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Castanet's week in review

Aug 29, 2015 / 1:31 pm

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Crews brace for wind

Aug 29, 2015 / 9:30 am

The Little White Mountain fire, east of Kelowna, had no significant growth Friday night, but is currently at 194 hectares in size. Fire crews worked with heavy equipment overnight to establish a guard line, and the fire is now 100 per cent surrounded by machine guards. This does not mean the...

Caged like an animal

Aug 29, 2015 / 5:54 am

It was a successful day at the Kelowna SPCA shelter – both for the animals and the society. A dog forced to spend the day locked in a kennel with Castanet reporter and funny man Rob Balsdon was finally freed when he managed to raise a whopping $4,000 at the SPCA’s fifth annual Kennel...

Foes watch over rival signs

Aug 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

Campaign workers with both the Conservative and NDP parties in Kelowna Lake-Country are working in concert to protect each other's election signs. Both parties have seen some of their election signs vandalized since the campaign officially began earlier this month. However, Ken Lang who...

Blaze holds at 194 hectares

Aug 28, 2015 / 7:33 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed After showing rapid growth this afternoon, the Little White Mountain wildfire is holding...

Boaters in the way

Aug 28, 2015 / 3:36 pm

As water bombers scooped water from Okanagan Lake on Thursday to attack the rapidly burning Little White Mountain wildfire, some boaters didn’t get the memo to stay out of the way. Castanet received multiple reports Thursday afternoon of boaters in the area where air tankers were...

Valley stars in TV ad

Aug 28, 2015 / 12:54 pm

U.S. sports retail giant Under Armour is using the Okanagan as the backdrop for its latest ad campaign to promote its "charged cushioning footwear technology." The 60-second commercial, featuring reigning NHL MVP Cary Price of the Montreal Canadians and national soccer team member...


Cannan won't duck forums

Aug 28, 2015 / 12:49 pm

Incumbent Conservative candidate Ron Cannan doesn't plan to shy away from the media or all-candidates forums. The question was posed to the Cannan campaign after a published report by thestar.com suggested an informal edict from above suggesting candidates not take part in interviews with...

Pre-trial pushed in stabbing

Aug 28, 2015 / 12:48 pm

The man accused of a random, unprovoked murder on a Kelowna bus last year was set to have a pre-trial conference Friday, but it was postponed to a later date. Tyler Jack Newton is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing of 55-year-old Caesar Rosales on the No. 8 bus on Oct. 30,...

Hospital employee crushed

Aug 28, 2015 / 11:55 am

A Kelowna General Hospital employee was released from the hospital Thursday after a serious incident on the job left him hospitalized for six days. The man was working in the laundry section of the hospital on Aug. 21 about 7:30 p.m. when he was seriously injured. The man was crushed by a...

Time lapse of fire's fury

Aug 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

A time-lapse video shot by cameraman Dom Bordin shows the dramatic growth of a wildfire visible in the hills above East Kelowna. Shot from Knox Mountain on Thursday, it speeds up about an hour of regular footage that shows a dramatic plume of smoke growing and towering above the city. In a...

Pedalling for clean water

Aug 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

Three men rolled into Kelowna yesterday, 400 kilometres into a 1,000 kilometre bike trip to raise money for clean drinking water in Somalia. David Custer, Brandon Jones and Mike Palichuk left Vancouver Aug. 26 and headed east for the third annual Wheels for Wells Vancouver to Calgary charity...

Cruisin' to end MS

Aug 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

The A&W resturant on Gordon Drive turned back time Thursday, as a couple of classic cruisers rolled up to the drive thru for a good cause. It was the seventh annual Cruisin’ to end MS event held at 840 A&W restaurants across the country, where a dollar from every teen burger sold...

Supportive housing opens

Aug 27, 2015 / 7:30 pm

A new supportive housing unit for women with addictions is opening in Kelowna. The Karis Support Society is a 36-bed facility on Rowcliffe Avenue. It's the first of several housing complexes to open on the Central Green site, formerly Kelowna Secondary School. The privately funded...

Help stop animal cruelty

Aug 27, 2015 / 4:00 pm

Castanet's Rob Balsdon is stepping up to help the Kelowna BC SPCA on Friday August 28th by locking himself in a kennel with a dog until he raises $4000. Last year the BC SPCA conducted 8,849 new cruelty investigations. This is a staggering number, and one that continues to rise. The...

Little White quadruples

Aug 27, 2015 / 3:33 pm

UPDATE: 3:33 P.M. The Little White Mountain fire has more than quadrupled in size in just a couple of hours, and now sits at 130 hectares. “It is growing very aggressively right now, but it is still not threatening anything,” says fire information officer Melissa Klassen. She...

Fighting for his young life

Aug 27, 2015 / 12:02 pm

It's every parent's nightmare: your child is diagnosed with a serious medical condition. For Kelowna couple Daylene and Mack Murtland, that nightmare became reality when their infant son, Rory Milo, was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his first birthday, earlier this month. The...

Vehicle thefts on the rise

Aug 27, 2015 / 12:00 pm

UPDATE THURSDAY, AUG. 27 Kelowna RCMP have amended information released earlier this week concerning theft of vehicles. According to police, figures released this week were for the period from August 1 to the 25 and not for the entire year to date. Cpl. Joe Duncan said from August 1 to 25,...

App could be a life saver

Aug 27, 2015 / 11:38 am

After her life was impacted by two suicides, Liane Weber felt she had to do something. The CEO and founder of The LifeLine Canada Foundation created The LifeLine App, a free tool to help people in crisis. “The app was developed through grief and dedication to help others who have been...

Business smoked out

Aug 27, 2015 / 8:48 am

Heavy smoke from Washington state wildfires is causing some tourists to blow off their Okanagan vacations. "Business has slowed down quite a bit because of the air quality, and the smoke has cooled down the lake quite a bit," said Rylie Gallagher, owner of Kelowna Wibit Water...
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