The first wildfire of the season around here broke out yesterday above Westside Road on Blue Grouse Mountain in an area where someone was camping. It appears whoever it was left quickly because there was still stuff in the tents when fire crews arrived. At one point there were up to 26 firefighters, 2 investigators, about half a dozen fixed wing aircraft and 2 helicopters attacking it. The fire information centre says the crews held it to 2-1/2 hectares. It also goes to show that we are in fire season, despite how wet it has been this spring. Campfires are still permitted but they have to be small and kept under control.
Kelowna RCMP are warning that the Canada Revenue Agency Scam has resurfaced around here. That’s where someone who claims to represent the taxman calls and threatens to call the cops if you don’t pay them what they say you owe. Police say the best thing to do is hang up on these guys. The CRA will never request prepaid credit cards or iTunes gift cards, and it will not send emails containing details of an Interac e-transfer payment or ask you to send personal info.
Another small drop reported in the level of Okanagan Lake yesterday as crews spent time inspecting, repositioning and repairing flood protection measures in the wake of Tuesday’s wind. No major issues were reported and the emergency centre folks are again reminding us to stay off, and away, from the sand bags and barriers.
Three restaurants from West Kelowna and one from Kelowna are among the 100 best places to eat outdoors in Canada. The survey was done by online reservation company Open Table. Getting the nod on the west side were 19 Okanagan Grill & Bar at Two Eagles, Old Vines at Quail’s Gate and The Terrace at Mission Hill. Also making the cut was The Lakeside Dining Room at Hotel Eldorado.
SILVER STAR GONDOLA
Silver Star Mountain, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year has announced plans to add a gondola. The high speed lift will run from the village to the summit, replacing the Summit double chair, which dates back to 1970. Engineering work will begin this month aiming for a grand opening in July 2018.
Telus is making it easier for families and friends to stay in touch at Kelowna General Hospital. The telecom has spent 20-thousand dollars to set up two, charging kiosks for mobile devices. There’s no charge and each can take up to 10 units. They’re in the Centennial Building by the gift shop and just outside the Intensive Care Unit.
Searchers are heading into day 7 as they look for a light plane that never made it from Cranbrook to Kamloops. More than a dozen military and civilian aircraft and crews are being organized from a base at Kelowna International. The pilot was a 21 year old man and his passenger was his 24 year old girlfriend. The pilot had recently received his solo licence and had plans to eventually work for an airline.
Hyundai is recalling more than 120-thousand of its SUVs in Canada because the hood could suddenly fly open. Transport Canada says the cable between the lever for the secondary hood latch and the latch may get corroded over time. The recall affects 2013 – 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models.
Fun day today at the BC Golf Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon. Everyone is welcome for the 3:00pm Opening Ceremonies at the #1 Tee Box. That will be followed by the Long Drive Challenge at 3:30 featuring World Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski. Fans are invited to attend the Tee-Off Party to cheer on the long drive contestants from the Terrace Lounge overlooking the #1 Tee Box.
There will be six new members in the Kelowna Sports Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony in November. In the athletes category are Malindi Elmore in Track, Garett Hicking in wheelchair rugby and Conrad Leinemann in Beach Volleyball. Coach/Builder is Chris Taneda for karate, Kelowna Buckeroos hockey team for Pioneer and the Bennett Award goes to the Western Canada Basketball Tournament at Kelowna Secondary.
It’s parade day in Pittsburgh. Steel City gets to thank the Penguins for their Stanley Cup repeat. Things will kick off with a parade this morning.
Blue Jays began a 2 game home series against Tampa Bay last night with a big 8-1 loss. They’ll play again today at 4.