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Casting a spell on Kelowna

Sep 2, 2015 / 4:29 pm

Magic in Kelowna? For fans of the TV series Once Upon A Time, magic is coming to town in the form of one of the show's stars – Lana Parrilla. Parrilla, who portrays Mayor Regina Mills and the Evil Queen on the popular series, will pay a visit to Il Tavolino Italian Bistro on...

Mystery art crash lands

Sep 2, 2015 / 11:26 am

No, it's not a downed UFO. But it is a surprise piece of art that's popped up Kelowna's Cultural District. Take a walk downtown, and you might come across a piece of metal art that resembles a spacecraft. "It seems to have become entangled and stuck, suspended above a popular...

KGH surpasses $12M goal

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:30 am

Kelowna donors are real lifesavers. The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation announced today its Be a Lifesaver campaign has successfully met its goal of raising $12 million for the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at KGH. KGH staff and donors celebrated the successful campaign wrap-up...

Coldest business in town

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:30 am

The coldest business in Kelowna has just opened its doors. It’s called cryotherapy, and it’s a treatment reportedly used to treat a variety of issues, including muscle soreness, arthritic pain and stress and headaches, among others. Cryo Care, co-owned by two Kelowna residents,...

Great time to be a student

Sep 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

This is one of the most exciting times to be a teacher or a student in British Columbia. That according to School District 23 Supt. Hugh Gloster in discussing the province's new curriculum. The revised curriculum will be phased in over the next three years and focuses more on...

No leads in dog shooting

Sep 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

An eight-year-old dog is back home from the animal hospital after having extensive surgery because of two gunshot wounds. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Sunday evening on Upper Booth Road in the Ellison area of Kelowna. Dr. Eliot Kaplan, the veterinarian who performed surgery on the...

Local production hits TV

Sep 1, 2015 / 3:30 pm

A local film production company is taking the spotlight today as their work is being featured by Telus. Kelowna's Render Digital Media, filmed and produced the television series on Canada’s most intense culinary competition – available on television and YouTube...

Walks away from rollover

Sep 1, 2015 / 12:58 pm

Shattered glass, textbooks and car fluid littered the road around a flipped SUV at Ethel Street and Sutherland Avenue Tuesday. The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. when a silver Ford Escape travelling west on Sutherland reportedly ran a red light. A man with three young kids in a Toyota...

Mulcair hits wine country

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:27 am

Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair focused on tourism and small business during his campaign stop in Kelowna this morning. He was joined at Summerhill Winery by Kelowna-Lake Country candidate Norah Bowman. “The Okanagan is increasingly earning great respect for the quality of its wines...

Transit fares rise today

Sep 1, 2015 / 10:44 am

It will cost you more to take a bus in the Central Okanagan today. As of this morning, fares rose 16 per cent for both conventional and community transit and 12 per cent for HandyDart service. The increases were approved by Kelowna city council in March. The increase, the first for Kelowna...

Man has monster cuke

Sep 1, 2015 / 6:27 am

The record for the world's longest cucumber might belong to a Kelowna man who's also vying to have the longest pickle on the planet. Daniel Tomelin, 54, said his garden has produced the king of all cucumbers, somehow splitting off from the crowd and going above and beyond his wildest...

Don't be a target

Aug 31, 2015 / 5:31 pm

A new campaign to keep you and your valuables safe is being launched by the City of Kelowna and the RCMP. Don’t be an easy target, is about increasing public awareness to help reduce theft from motor vehicles. Crime prevention co-ordinator Colleen Cornock says theft from vehicles is a...

Campfires allowed again

Aug 31, 2015 / 1:46 pm

The campfire ban in the Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres has been lifted. The ban was rescinded due to recent widespread precipitation, which resulted in a decreased risk of wildfires. The fire danger rating for the Kamloops region, which includes the Okanagan, is now primarily low to...

Work starts on new hotel

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:39 am

Site work has started on Kelowna’s new downtown hotel, with test-pile related activity at the former Willow Inn parking lot. The parking lot was fenced off on Friday for site preparation and drilling equipment installation. The area will remain fenced off until the Labour Day weekend, when...

Crews mop up two fires

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:32 am

Firefighting crews are mopping up and patrolling the Little White Mountain blaze, which is now 100 per cent contained. Kayla Pepper with the B.C. Wildfire Service, says the fire received a lot of rain over the weekend and crews were able to release heavy equipment working the...

Back-to-school backpacks

Aug 30, 2015 / 11:26 am

Some 820 people attended the 12th annual Back To School Bash sponsored by Victory Life Fellowship on Saturday at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. The event helps less fortunate get ready for school by providing free backpacks and other items to school-age children. “Reaching people,...

Fires 100% contained

Aug 30, 2015 / 9:17 am

Saturday's rains have significantly improved the wildfire situation in the Central Okanagan. Fire information officer Melissa Klassen with the B.C. Wildfire Service says both the Myra-Bellevue fire and Little White fires are now 100 per cent contained and in mop-up. "The rain made a...

Dragon boats make a splash

Aug 30, 2015 / 8:05 am

Dragon boaters are gathered at Tugboat Bay this weekend for the 10th annual Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival. Races began Saturday and continue today, with teams from as far away as Lethbridge, Alta. The sport has long had a connection to breast cancer awareness, and today's events include a...

Civic block going up?

Aug 30, 2015 / 6:22 am

Should areas of what is known as Kelowna's Civic Block be built up? That's a question City Hall is posing to residents as staff get ready to make a preliminary presentation to council. Residents are being asked to look at two options that would add market use to the area. The Civic...

Castanet's week in review

Aug 29, 2015 / 1:31 pm

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

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