There will be a few aircraft out today, but the search for the light plane that went missing almost 2 weeks ago on a flight from Cranbrook to Kamloops will end after that. The search spokesman at the headquarters at Kelowna International tells us they have been very grateful for all the local pilots who have stepped up to volunteer their time and aircraft. There has been no trace of the plane or its two occupants despite hundreds of hours of searching the planned route. If any information about the plane comes up, it will be investigated.
The water level in Okanagan Lake continues to drop at an excruciatingly slow pace as crews continue to shore up flood defenses in place and redistribute others. There is hope that hot weather predicted for later this week could help with evaporation but emergency officials are still concerned about what wind and waves could do. That’s why shoreline protection measures will be staying put for the foreseeable future.
The City of Kelowna Water Utility has lifted the Water Quality Advisory for residents and businesses located north of and including K.L.O. Road. The Advisory for City Water customers south of K.L.O remains in place. The Advisory was originally issued on May 12 due to turbidity in water drawn from Okanagan Lake. The advisory also remains in place for WFN Reserve #9.
The public is invited to attend an information session today to meet the project team and learn more about implementation of the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan. It’s a multi-year project for the separation of agricultural and domestic systems in Southeast Kelowna and delivery of a sustainable water supply to South Okanagan Mission Irrigation District customers. The meeting is from 4:30 – 6:30 at South Kelowna Elementary School.
A man who led police on a chase from Penticton to Kelowna earlier this year has been sentenced to 3 years in jail. 33 year old Ryan Regan of Oliver was eventually stopped on the Bennett Bridge when a semi driver blocked him after he had blasted through a roadblock in West Kelowna. Before he was sentenced, Regan took responsibility for his actions saying he was high on drugs.
Canyon Falls Park and trail, leading down to Bellevue Creek, will be closed today. The lower trail access, located near Crawford Estates, has been closed to the public since April due to high water levels. Crews are restoring the slopes and re-grading sections of trail as well as adding in new stairs, walls, guardrails benches and fencing.
How about some good news for your wallet. If you get your natural gas from Fortis, the rate will stay the same for the next three months. Every quarter, FortisBC reviews the cost of gas rates with the BC Utilities Commission to make sure rates cover the cost of purchasing the natural gas for customers. The company says it doesn’t mark up the cost of gas.
Under Liberal governments, welfare rates in BC have been frozen for more than 10 years at $610 a month for a single person. But that could change in Thursday’s Throne Speech in Victoria with word the minority government will announce an increase. Of course whether it gets implemented will be determined on how long the NDP and Greens allow the Clark government to stick around.
Colorado residents may be voting next year on whether to ban the sale of smartphones for kids younger than 13. Retailers who sell a phone for use by a youngster could be fined $500, after a warning. The initiative is being led by the group Parents Against Underage Smartphones.
Kelowna Rockets Captain Rodney Southam has committed to Acadia University to play for the Axemen in the upcoming hockey season. He finished his WHL career with 41 goals, and 60 assists, for 101 points in 247 games, accompanied by 329 penalty minutes.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights must select one player from each NHL team by the end of the day as they put an expansion team together. The players must include at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders. The roster will be announced tomorrow at the NHL Awards.
Blue Jays began a 4 game date in Texas last night, with a 2 run 9th inning and a 7-6 win.
The US Supreme Court struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks. It’s a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name. The court ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights.