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Kelowna News Feb 4 to 10, 2018

Shaping the heart of Wilden

Feb 10, 2018 / 12:00 pm

The developers of Kelowna’s Wilden neighbourhood are asking for public input into the commercial centre they plan to build. Located off Union Road,...

A sunny long weekend

Feb 10, 2018 / 11:45 am

Those in the Okanagan will be able to get a healthy dose of Vitamin D this long weekend, with mainly sunny weather expected through until Monday. Not a cloud...

Locals race at Olympics

Feb 10, 2018 / 8:30 am

The first Okanagan athletes to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games took to the slopes Saturday evening local time. Julia Ransom of Kelowna and...

Bacon trial length extended

Feb 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

The official end date of the Jonathan Bacon murder trial has been pushed back, as the current delay in the trial approaches its third month. Almost six years...

Family Day, family fun

Feb 9, 2018 / 4:30 pm

There are a number of fun Family Day events to captivate your attention this weekend in the Central Okanagan. Below is a list, in no particular order. On...

Ski hills pan holiday move

Feb 9, 2018 / 2:03 pm

Reaction comes swift and heavy from the ski industry to Friday's announcement that B.C. is moving its Family Day long weekend to fall in line with the rest...

Castanet Kid Report

Feb 9, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Castanet's Kid Report with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Art from the heart

Feb 9, 2018 / 12:41 pm

For the fourth year in a row, artists gathered in Kelowna to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This year's Art Attack event was held at...

Who cycles in winter?

Feb 9, 2018 / 10:58 am

All things considered, it was a pretty good day for Kelowna's Winter Bike to Work Day. This reporter took up the challenge and joined Kelowna's winter...

Arrested for shed squatting

Feb 9, 2018 / 10:40 am

Two homeless people were arrested Friday morning for allegedly squatting in a Kelowna shed. Just after 8 a.m., police responded to the 2200 block of Aberdeen...

Rollover on Hwy 33

Feb 9, 2018 / 9:40 am

UPDATE 9:38 a.m. Highway 33 is now open after a single vehicle rollover early this morning caused the highway to shutdown while emergency crews worked to clear...

Tech, aviation get boost

Feb 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

An announcement from the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training will give the aviation and tech industries a boost. A partnership between the...

Westcorp defends hotel

Feb 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Edmonton-based Westcorp is defending the new design of its proposed downtown Kelowna hotel. City planning staff are recommending council deny a new development...

Revitalizing our forests

Feb 8, 2018 / 7:30 pm

NDP cabinet ministers are putting the full court press on the Central Okanagan leading up to next week's Kelowna West byelection. Premier John Horgan was...

Bike to work - in winter?

Feb 8, 2018 / 6:30 pm

We may still be in the grips of winter, but that's not stopping a group of dedicated cyclists from taking part in Kelowna's annual winter Bike to Work...

Leaders to talk wine

Feb 8, 2018 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Two of B.C.'s three main party leaders will hit the Central Okanagan Friday. Newly elected Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson will be in...

New Okanagan boom crop

Feb 8, 2018 / 2:58 pm

For decades, Okanagan agriculture has been driven largely by its famous apple orchards. However, a growing portion of the valley’s agricultural land is...

Local biz leader dies

Feb 8, 2018 / 2:55 pm

A prominent Kelowna businessman has died suddenly. Joshua Zieske died unexpectedly earlier this week. He was 41. Zieske was one of three co-founders of Vineyard...

BCFGA take aim at deer

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:12 pm

Deer and wildlife continue to be a thorn in the side of orchardists up and down the Okanagan. A resolution will be brought to the floor of next week's B.C....

Pothole patrol flat out

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:02 pm

Kelowna's pothole patrols are working overtime to try to stay ahead of reports of tire-damaging road craters. "Staff received over 100 calls and online...

Ideas tackling homelessness

Feb 8, 2018 / 10:00 am

Innovators came together to collaborate and share their ideas on the current housing and homeless situation in Kelowna on Wednesday night. UBC Okanagan and...

Okanagan 'lucky' weather

Feb 8, 2018 / 8:28 am

The Okanagan is getting lucky as much of the Central and North Interior is getting hammered by snow and bad weather. Very different weather in the valley....

Big win at Big White

Feb 8, 2018 / 7:01 am

Vernon's Curt Minard picked up a second place finish in the overall Para-SBX Men’s Upper Limb World Cup standings, following Minard’s silver...

Kelowna spycams illegal?

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The provincial information and privacy commissioner is looking into Kelowna's use of closed circuit surveillance. In a memo released Wednesday, Drew...

Pothole plague

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

Thousands of pesky potholes are popping up on roads and highways around the Okanagan. The City of Kelowna has even launched a "report a pothole" web...

Hotel lacks 'sensitivity'

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A request to nearly double the allowable size of a proposed downtown Kelowna hotel does not sit well with city staff. Edmonton-based Westcorp is seeking a...

New brewery by summer

Feb 7, 2018 / 7:30 pm

Another microbrewery will join Kelowna’s burgeoning “brewery district” this summer when Vice and Virtue Brewing Company opens its doors on...

Cat caught by leg-hold trap

Feb 7, 2018 / 5:10 pm

A young cat recently limped back to its home in downtown Kelowna with a leg-hold trap clamped to its tiny leg. Nova's owner was outraged that someone would...

Threats made with machete

Feb 7, 2018 / 2:41 pm

Police responded to a landlord-tenant dispute involving threats of violence, with one of them brandishing a machete, at a Kelowna home Monday night. A...

Parking woes at college

Feb 7, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Students are growing fed up with the daily struggle to find parking at Okanagan College's Kelowna campus. Many say they are left circling the block for 20...

Predicting flood risks

Feb 7, 2018 / 12:16 pm

Research coming out of UBC Okanagan shows urban development in cities has an impact on flooding from heavy rainfall events. The recently published study found...

Steele to exit BCFGA

Feb 7, 2018 / 11:53 am

The B.C. Fruit Growers Association will have a new face at the helm when it holds its 129th annual convention next weekend in Kelowna. After four years as...

New aviation trades seats

Feb 7, 2018 / 10:40 am

New trades training seats are set to be announced at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark is scheduled to...

Waterplay's huge expansion

Feb 7, 2018 / 9:59 am

A major expansion at a Kelowna company’s manufacturing facility will allow Waterplay Solutions Corp. to pump out more products, meeting a growing global...

Potholes from hell

Feb 7, 2018 / 8:50 am

UPDATE: 8:52 a.m. The City of Kelowna wants your help to identify potholes around the city. Stephen Bryans, Roadway Operations Supervisor with the city, says...

Kelowna wins 1 in Mexico

Feb 7, 2018 / 8:32 am

It's not every day you hear about a Canadian team beating a Mexican team in soccer, let alone a team from Kelowna. A group of 18 soccer players from...

Teacher remembered fondly

Feb 7, 2018 / 7:17 am

UPDATE 7:17 a.m. Condolences have begun pouring in for a Rutland teacher who has passed away suddenly. Bonnie Gratz says "Sad day. My love to RSS students...

Gang member pleads guilty

Feb 6, 2018 / 6:18 pm

A man police described as a “veteran” Independent Soldier gang member pleaded guilty to several drugs and weapons charges Monday, more than three...

New Glenmore bus routes

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:36 pm

New transit routes will be introduced in September, connecting Glenmore and UBC Okanagan with downtown Kelowna and Orchard Park. The routes will coincide with...

Wild encounter on mtn

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:17 pm

A snowboarder at Big White claims to have encountered a wolf on a ski run Jan. 31, but management at Big White says it was most likely just a large dog....

Feisty shoplifter collared

Feb 6, 2018 / 3:17 pm

Public tips led to the arrest of a combative shoplifter in Kelowna. On Jan. 10, just after 4 p.m., a store loss prevention officer witnessed a man stealing...

Sheriff's charges challenged

Feb 6, 2018 / 2:00 pm

A recent constitutional ruling in a Surrey child luring case could impact a Kelowna case in which a Kamloops’ sheriff is charged with luring a person...

Tagger caught in the act

Feb 6, 2018 / 12:15 pm

A $500 reward is up for grabs after a man graffitied at least 10 buildings in downtown Kelowna. The suspect was caught on a Castanet security camera at 2:40...

Pot shops closed - for now

Feb 6, 2018 / 12:09 pm

While the province of B.C. has finally laid out a plan for marijuana once it's legalized, federal officials are now signaling that Bill C-45 will only come...

3 nights lost, dog found

Feb 6, 2018 / 11:58 am

Ollie made it home safe and sound Tuesday night – thanks to another dog's keen sense of smell. The Wheaton terrier went missing Friday when he bolted...

Missing man located

Feb 6, 2018 / 11:43 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 11:40 a.m. A man reported missing on Feb. 1 has been located. Kelowna RCMP confirm that 34-year-old Kelly MacLean is no longer considered...

Horse down? Call firefighter

Feb 6, 2018 / 7:57 am

"Anything happens, and people don't know how to deal with it, they call us," - Kelowna Platoon Capt. Scott Cronquist. On any given day, the life...

Pothole season comes early

Feb 6, 2018 / 6:31 am

If you believe the majority of groundhogs in North America we're still six weeks away from spring, but pothole season, it seems, is already here!...

Kelowna seeks $50M prize

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

What could the City of Kelowna do with $50 million, or $10 million? It hopes to find that out in the spring of next year. Kelowna will compete against other...

New plan pleases council

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

New drawings and a better explanation swayed much of city council to say yes to a new development on Kelowna's Central Green project. A decision on the...

Show some heart for kids

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's newest radio station is teaming up with one of B.C.'s oldest charities to support sick and special needs children. Okanagan Oldies 103.9 will...

Orchardist gets extra help

Feb 5, 2018 / 6:20 pm

A Kelowna cherry orchardist has won the right to increase the number of temporary farm workers housed on his property. City council unanimously approved an...

School bus demolition derby

Feb 5, 2018 / 3:37 pm

Two men have been arrested following the unlikely sight of a school bus demolition derby in Rutland overnight. The two were taken into custody after police...

More snow, rain ahead

Feb 5, 2018 / 1:10 pm

Winter isn't finished yet in the Okanagan. Environment Canada forecasts several days of showers and possible flurries this week. "We are still looking...

Fixing YLW parking, crowds

Feb 5, 2018 / 12:47 pm

Kelowna international airport broke passenger records for the second year in a row in 2017, as close to 1.9 million people passed through its doors. However, as...

Cougar in Kelowna

Feb 5, 2018 / 10:49 am

UPDATE 10:47 a.m. The Castanet reader who alerted us to a cougar sighting in East Kelowna indicates the cat may have crossed his yard around 6 a.m. this...

Discussing 'fake news'

Feb 5, 2018 / 10:44 am

How does fake news affect politics and democracy? An award-winning journalist is coming to Kelowna to discuss the phenomenon. Chantal Hebert, perhaps...

$1,500 reward for Ollie

Feb 5, 2018 / 10:38 am

Ollie's owners are worried and helpless, thousands of miles away, as their pet is missing. The Wheaton terrier went missing after he bolted while on a walk,...

Imagine, a new city OCP

Feb 5, 2018 / 9:10 am

The Imagine Kelowna project, scheduled to wrap up this spring, will serve as the springboard for an updated Official Community Plan and Transportation Master...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 4, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Crash on Hwy 97

Feb 4, 2018 / 10:13 am

Castanet is receiving reports of a vehicle incident on Highway 97 between Kelowna and Vernon Sunday morning. Emergency crews were called to the scene just after...

New face at fire hall

Feb 4, 2018 / 9:10 am

A new Deputy Chief Fire Prevention and Life Safety Officer will take over at the Big White Fire Department. Derek Henderson will take on the role later this...

Wrong turn, wrong plane

Feb 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Passengers travelling through Kelowna International Airport want access to more direct flights, and direct service to points overseas. That was the number one...

Best para boarders compete

Feb 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

The best para snowboarders in the world will descend on Big White next week. The Para World Cup snowboard finals will be held at the Kelowna ski hill Monday...

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