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Highway 33 opens

Jul 4, 2015 / 12:30 pm

UPDATED: 12:30 P.M. One lane of Highway 33 near the Joe Rich fire has been opened to allow traffic through. The single lane will be alternating directions to allow vehicles travelling in both directions through. ORIGINAL: 8:34 P.M. Drive BC is anticipating Highway 33 will remained...

Cigarette sparked the fire?

Jul 4, 2015 / 12:26 pm

The 80 hectare fire burning in the Joe Rich area today has led to the evacuation of 141 properties in the area and over 150 properties are currently on alert. John Fergus, a resident of the area and evacuee, said the fire was started by a cigarette. “My son-in-law … Matt, is the...

Good night on fire line

Jul 4, 2015 / 7:10 am

UPDATE 7 a.m. Firefighters monitoring the Joe Rich wildfire report a good night on the fire line. The fire is estimated holding at approximately 80 hectares in size. About 14 structural firefighters from Joe Rich Fire Rescue and the Big White Fire department, along with 20 personnel from...

Intersection makeover

Jul 4, 2015 / 6:00 am

Work is underway to upgrade a key highway intersection in Lake Country. Construction is aimed at improving safety and access for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The project includes constructing traffic islands to facilitate right turns at Oceola Road, a northbound acceleration lane...

Dog patrol is back

Jul 4, 2015 / 5:31 am

The regional district's Dog Ambassadors are back to reward responsible pet owners. The ambassadors will keep a watchful eye on beaches, parks and trails across the Central Okanagan. But dogs owners need not fear. The team is equipped, not with ticket books, but treats, leashes and useful...

New kind of fitness

Jul 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

A different kind of fitness competition kicks off this weekend in Kelowna. While many physique or bodybuilding competitions focus only on how contestants look, the True Fitness Challenge incorporates fitness and obstacle course portions in addition to the standard modelling show. Carly...

Wildfire at 80 hectares

Jul 3, 2015 / 8:42 pm

@CastanetNews video from above BMID treatment plant of highway 33 fire. — Jeff Clark (@clark_jeff) July 3, 2015 UPDATE 8:45 P.M. Air tanker action has ended for the night on the Joe Rich Fire, however 21 crew members will remain on site. Fire...

About 140 evacuated

Jul 3, 2015 / 8:25 pm

UPDATE 8:30 P.M. CORD Emergency is not anticipating a change to the existing evacuation orders or alerts for the Joe Rich grass fire. While weather conditions can change and may affect this, it’s expected the orders and alerts will be in effect overnight. Residents living on the...

On the fire line

Jul 3, 2015 / 7:19 pm

On the fire line at the Joe Rich blaze, evacuated residents talk to Castanet.

Water advisory in effect

Jul 3, 2015 / 12:28 pm

The Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District reminds Ellison residents that a water quality advisory is still in effect. The GEID says raised turbidity levels and poor water quality conditions are typical in that area during the summer months. There are approximately 400 residences under the...

Decades of change online

Jul 3, 2015 / 11:47 am

Just how much has the Central Okanagan changed over the decades? You can see first-hand with the latest Geographic Information System technology through the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. The new feature on the site allows you to compare parts of the Central Okanagan in the...

Silt messes up boat launch

Jul 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is waiting on the province before it can deal with a silty mess around the Cook Road boat launch. The sand collected around the boat launch and dock over the winter, says parks and open spaces manager Terry Barton. An "enormous" amount of sand from Mission Creek...

Surgery: behind scenes

Jul 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

It begins with the air ambulance touching down on the rooftop helipad at Kelowna General Hospital. A patient has been airlifted from Kamloops, suffering a heart attack and in need of advanced cardiac care. Since the inception of Interior Health’s cardiac program in 2009, more than...

Affordable housing unveiled

Jul 2, 2015 / 8:02 pm

A new affordable housing unit will open up 86 rental apartments for lower-income Kelowna residents. The four-storey building will be constructed at 1745 Chapman Place, behind Boston Pizza, in an area known as Central Green. Construction should be complete by summer 2016. The project is a...

Celestial treat in the sky

Jul 2, 2015 / 7:30 pm

For the last month, Jupiter and Venus have been dancing in the sky, getting closer and closer together until they were seemingly on top of each other Wednesday night. The planets are so bright and large in the sky, they show up before it is even entirely dark and may have had some thinking the...

Tax deadline for some

Jul 2, 2015 / 2:53 pm

If you're a property owner in B.C. and haven't paid your taxes - time is running out. Municipal property taxes are due today or tomorrow in most communities. There are a few exceptions such as Penticton, which has a deadline of the last working day in July, this year, that's July...

Ex-cop's porn trial

Jul 2, 2015 / 12:44 pm

A former Vernon Mountie facing child pornography charges is in court in Kelowna this week, before his trial begins next month. The trial of Ryan Hampton, 37, is set to begin July 13 at B.C. Supreme Court in Kelowna. Hampton faces one count of possession of child pornography, one count of...

Power back on in Kelowna

Jul 2, 2015 / 7:32 am

Power was out for a number of Kelowna residents this morning around the Pandosy and Richter street areas near the hospital. Power went out to homes at about 5:45 a.m. and was restored before 7 a.m. for most. Many were waking up to blinking clocks that needed resetting. "Crews have...

Hoping for good Karma

Jul 1, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The Kelowna BCSPCA is appealing to animal lovers to help a badly injured dog. Karma, a two-year-old female blue brindle Cane Corso is now safe at the shelter after she was hurt in a traffic accident and didn't receive medical treatment. For several months, the dog lived with a fractured...

Politeness reigns in Prospera

Jul 1, 2015 / 5:14 pm

Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen The arena was packed with people...

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