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A river runs through it

Apr 16, 2014 / 2:23 pm

A commitment to protect homes and road access around McDougall Creek is now complete. "Last year I promised West Kelowna residents that we would find a cost- effective, long-term flood protection solution for McDougall Creek," said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna....

A hail of an afternoon

Apr 16, 2014 / 9:59 am

A short, but noisy, hail storm hit West Kelowna Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m. Below is a new digital recording a viewer sent to us of the storm. Do you have great weather photos or video? Send them to [email protected]

Sports fields open this week

Apr 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Operations staff has been busy getting parks and sports fields in the District of West Kelowna ready for a new season. Various park amenities have been prepped for opening on April 17 in time for the Easter long weekend. The only exceptions will be the Kids Care Spray Park in Westbank Centre...

Commute delays on Hwy 97

Apr 15, 2014 / 11:50 am

Commuters travelling between West Kelowna and Kelowna will be hit with more construction delays. Traffic pattern changes and a construction speed zone will come into effect the last few days of April, on Highway 97 between the Campbell Road Interchange and Westside Road. Photo: Wayne...

Fire victim identified

Apr 11, 2014 / 3:27 pm

The BC Coroners Service has identified the man found dead inside his West Kelowna mobile home early Wednesday morning. Dennis Marvin Greep, 56, was found along with two dogs after fire ripped through his home. The fire was reported at approximately 4 a.m. when neighbours awoke to flames at...

Reservoir possibly vandalized

Apr 10, 2014 / 6:59 pm

A water quality advisory has been issued for some residents served by the Westshore Water System after the Upper Mountain Reservoir was possibly vandalized. The advisory affects almost 150 properties and Interior Health has been contacted according to RDCO communications officer Bruce Smith...

Westlake Rd construction

Apr 10, 2014 / 6:59 pm

Construction on Westlake Road will begin later this month after West Kelowna Council tendered the $5.1M project Tuesday. TT Contractors Ltd. had the lowest bid on the construction project which will see Westlake Road, between Highway 97 and Starlight Crescent, transformed from a rural state to...

Chardonnay du Monde

Apr 9, 2014 / 8:07 pm

A small, family run, organic winery has shown size doesn’t matter when competing at big league wine competitions. Kalala Organic Estate Winery has taken its second Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde. The company operates on a sliver of land in West Kelowna. The winery was started by...

Fatal fire

Apr 9, 2014 / 2:04 pm

An early morning house fire erupted in West Kelowna this morning at the Westpoint Modular Home Park. The fire started around 4 a.m. and witnesses say the blaze quickly engulfed the home. The West Kelowna Fire Department awoke residents with loud sirens, to ensure no one was caught unaware if...

Fatal car-surfing driver walks

Apr 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

The driver behind a fatal car-surfing joyride that killed one of his best friends has avoided jail time. It was in June 2011 that 25-year-old Christopher Bezaire of Saskatchewan was driving his friends car down Bear Creek forest service road in West Kelowna when he lost control. That friend,...

Four vehicle crash

Apr 6, 2014 / 8:36 pm

An accident involving four vehicles snarled traffic northbound on Hwy. 97 just before Boucherie Rd. Sunday evening. The crash happened at around 4:50 p.m. when it appears that a pickup truck stopped, and a tour bus stopped quickly behind it, but two smaller cars behind them weren't able to...

Family dispels bad rumours

Apr 4, 2014 / 3:00 pm

She would never celebrate her 31st birthday, but Tiffany Goruk’s friends and family weren’t about to let the occasion slip by. Last Sunday a memorial run was held at Knox Mountain to remember the mother of two who was murdered alongside her boyfriend Jeremy Snow in West Kelowna back...

Crash sends child to hospital

Apr 4, 2014 / 10:11 am

RCMP have confirmed eight people were taken to hospital following a two vehicle collision on highway 97 at Ross road, Thursday evening. According to witnesses, a southbound Toyota Echo was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Ross Road when it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound...

Brush fire

Apr 2, 2014 / 7:18 pm

Photo: Trevor Rockliffe West Kelowna fire crews quickly had a brush fire under control Wednesday night. The fire was reported around 6 p.m. behind the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. High winds fanned the flames from the brush into the trees behind the pool. The West...

Running for Tiffany

Mar 30, 2014 / 9:40 am

A run is being held Sunday afternoon in memory of a West Kelowna woman murdered last year. Tiffany June Goruk was found dead in a car, alongside Jeremy Snow, on Feb. 18, 2013. A year after losing the 30-year-old mother of two, family and friends are taking to Knox mountain to remember their...

Flaming streetsweeper

Mar 28, 2014 / 11:51 am

UPDATE 12:15 P.M. Friday, March 28: Fire officials believe the fire may have started as a result of a spark that ignited debris inside the sweeper's hopper. The vehicle belonged to a private contractor and not the District of West Kelowna. UPDATE 9:45 p.m. Thursday Mar. 27. The street...

Car hits teen

Mar 27, 2014 / 3:30 pm

A boy in his early teens was taken to Kelowna General Hospital after being stuck by a car on Shannon Lake Road near Shannon Way. Officials at the scene say the boy had just disembarked a transit bus at the transit stop across the street from the Shannon Lake Convenience Store. The boy...

Westside controlled burns

Mar 26, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan advises that controlled burning is underway today (Wednesday, March 26th) in an approximately 20-hectare area of Scenic Canyon Regional Park and in Glen Canyon Regional Park off of Gellatly Road opposite Brown Road. With good air quality and venting...

Firefighters assist Burn Fund

Mar 26, 2014 / 12:26 pm

Along with many other Professional Firefighters in BC, the West Kelowna Professional Firefighters pledged to raise money in their community which they would donate towards the construction of the new BC Burn Fund Building. The local Firefighters recently succeeded in achieving their goal of...

Park closed for improvements

Mar 26, 2014 / 12:25 pm

Phase 1 upgrades have started at Marjorie Pritchard Memorial Park and the green space will be closed for construction to ensure improvements are finished by the end of June, in time for peak summer use. Council has awarded a $352,736 contract to Arterra Construction Ltd. to complete Pritchard...

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