CLINTON WILDFIRE (Above: Clinton courtesy @SweetnSvry)
Good news for residents north of Cache Creek, including the Village of Clinton and residents further to the north. They can go home. Officials say the imminent threat posed by the Elephant Hill wildfire has eased in that particular area. The move also means closures on Highway 97 and 99 around there are lifted. It’s still best to check Drive BC before heading out and Crown land in the Cariboo back country is still off limits. The clearer weather of a couple of days ago gave BC Wildfire a chance to get a better idea of how much of BC has burned – and it’s staggering. So far this season, up to 845,000 hectares have burned, just 10,000 shy from the 1958 record. 309 million dollars has been spent just fighting just over 1,000 fires this season and at last count 310 structures have been lost.
Thanks to tips from the public, RCMP now have a suspect in a Subway restaurant robbery in late April. Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating Cameron James Patrick. There is a photo of him in our news blog on the website which you can access through our social media. If you see him call police or Crime Stoppers.
West Kelowna RCMP want residents to know that there has been a spike in thefts from vehicles so far this year. Most of it been happening in the downtown area but all of West Kelowna has been affected. Most of the thefts happened because windows were left down or doors were unlocked and stuff worth stealing was in plain view. It’s simple to remember, lock it or lose it.
Not only were the cars stolen from a local dealership but RCMP say they were then used in robberies. A white Dodge Challenger and a grey Jeep Grand Cherokee were stolen from the dealership on Enterprise sometime between the close on Sunday and the opening on Monday. Police believe the Challenger was then used in an attempted break-in enter and shoplifting. The Challenger BC plate is AK693L while the Cherokee is EN986C.
It’s Pride Week in the Okanagan and Federal Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault, who’s Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues, will serve as Grand Marshal during the Pride March downtown on Saturday. And Wilbur Turner, a Kelowna community advocate who served as president of the Okanagan Pride Society from 2012 to 15, will serve as Grand Marshal during the Trans March tomorrow, as it winds from the Sails sculpture to the Laurel Packinghouse at 6pm.
Construction will begin tomorrow at Mission Recreation Park as part of the Irrigation Infrastructure Renewal Program. The irrigation system for three soccer fields will be upgraded and replaced in order to lower maintenance costs, improve watering efficiency and conserve more water. The $300,000 project is expected to be complete by October 31.
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The NDP says workers in BC need a raise so it’s giving them 50 cents an hour more starting next month. The minimum wage will go up to $11.35 an hour. Premier John Horgan said it’s part of the plan to move, over time, to a $15 minimum wage. The liquor servers’ wage is also rising by 50 cents to $10.10 per hour on September 15th.
WorkSafeBC is ramping up its direction to asbestos-abatement, demolition and general contractors to stop exposing construction workers to asbestos and to meet their legal obligation to manage asbestos safely and responsibly. This year it has issued more asbestos-related stop-work orders and fines than in all of 2016. In homes built before 1990, asbestos can potentially be found in more than 3,000 building materials.
Tampa Bay beat the Blue Jays 6-4 last night to tie their 3 game series at 1. They’ll play the final game in Toronto today at 4.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have taken quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. from the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for defensive back Tevaughn Campbell. Some draft picks of both teams were also involved.
The 2026 World Cup joint bid proposal from the United States, Canada, and Mexico says 44 cities and 49 stadiums across the three nations have been contacted to gauge interest in hosting soccer matches. BC Place is one of them along with Commonwealth and McMahon Stadiums in Alberta.
Cleveland Cavaliers basketball Star LeBron James has again taken on Donald Trump after the US president once again downplayed violence in Charlottesville on the weekend. James tweeted in part, ‘hate has always existed in America, but Donald Trump has made it fashionable again.’
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is appealing his six-game suspension imposed by the NFL. He was suspended for breaching the league’s personal conduct policy, specifically engaging in alleged domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend