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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Krystal Smith: 1 on 1

Oct 19, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Provincial government employee Krystal Smith is seeking a seat in the legislature for the BC NDP in the Kelowna-Mission riding. Despite living in Victoria,...

Plaintiff faces other charges

Oct 19, 2020 / 3:33 pm

In the wake of a lawsuit filed against the Kelowna RCMP by a man alleging he was nearly killed by a police dog during his arrest in August, the detachment is...

Search for missing woman

Oct 19, 2020 / 12:14 pm

The Kelowna RCMP is appealing to the public for help in tracking down a missing woman. Brooke Whitney, 27, was last seen Oct. 18 at 5:00 p.m. She is described...

More history up in flames

Oct 19, 2020 / 12:07 pm

A home in Rutland that went up in flames Sunday night under suspicious circumstances was more than 100 years old and had a place on the Kelowna heritage...

Restaurant fire accidental

Oct 19, 2020 / 11:32 am

A fire at a popular Lake Country restaurant has been deemed accidental by insurance investigators. Italian Kitchen Lake Country was destroyed in a fire last...

Candidate signs defaced

Oct 19, 2020 / 11:17 am

Kelowna-Mission Green Party candidate Amanda Poon is decrying racist and sexist vandalism of her election signs. "I was saddened to learn that some of my...

Driver rams police vehicles

Oct 19, 2020 / 10:40 am

A driver rammed two RCMP vehicles in Lake Country while fleeing from police on Sunday night. Just before 7 p.m., an officer spotted a green Pontiac car speeding...

Vehicle goes over bank

Oct 19, 2020 / 6:49 am

A vehicle went over an embankment in West Kelowna Sunday night. About 10:10 p.m., the vehicle left Boucherie Road between Mission Hill and Green Bay roads....

Abandoned home burns

Oct 19, 2020 / 6:21 am

UPDATE: 6:20 a.m. A structure fire at a vacant home in Rutland Sunday night is being deemed suspicious. Multiple calls to 911 came in about 9.p.m., reporting...

Justin Kulik: 1 on 1

Oct 19, 2020 / 4:00 am

Nineteen-year-old UBC student Justin Kulik is looking to take the Kelowna-Lake Country riding for the BC NDP. And, despite his youthful age, Kulik is already a...

TD gifts Okanagan College

Oct 19, 2020 / 4:00 am

TD Bank has donated $15,000 to Okanagan College's Our Students, Your Health campaign. The gift from TD will help provide equipment for the new Health...

Chess, Clue, Catan & more

Oct 19, 2020 / 4:00 am

Those looking to get their game on have a new option in Kelowna. Twice the Dice is a local board game cafe on Bernard Avenue that opened during the pandemic as...

More murals for Rutland

Oct 19, 2020 / 4:00 am

Rutland continues to get colourful as six new murals are being revealed in the community. Karen Beaubier, the Executive Director for the Uptown Rutland...

Mother bear, cubs spotted

Oct 19, 2020 / 4:00 am

A West Kelowna resident is warning others after witnessing a mother bear and her two cubs meandering through their neighbourhood on Saturday afternoon. Rebecca...

BC wine subscription box

Oct 18, 2020 / 7:00 pm

The BC Wine, Cider & Spirits Festival has launched its subscription box to support members this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Fall tasting event plans...

Love & support for Olympia

Oct 18, 2020 / 6:00 pm

After a devastating fire claimed a beloved restaurant in Rutland, the community has showcased their support in a colourful way. MP Tracy Gray and Karen...

Van crashes, CPR needed

Oct 18, 2020 / 2:10 pm

A person appears to be in medical distress after a van crashed into a bush in Rutland Sunday afternoon. At about 1:30 p.m., a white van appears to have left...

Castanet's week in review

Oct 18, 2020 / 2:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Let it snow, let it snow!

Oct 18, 2020 / 10:40 am

The snow has hit some lower elevation parts of the Okanagan Sunday morning. Castanet readers have been sharing their photos of snow, from Black Mountain to...

Unused coffin for sale

Oct 18, 2020 / 4:00 am

You never know what you're going to find in the Castanet Classifieds. Randy Martin says he picked up a white movie prop coffin a while back with grand plans...

New charge in hamster case

Oct 18, 2020 / 4:00 am

A Kelowna man accused of torturing and killing hamsters, and posting videos of it online, is now facing an additional charge related to the disturbing...

COVID on Kelowna flight

Oct 17, 2020 / 7:00 pm

The B.C. centre for Disease Control says a COVID-19 infected passenger was on a flight leaving Kelowna earlier this month. WestJet flight 182 between Kelowna...

Firefighter passes away

Oct 17, 2020 / 4:01 pm

Firefighter Karl Featherstone with the Lake Country Fire Department has passed away. Featherstone was a part of the fire department since 2009 as an on-call...

Merrifield set to wave signs

Oct 17, 2020 / 3:00 pm

Kelowna-Mission Liberal candidate Renee Merrifield hopes to meet Kelowna voters over the next week. The candidate, running for former Liberal MLA Steve...

City winds down for winter

Oct 17, 2020 / 11:45 am

The City of Kelowna is reminding residents that winter closures are beginning at the city's parks. Cold weather is here which means seasonal closures have...

Apple dispute end in sight

Oct 17, 2020 / 4:00 am

The David and Goliath dispute between Oyama apple farmer Alan Gatzke and the District of Lake Country has taken another turn. It appears the District of Lake...

Community loves Olympia

Oct 17, 2020 / 4:00 am

Since Kelowna's Olympia Greek Taverna went up in flames, the community is rallying behind the restaurant in many ways. During the evening on Oct. 6, the...

Industrial project moves on

Oct 17, 2020 / 4:00 am

A rare concept of including residential apartments within an industrial building comes back to city council Monday. The developer, Emil Anderson Construction,...

Police dog nearly killed man

Oct 17, 2020 / 4:00 am

A civil lawsuit has revealed the near-fatal injuries a Kelowna man suffered at the teeth of a police dog during an arrest this summer, an incident already being...

Puppy recovers from parvo

Oct 16, 2020 / 4:38 pm

Following the massive seizure of 97 animals from a known animal hoarder in Princeton, the BC SPCA is sharing some good news. A puppy recovering from the canine...

Layoffs at KF Aerospace

Oct 16, 2020 / 4:13 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Kelowna’s largest private employer to cut its workforce by nearly 150. KF Aerospace announced late Friday afternoon the...

Vegetarian Butcher opens

Oct 16, 2020 / 1:00 pm

The Vegetarian Butcher has opened its doors in Kelowna, providing plant-based meat alternatives and other vegan treats to the community. "It is the first...

Cops tail man immediately

Oct 16, 2020 / 12:00 pm

It appears the Kelowna RCMP did not trust a prolific offender to abide by his conditions after he was released from custody last year. And, allegedly, the...

Fernando’s Pub closing

Oct 16, 2020 / 11:33 am

One of the premier destinations for live music in Kelowna is closing its doors for the winter. Fernando’s Pub has announced "with a heavy heart"...

Grandparent scam alert

Oct 16, 2020 / 10:20 am

Mounties are warning people not to fall for one of the oldest scams known to fraud investigators. Kelowna RCMP is reminding the public that the emergency scam,...

Plan to fix Bennett bridge?

Oct 16, 2020 / 10:15 am

The Green Party candidate in Kelowna West says he has a cost-effective plan to improve traffic flow between West Kelowna and Kelowna. Peter Truch, a...

Rollover crash on Westside

Oct 16, 2020 / 6:34 am

A car went over a bank and rolled onto its side in West Kelowna overnight. The compact sedan went off the road at Ross and Bartley roads, near the Trailpark...

John Janmaat: 1 on 1

Oct 16, 2020 / 4:00 am

UBCO professor John Janmaat has his name on the ballot for the Green Party in Kelowna-Lake Country. He is a political rookie concerned with the health of our...

Housing open past winter

Oct 16, 2020 / 4:00 am

Temporary supportive housing set up at the Super 8 Motel in West Kelowna is expected to remain operational at least through the winter. Officials with Turning...

Black widows wandering

Oct 16, 2020 / 4:00 am

The creepy crawlies are here in the Okanagan, just in time for Halloween. Darren Nakonechny spotted a black widow spider just before midnight on the outside...

Dog raises $3,000 for SPCA

Oct 16, 2020 / 4:00 am

A Kelowna man celebrated big for his dog's 10th birthday by raising $3,000 for the Kelowna BC SPCA. After learning about the 97 badly neglected animals...

Bucks battling on camera

Oct 16, 2020 / 4:00 am

A Kelowna resident got front row seats to a spectacle of nature on Wednesday afternoon. Tammy Hutton says she went out to get her mail in the Glenmore area...

Kelowna home up for grabs

Oct 15, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Tickets for the Millionaire Lottery supporting the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation are now on sale and a multi-million dollar Kelowna home is up for grabs. ...

Jousting with a clothesline?

Oct 15, 2020 / 6:00 pm

A Kelowna woman is hoping someone can help a wayward deer that seems to have had a run-in with a clothesline. "I feel bad for this deer because it's...

Cops seize weapons, drugs

Oct 15, 2020 / 5:38 pm

The Kelowna RCMP say they seized drugs, property and weapons from a home Thursday. Officers raided a home on the 1300 block of Sylvania Crescent as a part of...

Outbreak at FedEx depot

Oct 15, 2020 / 2:36 pm

Interior Health says it is investigating an outbreak of the coronavirus at a FedEx depot in Kelowna. The health authority says three staff at the facility have...

Anti-COVID poster man

Oct 15, 2020 / 1:35 pm

Kelowna RCMP is asking the public for help in identifying a man who has been gluing anti-COVID-19 posters to poles across the city. A man was caught on CCTV...

New info on child grabbing

Oct 15, 2020 / 1:15 pm

The Kelowna RCMP is releasing more information about a disturbing child grabbing incident last month. An 11-year-old boy was walking home from school on Sept....

Pandemic not denting rent

Oct 15, 2020 / 11:51 am

The numbers that show Kelowna’s housing and rental market is immune to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to pile up. The median rent price of a one-bedroom...

Arrested twice in one week

Oct 15, 2020 / 10:06 am

A West Kelowna man is facing numerous criminal charges after being arrested twice in only six days. Bryce Williamson, 31, was taken into police custody just...

Spring Hawes: 1 on 1

Oct 15, 2020 / 4:00 am

Small business owner Spring Hawes is looking for your support Oct. 24 as she carries the NDP banner in Kelowna West. She previously served two terms on council...

Apple tent coming down

Oct 15, 2020 / 4:00 am

After eight years of selling apples from a tent at the side of Highway 97 near Oyama, Alan Gatzke is being forced to close down, but local residents will have...

Zombies out for Halloween

Oct 15, 2020 / 4:00 am

Just in time for Halloween, Kelowna virtual reality company Utopia VR has released Zombie Land - a virtual experience like no other. They’re hoping...

Rutland remembrance off

Oct 15, 2020 / 4:00 am

Remembrance Day will look a lot different around Kelowna and, across the country this year. Traditional Nov. 11 ceremonies at cenotaphs will be replaced by...

Chamber reveals its best

Oct 14, 2020 / 9:00 pm

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has announced 32 finalists in 13 categories for its annual business excellence awards. The 33rd edition of the annual awards...

Winter market put on ice

Oct 14, 2020 / 8:00 pm

This year's Downtown Kelowna Association's Winter Street Market has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Downtown Kelowna Association has...

Bad driving: Part II

Oct 14, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Another example of a bad Okanagan driver, this time in West Kelowna. This one goes back to late summer in West Kelowna when James Sidhu caught a four-door sedan...

Church outbreak now over

Oct 14, 2020 / 6:31 pm

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Kelowna Calvary Chapel is now over. Interior Health said Wednesday the outbreak, which was declared on Sept. 25, ended with seven...

Book in before you skate

Oct 14, 2020 / 4:55 pm

If you're planning to skate at a City-owned facility this winter season, you'll need to book your time in advance. The new measure has come into effect...

3-vehicle crash on Hwy 33

Oct 14, 2020 / 4:21 pm

A serious crash involving three vehicles took place at the intersection of Highway 33 and Gerstmar Road Wednesday afternoon. Just before 3:30 p.m., emergency...

Rash of smash-and-grabs

Oct 14, 2020 / 3:02 pm

Businesses at the Southgate strip mall on Kelowna’s Pandosy Street have been dealing with a rash of smash-and-grabs in recent weeks. Earthly Creations...

Water borrowing adopted

Oct 14, 2020 / 1:50 pm

The City of West Kelowna now knows how it will fund its portion of construction of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant. Council Tuesday formally adopted a...

Gas leak now shutdown

Oct 14, 2020 / 1:34 pm

UPDATE 1:33 p.m. FortisBC has made repairs to a ruptured gas line on Levitt Lane and residents have been given the all-clear to return to their homes. Crews...

Drive-through flu shot clinic

Oct 14, 2020 / 12:32 pm

A Kelowna doctor has come up with an innovative way to immunize her patients with this year's influenza vaccine with a drive-through vaccination clinic. ...

16% ask for mail-in ballots

Oct 14, 2020 / 12:26 pm

Slightly more than 69,000 registered voters in ridings across the Southern Interior have requested to vote-by-mail in the upcoming Oct. 24 provincial election....

Substance use clinic for all

Oct 14, 2020 / 11:01 am

UBC Okanagan's substance use clinic has gone virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During these unprecedented times, people may be in extreme need...

Renee Merrifield: 1 on 1

Oct 14, 2020 / 4:00 am

Entrepreneur Renee Merrifield is dipping her toe into provincial politics. After an unsuccessful run at the federal Conservative nomination in Kelowna-Lake...

Massive lighthouse proposed

Oct 14, 2020 / 4:00 am

West Kelowna city council has postponed its decision on a large lighthouse proposed for a winery near Goats Peak to allow for public feedback. Monette Farms has...

Prolific offender on trial

Oct 13, 2020 / 7:35 pm

The trial for a West Kelowna man charged with multiple counts of dangerous driving prior to a horrific collision began Tuesday in Kelowna. Prolific offender...

Drop-ins back at Parkinson

Oct 13, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Parkinson Recreation Centre is re-opening its doors to non-members starting today. “We’re pleased to be able to shift to the next phase of our...

Cat's ashes stolen by burglar

Oct 13, 2020 / 3:40 pm

A Kelowna woman is asking the public for help after someone broke into her home and stole her cat's ashes. Darlene Richard left her home on Elliot Avenue on...

Virus can live on bank notes

Oct 13, 2020 / 2:37 pm

A new study focused on how long COVID-19 can live on surfaces has found that in the right conditions, the virus can remain infectious on some surfaces,...

Rapist's appeal dismissed

Oct 13, 2020 / 2:24 pm

This story contains graphic details that may not be suitable for all readers. B.C.’s highest court has upheld the conviction of a West Kelowna man found...

Holiday homeowners debut

Oct 13, 2020 / 10:39 am

The Central Okanagan Hospice Association's "Homes for the Holidays" homeowners have been announced. The beloved event has gone virtual this year...

More 5G service in Interior

Oct 13, 2020 / 10:33 am

Rogers today launched its 5G service in more B.C. communities, including several throughout the Thompson-Okanagan. The technology features ultra-low latency for...

Motorcyclist dies in crash

Oct 13, 2020 / 10:14 am

Police are looking for witnesses to a collision between a motorcycle and a small SUV that occurred on Monday afternoon in Joe Rich. At around noon on Oct. 12,...

Celebrating our volunteers

Oct 13, 2020 / 4:00 am

This year's Get Involved Lake Country: A Celebration of Volunteers and Community Spirit is going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event features a...

Obey the rules, asks driver

Oct 13, 2020 / 4:00 am

A professional driver has a message for other drivers in Kelowna. Jason Pharis drives for a living and he says he sometimes feels like he is taking his life...

1-on-1 with Norm Letnick

Oct 13, 2020 / 4:00 am

Liberal Norm Letnick is seeking a fourth term as MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. The Liberal's health critic during the NDP's time in office, spoke on a...

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