Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Candidate questionnaire #1

Apr 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet News reached out to each of the candidates running in the ridings completely encompassing the Central Okanagan. These include Kelowna-Lake Country,...

'Animals need your help'

Apr 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Multiple people gathered at The Sails in Kelowna to march for an end to lab animals. Protestors in Kelowna brought animals with them for the march and walked...

Council OK's liquor outlet

Apr 24, 2017 / 6:45 pm

City council have given its OK for a small liquor outlet in the nearly complete Hillside Plaza next to the former Conservatory site. The outlet will be situated...

Evening Update April 24

Apr 24, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, April 24, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Abandoned no more

Apr 24, 2017 / 4:17 pm

A prominent building that has for years been decaying on the outskirts of Peachland is finally getting a facelift. The building's new tenant,...

Bringing history to life

Apr 24, 2017 / 4:16 pm

The annual Okanagan Regional Heritage Fair is coming to Downtown Kelowna on Tuesday. Every year, dozens of schools from across the Interior participate in...

Youth detox service is back

Apr 24, 2017 / 3:29 pm

Youth detox services have returned to Kelowna. The Bridge Youth & Family Services, in partnership with Interior Health, has opened the doors to a four-bed...

Smoke over Rose Valley

Apr 24, 2017 / 12:10 pm

Residents of Rose Valley may be seeing smoke in the hills. A concerned resident said she called 911 to report fire burning in Rose Valley Regional Park, across...

Dumping hot spot

Apr 24, 2017 / 10:12 am

A section of Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park is becoming more of a garbage dump than a scenic destination, according to a Kelowna resident. Rolf von Andrian says...

Candidate Steve Thomson

Apr 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet News wants to give you an opportunity to meet each of the candidates running in Central Okanagan ridings during the 2017 provincial election. Each...

'Thank you for fixing me'

Apr 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

It’s hard to believe that only a few months ago this eight-year-old Kelowna girl had a life-changing surgery. On Sunday afternoon, she was outside kicking...

Fire guts Peachland home

Apr 23, 2017 / 8:00 pm

A portion of a Peachland home was gutted in a structure fire on Vernon Ave. Sunday afternoon. It’s not clear at this point how the fire started, but...

No help with creek flood

Apr 23, 2017 / 12:15 pm

Residents are growing concerned about rising water in Mill Creek. Water was flooding into yards in the area of Ethel Street and Burne Avenue on Sunday, but a...

Tourism, hospitality job fair

Apr 23, 2017 / 10:33 am

A tourism and hospitality career fair is taking place on Sunday in Kelowna. Restaurants, hotels and wineries from across the Okanagan that are looking for...

Sure sign of spring

Apr 23, 2017 / 6:59 am

Spring has been slow in coming to the Okanagan, but signs are blooming that it's here to stay. Arrowleaf balsamroot flowers are blooming on Okanagan...

Low bid for Hindle build

Apr 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Surrey company appears to be the leading candidate for the extension of John Hindle Drive. BD Hall Constructors Corp. came in with the lowest of the five bids...

Repair Cafe fixes all

Apr 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Repair Cafe could be just the event you’re looking for to fix up those home projects. The event is hosted by the regional waste reduction office, and...

O'Leary: not all wonderful

Apr 22, 2017 / 3:56 pm

Kevin O'Leary isn't a politician, doesn't pretend to be one, and won't apologize for it. But, the self-proclaimed Mr. Wonderful who rose to...

Smoke no cause for concern

Apr 22, 2017 / 8:49 am

There will be smoke above the mountains near Kelowna, but it is no cause for concern. With good air quality and venting conditions today, Saturday, April 22,...

Car goes up in flames

Apr 22, 2017 / 7:08 am

Castanet received unconfirmed reports overnight of a car fire on Highway 97 in Kelowna. The fire apparently happened about 10:45 p.m. Friday at Highway 97 and...

Time to burn running out

Apr 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

Time is running out for open burning in the Central Okanagan. Eligible property owners with the proper permits, have until sunset Sunday, April 30, to wrap up...

Castanet's week in review

Apr 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Wayne Moore, in for Nich Johansen.

Dirt bike victim mourned

Apr 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The young man killed in a dirt bike accident above Bear Creek last week is being remembered as a man who loved the great outdoors. The body of Dylan James...

Fine dining at the mission

Apr 21, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Guests of the Kelowna Gospel Mission will enjoy some fine dining Saturday, thanks to the Okanagan Chefs Association. The association is providing a three-course...

Booze just a walk away

Apr 21, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A few thousand people living within earshot of what was once the Conservatory site in Glenmore could get easier access to their favourite alcoholic beverage....

Barbecue sparks fire

Apr 21, 2017 / 5:30 pm

An unattended barbecue may be the cause of a fire at a home on Hartman Road in Kelowna, Friday afternoon. Crews responding to the fire reported black smoke and...

Evening Update April 21

Apr 21, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, April 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Do your part on Earth Day

Apr 21, 2017 / 4:14 pm

There are many ways to get involved in Earth Day this year in Kelowna. The Regional Waste Reduction Office has a community cleanup on Saturday. “Every...

Burnt dinner clears resort

Apr 21, 2017 / 2:58 pm

Food left in the oven prompted a large fire department response to the Playa Del Sol resort in Kelowna overnight. Shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, smoke alarms went...

Castanet Kid Report

Apr 21, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Castanet's Kid Report for March. 16 with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Stolen under her nose

Apr 21, 2017 / 12:59 pm

Police constantly warn motorists not to leave valuables in their vehicles. But you wouldn't expect a thief to swipe your wallet while you're in the car....

Standoff over gun threat

Apr 21, 2017 / 12:25 pm

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. An argument that escalated to threats of violence with a firearm was behind Thursday night's shutdown of Highway 97 at McCurdy Road. A...

A test of endurance

Apr 21, 2017 / 12:07 pm

Rescuers were all wet this week, training in Mission Creek. Kelowna's water rescue team was conducting its annual training and certification. The first leg...

Culinary career fair

Apr 21, 2017 / 11:53 am

Culinary careers will be on display this weekend at Okanagan College. The college is hosting its first tourism and hospitality career fair in partnership with...

Making dreams come true

Apr 21, 2017 / 5:48 am

Your yearly chance to help make kids' magical dreams come true is almost upon us. The third annual Papa John's Pizza Dreams for Kids Day comes up next...

Candidate Norm Letnick

Apr 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet News wants to give you an opportunity to meet each of the candidates running in Central Okanagan ridings during the 2017 provincial election. Each...

Trash ruining scenic drive

Apr 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A West Kelowna resident is disgusted over the garbage that has been left along Glenrosa Road. Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel was travelling on what used to be a scenic...

Parkades ready to open

Apr 20, 2017 / 8:00 pm

More than 500 parking stalls are now available during the weekend in the new Memorial Parkade. “Construction work is still going on in the facility, with...

Evening Update April 20

Apr 20, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, April 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Struggling with balance

Apr 20, 2017 / 4:24 pm

Canadians are struggling with work-life balance, according to a new poll by Insights West. Employees who are working full time say they have had to stay late at...

Better signs welcome all

Apr 20, 2017 / 1:35 pm

West Kelowna Coun. Bryden Winsby didn't go so far as to say I told you so. But, the West Kelowna councillor said he was happy the city decided not to go the...

Skate park's a winner

Apr 20, 2017 / 1:34 pm

West Kelowna's new amphitheatre and skate park have been recognized for their construction excellence. The new facilities were recently presented the 2017...

Lightbulb starts fire

Apr 20, 2017 / 12:15 pm

Fire crews were called to the scene of a minor house fire in West Kelowna just after 10:30 a.m. The incident was reported as a structure fire on Bridal Hill...

Vehicle crashes into home

Apr 20, 2017 / 11:45 am

Only a few minor injuries after a vehicle slammed into the front of a home at Loseth and Highway 33 in Black Mountain. No details are available, however...

Okanagan creeks rising

Apr 20, 2017 / 11:31 am

A combination of rain, higher temperatures and a melting snowpack are contributing to a rise in the levels of creeks and streams throughout the Central...

Castanet gets busted

Apr 20, 2017 / 10:12 am

UPDATE 10:10 a.m. Castanet content director Jon Manchester obviously has a lot of friends. Manchester was arrested Thursday morning as part of Cops for...

Burn victim out of ICU

Apr 20, 2017 / 9:50 am

A Kelowna man involved in a horrific workplace accident last month continues to show steady improvement in hospital. Braden Kapchinsky suffered burns to more...

Wine trail delayed a year

Apr 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Construction on the second phase of the Boucherie Road Wine Trail has been delayed by a year. West Kelowna staff suggested waiting until 2018 to allow all the...

Unusual visitor on lake

Apr 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna photographer captured an unusual sight on Okanagan Lake. Omer Vautour took photos of a pelican one might normally associate with tropical climes. The...

Cheers to Okanagan wine

Apr 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Wineries from across the Okanagan showed off their collections to an exclusive 300 invitees from the industry during the Okanagan Wine Festival. Local...

Candidate Chuck Hardy

Apr 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet News wants you to give you an opportunity to meet each of the candidates running in Central Okanagan ridings during the 2017 provincial election. Each...

Lake Country on a roll

Apr 19, 2017 / 8:38 pm

Lake Country is breaking records for both its residential construction and new commercial activity. The first quarter of 2017 has blasted by the first quarter...

Best Job in the world

Apr 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

A Kelowna woman is a semi-finalist in a competition that will pick one lucky person to travel the world. It has been dubbed 'The Best Job On The...

Care centre on the table

Apr 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

An urgent care has been a priority for West Kelowna council since the inception of the municipality 10 years ago. Interior Health went so far as to purchase a...

Candidates meet for forum

Apr 19, 2017 / 5:18 pm

The Lake Country Chamber of Commerce is bringing together local candidates in the upcoming provincial election. Kelowna-Lake Country candidates are scheduled to...

Bicycles for a cause

Apr 19, 2017 / 5:11 pm

The biggest yard sale in the Okanagan is set for Saturday at St. Charles Garnier Church in Kelowna. The sale is run by Bicycles for Humanity. For a decade,...

Evening Update April 19

Apr 19, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, April 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Truck engulfed in flames

Apr 19, 2017 / 3:24 pm

A truck went up in flames just after 2 p.m. on Campbell Road in West Kelowna, near the Okanagan Lake floating bridge. The driver of the vehicle said: "I...

2 crashes, 2 sent to hospital

Apr 19, 2017 / 2:34 pm

Two people were sent to the hospital Tuesday night in two separate vehicle crashes. A motorcyclist sustained serious injuries after he hit a deer while riding...

Hillclimb revving up

Apr 19, 2017 / 11:25 am

It's time to start your engines, the 60th Annual Knox Mountain Hillclimb is almost here. The event runs from May 20 to 21, at Knox Mountain Park....

Top prize for local writer

Apr 19, 2017 / 8:30 am

A Kelowna author has taken the top prize in a national short story contest, beating out 1,800 other entries. Alix Hawley was recently named the grand prize...

To the mat for charity

Apr 19, 2017 / 5:47 am

What began as innocent talk around a boardroom table has become, as co-organizer Mike Chisholm tells it, the most unique fundraising endeavour in the Okanagan....

Big boost for pier plan

Apr 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

A newly proposed fishing pier in Peachland has received a large donation from the Freshwater Fisheries Society. The 400-foot, wheelchair-accessible pier gives...

Candidate Robert Mellalieu

Apr 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet News wants to give you an opportunity to meet each of the candidates running in Central Okanagan ridings during the 2017 provincial election. Each...

O'Leary coming to town

Apr 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kevin O’Leary is coming to town and he’s inviting people to come hear his vision. The event will take place at Coast Capri Hotel at 10:30 a.m. on...

Alexa's Team growing

Apr 18, 2017 / 9:00 pm

From a humble beginning with just 26 officers, Alexa's Team now boasts more than 2,000 RCMP and municipal police officers from all regions of British...

Lifesaver shares story

Apr 18, 2017 / 8:30 pm

West Kelowna's Bob Hamilton has given blood 126 times. "I was born on the prairies, and my life started off with complications at birth. I was what...

Stolen from truck window

Apr 18, 2017 / 5:06 pm

RCMP are reminding people to lock their vehicles and remove valuables from being seen after more than $3,000 was stolen from a truck in Kelowna. A white Ford...

Evening Update April 18

Apr 18, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, April 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Crunch slows Highway 97

Apr 18, 2017 / 4:01 pm

A two-car collision at the intersection of Burtch Road and Highway 97 is slowing traffic this afternoon. The crash, about 3:30 p.m., involved a Volkswagen...

'Lesson in murder 101'

Apr 18, 2017 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. Roxanne Louie's uncle described the killing of his niece as a "lesson in murder 101" after Grace and Pier Robotti were sentenced...

Fire a controlled burn

Apr 18, 2017 / 2:14 pm

Not to worry. A fire spotted burning above the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna is actually a controlled burn. Fire information officer Max Birkner with the B.C....

Alleged tip jar thief

Apr 18, 2017 / 1:36 pm

Police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify an alleged tip jar thief. Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of the theft from a downtown business...

Multiple guns drawn

Apr 18, 2017 / 12:58 pm

Multiple RCMP officers responded to a tip Saturday morning in Kelowna and were seen with their guns drawn. At least 10 officers were seen at a residence in the...

Condo prices surge

Apr 18, 2017 / 12:10 pm

The cost of housing in the Central Okanagan continues to soar. According to the latest market survey by Royal LePage, the aggregate price of a home in the...

Cyclist blows light, gets hit

Apr 18, 2017 / 10:31 am

A 29-year-old Kelowna man spent some time in hospital after he was struck by a vehicle Monday evening. The cyclist was apparently heading southbound on Richter...