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  • Fender bender between compact car and semi snarls traffic at Harvey and Gordon

    KELOWNA - Traffic was snarled in all directions at Gordon Drive and Harvey Avenue following a collision between a compact car and a semi-truck Thursday morning.

    The accident happened at about 10:45 a.m.

    There were no injuries.

    The semi-truck owned by Emil Anderson shipping and the car have been towed from the scene.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Water quality advisory for Falcon Ridge water customers

    FALCON RIDGE - The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a precautionary Water Quality Advisory for residents served by the Falcon Ridge Water System in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

    The advisory affects approximately 55 properties connected to the community water system off Highway 33.   Increased turbidity in the water system source has resulted in water quality that might impact children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.  Roadside sign notices are in place to advise residents of the precautionary Water Quality Advisory.

    Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Interior Health has been contacted and while the health risk is modest and no bacteria have been found in any of the water from the system tested, Regional District staff recommends as a precaution that Falcon Ridge water customers follow Interior Health guidelines especially for those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children and those wishing additional precautions.   All water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.”

    This precautionary water quality advisory affecting the Falcon Ridge Water System will continue until further notice.

    For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.

  • Oregon asks firm to stop using fetal tissue from B.C. to generate power

    PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon commission has ordered a waste-to-power facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from British Columbia to generate electricity.

    Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.

    The British Columbia Health Ministry tells The Associated Press that regional health authorities there have a contract with a company that sends biomedical waste, including fetal tissue, to Oregon, where it's incinerated in the waste-to-energy plant

    Vancouver-based B.C. Catholic newspaper identified the plant as Covanta Marion, based in Marion County.

    The facility processes about 500 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 13 megawatts of energy sold to Portland General Electric.

  • 'Hawks power past Kelowna 5-1 for 3 games to 1 lead

    The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-1 on Wednesday night in Portland, grabbing a three-games-to-one lead in the team's WHL Western Conference Final.

    Nic Petan scored three times for the Winterhawks while Nick Merkley was the lone Rockets player to score in the game as Portland outshot Kelowna 36-32

    Merkley, 16, opened the scoring in the first period as the 16-year-old rookie continued to lead the offense, scoring his fourth goal and 17th point to sit first in Rockets playoff scoring.

    The game was tied 1-1 through twenty minutes.

    "We really did have a good first period," said Rockets assistant coach Dan Lambert, on the AM1150 post game show. "We felt we played the way we needed to. Unfortunately in the second we started taking penalties and that changed the game. If you give Portland enough chances on the power play they are going to hurt you."

    Portland was 3-for 5 with the man advantage while Kelowna was 0-for-5. The Winterhaks and also scored a short-handed marker and an empty netter.

    "We were better than we were defensively last night," said Lambert. "Their goalie made some big saves on our power play and they did a good job with their penalty kill."

    After Kelowna won the first game of the series, Portland has now won three straight. The series now shifts back to Kelowna for game five on Friday night at Prospera Place where the first two games of the series were sold out.

    "We played the right way in the first period," said Lambert. "But we need to do that for 60 minutes on Friday night. We can play with this team but it has to be a complete effort. We need a good solid hockey game from 20 players."

    Tickets are available for game five through www.selectyourtickets.com, the box office or 250-762-5050.

  • Port Hardy earthquake felt across Okanagan

    KELOWNA - A series of earthquakes 90km south of Port Hardy has several Twitter users saying they felt it here in the Okanagan as well.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first quake hit at 8:10 p.m. and registered 6.7. A second 5.0 quake struck the same area seven minutes later followed by a 4.3 at 8:40 p.m.

    Several Tweet's were sent by Okanagan residents saying they felt the earthquake in Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon, however this has not been confirmed.

    There are no reports of damage or injuries. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.