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South Okanagan Sheriffs, first responders will plunge into icy lake to raise money for the Special Olympics

It's going to be one cold afternoon in the lake for a group of emergency responders this March. Sherriff Francesco Murdocco is leading the charge...

Oliver Fire Department opens up annual recruiting for new firefighters

The Oliver Fire Department will be holding its annual recruiting evaluations at the end of February and is ready for new applicants to join their...

Quirky, wonderful, odd and everything in between: Castanet Penticton's strangest-but-true stories of 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, Castanet Penticton is inviting readers to look back at some of the quirkiest, oddest, and strangest-but-true stories that...

Osoyoos mayor aims to get community improvements done faster next year

Heading into 2023, Osoyoos Mayor Sue Mckortoff said she has plenty of goals for the town that she wants to see done well and done fast....

Structure fire in Oliver claims life as victim passes from injuries

One man has died after succumbing to his injuries from a fire that engulfed a large garage in Oliver early Thursday morning. The Oliver Fire...

Oliver Fire Department tackling early morning structure fire at detached garage workshop

One person was sent to the hospital after a fire engulfed a large garage in Oliver early Thursday morning. The Oliver Fire Department was dispatched...

Oliver fire crews extinguish dog house fire before it spreads into main home

All residents of an Oliver home and their dog are safe thanks to the Oliver Fire Department extinguishing a dog house on fire next to their home early...

Oliver Fire Department hosting drive-thru breakfast to raise donations for local causes

Come by the Oliver Fire Department on Saturday morning to grab a piping-hot breakfast made fresh by the team. Fire crews will be manning the grills...

Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department asks for public's help in identifying theft suspect

The Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department is asking for help after an upsetting break-and-enter was attempted on their equipment Sunday morning....

Oliver Fire Department knocks down grass fire believed to be started by fireworks

The Oliver Fire Department pleaded with the public to be careful with fire-related activities after responding to a grass fire on Sunday night that...

Plenty of spooky and family-friendly activities available in South Okanagan this Halloween weekend

Happy Halloween weekend, South Okanagan! The trick-or-treating won't begin until Monday, but there is plenty of spooky fun to be had in the...

Kelowna heritage home heavily damaged in Thursday night fire

UPDATE 12:50 p.m. The home significantly damaged Thursday night in a fire sits on Kelowna’s heritage registry. Known as the Jennens House, the...

Okanagan sends its best to Maritimes

Helping others in times of disaster is a labour of love for Chief Larry Watkinson of the Penticton Fire Department. Watkinson was one of hundreds of...

Penticton RCMP are investigating after two bodies were found off highway

Police are investigating after two bodies were found near Penticton Thursday. Investigators have now determined the deaths are suspicious. A road off...

The Jack Creek Wildfire now at 7.3 hectares

UPDATE 5:20 p.m. BC Wildfire crews continue to work on the estimated 7.3-hectare Jack Creek wildfire near Mt. Miller and the Trepanier area of the...

Oliver Fire Department ask public to stay back from fire scenes after their crew was held up

Fire crews in Oliver got held up while trying to get to the scene of a trailer fire on Saturday, stuck behind the traffic that had gathered to get a...

Greater Victoria crews on front lines of Keremeos wildfire

It’s getting dark as Craig Ford and a group of Island firefighters head back to base camp in Oliver in the south Okanagan. They’ve just...

'For the sake of our community': Oliver Firefighters have been stepping up to help with the paramedic shortage

The Oliver Fire Department has been filling in the health care gaps in the community by attending medical first response calls this year due to a...

Pickup destroyed by fire in Oliver deemed suspicious

Fire crews were called out just before 4 a.m. to a fully-engulfed fire in a pickup truck on Friday morning. Rob Graham from the Oliver Fire Department...

Oliver Fire Department celebrates 100 years of firefighting of July

A milestone has been reached for Oliver firefighters, celebrating 100 years of being a fire department. The department will be hosting two...

Highway 97 open after crash in the south end of Oliver

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. The crash has been cleared and traffic is moving in both directions. ORIGINAL: 12:20 p.m. Highway 97 is closed in both directions...

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department celebrates its first hydrant

A previously out-of-use fire hydrant has been sent to help out a South Okanagan community, where there isn't a municipal or community water system...

One dead after mobile home fire in Oliver

One person is dead after a Saturday afternoon mobile home fire in Oliver. Local fire crews were called to the scene around 4 p.m. and found the...

South Okanagan family business grateful for community support after break-in on the heels of arson

A local family-owned grocery store is grateful to the community for an outpouring support after a devastating long weekend break-in. Global Grocers,...

House fire in Oliver closes highway for several hours

A vacant house went up in flames off Highway 97 in Oliver early Friday morning. The Oliver Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire...

Oliver Fire Department celebrating 100 years with country concert

The Oliver Fire Department is planning a 100th anniversary celebration party this summer. On July 9, the festivities will take place, with...

Oliver Fire Department rescues farm worker pinned under ATV

Firefighters were called out on Thursday afternoon for two motor vehicle accidents, one involving a vehicle in a ditch and one involving this ATV...

Fire destroys large building in Oliver overnight, considered suspicious

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m. The cause of the large building fire in Oliver overnight is being considered “suspicious.” A vacant residential home...

Oliver resident seeking to put security cameras around town to help catch criminals

An Oliver resident is renewing his call for CCTV cameras to be placed around the town, following a recent string of arson attacks and property theft....

Oliver fire department responds to burning piles that spread into grass fires

As open burning season comes to a close, the Oliver Fire Department is reminding residents on the final days who are doing any type of burning or...

Oliver Fire Department called in after burn pile spreads

A open burning pile got away on a home owner off McKinney road in Oliver on Monday. The Oliver Fire Department was called in when the fire started...

Castanet teams up with JDRF to raise funds and awareness for juvenile diabetes

Castanet is participating in a unique fundraiser in support of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), starting April 4. JDRF is the leader...

Oliver Fire Department douses early morning vehicle fire

Little is left of a truck that was fully engulfed in flames early Thursday morning in Oliver, off Black Sage Road and Saddleridge Road. The Oliver...

Search and Rescue crews from around the South Okanagan found and rescued injured hiker near Osoyoos

A fallen and injured hiker was located after a lengthy overnight search by the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department and surrounding search and rescue...

Oliver Fire Department spends hours fighting wind and flames at suspicious fire at Oliver Global Grocers

The Oliver Fire Department had their hands full overnight Sunday when a storage facility at Oliver Global Grocers went up in flames. The popular...

Old farm building a total loss after it was engulfed in flames

The Oliver Fire Department says a building is a total loss after it went up in flames early Sunday. Crews were called to reports of a structure fire...

Rag caught in dryer at Oliver laundromat starts blaze

The Oliver Fire Department took down a fire in a laundromat Thursday night. Crews responded to smoke in the area in the 6000 block of Station Street...

Alleged arsonist caught on camera lighting Oliver pot shop on fire

A cannabis shop owner in Oliver is hoping someone can identify the arsonist who set fire to his store early Tuesday morning. The Oliver Fire...

Oliver, B.C. home sustains massive damage in fire

The Oliver Fire Department responded to a large home fire Wednesday evening. In a news release on Facebook, the department said they were called to...

Oliver Fire Department tackles early morning structure fire at local pot shop

Firefighters were up well before dawn on Tuesday morning, responding to a report of smoke off Highway 97 North in Oliver at a local pot shop. When...
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