Delays due to weather in other British Columbia airports causing problems in YLW – Kelowna News

UPDATE: 7:50 p.m.

An empty house on Lakeshore Road seems to have caught fire Wednesday night.

You could see llamas coming from the house for more than half an hour. Firefighters had several hoses in an attempt to put out the flames while, at the same time, trying to prevent it from spreading to adjacent houses.

The city bought the 0.39-acre property on October 8, 2019 for $ 2.7 million.

The purchase would allow the city to expand Rotary Beach Park and approach the creation of continuous public access to the beach between the beaches of Rotary and Gyro.

Neighbors at the scene indicated that the squatters could have been using the house as a shelter.

Castañuela will have more information when available.

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.

An empty house on Lakeshore Road, near Barrera Road, is engulfed in flames.

The house, which had been on sale for some time, seems to be a total loss.

Traffic is blocked at Lakeshore, just north of the Eldorado Hotel, near Rotary Beach Park.

Multiple units of the fire department are on the scene, along with the police and paramedics.

– with Wayne Moore files

ORIGINAL: 7 p.m.

Firefighters are responding to a structural fire in the Kelowna Mission area.

A building caught fire on Lakeshore Road.

This photo taken from the Manteo Resort balcony shows that the structure is engulfed in flames.

Castanet has a reporter who goes to the scene.


Oh baby, is Hotel Zed raising the bet this year for its annual Valentine’s Day promotion?

As has been the case for the past six years, the unique hotel chain, which has locations in Kelowna and Victoria, will offer its Nooner package on February 14. You and your loved one can rent a room at the Zed Hotel for four hours. , between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for only $ 59.

However, there could be a bonus this year. If you welcome a baby to your family nine months after your Nooner experience, you will receive a free Valentine’s stay at Hotel Zed for the next 18 years.

Naturally, it is called the Nooner Baby Maker agreement.

For more information on this story, visit Okanagan Edge.

Another car with snow stacked dangerously high on its roof has been seen driving around Kelowna.

The photo was taken Monday at the intersection of Springfield Rd and Spall Rd.

ICBC media spokeswoman Lindsay Wilkins says it is important for drivers to remember to remove snow from vehicles, for their safety and the safety of others on the road.

“Remove snow accumulated in your vehicle before driving, including headlights, wheel holes and external sensors if you have a collision warning system.

“In adverse weather conditions, be very careful around snowblowers. Keep a safe following distance and do not pass them; it is not safe. These vehicles may be equipped with a wing blade on either side that may not be visible due to the snow sprinkles. “


UPDATED: 3:15 p.m.

The director of Kelowna International Airport, Sam Samaddar, says that airport staff is attentive to the warning of strong winds in Vancouver.

If the winds rise late on Wednesday afternoon as expected, it could cause further delays and cancellations.

Samaddar is hopeful that most flights can proceed as planned after Wednesday’s delays, but says it all depends on the weather.

“We had cancellations this morning, but looking at our flight information at this time, we have flights that are arriving and we expect them to arrive this afternoon.”

“But it is difficult to judge based on changing weather conditions.”

Seven incoming flights have been delayed on Wednesday afternoon and one canceled.

Departures at YLW are also experiencing delays on six of their flights to Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and Edmonton.

To check your flight time, visit the YLW website.

ORIGINAL: 10:40 a.m.

If you are flying today from Kelowna International Airport, you are advised to check the departure schedule of YLW before heading to the airport.

So far there are 10 cancellations or delays in the list, many of them are the result of problems in other airports.

Vancouver International Airport and Victoria are experiencing serious weather problems that are causing a cascading effect for other connecting flights.

Castanet is working on an air travel update and will have the latest details as soon as they are available.

The weather forecast last week had some wine producers terrified.

There were predictions that the mercury on Monday or Tuesday would plummet as low as -25 C in some places, which is right in the line of total disaster for grape sprouts.

The good news is that temperatures this week in Okanagan did not drop as low as some meteorologists predicted, which means that most of the vines and shoots should still be alive and kicking.

“To eliminate everything, it would probably have to be around minus 26,” wine grower biologist Carl Bogdanoff said Tuesday from the Summerland Research and Development Center. “It’s not so cold so often, but agriculture is a risky business. Producers take all this into account.”

For more information on this story, visit Okanagan Edge.

On Tuesday night, the Dine Around launch party began at Okanagan College, giving guests a preview of what to expect during Dine Around 2020.

The event featured 12 restaurants and 10 wineries that include places such as, The Lookout Restaurant at Gray Monk, Relvas Catering, Blu Saffron Bistro and Codfather’s Seafood Market.

Dine Around takes place at participating restaurants in Okanagan between January 15 and February 2, offering guests an affordable way to eat outside.

“It helps to attract people to restaurants during a normally slow time of the year,” says event coordinator Christina Ferreira. “That’s how Dine Around started, the restaurants were quiet, people received their Christmas bills … so help the consumer and the restaurants.”

To see a list of participating restaurants, click here.

Kelowna RCMP has dealt a blow against the city’s illegal drug trafficking.

The RCMP Community Security Unit (CSU) confiscated illegal drugs and suspected stolen property of what RCMP describes as a “problematic property” in block 400 of Francis Ave in downtown Kelowna.

The raid took place last Friday, January 10 after an active criminal investigation into alleged drug trafficking in the city center.

“As a result of the information collected from concerned citizens in the neighborhood, our officers were able to act quickly,” says Cst. Solana Paré of the Kelowna RCMP. “During their search for the house, police confiscated amounts of alleged ketamine, cocaine, fentanyl, MDMA and various forms of illegal cannabis, as well as stolen suspicious identity documents, numerous boxes of items suspected of theft and various items of drug paraphernalia. commonly used in the traffic of controlled substances from inside the residence. “

A total of four people were arrested during the arrest. Those individuals have now been released unconditionally without charge, pending further investigation.

Security workers in development projects and outdoor equipment are undoubtedly the people who feel the effects of the cold in Kelowna at the moment.

In temperatures like -16 C, companies like FortisBC are taking extra precautions to ensure that the safety of their workers comes first.

“Safety for our teams is our top priority, as it is for the public,” says corporate communications consultant Nicole Brown.

“We ask that you minimize exposure as much as possible.”

Instead, FortisBC programs annual indoor training for this time of year, instead of large projects that require teams to work outdoors.

Crews that must work outside have fully insulated clothing and heating stores.

Health and safety consultant Wendy Maxwell told Castanet teams at her downtown site that they can only stay outside for five to eight minutes at a time.

“It is very cold. You are worried about skin exposure. The hoist can only work for a long time before it goes out, so you are fatigued, you are cold and need to make sure they can get first aid if someone is injured . [site] here, you are mostly inside, so you can warm up there, but outside you are looking for five to eight minutes. “

Not good for the body, she agrees.

“Not at all. Freezing will kill you or lose your fingers and fingers.”

Kelowna still has the tenth busiest airport in Canada despite a slight decrease in passengers in 2019.

YLW published its numbers last Wednesday, and exceeded two million passengers for the second consecutive year.

Kelowna took off and landed 2,032,144 passengers at the airport, representing a 1.3% decrease compared to 2018.

“Exceeding two million passengers again this year is an incredible achievement for YLW,” said airport director Sam Samaddar in a press release.

For more information on this story, visit Okanagan Edge.

UPDATE 8:09 a.m.

The collision on Highway 97 and Spall Rd. Has now been cleared and traffic is moving again. It is recommended to travel carefully after a light snowfall during the night has slipped the roads.

ORIGINAL 6:57 a.m.

Emergency teams are the scene of a collision of several vehicles on Highway 97 and Spall Rd.

A Castanet reader sent us this photo that shows a van and two other vehicles that appear to be involved in the collision.

Kelowna fire teams and ambulance services are on the scene.

The collision seems to have occurred just before 6:30 a.m. and must be resolved in an hour.

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