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Power outage

Jan 25, 2015 / 4:09 pm

UPDATE 6:20 P.M. According to Fortis BC, power has been returned to the remaining 200 customers. UPDATE 4 P.M. Power went out to approximately 400 customers in the Clifton Road and Magic Estates area at 3 p.m. today. Fortis BC spokesperson David Wylie says power has been restored to...

Parkinson pool closure

Jan 25, 2015 / 2:27 pm

The main pool at Parkinson Recreation Centre has been shut down for repair work as of noon Sunday. According to the City of Kelowna, a malfunctioning water filter has resulted in slightly murky water, which poses lifeguarding concerns. They says the cloudy water does not pose any health concerns...

Watch for rocks, snow and sheep

Jan 25, 2015 / 12:13 pm

The BC Ministry of Transportation likes to warn drivers to prepare for road conditions and to keep safe on our highways. They have issued warnings about being prepared for falling rocks, changing weather conditions, fog and snow. This time, it is for sheep. A large herd of Bighorns were...

Castanet's week in review

Jan 24, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Hit with subtropic air

Jan 24, 2015 / 2:19 pm

We might not have palm trees, but the Okanagan is receiving a little dose of Hawaii. A warm ridge of high pressure is moving up from the U.S. and pushing north through the coast mountains and into the interior. Greg Pearce with Environment Canada says this subtropic air is expected to last...

Wine and Dine gallery

Jan 24, 2015 / 2:03 pm

The kickoff for the 13th Annual Wine and Dine took place Thursday evening at the Delta Grand Hotel. Ten different restaurants participating in the event showcased an appetizer and each was paired with a local winery. Over 100 people attended the launch party and even more are expected to take...

Kelowna: 'The Next Big Thing'

Jan 24, 2015 / 11:15 am

Residents of Kelowna consider their city to be a gem and slowly the rest of the world is discovering this jewel in the heart of the Okanagan. A writer for The Aspen Times, just named Kelowna as ‘The Next Big Thing’ in travel. Amiee White Bealzey calls Kelowna the Boulder,...

Lake Country has rail power

Jan 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

A decision by the electorate in Lake Country could either make or break the pending purchase of the defunct CN Rail line between Kelowna and Coldstream. While Kelowna and the Regional District of North Okanagan have funding streams in place Lake Country is asking its citizens for approval to...

Crash closes Highway 33

Jan 23, 2015 / 7:48 pm

UPDATE 8:15 p.m. The vehicle incident on highway 33, 14 km south of Junction with Highway 97, in Kelowna is now clear. UPDATE 7:45 p.m. Highway 33 is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic. UPDATE 6 p.m. Highway 33 remains closed in both directions 14 km south of Junction...

The human bonspiel

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:26 pm

What's better than throwing a rock? Being one. Using their bodies as curling rocks people launched down a slippery sheet to make their way to the house, at the Second Annual Human Bonspiel. The fun and wacky event is launched by BDO, a Canadian accounting and advisory firm, to benefit...

Crash slows traffic on Gordon

Jan 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Two people are in hospital after a two vehicle collision on Gordon Drive Friday afternoon. Just before 2 p.m., emergency crews were called to a crash with one of the occupants trapped inside the vehicle. Kelowna Fire...

You don't need $25k a month

Jan 23, 2015 / 7:00 am

Could you live on $25,000 a month? Most of us dream of that kind of income, but for one Vancouver couple it is apparently not enough to get by. Their plea for financial advice and confusion was shared by The Globe and Mail this week and quickly went viral as people cried foul at this...

Residents, clear your hydrants

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

As the snow slowly disappears, Kelowna residents are reminded they are responsible for digging out buried fire hydrants. Snowbanks persist in many parts of the Okanagan since the record-breaking Jan. 4 snow storm that crippled municipalities up and down the valley. At least one Kelowna...

College makes gaming faster

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Improving speed and connectivity for online gamers has earned Okanagan College international accolades. A research collaboration between students, professors and industry received the Best Paper Award at the International VisioGame 2014 conference in Bandung, Indonesia. It will also be published...

Olympians join chefs in Kelowna

Jan 22, 2015 / 7:18 pm

Members of Canada's Olympic team will join musical stars and the country's top chefs at the Canadian Culinary Championships next month in Kelowna. Eleven of Canada’s fastest-rising chefs will cook for their lives Feb. 6 and 7 in support of Gold Medal Plates, a charitable effort...

Heavy-duty boost for college

Jan 22, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A Valley auto industry pioneer has made a heavy-duty gift to Okanagan College's campaign to renovate and expand its Kelowna trades training complex. Art Salt, owner for almost 40 years of Coldstream Auto Wreckers, donated a Caterpillar front-end loader to the college worth $60,000. It will...

Smokers urged to kick butt

Jan 22, 2015 / 6:42 pm

Third-year UBC Okanagan nursing students are urging residents to kick butt for National Non-Smoking Week. Students Jasmine Johaneson, Mairi Horth and Priya Sian are doing a community practicum with the Canadian Cancer Society this week and are raising awareness of the dangers of flavoured...

Kelowna to allow pot analysis

Jan 22, 2015 / 4:29 pm

Changes to the bylaw governing medical marijuana production facilities are in the works in Kelowna. City council will be asked Monday to amend the existing bylaw to include analytical testing and to include it as a principal use in the I1 (Business Industrial), I2 (General Industrial), I3 (Heavy...

Your phone could save your life

Jan 22, 2015 / 3:00 pm

Your smartphone could soon become a handheld chemistry and biochemistry laboratory capable of detecting chronic health conditions, infectious diseases, chemical weapons and biohazards. Engineers at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus have developed a lab small enough to...

No severance, no pay, no notice

Jan 22, 2015 / 2:12 pm

More than 300 employees in nine locations across Alberta and B.C. are jobless today after their company closed its doors without notice. Kelowna mover Nathan Miller and his mom Dawn Miller had worked at Williams Moving and Storage in Kelowna more than 16 years when they got the surprising news...

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