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More mystery sludge

A West Kelowna resident had a rude surprise Saturday morning when she awoke to find her vehicle splattered with a grey-white sludge of some sort.

Jenny, who asked her last name not be used, said the goop is all over her car and part of her driveway and she had no idea what it is, or how it got there.

“It's pretty gross,” said Jenny who lives on Keloka Drive in Rose Valley. “We went out at six this morning and the entire passenger side of the vehicle was covered in this very strange sludge.”

Jenny said there was no sludge on the roof of her home, just on her vehicle and part of the driveway.

None of her neighbours reported a similar event.

Jenny said the slimed vehicle is closest to the house so if it was a person who poured something on their vehicle they would have walked past two other cars to do so.

“I have no idea what it is. It's very bizarre,” she said. “Maybe it is birds, but it certainly does not appear to be.”

The incident is the latest in a spate of occurrences where something is falling from the skies and landing on cars and people down below.

Earlier this week, Transport Canada said the sludge that fell on two Kelowna residents in May was not from a passing airplane.


Evacuation alert rescinded

An evacuation alert for a single property on Westside Road has been rescinded.

The alert was rescinded Friday morning by the Emergency Operations Centre.

It was put in place May 5 after a portion of Westside Road in the Killiney Beach area collapsed.

In the meantime, the EOC continues to demobilize most of the flood protection measures put in place over the past several weeks, however, some will remain in place until Okanagan Lake drops closer to full pool.

The lake is presently 13 centimetres above full pool.

Residents who have flood mitigation measures in place can now consider removing those.

Sandbags can be returned to authorized locations until the end of day Thursday, June 28.

Click here for a list of drop-off locations.

While the flood threat continues to diminish, States of Local Emergency do remain in effect in West Kelowna, Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Fender bender slows traffic

You might want to leave a little extra time for your commute from Kelowna to the Westside.

A three vehicle fender bender has slowed traffic out of Kelowna onto the William R. Bennett Bridge.

Listeners to Okanagan Oldies 103.9 says the collision occurred in the left lane between Boucherie and Hudson roads.  


Sailboat owner sought

The City of West Kelowna is looking for the owner of a sailboat that slammed into the shore Monday.

The boat apparently came loose from its moorings during Monday's windstorm and rammed into a motor boat on the Westbank First Nation beach lots north of the William R. Bennett Bridge and across from the Grand.

Both boats suffered significant damage according to residents in the area.

If you own the boat, or know the owner, the city would like to hear from you.

You can contact the City of West Kelowna's bylaw department at 778-797-8810.

Revised Boucherie detour

The detour route around construction on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna is changing slightly.

The change, which is expected to last about a month, will take effect Monday, June 18 to allow for construction of a roundabout and watermain installation at Boucherie and Hudson roads.

The new, modified detour, will take northbound traffic along Hayman Road while southbound traffic will continue to use Boucherie Road to access the detour route.

Grizzli Winery will be accessible from Hudson Road only. All other businesses, wineries and amenities can be accessed using the detour.

Motorists are asked to follow the detour route, and avoid travelling through adjacent neighbourhoods.

Officials say the $8.75 million upgrade is moving a,long on time, and on budget.

The project is expected to be complete in November.


Walking to Cure diabetes

The Okanagan fights type 1 diabetes and this year the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting JDRF raised almost $90,000.

The money will be used to fund life-changing T1D research through Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and JDRF’s Canadian Clinical Trial Network.

“We are consistently, steadily making progress in pursuit of a cure for type one diabetes. We are fundraising so that we can continue to push these advances forward,” says Shannon Jolley, Manager of Fundraising and Development, JDRF Okanagan and Kootenays. “Thanks to events such as the Sun Life Walk, JDRF is currently funding more than 50 human clinical trials, several of which are in the advanced stages of clinical testing.”

Tallest building scaled back

At 10 storeys, it was going to be West Kelowna's largest building.

Now, a development planned for Olalla Road in Lakeview Heights has been scaled back to six storeys.

Council initially gave tepid approval for the 10-storey tower in February, however, planner Darin Schaal told council this week the developer held a second public consultation after that approval was given.

He said there was significant public feedback about the density bonus provision of the project, which was the additional height.

After further refining the development concept and financial analysis, Schaal said it was determined the density bonus was not achievable given the proposed land exchange and associated cost.

"The density bonus, the 10-storey component, has been removed," he told council.

"The proposal now has a maximum height of six storeys. The developer had aspirations of something bigger but, unfortunately, this is where they have landed."

Council had some initial concerns about the height of the project when it was originally approved in February.

While 10 storeys was was not an issue for the city in general, there were questions as to whether the city's first highrise should be built in Lakeview Heights.

Hit and run driver found

The driver of a pickup truck who injured the hand of a flagger on Westside Road Monday morning has come forward to police.

The hit and run collision occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Westside Road, while a construction flagger had stopped traffic in the northbound direction.

The driver of the lead vehicle, a white commercial Ford pickup, insisted on being let through, and ended up driving forward, knocking the sign out of the flaggers hand, injuring her hand.

While the driver initially stopped and exited his vehicle, police say he then fled the area.

After police reached out to the public for information about the incident on Wednesday, the driver has since come forward to police and is co-operating with their investigation.

“West Kelowna RCMP would like to hear from any witnesses who observed this incident and in particular would like to review any video footage that was recorded on a dashboard camera,” said Const. Lesley Smith.

“Independent witnesses are crucial for any traffic-related investigation as their information can assist in determining what exactly occurred at the scene”

Bus route coming to Gellatly

A new bus route will be providing service to the Gellatly area of West Kelowna this summer.

The route, 31 Gellatly, will only run on weekends and holidays between June 30 and Sept. 1, and will connect Westbank Centre Exchange, Gellatly Bay Waterfront, the West Kelowna Yacht Club, Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park and Pebble Beach.

The route will kick off June 30 during the Westside Daze Festival and fireworks on Gellatly Road. The last bus will leave the Westbank Centre Exchange at midnight on June 30 only, for late-night festival-goers.

The full schedule for the new route can be found here.

Spec tax costing jobs?

West Kelowna’s business and development communities say they’re already feeling the effect of the provincial government’s proposed “speculation tax.”

At a Greater Westside Board of Trade public hearing last night developers talked of abandoned projects and business people pointed to lost jobs— all, they said, as a result of the spectre of the speculation tax.

Kevin Edgecombe, the chair of the Urban Development Institute in the Okanagan, said he’s personally seen 65 single-family homes cancelled and is expecting more “major, major changes” in the industry as a result.

Michelle Bromberg, the owner of Guardian Property Management, said she has already seen the spectre of the tax spook work away from many people.

People expecting to get hit by the tax are “tightening their belts,” she said, meaning much less work for tradespeople, cleaners, and landscapers.

While no economic impact study has been done to show the potential effects of the tax, Statistics Canada data paints a surprising picture of the local job market.

For more on the numbers, including the significant jump in the number of people working in the construction industry, check out the full story on Castanet's sister business news website Okanagan Edge.


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