Kelowna News Last 7 days

Van Gilder a free man

Jun 28, 2017 / 6:54 pm

For Tammey Van Gilder, the mother of the man found not guilty of manslaughter Tuesday, her year-long nightmare is finally over. Cory Van Gilder was released...

Evening Update June 28

Jun 28, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, June 28, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Damaged plane lands safely

Jun 28, 2017 / 3:15 pm

A plane with just one engine landed without incident at Kelowna International Airport Wednesday afternoon. A call came into the tower shortly after 2:30 p.m....

Thoughts on Canada 150

Jun 28, 2017 / 2:55 pm

Canada Day 150 is fast approaching. Although Kelowna's Canada Day celebrations will not end with the usual bang there is still plenty of fun to be had...

Crash causes traffic delay

Jun 28, 2017 / 2:44 pm

Firefighters and police are responding to a multi-vehicle collision on Wednesday. It appears there are three vehicles involved in the crash at Springfield and...

Flight diverted to Kelowna

Jun 28, 2017 / 12:40 pm

An Air Canada airliner made an unscheduled landing at Kelowna International Airport Wednesday after passengers reported hearing strange noises. Flight 8570...

Lake drops another 1.3cm

Jun 28, 2017 / 11:15 am

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. Flood protection measures are being removed from a few lakefront areas in advance of the July long weekend. In Peachland, the bladder dam and...

Winemaker hits the stage

Jun 28, 2017 / 11:07 am

A local winemaker does more than just make wine – he makes music too. Jason Parkes is the winemaker at The Hatch, Perseus Winery and Indigenous World...

Finding beauty in flood

Jun 28, 2017 / 11:06 am

A Kelowna filmmaker used Kelowna's flooded waterfront to artistic effect in his latest project. Clayton Arnall shot the short film "Flooded" with...

Simpson to lead foundation

Jun 28, 2017 / 10:40 am

A former Kelowna city counsellor is going back to college. Sharron Simpson is taking on the role of president and board chairperson of the Okanagan College...

Indigenous garden at OC

Jun 28, 2017 / 10:23 am

On Tuesday, June 27, more than 100 people attended the grand opening of the na’Ê”k’Ê·ulamÉ™n garden, a new Indigenous garden located at...

Supportive housing a go

Jun 28, 2017 / 5:56 am

Kelowna city council has said yes to a land use change to make way for a new supportive housing complex. The 154-unit development is proposed for 1350 and 1370...

Fence conceals witnesses

Jun 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

A new addition to Kelowna's downtown has been described as “hideous,” but staff at the Kelowna courthouse say it's only temporary. Over the...

Three-generation freefall

Jun 27, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Three generations are taking the plunge together on July 8. An 85-year-old Summerland woman will jump out of an airplane over Vernon with her daughter and...

Party all day in Lake Country

Jun 27, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Lake Country will celebrate all day on Canada Day for the first time. Activities will take place at Swalwell Park from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Things kick off with a...

Park and play this summer

Jun 27, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Kelowna’s parks will soon be filled with bouncy castles, games and entertainment as the Park & Play program returns for another summer of free family...

Not guilty of manslaughter

Jun 27, 2017 / 5:42 pm

Cory Richard Eric Van Gilder has been found not guilty of manslaughter in the one-punch death of Zachary Gaudette. The jury returned its verdict just after 5...

Native garden unveiled

Jun 27, 2017 / 5:30 pm

A new, indigenous garden was unveiled Tuesday at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Launched in partnership with Westbank First Nation and the City of Kelowna, the...

Bloody scene at motel

Jun 27, 2017 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE: 5 p.m. Police are staked out at a Kelowna motel as the investigation into a 38-year-old man being assaulted continues. A motorcycle is parked directly...

Evening Update June 27

Jun 27, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, June 27, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Great news for beachgoers

Jun 27, 2017 / 4:12 pm

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. In preparation for the long weekend, crews will begin removing flood-protection measures where safe to do so, along parks and beaches in West...

Stabber's sentence slashed

Jun 27, 2017 / 3:12 pm

A Kelowna man convicted of stabbing a fellow drug dealer in the neck and forcing him to steal a TV to repay a debt has successfully appealed the length of his...

Marching to new home

Jun 27, 2017 / 3:03 pm

Dozens of passers-by stopped to take in the parade of Mounties in red serge, auxiliary constables, RCMP volunteers and civilian staff from the regional...

Massive price jump

Jun 27, 2017 / 12:42 pm

The average waterfront recreational property in Kelowna now costs almost $1 million, a price that’s ballooned by almost 50 per cent since last year....

Threats against premier

Jun 27, 2017 / 11:45 am

B.C.'s Prosecution Service says a Kelowna woman has been charged with uttering death threats aimed at Premier Christy Clark and Speaker Steve Thomson. The...

Drugs: just don't do it

Jun 27, 2017 / 11:27 am

The Okanagan continues to see a spike in overdose deaths. There have been 50 OD deaths in the first four months of 2017 in the valley. “The number of...

Reunited with sailboat

Jun 27, 2017 / 10:45 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 10:45 a.m. The owner of a sailboat that was washed onto Rotary Beach after strong winds Monday night has found his boat and is assessing the...

Fire a wake-up call

Jun 27, 2017 / 10:37 am

Big White fire chief Jamie Svendsen called Monday's lightning-caused fire on the hill a wake-up call. A lightning storm passed through the area, sparking a...

KGH 'fire' just a drill

Jun 27, 2017 / 9:40 am

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m. Despite initial reports of a "confirmed fire" at Kelowna General Hospital, it has since been determined to be a fire drill at the...

Deadly 'sucker punch'

Jun 26, 2017 / 9:20 pm

UPDATE 9:20 p.m. The jury has indicated it has concluded deliberations for the evening. A verdict will not be rendered Monday night. ORIGINAL STORY 5 p.m. The...

Funding for celebrations

Jun 26, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Communities across B.C. taking part in celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday have received funding from the Canada 150 fund and Celebrate Canada....

Lightning hits Big White

Jun 26, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Several lightning strikes hit Big White Mountain Monday afternoon, sparking a pair of separate fires. According to Sr. VP, Michael J. Ballingall, several calls...

Moving on homelessness

Jun 26, 2017 / 6:00 pm

UPDATE 6 p.m. Kelowna city council has unanimously endorsed the next step in the fight against homelessness in the city. The Journey Home task force is being...

Wrapping arms for God

Jun 26, 2017 / 5:22 pm

While putting a box on your head and wrapping leather around your arm might strike some as peculiar, Kelowna's Rabbi Schmuly Hecht is looking to bring the...

Evening Update June 26

Jun 26, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, June 26, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Body found in parking lot

Jun 26, 2017 / 1:55 pm

Kelowna RCMP are working with the BC Coroners Service after the discovery of a dead body in a parking lot early Saturday. Just before 3 a.m., police responded...

Lake drops 4 cm

Jun 26, 2017 / 1:33 pm

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Sandbag crews continue to take down protective measures where safe to do so in the Central Okanagan. The Emergency Operations Centre says...

Forecast: hot, hot, hot

Jun 26, 2017 / 11:10 am

The Okanagan didn't break any heat records over the weekend, but tourists and locals alike welcomed the first real summer heat of the season. Environment...

Kelowna's renaissance

Jun 26, 2017 / 6:17 am

Thanks to a thriving tech industry that has seen more than a 30 per cent growth in just two years, Kelowna has seen its demographics change drastically and its...

Beach walk for access

Jun 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

A group of Kelowna residents are fed up with the lack of access along the Okanagan Lake foreshore. To bring awareness to how bad the issue is, they plan to walk...

SUV flips in Kettle Valley

Jun 25, 2017 / 6:30 pm

A dramatic single-vehicle rollover has reportedly left a person injured. Sunday evening, just before 6 p.m., a person driving a silver Nissan Murano flipped...

Pilots flock to Kelowna

Jun 25, 2017 / 12:00 pm

The grounds east of the runway at Kelowna International Airport were buzzing with excitement this weekend, as people of all ages came out to view dozens of...

Be careful on the lake

Jun 25, 2017 / 10:29 am

Boaters should watch out for hazards in Okanagan Lake. Photos sent into Castanet Sunday showed the dangers left in the lake from flooding and storms, including...

Lambert wins byelection

Jun 25, 2017 / 7:18 am

Jeanette Lambert is Lake Country's newest councillor. Lambert won Saturday's by-election in the Carrs Landing ward with 130 votes. A total of 230...

Safety ambassadors at ER

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

New ambassadors will beef up safety at hospital emergency departments in Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops. The new client service ambassador program will start next...

Summer jobs for students

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Canada Summer Jobs program will fund employment for 197 students in Kelowna-Lake Country this year. MP Stephen Fuhr says students can access a list of local...

Dog left in hot car

Jun 24, 2017 / 8:53 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of a dog being left in a hot car at 267 Lawrence Avenue in Kelowna. A caller says firefighters are en route with the appropriate...

Heat prompts warning

Jun 24, 2017 / 4:00 pm

The first official day of summer was Tuesday, and the hot weather has come out in full force. The hot weather alert issued by Environment Canada for Metro...

Castanet's week in review

Jun 24, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Another Rocket NHL bound

Jun 24, 2017 / 12:21 pm

Kelowna Rockets forward Kole Lind will be heading to Vancouver. Lind was selected by the Canucks during round two of the NHL Entry draft in Chicago and was...

Wake-free weekend plea

Jun 24, 2017 / 9:12 am

As the mercury climbs well into the 30s this weekend, many people will take to area lakes, but officials are encouraging boaters to make it a wake-free weekend....

Bumper year for milfoil

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

As Okanagan Lake recedes, get ready for more milfoil this summer. The Okanagan Basin Water Board says conditions for the invasive lake weed have been ideal this...

Rail trail stops here

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

A small portion of the Okanagan Rail Trail remains in limbo while plans are made to begin construction of the trail in the fall. About two kilometres of the...

Follow the nectar trail

Jun 23, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Follow the nectar trail at this weekend's Pollinator Picnic. UBC’s Border Free Bees project, organized by Assoc. Prof Nancy Holmes, is hosting the...

KSS student wins big

Jun 23, 2017 / 6:00 pm

A Kelowna student has received over $90,000 in scholarships and transformed herself into a standout leader in her community. Jenita Poodwan co-founded the...

Evening Update June 23

Jun 23, 2017 / 3:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, June 23, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Guilty in large drug bust

Jun 23, 2017 / 12:56 pm

One man was convicted of five counts of drug trafficking while another was acquitted Friday, two and a half years after police busted a drug trafficking...

Castanet Kid Report

Jun 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

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

Lake continues slow drop

Jun 23, 2017 / 9:05 am

The Okanagan is expecting hot weather through the weekend, which is good news for those on the lakeshore. The level of Okanagan Lake continued its downward...

Caucus has been 'upbeat'

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Despite an extremely close provincial election that still hasn't produced a clear governing party, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick says the first week...

DNA links accused to scene

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

DNA evidence was brought up at the Jonathan Bacon murder trial Thursday, linking the accused to clothing believed to have been used by the gunmen who shot and...

Wages down, benefits up

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

One fewer pay period had a significant effect on the City of Kelowna's wage structure in 2016. The city paid out less in wages but more in benefits in 2016,...

At risk, protection lacking

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

A UBC Okanagan professor says species at risk in Canada are not being fully protected. A new study found that in many cases, Canada isn’t following...

Top chefs, urban flair

Jun 22, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Okanagan College junior chefs went on a shopping spree, Thursday. The food they scooped up at Urban Fare will be used to prepare hors d’oeuvres for guests...

Kelowna trio off to SHAD

Jun 22, 2017 / 7:15 pm

Three Kelowna students will attend prestigious SHAD programs this summer. A record 801 youth from coast to coast will take part in one of Canada's top...

Victim did have knife

Jun 22, 2017 / 6:45 pm

Evidence submissions in the manslaughter case against Cory Van Gilder wrapped up Thursday. Van Gilder was arrested almost five months after he punched...

Tourism boss steps down

Jun 22, 2017 / 6:00 pm

Tourism Kelowna is looking for a new CEO. Nancy Cameron, CEO of the tourism marketing association for the past 17 years, has resigned, and will be moving to...

Evening Update June 22

Jun 22, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, June 22, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Submerged boat in lake

Jun 22, 2017 / 4:53 pm

The beachfront in Kelowna isn't the only thing submerged in water. "The damage goes on. Note the 28-foot cabin cruiser that sank tonight,"...

Okanagan Sears safe

Jun 22, 2017 / 4:53 pm

Today's announcement by Sears to close 59 stores and eliminate about 2,900 jobs will not affect operations in the Okanagan. Sears outlets in Kelowna,...

Duking it out for charity

Jun 22, 2017 / 3:39 pm

Madkatz Boxing Club in Kelowna is promoting a live amateur boxing card August 12 and, along with the competitive bouts, the night will feature three round...

YLW crushing records

Jun 22, 2017 / 1:59 pm

Kelowna International Airport is breaking records month after month, with no end in sight. According to recent numbers, YLW has set new monthly passenger...

Floods postpone fireworks

Jun 22, 2017 / 12:44 pm

Kelowna's Canada Day celebrations will not end with the usual bang. The traditional fireworks show has been postponed to the BC Day long weekend due to high...

Thomson chosen speaker

Jun 22, 2017 / 12:35 pm

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m. New speaker Steve Thomson says he is not looking beyond his duties in the event of the Liberal government's defeat, and it would be up to...

What's up with parkade?

Jun 22, 2017 / 11:02 am

Finishing touches are being put on the new memorial parkade in downtown Kelowna. But, one of those has some people shaking their heads. What appears to be...

Ready for COPA takeoff

Jun 22, 2017 / 10:20 am

Flying enthusiasts and pilots from across the country will gather Friday and Saturday at Kelowna International Airport for the Canadian Owners and Pilots...

Lakes drop 2.1 cm

Jun 22, 2017 / 10:14 am

Both Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes saw dramatic drops in levels over the past 24 hours. Okanagan Lake dropped 2.1 centimetres since Wednesday morning. The level...

Keeping track of sandbags

Jun 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Since flooding began in early May, two million sandbags have been installed as part of the flood protection measures across the Central Okanagan. On Wednesday,...

Double dose of bad luck

Jun 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The couple who owns a mobile home destroyed by flames Tuesday evening in Kelowna have been living in Toronto, awaiting a lung transplant. Kory and Renee...