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Kelowna News Last 7 days

Grade 5 class published

Dec 16, 2017 / 3:00 pm

More than 30 Grade 5 students in Rutland became published authors this week. On Saturday, Suzan Miles's Grade 5 class at South Rutland Elementary held a...

Debris slows bridge traffic

Dec 16, 2017 / 11:07 am

Motorists on the William R. Bennett bridge were urged to be cautious Saturday morning after a large piece of debris blocked a lane. What appeared to be some...

Snow set to fall

Dec 16, 2017 / 10:00 am

While December has been relatively dry in the Okanagan this year, that may change soon, with snow in the forecast throughout the valley. Flurries are expected...

Dig into Christmas dinner

Dec 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

After weeks of preparation and with over 50 volunteers, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission is ready to serve its annual Christmas Dinner. The meal is open to anyone...

Bikeshare a reality?

Dec 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Is Kelowna big enough to support bikeshare? The city's active transportation co-ordinator thinks so. Co-ordinator Matt Worona hopes to have a pilot project...

Christmas lights displays

Dec 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Residents across the Central Okanagan are stepping up their Christmas lights game this December, with tens of thousands of lights on display across the region. ...

Real estate peak?

Dec 15, 2017 / 5:07 pm

He doesn’t know exactly when it will happen, but Helmut Pastrick says there’s a very good chance the Central Okanagan housing market will end its...

Smile, city's watching you

Dec 15, 2017 / 1:13 pm

The City of Kelowna says a system where they will monitor city-owned closed circuit cameras 24-7 is not the edge of a slippery slope. The city could begin...

Castanet Kid Report

Dec 15, 2017 / 1:00 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with pint-sized correspondent Ariella Amato.

UBCO joins forces

Dec 15, 2017 / 12:00 pm

A partnership between three Interior universities signed Friday is being described as a “game changer” for education in the region. The Interior...

Stolen truck, flees police

Dec 15, 2017 / 10:51 am

A 21-year-old man led police on a chase around Kelowna early Friday morning in a stolen pickup truck, finally coming to an end when police laid down a spike...

Photo radar on the radar?

Dec 15, 2017 / 10:13 am

The City of Kelowna lost out on some revenue from the provincial government this year. During Thursday's budget deliberations, council was told the...

Motorhome up in flames

Dec 15, 2017 / 8:00 am

Kelowna Fire reported to a call of a motorhome blaze at approximately 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. Two engines and a command unit responded in the 200 block of...

Flair Air on the runway

Dec 15, 2017 / 7:48 am

Service begins today for ultra low cost flights between Vancouver International Airport, Kelowna and Edmonton. Flair Airlines says it's the first ultra low...

Lind gets wake up call

Dec 15, 2017 / 7:30 am

Kelowna Rockets forward Kole Lind got the call he wasn't hoping for this morning. Lind is among 4 players sent home from Canada's National Junior Team...

Grinch steals, returns gift

Dec 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

A woman stole a package right off a Lake Country doorstep moments after it was delivered, but then decided to return it just hours later after opening it. Nick...

Budget devoid of drama

Dec 14, 2017 / 9:03 pm

Kelowna city council made very few changes to its 2018 provisional budget during deliberations Thursday. What started as a 3.59 per cent increase for Kelowna...

'Ringing in the season'

Dec 14, 2017 / 6:00 pm

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will be sharing the stage with the Okanagan Handbell Chorus for a special Christmas performance, 'Ringing in the Season....

IH declares outbreak

Dec 14, 2017 / 5:15 pm

Interior Health has declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease in the Okanagan, after 11 cases have appeared in the region in 2017, and one teenager has...

Pastor fighting for his life

Dec 14, 2017 / 4:47 pm

A Kelowna pastor has been diagnosed with stage four liver cancer and while it doesn't look good, the family is praying for a Christmas miracle. Sean Lalonde...

Jail guard strike delayed

Dec 14, 2017 / 11:38 am

The union representing Kelowna’s jail guards will have to resubmit its official strike notice, after the BC Labour Relations Board ruled it was illegal....

Suspicious blaze

Dec 14, 2017 / 11:32 am

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. RCMP are now investigating what they are calling a suspicious fire this morning at a quarry near Stewart Road. Kelowna Fire responded to a 911...

Budget, item by item

Dec 14, 2017 / 9:00 am

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. The City of Kelowna has settled in on a 2018 budget which includes an increase of 3.60 per cent. The provisional budget was laid out during...

Truck load of donations

Dec 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

Donations from the September Salvation Army Motorcycle Toy Run in Kelowna were dropped off on Tuesday. Over $4,000 and a truck full of toys was dropped off at...

Early Xmas to single mom

Dec 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

A single mother who has three children, two of whom have developmental delay, received an early Christmas present Wednesday. Students from The Reformation...

Retired and downsizing

Dec 13, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Check out this week's episode of Seller's Market. The series features Kelowna realtors Marika Wolf, Dean Desrosiers, Luke Menkes, Darryl Reuter and...

Keeping families together

Dec 13, 2017 / 6:00 pm

Imagine a hospital designed to keeping families together during medial treatment. That dream will soon come to life thanks to the generosity of a number of...

Jail for shooting face

Dec 13, 2017 / 4:24 pm

A man who shot another man in the face with a sawed-off shotgun will serve another 114 days in jail, after he was sentenced to 22 months in jail on Wednesday....

Watching mall parking lots

Dec 13, 2017 / 3:40 pm

Volunteers have stepped up to patrol parking lots across the Central Okanagan during the holiday season. Citizens on Patrol, volunteers from Kelowna RCMP, began...

Buy diamonds, save lives

Dec 13, 2017 / 3:06 pm

It's time to buy diamonds, and save lives. Castanet along with Premier Jewellery and Loans and are proud to offer the second annual Diamond Earring...

Babies to benefit from funds

Dec 13, 2017 / 1:00 pm

A local children's charity received an early Christmas present from a local foundation that will help 250 babies annually. Earlier this month, East Meets...

Big White gives back

Dec 13, 2017 / 12:43 pm

Big White Ski Resort has been enjoying a great snow season so far. Wednesday they shared the wealth with the big White Fire Department, handing out season...

Power restored

Dec 13, 2017 / 11:49 am

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. Fortis BC has managed to restore power to more than 2500 customers left in the dark after a vehicle struck a power pole earlier this morning...

Calling all Scrooges

Dec 13, 2017 / 10:29 am

If you know a scrooge or two then it's time to take them to A Kelowna Christmas Carol. The performance incorporates beloved elements of Dickens's...

Dusting of snow

Dec 13, 2017 / 7:00 am

Kelowna residents woke up to a light dusting of snow Wednesday morning. Total accumulations varied across the region depending on elevation, but there was an...

Seeking a share of pot tax

Dec 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

Lobbying is going on behind the scenes as municipalities look to get a share of marijuana taxation. The federal government announced Monday it would keep 25 per...

No charges laid in wildfires

Dec 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

No charges have been laid in connection to several Central Okanagan wildfires this past summer. This year was the worst wildfire season in British...

Were your tools taken?

Dec 12, 2017 / 8:00 pm

RCMP are looking to return a set of Dewalt tools and a Samsung tablet seized as suspected stolen property last November. Officers seized various Dewalt tools in...

More Glenmore townhomes

Dec 12, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna city council has paved the way for another significant development in the Glenmore Village Centre area. The 52-unit townhouse development along the...

Celebrating Hanukkah

Dec 12, 2017 / 2:20 pm

The Kelowna Jewish community will join others around the world with a community celebration to mark the first night of Hanukkah tonight. A nine-foot menorah,...

Maxogram in Kelowna

Dec 12, 2017 / 2:20 pm

The Maxogram was on full display Tuesday morning at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. So what is a Maxogram? The Maxogram is an app that can be downloaded on any...

Robbed, hit with golf club

Dec 12, 2017 / 2:04 pm

A Kelowna man was allegedly assaulted by two men when he confronted them as they were breaking into his vehicle on Monday early morning. RCMP responded to the...

Missing hockey cards?

Dec 12, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Kelowna RCMP are looking for the rightful owner of several hockey cards, many of which are rookie cards. Police say they seized several items from a shoplifter,...

Flu shot still effective

Dec 12, 2017 / 12:57 pm

In spite of concerns that this year's flu vaccine may not be as effective as years past, B.C. health officials are urging those most at risk, children, the...

72 hours until strike

Dec 12, 2017 / 11:11 am

After months of fighting for better wages, guards at the Kelowna RCMP detachment have issued an official strike notice. The guards, represented by CUPE Local...

Watch out for online scam

Dec 12, 2017 / 10:04 am

A keen-eyed Castanet reader has alerted the newsroom to a potential scam making the rounds. But this one involves our website. The scam involves a series of...

Modular housing delayed

Dec 12, 2017 / 8:39 am

After pushback from some of its potential new neighbours, BC Housing is reconsidering its plan to put up temporary, supportive housing in a Kelowna business...

Firefighters maxed out

Dec 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Medical emergencies are putting a drain on resources within the Kelowna Fire Department. That according to a report on fire services provided to city council by...

Parking perception problem

Dec 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna has a downtown parking perception problem. An in-depth survey and report on parking delivered to city council Monday indicated a number of perceived...

Register now for assistance

Dec 11, 2017 / 8:30 pm

If you need assistance this holiday season, this is your last chance to register for the Salvation Army's "Sharing Christmas Family Food and Toy...

Locals rally after robbery

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:00 pm

The community has come together to raise over $3,000 just a day after a Kelowna therapy farm was robbed. Heather Henderson, founder of Arion Therapeatuic Farm...

May get a white Christmas

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:00 pm

According to Environment Canada the Okanagan could be getting a white Christmas. The good news is the snow won't hit until Friday and there won't be...

It's Santa!

Dec 11, 2017 / 3:04 pm

Keep your eyes peeled for the Santa Bus. Santa's Bus started rolling Dec 10, with Santa touring the Central Okanagan collecting donations for the Salvation...

Subway held up at gunpoint

Dec 11, 2017 / 1:58 pm

A male suspect robbed a Kelowna Subway restaurant at gunpoint on Thursday. RCMP responded to a report of the robbery at the location on Lawrence Avenue at about...

LIVE: Kelowna council

Dec 11, 2017 / 1:26 pm

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Christmas lights stolen

Dec 11, 2017 / 11:21 am

A family in West Kelowna woke up to a troubling sight on the weekend when they found out their Christmas lights had been stolen. The thefts happened on...

Miller and Frampton coming

Dec 11, 2017 / 8:41 am

Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller and Peter Frampton will be making a stop at Kelowna's Prospera Place this spring. The duo will are being...

Rush-hour traffic snarl

Dec 11, 2017 / 8:23 am

A Castanet reader let us know about a 3 vehicle MVI at the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 33. The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. Monday morning...

Carma for Christmas

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Carma Project is looking for new rides for next summer's give away. Last summer, The Carma Project helped two families and one individual when the cars...

Pay parking at city hall

Dec 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

A new pay parking system will come into effect at city hall later this week. The system, approved by council in September, will make the city hall parking lot...

Foodie event brings crowds

Dec 10, 2017 / 7:13 pm

The 10th Annual Big Reds Wine Festival at Big White Ski Resort this weekend proved to be a hit breaking previous attendance records. The two night event saw...

Few without power

Dec 10, 2017 / 3:07 pm

UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. Three customers are without power, according to FortisBC, after crews worked much of the day to restore power to an area of southeast Kelowna....

Thief robs therapy farm

Dec 10, 2017 / 12:50 pm

On the day of the annual holiday fundraiser, the founder of a local farm woke up to find it had been robbed. Heather Henderson, founder of Arion Therapeutic...

Castanet's week in review

Dec 10, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.