WK FIRE (Above Photo: West Kelowna Fire/Rescue)
Three people were not home when a fire broke out in the garage of their house in Lakeview Heights in West Kelowna late Friday night. It spread from the garage into the main part of the house before firefighters were able to knock it down. Investigators determined it started in a workshop but not exactly where.
The Regional District of North Okanagan is supporting a ban of ATV’s and other motor vehicles in an alpine area north east of Mabel Lake. Wildlife biologist Andrew Walker from the Forests Ministry says ATVers have been causing damage, gaining access to the alpine area through forest service roads. High elevation areas are very slow to recover from significant damage.
The Better Business Bureau says there’s a good chance you’ll get ripped off if you try to buy a puppy online. Experts say 80% of sponsored advertisements about puppies may be fake, and complaints about pet sales in North America are now in the tens of thousands. The basic piece of advice, don’t buy a puppy without seeing it in person.
The search continued yesterday in north Okanagan Lake for a man who ran into the water trying to get away from police early Saturday morning. RCMP haven’t said why they were chasing him only that he went into the water, started swimming and then went under. The dive team and Search and Rescue have been in the water, which is about 11 degrees now, around the 8700 block of Okanagan Landing Road.
BC Cancer Foundation door-to-door canvassers are out in the Okanagan to introduce residents to the monthly donor program. They want you to know that canvassers wear ID badges and BC Cancer Foundation purple vests. Also very important, they will invite you to take part in the monthly giving program only and WILL NOT accept cash or one-time gifts at the door. If you sign up, you will immediately receive an email confirmation.
Liquidation sales could begin later this week at Sears Canada after it was given permission to shut down all its Canadian stores. There are about 130 various Sears branded stores across the country including two in Kelowna, and 12,000 employees will soon be out of work nationwide.
The Central Okanagan Regional District has approved a new Solid Waste Management Plan. It was developed after more than a year of consultation with local stakeholders and the public. Over ten years it could result in 12% less garbage being thrown out and a 16% increase in waste being diverted. Staff will also look at the possibility of moving the existing transfer station in West Kelowna to a more suitable industrial site.
The Transportation Safety Board has released details on an incident aboard an Air Canada Jazz flight between Kelowna and Vancouver back in August. While flying at 20,000 feet, the rudder suddenly turned to the right and the crew couldn’t return it to the center, meaning the plane wanted to turn right. They maintained control and decided to continue to Vancouver and made a safe landing where an electrical component was replaced.
Something to keep in mind if you want to check out one of those massage chairs in the mall… at least in New Jersey… don’t do it naked. Police say a guy doffed his duds and parked himself in the chair. He punched a security guard when he was told to put them back on. Buddy was charged with assault and being naked in a public place.
Three more weeks to go in the CFL season and while Calgary looks like it can’t be stopped to win the West, it’s looking to be a battle between Toronto and Ottawa in the East. The Lions and Alouettes are all but out of playoff contention.
The Seahawks had the bye in the NFL this week. The Monday night game has Indianapolis at Tennessee.
Not only did the Green Bay Packers lose to Minnesota yesterday, even more important, they may have lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone.
It was a great day for a football game at the Apple Bowl, however it also marked the end of the season for the Okanagan Sun as they lost their semi final game 15-8 to the V I Raiders.
On the ice, the Kelowna Rockets had a 3 game weekend. They lost to Calgary at Prospera on Friday. In Portland, the Rockets lost two games to the Winterhawks.
The West Kelowna Warriors lost to Wenatchee on Friday and gave up a goal 45 seconds into yesterday’s game against Nanaimo. However West Kelowna scored four unanswered goals and went on to win 4 to 1.
On the PGA Tour, Pat Perez won the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur at 24 under. Adam Hadwin closed at -3 while Graham DeLaet was 2 under.
A Thunder Bay team is bringing home Canada’s first-ever medal from the World Mixed Curling Championship. Trevor Bonot’s team pushed Scotland to extra ends in Switzerland, before bowing 8-5 in the gold-medal game of the 2017 Championship.