There’s an all-candidates forum tonight for the Kelowna-West riding. The only candidate that will not be there is the current MLA – Premier Christy Clark. The Greater Westside Board of Trade has been told that Kelowna-Mission’s Steve Thompson will fill in for Clark. It starts at 630 at the Lions Community Hall.
An accident at a car dealership in Penticton claimed the life of an employee. Apparently the man in his 30s got pinned between 2 vehicles at Skaha Ford. He was pronounced dead at hospital. The Coroner and Worksafe BC are investigating.
Today’s the last day you have to file your 2016 tax return without the chance of being penalized. Self-employed people have until June 15th. If you’re certain you’re getting a refund, you should be okay. If you owe money, it’s a 5 percent penalty on what you owe plus 1 percent for each month you’re late.
Better water is on the way for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. Kelowna Council will consider a budget amendment today to get work started sooner on connecting the city to those in the southeast. The multi-year project got a 44 Million dollar kick-start from the Clean Water and Waste Fund. The connection could be complete by early 2020.
OPEN BURNING OVER
Just a reminder that open outdoor burning for property owners with more than 1 hectare has ended for the season. It wrapped up at sunset yesterday as the woods start to dry out. If conditions are favourable open burning will resume on October 1st in the regional district.
If you’ve been looking for Dad’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – the ones WITHOUT oatmeal, you can stop looking. They’re not being made anymore. The company behind the brand says it was a decision based on sales and it hopes customers will try different varieties. In the meantime, you’ll have to find a different cookie to dip in a glass of milk.
The old Western Star truck plant has a new owner and is getting a makeover. U-Haul has bought the 250-thousand square foot building on Enterprise and is converting it into a storage facility. It will have more than 1,000 indoor units of various sizes in addition to its usual truck and trailer rental business.
An early call out for Kelowna firefighters on Saturday. The occupants of a house in Woods Road had managed to put out a small fire, but KFD checked to make sure it hadn’t got anywhere else as there was a small deck directly above the fire. The fire itself wasn’t suspicious but firefighters remind the public to safely discard any smoking materials in a noncombustible container.
High water levels from the Spring runoff have closed the lower trail access in Canyon Falls Park leading down to the falls. However park users can still view the falls from the upper bench without hiking down the trail. It will reopen once water levels subside. Crews will also continue with trail to improve access to the falls and minimize erosion.
Kelowna Rockets said goodbye to their fans and Prospera Place for the season yesterday after a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds. Seattle took the series 4 games to 2.
NHL playoffs yesterday saw Nashville go up 2 games to 1 in their series with St. Louis thanks to a 3-1 win.
And in Edmonton, Anaheim scored 3 goals in the first period and went on to double the Oilers 6-3. Edmonton still leads the series 2-1 with game 4 on Wednesday in Edmonton.
With their next playoff game in Edmonton not until Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks are getting outta Dodge and coming here. Apparently they plan to practice at Prospera today and tomorrow. No word yet on if they’ll be open to the public.
Just one game in the NHL tonight. The Capitals are in Pittsburgh with the Penguins up 2-0.