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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Spectacular crash in park

Jun 18, 2018 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE 1:40 p.m We are now getting more information on a spectacular crash in City Park Sunday evening. We now know the vehicle was participating in the Royal...

LIVE: Kelowna council

Jun 18, 2018 / 1:27 pm

3. Development Application Reports & Related Bylaws 3.1 and 3.2 Montgomery Road 475 & 495, Z18-0037 - Singla Brothers Holdings 3.3 Dougall Rd N 310,...

Festival set to 'BreakOut'

Jun 18, 2018 / 1:20 pm

BreakOut West released a few of the top artists and venues that will be part of the weekend music festival this October in Kelowna. West Kelowna's Ben Klick...

Tour the trestles

Jun 18, 2018 / 11:53 am

The Okanagan Trestles Tour is fast approaching. The sixth annual one-day ride on July 1 will see more than 600 participants from Western Canada and beyond...

Flood threat no more

Jun 18, 2018 / 10:23 am

West Kelowna's state of local emergency has been rescinded due to a reduction in the threat of flooding. As of Monday morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.58...

Car show takes over park

Jun 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Car enthusiasts flocked to City Park Sunday for the annual Boyd Autobody & Glass Father’s Day Car Show. Organizers say this year was the best yet with...

Country concert for floods

Jun 17, 2018 / 9:02 pm

The B.C. Country Music Association is putting together a concert in support of flood relief in Grand Forks, which will take place in West Kelowna. On June 21,...

Forest fire contained

Jun 17, 2018 / 6:39 pm

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. Castanet readers sending in tips indicate the smoke has receded. The fire appears to be contained. ORIGINAL: 6:40 p.m. Castanet has received...

Stabbed him, ran off

Jun 17, 2018 / 12:37 pm

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m. A North Okanagan man is suffering serious injuries after being stabbed early Sunday morning on Lakeshore Road. A wife and husband who were...

Castanet's week in review

Jun 17, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Car excessively speeding

Jun 17, 2018 / 8:43 am

A Kelowna man captured a driver speeding excessively heading south over the William R. Bennett Bridge into West Kelowna on Saturday evening. The man who asked...

Winery run starting early

Jun 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The annual Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon will take place more than two months earlier this year to coincide with the outdoor festival season. The fifth...

Caring for homeless pets

Jun 16, 2018 / 6:30 pm

Downtown Kelowna's Cornerstone Shelter hosted dogs, cats, ferrets and other four-legged friends Saturday afternoon, providing healthcare for the pets of the...

'The wonder of flying'

Jun 16, 2018 / 2:45 pm

For the 25th year, local pilots gave dozens of kids the chance to experience the thrill of flight. On Saturday, the Kelowna Flying Club and its members of the...

More mystery sludge

Jun 16, 2018 / 9:41 am

A West Kelowna resident had a rude surprise Saturday morning when she awoke to find her vehicle splattered with a grey-white sludge of some sort. Jenny, who...

Half price Boeing for sale

Jun 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Always had a hankering for your own jet? Got $50 million Euros laying around? Well, do we have a deal for you! Castanet has been contacted by Vicky Tagliaferro...

Rockin' night at Sunset

Jun 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Canadian rock bands Honeymoon Suite, The Younguns and Appaloosa packed the stage Friday night at Sunset Ranch Golf Course in Kelowna. Friday featured a golf...

6.5 years for sex show theft

Jun 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Cal Little lived a crime-free life for 50 years, raising two daughters with his wife while holding down steady jobs and starting his own construction company...

Evacuation alert rescinded

Jun 15, 2018 / 8:00 pm

An evacuation alert for a single property on Westside Road has been rescinded. The alert was rescinded Friday morning by the Emergency Operations Centre. It was...

Kids return wad of cash

Jun 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

It was a happy ending for a man who left his wallet full of cash at a Dairy Queen last week in Rutland. "I stopped by for my traditional milkshake at the...

Evening Update June 15

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

City loses senior manager

Jun 15, 2018 / 4:45 pm

The City of Kelowna is mourning the sudden passing of one of its senior managers. Rob Mayne, divisional director of corporate services, died suddenly Thursday...

Fender bender slows traffic

Jun 15, 2018 / 4:35 pm

You might want to leave a little extra time for your commute from Kelowna to the Westside. A three vehicle fender bender has slowed traffic out of Kelowna onto...

Local, best in the biz

Jun 15, 2018 / 4:30 pm

An Okanagan College-trained carpenter was recognized among the best in the country at Skills Canada National Competition. Lukas Pfob, a Level four Carpenter...

Homes not in danger

Jun 15, 2018 / 3:50 pm

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. The City of Kelowna says the homes above a collapsed retaining wall are not in danger, as they continue to investigate along Samurai Court in...

Beware theatre ticket scam

Jun 15, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Kelowna Actors Studio executive director Nathan Flavel is warning theatre-goers of a glut of websites offering tickets for their summer production at marked-up...

New pay scale at RDCO?

Jun 15, 2018 / 12:51 pm

Directors with the Regional District of Central Okanagan could see a bump in their yearly remuneration to cover the loss of their non-taxable allowance. As part...

Child luring, not guilty plea

Jun 15, 2018 / 12:23 pm

A former Kelowna man has pleaded not guilty to charges of child luring and making, possessing and distributing child pornography. Jonathon Karl Bruenig made the...

Butter chicken break-in

Jun 15, 2018 / 12:00 pm

A thief who broke into a Rutland home Thursday morning appears to have had a particular hankering for Indian cuisine. For the five years Tom Bischoff has lived...

Bike-share dominoes

Jun 15, 2018 / 10:46 am

How long will they last? The City of Kelowna has rolled out the new bike share program and placed bikes at different locations throughout the downtown area....

E-bikes to aid in rescues

Jun 15, 2018 / 10:09 am

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is the first search and rescue group in Canada to add electric mountain bikes to their list of equipment. The local search...

Sailboat owner sought

Jun 15, 2018 / 9:33 am

The City of West Kelowna is looking for the owner of a sailboat that slammed into the shore Monday. The boat apparently came loose from its moorings during...

Afternooner in the park!?

Jun 15, 2018 / 8:20 am

Castanet has received a graphic photo illustrating serious issues in City Park in Kelowna. The photo shows two people, one on top of the other right across the...

Revised Boucherie detour

Jun 15, 2018 / 7:59 am

The detour route around construction on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna is changing slightly. The change, which is expected to last about a month, will take...

Walking to Cure diabetes

Jun 15, 2018 / 7:19 am

The Okanagan fights type 1 diabetes and this year the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting JDRF raised almost $90,000. The money will be used to fund...

Tallest building scaled back

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

At 10 storeys, it was going to be West Kelowna's largest building. Now, a development planned for Olalla Road in Lakeview Heights has been scaled back to...

Golfing green fees for MS

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Shadow Ridge Golf Club is offering free golf to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. The driving force behind the free golf on June 18 is a good friend to...

Pirates needed for charity

Jun 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Hundreds of young pirates will be roaming the high seas of Okanagan Lake on June 23 and volunteers are needed to help host them. The annual Variety...

Toughest pooch in town

Jun 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Ready to see if your pooch can be the toughest dog in all of Kelowna? A Dirty Mutter course has been created in Kelowna and on Sept. 8, competitors will find...

Pet fair, people care

Jun 14, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Kelowna’s first Pet Fair and People Care event is just a few days away. The event is designed for marginalized people and their pets and will be held at...

Evening Update June 14

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

Hit and run driver found

Jun 14, 2018 / 4:45 pm

The driver of a pickup truck who injured the hand of a flagger on Westside Road Monday morning has come forward to police. The hit and run collision occurred at...

Bus route coming to Gellatly

Jun 14, 2018 / 3:24 pm

A new bus route will be providing service to the Gellatly area of West Kelowna this summer. The route, 31 Gellatly, will only run on weekends and holidays...

A Kelowna first

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:58 am

A new exhibition set to open at the Kelowna Art Gallery promises to be a must-see show. A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy showcases more than...

Rooftop lounge scales 200'

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:36 am

Look up...way up. The Mission Group is promising "unparalleled views of the city, mountains and Okanagan Lake," from what will be the city's...

Spec tax costing jobs?

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:35 am

West Kelowna’s business and development communities say they’re already feeling the effect of the provincial government’s proposed...

Poop mystery deepens

Jun 14, 2018 / 11:28 am

Transport Canada is saying the brown substance that fell from the sky, through a woman's sunroof and resulted in pink eye to both of her eyes wasn’t...

Water advisory lifted

Jun 14, 2018 / 10:29 am

A water quality advisory for customers on the Lakeview Water System has been lifted. The City of West Kelowna lifted the advisory after testing showed turbidity...

Removed flood barriers

Jun 14, 2018 / 10:20 am

Okanagan residents can start removing sandbags and flood protection from private property. Central Okanagan Emergency Operations is taking down most of their...

Vineyard art snapped up

Jun 14, 2018 / 10:02 am

A painting depicting the Okanagan wine lifestyle has been picked up by a major arts licensing agency in the United States. Kelowna artist David Maclean created...

Cycling projects subsidized

Jun 14, 2018 / 9:04 am

Several cycling projects in the Central and South Okanagan have received grant funding from BikeBC, the province's cost-sharing program. The province gave...

Peachland water 'good'

Jun 14, 2018 / 7:59 am

The District of Peachland has lifted the boil water advisory and given the water in the municipality the thumbs up. Turbidity on the west side of Okanagan Lake...

Taxes could rise 7, 8, 9 %

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna council is suggesting taxpayers could face significant tax increases if the province's proposed speculation tax goes through. Tuesday,...

Teeing off for a cause

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Professional and amateur golfers teed off for cancer on Wednesday. As part of the GolfBC Championship being held at Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country...

Blatant, brazen vandalism

Jun 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna man who cut down a tree and chainsawed his way out of Knox Mountain will face thousands of dollars in fines. The City of Kelowna said they are still...

Market downtown Sunday

Jun 13, 2018 / 7:30 pm

Motorists should avoid St. Paul Street in downtown Kelowna this Sunday, and every Sunday until mid September. St. Paul will be closed to all traffic from...

Semi flipped on Hwy. 97

Jun 13, 2018 / 7:06 pm

A tractor-trailer flipped over on Highway 97 in West Kelowna on Wednesday. The truck was noticed by a driver after 1 p.m. near Highway 97 and Horizon Drive,...

Bull riders to Prospera

Jun 13, 2018 / 7:00 pm

For the first time in league history, Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Monster Energy Tour will take over Prospera Place for a night that will leave you on the...

Hitman frequented Kelowna

Jun 13, 2018 / 5:30 pm

A convicted assassin frequently visited Kelowna, according to his recently-published first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder guilty verdict. Cory...

Evening Update June 13

Jun 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, June 13, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Truck stolen, arrest made

Jun 13, 2018 / 4:45 pm

A man who was arrested in downtown West Kelowna Tuesday afternoon had stolen a pickup truck from a work site in Kelowna earlier in the day. Police responded to...

Stolen bikes, vehicles found

Jun 13, 2018 / 4:05 pm

Seven people were arrested Tuesday after police found three stolen vehicles and a trailer of stolen bikes that had been taken from a local bike rental company....

Flagger struck in hit and run

Jun 13, 2018 / 3:00 pm

RCMP in West Kelowna are looking for witnesses after a flagger was injured in a hit and run collision on Westside Road Monday morning. The incident occurred...

Cracks before collapse

Jun 13, 2018 / 2:50 pm

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. The City of Kelowna says they're reviewing the scene of the collapsed retaining wall in Black Mountain Wednesday. "The city is...

Signs discourage butt flick

Jun 13, 2018 / 12:04 pm

The City of West Kelowna hopes other municipalities up and down the valley will. join it in discouraging the tossing of cigarette butts from moving vehicles....

Evacuation order lifted

Jun 13, 2018 / 12:02 pm

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has now lifted an evacuation order for one property on Capri Road in West Kelowna. However, states of local emergency...

Stations dry in Okanagan

Jun 13, 2018 / 11:19 am

Numerous Shell and Petro Canada gas stations around the Okanagan remain dry heading into the weekend. All three Shell stations in West Kelowna are without gas,...

Suffering cyclist seeks help

Jun 13, 2018 / 11:17 am

One local bike rider is now playing amateur sleuth after being hit by a vehicle at the start of "Bike to Work Week" on Monday, May 28th. Mikayla...

Homelessness up 23%

Jun 13, 2018 / 10:20 am

Homelessness in Kelowna is up 23 per cent over data collected two years ago. This according to results of the Point-in-Time homeless count in the city conducted...

Tickling the ivories

Jun 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Pianos in the Parks is back for it's fourth year in Kelowna parks. "We are placing eight pianos around our city starting today and they will be able...

Close eye on City Park

Jun 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna RCMP are keeping a close eye on City Park after a rash of incidents over the last two weeks. A handful of mothers are left fearing for the safety of...

Give blood, save a life

Jun 12, 2018 / 7:00 pm

It's time to roll up those sleeves and give blood. June 11-17 marks the 10th annual National Blood Donor Week across Canada. "This week we are...

Missing some cash?

Jun 12, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Lose some cash? Police are looking to reunite someone with their lost loot after an undisclosed amount of money was found near Lakeshore Road Tuesday afternoon....

Evening Update June 12

Jun 12, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, June 12, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Truck boxed in, arrest made

Jun 12, 2018 / 4:12 pm

Police made a dramatic arrest in Westbank Tuesday afternoon. Several police cruisers boxed in a black pickup truck on Old Okanagan Highway near Dobbin Road just...

Alleged rapist stabbed

Jun 12, 2018 / 1:50 pm

A man who stabbed an alleged rapist multiple times in downtown Kelowna was sentenced to time served Tuesday. Ken Butler was arrested in downtown Kelowna in the...

Okanagan fuel shortage

Jun 12, 2018 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. An internal message to Suncor employees blames fuel shortages at gas stations on seasonal maintenance. In Western Canada, local refineries...

Fines for tree cut?

Jun 12, 2018 / 12:44 pm

UPDATE: 12:37 p.m. Two Kelowna men in their mid-20s were arrested on Friday night after they vandalized Knox Mountain. Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Tanya Carroll says a...

Illegal dump site no more

Jun 12, 2018 / 10:35 am

An illegal dumping ground between Peachland and West Kelowna is finally getting cleaned up after hundreds of pieces of garbage sat in the lot for months on end....

$100M for Capri revamp

Jun 12, 2018 / 10:09 am

It’s going to cost Kelowna taxpayers about $32 million over the next 20 years, but mayor Colin Basran says it’s the “right thing to do.”...

Being safe on a bike

Jun 12, 2018 / 9:54 am

The RCMP First Nations Policing unit are doing their part to keep bikers in the city safe. Safety stations and a bike rodeo was set up Friday at the...

Findlater: Some optimism

Jun 12, 2018 / 8:28 am

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater left a meeting with Premier John Horgan Monday with some optimism concerning the province's proposed speculation tax....

Tax slowing development

Jun 12, 2018 / 8:04 am

Development is suffering in Kelowna and West Kelowna is suffering, and trepidation over the government's proposed speculation tax is to blame. That's...

Double rainbow!

Jun 12, 2018 / 7:48 am

UPDATE 7:47 a.m. Manas Dichow, another faithful Castanet reader sent us this amazing shot of a double rainbow which appeared after a brief rain shower Monday...

'Thar she blows!'

Jun 12, 2018 / 6:39 am

Big winds on Okanagan Lake caused some problems for boaters. A faithful Castanet reader sent us these photos of a sailboat and a water skiing boat washed up on...

Can you pass the test?

Jun 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

They have one of the most difficult jobs in the world, both physically and mentally. Firefighters are put through rigorous testing daily to make sure they are...

City Park safety questioned

Jun 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

A mother says she was at the park with her 11-week-old baby and three other mothers, when a stranger harassed them and made them feel unsafe. In just two...

All about Okanagan Lake

Jun 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local researcher and author is preparing to launch the first book all about Okanagan Lake. Raphael Nowak has been studying the science and history of the lake...

Sailboat slams motor boat

Jun 11, 2018 / 9:30 pm

Heavy winds throughout the Okanagan Monday wreaked havoc on at least two boats on Okanagan Lake. A white sailboat with black trim slipped away from its moorings...

Spec tax: Opt out not likely

Jun 11, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Colin Basran is not optimistic Kelowna will be excluded from the province's proposed speculation tax. Basran and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater had a...

Spec tax open house

Jun 11, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The Greater Westside Board of Trade will host a town hall meeting on the government's proposed speculation tax. The town hall is scheduled for Wednesday...

Starbright a success

Jun 11, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Starbright Children’s Development Centre spent Sunday along with over a dozen volunteers building sheds to help support Physiotherapy and Autism...

Evening Update June 11

Jun 11, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, June 11, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Traffic very backed up

Jun 11, 2018 / 4:43 pm

Kelowna firefighters and police officers are currently on the scene of a two-vehicle crash at Spall Road and Highway 97. Traffic is backed up starting at the...

Hot by the weekend

Jun 11, 2018 / 2:35 pm

Summer is in full swing, but it doesn't really feel like it. The cold front that moved in across the valley on Friday will stick around until the end of...

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