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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Merrifield for party leader?

Jan 23, 2021 / 4:00 am

As the BC Liberals start the process of finding a new leader, it is possible Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield may be contemplating a run at the top job. She...

IH mum on LTC vaccines

Jan 23, 2021 / 4:00 am

Interior Health continues to keep quiet on its progress vaccinating residents and staff in Interior long-term care homes. Friday morning, Provincial Health...

Townhouses back at council

Jan 23, 2021 / 4:00 am

A large townhouse development in Peachland, years in the works, is coming back before council on Tuesday for some proposed tweaks to the project. The 56-unit,...

Cycle to stop the harm

Jan 23, 2021 / 4:00 am

A 25-year-old Saskatoon man is passing through Kelowna while riding his bike from Saskatchewan to Vancouver in the middle of winter. Iliajah Pidskalny started...

W5 to air late nurse's story

Jan 22, 2021 / 9:40 pm

On Saturday, CTV’s W5 will air an in-depth documentary on the alleged murder of Arlene Westervelt, a 56-year-old Lake Country nurse whose body was pulled...

COVID in Rutland school

Jan 22, 2021 / 9:12 pm

Interior Health confirmed another COVID-19 case at Rutland Senior Secondary school today. The person is self-isolating at home with support form the local...

Blood donations are crucial

Jan 22, 2021 / 7:00 pm

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) has partnered with Canada Life for the Canada Life Week to Save Lives, encouraging Canadians to donate blood in their communities,...

11 new Big White cases

Jan 22, 2021 / 4:32 pm

Interior Health has announced 11 new COVID-19 cases linked to Big White. Of the 11 new cases, seven reside and/or work at Big White. Of the 214 total known...

Site selected for city hall

Jan 22, 2021 / 2:37 pm

A planned new city hall in West Kelowna will be built next to the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. The site, on vacant land directly north of the...

Locally-shot film to debut

Jan 22, 2021 / 2:34 pm

A locally-filmed made-for-TV movie is hitting the airwaves tonight. “A Wedding to Remember” was shot last summer at the Cove Lakeside Resort in West...

Accused murderer in court

Jan 22, 2021 / 1:18 pm

Lawyers in the Michael Bonin murder case were back in a Kelowna courtroom Friday morning for an evidentiary ruling ahead of a scheduled trial later this year....

Parks getting improvements

Jan 22, 2021 / 11:10 am

Several parks in the BC Interior will be getting improvements thanks to $5M in funding from the provincial government. "We have heard the call for greater...

Pleas falling on 'deaf ears'

Jan 22, 2021 / 4:00 am

West Kelowna's mayor says the city is frustrated at the lack of response from the province concerning basic questions around the Speculation and Vacancy Tax...

Firefighters deliver baby

Jan 22, 2021 / 4:00 am

The Lake Country Fire Department helped bring life into the world on Thursday morning. Crews were called to assist with a woman who went into labour around 8...

MAC centre coming along

Jan 22, 2021 / 4:00 am

Work is progressing through the winter on Lake Country's new multi-generational activity centre. "Structural steel installation for the MAC building...

Mission Creek park expands

Jan 22, 2021 / 4:00 am

Mission Creek Regional Park is about to get a snazzy new expansion on its east end. "We're seeing this park is busy all year round," says Wayne...

Elementary school COVID

Jan 21, 2021 / 7:44 pm

A case of COVID-19 has been found at Rutland Elementary School. Interior Health confirmed the COVID infection at the school Thursday (Jan. 21). “They are...

New ride hail approval

Jan 21, 2021 / 7:00 pm

A new ride hailing service has been approved for several markets around B.C., including Kelowna. In a recent decision, the Passenger Transportation Board...

New shelter downtown

Jan 21, 2021 / 5:08 pm

The province is opening two support centres in the coming weeks for people suffering from homelessness in Kelowna. A temporary shelter managed by Turning Points...

Cops testify on suspect arrest

Jan 21, 2021 / 4:22 pm

The contents of this story may be disturbing to some readers The trial continued Thursday for West Kelowna’s Kevin Barrett, who is accused of viciously...

Debate mankind's survival

Jan 21, 2021 / 3:29 pm

The third-annual UBC Okanagan Life Raft Debate has moved online and switched up the theme. This year the audience will help decide who will win the last seat to...

First to 'race' across globe

Jan 21, 2021 / 3:23 pm

How long would it take you and a group to race around the circumference of the world, from top to bottom. It’s called the Circumpolar Race Around the...

Drugs, weapons seized

Jan 21, 2021 / 2:28 pm

Kelowna RCMP arrested a man found with drugs, weapons and almost $20,000 in cash at a home on Wednesday. The Community Safety Unit (CSU) executed a search...

Cancellations cost $7.3M

Jan 21, 2021 / 2:07 pm

Officials at Big White Ski Resort say they have cancelled on-hill accommodation bookings and lift tickets worth millions of dollars since initial travel...

Sextortion during pandemic

Jan 21, 2021 / 2:03 pm

RCMP are warning the general public to be on the lookout for so-called 'sextortion' scams making the rounds. Police say even in a global pandemic,...

Saunders, MCFD sued again

Jan 21, 2021 / 1:34 pm

Robert Riley Saunders could be facing yet another class action lawsuit after another civil suit was filed against him earlier this week. A former Ministry of...

Thieves caught on camera

Jan 21, 2021 / 1:32 pm

Well, that’s not playing nice. Two Kelowna men were caught on camera breaking and entering the EnergyPlex recreation centre early Thursday morning. Owner...

Homeless 'perform' for help

Jan 21, 2021 / 11:12 am

Researchers studying people living on the streets of Kelowna say homeless people feel the need to “perform” to access support services. “It is...

Historic scratch and win

Jan 21, 2021 / 9:59 am

A Kelowna woman has collected the largest instant-ticket prize the British Columbia Lottery Corporation has ever handed out. Darlene Curylo made a stop at the...

Planned tax hike chopped

Jan 21, 2021 / 4:00 am

The City of West Kelowna has handed taxpayers a bit of a break. Council Tuesday agreed to reduce the proposed 2021 tax increase from 4.75 per cent to 4.05 per...

McKinley Beach last phase

Jan 21, 2021 / 4:00 am

Developers of the large McKinley Beach development are getting ready to close the book on the project. WSP Canada, working on behalf of the developers...

Senior assaulted in break-in

Jan 21, 2021 / 4:00 am

This month Kelowna’s Carmel Court condo building on Bertram Street has been subject to multiple burglaries, as well as the assault of a 72-year-old...

A great time to learn to ski

Jan 20, 2021 / 7:10 pm

If you’re hoping to come out of this pandemic with a new skill, this might be the best time to finally learn how to ski or snowboard. Big White ski resort...

New sculptures on parkway

Jan 20, 2021 / 4:56 pm

Those travelling along Pelmewash Parkway in Lake County recently have likely noticed three significant Indigenous art sculptures. The pieces are the work of two...

Pack of dogs attack man

Jan 20, 2021 / 2:56 pm

A Kelowna man was attacked by three dogs Tuesday morning in Glenmore. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells Castanet that he was over at a family...

UBC's big downtown plans

Jan 20, 2021 / 12:39 pm

UBC Okanagan's vision for its new downtown Kelowna campus is to bring students and faculty closer to the community at large - bring campus activities to the...

Sentenced for role in killing

Jan 20, 2021 / 12:29 pm

One of the four people involved in an incident that left a young man dead in Kelowna in 2018 was sentenced last week. In November, a teenage girl pleaded guilty...

Film festival fundraising

Jan 20, 2021 / 11:59 am

A local non-profit organization is looking to raise funds through a creative, COVID-friendly event this week. On Friday, Elevation Outdoors is hosting an online...

2 outbreaks declared over

Jan 20, 2021 / 11:32 am

COVID-19 outbreaks at two Okanagan care homes have now been declared over. Village by the Station in Penticton and Mountainview Village in Kelowna are free of...

College launches cook book

Jan 20, 2021 / 11:04 am

Okanagan College's restaurant, Infusions, has a new take-out menu featuring items from its cook book, 'What We Cooked: A Compilation of Recipes During...

Bird salmonella in valley?

Jan 20, 2021 / 10:44 am

UPDATE 10:44 a.m. Debra Pender tells Castanet she has found a couple of small, dead songbirds on her property on Richter St. and Elliot Ave. in Kelowna. "I...

Reason to celebrate?

Jan 20, 2021 / 10:22 am

With COVID-19 restrictions banning all social gatherings in BC, it can be hard to celebrate those milestones. Birthdays, anniversaries, retirements,...

Contactless parking at YLW

Jan 20, 2021 / 9:57 am

Travellers using Kelowna International Airport can now use a contactless payment option for airport parking. YLW is introducing the PayByPhone mobile app which...

Pushing the limits of height

Jan 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

Kelowna's lead planner believes a proposed 46-storey downtown development may be pushing the boundaries of what can be supported by his department. In an...

Musician honoured in song

Jan 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

The life of keyboardist Steve Soucy is being remembered in the medium he devoted much of his life to - music. A song, utilizing unused tracks Soucy laid down...

COVID-19 curfew thoughts

Jan 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

Would you support a COVID curfew if it came to British Columbia? A poll recently conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian studies asked 1,516...

Kirschner Mountain sold

Jan 19, 2021 / 5:24 pm

The Kirschner Mountain Development in Kelowna has sold for $22 million. Sold to a buyer from Manitoba, the transaction is the largest MLS property sale in the...

Suited for economic office?

Jan 19, 2021 / 5:06 pm

The Central Okanagan's economic recovery task force believes the region is perfectly suited to house a new federal government sponsored Regional Development...

28 new Big White cases

Jan 19, 2021 / 4:49 pm

Interior Health has announced another 28 COVID-19 cases linked to the Big White community cluster. The new cases brings the cluster’s total to 203,...

Garage fire knocked down

Jan 19, 2021 / 3:27 pm

The Kelowna Fire Department quickly knocked down a garage fire on Tuesday afternoon. Just after 3 p.m., fire crews were called to the scene of a fire in a...

Standoff suspect in jail

Jan 19, 2021 / 2:33 pm

A 51-year-old Kelowna man faces numerous charges after holding police at bay inside a Leathead Road home for several hours Monday evening. Police say events...

Dining in an outdoor dome

Jan 19, 2021 / 1:40 pm

A new outdoor dining experience has popped up at the Oak + Cru restaurant located inside the Delta Grand Okanagan. The Luminescence concept is a chance for...

Cocaine shipped to grocers

Jan 19, 2021 / 1:10 pm

A massive shipment of nearly pure cocaine was lost in Kelowna back in 2019, police have now revealed. In a news release Tuesday, the RCMP says a Kelowna grocery...

Blenk family supports KGH

Jan 19, 2021 / 11:24 am

The Blenk family, developers of Wilden in Kelowna’s north end, have gotten creative and devised a unique approach to giving back to the community in...

SVT hurting, not helping

Jan 19, 2021 / 11:16 am

The province's Speculation and Vacancy Tax is not having the desired impact on cities in the Central Okanagan While newly appointed finance minister Selina...

Heritage value of local park

Jan 19, 2021 / 4:00 am

What is known now as Benvoulin Heritage Park could officially carry that heritage designation. Kelowna city council Monday took the first step in granting...

Prowling for an easy target

Jan 19, 2021 / 4:00 am

A Rutland man is sharing images of surveillance security footage that shows a man going door-to-door checking vehicles, presumably searching for a crime of...

New housing around KGH

Jan 19, 2021 / 4:00 am

The City of Kelowna has made some changes to its Health Services Transition zone to help kick start development directly to the north and south of Kelowna...

New case at BME

Jan 18, 2021 / 9:45 pm

Interior Health has confirmed a single exposure of COVID-19 within the Black Mountain Elementary community. The exposure was confirmed earlier in the day Monday...

2nd case at Aberdeen Hall

Jan 18, 2021 / 8:50 pm

A second member of the Aberdeen Hall Junior School community has tested positive for COVID-19. Notification of the second positive result was emailed to parents...

Land swap for park growth

Jan 18, 2021 / 8:00 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is getting creative in an effort to expand Scenic Canyon Regional Park. The RDCO board has approved using the...

Police surround home

Jan 18, 2021 / 7:36 pm

UPDATE 7:35 p.m. The heavily-armed Southeast District Emergency Response Team has now arrived at the scene. The owner of the house tells Castanet police are not...

City wants its share of tax

Jan 18, 2021 / 7:00 pm

The City of Kelowna is looking to the province, and particularly its Speculation and Vacancy Tax, in order to help with the lack of affordable rental housing in...

Timber harvest input sought

Jan 18, 2021 / 6:30 pm

The provincial government is seeking public comment as it prepares to set the annual allowable cut in the Okanagan Timber Supply area. The AAC is set once at...

Get a peek at new UBCO

Jan 18, 2021 / 6:00 pm

The University of British Columbia Okanagan campus is hosting an online event to discuss the future of their newest development at 550 Doyle Avenue in Downtown...

Active cases continue climb

Jan 18, 2021 / 4:36 pm

While active COVID-19 cases continue their decline provincially, things are moving in the wrong direction in the B.C. Interior. There were 257 cases of...

Son on trial for savage attack

Jan 18, 2021 / 2:27 pm

The contents of this story may be disturbing to some readers West Kelowna’s Kevin Lee Barrett pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and aggravated...

Local in WWII rescue movie

Jan 18, 2021 / 1:26 pm

A film featuring local actor Evan-Riley Brown is set to hit the airwaves next month. Journey to Royal: a WWII Rescue Mission is the true story of 22-year-old...

TOTA offers training course

Jan 18, 2021 / 1:03 pm

Tourism workers who are unemployed or who are barely hanging on to their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a chance to develop their professional...

Spec tax forms mailed out

Jan 18, 2021 / 1:00 pm

Residential property owners in the Central Okanagan can expect their speculation and vacancy tax declaration packages to arrive in the mail starting next month....

Illegal dumping persists

Jan 18, 2021 / 11:59 am

A volunteer community group that combats illegal dumping in the Central Okanagan is coming out of a busy year, and 2021 looks like it will be no different. ...

Church hit with 2nd fine

Jan 18, 2021 / 11:05 am

A Kelowna church that has refused to cancel in-person services in accordance with B.C.'s public health orders has received yet another visit from local...

Short story contest open

Jan 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

UBC Okanagan’s annual fiction writing competition is now open and participants will have the opportunity to get their work published along with winning a...

Local skaters win big

Jan 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

Three local figure skaters have won gold at this year's provincials in December. The 2021 B.C. and Yukon Sectional Championships were held at in Burnaby,...

City featured in music video

Jan 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

Local singer and songwriter Justin J. Moore is celebrating the release of his most recent music video: Someone Who Loved You Can, which was shot entirely in the...

Grant funds for cycling link

Jan 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

The City of Kelowna hopes it can leverage funds from senior levels of government for a project linking the Houghton Road active transportation corridor with the...

Grant to amplify community

Jan 17, 2021 / 5:00 pm

The City of Kelowna is reminding all teens that the Youth Development and Engagement Grant application is due soon. The grant of up to $1,000 is used to support...

Close provincial borders?

Jan 17, 2021 / 1:00 pm

This past week, Premier John Horgan said he was looking into the feasibility of closing British Columbia’s provincial borders to non-essential travel to...

COVID at Aberdeen Hall

Jan 17, 2021 / 12:15 pm

A member of Kelowna's Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School recently tested positive for COVID-19, after attending school last week. On Saturday, parents at the...

Castanet's week in review

Jan 17, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Amandalina Letterio. Banning travel into B.C.? Charged again while out on bail Simpson seeking $6 million New airline in...

Record-breaking fundraising

Jan 17, 2021 / 10:10 am

Santa set a Westside Salvation Army record in 2020. Well, his elves did – the bell ringers who (wo)manned the red kettles and the thousands of people who...

Big White restaurants adapt

Jan 17, 2021 / 4:00 am

Big White Ski Resort continues to adapt to ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19. Travel restrictions and health orders have forced the resort to modify...

Land, money for housing

Jan 17, 2021 / 4:00 am

The City of Kelowna says it may have to take a more hands on approach to providing desperately needed affordable rental housing in the city. That may mean...

Exposure at three schools

Jan 16, 2021 / 4:23 pm

In a release sent by the Central Okanagan Public Schools (COPS), the organization stated Interior Health confirmed COVID-19 exposures at the following Central...

Protest organizer on 3rd fine

Jan 16, 2021 / 4:01 pm

The organizer of a Kelowna protest against COVID-19 related measures has been issued a third fine for being in contravention of the provincial Public Health...

Police chase caught on cam

Jan 16, 2021 / 2:00 pm

A local man caught some wild dashcam footage of a police pursuit over Kelowna's William R. Bennett Bridge Thursday night. Brendan Davie was driving east...

A rotten meat warning

Jan 16, 2021 / 12:15 pm

A woman in Peachland says she was shocked and appalled when she discovered two zip-lock bags filled with what seemed to be old hamburger meat in her yard...

Work-from-home scams

Jan 16, 2021 / 10:11 am

Like many Canadians, Mellanie Buckley is looking for work in a way that makes her feel safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Buckley thought she found the perfect...

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