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Mom petitions govt, teachers

Sep 2, 2014 / 2:56 pm

A Kelowna woman is calling for the BC Teachers' Union and the BC Government to televise the next round of negotiations. Tera Pemberton feels that with an issue that affects the lives of so many children and families, more clarity and transparency is required. If this petition is...

Fire causes evacuations

Sep 2, 2014 / 2:11 pm

A small fire at the Mission Medows complex at Gordon Drive and Casorso Road caused residents to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported around the noon hour. When crews arrived they could see smoke coming from one of the units, the fire was quickly contained and residents were...

Chute Lake Rd. fire

Sep 1, 2014 / 8:46 pm

Fire crews were called to a small brush fire above the Mission, off of Chute Lake Rd., Monday night. The fire is now under control. People reported seeing flames at around 8 p.m., the Kelowna fire department says the fire was located in an area around Frazer Lake. It grew to about 10 feet...

Quad crash hospitalizes one

Sep 1, 2014 / 1:04 pm

A quadding accident near Beaver Lake has hospitalized one man with serious injuries. The incident occurred Sunday evening around 6 p.m. Initially Central Okanagan Search and Rescue had been called to aid in the rescue, but the BC Ambulance service saved the man themselves and airlifted him to...

Old Vernon Road crash

Sep 1, 2014 / 10:46 am

A crash around 11 p.m. Saturday night closed Old Vernon Road and was caused by an impaired driver. Cpl Steve Woodcox with Kelowna RCMP said the 27-year-old Kelowna woman showed signs of impairment at the scene and was brought back to the police station to provide a breath sample. Her sample...

Family looks for answers

Aug 31, 2014 / 11:40 am

The family of an Alberta man who went missing on Okanagan Lake last week is still looking for answers in the puzzling case. Photo: Contributed Brian Lakevold went missing Tuesday, August 26. The search effort has now been called off. Brian Daryl Lakevold of St. Albert, Alberta...

Castanet's week in review

Aug 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review, with Jen Zielinski.

Bus crash victims

Aug 31, 2014 / 12:52 am

Almost half of the passengers taken to hospitals after a tour bus flipped over on a British Columbia highway have been released, health officials said Saturday. The news provides some relief after all 56 people on board the bus were injured while it was returning from a tour of the Rocky...

Deadly Hwy. 97 crash

Aug 30, 2014 / 8:00 pm

UPDATE: A tragic head on collision, at the south end of Duck Lake on Hwy 97, took the life of a Manitoba woman this morning. At just before 8:30 a.m. emergency crews were called to the scene and found a pickup truck engulfed in flames and on its side, and a white sedan with severe front end...

Bus crash: 'Blood everywhere'

Aug 30, 2014 / 7:23 am

When the tour bus carrying Janice Wong's family and dozens of other tourists stopped rolling along a mountain highway in British Columbia, the 19-year-old found herself in a writhing heap of people catapulted from the vehicle. The scene was so bloody and dusty she couldn't tell who was...

SUV splashes into creek

Aug 29, 2014 / 3:55 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt - Castanet The driver of a Kia SUV has been taken to hospital after driving his vehicle into Mill Creek on Enterprise Way Friday afternoon. According to RCMP at the scene the man, the lone occupant of the vehicle was heading east on Enterprise Way when the incident...

Jail time for high speed crash

Aug 29, 2014 / 10:30 am

A Kelowna, B.C., man has been sentenced to 15 months in jail, one year probation and banned from driving for two years for causing a fatal crash in West Kelowna. Jordan Garvin was travelling almost 160 kilometres an hour when he tried to run a yellow light in March 2012, and T-boned a...

Downtown hotel, what's in a name

Aug 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

Ten years after it was vacated and eight years after its demolition, a hotel will once again rise up on the site of the old Willow Inn. Westcorp Inc. jumped its final hurdle Tuesday when City Council unanimously voted to issue a development permit for construction of a 24-storey hotel on the...

102nd birthday boat cruise

Aug 28, 2014 / 5:00 pm

When asked what she wanted to do for her 102nd birthday, Pearl Lynn didn’t have to think twice. The Hawthorn Park resident couldn’t wait to get out onto the waters of Okanagan Lake with her friends and family. “I thought it would be a very good idea, it would be...

Fundraising effort with a twist

Aug 28, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Contributed - Photo: Contributed - Photo: Contributed - Photo: Contributed - A group of guys who love Kelowna, love beer, love moustaches and love tackling...

Royalty coming to the Okanagan

Aug 28, 2014 / 11:32 am

Royalty is set to arrive in British Columbia in September before visits to Saskatchewan and Ontario. The Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife, the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, are scheduled to tour B.C. between Sept. 12 and 16. They will...

Ministry takes children

Aug 28, 2014 / 10:46 am

They had held out hope for so long, but now all hope is gone. For two long years the Koesters have dreaded this day, the day when the Ministry of Children and Family Development came knocking at their door to take away the two foster children Klemens and Eva had raised as their...

Canada Post evacuated

Aug 28, 2014 / 9:51 am

UPDATE 9:50 A.M. - Employees with Canada Post have been allowed to return to work. As it turns out the suspicious substance was Bio Kleen chlorine free oxy bleach, according to Kelowna Fire Platoon Cpt. Tim Light. "Which is a company that deals in health food, natural products, and stuff...

Parents running out of options

Aug 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

Facilities around Kelowna are scrambling to accommodate the expected influx of children needing daycare, as the ongoing teacher strike is not expected to be resolved by the time school starts on Sept 2. The Kelowna Child Care Society says changes are being made within the existing childcare...

Fall in creek leads to DUI

Aug 27, 2014 / 4:30 pm

RCMP ended up finding more and less than they were looking for when responding to a call of a car in Mission Creek. The call came in around 3:00 p.m. of a car and driver stranded in Mission Creek on East Kelowna Road just past Hollywood Road South. When police arrived there was no car in the...

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