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Training for high angle rescues

Apr 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

Members of the Kelowna Fire Department's technical rescue team found themselves in the hills above Kettle Valley Wednesday for a bit of training. "We are doing some wilderness high angle rescue training," says shift C team leader, Scott Cronquist. Photo: Wayne Moore -...

New transit stops open Sunday

Apr 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

Kelowna RapidBus Stations at Gordon Drive and at Richter Street on Highway 97 will officially open for service this Sunday. At Gordon Station, RapidBus stops are located on each side of the intersection of Highway 97 at Gordon Drive. The stations will serve Capri Centre and integrate with a...

Tree removal causes flap

Apr 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

The removal of several large oak trees in the parking lot of Orchard Plaza has caused a bit of a stir. The trees, planted some 20 years ago have been removed as part of an overall renovation of the Kelowna mall's parking lot. Castanet received several emails over the weekend...

Teacher strike

Apr 22, 2014 / 4:08 pm

For the second time in three years teachers across BC will take part in job action to back demands for a new contract. The current agreement between the BC Teachers' Federation and the province expired in June of last year. According to federation president, Jim Iker, phase one of job...

Month old ticket wins $1M

Apr 22, 2014 / 3:04 pm

The winning ticket sat in his wallet for over a month and it wasn't until Tuesday morning that a Kelowna resident found out he was a newly minted millionaire. “I can’t believe I carried one million dollars in my wallet for a month,” laughed Steve Woloshyn. “I’m...

Be a recycling superhero

Apr 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

Update -- April 22 It was another successful Electronics Disposal and Paper Shredding event, according to Yoree Grozenok from 1-800-Got-Junk. He says they managed to collect over 8,000 pounds of electronics and shred 3,000 pounds of paper on Saturday, as part of their Earth Day...

Kelowna Mountain opens

Apr 20, 2014 / 4:41 pm

After ten years Kelowna Mountain is officially open to the public.

Garneau talks to veterans

Apr 20, 2014 / 8:45 am

Mark Garneau, the MP for Westmount-Ville-Marie and the first Canadian in space, discussed veterans issues at a town hall meeting in Kelowna on Thursday. Garneau described the meeting, attended by around 70 people, including veterans, as an opportunity to talk about the challenges facing...

Castanet's week in review

Apr 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Market president steps down

Apr 19, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The brewing controversy over a possible move by the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market has its first casualty. Market society president, Wolf Wesle, stepped down during a heated meeting Thursday night. "Basically I was trying to keep the peace. Whether that works or not I...

A warm Easter serving

Apr 19, 2014 / 1:30 pm

It was a hub of activity at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Saturday afternoon, as 700 Easter dinners were plated for hungry guests. It takes just under three weeks and 150 volunteers to prepare for the event, says Ami Catriona with Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. “It's a big event...

A splash of colour, a dash of fun

Apr 19, 2014 / 12:32 pm

A splash of colour and a dash around Kelowna’s waterfront made for a fun morning on Saturday. Over 1,000 participants dashed in the inaugural Splash of Colour Family Fun Run organized by Easter Seals. The event kicked off with a Zumba class before the ribbon was cut and runners filed...

Kelowna's largest egg hunt

Apr 19, 2014 / 11:27 am

1,200 children enjoyed hunting for over 15,000 candy filled eggs yesterday on Good Friday in Kelowna. The Victory Life Fellowship hosted its 11th annual Easter event at the Parkinson Recreation Center in Kelowna. “The cool cloudy weather did not deter the 2,528 guests who enjoyed 6,000...

Yukon Blonde play free show

Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Yukon Blond is returning to Kelowna for a free concert - NO BULL. The concert, scheduled for City Park May 19 is part of the Red Bull Tour Bus 'Hometown Tour.' This is one of 11 free shows Red Bull is sponsoring across Canada bringing musical groups back to their...

Civic Awards tickets on sale

Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

With the 39th Annual Civic Awards Gala just two weeks away, Kelowna residents are reminded to get tickets while they are still available. The Civic and Community Awards are a celebration of the contributions and achievements of the City’s volunteers, artists, athletes and outstanding...

Superboat chase

Apr 17, 2014 / 9:12 pm

(Video by: Sean Keeley) It looked like a scene from a James Bond movie. A speed boat was being chased by a helicopter on Okanagan Lake Thursday morning and it was creating a 'wake' with some residents. A few people even thought it was a police chase. But it was not, it was a Vector...

Break-in caught on camera

Apr 17, 2014 / 4:52 pm

A pair of thieves on BMX bikes managed to break into an apartment complex on Mills Road early Thursday morning. According to police thieves broke into the building at 345 Mills Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. They gained entry into the underground parking garage, smashed windows in at least...

Kelowna man pleads guilty

Apr 17, 2014 / 2:02 pm

Ryan Follack has pled guilty in court to charges stemming from the death of a woman in New Westminster last year. Follack was arrested back in February and charged with Drive Without Due Care and Drive without Reasonable Consideration. He pled guilty to both charges on Wednesday. Charges...

Premier talks 2nd crossing

Apr 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Kelowna City Council had a chance to sit down with the Premier during Christy Clark's brief tour through her Westside-Kelowna riding Wednesday. The Premier was in town to announce $100,000 in government funding for Skate Canada International which comes to Kelowna at the end of October and...

The cat came back ....

Apr 16, 2014 / 7:28 pm

Annie is home. The now famous Buckerfield's cat that was catnapped Saturday from her store home in Kelowna was back in the shop Wednesday greeting customers. After four days on the road with strangers Annie was turned into RCMP in Ashcroft and brought back to Kelowna safe and...

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