WILDFIRES (Above Photo: Coast Mountain News)
The good news is that the Elephant Hill wildfire in the South Cariboo is holding at 168,000 hectares. The not-so-good good news is that more than 1 million hectares have burned so far this year in BC. The cost just to fight just the fires has now topped over 350 million dollars.
The Okanagan Basin Water Board is moving forward with plans to build a new underwater rototiller/de-rooter designed for Okanagan lakes. They dig up the shallow roots of milfoil during winter months, helping to combat the spread of this invasive aquatic plant. The summer harvesting season has begun throughout the Okanagan after being delayed by flooding.
The Invictus Games flag will be making a stop in Kelowna later today. The games use the power of adaptive sport to help wounded warriors on their journey to recovery. Barb Watson will be the Flagbearer at the Sails on Abbott Street at 6:15. The Invictus Games are in Toronto from September 23 to 30th.
While it was a tough start to the summer tourist season in the Okanagan with all the flooding things we’re not looking too bad for the rest of BC. The numbers from StatsCan show a 5.3% increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 35,000 more visitors arriving in BC. However it remains to be seen what effect all the wildfires will have for the rest of the summer.
RAIL TRAIL FEDS
The federal government is the latest to get on board the Okanagan Rail Trail. Ottawa has committed 471-thousand dollars from the Canada 150 fund. Rail Trail ambassador Brad Clements says it brings them closer to their goal of 7.8 Million dollars.
Some paving on Gordon Drive beginning tomorrow is going to make it tricky for driving in some areas. The northbound lanes on Gordon from Cook Road to Ladner Road will be closed. Also during the paving operation, Casorso Road will be closed to thru-traffic from Benvoulin Road to Gordon.
The BC Liberal Party has set up a group to determine how to choose its next leader. The 4 members of the committee will work with party staff to formalize the framework which incorporates feedback from riding association presidents and caucus members throughout the province. More details and possibly a date for a leadership convention will be announced at some point down the road.
Now that the solar eclipse of 2017 is over, what’s next? Well, the next total eclipse visible in Canada is in April 2024, and goes through the eastern US, southern Ontario and Quebec, and Maritimes. The next total lunar eclipse visible in Kelowna, where the Earth gets directly between the sun and the moon, will be at 5:29am on January 31 next year.
The public’s invited to check out the latest in agriculture technology tomorrow. The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Agri-Expo at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club starting at 3. There’ll be seminars on economics, sterile insect release programs, and tastings of wine beer fruit and honey. You can get more info at kelownachamber.org/events
Yesterday was registration, today the rookies hit the ice at the Kelowna Rockets training camp. Assistant Coach Kris Mallette says for the rookies, it’s all about work ethic and doing what got you here. The full camp begins on Friday.
The BC Hockey League is getting a jump on other junior leagues in terms of concussion awareness and prevention. The 17 teams will use a new app this season called Head Check where each player’s baseline tests will be listed and updated if they have an injury.
The Blue Jays open a three-game series in Tampa Bay against the Rays this afternoon. First pitch just after 4.
Monday night football preseason game last night sure looked like a preseason game with Cleveland beating the Giants 10 to 6.
Roger Goodell is closing in on a five-year extension to remain as NFL commissioner. The contract would be similar to the extension he earned in 2012, which paid him about $35 million a year.