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3rd child-luring incident

Mar 4, 2015 / 3:03 pm

The RCMP has issued more warnings after a third instance of child luring in the Central Okanagan. This latest incident occurred just before noon Tuesday on Westlake Road, near Stevens Road. RCMP Const. Kris Clark says two 15-year-olds were walking in the area when an unknown male in a red...

Truck smashes light standard

Mar 3, 2015 / 9:15 pm

A single vehicle crash slowed traffic in West Kelowna late Tuesday evening. It’s unclear if anyone was injured when a white pickup truck smashed into a light standard on Highway 97 at Ross Road. The incident happened at about 7:30 p.m. and closed Ross Road in both directions. One...

Friends rally for couple

Mar 3, 2015 / 11:57 am

Friends and neighbours are rallying behind a Westside couple who have been forced out of their home. Ed Schneider and Ross Arnot have until the end of the month to either move their mobile home at the Jubilee Mobile Home Park or vacate the home. They have lived at the park since 2007. Now,...

2nd child luring incident

Mar 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

UPDATE: School District 23 officials have clarified the alleged incident in Rose Valley occurred on Friday, Feb. 13. According to the district the child reported the incident to his parents who, in turn, contacted RCMP. The district reminds students to report any incident such as these to...

Snowmobiler rescued

Feb 28, 2015 / 2:36 pm

A snowmobiler is recovering today after being rescued Friday night. According to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, they received a call just before midnight to assist BC Ambulance in the rescue of an injured snowmobiler in the Headwaters area of Peachland. With the help of Penticton Search...

Guilty in Westside shootout

Feb 27, 2015 / 1:12 pm

Michael Edward Ellis was found guilty Friday of taking part in an infamous 2012 police chase and shooting on Westside Road. Ellis, 41, faced 22 charges related to the incident, ranging from several counts of pointing a firearm, to fleeing a peace officer and five counts of attempted...

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...

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