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Kelowna News Dec 3 to 9, 2017

Market proves popular

Dec 9, 2017 / 6:00 pm

Thousands of items got ticked off Christmas lists Saturday at the fifth annual Craft Culture Holiday Market taking place at Prospera Place in Kelowna. The...

Grinch hits home twice

Dec 9, 2017 / 12:30 pm

A holiday Grinch hit the same home twice Friday, making off with Christmas decorations right from the front lawn. Bryan Smith caught the first theft on his...

Not in my backyard

Dec 9, 2017 / 10:00 am

Kelowna business owners are pushing back against a new supportive housing complex set to go up in the Mill Creek Commerce Park. Toni Gaspari, one of the...

New firehall for Glenmore

Dec 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

Glenmore will get a new firehall. The issues remain where, and when. An analysis of firefighting needs in Kelowna, produced by Darkhorse Analytics, is at odds...

Convicted in stabbing

Dec 8, 2017 / 4:45 pm

A Kelowna man could face jail time after he was convicted in a road rage incident that led to a stabbing 18-months ago. The incident occurred on May 21, 2016 in...

Remembering Maddie

Dec 8, 2017 / 3:04 pm

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. There has been an outpouring of sympathy and support from the community to the family and friends of Madison Fine. The family declined to...

Castanet Kid Report

Dec 8, 2017 / 1:00 pm

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

Thousands raised in memory

Dec 8, 2017 / 11:03 am

A local lawyer is looking to donate even more funds to the Kelowna Women's Shelter this year in memory of his daughter. Kristen Porrelli died in July 2014...

Shut the 'Grinch' down

Dec 8, 2017 / 10:57 am

Christmas may be the season of giving, but police are reminding everyone that thieves don't take the holidays off. As online shopping expands, thieves have...

Ministry pulls Waldorf funds

Dec 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

A year after dozens of students left the Kelowna Waldorf School, the provincial government has pulled its funding for the school. The independent school, which...

Christmas crafts come alive

Dec 7, 2017 / 8:00 pm

It's billed as the largest holiday craft and artisan market in Kelowna. The third annual Craft Culture Holiday Market comes to Prospera Place Saturday Dec....

Initial tax hike, 3.59%

Dec 7, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Kelowna city council will be presented with a 2018 budget which includes a tax increase of 3.59 per cent. That's slightly less than the 3.84 per cent...

3-vehicle crash at Leathead

Dec 7, 2017 / 4:25 pm

Emergency crews are at the scene of a three-vehicle pile-up in Kelowna. The collision appears to have occurred around 4 p.m. at Highway 97 and Leathead Road....

Skate on Canada 150 Rink

Dec 7, 2017 / 4:10 pm

A Kelowna hockey team will represent British Columbia on the big stage. The Kelowna Peewee Female Rec Devils will lace up their skates and play on the Canada...

Nutcracker sure to delight

Dec 7, 2017 / 11:24 am

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. Kelowna's 28th edition of the Nutcracker has officially sold out as of Thursday morning. ORIGINAL: 9 a.m. Kelowna’s Nutcracker is...

Letnick finds candidate

Dec 7, 2017 / 11:09 am

Norm Letnick has found the man he would like to see lead the BC Liberal party into the next provincial election. The Kelowna-Lake Country MLA announced Thursday...

Rock the Lake lineup

Dec 7, 2017 / 10:59 am

The lineup for "Rock the lake" has been announced and features some big names. The third annual event features, Randy Bachman, Little River Band, Men...

Honouring women killed

Dec 7, 2017 / 10:40 am

Carol Taylor has been to over 20 vigils to remember women who have been murdered by men. She hopes in her lifetime, that one day she won’t have to attend...

Police seek missing man

Dec 7, 2017 / 9:04 am

Kelowna RCMP need your help to locate 21 year old Nathan Guy Durant, last seen November 29, 2017. Police do not believe foul play is involved at this time and...

Sheriff challenges charge

Dec 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

The former Kamloops sheriff who faces child luring charges after being caught up in a Creep Hunter's sting will challenge the constitutionality of one of...

Kelowna needs a new boss

Dec 6, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Ron Mattiussi has put his employer on notice. You may want to begin looking for a new manager. Mattiussi, Kelowna's long-time city manager, has let it be...

Christmas bus service

Dec 6, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Kelowna Regional Transit System is shifting gears for Christmas. The holiday service schedule starts December 24th and goes through to January 2nd. Transit...

Student wins tuition money

Dec 6, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A Kelowna Secondary School student got more than expected while attending a career fair. Braeden Lambert attended Okanagan College’s 36th annual Career...

Grandpa wins $16.7M

Dec 6, 2017 / 3:16 pm

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. Kelowna's Clifford Britch is B.C.’s newest millionaire. The 70-year-old man could hardly believe it when he found out he won, while...

Fined for fatal cyclist hit

Dec 6, 2017 / 3:10 pm

The commercial truck driver who accidentally crushed and killed a bicyclist on Baron Road in April 2016 pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention...

Fire out, buckets of water

Dec 6, 2017 / 2:44 pm

Kelowna fire crews were called to DeHart Avenue just after 1 p.m. for reports of a deck fire. "Upon arrival we showed up at the residence here and the...

Tourism toll not that bad

Dec 6, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Summer was not as bad as it could have been for the Kelowna tourism industry. Coming on the heels of historic floods, devastating wildfires, and constant thick...

Remembering the women

Dec 6, 2017 / 1:47 pm

On the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, local social agencies across the province are honouring women who are victims of violence and...

Jailed for molesting daughter

Dec 6, 2017 / 12:45 pm

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m The mother of a young girl who was molested by her father has taken issue with the judge's characterization that she doesn't think her...

Thomson supports Stone

Dec 6, 2017 / 12:15 pm

BC Liberal leadership hopeful Todd Stone has received a high-level endorsement. Kelowna-Mission MLA and former Forests Minister Steve Thomson has thrown his...

Rockets on launch pad

Dec 6, 2017 / 11:02 am

Kelowna will be well represented at this year's World Junior try-out camp in St. Catharines, Ont., Dec. 12-15. Among the 32 players invited to camp are...

Powerhouse Mamas

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

It started as a Kelowna Facebook group back in 2014 for mothers to be able to share items with other mothers. Since then, it has grown exponentially, spreading...

Public park, private funds

Dec 5, 2017 / 6:00 pm

The KLO Neighbourhood Association is frustrated with the lack of any construction on a waterfront park in the South Pandosy area. A development plan for what is...

Leadership hopeful in town

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:33 pm

The Liberal leadership train is stopping in Kelowna. Provincial Liberals will be meeting at the Hotel Eldorado Wednesday for what the party called a...

Rig downs multiple lines

Dec 5, 2017 / 3:30 pm

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say an excavator with its boom extended was the cause of a morning commute calamity in the Springfield Road area Tuesday morning....

182 new daycare spaces

Dec 5, 2017 / 2:59 pm

The provincial government will spend more than $1.1 million to create 182 new daycare spaces in the Central Okanagan. The announcement, earlier this week, is...

Bathrooms to be inclusive

Dec 5, 2017 / 1:16 pm

The City of Kelowna is beginning a process that will make all city operated, single-stall washrooms gender inclusive. Infrastructure manager Ian Wilson said...

Ensuring no hungry kids

Dec 5, 2017 / 11:45 am

Over 4,000 children in the Central Okanagan are at risk of going hungry. Food for Thought hopes to change that by providing free breakfast to 30 schools in the...

Growing like "weeds"

Dec 5, 2017 / 8:08 am

A major cannabis producer has set up shop in Kelowna, and is promising to open a series of production facilities over the next couple of years that will bring...

Concerns for new school

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council said yes to the design of a new middle school in the Upper Mission - but not without some reservations. Council was asked to approve the...

Imagine a future Kelowna

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

What will Kelowna look like in 25 years? That question was central to the largest, and most ambitious public engagement process the city has ever undertaken....

Remembering loved ones

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Loved ones can be honoured and remembered this holiday season by placing an ornament on a Tree of Memories at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Starting...

Big White opens more lifts

Dec 4, 2017 / 8:10 pm

More ski runs will open up at Big White later this week. The hill announced earlier Monday both the Powder Chair and the T-bar will open for the season this...

Hodge returns to work

Dec 4, 2017 / 5:15 pm

Charlie Hodge returned to the city council table Monday afternoon. The Kelowna city councillor was back in his chair nearly six weeks after major jaw...

'Really peculiar situation'

Dec 4, 2017 / 5:00 pm

B.C. will be getting some abnormal weather over the next couple of days, according to Environment Canada. "A really peculiar situation is occurring across...

Narrow miss for firefighters

Dec 4, 2017 / 4:04 pm

The driver of a Dodge pickup truck narrowly missed striking Lake Country firefighters who were already at the scene of a collision, RCMP reported. A North...

Big Towne Centre changes

Dec 4, 2017 / 3:26 pm

The new owners of downtown Kelowna’s Towne Centre Mall have unveiled their vision for a major redevelopment at the shopping centre. Colliers International...

Mission shed fire

Dec 4, 2017 / 2:26 pm

The Kelowna Fire Department has responded to reports of a structure fire in the Upper Mission area just after 2 O'clock this afternoon. Multiple fire...

Seinfeld, Santana coming

Dec 4, 2017 / 11:57 am

Kelowna’s Prospera Place announced a trio of shows this morning. The third annual Rock the Lake music festival returns Aug. 10-12 outside the arena...

Stupka runs for Greens

Dec 4, 2017 / 10:38 am

The B.C. Green Party is pleased to announce that Robert Stupka is its candidate for the Kelowna West by-election. Stupka is a professional engineer, Certified...

Rockets ready with teddy

Dec 4, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Rockets paid a special visit to Kelowna General Hospital Sunday afternoon to hand out teddy bears to patients. "A bunch of people in the...

Road widening not planned

Dec 4, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna has no imminent plans to widen Glenmore Road. The question was posed to the city's integrated transportation manager following an...

Local hockey focus of doc

Dec 4, 2017 / 5:00 am

A filmmaker who grew up playing minor hockey in Kelowna came back to his hometown to investigate how the sport he loves has changed. Sam Finlay's six-part...

Okanagan Top 10 - Dec.

Dec 3, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Culture Vulture TV's Leanne Allen is back with another Okanagan Top 10 full of fun things to see and do during the month of December.

3 MVIs in Lake Country

Dec 3, 2017 / 12:56 pm

UPDATE: 12:55 p.m. The RCMP were on scene at a Highway 97 vehicle crash in Lake Country Sunday morning when a driver went through the scene, clipped a fire...

Castanet's week in review

Dec 3, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Film fest views disability

Dec 3, 2017 / 9:17 am

The province has released its third annual accessibility progress report, timed in honour of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations' International Day...

Big White lights up

Dec 3, 2017 / 6:59 am

It's just what the doctor ordered for local ski hills. Big White ski resort held its Christmas light up Saturday night as snow fell. On Sunday morning, the...

Report: stuck in the middle

Dec 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna finds itself in a unique position at this point in its growth as a city. That according to the latest report in the Imagine Kelowna project which looks...