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All tracks lead to suspects

Feb 12, 2016 / 5:38 pm
UPDATE: Feb. 12 Bryce Stanton-Collins, 34, Jason Vander Veen, 36 and Michelle James, 37 have been named by police as the suspects arrested in a stolen property arrest. The three are charged in connection with theft of snowmobiles valued at $30,000, which belonged to a ski...

Crash closes southbound 97

Feb 10, 2016 / 5:29 pm
A two-vehicle accident on Highway 97 in West Kelowna shut down the southbound lane of the highway Wednesday afternoon. Two pickup trucks crashed into each other at the intersection of Highway 97 and Westlake Road just before 5 p.m. No one reportedly suffered any serious injuries in the...

Infrastructure break sought

Feb 10, 2016 / 3:31 pm
The City of West Kelowna is seeking backing for a provincial tax break. The city will bring forth a resolution to the Southern Interior Local Government Association in April, seeking support for what it calls an infrastructure PST exemption. West Kelowna says municipalities should be exempt...

Child porn charges dropped

Feb 10, 2016 / 11:01 am
A former Peachland journalist has avoided conviction by accepting a peace bond Tuesday in Kelowna. David Andrew Preston, 52, was charged in 2013 with three counts related to child porn. On Tuesday, Preston agreed to a one-year peace bond that was created to prevent him from writing about...

Council nixes referendum

Feb 9, 2016 / 8:00 pm
West Kelowna council has decided to go with an alternative approval process to seek voter approval for a new city hall. The AAP will ask eligible voters to approve the borrowing of up to $10.5 million to construct a city hall on the site of the new civic centre. City staff will now prepare...

Mistaken target in coma

Feb 9, 2016 / 4:16 pm
Almost two months after a couple was mistakenly targeted in a violent home invasion, one of the victims still remains in hospital. Const. Jesse O'Donaghey confirmed the male victim continues to be in care at Kelowna General Hospital. The man and his wife were beaten in their West Kelowna...

Granny jailed for arson

Feb 9, 2016 / 3:45 pm
CLARIFICATION: FEB 11 Jeanine Bastien's lawyer, Wade Jensen, has noted the gasoline footprints found near the burned vehicle did not actually lead away from the vehicle, but were only surrounding the vehicle. "If she in fact lit her truck on fire, she had to have then magically flown...

Rear ender stalls commute

Feb 9, 2016 / 9:22 am
Commuters heading into Kelowna from the Westside were brought to a crawl Tuesday morning, following a rear-end collision. The two-vehicle crash happened about 8:20 a.m. in the centre lane of Highway 97 northbound, at Westlake Road. Traffic was backed up on Highway 97 and up Westlake Road for...

A glimpse into the past

Feb 8, 2016 / 11:00 am
A Peachland man has stumbled upon a literal goldmine in the hills behind his house and surrounding area. In fact, he's found 14. Ron Barkwill first became interested in the old mines by reading a book on the history of Peachland in the library. He continued his research on the internet and...

No need for smoke worries

Feb 6, 2016 / 4:26 pm
For those concerned about the smoke northwest of West Kelowna, fear not, fire season is still several months away. The Regional District of Central Okanagan is conducting controlled burns in the southern portion of Glen Canyon Regional Park Saturday. Fire crews are disposing of fire hazard...

A biathlon birthday present

Feb 6, 2016 / 11:39 am
A West Kelowna woman gave herself a nice birthday present Friday as she skied and shot her way to a 19th place finish against the best biathlon competitors in the world. Julia Ransom turned 23-years-old on Feb.4, but kept the festivities under control, as the biggest race of her life was the...

Referendum on city hall?

Feb 6, 2016 / 5:30 am
West Kelowna council will decide Tuesday how to engage the public on construction of a new city hall. Council will determine whether to go with a full referendum or use the alternative approval process. Taxpayers will be asked whether the city can borrow up to $10.5 million for the...

Woman dies following crash

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:37 pm
A crash that sent two people to hospital, in Peachland on Wednesday, has claimed the life of a 47-year-old Summerland woman. The woman was rushed from the scene after an off-duty paramedic found her gravely injured and treated her until emergency crews arrived. Police obtained footage of the...

Crash slows Hwy. 97

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:34 pm
A two-vehicle collision on Highway 97 in West Kelowna slowed down traffic in the northbound direction Thursday afternoon. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. north of the Glenrosa overpass and required a tow truck to remove the vehicles involved. There were reportedly no injuries in the...

Acting fire chief steps in

Feb 4, 2016 / 1:00 pm
A new acting fire chief has been named to serve residents in the North Westside area. Starting Feb. 29, Jason Satterthwaite will take over the chief’s duties on an interim basis for the paid on-call department serving communities within the North Westside Fire Protection...

Pickup, SUV collide

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:24 am
A pickup and SUV collided on snow-slicked roads overnight in West Kelowna. A pickup going north on Ross Road appeared to have turned right, colliding with the SUV at the corner of Cameron Road, about 8:45 p.m. The roads were unsanded or plowed at the time. Injuries and damage to the...

Crash closes highway

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:30 pm
UPDATED: 6:30 P.M. Highway 97 is now reopened in both directions north of Peachland. UPDATE: 4:30 P.M. Highway 97 has been closed in both directions due to the accident near the bottom of Drought Hill. DriveBC has suggested using Buchanan Road as a detour around the incident and does...

Moose on the loose

Feb 3, 2016 / 1:44 pm
Photo: Contributed - Rick Martin Photo: Contributed - Wes Diack Photo: Contributed - Linda McCall Photo: Contributed - Rick Martin A third moose was also spotted Wednesday morning running around near the airport. Rick Martin snapped some photos of the moose running around Ellison...

Ensign guilty of conflict

Feb 1, 2016 / 4:20 pm
Coun. Rusty Ensign has been found to have been in conflict of interest over a West Kelowna development project. City council made the determination during a special meeting, Monday. Council voted unanimously to censure Ensign, then took the steps to impose two sanctions on the first-term...

Slippery roads to blame

Feb 1, 2016 / 10:48 am
A woman was taken to hospital Monday morning after her vehicle was apparently rear-ended by a pickup truck. According to witnesses on scene, a white Honda was stopped at a traffic light on Bartley Road and Highway 97, when it was rear-ended by a blue pickup at about 8:50 a.m. Both vehicles...

Dress up and skate

Feb 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Support Childhood Cancer Research, on B.C. Family Day, by skating with your loved ones at the Royal LePage Arena. The third annual Princess and Superhero Family Skate Day is taking place from 10 a.m. to noon in West Kelowna, with all proceeds supporting The Paige Foundation. Paige passed away...

An extreme donut

Jan 30, 2016 / 2:46 pm
When was the last time you were forced to sign waiver before diving into dessert? That’s what one man did Saturday morning before trying out what Dolicious Donuts calls the world’s most extreme donut. So how does one go about making a donut extreme? If you’re Torsten...

A place to call home

Jan 30, 2016 / 1:20 pm
Two Okanagan families will be making monthly payments towards a mortgage rather than rent starting in February, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers. The Nixon and Salaly families were given keys to their new homes in Peachland Saturday, after thousands of...

Refugee family arrives

Jan 29, 2016 / 8:27 pm
A private group in West Kelowna has received its first refugee family from Syria. The family is sponsored by the West Kelowna Initiative for Refugee Settlement. Plans to sponsor a Syrian family began about a month ago when a group of friends gathered to discuss what they could do to help with...

Multi-vehicle crash

Jan 29, 2016 / 5:41 pm
Emergency crews were on scene at a collision on Highway 97 C near Brenda Mines, Friday afternoon. Witnesses tell Castanet a semi-trailer and a car were involved in a crash, in the eastbound lane, headed toward Kelowna. A truck was reported to be upside down in the left lane at Elkhart, and...

Council: Couplet has to go

Jan 28, 2016 / 2:42 pm
If West Kelowna council has its way, Highway 97 will no longer run through the heart of the city's downtown core. Council this week passed a motion asking the province to remove the highway from Westbank Centre altogether and pursue the development of a second highway corridor. Mayor Doug...

Councillor faces censure

Jan 28, 2016 / 1:44 pm
Another Okanagan government is proceeding with censure hearings against one of its elected members. West Kelowna council will hold a special meeting next Monday to discuss the possible censure of Coun. Rusty Ensign. Ensign drew the ire of his council colleagues late last year when he was...

Who pays policing costs

Jan 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Could Peachland be heading back to the days where taxpayers didn't have to foot policing costs? Current population trends provided by BC Stats suggest that is a distinct possibility. The amount a municipality pays for policing is based purely on population. Municipalities under 5,000 pay...

MVA in West Kelowna

Jan 24, 2016 / 12:42 pm
Emergency crews were called to a two-vehicle accident on the Westside just before noon Sunday. Witnesses said an SUV was rear ended by a pickup truck on Highway 97 near Hebert Road. The accident closed the left-hand lane for about 30 minutes. According to the witness, two women and two...

Rear-ender ties up traffic

Jan 22, 2016 / 10:01 pm
A rear-end collision on the southbound approach lane to Highway 97 at Bering Road caused traffic delays in West Kelowna, Friday night. The crash happened just after 8:30 p.m. West Kelowna firefighters, RCMP and ambulance paramedics attended the scene. It is believed injuries in the accident...

Slide road reopened

Jan 22, 2016 / 2:18 pm
UPDATE: 2: 16 p.m. Scott Crescent in West Kelowna has been reopened after a slope failure this morning forced its short-term closure. The cause of the rock slide in the West Kelowna Estates neighbourhood has yet to be determined. ORIGINAL A small rock slide has forced the closure of...

Jake put to rest

Jan 21, 2016 / 2:08 pm
Jake the dog has been put down. The presa canario belonging to Peachland resident Drew Panton was euthanized earlier today. A Supreme Court decision came down Tuesday ordering the animal be put down. The decision upheld an earlier court decision. Jake was deemed a dangerous dog after a...

Dog found after crash

Jan 21, 2016 / 9:39 am
UPDATE: JAN. 21 Hunter's owner has informed Castanet that his dog has been found safe and sound. ORIGINAL: JAN. 20 A dog is missing after rushing away from a car crash in West Kelowna Wednesday afternoon. The two-vehicle collision occurred about 3 p.m. on Highway 97, in front of...

No. 3 with a bullet

Jan 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
If you were asked to name the three most populated cities in the Okanagan, you probably wouldn't hesitate. Kelowna, Vernon, then Penticton. And you would be correct - until now. According to BC Stats, population estimates for 2015 show West Kelowna has nudged past Penticton as the...

Tax hike holding at 3%

Jan 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
West Kelowna is holding firm with an expected tax increase of three per cent in 2016. At least for the time being. Council reviewed the budget in detail Tuesday and, while the provisional budget still calls for a three per cent tax increase, some factors council has yet to discuss could...

Missing man located

Jan 20, 2016 / 7:40 pm
A 51-year-old West Kelowna man, reported missing back on Jan. 5, has been located. Blaine Horton had been missing since Dec. 30 Police say Horton has been found safe and sound.

Dog's fate sealed by court

Jan 19, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Andrew Panton will have one last chance to see his dog before it is euthanized later this week. Jake, a Presa Canario, was ordered put down following a BC Supreme Court decision rendered earlier today. Panton received the judgement via email. Jake was ordered euthanized following the fatal...

Cat dies in house fire

Jan 18, 2016 / 7:15 pm
A family of four is safe in the care of emergency services, but their family pet did not survive after a fire broke out in their home. Peachland fire crews were called to a residence on Sanderson road about 3:20 p.m., Monday, after receiving a report of black smoke coming from a bedroom...

Car vs. streetlight

Jan 18, 2016 / 11:40 am
UPDATE MONDAY, JAN. 18 RCMP say no charges have been laid in connection with the crash. Drugs or alcohol were not involved. Two people were taken to hospital complaining of minor injuries. At least one person was taken to hospital after a car crashed into a streetlight Saturday...

Looking for liquor thieves

Jan 17, 2016 / 8:46 am
A liquor store in West Kelowna is hoping that releasing security footage of some alleged thieves in action will help identify those responsible. Cask & Barrel Liquor Store in West Kelowna posted the video on Facebook yesterday – hoping to help police identify the, “creeps that...
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