Castanet building revealed

May 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
City council has had a chance to review the plan for Castanet's new home in downtown Kelowna. And the reaction Monday was all positive. Council approved a development permit for the company's new building at 451-455 Lawrence Ave., next to the Blue Gator. Two buildings on the site,...

Recycling our history

May 30, 2016 / 5:07 pm
Brick by brick, heritage lover Shona Harrison will see her character home completed – but now it will another piece of Kelowna history. The Central Okanagan Heritage Society board member was excavating a walkway at her home when she discovered bricks originally sourced from Knox Mountain...

Bear spotted near kids

May 30, 2016 / 3:24 pm
A bear was spotted in Glenmore today along a path used by school children. The black bear was wandering along the walking path on Glenmeadows Road at about 2:30 p.m., just as children were headed home from school. "My husband had just picked up our son from school when he saw the...

Drug-fuelled pileup

May 30, 2016 / 2:48 pm
UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. A victim of Sunday night's drug-fuelled crash wants people to know the driver sent his children to hospital. According to the dad, he, his wife, his two-year-old son and one-year-old daughter were sitting in their SUV at the red light when, out-of-nowhere, they were...

Bike to Work rolls out

May 30, 2016 / 2:11 pm
More than 375 people pedaled to work this morning in Kelowna. The cyclists stopped in at the city’s Celebration Station, Physio Active, for a coffee and bike tune-up from The Hub, for the first day of Bike to Work Week. The Loose Moose cycling team from Big White got in on the action and...

Wanted: alpenhornist

May 30, 2016 / 1:08 pm
UPDATED: 1:10 p.m. The folks up at Big White have a strange search on their hands. They are “desperately seeking” one or more people who play the alpenhorn for the ski resort float in the Fat Cat Children’s Festival on June 11. Perhaps best known for its role in the...

Speed demon hits 210 km/h

May 30, 2016 / 12:46 pm
An Alberta man is facing new charges and is now without a car after taking a joyride through Lake Country. On Saturday May 28 at 6:20 p.m., a member of the RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit was conducting a speed enforcement operation along Highway 97 in Lake Country when the officer stopped a...

Arrest in gender clinic arson

May 30, 2016 / 12:21 pm
RCMP are confirming the arrest of Jayne Heideck who was wanted in connection with an arson in Quebec. Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says Heideck remains in custody at the Kelowna detachment following her arrest at about 10 a.m. Monday. The arrest took place in the 3100 block of Lakeshore...

Wild to warm weather

May 30, 2016 / 11:42 am
Cold and unsettled weather that blew in with the long weekend finally seems to have passed. But not without one last punch Sunday evening that brought strong winds and even hail to parts of the Okanagan. Travellers on Highway 97C were met with thunder, lightning and heavy rain between Merritt...

Puncher faced deportation

May 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
A man who was recently sentenced to five years behind bars for a “savage” sucker punch in Kelowna in September 2014 had been issued a deportation order from Canada five years before the attack took place. Steven Edward Kollie was sentenced to a five-year prison sentence last week for...

Hosing cars for good cause

May 29, 2016 / 8:05 pm
The Lake Country Fire Department had some clean fun for a good cause Sunday. Firefighters washed vehicles on Main Street near the Kangaroo Farm by donation to support the Angel Award program in support of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Louise Boisvert, who co-ordinates the program, said she...

Wind roars through Valley

May 29, 2016 / 5:41 pm
A storm is working its way up the Valley. Reports of strong winds, rain and even some hail have come in from the Peachland area, power has been knocked out to some 3,000 homes in West Kelowna and trees are reported to have been blown down in Kelowna. Environment Canada is calling for winds...

Highway 97 duck rescue

May 29, 2016 / 3:38 pm
When Rodger Murray saw a family of ducks trying to cross Highway 97 Sunday morning, he knew he had to do something. So he slammed on the brakes, and pulled over at the side of the road as traffic roared past. His wife, Jamie Odland, said the first thing he did was call 911. He then...

Having a ball raising money

May 29, 2016 / 2:42 pm
Donors attending the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Ball helped to celebrate its 12th anniversary by donating $158,000 during the spirited evening. The gala raised funds for the research of Dr. Torsten Nielsen and shared the cancer story of Kieren O’Neil, a 14 year old from...

Pileup at McCurdy

May 29, 2016 / 1:55 pm
Emergency crews were called to a seven-car pileup in Kelowna, Sunday. What appears to be a chain-reaction crash happened at McCurdy and Highway 97 in Kelowna. The accident happened at around 12:30 p.m. with police, fire and ambulance crews responding. There is no word if anyone was injured.

Moose on the loose

May 29, 2016 / 12:36 pm
While it is quite common to see deer strolling through Okanagan orchards and even an occasional bear, Ellen Lawrie saw a beast of a different type over the weekend. Lawrie said she was driving home Saturday evening at around 6 p.m. when she spotted a moose in an orchard. The normally shy...

Tour city's best gardens

May 29, 2016 / 9:11 am
The Okanagan is home to some beautiful gardens, and you can see some of the best during the 19th annual Kelowna Garden Tour. The self-guided tour takes place June 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nine private gardens will be opened up to the public. The gardens range from large estates to smaller...

Sailing away with prizes

May 28, 2016 / 7:23 pm
Kelowna Yacht Club racer Scott Moore and his sailing team aboard Corona Bob took first overall at the regatta held on Okanagan Lake this past weekend The 2016 Blossom Time Regatta held annually on the May long weekend and sponsored by the Kelowna Yacht Club got off to a slow start on Saturday...

BC chamber forum in town

May 28, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Chamber and business leaders from across B.C. will converge on Kelowna from May 29 to 31 for B.C.’s largest business policy forum. The BC Chamber AGM & Conference, which is hosted in a different community every year, brings together approximately 200 Chamber delegates from across B.C....

A day to push it

May 28, 2016 / 2:12 pm
Dozens of people were running around downtown Kelowna this morning in silly outfits and decorated shopping carts, completing challenges to raise money to fight homelessness. Saturday’s Push to End Homelessness was the fifth annual event held by Inn From the Cold, a non-profit shelter and...

Giving back in City Park

May 28, 2016 / 12:49 pm
Dozens of Telus employees, and their family and friends, were hard at work in City Park Saturday morning, looking to make Kelowna a little more beautiful. The team was pouring gravel for a new trail near Mushroom Beach, or Lake Avenue beach access as it’s known to some, and painting a...

Expect Pandosy delays

May 28, 2016 / 10:11 am
Those taking Pandosy Street next week will run into more delays and backups than usual on the main arterial road. Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., crews will be repaving Pandosy from K.L.O. Road to Royal Avenue, causing significant delays. Additionally, beginning June 12, Pandosy’s northbound...

Big response from skeptics

May 28, 2016 / 8:32 am
While the many Castanet readers agree with the scientific consensus on climate change, the most vocal appear to be on the side of skepticism. A Castanet poll found 46.7 per cent of respondents agreed that “climate change is science,” while 32 per cent felt those skeptical of climate...

Many refuse census

May 28, 2016 / 5:29 am
Hundreds of people are refusing to complete their census, according to a Castanet poll. We asked readers this week in an informal poll if they have completed their census. The majority of the 4,642 respondents said they had filled out the mandatory census, with just over 82 per cent, or 3,815...

Bloody needle in park toilet

May 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
A local mother and nurse is sounding the alarm after she discovered several dirty, open needles in a Kelowna City Park bathroom. Jessica Emery was visiting City Park with her son Wednesday afternoon when she went to use the bathroom, and was disturbed with what she discovered in one the...

Riding for a cause

May 27, 2016 / 9:00 pm
The Okanagan Trail Riders Association will hold one of their most important, fun rides of the year this weekend. The annual Alf Klassen Memorial family fun ride is set for Sunday. Alf Klassen was one of the pioneer builders and supporters of the Central Okanagan trail riding community. He was...

Boil water downgraded

May 27, 2016 / 8:40 pm
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District has downgraded its boil water notice issued. The notice, issued May 25, has been downgraded to a water quality advisory, effective immediately. The boil water notice was removed after lab results for samples taken over the past 48 hours show no...

Lane may be 'people space'

May 27, 2016 / 7:36 pm
It appears the city will go ahead with its idea to turn a portion of the lane linking Bernard and Lawrence avenues into a people space. City council will be updated Monday on discussions to date, and plans to move forward this summer and in the coming years. Council was in favour of the...

Dragon's Den for youth

May 27, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Several young entrepreneurs took home awards earlier this week for their part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition. The 22nd annual Young Entrepreneur Competition tasks students in Grades 7-12 to develop a product or service, along with a marketing and financial...

Just a flashback

May 27, 2016 / 2:29 pm
Iconic downtown nightclub Flashbacks will become just that, a flashback. Memories will be all that is left of the Kelowna club that operated on Ellis Street for the last 27 years, as it closes its doors for the last time this weekend. Originally owned by Billie Shepherd until 2004, when...

Ready, set, bike to work

May 27, 2016 / 1:13 pm
Stretch your leg muscles and get ready to pedal like you've never pedaled before. It's Bike to Work and Bike and Walk to School Week May 30 to June 5. "Bike to Work Week is a celebration of active living through cycling, acknowledging those who already cycle regularly and...

Jailed for gruesome threat

May 27, 2016 / 12:05 pm
An Oliver man was released from jail Friday after spending 33 days behind bars for threatening to cut out a pregnant woman’s child. Martin Beaudry, 25, was hanging around outside the Tim Hortons on Harvey Avenue and Cooper Road on the morning of Oct. 15, 2015. The manager, who was...

Hot tub sex machine

May 27, 2016 / 11:59 am
UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say they have now identified an 18-year-old man as the suspect after two people trespassed and committed lewd acts in a stranger's hot tub. ORIGINAL A downtown Kelowna resident is feeling entirely violated after two trespassers took unwelcome advantage...

Brazen Lake Country B&E

May 27, 2016 / 11:46 am
RCMP are searching for a suspect after an eyewitness watched a brazen daytime residential break-in Tuesday morning. Lake Country RCMP responded to a 911 emergency call of a break and enter in progress at a residence in the 10000 block of Seaton Road on May 24 at 11:45 a.m. “Police have...

CBC tops radio dial

May 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
Radio listeners of Kelowna are continuing to tune in to the CBC. The top radio station in Kelowna, according to the latest radio ratings book released this week, is once again CBC Radio 1, taking a strong lead in the market in the spring ratings book. The ratings released by Numeris, formerly...

Gather round the garden

May 26, 2016 / 7:07 pm
Residents of Interior Health’s David Lloyd Jones home finally have a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. What is now the Bernard Garden used to be a large patch of green grass, inaccessible to those in the home. Residential care manager Jon Claire says the Bernard Garden project has...

Park society denies charge

May 26, 2016 / 5:45 pm
Rutland Park Society's president denies any wrongdoing surrounding a new community hall and other allegations levelled by the group's treasurer. Todd Sanderson, who was in hospital last week, went against doctors orders to refute allegations made by Wendi Swarbrick at a news conference...

3 more years for OC boss

May 26, 2016 / 3:23 pm
The president of Okanagan College will be sticking around for at least three more years. Jim Hamilton has agreed to an offer to extend his term through October 2019. He has been at the helm since 2004, the longest tenure of any post-secondary school in the province. “Over the course of...

Trial date set for murder

May 26, 2016 / 12:35 pm
A tentative trial date has been set for the man accused of second-degree murder in the death his ex-fiancee in 2014. Jury selection in Ryan Quigley's trial will tentatively begin Sept. 12. Quigley, 36, is accused of killing his ex-fiancee, Aimee Parkes, at the Hiawatha Mobile Home Park...

Pledge to fight distraction

May 26, 2016 / 11:07 am
Several Kelowna businesses have come together to try and make local roads safer for everyone. My driving pledge is a website where motorists can go and vow not to use their phones or other electronic devices while driving. According to ICBC figures, about 140 cyclists are injured in crashes...
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