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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

2nd complaint for officer

Jul 2, 2020 / 7:08 am

Turns out this isn't the first time a beleaguered Kelowna RCMP officer has faced a complaint inquiry. CTV News is reporting that Const. Siggy Pietrzak was...

Librarians win award

Jul 2, 2020 / 4:00 am

Two librarians from the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library have won a prestigious award for their work in the Drag Queen Story Time...

Old-school movies in theatre

Jul 2, 2020 / 4:00 am

For those who may be too young to have caught classics like Ghostbusters, Grease or Jaws in theatres back when they were released, you're in luck. After...

Band together for food bank

Jul 1, 2020 / 7:00 pm

A second virtual livestream concert on Thursday will raise funds for the Central Okanagan Food Bank. The Banding Together Livestreaming Concert Series'...

Non-profits get hand up

Jul 1, 2020 / 5:00 pm

Twenty non-profit organizations in the Central Okanagan received a financial hand up this week, as Interior Savings announced the recipients of its Community...

Ride sharing hits Kelowna

Jul 1, 2020 / 2:30 pm

It's been a long wait, but ride sharing has finally made its way to the Okanagan. On Wednesday, the first ride-share company launched in Kelowna, with Mayor...

Boat capsizes, men rescued

Jul 1, 2020 / 1:45 pm

Two men were rescued from Okanagan Lake Wednesday afternoon after their small sailboat capsized. The Kelowna Fire Department's Marine Rescue boat was...

Building out Kuipers Peak

Jul 1, 2020 / 10:00 am

Dilworth Homes is looking to build out 32 more homes on Kuipers Peak in the Upper Mission. The company submitted a development permit application earlier this...

Homicide trials delayed

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

It will be many months before two Central Okanagan homicides cases make it to trial, due to COVID-19 delays. Kevin Costin is accused of the second-degree murder...

Glenrosa farm stays in ALR

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

The province's Agricultural Land Commission has said no to a request to have 1.4 hectares of land on Webber Road removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve....

Don-O-Ray petting zoo open

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids this Canada Day, Don-O-Ray's petting zoo is open and ready to entertain. The Kelowna zoo has...

340K call for officer's firing

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

A petition calling for the termination of a Kelowna RCMP officer caught on camera dragging a UBCO student down the hall and pushing her head down with a boot...

Car hangs on embankment

Jun 30, 2020 / 11:27 pm

The West Kelowna Fire Department conducted a rope rescue Tuesday evening on Bear Creek Road. Emergency crews were called to the 1500 block of Bear Creek Road...

Artist achieves Kelowna 1st

Jun 30, 2020 / 9:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has announced they have chosen its first-ever Artist in Residence. Local artist Melany Nugent-Noble will be sharing her project When it is...

Big donation for Child Centre

Jun 30, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The Rotary Club of Kelowna has donated $25,000 to the Child Advocacy Centre to help bring important capital investments into the new centre. The Child Advocacy...

Your Canada Day plan?

Jun 30, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Canada Day celebrations will look a little different this year, not only due to COVID-19 cancelling most festivities across the nation, but also the gloomy...

Canada Day activities set

Jun 30, 2020 / 6:00 pm

With Canada Day celebrations being cancelled across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and districts had to get a little creative with their...

'Terrifying' wolf encounter

Jun 30, 2020 / 5:32 pm

A local resident is warning hikers and dog owners of an aggressive wolf or large coyote on the Black Mountain trail after an encounter she describes as the most...

Osprey blamed for outage

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:05 pm

UDPATE 4:05 p.m. BC Hydro says the power outage Tuesday afternoon in West Kelowna was caused by an osprey dropping wet sticks onto electrical lines and poles. ...

Pottery painting for SPCA

Jun 30, 2020 / 3:46 pm

Work of Art Pottery Studio Ltd. in Kelowna is hosting a Canada Day fundraiser for the BC SPCA tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cheryl Gawley, owner and operator...

No beer festival this year

Jun 30, 2020 / 3:17 pm

This year's Great Okanagan Beer Festival has officially been postponed until 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the COVID-19 pandemic initially...

Cineplex theatre opens Friday

Jun 30, 2020 / 2:30 pm

Canada’s largest theatre chain is slowly raising the curtains across B.C. Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) announced Tuesday (June 30) it was reopening eight of...

Wibit water parks now open

Jun 30, 2020 / 1:12 pm

The Okanagan's popular Wibit water parks have reopened with new safety protocols in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "In regards to our opening dates,...

Rogers goes all-Canadian

Jun 30, 2020 / 12:57 pm

When Rogers Communications hires 350 people for its customer service facility in Kelowna this summer, all of its representatives will be based in Canada. The...

Bighorns roam the highway

Jun 30, 2020 / 12:56 pm

UPDATE 12:56 p.m. West Kelowna RCMP had to get involved after numerous reports of a traffic disturbance near Butt Road Tuesday morning. A news release from Cpl....

Ominous cloud behind Knox

Jun 30, 2020 / 12:36 pm

Castanet reader, Sherry Kossakowski shared an interesting weather photo that she took from the East Kelowna area on Monday. The photo captures what looks like a...

Arsonist sought in bush fire

Jun 30, 2020 / 11:34 am

Police are searching for a suspected arsonist after a fire was lit in a wooded area of West Kelowna on Monday. RCMP were called by the West Kelowna Fire...

Boater facing charges

Jun 30, 2020 / 8:12 am

As we head into Canada Day Wednesday, RCMP tell Castanet that a boater is facing potential charges of criminal impaired operation of a vessel, after his...

Community garden launched

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

Something new has blossomed in the Kelowna's Bethel Church parking; 16 raised garden beds have been built for residents to grow their own food. Community...

Civic awards go virtual

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

Kelowna’s 45th annual Civic & Community Awards are going virtual, allowing for the community to celebrate the finalists and winners through an online...

Wine research HQ to UBCO

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

The University of British Columbia is shifting its Wine Research Centre headquarters from its Vancouver campus to Kelowna campus, along with a new research hub....

City summer events cancelled

Jun 29, 2020 / 9:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has announced Dancing in the Park and Park & Play have been cancelled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re...

Removing diseased trees

Jun 29, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The City of West Kelowna will be removing a pair of diseased trees at Willow Beach tomorrow. To accommodate the removal process, crews will close sections of...

Helping women in business

Jun 29, 2020 / 7:00 pm

A new three-month pilot program called W Venture has kicked off in Victoria and the Okanagan, specifically for women looking to accelerate their business....

Incident on the water

Jun 29, 2020 / 6:48 pm

RCMP officers requested the assistance of the Kelowna Fire Department Monday evening to deal with an incident on the water near the Kelowna Yacht Club....

Bears spotted on Rail Trail

Jun 29, 2020 / 5:11 pm

The District of Lake Country has issued a warning to residents after a momma bear and her three cubs were spotted on the Okanagan Rail Trail. The district says...

Cherry plant completed

Jun 29, 2020 / 3:17 pm

A new state-of-the-art cherry packing facility across from Duck Lake will come to life this weekend. Jealous Fruits announced Monday it has completed...

Bernard patios popping up

Jun 29, 2020 / 1:11 pm

The two-month closure to vehicle traffic on Bernard Avenue begins today with the start of the city's patio extension program. Workers have been busy setting...

Big wins for Bellamy Homes

Jun 29, 2020 / 12:50 pm

Kelowna’s Bellamy Homes won a pair of trophies last week when the Canadian Home Builders’ Association B.C. chapter held its annual Georgie Awards....

Big plans near Gyro Beach

Jun 29, 2020 / 12:16 pm

The developer behind a large mixed-use development near Kelowna’s Gyro Beach is presenting new plans to the public in the form of a virtual open house. A...

Inappropriate in the park

Jun 29, 2020 / 11:06 am

RCMP are investigating after a 63-year-old man was discovered inappropriately touching himself in Beasley Park in Lake Country last week. RCMP tell Castanet...

Canada Day city closures

Jun 29, 2020 / 8:30 am

Canada Day is coming up and the City of Kelowna has a few closures and changes in hours of operation at civic properties. City Hall will be closed on Wednesday...

Collision at Dobbin Rd.

Jun 29, 2020 / 7:00 am

Emergency crews responded to a collision near Dobbin Rd. late Sunday evening. The collision happened at 10:45 p.m. at Highway 97 and Hebert Rd. Rescue 31 and...

Meaning of Pride to LGBTQ

Jun 29, 2020 / 4:00 am

With pride celebrations being cancelled globally due to the pandemic, including Kelowna Pride, members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community have found creative...

New skate park wanted

Jun 29, 2020 / 4:00 am

More than 1,600 people have signed a petition calling for the construction of a skate park in the Lower Mission area. Petition organizer Evan Strang says he...

Woman rescued at Myra

Jun 28, 2020 / 4:25 pm

UPDATED: 4:25 p.m. The woman rescued from Myra Canyon Park on Sunday afternoon was injured while out cycling. The Kelowna Fire Department dispatch centre...

Castanet's week in review

Jun 28, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Looking for drone owner

Jun 28, 2020 / 4:00 am

A West Kelowna family made an odd discovery in their Smith Creek driveway earlier in June. "I just looked out our window and it was sitting in our...

Flooding on local roads

Jun 27, 2020 / 3:15 pm

The severe storm rolling through the Okanagan Saturday afternoon flooded several local roads, including parts of downtown Kelowna. Video sent to Castanet shows...

Mystery of missing sign

Jun 27, 2020 / 5:00 am

An East Kelowna resident is asking for the public's assistance after a solar-powered LED message board worth $4,500 was stolen along with its trailer from...

Destroyed dock a hazard

Jun 27, 2020 / 4:00 am

A dock near Kelowna's Burne Avenue beach access that was destroyed during the 2017 floods remains a swimming hazard three years later, and a number of local...

Video 'doesn't make sense'

Jun 27, 2020 / 4:00 am

Police across the country have been put in an unfair position of responding to issues they simply are not equipped or trained for, according to one of Western...

Rentals add to revenue haul

Jun 27, 2020 / 4:00 am

It appears Airbnb rental revenue being subject to the municipal and regional district tax has had a solid impact on the province’s bottom line. The B.C....

Dealerships help food bank

Jun 26, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The Kot Auto Group has made a significant donation to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. Kot Group Okanagan dealers including Kelowna Hyundai, Buy Direct Truck...

Turtle saved from hook

Jun 26, 2020 / 7:00 pm

A West Kelowna veterinarian is asking residents to remain vigilant when fishing this summer, after performing life-saving surgery on a turtle that nearly died...

Boil water notice issued

Jun 26, 2020 / 3:46 pm

The City of West Kelowna has issued a boil water notice for the West Kelowna Estates System. The notice is an escalation of the water quality advisory issued on...

Hwy 97 returns to normal

Jun 26, 2020 / 1:33 pm

UPDATE 1:32 p.m. Traffic on Highway 97 northbound has returned to normal after a collision near the UBCO turnoff caused a back up all the way to Old Vernon...

Danger trees removed

Jun 26, 2020 / 1:09 pm

Two danger trees have been removed from the Mission Creek trail area, following an incident where a tree fell on top of a man severely injuring him on June 14....

Keeping the beat alive

Jun 26, 2020 / 1:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it didn't look like a Kelowna drum school would have a chance to show off all they had learned over the past year. But at the...

Road work set for Glenmore

Jun 26, 2020 / 12:30 pm

Summer is here and that means road work season has arrived. Construction and paving starts June 29 on Glenmore Rd. between Kane Rd. to Begbie Rd. Traffic will...

Three crashes in four blocks

Jun 26, 2020 / 11:20 am

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. A witness to the Gordon and Harvey crash involving a blue sedan confirmed there was also a female pedestrian injured in the incident. The...

Repaving Big White Rd.

Jun 26, 2020 / 11:13 am

Travel to Big White will be a bit smoother next winter, after a large chunk of Highway 33 and Big White Road is being repaved this summer. In early July, more...

Deer runs circle around bear

Jun 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

A Kelowna man feels lucky after capturing a deer and bear chase on camera in Lebanon Creek Park area in Kettle Valley. Gabriel Grimeau was landscaping on the...

Canada Day blood drive

Jun 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

The Canadian Blood Services is putting a call out to new and returning blood donors to help patients by booking an appointment before or immediately following...

Tourism industry thrilled

Jun 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

Phase 3 of British Columbia's reopening plan is a crucial step towards recovery for the tourism industry. The tourism industry, among many others, felt the...

HA associate stays for now

Jun 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

A former associate of the Kelowna Hells Angels has had his deportation order halted at the last minute, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. David Roger Revell, 56, is...

'All I've seen is no action'

Jun 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

At least one Kelowna city councillor is confused why the city can't get a straight answer from Interior Health about expanding a successful mental health...

2 years into Journey Home

Jun 25, 2020 / 9:00 pm

Two years into Kelowna’s five-year plan to address homelessness, the Journey Home Society says progress is being made. The strategy is anchored by the...

Market returning to Bernard

Jun 25, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market's Satellite Summer returns to Bernard Avenue on July 5. At this year's market, social distancing and...

$50K donation for Bridge

Jun 25, 2020 / 6:00 pm

The Bridge Youth and Family Services has received a $50,000 cheque from The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise. The donation will support the construction of the...

Boil notice downgraded

Jun 25, 2020 / 5:18 pm

A Boil Water Notice for the Sunnyside/Pritchard system has now been downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory, due to decreasing turbidity in Okanagan Lake. The...

No jail for child porn cache

Jun 25, 2020 / 4:10 pm

A Kelowna man caught with a large collection of child pornography will avoid prison. David Bisson, 55, received an 18-month conditional sentence and three...

Movie shoot in Okanagan

Jun 25, 2020 / 2:33 pm

UPDATE 2:32 p.m. Okanagan Film Commissioner, Jon Summerland tells Castanet the Okanagan film business has so far survived COVID-19. "There are four...

Bring on the Albertans

Jun 25, 2020 / 2:14 pm

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is calling on the B.C. and Alberta governments to encourage interprovincial travel between the provinces. Chamber president Jeff...

Collision slows traffic

Jun 25, 2020 / 1:02 pm

Traffic is returning to normal on Harvey Avenue near Kirschner Road after a collision involving a motorcycle and transport truck. The collision does not appear...

WestJet layoffs hit Okanagan

Jun 25, 2020 / 12:24 pm

WestJet employees in the Okanagan are among more than 3,300 being laid off by the company as a result of restructuring announced Wednesday. Calling the changes...

Should be no surprise to IH

Jun 25, 2020 / 11:20 am

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says the city's desire to expand the Police and Crisis Team program should come as no surprise to Interior...

Boater rescued from sinking

Jun 25, 2020 / 11:18 am

UPDATE 11:18 a.m. Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Captain Kelly Stephens tells Castanet, "we responded to a call of a boater in distress and managed to get...

Downtown gets in the loop

Jun 25, 2020 / 11:06 am

Downtown Kelowna Association has teamed up with a local mobile offers platform to get the word out about businesses that are trying to make their way back...

Bernard to close Monday

Jun 25, 2020 / 10:38 am

The two-month closure of Bernard Avenue to vehicle traffic officially begins Monday morning. The City of Kelowna will begin the two-day process of closing the...