Local RCMP are asking for witnesses to a couple of weekend accidents to come forward. One involved two motorcycles sideswiping each other southbound on Highway 97 Sunday afternoon near Horizon Drive in West Kelowna. A man from Lake Country was seriously injured. The other was a hit and run in the 1500 block of Pandosy on Saturday where witnesses say a woman driving a blue Jeep Liberty with Alberta plates, didn’t stick around after knocking a parking meter into a business.
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West Kelowna council will consider third reading of its bylaw today regarding commercial marijuana production in the city. Last month it gave second reading to update existing regulations which included defining what a commercial operation is, as well as requirements for filtration, security and multi-tenant buildings. At a public hearing and in written submissions last month, those opposing the bylaw outnumbered those in favour by about a 2-1 margin.
Better weather aided search efforts yesterday for a small plane that went missing on a flight from Cranbrook to Kamloops last Thursday. The flight plan called for a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet so searchers were looking at mountains that height along the route. A total 16 aircraft, both military and civilian were looking for the Piper Warrior and its two occupants.
The Regional District has closed Antlers Beach Regional Park near the south end of Peachland for up to 3 weeks. The park, beach, picnic and parking area were all damaged in last week’s wind storm that whipped up waves on the lake. The province will be installing armoring along the shoreline to protect the parking lot and access road from further erosion from high lake water levels. For the status on all parks go to http://regionaldistrict.com/pickapark
The numbers are in and it was another record breaking month for Kelowna International Airport. Just over 143,000 passengers went through the terminal in May… up from 126,000 in May of last year. To date this year, YLW has handled an additional 95,000 people compared to 2016.
For however long her government lasts, Premier Christy Clark announced her cabinet yesterday. In addition to the premier representing Kelowna-West, Norm Letnick from Kelowna-Lake Country was re-appointed Agriculture Minister and Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson will once again be Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Clark has recalled the Legislature for June 22nd.
Just a small drop in the level of Okanagan Lake – but at least it’s going the right way. It was down just under 1 centimetre from Sunday, but it has to fall another 75 centimetres or 2-1/2 feet just to reach its regular ‘full’ level. That’s why the Emergency Operations Centre wants residents to keep flood protection measures in place and boaters to stay off the lake. Most of the evacuation alerts for properties at the mouth of Mission Creek were lifted yesterday.
Call it a very impaired driver in a very big truck. West Kelowna RCMP were able to track down the driver of a semi hauling 100-thousand pounds of lumber after receiving reports the rig was weaving on local roads. The driver, a 41 year old Surrey man, blew more than twice the legal limit and had his licence pulled on the spot. He also faces potential criminal charges when he appears in court in September.
Effective at noon on Thursday, the size of open fires will be restricted at all elevations throughout the entire Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Central Okanagan to help prevent human-caused wildfires. Category 2 or 3 fires must extinguished by then and the ban will remain in effect until October 15. At this point campfires that are up to a half-metre high by a half-metre wide and cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are still okay.
The Mackenzie Tour Canada is back in Kelowna this week as the pros get set to tee it up Thursday at Gallagher’s. Yesterday was the qualifier for 10 lucky players at The Bear. Matt Hopley, a 15 year old from Gallagher’s and Wyatt Brook, a junior golfer from Rivershore in Kamloops have been given exemptions and will have to miss school in Thursday and Friday to play. Today’s events include a pickleball tourney at Parkinson Rec Centre. golfbcchampionship.com for a complete list of events.
Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins returned home last night, but there was no party as they got off the plane at a private terminal. There’ll be a parade for fans to cheer their champs tomorrow at 11 in Pittsburgh.
Bob Boughner is the new head coach of the Florida Panthers. The club announced the hiring of the former San Jose Sharks assistant yesterday.
Vince Young’s return to pro football will have to wait a bit longer, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback will miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring tear. Young retired 3 years ago after nine seasons in the NFL.