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Chairlift crash report

Jun 29, 2015 / 2:38 pm

Just under 16 months after a terrifying chairlift collapse injured four people on Crystal Mountain, the B.C. Safety Authority has released its conclusions and recommendations. On March 1, 2014, a cable from the chairlift reportedly came loose, sending three chairs careening into a tower before...

Power back on

Jun 29, 2015 / 1:36 pm

UPDATE 1:40 P.M. A crow is to blame for a power outage Monday in West Kelowna. “A crow was on some of our equipment and shorted out that equipment causing the outage,” says BC Hydro spokesman Dag Sharman. “It has been fixed and customers should have their power back on...

Fire burns near Zip Zone

Jun 27, 2015 / 2:01 pm

UPDATED: 6:21 p.m. The fire is now 100 per cent contained, according to fire information officer Kelsey Winter. Thought to be human caused, It burned three acres and crews are now working on digging guards. According to Kevin Bennett with Zip Zone, the fire was quite close, about 500...

Westside Daze kicks off

Jun 27, 2015 / 12:00 pm

Sunscreen and lots of water were the order of the day as Westside Daze officially kicked off with the annual parade. Thousands greeted pipe bands, clowns, floats and dignitaries under a partly sunny sky Saturday morning. And, of course there was candy - lots and lots of candy for the kids and...

Rose Valley fire now out

Jun 26, 2015 / 9:57 pm

UPDATE 9:45 p.m. West Kelowna Fire Rescue reports the Rose Valley fire is now out. Fire Chief Jason Brolund says crews responded to the fire at 5 p.m., near the Rose Valley reservoir dam. Crews first on the scene found a Rank 2 fire burning up a steep slope. No homes were...

Welcome to B.C.'s 51st city

Jun 26, 2015 / 4:25 pm

Premier Christy Clark made it official Friday. West Kelowna is B.C.'s 51st city. With a population just shy of 31,000, West Kelowna slots in as the province's 21st most populated city, ahead of Langford, Langley, Courtenay and White Rock. "I think all of you would agree that for...

Finally a city?

Jun 26, 2015 / 9:30 am

UPDATE FRIDAY A.M. A news conference has been scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Friday at the West Kelowna municipal office. Premier Christy Clark and Mayor Doug Findlater will both be in attendance. At that time it is expected Clark will make the announcement officially designating West Kelowna as a...
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Are you ready for a parade?

Jun 26, 2015 / 6:47 am

Several roads in West Kelowna will be closed for a brief time Saturday morning to accommodate the annual Westside Daze parade. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. To allow for the staging of entries and the parade itself the following roads will be closed: 8 a.m. to noon for...

Crash slows highway

Jun 25, 2015 / 3:00 pm

A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 is slowing traffic heading south into West Kelowna. The incident occurred on the highway near Ross and Bartley roads. Between three and five vehicles may be involved. Southbound traffic is backed up to Hudson Road. More details when they become...

Driver worries for boy

Jun 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

A young boy with Down syndrome is in still in B.C. Children's Hospital after he was struck by a van in West Kelowna. Jonah Pevach is suffering from multiple injuries, including 10 broken ribs, a broken collarbone, possible neck and cheekbone injuries and collapsed lungs. His family is...

Pavement cam rolls out

Jun 24, 2015 / 6:30 pm

The District of West Kelowna is going high tech to determine the condition of pavement in the municipality. The municipality will roll out a van, loaded with high tech equipment over the next few days. The road survey vehicle is a white Ford, marked with Tetra Tech on the side, with cameras...

Westside Daze a scorcher

Jun 24, 2015 / 3:07 pm

Westside Daze is again upon us, promising five days of free, family fun. And, with temperatures expected to touch 40 C, you can add scorching hot to the menu. "If there's a message to anybody, it's bring your bottle of water, some sunscreen and a hat. This could be a scorching...

Driver paints different story

Jun 24, 2015 / 5:04 am

A different story is emerging about the man behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit an eight-year-old boy Monday afternoon in the complex at 2465 Ingram Rd. in West Kelowna. An employee of the driver called Castanet Tuesday afternoon to say his boss was not speeding at the time of the incident as...

Accident sends one to KGH

Jun 23, 2015 / 8:17 pm

One person was sent to Kelowna General Hospital with undetermined injuries Tuesday evening following a car crash in West Kelowna. A pickup and a Chrysler PT Cruiser collided going southbound on Main Street (Highway 97) at Hebert-Paynter roads. Witnesses say the female driver of the car was...

Child struck and dragged

Jun 23, 2015 / 10:30 am

A West Kelowna child is hooked up to tubes and is fighting for his life after he was struck by a van Monday afternoon. Jonah Pevach, eight, was having a water gun fight with his six-year-old brother Caleb when a marked van allegedly came speeding through their complex at 2465 Ingram Road in West...

Kara's 9 days of survival

Jun 19, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Kara Stoyanowski survived nine days in the wilderness above Peachland on creek water and mushrooms. Those details were revealed Friday morning after the 24-year-old woman, missing since June 9 was found by two men tending to their livestock early Thursday evening near mile 13 on the Peachland...

Missing woman found alive

Jun 19, 2015 / 10:50 am

UPDATE 10:50 A.M. Kelowna RCMP have released a few more details concerning the discovery of Kara Stoyanowki. Cpl. Joe Duncan said at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday two men were checking on livestock at the 13 mile mark on the Peachland Forest Service Road when a female walked out of the...

Bare in the air

Jun 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

Women from around the Okanagan gathered in Peachland, Thursday, to strip down and zip down for breast cancer research. This year marked the fifth Bare in the Air event at Zip Zone, a private fundraiser for women willing to bare it all and dangle more than 300 feet in the air. Some may have...

Dogs join in search

Jun 18, 2015 / 7:00 pm

As the search for Kara Stoyanowski enters its second week, RCMP are adding a new component to the search. Cpl. Joe Duncan confirmed police dogs will be sent to the area in hopes of locating the 24-year-old Winnipeg woman who walked away from her campsite in the Headwater and Peachland lakes area...

Power restored

Jun 18, 2015 / 9:00 am

UPDATE: Power was finally restored for several thousand BC Hydro customers in West Kelowna shortly before midnight Wednesday. According to hydro, the power went out for more than 5,500 customers between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. when a tree fell across hydro lines on Boucherie Road near...
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