Kelowna News Last 7 days

Evening Update Oct. 18

Oct 18, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Oct. 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

How women fare in Ktown

Oct 18, 2017 / 4:38 pm

If you’re a woman in Kelowna, there’s a good chance you have a better education than most women in the rest of the country. You’re also more...

Have your say on buses

Oct 18, 2017 / 4:37 pm

BC Transit and local governments are looking for feedback on further transit expansion in the Glenmore area. A series of four open houses are planned next week...

Many still without power

Oct 18, 2017 / 4:05 pm

UPDATE: 4 p.m. BC Hydro is expecting customers who lost power in the Fintry area to have it restored by 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Currently, 1,458 people are...

Accused claims self defence

Oct 18, 2017 / 2:26 pm

Daniel Ruff told the jury he was attacked by his roommate and feared for his life before he struck Warren Welters in the head with a hammer multiple times,...

Dolphin statue feeling it

Oct 18, 2017 / 1:55 pm

Kelowna's Dolphins statue got a wind whipping, Tuesday, and everything around it got drenched. Castanet viewer Eric Stansfield captured strong gusts blowing...

Doing good with $100

Oct 18, 2017 / 11:49 am

Interior Savings Credit Union wants to know what good deed you would do with $100. It's part of the credit union's fourth annual Interior Savings'...

Food bank needs your vote

Oct 18, 2017 / 11:13 am

Time is running out to assist the Lake Country Food Bank in its bid to receive funding through the Aviva Community Fund. People across the valley have until...

Boil water in Falcon Ridge

Oct 18, 2017 / 10:35 am

For the second time this year, a boil-water notice has been issued for residents served by the Falcon Ridge water system. The notice was issued Wednesday...

More of your storm photos

Oct 18, 2017 / 10:13 am

Storm winds wreaked havoc all over the Okanagan on Tuesday. Damage from the storm extended right across Southern B.C., and maximum wind speeds of 104 km/h were...

Trial faces delay until 2018

Oct 18, 2017 / 9:01 am

The Jonathan Bacon murder trial could be delayed until the new year. After several delays, the first-degree murder trial for Jason McBride, Michael Jones and...

New storm, wind our way

Oct 18, 2017 / 8:00 am

It's not expected to be as bad as Tuesday, but another Pacific storm, bringing with it wind, some rain and snow at the higher elevations is on the way....

Westside Road reopened

Oct 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

UPDATE: Wednesday 6 a.m. Westside Road reopened just after 1 a.m. following Tuesday's windstorm, which brought down power lines and trees across the...

Cheers to Brewphoria

Oct 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Twelve breweries from across the Okanagan are joining together in Kelowna for a night of craft beer. The second annual Brewphoria, hosted by Tree Brewing Beer...

Familiar voices on Oldies

Oct 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Okanagan Oldies is pleased to announce the hiring of three experienced on-air voices for its November launch. The sister radio station to Castanet will go on...

Kelowna woman missing

Oct 17, 2017 / 9:14 pm

Kelowna RCMP are hoping the public can help them locate a missing woman who has not been seen since Oct. 8. A friend reported Tara Frederick, 48, missing after...

Blood on the walls, ceiling

Oct 17, 2017 / 9:00 pm

An RCMP blood stain analyst painted a gruesome picture of Warren Welters' bedroom in court Tuesday, describing blood spatter on the walls and ceiling around...

Thank you, RCMP

Oct 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Members of the public said thank you to Kelowna's police on Tuesday – with burgers and hotdogs. A gratitude barbecue was held outside the RCMP...

Brinks strike to hit Kelowna

Oct 17, 2017 / 5:12 pm

Brinks employees who say they feel unsafe at their jobs are on the verge of a strike. The union representing the armoured car company employees in British...

Evening Update Oct. 17

Oct 17, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Oct. 17, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Photos: windstorm havoc

Oct 17, 2017 / 4:27 pm

A windstorm rushed through many parts of the Okanagan on Tuesday, knocking over trees, poles and creating chaos for first responders and home owners. For more...

High winds divert flights

Oct 17, 2017 / 4:07 pm

The high winds buffeting the Okanagan Valley have caused flight cancellations and diversions at the Kelowna and Penticton airports. WestJet spokesperson Lauren...

Trees, lines down

Oct 17, 2017 / 3:30 pm

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Westside Road is closed in both directions, just south of La Casa Resort, due to downed power lines. UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. A portion of Westside...

Police seek video of vehicle

Oct 17, 2017 / 2:31 pm

Kelowna RCMP are looking for the public's assistance in tracking the movements of Russia Nicholson in the days prior to her death. Nicholson, 23, from West...

Special weather statement

Oct 17, 2017 / 12:00 pm

UPDATE: noon Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Central and North Okanagan. According to Environment Canada, Tuesday's storm...

Breakfast just shy of $50K

Oct 17, 2017 / 9:43 am

When all is said and done, Maxine DeHart will have raised nearly $50,000 for United Way charities. DeHart said Monday the 19th annual Maxine DeHart Drive-Thru...

New parking, sport at Gyro

Oct 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna plans to improve parking and increase the number of volleyball courts at one of its most popular beach parks. Council gave the go ahead...

Parks stay closed for a year

Oct 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Spring flood damage will keep a handful of Okanagan parks closed for at least a year. The Central Okanagan Regional District announced Monday that damage has...

PTSD crushing officers

Oct 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

A former RCMP officer says the top brass don't have their backs when it comes to PTSD. Officers gathered in front of the Kelowna RCMP detachment Monday in...

Council bucks the rules

Oct 16, 2017 / 9:00 pm

A proposed development in Kelowna's Mission will get a chance to appear before council again, ahead of the six-month reapplication window. During a lengthy...

Wrestling for charity

Oct 16, 2017 / 8:00 pm

One of the Okanagan's most unique sporting events gave back to the community, Monday. Invasion Championship Wrestling donated more than $10,000 to four...

Cops corral crazy critters

Oct 16, 2017 / 4:56 pm

It was a wild weekend for police in the Central Okanagan. Literally. Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, RCMP responded to a call from a concerned citizen about horses...

Evening Update Oct. 16

Oct 16, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Oct. 16, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Victim died violently

Oct 16, 2017 / 3:31 pm

A relative of a woman whose body was found in a Kelowna orchard last week is confirming her identity. Police investigators are still awaiting the results of an...

One wild, enormous project

Oct 16, 2017 / 12:32 pm

A record-breaking feat of engineering has just been completed in B.C.’s Yoho National Park, and the Kelowna company that built it says the project went up...

Robbed at knifepoint

Oct 16, 2017 / 12:17 pm

Kelowna RCMP are searching for a robber who held up M&M Food Market on Harvey Avenue and also took off with a customer's purse. Just before 5 p.m....

In search of school vandals

Oct 16, 2017 / 12:17 pm

UPDATE: Monday noon RCMP are investigating the weekend vandalism of the front lawn at Rutland Elementary School. Police were alerted to the act of mischief on...

It's gonna be a wet one

Oct 16, 2017 / 11:55 am

The Okanagan looks like it's in for a solid week of rain, as is much of B.C. Environment Canada has issued heavy rainfall warnings for the central coast,...

Local teacher needs help

Oct 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

A woman who has been a Kelowna teacher for 25 years needs the help of others after being diagnosed with an incurable disease. Isabel Alves-Vicente has spent...

Stunning new homes

Oct 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Over 700 people came to view four new Wilden showhomes that show off the Okanagan Lifestyle on Sunday. The new Parade of Showhomes is located in Wilden’s...

Castanet's week in review

Oct 15, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Fell to his death

Oct 15, 2017 / 1:30 pm

UPDATED: 1:30 p.m. RCMP were trying to reach a man in a hotel room Saturday evening when he fell to his death from the seventh floor of the Best Western Hotel...

Light, hope at Diwali dinner

Oct 15, 2017 / 8:57 am

Diwali, India's festival of lights, was celebrated in Kelowna Saturday night. And, along with food and dancing, support was given to children's...

Have your say on parking

Oct 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

You can have your say on parking in downtown Kelowna. The city is beginning to update its downtown area parking plan, and will be hosting an open house on the...

Inspiring awe in Kelowna

Oct 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

It will be a mind-blowing experience. National Geographic's Brain Games is full of interactive experiments designed to mess with your mind and reveal the...

Growing hair for a cause

Oct 14, 2017 / 7:45 pm

A 10-year-old boy named Gage is growing his hair to help make wigs for kids struggling with cancer. "Even though kids have bullied him, adults have...

BreakOut West is back

Oct 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

BreakOut West is returning to Kelowna. The music and arts festival, hosted by the city in 2010, will return to Kelowna next year. The 16th annual showcase...

Phasing out portable signs

Oct 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is in the midst of changing its sign bylaws, and at the top of the list of those on the way out - portable signs. In a report outlining...

Grapes not tainted by smoke

Oct 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

This year’s Okanagan grape harvest is looking "very strong" and not at all impacted by wildfire smoke, says the president of the B.C. Wine...

Oktoberfest for a cause

Oct 13, 2017 / 9:45 pm

The Kelowna Forum was packed with lederhosen, pretzels, schnitzel and beer Friday night, as more than 100 people celebrated Oktoberfest while raising money for...

Comic-con is coming

Oct 13, 2017 / 7:30 pm

Calling all comic-con crazies. The inaugural Kelowna Comics and Collectibles Expo will feature a fun-filled day of comics, collectibles and pop culture...

Raising $500K for kids

Oct 13, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Kelowna's August Family Foundation has committed to raising $500,000 for Ronald McDonald House over the next three years. The foundation, which hosts the...

Realtor rift on rule changes

Oct 13, 2017 / 6:00 pm

A Kelowna realtor is taking a stand against the president of his real estate board, and throwing his support behind proposed new laws he believes will help...

Evening Update Oct. 13

Oct 13, 2017 / 3:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Oct. 13, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Open burning is back

Oct 13, 2017 / 3:24 pm

Friday the 13th marks the start of open burning season in the Central Okanagan. Open burning is once again allowed, as of 5 p.m. today – air quality and...

Castanet Kid Report

Oct 13, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Castanet's Kid Report with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Chamber honours its best

Oct 13, 2017 / 1:49 pm

Nine Kelowna businesses were honoured in front of a near-record crowd Thursday night, at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Nearly 400...

Creek blocked over dispute

Oct 13, 2017 / 11:54 am

A dispute between neighbours over the right to use water from a creek has escalated. Tom Stanbrook, owner of Michaelbrook Golf Course in the Mission, says his...

High-risk takedown

Oct 13, 2017 / 11:37 am

A dramatic takedown in Rutland Thursday resulted in the arrest of a man wanted on multiple outstanding warrants. RCMP had been trying to locate John Michael...

Afraid of Friday the 13th?

Oct 13, 2017 / 11:11 am

Nothing says spooky quite like Friday the 13th – especially when that Friday falls in October, the spookiest month of the year. For many, Friday the 13th...

Opposition to tax plan

Oct 13, 2017 / 9:17 am

About 25 people showed up to a town hall discussion hosted by MP Dan Albas at Okanagan College Thursday night on the federal government's proposed tax...

Get shot for the health of it

Oct 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

Interior Health is encouraging people to get shot to stay healthy. According to IH, about 12,200 people are hospitalized and 3,500 people die from influenza or...

Local ties to Cali fire

Oct 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

A California winery owner with an Okanagan connection fought off a raging wildfire with his bare hands. Jeff Harder, owner of Ex Nihilo Vineyards, described how...

Evening Update Oct. 12

Oct 12, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Oct. 12, with reporter Wayne Moore.

High-speed chase on hwy

Oct 12, 2017 / 1:35 pm

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m. RCMP deployed a spike belt to stop a suspected dangerous and impaired driver in Lake Country, Thursday. Police say they were alerted to an...

Leaf it alone, say experts

Oct 12, 2017 / 12:59 pm

While currently illegal, Canada's cannabis distribution system works well, claim UBC researchers. Store-front dispensaries – often under fire by law...

The best kind of breakfast

Oct 12, 2017 / 11:18 am

It's a breakfast people wait all year for. Thursday morning marked the 19th Maxine DeHart Ramada Hotel United Way Drive-Thru, which brought out huge crowds...

Dance tour hits the stage

Oct 12, 2017 / 11:11 am

So You Think You Can Dance brings its Season 14 tour to Kelowna on Dec. 1. The popular TV dance competition brings a crew of top 10 finalists and all-stars to...

OD deaths climb in Valley

Oct 12, 2017 / 11:08 am

Deaths from illicit drug overdoses in Kelowna and Vernon continue to climb despite efforts to protect users. Across the province, more than 1,000 people have...

KGH parking confusion

Oct 12, 2017 / 10:15 am

There appears to be some confusion over the scope of parking changes at Kelowna General Hospital. Interior Health introduced the changes, which came into effect...

Mixologists ready to pour

Oct 12, 2017 / 10:11 am

Some of the Okanagan's best mixologists will go head to head at the fifth annual Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff. The annual mixoff event takes...

Suspicious death a murder

Oct 12, 2017 / 8:53 am

Kelowna RCMP are in the midst of a murder investigation. RCMP have now confirmed a woman whose body was discovered in an orchard on Cooper Road Wednesday was...

Grow-op fire doused

Oct 12, 2017 / 6:05 am

UPDATE: 6 a.m. The Kelowna Fire Department says the cause of a house fire at Rutland home Wednesday night has not been determined and is under investigation....

Eat, drink, buy local

Oct 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

A campaign to promote buying, eating and drinking local in B.C. officially kicked off Wednesday night. British Columbia’s key players in agriculture,...

Special guest for Diwali

Oct 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Lieut.-Gov. Judith Guichon will be the guest of honour at this weekend's Diwali dinner in Kelowna. The sold-out event is organized by the East Meets West...