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Fulfill your childhood dream

Aug 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Have you always wanted to be a fireman? Here's your chance. West Kelowna Fire Rescue is accepting applications for Paid On Call Firefighters. Two information meetings will be held for anyone interested in learning more on Sept 3 and Sept 4 at Station 34, 39 Gates Road beginning at 6...

Election packages available Fri

Aug 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

The District of West Kelowna is gearing up for the November municipal election. Nomination packages for those interested in running for mayor, council or school trustee can be picked up at the municipal office on Cameron Road beginning Friday, Aug 22. "We have the packages ready for...

Boat leaks oil into lake

Aug 17, 2014 / 8:23 pm

A power boat suddenly started taking on water and leaked some fuel and oil into the lake Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. just off shore, near Green Bay Landing in West Kelowna. West Kelowna fire department said the boat started taking on water and the occupants...

Suspicious fire in West Kelowna

Aug 14, 2014 / 2:10 pm

Police are seeking possible witnesses after a suspicious fire was extinguished late Wednesday night. Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, West Kelowna RCMP and the West Kelowna Fire Department responded to a report of a fire started next to a front entrance of a property located in the 3500...

City seeks charging station

Aug 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

The District of West Kelowna wants to be the next municipality equipped with an electric car charging station. City Council Tuesday directed staff to submit a letter of interest to BC Hydro to participate in the proposed BC Hydro Direct Current Fast Charging Station for electric cars. The...

Evacuation alert rescinded

Aug 13, 2014 / 11:10 am

The only family evacuated during the Drought Hill fire can finally breathe a sigh of relief as they are no longer under an evacuation alert. The alert issued during the fire affected one property on MacKinnon Road, and forced them to evacuate for several days before they were able to return home...

Castanet's UFO? video

Aug 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

A news video shot and posted by Castanet has the UFO community all a-buzz. The video was shot on July 17 in West Kelowna at the command centre a few hours after the Smith Creek Wildfire sprung up. In the news piece, a bright object appears from behind clouds above the fire area quickly moving...

Elliott Road finally reopens

Aug 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

Elliott Road, from Main Street to Dobbin Road, is again open to traffic. The section of road has been closed since February for the construction of the Westbank RapidBus transit exchange. Construction is still ongoing along this section of Elliott Road and motorists and pedestrians are asked...

Industrial fire

Aug 11, 2014 / 9:56 pm

West Kelowna fire crews were called out to a structure fire at an industrial site on Ross Road Monday night. The fire was reported at 8:40 p.m. A thick smoke plume could be seen rising from the area. Fire captain Pat Harmata says flames reached upwards of 20 feet when crews...

Drought Hill fire contained

Aug 11, 2014 / 3:50 pm

UPDATE 3:45 P.M. The Drought Hill fire is 100 % contained and BC Wildfire Management Branch and local fire crews are in the mop up stage. Fire personnel will continue to monitor the area for flare ups. The Evacuation Alert for one property on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road remains in...

Paynter Road house fire

Aug 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Update 12:45 p.m. Glen Hauser and his cousins Eddie and Gary are being lauded as heroes today after saving a woman and her dog from a burning house. The fire on Paynter Road in West Kelowna was called in about 8:45 a.m. Monday. "My cousin was walking down from the back of his place...

Drought Hill 75% contained

Aug 10, 2014 / 2:14 pm

2 P.M. Sunday UPDATE: The Drought Hill forest fire is still 40 hectares in size and is now 75% contained. Kelsey Winter with BC Wildfire said they are hoping to go for 100% containment today. "There is still a fire behaviour advisory until 5 p.m., so no decision until after that...

Cougar sighting in Glenrosa

Aug 9, 2014 / 10:23 pm

West Kelowna RCMP are advising the residents of the Glenrosa area to use caution as a large adult Cougar was sighted in the Inverness road area. Members of the West Kelowna RCMP attended but were advised by the complainant that the cat had left his property heading into Glen Canyon. Patrols...

Pets rescued from fire

Aug 9, 2014 / 11:13 am

UPDATE 4:20 P.M. West Kelowna firefighters were able to quickly knock down a fire at a bed and breakfast in Casa Loma but it's a pair of Good Samaritans who are being applauded for entering the smoke filled home to save a couple of pets. Dwight Unrau, on vacation at nearby Casa Loma...

97C wildfire - the latest

Aug 8, 2014 / 5:10 pm

5 p.m. update: Boaters are interfering with aircraft attempting to reload with water in Okanagan Lake. Boaters are moving into the area in an attempt to take a closer look at the activity or get photos with their cellphones; and, emergency officials need boaters to stay well clear of the...

Restless night below the fire

Aug 8, 2014 / 2:52 pm

Jeff Hamilton didn't get much sleep Thursday night. Hamilton lives just below the Tourist Information Centre about 150 feet from Highway 97C. At the height of the Drought Hill fire Thursday evening, Hamilton says the fire was no more than about 450 feet away from his home. "Nobody...

Boucherie Park closed

Aug 8, 2014 / 1:03 pm

With the current forest fire hazard rated high, and bordering on extreme, Mount Boucherie Park is closed until further notice. The District of West Kelowna will continue to monitor the fire hazard rating and may be required to close other interface parks if hot, dry conditions persist and the...

Drought Hill fire in pictures

Aug 8, 2014 / 11:00 am

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Hwy 97C wildfire at 30ha

Aug 7, 2014 / 8:19 pm

UPDATE 8:15 P.M. BC wildfire management will monitor the 30 hectare Drought Hill forest fire overnight. Emergency personnel will meet early in the morning on August 8 and an update on the fire and the emergency response is expected to be distributed at 7 a.m. One home on the 4700 block of...

Gellatly Road open house

Aug 7, 2014 / 12:46 pm

West Kelowna residents will get a chance to see designs for the newest phase of improvements to Gellatly Road. The municipality will be holding an open house on Aug. 13 to show off an initial draft of the pedestrian and cycling plan between Carrington and Boucherie Roads. Construction on...

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