The young man killed in a dirt bike accident above Bear Creek last week is being remembered as a man who loved the great outdoors.
The body of Dylan James Gordon Smith, 23, a native of Regina, was discovered last Thursday about seven kilometres into the bush by two other dirt bikers.
Smith is being described as a man who "fell in love with the outdoors at a young age."
"His favourite activities were mountain biking, dirt biking, travelling the world, and sleeping under the stars in his 'Hennessy Hammock.'
"His truck, 'Earl' took him anywhere he wanted to go. This allowed Dylan to spend his time building and fixing trails to ride, and allow other riders to enjoy. His salt of the earth attitude and genuine demeanour was appreciated by anyone that met him."
His obituary says his greatest wish for his grieving family and friends would be to find solace in nature wherever, and whenever you can.
Dylan Smith was found lying face up by himself in a mud bog with a creek running through it. His bike had him pinned to the ground.
The family expressed their appreciation for the assistance of first responders, the West Kelowna RCMP and volunteers and operators of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, who respectfully and painstakingly recovered Dylan.
A West Kelowna resident is disgusted over the garbage that has been left along Glenrosa Road.
Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel was travelling on what used to be a scenic drive but the mess she saw was worse than anything she’s seen.
“I saw a car seat thrown into the ditch to my left, and a roof rack to my right, along with trees deliberately cut down,” she said.
“The vandals left an empty Tim Horton's cup nearby. Further up the road, near the Water Shed, NW of the abandoned Crystal Mountain Resort, I found some wooden fencing torn apart, along with a vandalized hunting shack.”
The garbage was just past the Telemark Cross Country Ski Resort according to Zyderveld-Hagel.
Just a few months ago she found beer cans and an extinguished camp fire with a gas can in it.
Zyderveld-Hagel said she's been eager to explore the backwoods near her home on Upper Glenrosa but the deplorable state the once lovely forest is in is ruining it for her.
She suggested placing a video surveillance camera to try to find who is creating the mess.
But in the meantime, said she will clean up the mess.
“I am willing to clean up the mess with some help of other volunteers,” she said. “If anyone would be willing to help that would be great.”
West Kelowna's new amphitheatre and skate park have been recognized for their construction excellence.
The new facilities were recently presented the 2017 Facility Excellence Award by the BC Recreation and Parks Association.
"The city's new amphitheatre and skate park beautifully illustrate how much recreation, parks, physical activity and the cultural sector can contribute to a high quality of life in our communities,” said association CEO Rebecca Tunnacliffe.
“These projects are obviously well-loved and appreciated by residents and visitors alike and will serve their community for many, many years to come.”
Both facilities opened in the summer of last year.
The skate park replaced the 30-year park, while the amphitheatre, cut into the bank at Memorial Park, provides formalized seating and access stairs for musical events throughout the summer.
“We knew these projects would win the hearts of our residents and visitors and we continue to receive compliments on both of these amenities,” said Mayor Doug Findlater.
“It is especially gratifying to be presented with this award by the BC Recreation and Parks Association for our work at Memorial Park and on behalf of all who were involved with the project, I thank the BCRPA for this recognition.”
Construction on the second phase of the Boucherie Road Wine Trail has been delayed by a year.
West Kelowna staff suggested waiting until 2018 to allow all the utility and road work to be completed at the same time, rather than risk having the road dug up over an extended period of time.
It was also suggested the extra time would give the city more time to obtain rights of way from property owners on the affected stretch of Boucherie Road from Stuart to Ogden roads.
Staff also believes the city may get a more favourable price when it puts the project out for tender.
Construction of the second phase of the wine trail is expected to include utility upgrades, a roundabout at Hudson and Boucherie roads, plus a second roundabout or additional turning lanes at Anders road, depending on cost.
A separated bike lane and sidewalks on one side fronting development is also proposed.
Council is also expected to discuss at a later date, a decision to close off access from both Skyline and Stevenson roads.
Mayor Doug Findlater said council has received some negative feedback from residents in those areas about closing access to Boucherie, and hoped to discuss that when appropriate.
While the project was put on hold, staff will look at the prospect of constructing a temporary right turn lane from Hudson onto Boucherie at the urging of Coun. Rosalind Neis.
"Coming here today, at about 3:30, there was quite a lineup on Hudson Road, I would say almost down to the church," said Neis.
"It was all held up by one car trying to turn left. Is there any opportunity to add a right hand turning lane on Hudson for the next year, until this project is complete?"
Staff said they would look into the request and report back within a month.
An urgent care has been a priority for West Kelowna council since the inception of the municipality 10 years ago.
Interior Health went so far as to purchase a 2.7 hectare site at Bering and Elliott roads in March of 2010 for a possible centre.
The municipality even included plans for Interior Health to lease space for such a facility in its proposed city hall venture which was defeated by voters in last year's referendum.
The idea has been refloated by the NDP as part of their health care election platform.
Under the platform, announced by party leader John Horgan, an NDP government would construct urgent care centres in communities in the province it says are underserved with health care services.
Kelowna West NDP candidate Shelley Cook says, while no specific communities have been determined, she, if elected, would lobby for one in West Kelowna.
"Absolutely, and I'm hearing that from the constituents as well," she said.
"We know in British Columbia, 700,000 people don't have access to a doctor. I am hearing stories on the doorstep of people who waited days at walk-in clinics because they didn't want to go to emergency rooms."
Cook says, while there are some great assets in much needed core services, the province also continues to face numerous health care challenges.
"In terms of the urgent care centre, we're also looking at more of a multi-disciplinary, or holistic health care perspective, that would also include mental health workers, psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, those types of things."