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Top Stories for September 19, 2022

Notorious problem house in Rutland being boarded up

Notorious problem house in Rutland being boarded up

Kelowna 5:16 pm - 42,923 views

The neighbours are fed up, the owners are fed up and now, a notorious problem house at 235 Nickel Road is being boarded up. Two days after residents of the...

Was it disrespectful for the prime minister to join a sing-along while in London for the Queen's funeral?

Was it disrespectful for the prime minister to join a sing-along while in London for the Queen's funeral?

Poll 7:30 pm - 36,254 views

A video circulating on social media appears to show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" in London, where he was to attend the...

Search and rescue teams from across the Okanagan team up to find cyclist lost near Angel Springs

Search and rescue teams from across the Okanagan team up to find cyclist lost near Angel Springs

Kelowna 2:11 pm - 26,011 views

He was wet, cold and exhausted, but a Kelowna man is okay after he was rescued from a remote area between Myra Canyon and KLO Creek Regional Park, after...

Queen Elizabeth II mourned at funeral by Britain and world

Queen Elizabeth II mourned at funeral by Britain and world

London 9:36 am - 24,522 views

UPDATE: 9:35 a.m. The queen who ruled the United Kingdom and served as Canada's head of state for seven decades was carried to her final resting place on...

KIJHL fines team, suspends two players following report of 'unacceptable' hazing incident

KIJHL fines team, suspends two players following report of 'unacceptable' hazing incident

KIJHL 1:37 pm - 23,370 views

A junior B hockey league operating in B.C.’s Interior has fined a club and suspended two players — including a 20-year-old team captain — as a...

Former Okanagan Athletics player makes his Major League Baseball debut

Former Okanagan Athletics player makes his Major League Baseball debut

Kelowna 4:00 am - 22,929 views

There was a lot of cheering going on in B.C. when Jared Young got his first Major League Baseball hit during his debut with the Chicago Cubs on Friday, and some...

Mayoral candidate claims election sign damage getting worse but veteran councillor says it’s nothing new

Mayoral candidate claims election sign damage getting worse but veteran councillor says it’s nothing new

Kelowna 4:00 am - 20,040 views

Same problem, different perspectives. Kelowna mayoral candidate Tom Dyas sent out a news release Sunday about damage to election signs. “I know we get...

MusterPoints brings people together who are looking for friendships

MusterPoints brings people together who are looking for friendships

Kelowna 4:00 am - 19,612 views

Suzanne Lafleur was newly single and not wishing to live the dating app life, but she did want to meet new people. While hesitantly turning to the usual dating...

This meteor shower may produce massive, bright 'fireballs' in B.C. skies

This meteor shower may produce massive, bright 'fireballs' in B.C. skies

BC 12:45 pm - 19,055 views

Stargazers will have a couple of reasons to cast their eyes toward the heavens this fall in B.C. As the final days of the Perseid meteor shower waned down...

'Let's riot': Vancouver concert-goers break out into violence after headliner cancels

'Let's riot': Vancouver concert-goers break out into violence after headliner cancels

Vancouver 10:30 am - 18,376 views

The Breakout Festival at the PNE ended in chaos Sunday night after headliner Lil Baby was deemed too ill to perform. "Lil Baby arrived to Breakout Festival...

Russia claims Ottawa embassy was attacked, summons Canada’s ambassador in Moscow

Russia claims Ottawa embassy was attacked, summons Canada’s ambassador in Moscow

Ottawa 11:57 am - 18,069 views

Russia’s foreign ministry summoned Canada’s ambassador on Monday, saying an unidentified person threw a Molotov cocktail at the country’s...

Highway 97 closed north of Armstrong following two vehicle collision

Highway 97 closed north of Armstrong following two vehicle collision

Vernon 7:00 pm - 17,736 views

A portion of Highway 97A north of Armstrong is closed in one direction as a result of a serious collision. The crash occurred sometime shortly before 6 p.m....

Expert flags potential for dental-care clawbacks as result of federal program

Expert flags potential for dental-care clawbacks as result of federal program

Canada 3:49 pm - 17,485 views

A University of Calgary economist warns a new federal dental benefit for children could open families up to the potential for "clawbacks" if they...

More townhouses planned for shores of Shannon Lake

More townhouses planned for shores of Shannon Lake

West Kelowna 3:11 pm - 17,146 views

More townhouses are being proposed for the shores of West Kelowna’s Shannon Lake. City council will consider a development permit application Monday for...

Video shows Trudeau singing Queen anthem 'Bohemian Rhapsody' ahead of queen's funeral

Video shows Trudeau singing Queen anthem 'Bohemian Rhapsody' ahead of queen's funeral

London 12:38 pm - 16,002 views

A video circulating on social media appears to show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" in London, where he was to attend the...

Penticton pair suing BC SPCA over seized dogs, puppies; BC SPCA intends to fight

Penticton pair suing BC SPCA over seized dogs, puppies; BC SPCA intends to fight

Penticton 1:37 pm - 15,656 views

Two Penticton residents are suing the BC SPCA for what they claim were a number of improper steps taken during the seizure of their dogs, but the SPCA intends...

Bill Clinton: 'The world's on fire,' but teamwork can help

Bill Clinton: 'The world's on fire,' but teamwork can help

United States 6:13 am - 15,400 views

Former President Bill Clinton is calling on governments, businesses, philanthropists and prominent institutions to draw together and help a world that is...

California woman gets 18 months for kidnapping hoax

California woman gets 18 months for kidnapping hoax

California 12:38 pm - 14,502 views

A Northern California mother of two was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for faking her own kidnapping so she could go back to a former boyfriend, which...

Cancelled hotel finds new life as on-campus TRU student housing

Cancelled hotel finds new life as on-campus TRU student housing

Kamloops 10:40 am - 14,093 views

A would-be hotel in Kamloops is finding new life as student housing at Thompson Rivers University. Rental vacancies in the Tournament Capital fell below one per...

Strong earthquake shakes Mexico's Pacific coast

Strong earthquake shakes Mexico's Pacific coast

Mexico 11:55 am - 13,531 views

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Mexico's central Pacific coast on Monday, setting off an earthquake alarm in the capital. There were no immediate reports...

Kelowna Gospel Mission holding hiring fair in advance of shelter opening

Kelowna Gospel Mission holding hiring fair in advance of shelter opening

Kelowna 12:33 pm - 13,023 views

The Kelowna Gospel Mission is on a hiring spree as it pushes to open the a new shelter at the former BC Tree Fruits packinghouse on Bay Avenue. The non-profit...

Fatality inquiry begins into death of Calgary teen who weighed 37 pounds when he died

Fatality inquiry begins into death of Calgary teen who weighed 37 pounds when he died

Calgary 10:30 am - 12,410 views

A fatality inquiry has begun in the case of a 15-year-old boy who was discovered dead inside his Calgary home weighing less than 37 pounds. Alexandru Radita...

North Vancouver skunk survives a month trapped in domed ice-cream lid

North Vancouver skunk survives a month trapped in domed ice-cream lid

North Vancouver 6:05 pm - 12,405 views

Some North Vancouver residents are calling for change after rescuing a skunk that survived a month or more with its head stuck in an ice-cream lid. Mira and...

Oilers sign Virtanen to tryout agreement two months after not guilty verdict

Oilers sign Virtanen to tryout agreement two months after not guilty verdict

NHL 10:04 am - 11,667 views

EDMONTON — Jake Virtanen repeated himself throughout Monday’s media availability at Rogers Place. That he did things the right way. That he let the legal...

Stolen Grand Theft Auto footage dumped online in hack

Stolen Grand Theft Auto footage dumped online in hack

Business 1:42 pm - 11,219 views

Video game producer Rockstar Games said Monday that early development footage from the next version of its popular title Grand Theft Auto was stolen in the hack...

Trudeau faces mounting pressure to meet UN Global Fund request

Trudeau faces mounting pressure to meet UN Global Fund request

Canada 8:51 am - 10,817 views

AIDS activists are pressuring the Trudeau government to renew its support for fighting infectious diseases abroad after an embarrassing Montreal conference that...

Family of American says he was freed by Taliban in swap

Family of American says he was freed by Taliban in swap

Afghanistan 6:25 am - 10,619 views

An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years by the Taliban has been released, his family said Monday, as a Taliban drug lord...

Surrey house littered with bullets after early morning shooting

Surrey house littered with bullets after early morning shooting

Surrey 11:52 am - 10,301 views

Police are investigating after an early morning shooting at a house in Surrey, B.C. Surrey RCMP officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 12300-block...

Former swimmer Tewksbury calls queen's funeral 'personal,' proud to represent Canada

Former swimmer Tewksbury calls queen's funeral 'personal,' proud to represent Canada

Canada 5:08 pm - 9,985 views

Former Canadian swim star Mark Tewksbury was among thousands to honour Queen Elizabeth II at her funeral Monday in London. A funeral that was...

Travel industry braces for busy winter season as Canadian travellers ready for sun

Travel industry braces for busy winter season as Canadian travellers ready for sun

Business 3:39 pm - 9,332 views

Travel agents predict a busy season ahead, saying Canadians are ready to visit top sun destinations after two winters of COVID-19 restrictions kept many at...

Civic election: Zach Sawatzky running for Kelowna city council

Civic election: Zach Sawatzky running for Kelowna city council

Kelowna 4:00 am - 9,182 views

Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to city council candidates in both Kelowna and West Kelowna to help voters get to know those putting their names...

Cops For Kids Ride raises more than $375,000 as inflation pushes up grant requests

Cops For Kids Ride raises more than $375,000 as inflation pushes up grant requests

BC Interior 11:27 am - 9,021 views

As the 2022 edition of the Cops for Kids Ride wrapped up in Kelowna Sunday, those welcoming them back from their 1,000-kilometre cycling journey around the...

Canadians tune in to watch London funeral for Queen Elizabeth

Canadians tune in to watch London funeral for Queen Elizabeth

London 6:00 am - 8,458 views

Thousands of Canadians across the country rose early on Monday to watch Queen Elizabeth's funeral in London as the ceremony for the country's...

Ukraine warns of 'nuclear terrorism' after strike near plant

Ukraine warns of 'nuclear terrorism' after strike near plant

Ukraine 6:04 pm - 8,341 views

A Russian missile blasted a crater close to a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine on Monday, damaging nearby industrial equipment but not hitting its three...

Valery Polyakov, took longest single trip to space, dies

Valery Polyakov, took longest single trip to space, dies

Russia 6:11 am - 8,287 views

Valery Polyakov, the Soviet cosmonaut who set the record for the longest single stay in space, has died at age 80, Russia's space agency announced Monday....

Thompson-Okanagan to see sun, seasonal average temperatures this week

Thompson-Okanagan to see sun, seasonal average temperatures this week

Thompson-Okanagan 4:00 am - 8,072 views

A week of sunshine is predicted for the Thompson-Okanagan, with daytime high temperatures forecast to hit seasonal averages from Penticton to Kamloops. Kenneth...

Ottawa scaling back promise to phase out open net-pen salmon farms, critics say

Ottawa scaling back promise to phase out open net-pen salmon farms, critics say

BC 7:16 am - 7,620 views

Environmental groups worry Ottawa is backtracking on its commitment to phase out open net-pen salmon farming in B.C. waters after approving expansions to three...

B.C. whales have their own police — but is it enough to fend off humans?

B.C. whales have their own police — but is it enough to fend off humans?

BC 11:49 am - 6,649 views

Half a nautical mile off Thieves Bay, Scotti Griffin pops the aluminum-hull patrol boat into neutral. We're at the edge of a seven-kilometre-long no-go...

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign will raise money locally for YMCA snack program

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign will raise money locally for YMCA snack program

Kelowna 12:35 pm - 6,436 views

If you’re hungry and need a snack this week, make it a Smile Cookie from Tim Hortons. That’s because the full $1 from every Smile Cookie solid in...

Kelowna's cultural district will be bustling with art on Saturday night

Kelowna's cultural district will be bustling with art on Saturday night

Kelowna 7:00 pm - 6,405 views

The Rotary Centre of the Arts’ Roving Audience Experience returns to Kelowna’s cultural district on Saturday evening. Enjoy free performance art...

New Armstrong mayor has plans to tackle affordable housing

New Armstrong mayor has plans to tackle affordable housing

Armstrong 4:00 am - 6,269 views

Joe Cramer admits he has big shoes to fill. Cramer was acclaimed as the mayor of Armstrong and will take over duties from longtime mayor Chris Pieper. Between...

South Okanagan Naturalists' Club celebrating 60 years

South Okanagan Naturalists' Club celebrating 60 years

South Okanagan 6:00 pm - 6,151 views

The South Okanagan Naturalists' Club is celebrating a milestone 60th birthday with a dinner and retrospective evening at the Penticton Golf and Country...

Items scrubbed due to the cancellation of Monday's city council meeting will be added to Tuesday's agenda

Items scrubbed due to the cancellation of Monday's city council meeting will be added to Tuesday's agenda

Kelowna 8:30 pm - 6,089 views

Kelowna city council will get an earlier than usual start to its meeting schedule Tuesday. Public hearings and Tuesday council meetings typically start at 6...

Opinion: City councils impact on housing costs

Opinion: City councils impact on housing costs

Opinion 3:32 pm - 5,923 views

Buying a home in the Okanagan is expensive. In 2016, the average home in Kelowna cost $473,780. Today, that cost is more than $1million. Not only is housing...

Strike action shuts down operations at Roberts Bank's Westshore coal terminal

Strike action shuts down operations at Roberts Bank's Westshore coal terminal

Tsawwassen 12:40 pm - 5,884 views

Strike action at Westshore Terminals’ coal export facility at Roberts Bank in Tsawwassen has shut down operations, port officials confirmed Monday....

Coldstream's Lina Augaitis crowned Canadian SUP champion

Coldstream's Lina Augaitis crowned Canadian SUP champion

Coldstream 10:42 am - 5,847 views

A Coldstream woman swept the field in national stand up paddleboarding competition over the weekend. Lina Augaitis Dye was competing in the Whipper Snapper SUP...

Fiona slams Dominican Republic after pounding Puerto Rico

Fiona slams Dominican Republic after pounding Puerto Rico

Dominican Republic 9:54 am - 5,597 views

Hurricane Fiona roared over the Dominican Republic on Monday, a day after knocking out power to all of Puerto Rico and causing damage the governor described as...

Sex assault trial starts for military officer who led COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Sex assault trial starts for military officer who led COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Quebec 6:18 am - 5,575 views

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s sexual assault trial is scheduled to begin in a Gatineau courthouse this morning. The trial comes more than a year after the...

Nature photographer develops close relationship with Interior osprey

Nature photographer develops close relationship with Interior osprey

Kaslo 4:00 am - 5,388 views

A recently retired marine industry worker will be spending more time pursuing her passion for photography and nature now that she has more time on her hands. ...

Civic election: Stephen Johnston running for West Kelowna city council

Civic election: Stephen Johnston running for West Kelowna city council

West Kelowna 9:00 am - 5,026 views

Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to city council candidates in both Kelowna and West Kelowna to help voters get to know those putting their names...

Queen honoured in procession, commemorative service in Victoria, B.C.

Queen honoured in procession, commemorative service in Victoria, B.C.

Victoria 1:37 pm - 4,993 views

Dignitaries including British Columbia's premier and lieutenant-governor joined a commemorative service Monday in honour of Queen Elizabeth in the capital...

Bake the World a Better Place pie fundraiser coming to Kelowna in support of Central Okanagan Food Bank

Bake the World a Better Place pie fundraiser coming to Kelowna in support of Central Okanagan Food Bank

Kelowna 4:00 am - 4,967 views

A baked pie goes a long way! The Central Okanagan Food Bank (COFB) is hosting its third annual Bake the World a Better Place pie fundraiser to ensure that...

Canadians to pay homage to late Queen Elizabeth with parade, ceremony in Ottawa

Canadians to pay homage to late Queen Elizabeth with parade, ceremony in Ottawa

Ottawa 6:34 am - 4,617 views

Canadians will honour the long life and reign of their late queen with a televised ceremony and parade today. Members of the military and RCMP will parade...

Canadians need to diversify their investments more

Canadians need to diversify their investments more

It's Your Money 4:00 am - 4,355 views

Having a well-diversified portfolio means owning a wide variety of assets with the goal to reduce your overall portfolio risk. Having stocks in just a handful...

Safer opioid supply program leads to drop in hospitalizations, ER visits: study

Safer opioid supply program leads to drop in hospitalizations, ER visits: study

Canada 6:09 am - 4,277 views

Safe opioid supply programs can significantly cut down on emergency department visits and hospitalizations for people at high risk for overdose, new research...

Kamloops Crime Stoppers' weekly wanted list

Kamloops Crime Stoppers' weekly wanted list

Kamloops 10:58 am - 4,031 views

The following individuals were wanted by Kamloops RCMP as of the time of publication. Jeremy Orr-Hall Syryph Campbell Travis Hals

Queen's death leaves questions about vacated military patronage posts

Queen's death leaves questions about vacated military patronage posts

Canada 9:56 am - 3,955 views

Queen Elizabeth's death has left more than a dozen Canadian Armed Forces units without a patron, and prompted one expert to question how such appointments...

Get ready for comfort food as fall approaches in Penticton

Get ready for comfort food as fall approaches in Penticton

Penticton 4:00 am - 3,913 views

"Four seasons of fun" is an ongoing collaboration between Castanet and Visit Penticton showcasing what Penticton has to offer all year round. Watch...

Kamloops RCMP says crime prevention unit to be staffed, will focus on prolific offenders

Kamloops RCMP says crime prevention unit to be staffed, will focus on prolific offenders

Kamloops 4:00 am - 3,760 views

Kamloops RCMP will be putting more resources towards dealing with prolific offenders as part of the detachment’s crime reduction strategy, according to a...

Getting comfortable with video

Getting comfortable with video

The Art of Speaking 11:00 am - 3,407 views

Have you been thinking you should produce more video content, but you hate watching recordings of yourself? Whether the process feels uncomfortable, or you...

Orbis Sports now in Okanagan to provide fun and games for your next event

Orbis Sports now in Okanagan to provide fun and games for your next event

Sponsored Content 12:01 am - 3,173 views

Some companies can say they take sports and games to the next level, but Orbis Sports has the ability to go even higher than that. That is because the company,...

Vernon incumbent 'disappointed' by campaign sign vandalism

Vernon incumbent 'disappointed' by campaign sign vandalism

Vernon 12:33 pm - 3,025 views

Victor Cumming says he's "very disappointed" after a large campaign sign of the incumbent Vernon mayor was vandalized. A re-election sign on...

City of Kamloops councillor candidate profile: Caroline King

City of Kamloops councillor candidate profile: Caroline King

Kamloops 4:00 am - 2,921 views

Castanet Kamloops is going to help you get to know the candidates running for city councillor over the next few weeks. Every weekday morning starting on Sept....

Vernon's Sun Valley Cruise-In donates to local SPCA shelter

Vernon's Sun Valley Cruise-In donates to local SPCA shelter

Vernon 11:03 am - 2,733 views

The return of Vernon's Sun Valley Cruise-In car show was a "smashing success," organizers say. And, now that the dust has settled, the show is...

Bearhole Lake fire near Tumbler Ridge now considered 'held'

Bearhole Lake fire near Tumbler Ridge now considered 'held'

Tumbler Ridge 9:33 am - 2,524 views

The Bearhole Lake wildfire near Tumbler Ridge and Kelly Lake is now considered held. The B.C. Wildfire Service said in an update Sunday the fire is no longer...

Armstrong Regional Co-op Fuel Good Day returns in support of local charities

Armstrong Regional Co-op Fuel Good Day returns in support of local charities

Vernon 5:00 pm - 2,030 views

Fill up and feel good on Tuesday. Armstrong Regional Co-op's Fuel Good Day is back. Ten cents from every litre of fuel sold at all Armstrong Regional Co-op...

Crowd of 100 turns out for Kamloops ceremony honouring life of Queen Elizabeth II

Crowd of 100 turns out for Kamloops ceremony honouring life of Queen Elizabeth II

Kamloops 1:45 pm - 1,979 views

About 100 attendees gathered in Riverside Park for a ceremony commemorating Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, the day of her funeral, many bringing flowers to lay...

Eat a cookie and help a kid at South Okanagan Tim Hortons locations this week

Eat a cookie and help a kid at South Okanagan Tim Hortons locations this week

South Okanagan 10:53 am - 1,752 views

What better excuse to eat a cookie than to help a kid in your own community? Tim Hortons' annual Smile Cookie fundraiser is back at locations in the South...

Kamloops RCMP report 28 thefts from vehicles, seven bike thefts first week of September

Kamloops RCMP report 28 thefts from vehicles, seven bike thefts first week of September

Kamloops 6:00 pm - 1,705 views

There were 28 thefts from motor vehicles and seven bike thefts reported to Kamloops police over a period of one week in early September. Kamloops RCMP...