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Injured kitten needs owner

Apr 1, 2015 / 4:24 pm

UPDATE 4:15 P.M.: Kitty rescuer Chelsea says she has been inundated with calls from Castanet readers who are interested in adopting the little guy. She is very appreciative of the response, but says they are no longer needing to hear from potential adopters. If you believe this may be...

WFN celebrates success

Mar 31, 2015 / 4:53 pm

While many First Nations across Canada continue to face significant hardships, Westbank First Nation continues to buck that trend. WFN celebrates 10 years of self-governance this week. But it was only through a long process of negotiation and community consultation that the possibility became...

Indigenous rights in focus

Mar 31, 2015 / 4:41 pm

The Okanagan Nation Alliance and Westbank First Nation welcomed UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on Tuesday. Between giving talks at UBC Okanagan and Mary Irwin Theatre, Tauli-Corpuz spoke at Sensisyusten School in Westbank. "I decided to...

Robberies may be linked

Mar 31, 2015 / 2:06 pm

A West Kelowna man is in custody after a string of armed robberies on the Westside. RCMP say the 21-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he was finally caught on Sunday. Police believe the man is tied to the robbery at the Super 8 motel on March 27, followed by a robbery at the...

UN activist in town

Mar 28, 2015 / 12:00 pm

A well known indigenous activist and expert on human rights will be in the Central Okanagan next week. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz represents the United Nations, and is the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. She will be visiting with the Westbank First Nation March 31 to...

Fined for illegal offroading

Mar 27, 2015 / 4:31 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Conservation officers are warning the public not to damage the environment in unauthorized areas after a man was heavily fined for mud bogging, Thursday. About 2 p.m. Thursday, biologists with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources...

Robbery suspect sought

Mar 27, 2015 / 11:37 am

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the man responsible for an armed robbery in West Kelowna early this morning. According to West Kelowna RCMP, a lone man with a black T-shirt covering his face, produced a weapon and demanded money at the Super 8 motel on Westgate Road, just...
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Electoral change name only

Mar 27, 2015 / 11:04 am

It would appear any change to electoral boundaries in the Central Okanagan will come in name only. A report by the B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission has proposed changing the name of Westside-Kelowna to Kelowna West. The riding includes all of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation lands...

Tractor-trailer stolen

Mar 27, 2015 / 10:30 am

A West Kelowna man is worried about his livelihood after his 85-foot tractor-trailer was stolen from his locked compound this morning (Friday). Scott Horovatin with J&T Holdings Ltd. says the truck was stolen shortly before 3 a.m., and the thief must have known what they were...

Clerk assaulted in robbery

Mar 25, 2015 / 3:14 pm

West Kelowna RCMP are searching for a suspect in a liquor store robbery Monday night. About 9:45 p.m., West Kelowna RCMP responded to a robbery in progress at the Liquor Depot on Gosset Road. Three men had entered the store in an attempt to steal alcohol. Aided by an unknown patron, a...

Breast is best, council told

Mar 24, 2015 / 8:45 pm

Several dozen mothers, fathers and supporters of breastfeeding in public descended upon West Kelowna Council chambers Tuesday evening to support a woman's right to do so. Billed as the 'West Kelowna Feed In,' supporters were protesting a lack of action by councillors on the Baby...

Biosolid hauling costs more

Mar 24, 2015 / 10:27 am

A protest over the dumping of biosolids in Merritt could cost Central Okanagan taxpayers more than $350,000. The Regional District of Central Okanagan approved the additional expense Monday for the transport and disposal of biosolids from the Westside sewage treatment plant. Because of the...

Car into power pole

Mar 22, 2015 / 8:37 pm

Castanet is receiving reports that a car has gone into a power pole on Louie Drive at Old Okanagan Highway. The incident took place around 7:30 p.m., today, Sunday. There were live power lines and a woman got out of her open window at the scene. She was checked out in an ambulance. Louie...

Newcome back in court

Mar 20, 2015 / 3:48 pm

An infamous West Kelowna man was back before the courts Friday, on trial for new charges. John Edward Newcome, former owner of alleged chop shop Cycle Logic, faced a judge on charges of assault and breaching conditions. The one-day trial concluded with Newcome being found guilty of an assault...

Power restored to 4,000

Mar 20, 2015 / 7:28 am

More than 4,000 West Kelowna customers woke up to dark homes and a lack of power this morning. B.C. Hydro reports power went out to customers in the Shannon Lake area just after 4:30 a.m., and was restored at 7:08 a.m. The outage was caused by a tree down across their lines.

Couple sues over flooding

Mar 19, 2015 / 2:04 pm

A West Kelowna couple is suing the municipality for costs incurred as a result of flooding on their property over the past two and a half years. Ryan and Keilen Gurney filed papers in B.C. Supreme Court March 6. They claim constant flooding on the property was due to a broken municipal water...

Blasting alert issued

Mar 17, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Some residents in West Kelowna may need to start wearing earplugs, as blasting activity has begun in Rose Valley. The blasting is due to subdivision construction taking place at the end of Rosealee Lane. Kara Vista Developments Ltd. is blasting rock required to excavate for the...

Protest 'feed in' planned

Mar 17, 2015 / 2:01 pm

What began as an innocent request by a group of students has literally turned into a motherhood issue pitting breastfeeding moms against West Kelowna council. At last week's council meeting, a group of UBC Okanagan nursing students and a public health nurse asked the municipality to adopt a...

Schnitzler will be missed

Mar 16, 2015 / 10:22 am

Longtime Westside Fire Chief Wayne Schnitzler is being praised by the District of West Kelowna for his years of service. Chief Schnitzler announced his intention to retire in December. His last day on the job will be March 27, at which time deputy chief Jason Brolund will take over the helm at...

Crash slows traffic

Mar 14, 2015 / 7:12 pm

A four vehicle crash is slowing traffic in West Kelowna. The crash is in the northbound lanes of Highway 97 near Boucherie Road. Northbound traffic is reduced to a single lane. Photo: Contributed - Dave Ogilvie
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