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Kelowna News Mar 4 to 10, 2018

Hope wings returns home

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:00 pm

'Give Hope Wings' departed from Kelowna International Airport on Jan. 2 on a journey of a lifetime, and after visiting 20 counties over 65 days they...

Iconic carving loses home

Mar 10, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Prior to Aug. 6, 1997, City Park looked very different than it does today. That afternoon, a windstorm tore through Kelowna, pulling down the majority of the...

Young minds at Inquiry Expo

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Some of the Central Okanagan brightest young minds will show off their imaginations at the Inquiry Expo today. The rebranded district science fair is a...

MLA recovers from surgery

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Seeing Steve Thomson pounding the pavement at various events in Kelowna the past few weeks, you would never know he recently underwent major surgery. The...

Traffic delays for dark fibre

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Motorists using Glenmore Road can expect some delays while the city installs another section of its dark fibre network. Work will begin Monday and affect the...

Top valley chefs team up

Mar 9, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A hall-of-fame chef in the Okanagan is leaving his position at Okanagan College to join one of the valley’s best-known culinary teams. Chef Bernard...

NDP bullish on BC wine

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:20 pm

The provincial government is putting its money behind the wine and food tourism industries in B.C. During a keynote address at the close of the BC Tourism...

'Bit of history' at blaze

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:11 pm

UPDATE: 4 p.m. Kelowna firefighters were pushed back by heavy smoke and dangerous fire activity at a Rutland house fire on Friday. Platoon Capt. Tim Light says...

Local sex assault connection

Mar 9, 2018 / 2:58 pm

Police in Manitoba say there may be a connection between an alleged sexual assault suspect and Kelowna. Ivan Valintine Cesnik, 57, was arrested in Calgary 10...

Castanet Kid Report

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Castanet's Kid Report with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Lives put at risk at YLW

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:47 pm

UPDATE: 12:47 p.m. Since Castanet published a report on a Cessna Citation safety issue at YLW earlier this week, we have since learned more about what is being...

Change the town 'forever'

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:13 pm

The District of Lake Country has been awarded $5 million in federal gas tax funding to complete a project that will “change the town forever.”...

Fore! Golf season is back

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:43 am

Golf season is back this weekend in the Okanagan – rain, shine or snow. The Golf Centre Driving Range on Benvoulin Road in Kelowna will open this...

Witness to Mexico gunfire

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:28 am

A Canadian with a vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has sent Castanet video of a brazen daytime robbery of what appears to be a jewelry store. The...

Vagina Monologues money

Mar 9, 2018 / 7:18 am

It may have started as a lark but the Vagina Monologues has grown to become a major talking point for women's issues and fundraiser for women's...

Santana shreds at Prospera

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Thousands of fans packed Prospera Place Thursday evening to hear the legendary Carlos Santana tear down the stadium. And he did just that. Santana, in his...

Dog left bloodied, injured

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna woman faces hundreds of dollars in vet bills after picking up her pet from a local kennel. The woman says she dropped her border collie, Morgan, off...

KSS threats 'not valid'

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:15 pm

Police were inundated with calls from concerned parents on Thursday evening after rumours started circling on social media about Kelowna Secondary School and a...

No anger before stabbing

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:26 pm

A woman who was helping decorate for a baby shower the night the new mother's spouse was stabbed to death told the court Thursday there had been no...

Women's time to thrive

Mar 8, 2018 / 4:42 pm

About 100 women and men braved the elements in Kelowna, Thursday, for a message of hope and empowerment. Her International, a charity that helps marginalized...

Kelowna cops get ruff

Mar 8, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Kelowna RCMP are teaming up with some four-legged friends. "Today is an introduction to our partnership with the University of British Columbia Okanagan...

Suspect still at large

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:11 pm

UPDATE 12:11 p.m. Still not many answers on an incident at a Kelowna coffee shop late Wednesday night. Kelowna RCMP tell Castanet they are continuing the...

Senior nabbed in drug bust

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:00 am

Three Kelowna residents are cooling their heels in a Saskatoon jail after being arrested earlier this week on drug charges. Those arrested include a 71-year-old...

Fire under investigation

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:45 am

UPDATE 8:44 a.m. A Kelowna automotive body shop in the 1800 block of Baron Rd. caught fire this morning at approximately 5:50 a.m. Three engines, a rescue unit,...

Health tax hitting hard

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:17 am

Municipalities across the Central Okanagan are going to be feeling the pinch from the new Employer Health Tax unveiled by the NDP government during last...

Celebrating women

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:17 am

The world is celebrating international women's day today. Several events are going on across the Okanagan today. The Okanagan College Students’ Union...

Pesticide season almost here

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:49 am

It may seem like summer is a long way off when you look out the window today but the City of Kelowna’s deadline to register for pesticide notification is...

Murder trial set for Nov.

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The murder trial for the Rutland man accused of killing a 32-year-old man on Highway 33 in 2014 will begin in November, almost five years after the alleged...

Cancel Hedley concert?

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

As accusations of sexual misconduct continue to mount against some members of the Canadian rock band Hedley, at least one venue has decided to cancel a planned...

Okanagan Top 10 - March

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Culture Vulture TV's Leanne Allen is back with another Okanagan Top 10 of must-do events for the month of March.

Man swarmed by youths

Mar 7, 2018 / 8:35 pm

RCMP are investigating after a man was struck and knocked to the ground by a group of boys on Monday. Police responded to a report of a fight in the 1100 block...

Towers planned next to mall

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A Vancouver-based developer wants to build a pair of highrise towers directly across the street from Orchard Park Shopping Centre. District Properties Group...

Mini, truck crash on Harvey

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:56 pm

Firefighters and RCMP are at the scene of a two vehicle collision in downtown Kelowna. The incident occurred at the intersection of Harvey Avenue and Ellis...

SD23 decision challenged

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:30 pm

School District 23 is being asked to revisit its decision to go ahead with grade reconfiguration on the Westside in September. Last week, the district's...

2 vehicles collide

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:23 pm

Emergency crews responded to a two vehicle collision on Wednesday in Lake Country. The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. near Oceola Road and Highway 97....

Local builders for JoeAnna's

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:30 pm

An Okanagan construction company will be building KGH’s JoeAnna’s House. JoeAnna’s House will provide short term accommodations for families...

Trapped deer freed

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:03 pm

While the Okanagan Sun's spring training camp is still a ways away, nine deer seemed eager to start the season, Wednesday morning. The City of Kelowna was...

'Blood poured out'

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. When two RCMP officers first arrived at 115 Gerstmar Rd. for reports of a stabbing, they found a very bloody scene. Const. Darcy Lawson...

Actress sues over 70 stitches

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:52 pm

A Canadian actress whose face was badly cut while shooting a horror film in Winnipeg is suing its producers over an injury she says has derailed her burgeoning...

Drone 'no-fly' zone at YLW

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:09 pm

RCMP and YLW have a message for amateur drone pilots – stay clear of YLW! The message comes after a potentially hazardous drone flight last month near...

Pot pies filled with love

Mar 7, 2018 / 1:15 pm

The Kelowna Women's Shelter was flush with pies Wednesday afternoon, thanks to Joey Kelowna restaurant. Staff at the local restaurant were hard at work for...

Give Hope Wings delayed

Mar 7, 2018 / 12:47 pm

A charity flight that left Kelowna International Airport on Jan. 2 won't be home until Friday, after an electrical issue caused a delay. "I lost most...

Big pot plant for Winfield

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:14 am

A multimillion-dollar renovation is underway at a Winfield building that will almost certainly house a cannabis grow operation. The property is located just...

UDI: New tax unfair penalty

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan chapter of the Urban Development Institute is taking the province to task over its controversial new speculation tax. The tax, introduced in last...

$2M in flood relief work

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Regional District of Central Okanagan expects to spend about $2 million on flood relief projects in regional parks this year. Regional district officials...

Tourism in the spotlight

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:36 pm

The B.C. tourism industry will use Kelowna as a backdrop when it begins three days of meetings Wednesday. The annual BC Tourism Industry Conference, hosted by...

MLA stands up for IH

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Interior Health claims the province's newly introduced employer health tax will result in a $3.3 million budget shortfall. The tax, introduced during last...

Killed before baby shower

Mar 6, 2018 / 1:43 pm

On the afternoon of March 11, 2016, Naomi Foureyes' friends and family helped decorate her Rutland home for her baby shower she planned to throw the...

Ella breaks ground

Mar 6, 2018 / 1:14 pm

Ground was officially broken on the latest highrise in downtown Kelowna Tuesday morning. Once complete, Ella will be a 20-storey mixed-use building at the...

Outdoor rink shut down

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:45 pm

It's time to hang up the ice skates, and lace up the roller skates. Kelowna's only outdoor skating rink officially shut down for the season as of 11...

Busting through goals!

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:33 am

This year's Strides To End Homelessness was a huge success raising more money than ever before. This year the event raised $54,776 and those who...

New tax a concern

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's mayor is concerned a proposed new speculation tax could have a negative effect on the city. Colin Basran says foreign investment has been a key...

Man sexually msgs girl, 14

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Residents are concerned after an alleged 50-year-old man living in Kelowna sent sexual messages to a 14-year-old girl. Tia Aelick said her sister was contacted...

"Music saved my life"

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Sean McCann, best known as a former singer of Great Big Sea, turned to alcohol to drown the trauma he saw at an early age. When he was 15-years-old, Sean McCann...

Award finalists named

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has unveiled finalists for the 43rd annual Civic and Community awards. The finalists were selected from dozens of nominations submitted for...

Close call at YLW

Mar 5, 2018 / 3:54 pm

UPDATE 2:05 p.m. A group of passengers are thanking their lucky stars this afternoon after their quick thinking pilot alerted firefighters about his brakes...

Helping out neglected dogs

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:54 pm

The Okanagan community is rallying around a group of neglected dogs seized from a property in Williams Lake. 20 of the 46 dogs are in Kelowna, the rest are in...

Jury selection for murder

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:01 pm

Jury selection process is underway for the trial of a man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing in Rutland. Waylon Percy Junior...

A warm week ahead

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:09 pm

Environment Canada has some good news to start off the week. The Okanagan should reach temperatures in the mid-single digits as early as Wednesday. "We...

Have your say on bikeshare

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:18 am

The City of Kelowna wants your input on where they should put new Dropbike havens. Bikeshare havens are locations where users can end their trips without...

Heart attack & rescue

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

A snowmobiler suffering from a heart attack was attended to by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue around 2 p.m. on Sunday after a SPOT emergency beacon was...

Kelowna man in top 100

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 pm

A Kelowna artist is getting recognized across Canada for his music. Twenty-three-year-old Shaedan Hawse has made it through to the top 100 in CBC’s...

Airlifted to KGH

Mar 4, 2018 / 2:29 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. One person is currently being transported to Kelowna General Hospital by an air ambulance after a trauma injury on Sunday. It is not clear the...

Castanet's week in review

Mar 4, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Serwa concussed in crash

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:05 am

A tough weekend for Kelowna's Olympic Gold Medalist Kelsey Serwa. She wasn't able to compete as the World Cup Ski Cross season resumed in Sunny Valley,...

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