1) Those of us living in Black Mountain woke up this morning to a clear sign that the freezing level for snow is dropping judging by the falling snowline. Very pretty but also ominous. It’s coming. With rain forecast over the next week coupled with dropping overnight temperatures, best get ready for the reality of snow. Folks at Big White are not complaining as the opening for the ski hill has been moved up to Wednesday.
2) Interior health today confirmed a case of Meningococcal Disease has occurred with a Kelowna high school student. While the risk of transmission to the general school population related to this case is considered extremely low, IH and Central Okanagan School District sent out notifications to parents with more information on the disease.
3) All you campers and RVers will find something positive hopefully in the announcement out of Victoria today that the province is investing $23 million in B.C.’s parks system over the next five years. The money will help create 1,900 more campsites, a new $5 million park foundation and a yet unspecified number of new rangers in parks across the province.
4) The community of Osoyoos was buzzing today after a Facebook post showed actor Nicolas Cage standing with a Buy-Low Foods store employee. The gossip is that Cage is in town filming a new sci-fi thriller called The Humanity Bureau.
5) The B.C. Wildlife Federation, with the support of the Conservation Officeer Service, today unveiled a new app that will make it easier for the public to assist in targeting illegal dumping of garbage in the back country. Using the BCWF Conservation app people can pinpoint with GPS exactly where dumping occurs. While they warn confronting people while they are dumping trash is clearly not the thing to do, licence plates and other identifying features can be uploaded to the app.