West Kelowna Fire Rescue had their hands full and their hoses busy yesterday afternoon, with a barn fire on a farm off Hayman Road.
The structure was close to a home too.
The barn is a total loss but was not suspicious.
No one and no animals were hurt.
Help ID Robbery Suspect
RCMP have released a picture of a robbery suspect from last Monday night.
Around 8:30pm, a cab driver was held up near Lawrence and Richter.
The suspect allegedly physically attacked and threatened the driver when asked to pay his tab over $45.
The threat was also what appeared to be used needles.
The suspect who fled from the taxi cab on foot with the cab drivers cellular device, is described as a Native male, of slim build, approx. 5’ 7 tall, wearing a hooded beige jacket, jeans and a blue baseball cap.
Anyone able to identify the robbery suspect or anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. 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.
West Kelowna Rollover
One person was taken to hospital after a rollover accident Sunday evening on Glenrosa Road.
The 18 year old driver was not hurt and 2 other passengers had non-life threatening injuries.
The green Jeep YJ flipped in the 44 hundred block.
No charges have been laid.
Missing Couple FOUND
RCMP say the man and woman who were reported missing on April 3, 2017 have both been located.
The Lake Country RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 24-year-old man and 20-year-old woman reported missing have both been located, safe and sound.
Police are asking for help in finding a missing Lake Country couple.
Sara Olesky and Braydon Bliss were last seen by family Saturday.
Police are concerned about their health and well being.
Description of Sara Oleksy:
5 ft 7 in (170 cm);
139 lbs (63 kg);
blonde hair with a ‘bob’ cut;
She was last seen wearing:
black leather jacket;
black strap sandals;
Description of Braydon Bliss:
5 ft 11 in (180 cm);
141 lbs (64 kg);
He was last seen wearing:
a Crooks and Castle hoodie;
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Sara Oleksy or Braydon Bliss 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.
The YMCA’s Jumpstart Employment Essentials Kelowna program is receiving $794,476 in federal government funding.
Each year, the Government of Canada invests millions through the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people overcome barriers and gain the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs.
The Y’s program will get almost 795 thousand.
These barriers include, but are not limited to, challenges faced by recent immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, single parent youth, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth, and youth living in rural or remote areas.
Planning for fun ways to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial year has been underway at Festivals Kelowna for the past two years and now the society is ready to launch the first of their projects this month.
“150 Banners for 150 Years by 150 Citizens” is the start to a series of events and activities designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday and engage Kelowna’s citizens all year long.
50 citizens are being invited to paint 150 banners depicting Canadian imagery and their own interpretation of “My Canada” – it’s past, present, and future.”
More details and how to sign up are up on our news blog…
Working within 10 broad themes, community members will paint their own personal vision onto a canvas within such themes as Our Provinces, Agriculture, Technology, Prominent People of Canada, Arts & Culture, Diversity and more. People can sign up on www.Eventbrite.com for one of 11 workshops that will be held on various days at OPUS Arts Supplies on Ellis Street. All painting supplies will be provided thanks to the generosity of Canadian Heritage, the City of Kelowna, and OPUS Arts Supplies and there is room for a maximum of 10 people per workshop. Workshops will be 3 hours in length and people should plan to complete their banner during this time so as to accommodate other participants.
“This is going to be such a fun project that we are encouraging people to come on their own or sign up a group of friends or family and make a night of it,” enthuses Lisa Brown, Project Coordinator for Festivals Kelowna. “As an artist myself, I love the idea of encouraging people to explore their inner artist in a way that isn’t intimidating or daunting.” Participants are welcome to bring along pictures or other items to provide inspiration and local artists will be onsite to assist during the workshops.
The finished banners will be hung at local Canada 150 events throughout the summer and returned to participants in late September to keep as a memento of their role in this milestone in our Country’s history.
Small Shop Saturday
Shopping local keeps the community and economy moving forward.
This weekend is another Small Shop Saturday.
119 participating businesses in Downtown Kelowna are offering a special sale, event or demonstration during Small Shop to help promote themselves and encourage you to shop within their store.
Plus when visitors to Downtown make a purchase in a participating business they will be given a ballot for a chance to win $250 to spend Downtown Kelowna.
As an added bonus the Downtown Kelowna Association has worked with the City to provide FREE PARKING on the street, City owned parking lots and in the two parkades.
Lifelong local resident, retired businessman and philanthropist George Galbraith believed in the Okanagan Rail Trail from the start, and now has stepped up to kick off the spring community campaign to finish the trail.
Galbraith has offered 150 thousand dollars on behalf of his pioneering parents and grandparents in the vally.
He’s also offering to match donations up to another 150 thousand…on donations made up to June 30th…the day before Canada’s 150th birthday.
More details and the link to make a donation are up on our news blog.
“When I first heard about the CN abandonment and the concept of rails to trails, it was a distant vision with huge potential”, says Galbraith. “Now the project is well on its way, and I believe that together, we can reach the fundraising target so that the trail from Kelowna to the North Okanagan can be safe and open by next year.”
“Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, I am making a two pronged donation towards the fantastic legacy of the rail trail”, announced George.
“In honour of my parents and grandparents, I am making an initial $150,000 donation. Both sets of my grandparents, John and Frances Galbraith and Harold and Effie Ewer, were pioneers in the Okanagan in the early 1900″s. My parents, Harold and Lillian Galbraith, similarly worked in the Okanagan and contributed greatly to the community. It is an honour to donate to the Okanagan Rail Trail in their memory.”
Wanting to encourage and support other donors to help finish the trail, George is offering more than the single donation. “I will also match donations, up to $150,000, made from today until June 30th, the day before Canada’s 150th birthday. I want to see the trail developed so that it is safe and enduring, and finished soon so I can enjoy biking the trail with my grandchildren.”
“The generous donation from George Galbraith, and the offer to match an additional $150,000 will add another $450,000 which will go a long way towards finishing the trail” says Trail Ambassador Laurie Postill. “With response from donors from Kelowna to North Okanagan who want to effectively double their donation, the campaign could fund the third of four stages of trail development.”
Kelowna Trail Ambassador Heather Stewart adds, “The fundraising campaign is now over half way, and with another great season of fundraising, we can truly connect our communities with this fabulous trail. The rail trail website and Facebook page lists the many upcoming events, and other opportunities for our community to get involved.”
More information on the trail route, construction stages, and how the community can be involved is available on: www.okanaganrailtrail.ca and on Facebook.