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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...

Police look for bank robber

Aug 27, 2014 / 3:10 pm

UPDATE 3 P.M. AUG 27: Kelowna RCMP continue to search for a man responsible for robbing the ScotiaBank branch on Dilworth Drive Tuesday afternoon. Photo: RCMP Surveillance photo The man is described as: Tanned complexion Approximately 6 ft (183 cm) 200 lbs Medium...

No opposition to downtown hotel

Aug 27, 2014 / 11:23 am

A proposed 24-storey downtown hotel has passed yet another hurdle with nary a word of opposition. Westcorp Inc. was issued a Development Permit and Development Variance Permit by unanimous vote of council Tuesday night. Not only is council fully behind the project, so is the community in...

Drunk crash on Westside Rd.

Aug 27, 2014 / 11:15 am

A drunk driver on Westside Road may have gotten the scare of his life when his truck went off the road Monday night. Kelowna police say the 30-year-old man was driving a grey Dodge pickup and hauling an RV when it left the road, jack-knifing the trailer around 10:40 p.m. Investigators at the...

Oxygen masks for pets

Aug 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Pets often become the victims of residential fires, as they sometimes hide in fear as their owners get out safely. Fire crews always make their best attempt to save our furry loved ones, but once outside, the lifesaving gear is not always available, until now. The Okanagan chapter of the...

Construction hampers business

Aug 26, 2014 / 7:30 pm

It’s loud, dirty and somewhat inconvenient; construction on Lakeshore Road has now been underway since May. For many business owners summertime is their busiest season. But with a torn up road and detour signs, those like Cathy Biagi, owner of Ritchcraft Gallery, business over the past...

Bike lanes not parking lanes

Aug 26, 2014 / 2:23 pm

It seems some motorists don't get the concept. Bike lanes are for bikes and not an extra parking lane. Kelowna Councillor Robert Hobson, an avid cyclist himself, drove home the point during Monday's City Council meeting. "I have been cycling everywhere this summer and I am...

Break and enters numbers up

Aug 26, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Residential break and enters are up in the Rutland area and RCMP are prompting residents to ensure homes are locked and secure. The Kelowna RCMP says they have noticed that this increase in residential break and enters, specifically in the Rutland area, are directly related to home owners not...

Learning centres offer options

Aug 26, 2014 / 6:00 am

With only one week to go before the start of scheduled classes in the 2014-15 school year, there has been little progress made between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government. This has led to some decreased optimism along the picket lines and additional support being...

OK Sun take ALS challenge

Aug 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

It was all for fun and charity. The BC Junior Football League's Okanagan Sun accepted a challenge put forth by residents of Westwood Retirement Resort in West Kelowna. The team, in the middle of a week off, took up the challenge Monday amidst a party type atmosphere. A portion of...

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