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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

School exposure list grows

Apr 18, 2021 / 9:00 pm

Interior Health has confirmed two more schools in the Central Okanagan have been exposed to COVID-19. According to IH both Ellison Elementary and École...

Former Rocket hits NHL ice

Apr 18, 2021 / 8:00 pm

A Former Kelowna Rocket played his first National Hockey League game Sunday afternoon. Nolan Foote hit the ice with the New Jersey Devils following his first...

Firefighters leave area

Apr 18, 2021 / 7:08 pm

UPDATE 7:05 p.m. Firefighters have now left the area. It's not clear at this point if the report of fire was substantiated, or if it was a false alarm....

Time to unplug and unwind

Apr 18, 2021 / 6:00 pm

If you have a young family and you're looking for a way to unplug and get outside, Project Literacy and Interior Savings have a week's worth of free...

New civic award nominees

Apr 18, 2021 / 4:31 pm

A new batch of nominees are being recognized for their contributions to the City of Kelowna over the past year. It's part of a month-long celebration of...

No vaccine went to waste

Apr 18, 2021 / 4:26 pm

According to Lakeside Medicine Centre on Gordon Drive, no vaccine went to waste at Sunday's drop-in vaccine clinic. The centre had 250 doses of the...

Building declared unsafe

Apr 18, 2021 / 4:06 pm

UPDATE 4 p.m. About 150 tenants of a newly-constructed rental apartment building in West Kelowna have been displaced indefinitely. West Kelowna Fire Rescue and...

COVID pause hurting Paws

Apr 18, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Back when a global pandemic wasn’t shutting down most human interaction, Kelowna dog rescue non-profit Paws It Forward held a wine event that raised...

Castanet Apparel launches

Apr 18, 2021 / 2:40 pm

Have you ever danced the night away at Flashbacks and had a smokie on the way out? Did you go to Earl’s when it was still known as Hollywood on Top and...

Castanet's week in review

Apr 18, 2021 / 12:10 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen RCMP officer charged Plane crash on Hwy 5A No new cases in Sun Peaks Weekly cases hit new high Farmhouse...

Two more school exposures

Apr 18, 2021 / 7:40 am

Two more Kelowna schools have had recent COVID-19 exposures. Saturday night, School District 23 disclosed the two recent exposures at Ellison Elementary and the...

Apex Trail now one way

Apr 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

The City of Kelowna has announced that Apex Trail in Knox Mountain Park is again one-way only. The change went into place this week due to rising COVID-19...

Care home back at council

Apr 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

An 82-unit, long-term care facility is once again being proposed for Lake Country after being granted a conditional Agricultural Land Reserve exclusion more...

Roadwork plans for Costco

Apr 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

Improvements to the busy intersection at Highway 97 and Leckie Road should be done sooner rather than later as the city contemplates increased pressures due to...

College gets financial help

Apr 17, 2021 / 6:00 pm

Okanagan College is $50,000 richer thanks to the generosity of the Stewart family. The money is being donated on behalf of Rosemary and Richard...

Both lanes open on Hwy 97

Apr 17, 2021 / 4:31 pm

UPDATED: 4:31 p.m. Both lanes of Highway 97 near Peachland are back open, according to Drive BC. An eyewitness stated traffic returned to single lane...

Weekly cases hit new high

Apr 17, 2021 / 3:00 pm

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Okanagan continued to rise to unprecedented levels last week, but the rate of growth has slowed. New geographical data...

Drone buzzes eagle nest

Apr 17, 2021 / 12:15 pm

The BC Conservation Officer Service is investigating after a group of young people were seen flying a drone near a pair of nesting bald eagles on Knox Mountain...

COVID-19 in the classroom

Apr 17, 2021 / 10:30 am

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. While one Castanet reader said there were more than 100 people isolating at the Kelowna Secondary School due to COVID-19 exposures, the...

Northern lights return

Apr 17, 2021 / 9:00 am

The northern lights made another appearance over the Central Okanagan Friday night and early Saturday morning. After an Oyama photographer snapped some...

Home damaged by fire

Apr 17, 2021 / 7:15 am

A home on West Kelowna's Boucherie Road went up in flames overnight, but no one was injured in the large fire. Fire crews responded to the home on the 2600...

Safety of farmers' markets

Apr 17, 2021 / 4:00 am

How safe are outdoor farmers' markets from the spread of COVID-19? Very, if everyone follows the rules. As farmers' markets begin opening up around the...

Tricycling through COVID

Apr 17, 2021 / 4:00 am

Darlene and Allan Fischer have been riding bikes together for more than 40 years. After Darlene had a fall on her bike, she no longer felt safe on the road. But...

Lawsuit to 'send a message'

Apr 17, 2021 / 4:00 am

The City of Kelowna is hoping to “send a message” with two lawsuits filed this week against a pair of alleged prolific graffiti vandals. While...

Multi-car crash on Hwy 97

Apr 16, 2021 / 10:03 pm

Crews are cleaning up a multi-car crash on Highway 97 in West Kelowna. The crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. at the Boucherie Road intersection. As many as...

Unresponsive in back of cab

Apr 16, 2021 / 8:00 pm

A Kelowna taxi driver may have saved the life of a client on Friday afternoon. Kelowna Cabs spokesperson Roy Paulson says a driver was taking a customer to the...

3 more school exposures

Apr 16, 2021 / 7:32 pm

The Central Okanagan School District has announced three more COVID-19 exposure incidents in the region. Coronavirus exposures were confirmed by IH on Friday at...

City's 'high impact' projects

Apr 16, 2021 / 7:00 pm

The City of Kelowna is highlighting a series of “high visibility and impact” infrastructure investments being made this year. This year the...

Skatepark builders line up

Apr 16, 2021 / 5:56 pm

Two companies have shown an interest in constructing the new skateboard park in West Kelowna. Both unnamed companies responded to requests for qualifications...

Water plant up and running

Apr 16, 2021 / 4:36 pm

Two years after construction began, water is flowing through Peachland's new water treatment plant. The district says that while some work around the site...

Homeless site on the move

Apr 16, 2021 / 2:36 pm

The City of Kelowna's designated homeless camping location is on the move. Crews are at work preparing a new site near the corner of Richter Street and...

Virus on Kelowna flights

Apr 16, 2021 / 1:47 pm

Another Kelowna flight last week carried a COVID-positive passenger, one of 12 B.C. flights in the past week that has been flagged as a possible exposure. A...

Brooker hired to grow Flowr

Apr 16, 2021 / 12:07 pm

Darryl Brooker is moving from wine to weed. The Mission Hill Family Estate president has quit to become the chief executive officer of Flowr, the publicly...

New inspector arrives

Apr 16, 2021 / 11:12 am

A new woman has been added to the senior leadership team at the Kelowna RCMP. The regional detachment announced on social media Friday that Inspector Beth...

Ready to restart 'safe place'

Apr 16, 2021 / 10:32 am

A program designed to provide a safe shelter for members of the LGBTQ community should be back up and running in Kelowna soon. Under the Safe Places program,...

Music Fest MS is back

Apr 16, 2021 / 4:00 am

West Kelowna country singer Ben Klick is bringing back MusicFest M.S. Klick came up with the fundraiser after his dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back...

City suing alleged vandals

Apr 16, 2021 / 4:00 am

The City of Kelowna is taking a pair of alleged graffiti vandals to court, claiming damages for nearly 2,700 tags spread across city property over 16 years. In...

More trouble for Flow gym

Apr 16, 2021 / 4:00 am

A Kelowna martial arts studio has been slapped with several fines from the City of Kelowna over the past number of weeks. Castanet News has learned FLOW Academy...

Faith in system 'diminishing'

Apr 16, 2021 / 4:00 am

The UBCO student at the centre of a disturbing video showing the violent aftermath of a “wellness check” last year is frustrated by the lack of...

Exposures at four schools

Apr 15, 2021 / 10:31 pm

Interior Health has confirmed COVID-19 exposures at four Central Okanagan schools, in a press release on Thursday. Chute Lake Elementary École...

Wildfire, flooding overlaps

Apr 15, 2021 / 8:00 pm

The Kelowna Fire Department has had a busy year responding to several fire starts across the community. While it is technically flooding season, the drier...

Tourism kiosk opens at mall

Apr 15, 2021 / 7:30 pm

Tourism Kelowna has opened a satellite visitor booth at Orchard Park Shopping Centre. The spot is located at the guest services kiosk near the main north...

New Gellatly roundabout

Apr 15, 2021 / 7:00 pm

Construction on a new roundabout means motorists will have to avoid the intersection of Carrington and Gellatly roads in West Kelowna for the next 10 weeks....

Vehicle burns on Hwy 33

Apr 15, 2021 / 5:59 pm

UPDATE 5:55 p.m. A vehicle fire on Highway 33 has been extinguished, but not before the blaze spread to the nearby grass. Residents in the area say fire crews...

7 vehicle crash hit bridge

Apr 15, 2021 / 4:20 pm

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. RCMP say seven vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction collision on the William R. Bennett Bridge that brought traffic to a halt during the...

IH no show at vaccine clinic

Apr 15, 2021 / 4:20 pm

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. After a number of volunteers were left with no vaccines to give at a Peachland pop-up vaccine clinic Thursday morning, Interior Health has...

Gas prices jump in Kelowna

Apr 15, 2021 / 4:18 pm

Gas prices in Kelowna appear to be on their way up. The Petro-Canada on Lakeshore Road in Kelowna now lists the price of regular gas at 140.9 per litre, and...

Hit-and-run on young boy

Apr 15, 2021 / 3:59 pm

Police are investigating a hit-and-run involving an 11-year-old boy on a scooter. RCMP were called just after 2:45 p.m. on April 13 for a report of a...

Case closed on massive fire

Apr 15, 2021 / 3:40 pm

Kelowna fire inspector Paul Johnston tells Castanet his team has wrapped up their investigation into what caused the three-alarm fire at the intersection of...

Search dog helps save a life

Apr 15, 2021 / 1:39 pm

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue has a new team member and he's already made a major contribution. "Two weeks after his first deployment with Central...

Gym owner harassed online

Apr 15, 2021 / 12:47 pm

Sara Green Eddy wants to clear the air after she has been receiving a number of hateful messages from people confusing her gym for another that is anti-mask and...

Drop-in AZ vaccine clinic

Apr 15, 2021 / 12:14 pm

A Kelowna pharmacy is planning a drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic for those aged 55 to 65 on Sunday. The Lakeside Medicine Centre on Gordon Drive has 250 doses...

Egg addling underway

Apr 15, 2021 / 11:51 am

Over the past 14 years, officials with the Okanagan Valley Goose Management program believe they have prevented the current population of geese from growing out...

Local new cases still rising

Apr 15, 2021 / 11:16 am

As British Columbia remains smack dab in the middle of its third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, new cases continue to rise in the Central Okanagan. But...

Shed fire on Coronation Ave

Apr 15, 2021 / 6:26 am

UPDATE: 6:25 a.m. Everyone got out safely when a shed fire extended into the attic of a home Wednesday night in Kelowna. Platoon Capt. Scott Clarke says the...

Home for recovering youth

Apr 15, 2021 / 4:00 am

For the first time, young people in Kelowna struggling with addiction will have a safe place to stay for several months while recovering from their substance...

Cobs Bread pays it forward

Apr 15, 2021 / 4:00 am

Some local businesses in Kelowna have been working together to help support one another during what has been a long and seemingly unending COVID-19 pandemic....

Exposure at five schools

Apr 14, 2021 / 8:52 pm

Interior Health has confirmed COVID-19 exposures at five Central Okanagan schools. Exposures were reported at the following schools Wednesday April 14: ...

Restaurants feeling pain

Apr 14, 2021 / 5:00 pm

Restaurant owners are bracing for the worst after news that British Columbia's temporary ban on indoor dining at restaurants is likely being extended into...

Flood prep along Mill Creek

Apr 14, 2021 / 3:00 pm

While it's not anticipated, the City of Kelowna is making preparations for the potential of flooding along Mill Creek. As temperatures climb above 20°C,...

RCMP officer charged

Apr 14, 2021 / 2:45 pm

A Kelowna RCMP officer is now facing an assault charge after an investigation into a punching incident in downtown Kelowna almost a year ago. The BC Prosecution...

Fire investigation begins

Apr 14, 2021 / 12:20 pm

Now that a fire-ravaged crane has been removed from the scene of a three-alarm fire in Glenmore, fire investigators can safely begin the process of trying to...

Slope slide repair underway

Apr 14, 2021 / 11:38 am

Crews with the City of Kelowna are back at an area on Clifton Road to stabilize a slope. The city was called to the area on the east side of Clifton just north...

Thief takes bait car

Apr 14, 2021 / 8:38 am

A Kamloops man is in custody after allegedly stealing a RCMP bait car in West Kelowna. Police in West Kelowna were alerted on April 12 just before 2:45 a.m....

Missing senior located

Apr 14, 2021 / 7:03 am

UPDATE: 7 a.m. Searchers located a missing Kelowna senior overnight, locked inside an apartment parking garage. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue members set...

Rail trail fire doused

Apr 14, 2021 / 6:23 am

Kelowna firefighters doused a grass fire along the Okanagan Rail Trail in the wee hours Wednesday morning. Platoon Capt. Scott Clarke says about 1:20 a.m.,...

Patio fees cut in half

Apr 14, 2021 / 4:00 am

Restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments wishing to set up outdoor patios on public land will get a break on fees charged by the city. Property...

Flyover 'just for smiles'

Apr 14, 2021 / 4:00 am

As British Columbia grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases and continued restrictions as a result of the pandemic, one Kelowna man is hoping to provide a...

School system cramped

Apr 14, 2021 / 4:00 am

The Central Okanagan urgently needs more than $400M worth of new or upgraded schools, trustees will hear this week. The school district is launching a public...

Car fire on Hwy 97

Apr 13, 2021 / 6:03 pm

UPDATE: 6:13 p.m. Traffic appears to be backed up near a car fire on Highway 97, north of Lake Country. Witnesses report that emergency vehicles are on scene...

Hazard crane dismantled

Apr 13, 2021 / 6:02 pm

UPDATE 6 p.m. Traffic is again flowing on Glenmore Road after the fire-damaged crane at the intersection of Union Avenue has been dismantled. “The related...

Anti-mask gym fined

Apr 13, 2021 / 3:33 pm

A Kelowna gym is under fire after advertising controversial messaging online. Flow Academy shared a statement on their website saying "for the health,...

Seeking homeless grant

Apr 13, 2021 / 12:15 pm

The City of Kelowna is looking to grab a piece of the Strengthening Communities Services grant the provincial government has made available. City safety...

Investigating death near trail

Apr 13, 2021 / 9:51 am

The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating how a woman has died after RCMP found her unresponsive along the area of Scenic Canyon Regional Park on April 10....

Direct to Ottawa with Flair

Apr 13, 2021 / 9:08 am

For as little as $59, you'll be able to fly direct to Ottawa from Kelowna International Airport later this summer. The low-cost carrier, Flair Airlines,...

No child luring in Mission

Apr 13, 2021 / 7:45 am

Kelowna RCMP tell Castanet they have completed their investigation into a report that two young children were approached by a strange man in a pickup in the...

Cops will serve with dignity

Apr 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

Kelowna's new top cop says officers within her detachment will serve residents of the community with dignity and compassion. Five months into the job, Supt....

Council 'bat'-ty over netting

Apr 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

The one-liners were flying as readily as home runs and foul balls at Edith Gay Park on a cloudless summer afternoon. The topic was flying baseballs and the need...

FreshGrade has new owners

Apr 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

Kelowna’s FreshGrade has been sold to the California company behind the world’s largest network of Montessori schools. Higher Ground Education...

Amazing flying raccoon

Apr 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

You may have heard the old saying, "when pigs fly, but what about raccoons? If you were in the Ethel Street area in Kelowna on Monday morning you would...

'It brought me to tears'

Apr 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

The founder of the Okanagan Forest Task Force was brought to tears earlier this week after an outpouring of community support. Blake has run OFTF since its...

More virus school exposure

Apr 12, 2021 / 9:00 pm

Seven more schools within the Central Okanagan have been hit with confirmed exposures to COVID-19. These include six schools within the Central Okanagan School...

Probe into child's death over

Apr 12, 2021 / 7:04 pm

The Kelowna RCMP has finished its investigation into the death of a toddler who was killed by a vehicle in the driveway of a Rutland home nearly one year ago....

Arts, sports honoured

Apr 12, 2021 / 6:20 pm

Despite seeing many of their traditional activities and events scrapped throughout most of 2020 because of COVID-19, many within Kelowna's arts and sports...

Food, music spot supported

Apr 12, 2021 / 5:24 pm

The design of Revelry Food + Music Hub has undergone a few adjustments since hitting City of Kelowna planning desks last summer, and now it is ready for the...

Crane concern remains

Apr 12, 2021 / 4:47 pm

A large crane remains the centre of attention at Glenmore Road and Union Avenue after a fire broke out at a construction site last week. After the inferno was...

Oil spill 3rd time in a year

Apr 12, 2021 / 1:18 pm

For the third time in less than a year, cooking oil has been spilled in the alley behind the Naked Cafe along Lawrence Ave in Kelowna. Kristy Gevers works in...

Motorcyclist impaired?

Apr 12, 2021 / 12:01 pm

Police say a motorcyclist who blasted through a West Kelowna construction zone last week was likely impaired. RCMP were called just after 9:40 a.m. on April 8...

'Shayla' safe and sound

Apr 12, 2021 / 8:54 am

Kelowna RCMP tell Castanet they have found the missing dog "Shayla" "The 8-pound, black and grey Havanese dog reported stolen on April 3rd, 2021...

Missing UTV rider found

Apr 12, 2021 / 6:33 am

Search and rescue crews were called in to help locate a missing off-roader Sunday evening in West Kelowna. Search manager Duane Tresnich says RCMP called in...

Art students' final exhibition

Apr 12, 2021 / 4:00 am

Every spring, visual arts students from UBC Okanagan prepare a final exhibition and this year’s theme is Up Close from a Distance which will be shared...

Free help to manage money

Apr 12, 2021 / 4:00 am

Launch Okanagan is gearing up to host a free financial literacy course to help participants boost their financial competency and confidence. Launch Okanagan and...

Sunshine and double-digits

Apr 12, 2021 / 4:00 am

You may want to start slathering on the sunscreen because according to Environment Canada the Okanagan will see double-digit temperatures all week....

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