Kelowna News Last 7 days

Multiple vehicle crash

Feb 24, 2017 / 11:02 pm

A multiple vehicle crash happened on Highway 97 and Dilworth just before 10 p.m. Multiple emergency crews were called to the scene. One car smashed into a sign...

$3,000 for missing dog

Feb 24, 2017 / 8:45 pm

An Okanagan man is doing everything he can to get his beloved dog, Buck, back. Cody Walsh, who lives on Evans Road near Oyama, has upped the reward three times...

Travel nightmare over

Feb 24, 2017 / 8:39 pm

The couple that had their dream vacation turn into a nightmare, may be waking up from their bad dream soon. "We received Juttas PR card a few hours ago, so...

Evening Update Feb. 24

Feb 24, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Feb. 24, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Premier sells differences

Feb 24, 2017 / 4:01 pm

Christy Clark was in full campaign mode Friday. The B.C. premier was in friendly territory as she spoke to a sold-out Kelowna Chamber of Commerce crowd. There...

Tip leads to drug bust

Feb 24, 2017 / 3:06 pm

A tip to the Kelowna RCMP has taken cocaine and crystal methamphetamine off the street – and landed a suspected drug dealer behind bars. Cpl. Jesse...

Moving to innovate

Feb 24, 2017 / 2:47 pm

More than two years after the first shovel entered the ground, the Okanagan Centre for Innovation is ready for its first tenant. The building is nearly...

Castanet kid report

Feb 24, 2017 / 2:00 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

Dream come true

Feb 24, 2017 / 10:08 am

Ever dreamed of rolling in an exotic sports car? August Luxury Motors made a few kids dreams come true on Random Acts of Kindness Day. The motor company...

Taps open on water report

Feb 24, 2017 / 9:56 am

Kelowna could be closer to having a single water provider – depending on the findings of a report to be revealed Monday. After more than a year of debate...

Last laps at outdoor rink

Feb 24, 2017 / 8:58 am

With sun in the sky and warmer temperatures in the forecast, the outdoor skating rink at Kelowna's Stuart Park could be closing in the near future. Steve...

Changed lives, cup by cup

Feb 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna cafe is trying to make a difference – one cup of coffee at a time. The John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan is giving people with...

History growing on campus

Feb 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

First Nation history will be blossoming at a local campus this summer. Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus will be home to a unique green space containing...

Record-breaking tourist year

Feb 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Tourists from around the world visited British Columbia in record numbers in 2016, increasing by 12.3 per cent over the previous year. In total, just over 5.5...

Ogopogo on Google Earth?

Feb 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Ogopogo has been spotted... maybe. A Castanet reader claims he scoped out the famous Okanagan Lake serpent on Google Earth, near Mission Creek in Kelowna. The...

Okanagan award winners

Feb 23, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Two Okanagan businesses took home top honours last night at the 14th annual Small Business BC Awards. Penticton’s WineCrush and Kelowna’s Central...

Local benefits of budget

Feb 23, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Premier Christy Clark is in the Okanagan this week, speaking to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce about the recently released budget Friday afternoon. Clark is...

Nightmare in Cancun

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:45 pm

A Kelowna man and his German girlfriend have seen a dream vacation turn into a nightmare. Alexander Martin and Jutta Oberbillig flew to Mexico a few weeks ago,...

Smoke nothing to fear

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:25 pm

Those seeing smoke rising above Black Mountain can rest easy, crews are conducting a controlled burn in the area. A dispatcher at the Kelowna Fire Department...

Evening Update Feb. 23

Feb 23, 2017 / 4:58 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Feb. 23, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Poll supports refugee ban

Feb 23, 2017 / 3:18 pm

Castanet readers appear to buck the national trend when it comes to attitudes about accepting refugees. In a poll that garnered 11,490 votes, we asked our...

Pregnant woman in crash

Feb 23, 2017 / 3:13 pm

A crash at K.L.O. Road and Benvoulin Road Thursday afternoon in Kelowna involved a pregnant woman. It appeared a Honda Civic T-boned a Suzuki Aerio just before...

Nightmare date continues

Feb 23, 2017 / 11:41 am

A sentencing date looms for a Peachland man who abducted and threatened a date he met online. Jean-Francois Dufour, 36, appeared briefly by video Thursday...

Thomson on task force

Feb 23, 2017 / 11:28 am

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson, B.C.'s minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, has been tapped to participate in a federal-provincial...

More work coming to Ethel

Feb 23, 2017 / 10:43 am

Construction is set to begin on Phase 3 of the Ethel Street active transportation corridor in Kelowna. Work will begin this spring, and plans will be made...

World brought to classroom

Feb 23, 2017 / 10:42 am

Students at A.S. Matheson Elementary School plunged into learning about the Great Barrier Reef this week. Well, virtually, anyway. The kids explored the...

Ready for adventure

Feb 23, 2017 / 10:25 am

West Kelowna firefighters and Community Recreational Initiatives Society are gearing up for another epic outdoor adventure. The Fire in The Mountains outing...

Interrogation shown in court

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Just because they didn't throw the punch, doesn't necessarily mean they're not guilty of the assault. The aggravated assault trial for Steven Kaplan...

Dancing her heart out

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Alopecia isn't stopping a Kelowna girl from dancing her heart out. Makayla Krenzel suffers from the autoimmune disease that causes her hair to fall out in...

A fond memory

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

For Jeff Gossoo and his family, the old Welcome to Kelowna sign on Highway 97 is more than a sign. It was a labour of love, and its removal this week brought...

UBCO golf funding cut

Feb 22, 2017 / 10:14 pm

The golf team at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus no longer has funding. In order to partake in the 2017 fall season, student athletes...

100 men strike again

Feb 22, 2017 / 9:30 pm

The Starbright Children's Development Centre will benefit from the largesse of a group of concerned Kelowna men. The group, 100 (plus) Men Who Give a Damn,...

Raincheck wait almost over

Feb 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Orchard Park shoppers, have no fear. The gift cards are coming. The Kelowna shopping centre was overwhelmed with response to a free gift card promotion leading...

Kelowna-Europe direct?

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:28 pm

Kelowna International Airport has enough traffic to support a flight from Kelowna to Europe, and YLW staff are getting close to making that happen. Check out...

Police back at trouble home

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:19 pm

Police were back this week at a Kelowna house where a dramatic scene recently unfolded. On Jan. 14, police surrounded the home on McKenzie Road, off Highway 33....

Evening Update Feb. 22

Feb 22, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Feb. 22, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Pepper sprayed in parkade

Feb 22, 2017 / 4:30 pm

A custodian was pepper sprayed Tuesday night when he confronted a man breaking into a vehicle. The 56-year-old was working at an apartment on Gordon Drive when...

100 tickets, 7 hours

Feb 22, 2017 / 3:24 pm

Almost 100 tickets were handed out by police in just one day in Lake Country. Kelowna Municipal Traffic Services and Central Okanagan Traffic Services handed...

No show over dog cruelty

Feb 22, 2017 / 2:52 pm

A Kelowna man who neglected his dog, leading to its death, failed to show up in court for the third time Wednesday afternoon, prompting a warrant for his arrest...

Dark cloud downtown

Feb 22, 2017 / 2:31 pm

A storm is brewing over Kelowna right now. The entire downtown was covered in a dark haze on Wednesday afternoon. A light snowfall fell around 2:15 p.m. with a...

All dressed in pink

Feb 22, 2017 / 11:22 am

Plenty of people wore pink Wednesday for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Pink Shirt Day breakfast at the Laurel Packinghouse to show their support against...

Firefighters go Wilde

Feb 22, 2017 / 8:22 am

Kelowna Fire Department deputy Chief Lou Wilde has been appointed the interim chief. He'll fill the void that will be left by fire Chief Jeff Carlisle, who...

BC Lions on sex assault

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The BC Lions are in Kelowna, but they aren’t here to play a football game. Be More Than A Bystander is a project by the BC Lions Football Club in...

The cure for bullying

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Want to know the secret formula to stop bullying? It's kindness, says Dr. John Tyler Binfet. Binfet, an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan, is speaking...

Telus Kelowna Cup is back

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Big White will host the third annual Telus Kelowna Cup this March. The ski and snowboard race is on Saturday March 4 with all proceeds going to support amateur...

Kelowna man missing

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Friends and family are desperately seeking information on the whereabouts of a missing Kelowna man. Jordan Meade McBurney, 31, has not been heard from since...

12-year-old found

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:52 pm

UPDATED 5:57 P.M. RCMP say Ashton Desmond Dirks has been reunited with his family. Kelowna RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a...

Evening update Feb. 21

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Feb. 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Goodbye, old friend

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:21 pm

Crews working on the widening of Highway 97 jumped the gun by a few hours today. Initially, the Welcome to Kelowna sign on the highway just north of Sexsmith...

Library transforms itself

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:49 pm

Phase 1 of renovations to the downtown Kelowna branch of Okanagan Regional Library is almost complete. The renos include new flooring throughout, and a...

A 'miracle' he's alive

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:51 pm

"It's a miracle the driver is still alive." That's the reaction of a driver who witnessed a crash between a semi-truck and a Nissan Murano....

Penny for your thoughts

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

It's been four years that the penny hasn't been in use, and a new poll has found Canadians don't seem to miss the copper coin. "Most Canadians...

Story behind pink shirts

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:09 am

The creator of Pink Shirt Day, an international day for anti-bullying, came for a visit to Kelowna. Travis Price visited George Elliot Secondary and Rutland...

Replacing 'pretty ugly' sign

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Coun. Luke Stack is happy the operators of Prospera Place have come forward, asking that electronic signs be allowed on the front of the arena. "I think...

'Black rain' covers car

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna resident, who lives a block away from Tolko Mill, woke up to black soot on the hood of her car and is concerned about the air she is breathing. It was...

A virtual brain injury

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Ever wonder what it would be like to suffer a brain injury? A new game by BrainTrust Canada tries to shed some light on the seriousness of head injuries....

Wastewater in good shape

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:05 pm

Kelowna's wastewater treatment system is in relatively good shape looking towards the next 20 years. Infrastructure engineering manager Joel Shaw made the...

The Thrifty Fashionista

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:00 pm

When you think fashion shows, expensive designer wear comes to mind. But, the Salvation Army is turning that on its head with its first Thrifty Fashionista...

Evening update Feb. 20

Feb 20, 2017 / 4:45 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Feb. 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Door ripped off in crash

Feb 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Part of the driver's side door was ripped right off in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Monday afternoon. An SUV and a semi-truck collided along Highway 97...

YLW delays, cancellations

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:37 pm

Five flights were cancelled and three others have been rerouted over the last 48 hours at Kelowna International Airport. “Flight delays and cancellations...

Drunk driver flees on foot

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:34 pm

A driver pulled over by police for swerving all over the road assaulted the officer then fled on foot. Kelowna RCMP say an officer pulled over the driver of a...

Are you ready to retire?

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Most people aren't ready for retirement, according to a recent survey. The survey by Insights West found that 30 per cent of Canadians have not yet set...

Missing woman found

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:36 pm

UPDATE: Feb. 20, 12:35 p.m. Police say Elisha Dawn Nixon-Barron has been found. "The West Kelowna RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 24-year-old woman...

Date from hell not over

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:10 am

A Peachland man who was arrested for abducting and threatening a woman he met on an online dating site is still in jail. Jean-Francois Dufour, 36, has pleaded...

A break from the snow

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:03 am

Here is some good news to start off your week. Kelowna shouldn’t be seeing the white fluffy stuff for several days. This morning it will feel like -1 C...

Car nearly through window

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:47 am

A car came remarkably close to smashing through the front window of Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate in Kelowna. "I was just doing my thing and I saw...

BC Lions talk sex violence

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:25 am

The BC Lions are coming to Kelowna – but they won't be talking about football. Instead, members of the club will discuss sexual violence. "The...

Dream come true for teen

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:55 am

Girls dream about prom night for years before the day actually happens, but what if some can't afford a dress for the night of their dreams? For B.C. teens...

Kelowna's own on HNIC

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Danielle Grundy, a former female professional hockey player from Kelowna, is being recognized for her work in the community. The Grindstone Award Foundation is...

Play On! plays on

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Canada's largest road hockey festival is returning to Kelowna. Play On! is a uniquely Canadian outdoor street hockey tournament, attracting hundreds of...

Fiery speaker at TEDx

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

You'll soon have a chance to hear first-hand what it was like leading the charge into one of Canada's worst wildfire disasters. After a year hiatus,...

Learning culture by cooking

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:15 pm

Newcomers who want to learn a thing or two in the kitchen are being invited to an event hosted by the Salvation Army Central Okanagan and the Kelowna Community...

Flights diverted overnight

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:35 am

UPDATE: 9:35 a.m. Fog at Kelowna International Airport Saturday led to five flights being cancelled or delayed late Saturday night, according to airport manager...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

The cure for mental illness?

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

What actually causes mental health problems? A Kelowna psychologist believes most Canadians are misinformed. Two years ago, there were 47 million prescriptions...

District seeks compliance

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The District of Lake Country is taking the unusual step of refusing to issue a business licence for a business not complying with municipal bylaws. The measure...

Two vehicle MVA

Feb 18, 2017 / 4:09 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of a two vehicle MVA at Springfield and Spall Roads in Kelowna at about 3:45 p.m., Saturday afternoon. One male was possibly...

Bobby Hull in town

Feb 18, 2017 / 3:00 pm

NHL legend Bobby Hull made his way to Kelowna this weekend to meet his fans and sign autographs, for a local National Hockey Card Day celebration. Downtown...

Parking lot to highrise apt.

Feb 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

The City of Kelowna has made a tidy profit on a piece of property it purchased five years ago. The City announced late Friday it has finalized a deal to sell...

Of politics and demons

Feb 18, 2017 / 9:00 am

Politics – and demons – are said to be behind an exodus of students and staff from a Kelowna private school. Upwards of 40 students, out of a...

86 families with new homes

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:44 am

An official opening was held for Kelowna's most recent affordable housing building, which provides 86 subsidized rental apartments for low-income people in...