Update: Penticton RCMP have indicated that the driver did not survive the crash.
Sunday April 23 2017 at 3:28 am Penticton Fire Rescue, RCMP, BCAS received a call of a vehicle in the water at the intersection of Channel Parkway and Skaha Lake Road. Upon arriving on scene a grey Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck was on its side about 30ft from shore after going through the barricade wall off bridge on the channel parkway. it was unclear if anyone made it out of the vehicle to shore so Penticton Fire rescue launched their two new jet ski rescue crafts to help at the scene. The two members off the water crafts found a male victim inside the truck and used a pin punch to break window and get the male out of the water. CPR was started immediately on the victim and he was rushed to hospital.
Source RCMP, Skylar Noe-vack and Steve Arstad
A couple of months ago a photo on ODN, of a crocus in full bloom sent me out to the back yard to search for signs of life. And there they were, dozens of little green shoots, two or three inches tall, pushing through the earth. Daffodils and crocus, little heralds of spring’s approach that makes my heart feel lighter and puts a spring in my step.
I guess they had been quite comfortable under the several inches of snow that had sat around for several week then, due to one day of warm rain, the snow quickly disappeared and the shoots were all waiting to greet the sun.
Mother Nature’s yearly miracle is always marvellous to behold. The winter is so blah and cold and the landscape looks dreary and forlorn, then the weather changes and the first buds start to swell and nature is off and away. The days gradually get longer and soon there is a hint of green showing in the trees.
The Bohemian Waxwings made their yearly visit to our Rowan tree. The brilliant orange berries had been getting darker and were now completely black. Each year in the middle of February the waxwings appear, in their hundreds, and strip the berries from the tree is just a few hours. How do the birds manage to make this yearly pilgrimage to their usual haunts and then go to their summer home? Nature is truly wonderful.
It has been an odd approach to spring with such changeable weather, I go outside in the sunshine, to do some yard work and, in a short time, the clouds roll in and we get rain and cold wind. The plants are as confused as I and seem to be unsure of whether to appear or not. For several days the skies are filled with Sandhill cranes flying north. They swirl and circle overhead as they look for a thermal to carry them on their way. The sound of their call seems to awake a restlessness in my soul, I too have the urge and energy to be outside and welcome spring.
Suddenly, in the space of just a few days, the whole yard is green, nature has decided it is spring, even if the weather cannot cooperate. The buds and stalks seem to grow at the rate of several inches a day, as though they cannot hide underground one minute longer. Wherever I look there is new life. One day I prune the rose bushes almost down to the ground and, within days, leaves are shooting out from each twig.
Nature is wonderful, it will not be ignored and the yard is filled with vibrant greens interspaced with daffodils and hundreds of tiny buds that just can’t wait any longer to see daylight.
The approach of spring always feels to me like a renewal of life, a promise of good things to come. It also makes me feel very close to nature and to God. If the dead twigs of our winter gardens come alive again, in the spring, then why wouldn’t I believe that human death is just the winter of our life, with promise of a spring to come. Fanciful? Maybe but nobody can persuade me that the miracle of springtime is just for the flowers. He who made the flowers also made me.
Acts of Kindness
I stopped at the Post Office on the way home from a pre-Christmas dinner with a group of friends. Helen was anxious to get home rather than wait in the car and get cold. I said that if the line-up was too long I’d go back to the Post Office later. The lineup was short. All I needed was to find out if the bulky envelope needed more postage. It needed another 35 cents. I had no change in my pocket. Not only that – my wallet wasn’t with me either. I told the clerk I’d have to go to the car to look for my wallet and I’d be right back.
Greg Casorso was also in the Post Office and offered to spare me the effort by providing the 35 cents. I gratefully accepted the help and rushed back to the car. At home I started to look for my wallet in the car. Couldn’t find it. Eventually I remembered that I had put it into the side pocket of my laptop carrying bag. Had Greg not offered me the 35 cents I would have been engaged in a very frustrating search and Helen in an even more anxious dilemma.
Thank you, Lord, and Greg, for a small act of kindness that prevented a big embarrassment. We may often think that a little act of caring for someone else is no big deal, but it is.
At 11:00 am, the Princeton RCMP received information that an adult woman had allegedly been forcibly confined in her vehicle by Afshin Maleki Ighani. Ighani had been the subject of a warrant for his arrest for attempt murder, stemming from a shooting incident in Oliver earlier this week.
Today’s incident in Princeton began with a male and a female being in the company of Ighani in the man’s car. It was reported that while in a restaurant parking lot, the male was ordered out of the car and Ighani left with the man’s girlfriend still in the car. The male victim then allegedly stole a motorcycle from the restaurant parking lot and attempted to follow Ighani, who had departed Princeton Eastbound. All three individuals were known to each other.
RCMP checkpoints were set up in the Keremeos area, in efforts to intercept the vehicle, however only the male on the motorcycle was observed coming through, at which time he failed to stop for police. Penticton RCMP officers located the stolen motorcycle in Ok Falls shortly after. The man had abandoned the motorcycle and fled the area on foot. Efforts are underway to locate the man.
The RCMP Southeast District helicopter had been dispatched at the onset of the incident, with police eventually being able to locate the vehicle via a cell phone ping in the Manning park area headed towards Princeton.
At one point the vehicle was spotted by the RCMP helicopter entering the town of Princeton where officers on the ground converged on it in a local trailer home park. RCMP officers noted that the vehicle was still occupied by Ighany and the woman. At one point in the efforts to arrest Ighani, an officer discharged a firearm towards the vehicle. Ighani left the vehicle without the woman who remained inside the car, however he was tracked and captured by an RCMP dog team a short distance away in a wooded area nearby.
Extensive investigative efforts continued on throughout the week since the shooting incident in Oliver. They involved a large number of police resources from the various detachments from the Penticton South Okanagan Regional Detachment, in order to safely apprehend Mr. Ighani. We are relieved that we were able to take him into custody without any harm to the public or our officers. We also thank the media and the public for the receipt of several sightings since his warrant being issued and made public, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
None of the individuals were injured during the arrest. RCMP investigators are continuing to investigate.
Afshin Maleki Ighani remains in custody on the strength of the arrest warrant and is anticipated to be remanded into custody with the further charges being considered, stemming from Saturday’s incident.
Desert Valley Hospice Society will hold the annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday, May 7 in Lions Park and the hike and bike trail. All funds raised are used locally to run our programs. Pledge forms are available at Interior Savings Credit Union or online at www.desertvalleyhospice.org .
Whether natural or mechanical, homes need ventilation. They are no longer built to leak heat and moisture the way they used to be; we now build them as airtight as we can. This makes mechanical ventilation essential in a high performance home.
How much fresh air is enough?
How much fresh air comes in through the building envelope?
What is the difference between an HRV and an ERV?
How do you choose between an HRV and an ERV?
How much fresh air is required and the best way to provide it are important issues. Energy recovery from exhaust air is becoming common place in cold regions, and two types of equipment can do this- an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) and an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilation.
Both HRVs and ERVs are somewhat new to mainstream home construction, and can often be confused. In an effort to clear that up, we will first explore why ventilation is so crucial, then explain the options and their best applications.
Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; The rhyme is a rule of thumb used for weather forecasting during the past two millennia. It is based on the reddish glow of the morning or evening sky, caused by haze or clouds related to storms in the region.
Osoyoos photo – Doris Lancaster
To be tough is to be resilient. So a shoe with a tough sole would last a long time even if walking on sharp rocks and such. To be tough can also mean to be hard to sway, as in a person who is closed, impervious to being sensitive to some nuance or special circumstance. A tough guy/gal is within themselves, not easy to connect with. A tough guy/gal would also be a challenge to overcome physically
Sometimes I just need to tough it out, meaning stay the course, finish the commitment, like that. I can toughen myself to something by increasing the amount I stay with. For example, I can run a little bit further each day until I can run a mile. Mental toughness is much the same in that I can increase my ability to study by studying a bit more every day. It can feel tough to toughen myself.
If someone calls me a tough guy, that could be that I am resilient, perseverant, strong and many other complimentary things. It could also mean that I come across as aloof, resistant, uncooperative, uncommunicative and just plain hard to be around. Yet, if I say to my grandson that he is a tough little guy, a big smile shows up on his face. The interpretation is everything. Being a tough guy can be helpful, or not
To act tough can be a defense mechanism. Some people so that to keep others from knowing them too well, getting too close, maybe even seeing their softer real self. There are times when I just want to be alone for a while. Those are great times to ‘be’ a tough guy. The other side is the tough gal. Those, in my experience, seem to be obviously hurting about something. Just Accepting them where they are seems best
One aspect of the idea is that one can choose to become tough and then choose to remain tough. To be tough about something is to be unyielding, not to give up. There are countless stories of people taking victory in situations that would break most of us. What gives people the will to do the tough thing? Some kind of personal and huge reason brings forth our toughness. What is yours? What toughens you?
This year’s Spirit of Oliver Awards are fast approaching and nominations are needed. This year we have added an additional “Heritage” category in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday.
• Individual Adult or Couple Award
• Individual Youth Award (Ages 12-18)
• Community Group
Anyone can be nominated by anyone – get into the SPIRIT! Nominations are due by 4:30pm on Monday May 8, 2017 and can be submitted to the Town Hall at 6150 Main Street or email@example.com.
The Awards Ceremony is:
Sunday, May 28, 2017
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Frank Venables Theatre Lobby
6100 Gala Street
Winners to be announced.
Centennial Park Not For Sale
Motivated by letters to the editor regarding the sale of Centennial Park, I would like to add my voice in concern.
Do the people of Oliver not have any say in regards to a major decision involving the fate of Centennial RV Park? Was the matter of commercial development not determined some years ago? A petition of well over 400 signatures gave town council a clear message that we wanted to keep the park as it was?
Yes, Oliver needs a hotel, but why in Centennial Park when there are so many vacant locations available? It just doesn’t make commercial sense. The Osoyoos Indian Band proposed a new hotel on the south end of Tuc-el-nuit Lake. The Tee Pee Hotel was to be reconstructed on the old Fairview town site. What has happened to those ideas? Both would have been located near a golf course, an ideal place for a high end hotel. There is a big hole in the middle of Main Street, where the Oliver Hotel used to be, why hasn’t it been rebuilt? . Perhaps the area immediately north of the Tourist Information Centre would be an appropriate site, as was suggested. There appears to be plenty of room for a hotel and ample parking space there. We would then have both types of accommodation for the tourists, etc. to choose from.
There is a possibility that the developer might back out of the deal as happened previously. According to town council’s plans, the RV Park would be gone, leaving us with another hole in the ground. Like the site near Park Place of the Time Share Condo development, which sat for years as a concrete foundation and still is not ready for occupancy from all accounts.
If a hotel is built on the Centennial Park site and it turns out that it is not a profitable business, we could end up with another dead elephant in Oliver. Why is our town council so intent on destroying a major tourist attraction, like the Centennial Park, when we have so few of them?
The two articles in the Oliver Chronicle, 2017-04-19 issue, clearly spells out every justifiable reason for keeping Centennial Park. Please reread: “Once RV park gone, it’s gone” and “RV park is an asset”. Those two writers have said it all.
It would be a short sighted, irreversible decision to demolish Centennial Park, sell it to private enterprise for a small sum, in order to get a hotel which may never materialize.
We feel that a public vote would be the proper, democratic way in which to decide this matter once and for all. Please consider it.
James Demetrick, Oliver.
Egg addling program continues to control goose population
Geese follow their own clock, so despite the long winter weather, this week marks the beginning of the annual Canada goose egg addling program—an important part of the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program. The addling program is in its 11th year and continues to prevent explosive growth of the non-migratory resident goose population. Although some may argue that too many geese still live in the valley, what has not happened, thanks to addling, is uncontrolled growth that would see over 10,000 geese and generations of offspring, if addling were not in place.
The nesting population, which is approximately 2500 birds, remains in the valley throughout the year. Trained contractors have already been searching for pairs and nesting sites and are hoping to complete the addling program by mid-May.
“Like so many communities in southern BC, communities along the Okanagan Valley struggle with management of non-migratory Canada Geese,” said Kate Hagmeier, Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program Coordinator. “It is important to stress that the nesting birds targeted in this program are not native to the region. These are hybrid offspring of several different subspecies of Canada Geese that were introduced in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Canada geese from elsewhere in Canada and the US were translocated here as part of managed introduction programs. Young geese and eggs were brought here to encourage the creation of an Okanagan goose population.”
What was not foreseen was the inability of these geese to migrate because they had no parents or natural triggers to guide them, and their ability to adapt and thrive in the mild Okanagan climate. The consequences have been a steadily growing population with few natural controls and a need to manage this population.
Egg addling involves shaking eggs or coating them with non-toxic biodegradable food-grade corn oil within 14 days of incubation to make them non-viable. The U.S. Humane Society supports this egg addling technique.
Once addled, eggs are returned to the nest. Geese continue to incubate until they realize the eggs will not hatch. By then it is generally too late in the year to produce more eggs. Adults are not harmed and will continue with their regular life cycle.
This officer in Vernon has removed his yellow stripe. Senior brass upset about protest over low pay or income for mounties that is not on par with civic police in Canada.
RCMP officers continue a fight to organize into a union.
Next time you see a Mountie check his/her stripe.
File # 2017-1633
The Osoyoos RCMP is seeking public assistance in identifying suspect involved in a commercial break and enter which occurred last Saturday April 15th.
On April 15, 2017 at 3:44am, the Osoyoos RCMP responded to a break, enter and theft at the Nk’Mip Corner Petro Canada in Osoyoos. The lone male suspect who is also believed to be responsible for other break, enter and thefts throughout the South Okanagan was observed on closed circuit video during the above noted break-in.
The male was last known to be driving a stolen 2009 Ford Escape, black in color. The last known licence plates (BC plates 780GWF) on the vehicle were also confirmed to be stolen. Investigators believe the male may be traveling to Calgary, Alberta.
The Osoyoos RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male. If you have any information about this crime we ask that you please call the Osoyoos RCMP at (250)495-7236 and quote file 2017-1633 or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.
About $145 a year in extra police costs for average Osoyoos homeowner
By ROY WOOD
It looks like the extra cost of living in a town of more than 5,000 people will be close to $90 this year and $145 next year for an average Osoyoos homeowner.
Town council met Wednesday to finalize its budget, which will receive first, second and third readings at the May 1 council meeting and will likely be adopted May 15. Overall, the budget will see an increase in taxes in Osoyoos of about 3.9 per cent over 2016.
Complicating matters for Osoyoos council this spring has been an increase in policing costs. The 2016 census put the town’s population over 5,000 for the first time. As a result, the town is now responsible for 70 per cent of its policing costs, up from the 30 per cent charged to sub-5,000 municipalities.
In an interview Thursday, chief administrative officer Barry Romanko said that for an average home in Osoyoos, assessed at $353,000, policing costs for 2016 were $83.41. For this year, that amount will jump to $170.47. That is for just three-quarters of the year, since the new rate kicked in April 1. For 2018 it will be about $227.
Council decided to continue breaking out police costs in a separate line on town tax notices. “A taxpayer can visibly see what they paid for policing last year and what those costs are this year,” said Romanko.
The town continues to seek some relief from the province and has sent letters to the provincial justice ministry and to Attorney General Suzanne Anton. “We have not heard back,” said Romanko. “I suspect we won’t hear anything back until after the (May 9) election.”
The town hopes to get a break on the 70-per-cent share of costs and possibly on the implementation date. The budget estimates approved Wednesday are based on the “worst-case scenario,” which will see no breaks from the province.
Councillor Mike Campol said in an interview Thursday that the province has assured the town there will be no interruption of police service while negotiations continue.
The town has $223,000 in its RCMP contingency reserve fund. When news of the policing costs jump broke, that fund was touted as a way of easing the initial impact of the jump in policing costs.
However, the fund will remain in place and, in fact, will continue to receive a piece of general tax revenue as a hedge against unexpected police costs. Of particular concern is the possibility of a major crime in the area and a resulting expensive investigation, the cost of which would fall largely to the town.
“We decided to add a full one per cent of property taxes for police reserves,” said Campol. “It’s not so much based on paying for the increased share of services, but it’s more about creating a responsible reserve fund for extenuating circumstance.”
Romanko said that under the new cost arrangement, the town will receive an increased share of revenue from fines. That money will go into the reserve fund, as will any surplus the town may receive from cost savings if the detachment is less than fully staffed.
Early in the policing-costs drama in Osoyoos, there was a suggestion that the town might create its own municipal police force, rather than contracting with the RCMP. One local news outlet even published an editorial promoting the idea.
The notion is off the table, said Campol. “It would be an exorbitant amount of money to set it up. … It was something we had to look at, but it never really gained any traction,” he said.
Our project consists of 19 lots in phase one. Homes range in size from 1500 square feet to 2200 square feet and pricing is from the mid 300’s to 450K. All homes have ICF (insulated concrete foundations) on a crawl space. Exteriors are Hardi Board or other composite materials and there are a multitude of colours to choose from. Homes range from two bedroom, two bedroom den, three bedroom and four bedroom. We have two larger lots available for custom design homes. We expect full completion of our subdivision by mid 2018. Bring on the sunshine. Every home will have an HRV which helps drop energy costs and at the same time providing a more pleasant environment to live in by circulation fresh air into the homes several times per day.