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Market is back in business

Apr 1, 2015 / 6:33 pm

It’s been in the same location for almost 20 years, and it’s not going anywhere for the 2015 season. The Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters’ Market seemed to be unclear about a potential move for most of last year, after disagreements between the board and its...

Mother of two found dead

Apr 1, 2015 / 5:48 pm

Castanet News has learned the name of the woman who lost her life Tuesday in Kelowna. The woman's family called the newsroom to let us know that 31-year-old Jacqueline Layman was the victim found deceased in her home on Glenview Avenue. A man who identified himself as her half-bother,...

Fire engulfs house

Apr 1, 2015 / 2:50 pm

Two occupants of a home on Cosens Court in Glenmore are in the care of Essential Social Services after fire caused serious damage to their home. Firefighters were called to the home about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. "When we got here there was heavy black smoke. There were flames coming...

$890K in traffic fine revenue

Apr 1, 2015 / 2:16 pm

The Central Okanagan will receive nearly $890,000 in traffic fine revenue. The funding is part of almost $40 million being returned to communities across B.C. by the provincial government. The money comes from traffic fines you may have paid in the past year. “These traffic fine...

Lyme destroyed her life

Apr 1, 2015 / 12:43 pm

A longtime Kelowna resident, volunteer and outdoors enthusiast is battling Lyme disease in Colorado, and her friends want to bring her home alive and well. Andrea Dykstra suffered a decade of misdiagnosis after a tick bite in 2005, allowing the disease to advance, almost certainly sealing her...

Police investigating death

Apr 1, 2015 / 11:44 am

Update – April 1 Kelowna police have now confirmed that it was a 31-year-old female who was found dead in a townhouse complex on Glenview Avenue. Police are working with the BC Coroners Service, but they will not release a name until the next of kin has been notified. They area has...

Locals shine in competition

Apr 1, 2015 / 11:34 am

An international makeup contest has thrown two local women in the spotlight. Last month, we told you about Salmon Arm makeup artist Missy MacKintosh, 29, who had made the top 50 in Canada in an international L'Oreal Paris makeup competition. She was a favourite in the competition and...

Creek gets quick cleanup

Apr 1, 2015 / 11:21 am

Volunteers converged at Mission Creek Regional Park today, taking part in the Community 20-Minute Makeover. About two dozen hockey players and naturalists joined forces with various walking groups to clean up the Greenway and surrounding areas. The event is sponsored by the Central Okanagan...

College balances budget

Apr 1, 2015 / 9:00 am

The board of governors at Okanagan College has passed a balanced budget, but it wasn’t easy. The $94.95-million operating budget allows the school to continue providing programs and services throughout the region, without any service reductions or layoffs for the coming fiscal year. But it...

YLW embarks on expansion

Apr 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Over the next three years Kelowna International Airport will spend in excess of $55 million on four major expansion projects. These projects are part of YLW's 'Drive to 2016' and 'Flight 2020' initiatives. YLW reached its target of 1.6 million passengers a year ahead of...

Interns enjoying KGH stay

Apr 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Allison Verigin and Heather Gregory went to high school together, studied dietetics at UBC together – and now they're spending a one-year internship at Kelowna General Hospital. Together, of course. Verigin and Gregory were born and raised in the small community of Castlegar. They...

Canals get second look

Apr 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

UPDATE: We hope you're all enjoying this fine April 1. Happy April Fools Day, everyone. Maybe a series of canals linking several streets in downtown Kelowna isn't so far-fetched after all. The idea was first hatched by TaxPayers First during the 2014 municipal election. It was...

Preserve a piece of home

Mar 31, 2015 / 9:00 pm

The Kelowna Art Gallery wants to help you capture your memories of home, in a new artistic project called “Preserves”. The community-based initiative will explore the history of Kelowna, and the stories of the people who have shaped the city. To do this, items of significance will...

Eerie filming sites get buzz

Mar 31, 2015 / 7:30 pm

The rumour mill is abuzz with hopes of zombies and/or aliens running through the Okanagan, after a recent Facebook post request looking for some eerie filming locations. The Okanagan Film Commission post had fans excited with recent announcements of the X-Files returning to Vancouver, and The...

YLW adds Cuba flights

Mar 31, 2015 / 4:55 pm

You can add Cuba to the list of non-stop destinations originating from Kelowna International Airport. Airport manager Sam Samaddar announced the addition during a news conference Tuesday outlining expansion plans at the airport. Direct flights to Varadero will run from mid-December until...

Day of action for HEU

Mar 31, 2015 / 3:20 pm

More than 50 people turned out a national day of action rally in front of Kelowna General Hospital, Tuesday. Hospital Employees Union members and supporters gathered to draw attention to $36 billion in cuts to federal health-care transfers over the next decade to B.C. and other provinces. In...

$1.3M to fight mussels

Mar 31, 2015 / 11:38 am

The provincial government will spend about $1.3 million in its fight against invasive quagga and zebra mussels. The program is designed to protect provincial lakes and rivers against the threat of the mussels which, according to Environment Minister Mary Polak, could threaten aquatic life and...

Recycling fees going down

Mar 31, 2015 / 10:34 am

The fee Kelowna residents pay for solid waste management is going down. Council gave final approval Monday to a $35 reduction. The reduction is possible because of a higher price for recycled materials since Multi Material BC took responsibility of residential recycling in May of last...

Snow removal may expand

Mar 31, 2015 / 9:57 am

The City of Kelowna could take over snow removal for all streets within city limits, including Highways 97 and 33. Currently, contractors for the provincial Ministry of Transportation remove snow from the two highways, while city crews look after the remaining streets. However, city crews are...

City to burn wood debris

Mar 31, 2015 / 9:56 am

The City of Kelowna is trying something new – burning wood piles as a way to eliminate wildfire fuels. The pilot project, introduced Monday by Urban Forest Health Technician Andrew Hunsberger, will focus on three piles in McKinley Landing. Until now, the city has always chipped...

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