There’s good news and not-so-good news about the Gellatly walkway in West Kelowna. The good news is that reconstruction is now complete on the portion of the trail from Willow Beach to the CNR Wharf. The bad news is that starting today, the trail from the Wharf to Rotary Beach, including the Gellatly Dog Beach (pictured above) will be closed for repairs to that section.
The majority of sandbag removals from public and private property in the Central Okanagan has pretty much been done – three weeks earlier than anticipated. Residents who haven’t notified officials of sandbags on their property will need to do so by the end of business today to ensure pick-up is done at no cost. Contact the flood recovery information line at 250-469-0674.
So apparently your driving may not be as good as you think it is. A study from ICBC found 8 in 10 got at least one road test question wrong and a third felt it was okay to stretch the rules. If you want to find out if you’re as good as you think you are, here’s the link.
We’re getting close to the record for the longest period without rain in the Kelowna area. The record is 44 days back in 2003 – which of course was the year of the Okanagan Mountain Park fire. It was 39 days as of yesterday since measurable rain fell. And the average temperature last month was 23 degrees… 4 above usual.
Home sales in the central Okanagan area were down a bit from last year in June, but prices were slightly up and it took less time to sell houses. The average price was about $505,000. Buyers from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island accounted for 19% of sales followed by Albertans at 10%.
The number of deaths due to illicit drugs in Kelowna continues to outpace that of all years previous. The BC coroners service says to the end of June, there were 46 drug related deaths in Kelowna. That compares to 48 for all of 2016. Ten years ago there were just six overdose deaths in Kelowna.
The wildfire that started south of Peachland on Friday afternoon was 100% contained by Saturday afternoon at a size of four hectares. Meanwhile, the Elephant Hill fire is BC Wildfire’s top priority as it has grown to more than 110,000 hectares, or 4 times the size of the Okanagan Mountain fire. More than 500 firefighters, 20 aircraft and dozens pieces of heavy equipment are on it as it continues to char the south Cariboo.
If you still haven’t paid your Kelowna property taxes, you have until city hall closes today to avoid another penalty. If you didn’t pay by July 4th, an additional 5 percent was added. Another 5 percent is tacked on if it isn’t paid by the day after BC Day. In West Kelowna, you’re dinged the full 10 percent in July.
The NDP will re-establish a human rights commission in the province. Premier John Horgan says it will create a more-inclusive society to eliminate inequality and prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. BC is the only province in Canada without such a commission.
More medals for athletes from our area at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Kelowna’s Jerome Blake took Gold in 200 metre and 4×400 relay and was part of 4×100 relay that placed 7th
Kelowna’s Quinci Birker was on the Beach Volleyball team that took Bronze.
Kennedy Dickie and Rachel Hare from Kelowna were on the women’s basketball team that placed 8th.
Muriel Stroda from Kelowna was 10th in heptahalon.
And Taryn O’Neill from Lake Country was 6th in the 1500 metres.
We have local athletes competing in indoor volleyball and men’s soccer, but they won’t be finished until later this week. Canada remains in second place in the medal standings, behind Ontario.
In case you missed it, the Okanagan Sun won their 2nd straight game in Saturday, shutting out the Kamloops Broncos 36-0.
In the CFL, even after a win over Saskatchewan on the weekend, the BC Lions remain in 3rd place in the West behind Edmonton and Calgary.
At the PGA’s Bridgestone Invitational, Hideki Matsuyama shot a 9 under 61 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 16 under par. Canada’s Adam Hadwin tied for 5th.
The Blue Jays were off yesterday but begin a 3 game home stand against the Yankees today.