WILDFIRE SIZES (Above: Gustafson Fire last month)
The wildfires in BC this year have now surpassed in size, what was the most expensive natural disaster ever in Canada – the Fort McMurray wildfires last year. More than 5,700 square kilometres of land was burned in Alberta last spring. So far this year with much of August still to go, wildfires in BC have burned just over 6,200 square kilometres. Now of course not all the wildfires here were natural, but the size comparison puts it into perspective – before the insurance claims start pouring in.
Dozens of homes remain on evacuation alert after a wildfire in Spallumcheen. The Patterson Creek fire grew to just over 3 hectares before crews were able to put guards place. It started on the east side of Highway 97A near Larkin Cross Road Thursday afternoon. Crews from three local departments and the Wildfire Service responded. Meantime the province says it will let us know today whether it plans to shut down the entire backcountry in the Cariboo.
The Liquid Lightning Swim Club in West Kelowna is going to join with the Kelowna Aquajets. With more emphasis on 50 metre swimming nationally, the Aquajets have the only pool of that length in the Okanagan at H2O. That means LLSC members will now swim as Aquajets. The Lightning have been around for 23 years.
ST. JOSEPH DEMO
If you want to see a building being torn down make your way to St. Joseph School at 839 Sutherland this afternoon. The excavator will crash through the old hall starting at 1. The $4.8 million new St. Joseph project will be open for tours starting at 1:30. The removal of the old buildings will make way for a new parking lot and open landscaping.
SKI-CROSS BIG WHITE
Big White is doing its part to help a local athlete try and get to the Winter Olympics. It’s financially supporting homegrown national team ski cross athlete, Ian Deans. He grew up in Lake Country and started skiing at Big White at the age of two. Dean has earned multiple Nor-Am and Europe Cup podium results over the last two seasons but now the goal is to qualify for the Olympics.
The new NDP government in Victoria is saying ‘not so fast’ to Kinder Morgan and its planned pipeline expansion project. The government says it’s planning a number of legal and consultation steps that must be done before any work can proceed on public land. Legal challenges and hearings are scheduled to begin in federal court this fall and the BC government will join them.
UBCO’s Hat-Trick program for men is back for another year. It’s a healthy lifestyle program to help local men increase physical activity, improve nutritional habits, and enhance their social connectedness. They’re looking for volunteers who are over 35 and have a waist size of at least 38 inches. You can get more info at http://hattrick.ok.ubc.ca
Several Okanagan mayors, along with the Okanagan Indian Band, will be discussing plans for how to operate the Okanagan Rail Trail once its constructed. Regional District of North Okanagan chair Bob Fleming says so far, they haven’t really talked about anything related to how they might operate it. About 5 million dollars has been raised for the Rail Trail — 63% of the goal.
What is happening to some diplomats in Cuba? At least two from the United States and one from Canada have had to return home after suffering a hearing loss. Speculation is they were subjected to some type of covert sonic device. The U-S has told two Cuban diplomats to get out of Washington. Cuba denies any involvement.
A State Department official said he didn’t have words that could be printed, to describe his reaction. President Trump actually thanked Russian President Putin for slashing the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, “because now we have a smaller payroll.” Putin ordered Washington to cut 755 of its 1,200 embassy and consulate staff by September in retaliation for new sanctions.
In the CFL last night, the Eskimos moved to 7 & 0 for the season with a 27-20 win over Ottawa. One game tonight – Montreal takes on Toronto. Ricky Ray will not play for the Argos due to his injured shoulder. The game in Montreal Starts at 4:30. The BC Lions are in Saskatchewan Sunday at 5. And they announced during last night’s game that Shania Twain will be the halftime entertainment at this year’s Grey Cup.
Okanagan Sun are on the road this weekend, taking on the Rams in Langley.
The Seattle Seahawks have their first preseason game on Sunday. They are in Los Angeles taking on the Chargers.
The Blue Jays and Yankees wrapped up their three-game Series in Toronto with a 4-0 shutout of the pinstripes. Tonight Toronto hosts a weekend set with the Pirates. Marcus Stroman is scheduled to be the starting pitcher for the Jays.
At the PGA Championship, Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner share the lead at 4 under going into the second round at Quail Hollow. Graham DeLaet is top Canadian at 1 under par.
At the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, BC starts the day in second place with 103 medals, including 40 Gold. Ontario leads with 165 medals, while Quebec has 102 and Alberta has 71.