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Sep 6, 2015 / 8:30 am
Balloon landings have been a common sight in unexpected areas of Kelowna this summer, and this weekend is no exception. Castanet reader Jon Tober captured this fun video of the crew from Okanagan Ballooning packing up a hot-air balloon at Orchard Plaza on Saturday. "I was having my...

Westside Road closed

Sep 5, 2015 / 8:27 pm
Westside Road is closed in both directions 12 kilometres north of the junction with Highway 97 South because of a vehicle incident. No detour is available. The estimated time of opening is between 10 p.m. and midnight. Castanet will provide more details as they come available.

Hundreds gather for Queen

Sep 5, 2015 / 6:09 pm
Hundreds of eager fans lined up outside Il Tavolino Italian Bistro Saturday to get their hands on a gelato served by a queen. Or at least someone who plays a queen on T.V. Lana Parrilla, known for her role as the Evil Queen on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, was serving gelato at the bistro...

Chairlift Challenge race

Sep 5, 2015 / 4:51 pm
Eighty five athletes spent Saturday morning battling the elevation and the elements in BC’s latest adventure race, the Chairlift Challenge at Big White Ski Resort. Cold temperatures, limited visibility and occasionally heavy snowfall made for extremely tricky conditions during the race,...

Cougar in the Mission

Sep 5, 2015 / 1:27 pm
A cougar was spotted in the Mission Saturday morning near Fascieux Creek. It was seen at approximately 11:25 a.m. in the green belt area, between K.L.O. Road and Lanfranco Road. Police attended the scene, but were unable to find the cougar. The BC Conservation Officer Service was alerted, and...

Castanet's week in review

Sep 5, 2015 / 1:00 pm
Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

RV up in flames

Sep 5, 2015 / 12:31 pm
An RV became fully engulfed in flames in Kelowna Saturday morning, but the cause of the fire remains unclear. The RV was sitting in an empty lot in the 1200 block of Brookside Avenue when it caught fire at approximately 11:30 a.m. Const. Steve Holmes of the Kelowna RCMP said an officer...

102 tickets in 'safety blitz'

Sep 5, 2015 / 10:55 am
If you received a ticket for distracted driving in Kelowna Friday, you’re not alone. Kelowna RCMP jump-started their month-long distracted driving campaign Friday with a “road safety blitz” at two locations, on Lakeshore Road and Enterprise Way. During a seven-hour period,...

Ban lifted too early?

Sep 4, 2015 / 7:35 pm
The Kamloops Fire Centre has lifted the ban on campfires right before the long weekend, and despite several cooler damp days, some think it might be too early. An open fire is now permitted within the Okanagan that burns piled material no larger than 0.5 m in height and 0.5 m in width and is...

Mussel invasion costly

Sep 4, 2015 / 4:04 pm
By now, we've heard the horror stories about what an infestation of quagga or zebra mussels could mean in Okanagan Lake. From the cost of repairing and replacing lake infrastructure to environmental repercussions, the yearly cost would be in the millions of dollars. Julia Lew with the...

Cop shop breaks ground

Sep 4, 2015 / 10:05 am
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held next week to begin work on Kelowna's new police services building. Mayor Colin Basran, members of city council, and RCMP Supt. Nick Romanchuk will officially break ground to mark the start of construction on the $39-million project. The ceremony will...

Party launches park plan

Sep 4, 2015 / 9:39 am
The District of Lake Country is throwing a party to kick off its Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The "Party in the Park" is scheduled for Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Beasley Park. It's designed to kick off the public engagement phase for the community's new...

UBC ready for move-in day

Sep 4, 2015 / 9:10 am
More than 1,200 students are expected to move into residence at UBC's Okanagan campus this weekend. It’s the first day of their new lives as university students. And it can be complex, emotional, and a lot of fun. Student move-in day is set for Sunday. Unlike previous years, when...

Grits would reopen office

Sep 4, 2015 / 7:06 am
Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal candidate Stephen Fuhr says his party will reopen the closed Veterans Affairs office in Kelowna, if elected. The office was closed following cuts in the 2012 federal budget. “The Kelowna Veterans Affairs office offered important support and services to the...

Couple lives on $1/day

Sep 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
A former Okanagan couple gave up their life in Canada to start anew in Nepal and now they are sharing their life, living on only $1/day, with the world online. They hope to inspire others to travel and more importantly show that a $1/day lifestyle is possible – and enjoyable. Nathan and...

Bloody challenge issued

Sep 3, 2015 / 5:42 pm
Canadian Blood Services needs you to roll up your sleeve. Donating blood may have escaped many people’s minds as smoke filled the valley for much of the summer. But, those who kept us safe are literally giving their blood, sweat and tears. First responders are joining up with Canadian...

Beware of hungry bears

Sep 3, 2015 / 2:48 pm
Bears are on the prowl, looking to pack on the pounds for the impending winter season. The Regional Waste Reduction Office is warning Okanagan residents about leaving their garbage out as the temperatures drops and bears become more desperate for food. “Now that fall is almost here,...

Murder suspect in court

Sep 3, 2015 / 12:06 pm
The man accused of killing a Kelowna resident in his home in June will spend several more weeks behind bars before a bail hearing is set. Daniel Ruff, 62, appeared via video in Kelowna court, Thursday. He's charged with second-degree murder in the death of Warren Welters,...

Knox Mountain reopens

Sep 3, 2015 / 11:16 am
Knox Mountain Drive reopens to vehicles on Friday – up to the first lookout. The upper portion of will remain closed to vehicle traffic until it has been re-evaluated in the coming weeks. The road was closed earlier this summer due to high fire risk. “The rain and cooler weather...

Enrolment rising

Sep 3, 2015 / 10:46 am
School District 23 expects to see more students in the classroom when the new school year opens on Tuesday. How many more won't be known until near the end of the month. Outgoing Supt. Hugh Gloster said initial counts at the end of last school year indicated an increase of less than 50...

Rail removal starts soon

Sep 3, 2015 / 5:00 am
Two Lake Country residents exercised their first right of refusal to purchase sections of defunct rail line crossing their properties. Meanwhile, negotiations between local governments and the property owners continue over the fate of the former CN Rail line. The sale of the nearly...

Casting a spell on Kelowna

Sep 2, 2015 / 4:29 pm
Magic in Kelowna? For fans of the TV series Once Upon A Time, magic is coming to town in the form of one of the show's stars – Lana Parrilla. Parrilla, who portrays Mayor Regina Mills and the Evil Queen on the popular series, will pay a visit to Il Tavolino Italian Bistro on...

Mystery art crash lands

Sep 2, 2015 / 11:26 am
No, it's not a downed UFO. But it is a surprise piece of art that's popped up Kelowna's Cultural District. Take a walk downtown, and you might come across a piece of metal art that resembles a spacecraft. "It seems to have become entangled and stuck, suspended above a popular...

KGH surpasses $12M goal

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:30 am
Kelowna donors are real lifesavers. The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation announced today its Be a Lifesaver campaign has successfully met its goal of raising $12 million for the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at KGH. KGH staff and donors celebrated the successful campaign wrap-up...

Coldest business in town

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:30 am
The coldest business in Kelowna has just opened its doors. It’s called cryotherapy, and it’s a treatment reportedly used to treat a variety of issues, including muscle soreness, arthritic pain and stress and headaches, among others. Cryo Care, co-owned by two Kelowna residents,...

Great time to be a student

Sep 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
This is one of the most exciting times to be a teacher or a student in British Columbia. That according to School District 23 Supt. Hugh Gloster in discussing the province's new curriculum. The revised curriculum will be phased in over the next three years and focuses more on...

No leads in dog shooting

Sep 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
An eight-year-old dog is back home from the animal hospital after having extensive surgery because of two gunshot wounds. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Sunday evening on Upper Booth Road in the Ellison area of Kelowna. Dr. Eliot Kaplan, the veterinarian who performed surgery on the...

Local production hits TV

Sep 1, 2015 / 3:30 pm
A local film production company is taking the spotlight today as their work is being featured by Telus. Kelowna's Render Digital Media, filmed and produced the television series on Canada’s most intense culinary competition – available on television and YouTube...

Walks away from rollover

Sep 1, 2015 / 12:58 pm
Shattered glass, textbooks and car fluid littered the road around a flipped SUV at Ethel Street and Sutherland Avenue Tuesday. The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. when a silver Ford Escape travelling west on Sutherland reportedly ran a red light. A man with three young kids in a Toyota...

Mulcair hits wine country

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:27 am
Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair focused on tourism and small business during his campaign stop in Kelowna this morning. He was joined at Summerhill Winery by Kelowna-Lake Country candidate Norah Bowman. “The Okanagan is increasingly earning great respect for the quality of its wines...

Transit fares rise today

Sep 1, 2015 / 10:44 am
It will cost you more to take a bus in the Central Okanagan today. As of this morning, fares rose 16 per cent for both conventional and community transit and 12 per cent for HandyDart service. The increases were approved by Kelowna city council in March. The increase, the first for Kelowna...

Man has monster cuke

Sep 1, 2015 / 6:27 am
The record for the world's longest cucumber might belong to a Kelowna man who's also vying to have the longest pickle on the planet. Daniel Tomelin, 54, said his garden has produced the king of all cucumbers, somehow splitting off from the crowd and going above and beyond his wildest...

Don't be a target

Aug 31, 2015 / 5:31 pm
A new campaign to keep you and your valuables safe is being launched by the City of Kelowna and the RCMP. Don’t be an easy target, is about increasing public awareness to help reduce theft from motor vehicles. Crime prevention co-ordinator Colleen Cornock says theft from vehicles is a...

Campfires allowed again

Aug 31, 2015 / 1:46 pm
The campfire ban in the Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres has been lifted. The ban was rescinded due to recent widespread precipitation, which resulted in a decreased risk of wildfires. The fire danger rating for the Kamloops region, which includes the Okanagan, is now primarily low to...

Work starts on new hotel

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:39 am
Site work has started on Kelowna’s new downtown hotel, with test-pile related activity at the former Willow Inn parking lot. The parking lot was fenced off on Friday for site preparation and drilling equipment installation. The area will remain fenced off until the Labour Day weekend, when...

Crews mop up two fires

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:32 am
Firefighting crews are mopping up and patrolling the Little White Mountain blaze, which is now 100 per cent contained. Kayla Pepper with the B.C. Wildfire Service, says the fire received a lot of rain over the weekend and crews were able to release heavy equipment working the...

Back-to-school backpacks

Aug 30, 2015 / 11:26 am
Some 820 people attended the 12th annual Back To School Bash sponsored by Victory Life Fellowship on Saturday at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. The event helps less fortunate get ready for school by providing free backpacks and other items to school-age children. “Reaching people,...

Fires 100% contained

Aug 30, 2015 / 9:17 am
Saturday's rains have significantly improved the wildfire situation in the Central Okanagan. Fire information officer Melissa Klassen with the B.C. Wildfire Service says both the Myra-Bellevue fire and Little White fires are now 100 per cent contained and in mop-up. "The rain made a...

Dragon boats make a splash

Aug 30, 2015 / 8:05 am
Dragon boaters are gathered at Tugboat Bay this weekend for the 10th annual Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival. Races began Saturday and continue today, with teams from as far away as Lethbridge, Alta. The sport has long had a connection to breast cancer awareness, and today's events include a...

Civic block going up?

Aug 30, 2015 / 6:22 am
Should areas of what is known as Kelowna's Civic Block be built up? That's a question City Hall is posing to residents as staff get ready to make a preliminary presentation to council. Residents are being asked to look at two options that would add market use to the area. The Civic...
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