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New Years Babies!

Jan 1, 2007 / 10:00 am

The population in the Valley has already increased this year, with local hospitals hosting their first babies of 2007! First on the scene was baby girl Madison Taylor Sandy, born at 1:06 a.m. in Kelowna General Hospital. Hot on her heels was baby girl Michelson-King (first name pending...) making...

Top 10 Stories of 2006

Jan 1, 2007 / 12:00 am

At Castanet, we keep careful track of the number of times a story headline is clicked on, as well as the number of times a story is viewed. Why are headline and the story view numbers different? Our news pages shows more than one story page when a headline is clicked on. When you click a...

Trench Burn OK Centre

Dec 30, 2006 / 11:00 am

Many people have called the Kelowna Fire Department about flames and smoke they saw last night out in Lake Country. KFD reports that a trench burn occurred Friday night in OK Centre Road off Finch Road. Everything is under control and back to normal.

Valley Wine On CNN.COM

Dec 29, 2006 / 4:03 pm

The Valley’s Wine Industry was recently the focus of an article on CNN: The Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions were the only parts of B.C. to enjoy an increase in tourist visits this summer, according to room occupancy figures compiled by the provincial government. August room revenues were...

Semi Driver Drunk

Dec 28, 2006 / 8:03 am

At approximately 4:18 P.M Tuesday, police received a report of a commercial vehicle (semi with trailer) travelling southbound in the northbound lanes of the Coquihalla highway south of Kamloops. A member of the Central Interior Traffic services unit, located the commercial vehicle in the...

North OK Enrollment Down

Dec 28, 2006 / 5:00 am

Vernon's School District #22 is reporting more than a one percent decline in student enrollment this year, dropping from more than 9,000 students enrolled in 2005 to just over 8,800 in 2006. The district is receiving a share in $23.9 allocated by the BC Government to a total of 51 districts to...

Fatal Crash - Lumby

Dec 27, 2006 / 9:51 am

Alcohol is believed to be a factor following a fatal crash in the North Okanagan. The head on collision occurred on Boxing Day near Lumby where a westbound vehicle collided with an eastbound vehicle on Highway 6. Police say the westbound vehicle was driving in the wrong lane. The crash killed...

Snowfall Warning

Dec 26, 2006 / 10:00 am

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning this morning for both Kelowna and Penticton. In both locations the daily forecast of 5-10 cm of snow has been upgraded to a warning of 10 to 15 cm of snow expected by Wednesday afternoon. South and Central Okanagan - including Kelowna and...

Local Builders Honoured

Dec 25, 2006 / 5:00 am

Three Okanagan area builders have been nominated as finalists in the prestigious National SAM Awards to be presented next February in Charlevoix, Quebec. CHBA President, Dave Benbow, says that winning a SAM is a real honour and distinction. “It really does not get much better for a new home...

Plan Holiday Travel

Dec 24, 2006 / 10:23 am

The Airport is expecting record volumes of travellers this holiday season and parking there will be at a premium. People travelling during the holidays should consider convenient and economical alternatives such as airporter shuttle bus services, Kelowna Transit and taxi services. Contact numbers...

Salmon Arm Homicide

Dec 23, 2006 / 11:43 am

RCMP are investigating the suspected homicide of a Salmon Arm man and are seeking witnesses who may have seen the victim in the afternoon of December 20th, 2006. Salmon Arm RCMP and the South-East District Major Crime Unit are investigating the alleged murder of a 51-year-old Matti Aulis Laitinen....

Support For Cardiac Centre

Dec 23, 2006 / 7:08 am

Mayor Sharon Shepherd of Kelowna, Mayor Jake Kimberley of Penticton and Mayor Wayne Lippert of Vernon have added their voices in strong support of expanding cardiac care in the interior of the province. A steering committee representing five B.C. health regions recently sent a report to Health...

Road Check Results

Dec 23, 2006 / 6:42 am

A couple of drinking and driving road checks in the North Okanagan Friday evening have again produced results. Media Relations Officer Corporal Henry Proce says there were six members on duty with roadblocks set up on Westside Rd and Hwy 6 at 25th Ave. RCMP charged two people with impaired...

Car Hits Logging Truck

Dec 23, 2006 / 6:00 am

A car hit a logging truck Friday afternoon on Highway 6 near Park Lane in Lavington. Vernon RCMP were called to the scene just after 1 pm. RCMP say that preliminary investigation suggests that the eastbound car failed to maintain its lane and collided with the westbound logging truck. The...

No Snow For X-Mas

Dec 23, 2006 / 6:00 am

It just proves that you can't predict what Mother Nature is going to do as the snow falls Saturday morning. Weather officials do say though if you want a white Christmas, you may want to head to the ski hills. Ross Klock with Environment Canada says the current forecast calls for a green...

More Impaired Drivers

Dec 22, 2006 / 7:39 pm

Last night North Okanagan Traffic Services were out again conducting road checks for impaired driving and other traffic offenses. According to to RCMP, the number of impaired drivers aren't decreasing - this the fourth night out in two weeks. Last night five people were charged, two with...

Vernon Car Thief

Dec 22, 2006 / 9:59 am

A man caught driving a stolen car in Vernon says he borrowed it from a friend. Vernon RCMP pulled the man over Thursday after he struck a curb near 35th Ave. Police discovered the vehicle had been stolen earlier in the week from Kelowna. The 28-year-old Vernon man has been charged with theft...

Salmon Arm Drug Bust

Dec 21, 2006 / 9:38 am

A routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust in the Shuswap. On December 19, Salmon Arm RCMP stopped an Ontario bound semi for a routine traffic violation. Police subsequently discovered 116 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $350,000, concealed in the cab. The drugs were...

Crash Closes Highway

Dec 20, 2006 / 3:48 pm

Two people are in hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries following a head-on collision on Highway 97 near Armstrong Wednesday morning. It happened shortly after 8 o'clock when a northbound Volkswagen Rabbit crossed the centre line and collided with a southbound pick-up truck. ...

Vernon Cigarette Thief

Dec 20, 2006 / 3:15 pm

Those cigarettes you may be asked to buy on Vernon streets are likely hot. Vernon RCMP say about $6,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco products were stolen Wednesday morning from the rear of a delivery van. Police suspect the thieves will try to sell the products almost immediately. ...

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