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Leon incident a false call

Jul 10, 2015 / 11:00 am

A police incident that shut down Leon Avenue last night turned out to be a false call, according to Kelowna RCMP. Police have only said the initial call was of "a very serious nature" and it was determined to be a false report. Police shut down a portion of Leon Avenue for...

Milfoil overruns lake

Jul 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

Milfoil has taken over many areas of Okanagan Lake this summer, prompting concerns from some residents. Michael Neill, a member of the KLO Neighbourhood Association, lives along the lake, between Gyro Beach and Cedar Avenue. He’s lived there for 20 years and has never seen the milfoil as...

1,100 dressed in white

Jul 9, 2015 / 8:48 pm

If you were wondering why more than 1,000 people clad in white were dining near the baseball diamonds across from Peachland Yacht Club Thursday night, it was the third annual Le Dîner en Blanc Okanagan. Guests were swept into yellow school buses, all whispering and wondering where the event...

Police presence on Leon

Jul 9, 2015 / 8:18 pm

A police incident shut down a portion of Leon Avenue between Richter Street and Ethel Street at 7:30 p.m. this evening. Over ten police vehicles were on scene, as police swarmed around the apartment building at 777 Leon Ave. A witness said one police cruiser was originally sitting outside the...

Housing starts hold steady

Jul 9, 2015 / 6:40 pm

Housing starts in the Kelowna census metropolitan area are holding steady, according to figures released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. Figures released Thursday show starts were trending at 1,205 units in June, exactly the same as May. The trend is a six-month moving average of the...

Basran proud for Pride

Jul 9, 2015 / 4:45 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran isn't going to let some criticism prevent him from doing what he thinks is right. Basran says he has seen some criticism on Facebook after it was learned he would be grand marshall for Kelowna's Pride March on Aug. 15. The march is the culmination of a...

A complicated criminal

Jul 9, 2015 / 4:01 pm

A young criminal's actions may sound indefensible, but the events leading up to them paint a more sympathetic picture. Brayden Johns, 19, pleaded guilty recently to assaulting three employees of the Mac’s Convenience Store in Rutland, then assaulting a responding police officer. Johns...

Funding for playground

Jul 9, 2015 / 12:52 pm

The federal government has come through with funding for an inclusive playground at Centennial Park in Rutland. The feds announced this week the city will receive a $50,000 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The city applied for the grant back in the spring to help with the cost of the...

A change in weather

Jul 9, 2015 / 12:35 pm

Thursday will be hot, hot, hot – according to Environment Canada. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-high 30s, with the possibility of a record being broken in some areas of the Central Okanagan. Already this week, temperature records were broken across the valley as the heat...

Banner boat found

Jul 9, 2015 / 12:30 pm

The $111,000 boat that was stolen from Banner Recreation and Marine on Sunday has been found thanks to the help of social media and the keen eye of the public. RCMP recovered the Campion Biltmore and Evinrude G2 outboard in northern Alberta, near Grand Prairie, about 3:30 p.m. on...

Suspect, victim, roommates

Jul 9, 2015 / 11:47 am

As court proceedings begin into Kelowna's first murder of the year, new details are emerging about the relationship between the victim and the man charged with killing him. Daniel Ruff, 62, appeared via video in Kelowna court, Thursday. He's charged with second-degree murder in the death...

Food banks unite

Jul 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

A new chapter has begun for the Central Okanagan's two major food banks. The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank will amalgamate the Kelowna Community Food Bank and Westside Community Food Bank under a single umbrella. The announcement follows the 2013 decision to make Lenetta Parry...

Fire knocks out power

Jul 8, 2015 / 4:42 pm

UPDATED: 7:41 P.M. Power was restored to all residents in the area at 6:00 p.m. today, according to Fortis BC. ORIGINAL: 4:42 P.M. Power has been knocked out to about 2,500 customers in the Mission due to a grass fire in the Hall Road area. FortisBC officials say crews are on site at...

Kittens saved from fire

Jul 8, 2015 / 3:35 pm

Last year, we told you about specialized pet oxygen masks provided to local firehalls. This week, firefighters used them for the first time. Some kittens started a small house fire in Kelowna's Ellison neighbourhood on Tuesday. Using the masks, firefighters saved the three...

Cherry season in full swing

Jul 8, 2015 / 2:09 pm

Cherry season is in full swing up and down the valley – and it's weeks ahead of schedule. “I would say we are two to two and a half weeks earlier than average because of the very mild winter and very early spring,” says Sukhpaul Bal, president of the BC Cherry...

A wave of change

Jul 8, 2015 / 5:29 am

It’s time for a wave of change to roll across the planet, a wave that starts right here in the Okanagan . Back in 2011, Kelowna resident Bob Purdy decided to change the way he lives on the planet by standup paddle boarding every day, and a year later he challenged the world to join him...

Civic block plan unveiled

Jul 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

Kelowna residents got a first look Monday at a preliminary plan for what city hall is calling the city's civic block. The area stretches from Queensway to Clement avenues and from Water to Ellis streets around the current cultural district. It includes several properties which are either...

Toothy surprise in peanuts

Jul 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna girl had an unpleasant surprise while trying to enjoy a salty snack last week. Lauren Mcgee, 12, was eating some peanuts after her lunch on Monday. As she was munching, she felt something odd-shaped in her mouth. Thinking it was some kind of deformed nut, she spat it out. What she...

Boat stolen from dealership

Jul 7, 2015 / 12:21 pm

UPDATED: 2:07 P.M. The exact model of the stolen boat is a 2015 Campion Biltmore B24-5. The hull number, found on the back right of the boat is CA-ZBI5240AK415 and the engine is a 200 hp Evinrude HO G2 E200XHAB. The serial number is 05420722 and it is on a black EZLoader trailer. The vehicle...

Homicide on Black Mtn.

Jul 7, 2015 / 10:22 am

UPDATE 10 a.m. A terrifying story is being shared by neighbours as police scour the scene of a homicide in Black Mountain. Multiple sources in the neighbourhood are telling Castanet a man named Amar lived in the home on Feedham Road with his girlfriend. They report the two were tied up...

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