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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Aerial images lost in crash

Oct 22, 2018 / 8:25 pm

A plane that crashed near Kananaskis tragically killed two people on board and also damaged valuable aerial images. Eagle Mapping Service was hired to conduct...

Mayor's race a dead heat

Oct 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A brief problem with a voting machine has resulted in a tie in the mayor's race in Peachland. The municipality's chief election officer, in a news...

Fortis scam in Kelowna

Oct 22, 2018 / 7:45 pm

A door-to-door scam in the Kelowna area is targeting FortisBC users. According to Castanet readers, people are knocking on doors, claiming to be representatives...

Evening Update Oct.22

Oct 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Oct. 22, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Creep sheriff plea bargain

Oct 22, 2018 / 2:22 pm

A former Kamloops sheriff who was charged with sending sexually explicit texts to a girl he thought was 14 years old has struck a plea deal with the Crown....

Pipe band to open for Rod

Oct 22, 2018 / 12:12 pm

The Kelowna Pipe Band has been asked to open for rocker Rod Stewart when he performs in Kelowna. Stewart is set to perform at Prospera Place on Nov. 1. Pipe...

Seasonal unsettled weather

Oct 22, 2018 / 11:45 am

Environment Canada forecasts a mixed bag of weather this week in the Okanagan. "We are going to transition away from the fantastic, sunny weather we have...

Breaking ground at KGH

Oct 22, 2018 / 10:18 am

Ground will be broken on an important addition to Kelowna General Hospital on Tuesday. Donors and project stakeholders will officially turn earth to mark the...

Poll mirrors election result

Oct 22, 2018 / 9:55 am

A Castanet poll prior to Saturday's municipal election closely mirrored the actual results in Kelowna's mayoralty race. Colin Basran was returned as...

Carson wins in RDCO

Oct 22, 2018 / 9:28 am

Wayne Carson will represent voters in the Central Okanagan West electoral area. Carson won the race for director on the Regional District of Central Okanagan...

Flights delayed by fog

Oct 22, 2018 / 8:33 am

The heavy fog enveloping much of the Okanagan this morning is also impacting air travel out of YLW. Several flights have been delayed and several more have been...

Book dives deep into lake

Oct 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna author's new book takes a look at Okanagan lake – from above and below. Author and researcher Raphael Nowak recently completed a degree in...

Theft devastates little girl

Oct 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

A little girl is devastated after her family's ATV was stolen from their driveway in Kettle Valley on Oct. 17. Police called Wes Sutherland telling him his...

Man allegedly strangles dog

Oct 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

A bizarre encounter between two dog walkers took place in Kelowna and now one woman is warning others. Kelowna RCMP responded to a suspicious circumstance at a...

Failed robbery attempt

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:37 pm

Police are asking witnesses to come forward after a suspect tried to commit a daytime robbery in Kelowna. A man approached a woman near Manhattan Drive and...

Elderly man killed in crash

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:27 pm

UPDATE: 5:25 p.m. An 87-year-old man from the Upper Fraser Valley died in this morning's crash on Highway 97 in Lake Country, RCMP confirm. Emergency crews...

Incumbent wants recount

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:12 pm

District of Peachland incumbent mayor Cindy Fortin says she was stunned when she learned she lost by a single vote. “I just felt really sad for this...

Zombies ready to thrill

Oct 21, 2018 / 3:43 pm

Zombies - and their fans – are urged to help "thrill the world" on Oct. 27. The Studio9 School of the Arts event will see students dressed as...

Alberta man rescued in park

Oct 21, 2018 / 12:44 pm

An Alberta man needed to be rescued after injuring himself while riding an off-road motorbike in Bear Creek Provincial Park. A group of four people travelled...

Crash at Gordon & Harvey

Oct 21, 2018 / 12:02 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of a vehicle crash at Gordon Drive and Highway 97. Emergency crews were called to the scene at about 11 a.m. Sunday morning. It...

'It's still a bad tax'

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's Chamber of Commerce says the revised real estate speculation tax is "still a bad tax." The chamber is gearing up – again –...

Little kid, big heart

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Sihaan Sehgal turned seven on Saturday. But rather than splurge on gifts with birthday money, the Kelowna boy is taking his birthday cash and donating it to...

Dyas ready to take a break

Oct 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Tom Dyas says he's happy how his campaign turned out, despite losing to incumbent Colin Basran in the race for mayor of Kelowna. "As we can see from...

Colin clobbers competition

Oct 21, 2018 / 12:41 am

Kelowna has made their choice and Colin Basran is back as mayor. The Curious Cafe restaurant in Kelowna was bustling with people anticipating the arrival of...

Milsom in mayor's seat

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:55 pm

UPDATE: 10:55 p.m. In one of the less surprising results in the Okanagan during Saturday's municipal elections, Gord Milsom was elected mayor of West...

Victory by a single vote

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:00 pm

Peachland has a new mayor, but the race is so close it will surely result in a recount. Preliminary results from the District of Peachland show Harry Gough...

Baker back in Lake Country

Oct 20, 2018 / 9:16 pm

James Baker has been returned as mayor in Lake Country. A total of 2,791 ballots were cast. The majority of voters also indicated support for borrowing up to...

Basran returned as mayor

Oct 20, 2018 / 9:06 pm

Refresh the page to see the latest election numbers as they come in for Kelowna.

Live election coverage

Oct 20, 2018 / 6:18 pm

The polls will close across the Okanagan and around B.C. at 8 p.m. tonight as residents vote to elect new city councils, boards of education and regional...

Trailer engulfed in flames

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:50 pm

A trailer became fully engulfed in flames on Saturday afternoon in West Kelowna. Police and firefighters responded to a property at the rear of Village Green...

Strong turnout at polls

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:31 pm

Kelowna voters converged on City Hall and other polling stations, Saturday, to cast their ballots in the municipal election. As the afternoon ticked closer to...

Pole 1, Jeep 0

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:14 pm

A Jeep SUV collided with a light pole on Gellatly Road in West Kelowna Saturday afternoon. It's not known what caused the crash, which happened about 4:35...

Swinging for hope

Oct 20, 2018 / 3:00 pm

UBC Okanagan Medical students want to give Hope Air a lift. The 7th annual SMP charity classic golf tournament is set to tee-off Oct. 21 at The Harvest Golf...

Water work on mountain

Oct 20, 2018 / 2:18 pm

The Black Mountain Irrigation District is asking residents to conserve water while crews repair a water main in the area. A leaky coupling is being repaired and...

Hiker carried off mountain

Oct 20, 2018 / 1:49 pm

UPDATE 1:48 p.m. A 46-year-old woman is recovering in Kelowna General Hospital Saturday afternoon after being rescued by Central Okanagan Search and rescue....

Chong sparks up K-town

Oct 20, 2018 / 9:00 am

Legendary stoner Tommy Chong was the special guest at a legalization party hosted by Diablo Nutrients and Quick Grow Kelowna on Friday night. The celebrity...

Spec tax fight goes on

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

The battle against the provincial government's speculation and vacancy tax is not over. Mayors Doug Findlater in West Kelowna and Colin Basran in Kelowna...

Time to get your flu shot

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

With flu season on its way, health-care professionals are encouraging the public to get their flu shots. On Friday, Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission, got...

Election day: where to vote

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Today is election day across the Central Okanagan, as residents determine who will sit on city councils, boards of education and who will serve as regional...

College addressing big need

Oct 19, 2018 / 7:30 pm

B.C. needs nearly 3,000 health-care aides by 2023, so a local college with campuses in the Central Okanagan is doing what it can to produce as many as possible....

Canada reaches final 8

Oct 19, 2018 / 7:01 pm

It didn’t come easily, but Canada has reached the final eight at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship. The Canadian team from the...

Crash slows Hwy 97 at Ellis

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:05 pm

UPDATE: 5:05 p.m. The scene is mostly clear now at Highway 97 and Ellis Street, following a four-vehicle collision. Only one vehicle remains to be removed, and...

Evening Update Oct. 19

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Oct. 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Demolition ordered to stop

Oct 19, 2018 / 3:26 pm

The District of Lake Country has issued a stop-work order for construction at Teddy Bear Lodge on Pelmewash Parkway. The order was issued Friday morning to...

YLW work nearly done

Oct 19, 2018 / 2:14 pm

Construction crews are using the nice fall weather to complete work on the widening of Airport Way at Kelowna International Airport. The sidewalks are complete,...

A packed weekend of events

Oct 19, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Check out what's happening this weekend with Jenna Craigmyle, who'll be making the rounds around town in the Castanet-Total Restoration Total Fun...

Degrading, disgusting prank

Oct 19, 2018 / 11:23 am

A Kelowna woman’s house has been vandalized and she feels targeted after a vile prank. At first, the two dozen apples on her property were an innocent...

Teacher facing sex charges

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

A former Mount Boucherie Secondary teacher has been charged with luring a child and sexual assault. Bradley Michael Furman's case was in Kelowna court...

Super stoner in Valley today

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Canada's favourite stoner will be visiting the Valley today. Tommy Chong, who rose to fame with marijuana-infused movies like Up In Smoke with bud buddy...

Vying for Big Brother spot

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Hundreds showed up at Dakoda's Sports Bar Thursday looking for their big break. Big Brother Canada was in town looking for contestants for the seventh...

Shoes transformed into art

Oct 18, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Shoe Bank Canada is changing people's lives – one pair of shoes at a time. "Social agencies from around the community can refer people to the...

Valley apples big, beautiful

Oct 18, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The Okanagan apple harvest is almost complete, and it’s going to be remembered as an excellent one. Chris Pollock, BC Tree Fruits’ marketing...

Spec Tax changes no help

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:25 pm

Just two days after the government's new speculation and vacancy tax was introduced in the legislature, changes will be made at the urging of Green Party...

Evening Update Oct. 18

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Oct. 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Drug trial on migraine relief

Oct 18, 2018 / 4:48 pm

Persistent headaches getting you down? A new drug trial seeks to offer some relief for adults who suffer from treatment-resistant migraines. The clinical...

Mounties nab masked man

Oct 18, 2018 / 2:43 pm

Kelowna Mounties get their man, with your help. RCMP are thanking a keen-eyed citizen who called 911 after spotting the silver badly dented vehicle used in a...

Pedestrian hit, minor injury

Oct 18, 2018 / 2:35 pm

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon in West Kelowna. The collision happened about 2 p.m. on Kyle Road, near Byland Road. The pedestrian...

Corteo wows audience

Oct 18, 2018 / 1:40 pm

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo wowed crowds at Prospera Place on opening night in Kelowna. Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a...

Puppy love for PADS

Oct 18, 2018 / 1:30 pm

Must love dogs, puppy kisses and tail wags. The Pacific Assistance Dogs Society is looking for puppy-raisers. That's right, your dream job is a reality....

Boucherie detour change

Oct 18, 2018 / 11:37 am

Some temporary changes are being made to the detour route around construction of Phase 2 of the Boucherie Road Wine Trail. The changes are effective Friday and...

Poppadoms gets support

Oct 18, 2018 / 11:33 am

A Kelowna food truck is without power and a family business can’t operate after its generator was stolen. The theft occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday while the...

PM praises Journey Home

Oct 18, 2018 / 10:28 am

Serious kudos from Prime Minister @justintrudeau & MP @Fuhrmp in Ottawa today for #Kelowna’s #JourneyHome Strategy to fight homelessness. Incredible...

Ski swap turns 48

Oct 18, 2018 / 9:41 am

The Big White Ski Club will gather at New Life Church on Harvey Avenue for its 48th annual Ski and Board Swap on Saturday. Those with items to sell can drop...

Smoke 'em if you got 'em?

Oct 18, 2018 / 9:12 am

You'll be seeing a lot more of this in the days and weeks ahead, now that cannabis is legal in Canada. This photo, snapped Wednesday, shows a man with a...

Where are the bears?

Oct 18, 2018 / 7:52 am

Bear sightings across Kelowna are slightly down this year and conservation officers are pleased with encounters so far. North Okanagan conservation officer...

Cannabis retailers waiting

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Officials in both Kelowna and Lake Country are waiting patiently for the first applications to hit their desks for legal cannabis retailers. Kelowna planning...

Best of Okanagan battle

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

For one night only chefs and mixologist from right here in Kelowna will battle it out using local spirits. The 2018 Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff is...

Shelter staying longer

Oct 17, 2018 / 7:27 pm

As the winter months approach, a homeless shelter has received another extension on its lease. Inn from the Cold’s lease ran out at the end of September,...

Evening Update Oct. 17

Oct 17, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Oct. 17 with reporter Wayne Moore.

Police seek masked man

Oct 17, 2018 / 4:53 pm

Kelowna RCMP are searching for a suspect and a vehicle after a break and enter and theft at a Rutland home Wednesday morning. Mounties are searching throughout...

Smoke was training at YLW

Oct 17, 2018 / 4:16 pm

UPDATE 4:14 p.m. Sean Parker, manager of airport emergency and operational readiness at YLW, tells Castanet that Wednesday's training was a Transport Canada...

Battle lines in PR debate

Oct 17, 2018 / 3:20 pm

The current system of electing a government in B.C. is flawed, and needs to change. That's the opinion of Maria Dobrinskaya, who spoke on behalf of a...

A-mazing cornfield fun

Oct 17, 2018 / 1:31 pm

The Kelowna Corn Maze may leave you corn-fused with all its twists and turns. "I built the maze eight years ago for the kids on Valley Road in Glenmore,...

'Chain' embraces diversity

Oct 17, 2018 / 12:21 pm

October has been declared Community Inclusion Month in Kelowna. An "inclusion chain" was formed outside City Hall on Wednesday, celebrating...

Final advance polls open

Oct 17, 2018 / 11:18 am

The final round of advance polls leading up to Saturday's civic elections are underway in Kelowna. Polls will be open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at four...

Poll numbers double

Oct 17, 2018 / 11:16 am

Nearly twice as many people cast ballots in advance polls in West Kelowna as four years ago. On Tuesday's final day, 1,240 votes were cast, compared with...

Smokers want pot advice

Oct 17, 2018 / 7:35 am

A recent survey found those who use cannabis or are planning to use it would like to be able to receive information about the drug from providers. Currently,...

Poverty & children forum

Oct 17, 2018 / 7:31 am

Municipal elections are just days away in the Central Okanagan. With only a few days left before you cast your vote many Okanagan residents trying to educate...

Spec tax fight not over

Oct 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The mayors of Kelowna and West Kelowna vow to keep up the fight against the province's controversial speculation tax. The tax, first brought forward in the...

Theft cripples business

Oct 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Three thieves made off with a food truck’s generator and they had to go through quite the effort to steal it. Poppadoms owner Serge Dosanj said his...

Weaver not sold on spec tax

Oct 16, 2018 / 8:30 pm

The man who holds the balance of power in the B.C. legislature says he has several concerns over the government's real estate speculation tax. The NDP...

Breakout West a success

Oct 16, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Organizers of the Breakout West music festival say this year's was the best weekend in the festival's 16-year history. The four-day, three-night...

Why mess with success?

Oct 16, 2018 / 7:30 pm

Proportional representation doesn't create extremism – but it does enable it, says Bill Tieleman. Tieleman, a noted B.C. journalist, political...

Giving away cash for good

Oct 16, 2018 / 5:02 pm

Interior Savings is once again giving away $10,000 – in $100 increments – to those who vow to do something good with it. As part of the credit...

Evening Update Oct. 16

Oct 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Oct. 16 with reporter Wayne Moore.

Chong visit delayed

Oct 16, 2018 / 4:40 pm

UPDATE: OCT. 16, 4:40 p.m. Legendary stoner Tommy Chong will not be in Kelowna as scheduled to celebrate the legalization of cannabis in Canada. Chong, 80, was...

Dirt bike found running

Oct 16, 2018 / 3:40 pm

RCMP need your help to try and locate the rightful owner of an abandoned dirt bike found running on the holiday Monday. RCMP got a report of an abandoned dirt...

Cops nab wanted man

Oct 16, 2018 / 3:03 pm

Kelowna RCMP have a man in custody following a break in at a business early Tuesday. Police were called to a report of a B&E in progress on the 1900 block...

Housing first for homeless

Oct 16, 2018 / 1:46 pm

Kelowna residents gathered at the Salvation Army on Sutherland Avenue Tuesday morning for a talk on the Journey Home strategy and its focus on homelessness....

Basran: rumours not true

Oct 16, 2018 / 12:24 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran is pouring cold water on a hot rumour. There has been speculation Basran would make a run at provincial politics if, as expected,...

ATM ditched on street

Oct 16, 2018 / 10:35 am

Police are working to confirm if an abandoned ATM is the one that was stolen during a break-in at Capri Bowling Lanes on Sept. 14. A trailer was ditched for two...

Never tie judo belt again

Oct 16, 2018 / 10:10 am

Kathy Hubble left competitive judo more than 30 years ago after winning several Canadian championships and coaching for a few years. Kids couldn’t tie...

More advance polls today

Oct 16, 2018 / 9:49 am

Advance polls are open again today in a few jurisdictions in the Central Okanagan ahead of Saturday's civic election. West Kelowna voters get their last...

House fire quickly doused

Oct 16, 2018 / 6:40 am

Kelowna fire crews had to act quickly to douse a fire in the upper Mission Monday night. Crews responded to a call at 8:18 p.m., at a single-family home on the...

Where you can & can't toke

Oct 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Legalization of cannabis is just over 24 hours away and there is still uncertainty surrounding where you can and can’t smoke in the Okanagan Valley. The...

'Killing animals has to stop'

Oct 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Diana Bertucci is fed up with the killing of "innocent animals" in West Kelowna. Bertucci is upset after watching a man killing Canada Geese on...

Milsom returns to politics

Oct 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Gord Milsom is making a return to politics after a four year absence. Milsom was an original West Kelowna councillor. He served the city for seven years before...

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