Area A Osoyoos – Area Planning Commission

Is it functioning properly?

At the last meeting – Monday June 8 – the members dealt with serious matters without the assistance of Area C Director Mark Pendergraft, Alternate Dennis Potter or any staff from the Penticton office RDOS.

Concerns discussed:

The lack of staff makes it difficult to understand complex matters without a uniform approach to getting documents to members.  The have requested that policy take place with all documents sent as printable .pdf’s. Only two of the members knew about a new policy that says nothing will be sent in the mail.

APC leadership

A new election sees Peter Beckett elected Chair, Mark McKenney Vice Chair and Bonnie Douglas Secretary.

Past Chair Dwayne Svendsen did not seek re-election. Other APC members Gerald Hesketh, Bill Plaskett, and Grant Montgomery.

A letter to ODN this morning from resident Rick Deis questions the choices for APC members with only 1 female and no south Asians.

Deis said decisions were being made without professional input and low attendance – those meeting could have been delayed.  We have not printed the entire letter because of comments about some members. All that has been communicated to RDOS CAO Bill Newell and Chair Mark Pendergraft.

Deis mentioned that many meetings are very short in time length. The last meeting lasted almost two hours.



“My initial thoughts and reaction is there are a lot of assumptions made by Mr. Deis that are not accurate. I would give Mr. Deis credit for taking the time and effort to go back through the past APC minutes, however it appears that he only got out of those minutes bits and pieces that serve his purpose. Obviously he is not happy with the results of the APC meeting on the issue referred to(also not happy with the RDOS Board recommendation), but he did not take the time to ask me or any of the APC members for any explanation on the allegations in his letter, I believe I did get one email from Mr. Deis but it was not directed to me specifically but to RDOS staff. Thus I can only conclude that he had no desire to get to the truth but preferred to sling mud instead.”

Mark Pendergraft – Area A Director/Chair of RDOS

Update to report here July 17th

Previously on ODN

Sockeye returns are coming back as forecasted – to the Columbia River.

Report on Columbia River Migration to above Wells Dam: In the early migration period sockeye were migrating up the Columbia River as expected and through to Wells Dam. Last week in the lower Columbia below McNary Dam temperatures reached above 22 degrees Celsius which is causing a delay in their migration so we are monitoring that.

For migration into Osoyoos Lake, we have sockeye that are tagged so we have an idea of how many sockeye are making it to Osoyoos. This is what we are using to gauge on a fishery to occur. So no decision has been made on the recreation or economic fishery in Osoyoos Lake until we get the tag information back.

Howie Wright, MSc.
Fisheries Program Manager
Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA)


ONA chose to close their commercial fishery on July 20th

DFO chose to close their recreational fishery on July 23rd

Warm temperatures in rivers and lakes have reduced the stock migrating northward. Earlier in the year the ONA had expected half a million fish – conditions have reduced that to 5-15 thousand.

Does Oliver have more crime than five years ago?

ron two22Oliver recorded a 51 per cent spike in its crime rate over the past five years, according to fresh data from Statistics Canada, but the mayor thinks the numbers are misleading.

“I truly believe we’re not unlike other small communities in the province: There’s a rash of crime, hopefully (police) can step on (the perpetrators) and things cool down for awhile, and then you’ve got some yahoos that go out there and start all over again,” said Ron Hovanes.

Source: Penticton Herald

2 years – protocol working

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Yvonne Weinert, Councillor for the Osoyoos Indian Band about to sign the protocol on behalf of the leaders and people of the OIB in 2013.

She is joined by RDOS Acting Chair Mark Pendergraft of Osoyoos and Lower Similkameen Band Chief Rob Edward, Penticton Indian Band Chief Jonathon Kruger and elder Richard Armstrong who acted as witness to the three band/RDOS Agreement.



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The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement two year anniversary was celebrated on July 22 at the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Annual General Assembly in Penticton.

The Protocol Agreement was signed by Penticton Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen on July 21, 2013.

The Protocol establishes a Government to Government relationship to identify, consult and address common concerns and interests of importance. The Parties work together in a spirit of common respect and cooperation by recognizing and celebrating diversity, while cooperating to achieve mutual prosperity.

Accident on the water send two girls to hospital

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Banner and photos by Roger Richardson

Air ambulance was landing in Osoyoos shortly after 3pm to pick up and transport a young woman after
some form of water based accident. Reported to be a chest injury.

Exact details not known but fire, ambulance and police called to 4200 block Lakeshore Drive near Walnut Beach Resort. One report indicates a jet ski accelerated and jumped into the back of a moving speed boat.

This was all family. Two girls hurt. One transported by ambulance and one picked up by the Medi-vac.

ODN awaiting further details from the RCMP.

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One happy guy

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Sgt. Randall Bosch
Osoyoos – Area Commander Osoyoos

One happy guy – well he is friendly. He likes to golf. Married to a member. Lives in Oliver – brand new house and he says “people here are so friendly”. Let’s keep it up he wants to retire and stay right here.

Randy has long service in the Mounties, most in the north, with a homicide unit, stationed in Prince George. He states he has done his job in the north and really looks forward to some sunshine and a bit of golfing. His partner is also an officer in the RCMP – she is posted to the Oliver detachment.

He replaces Kevin Schur as Area Commander. Sgt. Schur is stationed in Kelowna as a training officer.

RIP Betty Zeeman

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Elizabeth (Betty) Zeeman

November 24, 1925 – July 26, 2015

On Sunday July 26, 2015, Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Zeeman of Oliver passed away surrounded by family at the McKinney Place Extended Care Unit at the age of 89 years. She was predeceased by her husband Andrew Zeeman Sr., and daughter Sonja Wilford.

Betty will be fondly remembered by her loving family including daughters Lydia Miller (Dan) of Penticton, BC and Sylvia Revell (Dean) of Bristol, Texas; son Andrew Zeeman Jr. (Cindy) of Oliver, BC; son-in-law Barry Wilford of Kamloops, BC; brother-in-law Matt Zeeman (Donna) of Oliver, BC as well as six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family and was a dedicated community service volunteer. She was a life member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #97 and was a member of the South Okanagan Health Care Auxiliary.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday July 31, 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #97. Reception will follow at the Legion hall. An urn interment and committal will then be held at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted for the Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at McKinney Place for their compassionate care. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

Door swinging in the wind

tight securityTight security at mail box – Bottom of Secrest Hill Rd.

Canada Post came to fix but found nothing deficient. Maybe not locked ?

Golf for a cure – record number of participants

golf22A record number of participants played in the 5th Annual Golf Fore the Cure sponsored by Subaru. A great day on the links with a wonderful meal put on by Gecko’s Grill helped raise awareness and raise funds for a worthy cause. Final numbers will not be available for a few days. We would like to thank Maverick, Intersection, Cana Vines and Vin Perdu for supplying wine tasting on the deck prior to the meal.


Cathy Pidduck

Former postmaster passes

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July 4, 1926 – July 24, 2015

On Friday July 24, 2015, Mr. William Anthony (Bill) Leverett of Oliver passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 89 years.

Bill was predeceased by his mother Gladys; father William; stepfather Stanley and brother Harold.

He will be fondly remembered by his loving family including spouse Shirley; daughter Toni (Peter King) and grandchildren Riley, Eliza and Kayla of Bowen Island; son Bill (Terri) and grandchildren Caitlin and Conner of Mill Bay; sister Mae Petersen of Abbotsford as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill was born July 4, 1926 in Burns Lake, BC and moved shortly thereafter to Prince Rupert. He grew up there and graduated from Booth Memorial High School in 1944.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army on April 30, 1945 and completed his basic training. Just prior to deployment “the enemy heard he was coming over and agreed to an armistice.”

Bill’s postal career began in October 1945 in Prince Rupert with three years as a postal clerk, followed by eight years in the Railway Mail Service as the clerk in charge. In February 1957, he transferred to Kitimat, BC as a Postal Officer 1. In September 1960, he took over duties as a Postal Officer 2 in Whitehorse, Yukon. In 1963, he was promoted to Postmaster. One year later, on April 1, 1964, the family moved to Oliver where he became the Postmaster. He had the honour of raising the new Canadian flag at the post office in 1965. There are many work stories that could be told until he eventually retired in July 1981 – an illustrious thirty six year career.

Bill’s community service included involvement in the Search & Rescue, Cubs, Kiwanis and the Royal Canadian Legion. He was extremely proud of his part serving as President as the first Kiwanis Village was developed and built. He was actively involved in the Legion and was honoured to be awarded the Lifetime Membership in May 2010 for his dedicated and outstanding service. When Bill was asked who his heroes were he responded “my many school chums that never came home from the war.”

Bill’s hobbies included camping, fishing and First Nations art in many forms. He had a particular love of Haida Gwaii related pieces.

He was known for his radiant smile and quick wit. In June 2011, he was the “Smile of the Week” in the Oliver Chronicle. Even as his health declined, he could be seen around Oliver on his scooter, going to all the garage sales, socializing and meeting up with his friends. He always had a kind word and a smile for everybody.

His family would like to thank Dr. Peter Entwistle, the nursing staff at the South Okanagan General Hospital and John Nunes and Daryn Pottinger for their kind and compassionate care.

No formal service by his request. A private family scattering of ashes will be held at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery Scattering Garden.

No residential watering ban in Oliver

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Despite a province-wide drought, water levels in Oliver-area wells are not alarmingly low and town council decided Monday not to invoke water restrictions on domestic water users.

Town operations director Shawn Goodsell told council Monday that the provincial government has the power to impose water restrictions on the town if the drought moves from its current level 3 to level 4. “But I can’t see them doing that,” he said. Goodsell said that levels in the wells that supply residential users are down slightly, but not drastically. A table showed them to be between 3.6 and 10 per cent below average and well above the lows recorded during the 2009 drought.

Water use in the town has slowly been creeping up since it dropped dramatically in 2010 with the introduction of water meters and charges based on use.

Goodsell recommended that council consider imposing moderate water restrictions on residential users in an effort to “get people thinking about” their water consumption. “It may be difficult to come up with appropriate measures to determine when we institute water restrictions, but anything a community can do to reduce water waste right now supports all the hard work that’s gone on restoring the salmon fishery in Oliver and Osoyoos,” Goodsell said in his report to council. He suggested moving to the “stage one” water restrictions, which would see lawn watering limited to alternate days between midnight and 6 a.m.

Council decided not to follow Goodsell’s recommendation and instead agreed to have staff gather material in preparation for a possible public education process about water use and conservation. They also agreed to revisit the situation early next spring when information will be available about the snow pack and the likelihood of a drought again next year. Councillor Jack Bennest pointed out that since residents pay for their water use based on volume, any reduction in consumption would result in a loss of revenue for the town. The total water budget for the town is about $2.9 million. Of that, $2.4 million is raised directly from water billing.

Bennest and Mayor Ron Hovanes both lamented the lack of solid information about the town’s water supply. They urged the Okanagan Basin Water Board to provide data about the levels in the aquifers that supply Oliver’s residential water.

Briefs from Oliver council

Council supports legion tulip bid

The town of Oliver will support the local legion as it attempts to become one of 150 branches across the country to receive 700 tulips to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Holland.
Oliver Legion Sergeant at Arms Jim Stewart told council Monday that the branch stands a good chance of being one of the chosen communities because they got in early and it’s first-come-first-served.
The plan is to plant the tulips – 350 white and 350 red – in a proposed garden at the veterans’ plot at the Oliver cemetery. Stewart said he hopes to learn within a couple of weeks whether the branch is successful. The flowers would arrive in early September and be planted later that month.
Since the town owns the cemetery, council agreed to supply a letter of support for the project.

Apple Beach bylaw moves along

The Apple Beach RV Park on Tucelnuit Lake is a step closer to being allowed to expand its use beyond a campground. Town council Monday gave two readings to a bylaw amendment to change the campground’s designation so that it could build a hotel or motel or other tourist-oriented structure on the property.
Until the amendment is approved, Apple Beach is restricted to operating a campsite, the only designated tourism site in town facing such a restriction.

Roy Wood

Teneycke still on the minds of many

Stop sending violent criminals home, says mayor

By Roy Wood

The recent crime spree and eventual arrest of a violent career criminal has once again prompted the town of Oliver to seek help from the provincial government.

Mayor Ron Hovanes and Councillors Mo Doerr and Petra Veintimilla hope to meet with BC Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Susan Anton to argue against the release of “dangerous and prolific offenders” back into their small communities.

Ronald Teneycke was arrested by RCMP near Cawston last Thursday following a short chase. He was wanted on a number of warrants. He is suspected of robbing the Eastside Grocery in Oliver last week and of shooting Wayne Belleville of Oliver. Teneycke is alleged to have posed as a hitchhiker and, when Belleville stopped to pick him up along Baldy Forest Service Road, shot him and stolen his truck.
Teneycke remains in custody in Kamloops while police and the Crown finalize the charges against him.
Hovanes told the council meeting Monday that allowing a serial offender like Teneycke, who was born and raised in Oliver, to return to the small town puts a strain on police resources and the community at large.

Hovanes recalled that in 2007, when Teneycke finished a 12-year prison sentence for sexual assault, he asked then for help from the province and didn’t get it. He was told that barring Teneycke from his home town would be a violation of his charter rights. “The whole system has failed,” said the mayor. “They know he’s going to re-offend (yet) they allow him to reside here (where) there are no probation facilities.”

Teneycke, 52, is a career criminal with a long and violent record. Since his release in 2007 he has been in and out of jail, mostly on probation violations and drug-related offences. He has also faced explosives and firearms charges. Town staff will seek a meeting with Anton at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver in late September. “We need to send them a strong message from a small community,” said Hovanes.

Photography …….by Dave Whalley

dave whalley22As a boy, my dad used to have his own darkroom and developed his own film and made his own prints and enlargements, all black and white in those days. His darkroom was the bathroom which he took over for that purpose, he blacked out the window so no light could get in and had a board over the bathtub for all the equipment, enlarger, developing dishes, chemicals… the lot. I remember being in there with him under the glow of the red lamp, the only light allowed in amateur film processing. When he finished a developing run, any old chemicals were dumped down the bathtub which turned green with that usage. Because of his hobby, we could never have a bath, we must have been a smelly bunch.

Lots of the photos of us as kids are from my dads photo developing days. If digital photography had not been invented, it is more than likely I would have tried some home processing, I always wanted to but never had the time or money in the past but would never have been allowed to use the bathtub like my dad did. My mother always went along with whatever my dad wanted to do, she must have been an angel and he never thanked her and just expected to have what ever he wanted and she faithfully did that.

I am a bit of a chip of the old block and want to do things on the cheap, lets call it economics or being frugal. I am sure all that photography equipment of my dads was either second hand or bought on a payment scheme of which he never made the payments. When all the equipment disappeared, it may have been repossessed by the photography store, I seem to remember his cameras were low end and maybe not the best, he even gave me a Brownie box camera, I have an identical model in my old camera collection.

In my camera collection, I still have my film cameras from before digital including my Pentax K1000 SLR film camera, with which I took many fine photographs. I also took many prints that would be discarded after going back to the drug store a few days later to pick up the results of a roll of film, now processed. The best photos would be sent off around the world to friends and family, leaving our photo albums with the in-between pics, not discarded and not considered good enough to be mailed off to others. I solved that problem by going over to slides and giving slide shows to the family. I always managed to get the slides in the projector the wrong way, upside down or back to front with all the usual guffaws from the family but I still have every slide that I took and hope one day to get them all digitised.

With the arrival of the digital age and memory cards that can hold thousands of pictures which can be emailed across the globe at the click of a mouse, and not the long tailed variety, I now take many more pictures than I ever did with film. A roll of 24 would last several weeks or months, even a holiday was limited to 4 or 5 rolls. Now I am disappointed if I have less than 2000 pics after a two week vacation. I always have my camera with me when out and about and always looking for that once in a lifetime photograph that might make the cover of National Geographic Magazine but, these days, happy to get one of my pictures on Oliver Daily News.

I missed a great opportunity one time with having no camera to hand and could have kicked my self. Some years ago, a flash flood near Vaseux Lake, with mud and rocks, two feet deep, washing across the highway into the lake and there I am with no camera.


This 1941 B17 landed in Penticton Monday and will be in the Okanagan until August 2nd.

You can get into the field to see it more closely for a $2 charge and can even go inside if you so fancy, the pilot said it will burn 750 litres of fuel per hour, and was used in the South Pacific during WW2.

Ernie Race

Sherri Klein founder of SORCO returns

When Sherri left the Okanagan 7 years ago she left behind her dream that one day SORCO would have a new clinic, Sherri is in the Okanagan on vacation, yesterday myself and past manager Lauren Meads were honoured to show Sherri that her dream has come true with a tour of the new facility, Sherri was very emotional and grateful not only with the new clinic but other improvements to the site as well as the work of Burrowing Owl.


pictured above from left, Sherri, Dale, Lauren.