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Grants aid local non-profits

Jan 17, 2015 / 10:00 am

Five local organizations have received more than $215,000 in provincial community gaming grants. The community groups are: Living Positive Resource Centre - Okanagan - $100,000 for education and prevention Central Okanagan Hospice Association - $65,500 for its bereavement...

Tests stir controversy, again

Jan 16, 2015 / 6:00 pm

It's standardized test time for B.C. elementary school students, and once again the tests are bringing controversy. For the past 15 years, the province has administered foundational skills assessments to provide "a snapshot of how well students are learning ... in reading comprehension,...

Councillor rails on RCMP costs

Jan 16, 2015 / 6:00 pm

A Kelowna city councillor says it's time municipalities fight back against the rising costs of policing our streets. Charlie Hodge made the comments Thursday afternoon as city council completed debate on a record-setting $113.9-million city budget. "I know this is something that...

Guns, drugs at notorious house

Jan 16, 2015 / 4:05 pm

A 36-year-old Kelowna man remains at large after a home in which he resides was raided by police earlier this week. Local Mounties executed a search warrant at what they term a "well-known problem residence" at 1850 High Rd. Tuesday morning, looking for firearms. "A large...

Domestic violence capital of BC

Jan 16, 2015 / 2:15 pm

Kelowna is still the domestic violence capital of British Columbia. Statistics Canada says police were made aware of 446 victims of family violence in Kelowna in 2013, for a rate of 243.3 incidents per 100,000 people. That puts Kelowna at the top of the list for family violence in the province,...

Rollover injures one

Jan 16, 2015 / 10:20 am

Photo: Ragnar Haagen Photo: Ragnar Haagen A Kelowna man escaped with minor injuries after rolling his car into a ditch Friday morning. RCMP got a call around 9:30 a.m. that a young man had rolled his car into a water-filled ditch at the intersection of Kane Road and Valley Road in...

Budget: Heritage has a cost

Jan 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

What kind of a price tag do you put on heritage? That's something Kelowna city council wants to find out following a lengthy discussion on a dilapidated heritage home at the edge of the city's downtown core. Cameron House in Cameron Park on Richter Street was donated to the city...

Local filmmaker's oscar nod

Jan 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

Kelowna filmmaker Adam Scorgie has been praised for his cult classic documentary The Culture High – and Hollywood is taking notice. The two-hour documentary dives into the world of marijuana prohibition in North America and works to debunk and explain the arguments and motives governing...

Students rally to donate blood

Jan 15, 2015 / 8:40 pm

Local college students are pumping up blood donation numbers with a student-led blood drive this month. Thirteen students from Sprott Shaw College in Kelowna met at the Canadian Blood Services office to show support and donate blood as part of the 2015 Sprott Shaw blood drive. They’re...

223 receive citizenship

Jan 15, 2015 / 6:00 pm

Residents from over 25 different countries were welcome to Canada on Thursday. Gathering at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, 223 immigrants received their citizenship. Newcomers gathered at three different times for separate ceremonies, where they could be joined by their friends...

'Reasonable' budget approved

Jan 15, 2015 / 4:03 pm

Now the job is to sell it. Kelowna city council Thursday settled on a 2015 budget it says will maintain services while asking residents to pay a 'modest' tax increase. Council started the day with a proposed increase of 3.47 per cent and, after some trimming and additions, settled on...

The Paddler Movie debuts

Jan 15, 2015 / 3:00 pm

It’s been a year in the making, but a local filmmaker and his eco-conscious companion are finally ready to release their long awaited documentary, 'The Paddler Movie'. Traveling from the Okanagan to Tofino, and even further to the Great Bear Rainforest, Filmmaker Carey Missler says...

Tax impact pegged at 3.46%

Jan 15, 2015 / 1:25 pm

UPDATE 2:20 p.m. After nearly six hours of deliberation, Kelowna city council has landed nearly where it started. Council has approved a budget that calls for a 3.46 per cent tax increase after starting the day at 3.47 per cent. More details to come. UPDATE 1:20 p.m. City council...

YLW breaks 1.6M traffic count

Jan 15, 2015 / 1:15 pm

Another year, another record for Kelowna's YLW. Kelowna International Airport flew through 2014 with significantly increased traffic. A passenger count of 1,602,988 represents an increase of 98,205 travellers, or 6.53 per cent over 2013. “Exceeding our forecasted 1.6 million...

Para-boarders at Big White

Jan 15, 2015 / 5:07 am

Big White Ski Resort hosts the IPC Para-snowboard World Cup this weekend. It’s the third consecutive year the local ski hill has held the event, which takes place Saturday to Monday. Featured athletes will include Canadian Paralympians Michelle Salt and John Leslie, who are confirmed...

Vigil to honour missing women

Jan 14, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Fresh off calls for a national strategy on Canada's missing and murdered native women, local organizers are planning a vigil to remember them on Valentine's Day. Alex Augier says the vigil will be held in front of the Kelowna courthouse at noon on Feb. 14. He says the hour-long event...

New liquor laws explained

Jan 14, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Local restaurants and bars will get a chance to learn how new liquor laws affect them during a series of seminars next week. The town hall style seminars will be held in Penticton, Jan. 20, 3-5 p.m. at White Spot, 1770 Main St.; Jan. 21 in Vernon, 3-5 p.m. at Monashee’s Bar and Grill,...

Concrete toboggans set to race

Jan 13, 2015 / 8:30 pm

What can travel at 80 km/h, carry five people and is made of concrete? A concrete toboggan, of course. UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering hosts the 2015 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race from Jan. 21-25, which will see teams racing sleds of their own design down a course at Big...

Bobcat nearly makes off with cat

Jan 13, 2015 / 3:56 pm

A homeowner in Kettle Valley met an unwelcome intruder in his garage recently after the intruder tried to take off with his cat. The seemingly cuddly bobcat (pictured above) snatched a Kettle Valley man's cat and nearly got away with it, if it weren't for some helpful...

Hells Angel gets 5 years in prison

Jan 13, 2015 / 12:20 pm

An acknowledged member of the Hells Angels has been sentenced to five years in prison after a vehicle he was riding in was found to contain an arsenal of weapons. Joseph Bruce Skreptak and Cory Montemurro were each found guilty of nearly a dozen weapons offences after their vehicle was pulled...

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