Black Mountain Regional Park, which was already the largest in the Central Okanagan, is even bigger now. The Regional District has purchased almost 127-hectares of land to be added to the existing 516-hectares of ecologically and culturally significant lands that make up the park which towers over Kelowna’s eastern boundary. The property was purchased for just over $2.3-million of which $2.1-million came from two Regional Parks reserve funds.
Don’t forget tomorrow is the day to gather up any old, unused tires stacked up around your property and recycle them for free. The Regional District and Tire Stewardship BC have teamed up to provide a one-stop tire drop-off event for any old vehicle tires with or without rims. It happens from 10-3 in Parking Lot 17 at Okanagan College.
Millions of people across Puerto Rico are facing the grim reality that it could be up to six months before they get power restored. Hurricane Maria decimated the island which is home to 3-1/2 million people. Amazingly, only two deaths have been reported so far, but officials are worried that could rise as they get into more remote areas.
HWY 97 DELAYS
The delays on Highway 97 will be even longer starting this evening as crews begin construction on the Sexsmith Road intersection. It will be happening from 7 tonight until 6am on Monday. Also, the left turn lanes onto Sexsmith and Old Vernon from the highway will be closed until Monday October 2nd. Flaggers will be out so pay attention to them.
It really didn’t have a choice but Kelowna Council will spend an additional $1.1 million from the city’s RCMP contract reserve account for retroactive pay for policing. It covers wage increases for 2015 and 2016 that were recently approved by the Treasury Board of Canada. The retroactive pay includes increases to regular and overtime pay, senior constable allowances and corresponding pension costs.
Hope is fading for rescuing anyone who may still be alive in collapsed buildings in Mexico. There was some good news as the search for a 12-year-old thought to be trapped in a Mexico City elementary school ended with the news that all students have been accounted for. The death toll stands at least 273 after Tuesday’s 7.1 earthquake.
The foot crossing over McDougall Creek has been closed as the Shannon Lake Road Bridge Replacement Project in West Kelowna nears completion. The pedestrian access on the new bridge is closed as large construction equipment will be working on the approaches. A full opening of the road is anticipated for early October, barring any weather delays.
With construction set to start on the Okanagan Rail Trail, residents are invited to check out the latest plans and learn more about the upcoming work. Construction of 26 kilometres of compacted crushed aggregate trail is expected to be done by next spring. One session will be in Kelowna on Thursday, October 5 from 4-630pm at Parkinson Rec Centre.
MABEL LAKE ATVs
The Regional District of North Okanagan will consider a request to ban ATVs from an alpine area north east of Mabel Lake. A wildlife biologist with the provincial government told the RDNO board, off-roaders are destroying habitat in the Joss Mountain and Mabel Mouintain areas. Victoria is looking at possible regulations for a year-round motorized restriction, excluding forest service roads and snowmobiles.
The Kelowna Rockets begin their WHL regular-season tonight kicking off a home-and-home series with the Kamloops Blazers. Puck drops at Prospera Place at 7
At the BC Hockey League Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack yesterday, the West Kelowna Warriors edged Cowichan Valley 2-1.
The Okanagan Sun take their undefeated record on the road this weekend. Playing the Broncos in Kamloops tomorrow.
Two games in the CFL tonight. The early game has Ottawa in Winnipeg at 5 and then the BC Lions host Hamilton at 8.
NFL Thursday Night Football in the Bay Area the Los Angeles Rams hung on to beat the late-charging 49ers 41-39.
The Canucks split squad has two games coming up. Tonight they play the Oilers in Edmonton at 6 and then in Beijing, they take on the LA Kings at 12:30 in the morning our time
Going into round 2 of the PGA TOUR Championship, Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor, Washington is the leader at 6 under. Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin was 1 over after his first round.