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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Last 7 days

Don't get behind wheel

Dec 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna police have an important message for you this holiday season. They'll be out in full force catching impaired drivers – and if you're...

Pot store proposals all over

Dec 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

The location of 28 of the 41 proposed cannabis retail stores before Kelowna City Council have been revealed on the city's website. The deadline for the...

Hospice moving forward

Dec 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

The current executive director of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association says new measures have been put in place after the woman who held her position for...

Jackknifed semi cleared

Dec 13, 2018 / 10:30 pm

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. The crash at Highway 33, south of Big White Road, has been cleared, and traffic is once again moving in both directions. ORIGINAL: 9 p.m....

Chamber looking for top 40

Dec 13, 2018 / 8:20 pm

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is looking for the top 40 over 40. BDO Canada LLP is the presenting sponsor of the 2019 promotion, which is in its fifth year and...

UBCO time capsule secrets

Dec 13, 2018 / 7:45 pm

It may not be ancient history, but the past did come to life at UBC Okanagan this week when a 25-year-old time capsule was opened. The capsule contained dozens...

Council settles on 4.43%

Dec 13, 2018 / 6:50 pm

Whether you call it a tax, or the more aesthetically pleasing levy – the average Kelowna taxpayer will pay about $40 this year to help the city bridge its...

Evening Update Dec. 13

Dec 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 with Jon Manchester.

Kids fundraise for turkeys

Dec 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Give money, or give a turkey – and help the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Students at Kelowna's Willowstone Academy will be accepting...

MCFD admits responsibility

Dec 13, 2018 / 4:45 pm

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. The lawyer who filed the class-action lawsuit against a Kelowna-based social worker says he will meet with the province to determine their...

City eyes 3% tax hike

Dec 13, 2018 / 4:41 pm

West Kelowna's draft 2019 budget includes a three per cent tax increase. That would equal about $58 on the average West Kelowna home, valued at $600,996....

2019 budget decided

Dec 13, 2018 / 3:45 pm

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. After a day debate, Kelowna city council has landed on a preliminary 2019 budget. Council approved a budget that will include a tax demand of...

Crash at mall entrance

Dec 13, 2018 / 2:40 pm

A crash is slowing traffic at the Cooper Road entrance to Orchard Park Shopping Centre in Kelowna. A compact station wagon and at least one other vehicle appear...

Greyhound building sold

Dec 13, 2018 / 11:54 am

UPDATE: 11:52 a.m. The owner of Kelowna Chrysler Jeep Dodge has purchased the Greyhound Canada building on Leckie Avenue. General manager Michael Melenchuk...

Swarm of grab-dash thieves

Dec 13, 2018 / 11:42 am

Kelowna's Best Buy electronics was hit by a swarm of thieves on Wednesday. RCMP say just before 3:30 p.m. the Orchard Park Shopping Centre store reported a...

Second library for Westside

Dec 13, 2018 / 10:05 am

Okanagan Regional Library is opening a second location in West Kelowna. Renovations have started, and furniture and materials have been ordered for the Okanagan...

An Okanagan phenomenon

Dec 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

An Okanagan Valley photographer captured supernatural British Columbia – and an Okanagan phenomenon. Inversions are delightful to watch, but cause...

Backcountry safety battle

Dec 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Despite thousands of hours of education on backcountry safety over the past several years, the number of search and rescue incidents continues to remain high....

Come on and carol!

Dec 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

There's no better way to get in the spirit of the season than by singing some Christmas carols. And you can support a worthy cause while doing so. The...

Celebrating $1M win

Dec 12, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A Kelowna convenience store that sold a $1-million winning lottery ticket got in the giving spirit on Wednesday. Nick Pisio bought his winning Lotto 649 on the...

Tourism's four-season push

Dec 12, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Tourism Kelowna keeps surviving the smoky summers, but just barely. So it is going to get aggressive and push for four-season marketing from its stakeholders....

Stranger helps cadets

Dec 12, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The kindness of a stranger will help send 50 West Kelowna cadets to Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta. The 909 Peregrine Air Cadets and parents...

Evening Update Dec. 12

Dec 12, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Dec. 12 with reporter Wayne Moore.

Boil notice downgraded

Dec 12, 2018 / 4:40 pm

The water is safe to drink in Kelowna's Ellison area. Effective immediately, a boil-water notice has been downgraded to a water quality advisory. In...

Gear issue on WestJet flight

Dec 12, 2018 / 2:54 pm

A recent WestJet flight from Kelowna to Edmonton required visual confirmation from the ground that its landing gear was down following a malfunction. The...

Slope sliding away

Dec 12, 2018 / 1:31 pm

There are concerns about the stability of a section of the bank along Powers Creek in West Kelowna. Pictures from the area show a portion of the slope has...

100,000 people in 3 weeks

Dec 12, 2018 / 10:54 am

If you are flying today or any time soon there are a few holiday tips to make your flying holiday trips smooth sailing. Kelowna International Airport is busy...

Looking for crash answers

Dec 12, 2018 / 9:53 am

Kelowna resident Diana Munro is pleading for the public's help after her car was hit by a semi, causing substantial damage. And to make matters worse, ICBC...

ChristmasFest in full swing

Dec 12, 2018 / 7:19 am

Okanagan ChristmasFest is in full swing at the Kanata Hotel and Conference Centre. They christened the season last week with a corporate challenge and kicked...

Fuller fire snuffed in time

Dec 12, 2018 / 6:37 am

A family on Fuller Avenue in Kelowna are thanking their lucky stars this morning after surviving a fire in the bedroom early Wednesday morning. Kelowna fire...

Heil to host champion chefs

Dec 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

Canadian Olympic medallist Jennifer Heil will emcee the Canadian Culinary Championships grand finale in Kelowna in February. And Canadian rock legends...

JoeAnna's house gets boost

Dec 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

JoeAnna’s House was the big winner after the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest dropped off a cheque for $27,780.00. The Rotary Club of Kelowna is...

Ring lost 15 years, found

Dec 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's been over a decade since Kirk Turvey lost his Western Canada Baseball Championship ring, a prized possession that he thought he would never see again. ...

Visitor centre brings 'em in

Dec 11, 2018 / 8:37 pm

Despite its detractors, Kelowna’s new tourism centre has been a smash hit. The Kelowna Tourism Society announced Tuesday during its annual general meeting...

Gets phone fixed, runs out

Dec 11, 2018 / 7:52 pm

A Kelowna cell phone store is warning other businesses after a woman ran out without paying her bill. Kelowna Cell Repair says a woman came into the store to...

Theft charges at 2 hospices

Dec 11, 2018 / 6:45 pm

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m. The former executive director of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association has allegedly made a habit of stealing from dying people. Susan...

Teacher offered plea deal

Dec 11, 2018 / 6:34 pm

A guilty plea could be on the horizon in the case of a former Mount Boucherie high school teacher charged with child luring and sexual assault. Bradley Furman...

New Powder Chair to open

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:20 pm

Big White Ski Resort's new Powder Chair is set to open this Friday. Crews load tested the $4-million chairlift this week. Resort vice-president Michael J....

Rollover on Rutland cleared

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE 4:55 p.m. The collision on McCurdy Road and Rutland Road has now been cleared and traffic has returned to normal rush hour traffic as of 4:59 p.m. No...

Evening Update Dec. 11

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Dec. 11, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Fighting for her life

Dec 11, 2018 / 4:54 pm

A Kelowna woman is in hospital fighting for her life after she was involved in a horrific crash early Monday morning. Kelowna is rallying around Devon Loy after...

Truck crash on Glenrosa

Dec 11, 2018 / 4:25 pm

Traffic exiting Highway 97 onto Glenrosa Road has slowed down following a single-vehicle crash. According to witnesses, a pickup truck crashed into a centre...

Public help clear rock slide

Dec 11, 2018 / 1:10 pm

UPDATE: 1 p.m. Quick work by the public prevented a traffic nightmare on Highway 97 in Peachland after a rock slide. A Honda Odyssey was struck on its passenger...

Water notice downgraded

Dec 11, 2018 / 1:00 pm

A boil water notice for several dozen users within the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District has been downgraded. The GEID said Tuesday morning the notice,...

Any promotion is good

Dec 11, 2018 / 12:36 pm

Canada's ski industry is getting a little extra publicity today – in China. With intense media attention on the Canadian embassy in Beijing, and an...

Departure fees going up

Dec 11, 2018 / 11:45 am

It's going to cost you more to fly out of Kelowna International Airport. City council has rubber stamped a request from airport officials to increase...

Missing woman located

Dec 11, 2018 / 11:18 am

UPDATE: Dec. 11 RCMP confirm that a 27-year-old Kelowna woman, previously reported missing has been located. ORIGINAL: Dec. 7 Kelowna RCMP are seeking the...

Vehicles slipping, sliding

Dec 11, 2018 / 10:59 am

Drivers are slipping and sliding off roads in the Central Okanagan this morning. One driver was travelling on Fintry Delta Road about 10 a.m., when she started...

Gift puts KGH in big league

Dec 11, 2018 / 10:45 am

The microbiology lab at Kelowna General Hospital has become one of the most advanced in Canada with the gift of a second suite of polymerase chain reaction...

Power back in Lake Country

Dec 11, 2018 / 9:57 am

UPDATE 9:55 a.m. Power has now been restored to all but a handful of customers in Lake Country. Power was knocked out to more than 2,000 customers after a...

Santa bus hits Kelowna

Dec 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

The Santa Bus has arrived in Kelowna. The bus, festively decorated by a team at Kelowna Transit, travel around the Central Okanagan over the coming week,...

Bid on diamonds, save lives

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

Bid on diamonds – and save lives. Castanet and Premier Jewellery and Loans have partnered for the third annual diamond earring fundraiser for the Kelowna...

Needles in family area

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna resident was walking to work when he stumbled upon a pile of hypodermic needles in a family neighbourhood. Cody Doerksen says he was shocked to see...

Selling pot won't be cheap

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

Anyone hoping to get into the cannabis business in Kelowna will pay a pretty penny to do so. City council Monday approved a licensing structure that will put...

Temporary signs hit hard

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna took steps Monday to reduce the number of temporary portable signs littering city boulevards. The city approved a series of recommendations...

Paying more to throw away

Dec 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

It's going to cost you more to toss junk out. Rates are going up at the Glenmore landfill effective Jan. 1, with the minimum fee per load going up by $1 and...

Council's growth flip flop

Dec 10, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Kelowna city council has had a change of heart concerning how it wants to see the city grow over the next 20 years. It's replacing the dream of a suburban...

Reprieve on sr. evictions?

Dec 10, 2018 / 5:30 pm

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Kelowna seniors handed eviction notices for Christmas may win a reprieve. Sixteen residents who have lived at Legacy Tower for years were...

Supportive housing protest

Dec 10, 2018 / 4:53 pm

Kelowna neighbours of a proposed supportive housing project at 2025 Agassiz Rd. voiced their displeasure at a protest outside City Hall, Monday. The rally was...

Drunk nearly hits cops

Dec 10, 2018 / 2:43 pm

An impaired driver who blew twice the legal limit narrowly missed a marked police cruiser that was conducting a counter attack road check on Kelowna's...

LIVE: Kelowna council

Dec 10, 2018 / 1:47 pm

3. Development Application Reports & Related Bylaws 3.1 and 3.2 Gore Street 2643-2627 Z18-0106 Teano Holdings Ltd BC1090038 3.3 and 3.4 Old Vernon Rd 252,...

Mild weather ahead

Dec 10, 2018 / 12:10 pm

Don't be discouraged by the snow on the ground this morning – milder temperatures are on the way, according to Environment Canada. "We are going...

Booze behind serious crash

Dec 10, 2018 / 11:46 am

UPDATE 11:45 a.m. Kelowna RCMP say a driver involved in a serious collision that almost split a truck in two early Monday faces possible impaired driving...

Sharing the lotto love

Dec 10, 2018 / 11:21 am

Last month, we reported on Kelowna resident Nick Pisio winning $1 million on the Lotto 649. Now, the store where he bought that ticket is celebrating – by...

A magical sight

Dec 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna's Gellatly Nut Farm is lighting up to celebrate Winter Magic. After dark on the weekend of Dec. 15-16, the orchard will be transformed into a...

Vigil for mother, daughters

Dec 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

A group of people gathered on Kelowna Law Courts’ front steps on Sunday to remember a mother and two young girls who were killed almost one year ago....

Want to be on TV?

Dec 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

A popular TV show, shot in Kelowna, will be back for a second season. "Seller’s Market" will be shooting in Kelowna again this year – and...

Mom-and-pop stolen from

Dec 9, 2018 / 3:49 pm

A Kelowna store owner is warning other businesses after a man pulled off a bold theft. The incident happened on Friday at about 8 p.m. at the Knox Mountain...

Castanet's week in review

Dec 9, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Preserving log house

Dec 9, 2018 / 7:22 am

The city of Kelowna is taking steps to preserve a 147-year-old log house built by one of the area's first European settlers after it was damaged in a fire...

Reducing stress in students

Dec 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's exam season at UBC Okanagan and that can mean stress for students, but the BARK program is here to help. ''It makes a huge difference. You see...

Christmas lights all over

Dec 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Now that we're well into December, Christmas lights have gone up across the Central Okanagan, bringing cheer to all who drive by. From Candy Cane Lane in...

Christmas dinner for all

Dec 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's become a tradition for many in Kelowna to help out with or attend. Planning is underway for the 15th annual Victory Church Christmas Dinner. It happens...

Teens own up to thefts

Dec 8, 2018 / 4:40 pm

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. One of the people involved in Friday night's theft of Christmas decorations in the Glenrosa area has come clean. After Mitch Mechal...

Pancakes and presents

Dec 8, 2018 / 2:00 pm

More than 400 people chowed down on pancakes in the Mission Saturday morning, all for a good cause. The fifth annual Toonie and Toy Pancakes with Santa event...

West Kelowna lights up

Dec 8, 2018 / 11:40 am

West Kelowna got into the Christmas spirit Friday during the annual light up. A large crowd braved the frigid temperatures to take part in the event that...

Space found for homeless

Dec 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of West Kelowna has found a new home to shelter the community's homeless during the cold winter months. Up to 40 shelter spaces have been found at...

Housing protest planned

Dec 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

Neighbours opposed to a supportive housing facility planned for Agassiz Road plan to protest outside Kelowna City Hall on Monday. The rally will be held at noon...

Flu targets workplaces

Dec 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

This year's Influenza, or flu strain, could cut a wider swath than the past two years, targeting younger and middle-aged people. "From Nov. 25 to Dec....

Taxes could rise $160

Dec 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The average taxpayer in Lake Country could pay as much as $160 more in municipal taxes in 2019. That comes as council gets ready to look at the 2019 draft...

Elderly man found

Dec 7, 2018 / 10:10 pm

UPDATE: 10:10 p.m. West Kelowna RCMP have found Al Campbell. Campbell was found by an RCMP officer near downtown West Kelowna at the base of a small embankment...

Chimney fire in West K

Dec 7, 2018 / 9:41 pm

The West Kelowna Fire Department was called to a home along Glenford Road just before 8 p.m. for reports of a chimney fire. The fire reportedly started in the...

Water delays opening twice

Dec 7, 2018 / 9:00 pm

If it weren’t for bad luck, Jaye Coward would have no luck at all when it comes to opening her business in downtown Kelowna. Coward was all set to open...

Evening Update Dec. 7

Dec 7, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Dec. 7 with reporter Wayne Moore.

Weekend of fun events

Dec 7, 2018 / 2:13 pm

Check out what's happening this weekend with Jenna Craigmyle, who'll be making the rounds in the Castanet-Total Restoration Total Fun Cruiser

Globetrotters put on a show

Dec 7, 2018 / 11:57 am

The Harlem Globetrotters made a stop at Kelowna's Prospera Place, Thursday, putting on an entertaining show for thousands in attendance. The exhibition...

Dog still on the run

Dec 7, 2018 / 11:28 am

A lost or abandoned dog on the loose since Sunday in West Kelowna was spotted Thursday. The dog, which appears to be a whippet cross, was seen trotting down...

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