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Police check winter tires

Oct 8, 2015 / 6:30 pm

RCMP were stopping motorists along Highway 97C, Thursday, to check if their vehicles were properly equipped for winter driving conditions. As of Oct. 1 all vehicles travelling on specific B.C. highways must have winter tires. Const. Steve Holmes says police are hoping to educate the public...

Car crashes into Bulk Barn

Oct 8, 2015 / 3:32 pm

UPDATE 3:30 P.M. West Kelowna Fire Rescue reports there were no serious injuries in the collision, but that the store suffered damage to a large window on the front side of the building, as well as some damage to merchandise. ORIGINAL 2:30 P.M. A 70-year-old man was trapped in his...

Navigating the system

Oct 7, 2015 / 6:16 pm

The Canadian Mental Health Association is putting on a special event to help parents and their children connect with local mental health resources. “When my child rages I cannot calm him. He struggles with extreme anxiety that turns into explosive behaviour. I can’t tell you how...

Booze behind Jeep crash?

Oct 7, 2015 / 11:54 am

A West Kelowna man is facing charges after allegedly driving drunk and rolling his Jeep. According to RCMP, the 27-year-old man was driving a Jeep Wrangler along Webber Road when he lost control at the curve of Coventry Crescent about 9:20 p.m. The Jeep rolled and landed on the grass at the...

Pot bust closes street

Oct 6, 2015 / 1:55 pm

RCMP closed off Thomas Road in West Kelowna Tuesday afternoon, after discovering a potentially explosive marijuana grow operation. Police, fire crews and an ambulance responded to the area about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a tip that marijuana was being grown in the house. After...

U-Haul hijacking a bust

Oct 5, 2015 / 3:12 pm

A West Kelowna family's relocation to the coast hit a snag when thieves tried to make off with their fully loaded moving van. The Eason family packed up all their belongings into a 35-foot U-Haul, with a car on the tow jack, and prepared to move to Vancouver Island on Saturday...

Bloomin' beautiful

Oct 5, 2015 / 2:41 pm

West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation are blooming lovely – and they've got the award to prove it. The two are award winners in the Communities In Bloom 20,001 – 50,000 population category for 2015. The communities received a rating of five blooms, or bronze, and a special...

Wildlife alert near school

Oct 5, 2015 / 12:15 pm

Parents in Rose Valley are concerned after a wildlife sighting near Mar Jok Elementary School this morning. A Grade 6 student walking to school alone about 8:30 a.m. believes he saw a cougar digging through garbage in the Westlake area. Conservation officer Jeff Hanratty attended the school...

Car fire ignites hedge

Oct 5, 2015 / 10:57 am

West Kelowna fire crews made quick work of an aggressive car fire Saturday evening, saving a nearby home. Crews were called to the report of a car fire at 9:10 p.m. on the 1100 block of Hudson Road. When crews arrived, they found the car fully engulfed and saw flames had spread to a nearby...

Country 'Klicks' for Ben

Oct 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

A West Kelowna musician is looking to make it big with the release of his second EP and an album release party at Okanagan College. Ben Klick, a country musician and Okanagan College audio engineering and music production alumni, released his EP on Sept. 15. Within two days, it hit number 37...

Wine trail busy for winefest

Oct 2, 2015 / 4:03 pm

The Westside Wine Trail will be a busy place to be during the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. From star gazing and carnival games to harvest dinners and open houses, the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail have brought back some annual favourites as well as added some new events to their...

Charging station a go

Oct 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

The City of West Kelowna and BC Hydro have agreed on a location for a vehicle charging station. Council agreed earlier this week to enter into an agreement with the power utility to install a direct current fast charging station on a piece of city owned property at 3678 Brown Road. The...

Driver slumped on wheel

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:51 pm

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. A two-vehicle, head-on collision sent a woman to hospital with life-threatening injuries this morning. Just after 9 a.m., a silver Toyota Corolla was travelling south on Highway 97 when the 76-year-old driver slumped over the wheel and the vehicle drifted into the oncoming...

Last chance for Crystal Mtn

Sep 29, 2015 / 3:34 pm

Developers of an ambitious development proposed for Crystal Mountain have one year to move the development forward. The Regional District of Central Okanagan board grudgingly agreed to give the developer, Crystal Ski & Golf Resort Inc., a final one-year extension. The first phase of the...

Black widows creep in

Sep 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

This year’s long, hot summer brought on more than just wildfires for the Okanagan. The dry weather also meant an increase in bugs. Bug Master Pest Control expert George Forgie says with bugs come spiders, and now as mornings start to get cooler, the arachnids are wanting to come...

Cole's fighting spirit

Sep 28, 2015 / 12:24 pm

Friends and family are rallying behind a young Kelowna man who was seriously injured in a construction site accident last week. Cole Bernier, 23, is a local athlete and cross-fit enthusiast. He was working at a new housing development in West Kelowna when roof trusses and plywood fell on him,...

Car crushes tree

Sep 26, 2015 / 12:37 pm

A car ran over a tree in the driveway of Linden Estates in West Kelowna Saturday morning. The strange accident took place in the low-speed driveway in the 3800 block of Brown Road at approximately 11:30 a.m. The tree was reportedly 25 centimetres in diameter and was completely sheared off....

Retirement home destroyed

Sep 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

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Roof collapse pins worker

Sep 23, 2015 / 4:32 pm

A construction worker was pinned on a West Kelowna jobsite, Wednesday, when roof trusses collapsed on him. There's no word on the condition of the worker, who was injured in the workplace accident on Carrington Road, at the construction site of a new home. The incident happened about 2:40...

Asleep at the wheel

Sep 23, 2015 / 11:39 am

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. Police believe a Kelowna man may have fallen asleep at the wheel before crashing his truck into a lamp standard Wednesday morning. RCMP say the 39-year-old lone driver suffered minor injuries after crashing his truck into a light pole on Stevens Road at 7:32 a.m. The...

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