Kelowna News Last 7 days

Gunfire noises investigated

May 21, 2018 / 6:48 pm

Following reports of gunfire in Mission Creek Park Sunday night, RCMP have investigated. Around 7 p.m. on May 20, Kelowna RCMP received a report of two possible...

Bear rattles neighbourhood

May 21, 2018 / 5:26 pm

A black bear has been wandering the streets in the Tower Ranch area of Kelowna for the past day. A neighbourhood resident, who wished to remain anonymous, sent...

Pull a bus for a good cause

May 21, 2018 / 1:29 pm

Think you have the grit necessary to pull a transit bus across the finish line? If so, the United Way is looking form you. The annual United Way Bus Pull...

Board game born here

May 21, 2018 / 11:15 am

A unique board game designed and produced right here in Kelowna could be seen on the shelves across Canada very shortly. "This is one of the first true...

Hot and sunny all week

May 21, 2018 / 10:25 am

Environment Canada forecasts hot and sunny temperatures all week across the Okanagan Valley. "We are looking at another warm spell that starts today and...

Gunfire heard in park

May 21, 2018 / 6:31 am

Castanet readers report hearing gunfire, Sunday, in the area of Kelowna's Mission Creek Park. Shots were heard about 7:15 p.m. Details are few at this...

Fat Cat kids fest is back

May 21, 2018 / 6:10 am

The Fat Cat Children's Festival returns for its 28th year June 8-9 in Kelowna. The action-packed festival will be held at Waterfront Park, and as always...

Cycling for the kids

May 21, 2018 / 6:05 am

More than two dozen riders will soon hit the road for the 17th annual Cops for Kids Ride. Since its inception in 2001, the RCMP charity has raised more than $4...

No reason to sit around

May 20, 2018 / 9:00 pm

YMCA of Okanagan launched a new program this week called Choose to Move, providing more free opportunities for older adults to be active and connect with a...

Hot air balloon emergency

May 20, 2018 / 5:47 pm

A hot air balloon had to make an unexpected landing in a Glenmore cul-de-sac Saturday in Kelowna. Resident of Blondeaux Crescent Lisa Planz was in the shower...

COSA Springtime Regatta

May 20, 2018 / 2:05 pm

The Central Okanagan Sailing Association (COSA) held its 38th Annual Springtime Regatta over the May long weekend, with 67 sailboats from around Western Canada...

Week in Review

May 20, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Jon Manchester.

Boil water notice issued

May 20, 2018 / 11:55 am

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a precautionary Boil Water Notice for residents served by the Killiney Beach Water System in the Central...

Help, don't hinder

May 20, 2018 / 11:44 am

Lake levels continue to rise. As of this morning, the Lake Level Report had Ellison Lake (426.63), Okanagan Lake (342.54) and Kalamalka Lake (391.88) above...

Start your engines!

May 20, 2018 / 7:00 am

Racing fans and drivers were revved up for the 61st annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb on Saturday. Those with a need for speed packed Kelowna's Knox Mountain...

Mayors get WaterWise

May 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Mayors from around the Okanagan have taken the pledge to get WaterWise. The annual "Make Water Work" program from the Okanagan Basin Water Board seeks...

Long drivers teeing it up

May 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Grip it, and rip it! That will be the mantra for competitors of the long drive competition as part of the run-up to the GolfBC Championship next month at...

Plume of smoke, hedge fire

May 19, 2018 / 4:51 pm

UPDATE: 4:50 p.m. The large plume of smoke seen in downtown Kelowna was a hedge fire according to the Kelowna Fire Department. At approximately 12:15 p.m. the...

Lake full, continues to rise

May 19, 2018 / 2:32 pm

Okanagan Lake hit full pool today and isn't slowing down anytime soon. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre predicts the lake wil reach levels...

Memorable May Days

May 19, 2018 / 2:16 pm

The rain held off Saturday for the 59th annual May Days festivities held at Rutland Centennial Park. Thousands lined the street to take in the parade. Floats...

Don't wear red

May 19, 2018 / 9:28 am

Those heading down to take in the festivities of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb are asked to not wear red. "Drivers have already gotten confused on the...

Big bird touches down

May 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

One of the largest aircraft to ever land at Kelowna International Airport touched down Friday. The Boeing 747 Special Performance arrived non-stop from...

Search ongoing for Thiffault

May 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Kelowna RCMP have renewed a plea for public assistance in the search for a missing man. Martin J. Thiffault has not been seen, or heard from, since April 19. A...

Eat-Drink Local a hit

May 18, 2018 / 8:30 pm

The inaugural Buy BC: Eat-Drink Local campaign has been a smashing success two weeks into the campaign. The program is designed to connect restaurants featuring...

Ready for May Days

May 18, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The 59th annual edition of Rutland May Days has officially kicked off. Festivities take place at Rutland Centennial Park today through Sunday. "We have the...

Ready for pot tourism?

May 18, 2018 / 5:08 pm

Cannabis-related tourism has the potential to bring big bucks into the Okanagan Valley, but the emerging legal cannabis industry will have to navigate some...

Evening Update May 18

May 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

Hope Air lifts lives

May 18, 2018 / 9:48 am

Kelowna's Dave McElroy relived the highlights and trials of a 68-day air odyssey from Kelowna to the tip of South America and back, Wednesday night. The...

Protecting the lakeshore

May 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

With thundershowers in the forecast for the next couple of days across the Okanagan, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre is deploying new flood...

Police Taser belligerent man

May 17, 2018 / 8:19 pm

The Kelowna RCMP used a Taser to arrest a belligerent man Thursday near Leon Avenue and Water Street. Police were called to the area around 3 p.m. for a report...

At mercy of the weather

May 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Residents living near Okanagan Lake should be prepared to protect their homes. Dam manager Shaun Reimer says residents should bring up protection barriers to...

Evening Update May 17

May 17, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

Unique mix at The Shore

May 17, 2018 / 4:28 pm

A new, mixed-use development across the street from Kelowna’s Gyro Beach will use a unique model to provide both student housing and vacation rentals in...

Cop draws gun over knife

May 17, 2018 / 4:06 pm

Guns were drawn in Kelowna Thursday morning after a man was allegedly seen with a knife. RCMP were called to the 600 block of Gaston Avenue for a weapons...

Big bird coming to YLW

May 17, 2018 / 2:07 pm

A big bird will touch down in Kelowna on Friday. The Boeing 747 SP will be one of the largest planes ever to land at YLW. The massive aircraft is expected to...

Shady thieves on camera

May 17, 2018 / 12:46 pm

A daytime robbery at a small Kelowna business has left the owner saying the thieves need to be held accountable. Robbers distracted an employee working at Wink...

Beaver what?!?

May 17, 2018 / 12:18 pm

Just in time for the summer weather, ice cream shops like Kelowna's Moo-Lix are gearing up for the busy season. But, as luck would have it, the price of one...

Block party set to rock

May 17, 2018 / 12:05 pm

With summer weather now in full swing, there'll be dancing in the streets near downtown Kelowna this long weekend. The first annual Rockcliffe Community...

Inside an emergency kit

May 17, 2018 / 8:39 am

Emergencies have a habit of happening at inconvenient times. That's why a Kelowna business says taking a few minutes to prepare could save your life. ...

More bear sightings in city

May 17, 2018 / 5:43 am

More bear sightings are being reported in Kelowna. On Wednesday, a black bear was spotted in Knox Mountain Park, and another sighting, possibly the same animal,...

UBCO cancer breakthrough

May 17, 2018 / 5:29 am

Researchers at UBC Okanagan are shining a new light on cancer treatment. Researchers discovered a new method of using infrared light to monitor cancer...

Action-packed weekend

May 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start to summer tourist season in the Okanagan. Hotels and motels are expected to be full, and there are...

Evening Update May 16

May 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

ALR going to pot?

May 16, 2018 / 4:45 pm

A Kelowna real estate firm is suggesting the ALR could be used for industrial pot production. In a new white paper, Colliers International argues that B.C....

High-tech homeless cart

May 16, 2018 / 2:22 pm

A group of UBC Okanagan students have turned their collective minds to the streets and built the first-ever personal belongings carrier. Specifically designed...

Balloon lands at airport

May 16, 2018 / 10:52 am

Spectacular video shot by Kelowna Coun. Ryan Donn appears to show a hot air balloon interfering with air traffic at Kelowna International Airport Wednesday...

Helping hand for victims

May 16, 2018 / 9:35 am

A Kelowna company with close ties to Grand Forks is sending bottled water to the flood-ravaged town. Rhonda Bampton with IRL Trucking, based in Kelowna, tells...

Dangerous debris

May 16, 2018 / 7:08 am

More amazing pictures of some of the debris that is being forced into Okanagan lake by tributaries and runoff. Thanks to Denise for sending in these photos...

Tourism Centre on track

May 16, 2018 / 5:07 am

If you've been by the boardwalk in Kelowna lately, specifically near the sails, it's hard to miss construction on the new tourism Kelowna Centre. As we...

Building up creek walls

May 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Workers are racing against time to raise up dikes along Mission Creek as water levels are expected to rise in the coming days. Four kilometres of Kelowna's...

Feature film needs extras

May 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

A feature film shooting in the Central Okanagan this summer is looking for paid extras. "A Score To Settle" stars veteran actor Nicolas Cage, and will...

Help for snowy roads

May 15, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The City of Kelowna is coming to the aid of beleaguered residents who find themselves prisoners in their own homes during major snowfall events City public...

Car ends up on roof

May 15, 2018 / 6:20 pm

Emergency crews were called to the intersection of KLO and Benvoulin just after 6 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a roll over. Witnesses tell Castanet one car...

Water advisory for Kelowna

May 15, 2018 / 5:01 pm

The City of Kelowna has joined a long list of Okanagan communities in issuing a water quality advisory. The advisory, issued Tuesday afternoon, affects all city...

Evening Update May 15

May 15, 2018 / 5:00 pm

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

Lake to hit full pool

May 15, 2018 / 4:54 pm

UPDATE: 5 p.m. A state of emergency has been declared in Lake Country. The District of Lake Country joins Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna and the Central...

Hwy to reopen for night

May 15, 2018 / 4:22 pm

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. Highway 33 will reopen to single-lane, alternating traffic for the evening after 5:30 p.m. It will be closed again Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 5:30...

Kelowna to help flooded

May 15, 2018 / 1:47 pm

A Kelowna company is collecting and accepting emergency items for people impacted by floods in Grand Forks. Pro-Ex Transport Kelowna planned to have a 53-foot...

Wire cut on trades house

May 15, 2018 / 1:28 pm

The next generation of carpenters, plumbers and electricians have officially started working at a state-of-the-art new training space at Okanagan College....

Ready to make a splash!

May 15, 2018 / 12:14 pm

Just in time for the May Long Weekend, the taps will be turned on at two Kelowna water parks. Ben Lee Water Park in Rutland and Quilchena Splash Park in the...

Flipped on Hwy 97

May 15, 2018 / 8:32 am

Two people are lucky to be alive after a serious rollover on Highway 97 near Crystal Waters Road in Lake Country. Castanet content director Jon Manchester came...

Allergy season much longer

May 15, 2018 / 7:50 am

Bad news if you suffer from allergies. Turns out the amount of time you'll have to suffer has been increasing steadily and now lasts almost the entire year....

Gearing up for election day

May 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is making a few minor tweaks to its civic election bylaws. The changes come as the city gears up in earnest for the Oct. 20 municipal...