As Okanagan Lake continues to rise, crews have started to install barriers in strategic locations to help prevent flooding. Adding barriers in front of about 15 homes between Royal Avenue and Atwood Place will protect Kelowna General Hospital. On the west side, work has been ongoing at Pritchard Park and Pebble Park. The dog beach in West Kelowna (below) usually has about 50 feet of play area to the lake
BEER FEST WINNERS
The ballots have been counted and the winners announced from the Great Okanagan Beer Festival on the weekend. In 3rd place and winner of a draught contract at Smoke’s Poutinerie was Mt. Begbie Brewing from Revelstoke. Howe Sound Brewing from Squamish was second and won a draught contract at the 97 Street Pub… and in first place, winning a draught contract at the Train Station Pub was Port Moody’s Yellow Dog Brewing.
AIR BILL OF RIGHTS
The federal government has introduced legislation to force airlines to create clear standards of treatment and compensation for passengers. That includes those who are denied boarding, delays while already on board and lost or damaged baggage. And airlines won’t be able to bump passengers off a flight against their will.
WK PUBLIC HEARING
Two big initiatives are up for discussion at a public hearing this evening in West Kelowna. On the agenda are carriage houses and secondary suites and possible development changes for 5 properties on Gellatly Bay. The hearing gets underway at 6pm at the Westbank Lions Hall on Main Street.
TALK DON’T TEXT
A professor at UBC Okanagan says if a friend is going through a tough time, the best thing you can do is talk – don’t text. Susan Holtzman says in studies, respondents’ positive mood was significantly higher after receiving in-person support, compared to those who got texts. She adds social support has been identified as one of the most powerful predictors of well-being.
To state the obvious… yeah, it has been a lot colder than normal around here. The average high for this time of year in Kelowna is 21. Yesterday, with fresh snow at the higher elevations, the high at the airport reached 13. However, the forecast is calling for warmer temps and sunny skies for the long weekend.
BOATS SLOW DOWN
A caller to Power 104 is begging power boaters to slow down on Okanagan Lake. He says the wake they’re causing is pushing water up on the sandbags protecting property. There is also concern that it could cause erosion in areas that aren’t usually affected by water with the lake being so high.
It’s not a cheque, but a survey is in the mail for 1,000 West Kelowna residents. It’s one of the tools Council uses in setting priorities during budget talks as people are asked to comment on quality and importance on a variety of services. If you’d like to fill one out online, go to the http://westkelownacity.ca website.
Just when you think there’s nothing more that could surprise you from the U-S White House, comes news that President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn. Trump apparently told Comey that the former National Security Advisor is ‘a good guy’. Comey had kept notes of all his meetings with the President and reportedly shared this one’s existence with senior FBI officials.
NHL last night, in Nashville the Predators scored a late power play goal to beat Anaheim 2-1 and also take a 2-1 lead in their West final.
Pittsburgh is in Ottawa tonight with that East final tied at a game each.
At the World Hockey Championships, Canada wrapped up the preliminary round with a 5-2 win over Finland and will play Germany in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 11am.
In the majors, Atlanta dumped the Blue Jays 9-5.