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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Population, income soaring

Aug 14, 2018 / 7:45 pm

The Central Okanagan is growing faster than B.C. and Canada in a number of ways. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission released its 2018 Regional...

Inn from Cold's dire plea

Aug 14, 2018 / 7:10 pm

Facilitators at Inn from the Cold are redoubling efforts to find a new space for the emergency shelter. The shelter must be out of its current location on...

RCMP search base of Knox

Aug 14, 2018 / 6:03 pm

Police are searching for someone in the Clement Avenue area Tuesday evening. At about 5 p.m., a witness saw several RCMP cruisers on Clifton Road, between...

Evening Update Aug. 14

Aug 14, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Aug. 14, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Don't worry, just training

Aug 14, 2018 / 4:35 pm

Residents of Gosset Road in West Kelowna may have wondered why there was a large police presence in the neighbourhood midday Tuesday. One email sent to Castanet...

Stabbing at orchard

Aug 14, 2018 / 4:09 pm

An altercation between two seasonal workers living in shared accommodation on an orchard in Kelowna's Ellison area led to a stabbing Monday night. Police...

Sudden death not criminal

Aug 14, 2018 / 3:46 pm

The investigation into the sudden death of a 29-year-old Vernon woman has been deemed not criminally suspicious, after it was originally believed to be so, RCMP...

Didn't know theft a crime

Aug 14, 2018 / 3:13 pm

One of two men caught on camera absconding with three buckets of balls from a Kelowna driving range has turned himself in to police. Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey...

Smoke affecting animals

Aug 14, 2018 / 1:30 pm

The heavy smoke across British Columbia is affecting more than just people. Rose Valley veterinarian Dr. Oz is speaking up for those that can't. "We...

Locals to massive wildfire

Aug 14, 2018 / 1:07 pm

Kelowna firefighters are driving to Fort St. James to help battle wildfires burning out of control. Numerous wildfires, including the Shovel Lake wildfire, are...

Bizarre scene at City Hall

Aug 14, 2018 / 1:01 pm

It didn't take long for Kelowna bylaw officers to deal with a potentially dangerous situation in city council chambers, Monday. Mayor Colin Basran called a...

Vagrants testing patience

Aug 14, 2018 / 11:14 am

More than 80 per cent of Kelowna Chamber of Commerce downtown business owners say their safety and security concerns have increased in the last year. Kim...

Community steps up to help

Aug 14, 2018 / 10:10 am

A local company has stepped up to fix a man’s roof after a tree came crashing right through it. Paul Whitfield was sleeping at Antlers Beach Mobile Home...

JoeAnna's House to rise

Aug 14, 2018 / 10:00 am

UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. Kelowna city council has given first reading to two projects in what is known as the Kelowna General Hospital precinct. The...

A frightening encounter

Aug 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna woman is sounding the warning about a scary encounter on her way to work recently. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, was walking near Pandosy...

Falcons fly to final

Aug 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Falcons were crowned North Division champions of the West Coast League Sunday after a wild 7-6 victory over the Bellingham Bells with one final...

Rutland transit to expand

Aug 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Transit users in Rutland can expect a major route alignment within the next three years. Transit manager Jerry Dombowski says, based on the city's transit...

Build it, and you will drive

Aug 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Are you bothered by the seemingly endless congestion on Kelowna roadways? Get used to it. A city paper on transportation challenges and opportunities suggests...

Mission Hill feels the love

Aug 13, 2018 / 7:30 pm

West Kelowna’s Mission Hill Family Estate was recently featured as one of the world’s best-designed vineyards. Architectural Digest produced a story...

Transit revenues jump

Aug 13, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna's share of regional transit costs will only increase slightly over the life of the current agreement, thanks in large part to a healthy increase in...

Google says smile

Aug 13, 2018 / 6:00 pm

It's that time again. Google is updating its Google maps and street view services in portions of the Okanagan. The specially equipped vehicles include a...

Evening Update Aug. 13

Aug 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Aug. 13, with Jon Manchester.

Good Food Box is here

Aug 13, 2018 / 4:49 pm

A Kelowna pilot project is aiming to make healthy, local food more available and more affordable. The Good Food Box is a project of the Central Okanagan Food...

Smokanagan till mid week

Aug 13, 2018 / 3:40 pm

Smoke that has blanketed the Okanagan since Sunday is expected to stick around until the middle of the week. Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu says the...

Gottfriedsen blaze grows

Aug 13, 2018 / 2:44 pm

The Gottfriedsen Mountain wildfire is now estimated at 730 hectares in size. It continues to burn about 24 kilometres west of West Kelowna, north of the...

Council meeting disrupted

Aug 13, 2018 / 2:01 pm

A Kelowna city council meeting was abruptly brought to a halt Monday afternoon when a man who identified himself as Daniel began unloading the contents of his...

Smoke show continues

Aug 13, 2018 / 1:37 pm

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m. Enviornment Canada says the Okanagan won't see much relief this week when it comes to the air quality. The last couple of days were quite...

Got a lot of 'balls': RCMP

Aug 13, 2018 / 12:59 pm

Kelowna RCMP are asking for your help to catch a pair of golf ball thieves. RCMP tell Castanet, 'fore' hundred dollars worth of golf balls were taken...

Back-to-school giveaway

Aug 13, 2018 / 11:57 am

A late-summer tradition returns Aug. 25 in Kelowna. The Back to School Bash provides free backpacks, clothes, haircuts and more to children of families...

Missing boy found

Aug 13, 2018 / 11:29 am

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. A missing five-year-old boy has been found safe. The boy was last seen riding his bicycle in the South Pandosy area at about 10:15 a.m. on...

Rescued from sinking boat

Aug 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Eldorado Marina employees are being called heroes for rescuing a family after their boat started sinking. Three young men bravely saved a mother, father,...

Gusty 80km wind damage

Aug 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Strong winds caused crashing waves to sink a boat on Okanagan Lake and trees to snap in half on Saturday. Wind gusts were clocked at over 80 km/h at Kelowna...

Flights delayed by smoke?

Aug 12, 2018 / 9:33 pm

A number of flights due to arrive at Kelowna International Airport are delayed this evening, and a Castanet source on board one of the delayed flights says...

Police: No risk to public

Aug 12, 2018 / 7:31 pm

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. Police officers rushed to a Kelowna park after they were notified that someone had what appeared to be a large gun. General duty officers...

No growth overnight on fire

Aug 12, 2018 / 2:30 pm

Work done by firefighters on the Gottfriedsen Mountain wildfire has prevented the fire from growing overnight. The 550 hectare wildfire burning in the...

Paddling for a cause

Aug 12, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Over 150 paddlers raced on Okanagan Lake for a good cause Sunday morning. The fourth annul PIHL Law Paddle for Prevention took place hoping to raise $50,000 in...

Castanet's week in review

Aug 12, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Rock the Lake back for 2019

Aug 12, 2018 / 8:34 am

Keep on rocking! Rock the Lake thrilled more crowds at Prospera Place Saturday night, and has announced the outdoor festival will be back for 2019....

Mitigating Powers Creek

Aug 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

Crews with the City of West Kelowna will spend the next few weeks on recovery work within Powers Creek. Work will take place between the west side of Rotary...

Testing drugs downtown

Aug 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

For those looking to see if their illicit drugs contain any deadly surprises, music festivals are no longer the only place where drug testing is offered. In...

Minimal growth at fire

Aug 11, 2018 / 8:52 pm

UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. The BC Wildfire Service says there was minimal growth at the Gottfriedsen Mountain wildfire on Saturday. The fire burning north of the...

40 new fires sparked

Aug 11, 2018 / 7:53 pm

UPDATE: 7:50 p.m. The BC Wildfire Service says a thunderstorm on Saturday started 40 new fires in the Kamloops Fire Centre; none, however, have grown to...

Lights back on for 2,000

Aug 11, 2018 / 6:42 pm

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m. BC Hydro's outage map indicated power was restored just after 6 p.m. to 2,011 customers in Lake Country. The outage lasted about 90...

Break-in caught on video

Aug 11, 2018 / 11:15 am

A new father feels a little uneasy after his car was broken into outside his Kelowna home earlier this week. Brandon Stearns recently installed a surveillance...

Rock the Lake - in photos

Aug 11, 2018 / 8:47 am

Classic rock and pop fans rocked the lake in Kelowna, Friday night. The first night of the three-day Rock the Lake festival saw Ian Thomas, Men Without Hats and...

Can't bend to deliver mail

Aug 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

About three dozen residents in the Gallagher's Canyon community should be receiving mail delivery on Monday, after their mail delivery was abruptly halted...

Rockin' out in Kelowna!

Aug 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

Smoky skies didn't put a damper on Rock the Lake Friday as hundreds of people filled the parking lot outside of Prospera Place in Kelowna to take in the...

Kelowna pride - loud, proud

Aug 10, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Kelowna's 11th annual Pride celebration kicks off this weekend. A fun-filled week of events and activities for the LGBT2Q+ community and allies begins...

Wine tours getting bad rap

Aug 10, 2018 / 7:30 pm

There has been plenty of talk this summer about wine tour companies bringing rowdy patrons to Okanagan wineries. Some wineries have gone so far as to limit the...

2 dogs, hot car, 35 C

Aug 10, 2018 / 7:20 pm

Two dogs sat in distress in a black car for more than 20 minutes Thursday while their owner was shopping in Kelowna. "It was at the Value Village ... just...

Evening Update Aug. 10

Aug 10, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Aug. 10, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Winds expected at fire

Aug 10, 2018 / 3:00 pm

UPDATE: 3 p.m. The BC Wildfire Service has additional resources working on the Gottfriedsen Mountain fire, which is burning 24 kilometres west of West Kelowna,...

Air quality warning

Aug 10, 2018 / 12:25 pm

UPDATE 12:25 p.m. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Emergency Management BC has issued their own air quality statement to go along with a...

Cyclist slams into truck

Aug 10, 2018 / 12:20 pm

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. A cyclist has been taken to Kelowna General Hospital with undetermined injuries after he ran into the side of a pickup truck on Bernard...

Heat records fall

Aug 10, 2018 / 12:17 pm

Environment Canada's heat warning remains in effect for the Okanagan as high-temperature records fall. Meteorologist Doug Lundquist tells Castanet that...

Starbuds heads into Ontario

Aug 10, 2018 / 9:38 am

A Kelowna-based cannabis company believes it has positioned itself well for cannabis distribution in Ontario. Starbuds Canada, a joint venture between Compass...

Go Slopestyle!

Aug 10, 2018 / 9:38 am

Big White's new Slopestyle Centre opens this weekend for mountain bikers to shred. The elite training facility recently hosted the Big White Invitational...

Signs of fire danger

Aug 10, 2018 / 9:37 am

As the fire hazard remains extreme in the Central Okanagan, new sandwich board reminders are being circulated around regional parks. The signs remind park users...

Heart leaves void in family

Aug 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family of a former Kelowna man who died suddenly, leaving behind a wife and three children. Troy Wanner died in...

Police swarm home

Aug 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Police swarmed a house on a quiet residential street in Southeast Kelowna Wednesday night. Castanet readers say they watched as police cruisers rushed to...

Liquor rules on the lake

Aug 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Even the police enjoy lake life. Phil Boissonneault and Randy Ferris have been in law enforcement for 30-plus years, and they still can't get enough....

Evac alert north of 97C

Aug 9, 2018 / 10:05 pm

UPDATE: 10:05 p.m. Seven firefighters continue to fight the Mount Gottfriedsen wildfire through the night, along with the help of one bulldozer. The crew is...

Musical Ride gallops in

Aug 9, 2018 / 8:10 pm

After 13 years, the RCMP Musical Ride galloped its way back to Kelowna Thursday. The Musical Ride performs in up to 50 communities across Canada each year...

Thank a firefighter

Aug 9, 2018 / 7:10 pm

With dozens of wildfires burning across the province and memories of last summer's Joe Rich blaze seared into their minds, residents may want to give a...

Candidate has lofty ideas

Aug 9, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Joshua Hoggan describes himself as "your average, every day, normal guy with a workaholic twist," and he wants to be your mayor. Hoggan is one of four...

Evening Update Aug. 9

Aug 9, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Aug. 9, with reporter Wayne Moore.

A Blizzard of charity

Aug 9, 2018 / 2:14 pm

If you ever needed an excuse to buy ice cream, today is the day. It's Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen, when 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the...

Wasylyk launches campaign

Aug 9, 2018 / 12:13 pm

Renee Wasylyk has made it official. The Kelowna developer will seek the federal conservative nomination in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding. While a date for the...

Motorcycle manoeuvres

Aug 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

It may look like a dream job, cruising around on a Harley Road King – police edition – fully equipped with lights, radar, and power to spare but......

Patrols for Westbank Centre

Aug 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Downtown security patrols are set to begin in West Kelowna. The patrols will start this week in the Westbank Town Centre to discourage "inappropriate...

Black beauties

Aug 8, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Thirty-two horses with the RCMP's Musical Ride have arrived in Kelowna and are staying at the Curling Club until their performances on Thursday. Massive...

Show some Myra love

Aug 8, 2018 / 6:45 pm

Show some love for Kelowna's Myra Canyon Trestles. The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society has launched a fundraising bumper sticker drive to help keep...

Lovestruck vandals strike

Aug 8, 2018 / 5:15 pm

Stephane and Beatrice Facon have a message for the apparently lovestruck vandals responsible for spray-painting the windows and walls of their downtown Kelowna...

Evening Update Aug. 8

Aug 8, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Aug. 8, with Jon Manchester.

Bear-spraying shoplifter

Aug 8, 2018 / 4:01 pm

Innocent bystanders were pepper-sprayed in a violent incident at Kelowna's Walmart store. Just before 3 p.m. on Aug. 1, a man discharged a canister of bear...

Cyclist dies in hospital

Aug 8, 2018 / 12:40 pm

A man who collided with a pickup while cycling on Richter Street Tuesday has died. Just before 1 p.m., the 58-year-old cyclist collided with a Ford F-350 near...

Ready to Rock the Lake

Aug 8, 2018 / 11:44 am

Are you ready to Rock the Lake? A legendary lineup of musical acts will hit the stage, outdoors in the Prospera Place parking lot, Friday through Sunday. Gates...

Coroner ID's body

Aug 8, 2018 / 10:31 am

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service have now positively identified the remains of a man discovered Thursday evening in West Kelowna. The name of the man has not...

Tree falls on power line

Aug 8, 2018 / 8:41 am

UPDATE 10:45 a.m. Castanet has received updated information on a brush fire near Swainson Road. Simon Grant says his neighbour Jack Ketel flew into action to...

Collision on Gordon

Aug 8, 2018 / 7:25 am

Emergency crews are on scene of what appears to be a collision involving a pet at the intersection of Gordon between Lawrence and Harvey Avenues. No word on any...

Vehicle into pole

Aug 8, 2018 / 7:20 am

A Castanet reader has sent us a photo of single vehicle incident which happened in the 4200 block of Glenmore Rd north Tuesday night. The vehicle which...

Living in destroyed home

Aug 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A 67-year-old man is stuck living with a massive hole in his roof after a windstorm wreaked havoc on his home. Paul Whitfield woke up to a loud bang on June 25...

Rose's shuts its doors

Aug 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

After 25 years in business, Rose's Waterfront Pub is closing its doors, and tears have been shed since the announcement was made last week. "After the...

New build on old condo fire

Aug 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

What remains of a burned-down condominium has been purchased by an Edmonton home-building company. Carrington Homes announced on Tuesday they had purchased the...

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