It was the biggest one day drop so far for Okanagan Lake. Yesterday’s measurement showed a drop of just over 1 centimetre to 343.165 metres above sea level. But with it still 70 centimetres above being full, there is still a long way to go and a lot of cleanup needed before it is safe for boating or taking away lake side flood protection measures. If you need sandbags picked up and disposed of, here’s the link to the registry.
The dangers of an unattended campfire hit again… except this time it was just above some homes in West Kelowna. Fire fighters had to run a hose between homes to get to it and were able to it out before it spread further into the bush. 21 firefighters, some using wildland hose packs attacked it. It’s a reminder to be very careful off the beaten path now as the air heats up and the ground dries out.
Would you fly in a plane that didn’t have a pilot? That’s one of the things Boeing is looking at for the future. Modern jets already have the capability to take off, cruise and land by computer and the airplane maker says it will fly an aircraft next year using some artificial intelligence that makes the decisions that pilots would make. However it’s still years before it’s in everyday use – if ever.
The BC legislature resume sitting today with the first minority government in place since the 1950s. But just how long Christy Clark will remain premier is up in the air. The NDP and Greens have said they will force a confidence vote which could force the Liberals out. And as this is pretty new territory, what happens after that could be up to the Lieutenant Governor.
The City of Kelowna has prepared two concept plans for the future of the Capri Landmark urban centre and the public is invited to put in its 2 cents worth. There will be a drop-in session on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Parkinson Recreation Centre lobby and you can check it out online from until the 27th at http://getinvolved.kelowna.ca/capri-landmark . Council will have a final plan early next year.
A former Kamloops Deputy faces 3 counts of communicating with a person believed to be underage for the purpose of facilitating a sexual offence. An additional charge against Kevin Johnston of invitation to sexual touching was recently stayed. The alleged offences are said to have occurred between August 8 and 27th last year around Kamloops and Kelowna. Johnston will be in court on July 6 in Kelowna to fix a date for his trial.
It will be busier than usual at Kelowna International Airport tomorrow and Friday as the National 2017 Canadian Owners and Pilots’ Association Convention and Trade Show flies in. Up to 180 small private aircraft will be on display at the south-east corner of the airport, just off Old Vernon Road including small home-builds, amphibious, private charter and multi-million-dollar rides. Some events are free while there is a charge for others. All the details are at http://avicon.ca
KF AEROSPACE WESTJET
KF Aerospace has signed another 5 year contract with Westjet for maintenance and upgrades to its feet of jets. It will see work for KF employees in both Kelowna and Hamilton. The contract includes installing winglets for fuel efficiency, regular maintenance checks and installation of in-cabin wi-fi and live TV.
A 64 year old man faces potential charges after police say he was observed committing an indecent act in a car. It happened at the Water Park in Lake Country and escalated into a fight when be was confronted by someone. RCMP arrived and arrested the suspect. He was later released on strict conditions and is expected to appear in court at a later date.
The Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft picks were revealed last night at the NHL Awards dinner. Among the notables: Luca Sbisa from the Canucks, Brayden McNabb from Los Angeles, Calvin Pickard from Colorado and James Neal from the Predators.
Some of the NHL awards for last season: Outstanding Player and MVP was Oilers’ Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews of the Leafs was Rookie, Sportsmanlike went to the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau and the Blue Jackets’ John Tortorella was Coach of the year.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 7-0 lead against the Rangers and hung on to win 7-5. They’ll play one more today before Toronto heads to Kansas City.
The PGA Tour is at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut this week for the Traveler’s Championship. Russell Knox is the defending champ.