Kelowna News Last 7 days

Ex chief: Hit the fires hard

Jul 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Former Kelowna Fire Chief Gerry Zimmermann can't understand why fire officials don't just hammer even the smallest of fires with everything they have....

Tourism fighting the fires

Jul 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Tourism Kelowna’s primary goal this week is to get as many facts out to as many people as possible and as quickly as it can. “We learned a lot of...

Good Creek fire grows

Jul 19, 2018 / 9:25 pm

UPDATE: 9:25 p.m. A resident in the Kettle Valley area says the wind appears to be blowing south, pushing smoke from the Good Creek Wildfire away from Kelowna....

Dilworth fire investigated

Jul 19, 2018 / 8:30 pm

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m. A grass fire on the south side of Dilworth Mountain Thursday afternoon is being investigated by police and fire investigators. Fourteen...

Big White offers help

Jul 19, 2018 / 6:07 pm

Big White is stepping up in a big way. Michael J Ballingall tells Castanet,"I know this is sensitive but we have open hotels, campgrounds and RV sites....

Wildfire Update July 19

Jul 19, 2018 / 4:50 pm

Castanet's Wildfire Update for Thursday, July 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Your dramatic fire photos

Jul 19, 2018 / 3:39 pm

The Mount Eneas fire located four kilometres south of Peachland now sits at 500 hectares in size. The Mount Eneas blaze is pouring smoke across the valley...

Coitus interruptus

Jul 19, 2018 / 2:46 pm

UPDATE 2:47 p.m. The video of the couple having sex on the lawn of the Rotary Centre for the Arts finishes with the female apologizing as the anonymous tipster...

Knox Mountain closing

Jul 19, 2018 / 1:26 pm

The top half of Knox Mountain Drive has now been closed due to fire and smoke. Parks Manager Blair Stewart tells Castanet, "the upper portion of Knox...

Man dies on street

Jul 19, 2018 / 12:09 pm

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. Castanet News has spoken to a woman who says she had to be escorted past the body of an elderly man who appears to have died on the street....

Fires continue to grow

Jul 19, 2018 / 11:25 am

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. The BC Wildfire Service now estimate the Good Creek Wildfire, burning within Okanagan Mountain Park, has grown to an estimated 340 hectares....

Why the delay?

Jul 19, 2018 / 9:49 am

Furious residents are stuck asking the question,"why didn’t BC Wildfire Service respond faster to a wildfire on Okanagan Mountain Provincial...

Imagine's next phase

Jul 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

With two years of planning and extensive public input in the books, the City of Kelowna is ready to move into the next phase of its community visioning project....

Hwy 97 single lane

Jul 19, 2018 / 5:13 am

UPDATE 5:11 a.m. Highway 97 is now open to single lane, alternating traffic with RCMP escort and up to 20 minutes delay. Alternate route via Highway 97C,...

Seeking 6 years for dealer

Jul 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

A man who was dealing the four illicit drugs responsible for the most deaths in B.C. in Kelowna in 2016 is facing sentencing in Supreme Court this week. Behrang...

Min. standards not enough

Jul 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna may need to revisit its building standards. That was the opinion of some on city council after giving a lukewarm endorsement for a 36-unit...

Echoes of 2003 wildfire

Jul 18, 2018 / 11:30 pm

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. Residents at the southern end of Lakeshore Road are nervously keeping an eye to the south Wednesday evening, as the Good Creek wildfire...

Dramatic fire photos

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:45 pm

Castanet viewers captured some dramatic images of the dozens of fires burning across the Okanagan. Here's a sample of some of the best shots sent in to...

Evening Update July 18

Jul 18, 2018 / 4:52 pm

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

Knox fire quickly doused

Jul 18, 2018 / 1:57 pm

UPDATE:1:50 p.m. The quick action of neighbours along Mount Royal Drive exstinguished a grass fire, metres from several homes Wednesday afternoon. A group of...

Airbnb changes on the way

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

The cost of a business licence could be the most heated debate as the City of Kelowna creates short-term rental regulations over the next few months. City...

No campfire ban, yet

Jul 18, 2018 / 9:32 am

Twenty new fires started in the Kamloops Fire Centre Tuesday night and there's nothing but sun in the forecast, but campfires are still permitted across the...

Drinking on the beach?

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:16 am

With just a few short months left in office, a Vancouver city councillor is hoping he can leave his mark and change the laws regarding drinking alcohol on...

Stay away or get fined

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Water bombers had to dive into Wood Lake to get water to fight a nearby wildfire on Monday. Residents watching said it appeared that some boaters weren’t...

Most surreal storm photos

Jul 17, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Throughout the Okanagan lightning has caused fires to pop up. Castanet put together a gallery of some of the more surreal photos. To report a wildfire please...

Lightning strikes island

Jul 17, 2018 / 8:15 pm

Shortly before 6:30 Tuesday evening, a lightning storm began rolling through the Central and South Okanagan. While it hasn't been confirmed, the lightning...

Fire near Big White

Jul 17, 2018 / 6:49 pm

UPDATED: 6:49 p.m. The BC Wildfire Service has stated it will provide updates as they become available, but it has confirmed that crews have been called to...

Evening Update July 17

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

3 car fender-bender

Jul 17, 2018 / 4:28 pm

Traffic is moving slowly heading eastbound into Kelowna after a three car pileup on the William R. Bennett Bridge. The accident happened just after 4:15 p.m. A...

Fatal in Hwy. 33 crash

Jul 17, 2018 / 3:20 pm

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. A photo of a man killed in a high-speed collision in late June appears to show the victim just one hour before the crash. Four people were...

Stray bullet lodged in car

Jul 17, 2018 / 2:26 pm

It was likely an act of mischief that could have gone terribly wrong. Kelowna RCMP say they are continuing to investigate an incident last Thursday when a woman...

Scandal at Scandia

Jul 17, 2018 / 1:08 pm

Any parents would be upset if they took their family to an amusement park and their son got verbally abused—but what if the son looks like an adult but...

Charity's stolen items found

Jul 17, 2018 / 11:22 am

The man who runs a local charity is back on the mountain bike trails this week teaching underprivileged youth how to ride after police found his stolen bike and...

Ex cop to work on safety

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The former head of Kelowna's RCMP detachment is coming out of retirement - temporarily. Former Supt. Bill McKinnon has been brought on board to help fill...

Severe infrastructure deficit

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna faces what is being described as a "severe infrastructure gap." Close to half of all infrastructure needs for the city in the next...

Gateway, BCGEU to talk

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Mediation efforts aimed at resolving a strike at four casinos in the Okanagan and Kamloops will resume at the end of the week. Gateway Casinos Entertainment and...

Drug activity increasing

Jul 16, 2018 / 9:15 pm

Kelowna's top cop says police in the city are noticing an increase in drug activity in the downtown area. Supt. Brent Mundle made the assertion during his...

Park closes for concert

Jul 16, 2018 / 6:00 pm

A large portion of Kelowna's Waterfront Park will be closed to the general public on Tuesday to make way for an outdoor concert. In order to accommodate a...

You're landing where?

Jul 16, 2018 / 1:28 pm

UPDATE:1:20 p.m. Okanagan Ballooning reached out to Castanet to say the hot air balloon was theirs and that they didn't in fact land in a residential...

Are you adventure Smart?

Jul 16, 2018 / 12:36 pm

A BC organization founded to reduce the number of Search and Rescue incidents in the province is ramping up efforts to make people more aware of the danger of...

Fall on KVR, no helmet

Jul 16, 2018 / 9:56 am

An injured mountain biker sustained serious injuries Sunday after falling on the Kettle Valley Railway wearing no helmet. The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue...

Kelowna's cavorting castors

Jul 16, 2018 / 8:18 am

Beavers are beating the heat in downtown Kelowna. Jean Chute caught this castor cavorting by the Yacht Club. The picture shows the rodent lining up a tree in...

Bridge work on Dilworth Dr

Jul 16, 2018 / 8:02 am

A portion of Dilworth Drive between Leckie Road and Omineca Place will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, July 16 while crews make repairs to the bridge,...

Happy mudders!

Jul 16, 2018 / 7:17 am

319 racers tore up the hill at Big White this weekend as the 2018, Mudd, Sweat & Tears Kelowna ran participants through an 8km obstacle course. Racers faced...

Fire subdued near homes

Jul 15, 2018 / 9:26 pm

UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. Two engines and a tender attended a hedge fire on Seaton Road in Lake Country this evening. Fire Chief Steve Windsor of the Lake Country Fire...

500 butterflies released

Jul 15, 2018 / 3:00 pm

It was a special day in Kelowna for the community to come together and remember loved ones who have passed. The Central Okanagan Hospice Association held their...

Castanet's week in review

Jul 15, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Car vs pole and tree

Jul 15, 2018 / 10:41 am

Firefighters and police officers responded to a single vehicle collision in Kelowna on Sunday morning. The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder appears to have driven...

Sailboat back in action

Jul 15, 2018 / 9:45 am

A sailboat beached in a windstorm is finally back in the water. A Castanet News reader sent in photographs of the boat that had been sitting on its side at...

'Way behind' in medical pot

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

The co-owner of a Kelowna skateboard shop that was selling cannabis up until this week says the City of Kelowna is “way behind” when it comes to...

An eyesore no more

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A portion of the Capri-Landmark district is getting a head start on what is expected to be a massive redevelopment in the area. At the same time, what has been...

Council looks at Brooklyn

Jul 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The first phase of redevelopment of the former Bargain Shop in downtown Kelowna is ready for city council to view. Dubbed Brooklyn at Bernard Avenue, the...

Charity set back after theft

Jul 14, 2018 / 1:41 pm

A Friday night robbery will hinder a local charity from helping youth in need discover new passions. Mike Greer runs Elevation Outdoors, an organization that...

Racing across the lake

Jul 14, 2018 / 12:00 pm

More than 1,300 people filled Okanagan Lake Saturday morning, swimming the 2.1-kilometre stretch across the lake for the 70th year. The annual Across the Lake...

Impaled by needle at beach

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna resident was hoping to have a relaxing day at the beach, but things went horribly wrong. "I was at Strathcona Beach this afternoon and was...

Dispensaries a year away

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

While the federal legalization of cannabis is just over 13 weeks away, dispensaries won't be opening their doors in Kelowna until at least mid-2019. On...

No firearms licence required

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

If you're looking for something slightly off the beaten path this weekend Joe Rich is the place for you. The Joe Rich Sportsman's Association is...

Go-kart girls go!

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Girls can go-kart too! A unique Okanagan College summer camp for girls is revving up excitement about careers in the trades. The camp offers the thrill of...

Transport Canada tack

Jul 13, 2018 / 10:19 pm

UPDATE 7:58 p.m. Transport Canada has responded to a Castanet inquiry Frday telling our newsroom that Transport Canada is responsible for administering the...

Good Samaritans stop fire

Jul 13, 2018 / 9:15 pm

Several Good Samaritans stopped a small roadside fire on Dilworth Drive just after 8 p.m. "A ton of people including us pulled over and emptied water...

9-year-old makes a splash

Jul 13, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Most people wouldn’t think of swimming across Okanagan Lake, but nine-year-old Amelia-Ahn Lou isn't daunted by the challenge. She'll be among...

Kids - you want this ticket

Jul 13, 2018 / 7:45 pm

This is the kind of ticket you don't mind getting. Kelowna cops and bylaw officers are handing out "tickets" to kids this summer to promote safe...

Fun-filled weekend

Jul 13, 2018 / 6:22 pm

Gear up for another fun filled weekend here in the Valley! It’s the Okanagan's Largest Outdoor Yoga Class, lakefront, under the sun, Sunday July 15th...

Evening Update July 13

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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