The strong winds yesterday afternoon caused trouble on both sides of Okanagan Lake. At Antlers Beach in Peachland, some concrete barriers were undermined, sending them into the lake and water onto Highway 97 and collapsing bladder dams in the town. (Thanks to Power 104 listener Terry for sending us the above picture) In Kelowna the waves pounded the sand dams at Rotary Beach and the water pushed further inland at unprotected Gyro Beach. Crews will be out inspecting and repairing today. There are a couple of videos on our Facebook page. And as we hit another weekend, the Emergency Operations Centre is again pleading for boaters to stay off area lakes. Even the smallest wake can cause more damage to the flood protection measures that are in place.
A 25 year old Kelowna man is to appear in court today in connection with an assault early yesterday. Police say a 23 year old man was beaten outside a home in the 1300 block of Gordon Drive. Mounties were able to track down the suspect and arrest him. The victim remains in serious condition in hospital. RCMP say both men knew each other.
A tiny house built by students at Okanagan College’s Sustainable Construction Management Technology program will provide a secure environment at the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory for bird banding. Students were tasked with producing a space where banders could do their work in a secure environment which was portable and would discourage theft and vandalism, while allowing as much natural light as possible into the space.
Tomorrow marks the launch of a campaign to support a local effort for a new youth mental health centre, Foundry Kelowna. Save On Foods locations in the Central Okanagan are teaming up in support of initiative spearheaded by the KGH Foundation and Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna. From June 11-24, Save On Foods staff will be asking customers to donate $2 at the till and ALL funds will go to support the Not Alone fundraising campaign to build Foundry Kelowna.
Interior Health is making several recommendations on improving water safety. Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Trevor Corneil says they want to make people aware of the risks, and the benefits of future investments in water infrastructure. He says the system of using advisories or notices for water issues isn’t enough to keep people safe, as they tend to make people forget that there is a risk.
We talked yesterday about recent home sales in the Okanagan – today we can tell you they’re building them fast so they can be sold. Canada Mortgage and Housing says the first five months of 2017 have been the strongest spring building season on record for the Kelowna area. Construction workers have been busy with 1,644 starts so far this year compared to 876 for the same period in 2016.
That was a big cheque. TD Bank, as part of its Canada 150 donations has given 100 thousand dollars to the Okanagan Rail Trail group. The almost 50 kilometre multi-purpose trail is being planned and developed by the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, the Okanagan Indian Band and the North Okanagan Regional District. So far, they have funding for 30 kilometres.
If you’ve ever wondered what parks around here you can take your dog to, there’s now an app for that. Dog owners in the Central Okanagan can download the ‘My Dog Matters App’ for free at the Google and iTunes app stores. It has information on more than 230 parks that allow dogs in every area of the Regional District.
Stanley Cup game 5 belonged to Pittsburgh as the Penguins dominated the Pedators 6-0 to take a 3 games to 2 lead. Game 6, and possibly the final one is on Sunday in Nashville. Former Westside Warrior and Kelowna Rocket Colton Sissons might be out for Nashville in the game for taking a 5 minute major with 33 seconds left.
Two CFL pre-season games yesterday. Toronto beat Montreal 24-20, while Ottawa edged Hamilton 30-29. Winnipeg takes on Saskatchewan tomorrow.
More practice today at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal as the Formula 1 teams prepare for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
At the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, 4 players are tied for the lead at 6 under going into today’s second round.