So far so good. There was rain in the Kelowna area overnight but there have been no new evacuations or reports of flooding. However, we’re cautioned that streams and creeks could still rise rapidly as rain that fell in the mountains combines with melting snow on its way down to Okanagan Lake. The Westbank First Nation became the latest to declare a local state of emergency and has closed all beaches on its land as the lake level continues to rise. The Regional District has also expanded the closure of its parks – we’ve put the list on our Facebook page. Keep yourself updated at http://cordemergency.ca
Nothing like a call about a man walking around with a gun to generate some police action. That’s what happened yesterday afternoon as officers and the air unit converged on an area just north of Sexsmith by the highway. RCMP say a man with a soft air pistol was taken into custody.
Moodys has downgraded the credit ratings for Canada’s big banks. The agency cites the high amount of debt Canadians carry and housing prices leading to a ‘challenging operating environment’. A downgrade means potentially higher borrowing costs for banks that could be passed along to us.
More and more people are travelling through Kelowna International Airport. YLW says it handled just over 146-thousand passengers last month. That’s up 22 percent from a year ago. Every month this year has seen an increase over 2016.
Lots of events today at the Great Okanagan Beer Festival leading up to tomorrow’s main event at Waterfront Park. Our own Sue Tyler will be there – and possibly doing some sampling – from 11-3 tomorrow. More than 50 craft brewers will have their creations available. Part of the park will be closed to all but ticketholders from 10am to 10pm. More info and ticket stuff on our website and click on events.
Fourteen members of the Kelowna and West Kelowna RCMP have been named member’s of Alexa’s Team for their efforts in getting drunk drivers off the road. Police in this area are credited for separating 441 drivers from their cars last year. The team is named for Alexa Middelaer who was killed by an alcohol impaired driver in 2008, while feeding a horse with her aunt in Delta.
If you went through all your reading material this past winter, tomorrow might be the day to restock. A Big Book Sale to support families in El Salvador will be held from 9 to noon in the hall at First United Church at Bernard and Richter. All the money raised goes for scholarships and projects in a small rural community.
The NHL western conference final begins tonight in Anaheim with the Ducks hosting the Predators. The game’s on CBC at 6pm.
The east final starts tomorrow in Pittsburgh at 4 with the Senators visiting the Pens. It’s also on CBC.
At the World Hockey Championships in Europe, Canada beat France 3-2 and is now 4&0 in the preliminary round. We play Switzerland tomorrow. It’s on TSN at 11am.
The Jays and Mariners kicked off a series at Rogers Centre yesterday. Justin Smoak had a 4 RBI night helping Toronto to a 7-2 win.