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Smoke limits solar power

Aug 26, 2015 / 7:45 pm

The smoky skies in the Okanagan have been a bummer for beach-goers, but they've also sapped energy from Okanagan College’s new alternative power source. The college installed a large solar panel array on the top of the outdoor heavy equipment yard at the Kelowna campus, and fully...

Cruising for a cause

Aug 26, 2015 / 7:15 pm

A&W is inviting people to cruise for a cause. A&W's seventh annual Cruisin' to End MS Day, a Canada-wide fundraiser to help those living with multiple sclerosis takes place Thursday, and $1 from every Teen Burger sold will go to the MS Society of Canada. A&W restaurants...

Robbed at knife point

Aug 26, 2015 / 5:31 pm

Georgette Johnson is still completely traumatized after she was held at knife point during a robbery at her Turtle Island Gallery on Cannery Lane. Two men entered the store just after 5 p.m., Tuesday, the time when she is usually closing up shop however, Johnson was in her office, which is at...

Career criminal strikes again

Aug 26, 2015 / 4:32 pm

After a few months of freedom, a local career criminal is back behind bars. In April 2015, 31-year-old Daniel James Mader was given a global sentence of 18 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to four of five charges stemming from a December 2013 incident. He was allotted time-and-a-half...

Smoke doesn't hurt tourism

Aug 26, 2015 / 3:00 pm

UPDATE 3 P.M. Since posting this story earlier in the day Tuesday, Tourism Kelowna CEO Nancy Cameron says she has heard from some properties indicating the smoke has had an impact. Cameron said two properties, including one B & B, have indicated they have had cancellations or shortened...

Art gallery robbed

Aug 26, 2015 / 9:57 am

UPDATE 10 a.m. RCMP continue to look for two men who robbed the Turtle Island Gallery Tuesday at about 5 p.m. According to Cpl. Joe Duncan two men entered the store, locked the door behind them, brandished a weapon and stated 'we are taking all your gold'. “Suspect one took...

Tournament raises big cash

Aug 25, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The 25th annual Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Capri Charity Golf Classic was held last week, raising $50,000. The money will go to support the many programs and services offered by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, which helps youth in the Okanagan. The golf tournament was held at the Harvest...

More flights to Victoria

Aug 25, 2015 / 4:10 pm

Getting to and from Victoria from the Okanagan will become a little bit easier as of Oct. 27. Pacific Coastal Airlines announced Tuesday they are adding two direct flights, Monday to Friday, between the two cities, and one flight a day on the weekends. These will add more options to the one...

RCMP search for woman

Aug 25, 2015 / 3:45 pm

UPDATE 3:45 P.M. Brittany Nelson has been located and is safe and sound. Kelowna RCMP is seeking the public’s help in finding Brittany Nelson. Nelson was last seen August 24. The RCMP said she has a history of medical issues, and her friends are concerned for her...

Kelowna park up for award

Aug 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

One of Kelowna's newest parks is up for a national honour. Stuart Park, across from City Hall, is one of 11 finalists in an annual competition conducted by the Canadian Institute of Planners. “Stuart Park was just nominated on Friday so our nomination came later than some other...

Hodge rebuffed by council

Aug 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council has no intention of changing the days it meets from Monday to Tuesday. This despite a plea by Coun. Charlie Hodge to do so. Hodge asked his council brethren Monday morning to consider moving meetings further into the week in order to give them more time to seek...

Technology and education

Aug 24, 2015 / 6:30 pm

Technology and connectivity in the classroom are changing methods of teaching and learning, leading education institutions to adapt to new models in order to stay ahead of the curve. On Sept. 25- 26, Okanagan College will host Tiltshift – an acronym for “technology in learning and...

Seeking shelter from smoke

Aug 24, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The Kelowna Gospel Mission will keep it’s doors open 24-7 until smoke from the Washington wildfires clears. Executive Director Randy Benson says the Kelowna homeless population does not have options available when it comes to staying indoors, in air-conditioning and out of the haze which...

New fires near Joe Rich

Aug 24, 2015 / 4:14 pm

UPDATE 4:45 p.m. Wildfire Management crews are mopping up two spot sized blazes that were sparked Monday afternoon, along McCulloch Forest Service Road. Fire information officer Kayla Pepper says both fires were considered a Rank 1, or a smouldering grass fire. There were 13 personnel on...

No flights smoked out

Aug 23, 2015 / 7:22 pm

The smoky skies may have made it hard to see the mountains on the other side of the lake, but it did not impact any flights coming or going at the Kelowna International Airport. Jenelle Hynes, YLW Marketing and Media, said “no commercial flights were affected by the smoke today - cancelled...

Clearing the smoke

Aug 23, 2015 / 4:30 pm

Richard Heinrich has a suggestion for Okanagan residents that just might help them breath a little easier. “These are the worst smoke conditions I have experienced during the past 35 years, or at least since the Big One in 2003,” said Heinrich. “I came up with this practice...

A successful triathlon

Aug 23, 2015 / 2:52 pm

Photo: Facebook Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Smoky skies did not deter more than 650 athletes running in day two of...

Triathlon goes ahead

Aug 23, 2015 / 9:28 am

Photo: Facebook Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Photo: Contributed - Jeff Joyce Despite the campfire smell and smoky skies, the Pushor Mitchell Kelowna...

Many flavours on display

Aug 22, 2015 / 6:37 pm

Clouds of smoky BBQ smell wafted through the air as dozens of people wandered around the back grassy area of the Kelowna Curling Club, sampling local food and beer. The third annual KTown Showdown was held today, kicking off at 2 p.m. Six chefs from different restaurants around Kelowna vied...

Swimmers take over lake

Aug 22, 2015 / 2:00 pm

Okanagan Lake was full of activity today as the second day of events for the Apple Triathlon kicked off. In addition to youth triathlon events throughout the morning, the five-kilometre open water, men and women races were held by Tugboat Beach. The race was an all-ages event and kicked off...

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