BLACK MOUNTAIN 6/730 (Above and below pics: Mick Marrone)
The area at the foot of Black Mountain is a little blacker today after a grass fire yesterday afternoon along Highway 33 right by Black Mountain Drive. Personnel from all four Kelowna Fire Halls went to the scene and got it under control before it could go up a hill toward some homes. Crews from BC Wildfire along with a tanker and helicopter were called in, but the aircraft were not needed. KFD was there all night making sure there were no flare ups.
Here’s the latest on the Wildfire situation in the province. As of yesterday they were 134 fires burning and the 1 million hectares that have burned since the beginning of April is the most in BC history going back to 1912. The largest fire ever continues to burn in the Chilcotin. The re-named Plateau fire, after a number of others came together, is estimated at 467,000 hectares.
Almost 1,300 small businesses, First Nations and nonprofit organizations have applied for relief funding because of the wildfires. Last week the provincial government announced it would provide $1,500 grants to help businesses resume operations. The grants are part of the 100 million dollars an announced by the province which is being administered by the Red Cross.
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is raising a red flag following the recent release of a federal government consultation paper that proposes significant tax policy changes. President Tom Dyas says it may be framed as going after ‘those rich people’, but it could punish small business owners who are the backbone of the Canadian economy and have risked quite a bit to start up and run their businesses.
GRM held its annual trade show and fundraiser in West Kelowna on the weekend and raised $1424 for the community. United Way staff and volunteers handled the Prize Wheel and the Axe Monkeys were there giving people a chance to win prizes donated by businesses from the community. GRM hosts several fundraisers each year donating proceeds to United Way.
The NDP government has released a look at the province’s finances for the year ended March 31st when the Liberals were still in power. It shows a surplus 2.7 billion dollars which according to the rules, has to be applied to the debt – it can’t be given back to taxpayers. However Finance Minister Carole James says next month’s provincial budget update will have some good news for us.
Big White Ski is building new staff accommodation housing in the Black Forest area. It will be the start of a new subdivision. It will contain five, four-bedroom units, each with a common area and kitchen, in addition to four studios with washrooms and cooking facilities. The modular design structure is being built by Kelowna’s Chaparral Industries.
SALMON ARM SHOTS
Police are trying to find out who fired shots at a home in Salmon Arm early Sunday. RCMP say the shots were fired at a parked truck, a garage and a fence. It appears to have been a targeted shooting but no one was injured.
And German police seized thousands of tablets of the party drug ecstasy in the shape of Donald Trump’s head. They had an estimated street value of $46,000. There’s a picture of them in the top news stories blog on the website.
Preseason gets underway in the BC Hockey League tonight. On the westside, the West Kelowna Warriors host the Penticton Vees at Royal LePage Place at 7, tickets are just $5 at the box office.
After missing the Carolina Panthers’ first two preseason games recovering from shoulder surgery, quarterback Cam Newton is on track to play in tomorrow’s contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In the majors last night Toronto was beaten 6 to 5 by Tampa Bay. They’ll play again today just after 4.
Major League Baseball intends to issue a fan code of conduct across all of its ballparks beginning next season on the heels of numerous incidents involving fans at ballparks this year. One incident involved Fenway Park fans flinging racial slurs and taunts toward the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones in May.