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Pursuing his dreams

Jul 28, 2015 / 9:30 pm

Robert Nepinak was not going to let anything stand in the way of becoming a heavy equipment operator – especially not his hearing challenges. Nepinak is a deaf heavy equipment operator from St. Albert, Alta., training to become certified at Interior Heavy Equipment Operator...

Feds help fund 3 projects

Jul 28, 2015 / 7:33 pm

The federal government opened its wallet to help assist three Kelowna projects. The feds are contributing $323,586 for the projects. Conservative MP Ron Cannan made the announcement Tuesday morning at Centennial Hall in Rutland. The bulk of the funding ($273,586) will go to the Rutland...

Fighting tiny mussels

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Dead or alive, zebra mussels aren’t welcome in B.C. The illegal zebra and/or quagga mussels also carry a fine of $100,000 if they are found aboard a vessel in this province, and there is a crack down to ensure these mussels stay out of B.C. The mussels put our drinking water at risk...

Going topless not a crime

Jul 28, 2015 / 4:30 pm

A Kelowna woman has some questions for the RCMP after being told to cover up at the beach or face a fine, despite there being no law on the books to back this threat up. Susan Rowbottom was tanning topless at a Kelowna beach, south of the William R. Bennett Bridge, last week with a friend. An...

Rental boat sinks

Jul 28, 2015 / 2:00 pm

A boat had to be towed to shore Sunday evening after it began sinking on Okanagan Lake across from the Sails. Emergency crews responded however, when they arrived on scene another boat was already towing the sinking vessel. According to fire officials the boat was a rental from Downtown...

Car smashes into DQ

Jul 28, 2015 / 11:57 am

Serious injuries were narrowly avoided today after a car crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic and smashed into a building on Gordon Drive. The accident occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. A woman in a black Hyundai was driving northbound along Gordon Drive approaching Harvey...

Sand buildup closes launch

Jul 28, 2015 / 10:48 am

The City of Kelowna has received the go ahead to dredge part of Okanagan Lake in front of the Cook Road Boat Launch. The city applied to the provincial government for the proper permits to dredge the area in front of the boat launch in order to remove large volumes of sand. Work will begin at...

Shania sells out Prospera

Jul 28, 2015 / 9:27 am

They were gone in a matter of minutes - literally. Tickets for what is being billed as Shania Twain's final concert Oct. 27 at Prospera Place sold out in less than five minutes. But, if you missed out, you may not be out of luck yet. According to Prospera Place events and marketing...

Celebrating the Screen

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

July 27 will now be recognized as Screen in BC Day, as the provincial government celebrates the wide range of screen-based entertainment that is created in B.C. As part of Screen in BC Day,MLA Steve Thomson and MLA Norm Letnick were taken on a regional tour by the Okanagan Film Commission. The...

Car share grows again

Jul 27, 2015 / 6:57 pm

The OGO Car Share Co-op has expanded its fleet, adding a seventh vehicle. The ride-sharing co-op has more than tripled in size in two years since opening its doors in August 2013 with two cars and 35 members. The latest vehicle has been added to the Landmark Centre neighbourhood in...

Happy in Lake Country

Jul 27, 2015 / 3:36 pm

A survey of Lake Country residents finds they are a happy bunch. The municipality sent a community survey to 1,500 randomly selected homes in May. Of those, 593 surveys were completed and mailed back, giving a response rate of 40 per cent and ensuring a statistically valid sample. Consultant...

New festival focuses on art

Jul 27, 2015 / 2:58 pm

Arts on the Avenue takes over the 300 block of Bernard Avenue Thursday evening. “When we announced this new artisan event model back in April, we were blown away by the high level of enthusiasm and support that was being shown for the idea,” says Renata Mills, executive director of...

Quiet COG weekend

Jul 27, 2015 / 2:22 pm

It was a much quieter weekend for RCMP patrolling Center of Gravity than the past festival years. Cpl. Joe Duncan says there were several drug charges, liquor charges and drug seizures, but overall, there were fewer calls for service during the three-day event. “The crowds were...

Search for cube van driver

Jul 27, 2015 / 1:47 pm

Police continue to search for a driver who allegedly hit a 43-year-old Lake Country man with a vehicle following an incident on North Glenmore Road, Friday evening. The victim remains in hospital with serious injuries. RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan says the victim was driving a Toyota Highlander...

New contract at RDCO

Jul 27, 2015 / 1:35 pm

Unionized employees and the Regional District of Central Okanagan have reached agreement on a new five-year contract. Both the regional board and Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 338 have ratified the agreement, which was reached after two days of bargaining last month. The new...

Boil-water notice

Jul 27, 2015 / 10:53 am

A boil-water notice has been issued in Lake Country for customers on the Beaver Lake water system. The District of Lake Country and Interior Health issued the notice due to a malfunction on the automatic chlorination system. This has resulted in a loss of disinfection. It is recommended that...

Piano bench trashed

Jul 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

After weeks without issue, the downtown Kelowna pianos have suffered their first case of vandalism. Despite weeks of respectful behaviour and phenomenal music, local duets and even Steven Tyler tickling the keys, someone decided to trash a piano bench. Vandals destroyed a stool in front of...

Accidents slow traffic

Jul 26, 2015 / 6:57 pm

Southbound traffic on Highway 97 near Lake Country was down to one lane following two accidents Sunday evening. According to witnesses, two cars in two separate places went into the ditch near Lake Country. Kayla Robson said a cab was on its side in the ditch at Country RV, and in the second...

Police converge on home

Jul 26, 2015 / 5:12 pm

Police converged on a house in the 1300 block of Bernard Avenue Sunday morning. Police could be seen going through the home with gloves on. Officers on the scene would not say why they were in the home, but said a comment from the detachment would come on Monday. There was no police tape...

250 cyclists ride in tribute

Jul 26, 2015 / 12:06 pm

Over 250 cyclists attended the Critical Mass Ride Friday evening in honour of cyclist Patricia Keenan who died July 14 while riding in Kelowna. Keenan was cycling behind a friend as they headed westbound on Bernard past Gordon Drive when the driver of a car, that was parked on Bernard Ave,...

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