It’s going to be a hot weekend, but the Emergency Operations Centre would really like boaters to stay off the lake, or at the very least, keep it slow. They are still advising people to stay away from the banks of creeks and streams as they could be undermined. Even with the cooler weather on Wednesday, Okanagan Lake rose above its record 1948 level of 343 metres yesterday and officials expect it to go higher as the upper level snow continues a rapid melt. A number of lakefront homes on the west side were put on evacuation alert. Beaches are still closed, water advisories are still in place and sandbags are still available. Keep yourself up to date at http://cordemergency.ca
Don’t forget tomorrow is the semi- annual Trunk Sale at Okanagan College. It’s put on by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, and there will be over 150 vendors selling their stuff straight from the trunks of their vehicles. It goes from 8-noon in parking lot 17 next to the student residence building.
Vernon’s well known heron population has literally suffered a significant blow. More than two dozen babies died after being knocked out of their nests during Tuesday night’s windstorm. A wildlife expert says about a third of the colony was wiped out, but he feels the remaining birds will be able to re-populate next spring.
British Columbia political icon Grace McCarthy has died. She was called the ‘First Lady’ of the Social Credit party and served as a cabinet member in the governments of WAC Bennett, his son Bill and Bill VanderZalm. McCarthy was one of the biggest promoters of this province and was instrumental in getting Ottawa to allow single women to have a mortgage without a male guarantor. She was 89.
Looks like some money from Ottawa will be flying Kelowna Flightcraft’s way. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr and the federal Labour Minister will be at KF Aerospace at the airport this morning. They’ll be making an announcement regarding Canada’s fleet of search and rescue aircraft.
Another feature film begins production in the Okanagan on Sunday. It’s being done by Mind’s Eye Entertainment which set up an office here last Spring. It’s called Distorted and stars Christina Ricci and John Cusack. The thriller will be shot in Kelowna and Vernon.
FARM TO TABLE
The area’s 8 Most Delectable Farm to Table restaurants are the focus of an article in Vancouver Magazine, that was paid for by Tourism Kelowna. Four of them are at local wineries. They range from trendy downtown eateries to hillside estates with sweeping views. http://vanmag.com/taste/kelownas-8-farm-table-restaurants/?hootPostID=ccad261429a25e39ee2e8327dce50444
RAIL TRAIL PERVERT
RCMP are investigating a report of indecent exposure on the Okanagan Rail Trail in Coldstream. A woman reported seeing a man masturbating in the woods in the First Beach area. The man walked toward her, but took off when he saw her dog. Police ask the public to report any other similar incidents.
It will be Nashville and Pittsburgh playing for the Stanley Cup after the Penguins beat the Senators 3-2 in the 2nd overtime last night to win the east final. The first game will be in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
The BC Lions kick off their full training camp on Sunday in Kamloops. The club also announced it signed its two first-round CFL draft picks Danny Vandervoort and Junior Luke to contracts.
At the Dean and Deluca PGA stop in Fort Worth, three golfers are tied at 5 under going into the second round. Defending champ Jordon Spieth is at even par.