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Kelowna News Nov 5 to 10, 2017

Serwa - with extra mustard

Nov 10, 2017 / 2:59 pm

Kelowna Olympian Kelsey Serwa is training for what may be her last kick at an Olympic medal. She'll be in Kelowna this long weekend, fundraising for her...

Mission Dog Park closing

Nov 10, 2017 / 1:18 pm

Dog lovers be advised, the Mission Recreation Dog Park will be temporarily closed for upgrades starting next week. Work will include new lighting, which will...

Castanet Kid Report

Nov 10, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Castanet's Kid Report with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Big boost for Boys & Girls

Nov 10, 2017 / 11:12 am

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs celebrated their renovated Rutland facility on Thursday. The gymnasium received a makeover thanks to support from the Colin and...

Nov. 11 road closures

Nov 10, 2017 / 10:24 am

Several roads through downtown Kelowna and Rutland will be closed for a brief time Saturday for Remembrance Day. Closures will allow members of the Royal...

Power outage in Glenmore

Nov 10, 2017 / 9:10 am

The power will be going out in parts of Glenmore this morning. FortisBC says customers will have their power turned off from about 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. today....

YLW back on schedule

Nov 10, 2017 / 7:30 am

Flights are back on schedule at Kelowna International Airport. There were a number of delays and cancellations late Thursday and this morning due to...

Taking back guilty plea

Nov 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

A man who pleaded guilty to producing hundreds of fake prescription pills containing an analogue of fentanyl in West Kelowna last February wants to withdraw his...

No freeze for Fortis

Nov 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

The provincial government’s decision to freeze BC Hydro's rates in 2018 likely won’t have any effect on FortisBC customers. FortisBC...

Get shot to beat the bug

Nov 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

People are being encouraged to get their flu shots early to beat the bug. The influenza vaccine is currently available throughout the province at public health...

Snow could delay garbage

Nov 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Central Okanagan Regional District is warning that curbside garbage and recycling collection could be delayed due to the heavy snowfall. If garbage or...

Connector reopened

Nov 9, 2017 / 10:15 pm

UPDATE: 10:15 p.m. DriveBC reports that the westbound lanes of Highway 97C east of Brenda Mine Road reopened at 10 p.m. UPDATE: 7:40 p.m. The westbound lanes...

More addicts getting help

Nov 9, 2017 / 7:30 pm

An addiction centre in the Okanagan is expanding, providing help to more people. Adult and Teen Challenge Society of British Columbia announced a coming...

Given acclaimed at RDCO

Nov 9, 2017 / 4:58 pm

Gail Given will serve a second four-year term as chair of the Regional District of Central Okanagan board. Given, a Kelowna councillor, was acclaimed to the...

Robbery suspect arrested

Nov 9, 2017 / 3:20 pm

Kelowna RCMP have arrested a male after a robbery at a local gas station. Just after 9 p.m. Nov. 4, police were called to a robbery in progress on the 300 block...

The winner is: Canyon Falls

Nov 9, 2017 / 2:10 pm

Construction has yet to begin, but a new middle school in the Upper Mission has a name. Canyon Falls was selected from a short-list of three names put forward...

'She was a strong individual'

Nov 9, 2017 / 11:49 am

Family and friends of Russia Nicholson, the woman who was found dead in a Kelowna Orchard on Oct. 11, have planned a celebration of life for her on Friday. The...

Long drive to dump RV

Nov 9, 2017 / 11:35 am

Trying to get rid of a unusable recreation vehicle in the Okanagan is impossible – unless you can rip apart the entire thing. Kane Blake of the Okanagan...

Lost, but not forgotten

Nov 9, 2017 / 11:34 am

After two years of perseverance, a Kelowna veteran will honour a comrade he never met. Al Schmidt was visiting the cenotaph at Lions Park in Rutland in 2015...

UBCO to remember

Nov 9, 2017 / 9:32 am

Students, faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan’s campus will gather to honour Canada’s military veterans on Thursday. The Remembrance Day Service will...

Be seen, be safe

Nov 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna RCMP have teamed up with ICBC to offer some tips on how to walk safe. As daylight hours slowly slip away, pedestrian safety is top priority right now....

NDP close to nominating

Nov 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna West constituency association is itching to begin campaigning for the byelection in the Kelowna West riding. Association spokesperson Patricia Munro...

Vehicle on fire in driveway

Nov 8, 2017 / 9:42 pm

A vehicle caught on fire in a residential driveway on Wednesday night. Firefighters responded to the scene in Rutland on Bell Road at 7:30 p.m. Once on scene,...

Remembering young vets

Nov 8, 2017 / 7:00 pm

While many picture the elderly Second World War veteran when they think of Remembrance Day, a B.C. Dragoons commanding officer is encouraging Canadians to...

Hiring a constant struggle

Nov 8, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Almost half of Central Okanagan businesses say they're constantly struggling with recruitment. Of the 221 businesses who took part in the Central Okanagan...

Dirt on distracted drivers

Nov 8, 2017 / 5:09 pm

The cost of distracted driving will soon jump across B.C. Drivers with two distracted driving tickets in a three-year period will see their total penalties rise...

Bacon trial delay continues

Nov 8, 2017 / 4:16 pm

The trial of gangster Jonathan Bacon's accused killers has been delayed until January. Lawyers in the long-running murder trial met with Justice Allan...

No Gable decision yet

Nov 8, 2017 / 11:12 am

A swath of land at the end of Gable Road in Lake Country won’t be sold – at least not yet. Lake Country council has decided to hold off on selling...

Regulating Airbnb in Ktown

Nov 8, 2017 / 11:10 am

An increase in the number of illegal short-term rentals continues to be a concern for the City of Kelowna. In an effort to balance the needs of residents,...

$866K in crash damages

Nov 8, 2017 / 10:48 am

A 52-year-old Kelowna woman was awarded more than $850,000 in damages stemming from two car crashes that have left her with significant lasting injuries and...

Medical pot grow busted

Nov 8, 2017 / 9:32 am

RCMP in Kelowna have shut down a medical marijuana operation in the city. Working on a tip from police in Nova Scotia, local RCMP raided a property in the Paret...

Helping those in need

Nov 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Salvation Army in the Central Okanagan is ramping up its efforts to assist those in need at Christmas. The Sally Ann is booking appointments for the annual...

Cyclist hit by vehicle

Nov 7, 2017 / 7:38 pm

Witnesses are telling Castanet a cyclist was struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening. Just before 6 p.m., emergency crews were called to the 2100 block of Michele...

Stuck with burned RV

Nov 7, 2017 / 5:35 pm

Getting rid of a broken and torched recreational vehicle has become extremely difficult. Okanagan Forest Task Force organizer Kane Blake took a gutted and burnt...

Sex assault charge stayed

Nov 7, 2017 / 3:07 pm

A sexual assault charge against the owner of a Kelowna Jugo Juice has been stayed, after the Crown agreed to a peace bond rather than going through a criminal...

Relief from deep freeze

Nov 7, 2017 / 1:46 pm

Wintery conditions are expected to stick around for two more days. Twenty-six cold weather records were broken across the province on Monday, including in...

Nice time for ice wine

Nov 7, 2017 / 1:36 pm

Snow and frigid weather at the beginning of November may not be a welcome sight for many – but it is for ice wine makers. Summerhill Pyramid Winery staff...

Lied about cash in luggage

Nov 7, 2017 / 11:10 am

An elderly Kelowna man is out $2,500 after lying to a border officer about the amount of cash he was carrying on a flight out of the country. Istvan Pesti, a...

Kelowna 'cluster' draws tech

Nov 7, 2017 / 11:09 am

A rapidly expanding tech company, buoyed by its recent success on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, has decided to make Kelowna its second home. Based in...

Full house for beach sale

Nov 7, 2017 / 10:43 am

A large crowd is expected to descend upon Lake Country council chambers tonight. On the agenda, the proposed sale of a portion of Gable Beach in Carr's...

Elderly woman injured

Nov 7, 2017 / 10:27 am

An elderly woman was seen being loaded onto a stretcher after an incident involving a vehicle in Kelowna. Paramedics responded to the scene at about 10:15 a.m....

Award nominations open

Nov 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

Nominations for the City of Kelowna's 43rd annual Civic Awards are now open. The nomination period officially opened Monday, and close Jan. 26. Fifteen...

Survey not all bad news

Nov 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

There were a lot of positives to come out of the latest Kelowna Citizen Survey. That was the message Mayor Colin Basran portrayed Monday afternoon. "Given...

Shelters over capacity

Nov 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

All of the homeless shelters in Kelowna are full and over capacity, causing a critical crisis in the city. The Kelowna Gospel Mission was expecting half a dozen...

Climate change lip service?

Nov 6, 2017 / 7:27 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says he's frustrated at local attitudes on climate change. Basran made the comment after a presentation on extreme weather events...

Record cold temps

Nov 6, 2017 / 11:52 am

The Okanagan felt like the North Pole Monday morning with the third coldest Nov. 6th in history, with a low of -14 C. "As of right now today's forecast...

Volinspire today

Nov 6, 2017 / 7:39 am

Kelowna residents have logged 135,059 volunteer hours in 2017 thanks to a nationwide initiative. The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge was made to...

Planning a neighbourhood

Nov 6, 2017 / 5:54 am

The City of Kelowna is ready to show off its preferred plan for the Capri-Landmark area. A public information session is planned for later this month to provide...

Funds for creek mitigation

Nov 6, 2017 / 5:53 am

The City of Kelowna hopes to take advantage of a Union of BC Municipalities program for flood mitigation planned along Mill Creek. The UBCM provides funds for...

Killed by drunk drivers

Nov 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

A candlelight vigil gave families across the Central Okanagan the chance to come together and honour loved ones lost to impaired drivers. Families from Enderby,...

Standoff ends safely

Nov 5, 2017 / 10:37 pm

UPDATE 10:35 p.m. The standoff between a distraught man and police at West Kelowna's Barona Beach Resort has ended peacefully. “The RCMP wish to...

Vehicle crashes into tree

Nov 5, 2017 / 9:56 pm

A vehicle veered off the road and proceeded to collide into a large tree in Kelowna Sunday night. The black vehicle was driving along the 3300 block of Old...

Found safe and sound

Nov 5, 2017 / 4:18 pm

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. RCMP in Kelowna said a 35-year-old woman has been located safe and sound after she had been reported missing since Wednesday. "Thanks to...

Castanet's week in review

Nov 5, 2017 / 12:07 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

City's cold weather station

Nov 5, 2017 / 11:06 am

Wintery conditions have arrived in Kelowna forcing the homeless to take cover from the cold. City of Kelowna spokesperson Tom Wilson said "Kelowna’s...

Family thankful car found

Nov 5, 2017 / 10:25 am

It was found covered in snow but in working order thanks to an eagle-eyed Kelowna woman who spotted an elderly woman's car. The distraught 85-year-old made...

Missing woman found safe

Nov 5, 2017 / 9:32 am

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. A woman who went missing on Thursday has been located safe, according to her mother. Kierstyn Brittany Patterson, 23, was located on Saturday...

Flood recovery now $3.3M

Nov 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

It turns out earlier estimates of Kelowna's flood recovery costs were a little low. As it sits, the city will be on the hook for slightly less than $3.3...

Art gallery gets upgrade

Nov 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna’s Art Gallery will be getting more space, thanks to financial support from the Government of Canada. The grant allows for a significant upgrade to...