A traffic heads up for you. Starting today, Valley Road will be closed between Kane and Yates roads from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday all month. This work is to divert Brant’s Creek for the construction of a creek retaining wall, curbing, sidewalk and final paving. We’re told Valley Road will reopen to traffic every evening at 5 and all day Sundays.
LAKE COUNTRY HEALTH
Lake Country is hoping to bring a fairly recent concept in health care to the community. Mayor James Baker says it’s a Health Hub that specializes in chronic health issues to take the pressure off local clinics. He says this type of operation could spare patients having to go to Vernon or Kelowna to see the help they need.
We may have snow in the hills here, but wildfires are burning through California’s wine country. In some cases, entire neighbourhoods have been burned to the ground. Tragically, reports say 17 people have been killed and more than 2000 homes and businesses destroyed.
Here’s something to get behind. Did you know it’s the 7th annual craft beer month in BC? The industry has seen incredible growth… from 54 breweries in 2010 to more than 140 today. This year, over 20 new ones will open their doors. Next Thursday it’s the third annual Brewforia Cask Festival at Tree Brewing Institute on Water Street. Click on poster to enlarge.
Agriculture Minister Lana Popham will be in Kelowna later today. She’ll be joined by Ian Tostenson, of the BC Restaurant & Food Services Association, at Sandhill Winery. They’ll talk about connecting restauranteurs and the food and beverage industries with local producers. Also there will be Adam Relvas of Relvas Catering, Tina Tang of Predator Ridge and Ross Derrick of The Table at Codfathers.
The Regional District of North Okanagan is supporting a ban of ATV’s and other motor vehicles in an alpine area north east of Mabel Lake. Wildlife biologist Andrew Walker from the Forests Ministry says ATV’ers have been causing damage, gaining access to the alpine area through forest service roads. High elevation areas are very slow to recover from significant damage.
HIT AND RUN
A police dog helped take a Kelowna man into custody following a hit-and-run accident Saturday night. It happened at Springfield and Gordon and witnesses followed the suspect vehicle until it stopped and the driver took off. The driver faces potential charges under both the Criminal Code and the Motor Vehicle Act.
BULL RIDER CTE
A Merritt bull rider who took his own life earlier this year has been diagnosed with CTE. Twenty-five-year old Ty Pozzobon’s family suspected his death was the result of repeated head injuries and concussions sustained during his rodeo career. His brain was donated to the University of Washington School of Medicine Neuropathology Core and after a thorough examination, doctors concluded Ty had CTE.
Stick a fork in Sears Canada, it’s done. The retail giant is going out of business in this country, knocking 12,000 people out of work. Sears wants to liquidate everything after failing to find a viable way of staying in business. If it gets approval from the courts, liquidation sales could begin next Thursday.
West Kelowna Warriors were in Surrey last night and scored 3 unanswered goals to edge the Eagles 3-2 and improve their record to 8 & 3.
The Canucks and Senators went to a shootout in Vancouver and Ottawa picked up the 3-2 win. Vancouver hosts Winnipeg tomorrow.
Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House yesterday with Mario Lemieux saying it had nothing to do with politics. However one thing was missing… the traditional handing over of a Jersey to the President.
I think we can just keep this story in the sports every week. UBCO soccer goalie Mitch McCaw has once again been named one of the stars of the week by Canada West. He’s the first player in UBCO soccer history to string together six straight shutout wins.
ESPN reports NFL owners will consider a rule change that would make standing during the national anthem mandatory. The rulebook currently only encourages players to stand. Anthem protests will be a topic of discussion at league meetings next week.
A pair of Pete Carroll’s runner have made their way onto eBay. A brand new pair of the Nike Air Monarch IV made exclusively for the Seahawks head coach – featuring his “Always Compete” mantra on the tongue” – are being sold on eBay for $3,500.