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Crash closes Highway 33

Dec 20, 2014 / 7:14 pm

Update -- The road has been reopened. Highway 33 is closed in both directions due to a motor vehicle incident. The accident is seven kilometres south of McCulloch Road. According to DriveBC, there are no detours available. Those travelling between Kelowna and Big White should not be...

Emily Carr exhibition on display

Dec 20, 2014 / 7:00 pm

The Kelowna Art Gallery has just announced a new exhibition coming early next year that will feature the works of renowned artists Edward Burtynsky and Emily Carr. A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr runs from January 11 to March 9, 2015. Eighteen works by...

Highway 97 reopens

Dec 20, 2014 / 5:10 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Update -- 5 p.m. Kelowna RCMP Sgt. Brad Swecera says they have reopened Highway 97, after a serious accident led to a lengthy closure. Traffic is still congested in both northbound and southbound lanes, but...

Pros and joes raise $16k

Dec 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Contributed The second annual JDS Energy Pros vs Joes charity hockey game raised more than $16,000 for the Kelowna Food Bank Saturday. Last year the game, which brings former NHL players and Kelowna...

Diving santas go deep for SPCA

Dec 20, 2014 / 11:19 am

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A group of SCUBA divers dressed as santa hit the water Saturday to raise funds for the SPCA. Kelowna Divers and MAB Construction...

$33k for huge stamp collection

Dec 19, 2014 / 7:34 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A huge stamp collection from the estate of a respected Canadian doctor sold at auction Thursday night for a surprising...

900 to be served Xmas dinner

Dec 19, 2014 / 7:19 pm

Kelowna's Gospel Mission is preparing to serve nearly 900 meals at their annual Christmas dinner Saturday. The meal is open to anyone in the community and is available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. After weeks of preparation and with over 50 volunteers ready, the Mission will serve over double...

Castanet's Week in Review

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:23 pm

Castanet's week in review with Carmen Weld.

Papal coins recovered at mall

Dec 19, 2014 / 3:13 pm

Kelowna RCMP are looking for the rightful owner of a series of gold coins discovered earlier this week. The set of coins, commemorating the 1984 Papal visit of Pope John Paul II, were turned in to police Wednesday. Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., Kelowna RCMP received a report of found property...

Kelowna: We're number 17

Dec 19, 2014 / 11:45 am

A recent analysis has pegged Kelowna as the 17th best city to work in BC. BC Business magazine laid out seven pieces of criteria used to evaluate which communities are best to work in. Fort St John came in first, Kelowna landed in 17th and Prince Rupert came in last out of the top 36...

Cast-A-Light Christmas skate

Dec 19, 2014 / 11:30 am

Castanet will be hosting a community skate at Prospera Place on Sunday, and everyone is invited! It’s in support of the Kelowna Community Food Bank and admission is by donation. Santa will be on hand, and there will be a BBQ with coffee and hot chocolate, and free parking at the...

TD bank robbed

Dec 19, 2014 / 9:05 am

Update -- Dec 19 The 31-year-old suspect in Tuesday's bank robbery has turned himself in to police. Original story -- Dec 17 The TD Canada Trust on Ellis Street was robbed Tuesday evening. Kelowna police are looking for a 31-year-old man, who is also wanted on an unrelated...

Pedestrians struck

Dec 19, 2014 / 8:40 am

Photo: Rob Balsdon Photo: Rob Balsdon Photo: Rob Balsdon Update -- Dec. 19 Two young men were injured Thursday night after being struck by a truck in downtown Kelowna. RCMP Cst. Steve Holmes says the men ran in front of the truck, in the intersection of Bernard and Richter, just...

Rash of break-ins

Dec 19, 2014 / 5:01 am

There have been a rash of residential break-ins throughout the Kelowna area over the last week. Since Castanet brought you the story of Elizabeth Shayev whose home was broken into Sunday morning, we have heard from two other people who have been victims of similar crimes. The three break ins...

Candy Cane Lane tradition

Dec 18, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Candy Cane Lane in Springvalley has become an annual tradition for many Kelowna families. With 40 houses participating and thousands of lights adorning the street, it’s a popular spot and it is all for a good cause. "The main reason we do this, not only for people to come and enjoy...

Convict testifies in Ellis trial

Dec 18, 2014 / 3:29 pm

When the attempted murder trial for Michael Edward Ellis resumed Thursday in Kelowna, a familiar face took the witness stand. It was Ellis’ former co-accused, Shawn Wysynski, who is currently serving a nine-year sentence for his part in a police shootout and subsequent chase down Westside...

Flightcraft aids college expansion

Dec 18, 2014 / 12:00 pm

One of the Okanagan’s best-known businesses has thrown its support behind the campaign to expand and renovate the trades training complex at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Barry Lapointe, CEO and Chairman of Kelowna Flightcraft, has made a $500,000 donation to the Bright Horizons...

Polar bear promise for United Way

Dec 18, 2014 / 6:50 am

An executive at UBCO has vowed to jump into Okanagan Lake if the campus reaches its campaign goal with the United Way before the end of the year. The campus has raised $34,000 since Oct. 6 and hopes to hit its goal of $57,000 by the end of 2014. Michael Shakespeare, Associate...

Busy days ahead for YLW

Dec 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Airport is expected to be busier than ever this holiday season, with YLW expecting more than 100,000 guests to move through their doors over the next two weeks. Beginning this weekend, and during the busiest travel days of the year (Dec. 21, 22, 28, 29 and Jan. 4, 5) the airport...

Bottle drive helps food bank

Dec 17, 2014 / 7:07 pm

A group of 20 generous kids from the Claro Learning Centre are working hard this month collecting bottles for the Kelowna Food Bank. The kids were tasked with getting local businesses on board to donate their empties for the good cause. “Initially the kids had to learn a little about...

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