Stelkia Ranch – volunteers attempt to save home
See previous story that outlines: a Criminal Code of Canada charge and what the court decided October 10th.
Here is what is known:
1. Letter read at meeting of Oliver Volunteer Fire Department – membership gathering – Thursday October 18th
2. Content of letter – notice of termination from Chief based on a lack of attendance at fire practices during his leave of absence.
3. LOA granted after a criminal charge laid in BC provincial court. ( See story published prior to this story )
4. No mention in letter of any reference to proceedings in provincial court.
5. Dealt with as an “attendance at practice” matter.
ODN heard that the information in the letter was posted on Facebook within 1 half hour of its distribution to Bolenback an OVFD members on Thursday.
Oliver Daily News, in doing its due diligence, contacted both the Oliver Fire Department Chief, Bob Graham and Town of Oliver’s CAO Cathy Cowan on Monday.
Response: This is a personnel matter and such matters treated only in-camera.
An Oliver volunteer firefighter avoided a criminal trial October 10th by entering a peace bond related to a May 14, 2017 incident.
Travis Allen Bolenback, 35, had a single count of unlawfully being in the dwelling dropped by the Crown in exchange for a 12-month peace bond which will see Bolenback avoid contact with his neighbour, the complainant in the case.
“Do you acknowledge that your actions caused [complainant] reason to be fearful for her safety or that of her property?”
Judge Michelle Daneliuk asked.
“Yes,” Bolenback replied.
A peace bond does not equate to a guilty plea, but is used in cases where a defendant is deemed likely to commit to a criminal offence, “but there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has actually been committed,” according to the Department of Justice.
The agreement means Bolenback will avoid a criminal conviction, which will open the door for him to start serving with the Oliver volunteer fire department once again. “It’s good for all parties,” defence lawyer Jim Pennington said. Bolenback has been on limited duty with the fire department pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings. If convicted, he would have been dismissed.
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Many people have asked what happened Saturday…. or more importantly – WHY???
I could answer but I am a bit gun-shy. And yes u’all know I have my opinions.
It is easier to say the voters made a decision.
Hovanes out, Johansen in
Is it a bit more complicated than that ?
What are your answers to this?
Hey might be better to move on and see what happens next in 4 years. I can do it. BUT….Does it not seem that we should analyze a bit ?? A thorough review?
Public Safety/Crime ?
Centennial Park/Hotel location
Are you our Mayor or a MLA hopeful ?
To close to developers ?
Is there truth of mud-slingin’ as quoted by a defeated councillor incumbent
Did social media elected 4 of six on council…… and help defeat 2 hoping for another four years of bliss?
Up to you – very very quiet in the comments section…… why?
Open burning will be allowed in rural areas of Oliver starting today October 15th
This is subject to venting
For the daily venting index phone 250 490 4125 before burning
Inside the Town of Oliver
Open Burning is by permit only for properties more than 2 acres
There is no burning permitted for properties less than 2 acres
Call Fire Chief Bob Graham for a permit 250 498 9992
Oliver Daily News on the prowl this Sunday morning and found the new Mayor-Elect Martin Johansen in a quiet neighbourhood in the Meadows – outside dealing with his truck. He lives in a brand new home with his wife and son.
I asked are you happy? He said he was. I asked why he did not show for the election count. He said he preferred to wait and see the results on line.
What is this new politician thinking?
Johansen: I want to start by asking a lot of questions. Is the promise of two new RCMP officers a real thing? Is there paperwork on that. Will that increase the cost of the present policing costs – 30 percent at the moment.
“I want to know more about the public safety issue and what the people want to do about it and what can the municipal council do. We need a co-ordinated approach and I would want to get the players together – a Public Safety Committee to review the problems and come up with a unified approach.”
“The Town of Oliver needs a citizen’s survey of at least a couple of thousand responses…. to see what is important to them.” I sense there is a real disconnect between the locals and the elected officials.” Are the taxpayers getting value for the money they spend on taxes?”
Affordable housing will become a central issue Johansen says as many cannot afford suitable housing for their needs and are spending well above the national average for housing – meaning they have less to spend on other things.
He wants a look at the town’s strategic planning process. He will lead a discussion with council in the days ahead on priorities. Johansen says the budget process is about to begin so it is important to know what you want to do before beginning those talks.
Out of the gate, he says his biggest priorities will be to get to know the other councillors — including three re-elected incumbents — and advocate for a “citizens survey” to take the pulse of the town.
“To get an idea what the people are thinking. I feel there is a bit of divisiveness in the community, by the way the vote unfolded.”
He envisions the survey would focus on issues like quality of life, value for taxes and budget priorities.
Because Oliver is under 5,000 people and on the provincial RCMP contract, town hall has limited say on how policing is delivered. Regardless, the mayor-elect says he will push for the creation for a “coordinated enforcement committee,” that will get RCMP and other stakeholders to one table.
“Getting some data on what the problems are and where the problems are, thinking ahead to budget, which isn’t that far away,” he said, musing about private security, increased bylaw or even CCTV cameras.
“I’d like to get some feedback from the people out there on the streets living it every day,” he added.
Maureen Doerr, a small retail business owner, 7 years on council.
On Saturday Doerr ( Johnson ) finished 111 votes behind newcomer Aimee Grice – meaning fifth in a 4 person race. In an interview Sunday , Doerr described the campaign as “ugly … there was a lot of vindictiveness. … It was social-media driven and there was a lot of mud-slinging and name-calling.”
She had warm words for Grice, though, saying that her younger voice on council will be good for the town.
The community “wanted somebody younger and Aimee got in,” said Doerr. “That was just the way the cards went. It’s just tough to take. I’ve given so much to this community in volunteer work.”
On the subject of Hovanes’ defeat, Doerr said: “There was a group of (people) who really wanted Ron out. I won’t name them, but they know who they are.
They have a strong following. I wouldn’t say they’re prominent.”
Mayor Ron Hovanes could not be reached for comment Sunday. He was scheduled to fly to Ottawa Sunday for meetings with federal ministers about funding to repair part of the vital agricultural irrigation system damaged in rock slide in early 2016.
Source: Penticton Herald – Roy Wood, reporter for ODN
couple of questions
what or who made the contest ugly?
easy to blame social media or ??
Incumbents Petra, David and Larry and new comer Aimee Grice did very well in the polls
I Jack Bennest, former council member for 17 years admit
…..that I stated the candidates that would win. Most predictions correct. Some wrong. What else is new?
white line on bottom of pix is the KVR rail bed – black spots near Haynes Ranch – “the lagoons” – a wonderful canoe trip in the fall.
The Government of BC (owner of KVR rail bed) spent a lot of money on a study with one recommendation.
1. ‘Don’t go there’ – ride your bike on the highway and if you are lucky a hike and bike trail established with limited Government support (Federal and BC ) will show up on your horizon,,,,maybe.
Flawed study shows no mapping of Vaseux Lake (east or west) and Canada Wildlife Service (CWS) control, BC Government owned KVR right of way control.
But shows ‘Columbian Carpet Moss’ site south of Oliver …ad nauseum
EBB report by
Geoff Smart, BSc, P Bio, RP Bio Biologist
Oliver Busby, MBA, RP Bio, P Ag Principal
FLNRO contracted EBB to conduct a high-level desktop review and analysis of environmental values of the former Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) Line, South Spur for assessing the feasibility of a public recreation route connecting much of the South Okanagan.
• identify environmental values, with focus on sensitive ecosystems, ecological communities at risk species at risk including provincial (red and blue) and federal (Species at Risk Act listed species.
• assess potential impacts of a public recreation trail for identified environmental values on both the primary and alternative routes.
• determine cumulative effects of proposed trail development in light of regional pressures.
• recommend a trail development route, mitigation strategies (avoidance, mitigation, compensation), monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management.
Aimee Grice said in an interview Sunday she thinks her work over the past year in the community is what paid off in her win. “People see me as someone who is approachable and they feel they can talk to me.”
She said fears about crime in the community will be at the top of her agenda, once she gets her feet wet. And, of course, she will continue to work toward more affordable housing in Oliver.
Grice ran as a new face with fresh ideas, seeking to be the voice of younger families and the artistic community. She helped create a local affordable housing society, which is planning to break ground on a project in the spring.
Source: Penticton Herald
Thanks as always for the opportunity! Once I get my feet wet, I would like to begin discussing with Council and our new Mayor crime prevention options that the town can implement. I think there are things we can do at the local level to help our residents. I will also of course continue my work towards more affordable housing in Oliver. I believe this is a key component in revitalizing our downtown core. I am also eager to continue having great conversations with the residents of Oliver. Knocking on doors was such a unique experience and wonderful way to learn about the hopes, dreams and priorities of my friends and neighbours.
I remain available to listen at any time – for now you can reach me at email@example.com.
Keep your eyes open for the first “Councillor Chat”. I would also like to say that I don’t relish in the fact that my win resulted in Maureen’s loss. I have the utmost respect for her and her contribution to the Town. I’d also like to thank Ron for his many years dedicated to community service in the Town of Oliver. To Dermott- great show, you’ll get it next time! I look forward to getting to know Martin and have high hopes that he will live up to the promises he made during his campaign. I am excited to join Petra, Larry and Dave on council and trust that they will guide me during the early days.
Now let’s get to work!
Source: Email response to ODN inquiry which included the following
Name three things you should do now you are a councilor – and answer these questions.
- What is that sign about at north end of Centennial Park – should it come down?
- A survey of citizens and what they think? Give Mayor a chance.
- Fix park at Bridge, buy or fix old Mesa Hotel site, promote development with established developers not those that have brought the Town into a negative spotlight.
Truck – camper not on it – stolen in Oliver
Details – Green 2010 Ford F350 diesel four wheel drive. New winter tires on, and chains inside, any of which they might try to sell off.
If you see it anywhere – call RCMP ( 250-498-3422)Crimestoppers or this number of owner seeking its return
Owner says: Some low life stole my truck Sunday as I was hiking in the bush on Oliver Mountain.
Impaired Driving and Cannabis Enforcement (Penticton, Keremeos, Osoyoos, Oliver)
The fog of the pot cloud is beginning to clear allowing us to examine the aftermath of legalizing the magic weed. So what was the outcome? Did it match expectations, or were some of the more dire predictions dispelled? Fist of all the euphoric celebrations took to the streets to buy marijuana legally and otherwise. The government being the government could have made even more money had they used their head.
The message was we are legalizing pot but we are not going to make the former bootleggers the wholesalers and bring them into the mainstream. We wouldn’t want the illegal dealers to benefit, how short sighted. There was a war on drugs and marijuana, since 1923 that is ninety five years ago. Think of all the other wars After the American Civil War all were integrated into the society. After WWII the scientists from defeated nations became the backbone of the space program. Saving the best to last, the war on booze known as prohibition saw the main characters like Segrams take over the legal production of spirits in this case the government is going to cut of its nose to spite its face.
What is even more interesting is the budding new industry now entering the market. Actually more than one, they were likely preparing for some time. Bud and Breakfast, Bud Sushi Bars, Bud Yoga Centers, and of all things Bud Tourism. Combine this with the specialty shops and outlets and it will see a boom not seen since they started promoting wine.
The other great benefit we will see the return of hemp for all kinds of things from rope to clothing. We can have a step ahead in new science for experimental cures and pain relief. Now there are those who shout no way this is going too far. The truth is there are those who can find a problem for any solution. The barn gate is open and it’s too late the horses are gone. It is also notable that many who opposed the legalization are now sitting on boards of directors of the big companies setting out to corner the market. The one thing that some are blind to is the market can absorb a lot of players but if they don’t include those who once flew under the radar the government will loose millions. The once illegal trade with adapt and sell excellent product tax free.
The government should sit back light up a dubie* and think about what they are doing because no matter how much they huff and puff the underground folks will find a market.
For rural director 1002 people voted – you could vote for 1
For rural water councillors only 378 voted – you could vote for 2 (add all votes and divided by two)
For Mayor 1598 people voted – you could vote for 1
For town regular councillors only 1405 people voted – you could vote for 4
The rub: when more than 1 choice is available – you could vote for 1, 2, 3 or 4 – that skews the numbers
All candidates for councillor – got more votes than Mayor Hovanes and some (4) got more than the winner.
What are elections? A popularity contest. A choice of voters for leadership. A way of making a statement. A protest.
Time for a change.
Voter turnout was high – higher than a by-election and higher than a contest without a Mayor’s race. We will have to wait for that count.
Lets start with Terry Schafer
Schafer first elected in 1996 for three years
Linda Larson wins the Mayor’s seat in a by-election in 1997
In 1999 Both re-elected along with Ron Hovanes
In 2002 All three re-elected with Pat Hampson
2005 – Larson and Schafer retire for a breather – Hovanes is elected Mayor with council of Hampson, Marji Basso, Randy Toor and Jack Bennest
2008 – Hampson elected Mayor with Basso, Bennest, Schafer and Michael Newman
2011 – Hovanes elected Mayor with Bennest, Larson, Maureen Doerr and Dave Mattes
2013 – Larry Schwartzenberger elected in a by-election to replace MLA Larson ( He beats Basso, Maurizio )
2014 – Hovanes elected Mayor with Bennest, Petra Veintimilla, Schwartzenberger and Doerr
2017 – Mattes elected in a by-election to replace the retiring Bennest ( Aimee Grice is second )
2018 – Martin Johansen elected Mayor with council, Veintimilla, Schwartzenberger, Mattes and Grice.
Larson retired with 10 years of municipal service
Hovanes retires with 16 years
Schafer retires with 16 years including 4 years as Regional Director
Bennest retired with 17 years (note Bennest served 5 years in 1988 to 1993)
Area A Osoyoos Mark Pendergraft (former Chair) with Town of Osoyoos Mayor Suzan McKortoff
Area B Cawston George Bush, Area G Hedley/Olalla Tim Roberts with
Village of Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer
Area C Oliver Director Rick Knodel with Mayor Martin Johansen
Area D Director Ron Obirek – Skaha East
Area I Director Subrina Monteith – Skaha West
Area E Director Karla Kozakevich (Current Chair of Board) Naramata
Area F Director Riley Gettens West Bench/Faulder
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki and 3 other Penticton Councillors say Kimberley, Sentes and Watt
Area H Princeton Director Bob Coyne with Mayor Spencer Coyne
Summerland Mayor Toni Boot with one other member of council
Could mean 10 new members of board depending on the choice of Penticton and Summerland councils.
Frank Armitage is out
The younger Coyne can now travel with his father to Penticton and the RDOS
Bob Coyne is the rural director – Area H in Princeton
Think that is a first. The younger Coyne served one term as a councilor and has taken a leadership role in the community for a number of years.
Coyne is married with two children has been employed by local media and now works at the “Source” in Princeton.
Complete results in pix below
By ROY WOOD
The first-time candidate who finished atop the race for town council in Osoyoos attributed his success to “door-knocking, plain and simple.”
Councillor-elect Brian Harvey said in an interview this evening that he knocked on doors in every neighbourhood and had a lot of people say: “You’re the only one who’s knocked on my door. I’m going to vote for you.”
He said as newcomer to council, his priority will be to “learn where the levers are” so the council can move ahead with its agenda.
The other new face at the table will be Myers Bennett, who finished fourth in the race for four seats. He said in an interview his priority will be to get to know the other councillors and the staff. “It’s a team thing, you know.”
Bennett is well known in the community as a member of the chamber of commerce and Rotary and other community involvement.
Harvey finished with 1,004 votes. Incumbents JC Rhodes and Jim King came next, with 1,000 and 965 votes respectively. Bennett captured 686 votes.
The other candidates were: Jane Long 523; Shelley McIntyre 457; Sherani Theophilus 390; Kenny Music 349; and Si Murseli 329.
Mayor Sue McKortoff breezed to re-election, swamping comic-relief candidate Doug Pederson 1,379 to 162.
In the run for two school board seats in Osoyoos, incumbent Casey Brouwer was returned with 1,015 votes.
Brenda Dorosz* finished at the top of the poll with 1,274 votes. She is well known in town, having led the fight to save Osoyoos Secondary School from closure in 2016.
Penny Dupperon received 730 votes for school trustee.
Ron Obirek took on a legend and has the numbers to prove his victory.
Area D separated into two parts – One side of lake (Heritage Hills, Ok Falls to Vaseux Lake)
Bill Schwarz 153
Rod Penway 185
In other races in the RDOS
Area G Ollala Hedley – Tim Roberts
Area I Skaha West – Subrina Monteith
Area E – Naramata – Karla Kozakevich
Area F – un decided
Area H Bob Coyne
Area B – George Bush
Area A – Mark Pendergraft
Area C – Rick Knodel
Toni Boot has been elected mayor of Summerland.
The one-term councillor edged out fellow councillor Janet Peake.
She will be joined by new comers Doug Patan and Martin Van Alphen. And
Erin Trainer, Doug Holmes, Erin Carlson and Richard Barkwill elected in 2014 along with Boot.
Andrew Jakubeit dumped as Mayor
Former Councillor John Vassilaki is the Mayor Elect
His Council a blend of experience and competence
Jake Kimberley, Frank Regehr, Judy Sentes, Campbell Watt, Katie Robinson, Julius Bloomfield.