RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating a fatal collision between a pickup truck and a motorcycle Wednesday evening in West Kelowna. It happened at Highway 97 and Elk Road when the pickup was turning off the highway on to Elk. The 37 year old motorcycle rider from West Kelowna was taking to hospital but died of his injuries.
West Kelowna city council has approved a plan by the junior hockey Warriors to paint a number of murals on the side of Jim Lind arena. However on the subject of concessions and the hockey team, council has referred it back to staff for more investigation. The hockey team requested that it regain the rights to concessions at Royal LePage place after giving them up last year.
The big wildfire news yesterday was it Williams Lake residents were allowed to go home. The caveat is the 10,000 people who were told to get out with virtually no notice on the 15th, remain on evacuation alert. Meanwhile a number of people remained evacuated near Monte Lake between Vernon and Kamloops after a 150 hectare wildfire believed to be caused by a cigarette tossed out of a car, flared up Wednesday night.
It’s okay to ‘give-er’ on Okanagan Lake again as levels return to near normal. However the Emergency Operation Centre reminds boaters to stay vigilant and keep speeds down near shorelines and watch for floating debris as nearly 1,000 to 1,500 docks have sustained some level of damage. There’s also a lot of natural debris still floating around… much of it just below the surface.
Everyone’s invited to attend a Key Turnover Ceremony, officially transferring the Westbank Lions Community Centre from the Lions Club to the City of West Kelowna. The event will feature a town crier, a piper – and cake! It gets underway tomorrow morning at 11 at the Community Centre on Main street.
Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers is warning to watch out for three guys using high pressure tactics to convince homeowners, mainly seniors, to have their driveways seal coated. They all have British accents and are driving a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a visible tar tank and tools in the back. Crime stoppers suggest the best idea is to get more than one quote and get them in writing and make sure anyone you hire has a valid business license.
A 20 year old Alberta man was fined $1,150 for starting a campfire in the parking lot of the Dilworth soccer park on Saturday. Police and fire were called when residents nearby spotted flames in the forested area below homes on Dilworth Mountain. RCMP say he initially took off but came back to retrieve his car which the police were getting ready to tow and that’s when they dealt with him. Remember if you see a fire call *5555 on your cell.
RCMP say the death of a man whose body was found floating in Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna on Wednesday morning is now in the hands of the Coroner. The death is not deemed to be suspicious and all police are saying is that he was a 49 year old West Kelowna resident.
Okanagan Rail Trail enthusiasts are anxious to show off what the trail could look like. A one kilometre test section is open in Lake Country off McCarthy Road. Several layers of crushed aggregate was used to surface the trail. An open house will be held there tomorrow from 9 to noon. Get more info at okanaganrailtrail.ca
In the CFL last night, it was close the whole game and it came down to the last play. Winnipeg scored a touchdown after nabbing an onside kick and getting some help from a couple of stupid Montreal penalties and beat the Alouettes 42 – 40.
Last we heard, BC Lions said quarterback Jonathon Jennings may be able to dress for today’s game against the Edmonton Eskimos – but Travis Lulay will get the start. Jennings has been out with a bruised shoulder for 2 weeks. The game starts at 6:30 and is on TSN.
The Okanagan Sun begin their BC Junior Football season tomorrow night hosting the Westshore Rebels at 7 at the Apple Bowl.
The Toronto Blue Jays have the L-A Angels in town for a weekend series beginning tonight. Yesterday at Rogers Centre, Toronto won its 4th straight game, beating Oakland 8-4 thanks to a Steve Pearce grand slam homer in the 10th inning.
The Canada Summer Games kick off today in Winnipeg and will run for the next two weeks. 12 athletes from the central Okanagan including Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Oyama will be part of Team BC in various sports.
Triathlon – Brock Hoel
Volleyball Indoor Male – Robert Blaskovits
Volleyball Indoor Male – Morgan Nichols
Athletics – Taryn O’Neill 1500m
Athletics – Kiana Bekar triple jump
Athletics – Jerome Blake 100m, 200m, 4×100, 4x400m relays
Athletics – Muriel Stroda heptathalon
Basketball – Female Kennedy Dickie
Basketball – Female Rachel Hare
Soccer Male – Samuel Manley-McDonald
Soccer Male – Carl Vandekraats
Volleyball Beach – Quinci Birker
Volleyball Indoor Female – Sadie Taylor-Parks