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Dog handler recounts chase

Sep 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

An RCMP dog handler, whose vehicle was rammed and shot at during a chase on Westside Road two years ago, took the stand Thursday in the attempted murder trial of Michael Edward Ellis. The court heard from Cpl. Richard Gingras, who was travelling southbound on Westside Road from Vernon in an...

Few leads in clubhouse fire

Sep 18, 2014 / 9:38 am

Well over a year after the clubhouse at Shannon Lake Golf course was destroyed by fire, police still have few leads. They are now asking the public for information, particularly in regards to a newer, dark coloured Chevrolet Suburban seen near the golf course at the time of the fire. It was...

Pedestrian hit crossing road

Sep 17, 2014 / 7:18 pm

First responders were called to the scene of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in West Kelowna on Tuesday evening. Two people tried crossing Highway 97 near the Home Depot when one person was struck by a brown SUV travelling south. That person rolled up onto the hood of the vehicle, smashing...

Grant-in-aid deadline nears

Sep 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Not-for-profit community service organizations are reminded that they have until October 31, 2014 to submit Grants in Aid applications to the District of West Kelowna. Mayor and Council recognize that not-for-profit community organizations and agencies provide valuable contributions to the...

Witness would chase them again

Sep 16, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Knowing how things turned out, he would probably do it the same way all over again. That comment was made by Crown witness Michael Scott, who spoke with the media outside the Kelowna Courthouse following his testimony in the Michael Ellis attempted murder trial. Scott chose to continue...

Upside down driver calls for help

Sep 16, 2014 / 10:51 am

A driver was suspended upside down in a vehicle, in a ditch, for at least 20 minutes before he was rescued. Cst. Sean Eckland, says the driver lost control of his car, it struck a street lamp post and then careened upside down in the ditch off of Hwy. 97 near the 97C exchange. The vehicle was...

Witness shot at during chase

Sep 15, 2014 / 5:01 pm

One man took it upon himself to follow three people in a stolen vehicle after he was shot at during a high-speed police chase on Westside Road, the court heard Monday. Michael Scott was working as a construction supervisor for the Ministry of Transportation on July 31, 2012, when he received a...

Crystal Mountain

Sep 15, 2014 / 12:54 pm

More information has come out after Crystal Mountain announced they will not open this year. Castanet has learned the BC Safety Authority gave initial instructions to the operators of the resort in July, stipulating what they had to do to obtain an operating licence. No repairs have been...

Workers hit gas line

Sep 15, 2014 / 12:08 pm

A West Kelowna neighbourhood smells like rotten eggs Monday after a construction crew accidentally hit a natural gas line. The gas leak, on Lakeview Cove Road, occurred just after 10 a.m. Half an hour later the line was still spewing gas into the air. West Kelowna Fire says no one was...

Horse race injures one

Sep 13, 2014 / 5:38 pm

An air ambulance was called in to take a woman to hospital after she fell off her horse during a race. The Central Okanagan search and Rescue (COSAR) team and BC ambulance crews were dispatched to the 2014 Champion Equestrian Endurance Horse Race in the Jackpine Lake area of West Kelowna...

Crystal Mountain won't open

Sep 13, 2014 / 2:58 pm

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in West Kelowna just announced they will not be opening for the 2014/15 season. The announcement came on the resort's Facebook page at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning. "Thank you all for patiently waiting for an update from us. I'm sad to announce that...

Voters won't get say on Civic Centre

Sep 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

A proposed referendum question concerning funding for West Kelowna's new Civic Centre won't be ready in time for the November election. While negotiations continue with New Town/Sturgess Group, the necessary funding information won't be ready in time to be included as part of the...

More carjacking testimony

Sep 11, 2014 / 3:30 pm

A witness to an attempted carjacking, and a woman who tried to intervene ended up getting subjected to the same treatment. Janice Snell took the stand Thursday and told the court that Michael Edward Ellis was the man who pointed a gun at her and demanded she give him her car keys. “Give...

Car vs. credit union

Sep 11, 2014 / 11:40 am

No injuries were reported after a vehicle crashed into the side of the Valley First Credit Union at 3550 Carrington Rd. in West Kelowna Thursday morning. After crashing through the building the small sedan bounced backwards sideswiping a white car parked in front of the branch. Two large...

Park and Ride on West K radar

Sep 11, 2014 / 5:02 am

The District of West Kelowna is looking at a plan to encourage more people to use the newly instituted RapidBus service from the municipality to Kelowna. Council Tuesday asked for more information on a proposed Park and Ride facility on Concord Road in West Kelowna. The proposed facility...

Take a peek at Goat's Peak

Sep 10, 2014 / 3:29 pm

A new park was announced to media Wednesday morning in West Kelowna. The Regional District of Central Okanagan purchased a 52-hectare property along the West Kelowna shoreline to establish the new Goat's Peak Regional Park. The property includes almost 900-metres of waterfront. The...

Death not suspicious

Sep 10, 2014 / 11:00 am

UPDATE 11 A.M. - RCMP in West Kelowna have deemed the death of a man in the dog park on Gellatly Road not suspicious. The West Kelowna RCMP is currently working with the BC Coroners Service on this investigation. 7:30 a.m. story: A body has been found in West Kelowna. RCMP say they were...

A royal West Kelowna visit

Sep 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna will receive a royal visit next week. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Edward, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will make a stop in the municipality Tuesday, Sept. 16 as part of a five-day visit to the province. The couple will be at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery for the Duke of...

Carjacking victims take stand

Sep 9, 2014 / 4:11 pm

A number of attempted carjacking victims took the stand Tuesday to detail what happened when a silver minivan pulled up to their vehicles on July 31, 2012. Police allege Michael Edward Ellis was the driver of that minivan, and after first shooting at officers on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna,...

School based programs nixed

Sep 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

Due to the ongoing teachers’ strike, the District of West Kelowna has postponed those recreational programs that were to start this week and next at various Westside public schools. The District of West Kelowna had scheduled nearly three dozen drop in and registration based programs at...

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