Kelowna News Last 7 days

2 storeys OK for marina

Mar 27, 2017 / 8:00 pm

City council gave its approval Monday to a new, two-storey marina service building at the Hotel Eldorado. The building will replace two aging buildings that...

Crash sends one to KGH

Mar 27, 2017 / 5:30 pm

A two vehicle crash at the intersection of Richter and KLO in Kelowna has sent one young woman to hospital. The incident occurred about 5 p.m. Monday afternoon....

Evening Update March 27

Mar 27, 2017 / 4:57 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, March 27, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Gruesome discovery

Mar 27, 2017 / 4:35 pm

A volunteer stumbled across a gruesome discovery while cleaning up the backcountry near Kelowna. Kane Blake, with the Okanagan Forest Task Force, said he was...

Did crash driver OD?

Mar 27, 2017 / 4:01 pm

UPDATED: 4 p.m. Kelowna RCMP are investigating if a driver involved in a head-on collision was suffering a medical emergency or was under the influence of a...

Warm, wet weather

Mar 27, 2017 / 11:01 am

Pack your umbrella because it's going to be a wet start to the week. Environment Canada is forecasting a strong chance of showers today through Wednesday,...

YLW lands funding

Mar 27, 2017 / 10:07 am

There will be a provincial funding announcement at Kelowna International Airport Tuesday. Two local MLAs and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran will be at event. The...

Weird jug caused Hazmat

Mar 27, 2017 / 9:21 am

Surveillance video from a Kelowna bank shows a strange item at the centre of a hazmat scare may have been accidentally left behind. The Dilworth Drive branch of...

New wineries dig deep

Mar 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

Two new wineries are coming to town in Lake Country, and the mystery behind them will soon be revealed. O’Rourke Family Vineyard is currently bottling...

Crash at Ellis St. RBC

Mar 26, 2017 / 7:22 pm

Kelowna emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Ellis Street and Leon Avenue Sunday afternoon. The crash occurred at about 3:30 p.m....

Hazmat closes BMO

Mar 26, 2017 / 6:49 pm

UPDATE: 6:49 p.m. A suspicious container that was found inside the Bank of Montreal has been removed but the chemicals inside it are unknown. Firefighters were...

CrossFit comes together

Mar 26, 2017 / 2:12 pm

The five week international CrossFit competition is almost complete. Athletes and spectators watched as blood and tears went into the final workout of the...

She was a 'beautiful soul'

Mar 26, 2017 / 2:09 pm

The family of a 17-year-old Kelowna teen who died on March 19th is trying to raise awareness around youth mental health and addictions. Chelsea Christianson of...

Lack of funds affects wildlife

Mar 26, 2017 / 8:23 am

Concerned over the future of B.C.'s wildlife population, the BC WildLife Federation is holding a series of town hall meetings across the province, including...

Give peace a chance

Mar 25, 2017 / 6:00 pm

About 15 people people walked around downtown Kelowna Saturday spreading a message of peace, in solidarity with several other peace walks held throughout...

Promoting local dining

Mar 25, 2017 / 5:10 pm

With yet another pre-election funding announcement, the province is looking to launch a new program to encourage B.C. restaurants to carry more local food and...

KFX takes over downtown

Mar 25, 2017 / 3:10 pm

Over 2,000 people of all ages came to celebrate their favourite movies, shows, comic books, anime, and everything else pop culture at the fourth annual Kelowna...

Cash for local golf tourney

Mar 25, 2017 / 10:15 am

The provincial government is hoping to drive golfers and golf fans to B.C. The government announced Friday it will provide $100,000 towards the BC Golf Swing,...

Open burning today

Mar 25, 2017 / 9:01 am

For Central Okanagan residents with a burning desire to get rid of yard waste, today is a good day to do it – providing they have a permit that is....

Castanet's week in review

Mar 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Half billion building boom

Mar 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna hasn't seen a building boom like this in a decade. Figures released by city hall this week show the value of building permits in 2016 exceeded a...

Wellness centre unveiled

Mar 24, 2017 / 8:00 pm

A new seniors health and wellness centre was opened Friday in Kelowna. The centre is located within the Cottonwoods Care Centre. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm...

Evening Update March 24

Mar 24, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday March 24, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Okanagan Top 10

Mar 24, 2017 / 2:33 pm

Culture Vulture TV's Leanne Allen is back with this month's Okanagan Top 10 things to see and do.

'I went insane ... I just lost it'

Mar 24, 2017 / 2:02 pm

“I went insane,” Grace Robotti told an RCMP corporal the day after her arrest and eight days after she repeatedly struck Roxanne Louie in the head...

Beautiful weekend ahead

Mar 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

Spring has teased us here in the Okanagan for the past several weeks, only to be followed by another dump of snow, but it appears warmer temperatures may be...

Urban vision for Capri

Mar 24, 2017 / 10:19 am

The Capri-Landmark town centre has a significant infrastructure deficit. It's something an urban centre plan for the area hopes to remedy over the next 20...

VPD looking for you

Mar 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Vancouver Police Department wants to know: Is it within you? The VPD is conducting a provincewide campaign, and recruiters swung through the Okanagan this...

Superheroes taking over

Mar 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Superheroes are taking over Kelowna this weekend. The Kelowna Fan Xpo, dubbed an “explosion of creativity,” begins Friday. Last year, more than...

Two more NDP candidates

Mar 23, 2017 / 9:15 pm

The BC NDP party officially has candidates for two more local ridings in the upcoming May 9 provincial election. Harwinder Sandhu and Erik Olesen were...

Raising sin tax a sin?

Mar 23, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Sin taxes went up yet again in this week's federal budget, meaning smokers and drinkers will pay more for their habits. In B.C., a case of Molson Canadian...

Pot pies and wide eyes

Mar 23, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A Kelowna restaurant served up smiles for hungry kids on Thursday. Joey's restaurant delivered the lunches to youngsters at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club...

Armed robbery nets 5 years

Mar 23, 2017 / 6:00 pm

A man was given a five-year sentence Thursday for robbing a Kelowna liquor store with a gun in January 2016. That's the mandatory minimum sentence for a...

Evening Update March 23

Mar 23, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, March 23, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Puppy cuteness overload

Mar 23, 2017 / 3:25 pm

It’s National Puppy Day, so brace yourself for furry cuteness overload. Castanet Total Fun Cruiser host Elizabeth Flowers asked our social media...

Smashes post, bank

Mar 23, 2017 / 2:48 pm

An elderly woman was rushed to hospital after driving into a post and then colliding head first into a building in an alley. According to a witness on scene,...

Olympics ... just for nerds

Mar 23, 2017 / 1:31 pm

The City of Kelowna is gearing up for the second annual Nerd Olympics taking place at City Park in Kelowna on June 24. “The goal of the Nerd Olympics is...

Fuhr: Elected to do this

Mar 23, 2017 / 12:33 pm

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr defended the Liberals' latest budget, saying his government was elected to "do things differently." He says...

Safe after scare at YLW

Mar 23, 2017 / 12:00 pm

UPDATE: Noon A North Cariboo Air aircraft travelling from Victoria was able to land safely at the Kelowna International Airport after having landing gear issues...

Green light for 2 schools

Mar 23, 2017 / 11:15 am

The provincial government has given School District 23 the green light to begin planning for a new middle school in Rutland. A new school for the area to...

No one home in house fire

Mar 23, 2017 / 6:10 am

Heavy smoke and flames poured from a home on Sutherland Avenue overnight. Kelowna firefighters responded to a 911 call and found fire coming from the rear of...

Okanagan Spirits takes gold

Mar 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Okanagan Spirits has done it again. The year of success continues the BC’s local distillery after winning five gold, one silver and two bronze medals at...

'Grow or die' for dispatch

Mar 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Fire Department is looking to expand its growing dispatch network. Already providing fire dispatch service for regional districts in the Central...

End in sight to hwy work

Mar 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

The end is in sight to a year of construction on Highway 97 through Kelowna. But it's still a way off. A tour of the six-laning project from Highway 33 to...

Nickel & diming Canadians

Mar 22, 2017 / 10:17 pm

With the unveiling of the 2017 federal budget, Central Okanagan Tory MP Dan Albas is challenging the Trudeau government's use of buzzwords. “I would...

Save money, kill creek

Mar 22, 2017 / 9:00 pm

The founder of an Okanagan environmental group says Kelowna's newly minted water plan would be the death of Mission Creek. Matt Hanson with the Okanagan...

Father burned, airlifted

Mar 22, 2017 / 7:41 pm

A Kelowna man who was working on a building that caught fire Wednesday has been identified as a husband and father of two boys. Braden Kapchinsky was working on...

Rescued from flames

Mar 22, 2017 / 6:07 pm

UPDATE: 6 p.m. A Kelowna man who was trapped in the top floor of a townhouse under construction that caught fire has been air-lifted to a hospital in Lower...

SUV crashes into building

Mar 22, 2017 / 5:34 pm

The driver of an SUV crashed into a Kelowna auto parts store on Wednesday. Police and firefighters arrived on scene at Spall Road and Springfield Road just...

Evening Update March 22

Mar 22, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, March 22, with reporter Wayne Moore.

103 very expensive calls

Mar 22, 2017 / 4:35 pm

RCMP handed out 103 distracted driving tickets in just six hours during a blitz on Enterprise Way last week. The St. Patrick's Day operation, labelled...

'Something was off'

Mar 22, 2017 / 3:45 pm

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. One of the last people to see Roxanne Louie alive told the jury that "something" seemed to be bothering Louie on the night she was...

Getting fresh at food banks

Mar 22, 2017 / 1:28 pm

The provincial government announced funding to allow food banks to provide clients with fresh food. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick made the announcement...

Breaking racial barriers

Mar 22, 2017 / 12:48 pm

UBC is hosting a discussion on racial and cultural barriers for newcomers to the Okanagan. Moving to a new country can often be a culture shock for people and...

A licence to conserve

Mar 22, 2017 / 12:28 pm

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson made the announcement in Kelowna. "While B.C. has a robust model of wildlife...

Hells Angel faces 20 years

Mar 22, 2017 / 10:04 am

A high-ranking member of the Kelowna Hells Angels chapter could spend up to 20 years behind bars. David Giles, vice-president of the Kelowna chapter, was back...

Pre-vote bucks for Kelowna

Mar 22, 2017 / 5:57 am

Provincial MLAs are fanning out across the province with buckets full of cash for local and regional projects. Announcements are being made at a rapid pace...

Get outta here geese!

Mar 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Who you gonna call? Goose management. Geese aren't welcome in Kelowna parks and beaches. The City of Kelowna now has a permit from Canadian Wildlife...

Freedom from addiction

Mar 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Men recovering from addictions may soon have a place to call home. Operators of Freedom's Door, a recovery home for men with drug and alcohol problems, is...

Councillor steps down

Mar 21, 2017 / 10:00 pm

The District of Lake Country will have to replace a second councillor when a byelection is held later this spring. The municipality announced late Tuesday night...

Charity goes extra step

Mar 21, 2017 / 8:00 pm

More than 40,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed thanks to Shoe Bank Canada – and the Kelowna charity is taking things one step farther for Shoe...

Pretty Kitty adds tech twist

Mar 21, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A local children's book author says she was inspired early on by Dr. Seuss. Alison Yesilcimen's book for young readers, titled Pretty Kitty in the City,...

24-hour paddle for cure

Mar 21, 2017 / 5:07 pm

A few Okanagan residents will spend 24 hours straight on the water to raise money for cancer research. This is the first time a team from the Kelowna Paddle...

Evening Update March 21

Mar 21, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, March 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Driving desire for golf

Mar 21, 2017 / 2:45 pm

Members of the UBCO golf team haven't given up on a chance to compete this fall. That despite learning last month the university has cut funding to the golf...

Gas leak safely repaired

Mar 21, 2017 / 2:25 pm

UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. FortisBC says gas line damage has been safely repaired. Spokeswoman Nicole Bogdanovic says it's a good reminder to be careful when you...

Admits to killing Louie

Mar 21, 2017 / 1:30 pm

UPDATED: 1:30 p.m. Despite pleading not guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday morning, Grace Robotti says she hit Roxanne Louie repeatedly in the head with a...

Big boost at OK College

Mar 21, 2017 / 11:22 am

UPDATED: 11:20 a.m. A new, $18.9-million Health Sciences Centre will be built at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson made the...

Memorial for fall victim

Mar 21, 2017 / 9:56 am

A memorial for a man who died in Kelowna after falling off a balcony on St. Patrick’s Day will take place this weekend in Salmon Arm. “Brendan...

Glenmore to get sporty

Mar 21, 2017 / 9:02 am

Coun. Luke Stack says he's pleased to finally see a sports complex in Glenmore moving forward after nearly 30 years of talking and planning. "This is...

Fireworks spark hedge fire

Mar 21, 2017 / 6:33 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 6:30 a.m. The person who set off fireworks that sparked a hedge fire in Kelowna Monday evening has been slapped with a $250 ticket. Platoon...

Young mother powerless

Mar 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A young single mother who shares an apartment with her baby daughter fears her electricity will be cut off by FortisBC because she is under 19 years old....

Hwy getting too clogged

Mar 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A second crossing of Okanagan Lake is sure to be a hot topic at an upcoming series of open houses on the future of Highway 97 through the Central Okanagan. The...

Building a better road

Mar 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Research at UBC Okanagan is helping to make your drive smoother. A UBCO team has identified an improved method to predict the strength and durability of shale...