A bright idea for streetlights

Oct 27, 2016 / 11:31 am
The City of West Kelowna is building a business case for LED streetlights. The city has been testing the technology on a few streets going back to 2012 and will add more in the coming months. The lights, which replace the old high-pressure sodium lights, were installed in four places: the...

A 'senseless' crime

Oct 27, 2016 / 10:49 am
Police are looking for a thief who stole a custom wheelchair from Walmart in West Kelowna. The "senseless" crime happened just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, while the victim shopped using one of the store's motorized shopping carts. “RCMP would like to quickly reunite the...

Crash ties up Hwy 97

Oct 27, 2016 / 6:19 am
A crash at the corner of Highway 97 and Gellatly Road in West Kelowna tied up traffic Wednesday night. It appears no one was injured in the incident about 10:30 p.m., but it's unclear if it was a single-vehicle accident or if it was a hit and run. A Dodge Charger sedan received...

Ophus: Lower expectations

Oct 26, 2016 / 8:32 pm
West Kelowna councillor Duane Ophus believes the city needs to lower its expectations when it eventually builds a new city hall. Ophus told his fellow councillors Tuesday there was a perception the original proposal was too grandiose for the city. That plan was shot down by a 27-vote margin...

Car trailer bottomed out

Oct 26, 2016 / 8:09 pm
A semi-truck transporting cars has bottomed out along Ingram Road at the intersection with Brown Road, causing causing traffic to back up. Leah Wilson said the truck was moving along Ingram Road, when it got to the hill approaching Brown Road. As the truck got to the hill, it apparently...

Fiery crash on Hwy 97

Oct 26, 2016 / 7:55 pm
UPDATE: 7:55 P.M. Traffic has started to flow along Highway 97 after a crash left a pickup truck upside down and on fire. The fire appears to have been extinguished, and occupants have reportedly been transported to hospital. The highway was originally opened up northbound, but is now open...

Governance study on hold

Oct 26, 2016 / 9:36 am
A decision on whether a governance study will be undertaken for the North Westside Fire Protection Area has not yet been determined. In a letter sent to the Regional District of Central Okanagan, the provincial ministry responsible for such studies, said a governance review may not be the way to...

Memorial flowers can stay

Oct 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
The democratic process played out for all to see in Peachland Tuesday night. And, it means Charrie Fichter won't have to flout a municipal bylaw to place flowers on a memorial bench honouring her slain daughter, Ashlee Hyatt. Weeks after denying a petition by Fichter to allow her to place...

Eat your brain food

Oct 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we feature...

Guilty in date from hell

Oct 25, 2016 / 11:41 am
A Peachland man pleaded guilty Friday to abducting and threatening a woman he met on an online dating site in August. Jean-Francois Dufour, 36, had met the victim in person several times before the frightening incident took place on Aug. 12. Dufour picked the woman up in his silver 2000 Dodge...

Fire planes put on a show

Oct 24, 2016 / 11:23 am
Firefighting aircraft will be putting on a show this week in the sky above West Kelowna. The aviation demonstration is part of the Wildland Fire Canada 2016 conference, taking place this week at the Delta Grand in Kelowna. The provincial government says don't be alarmed – and...

Memorial gets 1 last vote

Oct 22, 2016 / 5:16 am
Peachland council will vote one last time on whether Charrie Fichter will be able to lay flowers at the lakefront memorial bench in honour of her slain daughter. Fichter has been laying flowers at the bench for more than five years in honour of Ashlee Hyatt, who was stabbed to death at a house...

Medical call takes odd twist

Oct 21, 2016 / 3:37 pm
A man who busted into a stranger's home while being helped by paramedics now faces a number of charges. Police said a man showed up at a stranger's door just before midnight Wednesday and said he was in medical distress. West Kelowna RCMP were called to help the BC Ambulance Service...

Truck slams into pole

Oct 21, 2016 / 10:07 am
Boucherie Road is currently down to single-lane traffic due to a crash in which a pickup slammed into a utility pole. The full-size Ford pickup was travelling northbound when it crashed about 9:30 a.m. near Green Bay Road. The truck's front end was smashed in, and the pole leaning at a...

Crash clogs commute

Oct 21, 2016 / 8:47 am
A collision between a semi and a car caused traffic headaches for commuters coming into Kelowna from the Westside this morning. A tractor-trailer rear-ended a small sedan about 8:20 a.m. at Highway 97 and Gellatly Road in West Kelowna, creating traffic delays for drivers coming into the...

Crash puts truck in ditch

Oct 21, 2016 / 8:41 am
A collision between a pickup and compact hatchback blocked the intersection of Elliott and Bering roads Thursday night. The crash between a black Ford pickup and silver Mazda Protege sent the truck into the ditch about 8:30 p.m. The Mazda suffered front-end damage. It's not known if...

Massive traffic back-up

Oct 20, 2016 / 2:03 pm
UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. This morning's collision on the Bennett Bridge was a two-car rear-ender. The crash happened in the eastbound lanes coming into Kelowna, blocking the left lane about 11:30 a.m. The incident caused a traffic back-up that stretched all the way to between Ross Road and...

Smoke is open burning

Oct 19, 2016 / 8:46 pm
UPDATED: 8:46 p.m. Firefighters working at West Kelowna Fire Rescue Wednesday night believe the smoke some have seen on the Okanagan Connector is coming from someone's open burning. A person driving the Connector alerted Castanet to "heavy smoke" on the highway, but fire...

Big gap in fentanyl case

Oct 19, 2016 / 7:05 pm
A West Kelowna couple will be spending months apart as they await their next court date for charges related to production and possession of narcotics, including fentanyl. Leslie John McCulloch, 38, and Rebekka Rae White, 27, were charged after police raided a West Kelowna warehouse on Auburn...

Food for thought

Oct 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we are...

Injuries in 3-vehicle crash

Oct 18, 2016 / 1:42 pm
Two people were taken to hospital after a crash on Highway 97 at Butt Road on the Westside. The crash early Tuesday afternoon involved three vehicles. It appeared the two patients suffered whiplash related injuries.

Cyclist suffers head injury

Oct 18, 2016 / 10:39 am
Paramedics helped an injured cyclist in West Kelowna Tuesday morning. It's unclear whether he fell or was struck at Ross Road and Pike Road. However, a witness said there was significant damage to his helmet. There's no word on the extent of his injuries.

2nd chance for memorial?

Oct 18, 2016 / 9:49 am
Charrie Fichter may get her wish after all. Fichter, the mother of slain Peachland teen Ashlee Hyatt, had her petition to continue to place flowers at her daughter's lakefront memorial bench denied last week by municipal council. The motion on the floor was to allow Fichter to continue...

Arresting wake-up call

Oct 17, 2016 / 2:58 pm
An astute West Kelowna civilian helped police nab a wanted man. West Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked with people sleeping inside it on the 3600 block of Gellatly Road, Friday afternoon. Const. Jesse O’Donaghey said police arrived on scene and discovered...

Mom will defy council order

Oct 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. That's the attitude of Charrie Fichter, mother of slain Peachland teen Ashlee Hyatt, after council denied a petition to allow her to continue placing flowers on her daughter's Memorial bench. "They'll continue to remove them and I'll...

Opting for natural cures

Oct 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Dustin Klassen first started noticing an ache in his knee last spring. After X-rays, CT scans and an MRI, the diagnosis came back – cancer. The MRI showed a tumour in the cartilage of his knee known as Periosteal Chondrosarcoma. The rare form of bone cancer doesn't respond to...

Tap turns on free water

Oct 13, 2016 / 12:16 pm
West Kelowna residents can now avail themselves of free water. The city made good on a directive from council this week to make water at the bulk filling station available to all residents free of charge. The decision was made as 11,000 customers who receive water from the Lakeview system...

Dangerous discovery

Oct 13, 2016 / 11:57 am
Working smoke alarms save lives. However, 63 per cent of homes West Kelowna Fire Rescue visited last week did not have a working smoke alarm. “There were a lot of smoke alarms in place, but most of them were expired or missing batteries,” said Kelly Wilson, WKFR fire and life...

Wharf cam goes worldwide

Oct 12, 2016 / 8:00 pm
People worldwide can now enjoy the stunning views of the Central Okanagan. The City of West Kelowna is providing images from a new web cam installed at the CN Wharf, one of the city's most popular destinations. The camera was mounted at the end of the summer on the newly restored...

Nut farm cancels events

Oct 12, 2016 / 7:04 pm
Two very popular events won't be happening at the Gellatly Nut Farm this fall. The annual Harvest Fair and the Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk will not take place at the nut farm. At issue, parking – or now, a lack of it. "That vacant lot that we graciously were given permission...

Free water over advisory

Oct 12, 2016 / 12:17 pm
The ongoing water-quality advisory in West Kelowna has prompted council to offer free water to all of its residents. About 11,000 people who receive their water from the Lakeview Irrigation System have been affected by the water advisory since Aug. 4. At the urging of Coun. Rosalind Neis,...

Thai Fusion hit yet again

Oct 12, 2016 / 12:02 pm
UPDATE An employee at Thai Fusion has started a GoFundMe campaign to support the restaurant. ORIGINAL For the umpteenth time, the owners of Thai Fusion are dealing with business-altering vandalism. The business has been forced to close its doors once again after vandals targeted the...

Food filled with benefits

Oct 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we are at...

Butterfish, better brain

Oct 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we feature...

Valuables stolen after fire

Oct 10, 2016 / 5:05 pm
The mother of a woman whose house was severely burned in a chimney fire says many of the possessions left in the house have gone missing. Gloria Alexis says her daughter, Monika Alexis, and her family were told not to go back into their house after a fire ravaged it on Friday. The family,...

Accident sends one to KGH

Oct 9, 2016 / 2:48 pm
One person was taken to Kelowna General Hospital following an accident in West Kelowna Sunday afternoon. Witnesses tell Castanet a person was loaded into an ambulance after the southbound vehicle they were in struck a light post on Highway 97 at Westlake Road. There is no word on the extent...

'I see a clown charging'

Oct 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
After two reports of creepy clown encounters in the Okanagan last week, the third has ended with at least one injury. On Friday afternoon, Caroline was talking to a coworker about how the local encounters with eerie clowns were creeping her out. She never expected she would have her own run-in...

New head bean counter

Oct 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of West Kelowna has a new person in charge of finance. Council will be asked Tuesday to confirm the appointment of Lisa Pleadwell as the city's new Chief Financial Officer. At the same time, the interim tag will be removed from Jim Zaffino's duties. Zaffino, a former CFO...

Snow wreaks havoc on hwy.

Oct 8, 2016 / 11:21 am
UPDATED: 11:21 a.m. The Kamloops RCMP has issued a warning to those travelling on the Coquihalla Highway, as snow continues to fall at higher elevations. "Kamloops Rural RCMP and Merritt RCMP are responding to multiple accidents throughout the region," wrote Cpl. Cheryl Bush of the...

Shot driver was drug witness

Oct 8, 2016 / 9:15 am
By Kim Bolan A man seriously injured in a bizarre drive-by shooting in West Kelowna in August was supposed to be a witness in a U.S. drug case implicating another B.C. man. The Vancouver Sun has learned that Reginald Purdom, who pleaded guilty in 2006 in Washington state to conspiracy to...
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