After a cold winter and wet spring in the Okanagan, the Okanagan Basin Water Board is getting ready for a significant bloom of invasive milfoil in valley lakes this summer. As the lake levels drop, weeds that were submerged may suddenly become very visible, forming dense mats on the surface of the water. The priority is public beaches shorelines in front of private property won’t be considered for treatment this year until later.
It’s expected the NDP opposition in Victoria will put the wheels in motion today for a vote that could defeat the minority Liberal government later this week. It will be a confidence vote on last week’s throne speech and with the NDP and Greens outnumbering Christy Clark’s MLAs, it’s expected to pass. If that happens the Lieutenant Governor could ask NDP leader John Horgan to form a coalition government with the Green Party.
With sunshine and temperatures in the 30s, it’s important to remember to keep hydrated…. and no, just because beer is 95 percent water, that doesn’t count. Heat exhaustion happens when you’ve been out in the sun for a long time without keeping properly hydrated. And if it’s not dealt with right away it can lead to heat stroke, which can be deadly. http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion
A small wildfire flared up on Saturday in the backcountry between Summerland and Peachland. Quick work by provincial fire fighters and tankers kept it to less than 1 hectare in size. The Kamloops Fire Centre says the danger rating for the Okanagan right now is high and could go to extreme if the hot, dry weather continues. Small campfires are still allowed.
They’re taking down a weather station to put up a parking lot. The Environment and Climate Change Canada weather station at UBCO will shut down at the end of the week because it won’t be safe for technicians to launch weather balloons because of construction. The ECCC says twice a day, data compiled from balloons around the world are used to give computer models a 3-D picture of the atmosphere on a global scale.
Kelowna General Hospital is getting four brand new cardio respiratory monitors for use in the hospital’s new neonatal intensive care unit. They’re being bought with a 65-thousand dollar grant from the Woodward Foundation. It will allow for each crib in the NICU to have a dedicated monitor. Did you know there are over 1,600 babies born at KGH every year?
The heat may be helping with dropping the level of Okanagan Lake. It was down just over 3 centimetres on the weekend, and about 15 from its peak. However it still has about 60 centimetres to fall before it gets to full pool and for that reason the boaters who insist on venturing out despite pleas not to, need to slow down. Wake damage to the shore can happen from boats speeding in the middle of the lake.
The City of West Kelowna is putting its used computer equipment up for auction on eBay for public bidding beginning today. They include desktops, laptops, cellphones, tablets and other stuff. The bidding on some items starts as low as 99 cents. It ends July 4. http://www.ebay.ca/usr/westkelownacity
A Million dollars worth of free advertising. That’s what the Gastrointestinal Society will receive from the BC Association of Broadcasters as the recipient of this year’s Humanitarian Award. All radio stations will be running commericals about gastro illnessess which affect about 60 percent of British Columbians. You can get more info at badgut.org .
Kelowna Rockets defenceman Cal Foote was selected in the 1st round at the NHL Entry Draft. Foote was take 14th overall by the Tampa Bay. Another Rocket, Cole Lind was taken 33rd overall by the Canucks. New Jersey selected Swiss forward Nico Hischier from the Halifax Mooseheads with the first overall pick. The Canucks had 5th pick and took Swedish forward Elias Pettersson who’s been playing with a 2nd division team.
CFL wrapped up week 1 yesterday in Toronto with the Argos beating Hamilton 32-15. Saturday at BC Place, the Lions tied the game with less than a minute left, but the Eskimos kicked a field goal with no time left to take a 30-27 win.
At an incident-filled Formula 1 race in Azerbaijan, 18 year old Canadian Lance Stroll picked up his first F1 podium as he finished 3rd. Daniel Ricciardo was the winner.
The Blue Jays are off today before Baltimore rolls into Toronto. Yesterday in Kansas City, the Jays won 8-2.
And at the PGA tour Travelers Championship, it went to one playoff hole between Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger. The $1.2 Million purse went to Spieth who knocked it in from a greenside bunker.