The Boys and Girls Club of Oliver served up a mighty fine spaghetti dinner at the United Church fundraiser. Proceeds go to the drop in centre activities at the Cadet Hanger, a great place for teens on a Friday from 3 – 10.
Shelby, 12, left and Cyrus, 12 tell Laurene the spaghetti is really good!
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2017 Candidates (left to right in photo): Aaliyah Chapman, Brooke Tanner, Molly Koenig and Abby Teigen.
2016-2017 Ambassadors (left to right in photo): Manvir Ghadu, Jeevan Gill, Jasleen Dhillon and Simi Gill.
A Fairy tale tea 3 to 4 pm Oliver United Church – $5 entrance fee – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Oliver Ambassador Coordinator
Twenty one parishioners of Christ the King Catholic Church spent their Monday morning holiday hiking to the top of Oliver Mountain (Wilson Mountain?) to enjoy the weather, admire the view and celebrate Mass.
Fr Neil Lustado, who will be leaving next month to be the parish priest in Nelson, said he would come back every year on Queen Victoria’s birthday to make this hike. We hope he does.
Contributed by Dale Dodge
Osoyoos residents should be aware that Osoyoos Lake is expected to noticeably rise within the next day or so. This is a result of the continuing high inflows from Okanagan River and the rapidly rising Similkameen River.
All residents around Osoyoos Lake in low level areas should be monitoring their situation closely and, where appropriate, sandbagging as a precautionary measure. Sand is available on Highway 3 across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen. Sandbags are available at the Town of Osoyoos Works Yard at 11500 – 115th Street.
Please check in with neighbours to see if they require assistance in filling sandbags. Volunteers wishing to help can contact the Emergency Operations Centre at 1-877-610-3737.
Check in with neighbours and make children aware of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water.
Similkameen River flows are predicted to continue to rise over the next few days as temperatures increase and snow continues to melt at higher elevations
Cawston – high flows in minor creek tributaries are contributing to localized flooding issues affecting properties and farms in the area
Osoyoos Lake is affected by the both the
Okanagan river and the Similikameen river when flows are high.
Osoyoos Lake – is expected to rise significantly over the next few days. The Town of Osoyoos has issued an information bulletin asking residents to monitor properties and sand bag as a precautionary measure.
Ollala – significant flooding has affected residents along the First St. and creekside properties. Sand and sandbags are being delivered to 2644 7th St, Ollala.
Twin Lakes – An Evacuation Alert continues as lake levels threaten residential structures
Oliver – Evacuation Alerts are still in effect for properties adjacent to Tin Horn, Hester and Testalinden Creeks. Abnormally high waters are continuing to affect many properties and farms in the area.
No Irrigation Water Available for Systems 4, 5, 6, and 7
Due to the water breach at Hester Creek and Tin Horn Creek the Town of Oliver has now shutdown Irrigation System 4. The shutdown is to protect canal infrastructure from the significant debris and silt that entered the canal.
If customers in Irrigation System 4, 5, 6 and 7 require spray water it can be accessed at System 5, at Roads 13, 16, and 22.
To rehabilitate the canal there will be no irrigation water available for systems 4, 5, 6, and 7 until at least May 28.
All domestic water in all systems are operating normally. Irrigation systems 1 and 2 will also see no disruption in service.
The Town of Oliver is currently cleaning the debris that flowed into the canal at Road 7, from Tin Horn Creek, and from Hester Creek, at Road 11. Crews and contractors are clearing debris at the canal and at the outfall near the Okanagan River at the end of Road 11. Crews are also watching the creeks and continuing clean-up with excavators, backhoe, and hydro-vac trucks.
The following picture show Johnson Bros excavating at bottom of Rd near river and the pile of mud and gravel is what is coming down off the mountain.
On Thursday May 11, 2017, Dr. Alfred George Downing of Osoyoos passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 94 years.
September 11, 1946 – May 20, 2017
Obituary to follow
Norman David Osland Feb. 24, 1947 – May 21, 2017
Norm was born in Oliver and except for a brief time lived his life here. In the seventies he was instrumental in bringing the Tennis Club to life. There was no junior soccer in the South Okanagan until our son had an avid interest in it, so Norm organized the sport which started with a few kids and now has evolved to what it is today. He ran Elm Tree Sports for five years with the Terry Fox Run being one of the many events he brought to Oliver as well as professional wrestling. He then became very active at Fairview Mountain Golf Course.
Norm was well known as a surveyor and draftsman, doing many of the subdivisions in the area. He was thrown into a battle with Alzheimers with no weapons and no hope as he began the slow decline to hell. The disease takes everything of value from you and leaves you in confusing despair where no one can comfort you. Get yourselves familiar with the Right to Die legislation. Do not fear death but the manner of dying.
Norm leaves behind Trish, his wife of 46 years; son Michael (Christine); grandsons Braelin and Colton as well as many friends and relatives.
A special thanks to all the people at Fairview Mountain Golf, that extended his love and passion for the game of golf, till no longer possible. Your patience was much appreciated. Also to the Angels of compassion and care at Village by the Station in Penticton, handing the personal care of your spouse to strangers is unbearable, but you made it bearable.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Mayor Ron Hovanes pins a provincial long-service medal on the proud chest of town fire chief Bob Graham.
The award recognizes Graham’s skills and years of service as a volunteer firefighter in the town.
He was appointed chief in March after serving as deputy chief since 2011 and being an active member of the department for 25 years.
Graham replaced Dan Skaros, who left the department to take a position at the Okanagan Correctional Centre.
Graham leads a 30-member volunteer team and is responsible for the administration and management of fire suppression and prevention along with related emergency services.
Homes range in size from 1500 square feet to 2200 square ft. and pricing is from $350 thousand to the mid $400 thousand’s.
Quote of the week
“Ten years ago Ron Teneycke told Kamloops psychiatrict Ronald Chale he wanted to grow up, be a man and have relationships; however the doctor did not believe he was capable.”
Mentioned in a Penticton courtroom yesterday at the beginning of a dangerous offender hearing.
Souce: Black Press digital media
Highway 97 – looking north to Fleming’s Csrner
Orchard on left south of Rd 8 owned by one Art Garrish ( and yes it seems to be flooded)
Below the image of the “water bridge” built many years ago to allow a small amount of water in Tinhorn Creek to cross the flume (ditch or canal) – fairly close to Rd 8
Historic photos for sure from the collection of grand-son Chris Garrish
Riverside hotel proposal gets council OK
By ROY WOOD
Following a lengthy and lively public hearing Tuesday evening, Oliver council voted unanimously to pave the way for an 80-room hotel on the site of the Centennial RV Park.
Close to 200 people filled a meeting hall at the Oliver Community Centre, and for two hours about 40 of them took turns at the microphone to express their views for and against the plan.
At issue is a proposal from a Kamloops-based developer to build an 80-room, four-storey hotel on the town-owned site currently leased by the Centennial. The two-acre parcel the hotel would occupy is north of Fairview Road along the west side of the Okanagan River.
The developer has agreed to buy the property for $572,000 in cash and improvements. He will receive $330,000 in tax exemptions over 10 years.
Kicking off the public hearing on Tuesday was Tony Munday, a board member of the Oliver Tourism Association, which earlier sent council a letter in support of the project.
One of the key things missing in Oliver’s tourism accommodation mix, he said, is a mid-service hotel, which the Centennial project will provide.
There are any number of events that attract visitors to Oliver, he said, including Mount Baldy, Area 27, wine tours, golf courses, great hiking and much more. “But we have a tendency to fill Osoyoos hotel rooms.”
The theme of losing out on the tourism dollars that currently flow to Osoyoos and Penticton was echoed by several business owners and one “sports mom.”
Lee Mounsey said she and her kids are involved in all sorts of sports events that would attract visitors if only Oliver had a hotel. “The trees (at Centennial Park) will come back. We need a mid-level hotel here,” she said.
Oliver resident and retired town manager Tom Szalay told the hearing developing a hotel near the town centre would be a major step toward revitalizing the downtown core, which has been a goal of councils for decades.
“If we have a developer who wants to (help) diversify the downtown, we should welcome him with open arms,” he said.
Lynn Friesen told the hearing that a hotel development would be a boon to downtown retailers, which the RV park is not. “Having an RV park that close to downtown doesn’t make an sense,” she said. “It’s just too valuable.”
For the most part, those who spoke against the proposal said they favour a hotel for the town, just not on the Centennial site.
The arguments against the proposal centred on the loss of green space and the unsightliness of a hotel compared to the rural charm of an RV park.
Several opponents of the plan took the opportunity to advise the developer that he would be better off building his hotel on Main Street and warning him that the Centennial site in on a flood plain.
Sharon Handcock asked, “Who digs up a beautiful RV park to put in cement and pavement?” she asked. There must be other properties available for a hotel, she said.
Bill Greer quoted Joni Mitchell in his plea not to “(pave) paradise and put up a parking lot, with a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot.”
In the end, opponents couldn’t muster arguments to match the promise of economic development, tourism dollars and downtown revitalization that appear to come with the hotel.
At the council meeting following the hearing, council members discussed how they each had reached a decision in favour of the hotel proposal.
Councillor Mo Doerr said: “As a small business owner we need to have growth to survive. … This developer picked this location. … If we say no, it will be a long time” until another proposal come along.
Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger said he has heard from many people on both sides of the issue. “One person said I’d be selling my soul (if I vote in favour).”
“Since 2002 this property has always been designated for a higher and better use … We need to move forward.”
Councillor Jack Bennest said he is not overly interested in the taxes that will be collected from the hotel. “I’m interested in the fact that the hotel will make the town better. … We have to make this decision and move beyond it.”
Bennest pointed out that with the designation of the southern 80-foot wide strip for a park, all four corners around the Fairview Road bridge will be designated for public use for the first time ever.
Councillor Petra Veintimilla said she sees both sides of the issue and is sympathetic to the notion of preserving green space, “(But) I also strongly feel that the positive aspects of having a hotel outweigh the downside.”
Mayor Ron Hovanes said council members are elected “to listen and to make quality decisions for the broader community.”
The Official Community Plan and zoning changes required for the proposal to go ahead passed third reading unanimously.
The developer, Ron Mundi of Kelowna said recently that he will begin building as soon as he receives a building permit. That could mean an opening in early summer 2018.
Question & Answer Panel Discussion – Public Hearing
• Oliver Community Centre
The Town of Oliver will provide an opportunity for the public to participate in a Question & Answer Panel Discussion on Tuesday , May 23, 2017 between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. The panel will consist of Town of Oliver Staff and the Contract Planner.
A Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday , May 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm. If a member of the public wishes to speak they must register on the Speaker’s List located at the entrance and will be heard in the order in which names are listed. Each person will be allotted 3 minutes to speak and if wishing to speak further they will be asked to add their name to the bottom of the Speaker’s List.
For more information on the Hotel Development and the Rezoning, please visit the Town of Oliver website under “What’s Happening”.
No Irrigation Water Available for Systems 5, 6, and 7
Over the weekend both Hester Creek and Tin Horn Creeks breached their banks resulting in significant debris and silt entering the Town of Oliver Irrigation Canal. To protect the canal infrastructure, pumps were shut down to stop the flow of water.
Town of Oliver must fully clear the canal of debris and start running water back into the canal. To complete this work there will be no irrigation water available for systems 5, 6, and 7 until at least May 28.
If customers in Irrigation System 5, 6 and 7 require spray water it can be accessed at System 5, at Roads 13, 16, and 22.
Customers in Irrigation System 4 will have irrigation water available but may see pressure drop periodically. All domestic water in all systems are operating normally. Irrigation systems 1 and 2 will also see no disruption in service.
The Town of Oliver is currently cleaning the debris that flowed into the canal at Road 7, from Tin Horn Creek, and from Hester Creek, at Road 11.
Over the weekend, crews were constantly clearing debris at the canal and at the outfall near the Okangan River at the end of Road 11. Today, May 23rd, Town of Oliver crews are watching the creeks and continuing clean-up with excavators, backhoe, and hydro-vac trucks. The Town will be requesting additional equipment from the Province to work at the Road 11 outfall. Debris extends north of Road 7 south to Road 11.
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Evacuation Alert for Properties along Hester Creek South of Oliver
An Evacuation Alert has been issued for properties south of Oliver along Hester Creek. At approximately 6:00pm today, a debris flood in Hester Creek dragged debris downstream which breached the banks of parts of Hester Creek, blocked culverts and diverted the flow of the creek. Due to the continued threat of sudden flooding, some properties at the bottom of Hester Creek have been placed on a precautionary Evacuation Alert.
Members of the RCMP are visiting homes on affected properties to advise residents. Highway 97, which passes through the Evacuation Alert area, remains open at this time.
The Evacuation Alert has been issued for 9 properties along Road 11 and Mariposa Road, south of Oliver which contain the following 12 civic addresses:
316 ROAD 11
336 ROAD 11
337 ROAD 11
352 ROAD 11
370 ROAD 11
386 ROAD 11
443 ROAD 11
466 ROAD 11
468 ROAD 11
470 ROAD 11
472 ROAD 11
4898 MARIPOSA ROAD
Affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however, residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.