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Geezer tests his limits

Jun 24, 2016 / 4:06 pm
Geezer might be ready before his time, but this downhill dummy won’t be headed to an early grave thanks to his creators who’ve tested his limits. The dummy downhill doesn’t take place until next year at Big White, but inventor Trent James is taking the race seriously. James...

$145K boat recovered

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:09 pm
Recovered undamaged, the boat stolen from Banner Recreation on Monday is on its way back to the Okanagan. RCMP recovered the $145,000 boat and trailer from the Abbotsford area. Cpl. Jeff Carroll says the Kelowna RCMP Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST), which is part of the Street...

7 years for bus murder

Jun 24, 2016 / 11:55 am
UPDATED: 1 p.m. The brother of Caesar Rosales says his entire family has been let down by the Canadian justice system, after his brother’s killer was given a seven-year sentence Friday for the unprovoked slaying. Ceasar Rosales, 55, was stabbed in the neck from behind by Tyler Newton on...

$2.5M for research

Jun 24, 2016 / 10:49 am
Twelve researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus will benefit from millions of dollars in federal research grants. Biologists, engineers, statisticians, chemists and a number of grad students have been granted a total of $2.5 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of...

Lots of ways to give time

Jun 24, 2016 / 10:26 am
For those looking for volunteer opportunities this summer, Kelowna is the place to be. Outdoor events abound in Kelowna, and range from athletic events to food fairs to cultural celebrations. Volinspire, a new online platform used to organize volunteer positions, lists many of these...

Mayor in drag for ball

Jun 24, 2016 / 9:54 am
Kelowna’s mayor will be hitting the stage as his drag alter-ego, Mayor Sugarplum, at the inaugural Sugarplum Ball in July. Mayor Colin Basran publicly accepted his nomination to dress in drag at the event at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s annual Top 40 Under 40 Wrap-Up party...

Hotel to affordable housing

Jun 24, 2016 / 9:19 am
In an effort to combat homelessness in Kelowna, the province, along with the federal government, has bought the old Kelowna Econo Lodge and will turn it into affordable housing. The governments invested a combined $5 million to buy and renovate the property, which will create 44 self-contained...


Driving good 'carma'

Jun 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Carma Project will be roaring to new heights this year with three vehicles to give away. For the first time, The Carma Project has the opportunity to help two families and one individual. The cars will be given away Monday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at Integra Tire, 2160 Enterprise Way. (The...

Friends rally around biker

Jun 23, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Dozens of one man’s friends have rallied around him after he sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident last Saturday. James, a 30-year-old Lake Country man, was travelling south on Highway 97 in Lake Country on a black Honda motorcycle when he lost control and was ejected from...

Brain will prevent overload

Jun 23, 2016 / 7:16 pm
UBC Okanagan research has found the human brain is wired to avoid information overload. The conscious part of the human brain is actually more in tune with body parts that are not moving, the researchers found. In a recent study conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, researchers found many...

Sailing bubble to burst

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:40 pm
It will be a first for the Okanagan and it’s attracted international attention. The Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship will set sail Friday on Okanagan Lake, bringing more than 30 crews to the valley. Kelowna’s regatta is part of a three-stop tour of North...

Two sent to hospital in crash

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:28 pm
Two people were sent to Kelowna General Hospital Thursday after a three-vehicle collision knocked an SUV onto its side at Hardy Street and Enterprise Way. The crash, between two SUVs and a retirement home bus, occurred just after 11 a.m. Thursday morning. The bus “came in contact”...

A patriotic party

Jun 23, 2016 / 4:39 pm
For those looking to show off their national pride and celebrate Canada Day this year, Kelowna is the place to be. Canada Day celebrations will take over Kelowna for the 19th time this July, at Waterfront Park, Prospera Place, Kerry Park and Jim Stuart Park. “Our number 1 goal each time...

CPP changes hard on biz

Jun 23, 2016 / 4:15 pm
Changes to the Canada Pension Plan could be too much for some businesses according to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. On June 20, the provincial and federal governments announced they had agreed on changes to the CPP. Although details aren't available at this time, the increases are...

High note for symphony

Jun 23, 2016 / 3:51 pm
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra recently received Honorary Patronage from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Tracey Read, president of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors says the Honourable Judith Guichon grants patronage in order to support and encourage worthy...

Shocked by 'Winnepeg' Jets

Jun 23, 2016 / 2:56 pm
A lifelong Winnipeg Jets fan was shocked to learn she'd bought a team T-shirt with the city's name misspelled as 'Winnepeg.' Heather Prevalnig, 33, said she paid $30 for the T-shirt at a Winnipeg airport store on her way home to Kelowna. Her brother had been teasing her for...

Killer is remorseful, scared

Jun 23, 2016 / 2:33 pm
The maximum sentence for manslaughter may be life in prison, but Crown counsel thinks 10 years is appropriate and defence counsel argues it should be less than that. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes has been hearing arguments this week before sentencing Tyler Jack Newton. Newton, 25,...

Discount airline takes flight

Jun 23, 2016 / 11:29 am
UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. After a sputtered start, discount airfare ticket seller NewLeaf Travel is set to take to the skies next month. The Winnipeg-based startup began selling tickets again on Thursday, five months after it abruptly suspended operations and refunded fares as it awaited a federal...

'Last effort' to save ship

Jun 23, 2016 / 10:35 am
Once again, for the last time, there is one "final" chance to save the Fintry Queen. Andy Schwab is again making a "last ditch effort" for the second time this year to wrangle up money to save the Fintry Queen. Several months ago the owner of the Fintry was trying to sell...

Bouncing his way to Rio

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
A Kelowna man will be heading down to Brazil this summer as an alternate in the Rio Olympics, after his success at the 2016 Canadian Trampoline and Tumbling Championships. Trevor Stirling, 21, first began competing in trampoline when he was 17, but he had done some recreational gymnastics when...

Missing man heading here?

Jun 22, 2016 / 4:22 pm
Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating an overdue traveller. David Christopher Floyd was last seen in December of 2015 near 146th Street and 17th Avenue in South Surrey. “He was believed to be travelling from Surrey to the B.C. Interior, possibly...

Stay away from Rail Trail

Jun 22, 2016 / 4:12 pm
UPDATED: 4:10 p.m. The mayor of Lake Country says they’ve done everything they can to deter people from using the old rail corridor and is urging people to avoid the area, after a second dirt biker was injured using the closed trail. Mayor James Baker says the corridor is still a CN...

Justice for Caesar

Jun 22, 2016 / 3:45 pm
UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Darwin Rosales called his brother's killer a waste, a man who deserves no rehabilitation and should pay for taking his brother's life. “If he doesn't (represent) a wasted life, what does," said Darwin. "The records show it. He's a recidivist,...

Red serge of courage

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:06 am
Recognized for their bravery, their teamwork or their years of service, both RCMP and civilians gathered in Kelowna to be awarded for their efforts. Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens handed out the awards Tuesday to the more than 40 recipients at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. He says the...

Gang member awaits trial

Jun 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
A longtime member of the Independent Soldiers gang and his girlfriend will have to wait until 2017 to face trial. Donahugh Fredrick McWhirter, 43, and his girlfriend, Brittany Marie Stinn, who are both from Lake Country, were arrested in January 2015 by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement...

Celebrating in the streets

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:08 pm
National Aboriginal Day was celebrated by hundreds of people, both Aboriginal and not, outside of the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society on Leon Avenue Tuesday. The festivities, held across Canada, celebrate Aboriginal culture while acknowledging the contributions Aboriginals have made to Canadian...

Fashion fights diabetes

Jun 21, 2016 / 3:41 pm
Does your children’s fashion sense change on a weekly basis? Not sure what to do with your clutter? Clothesline makes it convenient for Kelowna residents to donate their reusable clothing and small household items year round. Clothesline is a program that reaches out to millions of...

Finding water along the way

Jun 21, 2016 / 3:25 pm
A hardcore group of cyclists are hopping on their road bikes and hitting the road, cycling from Vancouver to Calgary in just five days – all to fight for clean water. From June 23 to 27, the Wheels for Wells group will be headed from Vancouver to Calgary, drinking only from fresh water...

Body found not a murder

Jun 21, 2016 / 3:12 pm
UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say the body found on Black Mountain was a woman and foul play is not suspected in her death. "The RCMP continue to work closely with the BC Coroner’s Service as they take the necessary steps to positively identify the deceased. The preliminary...

Help for aboriginal students

Jun 21, 2016 / 3:01 pm
Aboriginal students at Okanagan College can expect to benefit from a range of new and expanded programs at Okanagan College. A $75,000 one-time provincial-funding announcement was made today for the college to support aboriginal students throughout their studies. According to the province,...

Killing owls with kindness

Jun 21, 2016 / 1:44 pm
The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls is asking people not to feed wildlife, following a recent incident in the Kelowna area. On Friday, SORCO received calls about a young owl pecking at people's feet and diving down at them when they would go outside. More calls came in when...

KGH patients get a lift

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:36 pm
Those looking to get to the hospital in Kelowna can now use a car sharing service to get there and back. OGO Carshare Co-op now has a vehicle parked and ready to use at Kelowna General Hospital. The car is parked in the southeast corner of the Dr. Walter Anderson parking lot and is a joint...

Back in court over murder

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:09 pm
A Kelowna man accused of second-degree murder in the death his ex-fiancee was back in Kelowna Supreme Court today. Ryan Quigley, 36, is accused of killing his ex-fiancee, Aimee Parkes, at the Hiawatha Mobile Home Park on April 1, 2014. Two days after Parkes' body was discovered in the...

$145,000 boat stolen

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
A $145,000 Campion surf wake boat has been stolen from Banner Recreation & Marine in Kelowna. “We realized it (Monday),” said Jeff Schwartz, general manager. “A staff member called me and asked if I had the boat out for a water test.” That sent Schwartz dashing to...

Missing man found safe

Jun 20, 2016 / 9:41 pm
Kelowna RCMP say a missing Lake Country man has been found. Devon Thomas Smit, 38, went missing June 1. Police said at the time there was nothing to suggest foul play.

Flooding plugged with cash

Jun 20, 2016 / 9:00 pm
As part of the public safety funding announced in this year's provincial budget, the province is committing $200,000 toward a flood mitigation project that will involve intake and dike improvements at Bellevue Creek, in the north Mission. An additional $100,000 towards the project is being...

'Smokey Attack' at hotel

Jun 20, 2016 / 7:40 pm
Kelowna will once again come alive with the vibrancy of art. A mural is to be painted on the new Hotel Zed this summer, which will add a touch of colour to the downtown as people enter the city on Abbott Street. Clandestinos, Bruno Smokey and Shalak Attack, are painting the 160-foot wall on...

Fire chief for N. Westside

Jun 20, 2016 / 6:27 pm
He's been acting chief for three months. Now the Regional District of Central Okanagan has confirmed Jason Satterthwaite as the new chief for North Westside Fire Rescue. Satterthwaite filled in on an interim basis following the resignation of Doug Gardiner in late February. Gardiner took...

Airport set for banner year

Jun 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm
The Kelowna International Airport hit its all-time record for passengers in 2014, and this year it is on a course to set a new record. Four out of the first five months of 2016 were recording-breaking passenger count months, with May 2016 seeing 126,674 passengers, 5,269 more passengers than May...

Body on Black Mtn

Jun 20, 2016 / 3:44 pm
UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. A body found in a popular hiking area Monday afternoon on Black Mountain was discovered by an excavator operator. The construction worker was putting stakes in the ground for a fence at the time. There's speculation that the body is that of a woman and that the...
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