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Van T-boned on highway

A T-bone collision slowed traffic on Highway 97 in Peachland Friday afternoon.

A van was hit by a pickup at Highway 97 and Princeton Road about 2 p.m. 

A bystander reported that passengers in the van, which was heavily damaged on the right side, appeared to be injured. Two ambulances, along with police and firefighters, were on scene.



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West Kelowna opens parks

The City of West Kelowna has opened up several parks that have been closed the past few months due to flood concerns.

Parks have opened as crews remove sandbags and other flood mitigation resources from those areas.

Those now open, include:

  • Paddlewheeler Park – Pritchard Drive
  • Pritchard Park – Pritchard Drive
  • Aberdeen Park – West Bay Road
  • Casa Loma Dock
  • Willow Beach – Gellatly Road
  • Marina Beach – Gellatly Road
  • Pebble Beach – Whitworth Road
  • CNR Wharf – Gellatly Road
  • Rotary Beach – Gellatly Road
  • Gellatly Landing Park – Gellatly Road
  • Casa Rio Park – Casa Rio Drive
  • John Dupuis (Casa Loma) Boat Launch – Casa Loma Road
  • Gellatly Boat Launch – Gellatly Road
  • Casa Loma Waterfront Access – Casa Loma Road (south)

Currently, sandbag removal is being undertaken in the Green Bay, Pritchard Drive and Gellatly Road/Whitworth Road areas of West Kelowna. Work will resume in Casa Loma early next week.

Residents who are undertaking their own sandbag removal on their property can assist by moving their bags to the roadside for pick up and disposal. Please separate burlap and polypropylene sandbags.

While numerous parks are open, a handful remain closed. These include:

  • Jennens Park – Jennens Road
  • Hitchner Park – Jennens Road
  • Gellatly Walkway – Gellatly Road
  • Beechnut Park – George Court
  • Hazelnut Park – Whitworth Road
  • Heartnut Park – Whitworth Road


Moviemaker returns home

Peachland moviemaker Andrew Huculiak has returned home to film his second dramatic feature.

I'm Not A Bad Person is set to begin filming Aug. 15.

The movie is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Violent," lauded by the Hollywood Reporter as “hurling a brick for Canadian newcomers.”

The film was named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and was considered for Canada's entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.

Huculiak's band, We Are the City, created the music for Violent, and also released an album of the same name. 

“We aim to make a truly Canadian film,” says Huculiak, who was Peachland's Ambassador in 2006-07, “and want to engage the community wherever possible.”

Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland says it's great to see a movie being shot that puts the focus on a real B.C. town.

"These filmmakers plan to re-engage with their roots and immerse their team into the local atmosphere and then bring that to the big screen," said Summerland.

I'm Not A Bad Person will be directed by Andrew Huculiak and produced by his brother Josh.

Open casting calls will begin later this week.



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Gellatly Rd finally reopens

After nearly three months, Gellatly Road is finally open again to traffic.

The portion of the road below Highway 97, between Witt and Boucherie roads, was closed May 5 after spring flooding of nearby Smith Creek eroded the slope next to the road.

The city was forced to make repairs to the road just north of where repairs were made three years ago, after similar flooding eroded the slope farther down Gellatly Road.

Construction to repair the flood-impacted Gellatly Walkway, adjacent to Gellatly Road on the waterfront, is expected to be complete at the end of August.

Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic during construction.



Five homes can return

Residents of five properties in the Killiney Beach area were allowed home on Tuesday after an evacuation order was rescinded in the wake of recent flooding.

The following addresses, located in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area area, are no longer under evacuation:

    •    9415 Hodges Road
    •    9425 Hodges Road
    •    9435 Hodges Road
    •    9445 Hodges Road
    •    9467 Kilkenny Place

Meanwhile, parks crews in Lake Country have cleaned up flood damage and removed related protection measures at Pioneer Park and the greenspace on Kalamalka Lake in Oyama.



Rose Valley fire out

UPDATE: 7:05 p.m.

Neighbours were able to hose down the small grass fire that broke out at about 6 p.m. on Monday.

Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after and helped to fully extinguish the fire.

A person living near the house closest to the fire said this is the second time this month that the grass has caught fire.

There is no word on what caused the blaze at this time.


UPDATE: 6:35 p.m.

A fire in Rose Valley is now out.

It was a small grass fire behind 1905 Rosealee Lane.

The fire appears to have been in grass clippings or wild grass near the edge of the property.


UPDATE: 6:20 p.m.

Two fire engines are at the scene of a small grass fire off Rosealee Lane in West Kelowna.

Castanet newshound Dave Ogilvie says firefighters appear to have it under control.

The fire is on a steep hillside near some homes, and residents are hosing down the hillside to be safe.


ORIGINAL: 6: 10 p.m.

Firefighters are responding to a possible brush fire off Rosealee Lane, in the Rose Valley area of West Kelowna.

More details to come.

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Small fire dealt with

BC Wildfire crews were notified of a fire near Crystal Mountain Sunday night, and say it has since been declared out.

Fire crews were able to deal with the spot fire in the Jack Pine area right away.

The fire was measured at 0.01 hectares.

Its cause is unknown, but there are reports it may have been a campfire.

Fire information officer Justine Hunse said it is still appearing on the BC Wildfire Service live fire map, which is updated once daily.

The map shows the only other fire in the region is at Okanagan Centre, which is 75 per cent contained and is estimated at 50.3 hectares in size.

Open fires are restricted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.



Daytime shooting targeted

A man was found with a gunshot wound to his leg Saturday afternoon in what police believe to be a targeted attack.

West Kelowna RCMP responded to shots fired near Old Okanagan Highway just before 2 p.m.

A 29-year-old Okanagan man had been shot once in the leg. He was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police say they are searching for two suspects.

The first is a Caucasian male with an athletic build, and short, dark-coloured hair. The second is a Caucasian female, five feet six inches tall and about 180 pounds, with brown hair.

The suspects fled the scene in an older model SUV.



A place for evacuees' pets

West Kelowna's Dr. Oz is extending the invite for evacuees' pets that need a place to stay.

Dr. Moshe Oz, of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, said Monday he already is housing 10 dogs and several cats, "but we have lots more room."

"Anything people need. If people need help, we have medications, food, a place to keep their pets," he said.

Oz also said he can arrange connections for larger animals and livestock for those fleeing wildfires across the Southern Interior.

He said the clinic has rented additional space to handle the influx.

The clinic can be reached at 250-769-9109, on Facebook or Twitter.



West Kelowna teen gone

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing West Kelowna teen.

Jake Fehr, 17, was last seen on July 13, about midnight, at his Chieftain Road residence.

Fehr is described as a Caucasian male, five feet five inches tall, 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police and family are concerned for the teen's well being and ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.



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