Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Kelowna pans Site C

Sep 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Construction of BC Hydro's Site C Dam in northeastern B.C. should be halted. That was the opinion of a majority of the more than 60 people who attended a BC...

KCR hosts job fair

Sep 25, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Need a job? Kelowna Community Resources’ job fair is the place to be this Friday. The job fair will be held at 620 Leon Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. ...

Evening Update Sept. 25

Sep 25, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Sept. 25, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Truck goes up in flames

Sep 25, 2017 / 3:18 pm

A pickup truck has caught fire on Highway 97, near the Glenrosa exit in West Kelowna. Reader photos show flames shooting from the hood of what appears to be a...

Getting into Halloween

Sep 25, 2017 / 2:54 pm

The Halloween season is just around the corner, and ghouls and goblins young and old are starting to ponder what costumes to wear this year. Halloween Alley, in...

Ford dealer on the move

Sep 25, 2017 / 1:05 pm

A new Kelowna Ford Lincoln dealership will occupy a prominent spot in the business park that will soon take shape at the former home of Enterprise Steel in...

Man flashes teens: police

Sep 25, 2017 / 12:46 pm

Kelowna RCMP are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to two teenagers. Police responded to reports of an indecent act on Sept. 8, just after 7 p.m.,...

Rams RCMP cruiser, flees

Sep 25, 2017 / 12:37 pm

A distraught man rammed a police vehicle and took off, Sunday, in Kelowna. Kelowna and Lake Country RCMP responded to reports of a distraught man causing a...

100% contained, not out

Sep 25, 2017 / 11:52 am

The Finlay Creek fire that broke out Sept. 2, briefly displacing hundreds from their homes, remains 100 per cent contained, but it most likely won't be...

Summer-like temps ahead

Sep 25, 2017 / 10:54 am

Chilly mornings have you missing summer? Don't worry, warmer weather is on the way. The Okanagan has felt like fall is in full swing lately, but we could...

Missing man found

Sep 25, 2017 / 10:28 am

UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. Kelowna RCMP say a 64-year-old man who went missing Sunday evening has been found. ORIGINAL: 7:30 a.m. A 64-year-old Kelowna man has been...

Pot, photo radar at UBCM

Sep 25, 2017 / 5:50 am

West Kelowna's contingent at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver has a busy week ahead. Council members have lined up meetings with five...

Spawning event success

Sep 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Families were invited to watch Kokanee salmon spawning in Mission Creek for the ‘kikinee Salmon Festival’ on Sunday. Children learned about the...

Who won Foodapalooza?

Sep 24, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Castanet readers care – and so do Kelowna businesses. Over the course of the summer, dozens of businesses challenged each other to be creative and donate...

Massive mystery in yard

Sep 24, 2017 / 4:49 pm

It appears to be a mystery how exactly the massive sunflower plant ended up in their North Glenmore backyard. “We have no idea where the plant came...

Riding for toys

Sep 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

Over 130 riders braved the rain on Sunday morning to take part in the Salvation Army Motorcycle Toy Run in Kelowna. Dolls, puppets, construction sets, sports...

Kitties for all

Sep 24, 2017 / 12:00 pm

The lineup at the Kelowna SPCA wound through the parking lot Saturday as dozens of people came to check out their first pop-up cat café. The SPCA opened...

UBCM offers key meetings

Sep 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

For the first time in nearly two decades, an NDP government is in power as municipal leaders and bureaucrats across the province get set for their annual...

House parked in driveway

Sep 23, 2017 / 8:12 pm

A couple in East Kelowna can't leave their home because someone left a small house in their driveway. The company moving the house reportedly had truck...

A mother gives back

Sep 23, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Robert Taylor was in a car accident in 2000, when he was 20 years old, that left him a quadriplegic. For nine years, Robert used a device that allowed him to...

A bite out of Kelowna

Sep 23, 2017 / 3:10 pm

Downtown Kelowna was teeming with 1,000 people trying out the culinary options the city has Saturday. The Taste of Downtown event, organized by the Downtown...

Castanet's week in review

Sep 23, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Sports take over City Park

Sep 23, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Hundreds of people ran, jumped, kicked, spiked and threw in City Park Saturday while raising $100,000 for Special Olympics athletes. The sixth annual Motionball...

Candles cause of house fire

Sep 23, 2017 / 6:23 am

Twenty-foot flames were shooting from the second floor of an East Kelowna home when firefighters arrived on scene Friday night. A 911 call about 11:30 p.m....

CrimeStopper... or starter?

Sep 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

A former Okanagan CrimeStoppers president has found himself on the wrong side of the law. Dino Cabalfin, who assumed the role of board president of Central...

Best surfers catch a wave

Sep 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Day 2 of the World Wake Surfing Championships in Kelowna saw more of the world's best competitors hit Okanagan Lake. Two of the top competitors in the...

SUV into Liquor Depot

Sep 22, 2017 / 8:20 pm

An SUV crashed into the corner of The Liquor Depot on Butt Rd in West Kelowna, just after 7:50 p.m. No injuries have been reported. RCMP and emergency crews...

Children dying from drugs

Sep 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Tears of sadness and consoling hugs filled the Laurel Packinghouse Thursday night, as dozens of people met to discuss the impacts the province's drug crisis...

Dock-building bonanza

Sep 22, 2017 / 5:11 pm

Last spring’s near-record lake levels caused havoc for many Okanagan residents and businesses, but the start of repair efforts in the region has created a...

Evening Update Sept. 22

Sep 22, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Aug. 25, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Sketch of sex assault suspect

Sep 22, 2017 / 3:35 pm

Kelowna RCMP have released a composite sketch of a suspect in a July assault. The suspect is alleged to have threatened and assaulted a 14-year-old girl on the...

Knox reopens Saturday

Sep 22, 2017 / 3:11 pm

Kelowna's Knox Mountain Drive reopens this weekend. Cooler temperatures and rain have reduced the fire hazard on the mountain park in downtown Kelowna. As a...

'Web of lies, deception'

Sep 22, 2017 / 1:05 pm

UPDATE: 1:05 p.m. “I find Mr. Brodie's evidence to be a convoluted, entangled web of lies and deception within which there are layers of truth,”...

Castanet Kid Report

Sep 22, 2017 / 11:00 am

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

Riding for families in need

Sep 22, 2017 / 10:13 am

Two-wheeled enthusiasts are expected to come out in droves this weekend to help families in need. The Salvation Army is hosting its annual Kelowna Toy Run,...

IH gets new board chair

Sep 22, 2017 / 9:32 am

The provincial government has appointed three news members to the Interior Health board of directors. Dr. Doug Cochrane has been appointed board chair,...

All aboard the rail trail

Sep 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Construction is set to begin shortly on about half of the 48.5-kilometre Okanagan Rail Trail. As weather permits, crews will build approximately 26 km of the...

Largest park even bigger

Sep 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The largest regional park in the Central Okanagan has grown by another 127 hectares, but you still can't go in it. The Black Mountain /...

Surf's up, best compete

Sep 21, 2017 / 7:24 pm

Surf's up in Kelowna. The 2017 World Wake Surfing Championship got underway at City Park, Thursday. "This is all the people (who) have qualified from...

Evening Update Sept. 21

Sep 21, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Sept. 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Hiring diverse abilities

Sep 21, 2017 / 4:29 pm

A growing number of businesses are employing individuals with diverse abilities, and a restaurant in Kelowna has experienced the benefits first hand. Andrew is...

Powwow celebration

Sep 21, 2017 / 3:59 pm

The Youth Exhibition Powwow returned to Okanagan College, Thursday, for its ninth year. Students and community members joined in the celebration of Indigenous...

Smoke protected apples

Sep 21, 2017 / 3:21 pm

After the worst B.C. fire season in history, smoke in the Okanagan has actually helped this fall's apple harvest. B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association...

Escape from reality

Sep 21, 2017 / 12:35 pm

Kelowna is humming with new businesses that have harnessed technology to solve any number of serious problems, but one of the city’s newest additions is...

Organic valley by 2020?

Sep 21, 2017 / 12:19 pm

As we reap the harvest this fall, consumers are being urged to think organic. The 12th annual Organic Okanagan Festival takes place at Summerhill Pyramid...

Help design downtown

Sep 21, 2017 / 11:11 am

The City of Kelowna is asking for public input in designing new street furniture. Residents have the opportunity to provide input that will be used to transform...

Yacht club members to pay

Sep 21, 2017 / 11:06 am

A special meeting of Kelowna Yacht Club members scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. The meeting was originally called to hold a vote on additional fees...

Artists to bare their soles

Sep 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

These shoes are worth looking at. Shoe Bank Canada is getting creative with its latest fundraiser, which will see artists create one-of-a-kind footwear. The My...

Small-town living not easy

Sep 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Life for immigrants in smaller towns is more challenging than for those in larger centres, despite the good intentions of small-town residents. UBC Okanagan...

Downtown palate pleaser

Sep 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

It will be a culinary delight, sure to please the palate of the most discerning of diners in the Central Okanagan. The seventh annual Taste of Downtown Kelowna,...

Top spots for wine lovers

Sep 20, 2017 / 9:52 pm

The 50 best restaurants for wine lovers in Canada have been revealed, and Kelowna grabbed four of the spots. OpenTable revealed the list on Wednesday from...

Step up, local youth

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A local social enterprise company has challenged the city’s youth to step up and become changemakers in their community. Volinspire, a volunteer-based...

Gloves off, oven mitts on

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Kelowna Rockets were Master Chefs on Tuesday at Kelowna Secondary School. The boys were split up into five teams and provided $50 to purchase ingredients...

False alarm fire calls

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:25 pm

Firefighters quickly responded to a call of visible flames inside a Kelowna home Wednesday evening. The call came in about 4:30 p.m. when a caller reported...

New twist on Hopscotch

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:10 pm

Hopscotch, Kelowna's festival of whisky, is adding something a little different to the mix this year. For the first time, craft beer will be showcased in...

Was confession a lie?

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:09 pm

Did Donald Brodie lie to police following a collision with a pedestrian? Or to police months later while in custody? To multiple local media outlets? Or on the...

Evening Update Sept. 20

Sep 20, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Sept. 20, with news director Jon Manchester, in for Wayne Moore.

Huge success for food bank

Sep 20, 2017 / 3:15 pm

The Central Okanagan Food Bank collected nearly 94,000 pounds of food during the seventh annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive. "In West Kelowna, we...

Meeting by accident

Sep 20, 2017 / 2:49 pm

A three-vehicle collision held up traffic, but didn't cause any injuries, Wednesday afternoon in West Kelowna. The crash happened about 2:15 p.m. at the...

Details in junkyard fire

Sep 20, 2017 / 2:42 pm

Four vehicles that caught fire in Glenrosa on Monday belonged to one individual, police say. Firefighters from West Kelowna and Peachland, along with a BC...

Shannon bridge on target

Sep 20, 2017 / 11:49 am

Construction on a new bridge across McDougall Creek on Shannon Lake Road is on schedule. City officials in West Kelowna say construction is expected to be...

Next phase at Reid's Corner

Sep 20, 2017 / 11:43 am

Work on Reid's Corner in Kelowna will be ramping up in the next two weeks. Contractor Emil Anderson Construction advises motorists there will be road...

Fortis crews taking cover

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:00 am

FortisBC crews will vacate the Turks and Caicos Islands today as another hurricane barrels toward the beleaguered nation. Hurricane Maria is packing Category 5...

Hedley to rock Kelowna

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:00 am

Canadian rockers Hedley are bringing their high-energy show to the Okanagan. The platinum-selling chart toppers have announced their highly anticipated 2018...

Revitalization focus shift

Sep 20, 2017 / 6:09 am

City hall is redirecting its focus on the revitalization of downtown Kelowna and Rutland. Several years ago, the city established 10-year revitalization tax...

Winefest fast approaching

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Changing leaves and cooler weather means the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is right around the corner. For 10 days, the 37th annual festival will return to the...

Powwow set to wow

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

The ninth annual Youth Exhibition Powwow will celebrate Indigenous culture on Thursday – and everyone is invited. Dancers and drummers from across B.C....

'Prepared to lose votes'

Sep 20, 2017 / 12:25 am

"I am prepared to lose votes, I am prepared to lose friends, because I believe that this is what's best for our community. "I will stand up for...

Too early for Christmas?

Sep 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

There are 97 days until Christmas – but that fact hasn't stopped a number of Okanagan retailers from putting out their holiday wares. Walmart and...

Seller's Market - see it here

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:16 pm

Canada’s newest real estate TV show has a new home on Castanet. Seller’s Market, from co-producers Cedarwood Productions and Kelowna-based Visland...

Evening Update Sept. 19

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Sept. 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Spot fire above Glenrosa

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:50 pm

A wildfire is burning above Glenrosa, near the Powers Creek dam area, but it's currently not near any buildings. West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund says...

4 years for violent B&E

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Alexander Laramee's grandma and great aunt waved goodbye and blew him kisses as he was handcuffed by a sheriff and taken away following...

3-day canoe trip for youth

Sep 19, 2017 / 1:04 pm

Indigenous youth departed on a three-day canoe journey Tuesday morning. The second annual event is a combined effort between the First Nations Friendship Centre...

Do grades really matter?

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:50 am

Do you really have to be at the head of the class to make it to head of the boardroom? A new study done by UBC Okanagan researchers found that good grades...

Pay taxes or risk property

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:31 am

The City of Kelowna is putting delinquent taxpayers on notice. Pay up, or risk losing your property. The city recently published a list of 82 properties,...

Drowning confirmed

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

UPDATE: 11 a.m. Kelowna RCMP and the BC Coroners Service remain on the scene of a drowning at 1721 Mountain Ave. Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says police were...

Deer impact trashes SUV

Sep 19, 2017 / 6:12 am

A collision between an SUV and a deer in West Kelowna demolished the front end of the vehicle Monday night. The black Range Rover struck a four-point buck at...