City of Kelowna water utility residents are now under stage 1 restrictions. That means those with addresses that end in an odd number can water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Even numbers get Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The city says the restriction is needed not because of lake levels, but to reduce high demand on the system at any given time, such as when irrigations systems all turn on.
A 24 yr old woman remains in custody after a bizarre attempted break and enter at a home in West Kelowna on the weekend. RCMP say woman called saying a naked woman was trying to kick her front door down as she and her kids were inside. There was a brief struggle before police arrived and they found the suspect hiding in a shed.
MORE FIRE FIGHTERS
More fire fighters from around the world are on their way to BC. Just over 100 from Mexico arrived last week, adding to those that are here from the States. Over the next week, more than 400 firefighting staff from New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and the U-S will join the over 3,800 personnel from across Canada working throughout the province.
WK FIRE RESPONSE
First it was dealing with flooding, now West Kelowna Fire Rescue is stepping up its response to the extreme fire danger. They’re going from 3 to 4 firefighters per shift at the Lakeview Fire Hall, and they’re creating a dedicated roster of paid-on-call firefighters for the Glenrosa and Rose Valley fire halls, ensuring immediate availability. The extra cost will be about $88,000.
They know where it started, but RCMP are still trying to find who started the Elephant Hill wildfire near Ashcroft on July 6th. Dozens of homes were burned. The Village of Clinton remains evacuated as do cabins around many lakes in the area. A special tip line has been set up.
Kelowna’s new supervised mobile consumption site is fast proving its worth. Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema says it’s already being overwhelmed as some people show up for other harm reduction services because they have nowhere else to go. She says the biggest demand is in downtown Kelowna.
The Peach Festival gets underway in Penticton today, but the smoke could put a damper on opening day activities. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds and parachuting Skyhawks are scheduled to perform in the late afternoon/early evening. However both groups need a certain amount of visibility to perform. PeachFest lasts through the weekend.
Firefighters in BC are hoping that cooler and perhaps wetter weather that is forecast for later this week comes true. As of yesterday there were 142 wildfires burning in the province, down a bit from last week. However the largest fire threatening communities, the Elephant Hill blaze north of Cache Creek, is still at 110,000 hectares and only 30% contained.
The NDP government is making it free for adults to upgrade their language skills and education. Premier Horgan says they’re removing the charge of up to 16-hundred dollars that the Liberals brought in 2 years ago for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs. The government says any British Columbian can go back to school free of charge, upgrade their skills and build a better life for themselves and their families.
The Blue Jays began a three-game home Series against the Yankees last night with a 4-2 win. Josh Donaldson with 2 home runs that accounted for all the Toronto scoring. They’ll play again this afternoon at 4.
After a surge by Quebec, BC has dipped to third place in the medal standings at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg with 34 Gold, 27 Silver and 16 Bronze. However, we are second in the number of Gold medals.
Former NHL player, coach and now TV commentator Eddie Olczyk has revealed that he is fighting colon cancer. Olczyk says he’s had a tumour removed and will be undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy over the next few weeks.
The NFL begins its preseason today with the Houston Texans taking on the Panthers in Carolina. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery
The New England Patriots bought two 767 widebody jets to take them to and from their games this season. They’re painted red, white and blue and have their five Lombardi trophies painted on the tail.