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Follow your favourite stars

Feb 5, 2016 / 10:45 am
With Castanet's new ShowBiz page you can stay up to date with all your favourite musicians and Hollywood stars with the click of a button. You will also find our movie listings on this page along with paparazzi photos and the latest headlines from our sister site, TheTango.net.

We see everything

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:30 am
If you want webcams, we have them. In fact, we have more than ever, and they are free and simple for you to access. To access, just click on the community button at the top of any page. Once on our webcam page you can select a camera of interest to enjoy current or past views from that camera.

Photo sharing made easy

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:30 am
Don't miss our updated photo gallery section now found through the community button at the top of any page, or by scrolling down to the bottom of the home page. Categories are archived monthly, so to browse through a specific month just click on the image. Be sure to share your photos with...

Just scroll down for more

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:30 am
Don't forget to scroll down on the Castanet home page for more great content. Just below the fold you will find links to the most recent local stories, our Question of the Day, and the letter section of the site. Further down you will find shortcuts to additional categories, as well as our...

Find fun stuff to do

Feb 1, 2016 / 10:30 am
Castanet's new event listings have been simplified to make sure you spend less time searching for something fun to do and more time actually doing it. Don't forget to check our featured events on the right side of the page, and if you have an upcoming event you want to share you can do...

New classified search

Jan 29, 2016 / 10:30 am
Our classified search engine has been upgraded to help make your searches less tedious and more efficient. Searches are now based on relevance and not keywords, which means if you are searching for a radio then a radio is what you will find the first time you search for it.

Our new menu categories

Jan 28, 2016 / 10:30 am
We have added three new menu categories to our new masthead at the top of the Castanet home page. We now have buttons for the BC, Canada and world sections of the site. You can scroll over the buttons to see some of the most recent headlines in each or you can click the button to go straight to...
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New masthead tutorial

Jan 27, 2016 / 10:30 am
You may have noticed a few things have changed on Castanet to help make room for more content and to help make your browsing easier and more enjoyable. Our new masthead at the top of the page has new menu buttons, different search options, new website shortcuts and the option to browse either...

More headlines, more news

Dec 8, 2015 / 2:34 pm
We’re listening. Since launching our new site look, Castanet’s programmers have been tinkering behind the scenes to bring you more of what you want. We’ve hosted a series of reader focus groups and are working on several updates from your feedback. Some are already in...

Check out our new look

Oct 22, 2015 / 3:03 pm
We've had some work done. Times are changing at Castanet, and we're growing to serve you better. We've rolled out a new look in a soft launch running side by side with the current site. Click here to check it out, or on the Sneak Peek ad spot at the top of our front page. Along...

15 years in the making

Oct 19, 2015 / 10:20 am
We've had work done It took 15 years to get here - and Castanet was beginning to show her age. Time for a facelift. Cluttered pages? Toast. Orphaned white-space? Banished. Redundant menus? Redundant. Today's new Castanet is cleaner, consistent, & more spacious. Troy, Laurentiu, Tim,...

LG G3 contest winner

Sep 25, 2015 / 3:41 pm
Castanet General Manager Chris Kearney and Sebastiaan Pynappels of Kelowna Cell Repair present Erica with a new LG G3.

June's Big Surf photo winner

Jul 3, 2015 / 11:48 am
Jolene VanBolhuis is June’s winner in the Big Surf Beer summer fun photo contest. VanBolhuis sent in this great shot titled ‘Beautiful Day on Wood Lake’ and is our final winner for 2015. Thanks to all who entered! To view all of the contest submissions click here.

Flower Power winner

Jun 11, 2015 / 3:12 pm
Castanet recently held a photo contest for a pair of tickets to tour some of the top gardens in Kelowna. The tour is called 'Flower Power, Cool Digs and Groovy Gardens’ and we are proud to announce that Gerrit and Wilma Van Vliet are this year’s winners. The 18th Annual Kelowna...

May's Big Surf photo winner

Jun 3, 2015 / 11:09 am
Todd Avison is May’s winner in the Big Surf Beer summer fun photo contest. Avison sent in this great shot titled ‘Diving Into Summer’. June is your last month to enter to win a Summer Shred Package consisting of a Big Surf longboard, ONE Boardshop shades, shorts, sandals and...

Big Surf photo winner

May 8, 2015 / 11:10 am
Jenna Cass is April's winner in the Big Surf Beer summer fun photo contest. Cass sent in this shot combining two great pastimes – yoga and paddleboarding. Send in your summer fun photos for a chance to be May's winner of a summer shred package consisting of a Big Surf...

We've just expanded our content

Feb 10, 2015 / 4:01 pm
Readers have long counted on Castanet for breaking news. That hasn't changed, but we've just bolstered our mix of regional, provincial, national and international news and local columns, sports and entertainment with some meatier content to chew on. First, we added opinion editorials....

Castanet celebrates 14 years

Nov 1, 2014 / 8:20 am
In 2000, local focused internet sites like Castanet were few and far between and the ones that existed made little impact. Back then, not many internet start-ups celebrated a first birthday much less a second or third. Nov. 1, 2014, marks Castanet's 14th year serving the Okanagan as its home...

Drone: clearing the air

Jul 16, 2014 / 10:46 am
Some media are reporting we put aircraft at risk by flying a drone over a forest fire in Peachland. That is not the case, they are not reporting the facts. I was at the forest fire, I flew the drone, this is what I know: The helicopter was finished for the day - I confirmed with the team...

Happy Birthday!

Apr 2, 2014 / 6:00 am
Yes, Castanet viewers, we value your feedback and requests! We have now added Birthdays to our Celebrations page! Check it out under the main Community tab and send us your special announcement! And, it is that time again - time to clean out the clutter and hold your Garage Sale!...

Welcome Kamloops

Jan 9, 2014 / 3:12 pm
Have you noticed something new on Castanet? We've added a Kamloops page. "We've been ramping up our Kamloops coverage for sometime and now we have a news page for the City," says Castanet News Editor, and former Kamloops' resident,Trevor Rockliffe. Castanet...

Spirits at Castanet

Nov 1, 2013 / 11:29 am
To add to the lore of Castanet and to celebrate our 13th anniversary one of our people created this little ditty. The Castanet Dash I was working in the office, late one night When the sirens were screaming, an eerie sight The reporter from his desk, began to rise And suddenly to my...

13 years and 100,000 stories later...

Nov 1, 2013 / 5:00 am
​Not many internet start-ups are able to stick around long enough to celebrate a second, third or fifth anniversary - let alone a 13th. Today, Nov 1, 2013, Castanet celebrates 13 years as Kelowna's and the Okanagan Valley's 'Home Page.' And the numbers bear that...

New webcams spy on city

Oct 18, 2013 / 11:31 am
Castanet has debuted two new high definition webcams on our website, in addition to our other featured cams that detail everything from traffic on the Okanagan Connector to weather conditions on Big White. The new cams feature crystal clear views of the Sails in downtown Kelowna from atop...

'Winter Is Coming' meme contest

Oct 17, 2013 / 12:59 pm
Winter is coming, time to buy snow tires. Or winterize the home. Or buy your ski passes. Or here’s a much better idea: Submit your entry to the Castanet Discussion Board ‘Winter Is Coming’ *meme contest. If you win, you will be dining out at the Train Station Pub with a $100...

Introducing TheTango.net

Oct 2, 2013 / 4:13 pm
A great deal went into the planning of Castanet’s new entertainment-based offshoot website The Tango, but the numbers suggest it was the right move as the site approaches its one-year anniversary. The number of unique visitors and total page views have steadily risen in the months...

The Big Surf photo contest winner is...

Jun 9, 2013 / 3:57 pm
The May winner for the Big Surf Beer photo contest is Andrew Lafond. Andrew’s winning picture was taken at Kalamalka Lake, as he tore it up behind the Surf Kelowna boat on a board he built himself. Andrew is 39-years-old and an avid surfer, snowboarder, long boarder, and wake boarder....

It's garage sale time

Mar 8, 2013 / 11:14 am
Ready for spring? Time to clean out that garage? Moving and need to downsize? Post your Garage Sale on the new, updated Garage Sales section on Castanet! This new section allows you to post your Garage Sale with up to 10 photos of your items for free. Your Garage Sale will be plotted on the...

She can't believe 10K windfall

Feb 26, 2013 / 12:39 pm
Moira Hennen is still in shock. She lives in Kelowna and teaches in Penticton. Moira won Castanet's Wicked WINter WINdfall contest. "You mean I get it all?", Hennen said when she came to claim her prize. "Really, $10,000 worth of stuff? Wow!" She says her family has...

I do!

Feb 24, 2013 / 5:30 am
Are there wedding bells in your future? Are you a unique business that offers inspirations for this special event? Castanet is thrilled to announce an exciting new category in the Classifieds exclusively for Weddings! This new section includes Wedding Fashion, Wedding Decor and Wedding...

Win big - Winter Windfall a click away

Jan 22, 2013 / 11:22 am
Looking for a way to beat the 'Winter Blahs?' A day on the slopes at Big White? A weekend away at the Cove Lakeside Resort? A shopping spree at Orchard Park? A home renovation project? Castanet.net is giving you a chance to do all this - and more! It's all part of the...

Castanet's 'SILK' anniversary

Nov 1, 2012 / 3:25 pm
Castanet.net is celebrating its twelfth anniversary today, a milestone traditionally celebrated with gifts of silk, or maybe it should be SILK. It was November 1, 2000 when the owner of radio station SILK-FM, Nick Frost, debuted his new website serving Kelowna and the Okanagan. The site...

Castanet, it's not a job it's a career

Oct 4, 2012 / 5:00 am
Castanet is the fastest growing website in BC, and we're looking for three key individuals who love to work in a fast paced environment. We want people who love to be challenged and who want to take a trip to the next level. Join the best, join Castanet. Right Brain with...

Coffee with Castanet

Jul 3, 2012 / 1:11 pm
Castanet news staff will be serving up free coffee coupons tomorrow morning at the Streaming Cafe , 596 Leon Ave., from 8 to 11 a.m. Come meet the newsteam; share your story ideas and your photos. Come and tell us what you like and how we can make Castanet even better. Talk to one of our...

Wineries Refined joins cast at Castanet

Mar 7, 2012 / 2:00 pm
Editor-in-Chief for Wines Refined, Joyce D Wegner, is thrilled to announce an online partnership with CASTANET — the Okanagan’s premiere online news and information site. With over 31 million monthly page views, Castanet is ranked first in total page views in the province and third...

Feeling moody - results for the week

Feb 29, 2012 / 1:52 pm
HAPPY - AMUSED - ANGRY - SAD - SHOCKED - ENTERTAINED - THRILLED - WORRIED - INSPIRED Some people tell us they love our Mood Meter, some tell us they hate it. They write to say it's not clear. After all, how do we know what side people are for or against? Yes we tell them we know people...

Lots happening here at Castanet

Feb 6, 2012 / 5:00 pm
February is here! Hard to believe 2012 is more than a month old already, isn’t it? We’d like to keep you up to date with everything going on here at Castanet, and fill you in on some of the exciting things we’re working on. Our Garage Band contest is still going on, and...

Hot contests, celebs and beauties

Dec 6, 2011 / 4:00 pm
What’s new and exciting for us here at Castanet? Lots! There’s so much to share with everyone, I don’t even know where to begin. We all love a good contest where everyone can get involved, so let’s start there. Along with Wentworth Music, Castanet is proud to...

Entertainment, events and more

Nov 7, 2011 / 4:34 pm
Big things are happening on Castanet, and I’m proud to be a part of the team here. You may know me from my current Tech Soup column - which runs every Friday - or perhaps you used to read my daily ramblings on the world of Hollywood in Celebrity Soup. I can’t quite pull myself away from...

The Castanet iPhone app and iOS 5

Oct 22, 2011 / 8:49 am
Do your new apps crash after you just did an upgrade to them? Do you have some apps that no longer open. Mark Edstrom from dpi says the problem started with Apple's launch of iOS5. "If people download new app updates before they upgrade to the new iOS 5 they will find most apps will...
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