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Alley's tournament of hearts

Mar 1, 2015 / 2:30 pm

An annual female hockey tournament has a new name. The Kelowna Minor Hockey Association recently announced that this weekend’s female Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions would be taking part in the first annual Alley’s Tournament of Hearts. The tournament is dedicated to the...

Truck crashes into tree

Mar 1, 2015 / 8:30 am

Photo: Ragnar Haagen Photo: Ragnar Haagen Photo: Ragnar Haagen Photo: Ragnar Haagen No one was injured Sunday morning when a White Dodge truck slammed into a tree. The incident happened on Springfield Road, just before 8 a.m. The driver of the truck was able to walk away from the...

Living with a rare illness

Feb 28, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Imagine having to breathe through a straw. Every minute of every day, for the rest of your life. That is the reality for three-year-old Isla Miller of Kelowna, who suffers from an extremely rare condition called Neuroendocrine Hyperplasia of Infancy (NEHI). It is so rare, her mother says...

Megathon cashes in for kids

Feb 28, 2015 / 2:27 pm

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Saturday marks the second annual YMCA Okanagan Megathon event at the Kelowna Family Y and H2O Centre. From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. hundreds of local heroes of...

Fatal hit and run charges dropped

Feb 28, 2015 / 9:51 am

Criminal charges have been dropped against the woman accused in the hit and run death of 83-year-old Julie Gillespie. Sharon Marlene Scott, 71, was arrested less than 24 hours after Gillespie was hit while walking near an alley next to the Kelowna Daily Courier in November. A 911 call was...

The highway of the sky

Feb 27, 2015 / 7:31 pm

If you’ve ever caught yourself daydreaming, staring up into the sky, and thought, 'how do airplanes pick their route?' you’re not alone. Kelowna International Airport is inviting the public to learn more about flightpath changes in store for the future. Staff from Nav...

Cash influx keeps doors open

Feb 27, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A new influx of provincial funds has given the overnight shelter at Inn from the Cold new life. Last week the shelter shared the disappointing news that a lack of funding was forcing it to close its doors early. In response the B.C. government has decided to provide one-time only funding...

Have you seen Bagherra?

Feb 27, 2015 / 5:15 pm

Kelowna's financially troubled CrocTalk has suffered more bad news. Owner Doug Illman says his prized exotic Bengal cat, Bagherra, has gone missing, and he believes the animal was stolen. The large and distinctively marked cat went missing the evening of Feb. 21. Illman says he heard...

3 among BC's best businesses

Feb 27, 2015 / 1:31 pm

Three Okanagan businesses have been named among the top small businesses in the province. Soil Mate and Float Space of Kelowna, and Mel's Mainstreet Pizza & Pasta of Enderby earned accolades at the 12th annual Small Business B.C. Awards, which were handed out in Vancouver Thursday...

Big day for grant cash

Feb 27, 2015 / 12:23 pm

Twenty-three local organizations have received more than $732,000 in provincial gaming grants. The grants support a number of youth programs and services, which is great to see, says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “As minister of agriculture, I’m particularly pleased to...

Missing Kelowna man

Feb 27, 2015 / 11:56 am

The Kelowna RCMP is asking for the public's help finding a missing man. Thirty-one-year-old Greg Bayliss was last seen only yesterday (Feb. 26), but police are concerned for his well-being. RCMP do not have a picture of Bayliss, but they have provided the following...

Kasugai Gardens reopen

Feb 27, 2015 / 11:44 am

Spring must be just around the corner, because Kasugai Gardens reopen this Sunday. The popular Japanese gardens beside Kelowna City Hall will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the Victoria Day weekend. Throughout the summer months the gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until...

Hazard debris burning today

Feb 27, 2015 / 11:26 am

With good air quality and venting conditions today, the Regional District of Central Okanagan advises a controlled burn is underway in Kalamoir Regional Park. This is to dispose of fire hazard debris collected as result of vandalism to some trees near the King Road entrance of the park. Open...

Beer festival lineup revealed

Feb 27, 2015 / 10:16 am

Kelowna's newest beer festival revealed its lineup on Friday. Brewer registration for The Great Okanagan Beer Festival closed last night and the list was revealed to Castanet Friday morning. More than 35 breweries will be showcasing their products at the inaugural event that will take...

Health profs vs. UBCO bikes

Feb 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

It seems that when it comes to promoting healthy living, sharing that message in class is a lot different than sharing your road with cyclists. It was recently brought to Castanet's attention that two of the six petitioners who live on Curtis Road, and legally blocked it for hundreds of...

SOPA construction this year

Feb 26, 2015 / 4:45 pm

The SOPA Square project is back up and running with yesterday's announcement that the Aquilini Group has officially taken over the project. Given the building was initially approved by the city in 2008, South Pandosy residents have long wondered if the grey shell of a empty building would...

School cuts coming - but where?

Feb 26, 2015 / 3:27 pm

The Central Okanagan School District knows it will have to cut costs over the next two years, but it’s unclear at this point how much belt-tightening it will be forced to do. School boards across the province have been told they must find $29 million in savings next year, and slightly less...

Kelowna to host rugby's best

Feb 26, 2015 / 12:45 pm

Kelowna will host the 2015 Canada West Rugby Championships this summer. Eight teams will play back-to-back games July 30 and Aug. 2. Four provincial sides (under-16 men, under-18 women, under-18 men, and the provincial women's team) will take teams from the prairie provinces. Players...

Get ready for Megathon

Feb 26, 2015 / 12:15 pm

The Kelowna Family Y hosts its second annual Megathon this Saturday. Local heroes will challenge themselves in activities ranging from the FlowRider to zumba, basketball and other feats of athletic awesomeness – all in support of local children and families in need. The fun takes place...

Funding for the Arts

Feb 26, 2015 / 11:25 am

Funding has been announced for the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society, through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. Local MP Ron Cannan announced Thursday that the Government of Canada will be providing $30,000 over the next three years ($15,000 in 2015–2016 and $15,000 in...

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