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Arctic high, mercury low

Nov 24, 2015 / 2:18 pm
Bundle up, and make sure your home and recreational vehicles are winterized. An Arctic high-pressure ridge coming down from the Yukon means we are in for some cooler than normal temperatures the next few days. Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says overnight temperatures dipping...

Date set for murder trial

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:37 pm
A trial date has been set for the man accused of stabbing Caesar Rosales to death on a Kelowna transit bus last year. Tyler Jack Newton is charged with second-degree murder in the attack that killed 55-year-old Rosales, who bled to death while taking the No. 8 bus home from work on Oct. 30,...

Elderly woman struck

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:31 pm
An elderly woman was sent to hospital after being struck by a car driven by a senior driver at Richter Street and K.L.O. Road Tuesday morning. The gold Hyundai was turning left from the westbound lane of K.L.O. into the southbound lane of Richter at 11:30 a.m. The woman was in the crosswalk...

Alley art, highs and lows

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:26 pm
Ideas from around the world will be considered in a beautification project to spruce up a downtown Kelowna alley. The city aims to turn a portion of the lane that connects the foot of Bernard and Lawrence avenues into something more appealing. It's called placemaking, a way for the city...

Chill means skating time

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:11 pm
Ladies and gentlemen, sharpen your skates. Overnight temperatures well below zero may not be welcome news for most, but they are for those waiting to take a turn on the outdoor rink at Stuart Park. Overnight temperatures are expected to dip to -10C through the weekend, with daytime highs not...

City ends marina madness

Nov 24, 2015 / 5:00 am
The City of Kelowna has put new policies in place to ensure the Manteo marina embarrassment of a year ago doesn't happen again. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations approved an application by the resort to increase slips at the marina from 31 to 172. Many felt...

Weddings left in limbo

Nov 24, 2015 / 5:00 am
Kelsey Matheson is in shock she will no longer be able to have her wedding in her dream location despite booking the venue a year in advance. The bride-to-be received an email late Saturday night from Bo.ttega Farm with the subject: Our sincere apologies. The attached email explained the...

Vandals hit Kelowna Mtn.

Nov 24, 2015 / 5:00 am
The future of Kelowna Mountain is hanging by a thread and now one of its bridges is too. With the onslaught of legal action, threatened foreclosures, bankruptcy and a seemingly bleak future - Kelowna Mountain is taking another blow as vandals have now struck the property. Despite the locked...

How club saved councillor

Nov 23, 2015 / 8:30 pm
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club has helped thousands of youth during the past 13 years. The organization, which came into being as the Kelowna Boys Club in 1959, also had a profound affect on one city councillor. Following a presentation by Boys and Girls Club executive director Diane...

SUV ignites on Hwy. 97

Nov 23, 2015 / 2:07 pm
Traffic is slow moving northbound through Kelowna as a SUV has caught fire on the side of the highway. The vehicle ignited at about 1:40 p.m. on Highway 97 near the intersection with Findlay Road. The front end of the Chevrolet Suburban was engulfed in flames when a Castanet reader snapped...

Meth, cocaine and heroin

Nov 23, 2015 / 1:04 pm
Five people were arrested and two are facing charges after a raid on a Kelowna home last week. The Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Unit along with the Southeast District Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence on the 1200 block of Clifton Road, Nov. 18. The following...

Snow warning issued

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:45 pm
Snow will soon start falling in the Okanagan, with 5 to 10 centimetres expected in Kelowna by Tuesday morning and up to 20 cm in Vernon. Environment Canada is forecasting greater accumulations for higher elevations, such as Joe Rich. Meteorologist Doug Lundquist said the snow will continue...

New air service begins

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:02 pm
New air service between Kelowna and Victoria began today. The first Pacific Coastal Airlines flight from Victoria arrived at YLW this morning and was met by local dignitaries and politicians on the tarmac. The non-stop service will operate seven days a week using a Saab 340 aircraft –...

Help save a life

Nov 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
A bid could change a life. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is hosting its Third Annual Online Auction supporting youth-at-risk in the community with all proceeds from items purchased going directly back to supporting youths who come to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Downtown Youth Centre, or...

Leaps and bounds ahead

Nov 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
When UBC engineering student Trevor Stirling talks about a Miller plus, it has nothing to do with a beverage. Stirling, who is in his third year of electrical engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is heading to the world trampoline championships in Denmark next week. Stirling, a Kelowna...

Women & wine give back

Nov 22, 2015 / 4:37 pm
Cars filled both parking lots and spilled into a street as a golf cart taxied women up and down the hill to a packed Sunday afternoon event at Cedar Creek Estate Winery. The winery on Lakeshore Road hosted the 12th annual Women and Wine Open House to benefit the Kelowna Women's...

MADD remembers

Nov 22, 2015 / 3:04 pm
Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be remembering those who have been killed or injured at the hands of an impaired driver. On Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1 pm, The Central Okanagan Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host their second annual Victims’ Candlelight Vigil to honour and...

Kirschner Mtn. to grow

Nov 22, 2015 / 9:26 am
More housing is being proposed for Kirschner Mountain, across Highway 33 from Black Mountain. The developer is seeking to amend the Official Community Plan to alter the eventual unit composition and density by as much as 25 per cent. The original proposal called for an overall build out of...

Locals lifting at Games

Nov 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
Two of Kelowna’s strongest will be heading to Richmond in December for the 2015 Commonwealth Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships. More than 525 lifters from more than 15 countries will meet at the Richmond Olympic Oval from Dec. 1 – 6. Kim Dennis and Kevin Weiss will be...

Mangan keeps it interesting

Nov 21, 2015 / 5:43 pm
Dan Mangan wants honesty and authenticity in his music. What that means has changed over the years but he's always tried to stay ambitious in his writing. That ambition has led him to Kelowna Saturday night as part of his (almost) solo western Canada tour. Kelowna is one of three stops on...

Learning about the body

Nov 21, 2015 / 3:00 pm
Elementary school students will be given the opportunity to learn how the body works during a visit to UBC’s Okanagan Campus on Monday. Students from grades four to six from Vernon, Lake Country, and Kelowna will tour through the Faculty of Health and Social Development. While at the...

Castanet's week in review

Nov 21, 2015 / 1:33 pm
Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Suspect on 'silver platter'

Nov 21, 2015 / 12:34 pm
UPDATED: NOV. 21 City Pawn played a large role in identifying the suspect in the Sun City Vapors robbery last week. Steve Fosbery, owner of City Pawn, said they had already heard of the break-in that morning, before the stolen property was brought to their store. "We contacted the...

Protest at MCFD

Nov 21, 2015 / 5:00 am
More than 50 people gathered outside the Ministry of Children and Family Development offices in Kelowna Friday afternoon to protest the government's treatment of aboriginal children. The protest fell on Universal Children's Day, a day proclaimed by the United Nations to promote the...

Pack the purse

Nov 20, 2015 / 7:38 pm
Two Kelowna friends are working together to give back to other women in need this holiday season. Chelsey Miller and a friend have started a Facebook group called Pack the Purse. They are asking for donations of gently used purses and items to fill them. Miller said they decided pursue the...

Top chefs coming to town

Nov 20, 2015 / 6:50 pm
A documentary series based on the Canadian Culinary Championships, has been picked up for a second season, and will begin filming in Kelowna in February. The three-episode show follows Canada’s top 11 chefs as they compete in three events over two days. The show will be filmed on Feb. 5...

New robe for local lawyer

Nov 20, 2015 / 2:30 pm
Kelowna lawyer Steven Wilson has a new posting. Wilson has been appointed a master of the Supreme Court of B.C. The appointment takes effect Monday. Affiliated with Pushor Mitchell LLP, Wilson has more than two decades’ experience in commercial and civil litigation. A graduate of the...

Guns drawn at CNC

Nov 20, 2015 / 2:17 pm
Kelowna RCMP arrested two people at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Capital News Centre Thursday night. A third person was apprehended after briefly fleeing from the scene. Const. Joe Duncan said police were called to CNC in the Mission shortly before 8 p.m. after someone noticed a man and...

New non-stop to Victoria

Nov 20, 2015 / 11:42 am
New, non-stop daily flights between Kelowna and Victoria begin Monday. Pacific Coastal Airlines will operate flights twice a day, Monday to Friday, with one flight Saturday and Sunday. Flights are scheduled to depart YLW at 9 a.m. and 6:55 p.m. weekdays, 9:55 a.m. Saturday and 6:55 p.m....

Hero cops recognized

Nov 20, 2015 / 11:38 am
Two Kelowna RCMP members were recently thanked for their action in duty at B.C.’s 35th annual Police Honours Night. The Honours Night recognizes members of independent municipal, First Nations and transit police forces, as well as RCMP members. Sgt. Jeff Meyers and Const. Greg Barnard...

Truck flips into ditch

Nov 20, 2015 / 8:47 am
A black pickup truck flipped into the ditch on Glenmore Road North Friday morning. The truck was heading northbound when its tires caught some gravel on the side of the road, spinning the truck and flipping it on its roof. Emergency crews responded to the accident. The driver and one...

Beautifying Bernard lane

Nov 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
There's a plan afoot to turn the laneway adjacent to The Sails on Bernard Avenue into a usable public space. Called the "Public Place Making Initiative," a portion of the lane that links Bernard and Lawrence avenues will be turned into a vibrant and animated space for...

Keep peace or fight?

Nov 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
The war on terrorism, warfare in the Middle East and the plight of refugees escaping Syria are major hot-button issues in Canada right now – leaving Castanet readers divided and perhaps even a little unsure of what they want. While nearly 68 per cent of voters in a recent Castanet poll...

Typo alert for city signage

Nov 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
A few new City of Kelowna directional signs are missing today after more than one typo was found after they were installed this week. One particular sign typo caught the attention of Phred Martin who posted it to Facebook. The sign located at the entrance to Stuart Park unintentionally read...

Local man killed in Calif.

Nov 19, 2015 / 9:26 pm
UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. Two British Columbia men have died after an SUV crashed into their golf cart at a mobile home park in Thousand Palms, Calif. Jenny Karran said from Kelowna that her 77-year-old husband Neil Karran and his 76-year-old friend Ron Little were killed instantly on Wednesday,...

Around the world at OC

Nov 19, 2015 / 9:00 pm
Throughout the week, Okanagan College has been celebrating diversity at its campuses and inviting students and employees to experience the world's cultures during International Education Week. Since Monday, the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East were represented with...

Thomson to talk trade

Nov 19, 2015 / 8:29 pm
Kelowna-Mission Liberal MLA Steve Thomson will once again head across the Pacific to further ties with some of B.C. largest trading partners. The minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be leading a delegation of more than 30 senior executives from B.C.'s forest...

ERT train in Kelowna

Nov 19, 2015 / 3:44 pm
A police dog bared its teeth, tugging at its leash while RCMP Emergency Response Team members drew their automatic weapons and stormed a house on Sexsmith Road, Wednesday afternoon. An RCMP tactical armoured vehicle blocked the driveway. The home was bad guy-free, though, as the raid was part...

Director delays censure

Nov 19, 2015 / 1:54 pm
A special meeting to determine possible sanctions and censure against RDCO director Patty Hanson has been postponed until her lawyer can be present. The hearing to determine whether Hanson leaked confidential information to Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland was scheduled for 10 a.m....

Spend, then give a little

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:20 am
The Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping frenzy is becoming ever more popular with Canadian consumers. But what about a day to give rather than buy? On Dec. 1, charities and non-profits in the Okanagan are encouraging residents to participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of...
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