For the most part it was a calm weekend on Okanagan Lake with only a few yahoos in power boats deciding to open up the throttle. The lake continues at a record level hitting 343.06 metres above sea level yesterday with more inflow expected. In fact, with the hot weather emergency officials are expecting flows to pick up in creeks so continue to warn property owners and hikers to be vigiliant. Officials are still asking people to stay off the bladder dams, gabion cages and sandbags deployed along beaches and creeks. Crews have been bolstering protection measures between Lakeshore Bridge and the mouth of the lake. http://cordemergency.ca has the latest info along with maps and answers to questions.
West Kelowna Council says it will change the name of Avondale Park in Lakeview Heights to McPherson Park after the founder of Whiski Jack’s pub. Bob McPherson was well known in the community and a great supporter of adult and youth teams. He semi-retired in 2005, but passed away six years later of a heart attack. His family is donating $75,000 to park improvements including plans for a new playground.
A guy faces multiple charges after he allegedly exposed himself inside a business in Rutland. 59 year old Jeffery Michael Gates has been charged with indecent exposure and failing to comply with his bail out of Alberta. He’s staying in jail and is expected to appear in Court again on June 1.
It’s expected evidence will start to be presented today at the trial of three men accused if gunning down Red Scorpion gang member Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna almost 6 years ago. The last two weeks saw a number of pre-trial motions including one by the defense to have the charges thrown out due to the length of time it has taken for the trial to begin. There is also a publication ban on the names, descriptions and testimony of a number of witnesses.
BIKE TO WORK
It’s bike to work week and you or your workplace can be a part of it. Each day there’s a Celebration Station in the Central Okanagan that’ll have free tune-ups, snacks and prizes. You need to sign up to get in on all the goodies and you can get all the info on the SmartTrips website. https://www.smarttrips.ca/events/bike-work-week
The Conservative Party of Canada has a new leader and it’s not a name that came up a lot during the never=ending race. Andrew Scheer of Saskatchewan was declared the winner after the 13th ballot, beating front-runner Maxime Bernier. The longtime MP had been speaker of the House in the last Stephen Harper government.
Kelowna Flightcraft, which has rebranded as KF Aerospace, has picked up a couple of sweet contracts from the federal government. The first, valued at $21.8 million will help maintain the Canadian Air Force’s Buffalo search and rescue aircraft for at least three years. The second contract, valued at $9.6 million, will help maintain the Air Force’s Twin Otter aircraft for four years. Both contracts can be extended.
Kelowna RCMP would like to re-unite the owner with what appears to be his 50th wedding anniversary ring which someone found and dropped off at the detachment. It has a distinctive engraving on the inside. Police say if you can identify the rest of the ring, go see them.
It’s Nashville and Pittsburgh playing for the Stanley Cup this season. The first game will be in Pittsburgh tonight at 5 on CBC
The Blue Jays lost 3-1 to Texas . The Reds start a series at Rogers Centre later today.
The BC Lions kicked off their full training camp yesterday in Kamloops. The first preseason game is June 6 in Calgary
At the Dean and Deluca PGA stop in Fort Worth, Kevin Kisner was the winner shooting 10-under.
On the track, Takuma Sato won the Indy 500, while Sebastian Vettel was first across the finish line at Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix.