One car with rear end fire. Extinguished quickly by Oliver Fire Department.
Cause of fire not known.
Several uniformed officers, along with plain clothes officers and a police service dog reportedly moved in on the motel on Tuesday as a the group arrived in a pickup truck.
Two men and two women, all reportedly known to police, are facing several charges from the arrests, which produced a handgun, a long gun, various types of ammunition and a large amount of suspected stolen property, believed to have come from a number of break-and-enters.
Oliver resident Waylon Faulhafer, 24, is facing several firearms related offences, driving offences and possession of stolen property charges, and was also wanted for arrest for a break-and-enter in Valemont, B.C.
Okanagan Falls resident Jesse McKnight, 27, of Okanagan Falls is facing two firearms related offences, while 30-year-old Chelsey Thortensen of Oliver is facing a firearms related offence.
All three are in custody with a court date on Jan. 12, while the fourth person arrested was released on a promise to appear.
“Anytime that we can seize illegal firearms and get them off of the streets is a good thing,” said Cst. Heather Ritcey of the (TE)Unit.
There were apple orchards from the US Border to Vernon. These orchards had only 40 trees per acre planted in perfectly straight rows 40 feet apart in every direction.
These apple trees were giants. They had to use 20 foot long orchard ladders to prune, thin and pick the apples from them.
What kind of apples grew on these trees? Winesap, Common Delicious, Newton. Now days you don’t even hear of these names, but then they produced millions of “ apple boxes “. They were picked in late September and October. The Oliver area was flooded with pickers, mainly from the Grand Forks area.
Like any fruit, apples start ripening, losing their crispness as soon as they are removed from the trees. These Winesaps, Newtons, Common Delicious held their good qualities for two or three months.
We had seven packing plants in the Oliver area. They were known by their names, Southern Co-op, Haynes, Mac & Fitz etc, only the Oliver Co-op Growers was known to everybody as “ the packing house”. Every grower had to belong to one of the packing plants.
The packing plants had cold storages, where the air temperature was kept around freezing point to slow down the ripening process of the apples. This helped somewhat, nevertheless, the apples had to be sold by the end of March.
B.C. Tree Fruits Ltd. was the sales agency. All the apples were sold by them, no apples were allowed out of the Okanagan in large quantities only through the sales agency.
We had railroad tracks between Penticton and Osoyoos. The train dropped off the requested number of cars every morning at every packing plant. These cars were cooled by ice, so they had to be loaded so the air could circulate between the rows.
At the Co-op 7-9 cars got loaded every day, each contained 840 packed boxes. At the end of the day the train collected the loaded cars and they were on their way to practically every part of the world.
“Finding Beauty- Life in a Small Town”
Leza Macdonald Art Gallery
January 18th from 6 pm – 8 pm
Admission is free
Delayed in the mail
Five grade 12 students from SOSS went on an adventure and cut down a large Christmas tree for the main entrance of the school. The boys travelled up logging road 201 above Okanagan Falls, and brought the tree back down on the sled deck of a truck. Thanks to Tyson Marsel, Devon Nemeth, Noah Anderson, Daelen Bontorin, and Josh Agostinho, for their generosity in bringing the spirit of the season to SOSS.
Mrs. Harrington says “Around Christmas time we have lots of spirit activities for both staff and students. We put on a Christmas play, and have spirit days in a theme to do with Christmas. The staff members do secret Santa and their new activity this year was known as the teacher scavenger hunt. Each year we create a Christmas store full of items donated by the staff, so that the kids from the poorer families can have gifts for their families. SOSS has a strong Christmas tradition and I enjoy hearing the joy and laughter coming from the students. Everybody is enjoying and participating in the fun activities that are going on”.
Photos and story: Ali Lantz
FOOD SECURE OLIVER PLAN
Oliver is seeking input from people and organizations across greater Oliver to provide feedback to the draft Food Secure Oliver Plan. The Food Secure Oliver Plan encompasses an approach that looks at the overall local food system and contains five levels of information: the vision, goals, strategies, objectives, and ideas. It’s vision – “Healthy, locally sourced food is available to all and is at the heart of a diverse community culture and the local economy”.
People and organizations across greater Oliver are invited to provide their input on the
“It is recognized that household food insecurity cannot be resolved with food security programs or plans, alone. Systemic changes are needed for everyone to be able to access the food they need, when they need it, without relying on emergency food sources. While areas such as household income are largely out of the jurisdiction of communities and local governments, there are many ways that Oliver can begin to address food security while also creating advocacy action around the root causes of food insecurity”, said Mayor Ron Hovanes.
Food Secure Oliver is intended to guide community planning for increasing food security for the next 10 years.
PO Box 638 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 • Tel:250.495.6200 • Fax:250.498.4466 • www.oliver.ca
Create a community food culture that values our agricultural heritage, food quality, cooking and preserving skills, food traditions, and the importance of eating together.
Local Food Economy:
Strengthen the local economy by supporting economic opportunities across the food system.
Recognize the need for and expand dignified access to healthy and safe food as a basic human right for all residents.
Foster sustainable food growing, hunting, fishing, and foraging practices.
Build capacity through leadership, innovation, and collaboration to advance community food security.