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Kelowna SPCA rescues snake

Jul 10, 2014 / 7:30 pm

It’s not every day that the Kelowna SPCA gets called about snakes. But earlier this week, that was the case when the Interior shelter was asked to help a threatened species of snake on a private property. The Gopher snake, approximately four feet in length, was tangled in some...

Crime car now a police tool

Jul 10, 2014 / 1:26 pm

Thanks to the activity of criminals and gangs The RCMP's Southeast District has a new crime fighting tool. Acting district Supt. Tim Head and BC's Attorney General, Suzanne Anton unveiled the tool, a 2004 Nissan 350Z at a news conference in Kelowna Thursday morning. Photo: Wayne...

Drunken fall breaks the bank

Jul 9, 2014 / 8:46 pm

The details are vague but police, ambulance and fire were called to Rutland Wednesday evening after a woman fell through a window. RCMP on the scene tell Castanet that the woman, approximately in her 40s, was walking past the TD Bank in Plaza 33 on Hwy. 33 when she crashed through the bank...

Chainsaw vandals

Jul 9, 2014 / 4:22 pm

Rolf von Andrian has been putting the final touches on his Myra Canyon Adventure Park for weeks. He has been anticipating his official opening this coming Saturday until a chainsaw wielding vandal, or vandals, made sure that opening would not happen. They cut about halfway through three of...

Business fire

Jul 9, 2014 / 1:57 pm

Fire crews were called to a stubborn fire at Style-Line Manufacturing in Kelowna Wednesday afternoon. When firefighters arrived they discovered a fire billowing from the hopper behind the business at 3251 Sexsmith Road. Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet "On arrival crews found the...

Brownouts shock users

Jul 9, 2014 / 10:29 am

If your power cut-off and on throughout the night Tuesday, you're not alone. FortisBC says high power demand combined with high winds caused intermittent 'brown outs' throughout Kelowna. Spokesman, Michael Allison, says brown outs ran from about 5:30 until 9:30 p.m.. He says it...

Collision slows rush hour

Jul 9, 2014 / 10:00 am

Two people were sent to hospital Wednesday morning after two vehicles collided at Cooper and Harvey (Hwy. 97). Cst. Steve Holmes says their preliminary investigation determined that two vehicles were heading in opposing directions on Cooper when one turned in front of the other, just before 8:40...

Mission responds to rising temps

Jul 8, 2014 / 10:16 am

Soaring temperatures are a signal for many of us to head to the beach, the park, the playground or our favourite golf course. As temperatures reach the low to mid 30s a different set of problems surface for the homeless and those at risk. For people who spend most of the day outside, hot...

Fire near Tolko

Jul 7, 2014 / 7:48 pm

Update 8 p.m.: Fire crews were called to a log pile set ablaze next to the Tolko Mill around 7 p.m. Monday. Platoon Captain Laurie Serres says they are not sure how the fire started, but there are transients in the area. It appears the blaze may have been set deliberately. “There...

Safe landing after scare

Jul 7, 2014 / 2:53 pm

Six airplane passengers are breathing a sigh of relief after landing safely at Kelowna airport. At approximately 12:28 p.m. Monday afternoon, a commercial flight on approach to Kelowna International Airport advised the air traffic control tower that their landing gear may not be functioning...

Hospital gas leak shut-off

Jul 7, 2014 / 12:37 pm

3:40 p.m. update: All roads are now open and cleared except for some construction near Pandosy and Royal. 12:35 update: The gas leak at the hospital has been stopped by FortisBC. RCMP say there may be more work required on the line so traffic on Pandosy will be limited around the hospital...

Brush fire

Jul 6, 2014 / 12:59 pm

Fire crews are working to contain a small brush fire by Lakeshore Road near Bertram Park. The blaze started around 12:30 p.m., the Kelowna fire department is trying to contain the fire. Before crews arrived it was working its way up the hill. It is estimated to be about 50 x 100 feet. We...

Fire destroys building

Jul 6, 2014 / 10:44 am

UPDATED 10:40 A.M. Deputy fire chief Ross Anderson with the Ellison Fire Department said that cause of the fire is believed to be electrical. The property owners said the flames began around a power box in the building. By the time Ellison Fire Department was on scene, all the walls were...

Suspicious fire

Jul 6, 2014 / 7:10 am

The Kelowna Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 4624 Lakeshore Road Sunday morning at around 12:30 a.m.. Photo: Bill Everitt Upon arrival, crews found heavy black smoke coming from the vents of the roof of the vacant commercial building. The fire was located in the...

Castanet's week in review

Jul 6, 2014 / 6:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Park and Play returns to Kelowna

Jul 5, 2014 / 2:20 pm

Giant-sized board games, bouncy castle and an inflatable obstacle course? Must be time for Park & Play! The City of Kelowna’s Park & Play program is back for its sixth season of free family fun. Starting Monday, July 7, until the end of August, the City’s Park & Play...

Bear sightings in Glenmore

Jul 5, 2014 / 1:12 pm

Bears have been sighted on at least two occasions in the Glenmore area last week. Crystal Schwientek said around 9 a.m. on Wednesday she heard her dogs barking and a thump out in the yard. She went outside and saw her garbage bin on its side and a bear running away, up onto a nearby...

Ogopogo sighted in Alberta

Jul 5, 2014 / 5:00 am

Visitors to the Okanagan can relax - Ogopogo is on vacation. Kelowna's famous lake monster was spotted all dolled up country-style in Calgary. Ogie was there atop the city's parade float along with Kelowna's Lady of the Lake and Princess as part of the annual Calgary Stampede...

Tree incident a freak accident

Jul 4, 2014 / 3:46 pm

An incident at Kinsman Park Thursday afternoon where limbs from a tree fell on a woman was an accident that was impossible to predict. That from Blair Stewart, Kelowna's Urban Forestry Supervisor. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon while members of Pathways Abilities Society were...

Pro life warning

Jul 4, 2014 / 3:25 pm

If you live near Kelowna General Hospital you could find an interesting card in your mailbox this weekend. Kelowna's Right to Life Society says it will distribute 1,000 postcards to homes in the hospital area. The mail drop began Friday morning. According to information released by the...

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