Kelowna News Last 7 days

Rail Trail nears completion

Sep 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

The 49.5 kilometre Okanagan Rail Trail, stretching from Kelowna to Coldstream is nearly complete. In an update on the progress of construction, Kelowna council...

Cannabis fees adopted

Sep 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

Potential cannabis retaillers will have to pay some of the highest fees in the province to set up shop in Kelowna. City council approved a new series of...

Scared deaths might occur

Sep 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

A homeless shelter in Kelowna has been granted one more month at their location before they have to move out. Inn from the Cold, located off Sutherland Avenue,...

Silver object in the sky

Sep 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

Castanet has received another report and photos of an unexplained object in the sky. Richard Boden took several photos of what appears to be a shiny object in...

Guilty pleas entered

Sep 24, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A West Kelowna man was expected to have his fate decided by a 12-member panel, but instead has plead guilty to several of the charges he faced. Charles William...

$125K gift to college

Sep 24, 2018 / 6:02 pm

A $125,000 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Kelowna will support Okanagan College students going into work with children and youth. The gift establishes the...

Evening Update Sept. 24

Sep 24, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Sept. 24, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Eyesore will come down

Sep 24, 2018 / 5:00 pm

One way or another, a former motel on Harvey Avenue, described as a blight, eyesore and a nuisance, will be coming down. The Ponderosa Motel has been shut down...

Big White scores cover shot

Sep 24, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Big White Ski Resort is getting some big press in advance of the upcoming ski season. Ski Magazine, the world’s largest-selling ski magazine with more...

Hells Angels ride hold up

Sep 24, 2018 / 2:13 pm

Almost 100 motorcycle riders took part in the Annual Hells Angels Motorcycle Poker Run and ended up clogging Glenmore Road on Saturday. Dozens of Hells Angels...

Forman stoic in court

Sep 24, 2018 / 12:17 pm

A Kelowna man accused of killing his wife and two young daughters has had his case put over. Jacob Forman was stoic as he briefly appeared via video in Supreme...

Return to sunshine - at last

Sep 24, 2018 / 11:55 am

The Okanagan is in store for some gradual warming over the next couple of days, according to Environment Canada. "It's definitely going to warm up....

Easing city's rental crunch

Sep 24, 2018 / 11:44 am

Kelowna’s rental vacancy rate is expected to be higher when the next numbers are released – and projects like Highstreet’s Mission Flats are...

Collision cleared

Sep 24, 2018 / 10:09 am

UPDATE 10 a.m. The collision on Highway 97 and Dilworth Drive near Orchard Park Mall has now been cleared. ORIGINAL 7:16 a.m. We are getting reports of a 3...

Daredevil deed on Harvey

Sep 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

A motorcycle daredevil pulled a stunt on Harvey Ave. recently. This photo taken Friday, September 21 and sent to Castanet by a tipster shows a man standing on...

'Life-changing' bike ride

Sep 23, 2018 / 3:52 pm

Thirty-six riders made their way back to Kelowna after a long 10 day bike ride over 1,000 kilometres, feeling a tad bit sore and filled with gratitude. This...

Castanet's week in review

Sep 23, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Troubling driving stat

Sep 23, 2018 / 10:19 am

The Minister of Public Safety is reaching out to young men as they head back to school this September, pleading with them to think about their driving...

Riders return home today

Sep 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

Riders in the annual Cops for Kids ride are on the final stretch of their 10-day journey through the Okanagan, Thompson and Kootenay regions. Those taking part...

Tech workforce explodes

Sep 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Central Okanagan’s tech industry is almost the No. 1 industry in the region, and it could be considered the top dog if you spin the numbers the right...

Raising thousands with sport

Sep 22, 2018 / 5:30 pm

Kelowna's City Park was filled with hundreds of people playing a variety of sports Saturday, all to raise money for Special Olympic athletes in Canada....

Police stall Hells Angel ride

Sep 22, 2018 / 4:35 pm

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. The police traffic stop of the Hells Angel poker run in Kelowna stemmed from some confusion over the correct route by riders, according to...

Police investigating sign arson

Sep 22, 2018 / 3:45 pm

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Police are investigating the arson of a campaign sign Saturday morning. Kelowna mayoral candidate Bobby Kennedy, whose sign on Lakeshore Road...

Raising funds for Santa Tom

Sep 22, 2018 / 2:20 pm

Thousands of dollars have already been raised for a beloved Santa in the community who was recently injured in a motorcycle collision, and more will be coming...

Drinking up good spirits

Sep 22, 2018 / 9:55 am

The Kelowna curling club was packed full Friday night for the 10th annual Hopscotch Festival. "It's a lot of fun. We have over 250 products to sample....

Two bears in backyard

Sep 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two black bears were spotted in a backyard in East Kelowna Thursday night. "The bears were in our yard last night and spent the night in one of our trees....

Skyhigh fees for cannabis

Sep 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Potential cannabis retailers will have to pay higher than normal fees just to submit a rezoning application. Planning staff are suggesting prospective retailers...

Hwy 97, Gordon blocked

Sep 21, 2018 / 10:46 pm

UPDATE: 10:40 p.m. Kelowna RCMP remain on scene at highway 97 and Gordon, with the intersection blocked off southbound. A silver, four-door vehicle still sits...

Push to end homelessness

Sep 21, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A team representing Kelowna Toyota is challenging other businesses in the city to join them in in the fight against homelessness. Kelowna Toyota will compete in...

Foundry celebrates 1 year

Sep 21, 2018 / 7:00 pm

This week marks a full year since Foundry Kelowna opened its doors and in that time more than 1,500 youth have come looking for help. Foundry Kelowna is a...

Evening Update Sept. 21

Sep 21, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Sept. 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Weekend full of fun!

Sep 21, 2018 / 4:00 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.

Old motel an unsafe hazard

Sep 21, 2018 / 2:45 pm

The owner of the former Ponderosa Motel on Harvey Avenue will have a little more than a month to clean up the property. The motel closed in 2011, and since that...

Keeping debris from planes

Sep 21, 2018 / 2:30 pm

The Kelowna International Airport was teeming with volunteers Friday morning who were looking for debris on the airport's apron. Dozens of airport employees...

Bears gone fishin'

Sep 21, 2018 / 1:31 pm

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. The Regional District of Central Okanagan would like to remind people to give bears a wide berth at this time of year. Bruce Smith says,...

Cannabis money is out there

Sep 21, 2018 / 12:56 pm

It is almost time for the legalization of retail marijuana in Canada, and Pretium Group realizes there is plenty of opportunity on the business side of the...

Driver pulled a U-turn

Sep 21, 2018 / 11:46 am

UPDATE 11:45 a.m The driver of the school bus involved in a collision on Chute Lake Road Friday morning tells Castanet there were no children on board the bus...

Snow falls at Big White

Sep 21, 2018 / 10:30 am

Summer in the Okanagan Valley is going out similar to how it came in – with rain. But at higher elevations, it's beginning to look a lot like winter....

Pro-PR campaign begins

Sep 21, 2018 / 10:00 am

Campaign signs supporting proportional representation started to appear along Kelowna roadsides Thursday. Fair Vote Kelowna, an arm of Fair Vote Canada, is...

Gearing up for Hopscotch

Sep 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Curling Club was a busy scene Thursday as vendors began setting up their booths in preparation for the 10th annual Hopscotch Festival, transforming...

New park, old problem

Sep 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Buckland Avenue resident is concerned about what he believes is apathy on the part of the city concerning discarded needles at a city park. Blaine says he...

Uniting all communities

Sep 20, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The Youth Exhibition Powwow returned to Okanagan College Thursday for its 10th year. Students and community members joined in the celebration of Indigenous...

Evening Update Sept. 20

Sep 20, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Sept. 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Costco becomes political

Sep 20, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Kelowna mayoralty candidate Tom Dyas doesn't think city council has treated one of its biggest corporate citizens very well. And, he's made the...

Pavement comes to life

Sep 20, 2018 / 1:24 pm

Hard to believe but a massive 42 foot piece of material stuck to the pavement, almost goes unnoticed, until you're about to drive right over it. Pavement...

Pot sales wide open

Sep 20, 2018 / 12:20 pm

City council has reversed field in respect to where non-medical cannabis retail stores will be allowed to set up. Initially, council sided with a staff...

Bellamy ready for big role

Sep 20, 2018 / 11:30 am

Kelowna’s Les Bellamy could not have picked a more action-packed time to slip into the president’s chair of the Canadian Home Builders...

Brace for bears

Sep 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Bear sightings in the Okanagan Valley are expected to increase over the next few weeks and residents need to do their part. North Okanagan conservation officer...

Ebus the new Greyhound?

Sep 19, 2018 / 9:00 pm

An Edmonton-based company is looking to take over some of the routes formerly served by Greyhound. Ebus has an application before the provincial Passenger...

Harris, Saje team up

Sep 19, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Jillian Harris and Saje Wellness have teamed up to spread fresh air and community love. "This really has been a long time partnership with the Saje brand,...

$50K promise from SOSJ

Sep 19, 2018 / 8:30 pm

The local chapter of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem (SOSJ) has commitment to raise and donate $50,000 to JoeAnna’s House. SOSJ Okanagan has...

One candidate, two seats

Sep 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Wayne Carson isn't satisfied just representing the residents of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area around the regional board table. Carson also wants...

Council ballot shrinks by 1

Sep 19, 2018 / 6:15 pm

And then there were 21. Curtis Cibinel has had second thoughts, and will not be seeking one of the eight seats on Kelowna city council in the upcoming municipal...

Fire at homeless camp

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:37 pm

UPDATE: 5:35 p.m. The quick action of firefighters prevented a fire in a forested area from growing on Wednesday. Firefighters and police officers responded to...

Evening Update Sept.19

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Sept. 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Sex assaults on ex-girlfriend

Sep 19, 2018 / 4:00 pm

A 25-year-old Okanagan man avoided jail time Wednesday when he was sentenced in the sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend. B.N., whose name is withheld to protect...

Horse and owner reunited

Sep 19, 2018 / 1:17 pm

UPDATE: 1:05 p.m. The grey gelding found at Tower Ranch Golf Course and Country Club Wednesday morning has now been reunited with it's owner. "The...

Motionball, biggest yet

Sep 19, 2018 / 1:00 pm

The 2018 Motionball Marathon of Sport is coming to Kelowna on Sept. 22 and will be in full swing down at City Park. A group with 30 teams will participate in a...

Suspect sketch released

Sep 19, 2018 / 11:11 am

Police are looking for a man who walked into a stranger’s home and assaulted the woman inside. A composite sketch has been released of the alleged suspect...

Strangers find stolen booth

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna community has shown its true colours after a theft left many people disappointed. A handmade kissing booth used to raise money for Pacific...

Understanding young adults

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

"Slidin' into the DMs." Lets face it, understanding young adults' lingo can be confusing at the best of times, but Nine Rising is here to...

Fuhr acclaimed for 2nd run

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

The road has been paved for Stephen Fuhr to seek a second term as MP in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding. The local Liberal riding association said Tuesday Fuhr...

A tricky Bernard demolition

Sep 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Bernard Avenue building next to the Royal Ann Hotel will be coming down soon to make way for a new two-storey building. Owners received approval from council...

SunRype Marathon is back

Sep 18, 2018 / 8:30 pm

The SunRype Okanagan Marathon is back for its 24th year! Runners and walkers alike are invited to partake in the two-day event on Oct. 6 and 7 for a 1km run,...

Deals on wheels

Sep 18, 2018 / 8:00 pm

If you love a good bargain and the thrill of the garage sale hunt, you’ll want to check out Kelowna's semi-annual Trunk Sale. It's the Central...

Keeping kids' bellies full

Sep 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Food For Thought from Solid Rock Video on Vimeo. In the Central Okanagan, 4,500 children head to school hungry every day, but Hope for the Nations is looking...

Prospera retains rink name

Sep 18, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Prospera Credit Union has retained the naming rights to Kelowna's downtown arena for the next five years. The financial institution and GSL Group made the...

Locals rock Canucks games

Sep 18, 2018 / 5:20 pm

A local band will be playing their biggest show of their careers tonight. Lucky Monkey has only been together for a little over a year, but they'll be...

Evening Update Sept. 18

Sep 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Sept. 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Bernard condo selling well

Sep 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Brooklyn at Bernard Block has already sold 70 per cent of its units before it opens up to the public this weekend, and the Mission Group developers behind the...

'Very dangerous' theft

Sep 18, 2018 / 3:45 pm

Natural gas was released into the air after a thief tampered with a furnace in a vacant building near downtown Kelowna Monday afternoon. Firefighters and...

Get a smile, give a smile!

Sep 18, 2018 / 3:35 pm

Smile Cookie time is here again. Tim Hortons restaurants in the Central Okanagan will be holding their annual Smile Cookie campaign Sept. 17-23, with 100 per...

Gas prices take big leap

Sep 18, 2018 / 11:40 am

It would appear the gas war that has gripped the Central Okanagan the past few days is over. Prices began falling to $131.9 for a litre of regular on the...