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Boil water in Peachland

May 5, 2016 / 8:40 pm
UPDATE MAY 5, 8:30 P.M. As a result of a reduction in source turbidity and in consultation with the Interior Health Authority, The District of Peachland has downgraded the boil water notice to a water quality advisory. This change in water quality rating is effective immediately. While...

Pregnant woman in crash

May 5, 2016 / 4:25 pm
A three-vehicle crash that involved a pregnant woman slowed traffic through downtown West Kelowna Thursday afternoon. The crash happened near the RCMP detachment on Dobbin Road at about 4 p.m. when the driver of a three-ton truck rear-ended an SUV, causing it to hit a pickup truck. A witness...

World's best architecture

May 5, 2016 / 3:00 pm
One of West Kelowna's most well-known wineries is being recognized in France for its stunning architecture. Mission Hill Family Estate, and specifically its architectural design led by award-winning architect Tom Kundig, is featured in Architectural Digest France. “It is flattering...

City hall borrowing denied

May 5, 2016 / 2:08 pm
West Kelowna council will have to go to Plan B if it hopes to construct a new city hall as proposed on Elliott Road. The city's attempt to borrow up to $10.5 million through an Alternative Approval Process has failed. More than the 10 per cent of eligible voters required to halt the...

Vet offers to help fire victims

May 4, 2016 / 11:49 am
UPDATE 2:45 p.m. The Sweet Petite Luxury Cat Hotel near Shannon Lake has also offered to take in any displaced cats from the Fort McMurray fire. If your cat is need, you can contact Helen at 778-754-7387. ORIGINAL 11:30 a.m. While the Fort McMurray fire may be far away, it strikes...

Bible camp fire suspicious

May 4, 2016 / 11:14 am
An arsonist may be on the loose. The West Kelowna Fire Department has concluded a fire in a dormitory at the Green Bay Bible Camp Saturday night was suspicious. The file has now been turned over to the RCMP for further investigation. The fire broke out in a second story lounge shortly...

2 grisly discoveries

May 3, 2016 / 2:23 pm
UPDATE 2:25 p.m. The BC Coroners Service has confirmed fleshy remains found in Glenrosa Monday night are from a bear. A couple, walking their dog in the area, made the discovery about 7 p.m. on Country Pines Gate Road. Police were called and pictures of the appendage were taken and sent...
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City hall on shaky ground

May 3, 2016 / 2:16 pm
City staff in West Kelowna are in the process of vetting more than 3,000 'no' forms which could, for the time being, scuttle the city's plans to build a new city hall. Registered voters in the city have until 4 p.m. today to drop off Alternative Approval process forms, effectively...

Green Bay dorm fire

May 1, 2016 / 6:09 am
UPDATE: 6 a.m. The fire at Green Bay Bible Camp started in a lounge area on the second floor of a two-storey dormitory. West Kelowna firefighters arrived at the scene just before 10 p.m. Guests and staff were in and around the building, said West Kelowna Fire Rescue assistant chief Darren...

Man rescued from trail

Apr 29, 2016 / 8:55 pm
Emergency crews were called out to rescue a man who fell on a trail and possibly broke his leg, Friday evening. The incident happened about 8:30 p.m., in West Kelowna, on a trail just 100 metres up from Westlake road. It’s unclear if the man was walking or biking on the trail at the...

AAP support rolling

Apr 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
Naysayers may just get their way and scuttle plans for a new city hall in West Kelowna. Council has approved the borrowing of up to $10.5 million for the project on Elliott Road, but must get voter approval in the form of an Alternate Approval Process. Through the process, eligible voters...

Crash victim says thanks

Apr 26, 2016 / 11:42 am
Linda MacDonald is thankful to be alive. She was a passenger on a Harley Davidson motorcycle that crashed on the Westside Sunday evening when gusty winds pushed the bike into the curb, causing the crash. "It was very scary," she said. MacDonald said if she and her husband, Jim,...

Missing woman found

Apr 25, 2016 / 7:07 am
UPDATE: April 25 The RCMP says 32-year-old Bridgette Davies was located safe and sound last night. ORIGINAL: April 24 Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing West Kelowna woman. Bridgette Davies was last seen Friday. She is described as Caucasian, 32 years...

Gellatly Road Harley crash

Apr 24, 2016 / 8:58 pm
Emergency crews have been called to a motorcycle accident on the Westside Sunday afternoon. Police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the crash on Gellatly Road near the CN dock. The operator of the Harley Davidson crashed on a left-hand curve and landed in the ditch. Witnesses said...

Slow moving to K-Town

Apr 22, 2016 / 3:35 pm
If you're heading into Kelowna from the Westside, you may want to roll down the window, turn up the tunes and enjoy the solitude. It's going to take you a while. Castanet readers are telling us traffic is backed up all the way to Byland's and is moving very slow. There were...

Hit pedestrian OK

Apr 22, 2016 / 12:24 pm
A 28-year-old pedestrian from Surrey hit in West Kelowna Thursday night will be OK, says the Kelowna RCMP. Police are investigating the collision, which happened at 7:15 p.m. at Main Street and Elliott Road. "He reportedly sustained relatively minor non-life threatening injuries as a...

Washed out road reopens

Apr 22, 2016 / 11:31 am
A portion of Glenrosa Road washed out nearly two weeks ago will reopen to traffic today. An email from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure confirmed the section of road that was washed out by a mudslide April 10 will reopen this afternoon. "The road will be left with a...

A life lived fully ends at 96

Apr 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Okanagan, and Canada, has lost an advocate for veterans, a war hero and a dedicated volunteer. Second World War veteran Hans De Leeuw was born on November 4, 1919 in Rotterdam, Netherlands and died on April 16, 2016 in West Kelowna, at the age of 96. He served with the Allied Forces...

Pedestrian hit on Main St.

Apr 21, 2016 / 8:13 pm
Emergency crews responded to Main Street in West Kelowna Thursday evening after a vehicle hit a pedestrian. The incident occurred near Elliot Road just after 7 p.m. The victim was taken to the hospital in an ambulance with undisclosed injuries. The RMCP, Emergency Health Services and the...

Star Place boil water notice

Apr 21, 2016 / 12:02 pm
A boil water notice has been issued for about eight properties served by the Star Place water system. The Regional District of Central Okanagan, in consultation with Interior Health, issued the notice Thursday. This replaces a previously issued water quality advisory. Due to higher water...

Woman fined in crash

Apr 21, 2016 / 11:46 am
UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. A West Kelowna woman was fined following a three-vehicle chain-reaction rear-ender this morning that slowed the morning commute into Kelowna. On April 21 at 8:18 a.m., West Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a three-vehicle collision on Highway 97 South near the...

Creek floods, park closes

Apr 20, 2016 / 12:19 pm
The City of West Kelowna has been forced to close a park due to flooding. Rotary Trails Park has been closed after Powers Creek breached its banks along the park trails. Powers Creek has been rising due to the large volume of spring runoff caused by the unseasonably warm weather. The park...

A refugee family's story

Apr 20, 2016 / 12:01 pm
A West Kelowna refugee family, and the friends who made their new life possible, are featured in a new United Nations video. The video posted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, shares the story of Mohammad and Sahar, their four children and their sponsors — the West...

Victim flees to car wash

Apr 19, 2016 / 12:57 pm
A man in West Kelowna was shaken after he was randomly sprayed with bear mace. According to Kelowna RCMP Const. Jesse O'Donaghey the man had been near Hudson Road and was waiting to meet someone, when an unknown suspect or suspects opened his vehicle door and sprayed him with the...

Gas leak in W. Kelowna

Apr 18, 2016 / 3:06 pm
UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. FortisBC says they've repaired a damaged natural gas line in West Kelowna. Emergency crews blocked Rosewood Drive starting at about noon Monday until the gas leak was stopped and repairs were made before 3 p.m. Eleven homes had their gas service cut off while crews...

Cyclist taken to KGH

Apr 17, 2016 / 4:20 pm
A woman believed to be in her 50s was taken to Kelowna General Hospital after falling off her bicycle in the driveway of Jubilee Mobile Home Park. Firefighters and an ambulance were called to the Boucherie Road facility Sunday at around 2:30 p.m. Witnesses said the unidentified woman was...

Fire in the wall

Apr 16, 2016 / 6:08 pm
A fire in the wall of a house on the 3300 block of Webber Road in West Kelowna was put out right away by firefighters, Saturday afternoon, according to a witness. The incident took place at about 5:35 p.m. Engine 31 and 32 crews were on scene. Castanet will provide more details as they...

Racing ducks for bats

Apr 16, 2016 / 2:00 pm
Hundreds of people, young and old, gathered at Trepanier Park in Peachland Saturday morning for the third annual Rubber Ducky Race. The race involved 600 ducks vying for top spot, racing down Trepanier Creek to the open waters of Okanagan Lake. Unfortunately for the freedom-seeking rubber...

Road to co-operation

Apr 15, 2016 / 12:23 pm
The City of West Kelowna will get a bit of a break on the cost of its 2016 road rehabilitation program. Savings will be realized by combining the city's work along with that proposed by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The ministry is planning road rehabilitation of...

SUV plunges into lake

Apr 15, 2016 / 9:46 am
UPDATED: April 15 A 62-year-old man is in hospital in serious condition this morning after crashing his SUV into Okanagan Lake Thursday evening. Witnesses at the scene told the RCMP the man had attempted to pull off the highway into a pullout area, when he lost control and plunged into the...

I can water my lawn when?

Apr 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
As temperatures heat up and we spend more time in the garden, West Kelowna reminds residents Stage 1 water restrictions are in effect. Under Stage 1 restrictions, sprinkling is only allowed on residential, commercial and other non-agricultural properties as follows: Even numbered...

Crashed while trying to flee

Apr 14, 2016 / 2:32 pm
UPDATE: April 14 Not wanting to get caught driving without insurance has landed a West Kelowna woman in a far worse situation. West Kelowna RCMP received a report just before 9 p.m. Wednesday of a hit and run crash on the 3300 block of Old Okanagan Highway. “The suspect vehicle, a...

Hurry up, baby's coming!

Apr 14, 2016 / 6:12 am
This baby was in a hurry. Two ambulances responded to Hudson Road in West Kelowna late Wednesday, where a mother was about to give birth in a minivan. The couple was presumably on their way to the hospital when the baby's arrival became imminent about 10:45 p.m. The expectant mother...

Cut off by mudslide

Apr 13, 2016 / 9:45 am
UPDATE 9:30 A.M. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is expected to begin repairing a washed out section of Glenrosa Road soon. Information provided to Castanet by the Ministry states an inspection by geotechnical engineers has been complete. They are now working to develop a...

Kicking butt, giving back

Apr 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
From a habitual smoker working on the oil rigs to a vaping success story — Dillon Blue believes in his product. “I tried the patch, I tried the gum, I tried Champix, which messed me up pretty bad. I tried all kinds of different things to try to get me off cigarettes and I...

No votes slow to show

Apr 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Halfway through the process, only a handful of people have voiced their disapproval to a proposal to borrow up to $10.5 million for a new West Kelowna city hall. The Alternative Approval Process hit the halfway mark Monday, and to date, the city has received only 239 dissenting votes. The...

Car theft suspect nabbed

Apr 11, 2016 / 4:43 pm
Possession of brass knuckles, stolen items and break-in tools have landed a young Kelowna man behind bars. Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says Kelowna RCMP arrested a man early Friday morning who was found to be in possession of items believed to have been recently stolen from vehicles targeted...

7-foot flamingo filched

Apr 11, 2016 / 10:11 am
Missing: one large pink flamingo. The seven-foot-tall pink bird flew the coop Saturday and its owners want it back. The colourful ornament was last seen with a beachball hanging from its mouth and a pink and white beach towel around its neck. Vickie Escott said the big bird had become an...

West Kelowna plugs in

Apr 8, 2016 / 7:19 pm
The City of West Kelowna has officially opened its first electric car charging station. Westside-Kelowna MLA, and Premier Christy Clark unveiled the station Friday afternoon, when she charged up a Nissan Leaf. The charging station is located in a city-owned parking lot on Brown Road, next to...

Begging for their lives

Apr 8, 2016 / 9:51 am
Jessica and Trevor Aitken's trip to Mexico turned into a terrifying experience where they were kidnapped, robbed, held at gunpoint and left begging for their lives. The two recently travelled to Mazatlán to surprise Trevor’s parents who were vacationing in a gated community...
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