Candles started a fire that caused extensive damage to a home on Garner Road in East Kelowna Friday night. It started on the second floor and spread into the attic and the lower floor. Three people and a cat were in the house at the time but managed to get out alright and were being looked after by Emergency Services.
The campfire ban may have been lifted for Crown Land and provincial parks, but that doesn’t mean all is back to normal for other burning situations. For the first time since 2012, the start of the open burning season in the Central Okanagan will be delayed. It usually starts October 1st but due to the ongoing elevated risk of fires, Central Okanagan fire chiefs have decided to postpone it for a while.
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Not sure if they’re taking applications but West Kelowna Council has decided to take on a Computer and Network Technician and a Network Analyst. The city says it needs to do the hiring to meet the growing demand for network systems support and protection of information. West Kelowna doesn’t have any staff with network credentials or certifications and has relied on outside contractors.
Kelowna RCMP have released a composite sketch of a suspect believed to be involved in an alleged assault in late July. It happened at Lawrence and Ethel downtown and involved a 14 year old girl who got into a vehicle with the man.
Caucasian male, 40 to 50 years of age, with dark hair, brown eyes and a scar on his left abdominal side. He had reportedly been driving a dark coloured Hyundai, possibly an Elantra, with silver rims. If you can help, call the RCMP or Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS
Enrollment is up at Okanagan College this year. As of September 15th there were 8,400 students, but by the end of the year they expect it to be closer to 20,000 because a number of courses start in the fall. In Kelowna the number of students grew to 5,330 from 5,155.
The BC government has appointed a new chairperson for the Interior Health board. Dr. Doug Cochrane is the group’s new leader, taking over for John O’Fee. Cochrane is the chair and provincial patient safety officer of the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council.
Remember that accident we told you about on the Hope-Princeton Highway a couple of weeks ago where a woman was killed. The man believed to be driving the vehicle stole a truck from someone who stopped to help and then took off. RCMP say he is now in custody after being arrested in an unrelated incident.
Kelowna wants to standardize street furniture such as benches and bike racks that are installed downtown. Ideally the city would like them to represent the different districts: cultural, residential, business, historic and entertainment. Until Sunday, October 8, the public’s invited to provide online feedback on what the things should look like and where they should be installed. Head to the getinvolved.kelowna.ca website to give your 2 cents worth.
The annual meeting of the province’s community leaders gets underway today in Vancouver. The Union of BC Municipalities Convention goes all week and will discuss things such as housing affordability and ‘green’ innovation. One of the topics up for discussion today is how to handle the anticipated legalization of cannabis in the country, at the local level.
Week 14 in the CFL began with Hamilton kicking a field goal with 10 seconds left to beat the BC Lions 24 to 23. Other games saw Winnipeg dump Ottawa, the Argos beat the Alouettes and Calgary got by Saskatchewan.
In the NFL yesterday, Seattle’s record dropped to 1 and 2 following a 33-27 loss to Tennessee. The Monday night game has Dallas taking on Arizona at 5:30.
On the ice, the Kelowna Rockets took both weekend games from Kamloops, 6-2 here and 5-1 in Blazer-land. The Rockets’ next game is on Friday when they host Everett.
In the NHL, the Canucks are off until Thursday after half the team flew home from China, losing both games they played against Los Angeles.
The PGA TOUR Champion for 2017 is 23 year old Xander Schauffele from California who finished at 12 under… 1 ahead of Justin Thomas. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford finished 23rd at 1 over.
The government has proclaimed this to be Coaches Week in BC, recognizing the impact of the more than 10,000 coaches in the province. Victoria says coaches have an incredible impact on all aspects of an athlete’s career from introducing a new sport, to bringing out the inherent skills of a player, to teaching the importance of teamwork on and off the field.