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Playful bruins near lake

Nov 29, 2015 / 6:43 pm
Shannon Lake resident Laura Powell had a surprise late Saturday when a couple of playful bears showed up at her home. At 11 p.m., Powell said she heard something in the backyard and when she went to investigate, she found two black bears. “They were wrestling/playing all around mine and...

A home for those in need

Nov 28, 2015 / 2:30 pm
Two families have brand new homes to call their own after the keys were handed over by Habitat for Humanity Saturday. The Nixon and Evans families were joined by dozens of people outside the new homes on the chilly Saturday morning in Peachland. Many of the volunteers who had helped build the...

Free meal in West Kelowna

Nov 27, 2015 / 7:00 pm
Christmas is coming early for some less fortunate in West Kelowna. The Kelowna Gospel Mission and Power's Creek Community Church have partnered to serve a traditional Christmas dinner at the Westbank Lions Hall Saturday. This is the first time the Mission has partnered with a church on...

High school evacuated

Nov 27, 2015 / 2:30 pm
UPDATE 2:30 P.M. West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund says heat, not fire, forced the brief evacuation of Mount Boucherie Secondary School Friday morning. Brolund says fire crews were called to the school after fire alarms rang out. Brolund say heat from a forge in the metal shop was enough...

Speak up on 2nd crossing

Nov 27, 2015 / 5:00 am
The site for a proposed second crossing of Okanagan Lake will be one of the topics up for discussion at a pair of transportation open houses next week. The provincial government will host these open houses in an effort to get feedback on transportation issues in the Central Okanagan including a...

The future of water

Nov 26, 2015 / 7:56 pm
In the last 10 years the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has awarded $3.2 million to 197 projects through its Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program. The groups behind these efforts, in turn, delivered projects worth more than $20 million to our valley – projects...

Be an ambassador

Nov 26, 2015 / 2:34 pm
The West Kelowna Youth Ambassador program is seeking new candidates for 2016. The competition, which will crown an ambassador and two vice-ambassadors, is open to girls and boys in Grades 9 and 10. A total of 10 youth took part last year, the inaugural year of the program. Similar to...

Not guilty in sex assault

Nov 25, 2015 / 2:32 pm
UPDATE NOV. 25 A local 54-year-old man was found not guilty in B.C. Supreme Court today on two charges related to the alleged sexual assault and interference of nine-year-old girl, more than 11 years ago. While he was found not guilty in this case, the man will be back in court to face four...

Councillor denies conflict

Nov 25, 2015 / 1:41 pm
Rusty Ensign has denied he was in a conflict of interest over a development in West Kelowna. The first-term councillor told his council colleagues Tuesday night a letter alleging conflict was based on inaccurate information. Despite his assertion, Ensign did recuse himself from the matter in...

Hunter stranded on shore

Nov 25, 2015 / 12:03 pm
A Summerland man in his 30s is safely home after a Tuesday hunting excursion left him calling for help. The man was on the east side of Okanagn Lake, hunting and hiking, across from Peachland, when he got back in his boat to return home. That's when his boat started taking on water from a...

Plow ends up in ditch

Nov 24, 2015 / 3:18 pm
Both a logging truck and a snow plow ended up in a ditch Tuesday afternoon, losing control on the icy roads. The picture above, snapped about 12 p.m., shows both the loaded logging truck and the snow plow down in the ditch in the median in the centre of Highway 97C near Sunset Main...

Your say on new skate park

Nov 23, 2015 / 8:00 pm
The City of West Kelowna wants your opinion on two design options for a new skate park in the community. Construction of the new skate park for West Kelowna is on track to begin in the spring of next year. The options were created using feedback from the first community survey, which was...

Live ammo bonfire surprise

Nov 23, 2015 / 1:07 pm
A concerned Peachland family is coming forward after their weekend snowmobile trip unearthed a dangerous find. On Saturday afternoon, the family headed up a dead-end road just outside the Brenda Mine gates – a popular destination for snowmobilers. “We lit our fire, as usual on the...

Crash closes couplet

Nov 23, 2015 / 6:43 am
A two-car collision at Dobbin and Hebert roads closed down Highway 97 at the northbound couplet in West Kelowna for more than an hour overnight. The crash, between two compact cars, happened near the Shell station and Dairy Queen about 11:35 p.m. One driver was treated in the car and...

Councillor in conflict?

Nov 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
A West Kelowna councillor has found himself in a possible conflict of interest. First-term councillor Rusty Ensign allegedly voted on a development project while having a contractual relationship, said Mayor Doug Findlater. Because of that relationship with developers, council is being asked...

Attic fire quickly doused

Nov 20, 2015 / 10:17 pm
A fire in the attic of a home was quickly doused thanks to the efforts of the West Kelowna firefighters. Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from a house on Butt road, but were able to extinguish the blaze with the assistance from the Lakeview Heights station. The residents of the...

Ring those bells

Nov 19, 2015 / 5:50 pm
The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign kicked off Thursday in West Kelowna. The campaign is the main fundraiser for the Salvation Army for the entire year, and helps to support initiatives through the holiday season as well as the months following. Pastor Darryl Burry says this year the...

Threat at Mount Boucherie

Nov 19, 2015 / 11:51 am
A student threatened to bring a gun to Mount Boucherie Secondary School Wednesday night, prompting an RCMP investigation. “A youth in the community sent a message via text and perhaps Instagram yesterday evening that was received by at least two students at Mount Boucherie that did contain...

Storm hits yacht club hard

Nov 18, 2015 / 2:19 pm
The West Kelowna Yacht Club took a beating during Tuesday's windstorm. Gusts reaching 90 km/h hammered the marina, causing extensive damage to boats and infrastructure, according to rear commodore Pat Pope. Only a few of the 30 boats moored at the club over the winter survived...

Hwy. 97C reopened

Nov 18, 2015 / 8:20 am
UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. Highway 97C has reopened westbound at the junction with Highway 97 between West Kelowna and Peachland. ORIGINAL: 7 a.m. Highway 97C is closed westbound this morning at the junction with Highway 97 between West Kelowna and Peachland. DriveBC reports the closure is...

Connector crash fatal

Nov 17, 2015 / 12:29 pm
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. A 44-year-old man lost his life in a tragic accident Monday afternoon on Highway 97C, between Merritt and West Kelowna. According to Merritt RCMP, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16, a westbound 2003 Ford Expedition collided with a loaded eastbound commercial car carrier 14...

Santa, wine and the ballet

Nov 15, 2015 / 4:04 pm
Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld The event put on by the West Kelowna winery is meant to celebrate the beginning of the season, offer a once-annual discount and raise money for the Central Okanagan Food Bank and Ballet Kelowna. “This...

It's (Warren) Miller time

Nov 15, 2015 / 9:39 am
It's a ski season tradition that gets powder hounds wound up for another season of downhill thrills. Warren Miller's latest snow sports film, Chasing Shadows, comes to West Kelowna Nov. 19, hosted by local freestyle skier Mason Barzilay and the Westside Skate Park Society. The show...

Senior fights off thief

Nov 13, 2015 / 11:11 am
An 85-year-old woman struggled with a home invader for about 20 minutes before she was able to get away and call police. The unidentified woman suffered only minor bruising during the struggle at her home in the 2300 block of Butt Road. Police say a masked man was able to forcibly gain entry...

A true Warrior's warrior

Nov 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
Life isn't fair – just ask Brendan Ritchie. Brendan is your typical seven-year-old. A Grade 2 student at Rose Valley Elementary, he likes to run around with his friends, and play the sport he loves – hockey. Problem is, he can't. Brendan was diagnosed almost three years...

Three escape fire

Nov 12, 2015 / 11:15 am
Update: 11:15 a.m. Investigators are still on scene of a home were a blaze broke out Wednesday night. While the cause has not yet been determined, Fire Chief Jason Brolund said it was most likely not suspicious. He stated an electrical team was being brought in to investigate; however that...

New home awaits 2 families

Nov 12, 2015 / 5:00 am
Two local families are moving into new homes in Peachland thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity Kelowna. The organization recently completed one of three duplexes on Princeton Avenue in Peachland. Habitat for Humanity Kelowna believes that all families deserve decent, affordable...

Restoring Smith Creek

Nov 10, 2015 / 8:00 pm
Work to restore a portion of Smith Creek in West Kelowna is underway. Landmark Solutions Inc. has been hired by the city to conduct the work in order to stop erosion of the banks on Gellatly Road between Carrington and Witt roads. Work is being done in an area just up the road from where a...

House fire victim named

Nov 10, 2015 / 11:43 am
Police have identified the woman whose body was discovered in a suspicious house fire last week. The body of Hazel Delgado Budiongan, 37, was found in her home when RCMP and West Kelowna firefighters responded to the fire on Boucherie Road, Nov. 4. “An autopsy was conducted, and the...

Back-to-back rear enders

Nov 8, 2015 / 8:20 am
A three-vehicle accident sent at least two people to hospital last night with undetermined injuries. According to a witness at the scene, a pickup truck heading northbound on Hwy. 97 was stopped at a red light at Butt Road when it as rear ended by a sedan at approximately 9:30 p.m Saturday...

Rescue heli service for BC

Nov 7, 2015 / 12:00 pm
A West Kelowna-based helicopter company has been assisting the British Columbia government with additional air rescue services for the past year in the Okanagan Valley. Wildcat Helicopters has performed air rescue operations 11 times since beginning the two-year trial program with the government...

Multiple break-ins

Nov 5, 2015 / 3:59 pm
Four business owners are shaking their heads in frustration after a string of break-ins in Peachland. Sometime overnight, Peachland Sushi, Dragon Lotus and Subway were targeted. In each case, the culprits smashed a window to gain access before making off with cash, product and/or...

Talking couplet, corridor

Nov 5, 2015 / 5:00 am
Elimination of the cumbersome couplet and construction of a second major traffic corridor were common themes with West Kelowna council, Wednesday. Council spent the morning listening to a presentation from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure detailing current and future traffic...

Eatery smashed again

Nov 4, 2015 / 3:25 pm
UPDATE Nov. 4 The owners of Thai Fusion have released video, from the night of Oct. 25, when all of the restaurant windows were smashed. A person, dressed in black, carrying what appears to be a baseball bat smashes all of the windows and then leaves the scene without entering the...

Body found in house fire

Nov 4, 2015 / 10:55 am
Local police are investigating after a body was discovered in a suspicious house fire overnight. RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan says West Kelowna RCMP and the West Kelowna Fire Department were called to a house fire on Boucherie Road early this morning, at 1:47 a.m. “Investigators located one...

A century of Gladys

Nov 3, 2015 / 5:59 pm
Three children, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and 100 years later – Gladys Farrell has a century worth of stories to tell. A impressively long life she credits to good rye, good yogurt and ripe blueberries – according to her granddaughter Carrie Smith. Farrell was...

Poppies for Peachland

Nov 3, 2015 / 5:00 am
Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, will be commemorated in a special way in Peachland this year. Large poppies will be placed on both welcoming signs entering Peachland, as well as on light banners along Beach Ave. The banners will be inscribed with the names of the Peachland men who...

Residents take action

Nov 2, 2015 / 6:40 pm
Dave Calder is working to make his neighbourhood safe both for the residents and wildlife. After a long, hot summer Calder noticed bears were making themselves a little too comfortable in West Kelowna backyards. “There were two wrestling in my backyard, two swimming in my neighbours...

Wrong way down Hwy 97

Nov 2, 2015 / 2:15 pm
Witnesses say an elderly woman is lucky to be OK after she drove her vehicle on the wrong side of highway 97. Just before 1 p.m. the woman was spotted travelling northbound on the road when she hit a southbound pickup, in the slow lane. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. Those on scene...

Crash victim identified

Nov 2, 2015 / 1:01 pm
The BC Coroners Service has identified the man who died as a result of a motor vehicle incident on Highway 97C last month. David Roy Elias, 58, of Chilliwack was killed in a single vehicle crash which occurred about 6:20 a.m. Elias was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck which left...
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