Take this as a good sign – and you’re reading it here first…. half the firefighters that had been brought in to help with sandbagging and other flood relief efforts have been released. There are still 80 in the Kelowna area. The winds arrived a little later than predicted but they still kicked up waves that tested the flood protection measures on Okanagan Lake. The water level dropped about half a centimetre but with the lake still more than 70 centimetres above full pool residents and businesses are being advised to keep sandbags in place until instructed otherwise. Those affected will also be told how to disposed of them in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Boaters are again being asked to stay off local lakes this weekend.
Starting today, Stage 2 Water Restrictions begin for customers of the six water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan. It affects those on the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch and Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems. RDCO water customers with even number addresses may irrigate outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses can water outside on Sunday and Wednesday.
Lake Country RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 37 year old Kevin Michael Langan was last seen June 8. He’s known to frequently use public transit, therefore police believe he is still in the area. His family and friends are very concerned for Kevin’s health and say it’s out of character for him to be out of contact for this long.
5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
181 lbs (82 kg)
Kelowna RCMP is now working full time at the new detachment on Richter Street. The $48-million project includes upgraded underground infrastructure, along with road and intersection upgrades on Clement. It has modern standards for functions such as Evidence, Identification, Forensics, Records, Laboratory, and the Cell Block… standards that were not met in 1960’s era facility on Doyle Avenue.
The big Father’s Day car show this year has been moved from City Park to McCurdy Place. They’ll be running shuttle buses from the Grand 10 so you can park there. Power will have out KidsCare tent set up and we’ll be selling raffle tickets for the Harley Davidson from Konquer Motorcycles. 100 percent of sales go to Kidscare. Oh, and we’ll have Offspring tickets to win to the sold-out show. Stop by from 11- 3 on Sunday.
FIRE MOP UP
Just three firefighters were on site at the Blue Grouse Mountain wildfire along Westside Road yesterday. They were checking for hotspots but the fire information office doesn’t expect it to spread at all. Investigators had pulled out but as of late yesterday, still no official cause of the first wildfire of the season had been released.
If you like to walk along the West Kelowna waterfront, there’s good news. Repairs have started on the Gellatly Walkway, which has been closed since June 1 after flooding damage. Crews will be working to ensure flooding and wave action don’t undermine the adjacent roadway and utility infrastructure. The city’s also hoping to begin repairs next week to Gellatly Road.
Design work is underway for the first phase of the Okanagan Rail Trail. Project Manager Andrew Gibbs says once that’s done work will hopefully go out for tender in late summer. He expects construction will begin in the fall with on basic crushed-compacted gravel trail.
Day 2 of the BC Golf Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon. Going into the second round, 21 year old Robby Shelton from Alabama is in the lead at 8 under . Tee times once again are at 730 and 1230. Later today the field will be cut to the top 60 plus ties for weekend play. The winner takes home $31,000. Day passes are available at the gate for 15 bucks. You can follow the leaderboard at pgatour.com/canada
At the U.S. Open in Wisconsin, where the winner will pocket $3.5 million, Rickie Fowler had sole possession of the lead at 7 under after the first round.
The BC Lions host Saskatchewan tonight at 7. The game’s on TSN at 7. The 430 game has Hamilton in Toronto. Last night in CFL preseason play,
Blue Jays begin a weekend home series with the White Sox today at 430. The game’s on Sportsnet.