135213
57255

Kelowna and West Kelowna News Feb 25 to Mar 3, 2018

Regional taxes rise slightly

Mar 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Taxpayers within the Regional District of Central Okanagan will pay slightly more for services of a regional nature in 2018. Municipalities from Peachland to...

$45 K targeted for Mission

Mar 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's Gospel Mission is coming off a tough and expensive winter and is hoping a fundraising event can level up the coffers headed into the spring....

Looking for tax opinions

Mar 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

While West Kelowna council has made it clear they're not in favour of a new provincial speculation tax, the city is looking for opinions from the public. In...

Back by popular demand

Mar 2, 2018 / 8:00 pm

If you're a fan of legendary artists like The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees and the soul music that became known as Motown, "FOUR BY FOUR"...

Heritage status for church

Mar 2, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A heritage designation is about to be bestowed on a Kelowna church. City council will be asked Monday to bestow the designation on the building commonly known...

Rockslide on Hwy 97

Mar 2, 2018 / 4:40 pm

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. RCMP are conducting traffic control on Highway 97 south of Antler's Beach in Peachland following a rockslide Friday afternoon. Motorists...

Speculation tax impact

Mar 2, 2018 / 4:00 pm

Kelowna real estate developer and founder of Vantage West Realty, AJ Hazzi, has been busy putting out fires ever since the provincial government's recent...

Spaghetti bridge experts

Mar 2, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Justin Dessert and Hanya Riddick have gotten pretty good at making bridges out of pasta. For the second year in a row, the pair of Grade 9 students from...

Music legend Prophet dies

Mar 2, 2018 / 2:48 pm

A country music legend with ties to Kelowna has passed away. Ronnie Prophet died Friday morning at his home in Florida following cardiac and kidney failure. He...

Castanet Kid Report

Mar 2, 2018 / 1:00 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with pint-sized correspondent Ariella Amato.

Judge: 'Chasing our tails'

Mar 2, 2018 / 12:05 pm

The judge in the Jonathan Bacon murder trial says they're “chasing their tails,” as the current delay in the trial continues well into its...

Tourism still strong in 2017

Mar 2, 2018 / 11:58 am

Kelowna, and the rest of the Okanagan faced serious challenges from floods, to fires, to lingering smoke during the spring and summer of 2017. But, despite...

Rescue dogs need help

Mar 2, 2018 / 8:47 am

The Kelowna branch of the BC SPCA is offering an update on some of the dogs seized one week ago from a property in Williams Lake. Kelowna shelter manager Sean...

Riach facing life in prison

Mar 2, 2018 / 7:56 am

An infamous B.C. gangster involved in a targeted Kelowna shooting that killed Jonathan Bacon in August 2011 is doing time in a Philippines prison. Court...

Come fly with YLW

Mar 2, 2018 / 7:13 am

If you've been thinking about a getaway Kelowna International Airport is the place to be this weekend. YLW is hosting the annual Spring Travel Show this...

Brutal past, shares story

Mar 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

When he was 15-years-old, Sean McCann was sexually assaulted by his priest. McCann, best known as former singer of Great Big Sea, turned to alcohol to battle...

School changes a go

Mar 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

Despite opposition from many in attendance Wednesday, School District 23's Board of Education is going ahead with grade reconfiguration for schools on the...

Millie the Moose injured

Mar 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

Conservation officers are telling the public to leave Millie the Moose alone. Millie the Moose has recently become a celebrity in West Kelowna, so much so she...

Beware of CRA scams

Mar 1, 2018 / 6:17 pm

As we start rolling into tax season, new Canada Revenue Agency scams are becoming more frequent. Several Castanet readers say they've received calls from...

Freezing to raise funds

Mar 1, 2018 / 2:30 pm

For some, being stuck in your comfort zone is much worse than jumping into freezing water in the middle of winter. Kendra McFarland is using her network of...

Mayor threatened online

Mar 1, 2018 / 1:55 pm

Peachland's mayor is fighting back against perceived threats made against her on social media. Cindy Fortin says she was alerted to the threats, made by a...

Soldier returns home

Mar 1, 2018 / 11:05 am

Kelowna soldier Wade Peters has been missing his family for almost a full year. On Wednesday afternoon, the long wait came to an end. "He has been away...

Boomers get moving

Mar 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

An UBC-Okanagan professor is trying to fix the disconnect when it comes to the amount of physical activity people older than 65 get on a regular basis. Asst....

Blindsided by tax

Mar 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

West Kelowna council is fuming over the potential effect a new speculation tax could have on development in the city. The tax, introduced as part of the NDP...

Millie Moose moseying

Feb 28, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Millie the Moose was spotted moseying around West Kelowna on Wednesday. She was seen numerous times in West Kelowna around Springer Road and also Brown Road....

Avoiding Telus email scam

Feb 28, 2018 / 7:30 pm

UPDATE: March 1, 4:15 p.m. Telus says the email scam Brian Tostenson received doesn't appear to be very widespread at this time. Liz Sauvé,...

Rape trial delayed until Apr

Feb 28, 2018 / 7:15 pm

A verdict in the Jeremy Czechowski rape trial won't be coming until well into the spring. The trial for Czechowski, who's facing charges of sexual...

10 storeys in West Kelowna

Feb 28, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Let the debate begin. Is West Kelowna ready for its first 10-storey highrise? And, is Lakeview Heights the right place? West Kelowna council voted 5-1 Tuesday...

Drug lab guilty plea sticks

Feb 28, 2018 / 4:45 pm

The man who pleaded guilty a year ago to producing a fentanyl analogue at a West Kelowna business will remain guilty, after a judge dismissed his application to...

15-storey 'Jenga' tower

Feb 28, 2018 / 2:29 pm

A Kelowna firm is looking to build a striking new tower in the South Pandosy Urban Centre. New Town Services says the 15-storey, mixed-use development would be...

Wanted: One city manager

Feb 28, 2018 / 11:09 am

The City of Kelowna has begun the search for a new city manager. Ron Mattiussi, who has served as the city's top bureaucrat for the past 13 years, is...

Decked out in pink

Feb 28, 2018 / 10:30 am

The fourth annual Pink Shirt Day breakfast packed the Laurel Packinghouse Wednesday morning. The venue on Ellis Street and Cawston Avenue was full of pink,...

Enjoy the ice while you can

Feb 28, 2018 / 10:25 am

Favourable weather conditions mean the outdoor rink at Stuart Park could remain open well into next week. If that's the case, it would be the latest the...

Millie around

Feb 28, 2018 / 8:03 am

West Kelowna's celebrity moose, Millie, was spotted again this morning this time in the Springer Road area. Elizabeth Noble tells Castanet, "I just...

One size fits all

Feb 28, 2018 / 6:47 am

The Okanagan is in the pink today! The 4th Annual Pink Shirt Day Breakfast presented by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs’ annual kindness movement gets...

Ella construction to begin

Feb 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

Pre-construction work is complete and permits are in place, meaning Kelowna's newest downtown residential tower is ready to take shape. The Mission Group is...

Ogopogo Trail upgrade

Feb 27, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The Ogopogo Trail in Knox Mountain Park, will be closed early March through May for improvements to the trail. The popular trail is a steep uphill climb, which...

Hit at high speed

Feb 27, 2018 / 3:15 pm

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. A Kelowna woman is in significant pain after a driver smashed into her vehicle and fled the scene on Highway 97 Monday. The 42-year-old woman...

Starbucks suspect on ICE

Feb 27, 2018 / 2:35 pm

One man is in custody while another remains at large following a break in at a Lake Country Starbucks Monday morning. At about 3 a.m., an alarm company notified...

Stewart takes his seat

Feb 27, 2018 / 2:10 pm

Newly-elected MLA Ben Stewart has taken his seat in the legislature. Stewart, who won the Kelowna West byelection two weeks ago, was officially sworn in in the...

Free stack of pancakes!

Feb 27, 2018 / 12:10 pm

It's one of the most delicious days of the year. National Pancake Day is here and IHOPs across the country are celebrating by giving out free stacks of...

New local shopping centre

Feb 27, 2018 / 10:52 am

A Calgary developer is looking to bring a new shopping centre to the area around Reid’s Corner, in Kelowna. West 18th St Enterprises Inc. has applied to...

Collisions continue

Feb 27, 2018 / 8:59 am

UPDATE 8:59 a.m. A collision at the intersection of Dilworth and Harvey is snarling traffic this morning. Alanna Kelly reports that two fire trucks are on scene...

What are you lookin' at?

Feb 27, 2018 / 6:45 am

Guess who's back for more! Millie the moose was spotted earlier Monday grabbing a meal at Buckerfield’s Country Store but apparently, she was still...

Stranger offers kidney

Feb 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

A man living in Kelowna has been living much of his life without his kidneys and a complete stranger has offered to help. Thirty-year-old Jes Jaswal spoke to...

Fare difference really sad

Feb 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

A discrepancy in fares charged for handyDART users compared with conventional transit users has drawn the ire of one councillor. Charlie Hodge says he finds the...

Alleged conflict dismissed

Feb 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran is dismissing allegations he, or any of his councillors, let campaign contributions sway a decision to approve a 33-storey hotel for...

Highway 97 reopens

Feb 26, 2018 / 6:15 pm

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. Highway 97 has reopened following a collision near Banks Road earlier Monday afternoon. ORIGINAL: 5 p.m. A section of Highway 97 is closed...

Homeless strategy input

Feb 26, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The City of Kelowna is inviting residents to provide their input on initiatives around homelessness in the city. The city's Journey Home Task Force is...

Fire near mobile home park

Feb 26, 2018 / 5:13 pm

Crews responded to a fire near Trail Park Mobile Villas in West Kelowna on Monday. Reports of the fire came in at 4:40 p.m. for the location at 1699 Ross Road....

Moose helps herself to hay

Feb 26, 2018 / 5:00 pm

A moose that has been spotted around West Kelowna was caught stealing a bite to eat on Monday. Buckerfield’s Country Store employees were shocked when...

Found safe

Feb 26, 2018 / 3:34 pm

UPDATE: 3:35 p.m. A missing woman has been found safe on Monday afternoon. ORIGINAL: 1:15 p.m. Friends and family of Olivia Johnston are asking for your help...

Sex-show robber in court

Feb 26, 2018 / 2:50 pm

A man involved in a live sex-show that turned into a robbery at a condo near UBC Okanagan campus appeared in court Monday. Cal Douglas Little, 52, and Heather...

Milder temps this week

Feb 26, 2018 / 12:22 pm

Environment Canada forecasts temperatures above freezing all week. "The Okanagan will be seeing warmer temperatures this week compared to the last,"...

Gardening season anyone?

Feb 26, 2018 / 7:37 am

Believe it or not, gardening season is right around the corner. Kelowna yard waste collection service begins again this Thursday, March 1, for those people who...

23 yr old died instantly

Feb 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

A 23-year-old Kelowna man was tragically killed while visiting family and friends in Ontario. Tyler Lee, who worked as a fitness instructor at GoodLife in...

Geese shot and decapitated

Feb 25, 2018 / 6:15 pm

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. Following a report of a man shooting geese in the Gellatly Road area, police say they're aware of an individual in West Kelowna who has...

Controlled burn set

Feb 25, 2018 / 5:30 pm

A controlled burn will be taking place in the Black Mountain area starting Monday and is expected to last all week. The controlled burn, which will be done in a...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 25, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Hope heads home

Feb 25, 2018 / 10:30 am

The "Give Hope Wings" fundraising flight is flying high after a $20,000 donation. The generous contribution pushes the effort past the $500,000 dollar...

Lake Country taxes up 3.5%

Feb 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

Taxes will increase by 3.5 per cent in Lake Country for 2018. The increase was approved by Lake Country council earlier this week, with the approval of Lake...

North Korean implications

Feb 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

What are the Canadian implications of the heightened rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, especially with North Korea pushing its nuclear...

58406
52157
49332