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Festival of scarecrows

Sep 24, 2016 / 12:32 pm
Organizers of a new festival in Peachland are looking to "scare" up participants. The Scarecrow Festival will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16. As it sounds, businesses, homeowners and community groups are invited to put up scarecrows all over the town. An official opening kickoff...

Car versus railings

Sep 22, 2016 / 6:11 am
A driver went off the road in West Kelowna overnight, crashing a car into railings at Gellatly Bay. The accident happened about 11:15 p.m. on the 4000 block of Gellatly Road, near the old ferry dock. The southbound car received minor damage, and there were no injuries in the...

Referendum results official

Sep 21, 2016 / 6:32 pm
The City of West Kelowna is satisfied the election process was followed properly during the referendum to decide whether it could borrow the funds to build a city hall. All that is left now is for council to decide a next course of action and the Yes side to determine if it will apply for a...

New chief has big plans

Sep 21, 2016 / 3:41 pm
Chief Roxanne Lindley is hitting the ground running. The newly elected Westbank First Nation chief is learning the inner workings of the band and the band office on the fly. After being elected last Thursday, Lindley and her new council were sworn into office Tuesday morning. Between the...

School bus smash up

Sep 21, 2016 / 12:59 pm
A distracted driver is being blamed for rear-ending a school bus in West Kelowna Wednesday morning. The Central Okanagan School District bus had stopped to pick up two small children at about 8 a.m. on Reece Road near Old Okanagan Highway when the SUV ploughed in to the back end. One parent...

Thrifty place for threads

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Your emails and calls have been answered, Value Village is opening in Westbank. Value Village CEO Ken Alterman told Castanet the community has been asking for a second Central Okanagan location for a decade. “Westbank has been on our list for some time,” said Alterman. “It...

From city hall to condos?

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
The company hoping to build a new city hall and civic centre in West Kelowna is out a good chunk of change as a result of Saturday's failed referendum. A referendum to determine whether the city could borrow up to $7.7 million for the city hall portion of the project went down to defeat by...
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Saying thanks with cash

Sep 20, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Residents of Shelter Cove Estates have dug deep to say thank you to the firefighters who saved their homes during a 2015 wildfire. Residents came together and raised $5,000 which they turned over to the regional district, specifically for the Wilson’s Landing and North Westside...

New WFN chief sworn in

Sep 20, 2016 / 5:04 pm
The first female Westbank First Nation chief was officially sworn in Tuesday, along with a new council, after the Sept. 15 election. Roxanne Lindley beat out longtime incumbent Robert Louie by just 34 votes. She has worked in various WFN departments, including education, taxation,...

Knife-wielding teen nabbed

Sep 20, 2016 / 3:32 pm
A 14-year-old Chilliwack girl is in police custody following an incident at the Shell gas station on Main Street in West Kelowna Tuesday morning. Police were called after a teen allegedly approached a customer at the pumps with a knife, demanding he give her his car. The man retreated inside...

New charge in shooting

Sep 20, 2016 / 3:08 pm
The man charged in the Aug. 2 shooting in West Kelowna is now facing attempted murder charges, in addition to the several weapons charges he initially faced. Tyrone Reynolds McGee, 29, is accused of shooting a man in a car outside a car wash on Hudson Road on the evening of Aug. 2. Const....

Yes side weigh options

Sep 20, 2016 / 1:04 pm
Don't think for a moment the issue of a new city hall on Elliott Road in West Kelowna is dead. After coming up just 27 votes short in Saturday's referendum, officials of the Yes campaign are working behind the scenes to determine their next move. Depending what the official results...

BC Tory takes on premier

Sep 20, 2016 / 11:47 am
He won't be the leader of the BC Conservative Party, but he does want to kick Premier Christy Clark out of West Kelowna. Kelowna financial advisor Konrad Pimiskern lost the bid to be leader of the conservative party this weekend taking 48 per cent of the votes. Former leader Dan Brooks won...

When ya gotta go...

Sep 19, 2016 / 1:05 pm
Motorists will have a new place to rest on the Okanagan Connector, Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced Monday. The rest area will be built between Merritt and Kelowna, at the Loon Lake interchange. "We recognize that rest areas are extremely important for truck drivers and the...

Tight-lipped on recount

Sep 19, 2016 / 12:00 pm
The City of West Kelowna isn't saying much about a possible recount in a very close vote in the weekend's city hall referendum. "All I can tell you is the official results will be available Wednesday," city spokeswoman Kirsten Jones said Monday. Unofficial results showed the...

Narrow win for 'No' side

Sep 17, 2016 / 9:58 pm
UPDATE: 10 p.m. "Really there are no winners at this point." That's the tempered reaction Saturday night from Ian Graham, spokesman for the group opposing borrowing millions for a new city hall in West Kelowna. The 'No' side won a very narrow victory Saturday...

Bear in the backyard

Sep 17, 2016 / 3:11 pm
A West Kelowna woman was woken up Saturday morning to the sound of a bear rummaging in her backyard. Ashley Madson said she woke up at about 7 a.m. when the bear was making noise in her backyard on Copper Ridge Drive, where it was nibbling on one of her shrubs. She caught the bear on video,...

Caught on camera

Sep 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
Surveillance video of what appears to be a would-be thief has unnerved a group of Okanagan residents. Residents of the Smith Creek neighbourhood on the Westside have been sharing and commenting on the surveillance video posted to social media. The video shows a man riding a bicycle up to a...

Historic win for new chief

Sep 16, 2016 / 3:49 pm
UPDATED: 3:50 p.m. The Westbank First Nation has now released official election results. They confirm Roxanne Lindley defeated longtime Chief Robert Louie by 34 votes, garnering 175 votes against Louie's 141 votes. UPDATED: 12:06 p.m. Roxanne Lindley was elected chief of the...

Fire ruled suspicious

Sep 16, 2016 / 3:41 pm
UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. West Kelowna fire Chief Jason Brolund says a grassfire above Westside Road Thursday night is suspicious. Brolund says the investigation has now been turned over to the RCMP. UPDATE: 8:13 a.m. The cause of Thursday night's grassfire near Bear Creek Provincial Park...

Beware bear invasion

Sep 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Bear sightings are on the rise. We're entering the annual September spike in bear activity. The third week of September is traditionally the time when human-bear conflict peak in the province. Multiple bears have been reported throughout the Central Okanagan, with bear sightings in the...

Electronic billboard erected

Sep 15, 2016 / 8:33 pm
A second electronic billboard is lighting up the road in West Kelowna. The billboard was erected on Westbank First Nation land along Highway 97 near the Nancee Way underpass this week, and began displaying advertising on Wednesday. The first e-billboard of its kind in the area was erected in...

No bail after date kidnapped

Sep 15, 2016 / 4:18 pm
The man accused of kidnapping a woman he met on a dating site remains in custody, after he delayed his bail hearing one week on Thursday. Police arrested 36-year-old Jean-Francois Dufour on Aug. 18 after a woman had reported being held against her will on the evening of Aug. 12. The victim...

Vandals strike Crystal Mtn.

Sep 15, 2016 / 12:59 pm
While Crystal Mountain may appear down and out, operators claim it will be back in operation following this coming winter. Vandals have recently hit the Westside ski hill, smashing windows and painting graffiti at the lodge. The building appears to be abandoned, and swastikas are spray...

Voting day for WFN

Sep 15, 2016 / 10:11 am
It's voting day for the Westbank First Nation. While only the band's 800 members are able to vote for the chief and four councillor positions, about 10,000 people live on WFN land on the Westside. The controversial proposed private hospital has emerged as a hot-button issue during the...

Water headaches persist

Sep 14, 2016 / 7:30 pm
If you live in West Kelowna you may notice the neighbourhood chatter is water, a referendum and more water. The water-quality advisory has been in place for the Lakeview Water System for more than six weeks now and residents have begun airing their frustration. Signs have popped up around the...

Reader spots stolen truck

Sep 14, 2016 / 5:12 pm
UPDATED: 5:12 p.m. A special truck that was stolen from a Westside Road property in the early morning hours of Wednesday has been found. Brittany Jones woke up Wednesday morning to find her customized 1978 GMC Jimmy stolen. The four-by-four was her father's and he had passed it down to...

Derrickson backs out

Sep 14, 2016 / 3:38 pm
Grand Chief Ron Derrickson has backed out of the race for chief of the Westbank First Nation. As Castanet first reported yesterday, Derrickson told members of the WFN that he was no longer interested in the chief position. “I am raising money for a native-legal fund for all of North...

Big turnout for polls

Sep 14, 2016 / 9:51 am
Twelve per cent of eligible voters turned out for the two days of advance polling in the West Kelowna City Hall referendum. Nearly 1,600 ballots were cast on the first day of advance voting on Sept. 7. Almost as many, about 1,550 people, came out to vote Sept. 13. The vote is being held to...

Louie fires back

Sep 13, 2016 / 6:34 pm
Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie is fighting back against accusations levelled against him of misspending and careless use of band money. Those accusations were posted on Facebook by Grand Chief Ron Derrickson. In a letter to WFN band members, Derrickson had said he was running for...

2nd day of advance polls

Sep 13, 2016 / 9:54 am
West Kelowna residents have a second chance today to make their mark on the city hall referendum. The municipality is asking residents for permission to borrow $7.7 million for construction of a new city hall and related project work – with repayment to take place over 20 years. The...

Medics rush to go kart track

Sep 12, 2016 / 5:31 pm
Emergency personnel are on the scene at Westside Go Karts after a man drove his go kart into the side of the track. Reports indicate the go kart driver may have had a heart attack while driving the kart around the track, causing him to slump over the wheel, lose control and hit the side tire...

Truck, trailer, SUV collide

Sep 12, 2016 / 6:01 am
An SUV collided with a pickup and utility trailer late Sunday in West Kelowna. The collision happened about 10:50 p.m. on the 2100 block of Sunview Drive, near the turtle pond. Police, firefighters and ambulance paramedics attended the scene, but injuries in the crash were described as only...

Clark draws big crowd

Sep 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
Hundreds of BC Liberal party members gathered in West Kelowna Saturday to see Premier Christy Clark officially named as the candidate for the the Kelowna West riding in next year's provincial election. The evening, called the Beans n' Jeans event, was held at Bylands Nurseries and emceed...

Fire chief honoured

Sep 9, 2016 / 7:00 pm
West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund was honoured by the province this week. Brolund, who replaced Wayne Schnitzler last year, was awarded the Governor General’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal. The medal is bestowed upon members of recognized Canadian fire services who have more...

Clark goes unopposed

Sep 9, 2016 / 4:57 pm
Premier Christy Clark has been acclaimed as the BC Liberal candidate for Kelowna West. Clark will make it official at a press conference Saturday at the annual Beans 'n' Jeans event at Bylands Nursery in West Kelowna. Clark will speak at 5:30 p.m. and will be joined by Penticton MLA...

Mother pleads for answers

Sep 9, 2016 / 2:52 pm
A mother whose son was murdered almost 10 years ago to the day made an emotional plea for answers Friday at the West Kelowna RCMP detachment. Adam Fettes, known to friends as Mikel Jones, was killed in his home on Stuart Road in West Kelowna on Sept. 10, 2006. His car, a black Ford Five...

Arrest in stabbing

Sep 9, 2016 / 2:32 pm
Police have made an arrest in a stabbing Thursday evening on the Westside. A man was stabbed once after a fight at a mobile home park at 1999 Highway 97 on Westbank First Nation land at about 5:20 p.m. The wound was not life-threatening. "The investigation quickly identified the other...

Lake hazard towed to bay

Sep 9, 2016 / 12:56 pm
The City of West Kelowna is no closer to learning who owns a large, metal object protruding from Gellatly Bay. However, they do now know where it came from. The object, touching the bottom of the bay, was moored to its current location by Peachland Fire Rescue. Communications supervisor...

Police called to stabbing

Sep 8, 2016 / 6:27 pm
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. A witness tells Castanet it did not appear anyone was gravely injured and that it looked like police were searching the area for a suspect. A man was seen walking out of a home and getting into an ambulance before being taken to hospital. Castanet has not yet heard back...
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