Archives for November 6, 2016
His Osoyoos Coyotes dropped a pair of Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League games over the weekend, falling out of first place in the process.
Friday at the Nor-Val Centre in Armstrong, the hometown Knights scored a power play goal with just 3;37 left in regulation, giving North Okanagan a 3-2 victory over Osoyoos.
After the Knights took a 2-0 lead, Carter Shannon and Daniel Stone scored in the final seven minutes of the second period to tie the game, only to see the potential of picking up road points evaporate with North Okanagan’s late third-period goal.
Judd Repole earned a pair of assists for the Coyotes, who had just 22 shots on goal.
Saturday, back at Sun Bowl Arena, sole possession of top spot in the Okanagan Division was on the line when the Coyotes hosted Summerland.
Each team entered the game with 22 points and was looking for the upper hand early.
The night got underway perfectly for the hometown Coyotes when Ryan Roseboom scored just 21 seconds into the game.
But the Steam battled back and held a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
A Summerland goal 1:41 into the third period turned out to be the first of four unanswered goals by the visitors, giving them a 7-2 victory over the Coyotes in front of 363 fans at Sun Bowl Arena.
Kaleb Comishin scored the other Osoyoos goal, while Colin Bell had a pair of helpers.
The Coyotes fell to 11-5 with the two weekend losses, and trail Summerland by two points with one game in hand.
Osoyoos visits Kelowna Friday and hosts Princeton Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Bowl Arena
SOSS finished with a win, a loss and a tie in the round robin, losing 5-0 to top-seed Crofton House.
In their opening playoff game, the Hornets fell 5-0 to second-seeded Collingwood.
But South Okanagan bounced back with a pair of wins to wrap up the Provincials.
The Hornets beat Brentwood 1-0 in a shootout, which put them into a game to determine the seventh and eighth seeds.
In their final game of the season, and final high school game for those graduating players, the Hornets came through with a 3-0 shutout of Southridge.
Congratulations to the Hornets field hockey team on an excellent season.
Members of the public are invited to attend an information session next Wednesday regarding using fences to protect species at risk in the Osoyoos West Bench.
Provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations staff will be available to answer questions and provide more detail about plans to erect fencing in the area around three species at risk in an effort to conserve and manage the Okanagan region’s species at risk and biodiversity.
The Osoyoos West Bench is a parcel of Crown land approximately 470 hectares in size. It is bordered by the Town of Osoyoos and South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area. This area is unique in the South Okanagan for its variety of landscape features and plant communities, providing habitat for several at-risk species.
The species targeted for protection are Great Basin spadefoot tadpoles and two at-risk plant species – Grand Coulee owl-clover and annual paintbrush.
Proposed fences will be wooden post with two rails to ensure that fencing blends in with the natural landscape and does not pose a barrier to wildlife movement. Fence areas are small (less than 1.5 hectares combined) and will not block frequently used trails or roads currently used for livestock movement and by recreationalists.
The informal drop-in information session is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. November 9 at the Sonora Community Centre in Osoyoos.
Andy and Sam Marsel came away the big winners at the annual Fireball event, hosted by the Oliver Fire Department Saturday evening at the Oliver Community Centre.
The board was full at the start of the night, and one by one, names were pulled off until Andy and Sam were left standing.
Their take – a cool $10,000.
The smiles say it all.
Congratulations to Andy and Sam.
The newest accommodation in town is really modern and has all the bells and whistles you could wish for in a state of the art facility.
There is lots of well lit, secure parking, even several recharging stations for electric cars and is nicely landscaped. The cuisine will feature fresh, home grown veggies which are picked right out of the back yard.
The fully inclusive package includes three meals a day, free tea and coffee available most of the time, complimentary laundry service, exercise equipment, all sorts of board games, free computer access and, of course, a tv in every room.
Oliver has long needed a bigger place for accommodation and it has finally come in the form or our new prison.
This week I joined the 3000 people who were taken on the tour of the new corrections unit and, I must say I was impressed. Three security officers accompanied about 25 visitors on the tour, two of the officers gave a very informative portrayal of what happens to an inmate from arrival to inception.
After his arrival into a bright reception area, the prisoner showers, puts on a red prison uniform, goes through a complete body scanner, to ensure no drugs or weapons are being smuggled in, then he goes for a medical exam. This also includes a psychiatric assessment.
There is then an interview to assess the inmate for placement into a work program. There are numerous options for employment from simple laundry work, various workshops where they can learn a skill and even growing the herbs and vegetables in the two huge on-site greenhouses.
Computerised learning programs and even basic reading skills are taught, so there is an opportunity for everyone to find a suitable program. If work or learning skills are completed in a timely fashion, the inmate receives a very small payment which can be used to purchase items from the canteen. Successfully completing the programs also counts to a chance of early release. Refusal to comply goes against a favourable report for early release.
Our tour included a visit to the living areas of the minimum security unit, each unit or pod, is divided into four separate housing areas of three floors, each unit containing accommodation for thirty six people. Each area has an exercise yard which is totally enclosed by high concrete walls. The only view is the sky, through the barred roof.
Cells are very basic, two concrete bunks with a thin mattress. A shelf which could house a computer, a steel toilet and a small, wall mounted tv, this is enclosed in a steel and plexiglass case, hopefully to prevent breakage. Each bunk has a small window, the window I looked out of had a view of a concrete wall, not very inspiring but maybe the higher floors had a valley view.
The prison is going to take one inmate per cell for the time being, for a total of three hundred plus inmates, but they are prepared to double that number, if need be. There is a separate unit which can house up to sixteen females, however, this is for pre-trial stay only. Women who are sentenced to serve time will be taken to Allouette prison, in Maple Ridge.
Visits with family are done via a computer monitor, the visitor stays on the ground floor, using a video screen, the prisoner stays in his housing unit and talks via another monitor. This lack of contact is another measure to prevent the passing of drugs. With constant good behaviour the inmate can earn the right to a personal visit, across a table.
The guards giving the tour seem optimistic about creating an environment where prisoners can be taught to be productive members of society, we can only hope that the new facility can have a good success rate and manages to do this.
The whole place seems very secure with 1700 cameras and very forbidding steel doors, fencing looks very formidable and is very high. The greenhouse area and the fact of work parties being around the community seem to be an area of concern but, hopefully, will be securely guarded. Two huge generators will kick in should there be a power outage so those who are meant to be locked inside remain there.
It is ultra modern with state of the art equipment, however, I sincerely hope that this will be my one and only visit to our new “hotel.”