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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Crash sends 2 to hospital

Nov 24, 2017 / 10:03 am

UPDATE: Friday 10 a.m. Police say three vehicles sustained significant damage, and a man and a woman were taken to hospital in Thursday's crash on Highway...

Jaws of Life free victims

Nov 24, 2017 / 9:08 am

Emergency crews needed the Jaws of Life to help free motorists from inside a pickup following a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in Rutland. The crash occurred...

Wettest opening day ever

Nov 24, 2017 / 6:58 am

It was a soggy opening day at Big White, Thursday. Last year, the ski resort saw its largest mid-week opening ever. This year, it was the wettest. Rain fell...

9th highest murder rate

Nov 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

While Kelowna had the ninth highest murder rate in the country in 2016, the region is on track for a reduction this year. Last year, five people were killed in...

'Their report cards are a lie'

Nov 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

After spending tens of thousands of dollars in tuition at a Kelowna private school, David Brough found his Grade 2 son was reading and writing at or below a...

Live like a millionaire

Nov 23, 2017 / 9:00 pm

You could live like a millionaire in West Kelowna – and support the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. The prize home in this year's charity...

Motorcycle, bicycle collide

Nov 23, 2017 / 7:15 pm

Two people were treated by paramedics Thursday night when a motorcycle collided with a cyclist in downtown Kelowna. The collision occurred just after 6:30 p.m....

Closet cleanout for a cause

Nov 23, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Clean out your closet and support a good cause. On Sunday, the Kelowna Closet Cleanout returns to the Laurel Packinghouse. Gently used women's shoes,...

Safe digging - it's a gas

Nov 23, 2017 / 4:57 pm

Avoiding gas line hits was the focus of a FortisBC workshop on Thursday. Line breaks are not only costly, they're dangerous. A line break in Kelowna earlier...

Uber: 'Let us in'

Nov 23, 2017 / 4:44 pm

A senior manager with Uber Canada was in Kelowna Thursday, calling on B.C.’s government to finally let ride-sharing services into the province. At a...

A Purrfect home

Nov 23, 2017 / 1:00 pm

There are a number of homeless cats roaming the Okanagan with nowhere to go, but thankfully there is a group designated to helping vulnerable cats and kittens....

Aerospace sector soaring

Nov 23, 2017 / 11:37 am

A new report on the Central Okanagan's aerospace industry is looking to take the sector even higher. The Economic Development Commission report finds the...

Cougar sighting at school

Nov 23, 2017 / 10:50 am

Peter Greer Elementary school remains on high alert after a group of kindergarten students reported seeing a cougar just off the school grounds, Wednesday...

Police look for GoPro owner

Nov 23, 2017 / 10:26 am

Kelowna RCMP are hoping to reconnect a GoPro camera with its rightful owner, after it was recovered from the scene of a break and enter in September. The camera...

Outdoor rink opens Dec. 1

Nov 23, 2017 / 10:26 am

It's time to dust off your skates – the outdoor rink at Kelowna's Stuart Park will open soon. Arenas and stadiums supervisor Steve Fagan says the...

Winning ticket in Kelowna!

Nov 23, 2017 / 9:13 am

One lucky person woke up a millionaire this morning. According to the BC Lotteries website, a single winning ticket was sold in Kelowna on Wednesday's Lotto...

Messy commute reported

Nov 23, 2017 / 8:59 am

It was a messy drive in the Central Okanagan this morning. RCMP are reporting numerous accidents in the region. A pickup going South on Old Okanagan Highway in...

Truck crashes into patio

Nov 23, 2017 / 6:47 am

An accident has been reported in downtown Kelowna this morning. Details are few, but unconfirmed reader photos show a crew cab Ford Pickup crashed into the...

Kids trapped on slide

Nov 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

More than half a dozen kids were briefly trapped at a Kelowna play centre when an exercise ball became lodged on a slide, preventing the children from exiting....

Lighting up for Christmas

Nov 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

With snow falling on the local mountains, Christmas can't be far behind. On Dec. 2, the Downtown Kelowna Association will kick off the holiday season with...

Testing transit driver safety

Nov 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna will be part of what BC Transit calls 'a proof of concept' for a full driver door. The door is designed to protect drivers from potential...

Heirloom needs home

Nov 22, 2017 / 6:00 pm

Kelowna RCMP are hoping to be able to reunite a brooch and locket with its rightful owner. The piece of jewellery was found several years ago, but was just...

Four vehicle collision

Nov 22, 2017 / 5:54 pm

Firefighters are responding to a four-vehicle collision in Peachland on Wednesday. The collision occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Renfrew Road...

Take off faster at YLW

Nov 22, 2017 / 5:20 pm

Taking off at YLW just got faster. Kelowna International Airport took the wraps off an expanded outbound baggage hall on Wednesday. "It is really about the...

Mills lumber on with US

Nov 22, 2017 / 5:02 pm

There will always be a market for Canadian lumber in the United States, but that doesn’t mean local producers aren’t taking at least a few of their...

Fire and death accidental

Nov 22, 2017 / 4:10 pm

Police have determined the discovery of a body in a Rutland house fire Monday is not suspicious. Fire crews responded to the fire on the 1200 block of Gaggin...

Grandparent scam alert

Nov 22, 2017 / 3:10 pm

Kelowna RCMP is warning residents to watch out for the so-called "Grandparent Scam". Police saved an elderly couple from falling victim to the scam...

Stanley Cup in Kelowna

Nov 22, 2017 / 2:41 pm

The Stanley Cup will be in Kelowna tonight for a limited appearance at Player's Choice Sports Cards and Collectibles between 5 and 7 p.m. Co-owner Dean...

Big White opens Thursday

Nov 22, 2017 / 2:06 pm

Ski season arrives at Big White tomorrow. As is its tradition, the resort will open for the American Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23. First lifts roll at 8:45...

Armed robber on the loose

Nov 22, 2017 / 1:43 pm

Kelowna RCMP are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery. They hope surveillance images of the suspect will lead to an arrest. Police were called to a...

No worries about wage

Nov 22, 2017 / 1:02 pm

The Fair Wages Commission heard from a handful of minimum wage workers and advocates Tuesday. They are calling on the commission to boost minimum wage as needed...

Last chance to play a round

Nov 22, 2017 / 12:07 pm

You don't have to put away your golf clubs just yet. While most golf courses in the Okanagan shut down for the season when the early November blizzard hit,...

2 developments set to go

Nov 22, 2017 / 11:57 am

A development initially turned down by Kelowna city council won approval Tuesday night. The 134-unit project on Mission Springs Drive was defeated by a 5-4 vote...

Medal for Terbasket

Nov 22, 2017 / 10:59 am

An Okanagan Aboriginal leader has been honoured with a medal for her community service. Pauline Terbasket of the Lower Similkamen Indian Band has been executive...

Peachland pier set to rise

Nov 22, 2017 / 5:56 am

Ground will be broken this weekend on the newest addition to Peachland's waterfront. A ceremony will take place Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Heritage Park....

Furry, four-legged teachers

Nov 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Furry, four-legged teacher aids have moved into the classroom to help kids develop skills needed at school. UBC Okanagan’s BARK program (Building Academic...

Wage boost 'needed now'

Nov 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The provincial Fair Wages Commission met in Kelowna Tuesday to gather feedback on the NDP's commitment to raise B.C.'s minimum wage to $15 an hour....

KF can't hire fast enough

Nov 21, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Kelowna's KF Aerospace is having to turn away jobs because it can’t find enough workers. KF is hiring from every corner of the country and across the...

Fun night, good cause

Nov 21, 2017 / 8:00 pm

There is nothing better then getting in the holiday spirit for a good cause. On Nov. 25, The Innkeeper’s Gala, hosted by the Hotel Eldorado, will...

Kids face fear of flying

Nov 21, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna children with autism got a look inside the airport to ease anxiety about flying. The Canucks Autism Network and YLW hosted the accessibility tour for...

Legality, morality clash

Nov 21, 2017 / 12:58 pm

The City of Kelowna believes it has the law on its side. Local pot dispensaries claim they are defending morality and people's right to choose. A Kelowna...

Body found in house fire

Nov 21, 2017 / 12:41 pm

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. Neighbours living beside the Rutland home where a body was discovered after a fire broke out say there was suspicious activity from the four...

Alleged pimp in court

Nov 21, 2017 / 11:53 am

The police investigation of an alleged Kelowna pimp spanned almost a full year. Now, a year after charges were first laid, he's back in court. Simon Walter...

Car wash cleaned out

Nov 21, 2017 / 11:20 am

Thieves made off with cash from a coin machine at Skogies Car Wash in Kelowna last week. The break-in happened in the early hours of Nov. 13. Owners of the car...

Cook to oppose Stewart

Nov 21, 2017 / 11:03 am

Barring a last-minute change of heart, Shelley Cook is set to once again carry the NDP banner in Kelowna West. Cook, who was soundly defeated by then-premier...

Shoe boxes full of love

Nov 21, 2017 / 9:57 am

A semi will pick up thousands of shoe boxes in Kelowna, Wednesday – filled with gifts for poor children around the world. Mike Penninga, senior pastor at...

Fikowski wants first place

Nov 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The second fittest man in the world is Kelowna's Brent Fikowski. Fikowski placed second in the 2017 CrossFit Reebok games. The 2017 CrossFit Invitational...

Kelowna's housing crisis

Nov 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna has a housing crisis, and it doesn't only affect the homeless or disenfranchised. If current trends continue, it will get much, much worse over the...

Council study 'the pits'

Nov 20, 2017 / 7:24 pm

Kelowna council wants to study just what a development will look like at the former Pier Mac gravel pit across from the airport. The request for the study came...

Teen girl, dog missing

Nov 20, 2017 / 7:17 pm

An 18-year-old Kelowna teen and a Shih Tzu dog have been missing since Nov. 14. Sabrina McConnell was last seen that morning, leaving a house in Rutland and...

For or against $15 an hour

Nov 20, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Kelowna residents are being asked how a minimum wage increase would impact them. The Fair Wage Commission is coming to Kelowna Tuesday, and seven other...

Crash near YLW

Nov 20, 2017 / 5:45 pm

Traffic heading into Kelowna is being slowed by a crash on Highway 97 near the airport. The crash occurred sometime after 5 p.m. on Highway 97 near the entrance...

Sudden death at home

Nov 20, 2017 / 5:00 pm

A 72-year-old man died suddenly in his West Kelowna home on Monday. RCMP responded to the scene on the 3200 block of Shannon Lake Road about 12:30 p.m....

Winter holding off

Nov 20, 2017 / 2:11 pm

Good news for the Okanagan this week, winter may be holding off a little longer. "We shouldn't see a significant amount of snow over the next couple of...

Armed robbery at Super 8

Nov 20, 2017 / 1:55 pm

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery at Super 8 Motel in Kelowna on Friday. RCMP responded to the 2500...

Creeped out by break-in

Nov 20, 2017 / 11:38 am

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. RCMP have received multiple tips on suspects from the public after a number of break-ins in the Shannon Lake area. Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey...

Monster trucks to roar

Nov 20, 2017 / 10:39 am

The monster trucks are coming! The Traxxas Monster Truck Tour will rev up Kelowna's Prospera Place Jan. 13 and 14. The 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants...

Road closure for roundabout

Nov 20, 2017 / 9:59 am

Construction of a roundabout will close the intersection of Old Vernon, Rutland and Acland roads for four days. The closure begins at 7 p.m. today and continues...

Olympic party at Big White

Nov 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Big White Ski Resort will be the official location of the 2018 Canadian Olympic team send-off. The public event will give fans a chance to wish Canadian...

To lose a child is too hard

Nov 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

His daughter was killed during a multi-vehicle collision on the Coquihalla Highway just south of Merritt almost eight months ago. This weekend, Hideki Mimura...

Report of fire in bedroom

Nov 19, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Firefighters responded to reports of a residential fire in Lake Country on Sunday. Crews were called to 10022 Okanagan Centre Road at about 6:30 p.m. for a fire...

Castanet's week in review

Nov 19, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's Week in Review with Nich Johansen.

MVI's impact everyone

Nov 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

It may not be as big as some memorial services, but organizers of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims are hoping to change that. Police officers,...

PM sent pics of OD victims

Nov 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Helen Jennens lost both of her sons to overdoses in the past six years. The Kelowna woman has now joined hundreds of parents across the country in sending the...

Pedestrians hit at xwalk

Nov 18, 2017 / 8:27 pm

UPDATE: 7:40 a.m. Sunday Kelowna Fire Rescue confirms that a crew was called to attend an incident involving two pedestrians on the 2300 block of Baron Road...

Visible fire a controlled burn

Nov 18, 2017 / 5:53 pm

A fire currently burning atop Okanagan Mountain is a controlled slash burn, not a forest fire, according to the Kelowna Fire Department. Castanet News has...

Teen assaulted, ring stolen

Nov 18, 2017 / 6:41 am

Kelowna RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating an unusual ring. The ring, stolen Nov. 6, belongs to a youth and has great sentimental value....

Cars collide on Gordon

Nov 18, 2017 / 6:37 am

Two cars collided at Gordon Drive and Highway 97 just after 6:30 p.m. Friday. A red four-door and a black sedan were damaged in the collision. The black sedan...

Saying no to hotel

Nov 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

City planning staff are asking city council to reject an application for a hotel on the former Pier Mac gravel pit site across from Kelowna International...

Beware of rental scam

Nov 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

RCMP are warning residents to beware of online rental scams. Police say a West Kelowna man discovered an online rental scam, using a local online classified...

Housing issues in focus

Nov 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Barriers to home ownership in Kelowna are not expected to improve if current trends continue. That according to a new Housing Needs Assessment. The report...

NBA dancer to Kelowna

Nov 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Former NBA Toronto Raptors dancer Mahta Sadi left Toronto to pursue a career in real estate, but she soon ended up right back on the dance floor. "Within...

Help out the wildlife

Nov 17, 2017 / 9:00 pm

The BCSPCA is asking you to take a second and think about wildlife before doing your usual yard work. "You can do a great service to wildlife by letting...

'I just broke my neck'

Nov 17, 2017 / 6:18 pm

Mike Shaw, a former competitive freestyle skier, survived a near-death workplace incident as a young skiing coach. Shaw spoke at the go2HR Tourism and...

Grass fire on Stevens Road

Nov 17, 2017 / 3:45 pm

Fire crews in West Kelowna were called to a small grass fire Friday afternoon. The fire broke out in a ditch in front of Wheels Truck Parts on Stevens Road....

Power restored to most

Nov 17, 2017 / 1:30 pm

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Power has now been restored to all but 113 homes, following a widespread outage in Southeast Kelowna Friday. The remaining homes are expected...

Castanet Kid Report

Nov 17, 2017 / 1:00 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

Reimagining Clement

Nov 17, 2017 / 11:03 am

A reimagining of Clement Avenue, at the edge of Kelowna's downtown, is underway. On the heels of construction of the new RCMP detachment and eventual...

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