Despite all the snow we’ve had lately, the snow pack levels in the mountains around the Okanagan are lower than normal. The latest measurements put them at 79 percent of where they should be. As of February 1st, Big White Mountain had a snow-water equivalent of 179 millimetres, which is 56 percent of normal with about 2 months of accumulation left to go.
Older adults are invited to the YMCA on Hartman Road today for a seniors health checkup. They’ll be doing 1 on 1 assessments including blood sugar and pressure, cardio endurance and strength. It begins at 8 this morning and the last appointment will be at noon. There’s no charge.
You may be surprised to hear that millennials are concerned about rising government debt. Two thousand people born in the 80s and 90s were asked about the federal debt and deficit. In BC, 34 percent said it’s a major problem that should be dealt with now and 42 percent when the economy improves. 21 percent said it’s a minor problem and 3 percent said ‘meh’.
Five local business students battled their way to first place at UBC Okanagan’s inaugural Inventathon and won 600 dollars for their innovative and socially conscious business idea, Refresh. Three were from Okanagan College and 2 from UBCO. Their idea was a mobile refrigerated to go to grocery stores, cafeterias and even restaurants to pick up high quality food that was slated for waste, but then operate as a mobile food vendor.
The provincial government is appealing the acquittal of a man from Bountiful who had been charged with taking a 15 year old girl across the border to marry a 24 year old U-S man. In his ruling, the judge said the Crown didn’t prove that James Oler actually crossed the border. In the same trial earlier this month, the judge found Brandon and Gail Blackmore guilty of the charge of taking a girl across the border for a sexual purpose in 2004.
It’s going to be dangerous in the back country for the next few days. The Canadian Avalanche Centre has set the danger rating at ‘considerable’ for the treeline and above. It says the new snow that has fallen at higher elevations this week has yet to stabilize and the effect it could have on deeper, weak layers isn’t known.
A website called CarRentals.com has put Kelowna on its list of the 33 most scenic towns to drive through in North America. It talks going through the vines of Mission Hill Winery and Quails Gate – though I think the wineries would frown on you actually driving through the vineyards – and their unobstructed views of Okanagan Lake. There are also mentions of Big White and Silver Star. Squamish was the only other town in BC to get a mention.
The deadline has been extended for anyone wanting to nominate a person or business for a Civic & Community Award in Kelowna. The awards recognize outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations whose contributions and achievements benefited the city in 2016. The deadline is now next Tuesday and you can get all the info on the city’s website…. kelowna.ca
RCMP are warning about a new scam involving your computer. The Cerber Ransomware scam usually opens in your email and immediately starts to infect your computer via a pop up window that demands you pay a ransom such as bitcoins in order to regain full access. The main way to avoid it is to never click on a pop-up that claims your computer has a virus and don’t open unknown attachments.
Vancouver Canucks lost 4-3 in St. Louis last night to wrap up their 6 game road trip. Calgary visits Rogers Arena tomorrow night.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby hit 1,000 points for his NHL career with an assist midway through the first period against the Jets yesterday. He’s the 86th NHL player to reach the milestone.
Kelowna Rockets have Spokane in town tonight. The game’s on Sportsnet at 7. Tomorrow night, the Rockets host Prince George.
On the West side, the Warriors are in Penticton tonight and have Victoria at Royal LePage Place tomorrow night at 7.