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Earth Day tomorrow

Apr 21, 2015 / 4:34 pm

Wednesday marks the 25th annual Earth Day celebrated in Canada, and the 45th internationally. This year, more than 5,000 environmental groups, in a record 184 countries, will reach out to hundreds of millions of people in the increasingly important environmental movement. Earth Day Canada has...

Missing youth found

Apr 21, 2015 / 2:25 pm

UPDATE 2:20 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say Kyle Davidson has been located. Kelowna police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing boy. Kyle Davidson, 15, was last seen early Monday morning and his parents are concerned that his recent behaviour has been out of...

Final day of advance voting

Apr 21, 2015 / 11:58 am

Today is the last day to cast ballots in Lake Country ahead of Saturday's referendum. Advance polls will be open Tuesday at Lake Country Municipal Hall until 8 p.m. Turnout has been brisk over the first four days of advance voting, with 2,080 votes being cast in polls held in each ward of...

Playground sought for park

Apr 21, 2015 / 10:52 am

The City of Kelowna is looking to the federal government to help fund a proposed all-inclusive playground at Rutland Centennial Park. The city will apply for a $50,000 grant from Employment and Social Development Canada. The grant is for construction of community facilities that improve...

Extra goes Independent

Apr 21, 2015 / 10:43 am

A new grocery store has opened up in Capri Centre. Your Independent Grocer has taken the place of Extra Foods, and previous store mananger Peter Boyd is the new owner. “I’m very excited to be a part of the neighbourhood and to serve our customers,” says Boyd. “My team...

Local builder gives a hoot

Apr 21, 2015 / 10:30 am

A 27-year-old chip wood building that has stood on the grounds of the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls since its inception is no longer. The building will be replaced with a brand-new donated structure that was constructed by a Kelowna company. The owners of Chaparral Industries...

4 things you need to know

Apr 21, 2015 / 8:40 am

Castanet's AM Update for Tuesday, April 21.

Strathcona building a go

Apr 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

City council has given the final go-ahead for a three-and-a-half storey mixed-use development behind KGH. The development at the corner of Strathcona Avenue and Abbott Street is on the edge of the city's heritage zone. It would include a ground-level cafe and residential unit,...

Latte talk about empty lot

Apr 20, 2015 / 8:10 pm

City council begrudgingly said yes to a new commercial development in Rutland. The project would be situated at the northeast corner of Rutland Road North and Highway 33. The land has been vacant since 1995. The development would include three food-primary businesses, Starbucks, a second...

Corks ready to pop

Apr 20, 2015 / 8:00 pm

This year’s Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is set to be the largest event ever, with more than 90 culinary and wine activities from Osoyoos to Oyama. The fun kicks off April 30 with the Best of Varietal Wine Awards and will wrap up with Mother’s Day winery brunches on May 10. The...

Kelowna visionary passes

Apr 20, 2015 / 7:25 pm

The man who was partly responsible for some of Kelowna's richest treasures has passed away. Harold Hall, who worked for the city from 1968 until he retired in 1995, passed away last Thursday. Hall held positions including director of finance and the director of corporate services with the...

SEKID rates headed up

Apr 20, 2015 / 4:42 pm

After an alternative approval process shot down expensive upgrades to the South East Kelowna Irrigation District water system in 2012, users are being faced with an option that will significantly increase the cost of that service. SEKID said in press release Monday it is moving forward with a...

All out safe in fire

Apr 20, 2015 / 3:57 pm

All the occupants of a home on Arrowhead Court in Kelowna's KLO neighbourhood made it out safely when a bathroom fan caught fire. Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Capt. Eric Simpson said firefighters were called to the scene at 2235 Arrowhead Court just before 3 p.m. Five occupants and a...

Planned outage on Pandosy

Apr 20, 2015 / 2:00 pm

A couple hundred FortisBC customers will be without power Tuesday in downtown Kelowna. The planned outage will affect 220 customers in the 1900 block of Pandosy Street and will be for equipment upgrades. FortisBC reminds people to protect their electronics using surge-protecting power bars...

Was mall reaction overkill?

Apr 20, 2015 / 11:53 am

Last week’s bomb scare at Orchard Park Mall has many Castanet readers wondering if the police reaction was overkill. Our stories and forums have been lighting up with comments strongly divided on the matter. Some say evacuating the mall and calling in the bomb squad was over the top....

Assault suspect sought

Apr 20, 2015 / 11:04 am

Police have released a sketch of the suspect in a February assault in Kelowna. A woman was attacked by an unknown male, just after 5 a.m. on Feb. 7, on Harvey Avenue near Burtch Road. The 21-year-old Kelowna woman was walking east on Harvey when a man approached her from behind, placed his...

4 things you need to know

Apr 20, 2015 / 8:20 am

Castanet's AM Update for Monday, April 20.

Big support for cloth diapers

Apr 19, 2015 / 11:50 am

Dozens of families turned out Saturday in an attempt to break the world record for most cloth diapers changed at the same time. The event took place at St. Davids Presbyterian Church and was hosted by Tidy Tushees Diaper Service. The Great Cloth Diaper Change saw 37 babies changed in...

Sweat Fest aims for record

Apr 19, 2015 / 6:05 am

The organizers of an outdoor fitness challenge are aiming for a world record. Sweat Fest will also help the hungry on April 25. The fitness food drive will include a mass outdoor workout that organizers Chelsea Harrison and Melanie Breitkreutz hope will qualify as the Guinness World...

Development moving on

Apr 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council will be asked to approve a development permit for a commercial development in Rutland. The development is proposed for the northeast corner of the Highway 33/Rutland Road intersection. The property has been vacant for several years. The application put forward by Compass...

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