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Westshore water restored

Westshore water system users can go back to using their tap water.

A water quality advisory, in effect since Thursday, was removed Tuesday morning by the Regional District of Central Okanagan in consultation with Interior Health.

The advisory was originally issued after fears the Upper Mountain Reservoir may have been vandalized.

“The lab results from test samples of water taken from the Upper Mountain Reservoir distribution area confirmed no evidence that the water supply for almost 150 properties connected to the reservoir was contaminated," says RDCO communications officer, Bruce Smith.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused since the advisory was initiated last Thursday afternoon in response to vandalism our staff found at the reservoir.   When it comes to water safety, there’s no messing around and whenever any risk is identified we enact our emergency response procedures."

Smith says the water advisory was put into place until it could be confirmed the water supply had not been compromised.

He says someone cut the lock on a door heading to one of the reservoir pods but, after investigating it was determined there was no evidence of contamination.

The RDCO will also increase security by installing fencing around the reservoir site, which is in a remote area above the Westshore subdivision. 

"This unfortunate act of vandalism caused a major inconvenience for our customers and cost additional funds for staff to flush the system and in getting water samples tested.  We take water quality and protecting the water supply seriously and encourage anyone witnessing suspicious activity around our water facilities to contact the RCMP," says Smith.


Remains found not human

Update -- April 15, 10:30 a.m.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen has now confirmed it was the partial skeletal remains of a bear.

Update -- April 14, 2 p.m.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen of the BCRCMP has now backtracked off his previous statement, after a further forensic investigation determined the remains found were not human.

West Kelowna RCMP received information on Friday about possible human remains in an area off Trepanier Road near Peachland.

"After further forensic investigation we can now confirm the remains are not human and our file has concluded," Vermeulen stated in a release issued Monday afternoon.

Police are investigating after human remains were found off a back road near Peachland.

On Friday, April 11th, the West Kelowna RCMP received information from a person who believed they may have come across human remains.  

The individual had been out walking their dog in an area off of Trepanier Road when the discovery was made.

According to RCMP Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, police have now confirmed that the remains are human and foul play is suspected in the person’s death.

Police are working in consultation with the BC Coroners Service to determine the identity, age, ethnicity, and gender of the victim.

The Southeast District Major Crime Unit has assumed control of the investigation.

Clouds could eclipse eclipse

Sky gazers in the Okanagan are in for a rare treat tonight - if the weather cooperates.

What is known as a "blood moon" lunar eclipse will occur in the skies from about 11 p.m. until around 1:30 a.m.

The forecast for the Okanagan Monday calls for sunshine today with a mix of cloud with more cloud overnight.

Meteorologist Doug Lundquist says it will be a race to see which comes first, the cloud or the eclipse.

"There is a system moving in that will bring increasing clouds, but I'm hoping perhaps it doesn't come until after midnight," says Lundquist.

"There's a good chance we'll see part of it, but we are definitely watching it (cloud movement).":

According to NASA the eclipse will begin when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow at about 11 p.m. Pacific time.

Totality occurs during a 78 minute interval beginning around midnight.

Why the red colour?

NASA explains it this way:

Imagine yourself standing on a dusty lunar plain looking up at the sky. Overhead hangs Earth, nightside down, completely hiding the sun behind it. The eclipse is underway.

You might expect Earth seen in this way to be utterly dark, but it's not. The rim of the planet is on fire! As you scan your eye around Earth's circumference, you're seeing every sunrise and every sunset in the world, all of them, all at once. This incredible light beams into the heart of Earth's shadow, filling it with a coppery glow and transforming the Moon into a great red orb.

Members of the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) will host a public lunar eclipse viewing on the parking lot of the Kelowna Curling Club beginning at 10 p.m.




Arson in Lake Country

The motorhome and house fire on April 4, is now being investigated as an arson.

At approximately 12:40 a.m. the Lake Country RCMP and the Lake Country Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire, located in the 11000 Block of Lang Court in Lake Country.
A single family house, and a recreational vehicle (R.V.) sustained significant damage as a result of the blaze. The occupants were home at the time of the fire, but they were able to get out without injury.
Police are treating the fire as suspicious in nature and continue to investigate with the fire department.
Anyone who may have witnessed any persons or vehicles in the area at the time of the fire are asked to call the Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288.

Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

The Ski 2 Sea race is on

Expect some road closures Sunday as outdoor enthusiasts race from the slopes of Big White to the shores of Kelowna's City Park.

The 34th annual Ski2Sea relay race runs from 9.a.m. to 5 p.m. and will see teams of up to seven people and soloists race against each other and time.

The course will take them over 95 kms and involves six legs. The legs, in order of completion, are: alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, mountain biking, road cycling, running, and canoeing/kayaking. Two people are required for the canoeing leg. The race is a relay and all team members are required to help bring the canoe equipment across the finish line.

More than 100 teams and solo participants will begin the race at Big White and cross the finish line in City Park.

Peck Road in Rutland will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the bike-to-run transition.

Traffic control personnel and RCMP will be visible and motorists will need to watch for athletes along the route.

Minor delays can be expected as participants will be given the right of way when crossing Lakeshore Road at Truswell Road. Disruptions in traffic flow may occur along Highway 33 to Garner Road.

Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid delays.

For race information and route details click here


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