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It's hard landing on Mars

Jul 24, 2017 / 12:01 am

Here's why Mars's atmosphere makes successful landing rates much lower than landing on Venus, the moon, or Saturn's moon, Titan.

Smoke seen near dump

Jul 23, 2017 / 11:19 pm

Smoke filled the air on Sunday night form what appeared to be coming from the Glenmore dump. The smoke was first seen around 8:30 p.m. by a Castanet reader who...

Enderby Cliffs rescue

Jul 23, 2017 / 8:57 pm

A man suffered a suspected broken ankle while out with friends on the Enderby Cliffs Sunday afternoon and had to be rescued by Vernon Search and Rescue. A...

Body found in Mill Creek

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:10 pm

A 52-year-old man was found dead in Mill Creek Sunday morning. RCMP said a citizen noticed the body when they were out walking in the 1800 block of Marshall...

Close finish in Penticton

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:39 pm

The winner of the Challenge Penticton came from behind to win in dramatic fashion. The Challenge Penticton took place Sunday, with athletes from all over the...

Rescued from rocky ledge

Jul 23, 2017 / 4:45 pm

A climber who was injured in a tumble down an Alberta mountain has been rescued after spending the night on a rocky ledge. Kananaskis Country Public Safety...

Lightning on its way

Jul 23, 2017 / 3:24 pm

Wind and lightning are set to hit central and southern B.C. tonight, according to Navi Saini, fire information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service. ...

Vigil for murdered teen

Jul 23, 2017 / 1:52 pm

A vigil was held in Burnaby Saturday night to remember a 13-year-old girl who was found dead in a local park earlier in the week. The murder of Marrisa Shen is...

9 suffocate in truck

Jul 23, 2017 / 1:33 pm

UPDATED: 1:30 p.m. At least 9 people died after being crammed into the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer...

Sears in online trouble

Jul 23, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Sears Canada is facing a social media campaign calling for a boycott after the company said it planned on paying millions in bonuses to keep executives on board...

Hello, I'm in the trash chute

Jul 23, 2017 / 12:48 pm

A man looking for a dropped cellphone ended up in a stinky situation, tumbling into a building's trash chute where he had to be rescued. Washington, D.C....

Help Arbor Lee fire victims

Jul 23, 2017 / 12:31 pm

Organizers of a fundraiser for victims of the Arbor Lee apartment fire on July 10th are hoping more people show up this afternoon to contribute. The group has...

Boat but watch for planes

Jul 23, 2017 / 12:25 pm

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. The public once again has access to lakes in the Cariboo region, including Watson Lake, Lac La Hache, Williams Lake and Horse Lake. People...

Hundreds inked at show

Jul 23, 2017 / 12:00 pm

There's been a lot of colour at the 5th annual Okanagan Tattoo Show in Kelowna this weekend. Taking place at the Kelowna Curling Club, the show wraps up at...

Huge US wildfire slowed

Jul 23, 2017 / 11:20 am

Crews contending with triple-digit temperatures slowed the spread of an aggressive wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in a rural area of California near...

Tips for tough going

Jul 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

It has been a tough few months for tourism in the Okanagan. Firstly, there was flooding to deal with. The heavy snow pack, rainy spring, and warm temperatures,...

Wildfire closes another park

Jul 23, 2017 / 10:52 am

An active wildfire in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park has led BC Parks officials to halt all inbound traffic. The order is effective immediately and is an...

Mayor goes without

Jul 23, 2017 / 10:30 am

Lumby mayor Kevin Acton has gone without food or a comfortable bed all weekend to raise awareness for those who live in such circumstances most of time. Funds...

Dunkirk conquers box office

Jul 23, 2017 / 10:17 am

It's victory for "Dunkirk" at the box office this weekend. Studios on Sunday say the Christopher Nolan World War II epic earned an estimated $50.5...

Watching the holy site

Jul 23, 2017 / 10:07 am

Israel set up new security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site as officials consider alternatives to recently installed metal...

NS town fights for armoury

Jul 23, 2017 / 9:56 am

An emotional fight over an armoury in rural Nova Scotia could be a precursor of things to come for other small towns as the military moves to get rid of...

Working on fire guards

Jul 23, 2017 / 9:35 am

The weather has cooperated with crews fighting the wildfires in the Cariboo region and fireguards are being built around some of the more active fires,...

Man stable after stabbing

Jul 23, 2017 / 8:53 am

A charge is being recommended against a 19-year-old Kamloops woman over a stabbing in Kamloops Sunday morning. Kamloops RCMP were called to a disturbance in the...

Polygamy verdict due

Jul 23, 2017 / 7:48 am

A verdict is expected Monday in a trial of two former leaders of a fundamentalist church who are charged with polygamy. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Ann...

881 evacuees in Vernon

Jul 23, 2017 / 7:42 am

While 100 Mile House residents have begun the journey home, tens of thousands of B.C. residents remain on evacuation orders due to wildfires in their area. In...

Princeton: thanks firefighters

Jul 23, 2017 / 7:36 am

Residents returning home Saturday after an evacuation order was lifted for an area north of Princeton were shocked and relieved at what they found. The...

Team BC tops NAIG

Jul 23, 2017 / 7:08 am

Team BC has won the overall team title after a week of competition at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). Team BC competed in 13 sports and...

'Home Alone' dad dies

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:40 am

Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," has died. He...

Princes talk about Diana

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:35 am

It was a typical phone call between two boys and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief — the boys wanted to get back to playing with...

Crews fight garage fire

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:20 am

Kelowna firefighters fought a garage fire Saturday night at a residence on the 4800 block of Dillon Place. Crews were called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. when...

US deal on Russia sanctions

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Congressional Republicans and Democrats announced Saturday they had reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in...

Horoscope: July 23-29

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Overview for all signs: The new moon starts the week off on a fresh note in the sign of Leo. Personal, love and other heart matters take priority. There will...

Unsolved crimes: DLC

Jul 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers...

Rock the Sun

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

A band that bills itself as a hippy rock family band is slated to play in Penticton next week. Daring Greatly will be performing at Rock the Sun at Gyro Park on...

Evacuees' kids get boost

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Strong support for children who have been evacuated along with their parents this summer is available at the Emergency Social Services reception centre in...

Tinhorn Creek, Oliver

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the...

New look for Critteraid

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Critteraid Thrift Shop in Summerland has a new look. The charity thrift store funds everything the organization does, including a cat sanctuary that cares...

Central Green building up

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

A fourth development is set to go ahead at Kelowna's Central Green site. City council will be asked Monday to approve a development permit for a...

Art gallery gets support

Jul 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

This is the fourth in a monthly series featuring the charities and nonprofits recognized by Penticton’s 100 Women Who Care. Four times a year, the group...

Alberta's right united

Jul 23, 2017 / 4:55 am

Alberta's political landscape profoundly shifted Saturday as its two main conservative parties — enemies for a decade — overwhelmingly agreed to...

Power to issue pardons

Jul 23, 2017 / 4:54 am

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he has "complete power" to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian...

How caffeine works

Jul 23, 2017 / 12:01 am

Coffee, tea, pills, whatever — caffeine is caffeine, and its side effects are many (both positive and negative).

Jazz doggo

Jul 23, 2017 / 12:01 am

This dog is one cool cat.

Bull riding at speedway

Jul 22, 2017 / 9:24 pm

UPDATE: 8:08 a.m Results from Bull-A-Rama at the Penticton Speedway, Saturday night: Jr Steer Riding: $500 added money -1st place Tristan Rocco Dan from Mount...

Support for evacuees

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:58 pm

The federal government is promising more funding to support residents affected by raging wildfires in British Columbia as some of the thousands of people...

Hike rave happens

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:48 pm

Despite being told to switch locations, around 60 people went on a hike rave through the woods Friday night on Vancouver's North Shore. The hike was...

Sad mishap on toy run

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:20 pm

UPDATE: 6:51 p.m. Peter Kozak, the sports director for the Penticton legion, said about 68 bikers plus passengers participated in the ride. The day began with...

Grass fire quickly doused

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:02 pm

Fire crews rushed to a small grass fire in Rutland Saturday afternoon and managed to douse it before it caused any significant damage. The fire burned a small...

Dog killed by coyotes

Jul 22, 2017 / 3:11 pm

A small dog has been attacked and killed by a group of coyotes while out with its owner outside of Squamish. According to the Conservation Officer Service with...

One big party downtown

Jul 22, 2017 / 3:00 pm

The streets of downtown Kelowna were filled with thousands of people enjoying games, music, food and entertainment at the 28th annual Downtown Kelowna Block...

100 Mile going home

Jul 22, 2017 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. Residents of 100 Mile House are going home, after the evacuation order covering the north end of Lac La Hache south to the entire District of...

Still searching for Sophie

Jul 22, 2017 / 1:44 pm

The search for a missing woman near Agassiz continues. Search and rescue teams from across the Fraser Valley are working with RCMP as they search Statlu Lake...

Concern over winds

Jul 22, 2017 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE 1:40 p.m. As opposed to the chaos of leaving, no problems have been reported as people return to their homes in Princeton following a wildfire evacuation...

Essence of great leadership

Jul 22, 2017 / 1:00 pm

By Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie What are the 10 qualities that make a great leader, and a more human one, too? What are the attitudes and attributes...

Beaches cleaned up

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:52 pm

Debris from area lakes has been removed at two popular beaches. What was once strewn with logs, sticks and other items, the beaches at Kin Beach and Paddlewheel...

Another pride march for PM

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:18 pm

Throngs of people lined the streets of downtown Halifax Saturday to see a sitting prime minister walk in the city's Pride parade for the first time. The...

Climbing accident takes life

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:17 pm

"It is with heavy and aching hearts we announce the sudden passing of Thomas (Tom) Padmore on July 15, 2017," wrote Tom's mother, Carol, and his...

Castanet's week in review

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Whale rescues put on hold

Jul 22, 2017 / 11:20 am

A whale rescue team can only look on helplessly as an entangled right whale struggles to free itself. Whale rescue groups are still waiting for the green light...

Rescuers need rescuing

Jul 22, 2017 / 10:54 am

Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes. That happened in the marshes of Hilton Head Island when a rescue airboat tried to help two kayakers who had gotten...

90 in hospital after concert

Jul 22, 2017 / 10:39 am

Police in Connecticut say more than 90 people were hospitalized during a concert featuring Chance the Rapper. Authorities say many were taken to hospitals for...

Ticket leads to assault

Jul 22, 2017 / 10:34 am

Toronto police say a 27-year-old man was charged with assault after he allegedly threatened and chased down a parking enforcement officer with his car....

Ready for a challenge

Jul 22, 2017 / 10:15 am

Hannah McRorie was seeking new challenges this summer, and she found them in Vernon. McRorie, of 249 Beausejour Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Beausejour,...

Targeted shooting in Surrey

Jul 22, 2017 / 9:16 am

There has been more gun play in Surrey. Surrey RCMP responded to a number of 911 calls of shots fired in the 12300 Block of Pattullo Place at approximately...

Rain and smoke today

Jul 22, 2017 / 8:37 am

While rain is not typically desired during an Okanagan summer, it is being embraced by many this time. With wildfires in various parts of the province,...

Cyclist scammer charged

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:57 am

Fraud and public mischief charges have been laid against a man who said he was severely injured by barbed wire that was strung across a mountain biking trail...

Summer's a magical season

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:35 am

Summer is all about simple pleasure and new adventures. Winter is more about routine and the comfort of everyday life, and spring and fall are about the...

'It's a really big deal'

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:17 am

A transgender inmate in British Columbia has won a years-long battle to serve the remainder of her sentence for first-degree murder at a women's prison....

Out-of-this-world event

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:59 am

The total eclipse coming in August has regional tourism skyrocketing, with many hotels already booked from southern Kentucky to Nashville. Clarksville,...

Two killed in earthquake

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:43 am

Hundreds of people on the eastern Greek island of Kos have spent the night sleeping outdoors after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly...

More troops in West Bank

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:37 am

Israel's military sent more troops to the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an...

Mission Creek Clean up

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:20 am

Kokanee salmon will soon return to a cleaner home in Mission Creek. Starting Monday, July 24, BC Ministry of Environment crews will start cleaning the spawning...

Looking after animals

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:19 am

The BC SPCA is ramping up efforts to help animals displaced by the ongoing wildfires in the Cariboo region. Evacuees have concerns about pets and livestock that...

Strong winds forecast

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:13 am

Federal officials visiting wildfire-affected communities in British Columbia are expected to give an update today on the state of the response. Members of a...

"Muslimized Europe"

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:10 am

European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," Hungary's anti-migration...

28 sentenced to death

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:05 am

An Egyptian court has sentenced 28 people to death for their involvement in the assassination of the country's prosecutor general in 2015. Saturday's...

Top cop coming to tattoo

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

The fourth annual Okanagan Military Tattoo is one week away, and a high-ranking member of the RCMP will attending. Assistant Commissioner Brenda...

Unsolved crimes: West Kel

Jul 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers...

Adam Scorgie talks docs

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna documentary producer Adam Scorgie was in the Okanagan earlier this week. During his visit, he sat down with Castanet reporter Wayne Moore to discuss his...

Burning at record pace

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The province has lost more timber to wildfires to this point in 2017 than over the previous four years. Since the start of the current fire season, 700...

Care for evacuees' pets

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Evacuees from the wildfire in B.C.'s interior are not the only ones getting help this week at the Penticton Community Centre. The Animal Lifeline Emergency...

Sandbags headed to landfill

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Sand has been working overtime in the Okanagan this year. About two million sandbags were distributed from Peachland up to Lake Country this spring, as...

Teens trashing Queen's Park

Jul 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Skaha School Board is struggling to clean up a constant mess left behind at Queen’s Park Elementary. Debbie Wipf says her daughter has been...

Mowing on autopilot

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:01 am

If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.

Total solar eclipse is big

Jul 22, 2017 / 12:01 am

Here's why a total solar eclipse is such a big deal

Mustang and SUV collide

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:03 pm

A white Mustang and a black SUV collided on Harvey and Cooper just after 9:45 p.m. Emergency crews are on scene. It is unknown if there are any injuries at this...

Highway 3 reopened

Jul 21, 2017 / 8:34 pm

An estimated time of opening is currently not available; Next update is at 8:30 p.m.

Off limits for public safety

Jul 21, 2017 / 8:15 pm

The BC Wildfire Service wants to remind the public that access to Williams Lake, Watson Lake, Lac La Hache and Horse Lake has been restricted since July 14....

Death in Salmon Arm

Jul 21, 2017 / 8:00 pm

RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service with its investigation into the death of a 56-year-old Salmon Arm man, however they do not believe foul play was...

More honours for Louie

Jul 21, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Town of Oliver is honouring Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band with the “Freedom of the Municipality.” The honour is for citizens...

Jailed for coke, heroin, meth

Jul 21, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A 33-year-old father-to-be will be serving a three-year jail sentence when his child is born for trafficking large amounts of five different types of drugs in...

Water cops watching you

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Rutland Waterworks are taking the unusual step of sending out water cops to ensure citywide sprinkling regulations are adhered to. In a news release sent out by...

Home Depot delivers

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:15 pm

Kelowna and West Kelowna Home Depot Stores have raised $40433 for local youth through the Orange Door Campaign. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs will use the...

Hoping for more rain

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:39 pm

A prolonged downpour is needed to put a dent in the 167 fires burning across B.C. as of Friday. Up to 15 millimetres of rain fell in parts of the province on...

Evac orders to be lifted

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:33 pm

Residents forced from their homes by a wildfire burning north of Princeton will be allowed to return on Saturday morning. Most of the mandatory evacuation...

Punches grizzly in the nose

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:11 pm

A B.C. man's beachcombing trip turned into a harrowing fight for survival against a grizzly bear that flailed him around "like a puppet." Randal...

Merger weekend in Alta?

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:59 pm

Alberta's political landscape faces a potentially seismic shift this weekend as two right-of-centre parties vote on whether to join forces to try to defeat...

Evening Update July 21

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, July 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Quick action stops fire

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:35 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue saved the day once again. Crews were called to an apartment block in the 2300 block of 36th Street at around 10:30 a.m. Friday. Deputy Fire...

Unresponsive male found

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:30 pm

Emergency crews filled Penticton’s Gyro Park Friday afternoon, after an unresponsive male was found in the public washrooms. Police, fire and ambulance...

Murder suspects arrested

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:15 pm

Vancouver police have arrested two people in relation to a Lower Mainland homicide earlier this year. Surrey RCMP and the Vancouver Police Emergency Response...

"Complete devastation"

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:13 pm

A chimney and a cinder block wall is all that's left standing among rubble that was a house Miki Crawford and her family called home for 22 years after a...

Free concert with Pikes

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:09 pm

Relive your youth at a free, outdoor concert this weekend in Kelowna. If the music of the late 1980s and early '90s gets your motor running, check out The...

Van T-boned on highway

Jul 21, 2017 / 3:16 pm

A T-bone collision slowed traffic on Highway 97 in Peachland Friday afternoon. A van was hit by a pickup at Highway 97 and Princeton Road about 2 p.m. A...

Fire decimates Loon Lake

Jul 21, 2017 / 3:14 pm

The ground is barely cool, but residents of one tiny Cariboo community are vowing to rebuild. On July 13, a wildfire roared through Loon Lake, destroying...

Turner VW joins the club

Jul 21, 2017 / 3:12 pm

Kelowna's Turner Volkswagen has joined an exclusive club, after being recognized as one of the best Volkswagen dealerships in the country. The dealership...

Mayor's extortion charges

Jul 21, 2017 / 3:05 pm

The mayor of Thunder Bay, Ont., was charged with extortion and obstructing justice Friday, almost two months after the Northern Ontario city's police chief...

Lightning sparks more fires

Jul 21, 2017 / 3:01 pm

Lightning that rolled through parts of the B.C. Interior Thursday evening sparked a number of small fires throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. Six...

Truswell home in the clear

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:59 pm

Bud Truswell can breathe a little easier now. His home on Truswell Road, near the mouth of Mission Creek, has been removed from an evacuation alert....

Stop crime before it starts

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:50 pm

The Vancouver Police Department says it will be the first in Canada to start using a new crime-prediction model that could stop crimes before they happen. The...

Marketing marijuana

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:45 pm

Sixteen of Canada's licensed marijuana producers have enlisted the help of Advertising Standards Canada to develop guidelines on how the drug should be...

Province will probe wildfire

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:40 pm

The Penticton Fire Department has handed over the scene of Thursday's brush fire in West Bench to the RCMP and B.C. Wildfire Service. Deputy Chief Chris...

Shooting victim dies

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:26 pm

UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. RCMP say the victim in a Chilliwack shooting has died from his injuries and that the attack appears to be targeted. Police responded to the...

First cadets graduate

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:10 pm

The first group of cadets to arrive at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre have graduated from their two-week general training course. The youngest cadets, usually...

Markin twins challenge College alumni to support next generation of learners

Jul 21, 2017 / 1:38 pm

Allison and Quentin Markin have launched a donation-matching challenge to alumni of Okanagan College to help raise $20,000 towards the College’s new child...

Toronto's battle over stairs

Jul 21, 2017 / 1:19 pm

The City of Toronto has taken down a set of stairs built in a park by a local man who took it upon himself to help area residents get down a steep embankment....

Kenny Shields dead at 69

Jul 21, 2017 / 1:09 pm

Kenny Shields, the brash lead singer of Canadian rock band Streetheart who swaggered across the country's stages for decades, died of heart failure Friday....

Cop cleared in shooting

Jul 21, 2017 / 1:06 pm

An RCMP officer on Vancouver Island has been cleared of any potential wrongdoing following a fatal shooting two years ago. The Independent Investigations Office...

Draining drug crisis budget

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:59 pm

The City of Vancouver says it will ask council to approve an additional $600,000 in spending on the opioid crisis as officials estimate more than 400 people...

Cornell's widow reaches out

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Chris Cornell's widow Vicky reached out to Chester Bennington's bereaved wife in an emotional social media post. Chester's death aged 41 in a...

Who started the fire?

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:32 pm

Police have set up a tip line to find out who started last weekend's devastating wildfire in Okanagan Centre. RCMP continue to investigate the blaze, which...

Developer: Get on with it

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:20 pm

The developer behind a controversial seniors development in Summerland is pushing district council to get on with it, and schedule a public hearing for their...

No fires allowed in parks

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:06 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue Services is reminding people fires of any sort are not allowed in any area parks. VFRS issued a notice that campfires and fire appliances...

Bieber banned from China

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China due to his "bad behavior" on and off stage. The Canadian popstar heads to Asia later this year...

More evacuees arrive

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:57 am

Wildfire evacuees keep coming. Vernon Emergency Social Services (ESS) reception centre registered 79 evacuees from the Cariboo region Thursday, bringing to 861...

Okanagan workers earn less

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:56 am

It doesn’t matter what your job is – if you live in the Thompson-Okanagan, you’re probably getting paid less than the majority of your peers...

Tourney forced out for 2018

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:50 am

One of the top midget hockey tournaments in Canada has been forced to the sidelines for at least one year. The Kelowna International Major Midget Tournament...

Kevin Hart allegations false

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

Kevin Hart has hit back at rumors he cheated on pregnant wife Eniko Parrish, labelling them "absolutely not true". The 38-year-old actor found himself...

Castanet's Kid Report

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

Stolen boat ruins summer

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:13 am

The summer is not going the way Kelsey Basnett had planned. The Vernon native who now lives in Calgary had plans of spending time on local lakes with her...

PM: Don't bash me abroad

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:05 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took aim at the cross-border Conservative campaign lambasting him for a generous federal payout to Omar Khadr, saying...

Hwy 97 opens after crash

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:02 am

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. The Oliver RCMP is confirming serious injuries in a crash that left Highway 97 closed along Vaseux Lake this morning. “A car travelling...

Canadian jets not over Syria

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:01 am

Canadian military aircraft involved in the fight against Islamic State militants have not flown in Syria for the past few weeks. While the aircraft have flown...

Dads do daughters' hair

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

Dads and grandpas learned the basics of hair styling Thursday night, giving their daughters and granddaughters new dos in the process. MC College, a...

Butt heads don't get It

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

It is more than alarming that a small group of people, butt tossers, can willingly inflict so much damage and destruction on innocent people and communities. I...

New trial date set for Borba

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:51 am

A new trial date has been set for an Oliver man who successfully appealed his conviction for sexual offences against a minor. Tyrone Borba will have a new trial...

Sean Spicer resigns

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:33 am

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump's embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his...

Bennington widow targeted

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:30 am

Chester Bennington's widow Talinda has reportedly been targeted by a hacker who posted sick messages on her Twitter account just hours after her...

Get your hockey fix

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:07 am

Just because it's summer doesn't mean hockey fans can't get their fix. SilverStar Mountain Resort is holding its annual road hockey tournament...

RT students helping others lead healthier lives

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:06 am

You won’t find them napping at their summer jobs, even if those jobs are at TRU’s Sleep Centre. Rather, they’re wide awake and alert because...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of July 21, 2017. Sean...

Darknet mastermind dead

Jul 21, 2017 / 9:56 am

American authorities say a 25-year-old Canadian man accused of masterminding the world's leading "darknet" internet marketplace has hanged himself...

Residents douse grass fire

Jul 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

Residents living in the 6800 block of Cameo Drive put out a small fire before it had a chance to become a big fire. Vernon Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Scott...

Halle Berry downs bourbon

Jul 21, 2017 / 9:45 am

Halle Berry thrilled fans and her Kingsman: The Golden Circle castmates as she glugged down bourbon during a panel chat at Comic-Con on Thursday. The Oscar...

Police swarm campus

Jul 21, 2017 / 9:29 am

Vancouver's Langara College was locked down Thursday night after a student was allegedly robbed at gunpoint. Police swarmed the campus about 8:30 p.m. No...

Mike Shinoda shattered

Jul 21, 2017 / 9:01 am

Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda has been left "shocked and heartbroken" by the death of bandmate Chester Bennington. The singer, 41, reportedly...

Princeton 90% contained

Jul 21, 2017 / 8:20 am

Fire crews working on a wildfire northeast of Princeton have now reached 90 per cent containment. Fire information officer Brent Zbaraschuk says the northeast...

Lake nears normal level

Jul 21, 2017 / 7:30 am

Since Okanagan Lake reached historic highs back in early June, the level of the lake has fallen dramatically. It's fallen 61 centimetres since reaching a...

US to ban N. Korea travel

Jul 21, 2017 / 7:02 am

The Trump administration will ban American citizens from travelling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto...

Audi recalls widen

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:59 am

German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival...

Gas prices down, food up

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:53 am

The annual pace of inflation slowed once again last month as lower gasoline and electricity prices helped offset higher costs in most other categories,...

Fined for lemonade stand

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:50 am

A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention after being fined for selling lemonade outside. Andre Spicer said his five-year-old...

Sears liquidation sales begin

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:46 am

Liquidation sales at 54 Sears Canada Inc. locations began Friday, a process the company hopes will help it emerge from creditor protection later this year. The...

50 homes destroyed

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:41 am

The town of Mariposa, with its century-old saloons and covered sidewalks, normally bustles with summer visitors on their way to Yosemite National Park, but the...

Salvador Dali paternity test

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:37 am

Officials in Spain say that hair, nails and two long bones have been removed from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity...

More evac orders lifted

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:30 am

As residents continue to return home in the Cache Creek area, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District downgraded several more evacuation orders Thursday night....

Emergency hits 2 weeks

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:05 am

Today marks two weeks since raging wildfires that have displaced thousands of British Columbians forced the province to call a state of emergency. On Wednesday,...

Good Girl Gone Bad

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

The Okanagan Tattoo Show begins this evening and will run for the entire weekend. 115 tattoo artists from across Canada and some from Mexico will all gather at...

Unsolved crimes: Kelowna

Jul 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers...

Child dies in farm accident

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:58 am

RCMP say a seven-year-old girl has died of injuries she suffered when her leg was severed by a farm tractor that struck her as she played in a hay field in...

Who has say on pipeline?

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:54 am

A Federal Court of Appeal judge has ruled the National Energy Board must reconsider whether a proposed TransCanada Corp. natural gas pipeline in B.C. falls...

Evacuee must-knows

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:47 am

Emergency Management B.C. is providing evacuees with steps on how to make the transition back home easier and more safe. Local authorities may have planned...

What to do with retardant

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Dozens of former evacuees met in Winfield Thursday night, to learn about their next steps moving on from the devastating Okanagan Centre wildfire and to learn...

Highland's days numbered

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Penticton says the Highland Motel’s days are numbered, and nearby residents won’t need to worry about the building much longer....

Officers hunting campfires

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Conservation officers are "searching night and day" for people who are trying to "get away" with having a campfire, according to...

Tax on a tax remains

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A local politician's effort to end a federal tax on B.C.'s carbon tax has come to naught. Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers launched a parliamentary...

Helping VJH help others

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Troye Campbell is trying to do what the provincial government isn't. Campbell has launched a Gofundme page in the hopes of raising $50,000 for Vernon...

There's been a break in

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:01 am

The real burglar exited through the broken door. That was just escapegoat.

The loudest sound ever

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:01 am

What's the loudest sound that's ever been heard? Well, it was heard from thousands of miles away from the initial origin, as any sound so loud heard up...

Exploring the identity of BC wine territory

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:00 am

Appreciating the British Columbia wine territory, an “exhibit trail” experience at several wineries, kicked off this month and will run until the end of...

Kaleden couple gives back

Jul 20, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Giving back to the community just comes naturally to Sue and Tom Kelly. The Kaleden couple have mirrored their lengthy support of nonprofit organizations by...

This coffee really has perk

Jul 20, 2017 / 7:55 pm

A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited. Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its...

Quake rattles the Aegean

Jul 20, 2017 / 7:53 pm

A powerful earthquake shook the Greek island of Kos early Friday morning, damaging several buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing...

Oinkers on the loose

Jul 20, 2017 / 7:49 pm

Thousands of people have been displaced by wildfires in British Columbia, but the flames have also forced livestock left behind to flee beyond their enclosures....

Out of the house, at the fest

Jul 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

Some of the most infamous house guests from last season’s Big Brother Canada will be outside rather than inside this August at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots...

Poll: income assistance

Jul 20, 2017 / 7:08 pm

B.C. Premier John Horgan announced today the government is ending a freeze on income assistance rates. Beginning with the Sept. 20, 2017 cheque, people on...

How far can you spit a pit?

Jul 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A banner event of the Naramata Community Market returns next week. The annual cherry pit spitting contest will take place at the market at Wharf Park on...

Nicola evac order changes

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:53 pm

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued a new evacuation alert east of Little Fort and partially or fully rescinded two evacuation orders in the East...

West Kelowna opens parks

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:30 pm

The City of West Kelowna has opened up several parks that have been closed the past few months due to flood concerns. Parks have opened as crews remove sandbags...

3-car crash closes highway

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:27 pm

A serious three-car collision closed the Trans-Canada Highway east of Sorrento Thursday afternoon. The crash happened about 4 p.m., near the Blind Bay golf...

Frozen pork falls from sky

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:08 pm

Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards. But that's what happened at 4 a.m. Saturday when a 15-pound bag of frozen pork landed on the...

City closes Fortis trail

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:57 pm

Due to extremely dry conditions and public safety, the Fortis pipeline right-of-way between Barnhartvale and Rose Hill is closed to public access until further...

Moviemaker returns home

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:45 pm

Peachland moviemaker Andrew Huculiak has returned home to film his second dramatic feature. I'm Not A Bad Person is set to begin filming Aug. 15. The movie...

Respecting all cultures

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:30 pm

A week of free activities and educational events will fill RespectFest in Vernon this September. Funded through a Canada 150 grant marking the nation's...

Cariboo evacuees waiting

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Pauline and Heinz Weigelt were evacuated from their home in 108 Mile House two weeks ago and still have no idea when they can go back. The couple, who...

Evening Update July 20

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, July 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

West Nile risk increases

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:50 pm

As summer temperatures increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. The risk of getting the virus is highest from the end of July through August. West Nile...

Cigarette butt started fire

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:45 pm

Kamloops firefighters acted quickly to extinguish a grass fire they believe was started from a discarded cigarette Wednesday. The fire was extremely close to...

Water restrictions in place

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:42 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan has taken water restrictions to the next level. Stage 1 outdoor water use restrictions are now in place. Residents and...

New twin rink suggested

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:33 pm

Six months after its first meeting, Penticton’s arena task force has announced a vision for the community's areas. Out of the four options unveiled...

Girl's death a homicide

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Police are now calling the suspicious death of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen a homicide. Shen's body was discovered in Burnaby's Central...

Rain slows fires, for now

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:15 pm

Rain is a welcome sight for many Thursday, giving a momentary relief to the current wildfire situation across the province. The area near Williams Lake...

Amateur flip-flop firefighter

Jul 20, 2017 / 3:42 pm

While the Penticton Fire Department battled a brush fire on the West Bench this morning, a local man in his sandals was engaged in his own frantic fight against...

Fire 'completely out'

Jul 20, 2017 / 3:42 pm

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. At about 2:30 p.m. residents that were evacuated from Westwood Drive were allowed to return to their homes. The fire is completely out, but...

Lots of road work going on

Jul 20, 2017 / 3:26 pm

As the busy tourist season reaches a crescendo, motorists might want to plan alternate routes as city crews will be digging up several streets over the coming...

Sports streaming launches

Jul 20, 2017 / 3:20 pm

Looking to capture the growing number of consumers cutting their cable cord, DAZN has launched a sports streaming service in Canada. And DAZN (pronounced Da...

Working to get them home

Jul 20, 2017 / 2:55 pm

Several government groups are working towards the safe return home for residents currently on evacuation order in the Cariboo region. The District of 100 Mile...

Donations now available

Jul 20, 2017 / 2:49 pm

Evacuees finding refuge in Vernon are able to access donations at the Salvation Army House of Hope. Evacuees from the Cariboo region can stop by the centre,...

101 butts in park

Jul 20, 2017 / 2:34 pm

Please don't smoke in Vernon area provincial parks, urges a local environmental group. The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park feel some people just...

Income assistance going up

Jul 20, 2017 / 2:20 pm

Just two days on the job and the new NDP government in B.C. is making good on an election promise. Premier John Horgan announced today the government is ending...

Woman coaxed from lake

Jul 20, 2017 / 2:07 pm

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk of the Southeast District RCMP says police were called to the Summerland Beach RV and Campground for a report of a...

More military join the fight

Jul 20, 2017 / 1:57 pm

The federal government is sending 225 additional Canadian Armed Forces members to help on the ground in British Columbia, where more than 45,000 people remain...

Ship noise hurting orcas?

Jul 20, 2017 / 1:47 pm

A program led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will examine how endangered southern resident killer whales respond to slower vessel speeds and reduced...

Victim 'kind, caring man'

Jul 20, 2017 / 1:20 pm

Teresa Bartz can't believe anyone would want to hurt her brother. But, on Wednesday, Willie Bartz was found dead in his apartment at Sun Dance Suites....

Missing hiker found dead

Jul 20, 2017 / 1:15 pm

A hiker has been found dead near Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island. The 22-year-old went missing Wednesday night in Koksilah River Provincial Park. Search and...

Massive waterspout spotted

Jul 20, 2017 / 1:09 pm

A massive waterspout was spotted Thursday in the Strait of Georgia. The spout, estimated by the Coast Guard to be 200 metres wide, was seen near Lasqueti...

Evacuees to meet tonight

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:54 pm

Okanagan Centre residents impacted by last weekend's wildfire are invited to a meeting tonight at Winfield Memorial Hall. The meeting concerns the impact of...

Triathlons need volunteers

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:50 pm

Volunteers are desperately needed for Challenge Penticton and ITU Multi Sport World Championship Festival being held this weekend and in August. The Challenge...

Catches fire in seconds

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:49 pm

A discarded cigarette butt can cause serious damage – in seconds. Firefighters in Vancouver conducted a demonstration showing just how fast a flicked butt...

Resort clears out, fire rages

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:45 pm

A popular Rocky Mountain resort in Banff National Park is being cleared of guests so that crews can fight a wildfire raging in the nearby backcountry. Sunshine...

R. Kelly petition launched

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:45 pm

A new online petition has been set up by activists hoping to persuade Sony Music bosses to drop R. Kelly following allegations suggesting the singer is running...

Linkin Park frontman dead

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:34 pm

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los...

Man dies in donation bin

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:32 pm

Police in Calgary say foul play was not involved in the death of a man whose body was discovered in a clothing donation bin. A passerby saw the body sticking...

'Jet-set monk' is back

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:21 pm

A former monk known for a jet-setting lifestyle was back in Thailand on Thursday after he was extradited from the United States, where he fled to escape charges...

Bear pays brief visit

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:06 pm

A black bear walked right through a townhouse complex in Kelowna, Thursday. The bear trundled through the Glen Valley development near Boynton Place just off...

OJ granted parole

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:02 pm

O.J. Simpson has been granted parole after more than eight years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas. A Nevada parole board...

Bathtubs ahoy!

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Bathtubs, bathtubs, bathtubs – now even better for spectators. The third annual Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race, hosted by the Summerland Yacht Club in support...

Iggy Azalea denies implants

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Iggy Azalea has again denied she has had bottom implants but admitted to getting her boobs done. The Fancy rapper's shapely bottom has long been the subject...

NDP stamp on Crown corps

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:53 am

British Columbia Premier John Horgan is moving quickly to put the New Democratic Party stamp on the province's Crown corporations and government...

Stowaways in container

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:39 am

Four men found in a shipping container at the Port of Montreal were dehydrated and likely had been in the storage unit for many days, authorities said Thursday....

Launches to open to boaters

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:38 am

Get ready for those motor boats on local lakes now that flood water has receded. The District of Coldstream has announced that its Kalavista boat launch on...

Fort Mac rebuild going fast

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:38 am

The federal housing agency says rebuilding efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta., are going faster than expected, with reconstruction underway on one-third of the...

Tobacco battle drags on

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:32 am

A 16-year battle in British Columbia will drag on a little longer as the province fights to recover billions of dollars in health-care costs linked to...

Firefighters host BBQ

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:31 am

As if rushing out to raging fires was not enough for the community, members of North Westside Fire Rescue want to make people dinner. The volunteer firefighters...

La boheme playing Kelowna

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:25 am

Opera Kelowna presents Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, August 18 & 19, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre. One of the world’s...

Lightning sparks small fires

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:17 am

A brief storm rolled through portions of the Southern Interior Wednesday evening, sparking some small fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre. Fire information...

Princeton 80% contained

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:16 am

The wildfire burning northeast of Princeton is now 80 per cent contained. Fire information officer Brent Zbaraschuck says crews had a great day on the lines...

Charlize Theron smitten

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:15 am

Charlize Theron is dating again after finding romance with "a really cool dude", who took her on a midnight hike. The 41-year-old, who broke off her...

Banking on dissent

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

The governing Liberals can bank on opposition, at least from this area, over plans for credit unions. In last week’s report, I raised the fact that Ottawa...

Kevin Hart cheating rumours

Jul 20, 2017 / 10:30 am

Kevin Hart has laughed off claims he cheated on his pregnant wife Eniko Parrish. The Get Hard star found himself at the center of allegations he was unfaithful...

Chocolate flambe on hwy

Jul 20, 2017 / 10:02 am

Traffic on a major highway in England has been disrupted for hours after a truck laden with chocolate bars burst into flames. Drivers faced long delays after...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jul 20, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of July 20, 2017. Jody Wayne...

Hidden city flight hack

Jul 20, 2017 / 9:54 am

When Kevin, a Toronto-based entrepreneur, travels to San Francisco for work, he often books a flight to Santa Ana, Calif., instead. Then he disembarks the plane...

Pinkett Smith dealt drugs

Jul 20, 2017 / 9:45 am

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith was a drug dealer when she first met late rapper Tupac Shakur. The Matrix Reloaded star has always maintained she befriended the...

Sheeran paying no attention

Jul 20, 2017 / 9:03 am

Ed Sheeran couldn't care less about criticism of his cameo in the Game of Thrones season seven premiere. The Shape of You hitmaker surprised viewers of the...

Semi hits cow, then house

Jul 20, 2017 / 8:25 am

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a collision which caused severe damage to a home along Highway 97A in Armstrong early Thursday morning...

Luring charge stayed

Jul 20, 2017 / 7:05 am

A child luring charge against a former B.C. school principal has been stayed. Jason Obert, 38, was the target of a Creep Catchers sting in Abbotsford in...

Tangled sea lion freed

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:56 am

A tangled sea lion has been freed from marine debris near Tofino. Vancouver Aquarium says a rescue crew saved the adult female Steller sea lion earlier this...

Sears teams with Amazon

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:44 am

Sears will begin selling Kenmore appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. The...

Child struck by combine

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:41 am

A nine-year-old girl is in critical condition after being struck by farming equipment in rural Nova Scotia. RCMP Sgt. Terry Miller says the child was playing in...

Rogers income up 35%

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:39 am

Rogers Communications is reporting a 35 per cent increase in second-quarter net income, beating analyst estimates. Its net income was $531 million or $1.03 per...

Eighth whale found dead

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:29 am

Another endangered North Atlantic right whale has been found floating lifeless in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A Facebook post by the Marine Animal Response...

Maybe Michelangelo?

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:25 am

Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting...

Yosemite fire rages on

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:19 am

A surging wildfire raced through California mountains and foothills west of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee tiny, Gold Rush-era...

Payette faced charges

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:10 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to say what he knew — and when he knew it — about a dismissed, non-felony charge against his choice for...

Enhanced security to US

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:03 am

Travellers flying to the U.S. from nearly 300 international airports, including those in Mexico and Canada, are now subject to stepped-up security measures that...

Remains found in flash flood

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Remains found Wednesday in a water- and debris-filled canyon in central Arizona are believed to be those of a missing 27-year-old man who's the 10th and...

Fight with spider Godzilla

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

We all saw its shadow before we saw it. “It” was a humungous rock spider that was walking out of the campfire. That’s right, I said walking...

Japan exports surge

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:56 am

Japan's exports rose nearly 10 per cent in June from a year earlier, while imports jumped 15.5 per cent, biting into its trade surplus. A recovery in...

Wildfires half human caused

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

As wildfires continue to burn across the province, the BC Wildfire Service says we don’t need any more human-caused fires. There have been 310 wildfires...

Pot shops left to RCMP

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Penticton’s mayor says the decision to end the city’s experiment with licensing marijuana dispensaries brings the community in line with what is...

Returning home after fire

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Residents along Nighthawk Road in Okanagan Centre returned to what remained of their homes, Wednesday. "Most of the residents went back to their homes...

Wildfires top priority

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

The B.C. wildfire situation was the first thing Premier John Horgan discussed during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in Victoria. The state of emergency has been...

Shuswap River plan sinks

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

An advisory committee has failed to agree on boating regulations for the Shuswap River despite lengthy talks with the help of a mediator. The Lower Shuswap...

Cleaning up Carmi forests

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Penticton's forests are being used as dumping grounds, and this Saturday, the community will clean up the mess. Every year, the South Okanagan Trail...

Toddler can't really spell

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:01 am

This toddler really can't spell, but she is sure confident that she can.

How to live to 100

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:01 am

We all know the usual spiel about exercising, but here are some other things you can try: Become a vegetarian. Have more sex. Oh, and try winning an Oscar or a...

Sulphites and the great wine debate

Jul 20, 2017 / 12:00 am

UBC research shows different sulphite amounts affect yeast strain and final product Adding different levels of sulphites to grape juice can significantly alter...

Spot fire on Nighthawk

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:54 pm

Firefighters extinguished a spot fire near Nighthawk Road in Okanagan Centre Wednesday night. Winds were gusting up to the area that was previously torched by a...

Miss Kelowna crowned

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:24 pm

The winner of Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake and Kelowna’s Princess has been crowned. Alexa Rood is Miss Kelowna and Bethany Kover has been named...

Iced tea for wildfires

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:53 pm

Three Kelowna kids wanted to do their part to help communities affected by wildfires. Jordan, Layla and Jayda made an iced tea and Freezee stand, and were able...

Downtown ready to party

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Downtown Kelowna is getting ready for its biggest party of the year. The Downtown Kelowna Association's 28th annual Block Party is set for Saturday from 10...

Art market begins Sunday

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Summer art markets begin this Sunday in Penticton, running until September 3. The market takes place on the grounds of the Leir House at 220 Manor Park Avenue,...

$400K raised for sick mom

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

An entire community has rallied around a sick mother of two, raising over $400,000 for a new treatment trial in Seattle. Leah Wiebe, a 29-year-old Terrace...

Poll: supervised drug sites

Jul 19, 2017 / 7:45 pm

Health Canada has approved Interior Health's application to provide mobile supervised drug consumption sites in Kelowna and Kamloops. The sites should be up...

McCain has brain tumour

Jul 19, 2017 / 7:11 pm

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee with a well-known maverick streak that often vexes his GOP colleagues, has been diagnosed...

At least 41 homes lost

Jul 19, 2017 / 7:05 pm

Officials in one of the regions hardest-hit by B.C. wildfires provided a grim update Wednesday on the number homes lost, and say the tally is expected to grow....

Davison Orchards expands

Jul 19, 2017 / 7:01 pm

The Davison family's furry friends have a new home. The orchardists have expanded their highly-popular enterprise, Davison Orchards, with a new barn to host...

Doctors office approved

Jul 19, 2017 / 7:00 pm

After sending it back to the drawing board last month, Penticton city council approved a doctor's office following a second public hearing Tuesday. Ear,...

Paint spill closes highway

Jul 19, 2017 / 7:00 pm

UPDATE: 7 p.m. Revelstoke RCMP responded to a collision 30 kilometres west of Revelstoke to find 60 individual buckets of 18.9 litres of paint spilled all over...

Schmoozing new premier

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:56 pm

John Horgan has been British Columbia's premier for less than a day and already the requests are flooding in, as various groups compete to get their...

Pipeline on track to start

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:50 pm

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion remains on track to begin construction in September, Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said Wednesday in the...

5 dogs, 10 pups rescued

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:01 pm

The BC SPCA has taken care of 15 malnourished pit bull puppies and is investigating an alleged puppy mill. Senior animal protection officer Kathy Woodward said...

Evening Update July 19

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, July 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Body recovered from lake

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:33 pm

The body of a 23-year-old man who went into Okanagan Lake and wasn't seen again has been recovered. West Kelowna RCMP confirmed the body was located at 7...

Don't touch the Queen!

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:20 pm

A momentary breach of protocol that saw the Governor General touch the Queen's arm has at least one British tabloid abuzz but some on social media say...

Possible homicide

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:13 pm

UPDATE 4:13 p.m. Vernon RCMP are investigating a possible homicide. Wednesday morning police swarmed the Sun Dance Suites in force with more than half a dozen...

Life for teacher killer

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:09 pm

A man who killed a beloved Vernon school teacher three years ago has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years. Howard Krewson, 57,...

Body of hiker found

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:00 pm

The body of one of the two hikers missing north of Harrison Hot Springs has been found, a week after the search for the couple began. Search and rescue crews...

A Steve Jobs opera?

Jul 19, 2017 / 3:52 pm

It's 2007, and Steve Jobs has just finished launching the first iPhone before an enraptured audience when he nearly collapses, exhausted by the illness that...

Man dies shortly after arrest

Jul 19, 2017 / 3:41 pm

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has been called to Prince George after a man died about an hour after he was arrested by RCMP. Prince George RCMP...

Practical nursing grad gets practical experience

Jul 19, 2017 / 3:08 pm

Jasjeet Singh didn’t think twice before rushing to the aid of an RV that had gone off the road during the Williams Lake wildfire evacuation last Saturday,...

Car takes out fire hydrant

Jul 19, 2017 / 3:04 pm

A passenger vehicle took out a fire hydrant Wednesday afternoon, backing up traffic in Penticton. RCMP responded to a call at the intersection of Skaha Lake Rd....

13-year-old found dead

Jul 19, 2017 / 2:50 pm

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. Police are investigating a potential homicide after the body of a 13-year-old girl was found in a wooded area of a popular park in Burnaby....

Bakery truck torched

Jul 19, 2017 / 2:35 pm

Police are looking for two men who torched a Specialty Bakery truck early Wednesday morning. A company employee says two men, possibly teenagers, were seen...

Cod Gone Wild live

Jul 19, 2017 / 2:32 pm

If you like great music, fun crowds and dancing in the park, plan your Saturday evening to be at Beasley Park in Lake Country on July 22nd. High energy feature...

New webcam goes live

Jul 19, 2017 / 2:21 pm

A new scenic webcam from Castanet Penticton has just gone live, atop the Casa Grande Inn on Lakeshore Drive. You can now take in the beautiful views of Okanagan...

Man dies on 3 Mile Beach

Jul 19, 2017 / 2:00 pm

A man in his early 60’s has died following what is suspected to be a heart attack at Penticton’s Three Mile Beach. B.C. Ambulance was dispatched to...

Emergency ocean landing

Jul 19, 2017 / 1:16 pm

A helicopter carrying the son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon made an emergency landing Wednesday in the ocean off New York, and neither the...

Driver dies in stolen truck

Jul 19, 2017 / 1:03 pm

UPDATE: 1 p.m. The driver of a stolen pickup that collided with a motorcycle in Vernon Tuesday night died at the scene, RCMP have confirmed. He is believed to...

Affleck drops out of movie

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Ben Affleck has reportedly dropped out of upcoming movie Triple Frontier to "take some time to focus on his wellness and his family". The 44-year-old...

Mobile drug sites approved

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:30 pm

Health Canada has approved Interior Health's application to provide mobile supervised drug consumption sites in Kelowna and Kamloops. The sites should be up...

Threats to kill firefighters

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:20 pm

A firefighter near Williams Lake says he was threatened by a man who took exception to the fire crews' back burning operations. On July 17, a firefighter...

ITU races attract 42 nations

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:12 pm

The countdown is on. In less than one month, the world will come to Penticton for the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival Aug. 18 - 27. Festival...

Rogers and Parton final gig

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Country icon Kenny Rogers will reunite onstage with Dolly Parton for one final performance at a star-studded farewell concert in Nashville, Tennessee later this...

Local teen still missing

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:54 am

There is still no sign of a missing Vernon teen. Traci Genereaux, 18, was last heard from on May 29. On June 9, Vernon RCMP received a request to help find her....

Evacuees welcome at ranch

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:49 am

Historic O'Keefe Ranch is offering wildfire evacuees a chance to forget about the mayhem of the past few weeks by visiting the ranch for free. The ranch is...

2 kilos of cocaine in car

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:48 am

A Kelowna man has been arrested after police found two kilos of cocaine in his vehicle. On July 11, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit pulled over a...

Malfunction sparks fire

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:41 am

UPDATE: 11:40 P.M. Firefighters were called to A.J. Forsyth Russel Metals for reports of a possible grass fire just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. "A piece of...

Danger closes more parks

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:33 am

More Kelowna parks have been closed due to the extreme fire hazard. The following parks will be closed to the public until conditions improve: Paul’s...

Evacuees keep coming

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:23 am

Vernon continues to welcome wildfire evacuees with open arms. As of Wednesday morning, 667 evacuees from Williams Lake and other areas affected by provincial...

Kesha addressed hard truths

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:15 am

Kesha challenged herself to address "the hardest thing I could possibly find to say" on her new album Rainbow. The embattled singer is gearing up to...

United Way helping out

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:08 am

The United Way is known for helping people and organizations in various communities, and now United Ways across the province are teaming up to help those...

EQ3 is a designer favourite

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

For clients looking for one-offs and really contemporary decor, there's one store I love stopping in at. Minimalists at heart love the simplicity and highly...

91 nays for new rail corridor

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:58 am

The path is now clear for the North Okanagan Regional District to borrow millions of dollars to pay for its share of the abandoned CP Rail corridor between...

Manufacturing sees gain

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:55 am

Canadian manufacturing sales came in better than expected for May, climbing 1.1 per cent to $54.6 billion. Statistics Canada says it was the third consecutive...

Smoky skies ease

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:47 am

For the first time in a couple days, blue skies can be seen above Kelowna. After two days of smoky skies in the valley, things have cleared off for the time...

Emergency state extended

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:44 am

The new B.C. government is extending the state of emergency for another two weeks as wildfires continue to sweep across the province's Interior. Premier...

Need to be good neighbours

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:37 am

We welcome all visitors, but as everyone is aware, the danger of wildfires is extremely high, and we must all exercise extreme caution in outdoor activities. ...

Significant detour until Nov.

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:33 am

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is advising the public of major construction underway on Naramata Road for the next four months. As a result of...

Time to take action

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:32 am

I am fed up like so many others. It's time we seriously take things into our own hands with 'texting while driving' and cigarettes being thrown from...

Director defends Sheeran

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:30 am

Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa has defended Ed Sheeran's controversial cameo. The British singer made a guest appearance as a minstrel in a scene...

NDP to take power?

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:29 am

From what I seen from the poll count, the NDP didn't get many votes this time around. So how is it they are taking power when they didn't get that many...

Rain, lightning on the way

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:29 am

Mother Nature could lend a helping hand to firefighters battling more than 150 wildfires across the B.C. Interior over the next 24 hours. Or not. Hot, dry...

Housing crisis

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:25 am

In light of the hundreds of people who are now homeless due to fire evacuations or the loss of their homes, I do believe the housing crisis in the Okanagan...

Kelowna's fastest street car

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:22 am

So, you think you're fast? Here's your chance to prove it. Thunder Mountain Raceway brings back Kelowna’s Fastest Street Car Shootout this...

Freight train derailment

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:15 am

The Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating a freight train derailment near Strathroy, Ont. It says no dangerous goods were released after the...

World not a garbage dump

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:11 am

City of Kelowna priorities? We are a tourist town/city, thriving on tourist dollars. But! or Butt! The amount of cigarette butts on the streets, sidewalks,...

Boy, 5, crashes mom's car

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:06 am

Authorities in West Virginia say a five-year-old and a two-year-old took their mother's car for a three-mile ride before crashing it. News outlets report...

Small car, big donation

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:00 am

Porrelli Law filled a small car with a huge amount of food for their Foodapalooza Challenge video!

Fires delay Kal Lake Road

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:00 am

The City of Vernon has confirmed that construction along Kalamalka Lake Road has been postponed due to wildfires in the Cariboo region. The $3 million road...

Aussie firefighters join fight

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:00 am

Fifty experts from Australia arrived today to help with the wildfire battle in British Columbia's central and southern Interior. Fire information officer...

Driver facing lots of charges

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:56 am

Justin Morgan Sheena is facing numerous charges in relation to a wild string of events last week on Tronson Road. On July 11, Vernon police were called to the...

Castlegar's TV cameo

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:54 am

Residents of Castlegar gathered at the old movie theatre in town to see themselves on television last night. Tuesday's episode of Amazing Race Canada...

Aaron Carter breaks down

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:45 am

Singer Aaron Carter has offered to take a lie-detector test to prove he isn't a drug addict following his weekend DUI arrest. The former child star was...

Spot the real handgun

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:35 am

Can you tell the difference between a real gun and a fake one? North Vancouver RCMP had to make that judgment call when officers attended a domestic dispute....

Robbery, intimidation, threat

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:33 am

A Kelowna man who has yet to face trial for a 2014 bank robbery is back in custody after allegedly making threats, just weeks after completing his sentence for...

Yogurt recall expanded

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:29 am

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the...

Transat checks out of hotels

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:23 am

Travel company Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ) has signed a deal to sell its 35 per cent share of Ocean Hotels for about $190 million. The buyer is Spanish company...

Where is the Mars?

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:15 am

So the big question on my mind while the province is going up in flames is, where is the Martin Mars? I am aware that a few years ago that Forestry did not...

Ashton Kutcher upset

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:06 am

Ashton Kutcher has urged the paparazzi to stop taking photos of his two kids. The actor and his wife Mila Kunis were snapped with their children, Wyatt, three,...

Princeton fire activity slows

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:45 am

Fire crews battling the wildfire northeast of Princeton continue to make good progress. While the fire remains 60 per cent contained, fire information officer...

Ranch on notice...again

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:31 am

Vernon city council wants Historic O'Keefe Ranch to move into the 21st century in terms of its financial records. Council has made next year's $100,000...

All evacuations lifted

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:25 am

All evacuation orders have now been lifted for 58 properties within the Okanagan Centre Wildfire. This includes all properties on Nighthawk, Long and Tyndall...

911: they stole my drugs

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:57 am

Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn't the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer. But Okaloosa Sheriff's officials...

Yosemite fire emergency

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:54 am

As wildfires rage throughout the western U.S., one California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park destroyed eight structures and...

McCormick buys French's

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:48 am

U.S. spice maker McCormick & Company is buying the maker of French's mustard and other condiments in a $4.2 billion cash deal that it regards as a...

Premiers talking pot

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:44 am

It's Weed Wednesday at the premiers meeting in Edmonton. The leaders of Canada's provinces and territories are set to compare notes on how to handle the...

NDP: the wait is over

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:41 am

British Columbia's new premier says the wait is over as promises that he and his freshly appointed cabinet will hit the ground running on their first day in...

Cop startled, woman killed

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:34 am

An Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after the officer's partner was startled...

10.1M watch Thrones debut

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:30 am

Women dominate Westeros as never before, and it's the same with the "Game of Thrones" ratings. The HBO drama's seventh-season premiere last...

Madonna panty auction

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:24 am

A New York judge has stopped an impending auction of pop star Madonna's personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend the late rapper Tupac...

Tangled humpback freed

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:21 am

Rescuers off California on Tuesday freed a badly tangled humpback whale caught by fishing anchors that were dragging it to the ocean floor. A rescue team that...

Brain's response to lithium

Jul 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

As our understanding of the human brain improves along with our imaging technology, we are finally starting to unravel some of the unknowns about many...

Angst in Abbott Towers

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Residents of Penticton’s Abbott Towers are feeling anxious in their own homes after a 79-year-old man was allegedly beaten by another resident of the...

Splashing up funds

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Rice Box and Atlantis are teaming up to raise money for the North Okanagan Neurological Association Child Development Centre (NONA). The popular Atlantis...

Frayed nerves over fire

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Lake Country residents are still shaken in the wake of Saturday's destructive wildfire. It's the topic on everyone's lips, as they talk about the...

Shanghai on Penticton ice

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

A group of hockey players, travelling all the way from Shanghai, are spending two weeks practising their skills at an Okanagan Hockey Camp in Penticton. ...

Wanting to rebuild condo

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The developer of the destroyed Water's Edge north building intends to rebuild the destroyed condo, but won't know the full extent of the damage until...

Premature Celebration

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:01 am

This children's bike race is a perfect example of why you should never celebrate a victory prematurely.

The hottest pepper

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:01 am

We're still not sure if these peppers are used in anything serious other than bragging rights.

UBC researchers test 3D-printed water quality sensor

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:00 am

UBC Okanagan professor Mina Hoorfar at work in her Advanced Thermo-Fluidic lab. Inexpensive and tiny devices inspect water quality in the distribution...

UBC Library enhances access to Okanagan Valley historical resources

Jul 19, 2017 / 12:00 am

UBC students Emma Smith, left, and Eamon Riordan-Short scan historical material at Peachland’s museum as part of the Okanagan Region Historical Digitization...

Mounties hunt killer

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:50 pm

RCMP have issued a plea on social media for help from a small, isolated Manitoba community to find the killer in their midst. Manitoba Mounties posted on their...

20 years for coffee killing

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:24 pm

A Connecticut teenager who fatally stabbed a man outside a fast-food restaurant during a dispute over spilled coffee has been sentenced to 20 years in prison....

Wildfires in California

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:21 pm

Tall grass from a deluge of winter rains is fueling wildfires throughout the Western U.S., damaging more than a dozen homes in Nevada and forcing residents from...

Sandbag removal begins

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Sandbag removal on private properties that are no longer under threat of flooding has begun. On Tuesday, crews started in Kelowna and West Kelowna and will move...

More $$ for welcome signs

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:00 pm

More cash is being expended for the new Welcome to Vernon signs. After a number of debates over designs, council last year approved $55,000 for new gateway...

Good news from fire line

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:28 pm

UPDATE 9:16 p.m. A small area around Lavington Road within the Cariboo Regional District has been identified as having a reduced fire risk which allows...

City to focus on existing biz

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The City of Penticton is rolling out an extensive survey of local businesses as a part of its economic development policy. During Tuesday’s meeting,...

Fighting it out with fish

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:00 pm

A chef battle took place in Kelowna Monday night. Their weapon – fish. The Underground Chef Company teamed up with Krafty Kitchen to have Chef Chris Braun...

Potential disaster averted

Jul 18, 2017 / 7:40 pm

The timing could not have been any better when a suspicious brush fire was spotted on the Westside. North Westside Fire Rescue Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaite...

Poll: top issues for NDP?

Jul 18, 2017 / 7:30 pm

Premier John Horgan’s NDP government was sworn in Tuesday. A recent Angus Reid Institute poll questions if the priorities of the incoming government align...

Sleepy driver hits ditch

Jul 18, 2017 / 7:12 pm

A drowsy driver found himself in the ditch Tuesday evening. No one was hurt when an import sedan went off Highway 97 just north of Berry Road in Winfield. The...

Crowdfunding for coding

Jul 18, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A GoFundMe has been launched in support of an after school program that teaches students digital literary skills in a fun environment, says chief librarian...

'Frenzy of violence'

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:42 pm

It was a trap, executed imperfectly but with bloody results. Prosecutors said in a recent court filing that four young men found slaughtered in a Long Island...

Stay out of fire zone

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:33 pm

Effective immediately, an area restriction for Crown land around the Elephant Hill wildfire (formerly referred to as the Ashcroft Reserve fire) is in effect....

27 contact lenses in 1 eye

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:10 pm

A British woman recently 'lost' 27 lenses in the back of her eye. The 67-year-old woman recently went in for cataract surgery, and doctors saw a...

Evacuees flock to Kelowna

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:54 pm

More than 1,100 evacuees from across the B.C. Interior have made their way to the Central Okanagan. As of Monday night, 1,130 people had registered at the...

Arrested in evac zone

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:27 pm

Police have arrested a man who was feeding a friend's left behind pet in an evacuated area in 105 Mile House. Police were conducting patrols in the area and...

Gellatly Rd finally reopens

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:23 pm

After nearly three months, Gellatly Road is finally open again to traffic. The portion of the road below Highway 97, between Witt and Boucherie roads, was...

Five homes can return

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:20 pm

Residents of five properties in the Killiney Beach area were allowed home on Tuesday after an evacuation order was rescinded in the wake of recent flooding. The...

Where the buffalo roam

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:19 pm

These buffalo have been roaming through a New Hampshire town. Police in Gilford spent Tuesday afternoon corralling a herd of buffalo that got loose from a local...

Fire 90% contained

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:15 pm

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. The fire has gone from 80 per cent contained Tuesday morning to its current status of 90 per cent containment. The size of the fire-affected...

195 evacuees in Penticton

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:11 pm

Another 100 wildfire evacuees checked into the Penticton emergency social services reception centre Tuesday, bringing the total to 195. ESS centres are...

Evening Update July 18

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, July 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Horgan promises fire help

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:47 pm

New Democrat Premier John Horgan took the reins of government Tuesday by noting that nearly 40,000 residents have been forced out of their homes by wildfires...

More evacuees arrive

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:23 pm

UPDATE 4:23 p.m. More wildfire evacuees are streaming into Vernon. As of 4 p.m. 613 evacuees have registered in Vernon since the evacuations in Williams Lake...

Senior charged in murders

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:22 pm

A 73-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder in the July 9 double homicide in Vancouver's West End. Police found the bodies of 57-year-old...

Part of Banff park closed

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:21 pm

A wildfire burning in Kootenay National Park has prompted an expansion of closures in both Kootenay and Banff national parks. "In Kootenay, the area near...

Small grass fire out

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:18 pm

Firefighters responded to a small grass fire in the Old Glenmore neighbourhood of Kelowna Tuesday afternoon. The call came in about 4 p.m., near Glenmore Road...

Airlifted after car hits tree

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:18 pm

One person has been airlifted to hospital after a crash on Highway 4 on Vancouver Island. Photos posted to social media show a car that slammed into a tree. The...

Dispensary permits pulled

Jul 18, 2017 / 3:40 pm

Penticton city council voted Tuesday to pull the plug on its licensing program for a pair of marijuana dispensaries operating in the city. Okanagan Cannabinoid...

Safe access to Heffley Creek

Jul 18, 2017 / 3:19 pm

Residents of Kamloops' Heffley Creek area can learn about plans to reinstate a washed-out section of Old Highway 5A. Storm events in early May caused...

Horsing around at Timmies

Jul 18, 2017 / 3:10 pm

Make it a large double-double and a bag of oats, please. Pictures Debra Austin posted to social media are the talk of the town and show a woman riding a horse...

New bike track coming

Jul 18, 2017 / 3:09 pm

Construction on a cycling pump track will begin this month in Penticton. With the help of community donors, the Penticton and Area Cycling Association (PACA)...

B.C.'s biggest issues

Jul 18, 2017 / 3:06 pm

Premier John Horgan’s NDP government was sworn in Tuesday. The first priority will be dealing with a wildfire season that is being noted as one of the...

Horgan's new cabinet

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:54 pm

Premier John Horgan announced his new cabinet today in Victoria. "Our government will offer families relief from high costs and fees, strengthen services...

Beach cleanup begins

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:54 pm

The City of Vernon is starting to clean up area beaches following a spring of flooding. City crews have started to remove flood debris from the city-maintained...

NDP takes the reins

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:49 pm

The British Columbia New Democrats have been sworn in as government after 16 years on the Opposition benches. In a ceremony led by First Nations drumming and...

Breakdance Championship

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:37 pm

B-Boys and B-Girls assemble and freshen up your sneakers: Fresh Coast Championship is back for its second year! On July 22, 2017, LMNO Productions, with support...

Wasp traps killing birds

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:36 pm

Some Canadian retailers are pulling a wasp trap from their shelves after reports emerged that it was trapping birds and killing them. The TrapStik for Wasps is...

That miniskirt is criminal

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:29 pm

A Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom's strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public...

Helping local fire victims

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:26 pm

Tuesday was a bad day for Marnie Macnabb. On July 18, 2016, her family was caught in an apartment fire that killed her neighbour. With dark smoke billowing in...

Going home to Cache Creek

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:22 pm

Residents of Cache Creek are thrilled to be heading home after being rushed out by a fast-moving wildfire, but fear an uphill battle in repairing the...

Rink lot under construction

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:21 pm

The Vernon Curling Rink parking lot is getting a much-needed overhaul. Work on the parking lot started on July 17 and is expected to continue until Aug. 23....

NDP swearing-in

Jul 18, 2017 / 1:57 pm

Watch British Columbia's New Democrats get their first taste of power in 16 years at the swearing-in ceremony in Victoria.

Fire danger closes parks

Jul 18, 2017 / 1:28 pm

Several Central Okanagan parks have been closed due to extreme to fire hazard. The following parks are closed until further notice: Trepanier Creek Greenway...

Pink posts birthday message

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Pink has posted a touching birthday message to her "incredible" husband Carey Hart. The popstar and her former motorcycle racer husband have been...

Some highways reopen

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:40 pm

Some Interior highways that were closed due to wildfires have reopened for residents. Many highways in the Cariboo region were closed, as wildfires tore through...

Evacuation orders reduced

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:24 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has slightly reduced the mandatory evacuation order around the Princeton wildfire The change will remove 47...

Roommate or burglar?

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:20 pm

Police are investigating a burglary in Penticton over the weekend, that was initially mistaken for a hungry roommate. The break and enter apparently occurred...

Granny's charity skydive

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:12 pm

A daredevil grandmother joined her daughter and granddaughter in a freefall skydive this month over Vernon, all in the name of charity. Anne Foster, 85, from...

New apocalyptic lit course comes to College’s Penticton campus

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:08 pm

A new English course is sure to bring much-wanted doom and gloom to students at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus this Fall. When English Professor Jeremy...

Babies and mangos?

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:07 pm

Touchstone Law Group has gone above and beyond with their Foodapalooza Challenge for five other local businesses. Watch this video to find out what all the...

IRIS is happy to help

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:00 pm

IRIS in Kelowna was challenged by a neighouring business for the Foodapalooza Challenge and they couldn't have been happier to accept. IRIS has even made an...

Ryan Reynolds fulfils wish

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Ryan Reynolds recently granted a terminally ill five-year-old his dying wish by FaceTiming him from the Deadpool 2 set. British boy Daniel Downing, who was...

Sears to begin liquidation

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:54 am

Liquidation sales at dozens of Sears Canada locations slated for closure could begin as early as this week after an Ontario court signed off on the plan...

Double slaying in Quebec

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:52 am

Police near Montreal will search a sprawling green space Tuesday after the discovery of two people believed to have been shot near the front gates of a...

Arrests follow tense standoff

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:47 am

RCMP say they have four people in custody following what they described as an armed and barricaded situation in a central Manitoba community. The Mounties'...

Fentanyl claims 10-year-old

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:40 am

Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state's youngest victims of the opioid...

Radcliffe jumps in to help

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:37 am

Actor Daniel Radcliffe has come to the aid of a man who was mugged by moped-riding attackers in London. Former police officer David Videcette told the Evening...

Roaches swarm street

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:35 am

The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to figure out what caused thousands of cockroaches to emerge from a manhole and swarm a neighbourhood. Pat Wall...

Ed Sheeran deletes Twitter

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:15 am

Ed Sheeran has sparked concern among fans by apparently deleting his Twitter account without explanation. The Shape of You star hit headlines earlier this month...

Dog saves drowning deer

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:08 am

A golden retriever turned into an unlikely lifesaver in a video posted to YouTube that is warming hearts across the internet. Mark Freeley was strolling with...

Lotto winner to help fires

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:02 am

A Kamloops man has decided to help wildfire evacuees after winning the Lotto Max Extra. Jason Labby decided after winning on July 7 that he wanted to help those...

A close call on the highway

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

"That truck is on fire!" That's what Chris Kearney's wife, Crystal, exclaimed Monday as they were driving on Highway 97 near Oyama. Kearney...

I'll Meet You in the Middle

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

Driving behaviour is a never-ending curiosity for me, so when I heard a conversation about the intersection of Haslam and Adshead roads south of Nanaimo, I had...

Kal Lake Road delay?

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:59 am

Wildfires that have torn through the Cariboo region could delay a controversial road project in Vernon. City of Vernon staff have warned council that BC Hydro...

Search for non-swimmer

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:50 am

An underwater recovery team is headed to the Fraser River to search for a man who drowned on Monday. A 72-year-old Langley man, who was a non-swimmer, fell off...

Thief steals evacuee's bag

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:50 am

An evacuee from the Williams Lake wildfires had their car burgled while it was parked in Penticton last week. On July 12, police received a report that a...

100-year-old tortoise stolen

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:38 am

New York City police are searching for the person who stole a 100-year-old tortoise from an animal shelter. The Daily News reports police were called to the...

Missing woman safe

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:31 am

An 88-year-old wildfire evacuee from 100 Mile House has been found. Prince George RCMP have issued a news release saying Maria Martha Watt has been located and...

R. Kelly 'alarmed'

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:30 am

R&B veteran R. Kelly is "alarmed and disturbed" by allegations suggesting he is the leader of an abusive sex cult. The I Believe I Can Fly...

Smoke delays flights

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:26 am

Smoke from numerous wildfires burning across the Interior prompted the Kamloops airport to cancel several flights Tuesday because of poor visibility. Air...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of July 18, 2017. Paul Justin...

Crews douse suspicious fire

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:55 am

Fire investigators in Oliver are looking into a suspicious fire lit overnight Monday. The Oliver Fire Department was called to Road 5 at Sumac Street around...

Daimler recalls 3M vehicles

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:53 am

Trump blasts Congress

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:50 am

President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" Tuesday over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health...

2017 Sport Chek Kamloops Marathon cancelled

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:46 am

As the province of British Columbia continues to be impacted by wildfires and the air quality index in Kamloops changes daily, organizers have cancelled the...

Whoopi pleasantly surprised

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:45 am

Actress Whoopi Goldberg was baffled by her recent Disney Legend honor, because she had lost track of how many jobs she had completed for the Hollywood studio....

Vincent van Gogh

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:38 am

Gina Barton and Joe Posner of Vox created this fascinating video essay that recounts the both the incredible talent of Vincent van Gogh and the incredible...

Milex Court house fire

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:36 am

It was a busy morning for Kelowna Fire Department crews. After extinguishing a brush and tree fire along Highway 97 before midnight, crews were called out to a...

Jessica Alba is pregnant

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:00 am

Actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba is expecting her third child. The 36-year-old Sin City star and The Honest Company founder announced the news by posting...

Wildfire 60% contained

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:40 am

Ground crews fighting a wildfire northeast of Princeton have continued to make good progress over the past 24 hours. Fire information officer Brent Zbaraschuk,...

Late-night fire closes hwy

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:20 am

UPDATE: 8:20 a.m. A cause of a fire which threatened an apartment building on Thayer Court in Kelowna is under investigation. The fire, which started in brush...

Lake closes in on full pool

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:00 am

While many in the Okanagan focus on the affects of wildfires across the region and the interior, local lake levels slowly inch their way down toward normal...

Getting evacuees home

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:57 am

Getting people to safety as fast-moving wildfires approached was only half the battle — the other half will be returning them home. Al Richmond, chairman...

NDP takes power today

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:54 am

British Columbia's New Democrats will get their first taste of power in 16 years at a swearing-in ceremony in Victoria this afternoon. The New Democrats won...

6.4 quake shakes Peru

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:50 am

Authorities say a magnitude 6.4 earthquake rattled the coast of southern Peru and was felt in the cities of Tacna, Moquegua and Arequipa, among others. The U.S....

Hiker attacked by bison

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:46 am

A hiker said he's lucky to be alive after a bison gored his thigh in North Dakota. "I know I was lucky to be alive," Michael Turk told the Minot...

Parkway soon in local hands

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:35 am

A former strip of Highway 97 will soon be turned over to the District of Lake Country. Pelmewash Parkway, arguably one of the most scenic drives in the region,...

You're compensated for loss

Jul 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

“You want me to sit down and make notes to “journal” how I was before the crash?” Yes, I do. As soon as possible. Before your memory...

We need rentals

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Vernon city council has approved a variance permit to allow construction of an apartment building on Centennial Drive to move ahead citing the desperate need...

Another hotel moves in

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Yet another hotel chain has plans to move into Vernon. The Best Western Premier is proposing a six-storey, 114-room structure on Anderson Way, according to...

Peach Fest needs volunteers

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

The 70th annual Penticton Peach Festival is short on volunteers, and organizers are putting out a call for help. Volunteer coordinator Audrey Baker said their...

Speedway to host bull riding

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Penticton Speedway is trading in the checkered flag for a set of spurs this Saturday, for the fourth annual Bull-A-Rama. At least 20 riders from around...

1 on 1: Amazing Racer

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Wayne Moore sits down with Amazing Race Canada contestant Shabbir Dhalla to get a behind-the-scenes look at just how the show works. Dhalla makes his home in...

Sea sick for 12-hr swim

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna swimmer conquered the 35-kilometre swim from England to France in under 12 hours, all while being sea sick. “I got sea sick about four hours...

Fires destroy infrastructure

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Wildfires are causing significant damage to BC Hydro infrastructure. The utility company says wildfires have caused damage to hundreds of power poles, 47...

More homes, few rentals

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

More single and multi-family homes are being built in Vernon but the vacancy rate for renters remains below two per cent. The construction of single family...

Mischief could lead to fire

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A concerned Castanet viewer sent in a photo on the weekend of people disregarding barriers on trails in Lake Country. Riley Hastings took to the Lake Country...

Dog snores like cartoon

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:01 am

Kirk the Bulldog snores exactly how you see in cartoons!

Most affordable local homes

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:59 pm

Last year, when Jason Pender and his development partners bought a five-acre stretch of land in the hills overlooking Okanagan Lake, they did so with the vision...

Wildfire update: 159 fires

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:30 pm

There are 159 wildfires burning in British Columbia. Seventeen new fires sparked up on Sunday and none of them are being reported as major incidents. “To...

Evaluating evacuation area

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:58 pm

100 Mile House is currently being evaluated to determine when residents can return home safely. Currently, an evacuation order is in place for the District of...

Kermit actor fired

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:11 pm

The Muppets Studio is blaming "unacceptable business conduct" for its dismissal of Steve Whitmire as the longtime performer of Kermit the Frog. This...

7.8 earthquake in Russia

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:05 pm

A strong earthquake on the Russian side of the Bering Sea briefly prompted a tsunami advisory for parts of the Pacific, including Alaska's remote Aleutian...

US lists NAFTA demands

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:01 pm

The Trump administration has released its broad goals for a new North American Free Trade Agreement in mostly vague language that offers just enough specific...

Veteran graves in disrepair

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:55 pm

The veterans' grave markers standing in orderly rows are clean and well-maintained on a brilliant summer afternoon. The words on each are easy to read, even...

BBQ brush safety issue

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:50 pm

Health Canada is conducting an investigation into the safety of wire-bristle brushes used to clean barbecues, with plans to conclude the probe by the end of the...

Parole for OJ Simpson?

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:47 pm

O.J. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate No. 1027820, will have a lot going for him when he asks state parole board...

Robbery suspect named

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:38 pm

The suspect in an alleged bank heist in Vernon last week has been charged with robbery and possession of heroin. Cody Douglas Lawrence, 25, next appears in...

Federal offender arrested

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:20 pm

A federal offender who was wanted on a Canadian-wide warrant for being unlawfully at large has been arrested. Christopher Schafer, 40, was arrested by Vancouver...

Poll: Ready to evacuate?

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:17 pm

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing elderly woman who had been evacuated due to wildfires. Prince George RCMP say 88-year-old Maria...

Phase 3 of sandbag removal

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The City of Vernon is proceeding with phase three of the sand bag disposal assistance program. This includes hard-hit properties along Lakeshore Drive, although...

Foodapalooza catching on

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Castanet's Foodapalooza is rolling right along – and filling shelves at the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. The summer viral video contest is...

Tourists: who's going where

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Calgary joins the ranks of one of the few cities in Canada, Canadian's will actually visit this year. Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal are the top three...

Rose Valley fire out

Jul 17, 2017 / 7:09 pm

UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. Neighbours were able to hose down the small grass fire that broke out at about 6 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after...

Arena ready for evacuees

Jul 17, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Wildfire evacuees from the Cariboo are expected to pour into Penticton over the next couple days. Volunteers set up beds and other necessities at the South...

Vernon crew fights grass fire

Jul 17, 2017 / 6:33 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue crews have been at the scene of a small grass fire on the 3100 block of Davison Road. Photos sent in to Castanet show the fire was near the...

Senior missing in evacuation

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:45 pm

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing elderly woman who had been evacuated due to wildfires. Prince George RCMP say 88-year-old Maria...

Small fire dealt with

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:35 pm

BC Wildfire crews were notified of a fire near Crystal Mountain Sunday night, and say it has since been declared out. Fire crews were able to deal with the spot...

248 evacuees arrive

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:18 pm

Evacuees have been arriving in Vernon from Williams Lake and other areas affected by wildfires in the Cariboo region. The city's Emergency Social Services...

Evening Update July 17

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:59 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, July 17, with news director Jon Manchester, in for Wayne Moore.

Collision stalls traffic

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:42 pm

Crews responded to a two vehicle collision near Harvey Avenue and Water street on Monday. The collision occurred around 4:15 p.m., causing traffic to stall in...

Pair tangled on bridge pillar

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:36 pm

The Penticton Fire Department was called to the Channel on Monday afternoon to help a pair of floaters tangled on the Eckhardt Ave. bridge. The incident...

Working overnight on fire

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:25 pm

Crews will continue to work on the wildfire at Okanagan Centre overnight to get it closer to full containment. The wildfire is now 75 per cent contained and is...

CFO clears sandbag bid

Jul 17, 2017 / 4:11 pm

UPDATE 4:10 p.m. The City of Penticton’s Chief Financial Officer says Coun. Max Picton’s Sun-Oak Construction was just one of two companies that...

Daytime shooting targeted

Jul 17, 2017 / 3:38 pm

A man was found with a gunshot wound to his leg Saturday afternoon in what police believe to be a targeted attack. West Kelowna RCMP responded to shots fired...

Flying over to help with fire

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:54 pm

With B.C. continuing to battle wildfires, two groups of specialized wildfire fighters from Australia and Nova Scotia will be coming to B.C. to assist. About 50...

Tallying up the losses

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:34 pm

Officials are beginning the difficult process of notifying those who have lost homes in the out-of-control wildfires that have prompted a provincial state of...

Smoke wafts into Alberta

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:31 pm

Wildfires burning in British Columbia have been causing smoky conditions in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Alberta Health Services issued precautionary air-quality...

Fires halt mine operations

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:26 pm

Two mines in British Columbia have halted some operations in the Cariboo region due to the ongoing wildfires. Taseko Mines Ltd. says it has idled its Gibraltar...

WestJet hit by laser

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:24 pm

RCMP are investigating a report of a green laser being directed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft as it approached the airport in Charlottetown. Police...

Camilla turns 70

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:22 pm

Prince Charles' wife Camilla is turning 70 with few complaints, although she admits her feet are sore after a long day of royal duties. The milestone for...

NDP poised to take power

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:16 pm

British Columbia is on the cusp of a change in government for the first time in 16 years, all while the province scrambles to control scores of wildfires that...

$65K in looted gear seized

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:05 pm

A man has been charged with possession of stolen property after RCMP say they recovered thousands of dollars of heavy equipment believed to have been taken from...

Fighting for right to die

Jul 17, 2017 / 2:00 pm

A British man who is terminally ill with motor neuron disease asked the High Court in London on Monday to let him end his life. Noel Conway is challenging...

A place for evacuees' pets

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:42 pm

West Kelowna's Dr. Oz is extending the invite for evacuees' pets that need a place to stay. Dr. Moshe Oz, of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, said...

26 years old, 26 convictions

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:35 pm

A prolific Penticton offender has been sentenced to 18 months and 3 years probation after RCMP caught him with a loaded firearm last summer. Seamus Ronald...

Boaters weren't drunk

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:28 pm

A woman who was on board the boat when a man went missing in Okanagan Lake says people are jumping to conclusions. She says the group was not drinking...

Aaron Carter explains DUI

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:10 pm

Aaron Carter feels his "celebrity was targeted" during his arrest on DUI and drug charges in Georgia over the weekend. The Habersham County...

Kashmir bans tourists

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:09 pm

Pakistan has banned tourists from a valley in Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir a day after it said four of its soldiers drowned after their vehicle was hit...

Fortis: Call before you dig

Jul 17, 2017 / 1:00 pm

UPDATE: 1 p.m. FortisBC is reminding the public and contractors to call or click before they dig. This morning's gas leak that shut down Highway 97 was the...

Land Rover slams Victoria B

Jul 17, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Victoria Beckham has been criticized by a top Land Rover executive for claiming she designed one of the firm's cars. Design director Gerry McGovern, 61,...

Cigarette starts hedge fire

Jul 17, 2017 / 12:34 pm

Despite wildfires raging across the province forcing upwards of 40,000 people from their homes, it looks like some have not received the message about the...

58 properties on evac order

Jul 17, 2017 / 12:28 pm

The Okanagan Centre wildfire evacuation order now excludes 11 properties along Tyndall Road. An evacuation order remains in place for Nighthawk Road, Long Road...

Watch that air

Jul 17, 2017 / 12:00 pm

That smoky sky from B.C. wildfires has prompted Environment Canada to issue a smoky skies bulletin for the whole of the Okanagan Valley. “Smoke is causing...

Ben Affleck wins honour

Jul 17, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Ben Affleck has landed an award for his tireless charity work helping the people of eastern Congo. The actor was honored at Sunday night's Starkey Hearing...

Where the fire started

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:41 am

Dramatic video shows the very beginnings of the destructive wildfire that ripped through Okanagan Centre over the weekend. Video shot by Joe Delehay shows the...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:30 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of July 17. Tyler Rae...

Ed Sheeran appears in GOT

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:15 am

Ed Sheeran's cameo role in Game of Thrones has been revealed after the singer appeared in the first episode of the new season of the cult drama. It was...

Keeping homeless calm

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:11 am

Vernon's COOL team, which deals with the homeless, is working on a strategy to keep street people calm once a city bylaw takes effect that forces tents to...

Searching for peace

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:00 am

In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Big Daddy (Burl Ives) in a sad voice says to his son, Brick, played by Paul Newman, “Son, you know you got a real liquor...

Local smoke staying

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:57 am

The Okanagan is in for another hot and sunny week. Environment Canada forecasts a high of 27 C, on Monday with a mix of sun and clouds and local smoke...

Nick Cannon still 'broken'

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:30 am

Nick Cannon is still "shattered" after his split from Mariah Carey three years ago. The 36-year-old entertainer, who was married to Mariah for six...

Expecting 1,000 evacuees

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:23 am

Group lodging has been prepared in Kelowna and West Kelowna for evacuees from fires throughout the Interior. Emergency Social Services is prepared to...

Canadian home sales fall

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:21 am

Home sales in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, driven by a plunge in the Greater Toronto market, the Canadian Real Estate Association said...

Valeant to sell Obagi

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:19 am

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX) has a deal to sell its Obagi skin care business to a Hong Kong-based group for US$190 million in cash. The...

Delta pushes back

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:17 am

Delta Air Lines has pushed back at Ann Coulter after the conservative commentator berated the carrier on Twitter over a changed seat assignment. Coulter began...

Fire now 75% contained

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:15 am

The Okanagan Centre wildfire is now 75 per cent contained. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre says firefighters worked through the night putting...

Hwy 97 opens after crash

Jul 17, 2017 / 10:02 am

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. A three-vehicle crash forced the closure of Highway 97 at the turnoff to the Vaseaux Lake Campground shortly after 8 a.m., according to the...

No left turn

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:57 am

While an individual person may not save much by only making right turns, a huge corporation like UPS has proven since 2004 how avoiding left turns in its trucks...

The new Doctor Who is?

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:45 am

Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker has made TV history by becoming the first female Doctor Who. The British actress, who has also appeared in the films Attack the...

Princeton 50% contained

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:24 am

The wildfire near Princeton is 50 per cent contained as of Monday morning, a 10 per cent increase since Sunday. The fire, which is holding at 3,300 hectares,...

City swells with evacuees

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:23 am

The population of the City of Prince George has grown more than 10 per cent, with over 8,000 registered Cariboo wildfire evacuees now taking shelter in the...

Aaron Carter arrested

Jul 17, 2017 / 9:00 am

Aaron Carter has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and possession of marijuana. The 29-year-old singer, who rose to fame as a...

Fire: Your photos

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:11 am

Here are your photos of a number of fires that were burning across British Columbia over the weekend. Send us you video and pictures [email protected] .

$81 million and counting

Jul 17, 2017 / 7:01 am

Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes as wildfires burn next to their communities in British Columbia. Here is a list of latest numbers for...

Child falls from window

Jul 17, 2017 / 6:37 am

A three-year-old child is in hospital after falling from a window in Surrey on Sunday. The girl fell to a patio below after leaning against a screen in the...

Suspect nabbed in field

Jul 17, 2017 / 6:24 am

Police tracked a suspected thief to a Surrey berry field after they were alerted to a vehicle fire Sunday evening. About 6:30 p.m., RCMP responded to reports of...

Woman struck, driver flees

Jul 17, 2017 / 6:10 am

Police are looking for the driver of a silver or grey import sedan that struck a pedestrian and then took off, Sunday evening in Surrey. About 5:40 p.m., RCMP...

Gmail Helpers

Jul 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

I love Gmail because it’s easy to access from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. But sometimes browsers and even Windows itself don’t...

West Kelowna teen gone

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:58 am

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing West Kelowna teen. Jake Fehr, 17, was last seen on July 13, about midnight, at his...

Fires - how you can help

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

British Columbians are pulling together to help evacuees and fire victims across the province. Here are several ways you can help. The Canadian Red Cross is...

Nighthawk hit hardest

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Nighthawk Road in Okanagan Centre suffered the worst damage of the weekend's wildfire. The residents and then the media toured the destruction on Sunday. ...

Staff urge 'wellness centres'

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Staff with the City of Penticton is standing by its recommendation to end the city's licensing program for a pair of marijuana dispensaries in the city....

42% of Canadians on diets

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Almost half of all Canadians say they went on a diet last year. A recent Insights West poll found 48 per cent of women and 37 per cent of men changed what they...

Million dollar bus tour

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna man quit his job and converted an old school bus for a community impact project across Canada in which he hopes to raise a million dollars to support....

The ultimate fitness test

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Big White will play host to one of the most demanding obstacle challenges. Mudd, Sweat and Tears will stage an event at Big White Saturday, Aug. 26. The eight...

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