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Land swap over 700 acres

Feb 25, 2015 / 10:37 am

The land-swap agreement reached last week between the provincial government and Westbank First Nation offers even more land than West Kelowna residents balked at in 2011. The initial agreement offered 698 acres of Crown land around the Rose Valley reservoir in exchange for eight acres of WFN...

Deal reached with firefighters

Feb 24, 2015 / 5:07 pm

The District of West Kelowna and its professional firefighters have come to an agreement on a new contract. West Kelowna council ratified the six-year agreement with Local 4457 of the International Association of Fire Fighters Tuesday. The agreement was negotiated between the municipality and...

Explosion at industrial park

Feb 23, 2015 / 1:39 pm

Police and ambulance paramedics responded to reports of an explosion in West Kelowna about 1 p.m. today. One man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with serious injuries and is said to be in stable condition. The explosion happened at Dead Metal Recycling, in the Westbank Industrial Park,...

Argo coughs up for windshield

Feb 23, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed UPDATE Feb 23 The family of a young West Kelowna woman whose windshield was smashed by snow thrown from a plow truck says Argo Road Maintenance has stepped up to pay for the damage. Peter Kessler says a stranger named Jack called...

Crash sends four to hospital

Feb 21, 2015 / 3:31 pm

Four people were rushed to hospital mid-day Saturday after a two car collision in West Kelowna. According to West Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Bob Courcelles, a Ford van was turning left onto Elk Road off Hwy. 97 at 11:28 a.m. when the accident occurred. He says the van did not yield to a southbound...

Westbank Lions Hall reopens

Feb 20, 2015 / 9:13 pm

The Lions Hall in West Kelowna will reopen on Saturday after a fire destroyed a much of the building back in 2013. While in town on Friday, Premier Christy Clark congratulated representatives of the Westbank Lions Hall for their rebuilding efforts. “I’m thrilled to see the...

WFN land swap approved

Feb 20, 2015 / 4:26 pm

A tentative agreement has been reached between the province and Westbank First Nation on a land exchange. The exchange is born out of an agreement between the two governments in which eight acres of reserve lands were given to the province in 2009 for construction of the Westside Road...

Celebration opens school

Feb 19, 2015 / 5:43 pm

Mar Jok Elementary School in West Kelowna is officially open. The newest school in the district held a grand opening ceremony Thursday to coincide with the Chinese new year. This is the year of the sheep or goat, and Shu Lee with the Chinese Freemason Club explains that 2015 is to bring luck...

Find your fit job stop tour

Feb 19, 2015 / 11:21 am

Young people will have the chance to learn more about some of the skills they’ll need for in-demand jobs this afternoon at Mount Boucherie Secondary School. WorkBC’s Find Your Fit tour stop is an interactive event that allows individuals of all ages to learn more about jobs available...

Couple prepares for eviction

Feb 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

A West Kelowna couple is packing up everything they own after being forced to leave their home of eight years. Last month, we told you about Ed Schneider and Ross Arnot, who bought a waterfront home in the Jubilee Mobile Home park on Westbank First Nation land in 2007. In 2014 they were...

Guns safe after break-in

Feb 17, 2015 / 2:19 pm

Thieves broke into an outdoors store in West Kelowna early this morning looking for guns. All they got was a handful of accessories. Sometime after 4 a.m. Tuesday, a pair of thieves smashed the front door then used bolt cutters to cut through a metal gate to gain entry into Antler Creek...

Family's grief overwhelms

Feb 17, 2015 / 12:38 pm

It's been just over a year and a half since 27-year-old Theresa Ashley Neville was murdered in her Glenmore home, and no arrests have been made. Her family is devastated, but the unique circumstances surrounding Neville’s death have put her parents in a precarious situation. Len...

Two vehicle car accident

Feb 15, 2015 / 6:24 pm

A passenger in one of two vehicles involved in a car accident Sunday afternoon, around 4 p.m., was apparently taken by ambulance to hospital. According to information received by Castanet, there was a two vehicle motor vehicle accident at Husky Gas at 2091 Old Okanagan Highway. A male driver...

Local chef best in Canada

Feb 13, 2015 / 1:26 pm

West Kelowna native Paul Moran is Canada's top young chef. Moran, a chef at CMH-K2 Lodge in Nakusp, trumped the competition this week at the S. Pellegrino Young Chef Canadian Regional Competition in Toronto. He beat out nine other chefs in the under 30 competition. He is now off to...

Youth ambassadors sought

Feb 13, 2015 / 10:29 am

West Kelowna is establishing an ambassador program. Under the umbrella of the Westside Celebration Society (organizers of Westside Daze), the program is open to males and females aged 15 to 17. The program, similar to royalty or pageant programs, allows entrants to learn valuable life skills,...

DCC break for developers

Feb 12, 2015 / 4:29 pm

The District of West Kelowna is hoping to spur business in the downtown area by offering a break on development charges. Development cost charges (DCCs) are typically charged to developers as a way for municipalities to pay for infrastructure improvements, such as parks, sidewalks and...

Westside art council to launch

Feb 11, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC), a newly incorporated council on the westside, is to be officially launched February 18 at the Greater Westside Board of Trade’s luncheon at the Cove during Canada’s Heritage Week. The council stemmed from last...

Byland's matriarch dies

Feb 11, 2015 / 5:08 pm

A Central Okanagan matriarch died this week after a long battle with cancer. Katherine “Katie” Brigitta Byland, co-founder of Byland’s Nurseries, died Feb. 7 at Kelowna Hospice House, surrounded by family. “She had been battling cancer for a few years and finally lost...

Brolund new fire chief

Feb 10, 2015 / 2:55 pm

The District of West Kelowna didn't have to go far to find its new fire chief. Jason Brolund, deputy fire chief with the Kelowna Fire Department, has accepted the position in West Kelowna. The job became vacant when current Chief Wayne Schnitzler announced his retirement Dec....

Hundreds skate for cancer

Feb 9, 2015 / 12:26 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Mini spidermen and dozens of princesses skated into action at the second annual Princess...

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