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Fatal crash closes Hwy 97

Mar 1, 2016 / 7:15 am
UPDATE: 7:15 a.m. Kelowna RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating a fatal collision last night on Highway 97 at Edwards Road. Monday evening at 9:08 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a three-vehicle collision on Highway 97. “According to witnesses at the...

Seed planted on farm plan

Mar 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna's Agricultural Plan is about to get a major facelift. The plan, last updated nearly 20 years ago, will undergo a radical change during a three-phase, 16-month process. Sustainability co-ordinator Tracy Guidi, told council Monday the plan, developed in 1998, has provided the city...

Yard cleanup time is here

Mar 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Gardeners itching to get back out in the dirt can start gathering their yard waste for collection. Starting Tuesday, Central Okanagan residents on municipal curbside garbage collection can put yard waste out every two weeks until the end of November. Place your yard waste in the cart with the...

Learn the science of things

Feb 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Have you ever wondered about the secret lives of bacteria, how much DNA can fit into a cell, how gears work or what causes a tornado? You may find the answer to these and many other questions at the District Science Fair tomorrow and Wednesday at UBC Okanagan. The science fair gives...

Free parking not so free

Feb 29, 2016 / 4:26 pm
It will cost the City of Kelowna more than $9,000 to support a shop downtown promotion. City council approved a request by the Downtown Kelowna Association to provide free on-street parking for its Small Shop Saturday event. Small Shop Saturday will be held twice in 2016 – on April 16...

Final spin for laundry staff

Feb 29, 2016 / 3:22 pm
Hospital workers fought for their jobs throughout the Southern Interior today as they wait to hear whether Interior Health will privatize laundry services. Dozens of laundry workers, doctors, nurses, paramedics and union representatives rallied outside Kelowna General Hospital to let IH know...

Cat doused in gas

Feb 29, 2016 / 3:21 pm
Toni Koryakus and her family are on edge after their cat was doused with gasoline. Tubbs, a black, five-year-old feline, darted out the door Sunday afternoon. Koryakus says her family recently adopted Tubbs, and the cat was previously an outdoor pet. “I had to take my kids to a birthday...
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Car side-swipes bus

Feb 29, 2016 / 3:05 pm
Two transit riders were transported to hospital after a bus was sideswiped by a car, Sunday evening. RCMP Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says a 20-year-old Penticton woman was driving a white Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Ethel Street when she failed to stop for a red light at Bernard...

Van hits van hits van

Feb 29, 2016 / 12:53 pm
The Monday morning commute came to a halt this morning after a rear-ender at Spall Road and Harvey Avenue. About 8:45 a.m., Kelowna RCMP were called to a report of a three-vehicle crash in the HOV lane. “The driver of a green Dodge Caravan, a 30-year-old Kelowna woman, failed to stop in...

Police looking for more info

Feb 29, 2016 / 12:38 pm
A bizarre attack in Rutland has left neighbours concerned and police searching for more information. On Friday, Castanet heard from a woman who described an upsetting scene of a father hitting and pushing a young child late on Houghton Road, near Ben Lee Park. RCMP attended the scene, the...

Paper carrier case in court

Feb 29, 2016 / 12:07 pm
Crown counsel will attempt to prove there is enough evidence to send a man to trial for allegedly running down a paper carrier. A preliminary inquiry began today for Donald Brodie – who is alleged to have been behind the wheel of a vehicle that severely injured paper carrier Steve Kania on...

Murder prelim begins

Feb 29, 2016 / 10:22 am
The man accused of killing his roommate in downtown Kelowna last June is now the focus of a two-week preliminary inquiry starting today at the Kelowna courthouse. Daniel Ruff, 63, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his roommate, Warren Welters, 51. Ruff has remained in...

Drunk driver triggers crash

Feb 29, 2016 / 8:44 am
A Kelowna man is facing criminal charges after police allege he drove drunk, crossed the centre line and collided with a van full of people. RCMP responded to a collision on Clement Avenue near St. Paul Street at 8:57 p.m., Saturday. Once on the scene, investigators determined that a grey...

Work starts on new fields

Feb 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna’s young soccer players will soon have a new place to play once improvements to the Rutland Centennial Park’s field are completed. Work began this week on the new field, valued at $450,000, and will be able to accommodate one major or three minor soccer fields. Improvements...

Rollover on Glenmore Road

Feb 28, 2016 / 4:52 pm
Motorists are being advised of a rollover on Glenmore Road near Winfield. Angel Mennear told Castanet she passed the scene at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. “Drove by and many people were pulled over trying to get people out (of the rolled vehicle), as well as flagging traffic,” said...

Kelowna cop charged

Feb 28, 2016 / 9:58 am
A local RCMP officer is on administrative leave after he was charged with assault. Kelowna Superintendent Nick Romanchuk said in a press release that Cpl. Chris Williams will appear in court March 22. “A police officer with the Kelowna RCMP has been charged with common assault following...

Kelowna Cup returns

Feb 28, 2016 / 9:42 am
The Kelowna Cup returns to Big White for a second year. The event, a fundraiser in support of the KGH Perinatal Unit’s 'Giving Giggles' campaign, takes place Saturday, March 5, and is sponsored by Telus. A year ago, the Kelowna Cup raised more than $26,000 for the KGH...

Protecting pets naturally

Feb 27, 2016 / 7:54 pm
Protecting pets against ticks and mosquitos is a priority for a local veterinary hospital. Dr. Jason Rowan, of Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital, says there are a growing number of Lyme disease cases reported in the province each year, and pet owners are increasingly concerned about protecting...

Making travel plans

Feb 27, 2016 / 4:00 pm
The Kelowna International Airport was packed with more people than usual Saturday for the YLW Spring Travel Event. Would-be travellers were able to peruse travel deals, check out resorts and packages and chat with travel agents between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There were also five prize packages to...

Child beaten in the street

Feb 27, 2016 / 3:21 pm
A Kelowna woman was horrified after witnessing a man repeatedly strike a small child on the street Friday night. Melissa was smoking on her balcony on Houghton Road near Ben Lee Park at 11:30 p.m. when she saw a man walking with a child down the road. The child appeared to be about...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 27, 2016 / 1:33 pm
Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

The inside tale of busking

Feb 27, 2016 / 12:24 pm
From juggling, to singing, to magic, the stories of street performers is an interesting tale, and one a Kelowna based entertainment company is about to tell. Visland Media is set to start production on original series titled ‘Buskers’, which will feature 13 episodes. Alex Miller, CEO...

Canada for Trump?

Feb 26, 2016 / 4:41 pm
If Donald Trump makes it all the way to the White House, he'll have at least one staunch Canadian supporter. Salomon Rayek is a Kelowna resident who sits firmly in the corner of the real estate mogul and reality TV star. So much so, he made sure his Vegas vacation coincided with...

Mickey gets a check-up

Feb 26, 2016 / 1:39 pm
Mickey Mouse is in Kelowna for his regularly scheduled check-up. More to the point, it's one of WestJet's two Disney planes. The Boeing 737, featuring Mickey in a wizard's hat on the tail, is at KF Aerospace for maintenance and installation of Wi-Fi. The entire WestJet fleet is...

Through their lens

Feb 26, 2016 / 12:42 pm
A photo exhibit kicks off tonight with the intent to let immigrants show their integration into Kelowna through photos. The photographs were taken as part of a three-year study designed to build community and understand immigrants’ experiences. The Immigrant experience photo exhibition...

Firehall move not imminent

Feb 26, 2016 / 10:31 am
Despite what you may have heard, Kelowna's downtown firehall isn't on the move. At least not in the near future. The fate of the Water Street firehall came up this week when city council was given an orientation by Fire Chief Jeff Carlisle in advance of his strategic plan...

Abandoned home burns

Feb 26, 2016 / 6:10 am
An abandoned home in Rutland went up in flames overnight. Kelowna firefighters responded to reports of smoke from the boarded-up structure on the 600 block of Rutland Road about 2 a.m. this morning. Crews discovered a fire in the basement of the house. The fire was successfully...

IH ponders safe injection

Feb 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
The program director of a Kelowna drug treatment centre is praising Interior Health for “exploring the feasibility” of opening a safe-injection site in the Okanagan. While IH says it has no immediate plans to open a location where intravenous drug users can inject drugs in a safer...

Big plans for Clifton area

Feb 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
A subdivision that would eventually extend Clifton Road out to McKinley Landing will be debated by Kelowna city council on Tuesday. The public will have a chance to scrutinize the 200-home proposal at a public hearing March 1. Along with the subdivision, the plan also includes a waterfront...

Goodbye sun, hello rain

Feb 25, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Say goodbye to the sunny skies. Dark clouds are expected to roll into the Okanagan this weekend. Lisa Coldwells with Environment Canada says the weekend will be wet with possible snow on mountain passes. “You won’t see any flurry activities unless you are right at the top of the...

Restaurant moves next door

Feb 25, 2016 / 4:32 pm
Kelowna’s Delta Grand Hotel is undergoing extensive renovations to its lobby, restaurant and workout facility, prompting a temporary move into the nearby Hanna’s Restaurant premises. The Delta Grand will operate the restaurant above Roses Pub until June, when hotel management expects...

Missing ATVer in hot water

Feb 25, 2016 / 2:34 pm
A man who gained provincewide attention for taking off into the hills on an ATV during the Rock Creek wildfire is now in detention facing a multitude of charges. As the Rock Creek wildfire spread last summer, Midway RCMP put out a missing person's report for Matthew Straume. He had last...

Crash slows hwy. traffic

Feb 25, 2016 / 2:31 pm
A two-vehicle collision closed down one lane of southbound traffic on Highway 97 Thursday afternoon. A maroon Volkswagen and silver Honda collided near the intersection of Highway 33, tearing the bumper off the Honda. Two people were sent to the hospital for observation, but Const. Daniel...

Pre-trial in Bacon shooting

Feb 25, 2016 / 12:30 pm
Three men alleged to have shot and killed gangster Jonathan Bacon were the focus of a pre-trial conference in Kelowna Supreme Court, Thursday. Bacon was killed in August 2011 when his Porsche Cayenne SUV was riddled with bullets outside the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna. The suspected...

Guilty plea in Sunset assault

Feb 25, 2016 / 12:19 pm
A 30-year-old Saudi Arabian citizen is spending 90 days in a Canadian jail after a bizarre incident in January left him bleeding, pepper sprayed and pinned to the ground. Kelowna RCMP received a report of an assault at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 and arrived to find a man bleeding from the head and acting...

Purse snatcher in custody

Feb 25, 2016 / 11:17 am
Kelowna RCMP are trying to determine whether a purse snatching in downtown Kelowna Wednesday is connected with similar incidents during the past few weeks. Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says the MO was similar in all cases. In the latest incident, police say a woman was exiting her vehicle near...

Best of varietals return

Feb 25, 2016 / 9:17 am
The Okanagan Wine Festival's Best of Varietal Wine Awards is back. The contest is held in conjunction with the annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. The 10-day tasting revelry features more than 80 culinary and wine events, with 125 member wineries participating in this year’s 22nd...

Relay out, Dash in

Feb 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
After a 12-year run, Kelowna’s Relay for Life has come to an end and will be replaced by the inaugural Daffodil dash. The Daffodil Dash will take place April 24 to raise money for cancer research and for people living with cancer. Lori Stevenson, with the Canadian Cancer Society, said...

Getting into the movie biz

Feb 24, 2016 / 8:06 pm
The Okanagan Film Commission is looking for crew to work on several new movies set to begin shooting in the Okanagan. Starting in March, shooting will begin throughout the Okanagan for four to six Hallmark Channel movies. The movies will include ‘The Plateau,’ shot in Kelowna and...

Driver shaken in crash

Feb 24, 2016 / 7:44 pm
Several people escaped serious injury Wednesday night in a two-vehicle car crash on Highway 97 at Leckie Road. According to witness Ryan Mehes, a silver Chevrolet was travelling east on Highway 97 at 6:45 p.m., and slowed down as it approached Leckie Road. "She hesitated, didn't...
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