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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Lake is calm - for now

May 27, 2017 / 1:53 pm

UPDATED 1:53 P.M. The BC River Forecast has indicated there is the potential for Okanagan Lake to increase to 343.15 m. Environment Canada reported Okanagan...

Pull for your community

May 27, 2017 / 12:25 pm

The annual United Way Bus Pull is back. Ten teams of eight community champions competed for bragging rights and the coveted Community Cup by pulling a B.C....

Cops looking for Good Sam

May 27, 2017 / 9:29 am

Kelowna RCMP are hoping a Good Samaritan can help them further an assault investigation. Police are urging a man to come forward who may possess valuable...

Surprise landing

May 27, 2017 / 9:14 am

Hendrik Tol had a bit of surprise Saturday morning when a hot air balloon landed near his home. Tol said the colourful air behemoth landed in an empty field in...

Hair-raising robbery

May 27, 2017 / 8:08 am

Someone has made off with a duffel bag full of wigs and hair extensions. At 3:29 a.m. Saturday, someone used rocks to smash the front door of the D'Vontay...

Hair today, gone today

May 27, 2017 / 5:30 am

It's only hair right? It will grow back. And, it was all for a good cause. Several dozen students – and one crusty old reporter – lost their...

Turn on taps to lower lake?

May 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

As Okanagan Lake continues to rise, people are starting to talk about how to drain down the rising waters. The lake level has been climbing about three...

Castanet's week in review

May 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Elementary entrepreneurs

May 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

Grade 6 students at Anne McClymont Elementary got a chance to learn the basics of entrepreneurship. It's the third year students in Glennys Jurome's...

Is this your ring?

May 26, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Police are hoping they can re-unite the rightful owner with what appears to be his 50th wedding anniversary ring which had been dropped off to the RCMP...

Exposes himself in store

May 26, 2017 / 6:17 pm

A man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly exposed himself inside a business Thursday afternoon in Rutland. On May 25, a 59-year-old suspect was taken...

Evening Update May 26

May 26, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, May 26, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Quick work protects water

May 26, 2017 / 4:47 pm

The integrity of a key source of drinking water in the Central Okanagan remains safe, despite damage to some important infrastructure this week. As a result of...

Lake Ave beach closed

May 26, 2017 / 4:21 pm

Flooding has closed the Lake Avenue beach access and pedestrian bridge over Mill Creek in Kelowna. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use the paved pathway...

Lake could rise 10-15 cm

May 26, 2017 / 3:25 pm

Okanagan Lake could rise another 10 to 15 centimetres, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre says. At a news conference Friday afternoon, officials...

Tanker, sedan collide

May 26, 2017 / 3:23 pm

A sedan and tandem tanker truck collided in downtown Westbank Friday afternoon. The septic tanker slammed into the back of a sedan at Elliott Road and Highway...

Safety warning in Gellatly

May 26, 2017 / 2:02 pm

Due to high water levels and wave action, the City of West Kelowna is advising users of the Gellatly Walkway to be extremely careful along the section of...

Shadow Ridge back in game

May 26, 2017 / 1:54 pm

Shadow Ridge Golf Club is back in business. When Mill Creek spilled its banks early this month, the Kelowna golf course was under water. Now, thanks to receding...

Stay safe, don't attract bears

May 26, 2017 / 12:48 pm

Andrea Tait is on a mission to keep human-wildlife conflict to a minimum. Tait is back as regional WildSafeBC community co-ordinator, thanks to funding from the...

$30M for KF Aerospace

May 26, 2017 / 12:00 pm

A local aerospace company was recently awarded a $30-million contract to maintain several of Canada's Search and rescue aircraft. KF Aerospace,...

'I wouldn't be here today'

May 26, 2017 / 10:48 am

Gordon Leverington has been donating blood since he was 17. Over the following 63 years, he has sat down to give 306 additional times. Leverington was just one...

Won't get in the way of golf

May 26, 2017 / 9:57 am

A "senior moment" cost a golfer half their game at Kelowna Golf and Country Club this morning. A silver SUV could be seen about 7:45 a.m., dangling...

Fire sparked in van

May 26, 2017 / 8:35 am

A vehicle fire on Highway 97 slowed southbound commuters Friday morning. A man was driving his Dodge Caravan south on the highway, near Wood Lake, when an...

Lake finally levelling off?

May 26, 2017 / 8:10 am

While Okanagan Lake continued to rise overnight, the rising waters may have begun to taper off. Despite an increase of less than one centimetre overnight,...

Radio: are you listening?

May 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

When it comes to radio listening habits in the Central Okanagan, people love their information, and their country music. The latest rating numbers for the...

44 years, never seen this

May 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

He's lived in his Okanagan Lake home for 44 years, and never seen anything this dramatic. Gabion dams set up on the beach next to Mill Creek separate Fred...

'I have nowhere to go'

May 25, 2017 / 7:45 pm

David Bell was forced to evacuate his Brookside Avenue home when Mill Creek spilled its banks. Now, he's living in a tent in his backyard because he...

Lake hits forecast high

May 25, 2017 / 5:45 pm

As Okanagan Lake continues to rise, two new evacuation alerts have been issued on the Westside. The lake now sits around 343 metres above sea level, the...

Evening Update May 25

May 25, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, May 25, with reporter Wayne Moore.

SEKID downgrades notice

May 25, 2017 / 3:29 pm

The South East Kelowna Irrigation District has issued a water-quality advisory. This is a downgrade from what was originally a boil-water notice issued at the...

Mill Creek overflowing

May 25, 2017 / 2:51 pm

The Lake Avenue beach access is starting to flood in Kelowna. Neighbours are raising concerns the water could surround their homes from Mill Creek and Okanagan...

Free water after boil notice

May 25, 2017 / 2:45 pm

West Kelowna residents who have been placed under a boil-water notice can now access free bulk water. The notice was issued Wednesday after Tuesday's storm...

Large snowpack still to melt

May 25, 2017 / 1:15 pm

Okanagan creeks and lakes could rise at a faster rate as temperatures soar to above seasonal norms. The long-range forecast is for temperatures to hit 30 C by...

Searching for federal bucks

May 25, 2017 / 12:19 pm

Canada's minister of employment, workforce development and labour will make an announcement in Kelowna on Friday about the future of Canada’s search...

Babies in the classroom

May 25, 2017 / 11:19 am

"When a child smiles at a baby, that baby takes it in. When a baby smiles back at a child, that child receives that love." That is the impact an...

Breakfast with a cause

May 25, 2017 / 11:14 am

Students at Kelowna Secondary School learned how to host an event while raising money for a good cause. The Rona parking lot was jam-packed for the 15th KSS...

A life-altering accident

May 25, 2017 / 10:43 am

Nov. 25, 2016, was the day that changed a professional wakeboarder's life forever. Ben Leclair had a bad crash while training in Florida that has left him...

Round we go again

May 25, 2017 / 10:36 am

Kelowna residents will be going around another roundabout. This latest utility and road project is expected to begin this summer at Lakeshore and Collett roads...

Lake nears historic high

May 25, 2017 / 7:50 am

All eyes continue to be on Okanagan Lake, as it inches toward uncharted territory. The lake rose another three centimetres over the past 24 hours. It now sits...

Fun Day flooded

May 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

The annual Oyama Fun Day has been cancelled due to extensive flooding in the area. The event is organized by the Oyama Community Club, a more than 100-year-old...

Fastest log car visiting town

May 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

The world's fastest tree is coming to Kelowna. The Cedar Rocket is made out of a single 240-year-old red cedar. The car, along with HGTV’s Bryan Reid...

Who are you pulling for?

May 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

The United Way and BC Transit are pulling for the community. Literally. The annual United Way Bus Pull returns to Kelowna on Saturday. Join in on the fun,...

Pride ready to shine

May 24, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Okanagan Pride has unveiled its theme for this summer's festival. "Shine Bright" is the slogan for the 2017 Pride Week festival, Aug. 12-19....

'I'm glad to be alive'

May 24, 2017 / 7:30 pm

An East Kelowna woman had a rude, and violent, awakening in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Susanna Drewes was lying in her bed in the McCulloch Heights...

'A shock to the community'

May 24, 2017 / 6:30 pm

The Crown spent Wednesday pushing back against the narrative that they're responsible for the long delay in getting the three men accused of killing...

Reprieve in flood battle

May 24, 2017 / 6:10 pm

Temperatures are expected to rise again at the end of the week, and a break in the weather Wednesday allowed residents to bolster flood protection measures....

Tough times across region

May 24, 2017 / 5:23 pm

Thousands of jobs disappeared, more people were unemployed, there was less capital investment and dozens of businesses went bankrupt in the Thompson-Okanagan in...

Expect delays at landfill

May 24, 2017 / 5:16 pm

You can expect some delays at the Glenmore landfill. Delays will occur Thursday and Friday for completion of a project at the scale house at the entrance to the...

Naborly and Equifax partner

May 24, 2017 / 5:13 pm

A Kelowna entrepreneur’s startup announced a major partnership with Equifax Canada today that will see it act as the primary service provider for...

Storm steals park jumps

May 24, 2017 / 5:01 pm

Boaters beware – it's not just logs you have to watch out for on Okanagan Lake. Conrad Wiker at Whiplash Cable/Wake Park on the Westbank First Nation...

Evening Update May 24

May 24, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, May 24, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Water advisory upgraded

May 24, 2017 / 3:50 pm

A public health advisory issued Tuesday night has been upgraded to a boil-water notice for some residents of West Kelowna. The advisory was issued during...

'Get flooded with deals'

May 24, 2017 / 3:01 pm

In the midst of near-record lake levels and intensive flood preparation in the Okanagan, a Kelowna optometrist has raised some eyebrows with a unique...

More great storm photos

May 24, 2017 / 2:19 pm

Castanet readers captured some awesome images of nature's fury before, during and after Tuesday evening's wind storm that swept through the Okanagan....

Lake damage from the sky

May 24, 2017 / 1:53 pm

Okanagan Lake beaches took a beating from a violent wind storm Tuesday night. Beaches around the Central Okanagan were almost completely underwater at parts,...

Crash closes library

May 24, 2017 / 12:41 pm

The Peachland branch of Okanagan Regional Library is temporarily closed for repairs. After an incident involving a car, the building sustained a significant...

KSS steps up for cancer

May 24, 2017 / 12:37 pm

Students at Kelowna Secondary School are stepping up again for the fight against cancer. For the 15th year, students are raising money during "Cancer...

Late-night delays on Spall

May 24, 2017 / 12:34 pm

Motorists who frequent Spall Road can expect some delays beginning this evening. Crews will be out on Spall, between Bernard and Harvey avenues, from 6 p.m....

Brenda Mines exit closed

May 24, 2017 / 11:12 am

A washout has forced closure of the Brenda Mines exit off the Okanagan Connector. In a brief statement, DriveBC says the exit is closed in both directions until...

Storm hits expected peak

May 24, 2017 / 10:39 am

Environment Canada was right on the mark in its prediction of Tuesday's storm activity. Wind gusts expected to hit up to 70 km/h were reached, and in many...

Lake doesn't give way

May 24, 2017 / 8:00 am

The Central Okanagan took a pounding from a storm that blew through the region Tuesday night. But, for the most part, emergency measures put in place to keep...

Storm pounds valley

May 24, 2017 / 6:24 am

UPDATE: 6:20 a.m. Power lines were brought down throughout the region during Tuesday night's wind storm. Lines were reported down in West Kelowna, on...

New lawyer in fentanyl bust

May 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

A man who pleaded guilty in March to possession and production of a fentanyl-like drug has changed his lawyer ahead of sentencing, and his new lawyer has...

Cannabis centre licensed

May 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

An Okanagan company is the first research and development cannabis facility in the valley to receive a Health Canada licence. Valens Agritech now holds a...

Water advisory on Westside

May 23, 2017 / 10:47 pm

A public health advisory has been issued relating to the temporary pumping bypass of treated effluent from the westside regional wastewater treatment plant into...

The storm in pictures

May 23, 2017 / 10:22 pm

Castanet readers have sent in numerous pictures of the waves and damage caused by the strong winds blasting the Valley. From Penticton to Vernon, no community...

Severe wave warning issued

May 23, 2017 / 9:46 pm

A severe wave action warning for all property owners on Central Okanagan lakes has been issued. A storm surge phenomenon, created by high winds pushing a high...

Boaters heed warnings

May 23, 2017 / 9:00 pm

It seems boaters heeded warnings issued by the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre to stay off Okanagan Lake. Despite temperatures nudging towards 30C...

At mercy of the weather

May 23, 2017 / 6:39 pm

Officials are firmly stating the William R. Bennet Bridge is secure enough to handle the rising lake levels and strong winds. Okanagan Lake is going to continue...

More delay in Bacon trial

May 23, 2017 / 5:21 pm

Evidence submissions in the Kelowna trial of three men accused of murdering gangster Jonathan Bacon in 2011 have been pushed back again. Michael Jones, Jason...

Evening Update May 23

May 23, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, May 23, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Life saved by tourniquet

May 23, 2017 / 1:46 pm

A 68-year-old German man was saved by the quick actions of bystanders and police, Sunday, after he was hit by a motorcycle. The man was crossing Highway 97 near...

Robbery suspect nabbed

May 23, 2017 / 1:38 pm

RCMP wasted no time in nabbing the suspect of an armed robbery Monday morning in West Kelowna. About 1:20 a.m., police received a report of a robbery just...

Suffers serious injuries

May 23, 2017 / 1:25 pm

UPDATE: 1:25 p.m. The pedestrian struck Monday night in West Kelowna suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. Kelowna RCMP are...

'Monster' loses lawyer

May 23, 2017 / 1:03 pm

A convicted child rapist described by a judge as a “monster” has lost yet another lawyer, as he attempts to appeal his conviction. Steven Walsh, 47,...

High water, higher winds

May 23, 2017 / 12:51 pm

Waterfront flood protection measures could face an additional test if forecast strong winds come to reality. Winds from 40 to 70 km/h are forecast to move into...

Planning new Foerster trial

May 23, 2017 / 12:36 pm

The lead up to a second trial of the man convicted of killing an Armstrong teenager has begun. Three years ago, Matthew Foerster was convicted by a jury of...

A perfect mosquito storm

May 23, 2017 / 12:24 pm

As residents in low-lying areas and along the lakeshore continue to fortify their properties from rising water, the regional district is doing what it can to...

Rec room in the park

May 23, 2017 / 12:16 pm

When the weather is nice, bring the rec room outdoors. That's what the City of Kelowna and Downtown Kelowna Association have done at Stuart Park with the...

Car hits walker, man hurt

May 23, 2017 / 10:52 am

A pedestrian was rushed to Kelowna General Hospital, Tuesday morning, after a compact car struck the man's walker, sending him to the ground. According to...

Lake nears historic level

May 23, 2017 / 8:30 am

Okanagan Lake is nearing record levels. Jodie Foster, information officer with the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre, says the lake rose another four...

Back to back rescues

May 23, 2017 / 6:18 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 6:15 a.m. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was dispatched twice within 90 minutes on Monday. The first call came to assist in the evacuation...

Oh deer!

May 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Conservation officers in Kelowna are warning the public about fawning season. The cute fawns may look lonely but they want to get the message out that the baby...

Storm brewing

May 22, 2017 / 6:49 pm

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Okanagan Lake has risen over the 1990 flood level and water is still rising Monday. Waterfront flood protection measures will face tests in...

Ricci, Cusack to film here

May 22, 2017 / 1:00 pm

The director behind The Humanity Bureau, a feature film shot in Osoyoos late last year, is returning to the Okanagan for his next project. Opening production in...

Wicked World of Wheels

May 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

One of the valley’s biggest car shows sold out this weekend with over 500 vehicles participating in Peachland on Sunday. Organizers said this year was the...

COSA sailors head to worlds

May 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Two first-place finishers at this year's Springtime Regatta will be representing the Central Okanagan Sailing Association at the 2017 World Children's...

Jets overhead in Okanagan

May 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Some CF-18 jets were flying overhead in the Central and North Okangan over the weekend. Kelowna International Airport director Sam Samaddar says two jets were...

Rapid melt coming

May 21, 2017 / 3:50 pm

Rapid upper level snowpack melt is causing Okanagan Lake and area creeks to rise even faster over the next two to three days. Environment Canada has issued a...

Motorcycle vs. pedestrian

May 21, 2017 / 1:53 pm

Paramedics rushed to the scene of a collision involving a motorcycle and pedestrian on Sunday. The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. on Highway 97 and Butt...

Lake up, protect your land

May 21, 2017 / 11:48 am

Residents along Okanagan Lake are once again being urged to adequately protect their properties as the big lake continues to rise. Okanagan Lake rose 3.7...

2 Westside homes evac'd

May 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

Two Westside residences have been evacuated following a small landslide on Marchbank Road, off Westside Road, north of Killiney Beach, according to a release...

4 to run in Lake Country

May 21, 2017 / 10:58 am

Three people will be running for Lake Country council in a June 24th by-election for the Carr's Landing seat. However, the Oyama council seat will be...

Castanet's week in review

May 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Art from the heart for cops

May 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A collaborative art piece has been unveiled at Kelowna's new RCMP Police Services Building. The month-long Gratitude Project saw students and residents show...

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