An update on the province-wide wildfire situation. As of yesterday, there were 150 fires burning in BC with almost 3,800 personnel working on and behind the lines. Just over 200 aircraft, including helicopters, water bombers and retardant tankers were involved. About 6,500 people remain on evacuation order. More than 600,000 hectares have burned (1.5 Million acres)
A change is in the works for the stagnant air mass keeping a blanket of smoke over much of BC. Environment Canada Forecaster Cindy Yu says a low pressure trough should arrive by the weekend, bringing showers and a wind change. Yu says there won’t be enough rain to make a dent in the wildfire battle, but it could help clear the air.
Organizers of the Shambala Music Festival at Salmo River Ranch are keeping an eye on a wildfire burning at McCormick Creek, 20 kilometres southeast of Salmo. The Central Kootenay Regional District has told them to be prepared in case an evacuation alert or order is issued. Festival goers are being advised to maintain a designated driver and a means of quick evacuation
Get ready for some Justin Trudeau sightings as the federal Liberals are coming to town. The party’s summer caucus meeting will be in Kelowna from September 5-7, right after Labour Day. The party says it’s looking forward to learning about how the area has done so well in diversifying its economy to include tourism, technology, agriculture, aerospace and academia.
A bit more today on seniors and driving. Insurance company State Farm, asked respondents how long they thought they’d be able to drive their car. Just over a quarter said they still expect to be driving past age 85, with 10% still behind the wheel after they turn 90. About 30% said they expected to give up their license between ages 80 and 84.
A 40 year old man will be back in court in November after he was arrested following a series of accidents Tuesday night on Ethel Street. Police say that a car with two people in it hit a cyclist before running into another car. The driver and his passenger had to be revived with naloxone and were taking the hospital for further treatment. The cyclist suffered minor injuries.
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Okanagan College isn’t sure what impact free adult basic education programs will have on its financial numbers. The province is getting rid of those fees, which max-out at 16-hundred dollars per semester. O-C has had grant programs since 2015 to support students that need help.
West Kelowna’s annual Hockey Equipment Swap happens Sunday at the Mount Boucherie Complex on Cameron, from 8 to 1130am. It’s a great time to pick up used hockey stuff for the kids. Equipment can be dropped off today and tomorrow between 5 and 8pm. Sixty per cent of the equipment’s sale price will go to the seller and 40 per cent will support the West Kelowna’s KidSport chapter.
A Kelowna man is one of two people that have gone missing near the community of Trout Lake in the West Kootenays in the last couple of weeks. 53 year old Allan Ellsworth was last seen in Trout Lake on July 31st. Also missing is Jared Szabo from Revelstoke. He hasn’t been seen since August 1st. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Nakusp RCMP.
With the first round of NAFTA negotiations set to get underway next Wednesday the NDP government is asking for input from stakeholders. The United States is BC’s largest trading partner. Last year we exported $21.2 billion worth of goods south of the border. Anyone with something to say can do so at the BC government’s ‘Call for Submissions’ webpage.
In Toronto last night the Yankees evened their 3 game series with the Blue Jays thanks to an 11-5 win.
The season is over for the Kelowna Falcons after they dropped an 11-5 decision to the Victoria HarbourCats last night. Victoria took the best of 3 playoff series 2-0.
Week 8 in the CFL begins tonight in Ottawa with the Eskimos taking on the Redblacks at 4:30.
One NFL preseason game last night, in Charlotte the Panthers, without Cam Newton beat Houston 27-17. There are 7 more games tonight.
After a 36-0 win over Kamloops on the weekend to go to 2 & 0 for the season, two members of the Okanagan Sun have been recognized by the Canadian Junior Football League. Quarterback Nick Wenman was picked Offensive Player of the Week and returner Nathanael Anderson as Special Teams Player of the Week.
At the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, some local athletes are still in team competition for men’s soccer and men’s and women’s volleyball. BC is back in second place with 89 medals, 51 behind Ontario and two ahead of Quebec.
The PGA Championship begins today at Quail Hollow in Ohio. Jimmy Walker is the defending champion.
Tiger Woods pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence yesterday, but has agreed to enter a diversion program that would see the charge dropped later this year. He was arrested in May 29 in Florida, when officers found him unconscious in his car.