Kelowna News Last 7 days

New convenience at YLW

Aug 19, 2017 / 3:45 pm

The first of what is promised to be a larger commercial expansion opened Saturday at Kelowna International Airport. Called Airport Plaza, if includes an ESSO...

Thousands march with Pride

Aug 19, 2017 / 1:56 pm

More people than ever participated in the Okanagan Pride march through downtown Kelowna Saturday. Dustyn Baulkham, Okanagan Pride Society president, said some...

Trepanier under control

Aug 19, 2017 / 9:48 am

UPDATE 9:48 a.m. The Trepanier Bench fire is in the mop up stage. Melanie Morin, fire information officer, said crews held the fire at 0.2 of a hectare....

Movies under the stars

Aug 19, 2017 / 7:45 am

Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and head to the movies. Interior Savings and Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are holding several Moonlight Movies in different...

Smoky skies once again

Aug 19, 2017 / 7:35 am

The smoke is back. After a couple days of relatively clear skies, Okanagan residents woke up to smoky skies once again Saturday. According to Environment...

Building bones at UBCO

Aug 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Bone replacement could get a whole lot more accurate thanks to a UBC Okanagan researcher. Hossein Montazerian, a research assistant at UBCO’s School of...

Repairing Mission Creek

Aug 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

After unprecedented water levels in Mission Creek this spring, repairs will be needed to embankments on a newly constructed flood plain. Crews will be working...

100 men helping kids

Aug 18, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The Canucks Autism Network's I CAN Swim program, located at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna will be swimming many more lengths, thanks to a...

Market extends hours

Aug 18, 2017 / 6:21 pm

The Downtown Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market has been a hit. So much so, organizers are extending its hours. The Bernard Avenue market is extending...

Postill fire extinguished

Aug 18, 2017 / 6:11 pm

UPDATE: 6 p.m. A passing landscaper helped put out the fire with a shovel and rake he had in the back of his truck. The worker from High Country Property...

Drivers not getting message

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:51 pm

Kelowna traffic cops busted more than two dozen distracted drivers or drivers not wearing seat belts on Thursday. Officers issued 25 violation tickets in just...

OK College gets a lift

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:15 pm

Forty-eight new trades seats will be added at Okanagan College. Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark announced the funding Friday,...

Evening Update Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2017 / 4:00 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Aug. 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Rescue on the lake

Aug 18, 2017 / 3:46 pm

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Both fire and RCMP rescue boats are now on scene at the site of a vessel in distress on Okanagan Lake. The boat had lost power and was...

Castanet Kid Report

Aug 18, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Castanet's Kid Report for June 9 with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Pedestrian hit, driver flees

Aug 18, 2017 / 1:36 pm

Kelowna RCMP are seeking the public's help in identifying a driver and vehicle involved in a hit and run collision with a pedestrian on Aug. 12. A...

More smoke, wind coming

Aug 18, 2017 / 8:00 am

The Okanagan is expected to be spared much of the smoke from wildfires throughout the province for a third straight day Friday. However, that could change by...

Showing trans support

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Growing up, 25-year-old Jaquelyn Furman had never heard about transgender people, and assumed everyone had feelings of wanting to be the opposite gender. Today,...

Passport to thrifty finds

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

National Thrift Day was Thursday, but don't worry if you missed it – the event continues until the end of next week. "Here at the Salvation...

Beauty with a purpose

Aug 17, 2017 / 9:20 pm

A Kelowna woman made the top six at the Miss World Canada pageant. Natalie Allin returned from a busy week at the Toronto pageant in late July. Originally from...

IH CEO says thanks

Aug 17, 2017 / 8:15 pm

The CEO of Interior Health has paid tribute to the hundreds of employees who stepped up during the devastating wildfires that have ravaged the region. Chris...

Boxing raises cash for kids

Aug 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

More than $21,000 was raised for children in need, as first-time boxers stepped into a ring for charity. Thirty boxers went toe to toe at Rutland Centennial...

Evening Update Aug. 17

Aug 17, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Aug. 17, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Sportsfields get makeover

Aug 17, 2017 / 3:44 pm

Kelowna's Mission sportsfields are getting an improved irrigation system. Work began Thursday at Mission Recreation Park. “The irrigation system for...

Chamber weighs in on wage

Aug 17, 2017 / 11:32 am

With Tuesday's provincial announcement of a minimum wage hike, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce hopes that small businesses will have their voices heard on...

An innovation celebration

Aug 17, 2017 / 11:25 am

The Okanagan Innovation Centre celebrates its grand opening tonight in downtown Kelowna. A rooftop celebration at the 104,715-square-foot Doyle Avenue facility...

Little smoke, day 2

Aug 17, 2017 / 7:45 am

For a second straight day, the province's Air Quality Health Index remains low throughout the Okanagan. The index Thursday morning i pegged at a two, or...

Witness lived life of crime

Aug 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

The B.C. government is working with some less-than-savoury characters in their attempt to convict the three men accused of murdering Jonathan Bacon. The second...

Symphony in white

Aug 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

It doesn't get much better than a sunny afternoon, a glass of wine and good company. Symphony in White was the perfect afternoon to enjoy all of the above....

Puck Off trek hits Kelowna

Aug 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Calgary man is hiking from Vancouver to Calgary to tell mental illness to "Puck Off." Kyle Patterson, 24, chose the name Puck off Mental Illness for...

A bargain hunter's dream

Aug 16, 2017 / 7:45 pm

Bargain hunters prepare, National Thrift Day is Thursday. Salvation Army Thrift Stores have partnered with five other non-profit thrift stores to celebrate with...

Pride selects marshals

Aug 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Organizers of Okanagan Pride Week have named their parade marshals in Kelowna. Community advocate Wilbur Turner, who served as president of the Okanagan Pride...

Three-vehicle crash

Aug 16, 2017 / 6:49 pm

Three vehicles collided at Highway 97 and Pollard Road Wednesday evening in Winfield. Fire crews on the scene say a Subaru was trying to make a left turn onto...

Resort builds staff housing

Aug 16, 2017 / 5:33 pm

Big White Ski Resort is about to complete a brand new, $3.5-million staff housing complex. The new staff accommodations, the first of four that will be built on...

Small grass fire doused

Aug 16, 2017 / 5:15 pm

A small grass fire was reported Wednesday afternoon, across the highway from Kelowna Airport at the Airport Business Park, near Nesters Market. The fire was...

Evening Update Aug. 16

Aug 16, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Aug. 16, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Bacon murder was revenge

Aug 16, 2017 / 4:47 pm

A former associate of the men accused of murdering Jonathan Bacon testified Wednesday about the gang conflict that led to the brazen Kelowna murder. The...

Kelowna's theme song?

Aug 16, 2017 / 2:52 pm

A local band has released a new single that may warrant the title of "Kelowna's theme song." The Proper Man tune Under the Sun doesn't...

Thumbs up for wage hike

Aug 16, 2017 / 11:55 am

Castanet hit the street to hear the reaction of Kelowna residents to minimum-wage increases that are coming, and the response was overwhelmingly in favour of...

Firestorm: 14 years later

Aug 16, 2017 / 11:44 am

It's an ominous anniversary, one that marks one of the worst – and best – moments in Kelowna's history. It was 14 years ago today that a...

Valley's thirst for water

Aug 16, 2017 / 11:41 am

Okanagan residents are big water users. Really big. There are a lot of beautiful homes in the valley, boasting some truly spectacular landscaping. But, in our...

Split over fate of ICBC

Aug 16, 2017 / 10:31 am

Castanet readers appear fairly evenly split on what should be done with provincial auto insurer ICBC. The Crown corporation has been slammed as a financial...

One lane of Hwy 97 opens

Aug 16, 2017 / 8:10 am

UPDATE: 8:10 a.m. One southbound lane has been opened on Highway 97 between Edwards and Sexsmith roads. The portion of the highway was first closed about...

A smoke-free morning

Aug 16, 2017 / 7:40 am

The Okanagan Valley, and much of the southern interior, woke up to clear, smoke-free skies for the most part Wednesday morning. However, some smoke is expected...

Showcasing agriculture

Aug 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's agricultural prowess will be on full display later this month when a large delegation from Kasugai, Japan pays a visit. The agricultural-themed...

'Justice moves slowly'

Aug 15, 2017 / 6:30 pm

After three weeks of break in the Jonathan Bacon murder trial, defence requested two more weeks of delay Tuesday, due to Crown's failure to provide their...

Evening Update Aug. 15

Aug 15, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Aug. 15, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Smoke here to stay?

Aug 15, 2017 / 4:17 pm

Okanagan residents could get another reprieve from the smoke. Maybe. Sunday's sunny skies had many welcoming air that didn't taste like a campfire. But...

Cars stolen from dealership

Aug 15, 2017 / 3:58 pm

Police are searching for a pair of vehicles stolen from a Kelowna auto dealer and then used in additional crimes. Just before 9 a.m. Monday, RCMP responded to a...

Police seek Subway thief

Aug 15, 2017 / 3:47 pm

With the help of tips from the public, Kelowna RCMP have identified a man they believe robbed a Subway restaurant on Springfield Road in April. Police are now...

Mussels headed our way

Aug 15, 2017 / 11:59 am

Five boats said to be infested with invasive mussels were stopped before reaching the Okanagan. Okanagan WaterWise released an initial report, Monday, on the...

A 102-day emergency

Aug 15, 2017 / 10:11 am

It's been 102 days – and counting. That's how long the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has been up and running since floods first hit...

All about the wine

Aug 15, 2017 / 10:06 am

It's time to figure out what's next for wine and tourism in B.C. The Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures conference will bring together a wide range of...

Smoke index remains high

Aug 15, 2017 / 8:30 am

Smoke from interior wildfires continues to sit over the Okanagan Valley, prompting yet another special weather statement from Environment Canada. The Air...

Council OKs farm plan

Aug 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna has a new agricultural plan. Council approved the plan Monday, which provides direction for more than half of the land within city...

Real danger on the road

Aug 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna automotive shop owner believes he has a solution for cheaper car insurance. Tony Diemand of Car Craft Automotive conducted a test to prove you can...

OK College on board

Aug 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

B.C. is getting rid of tuition fees for adult basic education and English language learning programs, and Okanagan College is on board. Premier John Horgan says...

Toss out city trash plan?

Aug 14, 2017 / 7:40 pm

Kelowna city council had a chance to weigh in on proposed changes to the region's solid waste management plan. Potential changes, which still need more...

Evening Update Aug. 14

Aug 14, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Aug. 14, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Fire was an accident

Aug 14, 2017 / 2:59 pm

After examining the scene of the blaze which broke out early Saturday evening in Lake Country, fire investigators believe the fire was human caused. The RCMP...

Last call for sandbags

Aug 14, 2017 / 11:45 am

It's last call for sandbag removal in the Central Okanagan. The majority of flood response sandbags have been removed from public and private property, and...

The smoke is back

Aug 14, 2017 / 10:19 am

Okanagan residents took a breath of fresh air Sunday and Monday – but it didn't last long. Environment Canada has put out a special air quality...

Density in health district

Aug 14, 2017 / 5:44 am

A new 50-unit housing complex is being proposed for an area of Ethel Street, directly across from Cottonwoods Care Centre. The development is proposed for a...

The best of B.C.

Aug 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

Okanagan Feast of Fields was held at The Caldwell Heritage Farm on Sunday afternoon. Guests tasted, sipped and enjoyed the local creations from over 60 of...

Last day of Rock the Lake

Aug 13, 2017 / 11:37 am

It's the final day of Rock the Lake in Kelowna. There are only a few tickets left. The outside festival seating opens at 2:30 p.m. Carole Pope kicks it...

2nd fittest in the world

Aug 13, 2017 / 11:00 am

The second fittest man in the world lives right here in Kelowna. Brent Fikowski placed second in the 2017 Crossfit Reebok games. Fikowski said it's...

Blaze human caused

Aug 13, 2017 / 10:35 am

UPDATE 10:30 p.m. Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor said the Winfield fire is human caused. "The fire is human caused, but it's not somebody out...

And the rain came down

Aug 13, 2017 / 7:14 am

And the rain came down. After a month and a half with no measurable precipitation in the Okanagan, the heavens opened Sunday morning. It was raining steadily in...

Storage ripped apart

Aug 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

Volunteers at a thrift shop on Sutherland Avenue walked up to work on Friday morning with an unpleasant surprise. Their locked storage space had been broken...

Outdoors - for everyone

Aug 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

While many in the Okanagan may take their easy access to the outdoors for granted, those with disabilities can have a harder time getting out of their urban...