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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

No cheap flats in Kelowna

Jul 18, 2019 / 6:30 pm

If you’re wondering how much you would need to make to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in Kelowna, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has...

Still fighting small wildfire

Jul 18, 2019 / 5:45 pm

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. Fire crews continue to fight a small spot-sized fire just south of Highway 33 in the Joe Rich area Thursday night. Fire information officer...

Pedestrian hit near Costco

Jul 18, 2019 / 4:50 pm

A pedestrian has apparently been struck at Baron and Ziprick roads in Kelowna, near Costco. Paramedics and firefighters are on scene, tending to a man whose...

Arrests in violent B&E

Jul 18, 2019 / 4:15 pm

Two men have been charged in connection with a violent and targeted break and enter in Kelowna, Monday. RCMP received a report of a break and enter just...

Small industrial fire soaked

Jul 18, 2019 / 4:10 pm

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. While some units at an industrial building were hit by water damage during a fire Thursday afternoon, fire damage was contained to just one...

GlamLend solves dress mess

Jul 18, 2019 / 12:01 pm

You know how you bought that bridesmaid dress, wore it once and it will now sit in your closet until the end of time? You’re not alone. And that’s...

Vexing road project done

Jul 18, 2019 / 11:20 am

Residents of a Lake Country neighbourhood are breathing a sigh of relief after a heavily used commuter route reopened to traffic Thursday morning. A short...

Truck tips on Westside Road

Jul 18, 2019 / 11:00 am

A single-vehicle crash is affecting traffic along Westside Road. Pictures sent to Castanet show a commercial truck on its side near Bear Creek Provincial Park,...

RCMP: no vigilante justice

Jul 18, 2019 / 8:57 am

UPDATE 8:55 a.m. RCMP now confirm they were called to scene of the citizens arrest which took place Tuesday afternoon in the Superstore parking lot on Baron...

Teen car thief charged again

Jul 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

A young prolific car thief has served his stint in jail after he was sentenced in May, but his legal troubles aren't over yet. On May 15, 18-year-old Orin...

Crowd hears from true hero

Jul 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

More than 1,000 people gathered this week to hear the extraordinary story of a heroic Jewish spy who hastened the end of the Second World War with the...

McCurdy model changed

Jul 17, 2019 / 8:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has reached an agreement with BC Housing to change the operating model of a controversial supportive housing complex at 130 McCurdy Rd. At a...

Cyclist hit, driver flees

Jul 17, 2019 / 3:40 pm

A cyclist was hit by a vehicle last week on Bernard Avenue, and police are still searching for the driver. Just before 6 p.m. last Wednesday, a cyclist...

Arrest in Sonic assault

Jul 17, 2019 / 3:10 pm

Police in West Kelowna now have a man in custody in connection with an assault at a car wash early Tuesday morning. Alberto Danny Rocuant, 33, of Kelowna was...

Armed robber chased down

Jul 17, 2019 / 2:57 pm

An 18-year-old West Kelowna man is now facing charges after RCMP caught him red-handed after a hold up at the Husky gas station near Harvey Avenue and Burtch...

New foundation chair

Jul 17, 2019 / 2:37 pm

Thirty years of experience working with Okanagan College will serve Gladys Fraser well as she takes on the role of Chair with the Okanagan College Foundation...

Fawn's life on the line

Jul 17, 2019 / 12:10 pm

A West Kelowna vet hopes to save a fawn's life after it was found with a broken leg on the side of the road in the North Okanagan. On Tuesday, a person...

Meeting holds McCurdy fate

Jul 17, 2019 / 11:46 am

Kelowna city council has a number of options in front of it as it prepares for a special meeting on the contentious McCurdy Road supportive housing project....

Another accused jumps bail

Jul 17, 2019 / 11:20 am

After five people were arrested for an alleged kidnapping in Kelowna last February, a warrant has been issued for another of the accused, for not showing up to...

Butterfly Effect is back

Jul 17, 2019 / 11:20 am

A unique Okanagan memorial is back for its seventh season. The Central Okanagan Hospice Association's Butterfly Effect event takes place at Falcon Ridge...

Last video store up for grabs

Jul 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

For the past 15 years, Leo's Video has been providing Kelowna with thousands of new and hard-to-find movies. Now, Leo Bartels is moving on, but he's...

Parking expansion for YLW

Jul 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council has paved the way for more parking at Kelowna International Airport. Council Monday gave initial reading to a rezone a piece of property...

'Significant damage' in fire

Jul 16, 2019 / 9:03 pm

UPDATE 9:03 p.m. Peachland Fire Rescue Services Chief Dennis Craig said no one was injured in the fire, but the home sustained significant damage. Crews were...

Car hits motorcycle

Jul 16, 2019 / 8:22 pm

A car and motorcycle came in to contact Tuesday evening in Kelowna. The accident happened at 7:40 p.m. at the intersection of Harvey and Richter. It is not...

BC's biggest games ever

Jul 16, 2019 / 5:25 pm

Kelowna is set to host the largest 55+ BC Games ever in the province. Well over 4,100 athletes have already registered to take part in 31 sports and activities...

Assault at car wash

Jul 16, 2019 / 12:37 pm

Police in West Kelowna are looking for a suspect responsible for an assault at Sonic Car Wash early Tuesday. Cpl. Meghan Foster says the assault took place in...

Blackmun battle continues

Jul 16, 2019 / 12:02 pm

The troops are rallying on both sides of West Kelowna’s Blackmun Bay Village battle as a public hearing date for the major development draws near....

Charges after crime spree

Jul 16, 2019 / 11:27 am

A man wanted out of Alberta has been arrested and charged after a suspect stole several vehicles in Sicamous and Kelowna over the weekend. Sicamous RCMP...

Queensway loo a go

Jul 16, 2019 / 11:20 am

When the City of Kelowna redesigned and reconstructed the Queensway Bus Loop, one of the features was to be a security pavilion beside the Kelowna Museum. The...

Kelowna still desirable

Jul 16, 2019 / 10:19 am

A recent survey on housing affordability in Canada puts Kelowna near the top of the list for homeownership desirability. According to the website finder.com, 54...

Foundry finds temp home

Jul 16, 2019 / 10:02 am

Foundry Kelowna has found a temporary home after a kitchen fire closed the youth mental health centre last week. The centre will temporarily operate its...

More feces from the sky

Jul 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

There has been another report of poo falling from the sky in the Okanagan. The latest incident was last week at the intersection of Harvey Avenue and Spall Road...

Anything but 'wet' housing

Jul 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

Low income housing, seniors housing, or the fight will continue. That was the tone from Audra Boudreau after Kelowna city council agreed to hold a special...

You'll pay to park at night

Jul 15, 2019 / 8:15 pm

You will soon have to pay to park on the street in the evening in parts of downtown Kelowna. That was one of numerous recommendations, aimed at making parking...

No parking at cemetery

Jul 15, 2019 / 5:24 pm

The parking lot at the Westbank Cemetery and access roads around the memorial gardens will be closed for a few days. The City of West Kelowna says closures...

Truck up in flames on hwy

Jul 15, 2019 / 4:56 pm

A truck has caught fire on Highway 97 in Kelowna. The flatdeck trailer hauler was engulfed by flames about 4:30 p.m. near Loyd Road and Kelowna Hyundai....

Wet housing gets 2nd look

Jul 15, 2019 / 4:55 pm

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m. Some Rutland residents, upset with the possibility of a "wet" supportive housing facility in their neighbourhood, are pleased with a...

LIVE: Kelowna council

Jul 15, 2019 / 1:28 pm

3. Reports 3.1 IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit for Pick your Path to Kelowna 2040 publicengagement communications 4. Public in Attendance 4.1 Progress Report -...

Easter Seals goes hi-tech

Jul 15, 2019 / 10:06 am

Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy program visited Easter Seals Camp Winfield on July 4. Forty-six campers with diverse abilities aged 19-29 participated in...

Hwy 97 crash snarls traffic

Jul 15, 2019 / 9:52 am

Traffic is backing up on Highway 97 in Peachland after a collision at Clements Crescent. A Kia Soul SUV suffered heavy front-end damage in what appears to be a...

Collision now cleared

Jul 15, 2019 / 9:48 am

UPDATE 9:46 a.m. Traffic has now returned to normal after a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 97 near Commonwealth Road. ORIGINAL 8:27 a.m. Castanet has...

Petition headed to city hall

Jul 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

About 13,000 Kelowna signatures opposed to the McCurdy Road supportive housing project are on their way to city hall. The petition is the result of two weeks of...

Hwy 97 motorhome vs car

Jul 14, 2019 / 10:50 pm

Crews are cleaning up what appears to be a head-on crash on Highway 97 in West Kelowna. Emergency crews were called to the crash near the Westside Road overpass...

High-riding unicycle in park

Jul 14, 2019 / 8:41 pm

A man on a high-riding unicycle was turning heads Saturday on Kelowna’s waterfront. Castanet reader Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel has submitted photos of the...

2 new craft breweries open

Jul 14, 2019 / 3:35 pm

This summer is shaping up to be busiest the province has ever seen for new craft brewery openings. Last week two new breweries opened in the Okanagan, with Barn...

Castanet's week in review

Jul 14, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Clouds should clear

Jul 14, 2019 / 8:16 am

Strong, gusty winds should clear away some of the clouds today in the Kelowna area. Environment Canada says winds will be coming out of the northwest at 20 km/h...

Downtown parking changes

Jul 14, 2019 / 6:09 am

The City of Kelowna is contemplating a series of sweeping changes to the way it deals with parking downtown. Recommendations being brought before council Monday...

Golf tournament for good

Jul 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

The annual Chicks with Sticks charity golf tournament is coming back to Kelowna this week and there is still time to get involved. For three years running, the...

Best bikers in the world

Jul 13, 2019 / 4:30 pm

For the second year, the world's top downhill mountain bikers took to the slopes of Big White. The Slopestyle Invitational competition, the brainchild of...

Parade wows thousands

Jul 13, 2019 / 12:30 pm

Young and old alike, people in West Kelowna came out early to catch a glimpse of one of the longest parades in B.C. The annual Westside Daze Parade lacked in...

Poor water quality

Jul 13, 2019 / 12:09 pm

A water quality advisory has been issued for West Kelowna. The City of West Kelowna, in consultation with Interior Health, issued the advisory, until further...

Party takes over downtown

Jul 13, 2019 / 11:15 am

Downtown is buzzing Saturday for the annual Downtown Kelowna Block Party on Bernard Avenue. The party kicked off at 10 a.m. with the dog agility show in Kerry...

Cab drivers want fairness

Jul 13, 2019 / 5:00 am

This past week, the province announced it will begin to allow ride-sharing applications in B.C. sometime after mid-September, and unveiled the new rules that...

Saving Rutland further pain

Jul 13, 2019 / 5:00 am

A group in Rutland opposed to two more supportive housing projects in the neighbourhood is claiming a small victory. While plans are still moving ahead for...

Suspicious fire at school

Jul 12, 2019 / 8:15 pm

Kelowna Fire Department crews quickly doused a fire outside a portable at Springvalley Elementary School before it could spread Friday evening. Crews were...

E-scooters hit the street

Jul 12, 2019 / 3:05 pm

Kelowna's first ride-share electric scooters hit the road on Friday, and the owners are hoping they play a role in leading a transportation revolution. OGO...

More Unplanned planned

Jul 12, 2019 / 2:57 pm

A fourth private screening of the controversial pro-life movie 'Unplanned' is scheduled for the Central Okanagan. The Kelowna Right to Life Society has...

Weekend events all over

Jul 12, 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.

Your guide to Slopestyle

Jul 12, 2019 / 1:00 pm

Freeride Days is on now at Big White, and that means the return of the Big White Invitational Slopestyle event. Wondering what slopestyle mountain biking is?...

History comes alive at 'El'

Jul 12, 2019 / 12:41 pm

One of Kelowna's oldest hotels is celebrating its storied history. The Hotel Eldorado is an iconic fixture in Kelowna. Affectionately referred to as The El,...

Petition gets 'big number'

Jul 12, 2019 / 11:51 am

Opponents of a “wet” supportive housing facility in Rutland say they have received more than 14,000 signatures on a petition they intend to deliver...

Construction in full swing

Jul 12, 2019 / 8:06 am

More construction coming to a road near you this summer. Starting Monday, July 15, until mid-August, McCulloch Road will be closed between KLO and Reekie roads...

Freeride days off and flying

Jul 12, 2019 / 7:47 am

Freeride Days at Big White Ski Resort welcomes the top riders from across North America this weekend. Freeride Days officially kicked off Thursday as Bronze...

Cannabis retail by the fall?

Jul 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna has completed the process of approving rezoning for five cannabis retail stores in the city. Now, each of the applications will be forwarded to the...

Prepare for pop-up pooper

Jul 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is investigating a pilot pop-up toilet project downtown. It would cost about $200,000 to procure, operate and manage over a three-month...

Province approves Starbuds

Jul 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

The Central Okanagan is finally getting its first legal cannabis retail store. After getting municipal approval from the District of Lake Country back in...

More supportive housing

Jul 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

Rutland residents are again up in arms over yet another supportive housing project in their community. City council is expected to review an application for the...

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