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Rutland park vote redux

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:44 pm

Members of the Rutland Park Society voted again Monday night on a proposal put forth by the City of Kelowna to purchase Centennial Park. Out of 218 votes counted, 155 voted 'Yes' while 63 voted to reject the deal; 71 per cent were in favour of the sale. Society members voted on the...

Dinner raises more than $15k

Oct 19, 2014 / 8:58 pm

Over 350 people packed the house at the 14th annual Deepak Binning dinner Saturday evening. The fundraising event was held at the Rutland Centennial Hall. The organizers expect to raise between $15,000 and $20,000. The money will go partly to help abandoned children suffering from serious...

Weed oil fire burns two

Oct 19, 2014 / 6:25 pm

Two men are in hospital with burn injuries after starting a fire while trying to cook weed oil. Kelowna Fire Department was called to 3049 Gordon Drive for a minor structure fire around 4:30 p.m. "Upon arrival the first Engine company found the fire to be extinguished by the...

Local named Team BC capt.

Oct 19, 2014 / 9:00 am

A Kelowna-based Olympian has been named honourary Team BC captain for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Team BC alumna Kelsey Serwa was a member of Team BC at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Serwa won gold in alpine skiing. She transitioned to the emerging sport of...

Prepare for power outage

Oct 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

Upgrades to the electrical system will put take parts of Kelowna offline in the early hours of Monday morning. FortisBC expects the scheduled outage to run from 1:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. It will affect about 300 customers in the downtown area from Cawston Avenue to Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street to...

Searching for Disney

Oct 18, 2014 / 12:33 pm

Photo: Contributed - Tanya Nix Photo: Contributed - Tanya Nix Photo: Contributed A Kelowna couple are appealing to the public for help finding their lost memories, stored on a JVC video camera they lost in Mission Creek Park on Tuesday. The Nix family just moved to Kelowna from Fort...

Homeless man takes flight

Oct 18, 2014 / 9:51 am

He’s about to depart on his first flight ever, but an airplane ride isn’t James Tarrant’s only journey. A couple of years ago Tarrant had nowhere to call home, struggling with mental health issues he was forced to live on the streets. But all that changed after Tarrant...

Majestic birds released

Oct 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

A Coopers Hawk and a Great Horned Owl were released into the wild this week after recent rehabilitation at the South Okanagan Rehab Center for owls (SORCO). BCSPCA Kelowna and SORCO were the two groups involved in the rescuing and rehabilitation of the birds. Kelowna’s branch manager...

Deepak Binning fundraiser

Oct 17, 2014 / 7:43 pm

The 14th annual Deepak Binning dinner is being held this Saturday to raise money for the East Meets West Orphans Foundation. To date the dinner has raised and donated $ 420,462.25 for various projects in Kelowna. This year the money will be going to the East Meets west Orphans Foundation and...

Council gets a passing grade

Oct 17, 2014 / 4:42 pm

As Kelowna's current council gets ready to leave office, it will get a chance to see how much of a dent was made in its three year priority list. A report card outlining the progress of council's top nine priorities, struck after it was elected in 2012, shows all nine have either been...

Alcohol involved in cyclist crash

Oct 17, 2014 / 3:25 pm

A Kelowna woman has lost her driving privileges for three days after hitting a cyclist Thursday evening. The 23-year-old was travelling on Springfield Road when she struck a cyclist attempting to turn left in the 1700 block. The 43-year-old victim sustained minor injuries when she was hit by...

Boost for at risk youth

Oct 17, 2014 / 1:33 pm

A program organized through the Kelowna office of the Canadian Mental Health Association has just won a significant award. Photo: Contributed - Sasha Lakic The Connected by 25 Program received $25,000 as one of four recipients of the Eva’s Awards to End Youth Homelessness, and...

Officers cleared in crash

Oct 17, 2014 / 9:49 am

No charges will be laid against the three RCMP officers involved in a high-speed chase that ended with a civilian being struck and severely injured in Kelowna last December. The Crown decided that although the officers should have terminated, or not even begun the chase in the first place,...

Tourists flocking back to Kelowna

Oct 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Tourists are flocking back to Kelowna in numbers not seen since 2009. The economic downturn which affected tourist reliant cities such as Kelowna seems to be just a distant memory according to numbers obtained from Tourism Kelowna. "Our occupancy is up four per cent over 2013 and July...

Dragonboaters head south

Oct 16, 2014 / 9:26 pm

Members of the local dragon boat team, Bust 'N Loose, are travelling to Florida to take part in an international paddlers' commission. The International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) is a Dragon Boat Festival at Nathan Benderson Park. More than 3,000 Breast...

Massive drug bust

Oct 16, 2014 / 1:46 pm

Update -- Oct. 16 Police began their investigation into the two men after what they’re calling a routine traffic stop was conducted on Aug. 22 in Kelowna. At that time, a vehicle was pulled over in the area of Commerce Avenue, and police found one kilogram of cocaine and one kilogram of...

Renovations brighten club

Oct 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Around 30 young people pass through the doors of the Jaycees Downtown Youth Centre, which is home of several Okanagan Boys and...

Remembering 'Old Kelowna'

Oct 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Captured a life time ago, a photograph of two siblings Dorothy and Charley Bubb sitting outside the Kelowna Train Station became the spark for a conversation about preserving this city’s history. The photo taken back in the 1920’s was of Kelowna resident Shona Harrison’s...

Carma strikes twice

Oct 15, 2014 / 8:48 pm

Two deserving Kelowna moms drove away in their new set of wheels today after being selected as this year’s recipients of The Carma Project. This is the fourth year of the initiative which, for the first time, saw two worthy individuals getting new rides. The non-profit organization was...

Uniting to pull a bus

Oct 15, 2014 / 7:38 pm

They huffed, and they puffed, and they pulled a bus as hard and fast as they could across the Queen’s Way Bus Loop. Seventeen teams ranging from the lawyers at Pushor Mitchell to the strong men working for the City of Kelowna, signed up for the first annual United Way Bus Pull...

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