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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Working for 'bright futures'

Feb 20, 2020 / 8:30 pm

Schools in the Central Okanagan committed to increasing opportunities for Indigenous students while ensuring the voices of Indigenous people are represented in...

Solidarity with refugees

Feb 20, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has offered its support for refugees and the work of resettlement organizations as per the request by the Central Okanagan Refugee...

Teens explore tech industry

Feb 20, 2020 / 7:00 pm

More than 200 teens from high schools throughout the Okanagan Valley spent their Thursday at Okanagan College for a TechWorks event organized by Junior...

Rollover cleared at Burtch

Feb 20, 2020 / 6:35 pm

UPDATE: 6:35 p.m. The crash at Harvey Avenue and Burtch Road Thursday afternoon has been cleared, and traffic is now moving through the intersection. ORIGINAL:...

UBCO celebrates milestone

Feb 20, 2020 / 6:00 pm

The University of British Columbia is celebrating fifteen years in the Okanagan and to commemorate the milestone, the campus introduced the Festival of Ideas....

Crash cleared near YLW

Feb 20, 2020 / 4:05 pm

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m. Traffic on Highway 97 appears to be flowing smoothly once again near the Kelowna International Airport after a crash slowed traffic earlier in...

Gearing up for Pride Week

Feb 20, 2020 / 4:01 pm

Dates for this year's Kelowna Pride Week were announced Thursday. The Kelowna Pride Society is gearing up for celebrations June 6 to 14, with the hopes of...

Economy looking good

Feb 20, 2020 / 12:14 pm

Most indictors show the Central Okanagan’s economy continues to purr. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission released its annual Economic...

Youth athletes off to Games

Feb 20, 2020 / 11:35 am

Nine young cross-country skiers are representing the Okanagan Zone at the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John. The Games begin today and run through Monday. Seven...

Reducing risk of fire

Feb 20, 2020 / 11:28 am

Parts of Kelowna's Knox Mountain Park will be inaccessible for the next few months while the city performs wildfire mitigation work. City crews and heavy...

Jailed for exposing genitals

Feb 20, 2020 / 5:00 am

A mentally ill man was sentenced Wednesday for exposing his genitals to two teenagers in Rutland last summer, but he was released after receiving credit for...

More local kids smoke, drink

Feb 20, 2020 / 5:00 am

More young people in the Okanagan drink alcohol, use cannabis, vape and have sex than those across the rest of the province, according to a recently published...

Reclining your airplane seat?

Feb 20, 2020 / 5:00 am

When you fly, do you recline? A video went viral this month, showing a man repeatedly hitting the back of the woman's reclined seat in front of him on an...

Black Cat Cabaret returns

Feb 19, 2020 / 8:00 pm

Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre is presenting the seventh annual Black Cat Cabaret and 10 Minute Play Festival this weekend at the Black Box Theatre. The...

CFL head's 'global vision'

Feb 19, 2020 / 7:00 pm

The head of the CFL is coming to Kelowna to talk about the future of the league this spring. On April 23, the Okanagan Sun will host CFL commissioner Randy...

No favours for BC business

Feb 19, 2020 / 6:00 pm

A Kelowna tax expert believes the provincial government could be driving business out of B.C. with the budget it released on Tuesday. Quinton Pullen, a tax...

Big Boeing coming to YLW

Feb 19, 2020 / 3:00 pm

The largest aircraft to ever operate out of Kelowna International Airport is coming this summer. Air Canada will use a Boeing 767-300ER for its daily, non-stop...

Woodpecker vandalizes bear

Feb 19, 2020 / 12:48 pm

It turns out someone - or something - has a serious problem with the small bear sculpture at City Park. Over the past few nights, the bear has had its eyes...

Distracted driver crackdown

Feb 19, 2020 / 11:02 am

Kelowna RCMP held a distracted driving crackdown near Springfield Road and Ambrosi Road on Tuesday afternoon. A total of 49 violation tickets were issued to...

Combative thief arrested

Feb 19, 2020 / 9:34 am

A 20-year-old Kelowna man has been arrested following a combative shoplifting incident on Tuesday. The man allegedly stole from a store in the 1400 block of...

Mail thief caught on camera

Feb 19, 2020 / 5:00 am

A potential mail thief has been caught on camera lurking around Kelowna's Capri area on Valentine's Day. Doorcam footage shows the male approaching a...

'Rutland Mel' sentenced

Feb 19, 2020 / 5:00 am

A woman accused of violent robbery of a sex worker in downtown Kelowna, causing “life-threatening” injuries, was sentenced to 21 months in jail...

Locals' road trip to Patagonia

Feb 19, 2020 / 5:00 am

Two Kelowna residents on the road trip of a lifetime from Canada all the way down to Patagonia have released new footage of driving their camper over a sketchy...

Calling all wine lovers

Feb 18, 2020 / 8:00 pm

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, taking place April 30 to May 17. Presented by Valley First, the festival is the longest...

Letnick: budget falls short

Feb 18, 2020 / 7:30 pm

While the NDP government champions its 2020 budget as the largest capital investment in the province’s infrastructure ever, Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal...

Local nominated for Juno

Feb 18, 2020 / 7:00 pm

West Kelowna’s Johnny Jansen has been nominated for direction of the ‘Music Video of the Year' at this year’s Juno Awards, thanks in part...

Lenarduzzi coming to town

Feb 18, 2020 / 6:30 pm

A Canadian soccer legend will be coming to Kelowna next month. Bob Lenarduzzi, a Canadian soccer hall of famer, played for the Vancouver Whitecaps from 1974 to...

Two-car crash slows traffic

Feb 18, 2020 / 5:05 pm

Castanet has received a tip regarding a collision on Rutland Road and Shepherd Road in the east end of Kelowna. The collision appears to involve two vehicles,...

In need of great ideas

Feb 18, 2020 / 4:58 pm

Have an idea that could revitalize your neighbourhood? Now's the time to speak up. The City of Kelowna is reminding residents to share the love for your...

Has spring really sprung?

Feb 18, 2020 / 3:49 pm

The sun is shining in downtown Kelowna, but has spring really arrived? Last week we experienced wintery weather with hail and snow, but Environment Canada...

Request to conserve water

Feb 18, 2020 / 3:32 pm

Residents within the Black Mountain Irrigation District are being asked to conserve water for the next two to three weeks while upgrades take place. The tunnel...

Chopper dispatched for teen

Feb 18, 2020 / 3:23 pm

A total of 30 searchers were involved in the rescue of a missing 14-year-old snowmobiler overnight, says Ed Henczel with COSAR. Due to the boy's age, a...

Status quo for Kelowna rent

Feb 18, 2020 / 11:54 am

Victoria’s rent got a lot more expensive this month, but Kelowna’s remained right where it is. The median price for a one-bedroom apartment in...

Gas prices take a tumble

Feb 18, 2020 / 11:10 am

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m. The cheapest gas in B.C. can be found in the Okanagan, but Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, says gas station...

Drugs seized from home

Feb 18, 2020 / 10:55 am

The Kelowna RCMP is announcing a drug bust in the Lower Mission, seizing ketamine, heroin and cocaine. Following an investigation into suspected drug...

Drunk crash caught on cam

Feb 18, 2020 / 10:43 am

A drunk driver lost control on West Kelowna's Bridge Hill late Sunday night, flipping his truck over the road's barricade. And it was all caught on...

Victims left wondering

Feb 18, 2020 / 5:00 am

More than 15 months since the alleged thefts of former Kelowna social worker Robert Riley Saunders became public in a series of lawsuits launched by his...

THC breathalyzer coming

Feb 18, 2020 / 5:00 am

THC roadside breathalyzers could soon be available, thanks to research at UBC Okanagan. Prof. Mina Hoorfar, who runs UBCO’s Advanced Thermo-Fluidic Lab,...

Valentine's bash for the pups

Feb 17, 2020 / 7:30 pm

Bosley's on Lakeshore celebrated Valentine's Day a little differently this year, with a 'Smooch a Pooch' booth to raise funds for the Alberta...

Free aid for autism spectrum

Feb 17, 2020 / 1:00 pm

The Pacific Autism Family Network's Kelowna branch provides free services to those living on the autism disorder spectrum and their families, most...

Drunk driver hits power pole

Feb 17, 2020 / 11:52 am

A 26-year-old driver is facing potential charges after colliding with a power pole on Valley Road in Kelowna. Kelowna RCMP received a report Saturday at 3:35...

'It was pretty brazen'

Feb 17, 2020 / 11:33 am

“It was pretty brazen.” Downtown restaurant co-owner, Dan Bronswyk is feeling rather irritated after an intruder walked into Bread Co. Sunday...

Is radon in your home?

Feb 17, 2020 / 9:00 am

Have you ever tested your home for radon? Radon is a radioactive gas and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, with more than 3,000 Canadians killed...

Rollover on Bridge Hill

Feb 17, 2020 / 6:40 am

A pickup crashed off Bridge Hill Sunday night in a rollover incident near the Campbell Road overpass on the west side of Okanagan Lake. The vehicle went off...

Woke up to stolen quad

Feb 17, 2020 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna resident woke up frustrated after finding out her quad with a snow plow attachment was stolen off her property in the middle of the night. The...

Apple growers need big help

Feb 17, 2020 / 5:00 am

The apple growers of the Okanagan know what’s wrong. Now they just need to find a way to fix it. You name it, and it has gone wrong for the region’s...

Family a top priority today

Feb 17, 2020 / 5:00 am

Castanet hit the streets of Kelowna to find out what people have planned on Family Day. For most people, plans consisted of spending time with family members or...

Fundraiser for true 'Warrior'

Feb 16, 2020 / 7:50 pm

The West Kelowna Warriors swapped their hockey sticks and puck for a ringette stick and a ring on Sunday for the 3rd Annual Battle of the Blades. The Warriors...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 16, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Walk for the homeless

Feb 16, 2020 / 9:00 am

The Coldest Night of the Year walk is back on Feb. 22, to benefit Kelowna's homeless community. The event will give community members the opportunity to...

Thinning climate change

Feb 16, 2020 / 5:00 am

New research from UBC Okanagan suggests the 'thinning' method used in backyard gardening could be beneficial in the fight against climate change....

Pot shops owe city $160K

Feb 16, 2020 / 5:00 am

The courts have ordered two former cannabis dispensaries pay the City of West Kelowna more than $160,000 in fines and legal fees, but it's unclear if the...

Slowing down 'fast fashion'

Feb 16, 2020 / 5:00 am

A new local company is looking to slow down the trend of “fast fashion." Grey Hearts Workshop held its grand opening party Saturday afternoon,...

Top comedian in Kelowna

Feb 16, 2020 / 5:00 am

One of Canada's top comedians is coming to Kelowna at the end of February. Graham Clark, a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and co-host of Maximum...

Car crashes into power pole

Feb 15, 2020 / 6:53 pm

A small car wiped out a power pole in Glenmore on Saturday afternoon, cutting power to some neighbouring residents. The car crashed into the pole on Valley Road...

Rallying in solidarity

Feb 15, 2020 / 3:00 pm

The pedestrian overpass near the Parkinson Rec Centre, known locally as “Protest bridge,” was packed with people supporting the Wet'suwet'en...

Random acts of kindness

Feb 15, 2020 / 10:00 am

With National Random Acts of Kindness Day falling on Family Day Monday, one Kelowna resident wants to share her story and remind people that 'kindness is a...

$300K penalty for contractor

Feb 15, 2020 / 5:00 am

A major Kelowna-based construction firm has been penalized more than $300,000 by WorkSafeBC after two inspections. Emil Anderson Construction was issued a pair...

Shelter leads to anxiety

Feb 15, 2020 / 5:00 am

A number of incidents allegedly tied to the homeless population around a cold weather shelter on Stevens Road has caused some concerns among residents in Rose...

Dogs show love to seniors

Feb 15, 2020 / 5:00 am

What better way to spend Valentine's Day than with some puppy love. UBCO's Building Academic Retention Through K9s (BARK) program visited the...

Health xChange in town

Feb 14, 2020 / 8:00 pm

Speaking event Health xChange is coming to Kelowna this June, and organizers are looking for engaging presenters to highlight health research in the BC...

Double double drive-thru

Feb 14, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna's newest Tim Horton's store on Hwy 97 is open for business, and it's the first Timmies in the city to feature a double drive-thru....

Bull Mtn. taking shape

Feb 14, 2020 / 6:00 pm

Here's a complaint you don't hear too often from a ski hill operator - "too much snow." That's what Don Journeay faced this winter during...

3 months without mailboxes

Feb 14, 2020 / 4:20 pm

After thefts from the mailbox at a West Kelowna mobile home park last year, the more than 100 residents have been forced to drive to Kelowna to get their mail...

Faiths join together for tour

Feb 14, 2020 / 3:00 pm

The Respect Network and Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) are hosting the Sacred Spaces tour this February to celebrate and highlight different faiths within...

UBCO brings in new leader

Feb 14, 2020 / 2:50 pm

UBC Okanagan will have a new face heading its leadership team through the new decade. Professor Lesley Cormack will take over the school's top position of...

Guilty in Wal-Mart mayhem

Feb 14, 2020 / 12:04 pm

An Okanagan man pleaded guilty Friday to a slew of charges, stemming from a crime spree last spring that saw him evade police for several days. Dayton...

Vandals smash Sonic Wash

Feb 14, 2020 / 10:14 am

Employees at the Sonic Wash in West Kelowna were in cleanup mode when they got to work this morning. Vandals hit the property overnight and smashed seven...

DeHart's Valentine's gift

Feb 14, 2020 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city councillor Maxine DeHart is giving a gift from the heart this Valentine's Day, with a private donation to Okanagan College's Our Students,...

Peace, but not closure

Feb 14, 2020 / 5:00 am

Annie Hutton's family has celebrated their own Family Fun Day every summer since 2013, and photos from each year's event, packed full of her colourfully...

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