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Water, sewer fees rising

May 28, 2015 / 12:22 pm

West Kelowna homeowners will notice a significant increase to their water and sewer fees this year. Council gave first two readings to its fees and charges amendment bylaw this week. As a result of significant cost pressures, fees will increase as follows: lncrease of 20 per cent ($13.20...

Fire meets ice, for fun

May 28, 2015 / 9:30 am

West Kelowna firefighters will trade hoses for hockey sticks on Saturday. Firefighters will lace up the skates as they face off against West Kelowna Warriors alumni in the Shutout Sports Challenge Cup. They'll play for bragging rights – and the community. “It’s great...

Assault now a murder

May 27, 2015 / 3:51 pm

A West Kelowna man is facing a murder charge after the man he allegedly stabbed died from his wounds. Originally charged with aggravated assault, charges against 50-year-old Jose Amestica have now been upgraded to second-degree murder. The stabbing victim, 44-year-old Kevin McNally, died in...

Grass fire closes highway

May 23, 2015 / 6:58 am

A small grass fire on Drought Hill, between West Kelowna and Peachland, shut down Highway 97 Friday night. Firefighters from both communities responded to the fire, about 9:45 p.m. Motorists who were stuck in the lineup tell Castanet they were held up for about 45 minutes while RCMP closed...

Calming South Boucherie

May 21, 2015 / 3:29 pm

Work on traffic calming measures for the South Boucherie area of West Kelowna is expected to begin in the next few weeks. The project will include the installation of line markings, signage and decorative medians at key locations. The construction project is the result of a 2013 traffic...

Truck strikes hydrant

May 21, 2015 / 10:55 am

UPDATE 10:50 A.M. A BC Hydro worker on site says she heard a loud bang about 8 a.m. and when she looked out the window she saw water gushing into the air. The District of West Kelowna was called in to shut off the water, while BC Hydro assisted with traffic as a portion of Stevens Road was...

Westside shooter in court

May 20, 2015 / 3:34 pm

A man found guilty of taking part in an infamous 2012 police chase and shooting on Westside Road is now facing a dangerous offender assessment. In February, Michael Edward Ellis, 41, was found guilty of 17 of 22 charges related to the incident, including pointing a firearm, committing a robbery...

Hospitalized in rollover

May 20, 2015 / 6:50 am

The Jaws of Life had to be used to free the driver from a car wreck on the Westside, late Tuesday. The single-vehicle rollover occurred on the 2000 block of Campbell Road, near Casa Rio Road, about 10:20 p.m. The car rolled into the ditch, and the male driver was taken to Kelowna General...

Thieves go after food bank

May 19, 2015 / 6:31 pm

Thieves made not one, but two attempts to gain entry into the West Kelowna Community Food Bank over the long weekend. Food bank executive director Lenetta Parry, said she got a call about 8 p.m. Saturday night from the alarm company about a potential break in. "I went to the food bank...

You're on Candid Camera

May 16, 2015 / 6:00 am

Big brother will soon have an eye in the sky over the recently reconstructed CN Wharf on Gellatly Bay. West Kelowna council, this week, unanimously approved a $12,000 expenditure to purchase a surveillance system for the wharf. While vandalism and the like is not as big a problem as it was...

Dynamite removed

May 15, 2015 / 11:45 pm

Update 11:40 p.m. The bomb disposal unit arrived at Pineridge Mobile Home Park in West Kelowna shortly after 11 p.m. The material, described as old dynamite which had crystallized was removed from the park. RCMP officials said the material would be disposed of off site. By 11:30,...

Crash victim identified

May 14, 2015 / 12:17 pm

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident west of Peachland on Tuesday. He was Peter Hudyma, aged 84, of Oliver. Hudyma was the driver and sole occupant of a car that left the Okanagan Connector two kilometres east of Brenda Mine...

Oliver man killed in crash

May 13, 2015 / 9:00 am

UPDATE MAY 13, 9 A.M. An 84-year-old Oliver man was killed as a result of a single vehicle collision on the Okanagan Connector Tuesday night. The crash occurred about 7 p.m. two kilometres east of Brenda Mines. Police say the vehicle went off road right and crashed. No word as to why the...

Wildfire training heats up

May 13, 2015 / 7:00 am

If you see firetrucks heading into the hills of West Kelowna over the next several weeks, don't be alarmed. West Kelowna Fire Rescue will be conducting training exercises in the forested areas above both the Rose Valley and Tallus Ridge neighbourhoods over the next seven weeks. The...

Nuts about the nut farm

May 12, 2015 / 6:15 pm

The BC Parks and Recreation Association has paid homage to the Gellatly Nut Farm. The historic working nut orchard and regional park received the association's 2015 Parks and Open Spaces award at a recent symposium held in Victoria. The award recognizes the park's successful focus on...

On their way to city-hood

May 12, 2015 / 11:30 am

Welcome to the District of... no, wait – the City of West Kelowna. After an alternative approval process did not meet the requirement to halt the effort, West Kelowna council can now seek provincial approval to reclassify as a city instead of a district municipality. According to...

He ran away to the circus

May 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

At some point you may have wanted to run away and join the circus – and one West Kelowna man did just that. Born and raised in West Kelowna and now based in Vancouver, Tim Hastings has spent the last two years on the road as a stage carpenter with Cirque du Soleil. “It is a lot of...

Communities bloom as one

May 9, 2015 / 2:29 pm

The District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation have entered into a new Partners in Bloom partnership. The initiative was unveiled Friday by Mayor Doug Findlater and Chief Robert Louie. “WFN and West Kelowna are partners in governance and are both relatively new governments; WFN...

Connector crunch

May 8, 2015 / 10:08 pm

UPDATE 9:45 p.m. RCMP have yet to comment on a large police presence on the Okanagan Connector, west of Peachland, but a witness at the scene of an accident between the Westside and Merritt has shed new light on the situation. Castanet reader Christopher Grenke came upon the crash scene...

Brown is the new green

May 7, 2015 / 3:22 pm

If you didn't know, brown is the new green – at least for lawns in the Okanagan this summer. In an effort to get Okanagan residents to conserve water and prepare for the future, an annual program launched today called Make Water Work. With the warm weather, lower-than-average...

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