2015 / 7:11 pm

Bernard Avenue lacked vehicles but was buzzing with art lovers on Thursday under the hot, Kelowna sun. Festivals Kelowna hosted their first ever Arts on the Avenue festival, which provided a space for local visual artists to show off and sell their pieces. The event shut down Bernard Avenue...

Petition for new dog beach

Jul 30, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna dog lovers and their water-loving pooches have been fighting for a second dog beach in the city for years – now, a new petition is gaining traction and getting noticed by the city. The online and print petition has gained more than 1,000 signatures from dog owners who are fed up...

Launch dredging deferred

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:23 pm

Sometimes it pays to fight City Hall – but a little unexpected help on the side doesn't hurt, either. A decision by the city to close the Cook Road boat launch for a week in August to dredge a large build up of sand didn't sit well with clients of Aqua Marine Valet, which uses the...

Reunited for anniversary

Jul 30, 2015 / 4:22 pm

An elderly Kelowna couple celebrated their 65th anniversary together a year after being forced to live in separate care homes. Alex and June Munroe were separated in 2013, when his declining health prompted health officials to move Alex into SpringValley Care Home, leaving June at Fernbrae...

Reefer roundabout

Jul 30, 2015 / 3:08 pm

It seems the roundabout pot prank has moved from Vancouver to the Okanagan. Castanet was tipped off Thursday to a suspicious green plant among the shrubs in the centre of the new roundabout outside Kelowna City Hall. The approximately four-foot-tall marijuana plant was planted in the centre...

Joe Rich gets new chief

Jul 30, 2015 / 12:01 pm

Joe Rich has a new fire chief. After a two-month search, former assistant chief Ben Wasyliuk has been appointed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to lead the paid-on-call department. He replaces Greg Robson, who has served as interim chief after longtime chief Curtis Nyuli was...

Dash cam captures chase

Jul 30, 2015 / 11:26 am

A Kelowna man is sharing his story of being caught in the middle of a police chase. Joerg Klaemt and his wife were headed north to Salmon Arm on Glenmore Road, Wednesday, when they were stopped by traffic near the landfill. When he realized traffic wasn't moving, Klaemt decided to turn...

Bike theft on the rise

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

They are considered crimes of opportunity, an easy steal that could have been preventable if people were just more aware. Bike thefts in Kelowna are on the rise, and police say it’s due to owners carelessly leaving bicycles unlocked or in unsafe locations. RCMP Const. Steve Holmes...

Tour of the trades

Jul 29, 2015 / 7:30 pm

With a completion date of March 2016, the new trades training complex at Okanagan College is under construction. About 5,100 square metres of shops and classes will be renovated and an additional 5,500 square metres will be added. More than 2,000 students are expected to study there next...

Kelowna restricts water use

Jul 29, 2015 / 3:54 pm

The City of Kelowna water utility is finally coming out with mandatory water restrictions. In support of the provincial drought response, the utility will begin implementing odd/even water restrictions for customers, beginning Aug. 4. This means properties with an address ending in an odd...

Body leaves family helpless

Jul 29, 2015 / 3:41 pm

A family is without a home after a man lost his life in an odd story out of North Glenmore. An unidentified middle aged man died in July in his home at the Yaletown condos. Coroner Barb McLintock confirms the body was not discovered for several days and that the death was eventually reported...

Police swarm Glenmore

Jul 29, 2015 / 3:00 pm

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. An astute off-duty officer, on his way to work, started a car chase Wednesday morning in Glenmore. According to RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan, an off-duty officer was one his way to work, heading south on Highway 97, when he noticed a prohibited driver behind the wheel. Duncan...

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