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Kelowna News Feb 18 to 24, 2018

$20K raised at swim relay

Feb 24, 2018 / 7:00 pm

More than $20,000 was raised Saturday by 180 swimmers participating in the Kelowna AquaJets first ever 24-hour swim relay. The majority of the money, raised...

Inside job?

Feb 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

Active Body West Kelowna has had two break-and-enter incidents in the last two weeks, allegedly by an employee. Manager Daralynn Teichroeb said she never...

Development for Pandosy

Feb 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

A new multi-family housing development is being proposed for Pandosy Street in Kelowna, a few blocks north of the South Pandosy town centre. The development...

handyDART not equitable

Feb 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

Central Okanagan residents who require assistance through the handyDART program are paying more than able bodied transit riders. The City of Kelowna is...

Bargain Shop development

Feb 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm

New owners of the former Bargain Shop on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna are providing a glimpse into what the property may look like. Mission Group...

Crashes stack up in town

Feb 23, 2018 / 6:07 pm

UPDATE: 5:55 p.m. A number of accidents have been reported across the Okanagan due to the icy conditions on the roads. A three car collision occurred just...

Snow easing off

Feb 23, 2018 / 5:06 pm

The end is in sight. Meteorologist Doug Lundquist said the snow should stop falling shortly. "The main brunt of the system has almost passed. Tomorrow...

Friend tells court same story

Feb 23, 2018 / 4:00 pm

A friend of the man accused of raping a woman in West Kelowna two years ago took the stand in court Friday morning, corroborating much of the accused's...

Cancellations at YLW

Feb 23, 2018 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Despite the heavy snow falling on Kelowna, the cancellations and delays at Kelowna International Airport are due to the snowy conditions in...

On the lookout for creep

Feb 23, 2018 / 1:10 pm

Police are investigating a possible child luring incident near Kelowna's Springvalley Elementary Thursday. The incident happened at about 3:20 p.m., as...

Final journey home

Feb 23, 2018 / 12:50 pm

Friends and family of a Kelowna man who lost his life while travelling in Costa Rica have started a GoFundMe campaign in the hopes of raising money to bring Ray...

An Okanagan drawl?

Feb 23, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Is there an Okanagan Twang? Two UBC professors have embarked on a project to discover if there is a regional accent. The study is dubbed DRAWL for Determining...

Going to the Paralympics

Feb 23, 2018 / 11:20 am

Kelowna's David Broman will be joining a multi-national team for all athletes in South Korea for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. It's...

Kelowna couple missing

Feb 23, 2018 / 9:56 am

UPDATE 9:56 a.m. RCMP tell Castanet news that Maureen Tallio and Johnny Philbrick have now been found. ORIGINAL 6:35 a.m. A Kelowna couple has gone missing and...

Adams 'does it' at Prospera

Feb 23, 2018 / 7:46 am

It's not the 'summer of 69' but Bryan Adams will make it sound like it is in Kelowna this summer. B.C. boy Bryan Adams is back and will embark on a...

Swimming for 24 hours

Feb 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

The 24-hour swim relay is here. The Kelowna AquaJets will be hosting their first swim relay, beginning 4 p.m. Friday at the H2O Aquatic Centre. Over 300...

Clement next to boom?

Feb 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

The first of what could be several development projects for Clement Avenue comes before council Monday. As Castanet first reported in the fall of last year,...

Pink shirt day almost here

Feb 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

Do you own pink? If not, it's time to go get some. The 4th Annual Pink Shirt Day Breakfast to spread kindness around the world is next Wednesday. The...

Gold medal for Serwa

Feb 22, 2018 / 7:30 pm

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. The Boston Pizza in Dilworth Centre was abuzz with anticipation and energy as hometown hero Kelsey Serwa stepped up to the starting gate for...

Brightening up YLW

Feb 22, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Passengers at the Kelowna International Airport may notice something a little different at the airport this week. A series of large paintings by Vernon-based...

Coyote central in Kelowna

Feb 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

A Kelowna resident is advising people living near Academy Way to be aware of some four-legged neighbours frequently wandering around nearby. Larry Wright said...

No consultation on tax

Feb 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Changes to B.C.’s foreign buyer's tax are being slammed by the association representing Okanagan realtors. The province announced this week that...

House fire was an arson

Feb 22, 2018 / 4:30 pm

Fire investigators have confirmed last week’s fire at a home on Rutland's Argyll Road was an arson. Emergency crews responded to the blaze on Feb. 15...

Highway 33 reopens

Feb 22, 2018 / 1:10 pm

UPDATE 1:10 p.m. Highway 33 is now fully open after a vehicle incident 15 km north of the junction with Big White Road. UPDATE 10:59 a.m. Highway 33 remains...

Where will we get height?

Feb 22, 2018 / 12:17 pm

Now that city council has approved a 33-storey hotel, condo and convention centre for downtown Kelowna, what's next? How will the skyline of downtown...

KeenFit to Kelowna

Feb 22, 2018 / 12:02 pm

If you want to get those defined arms, but can't bring yourself to get to a gym, then KeenFit Walking Poles may be just what you need. Since 2004 Keenfit...

Strides to help homeless

Feb 22, 2018 / 11:48 am

Take Strides to End Homelessness on March 3. The annual fundraising event brings in money to support Kelowna's Gospel Mission. It includes a family-friendly...

Semi fire knocked down

Feb 22, 2018 / 9:43 am

UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. A logging truck fire on Highway 33 has been knocked down. It is not clear if any injuries were suffered. The highway has been shut down...

Running for hope

Feb 22, 2018 / 6:30 am

It'll be a winter wonderland at UBCO this Friday for the 5th annual UBCO Relay For Life. Katelyn Baumbusch an organizer with UBCO’s Relay For Life...

Safety = respect on mtn

Feb 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Skiing and snowboarding is meant to be fun. But, recent events including the tragic death of a snowboarder when he collided with a tree at Big White, have...

Accused rapist takes stand

Feb 21, 2018 / 6:30 pm

The man accused of raping a woman in West Kelowna two years ago took the stand in his own defence Wednesday and painted a very different picture of the night in...

Orchard gets added help

Feb 21, 2018 / 6:30 pm

Kelowna city council took the side of agriculture in a dispute over whether 140 temporary farm workers should be allowed on an orchard in the northern portion...

New tack for Right to Life

Feb 21, 2018 / 6:00 pm

A Kelowna organization more well known for its sometimes controversial billboards has taken up fundraising for Kelowna General Hospital's perinatal unit....

Harmony Day unites all

Feb 21, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Central Okanagan Public Schools continue to embrace kindness and diversity with the 11th Annual Harmony Day. Black Mountain Elementary welcomed guests at the...

Jaws of Life being used

Feb 21, 2018 / 3:51 pm

UPDATE: 3:51 p.m. Paramedics are assessing people at the scene of a three vehicle collision in Rutland. It is not clear if anyone was taken to hospital but...

Gun flashed downtown

Feb 21, 2018 / 3:00 pm

UPDATE: 3 p.m. Kelowna RCMP are still looking for a man who’s believed to have flashed a gun to a woman in an alley in downtown Kelowna Tuesday night....

New 'burden' on biz

Feb 21, 2018 / 1:49 pm

Business owners are concerned they’re being forced to bear the brunt of the provincial government’s plan to eliminate individual Medical Services...

Stay frosty, Okanagan

Feb 21, 2018 / 11:26 am

UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Meteorologist Doug Lundquist tells Castanet, "Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton have had their coldest nights of the winter over the last...

Fallen boarder fundraiser

Feb 21, 2018 / 10:29 am

A GoFundMe page has been launched following the snowboarding death of a young Kelowna man. Tristin Croteau, 21, died after colliding with a tree at Big White...

Letnick: 'back to the '90s'

Feb 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MLA Norm Letnick says Tuesday's budget unveiled by the NDP plunges B.C. back to the 1990s. "Welcome back to the NDP of the...

Cops in dark with cannabis

Feb 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's top cop says police are as much in the dark as the public when it comes to rules around using cannabis and driving. Supt. Brent Mundle admitted as...

33-storey hotel a go

Feb 21, 2018 / 1:00 am

Kelowna's downtown skyline will look dramatically different within three years after city council approved a 33-storey hotel and condo project. The vote was...

Big White backs Kelsey

Feb 20, 2018 / 7:49 pm

Kelsey Serwa is finally ready to strap on the skies for her shot at Olympic gold. The Kelowna skier, who learned her craft at Big White Ski Resort, will compete...

Drunk, assaulted police

Feb 20, 2018 / 6:40 pm

A 36-year-old man pled guilty to assaulting two police officers during an incident in downtown Kelowna last May that left the officers bruised and injured....

Car flips onto roof

Feb 20, 2018 / 5:35 pm

Traffic is slowly getting by on Glenmore Road North Tuesday evening after a car flipped off the road. The crash occurred at about 5 p.m., near the 4000-block...

Distraught man had gun

Feb 20, 2018 / 3:30 pm

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. A "dynamic and unfolding" police incident in which a distraught 50-year-old man barricaded himself inside a home has ended...

Fire at abandoned motel

Feb 20, 2018 / 10:31 am

Fire crews responded to a small fire at the former Ponderosa Motel along Harvey Avenue in Kelowna Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived just before 9 a.m. at...

Digging in for a long night

Feb 20, 2018 / 10:24 am

Kelowna city councillors are getting ready for what is expected to be a long night around the council table. The agenda for tonight's public hearing...

Record or not? It's cold!

Feb 20, 2018 / 8:29 am

UPDATE 8:02 a.m. Let the debate begin. According to Environment Canada's web site the temperature in Kelowna was a modern-day record but according to...

Coldest Night of the Year

Feb 20, 2018 / 7:05 am

Coldest Night of the Year 2018 - Tom Budd partners with Metro Community from Metro Community on Vimeo. This weekend could literally be the coldest night of the...

Bike share work in progress

Feb 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Just what Kelowna's bikeshare pilot program will look like is anybody's guess. The program, which will be unveiled in the spring, will make bikes...

Council defends park build

Feb 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna councillors admonished some members of the public who believe they are dragging their feet on the build-out of Centennial Park in Rutland. The Rutland...

Create - a safe space

Feb 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna has a new space for art, music, and recreation, thanks to a Kelowna couple. Taran Main and Christina Drescher have brought Create to life. Create is a...

Rush! to this conference

Feb 19, 2018 / 7:30 pm

RUSH 2018 from Willow Park Church on Vimeo. One of the largest youth conferences in the country is returning to Kelowna. More than 1,000 youth from across...

A new type of housing

Feb 19, 2018 / 6:00 pm

A type of neighbourhood popular in the United States but foreign to Canada could be on its way to Kelowna. City council gave initial approval to a concept known...

Car flipped on median

Feb 19, 2018 / 5:02 pm

A collision is blocking evening commute traffic on Highway 97 in Kelowna, at Leckie Road. One vehicle is up on its side on the centre median. It's not known...

Discover local history

Feb 19, 2018 / 1:39 pm

You can learn about the history of the place we call home during Heritage Week. Our collective history is told in our languages and our music, in photographs,...

Snowboarder killed in crash

Feb 19, 2018 / 11:20 am

UPDATE: Monday 11:15 a.m. RCMP confirm a snowboarder has died following a collision with a tree at Big White. The 21-year-old man suffered a fatal head injury...

Missing woman found

Feb 19, 2018 / 7:46 am

RCMP tell Castanet that missing 29-year-old Stephanie Lang has contacted her family and is no longer considered missing. Cpl. Tania Carrol says, "the RCMP...

Stewart fights for wine rights

Feb 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna West MLA Ben Stewart is getting set to join his new colleagues in Victoria as members prepare for Tuesday's budget. Stewart said last week he...

Don't be this driver

Feb 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

A driver in Kelowna needs a reminder of how to clear the snow off their vehicle. The driver of an SUV was spotted on Sunday afternoon driving from Highway 33 to...

A 'Master's' touch

Feb 18, 2018 / 7:21 pm

Experience a ballet class unlike any other with Chan Hon Goh. Goh holds master classes around Canada and the U.S. with the first stop of 2018 right here in...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Congestion at YLW

Feb 18, 2018 / 11:15 am

Kelowna International Airport is recovering from a day full of cancellations, and facing congestion on Sunday. Numerous flights were forced to be cancelled on...

Make PharmaNet mandatory

Feb 18, 2018 / 7:22 am

Helen Jennens flips through two sets of documents — one for each son who fatally overdosed. Letters she sent in both cases to the College of Physicians...

A mother's joy

Feb 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The mother of Kelowna teen Giselle Roberts, reported missing on Feb. 13 and found on the 16th, has reached out to Castanet to share her joy and gratitude that...

Park expansion to continue

Feb 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council will be asked to make an addition to the 2018 budget to facilitate Phase 3 of construction at Rutland Centennial Park. The city had applied...

Bikeshare plan unveiled

Feb 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Several dozen bike pick-up and drop-off locations will be set up around downtown Kelowna as part of an 18-month bike share agreement between the city and...