Hazmat, drug bust, best employer and more…
Interesting lunch hour for Kelowna fire crews yesterday.
They got a hazardous materials call to Hardy Street.
A truck driver reported a hissing noise and strange odor coming from a parked transport trailer.
The hazmat team entered the trailer to find oxygen tanks venting off excessive pressure.
That’s normal when the tanks warm up.
There were no injuries.
Kelowna RCMP took a load of drugs off the streets last Wednesday.
A search warrant was used in the 2000 block of Harvey Avenue after police got a tip about a vehicle thought to be used in the sale of drugs.
The vehicle was a rental and tracked to a business…then an apartment in the 700 block of Leon.
Police seized coke, crystal meth, over 15 grand cash and equipment typically linked to drug sales.
A 21 year old Kelowna man is facing potential charges.
Congrats to Central Kitchen & Bar
The Kelowna company has been named Best Employer in the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards.
Penticton business Winecrush also received one of the 10 awards given out Friday night…for Best Cocept.
You’re never too old to learn.
Okanagan College Enactus students have beengiven a $9,700 cheque from Interior Savings Credit Union in support of their initiative to promote seniors’ wellness through tech-savvy training.
Through the Silver Surfers program, Okanagan College Enactus students provide resources and coaching to enhance the abilities of seniors to communicate with loved ones and safely explore the Internet.
The program offers student-to-senior mentorship and step-by-step illustrated guides on technology use with tools such as the iPad.
The highly-portable program helps address the social isolation and mental health issues often felt by seniors and provides opportunities for them to increase their cognitive abilities.
RDCO Composter & Rainbarrel
Here’s your chance to cut your garbage in half –and do your yard a big favor this gardening season with a new backyard composter and rain barrel.
One third to half of household waste is easily compostable.
Harvesting rain water provides soft, fresh, untreated water for your plants
It’s a pre order sale only though, so you need to plan ahead.
Details are up on our news blog.
The Pre Order only sale runs March1st through March 31st, with composters ready for pickup in your community in early May in time for gardening season. You can choose from three different types of units: a one- piece backyard composter, the FreeGarden Earth ($35), the Green Cone food digester ($95) which can handle all types of kitchen scraps, or the Wormcycler worm bin ($80) which is ideal for apartment/condo dwellers.
Back by popular demand, rain barrels will once again be part of the sale for $75 each, again a big cost savings to the regular $100 retail price. Corinne Jackson, Communications Director for the Okanagan Basin Water Board and its Okanagan WaterWise program says they’re pleased to be partnering with Waste Reduction and expect the rain barrels to go quickly. Only 200 will be available with a limit of two per household.
Jackson explains, “Collecting rain water in your own yard makes great sense. . A rain barrel also helps save you money by limiting the use of metered tap water on gardens. Plus, collecting rain water limits run off from yards and can prevent contaminants from washing into our storm drains, and ultimately into local streams and lakes. By diverting some of this run-off into rain barrels you’re helping keep our waters clean for drinking, for fish and everything else that depends on good, clean water.”
Spring Activity & Program Guide
With hundreds of programs, classes and leagues available this spring season, it’s time to break out of hibernation mode.
The spring 2017 Activity and Program Guide will be available for viewing online tomorrow.
Dive into the guide to find swim lessons, sport leagues art, cooking and dance classes plus many more.
Find programs for all ages and abilities at over 25 locations across Kelowna. Reinvigorate those 2017 resolutions with a fitness class or sign up for a pass to the Parkinson Recreation Centre pool and fitness centre.
Details are up on our news blog.
Registration begins the following week on Tuesday, March 7.
Spring registration dates and times:
March 7: General Programs (7:30 a.m.)
March 9: Aquatics and First Aid (7:30 a.m.)
March 10: Sports Leagues (7:30 a.m.)
Programs for Persons with a Disability (9:30 a.m.)
Registration is already open for spring break camps with full and partial day camps that offer something for all interests including drama, sports and art camps.
Set up an online registration account in advance to avoid any registration lineups and register from the comfort of home. Call 250-469-8800 to set up an account pin and client barcode.
Hard copies of the guide will be available at H20 Adventure & Fitness Centre, Glenmore IGA, Parkinson Recreation Centre and Rutland Arena on Wednesday, March 1.
Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation.
Connect with Active Living and Culture in a new way. Ask a question or provide feedback online directly through Live Chat. Account pins and barcodes will still need to be set by phone. Look for the Live Chat icon at the bottom of Active Living and Culture website pages on kelowna.ca.
West Kelowna Transit Cameras
The City of West Kelowna has completed the installation of surveillance cameras at its two transit exchanges to help discourage inappropriate behavior and ensure the safety of users.
The surveillance cameras will monitor the Westbank Transit Exchange on Elliott Road in downtown West Kelowna and the Boucherie Mountain Transit Exchange located on Westgate Road in Boucherie Centre.
The cameras will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will help deter vandalism, theft or other crimes.
Signs indicating that the areas are under video surveillance have been installed at both exchanges.
B.C.’s digital media res are preparing to showcase their skills in video game development, innovative virtual reality software and other gaming tools at the premier Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week.
The annual Games Developers Conference is the place to be for anyone in the game developers industry.
GDC is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event and is expected to attract more than 25,000 people.
BC has one of the top video game clusters in the world, with more than 120 game development studios employing 5,500 professionals.
* Kelowna’s KinematicSoup Technologies Inc. will be promoting Scene Fusion, featuring real-time collaboration using Unity 3D, allowing designers to work together to build a game.
Raid to Auction
A local man behind one of the largest-scale chop shops ever busted in the Okanagan has agreed to forfeit customized motorcycles, vehicle parts and tools to B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO).
Under a court-approved settlement, John Edward Newcome has signed over two dozen complete or partial motorcycles, including sport bikes, choppers and custom Harley-Davidsons.
Also forfeited are garage and trades tools including bike hoists, a wheel balancer, a tire machine, welders and a drill press.
Some of the assets are currently listed online at www.bcauction.ca and open to public bidding; others will be posted in the days ahead.