Authorities have not released the name of the 48 year old West Kelowna man found dead in the parking lot of an apartment on Pacific near Sutherland in Kelowna early Saturday. RCMP say a cell phone used to call them was discovered nearby. Until an autopsy is completed, police are calling the death suspicious and would like to speak with a woman whose image was caught by a surveillance camera.
While Okanagan Lake continues to slowly drop – it’s down 16 centimetres from its peak earlier this month – it is still 60 centimetres above full pool. And the Emergency Operations Centre is again warning boaters to be very careful if they venture out. There are parts of, if not whole docks, floating around just below the surface along with debris that flowed down creeks this spring.
BIG WHITE FIRES
The Big White fire department was called out a couple of times Monday afternoon when lightning strikes apparently set a couple of trees on fire. One was reported near the Tube Park in Happy Valley while the other was near Tower 5 of the Alpine T-Bar. No fire was actually found at Happy Valley and crews were able to quickly contain the two tree fires and the ground smoke around them.
Google is going to stop reading your Gmail in search of opportunities to sell ads. It’s been doing it since the free service was introduced 13 years ago. Now the company’s software will rely on other signals to determine which ads are most likely to appeal to each of its 1.2 BILLION users.
The two wildfires burning in the Okanagan are being kept in check by fire fighters. As of late yesterday, the one between Summerland and Peachland is rated as Under Control, while the one that flared up Sunday at Skaha Bluffs south of Pentiction is classified as Held, and is still less than 1 hectare in size.
NEW RCMP OFFICIAL
Everyone’s invited to the official opening of Kelowna’s new Police Services building today. There’ll be a ceremonial RCMP Red Serge march starting at the old detachment on Doyle beginning at 10:30. The parade will head east on Doyle toward Ellis, turn left on Ellis, right on Clement and end on Richter in front of the new detachment. The flag from the old building will be raised at the new one. There will be rolling road closures along the route.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
The minority Liberals have introduced what they call comprehensive campaign finance reform, but with a non confidence vote supposedly happening this week, it’s unlikely it will become law. Some of the highlights include: a ban on corporate and union donations, a ban on foreign donations and a total contribution limit of $5,000 from individuals.
What was first thought to be a leak of raw sewage into the north arm of Okanagan Lake turned out to be more than that. The Okanagan Indian Band now says an assessment of the goo indicates it is an algae bloom. Test results show it is made up of a combination of organic matter including sewage output, grass, leaves, burlap, sand and dead animals.
WEST SIDE NOTES
Couple of notes from the west side of the lake. The boil water notice for Peachland has been rescinded as the quality is now good. And Wilson’s Landing has a new Fire Chief. He is Don Bennison who’s been a fire fighter with the department since 2005.
The BC government says it will continue to fight for the over 140 communities and over 60-thousand British Columbians that depend on forestry for their livelihood. The statement comes after the announcement of an anti-dumping duty of 6.87% imposed on Canadian softwood lumber by the Trump government. This is in addition to the countervailing duty of 19.88% announced earlier.
Add five more names to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Teemu Selanne, North Van’s Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi from Kamloops, Dave Andreychuk and Danielle Goyette got the call to the hall. Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and former University of Alberta coach Clare Drake were named to the Hall as builders.
The WHL released the schedule for the Kelowna Rockets home opener for the upcoming regular season. Kelowna is set to take on the Kamloops Blazers for game one on Friday, September 22nd at 7:05pm at Prospera Place
Toronto Blue Jays begin a 6 game home stand today that will see Baltimore and Boston visit Rogers Centre. First pitch against the Orioles is just after 4.
Dustin Johnson not only leads the World Golf and FedEx Cup rankings, but also tops the money list so far this season at $6.3 Million. Hideki Matsuyama is second at just over $5.9 Million and Justin Thomas is at 5.1. Top Canadian is Adam Hadwin at $2.8 Million US dollars.