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First challenger for mayor

Sep 1, 2014 / 7:36 am

Long-time West Kelowna resident, Stephen Johnston has thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate for mayor. “I love this community, I grew up here, my wife Leah and I are raising our children here, and I know how much potential this area has,” says Johnston. Johnston's...

Search on for missing man

Aug 28, 2014 / 4:00 pm

UPDATE 3:30 P.M. AUG 28 Police continue to search for a 64-year-old Alberta man whose boat was found unoccupied on Okanagan Lake Tuesday night. Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a collision between watercrafts on Okanagan Lake. A local couple were...

Upgrades at Glen Canyon park

Aug 28, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Trail upgrades are coming to Glen Canyon, and that means the lower portion of the regional park will be closed for the next two months. The area most affected will be trails between Gellatly Road and the new bridge span upstream, which will remain closed for up to eight weeks. Hikers are...

Burning pole cuts power

Aug 28, 2014 / 3:12 pm

A power pole burst into flames at the intersection of Ross Road and Stevens Road in West Kelowna, Thursday afternoon. Fire crews from the Lakeview Heights Fire Station attended the scene and worked with BC Hydro to secure the area. BC Hydro crews were able to disconnect the power, while fire...

Bus service expansion

Aug 27, 2014 / 7:30 am

Central Okanagan bus users can expect new routes and expanded service hours as phase two of the RapidBus project wraps up. According to BC Transit, some major improvements are coming to the Kelowna Regional Transit System starting August 31, 2014. RapidBus service will extend to Westbank...

Elvis tribute wraps up music series

Aug 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

The third season of Music in the Park wraps up Friday night at Memorial Park in West Kelowna. Attendance has steadily risen over the three years of the event. This year, more than 7,100 fans having already enjoyed the free concert series, with just one event left. Up to this point last...

New dock for Shannon Lake

Aug 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

A new dock will soon be installed on Shannon Lake in West Kelowna. The dock will be made possible through a $15,000 donation from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the provincial government and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. The donation includes installation of the new...

Brush fire doused

Aug 26, 2014 / 8:13 am

Update -- August 26 West Kelowna Fire crews rechecked the fire area during the night and will conduct rechecks today. The fire is 100 per cent guarded and considered under control. Darren Lee confirms the blaze began when a boat trailer had a mechanical issue, causing a wheel to fall off. The...

World Music Festival gallery

Aug 24, 2014 / 2:42 pm

People danced and sang at the World Music Festival in West Kelowna Saturday night. The event ran from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and attracted a large crowd. Check out these reader-submitted photos. Photo: Contributed - Randy Millis Photo: Contributed - Randy Millis Photo: Contributed - Randy...

World Music festival kicks off

Aug 23, 2014 / 6:58 pm

The World Music Festival is bringing international sounds to West Kelowna Saturday night. The District of West Kelowna and Creative Okanagan have teamed up to add World Music Festival to the summer concert schedule at Memorial Park. World Music Festival takes place Saturday, from 5 p.m. to...

Tow truck used in boat heist

Aug 22, 2014 / 1:00 pm

An elaborate movie style theft took place in West Kelowna early Thursday morning. According to officials with National Storage, what appears to be a lone male drove to the corner of its storage lot on Stevens Road about 2:40 a.m., cut a hole in the fence and drove away with a 1999 Chaparral 2355...

Fulfill your childhood dream

Aug 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Have you always wanted to be a fireman? Here's your chance. West Kelowna Fire Rescue is accepting applications for Paid On Call Firefighters. Two information meetings will be held for anyone interested in learning more on Sept 3 and Sept 4 at Station 34, 39 Gates Road beginning at 6...

Election packages available Fri

Aug 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

The District of West Kelowna is gearing up for the November municipal election. Nomination packages for those interested in running for mayor, council or school trustee can be picked up at the municipal office on Cameron Road beginning Friday, Aug 22. "We have the packages ready for...

Boat leaks oil into lake

Aug 17, 2014 / 8:23 pm

A power boat suddenly started taking on water and leaked some fuel and oil into the lake Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. just off shore, near Green Bay Landing in West Kelowna. West Kelowna fire department said the boat started taking on water and the occupants...

Suspicious fire in West Kelowna

Aug 14, 2014 / 2:10 pm

Police are seeking possible witnesses after a suspicious fire was extinguished late Wednesday night. Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, West Kelowna RCMP and the West Kelowna Fire Department responded to a report of a fire started next to a front entrance of a property located in the 3500...

City seeks charging station

Aug 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

The District of West Kelowna wants to be the next municipality equipped with an electric car charging station. City Council Tuesday directed staff to submit a letter of interest to BC Hydro to participate in the proposed BC Hydro Direct Current Fast Charging Station for electric cars. The...

Evacuation alert rescinded

Aug 13, 2014 / 11:10 am

The only family evacuated during the Drought Hill fire can finally breathe a sigh of relief as they are no longer under an evacuation alert. The alert issued during the fire affected one property on MacKinnon Road, and forced them to evacuate for several days before they were able to return home...

Castanet's UFO? video

Aug 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

A news video shot and posted by Castanet has the UFO community all a-buzz. The video was shot on July 17 in West Kelowna at the command centre a few hours after the Smith Creek Wildfire sprung up. In the news piece, a bright object appears from behind clouds above the fire area quickly moving...

Elliott Road finally reopens

Aug 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

Elliott Road, from Main Street to Dobbin Road, is again open to traffic. The section of road has been closed since February for the construction of the Westbank RapidBus transit exchange. Construction is still ongoing along this section of Elliott Road and motorists and pedestrians are asked...

Industrial fire

Aug 11, 2014 / 9:56 pm

West Kelowna fire crews were called out to a structure fire at an industrial site on Ross Road Monday night. The fire was reported at 8:40 p.m. A thick smoke plume could be seen rising from the area. Fire captain Pat Harmata says flames reached upwards of 20 feet when crews...

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