Did you see the Jeep hung up on the concrete divider Saturday night?
Police would like to talk to witnesses of a crash just before 10:30pm.
It happened on Hwy 97 near Loyd Road.
The driver, a Kelowna woman in her 20’s, did not report any injuries at the time.
She is currently the subject of an ongoing impaired investigation
UPDATE – RCMP say Tasha Dawn Smith has been located safe and sound.
Missing x 2
Police are looking for 2 missing people.
38 year old Tasha Dawn Smith is wanted for 1 count of Breach of Probation.
She was last seen on January 19th this year.
There is nothing to indicate foul play at this time and police believe she is either in Kelowna or the Kootenay’s region.
Since the disappearance of Tasha Smith, police have followed up on several leads and possible sightings, however Tasha remains missing.
Description of Tasha Smith:
“5 ft 5 in (165 cm);
“141 lbs (64 kg);
Thomas Feeley was last seen February 24th this year.
There is nothing to indicate foul play at this time.
Since Thomas Feeley’s disappearance, police have followed up on several leads and possible sightings, however Thomas remains missing.
Description of Thomas Feeley:
“5 ft 9 in (175 cm);
“161 lbs (73 kg);
Pruning The Greenway
Heads up on the Mission Creek Greenway for the next few weeks.
From now through the 24th, sections may be closed for hazard tree removal, pruning and vegetation maintenance.
This work is taking place along the trail on the north side of Mission Creek between Lakeshore Road upstream to Mission Creek Regional Park and along the south Creekside trail between Lakeshore Road upstream to Casorso Road.
Some changes coming to a lower Mission park and parking lot.
A portion of a City-owned property in the 33 hundred block of Lakeshore is now on the market to support upgrades to Boyce-Gyro Park and establish a residential and commercial mixed-use development.
This site, currently being used as a temporary gravel parking lot, is to be subdivided and rezoned to park and mixed-use.
The first annual Ski2Tree relay race will be happening this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The six-stage event includes snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, road and mountain biking, running and paddling and will travel from the Nordic Centre on McCulloch Road to the finish line at the Water Street boat launch in City Park.
To accommodate a transition area, one of the parking lots along the Mission Creek greenway on the southeast side of the creek on Spiers Road and KLO Road will be closed to the public.
Runners will also be running along the greenway to Lakeshore Road before making their way to City Park to travel along the promenade to the Water Street boat launch.
No major road closures are planned for the event.
The Water Street boat launch will be closed to the public for the duration of the event.
If you’re not in to spray…speak up.
The deadline to register for the City of Kelowna’s pesticide notification is this Sunday, March 12th.
You can sign up and add your name to the annual registry to be informed when pesticide spraying occurs on residential properties adjacent to yours.
Registration is available online at kelowna.ca/environment, where residents will be asked to provide their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day-before notification and reasons for registering. Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556.
Registrants will be notified by commercial spray operators on the day before or the same day as the pesticide is applied to abutting residential properties. The registry notification does not cover pesticide application on agricultural properties.
For the registry to be kept accurate and up to date, residents who wish to be notified must sign up each year. Those included in the 2016 registry will need to register again if they wish to be included in this year’s notification program.
There are a number of ways to have a healthy yard without using pesticides, such as using a compost like OgoGrow or GlenGrow. For more information about the City’s pesticide regulation bylaw or pesticide-free yard tips, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
WestJet has announced it will begin red-eye service from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) starting May 18th.
WestJet currently offers year-round, non-stop service between Kelowna and Toronto.
The second daily flight will depart YLW at 12:05 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 7:15 a.m., just in time to catch one of more than 180 WestJet-operated and airline partner flights to destinations around the globe, including over 55 daily destinations throughout eastern Canada, the United States and Europe.
Fraud Prevention Month
March is fraud prevention month.
The Canadian Bankers Association wants to help you protect yourself.
“Dear customer, your account has been hacked. Click on this link to sign into your account and restore it.”
If you have received an email like this recently, chances are scammers tried to target you.
Three telltale signs they’re phishing:
o General greetings: Criminals will often start a phishing email with a generalized greeting such as “dear customer”, because they don’t know who you are. Phishing emails are usually sent out to thousands of people hoping to “hook” a few victims.
o Urgency and warnings: The email will have a sense of urgency and include warnings that your bank accounts may be closed, or your access will be limited if you don’t reply or provide information right away. e.g. “your account has been hacked.”
o Demands for sensitive information: Criminals will often ask you to disclose personal information such as a credit card number, bank account number or your online banking password, e.g. “sign into your account.” Your bank would never call you or send you an email asking for this information.
UBC-O Science Fair
It’s time for another spectacular display of innovation and inquiry as Central Okanagan Public Schools students show off their science projects for the 2017 Science Fair at University of British Columbia – Okanagan.
This year’s event is even more inviting to the local community because, in addition to the Competitive Fair and Celebrate Inquiry events, both students and the general public will spark their curiosity with presentations from UBC professors.
To foster the next steps for budding scientists, UBC students will also showcase their research projects to younger learners and the general public.
The event is open to the public .
All events take place at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus.
Friday, March 10
Engineering, Management and Education Building
4:30 – 7:30pm: Competitive student projects and UBC showcase tables are open for public viewing, judging.
Saturday, March 11
Engineering, Management and Education Building
9:30 – 11:30am: Student projects and UBC showcase tables are open for public viewing.
11:45 – 12:20pm: Presentation (35 min.) – Engineering with Light – Prof. Jonathan Holtzman
11:45 – 12:25 p.m.: Presentation (40 min.) – Prof. Ray Taheri-Ardebili
12:30 – 1:10pm: Presentation (40 min.) – What is Chemistry (and Why Should I Care)? – Prof. Stephen McNeil
Dry Grad BC Liquor
BC Liquor Stores are once again encouraging you to support the annual Support Dry Grad Campaign, an initiative that raises funds for public and independent schools to host safe, alcohol-free celebration events for graduating high school students.
Chocolates are being sold in stores for $1 with all the proceeds going directly to schools in the local community.
The campaign runs until March 31 at which time the money is divided up, based on the number of graduating students in each school.
Almost $365,000 was raised last year for dry grad events.
Some of the activities included:
* Camping and watersport weekend
* Banquet and social
* Vancouver Harbour cruise
* Chaperoned dance with DJ
* Event at the Vancouver Aquarium
* Supervised games at Burnaby 8 Rinks
This year, 55 public school districts and 59 independent schools have applied for funding. All participating schools must sign an agreement that the money is only to be used toward graduation celebrations that are alcohol-free.
BC Liquor Stores’ Support Dry Grad campaign reinforces its commitment to corporate social responsibility, preventing underage drinking and giving back to the communities it serves.
The average price for an Okanagan house is 480-thousand dollars — up 13 percent over a year ago.
Anthony Bastiaanssen (Bastion-sen) of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, says one reason is 30 percent less homes on the market.
Market activity is picking up, but sales volume is 10 percent lower than a year ago.