Even though there was a slight increase in the size of the Finlay Creek Fire there was news that it is now 15% contained. However all evacuation alerts affecting 306 properties remain in place. There is also an indication that winds could pick up with the cooler weather in the next few days and that could increase fire behavior. Meantime the Philpott Road fire is now estimated at 70% containment and all evacuation alerts have been lifted.
The BC Coroners service has broken down the number of overdose deaths where fentanyl played a role. Across the province it was detected in 81% of illicit drug overdose deaths. In Kelowna so far this year there have been 43 deaths compared to 38 in all of last year and just six in 2015. Men aged between 30 and 39 account for the largest number of deaths.
RCMP were called to the area outside the Kelowna Courthouse yesterday morning after a suspicious package was found on the grass. The courthouse and other businesses in the area were evacuated as investigators and a police dog checked it out. They’re not telling us what it actually was, other than to say it was harmless.
MLAs BACK TO WORK
It was the Liberal’s Throne speech in Victoria that eventually brought the NDP to power, now it’s the New Democrats turn to let us know how they intend to run the province. The Lieutenant Governor will deliver the throne speech this afternoon. With the Kelowna-West riding vacant, the NDP and Greens now have a two-seat majority in the legislature.
The winners of the first annual Best of BC Wine Country Awards have been announced and a number of Okanagan brands figured prominently. The voting was done by people who tasted wines during their tours around the province this summer.
Construction is set to start on the 2.5 kilometres of the Okanagan Rail Trail located in the Regional District of North Okanagan. In the first half of the month, personnel will be preparing the trail corridor for full construction. They’ll focus on environmental, agricultural and archaeological protection, along with reducing geotechnical hazards.
The casualty numbers change every hour as search and rescue organizations continue to go through the rubble of what remains of a number of Caribbean islands after Hurricane Irma. It remains a dangerous Category 5 storm with winds topping 175 miles per hour. The chairman of a local council on St Maarten says 95% of the island has been destroyed. It’s expected to start impacting the United States late tomorrow through Sunday.
COPS FOR KIDS
The annual Cops for Kids bike ride through Southeastern BC kicks off this morning in Kelowna. It’s an event to raise awareness for the foundation that helps kids that have suffered a medical, physical or traumatic crisis in their young lives. The riders will be on the road for 10 days covering 1000 kilometres, ending in Kelowna as well. If you’d like to donate, go to copsforkids.org
In case you missed it there is a water quality advisory for 11,000 residents on the Lakeview system on the west side. It’s due to increased turbidity in the Rose Valley reservoir. During the advisory the City of West Kelowna is making free bulk water available at a station at the corner of Shannon Lake Road and Asquith Road.
The BC Hockey League season kicks off tonight for the West Kelowna Warriors as they take on the Smoke Eaters in Trail. The Warriors will have their home opener against Trail tomorrow night at Royal LePage Place at 7 and they’re calling it First Responders Appreciation Night.
And the Kelowna Rockets are back on the ice tonight in exhibition play. It’s another game against the Kamloops Blazers at 7 at Prospera Place. They will close out the preseason tomorrow in Kamloops.
The Vancouver Canucks are hosting the 2017 Young Stars Classic for the seventh year at the South Okanagan Events Centre today through Monday. The four-team tournament features prospects from the Canucks, Flames, Oilers and Jets.
It’s week 12 in the CFL and the BC Lions begin things hosting the Montreal Alouettes tonight at 7 at BC Place.
One game in the NFL last night to kick off the regular season. At Gillette Stadium, the Super Bowl champion Patriots lost 41 – 27 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Seahawks begin their season on the road in Green Bay on Sunday at 1:30.
The Blue Jays have Detroit in town for three games starting tonight.