FINLAY CREEK FIRE (Above Photo from Power104 listener Sean)
BC Wildfire says steep terrain, wind direction and virtually no rain for the past 2 months are the combination that is making it difficult to fight the Finlay Creek fire southwest of Peachland. It was last estimated at 1500 hectares, very active and a number of evacuation alerts remain in place. Ground crews were monitoring it overnight and air support will be back today.
Checking the status of the wildfires on the east side. The remainder of the Philpott Road residents were given the green light to go home yesterday. The wildfire continues to burn though and is still only 30% contained. And the Grayback Mountain fire northeast of Little White which was sparked on Sunday was last estimated at 30 hectares and BC Wildfire was hitting it hard with water and retardant yesterday.
BACK TO SCHOOL
It’s back to school today and with the kids all excited it’s time to be really careful around school zones again. And to make sure you’re very careful RCMP and bylaw officers will be out enforcing the 30k speed limits which are in effect in school zones from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. And don’t forget, when a school bus stops to let kids off or on, you have to stop as well. No going around them.
Despite the efforts of one or two ne’er-do-wells last week, Glenmore Elementary is ready to welcome students back today. Thirty seven windows and two air conditioning units were broken or damaged overnight on August 27th. The school district tells us they had a team right on it to fix everything and it’s ready for the kids. If anyone has any information on who did this call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
Young people aged between 19 to 26 and have been in foster care for a minimum of 24 months can now get free tuition at all 25 of BC’s public post-secondary institutions. Premier John Horgan says the program provides tuition waivers to former kids in care, who are less likely to have access to post-secondary education or training than young people who grew up with family supports.
To no one’s surprise, West Kelowna businessman and former MLA Ben Stewart will represent the Liberals whenever the byelection is called to fill Christy Clark’s Kelowna West riding. Once Stewart announced he would run again, there were no challengers to his candidacy. The NDP has not said when a byelection will be held, but it has to be by February 4th.
It looks like the homicide in West Kelowna on Friday night was targeted as the victim was known to police. RCMP say a 27 year-old West Kelowna man was found dead in a car in the 3400 block of McTaggart Road in the Glenrosa area. Police are looking for a white 4-door Volkswagen sedan, possibly a Jetta, in relation to the shooting.
Queensway Avenue between Water Street and Mill Street, including the City-owned parking area, will be closed for utility upgrades starting this morning. The work is to accommodate future growth in the downtown, including the construction of the Tourism Centre later this year. The work is expected to be done by the end of the month.
Good news for Lakeshore Road users. The new roundabout at Lakeshore and Collett is ready for traffic. A temporary pedestrian crossing for cyclists and pedestrians will remain in place for the next couple of weeks. Sidewalks and street lighting installation for the roundabout project will be completed next week.
Checking the CFL scores from the weekend, Saskatchewan beat Winnipeg 38-24, Calgary dumped Edmonton 39-18 and after a 2 hour delay in the second quarter due to lightning in Hamilton, maybe it was that spark that gave the Ti-Cats their 1st win of the season, 24-22 over Toronto.
BC hosts Montreal on Friday.
On the PGA Tour, at the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston, Justin Thomas followed up his PGA Championship victory with another win, pocketing 1.6 Million dollars for his efforts.
The PGA Tour Champions were in Calgary at Canyon Meadows and Scott McCarron beat everyone else with a 16 under par.
Stacy Lewis made a big pledge entering the LPGA’s Portland Classic. She said she would donate her earnings from the tournament to relief efforts in her hometown of Houston. Well, she won. Now the $195,000 will go towards helping to rebuild homes.
Kelowna Rockets dropped their first preseason game 5-4 in overtime to the Victoria Royals on Saturday night. The Kamloops Blazers are at Prospera tonight for a 7pm puck drop.
In the BC Hockey League, the West Kelowna Warriors begin their 58 game regular season on the road in Trail Friday night.