Liberals win most seats and the popular vote. Green with 3 seats.
Christy Clark: ” I will continue to lead.”
Picture 10 pm at Silver Sage – victory party for Larson
Upon examining the recent washout alongside Fairview Road where one starts over towards Cawston, one can see many newly exposed water lines, most of which are decades old, some as deep as 3 to 4 feet. The ones which are most interesting are the oldest, badly rusted iron ones, which as evidenced by the holes rusted through them, are long past their days of carrying water.
Area 27 to address noise with ‘better mufflers’
By ROY WOOD
According to the top guy at the Area 27 race track east of Oliver, the solution to fears of noise from roaring engines is as simple as putting better mufflers on the loudest cars and motorcycles.
Area 27 president and general manager Bill Drossos told town council Monday the track has conducted extensive testing of the sound levels emanating from the site.
He said cars and motorcycles that emit sound at the 100-decibel level could barely be heard in town. When noise levels, measured near the track, reach 110 decibels locals “might hear something.”
As a result, he said, the track “is probably going to set a limit, probably at around 104 decibels. … (We’ll just) tell these guys to ‘put a better muffler on that car.’”
Drossos was invited to speak to council following an April meeting at which concerns were raised about noise heard in the town on the April 4 weekend.
On Monday, Drossos didn’t address the noise issue until asked about it by a member of council.
Instead, he spent most of his time extolling the benefits of Area 27 to the Oliver and Osoyoos business communities, particularly hotels, wineries, restaurants and high-end auto mechanics.
He noted “six to eight million dollars in real estate transactions,” as Area 27 club members purchase recreational properties or, in some cases, move here.
He described the club as “just like a yacht club or a golf club,” for people who like to drive fast cars. At a $45,000 entry fee and $3,000 to $4,000 in annual dues, it would be a pretty exclusive golf club.
Sales have been brisk, Drossos indicated, with just 57 left from a capped membership of 300. He expects the sell the remainder by the end of the year.
Wineries, particularly those with attached restaurants, stand to do a lot of business from Area 27 members and from the various “corporate events” the venue is actively seeking. Drossos described a recent corporate outing at which one of the wealthy diners was so taken by a local Riesling that he bought the entire vintage.
The spillover publicity received by the South Okanagan from Area 27 coverage in high-end auto magazines will be considerable, he said. “”(These editors) are going to expose the Okanagan to the whole world.”
At least one area mechanic shop has “changed its business model” to specialize in Area 27 member racecars. Storing and taking care of these cars has become something of a cottage industry, he said.
Drossos described the attached driving school – Academy 27 – as “probably the top driver training (school) in North America.” A notable achievement, having opened in September last year and being closed for the winter.
The school, he pointed out, is now open to the public and even has some cars – BMWs and Cameros – available or those without their own race car. A two-and-a-half day course costs $2,600 plus GST, not including car rental.
Nelly and I had a wonderful 17 day visit in Oliver several weeks ago.
One of highlights was when we visited the Oliver Cemetery. I must commend the Town of Oliver for the marvelous way the cemetery has been organized. There is a kiosk where one is able to look up the location of whatever plot you want to visit. Every grave and marker is in its family section. For example, Wally and Auntie Kay’s markers are side by side and my grandpa Smith and his wife, Auntie Ellie have side by side graves.
We also listened with interest to the latest controversial issues such as the race track noise and the impending Centennial Park sale. The race track issue is something I can address here. In Edmonton we live half a kilometer from a major freeway. To us the sound of the whooshing cars is like a roaring river and we hardly hear it. Only when a noisy motorcycle goes by do we remember where we are.
To me the Nk’Mip race track sounded like buzzing bees and in no time we got used to it.
Someone asked me if I heard the racetrack that day and I said that I hadn’t noticed it. I also remembered that the noise is the sound of money being made which is another way to look at it.
Back in Edmonton, I was searching Wally’s columns while looking for something of historic note when I came across a wonderful piece honoring former Chief Manuel Louie. Wally wrote it on February 23 of 1967. He mentions a colleague named KD Woodworth. The column is titled The Chief is Dead.
The Chief is Dead
When I first met him back in the mid ’30’s Manuel Louie was in his prime. Tall, broad shouldered and clear eyed, he was the picture of good health. The man who was later chosen to be chief of his tribe was unlike most Indians in that he never used words sparingly for he loved to talk.
Because of his penchant for jolly conversation, KD Woodworth and I sometimes referred to him as Manuel the loquacious. KD, who had a flair for the unusual, learned that Manuel was something of a story teller, and he persuaded the big, good natured friend to recount some of the Indian folklore tales while we set them down on a typewriter.
A date and an hour was set for the session of story telling, and at the appointed time we arrived at Manuel’s home on the McKinney Road where the historic trail leaves the dusty valley and starts the climb into the cool green hills.
Manuel had the soul of an artist. For him it wasn’t enough just to tell a story. To give it full justice the story had to be told in the right environment. He left KD and me sitting in the living room and in about five minutes he re-appeared in full regalia, wearing beaded buckskin jacket and moccasins, and a feathered headdress.
I had the feeling that Manuel would have preferred a setting beside a campfire deep in the woods with a star studded sky overhead. But he settled for a compromise and seated himself in a comfortable chair while KD set up his typewriter and placed extra sheets of paper nearby.
Many of the Indian tales began with the words, “A long time ago,” and that was the opening of this one which was the story of ” How the Skunk Got His Smell. ”
Manuel knew his story well, and he told it in a slow deliberate style, pausing briefly now and then while KD’s flying fingers flitted over the keyboard in an effort to keep up with the words of the story teller.
This was no easy task, as I learned when I took my turn at the keyboard. We had to make many abbreviations and leave out words and even sacrifice whole phrases in order to keep close behind the tale as it unfolded in Manuel’s deep and resonant voice.
The story came to an end; Manuel doffed his regalia, and like a gracious host that he was, invited us to remain for a cup of tea which his good wife was even then preparing.
During the course of several weeks KD got half a dozen Indian folklore tales from Manuel, whipped them into shape for radio production, and sold the series to the C.B.C.
Years later, when Chief Narcise Baptiste died, Manuel was the logical choice to head the tribe for he possessed a fund of common sense, wisdom, and good nature that made him stand out above other members of the Nk’Mip people.
Time passes, the grim reaper takes his toll, and now Chief Manuel has been gathered to his fathers. I raise a farewell salute to a fine gentleman and a raconteur of rare ability.
Wally’s column ends here.
From what I remember of Chief Manuel Louie, he was in touch with nature. Wally called upon him to help deal with the pesky beavers which were cutting down his fruit trees. Chief Manuel recognized each beaver sign and by examining the trails the beavers left, even called them by name, such as ” Three Toes ” who had once left two toes in one of his traps.
Chief Manuel declined to help at that time because the season was wrong, it was spring and the pelt would be wasted so he refused to be part of squandering a valuable resource. Wally would have to wait for winter if he was to have Chief Manuel’s help. Wally couldn’t wait and had to deal with the beavers now, but that is another story.
Vote as you please.
Every four years you get to chose to remain with the same old, or renew, find something new.
I voted. Have you?
By ROY WOOD
About 100 people dropped by the Elks Hall Monday evening hoping to get information or to vent their unhappiness about the proposal for a new hotel on the Centennial RV Park site.
What was billed as a question-and-answer session turned out to be an informal, quasi-social affair with Oliver council members and senior staff mingling with skeptical townsfolk and chatting up the positive aspects of the development.
One unhappy attendee said he had expected a panel of people and a microphone so the public could ask questions. “And I wanted to give them a piece of my mind,” he said.
At issue is a proposal for a $10-million, 80-room hotel on the town-owned site occupied by the Centennial RV Park, west of the Okanagan River and north of Fairview Road.
Ron Mundi, who owns the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre, has agreed to buy the site for $572,000 in cash and improvements. His hotel would benefit from about $330,000 in municipal tax exemptions over 10 years.
Monday’s question-and-answer session was scheduled as a lead-up to a public hearing into an Official Community Plan amendment and rezoning to allow the development to proceed. The hearing, however, had to be postponed because the town failed to meet its public notice requirements.
It has been re-scheduled for May 23. It will be preceded by another Q&A, this one with a panel to answer questions and nametags for council and senior staff.
Most of the people at the Monday’s session seemed generally in favour of a new hotel for Oliver, but opposed to losing the Centennial Park site.
Councillor Mo Doerr wasn’t surprised that most of the comments she heard were negative. “All the nay-sayers are here,” she said.
Town chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan said that she was “getting people from both sides.” The main reasons for the objections, she said, was the concern about losing park space, even though the site has never been a public park.
Resident Melba McGeachy said she would be sad to lose the trees in the RV park and even though she doesn’t use the area herself, she enjoys “seeing the people using and enjoying the park.”
One of the arguments that anti-hotel voices cite is a collection of trees that they purport was given to the town as part of the 1958 BC centennial celebration. A “fact sheet” handed out by the town at the Q&A said there is “no proof that the trees planted belong to another province or territory; nothing proves that they were planted for another purpose than beautification.”
McGeachy said she was a friend of the late Rose Shingler, a member of the town’s centennial committee. “I’m here for Rose,” she said.
There were some hotel proponents present at Monday’s session, including Jill Lawson of the Oliver Tourism Association.
She cited the economic benefits of the hotel, particularly in relation to downtown revitalization, jobs and capturing tourist dollars in the town. “We are losing tourists to Penticton and Osoyoos,” she said.
People attending Monday’s Q&A were invited to fill out a “feedback form” on whether they support the OCP and zoning changes.
Cowan said about 50 were collected and, once the addresses are checked, they will be collated and put in the “public hearing folder” for members of council, who will ultimately make the decision.
Council later in the evening reversed a decision and will hold a short question and answer session prior to the public hearing May 23 at 5:30pm at the Elks Hall.