The solar eclipse happens this morning and if smoke doesn’t interfere we should be able to see it, or at least notice it get darker. About 83 percent of the sun will be covered here as the moon moves between Earth and the Sun. It will start about 9:10 and build to greatest coverage at 10:24, ending at 11:40. Drew Ferreira has put a number of good tips on our Facebook page for viewing the eclipse, just scroll down a bit to find it.
Quick action by BC Wildfire crews and light winds helped contain a small brush fire along the connector on Friday evening. It started about 5-1/2 kilometres west of the Highway 97 interchange. A number of helicopters, a retardant dropping tanker and ground crews managed to keep it to less than one hectare in size.
Registration for the Kelowna Art Gallery’s fall art classes and workshops for youth and adults is underway. The professionally instructed classes run from September through December and if you register before September 4 there’s a 10% discount on fees. Classes include acrylic painting, calligraphy, drawing, mixed media, print making, sculpture, and watercolours. Get more class and fee info at kelownaartgallery.com
Some drivers ended last week $386 poorer after a 90-minute blitz by RCMP looking for distracted drivers on Springfield Road. Officers handed out 25 tickets, most of them for people using electronic devices. Police say they’re sure they would have been able to nail more drivers had their focus been on speeders
The heavy spring runoff through Mission Creek caused some damage that needs repair and refinement to the floodplain and fish habitat restoration work that was done last year. The Greenway dyke on the south side between Casorso and Gordon will remain open while work is going on today through Wednesday and again in October. But work crews and heavy equipment will be on site and walkers, runners and dogs are asked to steer clear.
It seems every month Kelowna International Airport is setting a record for the number of passengers that it handles. July was no different with almost 164,000 people going through the terminal. That’s about 14,000 more than a year ago. Year-to-date, YLW has handled just over 1 million passengers, that’s 117,000 more compared to this point a year ago.
VALLEY ROAD CLOSURE
There’ll be a bit more traffic on Glenmore Road for the next couple of weeks due to construction on Valley Road to the east. Valley is going to be closed between Cross and Kane from today until Friday September 1, for the installation of water and sewer connections. Detour signs will be up and watch your speed and flaggers.
HIT AND RUN
Kelowna RCMP are hoping the public can help them with their investigation into a hit and run early Saturday morning August 12th. It happened just before 2 a.m. Police say a man was walking along Gordon Drive by Lequime when he was hit from behind by a car believed to be an import. He suffered a broken leg and RCMP think the vehicle may have some front-end damage.
Victoria has come up with just under $196,000 for 16 sheet metal apprentice seats, 16 plumbing trades seats and 16 heavy mechanical trades foundation seats at Okanagan College. President Jim Hamilton says it will create additional capacity in some of their most in-demand trades programs. He adds students will be better prepared to enter the workforce and will do much to meet the labour-market demands of our region.
On the PGA Tour, Henrik Stenson hung on to take the Wyndham Championship finishing the tournament at 22 under par.
Meantime, the Solheim Cup in Iowa was won by the Americans as they beat Europe 16-1/2 to 11-1/2.
It was no contest as the Okanagan Sun won their 4th straight game of the season Saturday night. They hammered the Huskers 71-7 at the Apple Bowl. The Sun travel to the Island to take on the Raiders this Saturday.
Two back-to-back losses and the BC Lions find themselves in fourth place in the CFL West after week 9. The latest was a 21 – 17 lost to Calgary Friday night.
In their weekend series at Wrigley Field, the Blue Jays lost all 3 games. Toronto is off today, travelling to Tampa for 3 games with the Rays starting tomorrow
Camp time for the Kelowna Rockets. The rookies start skating today through while the main camp begins on Friday and runs for a week. The first preseason game is September 2nd when Kelowna hosts Victoria.
Meantime the West Kelowna Warriors preseason begins this week with Penticton at Royal LePage on Wednesday and Merritt on Friday. Tickets are just 5 bucks at the box office.