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1 hurt in orchard accident

One man was taken to hospital with unknown injuries resulting from an accident on a West Kelowna orchard.

Emergency crews responded to a call on the property on Campbell Road about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

A drum had apparently fallen or rolled onto the man.

The man was freed and taken by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital.

Police leaving the scene said very little, except the man was conscious and his injuries didn't appear to be serious.



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More $$$ for soccer dome

The City of West Kelowna is being asked to put up another quarter-of-a-million dollars for its multi-sport dome.

Staff are asking that an additional $261,000 be added to the budget as a contingency.

"These funds would only be used in the case of unforeseen construction costs and, if unused, would be returned to reserves once the project is complete," staff said in a report for council.

TKI Construction was awarded the contract, coming in $200,000 below the estimated cost.

However, the contingency was less than six per cent of the total cost of the contract.

"Based on the city's best practices, and in an effort to deal with unforeseen conditions throughout construction, a construction contingency of 15 per cent is recommended for the project."

The total value of the dome is $3.985 million.

The city expects to issue a building permit within the coming weeks, with substantial completion at the end of October.



Over $200,000 of damage

UPDATE 7:10 a.m.

An apartment fire in the 200 block of Hebert Road in West Kelowna Friday night has caused over $200,000 worth of damage. 

At approximately 7:45 p.m. West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a reported apartment fire in the 2000 Block of Hebert Road in West Kelowna.

First arriving crews reported heavy smoke and flames through the roof of the 15 unit townhouse complex and requested a second alarm for a working structure fire.

A total of six engines, a ladder truck, a command unit and two safeties responded to the fire, while additional  units were called in to cover Westbank and Glenrosa.

Three of the 15 units were heavily damaged by fire, with several others suffering smoke and water damage. All of the units were evacuated.

The residents are now in the care of Regional Emergency Support Services. 

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


ORIGINAL 9:50 p.m.

West Kelowna fire crews remain on the scene of a fire at an apartment building at 2585 Hebert Road.

Crews arrived just a after 8 p.m. to find  flames visible. 

A witness on scene says the fire reportedly started in the basement. 

At this time it's unclear how many units have been affected. 

Everyone home at the time was able to escape the building without injury. 

The fire has since been extinguished and RCMP are investigating. 



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Lost but not 'Fore' gotten

During a typical late winter and early spring, avid Central Okanagan golfers may have half a dozen rounds under their belts already.

But, 2019 has been anything but typical.

Near-record lows and continual snowfall through all of February and into early March has pushed the start of golf season back to one of the latest openings in recent memory.

If you don't mind a few raindrops, you can rediscover your lost swing this weekend.

Two Eagles Golf Course on the Westside will open up for the season Saturday. They had hoped to open late next week, but Director of Golf Dean Claggett says they were able to get the course ready quicker than first thought.

Claggett said the last two days of sunshine helped, and the grounds crew worked their tails off to get the course in shape.

While golfers will be allowed to start playing Saturday, carts will not be allowed on the course.

Claggett expects full operation, with carts, by the middle of next week.

Michaelbrook Ranch has hoped tom open for the weekend as well, but rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday will push that back a few days.

They hope to be able to open sometime next week.

The Harvest expects to open up by next Friday, while Kelowna Springs expects to begin the season next weekend.



Drought Hill crash cleared

UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.

DriveBC reports the crash scene has been cleared.


UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

DriveBC says Highway 97 at Drought Hill is expected to reopen by 2:45 p.m.


ORIGINAL: 1:40 p.m.

Traffic is a standstill on Drought Hill heading in and out of Peachland Friday morning after a motorcycle appears to have collided with a car. 

The crash occurred on Highway 97 between West Kelowna and Peachland sometime after 1 p.m.

A motorist stuck in the traffic says a car is in the ditch and a motorcycle was involved, but that it doesn't appear anyone was seriously injured in the crash. 

Vehicle parts litter the highway and an ambulance is on scene. 

It's unclear at this time when the highway will be reopened. 



14-year-old on the run?

The mother of 14-year-old Ethan Burnett has reached out to Castanet to help find her son.

Tina Burnett tells Castanet that her son was flying back from Edmonton on his way home to Fort St. John B.C. but when he stopped in Vancouver to change flights it appears he simply left the airport and hasn't been seen since. "He was supposed to get on a connecting flight up to Fort St. John but he didn't get on that flight and the surveillance cameras show him walking away from the airport towards Vancouver. I'm pretty sure he's trying to make his way back to West Kelowna."

Burnett says she moved Ethan away from West Kelowna because she didn't like the direction his life was heading and she thought Fort St. John would be good for him. But Burnett says Ethan has friends in West Kelowna who she believes he is trying to re-connect with.

Burnett says she has alerted police in the lower mainland and in West Kelowna and she is hoping someone out there has information on her missing son and can help.

You are asked to contact police if you do see Ethan.



Water treatment update

The City of West Kelowna has scheduled what it calls a special announcement concerning the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant.

It was anticipated construction of the new $49 million treatment plant would begin late last year.

However, construction has not yet started.

The city received a $41 million federal and provincial grant in March of 2017.

Monday's announcement will be made at 2 p.m. at the end of Rosewood Drive in Rose Valley.



A 'watershed moment'

With concerns over clearcut logging, the future of Peachland's watershed will be the focus of a community roundtable on April 4.

Billed as "Peachland’s watershed moment," the Securing Our Water event takes place 7-9 p.m. at the Peachland Community Centre.

Organized by the Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance, the discussion will bring together a panel of watershed and wildlife experts to talk about the challenges facing Peachland’s watershed, along with ideas to help ensure the security of the community's water source. 

Speakers include Peachland resident and historian Richard Smith, wildlife and forest scientist Dr. Brian Horejsi, hydrogeological engineer Bryer Manwell, and Jesse Zeeman, a director of the fish and wildlife restoration program for the B.C. Wildlife Foundation. 

Meanwhile, the group has also released a time-lapse video showing the expansion of logging in the community watershed reserve since 1984. It also includes drone footage of what the area looks like now, and follows Trepanier Creek down to its mouth on Okanagan Lake, showing erosion and sediment-clouded waters along the way.



Flood preparation urged

The City of West Kelowna is urging residents in flood-prone areas to consider preparing for possible flooding now.

With record-breaking high temperatures across the Okanagan, spring freshet is underway.

To assist property owners with flood preparation, the city will begin staging supplies of sand, and sandbags at a number of locations on Monday. These include:

  • Beachnut Park - corner of George Court and Whitworth Road
  • Hitcher Park - corner of Hitcher and Jennens Roads
  • Gates Road - corner of Gates and Glenrosa Roads
  • Kinsmen Park - 3170 Shannon Lake Road
  • Westlake Road - adjacent to 1805 Westlake Road/Rose Valley Fire Hall
  • Casa Loma - 2606 Casa Loma Road
  • Falcon Park - Adjacent to 1339 Green Bay Road
  • Sternwheeler Park - adjacent to 1649 Pritchard Drive

Owners of private property in flood-prone areas are reminder they are responsible for ensuring their property is protected from flood damage.

The city is only responsible for protecting municipal infrastructure.

Residents are also asked to keep catch basins and culverts adjacent to their property clear of debris.

Click here for information on building a sandbag wall.



Water notice rescinded

UPDATE: 5:25 p.m. March 18

In consultation with the Interior Health Authority, the boil water notice for the West Kelowna Estates Water Services Area, issued March 14, has been rescinded as turbidity has returned to acceptable levels. 

There are currently no water quality advisories in effect in West Kelowna.


ORIGINAL STORY: March 14

A boil water notice has been put in place for residents and businesses who draw water from the West Kelowna Estates water system.

The notice was issued by the City of West Kelowna in conjunction with Interior Health due to increased turbidity resulting from a mechanical failure at a pressure reducing system.

People on the system are advised to boil water before using it for drinking, making ice, cooking, washing food or brushing teeth.

The system is being repaired, and will be flushed, disinfected and tested before the notice is lifted.

The city is offering free water to those residents affected by the boil water notice at the bulk water station at Shannon Lake and Asquith roads.



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