Bye bye August, hello rain

Aug 30, 2016 / 4:45 pm
Residents of the Okanagan have complained of a dreary summer filled with showers — the last few days of August will prove no different. It may feel extra wet, but that's because the last couple years have been extra hot and sunny. Environment Canada says temperatures this summer...

Murder suspect gets bail

Aug 30, 2016 / 3:43 pm
A man facing second-degree murder charges will soon be released on bail after his conditions were changed Tuesday. Daniel Ruff, 63, was charged in the death of his roommate, 51-year-old Warren Welters, who died June 14, 2015. Welters died in his home, which he shared with Ruff, on Bernard...

Kelowna cat shot

Aug 30, 2016 / 1:38 pm
Residents of a Kelowna neighbourhood are on alert after a family’s cat was found shot in the leg. CTV Vancouver reports that Paul Cleve, an emergency room doctor, noticed something wrong with his family's cat Jason. The cat was reportedly acting strange and hiding in the basement of...

Cyclist hospitalized in crash

Aug 30, 2016 / 12:44 pm
A 61-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital with what were described as moderate injuries after being struck by a vehicle late Monday night. Police say the driver was turning onto the highway from the downtown Boston Pizza parking lot shortly after 10:30 p.m., when the car collided with the...

Kangaroo ultimatum

Aug 30, 2016 / 11:14 am
The owners of Lake Country's Kangaroo Creek Farm are giving two teens a chance to make amends, before they head to the police station. The owners say a vandalizing duo were caught on tape Sunday night ripping an ear off the farm's large kangaroo statue, Delilah, Queen of the...

YLW almost clear for takeoff

Aug 30, 2016 / 10:51 am
Kelowna International Airport has won a favourable ruling from the Agricultural Land Commission. The commission has approved an application by the airport to have four properties south, and southeast of the current airport excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve. The lands will be used...

Health care pressure critical

Aug 30, 2016 / 9:46 am
Kelowna's aging population is putting a strain on health care that will become critical if the status quo remains. That was one of the main takeaways from a discussion on health care inside council chambers Monday afternoon. The presentation by Interior Health CEO Chris Mazurkewich and...

Council takes a stand

Aug 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
It won't be business as usual for a long-established Kelowna nursery and landscaping company. Neway Landscape and Irrigation Ltd. has been in business since 2003, leasing property at 3740 Casorso Road. However, for several years, it has been a non-conforming farm use. The property in...

Making way for Castanet

Aug 29, 2016 / 4:56 pm
Demolition is underway on Lawrence Avenue to make way for Castanet’s new home in downtown Kelowna. There are currently two buildings on 451-455 Lawrence Ave. — a home constructed in 1915 and a commercial addition built in 1951. These buildings will be torn down and a new ...

Kelowna man killed by train

Aug 29, 2016 / 4:41 pm
UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. The man who was killed by a train in Spences Bridge on Saturday has been identified. Larry Marzinzik with the BC Coroners Service says 40-year-old Jonathon Christopher Harris of Kelowna was hit by a Via Rail passenger train about 3:50 a.m. Harris is reported to have been...

Back-to-school bash

Aug 29, 2016 / 4:17 pm
As students and parents get ready for another school year, a local organization is making returning to the classroom easier on everyone. The 13th annual Back-to-School Bash sponsored by Victory Life Fellowship once again put a smile on everyone’s face. More than 750 people attended the...

ATVer rescued by chopper

Aug 29, 2016 / 3:17 pm
A helicopter had to be called in Monday to rescue an injured ATVer from the McCulloch Lake area. The apparent crash happened early Monday afternoon. The quad driver has since been airlifted from the area near Little White by BC Ambulance Service, said Kelowna Fire Department platoon Capt. Steve...

Drove right into a tree

Aug 29, 2016 / 3:10 pm
An alleged drunk driver escaped serious injury after colliding with a tree early Sunday morning in Kelowna. On Aug. 28 at about 6:15 a.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle that had collided with a tree in the 1900 block of Pandosy Street. Emergency crews arrived on scene to...

Crime spree ends in cuffs

Aug 29, 2016 / 3:02 pm
A crime spree took a young man from Kelowna to West Kelowna to a jail cell. Kelowna RCMP say a youth remains in police custody and is facing several potential charges after an overnight crime spree. On Aug. 28 at 9:55 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a vehicle stolen from the 300...

Eat pasta for Italy

Aug 29, 2016 / 1:40 pm
The Kelowna Italian Club is jumping into action and into the kitchen to help raise funds for those affected by the devastating earthquake in Italy. “We are from Italy and this is a disaster that touches the world. Nobody expected it. You can see the devastation – it is really...

Suffering in silence

Aug 29, 2016 / 12:00 pm
One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime and yet the stigma surrounding the hidden disease is still a critical problem in our country. This stigma leaves many Canadians suffering in silence and not seeking out the help they need. In an attempt to...

Fire destroys vacant home

Aug 29, 2016 / 6:20 am
Fire destroyed a vacant home in Rutland overnight. Kelowna firefighters responded to the 600 block of Mugford Road at 2:30 a.m. to find the structure fully engulfed in flames. The abandoned home was a total loss. No one was inside the house at the time. Arriving crews found power lines...

Imagine future health care

Aug 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Advancements in technology pertaining to the health care field will be under the microscope when city council meets Monday. Interior Health board chair Erwin Malzer and CEO Chris Mazurkewich will speak before council on health care in 2040. The presentation is part of the Imagine Kelowna...

Racing on dragons

Aug 28, 2016 / 3:56 pm
Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld It was all about fun, dragons and paddling hard this weekend at the 11th annual Kelowna Dragon Boat...

Castanet's week in review

Aug 28, 2016 / 1:00 pm
Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Not a regular farm tour

Aug 28, 2016 / 9:58 am
Have politics gone to pot? Maybe not, but one provincial politician shared some pictures on social media of him, with a sea of green behind him this week. Norm Letnick, representative of Kelowna-Lake Country and the provincial minister of agriculture, paid a visit to one of the province's...

Transit future discussed

Aug 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
The future of transit in the Central Okanagan will be up for discussion at Kelowna city council, Monday. With most of the short-term projects from the previous Transit Future Plan complete, staff are now working on an updated version. Planning began in the fall of last year. A customer survey...

Bear seen in Mission area

Aug 27, 2016 / 5:24 pm
A Kelowna resident is reporting a black bear sighting on Barnaby Road in Kelowna's Mission area, late Saturday afternoon. The bear was seen walking on the road, and when it got startled it ran next door to a neighbour's house, she said. The animal has since moved on, and the...

History comes alive

Aug 27, 2016 / 3:00 pm
The Father Pandosy Mission was abuzz with people of all generations Saturday, during the Okanagan Historical Society's “old fashioned family social.” The event, which included old fashioned clothes washing, spinning and weaving, museum displays, face painting and antique fire...

Bridge jumper causes alarm

Aug 27, 2016 / 2:07 pm
Two marine rescue boats scoured the waters below the William R. Bennett Bridge Saturday afternoon, after receiving reports of a person who jumped off the bridge and didn't resurface. The call came in just after 1 p.m., and the boats, along with onshore RCMP officers, quickly began searching...

Block party celebrates tech

Aug 27, 2016 / 8:28 am
More than 300 people partied in a Kelowna parking lot Friday night. Technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and supporters of the tech community gathered for a good time at the Accelerate Okanagan Block Party. CEO Raghwa Gopal says the sold-out event brought together industry insiders and...

Creeper link investigated

Aug 27, 2016 / 6:32 am
Police are investigating a possible connection between a man who was arrested Tuesday for allegedly breaking into women's houses and sexually assaulting them and other unsolved crimes. Shea Gardecki, a 39-year-old Peachland man, was arrested on the 1500 block of Highland Drive North in...

Postie says they'll still work

Aug 26, 2016 / 3:15 pm
Patrick Ward, president of the Kelowna chapter of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, says the union was forced to issue a 72-hour strike notice Thursday after its 60-day strike mandate was set to expire. “(The Ministry of Labour) requested a 24-hour extension of the strike mandate to...

2 months until Ellis decision

Aug 26, 2016 / 1:15 pm
Final submissions were given by the Crown and defence in the dangerous offender hearing for Michael Ellis, Friday morning. But a decision won't be made for another two months. Ellis was found guilty of 17 of the 22 charges he faced in February 2015 for his part in a dramatic Westside Road...

Appeal to give blood

Aug 26, 2016 / 1:12 pm
Blood is in short supply as the calendar slowly inches toward Labour Day long weekend. New and returning blood donors are needed to help fill blood banks. There is currently a gap of 32,000 units that will be needed by Labour Day, according to Canadian Blood Services. "We’ve...

Found, one pontoon boat

Aug 26, 2016 / 11:43 am
Are you missing a pontoon boat? If so, it may have washed up on a beach in Kelowna's Mission district. The boat washed ashore sometime overnight or this morning at a beach access on Hobson Road, next to the Central Okanagan Sailing Association. RCMP were called, who in turn contacted...

More farm-use conflicts

Aug 26, 2016 / 11:24 am
Kelowna council is being asked to turn down an application for non-farm use on ALR land. The latest proposal coming forth is for a property at 3740 Casorso Rd. The applicant is seeking approval for retail sales of a non-farm product in an area 490 square metres in size and operation of a...

Cyclist injured by car

Aug 26, 2016 / 9:38 am
A 16-year-old cyclist suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car in Rutland, Thursday night. At 9:10 p.m., the Kelowna youth was crossing McCurdy Road at Hollywood Road North when the driver of a Mazda 6 collided with the youth. The cyclist was in at a marked crosswalk equipped with...

A 'pawsitive' experience

Aug 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
They care for pets both at home and away. A local holistic veterinary clinic is returning to Mexico to help spay and neuter dogs after a successful trip in 2014. The team at Pawsitive Veterinary Care says their visit to Cancun was very fulfilling and it was clear their help was...

Raid and Conquer

Aug 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
If pillage and plunder is the name of your game then Raid and Conquer is designed for you. The unique deck building game is the latest endeavour from the Kelowna company High Roller Games. Based off of the TV program Vikings, the strategic game allows players to battle each other or work...

Dangerous offender or not?

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:20 pm
Crown counsel argued in B.C. Supreme Court Thursday that Michael Ellis deserves to be designated a dangerous offender. Ellis was found guilty in February 2015 of 17 of 22 charges in an infamous 2012 police chase and shootout along Westside Road. Three people led police on an hour-long pursuit...

Buy a burger to beat MS

Aug 25, 2016 / 2:54 pm
While vehicles line the drive thru, classic cars line the parking lot at Capri Centre for the eighth-annual A&W Canada Burgers to Beat MS Day. “August 25 is MS Day. All across Canada today, $1 from every teen burger sold will be donated to help end multiple sclerosis. All the proceeds...

Fallen hiker rescued

Aug 25, 2016 / 2:14 pm
UPDATE 2:14 p.m. The woman who fell from a cliff near Crawford Falls has been airlifted out of the area by the Penticton Volunteer Search and Rescue using a helicopter. She was quickly taken to an awaiting ambulance and rushed to the hospital. She was conscious, but appeared to be in some...

Shrub fire quickly doused

Aug 25, 2016 / 12:05 pm
Firefighters rushed to Kelowna's Upper Mission just before noon in response to reports of a grass fire. The fire turned out to be a hedge that was burning near Stanley Crescent and Sheila Crescent. It was quickly doused once fire crews arrived on scene. They are apparently cutting...

Our future city

Aug 25, 2016 / 11:42 am
A conference designed to look at future growth and the direction of the Okanagan will be held next month in Kelowna. The conference, being put on by the Urban Development Institute, is titled Our Future City. “We wanted to put something on that would help spark the conversation around...
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