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A fire-safe long weekend

May 19, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The Kelowna/Kamloops fire region had no major incidents this Victoria Day long weekend, and that could be thanks to the rain. Erin Catherall with the Provincial Wildfire Coordination Centre said there were no issues with camp fires or cigarette fires as of Monday afternoon, although final...

Boys and Girls Club race

May 19, 2014 / 2:13 pm

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are preparing for the Capital One Race for Kids charity event. The third annual national event is being held May 31 and takes place in 28 communities across the country, including Kelowna and Kamloops. There are 37 teams of four registered for the event so...

Okanagan housing balanced

May 19, 2014 / 9:33 am

The Okanagan-Shuswap housing market has moved from a buyer's market to a balanced market during April, following a steady growth in sales and declining inventory. The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board reported April sales of all MLS properties were up 26% compared to the same time last...

5th annual Westie walk

May 18, 2014 / 9:12 pm

The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, is a Scottish breed of dog that has a distinctive white coat. Other related breeds include George Campbell's Roseneath Terrier and Pittenweem Terriers. The breed is popular in the UK and is in the top third of all breeds in...

Bike crash interrupts hillclimb

May 18, 2014 / 5:04 pm

The Knox Mountain Hillclimb was temporarily interrupted today by a cyclist who crashed on the mountain trail. Emergency crews were called out for the unidentified cyclist who sustained injuries to his left shoulder and hip. The last report was that he was in hospital and...

Man stabbed in Kelowna

May 18, 2014 / 2:39 pm

Police are investigating after a 19-year-old Surrey man was sent to hospital with apparent stab wounds early Sunday morning. On May 18, 2014 at 1:43 am, the Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing victim at Kelowna General Hospital. Earlier that night, two groups of Indo-Canadian men...

Rutland May Days parade

May 18, 2014 / 8:38 am

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Castanet's Week in Review

May 18, 2014 / 6:00 am

Castanet's weekly news update with Jen Zielinski.

Knox Hillclimb for cancer

May 17, 2014 / 2:12 pm

The Knox Mountain Hill Climb returned to Kelowna this weekend for the 57th year in a row to raise money for cancer research. The event featured the rally race up Knox Mountain, a Knox Mountain car show and a Datsun car show which is run separately. Photo: Bill Everitt A Datsun car...

Greenway underpasses closed

May 17, 2014 / 11:35 am

Rising spring runoff water levels have forced the Regional District to close two underpasses along the Mission Creek Greenway. The trail under the Casorso Road bridge and on the south side of Mission Creek at the Gordon Drive bridge are closed until further notice. “The Regional...

Lakeshore Rd. upgrades

May 17, 2014 / 6:00 am

Construction on Lakeshore Road is set to begin Tuesday after the long weekend. Beginning at 7 a.m. May 20 Lakeshore Road from Lexington to Cook roads will be closed to motorists to make way for the $11M upgrade project. The project includes replacement of utilities and the Lakeshore Road...

Parking lot pinball

May 16, 2014 / 3:47 pm

It was like a scene out of a movie - or a demolition derby. An elderly driver apparently lost control of his van and rammed nearly a dozen parked vehicles in the parking lot of Orchard Plaza Shopping Centre Friday afternoon. The incident took place in front of Save On Foods. Photo:...

Motorcyclist taken to hospital

May 16, 2014 / 3:00 pm

A motorcyclist was taken to hospital with possible broken bones after a two vehicle crash Friday afternoon. An RCMP officer at the scene says the motorcyclist was following behind an SUV, as both vehicles travelled northbound on Spall Road. Both drivers were planning to turn right into the...

Truck pins man at Knox Mtn

May 16, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Despite the race beginning Saturday, there was already an accident at the 57th annual Knox Mountain Hillclimb. Robert Trinder was working on removing the drive shaft from a white Chevy pickup with his son Scott, when it fell off of a ramp and into Robert’s head and shoulders. Emergency...

Osprey nest back online

May 16, 2014 / 12:05 pm

The live feed that looks into the lives of some local birds is once again online for the summer. Located just outside of Kelowna, this osprey nest is part of FortisBC’s program that protects the rare birds by discouraging nest building on energized power poles. FortisBC moves the ospreys...

Delays in paper carrier case

May 15, 2014 / 3:10 pm

Another court date, another set of delays for a 24-year-old man accused of running over a paper carrier Dec 7 of last year. Nathan Daniel Fahl, was scheduled for an arraignment hearing Thursday afternoon, but the hearing was adjourned until May 29 to give the Crown more time to review the file....

Dog looks for his owner

May 15, 2014 / 10:00 am

UPDATE MAY 15 9:45 A.M. Case closed. A Chinese Shar-Pei and its owner has been reunited. The owner, a resident on Francis Ave., in Kelowna attended the Dog Control yard and retrieved their dog. The owner was determined to be safe and sound. Further details are unavailable on why calls were...

Facelift for 17km of roads

May 15, 2014 / 6:25 am

The City of Kelowna's 2014 pavement management program is set to begin after the May long weekend. In all, 17km of city roads (eight roads) will be resurfaced this year beginning with a section of Commonwealth Road. The pavement management program prioritizes and determines how to upgrade...

Bike cops hit city streets

May 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Over 100 RCMP officers are trained to patrol on bicycles in Kelowna, and after this week a few more members will be added to that list. A week long program offers police the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with skills to ride safely in traffic and the confidence to ride a bike in a...

Thumbs down to tipping ban

May 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The president of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association was surprised when a BC restaurant decided to ban the practice of tipping. David Jones, owner of Smoke ‘N Water Restaurant in Parksville said he will not allow his staff to accept tips - instead he will offer them a profit...

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