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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Council's short-term divide

May 21, 2019 / 10:45 pm

Kelowna will maintain the status quo, at least for the time being, when it comes to who can, and can't use their home for Airbnb-type short-term rentals....

Cummings returns to KCT

May 21, 2019 / 6:55 pm

Canadian rock legend Burton Cummings returns to Kelowna this fall with his "Up Close and Alone" 2019 tour. Cummings, who sold out the same show two...

'Father figure' testifies

May 21, 2019 / 6:00 pm

A “father figure” to Steven Pirko testified Tuesday that Pirko had confessed to him about killing Chris Ausman, a few days after Ausman's body...

Toddler falls off 3rd floor

May 21, 2019 / 3:40 pm

A woman was woken up to a child crying on Saturday morning and found a two-year-old boy lying on the ground after allegedly falling from a third-floor balcony....

Crash leads to vehicle thief

May 21, 2019 / 3:30 pm

A 35-year-old Kelowna man is in custody after a vehicle, stolen nearly a month ago, was involved in an early morning crash. Shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday,...

Funding for more child care

May 21, 2019 / 2:30 pm

A new child care centre in West Kelowna will soon provide local families with licensed child care spaces. The province is investing $250,000 through its...

Kayaker case to RCMP

May 21, 2019 / 2:05 pm

UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. Search and rescue crews have exhausted all of their efforts over the past few days and the investigation into a missing kayaker has been...

Highway 97 reopens

May 21, 2019 / 1:35 pm

UPDATE: 1:35 P.M. Emergency crews have now cleared the scene of a multi-vehicle collision at Highway 97 and Boucherie Road. Traffic heading into Kelowna remains...

More short-term backlash

May 21, 2019 / 11:35 am

Kelowna city council will face more backlash to proposed changes to its short-term rental bylaws when those changes are put to public scrutiny Tuesday night....

Calm wildfire weekend

May 21, 2019 / 11:30 am

A message from the B.C. Wildfire Service urging people to play safe over the long weekend paid off. Fire information officers out of the Kamloops Fire Centre...

Bikeshare process begins

May 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

It may be several weeks before we know which companies will be licensed to provide bikeshare services in Kelowna. City council voted unanimously to approve a...

Veg out at festival

May 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

"Dairy is scary," say organizers of Kelowna's second annual VegFest. The May 26 festival at Immaculata Regional High School marks the final day of...

Hip hop fest downtown

May 20, 2019 / 4:30 pm

For the fourth year, Kelowna will be hosting a hip-hop culture festival at Stuart Park. The Fresh Coast Festival is bringing musicians, artists and performers...

Bylaw service expanded

May 20, 2019 / 1:00 pm

Bylaw enforcement in West Kelowna has been expanded to seven days a week for the summer. The expansion is in response to increased call volumes during the peak...

Warmer week ahead

May 20, 2019 / 12:15 pm

Good news for those in the Okanagan this week, according to Environment Canada – we are going to see a mild and sunny week ahead. ''As we get...

Regatta time for COSA

May 20, 2019 / 7:23 am

The Central Okanagan Sailing Association held its 39th annual Springtime Regatta over the May long weekend, with 58 sailboats from around Western Canada...

Multicultural garden plan

May 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna wants to know your ideas for a new multicultural garden at Rutland Centennial Park. With construction well underway, residents are invited...

Cart snoopers are back

May 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

Regional district recycling ambassadors are back in the Central Okanagan. And they'll be keeping an eye on what goes in your cart this summer. The...

Hedge fire was suspicious

May 19, 2019 / 5:35 pm

Fire crews were called to a fire at 475 Woods Road at about 3:30 p.m., arriving to find a row of cedar hedges burning. “The fire was quickly extinguished...

World of Wheels shines

May 19, 2019 / 5:33 pm

It wasn't too hot, nor too cold, and the rain stayed away, drawing out huge crowds for the annual Peachland World of Wheels car show on Sunday. The...

Overnight search for camper

May 19, 2019 / 2:15 pm

Amidst an ongoing search for a kayaker missing on Okanagan Lake near Kelowna, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was up all night searching for a missing camper...

Castanet's week in review

May 19, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Search for kayaker hits day 3

May 19, 2019 / 11:19 am

The search for a kayaker missing on Okanagan Lake enters its third day Sunday. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue will be up in a helicopter over the lake for a...

Million-dollar bursary

May 19, 2019 / 6:20 am

This week, hundreds of local students received an email from Interior Savings with some very welcome news – $1,000 to help with their tuition. In some...

$30K boost for child centre

May 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

The Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna has received a $30,000 boost towards its construction. The donation from Trinity Church supports development of the...

Potholes be gone!

May 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

A number of roads in Kelowna are a little worse for wear due to heavy use, weather and water drainage, but they are about to get some TLC. To extend the life of...

Cops eye Hells Angels' party

May 18, 2019 / 6:30 pm

A raid on the their clubhouse earlier this week didn't appear to slow down festivities at an annual Hells Angels BBQ event in Kelowna Saturday. Dozens of...

Racing to the top of Knox

May 18, 2019 / 5:30 pm

The smell of high-octane fuel and burnt rubber filled the air of Knox Mountain Park Saturday for the 62nd year in a row. The annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb...

Everyone loves a parade

May 18, 2019 / 3:00 pm

For the 60th year, Rutland May Days took over the streets with the annual parade down Rutland Road. Hundreds of people of all ages lined the streets, and the...

Search for kayaker continues

May 18, 2019 / 12:55 pm

The search for the missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake resumed Saturday morning. The search began Friday at about 3:30 p.m. when 71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz...

Hunting at the museum

May 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Hundreds of thousands of people will be prowling through museums the world over Saturday in celebration of International Museum Day. Officially established in...

Scandia sued for stumble

May 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

A beloved Kelowna institution is getting sued. A West Kelowna woman has filed a notice of civil claim against Scandia Golf and Games for more than $14,000,...

Rutland May Days is here

May 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Rutland May Days are back for the long weekend. May Days is Kelowna's longest-running family festival. ''We are in the Roxby parking lot this year...

Cool tech at UBCO

May 17, 2019 / 8:30 pm

Forget the smart watch. Bring on the smart shirt. Researchers at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering have developed a low-cost sensor that can be...

Full scale search for kayaker

May 17, 2019 / 6:20 pm

Kelowna RCMP have launched a full-scale search of the waters and shoreline of Okanagan Lake to locate a missing man. Friday at 3:35 p.m., police received a...

Dropbike will refund riders

May 17, 2019 / 5:37 pm

Now that Dropbike is no longer operating in Kelowna, users from last summer might be wondering about how to get their money back from the bike-sharing company....

Burglarized on birthday

May 17, 2019 / 4:31 pm

A new small business owner in Kelowna woke up to a terrible birthday surprise Friday. After a year of planning and securing loans, Kitty Bent opened Holy Crow...

A busy long weekend

May 17, 2019 / 2:00 pm

With the long weekend here, there's plenty to do across the Okanagan. While it's still a little unclear if Mother Nature will be fully co-operating this...

DKA discouraged yet again

May 17, 2019 / 12:50 pm

Same press release, different date. That basically sums up what the Downtown Kelowna Association had to say Friday morning, sending out another press release...

Cornerstone gets extension

May 17, 2019 / 11:34 am

Downtown Kelowna’s Cornerstone shelter, which some businesses have said is the bane of their existence these days, will not be closing at the end of June...

Arrested after long, wet walk

May 17, 2019 / 10:45 am

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. Two people believed to be responsible for several break and enters at Big White earlier this week were arrested Friday morning after they...

World of Wheels is back

May 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

Peachland’s biggest event is back for the long weekend. The World of Wheels Show & Shine attracts more than 10,000 people to the Peachland waterfront...

Water park finally reopens

May 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

After two years of inactivity due to damage from floods, the children's water park in Kelowna City Park will reopen this weekend. The scheduled opening is...

Deadly cancer easy to miss

May 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

Every 60 minutes, somebody dies from skin cancer in Canada. Kelowna's Dr. Ben Wiese is hoping he can change that statistic. Wiese owns and practices at a...

Local off to Grammy Camp

May 16, 2019 / 8:00 pm

A Kelowna high school student was the lone Canadian selected to participate in the 15th annual Grammy Camp in Los Angeles this summer. Hudson Bikichky, a...

Renowned author to speak

May 16, 2019 / 7:30 pm

One of Canada's most renowned authors is headed to Kelowna. Lawrence Hill returns to Kelowna on behalf of the Central Okanagan Refugee Committee on May 27....

Hazmat team finds gasoline

May 16, 2019 / 5:55 pm

UPDATE: 5:55 p.m. Improperly stored gasoline at a Kelowna condo unit led to a response from the Kelowna Fire Department's Hazmat team Thursday. Fire crews...

HA prospect granted bail

May 16, 2019 / 5:30 pm

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. The Kelowna Hells Angels prospect who was arrested Wednesday afternoon was released from custody on bail Thursday. Colin Michael Bayley, 30,...

Stay water wise, kids

May 16, 2019 / 5:00 pm

As another hot, dry summer approaches, teachers and students at Glenmore Elementary School have been hard at work adding low-water gardens to attract...

Jail for 18-year-old car thief

May 16, 2019 / 4:34 pm

An 18-year-old Kelowna man who stole at least four vehicles, seriously injured a man in a crash and assaulted another with bear spray, all in the past six...

RCMP respond to outrage

May 16, 2019 / 11:00 am

The RCMP says its handling of sensitive sexual assault investigations has evolved since the 2012 questioning of a First Nations teenager in Kelowna that caused...

Tonit brings riders together

May 16, 2019 / 10:56 am

Spring has arrived, which means so has motorcycle season. Tonit, therefore, is ready to welcome many more riders to its burgeoning community. The Kelowna-based...

Local lady's cover girl quest

May 16, 2019 / 5:06 am

Another hometown hottie is competing for clicks in Maxim Canada's cover girl competition. Kirsten Martell lives in Kelowna B.C. and is a personal trainer at...

$10K in merchandise stolen

May 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna business owner is heartbroken after roughly $10,000 of merchandise was stolen from her store early Wednesday. KoLu Clothing at Spall Plaza was broken...

Threat suspect's seedy past

May 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

The man who allegedly made an online threat against Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran has a long criminal history, including assault and uttering threats. Bruce Edward...

Woman spat and kicked

May 15, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna RCMP have released a statement about a woman's naked protest outside the police detachment over the weekend. Officers engaged the woman and...

Albas introduces looting bill

May 15, 2019 / 6:30 pm

Okanagan MP Dan Albas has brought forth a private member's bill intended to give the legal system more teeth when dealing with looting during evacuation...

Rescue at Paul's Tomb

May 15, 2019 / 6:10 pm

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. A fun outing with a group of friends along Paul's Tomb in Kelowna turned to disaster Wednesday afternoon. ''We were just down by...

Tearful confession in court

May 15, 2019 / 5:17 pm

It was an emotional day in Kelowna court Wednesday as the videotaped confession of Steven Pirko was played for the jury on the 11th day of Crown evidence...

Basran calls for civility

May 15, 2019 / 4:50 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran called for civility and a commitment to civil discourse after he was the subject of an online death threat over a controversial...

Outrage over police video

May 15, 2019 / 4:49 pm

MPs have condemned video of a Kelowna RCMP officer's questioning of a young native girl. The teen, who was reporting a sexual assault in 2012, was asked:...

Mayor responds to threat

May 15, 2019 / 3:14 pm

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Castanet will be covering Mayor Colin Basran's statement at 3 p.m. live and we will update the story with the latest information as soon as...

Bail in snatched baby case

May 15, 2019 / 1:00 pm

The man accused of grabbing an infant out of a mother's arms before stripping naked and jumping into Okanagan Lake was released on bail Wednesday, after...

Movie biz coming to town

May 15, 2019 / 9:30 am

A major movie industry conference will be held in Kelowna early next month. ShowCanada 2019, an annual conference that brings together all sectors of the film...

Knox Mtn closed for race

May 15, 2019 / 9:27 am

Portions of Kelowna's Knox Mountain Park will be closed for a portion of the long weekend to accommodate the 62nd annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb. Knox...

Shaky ride after nuts stolen

May 15, 2019 / 7:47 am

RCMP are warning the public about a potentially serious act of vandalism. RCMP tell Castanet they are investigating two acts of mischief that happened on May 14...

'A mole killed my son'

May 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

Karen Wells lost her son at 33 to a cancerous mole that took over his body in just under a year. ''Morgan (Forshner) had a mole on his back that I knew...

Final touch to Central Green

May 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

As construction continues on several sites within the massive Central Green development, one final project still remains to be approved. Those plans are now...

Interrogation shown in court

May 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

The interrogation that led to the confession from an accused murderer was played in Kelowna court Tuesday afternoon. The Crown is on its tenth day of...

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