SHORT AND SHARP
Snow on the mountains
Snow, glorious snow, is on its way, which is good news for Treble Cone’s planned opening this week. Ski area marketing and sales manager Nick Noble said the cold forecast for the start of the week meant staff could be snow-making round-the-clock. ‘‘We are always hoping for as much snow as we can get. The more that falls, the sooner we can open,’’ Noble said. Part of a major rockfall blocking State Highway 6 has been cleared allowing the road between Makarora and Lake Hawea to reopen. The large rockfall, caused by heavy rain, closed the road on Thursday morning and blocked the only road access to open to Makarora. Contractors used a helicopter with a monsoon bucket to sluice the rockfall, allowing the road to be opened to a single lane on Saturday. Motorists can expect minor delays at the site as clearing work continues. The night-time closure of the highway at the Diana Falls slip site, near Haast Pass, will continue.
ORC water quality rules explained
The Otago Regional Council will host a stakeholders forum in Wanaka on July 1 to explain new water quality rules to those affected. Council chairman Stephen Woodhead said the forum would set the scene for the implementation of the rules, which prohibit gross activities that harm water quality while encouraging innovative practices to improve or maintain good water quality. The forum will be held between 7.30pm and 9pm at the Lake Wanaka Centre.
Youth St John
Two St John Youth Division members have been presented with a Grand Prior Award, the first time the internationally recognised award has been awarded to cadets from the Wanaka division. Hannah Gerrard and Bailey Masters, both now of Dunedin, were presented the award at the Upper Clutha Presbyterian Parish last night.
The Wanaka Fire Brigade was called to the Wanaka Library last week to investigate what was thought to be the smell of burning. A fire spokesman said on arrival fire fighters decided the smell was more of a "pongy smell’’ and referred it to the Queenstown Lakes District Council maintenance staff.
Comedy in Lake Hawea
New Zealand comedian Gish will perform at the Lake Hawea Hotel tomorrow night as part of his Stink Bro South Island tour. The show starts at 8pm.