Kelowna News Jul 2 to 8, 2017

An 'emotional' fire fight

Jul 8, 2017 / 8:40 pm

“It's an emotional thing when you see co-workers in the predicament that our people were in today,” said Kelowna Fire Department deputy fire...

3 firefighters sent to KGH

Jul 8, 2017 / 7:15 pm

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. Close to 40 firefighters fought the massive condo blaze on Truswell Road for most of Saturday, with three of them ending up in the hospital. ...

IH: emergency statement

Jul 8, 2017 / 6:53 pm

Interior Health CEO Chris Mazurkewich has issued the following statement on the B.C. wildfire crisis and IH's response to keep patients safe: Interior...

Condo blaze in photos

Jul 8, 2017 / 5:27 pm

Firefighters continue to battle the devastating Water's Edge fire in Kelowna's Mission district. Dramatic photos by Castanet staff and from neighbours,...

YLW: polo to planes

Jul 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

From polo to planes... The City of Kelowna has acquired a Bulman Road property currently leased by the Okanagan Polo Club as future expansion land for Kelowna...

Parks, beaches open

Jul 7, 2017 / 7:30 pm

Several parks and beaches are open for the weekend as the mercury in the Central Okanagan reaches the upper 30's Celsius. The beach at the north end of City...

Lake protection removal

Jul 7, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Through the weekend, flood protection will be removed on private properties along sections of shoreline in Lake Country and West Kelowna. In Lake Country, BC...

Drained during heat wave

Jul 7, 2017 / 6:21 pm

Yesterday’s scorching heat didn’t just push the mercury to record-toppling heights in the Okanagan, it also caused the valley to suck up more...

Making policy 'sexy again'

Jul 7, 2017 / 6:21 pm

The new executive director of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce wants to beef up the chamber’s role as an advocate, pushing for changes that will positively...

Evening Update July 7

Jul 7, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, July 7, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Castanet Kid Report

Jul 7, 2017 / 2:30 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

Lake levels fall 1.3 cm

Jul 7, 2017 / 7:55 am

The levels of both Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes have fallen 1.3 centimetres over the past 24 hours. As of early Friday morning, the level of Okanagan Lake sat...

Car slams deer on Hwy. 33

Jul 7, 2017 / 7:15 am

Occupants of a vehicle on Highway 33 escaped injury when their vehicle collided head-on with a deer Thursday night. The collision occurred about 10 p.m., 15...

The cost of flood protection

Jul 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

The final price tag for what will be three-plus months of battling flood waters in the Central Okanagan will come to tens of millions of dollars. The exact...

Lake 'normal' by August

Jul 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

The man in charge of the dam in Penticton sticks by his original timeline for a return to normal levels on Okanagan Lake. In mid-June, public safety and...

Homeless camps cleared

Jul 6, 2017 / 8:00 pm

A homeless hot spot has been cleared out by Kelowna RCMP. Castanet received several complaints in recent days about homeless camps set up along the rail trail...

Temperature records broken

Jul 6, 2017 / 7:10 pm

Daily temperature records were smashed Thursday throughout the Okanagan. In Kelowna, the 1968 record was beaten by a whopping 2.9 C, with the high temperature...

Knife, bar used in robbery

Jul 6, 2017 / 6:15 pm

Police in Kelowna are looking for a female suspect believed to be responsible for an early morning armed robbery in Kelowna. The incident took place at the...

Evening Update July 6

Jul 6, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, July 6, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Police looking for fire starter

Jul 6, 2017 / 3:40 pm

Police are reaching out to the public to help find the person responsible for a fire in Lake Country that started on the side of the road in the early hours of...

Seniors fight for home

Jul 6, 2017 / 3:00 pm

The majority of seniors living at Orchard Haven Housing Society are worried about the future of their homes. Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in...

Missing money at hospice

Jul 6, 2017 / 2:40 pm

RCMP are investigating the misappropriation of funds from the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. Castanet has learned that $181,000 went missing from COHA...

RDCO bans all campfires

Jul 6, 2017 / 12:30 pm

All campfires will be banned throughout Central Okanagan municipalities and electoral areas, effective noon Friday. The announcement was made this morning in...

Boat launch blocker fined

Jul 6, 2017 / 11:56 am

The Water Street boat launch was packed – but one boater ruined the party. A truck with a boat trailer parked directly in front of one lane of the launch...

Gang trial put on hold

Jul 6, 2017 / 10:22 am

A B.C. Supreme Court trial has been briefly adjourned for three men charged with first-degree murder in a gang-related shooting in Kelowna. Jason McBride,...

Fire near Big White

Jul 6, 2017 / 9:45 am

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. The BC Wildfire Service continues to work on a pair of small fires southeast of Big White. One, about 0.8 hectares in size, is being fought by...

Lake falls another 2cm

Jul 6, 2017 / 7:30 am

Okanagan Lake continues to drop towards what is considered normal levels for this time of year. As of 5:25 this morning, the level of Okanagan Lake had dropped...

US quake felt in Okanagan

Jul 6, 2017 / 6:31 am

Kelowna residents weren't dreaming if they felt the earth shake late Wednesday. Castanet received numerous reports of a possible earthquake that was felt...

Airbnb not legal in Kelowna

Jul 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council is expected to tackle the delicate issue of Airbnb's sometime later this year. The short-term rental solution popular with vacationers...

Murder heads to Supreme

Jul 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

The man accused of a March 2016 murder in Rutland will face trial in Supreme Court. Chad Alphonse, 27, was arrested on the night of March 11, after 26-year-old...

Making up for lost time

Jul 5, 2017 / 9:30 pm

Two months of battling floods has some downtown Kelowna businesses scrambling to make up for lost time. News of the high water levels coupled with dock and...

Tattoos galore

Jul 5, 2017 / 9:30 pm

Talented tattoo artists from across North America and overseas are coming together for a unique show in Kelowna. The fifth annual Okanagan Tattoo Show will take...

Pilates in the vineyard

Jul 5, 2017 / 9:14 pm

A winery and pilates studio have teamed up to create the ultimate outdoor class setting. St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery joins Complete Core Pilates for...

Dog survives poisoning

Jul 5, 2017 / 5:45 pm

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. Despite initially saying a dog had been killed by the poisoned dog treats, Paws it Forward now says the dog is "doing OK." "It...

Evening Update July 5

Jul 5, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, July 5, with reporter Wayne Moore.

150 fun all summer

Jul 5, 2017 / 4:05 pm

Just when you thought the party was over, Festivals Kelowna comes out with more fun activities at Stuart Park to stretch Canada's 150th birthday...

Downtown farmers' market

Jul 5, 2017 / 3:42 pm

Not satisfied with just one location, the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market is branching out. A satellite market will be set up on Bernard Avenue in...

Water advisory lifted

Jul 5, 2017 / 12:50 pm

The City of Kelowna has lifted a water quality advisory for city utility users. The advisory was lifted in consultation with Interior Health after tests of...

Demobilizing from flood

Jul 5, 2017 / 11:57 am

Demobilization of flood protection in the Central Okanagan will continue for another month. That's the latest word from the Central Okanagan Emergency...

Fire risk closes Knox Drive

Jul 5, 2017 / 10:42 am

The City of Kelowna has closed the upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive to vehicle traffic. The closure comes as the fire risk has reached extreme. While...

Heat to intensify

Jul 5, 2017 / 10:29 am

The Okanagan Valley is in for a heat wave. Temperatures are expected to surpass seasonal norms through the rest of the week. A special weather statement from...

Lakes inch toward normal

Jul 5, 2017 / 7:40 am

The slow recession of both Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes toward normal levels continues. The level of Okanagan Lake fell another 1.3 centimetres as of 5:25...

Scooter, car collide

Jul 5, 2017 / 6:33 am

A woman riding a scooter was knocked to the ground Tuesday night in a collision with a car. Just after 8:30 p.m., a blue Honda Prelude collided with the scooter...

Jillian - up close, personal

Jul 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna’s Jillian Harris is embarking on the biggest challenge of hers and longtime fiance Justin Pasutto's lives. A new docu-series called Jillian...

40 years of transit

Jul 4, 2017 / 9:15 pm

Forty years ago, the Kelowna Regional Transit System was put in place, and today bus service connects Vernon to Peachland and the places in between. The 40th...

Kaleden smoke in Kelowna

Jul 4, 2017 / 7:45 pm

Smoke from the wildfire burning in Kaleden is making its way north, which may have some Kelowna residents concerned. The rapidly-growing fire began at about...

Good weekend for tourism

Jul 4, 2017 / 6:30 pm

It's been a slow start to the tourism season in the Okanagan, but Tourism Kelowna says things have started to get back to normal over the July long weekend....

Evening Update July 4

Jul 4, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, July 4, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Chase of prolific offender

Jul 4, 2017 / 4:40 pm

An off duty police officer collared a prolific offender after witnessing him enter private driveways in Kelowna's Lower Mission neighbourhood on Monday....

Boaters played safe - mostly

Jul 4, 2017 / 4:17 pm

Boaters are being commended for playing it safe this long weekend on Okanagan Lake. RCMP in West Kelowna and Kelowna say they were pleased to see almost all...

Diagnosis didn't stop her

Jul 4, 2017 / 4:06 pm

Alisha McFetridge's life took a turn for the worse in 2015. But, after being diagnosed with cancer, she's now training for the Challenge Penticton...

Forests dry, rating extreme

Jul 4, 2017 / 11:46 am

It didn't take long for forests in the Central Okanagan to dry out and the fire danger rating to reach extreme. Hot, dry weather over the past week, and a...

Lake levels dropping

Jul 4, 2017 / 7:30 am

UPDATE: 12 p.m. For the past week, city, regional district and BC Wildfire Service crews made major strides to clean up, and open, as many waterfront beach and...

Lake cleanup gains steam

Jul 4, 2017 / 5:00 am

Crews are continuing to remove some flood defences on Okanagan Lake and are cleaning up debris on public beaches and road ends that are no longer likely to...

Grads clean up party mess

Jul 3, 2017 / 8:40 pm

UPDATE: 8:40 p.m. Students from Kelowna Secondary School report they have cleaned up garbage left after a recent series of bush parties off Greystokes Road,...

Other side of the story

Jul 3, 2017 / 3:33 pm

First Nations dancers offered "the other side of the story" during Kelowna's Canada Day celebrations on Saturday. The Rethink150: Indigenous Truth...

$50K boost for Foundry

Jul 3, 2017 / 3:04 pm

A first of its kind youth mental health initiative has received a $50,000 boost from an Okanagan credit union. Foundry Kelowna is the recipient of the grant...

'We're lucky' on fire

Jul 3, 2017 / 1:36 pm

Motorists and residents near the Oyama stopped to take in the forest fire Sunday evening. Trevor Long captured multiple videos of the blaze that took place on...

Lake level dropped

Jul 3, 2017 / 10:57 am

Okanagan lake continues to lower. The lake now sits at 342.983 metres above sea level. The lake is still 54 centimetres above full pool. Those residents and...

Bring on the heat

Jul 3, 2017 / 10:16 am

Kelowna has seen a lot of sunshine over the past couple of weeks and that trend will continue. It's a perfect day for your Monday of the long weekend. The...

Okanagan Top 10 - July

Jul 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

Culture Vulture TV's Leanne Allen is back with this month's Castanet Top 10. Get out there and enjoy some of these local events. Want more? Check out...

Skiing on Canada Day

Jul 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

While the rest of the Okanagan gravitated toward lakes and golf courses on Canada Day, a group of hardy souls went skiing and snowboarding for the day. The...

Kielburger coming to town

Jul 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

Motivational speaker and philanthropist Craig Kielburger will visit Kelowna this fall. Kielburger, co-founder of the WE organization, will speak at Kelowna...

Kelowna pilot's epic journey

Jul 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna pilot will embark on the trip of a lifetime in January. Kelowna Flying Club president Dave McElroy will join two other pilots on a 20,000-mile...

Hells Angel dies

Jul 2, 2017 / 12:29 pm

UPDATE: 12:16 p.m. The former second in command of Kelowna's Hells Angels' chapter has died after a lengthy illness, confirmed his lawyer on Sunday....

Crash knocks out power

Jul 2, 2017 / 6:20 am

Power was knocked out to a large swath of Kelowna overnight. A crash on Springfield Road brought down a power line, cutting power to almost 1,700 homes just...

Strike out the stigma

Jul 2, 2017 / 5:00 am

Diabetes Canada will be hosting a first ever fundraiser to strike out diabetes stigma in partnership with the Kelowna Falcons baseball team at two games against...