Balloon out of lake

Aug 22, 2016 / 6:26 am
UPDATE: 6:15 a.m. Joy Klempner of Okanagan Ballooning says the balloon was successfully removed from Okanagan Lake later Sunday afternoon. "If you could let boaters know, it is no longer a hazard," said Klempner. UPDATE: 2 p.m. North Westside Fire Rescue Fire Chief Jason...

A lasting partnership

Aug 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Okanagan College and Toyota Technical College celebrate 25 years of cultural and educational exchange Twenty-five years ago, the first students from Toyota Technical College arrived at Okanagan College to embark on a summer program of collision repair training and learning English. It planted...

Finding his voice again

Aug 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Over the telephone, Walter Trudeau sounds like a man with a zest for living. “I feel really good. Life is good,” says the 80-year-old Kelowna resident. Most of us wouldn’t expect a person in Walter’s position to have such an upbeat manner, but he is amazing in many...

Debunking celebrity science

Aug 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
He's written a book called "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash," now Timothy Caulfield will speak about pop culture health myths in Kelowna next month. Billed as a “fun and provocative presentation,” the University of...

Piercing discrimination

Aug 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
While you cannot legally discriminate against an employee for their gender, race or sexual orientation, there are no rules when it comes to one's looks – and a Kelowna woman is fed up with it. The British Columbia Human Rights Code prohibits employers from discriminating against...

1,000 athletes compete

Aug 21, 2016 / 3:08 pm
The 34th annual Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon wrapped up under blue skies and 30 degree temperatures Sunday in Kelowna. Athletes from Canada, the United States and across the world took part in the weekend’s events in the downtown core. “Overall for the entire weekend...

Brush fire spreads

Aug 21, 2016 / 1:27 pm
Lake Country fire crews rushed to the scene of a brush fire Sunday morning. The brush fire near 415 Commonwealth Road had spread to some railroad ties, sending flames into the air. Fire crews quickly got the blaze under control, located right near the Holiday Park Resort. The cause of the...

A test of strength

Aug 20, 2016 / 8:27 pm
Hundreds of athletes and spectators were on hand to see the 34th Annual Pushor Mitchel Kelowna Apple Triathlon out of the gates Saturday morning. The first day of the weekend long event hosted triathletes from all over North America and as young as eight years old swim, bike and run their way...

Locals represent Canada

Aug 20, 2016 / 5:37 pm
Three Kelowna rugby players headed to Hawaii to play for Team Canada this weekend. Barak Pauls, Rick Schouten and Jeff Lohse all play for the Kelowna Crows, the local men's rugby team. The three left Kelowna Wednesday to meet up with the rest of Team Canada in Hawaii, where they will play...

Traffic clears by Peachland

Aug 20, 2016 / 12:44 pm
UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. Traffic is said to be back to normal along Highway 97 by Peachland following a traffic accident, according to businesses along the route. A traffic accident is reported to be tying up traffic on Highway 97 in the Peachland area. Although there is no official word,...

Grant boost for groups

Aug 20, 2016 / 12:14 pm
Several arts, culture and sports organizations in Kelowna have received a boost from B.C. gaming grants. The combined $355,500 went to: Kelowna City Concert Band Society: $8,000 Kelowna Springboard Diving Club: $8,000 Kelowna Volleyball Club: $16,800 Kelowna International Choir...

Lake Country swim advisory

Aug 20, 2016 / 7:58 am
It's going to be a hot one but Lake Country residents may want to think twice about swimming at some of the beaches in their area. Swim advisory signs have been posted at beaches in Reiswig Regional Park and the adjoining Beasley Park on Wood Lake due to poor water quality. The Interior...

City wants share of pot tax

Aug 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Kelowna should receive a portion of tax revenues derived from legal marijuana sales. That's just one of several recommendations city staff have provided in response to questions asked by the federal government in advance of legislation which will legalize marijuana in...

Stand up and play away

Aug 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
A year ago Walid Waitkus didn’t know if he would get to play his favourite sport in the summer. Due to a spinal cord injury suffered several years ago Walid is confined to a wheelchair — making it impossible to get out on a golf course. Golf was Walid’s passion. Thanks to a...

Hotel looking to rezone

Aug 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
Developers of a new hotel at Highway 97 and 33 will be back before city council Monday. Council has already approved construction of the six-storey Holiday Inn Express and a one-storey retail centre on the property. The property is currently zoned C9 - Tourist Commercial, however, developers...

Hip-hop funky fresh

Aug 19, 2016 / 8:00 pm
A hip-hop dance crew is taking Kelowna by storm. Most likely you’ve seen them everywhere from the Sails to Centre of Gravity. Now, Soul Sick is throwing down a new set, a break-dance competition that will take place Sept. 9 and 10 at the Rutland Centennial Hall. Organizer Francisco...

YLW plan lands at mall

Aug 19, 2016 / 5:07 pm
Kelowna International Airport continues to take its master plan on the road. Officials with YLW will host an open house Saturday at Orchard Park Mall. The airport's Master Plan 2045 will be on display for viewing and comment from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Apple Courtyard. People will...

Partial parkade opening

Aug 19, 2016 / 5:04 pm
A portion of the expanded Library Parkade is now open to the public. The city has opened more than 130 stalls on the third, fourth and fifth floors. Construction is still ongoing on the first and second floors. The entire expansion project is expected to be complete in October. Once...

Water warning

Aug 19, 2016 / 4:33 pm
It appears not all boaters practise safety out on the water, after several incidents last weekend. Police are sharing lake incidents in the hopes of encouraging boaters to be safe while on Okanagan Lake. Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says back on Aug. 13, a 38-foot vessel collided with...

Lake Country revved up

Aug 19, 2016 / 3:10 pm
Lake Country will be revved up this weekend for the annual Lake Country Customs and Classics car show. Now in its eighth year, the two-day event kicks off with a car parade and cruise on Saturday, followed by the show and shine on Sunday. Cars will start to assemble at Lake Country Alliance...

Hot to trot this weekend

Aug 19, 2016 / 12:53 pm
It’s the weekend you’ve all been waiting for, a hot and sunny three days filled with temperatures above 30 C. Environment Canada is forecasting Friday to be sunny with UV index of eight, or very high, and temperatures about 31 C. Those in Kelowna can expect a light haze in the air...

Trades training gets boost

Aug 19, 2016 / 11:23 am
Trades training in Kelowna just got a $111,000 shot in the arm. The provincial government announced the funding Thursday through the Industry Training Authority for in-demand trades. The investment will fund 93 seats through the end of March, 2017 at Enform and the Southern Interior...

First look at waterfront lot

Aug 19, 2016 / 9:58 am
It has been several years in the making. Now preliminary plans for the redevelopment of a multi-acre waterfront Kelowna lot were unveiled at an open house Thursday evening. Kelowna-based Mission Group Homes unveiled preliminary plans for the redevelopment of its six-acre Aqua Marine Valet and...

Missing man found

Aug 19, 2016 / 9:48 am
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 19 RCMP are confirming 57-year-old Michael Garthe has been located, and is safe and sound. Kelowna RCMP are seeking the public's help locating a man who was last seen three weeks ago. Michael Garthe, 57, was last seen July 24. Since reports were filed with...

The long road ahead

Aug 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
Paul Thomas wants to go on a long arduous journey that will hopefully prove anyone can do anything they put their mind to. Thomas has a rare inherited disorder, Type 1 glutaric acidemia, which prevents his body from processing certain proteins properly. Despite this 'diversability',...

Dragon boaters on a roll

Aug 18, 2016 / 8:00 pm
After a clean sweep in Kamloops two weeks ago, the Okanagan Dragon Boat Racing Club is looking to continue its success in Kelowna Aug. 27 and 28. The club is only four years old, but has proven very competitive. In Kamloops, both the mixed and women's teams won every heat they competed...

Parkrun comes to town

Aug 18, 2016 / 7:52 pm
It’s free, it’s weekly, and it’s bound to get you into shape. Parkrun is a global phenomenon that takes place every Saturday in more than 850 places, and will soon be happening in Kelowna. Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to join in. Kelowna-Mission MLA...

Society president resigns

Aug 18, 2016 / 7:12 pm
The power struggle at the top of the Rutland Park Society is over. President Todd Sanderson is stepping away. In a letter emailed to membership on Thursday and obtained by Castanet, Sanderson advised society members that effective midnight today, he is stepping down as president and director...

Teen flips into first

Aug 18, 2016 / 6:27 pm
Jonathan Hintz is making waves across the nation after bringing home two gold medals. The Kelowna teen recently placed first in men’s pro bodyboard and in junior flowboard at the Canadian Championships in Edmonton. He will now represent the country as he travels to Singapore for the...

Pool closes temporarily

Aug 18, 2016 / 5:38 pm
Those looking to close out their summer with a dip in the pool will be out of luck at Parkinson Recreation Centre from Aug. 29 to Sept. 17. The pool area will be closed for annual maintenance, including the main pool, children's pool, whirlpool and steam room. Those with memberships to...

OKM earns top marks

Aug 18, 2016 / 3:20 pm
Okanagan Mission Secondary School is at the top of the class, according to the latest report on secondary school performance released by the Fraser Institute. The report, released annually, ranks all 274 public and private schools in the province based on a scale of one to 10, using seven...

Watch out for motorcyclists

Aug 18, 2016 / 1:57 pm
A motorcyclist is frustrated with a city of drivers that he says don't respect him, or the rules of the road, after he was involved in a crash on Tuesday. The man, who asked not to be identified, says he was involved in a crash on Lakeshore Road Tuesday afternoon. The West Kelowna man in...

Campfires banned over risk

Aug 18, 2016 / 12:21 pm
While the relatively milder, wetter summer has allowed Okanagan campers the freedom to have campfires well into August, the fire fun ends this weekend, with a campfire ban taking effect in the Central Okanagan Friday. Bruce Smith, communications officer with the Regional District of Central...

Are you missing a chicken?

Aug 18, 2016 / 11:37 am
Who's missing a chicken? Lois Clarke is looking for the owner of a lost hen that wandered into her complex at Gordon Drive and Springfield Road in Kelowna. She says the out of place chicken had been hanging out at her complex for at least a day, so she decided to take her in. “I...

Enterprise Steel sunk by oil

Aug 18, 2016 / 11:11 am
Enterprise Steel is the latest casualty of the downturn in the oil industry. The company, which has been around for more than 30 years, is in the process of closing its doors. Company president Robin Gereluk expects the doors to close for good Sept. 15. "In our current operating...

Kids' camps a big hit

Aug 18, 2016 / 10:30 am
Kids' camps at Okanagan Mission Community Hall this summer have been a hit with young and old. The hall is popular venue for weddings, family reunions and evening activities, but this summer marked a first with sold-out themed camps for six weeks. Three hundred youngsters participated in...

Wheeling his way to Rio

Aug 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
Five and a half years ago, Tristan Smyth lay in a hospital bed, unable to walk. In less than a month he will be competing in the 1,500-metre and 4x400-metre wheelchair relay in Rio, representing Canada at the Paralympic Games. In January 2011, 29-year-old Smyth was in a downhill longboarding...

Packinghouse comes down

Aug 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
Traffic will be affected on a portion of Clement Avenue overnight next week for demolition of an old building. Crews will be at the site of the former BC Tree Fruits packinghouse all next week tearing down the old building. It's part of site remediation by the current owner as he prepares...

Water, energy & a car

Aug 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
When it comes to the electric car business, Tesla is not the only game in town. Electric-car producer Mims Motors wants to give it a run for its money – a move that could park the company right here in Kelowna. Based in Henderson, Nev., Mims Motors was created by Eric Mims as an...

Bargain Shop up for sale

Aug 17, 2016 / 7:58 pm
One of the most controversial pieces of property in downtown Kelowna is up for sale. The site of the former Bargain Shop on Bernard Avenue, is finally up for sale. The asking price: $9.4 million. The block-long store, which was a Woolworths location before converting to a Bargain Shop,...
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