It’s another weekend where the Emergency Operations Centre is hoping boaters will stay off lakes. Okanagan Lake is expected to rise for another 2 weeks, possibly as much as 10 centimetres. They’re urging people to stay away from the strategically placed beach fortifications. On the west side, the Gellatly walkway has now been closed due to erosion, but the CN Wharf is still open. Parks near the water are open for the most part and your city’s website will have all that information. Up the lake, five properties at Killiney Beach were ordered evacuated yesterday. http://cordemergency.ca
More than 60 percent of the funds needed to build the Okanagan Rail Trail have been raised – that’s 4.75 million dollars from 35-hundred donors. Trail Ambassador Brad Clements says Vernon resident George Galbraith has been a major supporter. He gave 150-thousand dollars in April, and pledged the same amount to match donations which should be completed by this weekend.
It’s the 27th annual Siya celebration today at Pine Stadium in Westbank. It provides an opportunity for the Westbank First Nation to honour the land, resources, and the achievements and hard work of the school children. Everyone’s invited to see traditional dancing, drumming and singing, as well browse local arts, jewelry and crafts for sale. It gets underway at 9.
The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society is marking Victims and Survivors of Crime Week by reaching out at Orchard Park Mall. Today and tomorrow they’re inviting people to view the display, share a message and be a part of the change in our community. The society says every 10 seconds someone is sexually assaulted and young women aged 14 to 24 are at the highest risk.
COPS ON BIKES
Law enforcement on 2 wheels. Kelowna RCMP has teamed up with City of Kelowna Bylaw officers to form a strengthened Bike Patrol Team for the summer. They’ll be able to quickly respond to street crime and nuisance behaviour calls in the downtown, Lakeshore and Rutland areas.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue says the RCMP is now in charge of potential hazmat incident at a self-storage facility. Global Okanagan reports a manager called the fire department after several small packages were found inside a locker. They appeared to be charred or burned and that’s why the hazmat team was called in.
Small claims disputes in BC can now be done online, freeing up the courts for other issues. Anything valued under 5-thousand dollars can be filed, negotiated and decided electronically. You can get all the info at civilresolutionbc.ca
Saying it’s a bad deal for America, President Trump is pulling the U-S out of the 2015 Paris climate accord that was ratified by more than 190 nations. As veteran newsman Dan Rather wrote “this was a reckless and intemperate action – it was not based on science or reason.” The U-S joins only two other United Nations countries that did not sign on to the accord… Nicaragua and Syria…and Nicaragua didn’t sign because it didn’t go far enough.
Kelowna Falcons begin their West Coast League season tonight at Elks Stadium. First pitch against the Port Angeles Lefties is at 6:35.
The Yankees and Blue Jays will continue their weekend series later today in Toronto. Last night, New York thumped the Jays 12-2.
Stanley Cup final cup final resumes tomorrow night in Nashville with the Penguins up 2-0 against the Predators. Game starts at 5.
It’s The Memorial at Muirfield this weekend on the PGA Tour. David Lingmerth and Jason Dufner share the lead at 7 under going into the second round