Archives for May 2018
MOTORCYCLE RIDERS SUPPORT THE OS Neurological Society
Okanagan Motorcycle Riders Association (OMRA) are once again supporting the Child and Youth Development Centre in raffling a brand new 2018 Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail. Money raised from this raffle goes to support the development programs offered by the OSNS to children throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen.
The raffle bike will be available for viewing and to purchase tickets at the Oliver Canadian tire Friday Saturday and Sunday, May 25, 26 and 27 The raffle draw will be June 24. One of their most popular fundraising projects is the raffle of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, supported by OMRA.
OMRA is a group of motorcycle enthusiast who have consistently supported the OSNS with the Harley Motorcycle Raffle.
The weeks of flooding stories and media are starting to make us wonder if it will ever end. For almost two months, we have watched neighborhoods and residents try to manage what, for some, has been a repeat performance of last year, and for others, a new and totally devastating experience.
Throughout all this time an incredibly knowledgeable and hardworking staff from several government agencies and ministries have been working around the clock to support residents and mitigate damage.
In the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen getting an Emergency Operations Centre up and running was done quickly and efficiently as many involved had experience from last year’s flooding. Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the Ministry of Highways, Environment, Forests and Lands and First Nations were all brought into the operation very quickly. Paul Edmonds has done an excellent job managing Emergency Operations out of the Penticton RDOS.
When possible, I have met those impacted by the flood and toured most of the areas affected. As the Legislature is sitting in Victoria, I have also been able to meet with all Ministry Staff on a regular basis and forward requests for assistance to the appropriate Ministries. I will continue to do so as we all work through a recovery and rebuild process.
We are all very grateful for the men and women of the BC Forest Fire Services who were here very quickly supplying the much needed bodies to help with all aspects of flood control. And now the Canadian Military has been deployed around our region and all of BC as flooding continues, allowing many of the Forest Service’s personnel to leave and prepare to fight fires already starting around the Province.
Flood water is “nonpartisan”. It goes where ever it wants, whenever it wants. Starting in Willowbrook weeks ago, it has continued to damage properties and infrastructure. Local champions like Michelle Weisheit continue to raise issues that need to be addressed by all levels of governments looking to the future of flood control. Coral Brown and her volunteers at Twin Lakes have lobbied for years for a better storage and flood management plan for their Watershed.
The water has been unforgiving- taking the path of least resistance- as the people of Sportsman’s Bowl can attest to and those in Park Rill, as the water made its way to the river. Every community in my riding of Boundary-Similkameen has been under a state of emergency and continues to be until the snow pack is gone. Okanagan Falls residents along Shuttleworth Creek were forced to a hasty retreat, and while it was only temporary, the damage had been done.
In Princeton, the rising Tulameen River forced many evacuations and from Princeton to Hedley, Keremeos, Cawston and the Lower Similkameen First Nations, the unpredictable Similkameen River and incredibly high ground water continues to be a major concern.
And all that water ends up in Osoyoos Lake. A “ thumbs up “ to Mayor Sue McKortoff who not only filled sandbags on Mother’s Day, but made sure the press put out a good news story about the Tourist Attractions not impacted by flood waters in Osoyoos for the May Holiday weekend.
Special thanks to the Keremeos Elks who put on a great rodeo and parade, in spite of the ongoing flood issues.
We have for years allowed people and whole communities to develop and build on what is traditionally a “flood plain”. This is the second year that flooding has occurred in these areas and going forward there does not appear to be an end in sight. The ground water continued to remain above the old norms last year even after a long hot summer- starting this year’s flood season with the ground already saturated. Will it be any different next year?
There will be several meetings when this flood season is over and I know it is important for all of you to be involved in the talks going forward. It is time to draw on the “local knowledge” to ensure a flood mitigation plan that will have positive results.
Please stay away from our very dangerous rivers for the next several weeks and thank you to all who stepped up to help out your neighbour’s over the past several weeks.
MLA Linda Larson
Tonight MP Richard Cannings’ Bill C-354 an Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, (Use of Wood) passed its final vote in the House of Commons. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for debate. Bill C-354 proposes to require the federal government to consider the use of wood in federal infrastructure projects, taking into account the associated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by using wood products or other environmental measures.
“I want to thank all of my colleagues from all parties who supported C-354 and worked with me through out to make this bill the best it could be” said Cannings. “It’s gratifying to see so many MPs from so many different backgrounds rally around this measure that will help sustain the Canadian forestry sector and promote environmentally friendly construction.”
The bill will now go to the Senate for debate, to commence at a date yet to be determined. “I look forward to working with the members of the Upper Chamber towards the passage of this important piece of legislation.” said Cannings.
“In South Okanagan – West Kootenay, we know that the forest industry is the important to many of our communities. Companies like Structurlam show us daily that the wood building sector is on the cutting edge of new, green building solutions. I am proud to advocate for this sector, for the solutions they are bringing forward and to support the community-sustaining jobs that they bring to our communities.”
Ongoing flood risk from this season’s snow pack is primarily associated with the remaining mid-to-upper elevation snowpack. In low-to-mid elevation watersheds, snow melt risks have subsided.
Except for watersheds draining high mountain terrain, risks from snow melt are expected to last another 1-3 weeks. This primarily includes the Okanagan Lake system, Fraser River, South Thompson River (including Shuswap Lake and Mabel Lake), North Thompson River and Kootenay region.
Future risks of flooding beyond that period will largely be the associated with heavy rainfall events. The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor snow pack conditions and will provide an updated seasonal flood risk forecast in the June 1st 2018 bulletin, which is scheduled for release on June 7th.
BC River Forecast Centre
In cooperation with the Oliver RCMP and School District #53, members of the RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services Unit have begun a new approach to local school bus enforcement.
Yesterday, May 22nd, a uniformed officer boarded the bus (bringing back fond memories) and rode with students in areas of Oliver and Okanagan Falls. The officer looked for violators of Section 149 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act (failure to stop for school bus) and other traffic safety concerns within the vicinity of the bus.
An unmarked police vehicle was in the area and responded to radio calls from the officer aboard the bus. The students were eager to assist, giving Cst. Fahlman 30 extra sets of eyes to enhance his enforcement abilities….
The RCMP plan to continue with random ride-alongs and taking appropriate enforcement actions to keep our children safe. We would like to take this opportunity to remind our local drivers of the related law and also ask the public to report violators (licence plate, description of vehicle, offence details) to your local RCMP immediately.
Cpl Ryan Mcleod
A/NC Officer i/c
South Okanagan Traffic Services
Have a look for yourself next time in our freezer section
On 3rd of May I was informed by Caroline Wallace that an aquaintance had seen and photographed a Long-billed Curlew on the Baseball area of Oliver Park. Caroline arranged for images to be sent to me by the photographer Ila Kurnik, and indeed, as identified – a Long-billed Curlew. Ila understands that there are two birds and kindly gave me permission to use the image attached to this note.
The Long-billed Curlew has traditionaly bred in the south Okanagan, but, like its cousin in the Western Palearctic ( Eurasian Curlew), populations are decreasing. My first sighting of the species in the Okanagan was of a couple flying south over Manuel’s flats on 25th May 1997 when I was visiting Canada. I also saw them there on 7th of May in 2001. My first ever sighting of the species was at Keremeos on 21st May 1997 whilst on my way to Osoyoos.
Once upon a time regular breeders at White Lake, I have never seen one there in the 17 years I have lived in Oliver. They breed (or did) on the Indian reserve south of Road 22 and indeed still breed spasmodically at Rd 22 per se.
So what is it (they?) doing by the baseball area? Well, my guess is that a pair may be breeding on one of the meadows just south of the bridge and they are using the manicured grass as an easy site to find food – especially with the high water table currently prevailing.
I saw a single individual there on 8th May at 07.10 hrs.
Keep your eyes open – especially by the baseball area.
The ever-popular Chupa Cabra II (driven by Polara Pat McInnis of Nelson) and Frank Egli’s 1935 Chevy coupe (from Salmon Arm) launch hard from the starting line at WCRA drag race #1-Osoyoos
There are those times in life. You know them, THOSE times. All you need is a little escape from reality. Whether your work is keeping your nose to the grindstone, flooding is getting you down, or your life needs a wee pick-me-up in general, there is someplace you can go. The volunteers of Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) are getting Richter Pass Motorplex geared-up, out-fitted and ready to host the second race of the 2018 drag racing season in the South Okanagan Valley.
The speed junkies from near and far will gather at the Osoyoos,BC airport on Sunday, June 3 to show off their hot cars. Let’s see what a little friendly competition can do to your average, everyday house wife or your neighbourhood mechanic when race day rolls around. Centered around good fun and great times, the drag racers are sure to put on a show to please the crowd all day long.
Spectators can enjoy the scrumptious eats at the concession stand while watching side by side 1/8 mile drag racing from 11 a.m. with elimination rounds starting at 1 p.m.
Gates open at 9 a.m., but not only for spectators. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like… If you’ve thought your car is fast… If you want to have some drag racing fun in the desert you are welcome to come race. New racers are encouraged to come early to register, pass their car through technical inspection and have a chance to chat and get to know the place.
Get June started off on the right foot, with the right foot pressing the accelerator straight down, hard to the metal. Ten bucks gets you through the front gate. Remember, youngsters 12 and under are free, with an adult.
You have 4 chances to feel the rumble with WCRA in 2018
Now… LET’S RACE!
Oliver Lions & Lioness
ALL PROCEEDS TO DOG GUIDES WALK
Sunday MAY 27 @ LIONS PARK
Dog Walk registration @ 0900, Walk @ 0930 A.M. – Come and walk even if you don’t have a dog
First ever Oliver, Woof-Stock Festival, to raise money & awareness for DOG GUIDES! Among the planned events:
Official opening of the off leash Park for Dogs in Lions Park; cake and ribbon cutting, along with some dog agility, skate board event.
Fish pond for the little kids; Music,Food & Fun.
SO COME FOR THE WALK; STAY FOR THE FUN
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The Town of Osoyoos is actively working on a plan to get residents who were evacuated during the recent flooding of Osoyoos Lake, back into their homes.
The water has been successfully removed from this road through Gabion Baskets and pumps. Crews are now cleaning up the area and a rapid damage assessment crew will be heading out to these properties to assess them for damage and clear them for occupancy. Please be patient during this time and only allow staff carrying proper credentials into your home. These properties remain on Evacuation Order until cleared by Town officials. It is hoped that this order will be removed before the end of this week. Fortis Gas will be working with the Town to assess the safety of turning gas back on to these properties as well.
Harbour Key and 5805, 5809, 5810, and 5812 Cottonwood
This street remains flooded and will not be assessed for re-entry of all residents until the water recedes (with the exception of two properties*). Residents are being advised they are still under Evacuation Order and if they have chosen to remain in their homes they must not use their sewer services. Some residents in the area have been experiencing sewer backup in their homes due to use of the system by their neighbours. Please be respectful of your neighbours and discontinue use. The Town will be looking at enforcement measures if residents continue to use the sewer system.
*Two properties on Harbour Key that are no longer affected by the road flooding or sewer shut off will be assessed in the next day or two. These residents will be notified by Town crews and Fortis Gas of inspections.
6404 Cottonwood and 7702 Main Street
These properties remain under Evacuation Order until further notice.
The one property on Kingfisher remains on Evacuation Order until further notice.
Then the water began to show up. To move towards your property and then your outbuildings and finally to your road and foundations.
Local government response. Can’t really do much. It’s not a government managed lake – it’s yours.
“For five weeks we have been trying to get help from any government agency for the lake on our property. Conifryd Lake is just west of Spotted Lake near Osoyoos. This lake has been rising, flooding our driveway, trees, a building and now our house is in danger as well. We’ve been told that as the lake is on our property, it is our responsibility to deal with the water problem. So far, nothing we have tried has had any effect.
No sand or sand bags here, but has been suggested. Would need thousands at least 3 feet high and added to continually. Water is running down underground to the lake from surrounding hills and Mt. Kobau. It is seeping up through the ground as well. Sand bags won’t alleviate the problem here, water needs to drain from the lake as it continually rises all year long.
The part of our driveway that is parallel to Highway 3 has water coming in from the north. This seems to be coming under the highway. The visible base of our house has a four foot crawlspace under it, so the water level is getting very close to that. Water runs down the hill from the back and underground to the lake. The entire area appears to be saturated.”
Photos and comments submitted by Marie and Roger Richardson – west of Spotted Lake and Kilpoola
Top: 3 years ago
Bottom: Current situation
Free dumping of lake flooding debris
Debris accumulated following the recent lake flooding can be dumped at the Osoyoos landfill for free until the end of June.
Council voted today to allow the free dumping after a report from operations director Jim Dinwoodie suggested that fees be waived for such things as wood, branches, dock materials, leaves and other waste left behind by the receding lake waters.
The materials will be disposed of as garbage and placed in the landfill because of fear of contamination.
The fee break covers only lake debris and not appliances, furniture or other possessions that may have been damaged by the flooding.
Fight goes on against puncture vine
The town of Osoyoos continues its battle against the invasive plant species that flatten the bicycle tires of locals and visitors who venture on to local cycling trails, sidewalks and roadways.
Puncture vine and long spine sandbur thrive in the hot and dry climate of Osoyoos. The burs on the seed pods are hard and pointed and can easily puncture many bicycle tires.
Council on Monday gave three readings to a “Good Neighbour Bylaw” amendment that urges homeowners to manage boulevards in front of their properties to help prevent their spread.
Operations director Jim Dinwoodie told council that landscape fabric covered by mulch or rock can be an effective deterrent. As well, he said, pulling the plants out of the ground and disposing of them in the garbage is very effective.
New addition OK’d for Super-8 Motel
The Super-8 Motel on Highway 3 just east of Highway 97 will be expanding by three storeys and 26 suites under a development permit approved by council today.
A report to council from senior planner Francisca Sanna said the addition will be taller than the existing building but will retain a consistent character.
Landscaping will continue in the xeriscaping style, with Magnolia trees and Yucca and Juniper plants.
By ROY WOOD
In the face of disappointing demand for the affordable houses in the Meadowlark subdivision, Osoyoos council has drastically reduced the wait time before buyers can sell the homes at a profit.
Revealing what was decided in-camera two weeks ago, Mayor Sue McKortoff said today the 20-year period has been slashed to five years. There was no discussion or elaboration at today’s open council meeting.
The original agreement between the town and developer Hart Buckendahl stipulated that anyone who bought one of the near-market homes would not be allowed to profit by more than the rate of inflation for 20 years.
Buckendahl is optimistic the reduction in wait time will spur buyers. “We have a lot of people interested (in the near-market homes), but they don’t want to be tied up for 20 years,” he said. “But as soon as they hear there’s a change for the better they’ll be coming out of the woodwork and they’ll be fighting over it,” he said.
The four near-market homes in the 27-home subdivision are priced at $380,000.
The four houses in question represent the one major accomplishment by the town in the nearly nine years since the release of a local task force and a resulting consultant’s report called Affordable Housing Strategy.
The report from the City Spaces consulting firm was released in November 2009. A spokesman for the firm said today that Osoyoos paid $25,665 for the report.
The 104-page document provided an examination of the housing context in Osoyoos, the needs of the community, a framework for housing policy, implementation strategies and proposed actions by the town.
Under the heading Six Strategic Directions, the report urged the town to ”(u)se the town’s land holding – the Richter Property – to facilitate the creation of affordable, near-market ownership and rental housing, in partnership with market and non-market housing providers.”
The Meadowlark subdivision is part of what was the Richter Property and was petitioned out of the Agricultural Land Reserve by the town on the condition that affordable housing would be part of the mix.
Former councillor Michael Ryan was a member of the task force. He said in an interview today there has been little other significant initiatives by the town regarding affordable housing.
“It has been a very, very slow process … It’s had some blockages. Whether it’s lack of interest or some other things,” he said.
Ryan praised former town planning director Alain Cunningham as a “champion” of affordable housing in general and the Richter project in particular. Cunningham died suddenly last October.
Asked whether he senses an appetite on council and among senior staff, Ryan said he doesn’t know the current council well. “(But) affordable housing has a bit of a stigma to it, especially in a high-cost environment like Osoyoos. …There’s a hesitancy.”
By ROY WOOD
Concerned with the scourge of plastic-waste pollution, a class of grade-11 students urged Osoyoos council on Tuesday to take a couple of steps to fight back.
Plastic drinking straws and discarded cigarette butts were the targets of two delegations from Sarah Gilchrist’s English class, which crowded council chambers.
Council members were enthusiastic in praising the presentations, but stopped short of pledging actual action or even serious study.
Holly Duguid and Patty Bratton asked council to consider a ban on plastic straws, pointing out that Canadians discard about 30 million of them every day. Vancouver recently passed a ban on plastic straws, as have several US cities, including Seattle and Miami Beach.
Straws make up a significant proportion of the plastics that account for about 80 per cent of ocean debris and is a major threat to marine plant and animal life.
“Osoyoos has the opportunity to be seen as an environmental leader on this issue. And to be seen by its own townspeople … and the thousands of people who come here every year as a place that cares about the future,” their presentation said.
The pair suggested there should a phase-in period for such a straw ban and proposed that reusable straws or recyclable paper ones could be offered to customers need or demand a straw with their drink.
Seth Kriese, Faith Stark and Rheanna Harfman addressed the cigarette butt issue, suggesting the town deploy more receptacles on beaches and in parks.
Aside from the visual assault, the group pointed out that cigarette filters contain plastics that not only take years to degrade but also contain dangerous chemicals.
“When placed in the landfill, toxins in the butts leak into the soil and groundwater and even though it doesn’t seem like much, add it all together, it makes a big impact,” said Harfman.
The group suggested the town could use the free services of TerraCycle, a Toronto-based recycling firm.
According to its website, TerraCycle accepts cigarette butts for recycling. The plastics are extracted from the filters and recycled into a variety of products. Any remaining tobacco becomes compost.
Gilchrist, an English teacher at Osoyoos Secondary, told ODN the presentations to council were the culmination of a research project that required students to gather facts about “something they are passionate about” and then take some action.
EVACUATION ALERT RESCINDED for 131 Properties in the Vicinity of Highway 97, Sportsmens Bowl and Park Rill Creek Areas in Electoral Area “C”.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that the threat of flooding has been reduced and the potential danger to life, health and property has diminished.
The Evacuation Alert, pursuant to the Emergency Program Act issued April 16, 2018 for the properties in the vicinity of Covert Place, Horsetail Road, Island Road, Pampas Grass Way, Park Rill Rd, River Rd, Secrest Hill Rd, Sitka Rd, Sportsmens Bowl Rd, Test Orchard Rd, Wheatgrass Rd, Highway 97 and Park Rill Creek; in Electoral Area “C” (for 131 properties) has been RESCINDED.
Existing Evacuation ORDER for Bowl residents is still in effect.
No spots on Spotted Lake ( lots of garbage around SL turn out) for those that care.
Most people I think including me think of flooding and high water tables at the river or near a creek but it happens in the mountains as well.
Top picture is Spotted Lake which is picturesque at low pool – dry conditions
Bottom pictures is a puddle, pond and lake forming west of Spotted Lake – near Kilpoola Estates Osoyoos Area A
Residents have requested help for access to their property but told – “you own it” it is your land!
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This wedding was different it sent a message to the whole Commonwealth in fact it sent a message to the world. Prince Harry showed what he is really made of. He acted on his personal choice and let the chips fall where they may.
The British Monarchy was standing on its ear by days end. Ritual and the way things are done was swept aside. Look at what happened from a full screen for a moment.
The British Prince marries a bi-racial woman, it never happened before. Remember, the last Monarch to marry an American divorcee caused a stir that saw the sitting King leave the throne.
This was a marriage of cultures as much as it was two people. Really did you ever expect to see a Reverend from a black church in America be part of the official wedding? What caught my ear was the choir singing Stand By Me.
This wedding for the first time reflected the magnitude of diversity coming together to celebrate a major event. Royal watcher or not one has to acknowledge progress in the realm of social advancement when it happens in real time.
East of Secrest Hill Road near Hwy 97
For the life of me – I could not find or see 35-45 members of the CAF – removing Tiger Dams. No release from CAF. No release from RDOS EOC.
Thanks to Stan Marshall
The amount of water coming through three culverts at Secrest Hill Rd has diminished. Lots of work has gone on to get the flow back into the original (?) creek bed (Park Rill) so that the all closed roads in the area can be opened and residents allowed back into their houses. Those decisions if made are not being communicated to the public.
Project deflate wrapped up about 6:30 pm and the troops headed back to the Vernon barracks.
Last week was Mother’s Day, that special Sunday when mom lies in bed, listening to the sound of havoc being created in her kitchen and wishing she could get up and prevent the inevitable chaos that would be left in the wake of young children getting a special breakfast made for her.
The look of pride that is on the faces of the kids peering through the bedroom door, is priceless, and the good mom will look surprised and delighted at the sticky mess that is presented to her. She will assume a look of pure rapture as she cuts into the French toast oozing with syrup and lovingly admires the wilted flower that is hanging over the rim of a water glass. She will drink the weak, milky tea or coffee and make the appropriate appreciative noises.
As the kids all pile on the bed and share in the feast she will try not to think of the sticky mess that is being smeared on the sheets. She knows that her “special” day of rest is going to be a day of laundry and kitchen clean-up. However, these are the things to remember when you are older and your children are living elsewhere, having their children make breakfast for them.
Young, over-worked mums often feel like a walking nursery, they have huge bags that have room for toys, graham crackers, sippy cups, diapers, a clean tee shirt and all the other one hundred and one things that your child may need when leaving the house, the thought of ever going out carrying a small purse, seems like a dream.
A mom isn’t a person in her own right, but a child’s mother and that seems to be her only claim to identity.
However, it does all come to an end and what do we do? We spend a couple of years being our own person then we start hankering for grandchildren. In your mid forties, when you are finally enjoying a neat, fingerprint free home and having the luxury of going out with your friends, for a leisurely lunch, you acquire a high chair and a folding crib “because the baby is coming to visit”. The woman, who couldn’t wait to get rid of the last diaper just a few years ago, is now spending hours in the infant department, oohing and aahing over tiny garments.
How many of us still hang on to the little art projects that our children made all those years ago and presented to us on birthdays or Mother’s Day. I still come across little things tucked in drawers that take me back over forty years. The half walnut shell with a whole peanut, eyes drawn in black crayon, tucked under a cotton ball coverlet. A cotton hanging thread is attached and it used to hang on my Christmas tree every year, along with the clothes pin reindeer and the paper snowflakes. These were viewed in horror by my sophisticated fifteen year old, when placed on the tree. However I didn’t mention it, years later, when similar things hung on her tree, by her delighted little ones.
A vase, lovingly painted by my 8th grader, leaks and can’t be used for flowers, but makes a wonderful container for utensils. A breadboard, made in high school, of various woods and lovingly smoothed and varnished, used every single day.
How about the very dog-eared copy of I’ll love you Forever, or Goodnight Moon, that I still can shed a tear over before placing back in the bottom drawer of my chest.
Mother’s Day is every day. Mothers should be much appreciated, they raise the next generation and surely, that is a tremendously important job. I remember so well when I had four preschoolers and had an abscessed tooth. I begged Dave to take the day off work so I could stay in bed for the morning. His reply, as he walked out of the door was, “just don’t do anything.” No, I didn’t kill him on the spot, I survived the day and many others in our fifty three year marriage, but never will I look in disgust at a mom with a child having a tantrum in a store.
Being a mom is probably the hardest job in the world, in the end it is the most rewarding, but for those early years and right through the teenage angst, every mom deserves our respect. Let’s give her our support.
Publisher: Hear Hear !!
Source: RCMP quarterly report
Target Prolific Offenders
Construction Theft ‐ A break and enter to a large construction site at Phantom Creek Winesresulted in the theft of high value construction equipment. The initial value of the theft wasapproximately $270,000. Oliver RCMP were able to recover a majority of the construction equipmentto a value of $230,000 dollars and return it to the construction company.
Arson Leads to Assault ‐ A male started a fire in the cardboard recycling container behind the Oliver Mall. The male was identified and arrested the same day, charged for multiple Criminal Offences including Arson. Ten days later the same male was arrested for using an axe to break into a local business and during the arrest he attempted to strike the RCMP dog with the axe. He has been charged with multiple serious Criminal Code Offences and remains in custody.
Regional Criminals ‐ On March 7, 2018. Osoyoos detachment received reports of a suspicious vehicle in the hills above the Osoyoos Golf Course. Members attended the area on a UTV and located a 36‐year‐old male from Summerland and 21‐year‐old female from Penticton stuck in deep mud. The two were in a vehicle owned by an Osoyoos resident who is known to associate with very active property offenders. Although nothing criminal was found on them at the time, Osoyoos detachment continues to monitor this group including a subsequent arrest of the male for an outstanding warrant. Investigations continue into this group who are believed to be responsible for an increase in property crime in the area.
No Holiday ‐ During the month of March, Osoyoos Detachment responded to several calls of break and enters and thefts from recreational trailers/motorhomes on Lakeshore Drive. In one instance the suspect entered a unit while the owners were sleeping and stole a wallet as well as the owner’s vehicle. A great deal of resources and time was spent investigating these occurrences and in early April a 51‐year‐old male was arrested. He is currently facing charges on one of the break and enters. Police are still actively investigating the others and expect more charges to follow. Although the male had been residing in Osoyoos in 2014, he had left for a few years and spent some time in jail after Osoyoos RCMP arrested and charged him for other break and enters to recreational vehicles. It is believed he only returned within a month.
Production for the Purpose of Trafficking – On March 8th FIS assisted FSOC and the Clandestine Lab team with a search warrant at a rural residence near Osoyoos. The residence was used for the production of methamphetamines.
“They were hard-working, positive, and a credit to our school,” said teacher Dee Simpson. “Not sure how many bags they filled, but we had six shovels going the whole time and one group said they had filled 170 bags!”
Way to go, students: thank you for your community-mindedness.
Submitted by Benita Baerg
To condition is to prepare, to get ready, like to make the condition of the wall ready for paint. I can condition myself to run a marathon. That could be a long time, at least twelve weeks because the condition I am in, is so far from the condition I need to be, in order to complete the run without injuries. The condition of something is its present state, whether that be what is wanted or not. One of those ‘just is’ things
Conditions precedent is a list of things that need to be proven completed before an agreement, like the sale of a house, can be consummated. Those could also be quite simple, like if you don’t take off your muddy shoes you are not permitted in the kitchen. Another simple example is ‘pants first, then shoes’ when getting dressed. The temperature needs to be at or below minus four degrees is a condition to have snow fall
My condition can refer to my mental rather than my physical state. My condition could be poorly, thinking I am broken or weak. I could be frisky and optimistic, unstoppable. Yet, my condition could be entirely in my mind as I lay paralyzed waiting for morning (as when I had GBS some years ago). Arnold Schwarzenegger was known to taunt his body building competitors to undermine their actual physical condition
When I am shopping for an item I want it to be in a certain condition. If new, it must be untainted. If used, there are some aspects that may not be perfect and yet it could still be referred to as ‘in good condition’. If I am buying a 30 year olde car it is expected that the paint be sun faded and the seats appear worn. Yet, if there is no sign of a prior collision, it could be deemed in good condition. Good condition needs care
Diversity and flexible working arrangements are the apparent conditions to retaining millennial workers. The conditions used to be salary and long term employment. Conditions change. Conditional love is the kind that says ‘I love you if or I love you when’. Unconditional love, called agape, is the kind that has no if or when. It is always and all ways. That kind is also felt from a mile away. Creamy stuff and to die for.
The condition of our thoughts
Define the condition of our lives
Take care of your thoughts
Trapped in a Storm Sewer
For days in June, 1989, tropical storm Allison had drenched Houston, TX. Kept indoors for days, 7 year old Latricia and her cousin, 8 year old Krystal, pleaded with Karen Reese (Latricia’s mom), “Can we go out and play?” Since the storm had abated significantly and other children were playing in the flooded street, Karen consented. After a while the two girls eyed a ditch with deeper, flowing water to wade in. That fun turned to horror when Latricia lost her footing and was swept away into a culvert. She disappeared! It wasn’t a culvert that opened on the other side of a road. It emptied into a catch basin and from there a shaft led to the storm sewer system. A neighbor had seen Latricia disappear, called 911 while her husband sent Krystal to get the mother. The firemen, police and many volunteers rushed to the scene. They knew the water dropped down a 3 meter shaft into a 1 meter sewer pipe. Frantically the whole crew tore off manhole covers, searching the roiling water with poles, but to no avail. Maybe the water had taken her all the way into the bayou just blocks away. The three hour search in the bayou was called off at 10 pm. Darkness in more than one form enveloped them all. It was hopeless. A distraught mother clung to Latricia’s picture and sobbed.
Meanwhile a terrified little girl had tumbled about like a rag doll as she bounced from one pipe system to another, nearly choking to death. Somehow her fingers latched onto a joint between two lengths of concrete pipe just as she lodged against some debris that stopped her disastrous hurtling. “Mommy, help me! Where am I?”
All through the night with the water thundering past her, Latricia hung on to her refuge. She pressed her head against the top of the pipe to breathe above the water, and prayed. When the water level dropped in the pitch dark pipe ants and mosquitoes were a problem. This was an excruciatingly horrible experience for a 7 year old girl for 12 hours. She dared not lose her place. Her cries were desperate. As soon as it became light enough people joined the mother in a search which was now considered a recovery of the body. At about 7:30 a.m. Tim Gabrysch and Bardomiano Garcia came to check on water levels in the sewer system, unaware of the tragedy that had happened. Once informed they swung into action. Uncovering a manhole not far from the culvert Tim descended into the pipe system. He was surprised that the water level had reduced to less than 30 cm. Moving along with his flashlight he detected something about 30 meters down a pipe too small for him to enter. “Little girl, are you there?” Amazingly an answer came back, “Who are you? I want my mommy!” “Can you work your way to me and I’ll take you to your mommy.”
She came. Tim scooped her up, retraced his path and boosted her up to his partner. At the hospital the slight concussion, a banged-up ankle, and a bruised forehead plus her all night survival convinced Dr. Rodriguez that Someone had been watching out for her. Can you imagine the joy her mother experienced!
(Based on the Reader’s Digest, Oct., 1990 article by P. Ola and E. D’Aulaire plus websites)
What if the two men had arrived hours or a day later? What if Latricia had not hung on? How terrible an ordeal for a small girl to be calling for mother in a storm sewer pipe when only God knows where she is. We’ve all likely complained about adversities. Why weren’t others rescued? Three others drowned in that storm. Could it be that each one of us has been spared from disasters we didn’t even know were facing us? Could it be that we repeatedly ignored God with not even a thank you for the basics of food, water and air plus the beauty and benefits of creation and then wondered why He doesn’t listen to us?
May the Lord be merciful to us and the many current flood victims.
The proposal will consist of building on the southwest corner of the property a 3-storey addition to the Super 8 Motel. The new hotel wing will add 1,242 sq. m (13,371 sq. ft.) of floor space consisting of 26 new suites. The hotel will have 66 parking stalls once the project is completed.
The property was rezoned in 2009 from the C3 – General Commercial zone to the C4 – Tourist Commercial zone to allow the hotel expansion.
The hotel will continue to be accessed via the plaza parking lot via Valiant Lane. New parking stalls willbe added to the parking lot in front of the proposed addition, west of the existing hotel building. A road right-of-way to Vedette Drive was dedicated under Plan KAP92713 to formalize the subject property’saccess from Valiant Lane. The parking lot for the 3-storey addition will be accessed via the plaza. The proposal will result in a total of sixty-six parking stalls, calculated at a ratio of 1 stall per sleeping unit, and a rate of 1 stall per seat for the existing café, cocktail and dining area. Six of the parking areas willbe converted into handicap parking spaces, and nine will be dedicated for smaller cars.
A bike rack will be installed at the front of the existing building with a capacity for five bicycles.
January 13, 1944 – May 10, 2018
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Mrs. Dorette Elizabeth Brown of Oliver passed away suddenly at the Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 74 years.
Dorette will be fondly remembered by her loving family including husband Richard; daughter Adina (Gary); son Trevor (Angela); grandchildren Ashley (Ashton) and Brittany (Joshua); two great-grandchildren Scarlett and Flynt; step-son Michael and step-grandchildren Cora and Chloe; step-daughter Joanne; numerous siblings and extended family.
Over the years Dorette worked in a jewelry store and as a cosmetician. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and spending time with family and friends.
A graveside urn interment will be held at 11:30 am Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery followed by a reception at Pappas Firehall Bistro.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
OKANAGAN – Emergency operations officials throughout the Okanagan have known since at least Monday that Okanagan Lake is likely to rise to near historic levels but revealed it Thursday.
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources says the lake will likely rise to 343 metres and may go higher, but that information was largely withheld from the public.
If indeed the lake reaches 343 metres — just 25 centimetres below last year’s high water mark and 52 cms above full pool — considerable damage is once again likely.
The lake is currently at 342.42 metres and rising at roughly six centimetres per day, though the rate of rise is expected to diminish in the next week, according to the ministry.
In 2017 – boats were prohibited from the lake, BC government firefighters were stationed around the Okanagan in camps to help fill millions of sandbags to protect properties and hundreds of boat docks, boats and other facilities were damaged.
There was no mention of the predicted lake level in any emergency operations releases earlier this week from the North Okanagan, Central Okanagan or South Okanagan regional districts.
The only mention of it before May 17, was a release posted to the City of Penticton website two days earlier and by the District of Summerland.
Shaun Reimer said he calculated the 343 metre number on Monday afternoon and discussed it with emergency operations officials shortly after.
He said he discussed flood messaging with the emergency operations centres but it was centred around the “subtlety” of the information they would release, rather than hard numbers.
“We don’t want to cause panic and misunderstanding out there,” said Reimer.
When asked today why they didn’t release that information earlier, Central Okanagan public information officer Ed Henczel said the number “doesn’t really mean anything” to most people.
Source: John McDonald, Info-tel News