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Warriors past and present

May 25, 2016 / 7:00 pm
It's never difficult to sell a hot brand. In the Central Okanagan, there's no brand hotter than the West Kelowna Warriors. Hockey fan or not, you couldn't look at a publication or turn on a radio without hearing something about the BCHL, and now, RBC Cup champion...

Shooting in Peachland

May 25, 2016 / 3:06 pm
RCMP are investigating a shooting in Peachland. The incident occurred the Trepanier area last Thursday at about 6 p.m. According to the RCMP, a man was confronted by a suspect on a rural property in the area and verbally threatened then shot in a lower limb. The suspect and his associates...

Memorial flowers can stay

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
The flowers can stay – for now. Peachland staff removed flowers placed on a teenage murder victim's memorial bench by her mother earlier this month. Ashlee Hyatt’s mother, Charrie Fichter, has been leaving flowers on the waterfront bench for the last five years in...

Firefighting partners

May 24, 2016 / 5:50 pm
From technical rescues, to fire mitigation, to protecting homes, a renewed fire services agreement will cover it all. On Tuesday, an agreement was formally signed to extend the long-term fire protection by West Kelowna Fire Rescue to Westbank First Nation (WFN). The agreement is for 15 years...

Manhunt on Westside Rd.

May 21, 2016 / 1:15 pm
UPDATE: 3:39 p.m. Mounties have arrested a woman and continue to search for a man after the pair fled from police early Saturday morning. At 9:29 a.m., the West Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman at a business located in the 2600 block of Ross...

Getting ready for fire

May 21, 2016 / 5:30 am
Glenrosa residents in West Kelowna are being reminded that alternate emergency evacuation routes are available in case of a wildfire. They include Jackpine, Bear Lake Main and Bear Creek Forest Service roads. The routes were identified as emergency exits after the 2009 Glenrosa forest...

Small fire in Smith Creek

May 20, 2016 / 7:03 pm
Update: 7 p.m. Fire crews quickly contained a blaze in the hillside above Smith Creek, Friday afternoon. Assistance Fire Chief Brent Watson says a plume of smoke was reported in the trees approximately 600 meters above Copper Ridge Place, just before 4 p.m. “Due to the limited access...

Possible impairment in crash

May 20, 2016 / 12:16 pm
The man who crashed his truck through a chain link fence in West Kelowna Thursday could be facing impaired driving charges, following lab results. Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Bartley Road, near Ross Road, about 2:30 p.m. A 1993 GMC pickup had crashed through a fence and come...

Truck clips power pole

May 19, 2016 / 4:07 pm
A man has been taken to hospital after crashing through a fence and clipping a power pole in West Kelowna Thursday afternoon. The man drove his pickup truck through the fence at Junkyard Dog Liquidation Experts on Bartley Road near Ross Road at 2:30 p.m. The Jaws of Life were used to pry open...

Vandalized for fifth time

May 19, 2016 / 8:38 am
Thai Fusion restaurant has once again been hit by vandals. This is the fifth time the West Kelowna restaurant has been targeted since March of 2015. Back in October, a person dressed in black smashed out all of the windows in the building with a baseball bat and left the scene without...

Off-duty officer hit by car

May 18, 2016 / 3:47 pm
A pedestrian struck by a vehicle and seriously injured in West Kelowna Monday is an RCMP officer. The 29-year-old officer was off-duty Monday evening when a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Dobbin Road and Old Okanagan Highway caused one of the vehicles to hit him. The officer was...

On the wagon in Mexico

May 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
A West Kelowna couple will be leading the charge this winter in Mexico, hosting RV tours as "wagon-masters." Jim and Debbie Harris are extensive travellers who have vacationed throughout Canada, U.S., Mexico, Central America, South America, Southeast Asia and Australia. They will be...

Serious injury in crash

May 17, 2016 / 7:55 am
Update: May 17 RCMP are confirming a pedestrian was struck in West Kelowna, Monday evening. A two vehicle crash at the intersection of Dobbin Road and Old Okanagan Highway, caused one of the vehicles to spin out of control and strike a pedestrian rendering him unconscious. A 29-year-old...

Firefighters help stuck biker

May 16, 2016 / 7:00 pm
A group of firefighters were in the right place at the right time Friday night. A witness to the scene in Peachland said a motorcyclist lost control of his bike and ran into the back of a West Kelowna fire department pickup truck. "The motorcycle got wedged under the truck," said...

Revved up for car show

May 16, 2016 / 11:14 am
If you're a fan of old cars, Peachland is where you want to be Sunday. Thousands of people are expected to converge on the community this weekend for the 19th annual World of Wheels. The largest one-day event in the community each year, the World of Wheels will show off more than 500...

Garden in a bucket

May 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Give a man a zucchini and he eats for a day, but teach a man to garden and he won’t go hungry. That’s the philosophy behind a program being offered through the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. A number of community partners have teamed up to help the West Kelowna branch of the...

PNE prize home built local

May 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
The famed PNE Prize Home, which was unveiled in Vancouver Wednesday, was built and transported by an Okanagan company this year. Freeport Industries has been building homes since 2004, and now employs 50 people at its West Kelowna location. The company was awarded the contract in the fall and...

Million-dollar sewer work

May 12, 2016 / 12:17 pm
Work is expected to start Monday on construction of the new Horizon Village Lift Station in West Kelowna. The old lift station will be removed, before three new, energy efficient pumps, a new control system building, emergency storage capacity and backup power supply are installed. The new...

Power restored

May 12, 2016 / 8:39 am
UPDATE: MAY 12, 8:30 a.m, Power was fully restored to West Kelowna residents at 4:26 a.m. this morning. The outage, affecting 3,408 customers, was caused by a downed power line at 7:31 p.m. Wednesday night. UPDATE: MAY 11, 10:35 p.m. BC Hydro crews are on site working to restore...

Fall city hall referendum

May 11, 2016 / 9:19 am
West Kelowna residents can expect to go to the polls again in late summer or early fall. Voters will be asked to approve borrowing up to $10.5 million for a new city hall, as part of a larger complex on Elliott Road. The city-wide referendum was made necessary after more than 10 per cent of...

Murder trial moves along

May 10, 2016 / 3:28 pm
A West Kelowna man facing a second-degree murder charge will be back in court at the end of May for a pre-trial conference. Jose Amestica, 50, was originally charged with aggravated assault after Kevin McNally, 44, was stabbed in a home on Solar Road on April 29, 2015. McNally succumbed to...

Cold-case murder trial starts

May 10, 2016 / 2:20 pm
The first-degree murder trial began this week for a man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2007. Former Kelowna and Edmonton resident, Shawn Lee Wruck, 42, was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Shannon Collins, 29, whose remains were found just east of Edmonton in...

A Mother's Day loss

May 10, 2016 / 11:00 am
It is a Mother’s Day Colleen Woelder will remember for the rest of her life. Last Sunday, a day where Woelder should have been adorned with flowers and brunch was instead spent praying for the life of her best friend. Her seven-year-old German Shepherd’s health took an unexpected...

Butt tossers exposed

May 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
A West Kelowna resident is once again reminding people to butt out before they toss out. Jordan Abbate is re-launching his ‘BC ButtHeads’ Facebook page after last year's success. Abbate originally started the social media page to report those who toss lit cigarettes from...

2 new wineries to open

May 9, 2016 / 4:20 pm
Two of the Okanagan's newest wineries are set to open their doors to the public this month. Both located in West Kelowna, Grizzli Winery on the peak of Boucherie Road and Indigenous World Winery across the highway on Horizon Drive, are set to open at the end of May. Grizzli, a...

Capsized on the lake

May 8, 2016 / 10:06 pm
UPDATE: 10:05 p.m. A woman contacted Castanet Sunday night and said it was her husband and friend who were capsized. "It was my husband and his good friend out for a little jaunt on their boats. The wind took over and capsized his boat," she said. "He wasn't able to...

Bucket brigade douses fire

May 7, 2016 / 7:56 pm
While there was smoke rising into the sky, there was no need to worry this time. A very small blaze caught the attention of many in West Kelowna and Kelowna Saturday evening as the smoke could be seen rising from an area at the bottom of Lindley Drive off Westside Road. West Kelowna fire...

Glenrosa Road crash

May 7, 2016 / 5:05 pm
Castanet is receiving reports of a motorcycle crash, with injuries, on Glenrosa Road, Saturday afternoon. Firefighters, the RCMP, BC Ambulance and a tow truck were reported to be at the scene. Glenrosa was also closed for a time to deal with the incident. Castanet will provide more details...

Three options for city hall

May 7, 2016 / 11:15 am
West Kelowna voters could go back to the polls later this summer. At issue is borrowing up to $10.5 million to construct a new city hall on Elliott Road. If the project is to go forward, a city-wide referendum is necessary after more than 10 per cent of the electorate turned down the request...

Drums break silence

May 6, 2016 / 3:32 pm
A group of students from Mount Boucharie Secondary School will spend the next 24 hours pounding on the drum. Together they represent a community that no longer wants to stay silent on a nationwide issue. There are currently more than 582 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada....

Ready, set... splash!

May 6, 2016 / 12:40 pm
West Kelowna's Kids Care Spray Park is opening early. Thanks to above-average spring temperatures, the water park will open this weekend. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and will remain open until September. During July and August, hours will extend from 9 a.m....

It's not your garbage dump

May 6, 2016 / 9:39 am
UPDATE: 9:40 a.m. Those who left a couch, seat and stove on the side of the road across from Country Pines Gate in West Kelowna called Castanet Friday morning to say the spot is a well-known place to leave items for others to take. They said there was a sign on the items saying free, and...

Bears lumbering through

May 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
Early spring temperatures have prompted bears to begin foraging and filling their bellies after their long winter sleep. In West Kelowna, there have been at least four black bear reports in the last two days according to the Wildlife Alert Report Program. Residents reported seeing the animal...

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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