West Kelowna News
Motorists heading south out of Kelowna should use caution going up bridge hill.
A Castanet tipster is warning about a large deer that has evidently been struck by a vehicle and is still lying in the middle lane.
We're told the deer is dark in colour, stretched out across the lane, and causing some traffic disruptions.
Anyone heading towards West Kelowna should be on the lookout for the animal.
The Westside Warriors and the Kelowna 18+ Open Ringette team faced off in an icy ringette showdown at Rutland Arena Sunday afternoon.
More than 500 people filled the stands at Rutland Arena for the event which has been dubbed the Shutout Sports Challenge Cup. The game even comes with a trophy created and donated by Alex Draper of Shutout Sports Collectibles in Kelowna.
Although the women seemed to have better overall control of the ring, possession was even in the first period and the Warriors took an early lead about four minutes into the game.
Not even one minute later the girls scored to tie it up. By the end of the first period the Warriors had taken a stronger lead, leaving it 2-4 at the buzzer.
"Today is RBC Sports Day in Canada, so Kelowna Ringette and the West Kelowna Warriors just wanted to partner up and celebrate sport in the Okanagan," said Kelowna Ringette president Melissa Elsom. "This is the first annual game for us but we're going to make it a yearly event."
Elsom got the idea after a media game between some Warriors and ringette players last year.
Admission to the game was free with a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Foodbank.
"We wanted to make it free and accessible for everybody in the community to come and we just thought we'd put our support behind something, especially this time of year," Elsom said.
The day is all about celebrating sport, promoting ringette and bringing two favoured ice sports to the arena at one time.
With the West Kelowna Warriors sitting in 2nd place in the BC Hockey League's Interior Division, it's apparent that they know a thing or two about playing hockey.
The bigger question this weekend though is this: Can they play without a blade on their stick and with a blue rubber ring?
The Warriors will be in Rutland on Sunday November 23rd for a 12:30 game against the Kelowna 18+ Open Ringette team, dubbed the Shutout Sports Challenge Cup, as part of RBC Sports Day.
Building on last years experience, where Warriors players played in a fun game, this one has an added sense of bragging rights, and a pretty big trophy as well that was provided by Shutout Sports.
"The boys that played last year had a lot of fun," says Warriors Statistician Sheldon Bank, who has helped bring it all together, "they have a ton of respect for the girls and a lot of ooh's and ahh's wondering how they could do what they did on the ice."
Kelowna Ringette is hoping for a big crowd out on Sunday, while the Warriors are hoping that their fans will make the trek across the bridge and into Rutland.
"We're asking for a non-perishable food donation as admission," says Warriors Director of Sales and Marketing Alex Draper, "and we're hoping to pack Rutland Arena and have a lot of fun there on Sunday."
As far as what it means to the ladies? Kelowna Open player Holly Langois says "there's a big rivalry between ringette and hockey. The girls hear it at school that hockey's better than ringette. I think it will be a good way to get the community involved, and just get the rivalry going and hopefully we'll kick some butt and put an end to the hockey is better than ringette idea."
Fans that cannot attend on Sunday will have the opportunity to watch the game on www.ryanwatters.ca as Ryan Watters has all the play-by-play for the November Game of the Month.
On time and on budget.
Construction on the $9.3M Sneena Road overpass project, which began back in April, is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
Project manager, Evelyn Lube, says everything is weather dependent.
"We'll be opening the road as soon as all the final things are done. We're at the stage where we're at the mercy of the weather a bit so as long as the weather holds and continues to stay fairly mild, we'll be able to get all of our paving done," says Lube.
"There's paving and then there is work that has to be done afterwards, there's some barricades that have to be put up, line painting is another one that is weather dependent. But, it looks good for opening the road the first week of December."
There are actually two phases to the project, the extension of Tomat Road to the roundabout next to the new mall and the new road which extends from the roundabout and connects with Campbell Road.
That portion includes the underpass which crosses under Highway 97 part way up bridge hill.
If the weather holds, Lube expects final paving work to be done on both this week.
This is the fourth highway project along that stretch of highway in the past 10 years.
The others included construction of the new William R. Bennett Bridge, the Westside Road overpass and Nancee Way overpass.
The Peachland man who lost his life in a crash on Hwy. 97C this weekend has been identified as Lawrence William Renaud.
According to the BC Coroner, Renaud was a passenger in a pickup truck that was heading eastbound on Hwy. 97C about 35 km west of West Kelowna, near Brenda Mines.
At about 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 15, the truck left the icy roadway and rolled down a 30 metre embankment.
Renaud died at the scene of the collision, while the 50-year-old female driver was airlifted to hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this death.
A Peachland area man was killed following a single vehicle crash on Highway 97C near Brenda Mines Saturday.
Police say the crash occurred approximately 1:45 p.m. after the westbound truck the man was a passenger in hit a patch of ice, went out of control and plunged down an embankment.
The 62-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene while the 50 year old female driver was airlifted to hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
The name of the passenger is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Though it appears that speed was not a factor in this incident, Police remind motorists that posted speeds can be far too fast for often unpredictable winter road conditions.
"Roadways can look dry despite the presence of frost and black ice especially on the shaded areas of roadway," says Cst. Steve Holmes.
"Reduce your speed appropriate to the road conditions, have winter or mud and snow tires with adequate tread depth and add secured weight to the rear area if driving a pickup truck to ensure better traction."
At least three people were transported to hospital after a three vehicle crash on Highway 97C near the Brenda Mine turn off Sunday afternoon.
A witness says several other people were under the care of paramedics, three ambulances were on scene.
West Kelowna fire department responded to the accident at 4 p.m.
Castanet reporter Carmen Weld went by the crash site just after 5 p.m.. She says two vehicles were off the road, one of them had rolled, it was crushed and in the ditch on the side of the highway. Weld says the road surface was covered in a sheet of ice.
The route was down to one lane coming into West Kelowna.
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A male driver was treated for undetermined injuries after his vehicle ended up in a ditch beside Shannon Lake Road Saturday morning.
The single vehicle accident happened around 11:20 a.m. close to where Old Okanagan Highway meets Shannon Lake Road.
West Kelowna fire engine 31, Police and two ambulances attended the scene.
Traffic was down to a single lane on Shannon Lake Road for about 45 minutes.
Residents in the Rose Valley and Bear Creek Road neighbourhoods may notice smoke plumes in the forest this weekend as forest fuel mitigation work continues in the vicinity.
Since October 27, Westbank First Nation (WFN), in partnership with the District of West Kelowna (DWK), has been undertaking forest fuel mitigation work in the forest near these neighbourhoods.
Heartland Economics LP, a WFN wholly owned company, is administering the project. The work is being carried out within the WFN Community Forest both inside and adjacent to DWK's municipal boundaries. The work will take place at:
- An area north of the Rosewood Drive subdivision; and,
- Bear Creek Road - approximately 5.5 km from its junction with Westside Road.
WFN will place signage in the vicinity of the work sites to alert the public of the work underway. Open burning will occasionally be required to dispose of debris.
DWK and WFN thank the public for patience and understanding during this essential wildfire mitigation project.
A two-vehicle crash on highway 97 slowed traffic this evening in West Kelowna.
The accident occurred near Grizzly Road, at around 5:30 p.m.
Southbound traffic was down to one lane, as both vehicles remained in the road with their airbags deployed.
An ambulance was on scene, but it is unclear if anyone had to be taken to hospital.
We'll have more info when it becomes available.
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