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St. Joseph breaking ground

May 2, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Shovels will hit the ground at the end of the month to signify the beginning of a fresh face for an independent school in Kelowna. The official ground-breaking ceremony for the new St. Joseph Elementary School location will be held on May 25 at 8:30 a.m. at 839 Sutherland Avenue. “All...

Confusion at OK Corral

May 2, 2016 / 7:00 pm
A Facebook post pleading for witnesses to a possible stabbing at the OK Corral has club owners and police puzzled. The social media post was shared Friday after an alleged incident Thursday night. It claims a 21-year-old man was stabbed after an altercation near or close-to the OK Corral by a...

Quad rollover injures one

May 2, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Another ATV accident has landed a local man in hospital. On Saturday at about 9 p.m., BC Ambulance responded to a report of an "quad rollover" near Crooked Lake at the end of Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country. “Paramedics responded via one ground ambulance and one patient was...

Tributes for triathlete

May 2, 2016 / 5:11 pm
Noreen Wensley has been identified on social media as the triathlete who died Sunday in Kelowna. The 57-year-old music teacher from Saskatoon died during the swimming portion of the Cherry Blossom Triathlon at the H2O Aquatic Centre Sunday. Since word of her death spread, tributes have been...

Pledging to Get Loud

May 2, 2016 / 4:39 pm
One in five people in the Kelowna community will experience a mental health issue in the next year. Candace Giesbrecht, with the Canadian Mental Health Association, says that if there are that many people struggling with their mental well-being, there should be more willingness to talk about...

A charitable body slam

May 2, 2016 / 4:26 pm
Local wrestling and charities are becoming a powerhouse tag team. Invasion Championship Wrestling announced Monday it’s already raised about $11,000 for four local charities ahead of a pair of Okanagan wrestling events this weekend. “This is before even one beer has been...

Streaming Cafe drops coffee

May 2, 2016 / 3:49 pm
After years of success, the Streaming Cafe is closing its doors for a new venture. With the aim of still presenting and live-streaming the musical talent its customers have come to love, the Streaming Cafe is getting out of the coffee business and sticking to the music. The coffee shop on...

Record cherry forecast

May 2, 2016 / 3:37 pm
B.C. Tree Fruits is forecasting a record cherry crop this year. And, for the second consecutive year, an early harvest is predicted. "Because of another early and very warm spring ... cherries will be in stores (in) early June," B.C. Tree Fruits marketing manager Chris Pollock said...

Heavy doody headache

May 2, 2016 / 12:18 pm
Dogs must answer the call of nature. And when you add up all the poop from all the dogs in Kelowna, you get a whole lot of doo-doo. But how much is left behind by owners who don't pick up after their pets? According to the City of Kelowna, about 38 per cent of Kelowna residents own dogs,...

ACT to help addicts

May 2, 2016 / 10:25 am
Throughout British Columbia, hundreds of vulnerable people with severe addiction and mental illness are securing housing, having fewer interactions with police and spending less time in emergency rooms, according to the latest numbers from health authority programs. “Most people with...

Fire on Hartman

May 2, 2016 / 6:00 am
UPDATE: 5:45 a.m. The Kelowna Fire Department says the cause of a barn fire on Hartman Road in Rutland is not yet known Investigators will return to the scene today. Platoon Capt. Dennis Miller says in a press release that crews responded to the blaze at 7:46 p.m. and found flames coming...

Keep it clean and pristine

May 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
Twice a year, the Central Okanagan Naturalist Club get out their bright reflective vests, trash pickers, and garbage bags and head down to city parks to clean up. The group is made up of bird watchers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, which is why they do their part in keeping the beaches free...

2 audio companies now 1

May 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
Two local home audio companies have become one after Kelowna Custom Audio Video recently bought out Beyond Audio. Ryan Dockrill, with Kelowna Custom Audio Video, says Beyond Audio was their biggest competitor before the acquisition. “We decided to buy them out and put both the forces...

Local vets remember

May 1, 2016 / 8:58 pm
Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Each pew of St. Michael church in Kelowna displayed the name of one of 29 Canadian warships that were lost at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic. May 1...

Triathlon swimmer dies

May 1, 2016 / 6:41 pm
Participants and organizers of the Cherry Blossom Triathlon are in shock following the death of an athlete Sunday. James Young, one of the organizers of the event, said in a press release a woman was rushed to hospital following a heart attack during the swim portion of the event at the H2O...

Jaycees clean up food bank

May 1, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Following a weekend of inspiration and professional development, members of the Kelowna JCI (Jaycees) gave back to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. “We are a group of young...

Tackling Alzheimer's

May 1, 2016 / 2:00 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 “The most important thing we can do is to raise awareness about Alzheimer's, and the impact it has on...

Toy gun causes big response

May 1, 2016 / 1:23 pm
Police responded in force after a report of man with a gun in the Glenmore area Saturday evening. Const. Jesse O'Donaghey said police detained four individuals after reports were received of a man seen pointing a handgun at a residence in the 2400 block of Longhill Road. The call came in...

Family fun at YMCA

May 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Thousands of people are expected to visit the Kelowna Family YMCA today. The facility will be promoting the importance of kids health during the 11th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day. The event takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelowna Family YMCA and Rutland Sports Field (375 Hartman...

Cleaning up beach's bad rep

May 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Residents in the Lake Avenue Beach area are hoping to help the picturesque slice of sand make a clean break from its more infamous past. About 100 people gathered Saturday to beautify the park. They planted more than 100 native plants and painted trees funky neon colours. The group also...

Premier cash OK for most

May 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Nearly 60 per cent of Castanet readers have no problem with the B.C. Liberal Party paying Christy Clark up to $50,000 for work she does for the party each year. In a non-scientific poll, we asked whether the premier's salary should be topped up with political donations. More than 10,000...

Containers of generosity

Apr 30, 2016 / 7:47 pm
There’s a small window of time left to help ship containers packed with donations to Cuba. Kinsley Hettinga has started a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for shipping the containers — which are filled with baseball and sporting equipment, household items, baby clothing and thousands of...

Underpasses remain closed

Apr 30, 2016 / 7:28 pm
A portion of Glen Canyon Regional Park has reopened due to a drop in the water level in Powers Creek, but some local underpasses remain closed. Minor damage to the trail from Brown Road south to the parking area off Gellatly Road has been fixed and is once again accessible to visitors, according...

Wine fun unleashed

Apr 30, 2016 / 7:21 pm
Call them party animals. More than 100 people brought their dogs to the BCSPCA's Unleashed event, touring Kelowna’s Lakeshore wine route Saturday. They toured St. Hubertus, CedarCreek, Summerhill and Tantalus, where a complimentary canapé-paired wine tasting was available at...

Get in the ring

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:06 pm
Kelowna is eager to get in the ring. The city is the first in B.C. to get a UFC Gym, where the average person can train like a competitive mixed martial arts fighter. “The best athletes are MMA fighters, so if you train like they do, you’ll be in the best shape of your...

Vaisakhi a splash of colour

Apr 30, 2016 / 4:14 pm
Thousands of Okanagan residents experienced a colourful taste of Sikh culture Saturday during the annual Vaisakhi parade. About 8,000 people were expected to partake in the food and festivities, as well as line the parade route in Kelowna's Rutland area. That's up from 1,000 during the...

Motorcycle vs. pickup

Apr 30, 2016 / 3:52 pm
Emergency crews in Kelowna are responding after a motorcycle and pickup truck crashed Saturday afternoon. Few details are available. Witnesses say it happened near the Greenery on Rifle Road in the Dilworth area, and they say to avoid the area due to traffic. The extent of the injuries are...

Bonfire doused in Wilden

Apr 30, 2016 / 3:47 pm
Firefighters put out a large bonfire Friday night in Kelowna. The Kelowna Fire Department was called to the Wilden area at about 9:30 p.m. “The Kelowna Fire Department had to use the ATV Gator to access this fire as it was located in difficult to reach wilderness terrain,” said...

War memorial vandalized

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:58 am
Castanet is receiving reports of the war memorial at Rutland Lions Park being vandalized. According to Kelowna resident Rob Moffat, the upper pillar of the monument was pushed off and is now lying on the ground. "It's sad and a complete lack of respect," he said. "Because...

'Concerning' rise in needles

Apr 30, 2016 / 5:25 am
Kelowna is seeing a sharp increase in needle use year after year. City of Kelowna bylaw services manager Greg Wise said there is already a significant increase in the first quarter of this year compared to last year in safely disposed used needles. There is also a rise in both unused needles...

New strategy to cut crime

Apr 30, 2016 / 5:24 am
There was a dramatic rise in Kelowna's crime rate in 2015. Estimates released by the local RCMP detachment show criminal code offences in the Central Okanagan rose more that 11 per cent over 2014 numbers. Final numbers are not yet in. However, an early estimate is just over 97 criminal...

Prepare for disaster

Apr 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
Last week, 34 wildfires sparked in a single day in northern B.C. It's a stark reminder you should always be prepared for when disaster strikes. Emergency Preparedness Week starts May 1, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan is reminding residents now is a perfect time to plan...

Police whack bush parties

Apr 29, 2016 / 5:18 pm
Police are sending out a reminder as grad season approaches that bush parties can become dangerous. Const. Robyn Boffy, a local school resource officer, says large gatherings planned in forest service areas are not regulated or controlled in any way with respect to personal safety, security or...

Bacon case back in court

Apr 29, 2016 / 4:34 pm
Another pre-trial conference was held Friday for the three men facing murder charges in the 2011 fatal shooting of Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna. Jujhar Khun-Khun, Jason Thomas McBride and Michael Hunter Jones have been charged with murder and attempted murder in the flagrant, mid-day execution of...

Sleeping driver arrested

Apr 29, 2016 / 3:34 pm
Police are thanking a Kelowna resident whose quick thinking might have stopped an impaired man from driving his vehicle. The resident pulled into the parking lot of a local convenience store on Richter Street Thursday and noticed a man slumped over the wheel of a vehicle. RCMP Cpl. Tania...

Tasty funding for OC

Apr 29, 2016 / 3:25 pm
Several politicians got to taste some of the finest cuisine Okanagan College’s culinary arts program has to offer Friday morning. B.C.’s Advanced Education minister Andrew Wilkinson stopped by the college’s Kelowna campus to drop off a cheque, announcing the province’s...

Local man found

Apr 29, 2016 / 3:00 pm
UPDATE APRIL 29, 3 P.M. The Kelowna RCMP have confirmed 57-year-old Melvin Saunders, reported missing Thursday, has been located safe and sound. Thanks to the media and public for your assistance. Police are considering a 57-year-old Kelowna man missing, after he was last seen...

BC's best wines celebrated

Apr 29, 2016 / 1:16 pm
Okanagan wines were front and centre as the 22nd annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival officially kicked off Thursday night. Wines from around the valley took home a lion's share of the awards as the 2016 British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine awards were unveiled. A record 567 wines were...

Cheerleading comes to town

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:38 pm
Hundreds of cheerleaders will be heading to Kelowna this weekend to spread some cheer and energy. The fourth annual Okanagan Cheerleading Championships will be held at UBC Okanagan on April 30. Over 600 cheerleaders, aged three to over 18, will take over the university’s gym for the...

More ciders from local fruit

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:07 pm
One year after BC Tree Fruits launched its first cider, two more varieties are being added to the mix. The co-operative is launching its new products exactly 12 months after the original release of Broken Ladder. Michael Daley, the cidery manager, says it was a labour-intensive recipe...
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