VEGAS OKANAGAN [Above: Braden Matejka and his girlfriend Amanda in Las Vegas hospital (Facebook)]
An Okanagan man continues his recovery after getting shot in the Las Vegas massacre Sunday night. Braden Matejka says on social media, he and his girlfriend were running to avoid the bullets when it felt like someone had “hit him with a sledge hammer in the back of the head.” The Lake Country resident was shot in the back of the head, but survived with the help of people around him. He says doctors are keeping him in hospital another day or two to ensure the bleeding from his brain has stopped.
Police are still searching for a motive in the Las Vegas killing spree on the weekend. Two people died from their injuries yesterday bringing the death toll to 58 plus the gunman. Authorities say the shooter had 23 guns and at least 10 suitcases in his hotel room. They have recovered 47 firearms from three different locations.
BIG WHITE SALES
It’s been a busy year for real estate at Big White. More listings have been sold and more development has taken place on the resort than in the last ten years combined. The resort says renters from abroad are becoming buyers now, and empty-nest baby boomers are wanting places for family get togethers.
The NDP has introduced legislation to toughen the rules around political lobbying. The Attorney General says it should help protect the integrity of public decision making. David Eby says former public office holders and their senior staff will be banned from lobbying government for two years after leaving the Legislature.
COLON CANCER SCREENING
Part of the early screening process for colon cancer has been temporarily suspended for BC residents to ensure tests meet performance standards. There’s a manufacturer problem with the liquid solution used to test the FIT samples, also known as a reagent. FIT is a routine screening test recommended for men and women between 50 and 74. It detects blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of colon cancer.
Matthew Foerster will get a second chance to beat a first degree murder charge, starting next May in Kelowna. The 31 year old former Cherryville resident was convicted in 2014 of killing Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest on Halloween night 2011. The BC Court of Appeal granted him a new trial earlier this year, due to errors made by the judge in instructions to the jury.
Inmates from the BC Correctional Service were working side-by-side with BC Wildfire crews this summer. Some helped with setting up and taking down camps, while others cleaned and repaired hoses and some helped inspect, test and repair firefighting hand tools, such as axes, suction hoses, shovels and fire rakes. They have “open custody” status, which means they can be trusted to work in the community under supervision.
Kelowna city council has voted to extend the life of the Glenmore landfill by another 25 years. To do that it will increase its height by 20 metres. The landfill will top out at 90 metres over the next 75 years. Council also decided to increase tipping fees, and residential waste fees will increase 12 dollars next year to $174.30.
CRAFTSMAN FOOD DRIVE
Workers from Craftsman Collision helped make a dent in the Salvation Army’s food drive this past weekend. At the Save-On-Foods locations on Dobbin in West Kelowna and Lakeshore Road, they received over 1,000 items of food and just about $1,000 in cash. Craftsman matched the food donations for another $1,000.
Hockey tonight, the Kelowna Rockets host the Victoria Royals who are off to a 4 & 00 start. Puck drops at 7 at Prospera Place.
West Kelowna Warriors are at the coast tonight, taking on the Express in Coquitlam before returning home for a Saturday game against Salmon Arm.
The NHL regular season begins with 3 games tonight – Toronto is in Winnipeg, the Blues take on the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins and Calgary is in Edmonton. The Canucks don’t play until Saturday.
Vancouver meantime has picked up defenceman Derrick Pouliot from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenceman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round selection in next year’s draft.
Second-year Okanagan Sun running back Robbie Rodrigues has been named the BCFC’s Offensive Player of the Week. In the Sun’s 24-10 win over the Langley Rams, Rodrigues rushed the ball 16 times for 183 yards, and also caught one pass for 52 yards.
UBCO soccer goalie Mitch McCaw is once again one of the Canada West stars of the week. He had a 12 save shutout Saturday in Calgary and a 4 save shutout Sunday in Lethbridge.