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Hwy. 33 crash

UPDATE 10:16 A.M.

According to DriveBC, Highway 33 is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic 20km north of Beaverdell.

The road was closed due to a traffic collision about 8:30 Monday morning.

No word when the road will be completely re-opened.

Highway 33 is closed in both directions 20 km north of Beaverdell.

DriveBC says the road is closed because of Vehicle Incident.

No detours available.

Estimated time of opening to single lane alternating traffic is 10:30 a.m.

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Hot dog owners can be fined

Fines can now be levied to pet owners who leave their dogs inside hot vehicles in the Central Okanagan.

One of the provisions within the new dog bylaw adopted earlier this year by the Regional District of Central Okanagan allows Dog Control officers to ticket anyone who puts their pet(s) at risk inside a vehicle.

The portion of the bylaw, section 33, reads:

No owner shall cause or permit his or her dog to be confined to an enclosure or a vehicle without adequate ventilation and sufficient shade to protect the dog from excessive heat and direct rays from the sun. Conversely, cold weather precautions should be taken as well.

Regional District communications officer, Bruce Smith, says the fine for such an offence is $150.

Surrey and Calgary both have similar bylaws with fines up to $500.

Langley also has a hot dog bylaw while the City of Kamloops may also look at similar legislation.

While literally hundreds of calls come in to the SPCA and RCMP every summer in the Central Okanagan concerning dogs inside cars, Smith says to his knowledge only one ticket has been written since the bylaw was enacted.

According to Smith tickets would only be written at the request of the SPCA.

"Because the SPCA deals with animal welfare, it would be on their recommendation that if the dog was deemed by them to be in distress we would write a ticket to the owner," says Smith.

"We are not the experts in determining whether the dog is in distress or not. They are."


Racetrack crash

Rob Seeger emailed Castanet to say "there was no fire at the accident at Thunder Mountain raceway."

After the crash there was a unanimous decision to continue racing by the racers he said. 

The reported explosion was actually the car impacting a safety barrel filled with water. 

"They did a good job," Seeger said. "Probably saved his life."  

Senior Vice President at Thunder Mountain Raceway, Doug Dippel, says the driver is in hospital but doing fine.

"He’s going to be sore for a few days, but he should be OK," says Dippel.

“From all accounts, when he crossed the finish line, he hit the wall going about 120 miles per hour.

“All I know is that he does have a concussion, a little bit of neck injuries, and he’s in intensive care right now – just under observation to keep him comfortable."

Dippel says its an unfortunate accident, but part of drag racing.

Original story July 28: A car has crashed while racing at the Thunder Mountain Raceway east of Kelowna.

ScanBC tweeted that there was a "race car crash vehicle into wall with explosion unconscious driver," at 11:42 a.m.

Jamie Svendsen from Big White Fire Department tweeted "Crews responding to a crash at Thunder Mountain raceways, report of a race vehicle crashed into a concrete wall on fire."

Big White Fire department confirms that a patient was transported from the scene by BC Ambulance. 

Their services were not required after that point. They could not confirm the reports of an explosion on the track. 

According to the Thunder Mountain Racetrack website, racing began at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. 

The driver's injuries are unknown.

If you have pictures or video of the incident, send them to [email protected] 



Weekly weather forecast

This week looks hot and sunny. Residents are reminded to be mindful of their cigarette butts and to check the BC wildfire website for burning restrictions.

Bill Everitt

Peachland triathlon road closures

The Peachland Triathlon is Sunday morning and it will temporarily close some roads.

The triathlon, a special event of the Peachland Recreation Department since 1994, is taking place on Beach Avenue on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Beach Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between 1st and 13th Street from 7 a.m. to when the last cyclist is off course, which should be just after 8:30 a.m.

Traffic will be detoured as follows:

  • Beach Avenue (between 1st and 6th Street) detoured to Waldo Way (alley way)
  • Beach Avenue (between 6th Street and 11th Street) Closed – Emergency access only 
  • Beach Avenue (between 11th and 13th) detoured to Lake and San Clemente 
  • Hwy 97 Beach Avenue (at 14th) detoured to Lake, San Clemente, Highway 97
  • Please note the bike course continues on Beach Avenue to Buchanan
  • Robinson Place turnaround looping back to the far south end of Buchanan, returning to Beach Avenue. This area is open to controlled vehicular traffic. Please watch for cyclists on road and obey Road Marshalls and Flaggers. We thank you for your patience on race day, and co-operating with our valued volunteers. Please enjoy the race, and cheer on the athletes!

Route info:

The scenic route features a sprint distance course with a 750 metre open water swim, 20 kilometre bike, and a 5 kilometre run.

Participants can tackle the race as an individual or as a team (each team member participating in a leg of the race.)

The swim starts and finishes at Swim Bay, following a triangular shape.

The bike course is two 10 kilometre loops, mostly flat and fast, with several hills in the middle.

The run course is flat, out and back passing through transition to Heritage Park and return to Swim Bay finish line.

Various roads and parking lots/stalls will be closed for this race.

Click here for a copy of the Course Map

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