FINLAY CREEK (Above: Finlay Creek, Sept 2)
Fire crews were able to keep the Finlay Creek Wildfire 100% contained and at 2200 hectares over the weekend. Smoke is still visible when the air is clear and BC Wildfire says that could continue for a while even as they scale back operations.
The province has outlined some environmental transgressions by companies over the last three quarters. Among them, Kelowna-based Tolko Industries received three fines totaling almost $33,000 for emissions from its Williams Lake mill. Province-wide, enforcement actions resulted in more than $630,000 in penalties.
It’s like having 150 garage sales in the same place at the same time. And there is still room for registration for the fall trunk sale that happens September 30th at Okanagan College. Space is limited, so to get a spot, call the regional waste reduction office as soon as possible.
A few more details this morning on some of the changes Greyhound Canada wants to make to its routes in BC. From Kelowna, it could mean changes from daily or twice-daily service, to just two trips a week to Penticton, Vancouver, and Kamloops. Trips to the Alberta border and along Highway 3 would be reduced as well. The changes have to be approved by the Passenger Transportation Board.
OC NEW DEAN
After conducting a national search, Okanagan College stayed in-house for its new Central Okanagan Regional Dean. Phil Ashman, who is a 15-year College veteran and current Associate Dean of Science, Technology and Health, will take on the role later this month.
There’s a new Chief Civilian Director at BC’s Independent Investigations Office. The IIO has the mandate of conducting investigations of police-involved incidents resulting in death or serious harm. Ron MacDonald comes from Nova Scotia where he held a similar role as director of the Serious Incident Response Team.
More spottings of bears and cubs as people return to regional parks that had been closed due to the fire hazard. With the Kokanee spawning and the fruit ripening, Yogi and Boo Boo are starting to get ready for winter hibernation. If you’re out in a park it’s always a good idea to make lots of noise, keep your dogs on a leash and just be more aware that they will smell you before you will see them.
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Kelowna International Airport is putting out its annual call to local artists who would like to display and sell their work. It costs $30 to submit it to the Art Kiosk in the departures lounge. Skyway Gourmet Ventures processes the sales for a 25% commission. Five percent goes to the West Kelowna Arts Council.
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The Westbank First Nation Early Years Centre has officially opened in it’s new home on the top floor of the WFN Youth Centre. Its programs include family programming, supported child and infant development, after school programs, and spring and summer camps. They emphasize fun, development goals and nutrition.
Midnight to 6am daily through Friday, the Bellevue Creek Bridge will be closed for repairs.
Week 13 in the CFL saw Calgary dump BC 27-13. The Lions have 12 points and are last in the West – but that would be good enough for 1st in the East. Elsewhere Saskatchewan beat Hamilton, Toronto took Edmonton and Ottawa beat Montreal.
The Okanagan Sun remain undefeated this season following a 42-3 pasting of the winless Valley Huskers. The Sun have 5 wins and one tie. They take on the Broncos in Kamloops this weekend.
In the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks scored their first touchdown of the season, which was enough to beat San Francisco 12-9.
Monday Night Football is at Met Life Stadium with the Giants hosting the Lions at 530. New York has won 4 of their last 5 games with Detroit.
Canucks beat the Kings 4-3 in overtime in their first exhibition game of the season on Saturday, then on Sunday were thumped 9-4 by the Vegas Golden Knights in their first NHL game.
The West Kelowna Warriors picked up a home win on Saturday beating the Merritt Centennials 3-1. The Warriors head to Chilliwack this week for the annual BC Hockey League Bauer Showcase. They take on the Coquitlam Express on Wednesday.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are unbeaten in six games after a 2-2 tie with Columbus on Saturday.
At the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship in Illinois, Marc Leishman went into the final round with a five-stroke lead, and that’s how it ended. Leishman was 23 under par, five better than Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.