Vernon Homicide, Back Country Safety, Brew Patriot Love and more…
RCMP say their investigation into the death of a Vernon man near Silver Star Road, is being treated as a murder.
The body of 26 year old Dustin Rogers was found near the intersection of Wilson Jackson Road and Jordashe Road last Thursday.
There’s been some speculation about gang activity but that hasn’t been confirmed by RCMP.
The cause of death is not being released.
Police are asking the public to call them to help piece together a timeline of the victim’s activities prior to this death.
Marine at the El
Kelowna City Council has approved a development permit for the form and character of a marina service building at Okanagan Marina in front of the Eldorado Hotel.
The proposed marina building will replace two older buildings that are in need of repair.
Road Race Traffic
You may find it a little busier on West Kelowna’s waterfront this coming Sunday.
Road Race One will be held alone Whitworth and Gellatly Road up to Rotary Beach Park.
There will be limited parking but a shuttle for participants will run between the race area and Mt Boucherie Senior Secondary.
The event is expected to run from 9am to noon.
Not Quite Back Country Time Yet
Central Okanagan Search & Rescue volunteer members are enjoying the spring weather along with their neighbours, however they would like to remind folks, that while the snow piles have retreated and the streets are being cleaned in the valley, winter conditions are still in effect on forestry roads even within sight of the lake.
Several requests to the RCMP, SAR, and tow truck companies came in March 25th weekend of people driving their family vehicles up into the hills only to get stuck in the 1m of snow that still exists on the back roads, and were unprepared for the conditions they encountered.
A few tips:
• Freezing temperatures persist away from the valley floor, and after sunset.
• Bring appropriate footwear, clothing for the conditions you will encounter.
• Use appropriately equipped vehicles with sufficient ground clearance and good condition winter tires.
• If you encounter rutted snow trails, the snow depth is only going to increase as you gain elevation, and in the shade of rock bluffs, or trees. Retreat while you still can, even if it means backing up slowly, until you can get to a spot to turn around.
• Know the limits of your vehicle. If the snow depth reaches the bottom height of your bumper, you are probably at your limit.
• Be prepared to shovel your vehicle out, embark with plenty of fuel, carry chains, & know how to put them on, or have other temporary traction aids.
• Leave a trip plan with responsible adults, and have a way to communicate your intentions. Often cell phone reception diminishes rapidly outside of the view of Okanagan Lake.
Please refer to AdventureSmart.ca for more preparation and travel tips, especially making a Trip Plan and ensuring you have the 10 Essentials.
Westbank Lions Hall
Mayor Doug Findlater and members of West Kelowna Council are pleased to announce that negotiations with the Westbank Lions Club to transfer ownership of its Westbank Lions Hall to the City of West Kelowna have been successfully completed and the hall will remain a community recreational and event facility.
The City will take over management of the historic facility and both parties mutually agree that the facility, located at 2466 Main Street, must continue to serve the West Kelowna community as it has since first established in 1928.
The hall will also be prominently identified as the Westbank Lions Community Centre.
The municipality will maintain the current leases with not for profits, including the Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Office and the Westside Youth Centre.
As of April 1, 2017 the City will administer bookings for the hall.
All previously booked events will be honoured.
Brew Patriot Love
Propeller Brewing Company is calling on brewers (and home brewers!) across Canada to join together as a community and mark Canada150 through The Great Canadian Lager Challenge.
Canadians drink more lager than any other kind of alcohol.
From ball parks to brew pubs – sometimes you just want a nice “beer-flavoured-beer”.
It’s fizzy. It’s yellow. It’s easy drinking.
For CANADA 150 – they’re challenging every brewery (and home-brewer!) in the country to make their best – most CANADIAN – lager and release it on July 1.
Beyond a Canada 150 toast on July 1, brewers can send sample six-packs to the celebrity-judged “Great Canadian Lager Challenge”, held July 14th & 15th as part of Propeller Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary celebration in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Awards will be given for:
(1) Most Patriotic Lager; and
(2) Best use of local ingredients/icons/story
Community Clean Up!
This weekend marks the kick off to Community Clean-Up Month– and to mark the occasion a crew of enthusiastic volunteers will head to a popular recreation corridor to clean up garbage– left behind by a careless few.
And they’re challenging you to do the same—to take even a small portion of your day to do a clean-up in your own neighborhood.
The clean-up kickoff event is an annual one, organized in a new locale each year by the Regional District Waste Reduction office.
Every spring it offers bags and gloves for clean ups, plus will pick up the garbage you collect when you’re done with your cleanup project.
The Saturday morning clean-up blitz will target Bartley Road in West Kelowna, near the trail head to the McDougall Rim Forestry Trails, a popular area for local recreationists.
Groups already signed up for clean- up initiatives in the month ahead include: Inter Mountain Enterprises, Uptown Rutland Assocation, Northwestside Road Community Association, District of Lake Country and City of West Kelowna, and the Oyama Community Club.
Information to arrange for your local cleanup is up on our news blog.
To arrange your own 20 Minute Make Over or Community Clean Up event, get free litter bags and gloves, and arrange to have the garbage you collect picked up when you’re done; contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Province has released the new, updated guide to freshwater fishing rules and regulations.
Government has posted the 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis on its fishing regulation website.
Printed copies will soon be available at Front Counter B.C., Service B.C. and stores that sell fishing licences.