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Car clubs revved up

May 22, 2015 / 6:44 pm

With the warm, sunny weather having arrived, car season is officially here. The Okanagan will host the Okanagan Valley Miata Club's 11th annual Topless Sun Run and the Vintage Thunderbird Club International's 2015 International Convention this weekend. The “Topless” part...

Unlikely boat rescue

May 22, 2015 / 4:36 pm

A unique rescue took place on Okanagan Lake this week, after a broken gas gauge left a speedboat stranded. Fire on Water, a Kelowna-based women's dragon boat team, was practising on the lake, when the group encountered the stranded boaters attempting to row to shore, having run...

Bennett gung-ho on energy

May 22, 2015 / 4:28 pm

B.C.'s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, had only good things to say about some contentious energy projects in B.C. during his address to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Bennett spoke to a receptive crowd of about 60 at the Coast Capri Hotel, Friday. The event was sponsored by JDS...

Brodie elects trial by jury

May 22, 2015 / 12:23 pm

The man charged with being the driver who struck and severely injured a paper carrier in 2013 has elected to be tried by judge and jury. Donald Brodie appeared in Kelowna court Thursday, where his newly hired defence lawyer and Crown counsel attempted to compile a list of witnesses. However, the...

Guilty of child porn

May 22, 2015 / 12:09 pm

A Kelowna man has pleaded guilty to crimes involving children. Steve Walsh entered a guilty plea Friday in provincial court to one count of making or publishing child pornography and another count of possession of child pornography, between May 2010 and November 2012. In February, Walsh also...

4 things to know

May 22, 2015 / 8:35 am

A.M. Update with Jen Zielinski for Friday May, 22.

Mulligans and mutts

May 22, 2015 / 8:25 am

If you like animals and you have an affinity for golf, the SPCA has two opportunities for you. First, you can help out the Vernon and District Branch by signing up for the first Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 30 at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club. In Kelowna, the SPCA...

Your phone is watching

May 21, 2015 / 7:44 pm

Big Brother Apple is watching you. Many people may be unaware their iPhone knows exactly where they’ve been, for how long and how often. Your phone knows all this through its location services feature. According to Apple, the feature serves an important purpose. It allows...

Early start = busy year

May 21, 2015 / 7:43 pm

Boating season is kicking off early in the Okanagan as temperatures rise. Kelowna Yacht Club commodore Murray Ramsden says this summer is shaping up to be a great boating season – but also a busy one. “This is mid-May, but this feels like the early July period, and I can see...

Rolling down memory lane

May 21, 2015 / 5:37 pm

Photo: Nich Johansen Photo: Nich Johansen Photo: Nich Johansen Photo: Nich Johansen Photo: Nich Johansen A vintage car show hosted by the Okanagan Chateau retirement residence was a blast from the past for many of its residents. The show kicked off the Chateau's 25th anniversary...

Car fire wakes neighbours

May 21, 2015 / 12:57 pm

UPDATE Police are still on the hunt for the men they believe set a car on fire in Lake Country early Thursday. RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan says police were called to the scene of a car fire at 3:18 a.m. on Okanagan Centre Road West, across from the former general store. “Witnesses heard...

4 things to know

May 21, 2015 / 8:52 am

Castanet's AM Update with Carmen Weld for Thursday May 21.

You feeling the squeeze?

May 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

Are you feeling the squeeze? Chances are if you are between 25 and 45, you might be feeling a little pressure in your life. From the high cost of living, to skyrocketing home prices, student debt that is higher than ever and pricey childcare – your generation pulled the short...

Regional fire questioned

May 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

A regional director and former head of the North Westside Fire Department is questioning the motives of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Wayne Carson, director for Okanagan West, made the comments after Joe Rich fire chief Curtis Nyuli was fired and Ellison chief Kurt Szalla...

Spike in bike theft

May 20, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The theft of bicycles is on the rise in Kelowna. To date, nearly 160 bikes have been stolen in 2015. Bicycle theft prevention is the message especially with “Bike to Work Week” next week. Police say there are several ways in which you can protect your bike,...

Arson witness sought

May 20, 2015 / 5:20 pm

Kelowna RCMP is requesting the public's assistance a man police want to speak with in connection with a pair of fires last month. At about 2:50 a.m. April 10 the Kelowna Fire Department alerted police of a fire at Boyd's Autobody and Glass, on Dayton Street. Four vehicles were damaged...

Bring on the heat

May 20, 2015 / 4:46 pm

It's forecast to hit 30 degrees in Kelowna on Thursday. The scorching weather is above the seasonal average for this time of year, according to Environment Canada. Meteorologist Doug Lundquist says Okanagan temperatures have been somewhat above seasonal norms for several months due to...

Reckless biker critical

May 20, 2015 / 3:33 pm

A 24-year-old Kelowna man is in critical condition at Kelowna General Hospital after crashing his dirtbike into a lamp standard on Verna Court. The man was riding his uninsured dirt bike without a helmet on the residential street, near Dr. Knox Middle School. A resident said he was riding...

Flags for the unborn

May 20, 2015 / 11:17 am

If you drive along Springfield Road today, you may notice a swath of blue and pink flags along the side of the road. The 10,000 flags are a silent protest by the Kelowna Right to Life Society, to ask for an abortion law in Canada. Each one of the pink and blue flags is meant to represent 10...

Where and when?

May 20, 2015 / 10:42 am

Dozens of people turned out Tuesday to give their opinions on a second bridge across Okanagan Lake. The Ministry of Transportation open house at the Ramada Hotel focused on the performance of Highway 97 through the Central Okanagan. District manager Murray Tekano said it's a way to show...

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