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Kelowna News Dec 24 to 30, 2017

Samaritans save snowed taxi

Dec 30, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Several good samaritans in Kelowna saved a snowed-in taxi on the city's streets on Saturday, near downtown. A Castanet reader said the taxi had slid into a...

Man dies at YLW

Dec 30, 2017 / 2:30 pm

An elderly man from the North Okanagan died at the Kelowna International Airport Thursday night, just after getting off of his flight. Emergency crews,...

New fees for new year

Dec 30, 2017 / 1:17 pm

With a new year, come new fees. Starting Jan. 1, fees for dumping garbage at the Glenmore Landfill will increase. The city says the increase will ensure...

A break from new snow

Dec 30, 2017 / 10:25 am

UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. The Okanagan may have seen its last bit of new snow for several days, after a significant snowfall Friday night, through Saturday morning. ...

New highs at YLW

Dec 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna International Airport is the fastest growing airport in Canada, according to preliminary numbers from YLW. "We will be over the 1.9 million...

2. Feeling fire's wrath

Dec 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

A raging wildfire that turned out to be arson destroyed eight Lake Country homes in July. The Okanagan Centre Wildfire tore through homes after sweeping quickly...

Take plunge into 2018

Dec 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

Hardy souls can shake off New Year's Eve hangovers, or just get an invigorating start to 2018, by taking part in one of several polar bear dips around the...

YLW medical emergency

Dec 29, 2017 / 11:46 pm

UPDATE: 11:46 p.m. The woman was taken off the aircraft by paramedics and was driven away in an ambulance. After a lengthy delay, passengers on Flight AC4608...

How to ring in New Year

Dec 29, 2017 / 8:25 pm

Looking for something fun to do this New Year's Eve? Don't head to Big White unless you already have a room. Senior V.P. Micheal J. Ballingall says...

Cancellations at YLW

Dec 29, 2017 / 6:36 pm

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. As of this evening, eight flights have been cancelled out of Kelowna International Airport. YLW senior manager of airport operations Phillip...

Shuttle bus crash

Dec 29, 2017 / 6:16 pm

The conditions are getting worse throughout the Okanagan. A Castanet reader has sent a picture of a Lake City shuttle bus after it crashed into a street light....

Snowy fun for pups

Dec 29, 2017 / 1:30 pm

While small dogs could find themselves disappearing in the recent Okanagan snowfall, a Kelowna kennel has found a way to get its pint-sized charges the exercise...

Okanagan powder heaven

Dec 29, 2017 / 11:35 am

While the cold weather in much of the East is hurting the ski business, here in the West conditions couldn't get much better. Big White reports seven...

Lapdog brutally attacked

Dec 29, 2017 / 10:15 am

Karen Lutz is devastated after her beloved lapdog was attacked and killed just before the holidays. It was a solemn Christmas for the Kelowna resident and her...

Brace for more snow

Dec 29, 2017 / 7:39 am

Just when you thought it was safe to head outdoors, Environment Canada has issued another snowfall warning for all of the Okanagan. A Snowfall warning is now in...

Coquihalla open, slippery

Dec 29, 2017 / 5:43 am

UPDATE: 5:40 a.m. As of about 3:15 a.m. Friday, DriveBC is reporting the Coquihalla Highway open, but still under a travel advisory. Heavy snowfall should be...

Students head overseas

Dec 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

Two Okanagan College students will be able to study abroad after receiving thousands of dollars from a scholarship. Grace Oswald and Kira Johnson were two of 29...

Across lake swim turns 70

Dec 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

Canada's largest and longest-running open water swim event, held right here in Kelowna, is celebrating its 70th year this summer. The Interior Savings...

3. Battling floods, smoke

Dec 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

Floods, landslides, fire, smoke. There's no doubt Mother Nature hit the Okanagan hard in 2017 – but surprisingly, it didn't hit tourism as much as...

Sharing stories of Clara

Dec 28, 2017 / 8:15 pm

Despite the snow and freezing temperatures, well over 100 people joined together in Kelowna's Stuart Park Thursday evening to remember Clara Forman and her...

Closer to JoeAnna's House

Dec 28, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Sick kids at Kelowna General Hospital got a helping hand this Christmas. The KGH Foundation received $37,490 from Central Okanagan Shoppers Drug Mart...

25 cm more snow on way

Dec 28, 2017 / 4:16 pm

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. If you thought the snow would end any time soon, think again. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Kelowna, Vernon...

Get parked cars off street

Dec 28, 2017 / 2:13 pm

Get your cars off the street – and give snow plow drivers a break. The City of Kelowna has implemented a parking ban on designated snow routes for the...

After 61 yrs, auxiliary folds

Dec 28, 2017 / 11:42 am

A charitable organization that has supported Kelowna General Hospital for more than 60 years is closing its doors. A lack of new blood has forced the end for...

Do you know this man?

Dec 28, 2017 / 10:55 am

The Kelowna RCMP is appealing to the public for help identifying a person-of-interest related to a theft investigation. Anyone with information about the...

Vigil for Clara and daughters

Dec 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

A candlelight vigil will be held in Stuart Park Thursday evening in memory of a Kelowna woman and her two young daughters who were found dead inside their...

4. Fentanyl crisis deepens

Dec 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

The opioid crisis continued to ravage Canada in 2017, with fentanyl hitting B.C. hardest. The province declared a state of emergency in April 2016 after drug...

Highway 5 moving again

Dec 27, 2017 / 10:15 pm

UPDATE: 10:15 p.m. One lane of southbound traffic has been opened up on Highway 5, just south of Kamloops, after a crashed semi truck blocked the highway...

More snow to come

Dec 27, 2017 / 10:05 pm

UPDATE: 10:05 p.m. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Central and North Okanagan, with 10 to 15 centimetres expected to fall in the next...

Major plans for Gyro Beach

Dec 27, 2017 / 7:30 pm

The developers of a long-abandoned proposal for a major development at Gyro Beach hope to give the project a second life. Vancouver’s Cressey Development...

Skating on the streets

Dec 27, 2017 / 5:00 pm

There is a new way to travel in Kelowna. A man was captured skating on the streets of Kelowna in a video recently posted to Facebook. Kelowna videographer Aaron...

Do you know wanted man?

Dec 27, 2017 / 2:45 pm

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 52-year-old wanted man from Kelowna. Cal Douglas Little is wanted for robbery, firearms and...

More snow on the way

Dec 27, 2017 / 11:16 am

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Okanagan. "Arctic air over the Interior will combine with moisture advancing from the...

Chip it, don't chuck it

Dec 27, 2017 / 9:53 am

Chip – don't chuck – your Christmas tree. The Regional District of Central Okanagan is urging residents to dispose of natural Christmas trees in...

5. Christy rides into sunset

Dec 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

The ink had barely dried on the transfer of power in the B.C. legislature, when Christy Clark bid a fond farewell. Clark, who had been replaced by NDP Leader...

Rockets back on the ice

Dec 26, 2017 / 8:46 pm

The Kelowna Rockets will take on the Kamloops Blazers tomorrow night at Prospera Place. It will be the first game back from the holiday break. "We're...

Single vehicle rollover

Dec 26, 2017 / 7:24 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of a vehicle incident near Peachland. At about 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday emergency crews responded to a call of a vehicle rollover on...

'Unimaginable tragedy'

Dec 26, 2017 / 1:41 pm

Three candles were placed in front of a Christmas tree in memory of a Kelowna woman and her two young daughters that were found dead just one week ago. Clara...

Ready, set, shop

Dec 26, 2017 / 11:59 am

UPDATE: 12 p.m. The cold weather didn't stop eager shoppers from heading to the malls on Boxing Day. Orchard Park Shopping Centre had families swarming the...

Building Hindle overpass

Dec 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is looking for qualified contractors for the next phase of John Hindle Drive. A Request for Qualifications was issued earlier this week for...

6. Shocking, fiery collapse

Dec 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Four firefighters stood trapped on a fourth-floor balcony of the Water's Edge condo construction site, as flames engulfed the entire building. The fire...

Cops make dream a reality

Dec 25, 2017 / 9:00 am

The dream of building JoeAnna’s House has come closer to reality. JoeAnna’s House is a home away from home for families having to travel to Kelowna...

2017 ends with wintery grip

Dec 25, 2017 / 8:00 am

It looks as if 2017 will go out like a lion. Environment Canada is forecasting some snow and cold temperatures throughout the final week of the year....

Hugs are free Boxing Day

Dec 25, 2017 / 6:28 am

Everyone deserves a hug during the Christmas season. Kelowna’s Free Hug Team is getting together for the eighth year to make people’s day a little...

7. Wildfire burns close

Dec 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Strong winds tore through Joe Rich on Aug. 24, quickly whipping up a dramatic wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 1,100 homes. Through the co-ordinated...

YLW running smoothly

Dec 24, 2017 / 2:57 pm

UPDATE: 4:04 p.m. Just one flight out of YLW was cancelled today so far. Air Canada 8406 for Calgary was grounded due to problems with the aircraft, leaving...

Castanet's week in review

Dec 24, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Bundle up on Xmas eve

Dec 24, 2017 / 11:44 am

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. The coldest day on record for December according to the Weather Network goes back to December 28, 1996, when it was -22. The warmest was...

Christmas in Kelowna

Dec 24, 2017 / 10:59 am

Wondering what's going on at the city over the holidays? Kelowna City Hall will be closed for the holidays from Monday, Dec. 25, through Monday, Jan. 1,...

No Dr drought in Peachland

Dec 24, 2017 / 7:45 am

Looking for a doctor in the new year? You might want to consider moving to Peachland B.C. if you don’t live there already. You see partly because...

Fire at Glenmore landfill

Dec 24, 2017 / 6:32 am

Fire broke out at the Glenmore landfill in Kelowna Saturday night. The fire was reported in the solid waste structure at the landfill about 8:40 p.m., on the...

8. Tourist centre tempest

Dec 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

For about a decade, Tourism Kelowna has looked for a suitable downtown location for its tourist information centre. The highway location was no longer viable,...