Missing 16 Year Old FOUND
RCMP have let us know Payton has been found safe and sound.
West Kelowna RCMP are asking for helping in finding a missing teen.
Payton Thornton was last heard from by his family on March 13th and reported to police as missing on March 24th.
There is nothing to indicate foul play at this time and police believe he is either in West Kelowna or Kelowna.
Since Payton’s disappearance, police have followed up on several leads, however he remains missing.
Police are concerned for Payton’s health and well-being as his family report that it is out of character for him to be out of contact for this long.
Description of Payton Thornton:
Caucasian male youth;
5 ft 7 in (170 cm);
150 lbs (68 kg);
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Payton is urged to contact their local police, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
It appears the problem of illegal dumping isn’t getting any better in the region.
Members of the Okanagan Forest Task Force were out recently and found a burnt out car, hot tub cut in half, giant tv with projector and very sadly a dead dog that appears to have been dumped.
The area off Postill Lake Road in Ellison had just been cleaned up last October by OFTF members and volunteers.
Likes to report dumping or to get involved in the on-going clean up of our back country are up on our news blog.
If you recognized the dog please contact Conservation at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or OFTF at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please support OFTF by making a donation on their website, or download the app Clean the Creek and help report illegal dumps sites in the Okanagan.
Follow and find out how you can help OFTF by clicking here, http://www.okanaganforesttaskforce.com or the Facebook page.
Knox Mountain Drive
Now that spring temperatures have arrived, the bottom half of Knox Mountain Drive will be open to traffic starting today.
The gate to the first lookout will open at 9:30 a.m. with the upper half of Knox Mountain Drive set to open in two weeks, weather permitting.
Knox Mountain Drive is open to vehicles 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Knox Mountain Park is open daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Portions of the Apex Trail between the first lookout and the peak are currently closed for maintenance.
The work will wrap up this week and the trail will be fully open to the public by April 1.
For the safety of all park users and wildlife, dog owners are reminded that dogs must be on-leash when in the park.
Owners are reminded to bring bags to pick up after their dogs and to properly dispose of the waste in a garbage bin.
Residents are also reminded that smoking is prohibited in all City parks.
ORT & Bike BC
Kelowna will receive almost 7 hundred 78 thousand dollars in BikeBC funding this year for the Okanagan Rail Trail (Dilworth Drive to Airport Way).
The project is part of $9.25 million in funding this year for cycling infrastructure projects throughout the province, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and improvements to roads and highways to increase safety for cyclists.
Through B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan, the ministry has now committed $20 million over three years to the BikeBC program.
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists.
As the weather warms and we start thinking about camping again…heads up on this lake.
The threat of land slide activity has caused the Provincial Government to order the evacuation of the Pinaus Lake Resort near Falkland.
Slide activity has been noted in the area and ongoing testing shows the area isn’t stable.
Some people who’ve been in the area for 30 or more years are in shock.
The bigwigs are out at Kelowna’s Airport today for an announcement.
This is provincial money related to a special funding announcement.
You’ll hear more after the event at 11:30 this morning.
Ashcroft Carbon Monoxide Deaths
The BC Coroners Service is investigating after two adults and two children were found dead in their home near Ashcroft on Friday.
Working with the assistance of the RCMP and the BC Safety Authority, foul play has been ruled out and the focus of the investigation is on a suspected occurrence of carbon monoxide gas in the residence.
Toxicological examinations are underway with results expected later this week.
Carbon monoxide is an odourless and tasteless gas produced during the burning of any fossil fuel (gasoline, natural or propane gas, wood, etc.).
If you suspect you have been exposed to carbon monoxide gas, leave the residence immediately and seek urgent medical assistance.