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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Jun 28 to Jul 4, 2020

Funds for Easter Seals camp

Jul 4, 2020 / 5:00 pm

Easter Seals British Columbia and Yukon has been granted $24,497 in support by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Central...

Cyclist struck by vehicle

Jul 4, 2020 / 1:03 pm

There are reports a cyclist was struck by a vehicle in West Kelowna. Castanet was told the incident happened at 12:25 p.m. Saturday at Pritchard and Newport...

Teen assaulted in road rage

Jul 4, 2020 / 12:02 pm

A case of road rage that culminated in a vicious assault has terrified a Lake Country teen to the point he is afraid to drive his car. The incident happened...

Lake Country man missing

Jul 4, 2020 / 10:18 am

Lake Country RCMP are hoping the public can help locate a missing Lake Country man. David Anthony Jenken was last seen on or around June 28 in the Lake Country...

A vacation close to home

Jul 4, 2020 / 4:00 am

The Okanagan Beach Club, formerly known as Okanagan Lake Resort, is officially open offering guests a variety of revamped activities and amenities with the help...

Former Mountie speaks out

Jul 4, 2020 / 4:00 am

A former Kelowna RCMP officer discharged over what he says were mental health challenges showed up at Thursday’s press conference on the Mona Wang...

Richter Street rehab to start

Jul 3, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The $380,000 replenishment project of the Richter Street Bridge between Elliot Avenue and Burne Avenue over Mill Creek will begin on Monday. Work is expected to...

Water notice downgraded

Jul 3, 2020 / 4:10 pm

The City of West Kelowna has downgraded a boil water notice for the West Kelowna Estates water system. The notice has been lowered to a boil water advisory as...

Door crasher special

Jul 3, 2020 / 3:39 pm

Shoppers at Canada's Dollar Superstore in the Dilworth Shopping Centre got more than they bargained for after a door crasher special Friday afternoon. A...

'Justice for Mona' protests

Jul 3, 2020 / 3:19 pm

A series of protests are planned for next week, including in Kelowna, in support of the UBCO student caught on camera being dragged down a hallway and having...

House prices still climbing

Jul 3, 2020 / 2:32 pm

Benchmark home prices were up across the board in the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board region in June. Single-family home prices were up 3.1% in Central...

Hwy 97 back to normal

Jul 3, 2020 / 2:07 pm

UPDATE 2:07 p.m. Traffic has returned to normal on Highway 97 near the Kelowna International Airport following a collision that caused both lanes to be shut...

Murder trial hinges on intent

Jul 3, 2020 / 1:15 pm

One way or another, Tejwant Danjou will be convicted of killing his former partner. Defence and Crown made closing arguments in the second-degree murder trial...

Hazy days of summer

Jul 3, 2020 / 1:03 pm

If you've noticed a haze hanging over the B.C. Southern Interior the last few days, you are not alone. Castanet has received numerous calls inquiring about...

Run for Women goes virtual

Jul 3, 2020 / 12:00 pm

The Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna's Run for Women has gone virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Run for Women raises proceeds...

20k lbs of metal hauled out

Jul 3, 2020 / 11:24 am

Don Journeay has been busy the past few years trying to return Bull Mountain (formerly Crystal Mountain) to its former place as a winter and summer playground....

Another swastika in Kelowna

Jul 3, 2020 / 10:45 am

There has been another display of racism and an act of vandalism in Kelowna. Kelowna businessman Brent Ziola tells Castanet he was shocked to find his pickup...

Not 'Canadian' enough?

Jul 3, 2020 / 4:00 am

A Kelowna man says he reached his limit Thursday morning after a passing comment at a 7-11 in Summerland sparked a racist remark. Simon Theoret tells Castanet...

Crash victim shares story

Jul 3, 2020 / 4:00 am

The victim of a car crash that took place Wednesday on the Coquihalla is sharing his side of the story. Brent Marshall was returning to Kelowna from Vancouver...

Turtle pond drying up again

Jul 3, 2020 / 4:00 am

Just five weeks after Regional District of Central Okanagan staff filled up a popular children's fishing and turtle pond to sufficient water levels,...

Cherry season a worry

Jul 3, 2020 / 4:00 am

It's been a tough season for cherry growers in the Okanagan, after a higher-than-average rainfall during June that followed severe winter events and other...

No plans to expand crisis team

Jul 2, 2020 / 9:05 pm

UPDATE 9:05 p.m. Interior Health has no plans to expand the region's Police and Crisis Team, despite a request from the commanding officer of B.C.'s...

Honouring our best virtually

Jul 2, 2020 / 8:25 pm

The platform and delivery was different, but the contributions made by some of Kelowna's finest citizens, corporations and athletes were not diminished. Due...

Ground broken on housing

Jul 2, 2020 / 8:00 pm

Ground was broken Thursday on what will be a new 38-unit supportive housing complex on Ellis Street. The shelter, on land next to the former OK Builders site,...

Libraries to reopen to public

Jul 2, 2020 / 7:00 pm

The Okanagan Regional Library will be opening many of its branches and will allow browsing and borrowing access. Users will be able to go into the library,...

YMCA partially reopened

Jul 2, 2020 / 5:00 pm

Kelowna's Family YMCA and H2O Adventure Fitness Centre and the downtown YMCA have officially reopened amid the COVID-19 pandemic. YMCA's Phase 1 of...

Rescued at Rose Valley

Jul 2, 2020 / 4:18 pm

UPDATE 4:18 p.m. The woman that fainted in Rose Valley Reservoir has been rescued by emergency crews. ORIGINAL 3:03 p.m. The West Kelowna Fire Department is...

Flees after hitting pedestrian

Jul 2, 2020 / 2:56 pm

A 20-year-old Lake Country man faces potential charges following a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian early Thursday morning. RCMP spokesperson Cpl.Jocelyn...

Runaway b-train on 97C

Jul 2, 2020 / 2:45 pm

The driver of a semi was apparently uninjured after being forced to use a runaway lane on the Okanagan Connector Thursday afternoon. The incident happened...

Mayor reacts to RCMP

Jul 2, 2020 / 2:41 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran has reacted to a news conference held today by RCMP responding to the treatment of a UBCO student during a wellness check earlier...

June was cooler, wetter

Jul 2, 2020 / 12:29 pm

No records of note were broken, but if you thought June was cooler, and wetter than normal across the Okanagan, you're correct. While rainfall data for the...

Support for park purchase

Jul 2, 2020 / 11:54 am

The District of Lake Country may become the latest jurisdiction to get behind a push to turn 234-acres of property along Okanagan Lake into a provincial park....

Horgan response to RCMP

Jul 2, 2020 / 11:53 am

Premier John Horgan was non-committal when asked about the Southeast District RCMP’s goal to have a mental health nurse respond to every mental health...

YLW now requires masks

Jul 2, 2020 / 9:29 am

Starting Friday, July 3, all visitors and travellers at Kelowna International Airport will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times while in the...

2nd complaint for officer

Jul 2, 2020 / 7:08 am

Turns out this isn't the first time a beleaguered Kelowna RCMP officer has faced a complaint inquiry. CTV News is reporting that Const. Siggy Pietrzak was...

Librarians win award

Jul 2, 2020 / 4:00 am

Two librarians from the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library have won a prestigious award for their work in the Drag Queen Story Time...

Old-school movies in theatre

Jul 2, 2020 / 4:00 am

For those who may be too young to have caught classics like Ghostbusters, Grease or Jaws in theatres back when they were released, you're in luck. After...

Band together for food bank

Jul 1, 2020 / 7:00 pm

A second virtual livestream concert on Thursday will raise funds for the Central Okanagan Food Bank. The Banding Together Livestreaming Concert Series'...

Non-profits get hand up

Jul 1, 2020 / 5:00 pm

Twenty non-profit organizations in the Central Okanagan received a financial hand up this week, as Interior Savings announced the recipients of its Community...

Ride hailing hits Kelowna

Jul 1, 2020 / 2:30 pm

It's been a long wait, but ride hailing has finally made its way to the Okanagan. On Wednesday, the first ride-share company launched in Kelowna, with Mayor...

Boat capsizes, men rescued

Jul 1, 2020 / 1:45 pm

Two men were rescued from Okanagan Lake Wednesday afternoon after their small sailboat capsized. The Kelowna Fire Department's Marine Rescue boat was...

Building out Kuipers Peak

Jul 1, 2020 / 10:00 am

Dilworth Homes is looking to build out 32 more homes on Kuipers Peak in the Upper Mission. The company submitted a development permit application earlier this...

Homicide trials delayed

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

It will be many months before two Central Okanagan homicides cases make it to trial, due to COVID-19 delays. Kevin Costin is accused of the second-degree murder...

Glenrosa farm stays in ALR

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

The province's Agricultural Land Commission has said no to a request to have 1.4 hectares of land on Webber Road removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve....

Don-O-Ray petting zoo open

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids this Canada Day, Don-O-Ray's petting zoo is open and ready to entertain. The Kelowna zoo has...

340K call for officer's firing

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

A petition calling for the termination of a Kelowna RCMP officer caught on camera dragging a UBCO student down the hall and pushing her head down with a boot...

Car hangs on embankment

Jun 30, 2020 / 11:27 pm

The West Kelowna Fire Department conducted a rope rescue Tuesday evening on Bear Creek Road. Emergency crews were called to the 1500 block of Bear Creek Road...

Artist achieves Kelowna 1st

Jun 30, 2020 / 9:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has announced they have chosen its first-ever Artist in Residence. Local artist Melany Nugent-Noble will be sharing her project When it is...

Big donation for Child Centre

Jun 30, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The Rotary Club of Kelowna has donated $25,000 to the Child Advocacy Centre to help bring important capital investments into the new centre. The Child Advocacy...

Your Canada Day plan?

Jun 30, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Canada Day celebrations will look a little different this year, not only due to COVID-19 cancelling most festivities across the nation, but also the gloomy...

Canada Day activities set

Jun 30, 2020 / 6:00 pm

With Canada Day celebrations being cancelled across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and districts had to get a little creative with their...

'Terrifying' wolf encounter

Jun 30, 2020 / 5:32 pm

A local resident is warning hikers and dog owners of an aggressive wolf or large coyote on the Black Mountain trail after an encounter she describes as the most...

Osprey blamed for outage

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:05 pm

UDPATE 4:05 p.m. BC Hydro says the power outage Tuesday afternoon in West Kelowna was caused by an osprey dropping wet sticks onto electrical lines and poles. ...

Pottery painting for SPCA

Jun 30, 2020 / 3:46 pm

Work of Art Pottery Studio Ltd. in Kelowna is hosting a Canada Day fundraiser for the BC SPCA tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cheryl Gawley, owner and operator...

No beer festival this year

Jun 30, 2020 / 3:17 pm

This year's Great Okanagan Beer Festival has officially been postponed until 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the COVID-19 pandemic initially...

Cineplex theatre opens Friday

Jun 30, 2020 / 2:30 pm

Canada’s largest theatre chain is slowly raising the curtains across B.C. Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) announced Tuesday (June 30) it was reopening eight of...

Wibit water parks now open

Jun 30, 2020 / 1:12 pm

The Okanagan's popular Wibit water parks have reopened with new safety protocols in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "In regards to our opening dates,...

Rogers goes all-Canadian

Jun 30, 2020 / 12:57 pm

When Rogers Communications hires 350 people for its customer service facility in Kelowna this summer, all of its representatives will be based in Canada. The...

Bighorns roam the highway

Jun 30, 2020 / 12:56 pm

UPDATE 12:56 p.m. West Kelowna RCMP had to get involved after numerous reports of a traffic disturbance near Butt Road Tuesday morning. A news release from Cpl....

Ominous cloud behind Knox

Jun 30, 2020 / 12:36 pm

Castanet reader, Sherry Kossakowski shared an interesting weather photo that she took from the East Kelowna area on Monday. The photo captures what looks like a...

Arsonist sought in bush fire

Jun 30, 2020 / 11:34 am

Police are searching for a suspected arsonist after a fire was lit in a wooded area of West Kelowna on Monday. RCMP were called by the West Kelowna Fire...

Boater facing charges

Jun 30, 2020 / 8:12 am

As we head into Canada Day Wednesday, RCMP tell Castanet that a boater is facing potential charges of criminal impaired operation of a vessel, after his...

Community garden launched

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

Something new has blossomed in the Kelowna's Bethel Church parking; 16 raised garden beds have been built for residents to grow their own food. Community...

Civic awards go virtual

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

Kelowna’s 45th annual Civic & Community Awards are going virtual, allowing for the community to celebrate the finalists and winners through an online...

Wine research HQ to UBCO

Jun 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

The University of British Columbia is shifting its Wine Research Centre headquarters from its Vancouver campus to Kelowna campus, along with a new research hub....

City summer events cancelled

Jun 29, 2020 / 9:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has announced Dancing in the Park and Park & Play have been cancelled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re...

Removing diseased trees

Jun 29, 2020 / 8:00 pm

The City of West Kelowna will be removing a pair of diseased trees at Willow Beach tomorrow. To accommodate the removal process, crews will close sections of...

Helping women in business

Jun 29, 2020 / 7:00 pm

A new three-month pilot program called W Venture has kicked off in Victoria and the Okanagan, specifically for women looking to accelerate their business....

Incident on the water

Jun 29, 2020 / 6:48 pm

RCMP officers requested the assistance of the Kelowna Fire Department Monday evening to deal with an incident on the water near the Kelowna Yacht Club....

Bears spotted on Rail Trail

Jun 29, 2020 / 5:11 pm

The District of Lake Country has issued a warning to residents after a momma bear and her three cubs were spotted on the Okanagan Rail Trail. The district says...

Cherry plant completed

Jun 29, 2020 / 3:17 pm

A new state-of-the-art cherry packing facility across from Duck Lake will come to life this weekend. Jealous Fruits announced Monday it has completed...

Bernard patios popping up

Jun 29, 2020 / 1:11 pm

The two-month closure to vehicle traffic on Bernard Avenue begins today with the start of the city's patio extension program. Workers have been busy setting...

Big wins for Bellamy Homes

Jun 29, 2020 / 12:50 pm

Kelowna’s Bellamy Homes won a pair of trophies last week when the Canadian Home Builders’ Association B.C. chapter held its annual Georgie Awards....

Big plans near Gyro Beach

Jun 29, 2020 / 12:16 pm

The developer behind a large mixed-use development near Kelowna’s Gyro Beach is presenting new plans to the public in the form of a virtual open house. A...

Inappropriate in the park

Jun 29, 2020 / 11:06 am

RCMP are investigating after a 63-year-old man was discovered inappropriately touching himself in Beasley Park in Lake Country last week. RCMP tell Castanet...

Canada Day city closures

Jun 29, 2020 / 8:30 am

Canada Day is coming up and the City of Kelowna has a few closures and changes in hours of operation at civic properties. City Hall will be closed on Wednesday...

Collision at Dobbin Rd.

Jun 29, 2020 / 7:00 am

Emergency crews responded to a collision near Dobbin Rd. late Sunday evening. The collision happened at 10:45 p.m. at Highway 97 and Hebert Rd. Rescue 31 and...

Meaning of Pride to LGBTQ

Jun 29, 2020 / 4:00 am

With pride celebrations being cancelled globally due to the pandemic, including Kelowna Pride, members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community have found creative...

New skate park wanted

Jun 29, 2020 / 4:00 am

More than 1,600 people have signed a petition calling for the construction of a skate park in the Lower Mission area. Petition organizer Evan Strang says he...

Woman rescued at Myra

Jun 28, 2020 / 4:25 pm

UPDATED: 4:25 p.m. The woman rescued from Myra Canyon Park on Sunday afternoon was injured while out cycling. The Kelowna Fire Department dispatch centre...

Castanet's week in review

Jun 28, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Looking for drone owner

Jun 28, 2020 / 4:00 am

A West Kelowna family made an odd discovery in their Smith Creek driveway earlier in June. "I just looked out our window and it was sitting in our...

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