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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Cannabis hits the agenda

Mar 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

The first batch of retail cannabis applications will finally land on city council's desk, Monday. The applications will be viewed by councillors nearly four...

7 lives gone, needs love

Mar 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

A cat is fighting for its life after being hit by a car last week in Kelowna. A Good Samaritan witnessed the cat being hit and rushed it to an emergency vet,...

A 'watershed moment'

Mar 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

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

Fields closed until April

Mar 20, 2019 / 7:00 pm

It's going to be early April before the City of Kelowna opens up city sports fields for use. Despite current warmer-than-normal temperatures, the late cold...

Flood preparation urged

Mar 20, 2019 / 6:00 pm

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...

Motorcycle, truck collide

Mar 20, 2019 / 5:53 pm

The driver of a motorcycle escaped serious injury after being involved in a crash with a pickup in Kelowna Wednesday afternoon. The truck and motorcycle...

Evening Update March 20

Mar 20, 2019 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, March 20 with reporter Wayne Moore.

Man stabbed downtown

Mar 20, 2019 / 3:15 pm

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect in a stabbing in downtown Kelowna Tuesday. At about 4:35 p.m., Downtown Kelowna Association...

Sued for escape room injury

Mar 20, 2019 / 3:10 pm

A Kelowna woman who fell and injured her hand at a local escape room tried, and failed, to have the business pay for her injury-related expenses. In February...

Trade window opens slightly

Mar 20, 2019 / 2:00 pm

Tuesday’s federal budget didn’t get the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce fired up one way or another. “Nothing to get overly upset about,”...

Golf courses itching to go

Mar 20, 2019 / 1:11 pm

Golfers across the Central Okanagan have been itching for weeks to dust off the golf clubs and hit the links. But, a cold and snowy end to winter pushed that...

Record-breaking day!

Mar 20, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Sunrise, sunburn, sunset repeat! According to Environment Canada the Okanagan Valley could be in store for some record-breaking temperatures today. The official...

Crane grows sky high

Mar 20, 2019 / 11:25 am

All eyes were pointed to the sky in downtown Kelowna Tuesday, as the tower crane at the Ella development was raised by more than 100 feet. Construction on the...

YLW emergency avoided

Mar 20, 2019 / 10:57 am

Emergency crews at YLW were ready for a small aircraft with three people onboard that ran into engine problems Wednesday morning. An incoming 370 Cessna landed...

Nomination gauntlet drops

Mar 20, 2019 / 8:41 am

Renee Wasylyk has dropped a gauntlet at the feet of Tracy Gray. It's unclear whether it was picked up. The two women are seeking the federal Conservative...

Ideas ready to come to life

Mar 20, 2019 / 8:36 am

Skill Garden is a prime example of what can come out of Okanagan Startup Weekend. The idea for the platform, which matches novices looking to learn new skills...

Firefighters who curl

Mar 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

It's time to stop, drop and roll the rock down the ice for the 60th annual Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship at the Kelowna Curling Club. The...

More bike paths on the way

Mar 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

Portions of Kelowna's Sutherland Avenue and Pandosy Street will be closed beginning Monday for the first phase of the Sutherland Avenue protected bike lane...

So, you think you can sing?

Mar 19, 2019 / 9:00 pm

A popular open-mic event has returned as the Okanagan Singer-Songwriter Competition. Formerly known as the Lake Country Open Mic, founder Jennifer Boal says the...

Comedy night for DIPG

Mar 19, 2019 / 8:00 pm

An aggressive and untreatable form of cancer took Kelowna's Sevanah Simmons when she was just six years old, so a local real estate company is trying to do...

Quail loses 18th hole

Mar 19, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna's Quail golf course will be undergoing some changes. The course will lose its 18th hole to make way for a 23-unit multi-family development....

Springfield crash cleared

Mar 19, 2019 / 5:25 pm

UPDATE: 5:25 p.m. Traffic is moving again along Springfield Road. The westbound lane was blocked at Cooper Road following a two vehicle collision. The wreck has...

Evening Update March 19

Mar 19, 2019 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, March 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Crash slows highway traffic

Mar 19, 2019 / 9:45 am

A crash on Highway 97 has caused traffic issues near Duck Lake Tuesday morning. Just before 9:30 a.m., at least two vehicles were involved in a rear-ender in...

Swoop to Vegas from YLW

Mar 19, 2019 / 9:32 am

New discount airline Swoop will soon be flying direct to Las Vegas from Kelowna. Swoop, which is WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier, will start offering...

Vandals film and post crime

Mar 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Castanet has received video of pranksters, filming themselves while pulling a fire extinguisher off the wall in a Kelowna apartment building. Both individuals...

Rent empty parking stalls

Mar 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Residents in downtown Kelowna could be able to rent out their unused parking stalls. The idea is one of several being discussed as part of an overall downtown...

Development better but...

Mar 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

A massive development on Academy Way south of UBC Okanagan will go ahead. Council gave lukewarm approval to the 11 Phase, 154-unit row housing development...

Award winning apples

Mar 18, 2019 / 8:00 pm

A Kelowna couple have some award winning apples. Pearl Beckett and Gary Schierer have been taking care of their orchard farm along Spiers Road for over 15...

Cash for playgrounds

Mar 18, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Several Thompson-Okanagan schools are among 50 that will receive new playgrounds as part of $5 million in funding from the provincial government. The...

Award-winning finances

Mar 18, 2019 / 6:30 pm

It was another award-winning budget year for the City of Kelowna's finance department. Two prestigious honours were bestowed on the department by the...

Ella crane will close Ellis

Mar 18, 2019 / 5:35 pm

The Ella highrise project will force a block of Ellis Street in downtown Kelowna to be closed for two days this week. The crane that is currently aiding in the...

Water notice rescinded

Mar 18, 2019 / 5:25 pm

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...

Crash slows commute

Mar 18, 2019 / 4:45 pm

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. Both southbound lanes heading toward downtown Westbank are now open following a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Westlake Road. However,...

Golfing in the snow!

Mar 18, 2019 / 2:11 pm

With temperatures expected to hit the teens for the rest of the week, at least one Kelowna golf facility is busting out the drivers. World Beat Family Driving...

Bank robberies linked: cops

Mar 18, 2019 / 2:00 pm

RCMP say a number of recent armed bank robberies across Kelowna are linked. After uncovering links between the robberies, police have charged William Gordon...

LIVE: Kelowna council

Mar 18, 2019 / 1:30 pm

3.Development Application Reports & Related Bylaws 3.1 and 3.2 Hall Rd, Fairhall Rd and Packers Rd, LUCT18-0011 - Various Owners 3.3 and 3.4 McCarthy Rd...

Record temps on the way

Mar 18, 2019 / 11:37 am

Technically, spring doesn't arrive until Wednesday, but Mother Nature doesn't seem to care. Okanagan residents were treated to mid-spring temperatures...

Ski legend honoured

Mar 18, 2019 / 10:14 am

UPDATE 10:12 a.m. Big White Ski Resort Ltd. saluted Okanagan ski legend Jimmie Spencer with a special bridge dedication ceremony on Sunday. The skier bridge...

Okanagan Grizzly Games

Mar 18, 2019 / 9:35 am

Get ready for a fitness competition unlike any other happening right here in Kelowna. The Okanagan Grizzly Games is a one day competition that will put your...

Flood repair closes park

Mar 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Watch out for flood repair work in Cedar Creek Park next week. Part of the popular Kelowna park will be closed starting Monday to repair damage from 2017...

Snow Outlaws rip it up!

Mar 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

A gorgeous Okanagan weekend was the perfect backdrop for what has become an annual rite of spring. Unlike groundhog day this event is a lot louder! The Snow...

Some 'big' parking ideas

Mar 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is looking at implementing a number of major changes to the city's downtown parking structure. These changes were originally endorsed by...

St. Paddy's fun for all!

Mar 17, 2019 / 6:00 pm

Okanagan residents put on the green and had themselves a green pint or two to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Many were feeling the luck of the Irish at pubs...

Power to go out for 3 hrs

Mar 17, 2019 / 1:33 pm

Power will be turned off for a short period to Kelowna's Crawford neighbourhood on Tuesday. Fortis BC says the planned power outage will take place from 9...

Rescue hindered by ice

Mar 17, 2019 / 7:04 am

UPDATE: 7 a.m. Kelowna Fire Department has provided more details on last night's rescue at Canyon Falls Park. Firefighters responded at 6:45 p.m. with a...

Livelihood stolen

Mar 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

A truck and trailer valued at $60,000 was stolen early Saturday in Kelowna, right from under the owner's nose. Mathew and Courteney Crawford were up at 6...

Hadfield touches down

Mar 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

Arguably one of Canada's most famous aviation families the Hadfields are as much in tune with music as flying. Dave Hadfield is out with his latest album...

Bank robber nabbed on road

Mar 16, 2019 / 4:01 pm

Two incidents in Kelowna Saturday, a TD Bank closed for emergency reasons and heavy police presence surrounding a black Dodge on Hollywood Road, are linked....

HomeSense opening soon

Mar 16, 2019 / 2:30 pm

The sign has been up for months. Anxious consumers on the Westside won't have to wait much longer for the opening of its latest big box store. HomeSense...

Bank closed for emergency

Mar 16, 2019 / 1:30 pm

The TD Bank along Harvey Avenue and Spall Road remains closed due to an early morning incident. ''The bank is closed due to emergency. It looks like...

Gus missing for 2 weeks

Mar 16, 2019 / 12:10 pm

A family is still shocked and continues to search after their beloved dog Gus went missing on March 4 in the Upper Glenrosa area of West Kelowna. John Brooke...

19 degrees by Thursday

Mar 16, 2019 / 10:23 am

Your eyes aren't deceiving you, Environment Canada forecasts a solid week of sunshine ahead with temperatures climbing to a scorching 19 C by Thursday. Take...

RCMP swarm black Dodge

Mar 16, 2019 / 9:53 am

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. One RCMP cruiser remains on scene along Hollywood Road South and Springfield Road. A photo submitted to Castanet shows a swarm of officers...

The Professor at work

Mar 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

The 2019 CrossFit Open is in full swing, and one of the fittest men in the world is taking part in Kelowna. The CrossFit Open includes five workouts over the...

8 years sought for rapist

Mar 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

This story contains graphic details that may not be suitable for all readers. The Crown is seeking a sentence of up to eight years for a man who violently raped...

Project not so boring

Mar 15, 2019 / 9:00 pm

Watermark Developments is ready to give it another go. Kelowna city council in January told the development company to come back with a "more...

Marching for the future

Mar 15, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Hundreds of Kelowna students cut out of class early Friday afternoon to join students around the world in protest against inaction on climate change. At 1 p.m.,...

Evening Update March 15

Mar 15, 2019 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, March 15, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Total luck this weekend

Mar 15, 2019 / 4:50 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.

Suspicious fire at UBCO

Mar 15, 2019 / 4:11 pm

Investigators believe a small fire in a student residence building at UBC Okanagan may have been deliberately set. The Kelowna Fire Department was called to...

Goodale brings flood goods

Mar 15, 2019 / 2:23 pm

Federal Public Safety Minister and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale has been handing out goodies for the last few days in the Okanagan, but he saved the...

Bail for 5 alleged kidnappers

Mar 15, 2019 / 12:58 pm

The fifth and final person allegedly involved in a kidnapping in Kelowna last month has been granted bail. On the evening of March 1, police arrested five...

Goodale addresses shooting

Mar 15, 2019 / 11:57 am

Canada's Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale addressed the media in Kelowna Friday morning regarding Canada's response to the shootings in New...

Injuries in altercation

Mar 15, 2019 / 10:50 am

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. Kelowna RCMP say a heavy police presence on Leathead Road this morning was in response to an altercation with injuries. Cpl. Jesse...

New tenant for old Sears?

Mar 15, 2019 / 10:00 am

Some big changes are afoot at Kelowna's Orchard Park Mall. Demolition plans have been submitted to the city's planning department for the former Sears...

Store your goodies in style

Mar 15, 2019 / 8:16 am

There’s a certain level of excitement that comes with a groundbreaking ceremony, and that vibe was being felt in north Kelowna on Thursday afternoon when...

Student protest warning

Mar 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

A planned protest against climate change in Kelowna has prompted a letter home to parents from Supt. of Central Okanagan Schools Kevin Kaardal. The Kelowna...

A million journeys home

Mar 14, 2019 / 8:00 pm

The Central Okanagan Journey Home Society is closing in on the halfway mark in its goal of raising $2.7 million to fund its operations for the next five years....

It's as easy as pi(e)!

Mar 14, 2019 / 7:15 pm

If you ever needed an excuse to eat a piece of pie, what better reason than to celebrate Pi Day? Observed on March 14, Pi Day mimics the first three numbers of...

Evening Update March 14

Mar 14, 2019 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, March 14, with Wayne Moore.

Dognapping plot deepens

Mar 14, 2019 / 3:37 pm

A man has reached out to Castanet, claiming he found stolen dog Atlas and deserves the reward money. We’ve chosen not to release the man’s identity...

Wanted gang member found

Mar 14, 2019 / 3:25 pm

A gang member wanted for conspiracy to commit murder was found near Kelowna late Wednesday night. Pashminder Boparai, a 30-year-old Abbotsford resident, had a...

Sailing plan app for all

Mar 14, 2019 / 11:59 am

Canada’s only automated sailing plan app for small vessel safety is about to be launched across the country. LRC Consulting Solutions of Kelowna has been...

WFN school going solar

Mar 14, 2019 / 11:30 am

Westbank First Nation's Senisyusten House of Learning Elementary school is going solar. With the assistance of a $150,000 equity investment from the...

One driver in hospital

Mar 14, 2019 / 9:46 am

UPDATE 9:45 a.m. The driver of the grey Honda involved in a serious collision in downtown Kelowna Thursday morning is in hospital being treated for injuries he...

Reassurances from airlines

Mar 14, 2019 / 8:54 am

UPDATE 8:55 a.m. WestJet has reached out to Castanet to let us know that in spite of Transport Canada grounding all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft effective Wednesday,...

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