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New tech for emergencies

May 9, 2014 / 2:02 pm

A new collaboration between the Kelowna Fire Department and a Vancouver based software company will soon bring real time emergency data to the masses. The idea for a Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS) was formulated following the events of the 2003 Okanagan Mountain...

Reaction to power outage

May 9, 2014 / 1:00 pm

A power outage in downtown Kelowna Thursday afternoon had some businesses closing their doors mid-service. Dave Willoughby owner of Doc Willoughby's Pub was frustrated by the outage. "Our sales were more than cut in half yesterday," he said. "I know they're...

Honouring Canada at home

May 9, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Dozens of men, women, armed service personnel and first responders showed up at Kelowna International Airport Friday morning to honour Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan. For the 10-year period between 2001 and 2011, Canadian Forces lost 158 lives to the Afghan war. “It’s...

Bulman Bridge reopens

May 9, 2014 / 11:00 am

UPDATE MAY 9 11 A.M. - The City of Kelowna has reopened Bulman Road bridge located on Bulman Road, south of Shadow Ridge Golf Course. The bridge closed Monday due to Mill Creek’s high water levels. The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed Bulman Road bridge, located on Bulman Road,...

Power restored

May 9, 2014 / 10:30 am

UPDATE MAY 9 10:30 A.M. - Turns out it was a faulty underground cable that caused Thursday's power outage in downtown Kelowna. Power went out shortly before 4 p.m. and was restored for most of those affected by about 8 p.m. FortisBC officials say because the problem was underground crews...

Assault suspect apprehended

May 9, 2014 / 10:03 am

A 22-year-old Kelowna man is facing a number of criminal charges, including assault, after an early morning incident Thursday. Shortly after 2:30 a.m police were called to the scene of a reported assault, which had just occurred at a home in the 500 block of Girard Road. A 22-year-old...

Downtown hotel off to council

May 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

City staff like it. A majority of people at a public open house liked it. Monday, developers of a proposed 24 storey downtown hotel and conference centre hope City Council will like it as well. Westcorp Properties of Edmonton are proposing the project which would be built on the former Willow...

Getting RID of drunk drivers

May 8, 2014 / 12:58 pm

So far, so good. A program aimed at getting suspected drunk drivers off the road is netting results. The program, RID 911 (Report Impaired Drivers to 9-1-1) was instituted a year ago with the support of City of Kelowna, RCMP and the MADD Central Okanagan Chapter. “In the first year...

Reaction to Foerster sentence

May 7, 2014 / 7:06 pm

Speaking to the media for perhaps the last time, Marie Van Diest showed no sympathy as Stephen Foerster was sentenced for his part in covering up his son’s killing. “They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and in this case I think it’s definitely true,”...

Killer's dad gets 3 years

May 7, 2014 / 3:36 pm

Update -- 3:30 p.m. During sentencing submissions for Stephen Foerster, the Crown contended that he lied to police about the location of his son for five months as the RCMP rigorously conducted their investigation into the death of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest. While the RCMP attempted...

Woman assaulted at bus stop

May 7, 2014 / 1:39 pm

Kelowna RCMP are looking for a man wanted after a 56-year-old woman was assaulted at a bus stop last month. The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the bus stop located on Rutland Road North near Centennial Park. Witnesses to the incident called police after the...

Best tap water in BC

May 7, 2014 / 1:23 pm

The tap water in Kelowna is clear, clean and refreshing. It is also, according to the BC Water & Waste Association, the best tap water in BC. In a recent blind tap water competition held in Whistler, BC, four trained aqualiers (water experts) tasted 11 community's water and chose...

Short Stop armed robbery

May 7, 2014 / 11:08 am

Kelowna RCMP are looking for man in connection with an armed robbery at the Short Stop Beer, Wine & Liquor Store. The robbery occurred about 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. According to police the man entered the beer and wine store, brandished a knife and demanded all the cash in the...

Kelowna raid nets budder

May 7, 2014 / 11:06 am

UPDATE 11:00 A.M. MAY 7: Kelowna RCMP are now saying what they found at the apartment on Monday was actually 'Marijuana Budder' not marijuana butter as they had previously reported. Budder production is more volatile than butter. ORIGINAL STORY: Fire, police, Hazmat and...

Seniors torn apart

May 7, 2014 / 7:30 am

Two BC seniors who were forced into separate homes are pleading for a chance to live together again. Health officials moved Alex Munroe away from his wife June after his health worsened last year. As a result, the couple celebrated their 64th anniversary on Tuesday with different...

3 vie for cop shop contract

May 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

And then there were three. That's the number of companies still in the running to design and construct Kelowna's new $48M RCMP Detachment building. The evaluation team, which consisted of three city staff members and two consultants, received a total of 10 responses to the Request for...

Hero stops fleeing driver

May 6, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Last week we told you about a good Samaritan who chased after a suspected drunk driver fleeing the scene after striking a pedestrian. The driver had hit a young woman in a crosswalk at Ethel and Harvey so hard that she was thrown 40-feet into the air. The good Samaritan, who chased after the...

Triathlon unveils Big Balls

May 6, 2014 / 2:20 pm

The press release said it all - well, sort of. Kelowna media were invited to a news conference where a new apple variety was being introduced that would make its debut at this year's Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon Kelowna. The event was held at the Laurel Packinghouse and co-sponsored by...

Killer's dad to plead guilty

May 6, 2014 / 1:03 pm

Stephen Foerster is expected to enter a guilty plea when he returns to the Kelowna Courthouse on Wednesday morning. Foerster is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and obstructing justice in the 2011 death of Taylor Van Diest. His son, Matthew Foerster, was found guilty last month...

Multiple morning wrecks

May 6, 2014 / 12:44 pm

Photo: Ragnar Haagen Photo: Ragnar Haagen Photo: Ragnar Haagen Photo: Ragnar Haagen Emergency crews had a busy morning responding to two traffic accidents in opposite parts of Kelowna on Tuesday. The first crash happened around 11 a.m. on Glenmore Road...

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