Kelowna RCMP is echoing the Emergency Operations Centre and reminding boaters maintain a safe distance from the shorelines and travel at significantly slower speeds this long weekend. Under normal water conditions, boaters are prohibited from operating at speeds in excess of 10 KPH within 30 metres of the shore. Failing to do so could result in operators being fined 200 bucks.
Don’t forget the 60th annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb is taking place tomorrow and Sunday so access to Knox Mountain Park will be limited to ticket holders only during the weekend. The off-leash dog park and tennis courts will also be closed. Public access to Paul’s Tomb will be available through Poplar Point Drive.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, naturally you want to get as much as you can for it. Realtor Amanda Westrheim tells us in the attempt to save a few bucks on fees, many people in the Kelowna area are leaving money on the table by using classified ads. She says the multiple listing service is where potential buyers and their realtors look and many homes, if priced right, can get many offers.
Water advisories remain in effect for a number of areas around here as we head into the long weekend. Some of those include the City of Kelowna water system, West Kelowna Estates, Sunnyside and Pritchard Water Systems in West Kelowna and WFN Reserve #9. If you’re not sure if you are affected, check with your water provider and sign up for alerts at http://cordemergency.ca
There is some good news on the west side. Shannon Lake Road over McDougall Creek and Gellatly Road over Powers Creek have been re-opened to single-lane alternating traffic. The Gellatly Boat Launch is also back in action but boaters should watch for stuff in the lake. Gellatly Road from Witt Road to Angus Drive remains closed indefinitely due to erosion.
PEMBY MUSIC FEST
If you had plans to go to the Pemberton Music Festival this summer, you now have an open weekend. The organizers have declared bankruptcy and pulled the plug on the 4 day event in July. Chance the Rapper, A Tribe Called Quest and Muse were some of the top performers that had been booked. You will probably have to go through your credit card company for a refund.
BACK COUNTRY WATER
If your long weekend plans include the back country, be careful around streams and creeks. Emergency officials say all the runoff could have created some debris dams which could give way at any time. And if you’re going to be around the lake, they ask that you stay away from the flood protection barriers that have been installed.
If you like fresh cherries, this could be your year. BC Tree Fruits says its expecting a record harvest of 12 Million pounds – but you’ll have to wait as they’ll be a few weeks later thanks to the cool spring. There’s also expected to be good crops of peaches, nectarines and plums.
It went to overtime in the NHL West final after Nashville scored two late goals but Corey Perry got the winner for Anaheim to tie the series at 2.
In the East, Pittsburgh is in Ottawa tonight with the Senators up 2-1. It’s on CBC at 5.
At the World Hockey Championships, Canada beat Germany 2-1 and will play Russia in one of tomorrow morning’s semi finals at 6:15 on TSN. Finland will play Sweden at 10:15
A familiar name will Captain the West Kelowna Warriors in the upcoming season. Jared Marino will wear the ‘C’, two years after his older brother captained the team to a RBC Cup win.
PGA Tour is in Texas for the Byron Nelson. James Hahn and Ricky Barnes are atop the leaderboard at 6 under par.
The Toronto Blue Jays gave centre-fielder Kevin Pillar a two-game suspension for an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher.