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Fed funds for trail society

Apr 16, 2015 / 4:30 pm

The Friends of the South Slopes Society is looking forward to furthering its work after receiving a financial boost from the federal government. The society received $21,000 in funding this week through the National Trails Coalition. “This funding will help us to continue our efforts...

Prayer could be suspended

Apr 16, 2015 / 4:26 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran feels city council will likely suspend the practice of prayer before Tuesday night meetings in the wake of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling. In a unanimous decision handed down Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled Catholic prayer at the beginning of a council meeting in...

Gym closes, members owed

Apr 16, 2015 / 2:31 pm

UPDATE 2:30 P.M. Following our story of stranded fitness enthusiasts, below, a local gym has stepped forward to fill in the gap. Owner of Anytime Fitness, Justin Hazard, says his gym is welcoming all the displaced members of Idol Fit with a free one-month complimentary membership. On top...

Cigarette sparks fire

Apr 16, 2015 / 2:20 pm

For the second day in a row, the Kelowna Fire Department has rushed to the scene of a residential garage fire. This time crews arrived at approximately 11:14 a.m. for a garage fire on Cridge Rd. in Rutland. When fire crews arrived, they found a resident extinguishing the fire with a garden...

Suspect in mall evacuation

Apr 16, 2015 / 12:02 pm

Business may be back to normal at Orchard Park Mall, but police are now on the hunt for the man who allegedly left the suspicious package in Sears, Wednesday. Kelowna RCMP say the item described as a “suspicious package” was identified as a nylon bag, like a lunch bag, that was on...

Diner en Blanc date set

Apr 16, 2015 / 11:27 am

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld The annual summer event sent out a Save-the-Date on social media Wednesday, getting everyone excited about the soiree. This...

Heavy turnout for rail poll

Apr 16, 2015 / 11:00 am

Turnout was heavy for the first day of advance polling on Lake Country's rail corridor borrowing referendum. Tuesday's advance poll attracted 1,053 voters by the time the poll closed at 8 p.m. "Our first advanced voting day generated a lot of interest," says Chief Electoral...
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Wasylyk joins IH board

Apr 16, 2015 / 10:31 am

Prominent Kelowna business woman Renee Wasylyk has been appointed to Interior Health’s board of directors. Wasylyk is president and CEO of Troika Developments Inc. “The board and I are excited to have Ms. Wasylyk join Interior Health,” said Chair Erwin Malzer. “She...

Business as usual at mall

Apr 16, 2015 / 9:36 am

It's business as usual today at Orchard Park Mall. Mall administration tweeted out this morning the mall will reopen at the usual time of 10 a.m. Orchard Park was evacuated shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday after a suspicious package was discovered at Sears. Sears officials say that store...

Orchard Park reopens

Apr 16, 2015 / 8:50 am

UPDATE 8:50 A.M. It's business as usual today at Orchard Park Mall. Mall administration tweeted out this morning the mall will reopen at the usual time of 10 a.m. Orchard Park was evacuated shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday after a suspicious package was discovered at Sears. The bomb...

Garage lost in fire

Apr 15, 2015 / 1:05 pm

A garage on Gagnon Place, near Capri Mall, suffered extensive damage as a result of a fire late Wednesday morning. The call came in shortly before noon after neighbours saw smoke coming from the structure. "We just happened to walk out our door, saw the smoke. There was already one...

Vaisakhi parade coming up

Apr 15, 2015 / 12:07 pm

Rolling road closures will be in effect April 25 for the Okanagan Sikh Temple and Cultural Society's fifth annual Vaisakhi parade. Rutland Road north will be closed from McCurdy Road to Wallace Road from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rolling closures will then continue along Wallace, Sycamore,...

4 things you need to know

Apr 15, 2015 / 8:20 am

Castanet's AM Update for Wednesday, April 15.

Tourism numbers positive

Apr 15, 2015 / 5:03 am

2015 is shaping up to be a good year for tourism in the Central Okanagan; that according to Nancy Cameron, CEO of Tourism Kelowna. She provided the news during her annual presentation to city council Monday. Cameron said online, TV and magazine advertising is paying off in more website...

A whistleblower's fight

Apr 15, 2015 / 5:01 am

“Why did you leave Kelowna?” A question one former Kelowna couple has been asked hundreds of times and one they were so steadfast on answering, they wrote a book about it. In a story often compared to that of David and Goliath, Paul Winkler took on his notorious bosses Conrad...

Flightcraft: New name, look

Apr 14, 2015 / 3:53 pm

Kelowna Flightcraft is celebrating its 45th year in business with a new name. The company will now be known as KF Aerospace. Along with the new name, the company also announced a new brand identity is being launched and phased into the organization over the coming weeks. "We felt that...

Plane crash has local ties

Apr 14, 2015 / 3:50 pm

Photo: Contributed - Carson Air Photo: Contributed - Carson Air Photo: Contributed - Carson Air Photo: Contributed - Carson Air Carson Air has just released the following statement regarding the loss of two of their pilots in the tragic cargo plane crash Monday. The Management...

Racer has need for speed

Apr 14, 2015 / 11:38 am

A Kelowna motorcycle racer had a strong showing at the inaugural MotoAmerica race in Austin, Texas, this past weekend. Marcel Irnie finished eighth in his second Superstock 1000 race of the weekend after crashing in the rain during the first race on his Irnie Racing/Team MobiBuff/World's...

More changes at parkade

Apr 14, 2015 / 10:09 am

Get ready for more traffic pattern changes in the downtown area – this one affecting the library parkade. Beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m., there will be changes for motorists entering and exiting the parkade. Vehicles will enter the parkade off Ellis Street only and exit onto Smith Lane...

Free parking at Small Shop

Apr 14, 2015 / 10:08 am

Those wanting to support local business during Downtown Kelowna Association’s Small Shop Day initiative will be able to park for free during the April 25 event. The City of Kelowna is waiving on-street parking charges all day. Off-street parking in City-owned parking lots downtown is...
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