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Fire damages suites at Osoyoos lakefront motel

Two boys are being praised for spotting a fire at an Osoyoos motel and helping make sure the fire department was alerted. On Sunday afternoon, there...

Latest water disruption an 'anomaly' in Osoyoos, as town battles ongoing water woes

After a power outage on Saturday led to a widespread boil water notice and water quality advisory in Osoyoos, the town's mayor says there is...

Oliver golfer wins Canadian Professional Golfers' Association award

A South Okanagan golfer made waves at the Professional Golfers' Association of Canada awards this month. Brian McDonald of Fairview Mountain Golf...

Osoyoos rescinds water quality advisory for domestic system

The Town of Osoyoos has rescinded the water quality advisory for their domestic system on Friday, The advisory was issued "due to a fire event...

Highway 97 closed in both directions north of Oliver due to vehicle crash

DriveBC and the Oliver Fire Department are reporting Highway 97 to be closed in both directions early Saturday evening. A vehicle incident that has...

Traffic flowing again on Highway 97

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. Traffic is flowing once again on Highway 97 and all vehicles have been removed from the scene. ORIGINAL: 1:15 p.m. The Oliver Fire...

Volunteer fire departments across BC Interior receive millions for equipment upgrades and training

More than 200 volunteer B.C. fire departments are receiving funding to boost their capabilities and purchase equipment. Several departments across the...

Oliver Fire Department contains vehicle fire Monday

The Oliver Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire Monday morning. Firefighters were called at 5:20 a.m. on Jan. 8 to Thorpe Rd. off Sawmill Rd....

Best of South Okanagan 'good news' from 2023

As 2024 begins, Castanet is inviting readers to start on a positive note by looking back on a few of the most heartwarming community stories of the...

Tickets on sale for Osoyoos First Responders Gala to recognize emergency workers

The Oliver and Osoyoos community will be gathering in the new year to say thank you to the First Responders and honour their dedication to helping out...

Top environmental story of the year: B.C.'s brutal wildfire season

Castanet is revisiting the top stories of an eventful 2023. Today for our environmental story of the year, we look at the destruction caused by the...

Osoyoos Fire Rescue and RCMP asking for public's help in locating arsonist that destroyed memorial bench

Osoyoos Fire Rescue chief Corey Kortmeyer said it was disappointing to see a memorial bench torched this week, given how much effort families put into...

Oliver Fire Department raises $2500 through breakfast and bbq donations

The Oliver Fire Department sent out a big thank you for all the community support they saw at this year’s drive thru breakfast. Firefighters...

Highway 97 open again after vehicle incident slowed traffic between Okanagan Falls and Oliver

UPDATE: 4 p.m. Traffic is flowing normally again near Vaseux Lake after a nasty crash. Luckily, Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Chief Fred...

Premier Eby discusses ways of healing urban-rural divide at Osoyoos town hall

The provincial government is sharpening its focus on rural communities in a bid to ensure government policies are more responsive to the realities of...

Osoyoos Indian Band works on wildfire risk mitigation project to protect Mount Baldy community

The Osoyoos Indian Band was recognized recently by the Minister of Forests for their lead role in a project to protect users of Mount Baldy. Work was...

Five area fire departments honoured in Oliver

Five local fire departments were honoured last weekend for their community service at Oliver’s Riverside Garden Center in the newly created...

Rally in Merritt calls on provincial government to find fix for repeated hospital closures

Organizers of a Sunday rally in Merritt say they're fed up with the repeated temporary closure of the community's hospital due to staffing...

Oliver Fire Department's BBQ fundraiser sees steady stream of support

The Oliver Fire Department was collectively managing a different kind of fire this past weekend. The local department was hosting a barbeque to raise...

Oliver's Festival of the Grape saw thousands of attendees and competitive fun

Sunday’s Festival of the Grape featured 47 wineries from the South Okanagan, and thousands of attendees looking to celebrate the fall harvest...

Oliver RCMP recover roughly $10K in gear stolen from Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department

After a devastating theft from the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department this week, police are happy to report that thanks to help from the public,...

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department chief reflects on a busy summer

It was a Saturday that started out pretty much like many weekends before for the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department (AMFD). The AMFD volunteers had...

Local buisnesses put on a BBQ in appreciation of local firefighters

Local businesses in Oliver got together to honour and show their appreciation for local firefighters this weekend with a BBQ. The Black Sage Butcher,...

Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department devastated by break-in and theft costing thousands

The Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department have suffered a devastating break-in, and are now hoping the community can help them recover some of their...

The Oliver Fire Department is hosting a BBQ to raise money for Wilson's Landing Fire Department members who lost homes to blaze

The Oliver Fire Department is going above and beyond to support their fellow first responders. They are hosting a barbecue fundraiser at Buy-Low in...

Search and Rescue crews play low profile but crucial role during civil emergencies like wildfire evacuations

What many people may not realize is the important role that BC’s 78 Search and Rescue (SAR) groups play during wildfire events. During interface...

The Oliver Fire Department responded to a fire at derelict house for second time in a year

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. The Oliver Fire Department was called out this afternoon to respond to a house engulfed in flames on Osoyoos Indian Band land. The...

First ever FireSmart coordinator hired in Oliver

Oliver has hired its first FireSmart coordinator, a position that acts as a liaison between FireSmart BC and the Town of Oliver to bring education and...

Oliver Fire Department recounts experience at the Eagle Bluff Wildfire

The Oliver Fire Department (OFD) mobilized and sent two trucks to help battle the Eagle Bluff wildfire that came dangerously close to Osoyoos this...

Bear succumbs to injuries after encounter with car on Hwy. 3 near Anarchist summit

The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department (AMFD) responded to a single vehicle incident (MVI) on Friday, Sept. 8 on Hwy. 3 near Anarchist Summit...

Grassfire in Oliver ignited from crews working on a power pole

The grassfire that ignited yesterday on the western edge of Oliver was caused by work that was being done to a power pole at a construction site on...

Osoyoos, Oliver riders raise money in fight against children's cancer

Osoyoos, Oliver and area cyclists have pedalled over 2,786 km in August, raising more than $15,000 for the fight against children’s cancer....

BC Wildfire Service has now characterized the Tower Hill fire as 'being held'

UPDATE: 3:40 P.M. The wildfire that ignited just west of Oliver today on Tower Hill is now characterized as “being held”. BC Wildfire and...

Senior hiker in South Okanagan backcountry safe after major search and rescue deployment

Search and rescue crews from around the South Okanagan joined together in a lengthy search for an elderly hiker and his dogs, which ended in good...

BC Wildfire Service moves Upper Park Rill Creek to 'being held', continues work on Crater Creek wildfire

There's good news from the wildfire front at the two South Okanagan-Similkameen wildfires on Saturday, as boosted wildfire efforts continue to...

BC Wildfire Service asking dirt bikers to keep out of active fire grounds at South Okanagan-Similkameen wildfires

BC Wildfire Service firefighters are requesting the public to keep out of active fire zones, as area restrictions and evacuation orders remain in...

Ground crews hard at work shoring up containment lines at two South Okanagan-Similkameen wildfires

Wildfire crews in the South Okanagan-Similkameen have made good progress at two wildfires that continue to burn in the region. Near Keremeos, the...

No growth in the two wildfires in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

The two wildfires in the South Okanagan-Similkameen showed little change over Saturday night. The Crater Creek wildfire did not grow, according to...

Cops for Kids will soon be rolling into Oliver

The annual Cops for Kids Ride hits the road next month, with plans to ride through the Oliver Fire Department around 3 p.m. on their way to Osoyoos. ...

BCWS 'firming up containment' on South Okanagan-Similkameen wildfires

Wildfire crews continue their focus on strengthening the guard at two South Okanagan-Similkameen wildfires on Saturday. Fire information officer...
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