Even though Okanagan Lake rose just one centimetre, local and BC Forestry crews spent a lot of time yesterday inspecting existing barriers after Sunday night’s high wind. If some needed reinforcing, they had the crews to do it and we all owe them a big thank you! Although the snowpack is decreasing and the rate of rise of Okanagan Lake is somewhat easing, the level still exceeds historic highs, and could increase more sharply with significant rainfall. The level was 343.246 metres yesterday, just, 1 centimetre above Sunday morning’s level. Kalamalka Lake actually dropped a bit. For Okanagan, the Emergency Operations Centre is using a lake level of 343.5 metres as a planning number for analyzing flood protection measures. That’s a full metre above ‘full’.
Kelowna is setting up a few sessions for residents to provide input on what direction development around the Capri Centre should take. Apartment living is one way they’re looking but walkability and green spaces need to be factored in. There is a public drop-in session on the 25th and a couple of workshops before that. Today’s the last day for sign-up. http://getinvolved.kelowna.ca/capri-landmark
The trial of the three men accused of gunning down Red Scorpion gang member Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna will continue. The defense contended that it had taken too long for proceedings to start. Supreme Court Justice Allan Betton agreed with Crown Counsel that it was a very complicated trial and ruled Jujhar Khun-Khun, Jason McBride and Michael Jones will face a full trial in connection with the August 2011 shootings.
Ten Kelowna RCMP members made a road trip to Kamloops to make an arrest in connection with a number of crimes earlier in March in West Kelowna. 25 year old David Daniel Huck has been charged with intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire, robbery and intent to commit an indictable offence. Police determined there was a second suspect, but found out he’s dead.
This is a big week for UBC Okanagan as more than 1,650 students are set to graduate. Convocation starts on Thursday with four ceremonies and wraps up Friday with two more. It’s the 12th graduating class at the campus and the number of grads has tripled since 2006.
West Kelowna Bylaw Enforcement Officers may have a treat for you this summer. They’ll be watching for young cyclists and have rewards for those doing it right. Thanks to BrainTrust Canada, Officers have been provided helmet coupons for youth who may need a one and treat tickets to reward those doing the right thing such as wearing a helmet correctly or walking their bike across the street.
A former employee of an Orlando, Florida business walked in, singled out five of the 12 workers, shot and killed them, then killed himself. Police say the man had been fired in April, but didn’t say why. Authorities had been called to the same place three years ago when the suspect had allegedly hit a coworker. No charges were filed at that time.
The Stanley Cup final is tied at 2 games each after Nashville beat Pittsburgh 4-1 last night. The next game isn’t until Thursday in Pittsburgh.
The Blue Jays kicked off a west coast swing in Oakland last night with a 5-3 loss. They play again tonight at 7.
As the CFL pre-season gets ready to kick off tomorrow night with BC in Calgary, the league has announced that the 2018 Grey Cup will be held in Edmonton. This year’s game is in Ottawa.
Although Kelowna won’t have a team, the city is hosting a big Aussie Rules Football tournament this weekend in Rutland. Teams from across Western Canada will be in town for the Kelowna Cup. Games begin at 10 on Friday at the Rutland Sports Field.