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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Boat fire at the Eldorado

Sep 21, 2019 / 3:44 pm

At approximately 3:30 p.m. a boat caught fire at the Eldorado boat launch, leaving a trail of thick black smoke in the sky, visible in nearby communities....

Escaping the Rabbit Hole

Sep 21, 2019 / 3:00 pm

Kelowna author Tracey Maxfield has been nominated for the 2019 Author Academy Award for her book 'Escaping the Rabbit Hole.' The award recognizes...

Hopscotch nearly sold out

Sep 21, 2019 / 11:30 am

There's one week until Hopscotch returns to Kelowna, and tickets are going fast. The annual whisky, beer and spirits festival takes over the Kelowna Curling...

An early jump on ski season

Sep 21, 2019 / 10:46 am

While summer doesn't officially come to a close until Monday, it was feeling a lot like winter inside the Kelowna Curling Club Saturday at the annual...

Boo! Halloween time is here

Sep 21, 2019 / 8:00 am

Halloween shopping season has arrived. It’s big business these days, which is why Halloween Alley in Kelowna is operating out of the former Home...

Coyotes show no fear

Sep 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Warnings are being sounded in Kelowna's North Glenmore area after coyotes have become more aggressive in the neighbourhood. One woman had a coyote try to...

Debating rainbow crosswalk

Sep 20, 2019 / 8:00 pm

The District of Peachland is considering installing a rainbow crosswalk. Council debated a request this week to install the multi-coloured crosswalk at the...

Caring for our elders

Sep 20, 2019 / 8:00 pm

The Kelowna & District Safety Council is branching out by offering courses to help care for seniors at home. As our population continues to age, providing...

Rents rise, fall in Kelowna

Sep 20, 2019 / 4:50 pm

If there is only one of you, the news is not exactly positive on the Kelowna rental front. If there are two of you, then the news is just dandy. Padmapper came...

Three-car Rutland crash

Sep 20, 2019 / 4:08 pm

Emergency crews were dispatched to Rutland Friday afternoon for a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of Leathead and Franklyn roads. There's no...

Rallying for climate action

Sep 20, 2019 / 3:00 pm

A few hundred people in Kelowna joined hundreds of thousands around the world rallying for action on climate change, Friday. The Global Climate Strike was held...

Escape to The Cove!

Sep 20, 2019 / 2:54 pm

Escape with SOFT 103.9 this fall. Kelowna resident Rory is the latest winner of a Soft Escape to Halcyon Hot Springs. Castanet's radio partner is giving...

Ready, set ... volunteer!

Sep 20, 2019 / 2:41 pm

The 22nd annual Okanagan Volunteer Fair is set to roll on Saturday. Hosted by Kelowna Community Resources, the event will feature 65 non-profit organizations...

Searching for shotgun owner

Sep 20, 2019 / 2:09 pm

UPDATE 2:08 p.m. Kelowna RCMP are asking anyone with knowledge of the sawed-off shotgun found in the alley of the 1400 block of Lawrence Avenue Thursday...

Shots reported downtown

Sep 20, 2019 / 1:30 pm

Police investigated a report of gunshots near Rowcliffe Avenue near downtown Kelowna Thursday night, but officers turned up nothing. Just after 10:30 p.m.,...

Events all over town

Sep 20, 2019 / 1:00 pm

Check out what's happening this weekend with Jenna Craigmyle, who'll be making the rounds in the Castanet-Total Restoration Total Fun Cruiser.

Officer cleared in crash

Sep 20, 2019 / 11:05 am

A Kelowna RCMP officer was not responsible for driving into and seriously injuring a cyclist last spring, the Independent Investigations Office has found. A...

Motionball returns to town

Sep 20, 2019 / 10:00 am

After raising a record-breaking $125,000 for Special Olympics last year, Motionball is back in Kelowna this weekend. The annual local Marathon of Sport...

Climate protests go global

Sep 20, 2019 / 9:50 am

Kelowna students and youth are taking part in global climate action rallies today. A group of students will descend on Kelowna City Hall, starting at noon....

Bail denied in crime spree

Sep 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

A man facing 10 charges stemming from a crime spree across Kelowna last June will remain in custody until his trial, after he was denied bail Thursday. Stephen...

Hospital on wheels

Sep 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

B.C.'s state of the art Mobile Medical Unit made a pit stop in Kelowna for the day to support Interior Health's High Aquity Response Teams clinical...

WFN elects new Chief

Sep 20, 2019 / 12:00 am

Westbank First Nation has a new Chief. Christopher Raymond Derickson was elected to the band's top position in voting conducted Thursday. Derickson defeated...

Fire sends three to hospital

Sep 19, 2019 / 9:32 pm

A fire damaged a Rutland townhouse Thursday evening and sent three people to hospital. Just before 6:30 p.m., the Kelowna Fire Department responded to the 200...

Candidates talk issues

Sep 19, 2019 / 9:25 pm

UPDATE: 9:25 p.m. Most of the federal candidates in the Kelowna-Lake Country and Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola ridings attended the Kelowna Senior...

Powwow wows campus

Sep 19, 2019 / 5:25 pm

The 11th annual Youth Exhibition Powwow took over Kelowna's Okanagan College campus on Thursday. "Powwows are all about bringing community together...

Cougar sighting near school

Sep 19, 2019 / 2:23 pm

Parents and residents are being warned of multiple cougar sightings in the Rose Valley area. Rose Valley Elementary School sent an email to parents advising:...

Kelowna gets urgent care

Sep 19, 2019 / 1:55 pm

UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. West Kelowna's loss is Kelowna's gain. B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix was in Kelowna Thursday to announce the opening of an urgent...

Housing crystal ball stormy

Sep 19, 2019 / 1:47 pm

Kelowna’s HM Commercial Group held its annual “crystal ball” gathering, Wednesday. And when provincial Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson gazed...

Fuhr defaced with blackface

Sep 19, 2019 / 12:50 pm

Fallout from pictures of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed up in brownface in 2001 has reached the Kelowna-Lake Country riding. At least two election signs...

Mary Jane's pot licences

Sep 19, 2019 / 10:15 am

After serving Kelowna's cannabis community before federal legalization last year at his head shops, the owner of Mary Jane's Headquarters will soon be...

$146K raised for MS

Sep 19, 2019 / 10:10 am

More than 130 cyclists raised $146,000 for multiple sclerosis research in the annual MS Bike Okanagan event earlier this month. The ride was held Sept. 7 and 8,...

Tax-funded lights left dark

Sep 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna local Mike Leigh is calling for an explanation as to why the taxpayer-funded lights at Johnson Bentley skate park have not been used. The avid...

Child care study kicks off

Sep 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Child care needs in communities across the Okanagan will be assessed in a new research project funded by the province. "Care For Our Kids" will look...

Enrolment trending up

Sep 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Final numbers won't be in for another week or so, but if the current trend continues, enrolment at Central Okanagan schools will blow through initial...

Short-term rentals on radar

Sep 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna council will tackle the growing number of illegal short-term rentals in the city next spring. Council made the decision following an impassioned...

Pot biz deal falls through

Sep 18, 2019 / 6:05 pm

GTEC Holdings will not be purchasing a large Kelowna cultivation facility from Canopy Growth Corp. after all. GTEC, a Kelowna company focused on cultivating...

Local up for national honour

Sep 18, 2019 / 5:15 pm

A Kelowna woman has been named a finalist for one of the 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Laurel Douglas, who is the CEO of Women’s Entreprise...

Arson trial delayed to 2020

Sep 18, 2019 / 3:30 pm

The trial of a woman accused of setting fire to a pile of men's clothes, which then caused more than $100,000 in damage to a West Kelowna home, has been...

Goats Peak officially opens

Sep 18, 2019 / 3:21 pm

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. Goats Peak Regional Park is officially open to the public. Regional Park Services officials held a press conference at the scenic West Kelowna...

Toxic plant, severe reaction

Sep 18, 2019 / 12:00 pm

A Kelowna mother is sounding the alarm over a noxious weed that can cause anaphylactic shock in some people. "My son has had a severe reaction, and when I...

Powwow kicks off at college

Sep 18, 2019 / 11:06 am

Okanagan College will be celebrating Indigenous culture at its Kelowna campus Thursday, during the 11th annual Youth Exhibition Powwow. The “high energy,...

Top biz nominees named

Sep 18, 2019 / 9:50 am

The nominees are in, and now it’s time to determine which of them are the best. The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business Excellence Awards...

New Costco plans unveiled

Sep 18, 2019 / 8:13 am

A development plan for a proposed new Costco has been submitted to the City of Kelowna and they include a new gas bar close to Springfield Road and Leckie. The...

National Cheeseburger Day

Sep 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

If you love cheeseburgers, today is the day you've been waiting for. National Cheeseburger Day is a made-up U.S. holiday – but Canadians can jump on...

'Feels worse than ever'

Sep 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Rather than bring closure, the sentencing of Jacob Forman in Kelowna court Monday has made “everything hurt all over again” for Clara Forman's...

WFN going to the polls

Sep 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Band members with Westbank First Nation head to the ballot box this week to elect a new chief and council. Roxanne Lindley, elected the first female Chief of...

Cookies for a cause

Sep 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

All proceeds from purchasing a Smile Cookie at any Tim Hortons in the Central Okanagan this week support the YMCA Okanagan Strong Kids Campaign. Children from...

Colleges set to soar together

Sep 17, 2019 / 8:00 pm

Okanagan College is teaming up with Ontario's Mohawk College on new aviation training and research initiatives. Both colleges have tight connections to KF...

Sisters' Arctic adventure

Sep 17, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna sisters Leonie and Louisa Steigenberger have returned from the "trip of a lifetime" on board the 2019 Arctic Expedition run by Students on...

West K has prime cannabis

Sep 17, 2019 / 6:55 pm

The City of West Kelowna is the latest Okanagan community with a legally licenced non-medical cannabis store. Prime Cannabis will be the first of five or six...

Cyclist, car collide

Sep 17, 2019 / 6:42 pm

Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Gordon and De Hart roads Tuesday evening for what appears to be a vehicle-cyclist collision. A Smart car was...

Costly therapy out of reach

Sep 17, 2019 / 6:00 pm

A young Kelowna woman suffering from cystic fibrosis is reaching out to the public for help to receive a promising new treatment. Nicole Stringer, 27, has had...

Fire restrictions lifted

Sep 17, 2019 / 5:47 pm

Open burning, fireworks and just about all manner of combustibles are now allowed in the Kamloops Fire Centre which includes all of the Okanagan. Effective at...

Electrical fire knocked down

Sep 17, 2019 / 3:50 pm

A Lake Country condo building was evacuated Tuesday morning due to an electrical fire. Lake Country Fire Department crews were called to the building on Bottom...

Missing woman found

Sep 17, 2019 / 1:50 pm

UPDATE: Tuesday, 1:50 p.m. After police reached out to the public for help finding Kasey-Anne Balaberda Monday, she has since been found. ORIGINAL: Monday,...

Affordability taxed to max

Sep 17, 2019 / 1:00 pm

Home builder Ray Wynsouw says a new tax on home construction could put a halt to a project he is ready to start. The new development cost charge approved by...

Danger bear shot by COs

Sep 17, 2019 / 12:30 pm

A black bear has been euthanized after making itself at home in West Kelowna for the last week or more. Ken Owens with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service...

Giant water spout spotted

Sep 17, 2019 / 11:27 am

A water spout several hundred metres high was spotted on Okanagan Lake Monday morning. Dylan Fortin arrived at McKinley Beach about 6:30 a.m. to find the water...

Richest house in tax default

Sep 17, 2019 / 11:23 am

The owner of the highest assessed home in the Okanagan is behind on their city property taxes. So far behind, in fact, the property is one of 59 the City of...

COSAR wants you!

Sep 17, 2019 / 11:15 am

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is seeking a few good men and women. COSAR is recruiting new members and will be holding an information night, Thursday at...

Letnick is tops for Terry

Sep 17, 2019 / 10:35 am

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, health critic for the BC Liberals, was one of the top five per cent among online fundraisers in Canada during the...

$40K to help employ youth

Sep 17, 2019 / 9:48 am

A $40,000 donation will help connect young people in the Okanagan with potential employers. The RBC Foundation cash infusion will help YMCA Connects assist...

WFN leading the way

Sep 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

A study of the Central Okanagan's Westbank First Nation finds the band has used property rights to swing above its weight economically and stimulate...

Kelowna gets cultured

Sep 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna has unveiled its plan for the delivery of cultural services over the next six years. The new direction, adopted by city council Monday,...

Raves for industrial complex

Sep 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

It's not often plans for an industrial development gets rave reviews from city council, but that was the scene Monday. The development is the second phase...

$7K fee slapped on homes

Sep 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

WATCH LIVE: We'll be live streaming Canadian Home Builders Association, UDI and Chamber of Commerce reaction to the City of Kelowna development fee from...

Mall makeover continues

Sep 16, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Phase 2 of renovations at Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna will result in a reduction of floor space around the former Sears Home Centre. City council approved a...

New meters to save money

Sep 16, 2019 / 6:25 pm

The City of Kelowna has begun upgrading aging water meters and metering equipment as they move to improve water system infrastructure. The move is meant to...

School OD, drug ID'd

Sep 16, 2019 / 5:45 pm

Tests have revealed a substance ingested by an eight-year old student in Kelowna was an illicit form of benzodiazepine. The class of drug is commonly prescribed...

Tees off with huge donation

Sep 16, 2019 / 5:07 pm

Orchard Park shopping centre's annual charity golf tournament pulled in a whopping $105,420 for the Canadian Mental Health Association. The fifth annual...

Crystal ball on affordability

Sep 16, 2019 / 4:35 pm

Experts, industry and politicians will gaze into the crystal ball on housing affordability Wednesday evening. The second annual HM Commercial Group Crystal Ball...

Forman jailed for 35 years

Sep 16, 2019 / 4:32 pm

UPDATE: 5:44 p.m. Jacob Forman has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 35 years. Forman earlier this month pleaded guilty in a...

Water advisory rescinded

Sep 16, 2019 / 4:14 pm

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has rescinded a water quality advisory for customers of the Westshore Estates...

Local aid in Dorian's wake

Sep 16, 2019 / 2:13 pm

Kelowna’s Haven Sleep Products is donating mattresses to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. The company is partnering with HGTV’s Bryan...

LIVE: Kelowna council

Sep 16, 2019 / 1:28 pm

3. Development Application Reports & Related Bylaws\ 3.1 to 3.3 Clement Ave 816, BL11711 (TA18-0006) - PC Urban Clement Holdings Ltd., Inc. No.BC1099980 3.4...

OK Ctr Rd washout closure

Sep 16, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Recent heavy rains have undermined Okanagan Centre Road West in Lake Country. Following heavy rain last week and continued shower activity, the road has been...

This week's SOFT Escape

Sep 16, 2019 / 10:50 am

Escape with SOFT 103.9 this fall. Kelowna resident Ellie is the latest winner of a Soft Escape to Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa. Castanet's radio partner is...

Cops for kids does it again!

Sep 16, 2019 / 10:16 am

The annual Cops for Kids charity ride concluded on the weekend with riders completing a loop of more than 1,000 kilometres in 10 days. "During our 10 days,...

Scheer promises tax cuts

Sep 16, 2019 / 9:40 am

UPDATE: 9:35 a.m. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced two new tax measures aimed at helping families during a campaign stop in Lake Country Monday...

Food drive fills the need

Sep 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive kicks off this week, collecting food across the province. This is ninth consecutive year for the Central Okanagan Food...

Crown seeking 35 years

Sep 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna man who murdered his wife and two young daughters just days before Christmas 2017 is in court for the beginning of his sentencing hearing today....

$10k for a unicorn tattoo

Sep 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

Kelowna realtor Darryl Reuter has promised to tattoo a 10x10-inch fire-breathing unicorn on his back if he can raise $10,000. Reuter made the pledge in a bid to...

Bahamian siblings reunited

Sep 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

Bahamian siblings have been safely reunited in Kelowna following Hurricane Dorian, which wreaked havoc in the Bahamas. Amanda Ferguson and her two-month-old...

Big money for Accelerate

Sep 15, 2019 / 10:00 pm

Accelerate Okanagan has received a major funding boost to train its leaders. The Western Economic Diversification Canada invested more than $5.6 million in five...

Castanet's week in review

Sep 15, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

At least wildfires are down

Sep 15, 2019 / 9:43 am

Optimists will likely see the glass is half full today, either because of their positive outlook or because they left their glass outside and it filled with...

Wheelbarrow caused crash

Sep 15, 2019 / 6:32 am

UPDATE: 6:30 a.m. Witnesses in a group of motorcyclists involved in a West Kelowna crash on Saturday say it was an unsecured wheelbarrow that came off a pickup,...

No child should go hungry

Sep 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

It's hard to think about reading, writing and arithmetic when you have not eaten, but that is the reality for thousands of Central Okanagan students....

Coyotes nabbing cats, fowl

Sep 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna neighbourhood is struggling with what seems to be a growing epidemic of coyotes. Comments about coyotes in local Facebook groups in the North Glenmore...

Classroom cleaned after OD

Sep 14, 2019 / 4:46 pm

The classroom where an 8-year-old child ingested a dangerous amount of an unknown substance this week in Kelowna has been thoroughly cleaned, according to the...

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