Body Found at Suspicious House Fire, Cove Fire, Fatal on the Coquihalla & more …
Body Found In Burnt Home
RCMP have discovered a body inside the fire scene of an early Saturday morning blaze which fully engulfed a home on Stockwell Avenue in Kelowna.
On Saturday morning, the Kelowna RCMP received a request to assist the Kelowna Fire Department who were reportedly responding to reports of a fully engulfed residential structure fire in the 900 block.
Police now confirm that a body has been discovered inside the home.
The individual’s death and the circumstances surrounding the fire are still being considered suspicious at this time.
The Cove Fire
Just after noon yesterday, West Kelowna Fire Rescue were called out to the Cove Resort on Gellatly Road.
There was heavy smoke coming from a 3rd floor unit.
The building, at about 50% occupancy, was quickly evacuated by resort staff.
It was a smouldering kitchen fire.
Staff at the resort had helped keep the fire down with extinguishers.
Positive pressure fans were needed to remove the heavy smoke from the third and fourth floors.
There were no injuries.
The Coquihalla Highway was back open in both directions as of 11pm following a multi-vehicle accident that left one woman dead.
B.C. Emergency Health Services confirms two different accidents occurred on the highway stretch, injuring 10 people.
Five of the injured were transported by ground to Nicola Valley Hospital and five were transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
Road conditions changed suddenly from bare to a snow squall.
One women was taken to hospital Thursday night after losing control of her vehicle in West Kelowna.
Around 8:30, the car left Glenrosa by McInnis and went through a fence of a yard on Liard Court.
The 26 year old woman from Lake Country was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
No charges have been initially laid.
That section of road has had a significant amount of dirt washed on to it this past week from runoff and rainfall.
Drug Investigation Arrests
Two months investigating plus 3 search warrants and more drugs are off our streets.
On March 22nd, police looked at two motor vehicles and a home in the 18 hundred block of Country Club Drive in Kelowna.
They found suspected drugs, including 239 grams of coke and 160 grams of heroin, 9 grand cash, money counters, multiple safes and packaging consistent with the drug trade.
Two 22 year old guys and an 18 year old woman from Vancouver, along with an 18 year old Ontario man have been arrested.
A stroll in the park no longer has to be uncomfortable if you have to go.
All park washrooms have been opened by the City of Kelowna.
Drinking fountains and water services at off-leash dog parks are also on.
A reminder though…City sports fields are still closed.
The grass needs time to dry out and grow naturally.
They are scheduled to open this coming Saturday.
Mt Boucherie PGA Winery
Kudos going out to Mt Boucherie Winery.
They’ve been signed on as the official wine partner of the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.
That’s a PGA Tour Champions event in Victoria.
Be interesting to see if other Okanagan wineries get the official status for the Vancouver and Kelowna events.
BC Hydro Payment Plans
It was a tough winter…with higher than expected heating costs.
BC Hydro is giving you more time to sign up for the Winter Payment Plan.
You have until the end of this month to set up payment plans if you’ve been nailed with a huge bill.
New Middle School
The Government of B.C. and the Central Okanagan School District have partnered to invest $36.1 million for a brand new Okanagan Mission Junior Middle school for students in the fast growing neighbourhood of Okanagan Mission.
The new three story school will be build in the 12 hundred block of Frost Road and will hold 750 students from grades 6-8.
Construction is expected to start this fall and be completed by September 2019.
2nd Rail Trail Funding
Plans are moving forward for a second rail trail in the Okanagan.
This one would on a 50 kilometre stretch of the former CP rail line between Armstrong and Sicamous.
The BC government has committed 2.1 million dollars to a partnership for 43 kilometres of the line.
The Splatsin First Nation has acquired the other seven kilometres.
Kyllo says the line will provide the opportunity to connect trails all the way from Sicamous to Kelowna.
Kelowna Buddhist Temple
The public has chosen 56 Japanese-Canadian historic places with significance to British Columbians of Japanese descent following a four-month nomination period.
These places reflect the development and history of the province.
The Kelowna Buddhist Temple has been chosen.
The temple serving the Japanese-Canadians in the central Okanagan area was founded in 1933 and continues today.
The Japanese-Canadians in the Central Okanagan were not affected by the forced relocation, resulting in a history slightly different from coastal communities.
In the government’s continued efforts to recognize and celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism of B.C., the final list of historic places to be provincially recognized for their heritage values and significance to the Japanese-Canadian community have been released.
April 1st marks the 75th anniversary of The Internment Period, when over 22,000 Japanese-Canadians were forcibly removed from the B.C. coast, and incarcerated in camps in the Interior of the province, and beyond, between 1942 and 1949.
Following a public nomination process and evaluation by sector and community experts, 56 historic places were chosen to receive provincial recognition status, as part of the Provincial Recognition Program’s Japanese-Canadian Historic Places Project.Drug