Once again the level of Okanagan Lake remained pretty much unchanged at 343.25 metres above sea level. The flow into the lake from Mission Creek is actually a bit below normal. One thing to keep in mind is that ground water levels are often a week or two behind increases to lake levels, so residents should be vigilant to anticipate their own flood risk. And the EOC still wants boaters to stay off the lake due to wake damage. A number of properties on Oyama Road were put on evacuation alert due to localized flooding. Meantime the Emergency Operation Centre says a 1.7 km long bladder dam system will be installed along a section of Beach Avenue in Peachland over the next few days.
They’ve been linked-at-the-hip since the joint venture began last year, now Kelowna’s Flair Airlines has bought discount travel company NewLeaf. Flair supplied the aircraft and crew while NewLeaf sold the tickets in a season that saw many growing pains including route cancellations and diverted flights. Flair says it has expansion plans for this year a d will be releasing its fall and winter schedule soon.
MLAs will head back to work in Victoria on June 22. The first order of business will be the election of a speaker. After that it will be up to the NDP and Greens to determine if Christy Clark will stay as Premier, or there will be a change of government.
RCMP are hoping the public can help them find the person responsible for a vicious assault on a woman Sunday morning. It happened in the 300 block of Leon. Police say the suspect is native woman in her 40s. The victim is in hospital with life-altering if not life-threatening injuries. If you can help in any way call Kelowna RCMP or Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Motorists can expect delays at Ellis and Doyle and at Water and Doyle today and tomorrow for preparation and paving. The Doyle and Water roundabout will be single lane alternating traffic while the southbound lane on Ellis will be closed through the Doyle intersection with S-L-A-T as well. Paving will continue next week.
A Kelowna woman was among the 33 British Columbians awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for volunteering last night at Government House. Since her retirement, Twyla Gimbel has been volunteering in the surgical day care unit at the Kelowna General. She has also been helping students and teachers with educational and clerical work in the Okanagan Adventist Academy elementary classrooms since September 2009.
The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board says home sales rose 38% to 1132 units in May, compared to April. As for who’s doing the buying, the largest group, 56% continues to be those who live here, with Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island buyers at 20%, and Albertans at 8.5%. The average price was 514-thousand… up from 486 a year ago.
Voters in the United Kingdom are going to the polls today and if the latest surveys are any indication, it is going to be close. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party is just ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Both have said they will respect the Brexit vote. The Conservatives have said they will reduce taxes for small business and working families, while Labour has pledged to raise taxes on the top 5 percent.
Game back on! Stanley Cup Final picks up tonight in Pittsburgh with the Penguins and Nashville Predators tied at 2 games each. It’s on CBC at 5.
The Vancouver Canucks have announced head coach Travis Green’s staff. They include assistant coaches Manny Malhotra, Newell Brown, Nolan Baumgartner and Dougie Jarvis.
Two more CFL pre-season games tonight – both back east. Grey Cup champ Redblacks host the Ti-Cats, while Montreal visits Toronto.
PGA Tour stop is the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. Daniel Berger is the defending champ.