Kelowna News Dec 31, 2017 to Jan 6, 2018

Plows forgot about block?

Jan 6, 2018 / 2:57 pm

A Black Mountain resident says her neighbourhood appears to have been forgotten by Kelowna's snow-removal crews. While the City said Wednesday that all...

Bucking employment trend

Jan 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Central Okanagan is trending in the opposite direction compared with the rest of the country when it comes to employment numbers. While the country as a...

Phase 4 of Central Green

Jan 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council will be asked to approve the second of four rental apartments on the Central Green site when it returns from the Christmas break Monday....

Average topping $1 million

Jan 5, 2018 / 8:00 pm

While a flurry of new condo construction is poised to "transform" downtown Kelowna, the average home price in some city neighbourhoods has, for the...

Local game Facebook's best

Jan 5, 2018 / 4:21 pm

A Kelowna game developer’s flagship title has received some high praise, after social media giant Facebook named it one of its games of the year. Hyper...

Tire explosion 'like a bomb'

Jan 5, 2018 / 2:34 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. Neighbours were alerted to a tractor-trailer fire in Rutland Thursday night by the sound of an exploding tire. It sounded like a bomb, one...

Freezing rain covers Valley

Jan 5, 2018 / 11:48 am

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. DriveBC has re-issued travel advisories for the Coquihalla and Okanagan Connector, as well as Highway 33 and Highway 97 through the Okanagan....

Semi cleared on Hwy 97

Jan 5, 2018 / 10:45 am

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. The semi truck blocking the southbound lanes of Highway 97 Friday morning has been cleared and traffic is once again moving in the area. ...

Broken Ladder scores gold

Jan 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

BC Tree Fruits has won North American recognition for its Broken Ladder cider. Its Apples & Hops cider won a gold medal at the North American Cidercraft...

That's some frosty web

Jan 4, 2018 / 6:30 pm

In Charlotte's Web, the spider wrote: "Some Pig." But if Wilbur were around in Kelowna, the pig might say that's "Some Web." Kelowna...

Harder for OK homebuyers

Jan 4, 2018 / 4:43 pm

Buying a home is now tougher for many Okanagan residents, thanks to new federal mortgage regulations that went into effect on Jan. 1. Tracy Head, a Kelowna...

Hit and run suspect nabbed

Jan 4, 2018 / 3:47 pm

One man is in police custody following a hit and run in Kelowna Thursday afternoon. RCMP say a Mazda minivan fled the scene of a two-vehicle collision at...

Big makeover for Chapters

Jan 4, 2018 / 1:35 pm

A multimillion-dollar renovation at Orchard Park Shopping Centre will see a dramatic transformation at one of the mall’s flagship retailers. Renovations...

Relief for downtown streets

Jan 4, 2018 / 1:32 pm

If you've had trouble negotiating downtown Kelowna sidewalks and streets the last few days, the end is in sight. City crews will begin overnight snow...

Gold medal pints and plates

Jan 4, 2018 / 10:32 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships has added Gold Medal Pints to its repertoire. Brewers were invited to pour at regional events leading up to the...

Inferno forces family out

Jan 4, 2018 / 10:18 am

At least four families are out on the street after an early morning fire on the 1200 block of Cameron Avenue Wednesday morning. One family who lived on the...

Kelowna chimney fire

Jan 4, 2018 / 8:01 am

Kelowna fire has been busy the last couple of days. They responded to a garage fire in an alley at Flintoff Avenue Wednesday night. Kelowna Fire Platoon Captain...

Billing penalty an error

Jan 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

A clerical error resulted in nearly 1,000 Kelowna utility customers facing a late-payment penalty on their latest bills. Customers will not be charged the...

Meet the dockers

Jan 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Legal or not, the City of Kelowna realizes hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue from property owners who construct docks and wharfs along Okanagan...

Local woman thought dead

Jan 3, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The mother of a Kelowna woman who was last seen in Peru believes her daughter has been murdered. Julie Anne Baker was last seen in April on a rafting trip in...

Blaze began in bush

Jan 3, 2018 / 1:30 pm

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. One of the people who first came upon Wednesday morning's apartment fire says the blaze started in a bush in front of the building. The...

Info sought in old robbery

Jan 3, 2018 / 12:11 pm

Kelowna RCMP have released more images from an armed robbery in October in hopes of generating new leads. The incident took place shortly before 5 p.m. on Oct....

Weaver bangs local drum

Jan 3, 2018 / 10:40 am

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver wants his party to focus on the economy in the upcoming Kelowna-West byelection. Weaver was in the Castanet newsroom,...

Plowing past snow budget

Jan 3, 2018 / 10:34 am

The City of Kelowna has blown through its 2017 snow-removal budget. Each year, the city sets aside $1.7 million for snow removal. public works manager Darryl...

Bobcat on the prowl

Jan 3, 2018 / 9:38 am

Jeremie Dyck spotted a surprise guest near his Kelowna home Tuesday night. “Heads up to watch your small pets as a bobcat has been hanging out at the...

Freezing dog walker rescued

Jan 3, 2018 / 7:52 am

Search and rescue crews had their first assignment of 2018 after a dog walker got stuck in a ravine Tuesday night. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue managed to...

Most-loved local businesses

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local yoga studio, a farm-to-table diner and a boat detailer are among the most popular small businesses in the Okanagan. L'Oven, The Hot Box Yoga and...

First $10M assessment

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Property values in the Central Okanagan have jumped over the past 12 months. Figures released by BC Assessments Tuesday show property assessments for...

Sunshine in sight

Jan 2, 2018 / 5:26 pm

If you are looking for sunshine and warmer temperatures, Environment Canada says you might want to head up to Big White. "We still have this arctic ridge...

4.5 years for gun on floor

Jan 2, 2018 / 1:40 pm

A man a judge referred to as a “career criminal” will remain behind bars for another three years after police found a loaded restricted handgun on...

Hope takes flight

Jan 2, 2018 / 12:31 pm

Two high-performance experimental aircraft departed from Kelowna International Airport, Tuesday, on the journey of a lifetime. Three retired Canadian...

Snow parking ban lifted

Jan 2, 2018 / 12:29 pm

Parking bans on Kelowna snow routes have been lifted. The ban was put in place on Dec. 28 for roads in Wilden, the Ponds, Magic Estates and Dilworth Mountain...

Cube van smashes motel

Jan 2, 2018 / 10:32 am

Police are asking witnesses to come forward after a rental cube van took off after causing significant structural damage to the overhang of a Rutland motel....

Boil water downgraded

Jan 2, 2018 / 10:25 am

Good news if you've been boiling your water in South East Kelowna over the holidays. The boil water notice that was issued December 20, 2017, has now been...

Polar dippers brave cold

Jan 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

Several hundred people took to Okanagan Lake in less than ideal conditions for the Canadian New Year's Day tradition – the Polar Bear Dip. Those who...

Warmer temps ahead

Jan 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

Environment Canada has some good news to start off the new year. The Okanagan will warm up slightly over the next few days. "It's going to warm up...

Kids, grab your skates!

Jan 1, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Morning Star Bible Camp has a winter break camp kids won't want to miss. The four day camp is from Jan. 2 to 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4p.m. "Weather...

Kelowna's New Years baby

Jan 1, 2018 / 4:22 pm

Kelowna mom Caitlyn and dad Jayden Harrington celebrated the New Year with a new baby. Owen Harrington was born at noon on Jan. 1, 2018, the first new arrival...

Guns drawn in Rutland

Jan 1, 2018 / 3:08 pm

Update: 3:00 p.m. RCMP were called to 250 Hollywood Road South just after 1:30 p.m. "We got a call about a possible distraught male and as a result from...

Busy night for RCMP

Jan 1, 2018 / 11:50 am

‎Kelowna RCMP had a busy New Years Eve. "There were nearly 20 prisoners lodged overnight in the Kelowna RCMP Detachment cell block for various...

Lost sledder found safe

Jan 1, 2018 / 6:30 am

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue crews spent some of the last hours of 2017 scrambling to look for a snowmobiler who had become separated from her group at...

Firefighters' heroic battle

Jan 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

Each year, Castanet selects a newsmaker of the year, a person, group or thing that had a great impact on the region. For 2017, we selected B.C.'s wildfire...

Enjoying ice cold water

Dec 31, 2017 / 9:00 pm

“It’s kind of fun and it wakes you up.” A Kelowna man will be the first one in the lake and the last one out at Kelowna’s annual Polar...

Castanet's week in review

Dec 31, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Affordable units on Clement

Dec 31, 2017 / 6:20 am

The six-storey, 58-unit development planned as part of a reimagining of Clement Avenue will be a purpose-built rental housing project. The project's...

1. Year of historic floods

Dec 31, 2017 / 5:00 am

Nothing could have prepared Okanagan residents for the floods of 2017. Rivers, streams, creeks and lakes all spilled their banks during the worst flooding the...