July 19, 2018 12:30 am
Evacuation Order Issued for 34 Properties in Electoral Area “F” North Beach area (North of Summerland)
Under a Local State of Emergency in RDOS Electoral Area “F,” an Evacuation Order has been issued for 34 properties due to the Mount Eneas wildfire. Properties along Callan Road, Hwy 97 and North Beach Road to the north of the District of Summerland are affected. The wildfire threat poses potential danger to life, health, and property damage. Area F is West Bench, Faulder, PIB, north of Summerland.
UPDATE: Evacuation Order for 9 properties on Hwy 97
Nine properties including all campground sites at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park on Hwy 97 are in the process of being evacuated by first responders due to the Mount Eneas wildfire. The Evacuation Order is in the Greata Ranch area approximately 10 km north of Summerland Wildfire Service, RCMP and BC Parks staff are on scene.
Red drop indicates a 400 HA fire on North side of Scully Mountain – south of Keremeos and west of Cawston
Some confusion yesterday with Chopaka being used as fire to watch south of Cawston near the border
Further to the west a 50 HA active fire Placer Mtn. Some think that is the source of smoke in our area.
No other fires of note in the Southern Okanagan. Lots of fires north, west and east of Penticton
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is monitoring the wildfire situation in the region. The EOC is in communication with the BC Wildfire Service liaison. There are no evacuation alerts or orders in place within the RDOS at this time.
For current information please visit the BC Wildfire Service website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
To Report a Wildfire Call: 1-800-663-555 or *5555 on your mobile phone
Property owners living in rural areas should prepare now for wildfire season.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m.
The Penticton Indian Band has issued an evacuation alert for 13 addresses near the Conkle Mountain wildfire, west of Summerland.
All homes on Shingle Creek Road, north of Green Mountain Road and all residents on Big Valley Road have been asked to prepare to leave on short notice.
The First Nation says the blaze is within 5.5 kilometres of homes, which could become a problem if the winds increase and change direction. A community-wide local state of emergency has also been declared.
Jason Adam Poulin
December 5, 1982 – June 29, 2018
On Friday, June 29, 2018,
Jason Adam Poulin of Oliver passed away suddenly in Kelowna at the age of 35 years.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Roland and Betty Poulin and Terry and Harry Bray; uncles Alan Brady, Tony Poulin and aunt Danielle Mathieu.
Jason will be fondly remembered by his loving family including his beloved son Kingston; mother Dawn Bray: father Kevan Poulin; Kingston’s mother Kassandra Lang; aunts Bonnie Chase and Kathy Bray; uncles Joey Bray, Mike Brady, Rick Teichrib and Dale (Cathy) Poulin; cousins Robert Chase (Alicia), Megan Tanner (Jordan), Jennifer Teichrib, Andrew Teichrib, Kristen “Molly” Teichrib, Chris Brady, Diane Brady, Chantal Mathieu, Michele Mathieu, Angela Poulin and Bobby Poulin as well as many extended family and friends.
Jason loved his family, especially Kingston. Jason loved skateboarding and watching WWE Wrestling and spending time with his family especially his son.
He will be sadly missed by many who knew and loved him. He will always be remembered for his kindness, his smile and his great sense of humor.
Donations are gratefully accepted for Freedom’s Door, 3 – 1261 Centennial Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6K3.
A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Oliver Elks Hall.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
The annual event sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union will be held at the Oliver Community Park, at 6359 Park Drive.
Ferdinand will be shown on a life-sized inflatable movie screen in the field near the band shell.
The film will start at dusk, but we invite families to bring their blankets and chairs around 6 p.m. to choose their spot on the grass and have fun with family-friendly pre-show activities including face painting, a bouncy castle and games including the RDOS Physical Activity Trailer.
Food will be available. All funds raised at the event will benefit the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club’s programs and services for children and youth in the community. Donations accepted.
By ROY WOOD
The dream of a fully functioning airport in Osoyoos is alive and well as a group of advocates continues to push the project forward, most recently with a $25,000 “strategic plan and opportunity assessment.”
The Osoyoos Airport Development Society (OADS) appeared before town council on Monday, along with a couple of staffers from InterVISTAS Consulting, to outline their vision of the road toward an airport that will include a longer and wider runway, fencing, lighting, hangars, navigation aids and eventually a steady flow of aircraft.
The study, funded by a grant from the Osoyoos Credit Union’s Community Giving Grant program, acknowledges the complexity of the project but provides a six-item list of strategic goals and a compendium of “action items” to move forward.
At the top of both lists is the creation of a “governance structure.” That is, who will be responsible for figuring out how to get an airport up and running and for operating it once it exists.
Two possible options were offered:
•A society model, which would see members of a society, with aviation skills and interests, organize and run the airport through a lease agreement with the town; or
•An advisory board model, under which the town would be responsible, likely through an airport manager that it would hire. The board would advise, but the town would run the airport.
OADS president Glen Harris said in an interview following Monday’s presentation that the next step will be a meeting including the town, the society and the Osoyoos Indian Band to begin working toward a governance model.
Reaction from council was subdued. Mayor Sue McKortoff stopped well short of indicating any enthusiasm for the town taking on an active role.
“Thank you very much to all of you,” she said. “We see that you have some plans to move forward on this, so thank you for presenting what you have and we look forward to seeing what you have next on the list.”
At a later meeting, Councillor CJ Rhodes acknowledged the magnitude of the project and suggested that Osoyoos residents go onto the town website and watch the video of the InterVISTAS’ presentation at Monday’s committee meeting and provide feedback.
“Personally, I’d like to hear from more residents in our community,” he said. “It’s a fairly significant project in our community that’s moving forward in a fairly positive way right now. But public input is so important.”
He encouraged residents to contact himself, one of the other councillors or the mayor.
The InterVISTAS report is available as part of the agenda for Monday’s committee of the whole meeting at: osoyoos.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/75427?preview=79893
Part of the vision for the future is an extension of the current relatively short runway. The report suggested a couple of options.
A southern extension would be limited to about 500 feet, but would face fewer barriers because the about half the required land is already part of the airport lease area. The remainder would need to be purchased. Such an extension would “increase the capacity of the airfield to accommodate a greater variety of small, general aviation aircraft.”
A northern extension could add considerably more runway length: up to 2,030 feet. A runway of such length enable scheduled passenger aircraft operations with small aircraft of about 10 seats.
One of the problems with the northern extension is that the land is in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). Harris acknowledged the difficulty, but said it may be possible to make an arrangement with the Agricultural Land Commission for a land swap to get the needed 25 or so acres out of the ALR.
As for funding, the report cited several provincial and federal grant programs, some specifically for airport development and others for general infrastructure or business creation projects.
The subject of funding from the town to the airport didn’t come up during the presentation or the questions that followed. But the report’s final paragraph says: “Many airports across Canada are owned and operated by their respective municipality. … In the case of the Town of Osoyoos, a decision will have to be made by Council as to whether or not public funds will be made available to the airport.”
The foul odour wafting around the west bench of Osoyoos recently is a result of some missing equipment at the sewer lagoons west of the high school and adjacent to the golf course.
Chief administrative officer Barry Romanko told council Monday that new aerators for one of the cells will arrive July 24.
He said a rehabilitation project on cell three would have been completed by now, but the supplier sent the wrong aerators.
The delay has caused “a bit more of a smell in the area due to the aeration process,” he said. “Unfortunately … we were caught in the warmer summer season.”
BC Forest Service is investigating the bush fire, (sagebrush – antelope/brush grass).
Most of the land, north of dump road owned by the Thorp family.
Oliver Fire Chief Bob Graham, when talking to ODN this morning, said:
No wind helped the situation. Controlling the fire went well. No homes threatened.
BC Forest Service called immediately with a crew on site within minutes and a determination that a chopper with water would help the situation.
A Forest Service investigator on scene Tuesday said he would issue a report later in the day but he indicated to ODN that no clear evidence found. ‘Butts’ located near the road were determined to be “old”.
Graham commented on power lines at fire scene – first idea was to turn them off for safety reasons – but that left parts of Oliver and Osoyoos without electricity. Once it was determined that no water available without those power lines energized – pump houses/hydrants – it was turned back on.
For the record fire is at least five miles from Osoyoos Lake, not on the Indian Band Land (OIB) and is definitely in the Oliver Rural Fire Protection District which accounts for a 22 mile long section of land from Vaseux Lake to Road 22.
House shown across the Avenue
Mature cougar walking west to east just below roof ridge and dropping down onto a lawn.
Inspection of the home indicates no tree close enough to help the cougar. Likely jumped onto the roof of a small passenger van and a short leap to the roof on the south side – adjacent to Coyote and Eastside.
Judy called the Conservation Service and RCMP were notified. No known follow-up.
Event was Sunday evening at dusk.
Around 9:00pm last night I was reading in the back yard and happened to glance up to see a large cougar crossing a roof on a house at the corner of Eastside Drive and Coyote Street This is a very densely populated area with lots of small animals and children visiting.
The cougar dropped to the ground in that yard.
Called RCMP who called the Conservation officer in Summerland. I immediately called everyone that I knew that had a small animal or child to alert them.
Word spread quickly and thinking that is the only way we can deal with such a situation. Scary stuff…. We all have to be aware
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By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos residents who thought they’d dodged the bullet on roadside trash-collection carts might be in for a disappointment following a recent announcement from Recycle BC.
The organization responsible for residential packaging and paper recycling in the province said in late June that recycling blue bags are being phased out.
In a report to Osoyoos council today, operations director Jim Dinwoodie said: “Recycle BC is proposing to eliminate the use of blue bags for curbside collection by the year 2020.
“All curbside collection will be required to be placed in containers, although recycling is allowed to be comingled in one container.”
This news comes almost exactly a year after council decided to sign a five-year contract with Waste Connections Canada (WCC) for curbside collection of garbage, yard waste and recycling.
That contract deliberately does not include the use of containers.
Council made their decision July 17, 2017 after a lively debate, with some councillors viewing the container system as step into the future while others noted the objections of some residents to the heavy and bulky carts.
Town staff recommended the cart system. Dinwoodie said at the time: “The trend in (the) industry is toward the automated cart curbside collection since it provides quicker pickup and fewer work safety issues.”
The road ahead for Osoyoos is not clear. Dinwoodie’s report noted: “In order to accommodate Recycle BC’s proposed service change (the town) would have to renegotiate with (WCC) for the use of containers for curbside collection. The cost of this service upgrade is unknown at this time.”
The WCC contract has been a valley-wide issue. Penticton, Oliver and Summerland use the curbside carts while Osoyoos, Keremeos and the regional district retain the manual system.
By ROY WOOD
Anyone seeking to open a cannabis store in Osoyoos will likely need to make their case before council and be subject to a public hearing, according to a directive approved today by council.
The majority of council agreed to direct staff to prepare and bring back for a consideration a bylaw requiring so-called “site-specific” zoning for cannabis retail outlets.
According to an earlier report from planning director Gina MacKay, site-specific zoning “would allow council to consider all issues (that) could be related to that specific site, such as the uses of adjacent property, access, parking, etc.”
The alternative would have been to include cannabis retailing as an allowed activity in one or more of the existing commercial zones.
Councillor CJ Rhodes, who led the movement toward site-specific, said attempting to address all the relevant issues in the existing zoning infrastructure is simply too complicated.
Councillor Mike Campol was the sole dissenter, objecting to the extra meetings, public hearings and staff time and resources required for the site-specific process.
Council also directed staff to prepare “policy development site-selection options for retail cannabis locations.”
The list of options will look at things like: the size of the buffer between schools or parks and pot stores; whether they’ll be allowed on Main Street; if such stores must be stand-alone or may be part of a larger building; and which of the current zones could include marijuana retailing.
Out of the discussions around these options will come a list of criteria a potential store will need to meet before it will be eligible to apply for licensing and site-specific zoning.
The possession and sale of cannabis for recreational use becomes legal in Canada on October 17.
From: Amanda Workman
We spotted the cougar in a tree between the ball diamonds and the first bridge on Thursday during Music in the park.
Picture attached, not clear enough for publication
( edited for privacy reasons )
A motorcyclist is dead following a head-on collision on Highway 97 near Oliver on Saturday.
RCMP said the three vehicle collision, near Road 18, happened around 2:45 p.m. A northbound vehicle crossed the centre-line, side-swiped a northbound truck and then collided head on with a southbound motorcycle carrying two occupants.
The male driver and female passenger of the motorcycle were both rushed to hospital. The driver of the motorcycle died in hospital and the female passenger remains in hospital in critical condition. Injuries to the other drivers were reported as minor.
If you have first hand knowledge of an incident near one of Oliver’s parks – located near the river please contact ODN
ODN cannot print a story that is not confirmed by police, conservation officers etc.
A picture is best, a personal first hand sighting account is good – just not chatter.
ODN talked with parks staff – no confirmed sighting by staff and no reports to their office.
ODN talked with RDOS wildlife safety staff and they say the provincial reporting website has a notice 20 hours ago… but once again not confirmed.
Attacks by cougars are rare but can be fatal, especially if young children are involved. Cougars in conflict are usually young cougars that have not yet learned how to hunt efficiently and are looking for an easy target, or are older cougars that can no longer hunt efficiently in the wilds.
If you encounter a cougar, keep calm. Make yourself look as large as possible and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar. Pick up children and small pets immediately. Never run or turn your back- sudden movements may provoke an attack.
If you notice that a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.
If a cougar shows aggression, or begins following you, respond aggressively in all cases as cougars see you as a meal: keep eye contact, yell and make loud noises, and show your teeth. Pick up nearby sticks, rocks, or whatever you have at hand to quickly to use as a weapon if necessary- crouch down as little as possible when picking things up off the ground. If the cougar attacks, fight back, focusing on its facial and eye area. Use rocks, sticks, bear spray, or personal belongings as weapons. You are trying to convince the cougar that you are a threat, and are not prey.
Call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line (1-877-952-7277) to report the incident.
Command terminated at 5:45pm
East of Black Sage Rd – north and south of Dump/SIBCO road – near Miller Rd 10+ acres – BC Forest Service states: 2 hectares only
Most pictures on this story – large format – press the picture with you mouse to enlarge.
Thanks to Oliver’s volunteers and the BC forest service for their assistance in spotting a hot fire spreading further.
Time: 3:15 pm Saturday dispatch to local fire department MVA with extrication
Location: corner just north of Rd 18 – traffic diverted around accident scene for 5 hours so that investigators could do an accident analysis – completed on only the most serious of crashes.
Based on reports from the accident sscene – One vehicle heading north rounded the corner and came in contact with a 2nd vehicle and then veered further into the southbound lane striking a motorcycle. One report indicated a fatality as a result of the mishap.
Injuries not known – two ambulances took the injured to hospital in Oliver (One report – two persons airlifted to Kelowna)
Scene at SOGH Saturday indicates other demands on EMS with five units plus helicopter at the ready (above)
ODN in contact with RCMP several times Saturday and Sunday with inquiries. No press release has been made.