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A whole lot of skiing santas

Dec 21, 2014 / 7:27 pm

This season, Big White Ski Resort once again challenged all skiers and snowboarders to get into the spirit of the festive season by dressing like Santa or Mrs. Claus for their day on the slopes. The first 30 people who arrived in the Village Centre Mall dressed in full Santa gear received a free...

Fatal crash near Duck Lake

Dec 21, 2014 / 2:55 pm

Kelowna RCMP have confirmed one person died in yesterday's crash on Highway 97 near Duck Lake, just north of the Kelowna Airport. An SUV collided with a large truck Saturday afternoon, closing the highway for several hours and backing up traffic on Highway 97 and the alternate route,...

Cast-A-Light Skate for Charity

Dec 21, 2014 / 1:04 pm

Photo: Wayne Moore Photo: Wayne Moore Photo: Wayne Moore Castanet's community skate at Prospera Place attracted skaters and donations. The event, in support of the Kelowna Community Food Bank, took place Sunday afternoon, featuring Santa, a BBQ with coffee and hot chocolate, and...

New art adorns UBCO ballroom

Dec 21, 2014 / 10:00 am

It may be winter, but two bright and colourful butterflies have made a recent appearance at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The enormous, colourful butterflies now enhance the University Ballroom after they were installed by renowned Canadian artist Jack Shadbolt. The butterflies flanking a...

Sustainable house of tomorrow

Dec 21, 2014 / 8:00 am

The very first registered Living Building Challenge project in Kelowna is done and will be move-in ready for its new tenant in time for Christmas. The Ethel Lane House is a pilot project undertaken by the Thompson-Okanagan Collaborative of the Cascadia Green Building Council. Registered with...

Crash closes Highway 33

Dec 20, 2014 / 7:14 pm

Update -- The road has been reopened. Highway 33 is closed in both directions due to a motor vehicle incident. The accident is seven kilometres south of McCulloch Road. According to DriveBC, there are no detours available. Those travelling between Kelowna and Big White should not be...

Emily Carr exhibition on display

Dec 20, 2014 / 7:00 pm

The Kelowna Art Gallery has just announced a new exhibition coming early next year that will feature the works of renowned artists Edward Burtynsky and Emily Carr. A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr runs from January 11 to March 9, 2015. Eighteen works by...


Highway 97 reopens

Dec 20, 2014 / 5:10 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Update -- 5 p.m. Kelowna RCMP Sgt. Brad Swecera says they have reopened Highway 97, after a serious accident led to a lengthy closure. Traffic is still congested in both northbound and southbound lanes, but...

Pros and joes raise $16k

Dec 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Contributed The second annual JDS Energy Pros vs Joes charity hockey game raised more than $16,000 for the Kelowna Food Bank Saturday. Last year the game, which brings former NHL players and Kelowna...

Diving santas go deep for SPCA

Dec 20, 2014 / 11:19 am

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A group of SCUBA divers dressed as santa hit the water Saturday to raise funds for the SPCA. Kelowna Divers and MAB Construction...

$33k for huge stamp collection

Dec 19, 2014 / 7:34 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A huge stamp collection from the estate of a respected Canadian doctor sold at auction Thursday night for a surprising...

900 to be served Xmas dinner

Dec 19, 2014 / 7:19 pm

Kelowna's Gospel Mission is preparing to serve nearly 900 meals at their annual Christmas dinner Saturday. The meal is open to anyone in the community and is available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. After weeks of preparation and with over 50 volunteers ready, the Mission will serve over double...

Castanet's Week in Review

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:23 pm

Castanet's week in review with Carmen Weld.

Papal coins recovered at mall

Dec 19, 2014 / 3:13 pm

Kelowna RCMP are looking for the rightful owner of a series of gold coins discovered earlier this week. The set of coins, commemorating the 1984 Papal visit of Pope John Paul II, were turned in to police Wednesday. Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., Kelowna RCMP received a report of found property...

Kelowna: We're number 17

Dec 19, 2014 / 11:45 am

A recent analysis has pegged Kelowna as the 17th best city to work in BC. BC Business magazine laid out seven pieces of criteria used to evaluate which communities are best to work in. Fort St John came in first, Kelowna landed in 17th and Prince Rupert came in last out of the top 36...

Cast-A-Light Christmas skate

Dec 19, 2014 / 11:30 am

Castanet will be hosting a community skate at Prospera Place on Sunday, and everyone is invited! It’s in support of the Kelowna Community Food Bank and admission is by donation. Santa will be on hand, and there will be a BBQ with coffee and hot chocolate, and free parking at the...

TD bank robbed

Dec 19, 2014 / 9:05 am

Update -- Dec 19 The 31-year-old suspect in Tuesday's bank robbery has turned himself in to police. Original story -- Dec 17 The TD Canada Trust on Ellis Street was robbed Tuesday evening. Kelowna police are looking for a 31-year-old man, who is also wanted on an unrelated...

Pedestrians struck

Dec 19, 2014 / 8:40 am

Photo: Rob Balsdon Photo: Rob Balsdon Photo: Rob Balsdon Update -- Dec. 19 Two young men were injured Thursday night after being struck by a truck in downtown Kelowna. RCMP Cst. Steve Holmes says the men ran in front of the truck, in the intersection of Bernard and Richter, just...

Rash of break-ins

Dec 19, 2014 / 5:01 am

There have been a rash of residential break-ins throughout the Kelowna area over the last week. Since Castanet brought you the story of Elizabeth Shayev whose home was broken into Sunday morning, we have heard from two other people who have been victims of similar crimes. The three break ins...

Candy Cane Lane tradition

Dec 18, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Candy Cane Lane in Springvalley has become an annual tradition for many Kelowna families. With 40 houses participating and thousands of lights adorning the street, it’s a popular spot and it is all for a good cause. "The main reason we do this, not only for people to come and enjoy...



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