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Fingers crossed for farmers

Mar 25, 2016 / 7:23 pm
While cooler temperatures this Easter weekend may not be preferred by most people, Okanagan farmers are pleased. “We're a little closer to normal (temperatures) this year,” said Fred Steele, president of the BC Fruit Growers Association. Warm weather early in the year confuses...

Cards for humanity

Mar 25, 2016 / 5:30 pm
How do you ask for help when you don’t speak the language? A new Kelowna company is looking to solve a problem faced by many recent Syrian refugees in Canada. Karen Rauser and Heidi Smith began developing a communication card set over the past several months, which would give...

Egg hunting season

Mar 25, 2016 / 3:45 pm
Thousands of people packed the grounds around the Parkinson Recreation Centre Friday to hunt for Easter eggs, eat pancakes and play some games. Victory Life Fellowship held its 13th annual event completely free. “For us, the whole deal is to build community,” Pastor Diana Tripke...

Girls see kindness better

Mar 25, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Girls between the ages of nine and 13 perceive kindness in school more than boys, research from UBC's Okanagan campus shows. In a study of more than 1,700 students between Grades 4 and 8, girls were shown to notice acts of kindness in schools significantly more than...

System fails victims

Mar 25, 2016 / 9:07 am
Legal experts and women's groups across Canada say the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sex assault trial shines a spotlight on everything that's wrong with the system designed to find justice in such cases. Michelle Nowakowski, executive director of the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry...

Hospital loses man's teeth

Mar 25, 2016 / 8:50 am
This story begins with open-heart surgery and lost dentures — but thanks in part to Castanet, it has a happy ending. Tammie Hansler and her husband Dean travelled to Kelowna General Hospital from Golden at the end of January. “My husband went for open-heart surgery and upon him...

Influx of millennials

Mar 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
It's not quite an exodus of biblical proportions. However, millennials are definitely deserting more expensive Canadian cities like Vancouver for places like Kelowna where they can afford to make a life for themselves. Natalie Howe, 28, and her husband Nathan, 28, are one such...

Wading into water debate

Mar 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna MP Stephen Fuhr is weighing in on a wet squabble that could cost local water districts crucial federal investment money. His stern warning is aimed at the five Kelowna water districts that are currently in the middle of the 'Great Kelowna Water Debate.' The debate revolves around...

Owl on the loose

Mar 24, 2016 / 8:00 pm
An owl fledgling on the loose downtown was rescued and brought back to its family by the Kelowna SPCA on Thursday. The baby Great Horned Owl, thought to have only left the nest a few days ago, was found Thursday morning by construction workers. “He had obviously tried to get airborne...

Slow year for new projects

Mar 24, 2016 / 5:04 pm
There aren't many large capital projects on the books in Kelowna this year. The city plans to spend $45 million on new infrastructure projects in 2016, half of the $90 million in 2015. Some of the larger projects include: Soccer field expansion at Rutland Centennial...

Serwa's stuff swiped

Mar 24, 2016 / 4:46 pm
Big city crime knows no bounds, just ask Kelsey Serwa. The two-time X-Games gold medalist and Olympic silver medalist recently had her gear stolen from her car. She has taken to social media in hopes someone will spot her stuff. This message was posted to her Facebook page late Wednesday...

600 friends for dinner

Mar 24, 2016 / 3:58 pm
Kelowna Gospel Mission will open its doors Saturday for its annual family Easter banquet. Preparations are underway to feed up to 600 people from noon to 6 p.m. The banquet is billed as an opportunity for Kelowna to come together as a family to celebrate the resurrection, to enjoy each other...

Public sendoff for Ben

Mar 24, 2016 / 3:56 pm
The community he loved so much will get one last chance to say goodbye, as Ben Lee is laid to rest Saturday. Following a private funeral for family and friends, a public celebration of life has been scheduled. The celebration of life will take place Saturday, March 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at...

Kelowna cop in court

Mar 24, 2016 / 2:31 pm
A local RCMP officer charged with assault had his first day in court this week. Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Chris Williams is on administrative leave after he was charged with assault following an investigation into his conduct on the job. “A police officer with the Kelowna RCMP has been charged...

Crash on Springfield

Mar 24, 2016 / 2:23 pm
Emergency crews responded to a crash at Cooper Road and Springfield Road about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The crash tied up traffic along Springfield.

Knox open to the top

Mar 24, 2016 / 12:43 pm
The gates are coming down on Knox Mountain Drive. Effective Friday morning, the roadway will be completely accessible. Earlier this month, the gate to the first lookout opened. Knox Mountain Drive will be open to vehicles 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays....

A waterfront welcome

Mar 24, 2016 / 12:21 pm
At some point during the 2017 tourist season, Tourism Kelowna hopes to open its brand new, $3.5-million tourist information centre. The centre, proposed for the foot of Queensway, would replace the outdated tourism centre on Harvey Avenue. Tourism Kelowna CEO Nancy Cameron says visitor...

United Way hits $1.2M

Mar 24, 2016 / 9:37 am
The United Way has closed out its 2015 fundraising campaign in the South and Central Okanagan. The fundraising drive netted a little more than $1.25 million, which represents 84 per cent of the 2015 goal of $1.5 million. “Despite the state of the economy, our community continues to...

Sajjan to tell war stories

Mar 24, 2016 / 9:37 am
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will address the chamber of commerce during his visit to Kelowna next month. Sajjan's speech is open to the public on April 8. The luncheon begins at noon, with check-in at 11:30 a.m., at Manteo Resort on Lakeshore Road. Sajjan will speak to current...

Ghostly cedars to fall

Mar 23, 2016 / 8:00 pm
If ghosts really do haunt the Avenue of Cedars, they will be inconvenienced over the next year. The Kelowna historical site near Gordon Drive and Guisachan Road has been rumoured to be home to a ghostly horse and carriage that travels along the short, treed lane at night. While the...

Speed racing to gold

Mar 23, 2016 / 7:45 pm
Kelowna's Tess Critchlow, who skis out of Big White, had all the speed she needed. Critchlow, 22, found herself at the top of the podium Wednesday in snowboardcross at the 2016 Speed Nationals in Ski Chantecler, QC. Critchlow is the defending national champion. Vernon's Kevin Hill,...

Natural gas bills to drop

Mar 23, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Okanagan residents will be paying less for natural gas. FortisBC said natural gas bills will be dropping by about $52 a year for the average customer. “North American natural gas prices over the winter have been lower than expected due to a continued strong production and reduced demand...

Traffic stop nets stolen ATV

Mar 23, 2016 / 4:26 pm
A traffic stop by a Lake Country Mountie netted a lot more than a driving infraction. On March 20 at 1:20 a.m., an officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Highway 97 near Lodge Road. “The officer had observed an all-terrain vehicle...

Tourism to unveil new home

Mar 23, 2016 / 4:04 pm
Tourism Kelowna is about to take the wraps off plans for a new tourist information centre. A new tourism centre, to replace the current building on Harvey Avenue, would be built on the site of a parking lot at the foot of Queensway Avenue. That site was proposed after an attempt to relocate...

Your say on deficit

Mar 23, 2016 / 3:55 pm
Tuesday's federal budget was written with Liberal amounts of red ink. The government delivered a "sunny ways" budget brimming with optimism and billion-dollar spending increases. But the bold effort to spur economic growth after almost a decade of fiscal restraint will add more...

Car crashes into yard

Mar 23, 2016 / 2:44 pm
UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say the driver of the red Honda has been issued a $167 violation ticket for failing to stop at a red light. “Police have determined that a red Honda CRV was northbound on Pandosy Street when it did not stop for the red light at the Cadder Avenue...

Food Truck Rally is back

Mar 23, 2016 / 1:01 pm
Last October's popular Food Truck Rally is back – and taking over Leon Avenue again Thursday night. “You wanted it; you’ve got it!” reads the Facebook event page. The Leon Night Market and Awesome Okanagan are working together to put on Kelowna’s first Food...

Clinic renos a 'boondoggle'

Mar 23, 2016 / 10:53 am
Comfort is hard to come by when undergoing chemotherapy, but for those in Kelowna, it’s been extra uncomfortable the past 13 months. Terry Mills has been receiving chemotherapy treatment at the BC Cancer Agency near Kelowna General Hospital for the past year and a half. For the first...

Hikers and dog rescued

Mar 23, 2016 / 10:48 am
After spending a night in the cold, two hikers and their dog are safe and sound. According to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a RCMP helicopter spotted two people and a dog walking away from a truck stuck in the snow near Goudie Road and James Lake Forest Service Road. The chopper was...

Easter fun set for Saturday

Mar 23, 2016 / 10:07 am
Okanagan Mission Hall is the place for Easter fun on Saturday. The hall is hosting its second annual pancake breakfast, with grub prepared by the Mission Lions Club. There will also be a visit from the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, bouncy castles, egg decorating for the kids – and, of...

Early morning hedge fire

Mar 23, 2016 / 6:17 am
Kelowna firefighters doused an early morning hedge fire on Christleton Avenue overnight. The fire happened on the 600 block of Christleton, near Kelowna General Hospital. About 3 a.m., Kelowna fire dispatch received a number of 911 calls about the fire, which involved several shrubs close to...

Local students avoid chaos

Mar 23, 2016 / 5:55 am
A group of Kelowna Secondary School students are safe in a hotel in Germany after passing through Belgium only hours before terrorist attacks rocked Brussels. The group of Grade 12 history students was on a war battlefields tour throughout Europe when Tuesday's bomb blasts...

Kelowna leads refugee team

Mar 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Kelowna Community Resources Society has been chosen to lead a refugee response team in the Southern Interior. The team will help the few refugees who've decided to settle and integrate into communities, including Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Penticton and Vernon. Secondary teams may be...

Water concerns in the valley

Mar 22, 2016 / 8:45 pm
What does the future of water look like in the Okanagan? A hundred people packed into the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna Tuesday night to find an answer. Coinciding with UN World Water Day, the discussions on the past, present and future of water in the Okanagan were presented by several...

Danger time for deer

Mar 22, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Motorists are being warned to keep their eyes open as conservation officers are seeing a spike in deer collisions on local roads. “Every spring this is an issue,” says B.C. Conservation Sgt. Jim Beck. “The deer condense down into the lower snow-load areas, the valley...

Beaches going to the dogs

Mar 22, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Kelowna could have as many as four new dog beaches by the summer of 2017. Or, it could have none. Currently, only the beach at Cedar Creek Park, deep in the south of the city, is available for dogs to take a dip. Following a statistically valid phone survey and online feedback, several...

Bank robber sought

Mar 22, 2016 / 3:05 pm
Police are asking for help finding a prolific offender they believe robbed a Kelowna bank Monday afternoon. Kelowna RCMP responded just before 3 p.m. to a report of robbery at Scotiabank on Lakeshore Road in the Mission area. “Police have determined that a lone male suspect entered the...

Budget cash for vets office

Mar 22, 2016 / 2:15 pm
The federal Liberals have earmarked money in the federal budget to reopen Kelowna's Veterans Affairs office. The office was closed by the previous Conservative government and became a hot-button issue during last year's federal election. "Canada’s veterans have earned...

Flyer's baggage mangled

Mar 22, 2016 / 1:26 pm
UPDATED: 1:26 P.M. Cory Davidson has been paid by Air Canada a portion of what he claims he was owed for damage to his luggage. "Not sure why $1,000 versus my claim (of $1,376), but fortunately my time is more valuable than $300 so I will let it go," Davidson wrote in an email....

UV got clean water

Mar 22, 2016 / 12:59 pm
Kelowna's water utility is now compliant with Interior Health regulations. The city officially opened its Adams Reservoir UV disinfection facility in the Upper Mission to mark World Water Day, Tuesday. "What makes this accomplishment and investment even more significant is that...
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