Kelowna News Last 7 days

Castanet's week in review

Jan 21, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Hundreds rally for women

Jan 21, 2017 / 11:45 am

Hundreds of people of all ages, races and genders showed up in Kelowna's Kerry Park Saturday morning for a rally that coincided with hundreds of thousands...

Chamber backs tourism site

Jan 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind Tourism Kelowna's proposed waterfront visitor centre. The site, at the foot of Queensway, is...

Second crack at hotel

Jan 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Developers of a proposed Marriott hotel at the intersection of highway 97 and 33 will be back before council Monday. City council turned down the initial...

Senior care alert system

Jan 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Do you worry for the safety of your loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia? It is an all too real fear for many families. Home Instead Senior Care stated...

Police seek missing man

Jan 20, 2017 / 6:58 pm

Kelowna RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Kelowna resident. Henry Gauthier last spoke to his family on January 5, 2017....

Castanet kid report

Jan 20, 2017 / 6:40 pm

Castanet's Kid Report for Friday, Jan. 20, with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Rest your artsy eyes on this

Jan 20, 2017 / 6:06 pm

Kelowna Art Gallery is putting their work up for the world to see. The gallery’s collection is available online on their website for residents and...

Melt & freeze trouble

Jan 20, 2017 / 4:40 pm

Motorists making the early morning commute were greeted with icy conditions Friday as the daytime snowmelt was followed by overnight freezing. The pattern is...

Patching plague of potholes

Jan 20, 2017 / 4:12 pm

Drivers being jarred by the plague of potholes along Harvey Avenue in Kelowna are in for some relief. After a number of viewer complaints to Castanet about an...

Evening Update Jan. 20

Jan 20, 2017 / 4:03 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Jan. 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Being extra transparent

Jan 20, 2017 / 3:52 pm

The City of Kelowna is releasing lease information on the proposed Visitor Information Centre at the foot of Queensway Avenue. The information is being made...

Powering into the finals

Jan 20, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Justin Evans wants to do his grandma proud. The Kelowna snowmobile enthusiast is close to being named a finalist in the North America Top Snowmobiler contest...

Dangerous man behind bars

Jan 20, 2017 / 1:33 pm

A “dangerous” criminal is behind bars after a B.C.- and Alberta-wide warrant was issued for his arrest in December. Kelowna RCMP put out a warning...

Rutland man 'Set For Life'

Jan 20, 2017 / 1:09 pm

Michael Walker still can't believe his good fortune. Walker is $675,000 richer after recently scratching a Set For Life lottery ticket. “This feels...

Inspired to volunteer

Jan 20, 2017 / 12:51 pm

Shawna McCrea is this week's Volinspire volunteer of the week. What inspires you to volunteer? I have been involved with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for...

HA convictions upheld

Jan 20, 2017 / 11:46 am

A judge has denied an application to have convictions in a cocaine importation conspiracy dropped against two Kelowna Hells Angels and two associates, stating...

Contender in the kitchen

Jan 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships return to Kelowna Feb. 3-4. Eleven of the best chefs from across the country have competed to represent their regions in...

Rescued from Paul's Tomb

Jan 19, 2017 / 8:11 pm

Fire crews traveled the walking trail from Poplar Point Drive, past Paul's Tomb, to assist an injured woman Thursday night. The 38-year-old woman dislocated...

Alleged intruder out on bail

Jan 19, 2017 / 5:31 pm

A Kaleden man who was shot while breaking into a West Kelowna home in December was granted bail Wednesday. Darryn Allen Nelson, 41, faces several charges,...

Container fire accidental

Jan 19, 2017 / 5:31 pm

Fire investigators believe Tuesday evening's large fire at a storage yard on Adams Road was accidental. The fire, which began in a sea container, spread to...

Evening Update Jan. 19

Jan 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Jan. 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Letnick defends wine policy

Jan 19, 2017 / 4:16 pm

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick is defending B.C.'s grocery store wine policy in the wake of a U.S. trade challenge. The American government, as predicted...

Outbreak traced to patient

Jan 19, 2017 / 2:00 pm

A staff member who works in a ward of Kelowna General Hospital that's currently dealing with an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness is tracing the...

Crowds expected for rally

Jan 19, 2017 / 12:38 pm

Women will rally in Kelowna, Saturday, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. A large crowd is anticipated for the 10 a.m. rally at The...

Sliding into BMW, 3 hurt

Jan 19, 2017 / 12:10 pm

Several people were hurt in a near-head-on crash in Kelowna. RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says the crash happened just before noon Wednesday on Valley Road...

Elderly pedestrian hit

Jan 19, 2017 / 11:42 am

An elderly woman suffered serious injuries after she was hit by a car in a Kelowna crosswalk. Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said the woman in her...

Unplug ... and play!

Jan 19, 2017 / 9:55 am

They say the family that plays together stays together. And next week is the perfect time to put that theory to work – for Interior Savings' Unplug...

Plea for blood donations

Jan 19, 2017 / 9:00 am

The family of an eight-year-old boy from Kelowna wants to raise awareness for blood donations after the child endured 25 blood transfusions. Connor Morcom was...

Hand washing an issue?

Jan 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Gastrointestinal illness, which has shut down a unit of Kelowna General Hospital, is more prevalent throughout Interior Health than most other health regions in...

Not cops' first visit

Jan 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

A police standoff in Rutland last weekend was not the RCMP's first visit to the home. A neighbour says the home has attracted strong police attention on...

A questioning palate

Jan 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships return to Kelowna Feb. 3-4. Eleven of the best chefs from across the country have competed to represent their regions in...

Hot spots for air pollution

Jan 18, 2017 / 8:23 pm

Areas of Rutland, the Upper Mission and the Woodsdale area of Lake Country have been singled out for poor air quality. In making its annual pitch for...

Pounds off at pound class

Jan 18, 2017 / 8:15 pm

A relatively new workout trend is gaining popularity in the Okanagan. Pound is kind of like a crazy mix of aerobics and Taiko drumming. Ira McNamara at Global...

Putting the 'butt' in butler

Jan 18, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Wanted: good-looking guys. Must have great abs and not be afraid to show them. Have you got what it takes to be a Butler in the Buff? The "male-order"...

Evening Update Jan. 18

Jan 18, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Jan. 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

$500K still up for grabs

Jan 18, 2017 / 2:28 pm

More than half a million dollars in bursaries has so far gone unclaimed. And the deadline to get in on the action is just two weeks away. Interior Savings...

A delicious beginning

Jan 18, 2017 / 1:00 pm

The annual Dine Around event kicked off in Kelowna Tuesday night with a launch party full of wine, cocktails and eats at Okanagan College. More than 50...

Jojo's family packs court

Jan 18, 2017 / 12:20 pm

The trial for the man who killed “the happiest girl you ever met” in May 2015 wrapped up Wednesday morning, but a decision won't be made until...

Housing boom in wages

Jan 18, 2017 / 11:33 am

The housing industry in Kelowna shelled out nearly half-a-billion-dollars in wages in 2016. That according to figures released this week by the Central Okanagan...

Tourism site debate

Jan 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Tourism Kelowna's new information centre proposed for the foot of Queensway has had some mixed reactions. We hit the street to find out how locals really...

Bobcats find valley refuge

Jan 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

You can blame the snow, in part, for the number of bobcat sightings on the valley bottom this winter. There's a direct correlation between the higher than...

Hyatt hotels eye Kelowna

Jan 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A new hotel chain has its eyes on Kelowna. Hyatt Hotels is proposing to construct a six-storey hotel and adjacent six-storey mixed-use building at Enterprise...

International flavours, flair

Jan 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships return to Kelowna Feb. 3-4. Eleven of the best chefs from across the country have competed to represent their regions in...

Container fire at Sexsmith

Jan 17, 2017 / 9:00 pm

UPDATE: 9:00 p.m. Upon arrival at the Adams Road container fire, fire crews found flames coming from two metal storage containers, a motorhome and a semi-truck...

Counsel issues delay trial

Jan 17, 2017 / 5:04 pm

The man accused of robbing a Kelowna bank at knifepoint in December 2014 has had his trial postponed after his defence lawyer dropped him as a client. Tayler...

Evening Update Jan. 17

Jan 17, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Jan. 17, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Outbreak at KGH

Jan 17, 2017 / 4:15 pm

UPDATE: 4:06 p.m. The 2West unit is closed to new patients after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at Kelowna General Hospital. "We have closed the...

Semi hits car, keeps going

Jan 17, 2017 / 12:22 pm

A semi-truck that sideswiped a car on Highway 97 in Lake Country Monday morning kept on driving. Witnesses told RCMP a northbound Toyota was hit and forced onto...

Ready to 'Dine Around'

Jan 17, 2017 / 12:10 pm

Dine Around returns to the Thompson-Okanagan with a kickoff bash at Okanagan College this evening. More than 300 people are expected at tonight's launch...

Air Canada glitch at YLW

Jan 17, 2017 / 11:51 am

UPDATE: 11:50 a.m. A computer issue causing delays and cancellations for Air Canada flights is causing problems in Kelowna. "As the Air Canada computer...

Kettle traffic boiling over?

Jan 17, 2017 / 10:42 am

Kelowna city council heard loud and clear during last week's public hearing concerns about traffic in the upper Mission. Residents in Kettle Valley cited...

Boot gets to the point

Jan 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

As the icy weather keeps coming, you may want to invest in some new footwear. Darrell Bachmann has thought of just the trick to tackle the icy roads. He calls...

Pot has bad rap, says prof

Jan 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

An associate professor at UBC Okanagan will expand on his findings that marijuana could help addicts kick other drugs during a free public lecture next week....

Passion for Prairie food

Jan 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships return to Kelowna Feb. 3-4. Eleven of the best chefs from across the country have competed to represent their regions in...

Rotary Centre goes digital

Jan 16, 2017 / 7:30 pm

The Rotary Centre for the Arts has received city approval to replace its current static sign with a digital sign. While there has been some hesitation to...

Fat bikes, fun times

Jan 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Fat bikers have a place to call their own. No, not overweight cyclists, downhill shredders who are into the latest biking craze. Big White Ski Resort has...

Beware of rental scam

Jan 16, 2017 / 6:00 pm

Renters beware. A new rental scam has reached the Okanagan. According to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, there have been at least four instances where...

Evening update: Live at 5

Jan 16, 2017 / 4:58 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Jan. 16, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Expect water hazards

Jan 16, 2017 / 4:01 pm

UPDATE: 4 p.m. With temperatures forecast to rise above zero, the city is working to limit water hazards created by melting snow. But it's warning it may...

Blue Monday isn't so bad

Jan 16, 2017 / 3:30 pm

You would think today would be the worst day of the year as Okanagan residents are now receiving their holiday credit card bills, but it doesn't have to be....

Looking for break in attack

Jan 16, 2017 / 11:23 am

More than a year after a senior was shot and another assaulted in a home invasion, Lake Country RCMP are appealing for information. Two suspects busted into a...

Trudeau in Kelowna?

Jan 16, 2017 / 10:48 am

Will he visit – or not? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on a cross-Canada tour, meeting with Canadians in town-hall events as well as in coffee shops and...

Missing man located

Jan 16, 2017 / 7:42 am

UPDATE: 7:40 p.m. RCMP have confirmed that 69-year-old, Leo Dickenson was located last night safe and sound. UPDATE: 5:45 a.m. Unofficial sources tell...

No slouch in the kitchen

Jan 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships return to Kelowna Feb. 3-4. Eleven of the best chefs from across the country have competed to represent their regions in...

#1 in budget presentation

Jan 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

You may not like how many tax dollars the City of Kelowna takes, but you can be buoyed by the fact those taking it are the best-of-the-best. For a 15th straight...

Heavy snowfall warning

Jan 15, 2017 / 6:34 pm

UPDATE: 6:34 p.m. While a thaw is expected in the Valley this week, a heavy snowfall warning has been issued for the North Okanagan, including Vernon, for...

First grad of the year

Jan 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Friends and family of 369 Okanagan College students cheered on the soon-to-be former students during the college's first graduation convocation of 2017 on...