Pro-life sign hit again

Jul 22, 2016 / 7:56 pm
Vandals have once again hit a pro-life billboard on the Westside. This is the third time in a month the controversial billboard, which compares views of abortion and animal cruelty, has been vandalized. "Obviously the billboard's message has struck a nerve. In our community, an...

Wine smuggling allegations

Jul 22, 2016 / 2:03 pm
The owner of the behind-schedule Grizzli Winery in West Kelowna has been arrested in China, accused of smuggling almost $60 million worth of wine into the country, according to several Chinese news reports. In addition to Grizzli Winery, John Chang also owns Lulu Island Winery in Richmond and...

Grizzli Winery not open yet

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
A large, new West Kelowna winery is saying construction delays have pushed back its opening by more than two months. Grizzli Winery was set to open its doors to the public at the end of May 2016 – in time for the summer season, but as of now, the winery is still under construction and...

Extreme paving makeover

Jul 21, 2016 / 11:18 am
Highway 97 through West Kelowna and several arterial routes are getting an extreme paving makeover. The province, West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation partnered together on the project, awarding a single contract to Lafarge Canada Inc. (Westlake Paving) to complete the work. The value of...

Car fire spreads to forest

Jul 21, 2016 / 7:31 am
A vehicle fire spread into the woods in West Kelowna early Thursday morning on Glenrosa Road. Fire crews arrived at the fire on the 2800 block of Glenrosa Road at 2:30 a.m. to find a vehicle fully engulfed in flame, and the blaze spreading into the forest. Three fire engines, one water...

Truck hits power pole

Jul 21, 2016 / 6:20 am
A pickup truck left the road and hit a power pole on Elliott Road in West Kelowna Wednesday night. The crash happened at about 10 p.m., near Elliott Road and Broadview Road. While there were reportedly no major injuries in the crash, and the power pole remained standing, emergency crews...

Lord Stanley in town

Jul 20, 2016 / 10:36 am
The Stanley Cup is coming to the Okanagan again this year. Justin Schultz, a member of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, will be bringing the cup to West Kelowna Thursday, July 28. Each member of the cup winning team gets one day with the trophy. A native of West Kelowna,...

Art connects tribes

Jul 18, 2016 / 6:25 pm
After a call out to the community to design a logo for the SncÉ™wips Heritage Museum, a Westbank First Nations member’s sketch was chosen. Jordan Coble, the curatorial heritage researcher for the museum, says the public art committee was looking to enhance the logo to reflect more of...

SUV ends up on roof

Jul 16, 2016 / 6:29 am
A car flipped over the side concrete barrier on the westbound side of Highway 97 near the Glenrosa exit Friday evening, the second crash of the day in the area. The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 11 p.m. Three police cars, a fire engine and an ambulance attended the scene. A woman...

Amphitheatre christened

Jul 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet The ribbon was cut on the new amphitheatre at...

Crash at Gorman's Mill

Jul 15, 2016 / 4:21 pm
An accident near Gorman's Mill on Highway 97 is slowing traffic in both directions after a red pickup truck high-centred on the median. Traffic is reduced in both directions and emergency personnel are on the scene. Traffic through West Kelowna is being further affected by an accident in...

Crash back up traffic

Jul 15, 2016 / 3:24 pm
A crash in West Kelowna backed up traffic for about an hour along Highway 97 Friday afternoon. The rear-ender happened at Highway 97 and Hoskins Road at about 2 p.m. in the left lane, heading toward Kelowna. One of the drivers was treated at the scene by ambulance. The crash has now been...

A formidable challenge

Jul 14, 2016 / 11:48 am
Almost 1,300 swimmers are taking to Okanagan Lake this weekend for the annual Across the Lake Swim, but one swimmer will be facing a unique challenge. Cole Bernier, 24, was working at a housing development in West Kelowna last September when he was crushed by several trusses and 70 sheets of...

Amphitheatre ready to rock

Jul 14, 2016 / 11:12 am
After an unofficial soft launch last week, the ribbon will be cut on the new amphitheatre at West Kelowna's Memorial Park Friday night. The official opening will take place prior to a performance by Elvis tribute artist Adam Fitzpatrick at Music in the Park. Mayor Doug Findlater and...

Council likes lake power

Jul 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
West Kelowna council has made its feelings known concerning a second power line for the city. On Tuesday, council fell in line with an option which would see a power line extended from Kelowna, under Okanagan lake, to the Westside. A second power source would protect several thousand...

Garage destroyed in fire

Jul 13, 2016 / 6:15 pm
UPDATED: 6:15 p.m. The fire at Pinewoods Villa has been put out, but one resident has lost their garage. The garage, which was separate from the mobile home, was fully burnt in the blaze, but fire crews were able to get it under control before it spread to other structures. The cause of...

Child found in gang home

Jul 13, 2016 / 2:42 pm
A potential new gang in the Okanagan has been hit hard by Kelowna RCMP. In what police call a "significant" seizure, drugs, guns and ammunition – purportedly belonging to the Kelowna Warriors – were taken from a home on the 2700 block of Windt Road in West Kelowna last...

Missing teen found

Jul 13, 2016 / 7:11 am
RCMP confirm that a missing West Kelowna teen has been found safe and sound. Logan Wolff was reported missing on June 19, 2016. “The West Kelowna RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 14-year-old boy reported missing has been located, and he is safe and sound,” says Const. Jesse...

The nightmare is over

Jul 12, 2016 / 3:12 pm
UPDATE: 3:15 a.m. Defence counsel for Tyler Nowek says he is glad the nightmare is finally over for his client. Joven Narwal issued a statement to the media today after charges against Nowek were dropped in B.C. Supreme Court last week. “Crown Counsel has quietly terminated the...

Guilty in granny B&E

Jul 12, 2016 / 1:42 pm
A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into an 85-year-old woman's home and robbing her last October. Benjamin Barnhart, 24, broke into the woman's home on the 2300 block of Butt Road in West Kelowna at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2015. The woman was woken up by Barnhart, who broke in...

Abortion billboard targeted

Jul 11, 2016 / 4:47 pm
A pro-life billboard in West Kelowna has seen its second bout of vandalism in less than a month. Swastikas were spray painted on the sign, which was put in place by the Kelowna Right to Life Society. The organization has sent letters to the mayors of both Kelowna and West Kelowna asking them...

Winery first of its kind

Jul 11, 2016 / 11:43 am
The first winery in North America exclusively owned by First Nation proprietors opened its doors on Westbank First Nation land over the weekend. The well-attended grand opening of Indigenous World Winery saw dignitaries from WFN and West Kelowna governments and wine industry insiders rub...

Our own Miss Teen BC

Jul 11, 2016 / 7:00 am
A West Kelowna contestant has won the crown of Miss Teen BC Interior. Bella Konschuh-Penney took the title, while Danielle Beattie, from Fruitvale, won Miss BC Interior. In all, 10 women from the Okanagan, Kootenays and Northern B.C. competed in Fort Langley. More contestants competed for...

9-year-old fights leukemia

Jul 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
Once again the Okanagan is rallying around a family, and a child, in need. Thomas Hamanishi, a Grade 4 student at George Pringle Elementary School in West Kelowna, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last week. Described as an active member of West Kelowna Minor Hockey and...

Multi-car crash closes road

Jul 9, 2016 / 4:14 pm
Boucherie Road is closed in both directions Saturday from a multiple vehicle crash near Mission Hill Road. The crash, involving two vehicles hitting head-on, occurred at 3:30 p.m. Passengers in two of the vehicles were reportedly injured in the collision, but the extent of their injuries is...

Flooding closes Walmart

Jul 9, 2016 / 10:17 am
Flooding has closed the Walmart department store in West Kelowna. After a deluge of rain swept through the Central Okanagan Saturday morning, water began pouring in through the roof and covered the floor in parts of the store. Staff were seen at the doors of the store, advising customers of...

Happy ending for raccoons

Jul 8, 2016 / 12:40 pm
After a week in the care of Dr. Moshe Oz, three baby raccoons are ready for their next step in life. The animals had originally been orphaned and were in very poor health, until a Kelowna resident decided to call the well-known veterinarian at Rose Valley clinic. The raccoons were nursed back...

Date with a referendum

Jul 7, 2016 / 4:28 pm
West Kelowna residents will go to the polls in late summer to decide whether the city can borrow the money required to build a new city hall. Sept. 17 is the date set by the city. Voters will be asked at that time to approve borrowing up to $7.7 million for construction of a new city hall on...

Lakes closed to fishing

Jul 7, 2016 / 1:36 pm
Angling on two lakes in the Nicola River watershed will be closed as of Saturday in an effort to prevent the spread of yellow perch. Biologists believe the fish, which are not native to the lake, were deliberately released by someone who wanted to create a local perch sports-fishery. The...

Music in the Park returns

Jul 6, 2016 / 6:44 pm
The summer-long West Kelowna Music in the Park kicks off Friday night at Memorial Park. The seven-week summer concert series takes place each Friday night, beginning July 8 and running through Aug. 19. Performances begin at 6:40 p.m. each evening with an emerging artist, followed by a...

Biker hurt in crash

Jul 6, 2016 / 3:48 pm
A motorcyclist was injured Wednesday afternoon in a crash on Highway 97 in West Kelowna. The accident happened just past Horizon Drive at about 3:15 p.m. in the southbound lane. It's unclear how serious the injuries are.

Baby raccoons saved

Jul 6, 2016 / 3:21 pm
They were hungry, dehydrated, orphaned and about to die – but now three baby raccoons have a new lease on life. The three little male raccoons were discovered by a Kelowna man is his yard. While he initially tried to get the BC Conservation Office to come save the orphaned cubs, he was...

1 to hospital after crash

Jul 6, 2016 / 3:18 pm
At least one person was taken to hospital after a three-vehicle crash in West Kelowna. The crash happened at Highway 97 and Ross Road at about 2:15 p.m. when an SUV rear-ended a van, causing it to crash into a car. Police, fire and ambulance all responded.

Charges laid in shooting

Jul 6, 2016 / 3:14 pm
Police have laid charges in Monday’s shooting in West Kelowna that left a woman with life threatening injuries. At 11:15 p.m. on July 4, police responded to the 700 block of Spland Road and found a 31-year-old woman, suffering from a single gunshot wound. She was rushed to hospital with...

Park slides into city

Jul 6, 2016 / 11:03 am
A new playground in West Kelowna was officially opened today. West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater cut the ribbon opening the park at Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. Children have been happily using the new playground since its construction this past winter. The West Kelowna Rotary...

Firefighters can stop ODs

Jul 5, 2016 / 3:22 pm
West Kelowna Fire Rescue is now equipped to save the life of someone who is suffering from an opioid overdose. Members have been trained to administer, and have access to, Naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. West Kelowna, like all of B.C., is...

'Blood all over him'

Jul 5, 2016 / 2:43 pm
UPDATE 2:45 P.M. A shooting inside a home on the 700 block of Spland Road has sent one woman to hospital and a man into police custody. West Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a single gunshot inside the home sometime after 11 p.m. Inside, they found a 31-year-old woman, who was...

Manhunt off Hwy 97

Jul 4, 2016 / 2:41 pm
UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. Residents in West Kelowna were surprised to see the RCMP helicopter along with the police service dog unit along Glenrosa Road Monday afternoon. Officers were searching for a suspect who had been driving a stolen red Mazda Miata before dumping it near Gorman’s Mill....

Car rolls into ditch

Jul 3, 2016 / 10:02 pm
Emergency crews were called to the corner of Highway 97 and Boucherie Road, after a car went over an small embankment and into a ditch. Witnesses on scene say the red car hit something in the parking lot of Friends Pub, then drove through the lot and over the bank, about 9:10 p.m. The driver...

Accident snarls traffic

Jul 3, 2016 / 4:56 pm
Traffic is backed up for kilometers in Peachland. Witnesses told Castanet a multi-vehicle accident has caused what one person described as a “massive traffic jam.” One motorist suggested using Trepanier Road from Peachland to Highway 97C to avoid the gridlock. There is no word...
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