Our local girls have made their communities proud !
#1 Kelsey-Lee Launier Oliver
#3 Viveka Jensen Osoyoos
#4 Chelsea Cameron- Horner Osoyoos
Photos by Bill Greer
MLA Linda Larson, Acting Mayor Maureen Doerr, Area C Director Terry Schafer and Parks Manager Carol Sheridan shared the podium to thank Oliver firemen, Willowbrook, Osoyoos and OK Falls firefighters, Search and Rescue (Penticton and Oliver/Osoyoos), ambulance and Ministry staff on the front line for their work in keeping the community safe.
The crowd fairly large cheered as a parade of fire trucks entered the park prior to the officials assembled on the community stage. The volunteers treated to a special appreciation meal for them and their families. It was also Music in the Park night along with Baseball Camp and the Thursday outdoor market.
A busy venue.
RDOS Director Terry Schafer asked about yellow signs popping up in the rural area near the old KVR right away.
Acting CAO Mark Woods said that they were legal notices to adjacent property owners that the RDOS seeks to get a 9 metre wide tenure for a hike and bike trail on all land(former ROW) that have not been sold including areas with short term leases.
Director Schafer said some of the orchardists and residenst nearby were a bit concerned as to what is going on. (See earlier letter from Dave Evans) and a story about announced plans for such action published recently by ODN.
Comments ? Concerns ? – write to us. Love to see the support and those not really in favour.
1. Directors okayed $35,000 from reserves to be spent on emergency repairs at Oliver’s Arena.
Pipes containing brine were detected as leaking and need to be fixed on a temporary basis to get through the winter ice season. No bidding. Sole source contractor CIMCO Refrigeration.
2. RDOS decision makers approved two motions for South Okanagan areas – Contractor hired at a price of $47.5 thousand to do an Area D (OK Falls/Kaleden/Apex) governance study. Winning bid Leftside Partners.
Directors gave final approval to extend lease to Home Hardware in Osoyoos for its use of a Main Street building set to be a Museum after 2020.
3. On the fire scene many motions to senior government and thank-yous to fire fighters. Councillor Judy Sentes of Penticton asked the Board Chair to write in support of statements made by provincial politicians about drones and careless use of cigerettes. The letter idea received total support.
4. Declaration of States of Emergency in Area A and B confirmed today in accordance with the law.
The Testalinda Fire is threatening land in the Similkameen (B) and has done lots of damage in the Richter Pass area (A). Motion carried.
Many communities tried to make Economic Development work and to show that the investment of tax dollars is worth it.
Osoyoos, Oliver, Ok Falls and other small communities have toyed with it but ultimately cut that budget and got some one inside or some one outside the organization to do parts of that job.
Like a Chamber of Commerce in Summerland, Destinations in Osoyoos etc.
At a recent RDOS meeting a joint services proposal for Economic Development in the whole region was passed and sent out to municipal members – many of which were cool to the idea. Not sure where that will go.
Economic Development is sometimes thought as a bottomless pit – a cash drain.
Most communities have a planning, development services, building official office where the bulk
of economic building is discussed and approved.
Penticton – a large city is now the only area that has a fully staffed Economic Development Office – but that too comes under a lot of criticism as a agency that gives out grants and promotes tourist opportunities.
John Powell had worked in Okanagan Falls as Economic Development Officer for five years. Powell has been associated with Community Futures and the SO Chamber of Commerce.
His Economic Development position terminated. Employment lost. Plans a foot.
Powell and Area D Director Tom Siddon did not return electronic communication yesterday.
Siddon stated early in August that the Okanagan Falls office would be restructured – becoming more responsive to local needs – a one-stop-shop.
Denise Melenka, rural area clerk will work out of the office and she says the need for Economic Development has diminished and that Siddon wants a complete rural service format.
The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen is looking for a Rural Services Manager reporting to Mark Woods, Community Services Manager. That new position would occupy the space in OK Falls as well.
Position: To facilitate all Area “D” community initiatives; identifying and fostering development opportunities; securing funding for Area “D” development activities and programs; ensuring public input into development plans and projects; and administering and monitoring community empowerment initiatives. The successful incumbent will supervise recreation, administrative, and tourism office personnel to ensure community goals and requirements are met.
To the best of our knowledge this issue not discussed or reported on at the RDOS board and ODN hopes to gather more information on the “shake-up” shortly.
Today the final go ahead on a governance review for OK Falls and Area D. The area is broad with Apex, Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Okanagan Falls, Vaseux, Heritage Hills and even a slice of the Penticton area on the north east corner.
In March – Powell quoted as saying: “The nature of my job requires me to regularly travel to meet with clients and attend meetings throughout the working week. This unfortunately means that I have to lock the office during the work day. I apologies for the inconvenience this may cause you. To improve my service to you, I would like to encourage anyone that wants to meet with me, to please call or email me (see below) in advance to arrange an appointment.
If you want to discuss items raised in this article further, find out more about the role of the economic development office, talk about the work I’m currently doing, get assistance with RDOS-related matters or other related questions, please contact John Powell”
Late in July – Siddon quoted as saying: “Restructuring the Okanagan Falls Office ~ As some of you may
have heard, we’ve decided to reorganize the function and purpose of the RDOS office located in the IGA shopping centre in downtown Okanagan Falls. For the past several years, this office has been largely
devoted to promoting economic development under the capable leadership of John Powell, following the closure of the Weyerhaueser mill in 2007.
We’re now moving toward a more comprehensive and locally responsive form of service delivery, using the Okanagan Falls office as a “one stop shop” for a range of community programs and services within Area ‘D’; these will include matters of land use, community development, seniors services, transit and transportation,tourism, parks and recreation, public safety and other services asneeded.
Presently RDOS Human Resources is searching for a well-qualified individual to manage the Rural Services Office in Okanagan Falls…..
Words of Appreciation to John Powell ~ On behalf of the ratepayers of Area ‘D’ and all those clients who he has served so effectively these past five years, I offer my sincere words of gratitude….John, we all thank you sincerely and wish you well in your future career path.”
Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was likely caught by flames as they battled a blaze Wednesday in Washington state.
Four other firefighters were injured.
The casualties came as firefighters on several fronts fought against raging wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state.
The accident occurred near the town of Twisp.
“It was a hellstorm up here,” said Country Sheriff Frank Rogers “The fire was racing and the winds were blowing in every direction and then it would shift. … It was tough on ’em up here.”
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You have had your computer for a long time and been reading ODN for many years. BUT
At the bottom of every long page IN the right hand corner the words NEXT Page.
If you press that bottom you go back in time. If you keep doing that for a long time you will arrive back in 2011. About 20 thousand items are there.
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Use the on-board search engine or even google like this “Ron Hovanes + oliverdailynews” and items will come up on any search engine of your choice.
Today I adjusted the links on the left hand column to add more ways for you to find a story or item posted in the last 3 days.
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Recent news events involved Testalinda Creek and news media consistently report erroneously used the name “Testalinden,” apparently drawn from geographical naming lists under control of the British Columbia Geographical Names Office and the Geographical Names Board of Canada.
British Columbia’s Geographical Naming Principles, Policy and Procedures states “NAMES IN GENERAL PUBLIC USE
(a) First priority shall be given to names with long-standing local usage by the general public. Unless there are good reasons to the contrary, this policy should prevail.
(b) Where long-established forms of names on maps and in records conflict with extensive, preferred local usage, the latter should prevail unless it is believed that confusion might occur, derogatory or pejorative forms might result, or for some other reason the local name does not serve the public interest.”
This petition seeks to restore the correct name of “Testalinda.”
Press the link above
Ted Hopkins, former Oliver and Testalinda area resident
Information regarding the Kettle Valley Railroad (KVR) which is under review.
I am not in favor of creating a hike and bike corridor on the KVR:
Starting at Vaseux Lake (where there is no bridge)
Below the Dam it crosses the river (where there is no bridge)
After crossing it goes though a piece of Indian Reserve, and the RDOS therefore has no jurisdiction.
Closer to the Town of Oliver the grade has been turned into a Dike for the new River restoration.
In the Town the land has been ether purchased or leased.
At the end of Sawmill Road there is swamp land beside the packing house. It will destroy a valuable piece of environmental important area. Testalinden creek will have to be bridged where it can potentially interrupt flood control measures.
From Road 9 to Rd 22 the grade has been leased to farmers (ten years) where the government collects lease fees and also taxes.
Farmers do not want hike & bike trails between their lands.
The government has leased in order to preserve a transportation corridor. Some lease applications are now being processed with a fee already paid.
The track from the head of Osoyoos Lake to Osoyoos is in private hands and therefore will never covert to a hike & bike trail.
The RDOS trail proposals are not sensible and propose a high cost for development. This trail will be used only by a small percentage of our population.
New roadway needed. Is the passing lane at road 22 a part of a plan to upgrade highway 97 to 3 or 4 lanes at the cost of present farmland? The development of the KVR plans will give the highways department no choice. If a paved 2 lane road on KVR right away was developed it would provide a side road for Tractors and Equipment and Transport Trucks to stay off 97 and a way to get to Oliver’s Commercial Centre.
The present cyclists prefer to go over Road 9 Bridge to the Black Sage vineyards to enjoy the wineries and the view, then on to Road 22. Will cyclist complain when sprayed with products like fixed copper, copper sulfate, black ferbam and others? Will cyclist complain about animal’s state of health, penning and pastures and farm Dogs.
I have seen in the last decade urban concepts pressed upon this rural area costing farming finances and procedures to be burdensome to the point of ending an era of family farming which began in 1920 with the building of the Irrigation Canal.
The lands have been posted with a short time for letters of protests.