The last of the Okanagan Lake flood evacuations and alerts for around here was ended yesterday. It was for residents of Green Bay in West Kelowna. The lake level yesterday was 342.56 metres above sea level, just 8 centimetres above full pool. That’s down from a peak of 343.25 on June 8th – and although you wouldn’t know it from a lot of boaters, the low wake restrictions are still in place.
We told you last week about the two young women who planned to stand up paddle board along the shore of Kalamalka Lake where the rail trail is going. Well the final numbers are in from last weekend and they raised about $19,000. They’re thinking about making it an annual event.
It’s going to be hard to drive around the waterfront downtown in the next few days and do things in some parks and beaches starting today. The city is getting ready to host Center of Gravity starting Friday, and the shutdowns and restricted areas begin today. There are too many to list so we have put a separate link on our Facebook page.
West Kelowna RCMP are putting out another plea for help in trying to find a teenager who’s been missing for more than two weeks. Jake Montana Fehr was last seen in his Chieftain Road family home during the early morning hours of July 13. Police have followed up on a few leads to no avail, but also say there is nothing to indicate foul play at this time.
Caucasian male; 17 years; 5 ft 5 in; 130 lbs; blonde hair; blue eyes
A 53 year old man died in a crash on the Brenda Mine forest service road Monday afternoon. Police say speed might have been a factor as his vehicle hit a tree. The man’s name has not been released and RCMP is assisting the coroner in the investigation.
The 36 billion dollar liquefied natural gas project in Prince Rupert is dead. Malaysian oil giant Petronas made the announcement yesterday that it was pulling the plug on plans to build a pipeline and terminal in Northwestern BC. The company blamed low prices and a shifting energy industry.
It was a good ending for something that could have turned out very bad. Two RCMP members in separate Patrol Boats were able to rescue a 12 and 13 year old in an inflatable raft in Okanagan Lake on the weekend near Peachland. They had been blown away from shore with no way of getting back and had no oars or signaling devices. Police are again reminding people about being prepared when heading out on the water.
Still no indication on when the residents of Williams Lake will be able to go home. More than 10,000 were evacuated more than a week ago because of wildfires. Meanwhile the BC Wildfire service says there were 154 fires burning yesterday. So far this season, crews have responded to 771 fires that have burned about 377-thousand hectares. There are 43-hundred people working on and behind the fire lines, helped by 180 aircraft.
Prime Minister Trudeau will be visiting BC next week to check out the forest fire fighting efforts. That was one of the things to come out of his meeting yesterday with Premier John Horgan. One thing that seems to have been left on the back burner for now is the oil pipeline through northern BC which Horgan and the NDP are opposed to and the Trudeau government has approved.
On the diamond last night, the Blue Jays picked up their second straight win, beating Oakland 4-1. They play again today at 4.
The 7th tee at Glen Abbey where the Canadian Open starts tomorrow has something different this year – a Zamboni. In fact, the par-3 is surrounded by hockey boards. And there’s a net nearby that Jack Nicklaus took a couple of shots at yesterday – giving up his 8 iron for a Sherwood.
Hockey Canada now has its executive team that will build the Olympic hockey roster for 2018 . Former NHL goalie Sean Burke will be general manager with Martin Brodeur skating alongside. Former Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins was named head coach.
The NHL and former players who suffered concussions have a court date set for October. TSN reports that’s when the lawyers for former players will argue the case should qualify as a class-action suit. If the court agrees, upwards of 5,000 players who suffered from concussion-related problems will become plaintiffs.
A degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated impacts to the head, was discovered in 99 percent of the brains of dead NFL players in a recent study. The study found CTE, which can only be found in an autopsy, is less severe in the brains of former high school players who did not continue to play football in college or the pros.