Yes signs vandalized

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Are things getting nasty in the Yes vs. No campaigns leading up to a referendum on a new city hall in West Kelowna? Peter Wannop, co-chair of the 'Yes to the Civic Centre Committee" won't point any fingers, but says signs erected by the group around West Kelowna have been either...

Water advisory lifted

Aug 25, 2016 / 5:13 pm
A water-quality advisory issued Tuesday following the Bear Creek fire has been lifted. The advisory affected more than 530 properties in Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates. “The lifting of the precautionary advisory this morning by the Regional District of Central Okangan was made in...

Face to face with fire

Aug 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
West Kelowna fire crews were already battling several issues throughout the city Sunday night when the call came for a wildfire that had sparked near Bear Creek Provincial Park. Assistant Fire Chief Darren Lee was attending a home that a large tree had fallen on after strong winds picked up...

Evacuation order lifted

Aug 24, 2016 / 1:51 pm
UPDATE: 1:51 p.m. Evacuated residents near the Bear Creek wildfire are heading home today, but hazards still remain in the area. While returning residents have been asked to avoid the active fire zone, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre would like returning residents to be...

Water advisory around fire

Aug 24, 2016 / 1:34 pm
A water quality advisory has been issued for residents served by water systems in Killiney Beach and Westshore. The advisory is precautionary, and was issued Tuesday by the regional district. As a result of power outages related to the Bear Creek fire, water quality may be compromised, and...

Peachland crash slows 97

Aug 24, 2016 / 9:49 am
Traffic is slow moving through Peachland, resulting from a multi-vehicle crash this morning. The incident happened sometime before 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Clements Crescent and Highway 97. Emergency crews are on the scene. There are no reports of injuries.

Ellis faces offender status

Aug 23, 2016 / 7:26 pm
A man found guilty in the infamous 2012 police chase and shootout along Westside Road was in court Tuesday, facing a long-term offender designation before he is sentenced. Michael Edward Ellis was found guilty in February 2015 of 17 of the 22 charges he was facing, stemming from the July 2012...

Evacuation still in effect

Aug 23, 2016 / 7:06 pm
The evacuation order and alert for the Bear Creek wildfire remain in effect. As the fire is still active and key infrastructure is being replaced, residents from 105 properties in the Traders Cove subdivision will remain out of their homes until it is safe for them to return. The Emergency...

Fire still smouldering

Aug 23, 2016 / 3:49 pm
With stumps still burning and flames smouldering in dry grass, the fire threat is keeping evacuated residents out of their homes along Westside Road. Power poles have been knocked to the ground, and trees have brought down power lines, cutting electricity and communication networks in the area...

Get in, get back out

Aug 23, 2016 / 3:26 pm
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. Most of those who were evacuated from Bear Creek Provincial Park have been able to return to retrieve their belongings following the wildfire that sparked on Sunday. Bonnie Ley, a park operator with Kaloya Contracting, says there is no fire damage to the campsite; however...

Too soon to head home

Aug 23, 2016 / 11:48 am
While the Bear Creek wildfire is now 75 per cent contained, emergency personnel say the area is not yet safe enough to allow the remaining evacuated residents to return home. Central Okanagan Emergency Operations states that people may still notice a lot of smoke and some visible flames coming...

Having a blast in West K.

Aug 23, 2016 / 11:21 am
People working, or living around Dominion Road in West Kelowna may feel the earth shake this afternoon. No need for concern. Blasting will be taking place at the Kelowna Ready Mix gravel pit on Dominion Road. Blasting is scheduled for about 3:30 p.m. Under authority of the Ministry of...

Jackpine fire in mop-up

Aug 23, 2016 / 10:18 am
The Jackpine Lake wildfire is in mop-up stage today as firefighters worked overnight to put out the blaze. Fire information officer Rachel Witt says the fire is 100 per cent contained and is considered a Rank 1 smouldering ground fire. “It is still estimated at 14 hectares in...

Fire now 75% contained

Aug 23, 2016 / 9:03 am
Fire crews now have the Bear Creek wildfire 75 per cent contained after spending the night working to secure the perimeter of the blaze. The BC Wildfire Service has 50 firefighters battling the blaze along with one helicopter bucketing hot spots today. Favourable weather conditions helped...

Homes remain on evac

Aug 23, 2016 / 7:15 am
UPDATE: 7:15 a.m. After Monday's favourable conditions, fire crews from multiple jurisdictions were able to make good progress on the Bear Creek wildfire, holding the blaze at 60 per cent containment. Fire crews from West Kelowna, Peachland, Joe Rich and the North Westside fire...

What's that smell?

Aug 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Residents living near the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant may notice an ugly odour for the next couple of days. The regional district is installing new materials in the biofilter at the facility off Gellatly Road, just west of Gellatly Nut Farm. The open-bed biofilter is commonly...

Evac lifted for some

Aug 22, 2016 / 7:10 pm
UPDATE 7:10 P.M. While some residents have been allowed to return home, most will remain away from their home or campsite for a second night. An evacuation order will remain in effect for 105 properties in Traders Cove and Bear Creek Provincial Park. Westside Road, between Bear Creek...

Evacuated again at Fintry

Aug 22, 2016 / 6:53 pm
UPDATE: Monday 6:40 p.m. Campers at Fintry Provincial Park were allowed back in Monday after being evacuated Sunday night, only to be evacuated again. High winds prompted the evacuation when several trees came crashing down in the campground, some striking vehicles and trailers. After...

Campers allowed back in

Aug 22, 2016 / 3:51 pm
Campers evacuated from Bear Creek Provincial Park will be temporarily allowed back in to the campsite to remove possessions, vehicles and trailers until 8 p.m. tonight. Access will also be available for a limited time Tuesday morning, beginning at 8 a.m., according to Central Okanagan Emergency...

Campers share fire stories

Aug 22, 2016 / 3:35 pm
Jennifer Tannhauser couldn’t wait to relax after completing the Apple Triathlon in Kelowna, but the Calgary resident got anything but rest Sunday night. Tannhauser and her family were among campers evacuated from Bear Creek Provincial Park after a wildfire sparked nearby. She said...

Outages in the Okanagan

Aug 22, 2016 / 2:26 pm
UPDATE Aug. 22: 2:30 p.m. BC Hydro spokesman Dag Sharman says last night's wind storm damaged about 12 power poles, knocking out power to approximately 1,800 customers. He says while the damage is extensive, crews are working quickly to restore power. “We do have extra crews...

The Bluffs topples

Aug 22, 2016 / 11:10 am
The sign pointing you to The Bluffs on the Westside was a victim of Sunday night's wind storm. The sign and stage were both blown over by winds gusting as high as 48 km/h. The private, Westbank First Nation locatee land was the host of a few rock concerts in the early 2000s featuring...

Time lapse of wildfire

Aug 22, 2016 / 10:16 am
Local ground crews and firefighters from the provincial Wildfire Management Branch continue to battle the Bear Creek Fire. The fire, which broke out late Sunday night, has consumed more than 10 hectares. About 156 properties have been evacuated, including the Bear Creek Provincial Park...

Jackpine Lake wildfire

Aug 22, 2016 / 9:11 am
Photo: - Chad Gartly Photo: - Chad Gartly Photo: - Hailey Bird Photo: - Hailey Bird Photo: - Hailey Bird Photo: - Robert Hayes Photo: - Robert Hayes Photo: - Robert Hayes The Jackpine Lake blaze is now 100 per cent contained. According to the BC Wildfire Service 21 personnel were on...

Wildfire evacuations

Aug 22, 2016 / 7:03 am
UPDATE: 7 a.m. Emergency personnel report that cool overnight temperatures and low winds supported crews monitoring and patrolling the Bear Creek wildfire. At this point, no dwellings have been lost to the fire although some outbuildings like sheds may be damaged. Structural fire crews...

Houseboat rescue on lake

Aug 22, 2016 / 6:40 am
Emergency crews responded to a houseboat in distress on Okanagan Lake overnight. The vessel, with 55 people on board, was apparently tipping off West Kelowna, in the Sailview Bay area, just before 10 p.m. Kelowna and Peachland fire department marine rescue units helped get the houseboat to...

Paddleboarder rescue call

Aug 21, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Emergency crews were called to rescue a paddle boarder on the Okanagan Lake late Sunday afternoon. Police and fire crews responded to the Peachland Marina after a call to help marine rescue at about 5:20 p.m. The paddle boarder was reportedly found to be in trouble just north of Rattlesnake...

Injured man gets airlift

Aug 21, 2016 / 5:33 pm
A man was airlifted from the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna after suffering injuries after an ATV incident. No details of the incident have been revealed, but the man had suffered upper-body injuries. That led the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team to call in Penticton Search and Rescue...

Minor crash on Boucherie

Aug 20, 2016 / 2:08 pm
A minor crash on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna tied up traffic Saturday afternoon but no one was injured. The crash took place around 1:05 p.m. between a Jeep and an SUV. Police and fire officials attended the scene. One lane of Boucherie was closed, with single alternating traffic.

Lots of calls but no fire yet

Aug 20, 2016 / 1:35 pm
Residents in the Westbank area panicked this afternoon after seeing what looked like smoke rising from a wooded area off Gates Road, near Glenrosa Road. However West Kelowna firefighters say it was just dust from a dirt bike track. Meanwhile, fire captain Troy Russell says there have been...

Dating site abduction

Aug 19, 2016 / 3:25 pm
One man is in custody after a woman was apparently held against her will last weekend in Peachland. Police were called Saturday morning to investigate a report of forcible confinement, which happened the previous evening. The victim in the case apparently met a man through an online dating...

Virtues of a new city hall

Aug 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
West Kelowna is getting a good deal. That from Rob Moyor, managing partner of the company hired to build a new civic centre, during an election-style rally hosted by the 'Yes to the Civic Centre Committee," Thursday afternoon. The rally was held on the proposed site of the civic...

Fire in mop up stage

Aug 18, 2016 / 3:47 pm
UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. A day after the Cinnabar Creek wildfire off Westside Road was first reported, excellent progress fighting the blaze has allowed the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Operation Centre to close. The BC Wildfire Service has taken control over the fire which is now 100 per...

Water issues persist

Aug 18, 2016 / 2:52 pm
A water quality advisory in West Kelowna remains in place, two weeks after it was initially issued. The advisory was issued for the Lakeview water system on Aug. 4, and affects 11,000 people in Lakeview Heights, Rose Valley, Boucherie Centre, Shannon Woods, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Lake. The...

Sally Ann expands

Aug 18, 2016 / 9:35 am
A vital source for help and hope in Rutland, the Salvation Army, is now expanding to West Kelowna. Families from around the Central Okanagan travel to the Community Life Centre on Rutland Road to meet with caseworkers, find support, help and encouragement. Ten years after the plan to expand...

Be prepared to flee

Aug 17, 2016 / 9:29 pm
UPDATE: 9:29 P.M. Central Okanagan Emergency Services has issued a warning to remind people that the evacuation warning is still in effect. The blaze remains at 2.8 hectares, but authorities are reminding people to be wary, as conditions could change. Overnight, firefighters and equipment...

East Boundary Road crash

Aug 17, 2016 / 6:51 pm
Emergency crews responded to the scene of a collision on East Boundary Road in West Kelowna, according to witnesses. The collision apparently included three vehicles, and, according to one witness, the road has been closed as a result. At least two ambulances and two fire trucks appear to...

Fire closes Westside Road

Aug 17, 2016 / 6:12 pm
UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. RCMP have set up roadblocks for all traffic on Westside Road, south of Lake Okanagan Resort and just south of Dennison Road, according to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Residents are still able to access Dennison Road. Motorists heading south on Westside Road are...

Gallery: Westside wildfire

Aug 17, 2016 / 5:21 pm
Photo: - David Van Halderen Photo: - Mark Goddard Photo: - Crystal Weber Photo: - Crystal Weber Photo: - Megan Ohm Photo: - Bryan Szasz Photo: - Tracy Arseneault Photo: - BC Wildfire Service With a very visible fire burning near Lake Okanagan Resort, Castanet readers have been sending in...

Chopper stuffed with food

Aug 17, 2016 / 12:40 pm
Started by Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, the One Bag Challenge has grown from a bag, to two bags, to a trunk and now an entire helicopter. For the past few weeks, Valhalla Helicopters’ personnel have been donating food and supplies towards the One Bag Challenge, or what they now call...
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