All pictures including the cow taken today. I will survey the area again when I see blacktopping on the hill.
Archives for May 8, 2012
Since you asked Mr. Bennest – I am on the other side of the road – on the lush ranch of AS and I wanted to let you know much has been happening in the last two days that Mt. Baldy/Shrike Hill residents should be happy about. The Argo crews and contractors are busy cleaning the culverts and re-doing some of the preliminary ’emerg’ road work completed after the flash flood. Progress is being made and everyone is working hard – so no more jokes about the forgotten roadway.
Notice how my horns curl down?
“It’s been a fantastic spring, watching my client list grow, and watching local groups develop a stronger Internet presence,” said Laurena Weninger, from Oliver’s Write this Down Freelancing.
One of Laurena’s newest clients is the Osoyoos Desert Society. www.desert.org
“I’m so excited… It’s my favourite website to date!” said Laurena, laughing. “But I have to admit I say that each time I build a new site. Each one becomes my favourite, especially when I get to see a happy client.”
Laurena started her website design and development business about a year ago. She has since given new life to the websites of many local organizations and businesses. Some of her favourites over the past year include the Osoyoos and District Museum Society (www.osoyoosmuseum.ca), Oliver’s very own Nothin’ But Net Basketball camp (www.nbnbasketball.com), the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (www.olwqs.org) and the Wine Country Racing Association (www.winecountryracing.ca).
She has also had a few clients who are developing their own websites, but needed a few of the “extras.” That has included custom template work for those using WordPress; some basic coding work for clients who needed help with the technology; and assisting clients who are using her as a locally-based, competitively-priced Internet Service Provider.
Emergency Social Services(ESS) provides short-term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification.During such emergencies, ESS staff is responsible for the opening of a reception center to facilitate the following:■Register evacuees with the Red Cross to help reunite families. ■Provide referrals for food, clothing and shelter, as funded by the Provincial Emergency Program. ■Provide personal services such as first aid, emotional support, counseling, basic health care and much more. ■Arrange group lodging if no commercial facilities are available.
Other groups that work with ESS are the Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army, SPCA, Canadian Disaster Animal Team, Noah’s Wish and First Nations Emergency Services (FNES).
During Emergency Preparedness Week, British Columbians are encouraged to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
- Know the risks specific to your community.
- Develop a family emergency plan and practise it.
- Prepare emergency kits for your home and your vehicle.
To learn more about how you can be prepared for a disaster, visit the Emergency Management BC website at: www.pep.bc.ca
and the Public Safety Canada website at: www.getprepared.gc.ca
Helen and Heather – two of the volunteers at the work party Monday morning.
Oliver Community Gardens volunteers held a work party doing general clean up, and working on the irrigation system for the gardens. Most of the garden beds are allocated, but there are a few left – contact information at
Sam Smith – contributed story and picture
Tablets and eReaders are becoming increasingly popular and affordable. But choosing the right one and learning how to use it can be daunting. The Oliver Friends of the Library are hosting a program at the Okanagan Regional Library’s Oliver Branch called “Everything you wanted to know about eReaders and More…” to be held on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Real eReaders users will be there with a variety of devices so you can learn about the pros and cons of each type of reader, and also learn how to download free content from the library system. Refreshments and a question/answer period will follow.
This program is free, but registration is required. Call the branch at 250-498-2242 or check their webpage at www.orl.bc.ca/branches/oliver for more information.
On May 1st, 2012, Osoyoos RCMP received a call that a cement wall at the Oasis RV Park had been freshly spray painted with Graffiti. Police made patrols of the area and no new graffiti was found. Photos of the yellow graffiti were taken by Police and should the culprit be identified charges of Mischief will be laid.
On May 2nd, 2012, Canada Border Services Agency located a prohibited driver at the Osoyoos Port of Entry. Police attended and the 21 year old male driver from Penticton was issued a violation ticket for no driver’s licence.
On May 4th, 2012, at 3:53 pm, an Osoyoos resident advised Police that his 5.4 meter Cougar Sunset power boat on a trailer was stolen from his residence on 8311 Kingfisher. The owner wasn’t home when the boat was stolen but a neighbor hearing a loud bang approximately 30 minutes earlier which was later determined to be from the suspects hitting a carport wall with the back end of the boat while hooking it up to their vehicle. Police made extensive patrols of the area and forwarded the boat and trailer description out to area Police to watch for the stolen boat. On May 6th, 2012, the boat and trailer were located abandoned in a orchard just to the North of Osoyoos off of Hwy 97. The boat was been fingerprinted in the hopes of identifying the suspects and has been returned to it’s owner.
On May 5th, 2012, RCMP responded to a report of a hit and run at the Osoyoos Pharmasave. The suspect vehicle license plate had been observed. Police attended at the scene and observed paint damage to the rear bumper of the complainants vehicle. Police contacted the 84 year old owner of the suspect vehicle who advised that she was nervous and left the scene. The driver attended back at the scene and admitting to hitting the vehicle and wishing to pay for the damages. No criminal charges were laid.
On May 5th, 2012, the Osoyoos Fire Department requested the assistance of Police for a report of an over turned sailboat with a male in the water. RCMP members attended and observed that it was a kite surfer in the lake who was not getting enough wind to sail. Police spoke to kite-surfer when he walked onto shore and found he was fine and wearing all the appropriate safety gear. The kite-surfer advised that he would be out on the water almost daily kite surfing and he appreciated that fact that he was checked on by the Fire Department and Police.
On May 6th, 2012, at 01:23 am Police were called to the Sage Pub to a report of 2 males who were refusing to leave the Pub. RCMP Officers attended and spoke with Sage Pub staff who advised that one male had been kicked out of the pub but returned. While being kicked out the second time the male threatened the bouncer. A description of the male was obtained and Police made patrols of the area. An intoxicated male matching the suspects description was located on the beach in front of the Sage. The 29 year old male from Oliver was arrested for Uttering Threats and being Intoxicated in Public. The male was held in Oliver RCMP cells over night and released sober in the morning without charges.
On May 6th, 2012, an RCMP member on patrol noted a 2002 Blue Ford Ranger where the Registered Owner was to be served a Driving Prohibition Notice. During the traffic stop the driver gave a false name to the officer. The officer determined the driver was being untruthful and placed him under arrest for Obstructing a Police Officer. The driver admitted to using his brother’s identity to avoid further motor vehicle infractions. With the 27 year old Driver from Burnaby, being positively identified he was issued a 4 Month Motor Vehicle Act Driving Prohibition and was released to appear in court to answer to the Section 129 Criminal Code of Canada, Obstruct Peace Officer charge.
If you see crime happen – call Crime Stoppers or your nearest RCMP detachment