The big Wholesale Sports store at Highway 97 and Butt Road on the Westside, is one of 12 that will be closing in western Canada in December. It’s owner, the United Farmers of Alberta cooperative, says inventory liquidation sales will begin today. The company says there were numerous external factors that led to this decision including an increasingly competitive environment and the continued shift to on-line purchases. The store will be closed by December 28th.
WK GRASS FIRE
There is speculation that a grass fire in the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna around supper time yesterday was deliberately set. It was burning in an area on Pleasantview Road near some homes. Sixteen firefighters and 7 pieces of equipment were able to knock it down pretty quickly. West Kelowna Fire Crews were checking throughout the evening for any hot spots.
It’s been 9 months since the Westbank First Nation opened its Youth Centre and its popularity has been beyond the community’s expectations. The $5.5-million, facility hosts a range of programs for hundreds of youth. WFN Chief Roxanne Lindley says the Centre is an investment in tomorrow’s leaders, offering safe and healthy living, and leadership opportunities for youth.
HWY 97 MVA
It looked like a really bad accident and tied up traffic for a long time, but police say there didn’t appear to be any serious injuries. It happened on Highway 97 right by the airport yesterday afternoon when a semi and a small car collided. Both vehicles had to be towed away from the accident scene.
Heads up for a couple of road closures that could affect your drive starting this weekend. From 8pm Sunday until 6am Monday, Lakeshore Road will be closed between McClure Road and Vintage Terrace for final top lift paving at Collett Road. And from 12:01am to 6am daily Monday through Friday, the Bellevue Creek Bridge will be closed for repairs.
We’ll remind you in a week, but here’s a heads up to gather up any old, unused tires stacked up around your property and recycle them for free. Regional District and Tire Stewardship BC have teamed up to provide a one-stop tire drop-off event for any old vehicle tires with or without rims. It happens Saturday, September 23 from 10-3 in Parking Lot 17 at Okanagan College.
DISTRICT 23 NUMBERS
The preliminary numbers are in for the start of the school year in District 23. As of last Friday, there were 21,631 students registered… an increase 393 over last year’s September 30 numbers. However schools are continuing to accept registrations. The Okanagan continues to attract people from everywhere. The district says students from 69 different countries are enrolled in area schools this fall.
It’s been a busy year for the Salvation Army helping people out during the flooding and then the fires and they’re in need of some food. Tomorrow, the Big Steel Box Team will be hosting a Food Drive at Superstore on Baron Road from 10am to 5pm. And if you’re able to make a donation you’ll even be given a chance to win an inflatable boat.
The Province is providing the Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association and the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association with $200,000 each to help with tourism-related impacts from the wildfires. Victoria, Destination BC and the regional associations will work together to ensure the funding is used to support the tourism recovery needs.
The highway 97 on-ramp by Auction World off Sexsmith Road and Old Vernon Road is now permanently closed as part of the 6-laning project. And the south-bound left-turn lane onto Commercial Drive will be permanently closed as of Sunday night.
Detour options are available via new Rutland Road, Acland Road and Edwards Road until the ultimate configurations of Sexsmith Road Intersection and new Rutland Road Intersection are completed.
BC Lions quarterback Jonathan Jennings will be backed up by rookie Alex Ross in tomorrow’s CFL game against Calgary at 4. Travis Lulay is done for the season but apparently will not need surgery on his knee. Tonight’s game has Saskatchewan in Hamilton starting at 4
NFL last night in Cincinnati, Houston spoiled the Bengals’ night, winning 13-9. The Seahawks have their first home game of the regular season on Sunday, hosting San Francisco at 1:30.
The Okanagan Sun are on the road this weekend taking on the Huskers in Chilliwack tomorrow.
Going into round two of the BMW Championship in Illinois, Mark Leishman is the leader thanks to 10 birdies and his opening round of 9-under 62. He has a two-shot lead over Jason Day, who has a new caddy and Charley Hoffman, who we’re assuming doesn’t.
The West Kelowna Warriors will try to improve to 2 &1 when they have the winless Merritt Centennials at Royal LePage Place tomorrow night at 7 in BC Hockey League play.
And the Vancouver Canucks have their first preseason game tomorrow afternoon taking on the Kings in Los Angeles. Then they fly home and host Vegas Sunday afternoon in that team’s first NHL game.