Appears to be a truck with trailer, a truck and a vehicle in the ditch across from Campsite
Reports to ODN of traffic stoppage with some people turning around due to a long delay.
First responder – OK Falls Fire Department – one report of ambulance heading north from the scene.
Update from RCMP on Highway 97 closure, near Vaseaux Lake: Traffic should be allowed to continue at 10: 30 this morning
RCMP say at 08:10 am this morning a three vehicle collision was reported at the turnoff to the Vaseaux Lake Campground.
A vehicle was stopped on the highway making a left turn into the campground when it was struck from behind by another Northbound vehicle forcing the turning vehicle to cross the centre line and hit a Southbound vehicle.
Extensive damage to all vehicles involved, but no serious injuries have been identified at this time.
Vaseux – what is?
The name “vaseux” is French, meaning muddy or murky, which is descriptive of the lake’s silty water. The lake was likely named by French Canadian fur traders.
The lake was misspelled as Vasuix Lake on Joseph Trutch’s maps from 1866 and 1871For many years the name was later spelled Vaseaux Lake; in 1945 the Geographic Board of BC corrected the official name to its present form.
(Contrary to these statements – ED. Signs on highway not changed until 60-70’s at the earliest.)
The town of Okanagan Falls is to the north, and the town of Oliver is to the south.
Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.
The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin for many areas including – Okanagan, Shuswap, and the Similkameen.
Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
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The fire in Lake Country is now estimated at 55 hectares, 50 per cent contained with a there is an 80 per cent retardant ring.
Emergency officials gathered in Lake Country Sunday afternoon to update residents and the media on the status of the wildfire that started Saturday afternoon about 4:30 p.m.
Fire Chief Steve Windsor says there have been no injuries reported eight (8) houses are gone on Nighthawk Road and one out building on Tyndall Road.
ELECTORAL AREA “A” ADVISORY PLANNING COMMISSION – meets tonight
Sonora Centre, 8505 – 68th Ave., Osoyoos
Bonnie Douglas – Secretary
Peter Beckett – Chair, Electoral Area “A” APC
Mark McKenney – Vice-Chair
Delegations and Applications before the Commission
(Pendergraft, James) for Agricultural Land Commission Referral Application
Agent: Elenko, Brad
A02336.025 / (A2017.055-ALC)
THAT the APC recommends that the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) be advised by the Regional District that the proposal to subdivide the property at 2257 82nd Avenue is NOT supported.
The subject property is approximately 16.7 ha in area and is located on the west side of Highway 3, approximately 2.2 km east of the Town of Osoyoos boundary. The property is split zoned with the northern portion of approximately 6700 m2 as AG1 and the remainder is AG2.
The southern 2/3 of the property and a small portion of the northern section are under current agricultural production. The applicant has stated that approximately 8.3 ha of land is presently under agriculture. Portions of the property are fairly steeply sloped with rocky outcrops. The surrounding pattern of development is generally characterised by similar agricultural uses.
The applicant is seeking to subdivide the subject property, which is approximately 16.7 hectares (ha) in area, into two new parcels, one of which will be approximately 4.0 ha (“Lot 1”), and the other 12.7 ha (“Lot 2”) in size. In support of this proposal, the applicant has stated that “the owner is retired and would like to sell the farmable portion of the property for continued agricultural and would like to retain the non-agricultural portion of the property for continued rural residential use”
(Harding, Lisa) for Development Variance Permit Application
Attending: Sean Harding, Gerry Leering and Sean Mercer
THAT the APC recommends to the RDOS Board of Directors that the subject development application be denied.
This application seeks to increase maximum parcel coverage from 50% to 67.3% and to reduce the minimum rear parcel line setback for a principal building from 7.5 metres to 0.0 metres, in order to formalize an existing pergola, stairs, and deck.
In support of the application, the applicant has stated that “as recognized by the Board of Variance in 2010, the land (subdivision) was created in 1931 and does not comply with current zoning bylaw standards. The property is 428 m2 in area and the zoning bylaw minimum parcel area is 505 m2 for RS1. . . . The property has no depth and is sandwiched between the 95 Street road right of way and Osoyoos Lake.”
Of concern is that the current proposal is seen to be at cross-purposes with both of these directions in that it is seeking to allow a pergola, stairs, and deck to significantly encroach into the SPEA. Administration further notes that the purpose of a setback is generally to encourage adequate spacing between buildings and structures in order to reduce potential negative impacts on adjacent properties with respect to overshadowing, access to sunlight, loss of privacy and mitigation of noise.
In this instance, Administration is concerned that proposed setback reduction has the potential to adversely impact on adjacent residential uses as most dwellings in this area have been orientated towards the rear parcel line in order to take advantage of the frontage with Osoyoos Lake and that development this close to the foreshore is not common.
also a decision needed on:
APC Bylaw No. 2339 5.1 – Chair of the Commission
Election of the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary
Many properties ordered evacuated – 331 at last report
Thanks to Castanet and Global Okanagan for pictures and information
Saturday afternoon – pictured below the start of fire near Okanagan Centre just above the lake.
Meanwhile in the Cariboo -thousands evacuated from Williams Lake – sent to Kamloops, Chilliwack and Kelowna.
Next Thursday director of the Regional District will debate whether to increase minimum parcel sizes in the White Lake area – by three times (3x) from 20 hectaires to 60. The majority of the land in question is Rural Agriculture and the thought is – less habitation less interference. The proposal affects properties in Area C Oliver and Area D Okanagan Falls.
One of the most annoying sounds to me is the whine, whether it be a mosquito, the dentist drill or an unhappy child, they are all equally grating to the ear.
Luckily, only one of my daughters was a whiner but she made up for the other three with her constant high note of unhappiness. The other three girls were quite skilled at an argument but one of them followed every refusal with an annoyingly drawn out aaawwww, it’s not fair.
Any parent who has had a whining child will admit that it is so hard on the nerves to hear the constant drone of the unhappy whine. A defiant child can be told definitely no and the threat of consequences can end the argument with muttering but they do reluctantly give in. In the case of girls they usually perfect the tactic of flouncing out of the room, a sure sign of being grievously offended. Just in case you hadn’t noticed the flounce, they also end the performance with a door slam.
However, the miserably drawn out whine of the other child follows you from room to room as the echo of her unhappiness is spread throughout the house. It is almost as effective as any other form of torture, however, being a hardhearted mother I am able to withstand the onslaught, to a certain point.
When the kids were small, I used to do my grocery shopping on Saturday afternoons, leaving the girls with dad while I accomplished the chore, and enjoyed a few quiet hours to myself. For Saturday lunch I would prepare something very simple, so I could get finished quickly and go to the shops.
One particular Saturday I had opened a can of alphabet spaghetti which entertained the kids while they ate. They loved arranging words with the pasta. For some particular reason, the whiner had received an unfortunate bowl of letters that were difficult to make into words. After fishing round in the bowl for a minute, she started the familiar wail on the unfairness of her life.
Not feeling in the mood to start taking letters from her sisters bowls, I simply told her to get on with it and never mind. Obviously the wrong thing to say as the intensity of the whine doubled.
For some reason the noise really got to me and something snapped inside me. I picked up the offending bowl, turned it upside down on her head and ground the pasta well into her hair. The whining instantly stopped and the other three girls gasped in amazement at their sister, wearing the bowl and tomato sauce running down her forehead. The feeling of instant relief and gratification spread through me and I felt a moment of triumph, then it hit me that I was an adult and had acted irrationally. However, for that one moment, I felt like king of the world.
The feeling soon passed as I had to deal with the clean up of the head of unruly curls. It came home to me that pasta meant paste and it was truly ground into her hair. Several shampooings, all accompanied by the loud whining of unfairness really bit into my supposed afternoon of precious time alone.
My children have never forgot the incident and, even forty plus years later, the offender can still remember it by whining about the constant washings it took to get rid of the pasta.
Not one of my most glorious moments of child-rearing, but certainly one that gave me satisfaction and instant relief from the trials of motherhood.
The offending whiner has grown into a super person and a loving mother, she is a daughter to be proud of however, I have to hide a smile when I hear her teenage daughter. She, like her mom, is a very annoying whiner. Very gratifying to this grandma’s ear. God is good!
Plugged Sprinklers & Broken Pipes
It’s irrigation time! Those underground irrigation systems have also been called ‘automatic’ irrigation. I’ve come to the conclusion that, in some ways, they are not automatic at all. They need constant maintenance. Algae, dirt and even spider webs get into the system and plug up the holes in the sprinkler heads. Pipes get brittle over time, and break. I step onto a sprinkler head or run the lawn mower too close when the ‘pop-up’ didn’t pop down. I keep trying to get the best adjustment for the best coverage and haven’t yet achieved it. The result is that I’ve made so many trips to the irrigation supply shop that I’m afraid they’ll be designating a parking spot for me.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the irrigation system were so automatic that it would repair itself, send cleaning agents when a sprinkler was blocked and constantly inject something that would keep the inside of the pipes clean? Come to think of it, our bodies have a system like that. Our circulatory system dispenses white blood cells and platelets to repair and clean our arteries and veins when cuts or infections occur. In addition, the red blood corpuscles deliver nutrients and pick up garbage from the cells. Amazing provision by an amazing Creator. When the damage to our circulation system is too severe He has given us brains to devise medical solutions for at least some of them.
However, life doesn’t automatically run that smoothly or correct itself. We constantly need to be cleaning up our act, repairing relationships or making adjustments to our plans because there are right and wrong ways to do things. It’s humbling and frustrating business but the result can be even more beautiful than a well-watered lawn and garden or a clean blood circulation system. The prophet Isaiah gave us great hope when he said, “Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow.”
Grace and mercy will put us on the sunny side.
Windy weekend across the BC Interior.
The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the weather over southern BC will give way to a cold front on Saturday.
Widespread winds of 20 to 50 km/h are expected beginning Saturday afternoon over the central and southern interior. The strong winds will push into the Kootenays by early Sunday morning. Local winds gusts up to 70 km/h are possible through some interior valleys and canyons.
The only rain accompanying the front is expected north of the Cariboo region. There is also the risk of lightning over the central and northern Interior as well as over the Kootenays and Columbias. Temperatures will drop by 6 to 8 degrees in the wake of the front Sunday. Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future.
According to the BC Wildfire Service, this forecast weather has to the potential to challenge their efforts to contain the many large wildfires currently burning across southern B.C., and could cause growth on a number of these incidents.
Wax is a substance that is malleable at room temperature, does not dissolve in water and is secreted by many animals and plants. The most well known example is bees wax used to build the honeycomb. Lanolin, from sheep wool, is a type of wax. The head oil of the sperm whale is a wax. Another common wax is carnauba, harvested from a Brazilian palm tree, used to coat food, dental floss and in the wax for your car
Earwax, also known as cerumen, is that yellowy brown stuff in everyone’s ears. It is secreted/built by our bodies, used to protect our ear canal, lubricate and provides protection against infections etc. Though we spend time to clean the excess out, it is useful to us. The body makes it and gently pushes excess or used wax out, where we clean it off. I don’t think it a good substitute for carnauba wax for our cars
Waxing and waning what is that? It is a phrase first coined in the 1300s referring to the phases of the moon. The moon is waxing when we can only see the right crescent of light and waning when we can see the left crescent. Waxing and waning has to do with increasing and decreasing. A piece of music can wax (increase) and wane as can the intensity of a relationship, etc. Hmmm? I wonder where I’m waxing? And you?
When you are waxing eloquent you are deemed to be speaking at length, with some authority/knowledge and in a pleasant manner. One who waxes eloquent can be boring if the subject is of little interest to me or fascinating, captivating if the subject is of greatest interest. To wax eloquent can be a fantasy of the speaker though their audience just wants them to shut up already
One can wax ones legs, a method where liquid wax is poured over a porous cloth on the leg to ‘capture’ the hair. When the wax hardens the cloth is pulled off, pulling out the hair. Ouch and tah dah, waxed legs. When I wax my skis the creamy substance fills in the micro scratches and hardens to a fairly strong and very smooth finish making my ski more slippery on the snow. As I ski I can wax and wane my way down the hill
Mom and Dad always took us to the drive-in in either Oroville or Penticton and it was always a fun outing. I remember with great fondness, when Uncle Bill (Arnold) and Auntie Lil took Norma and I along with Lynn, Diane and Rob.
One day Norma and I were at their house when Auntie Lil called me aside and said “Do you think you can ask Uncle Bill if we can go to the drive-in tonight? Tell him it is John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in “McLintock.”
Off I go outside to where Uncle Bill was polishing their beautiful and huge Pink Station Wagon. I sidled up to him (my Uncle Bill was a very quiet kind of guy but very family oriented….just a man of few words….lol) and stood there for a few minutes. Finally, Uncle Bill asked me if something was wrong and I said no…I need to ask you something.
“Well…what is it you need to ask?” I summoned all my courage and said quietly, “Do you think we could go to the drive-in tonight? I told him the name of the movie and who was in it.
When asked a question he was not prepared to answer right away Uncle Bill always used to say “Well, a feller has to think about it.” This time he kept on polishing and then said quietly with a big smile “Well a feller doesn’t have to think too long on that subject!”
He put down his cloth and said “if we are going to the show you better go tell Auntie Lil to make a thermos of coffee and a big bag of popcorn and some drinks for you kids.” I hugged him and yelled thank you, thank you and ran into the house. Funny thing, Auntie Lil had the coffee on and the pot out for the popcorn already!!!
Off to the drive-in we went. Norma and Rob were propped up on pillows between Uncle Bill and Auntie Lil and Lynn, Diane and I were in the back with the seat dropped down with a perfect view of the screen. I remember too, that Uncle Bill took us in to use the washroom and we all got ice cream!!!
These are small moments in my life but moments that stand the test of time that we were a very close family and shared many wonderful times. And the movie? I have seen “McLintock” at least twenty times and it takes me back to that wonderful night at the drive in. It still stands the test of time as do all of John Wayne’s movies.
17 heavy equipment
Incident Management Team (12), 19 pieces of heavy equipment, 7 water tenders and 28 industry personnel are assigned to the fire.
Size – has grown to 3000 hectares but that is largely caused by crews doing back burns to control the expansion.
The fire is 35 percent contained.
Mop up will continue along a majority of the cat guards built. Possible burn outs will occur in various locations as weather and conditions permit. Crews and heavy equipment will continue to build guard. Hose lay will continue around the perimeter of the fire. The primary focus of crews will be building guard in areas closest to structures
Council (District of Summerland) said okay this week for staff to negotiate a contract with Waste Connections of Canada for the curbside collection of garbage, recyclables, compostable materials and larger items.
But with a twist.
The negotiations will be based on the current system of customer-supplied containers at an estimated annual cost of $397,714.
The contract will run for seven years with the potential of a one-year extension beginning July 1, 2018.
The lag time of one year will allow sufficient time to acquire new equipment such as specialized trucks.
An automated system using contractor supplied carts would increase the annual cost of service by just over $83,000 as estimated by Waste Connections.
The carts last about 10 years and come in various sizes which could affect the frequency of collection Johnson explained.
Penticton said yes – for carts
Oliver said yes – for automated pickup
Osoyoos is still making up its mind
Keremeos and all rural areas in the RDOS said NO to automated pickup
Credits: Files from Penticton Herald
Inside the Oliver Fire Hall is a large sign on the ceiling “Think Fire Safety”
Safety for all of us on the mind of local volunteers called out at a moment’s notice to put out a fire that is a danger to the community. Their message to me and to you: If you see a fire call 911.
Oliver’s volunteers are taken from their jobs, businesses, and families each time an unwanted fire is spotted.
The woman and the men of the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department also want to express solidarity with all firefighters in BC – actively engaged to handling wild fire.
Let’s do our part – and “Think Fire Safety” and have another summer without a major incident.
Large format picture below – a bit of fun at fire practice Thursday evening
Please note corrected copy later in this backgrounder
Your trash – a few facts
Recently, the town of Oliver decided to participate in the so-called “cart system” for garbage, yard waste and recycling collection.
Contracts are being drawn up, equipment is being purchased and residents are preparing for next year’s introduction of a whole new approach to refuse collection. It seemed like a good opportunity to dig into a bag of questions surrounding trash.
How much does it cost?
You’ll notice a line on your local tax form for solid waste disposal. The amount is about $110 per household.
For about two bucks a week, the truck comes to your curbside and takes your garbage, yard waste and recycling to the landfill and recycling facility.
Besides the household levy, the town receives a grant from an organization called Recycle BC (more on them later). In 2016 the grant was $77,000 and it went directly toward the overall solid waste disposal budget.
Does the income cover the costs?
Yes. And considerably more.
In 2016 the town’s solid waste accounts ended up with a surplus of $49,500. All of which went directly into something called the Solid Waste Reserve fund.
The fund’s balance stands at $307,000. Theoretically, it is there for use by the town, at council’s discretion, for anything related to garbage, recycling and related stuff.
But in reality, according to town chief financial officer Devon Wannop, it’s a sizeable piggybank that council could decide to use for anything it thinks is appropriate.
Tell me about these carts
Starting next summer, households will be issued three large, wheeled containers. One is for garbage; one is for recycling; and one is for yard waste.
The cost of the carts is covered by the seven-year contract the town has with Waste Collections of Canada (WCC, formerly BFI Canada Inc.)
The essential feature of these carts is that they can be emptied into a garbage truck without being touched by an actual human. An automated arm picks them up, dumps them and returns them to the ground.
As is the case now, garbage will be collected every week and recycling and yard waste on alternating weeks.
In a recent vote, the town council was uncharacteristically divided on whether to adopt the cart program, with two voting against and three, including the mayor, in favour.
(Down the road in Osoyoos, their council decided against carts. Mayor Sue McKortoff said residents at a public meeting were against the idea and council followed their wishes.)
Are there cameras in the trucks?
Yes. The cart-enabled garbage trucks will be equipped with cameras to monitor the contents of all three types of carts as they are being dumped.
The idea is that any contamination will be visible to the driver on a monitor in the cab. The carts themselves will have embedded computer chips so that their addresses can be recorded.
The driver will be able to pass along the paper and picture record of the contamination, so that the offending residents can be notified that they are have been putting inappropriate stuff in one or more of the containers.
It’s actually a more efficient system than the current one, in which driver/collectors are mandated to inspect garbage and recycling bags for possible contamination.
What is contamination?
Basically, it’s anything that doesn’t belong where you’re trying to send it.
In garbage bags or carts, contamination is anything that will cause a short- or long-term danger. Old batteries, paint and paint cans, oil products, chemicals and other hazardous waste. And, of course, things that should be recycled are considered contamination in garbage.
In the recycling bags, anything that isn’t packaging is contamination. As well, soft plastic, particularly plastic shopping bags are a major contamination concern, mainly because they foul the machinery in the now highly mechanized recycling facilities.
For a full list of what can and cannot be recycled at the curb, visit www.oliver.ca/recycling
What is Recycle BC?
It’s a non-profit organization mandated in 2014 by the provincial government and responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling.
Recycle BC was formerly known as Multi-Material BC, and is in the middle of a rebranding effort.
The program is funded by levies on businesses that supply packaging and printed paper. It operates by providing funding to municipalities, regional districts, First Nations and other organizations.
The funding to local governments goes to support their recycling efforts. In 2016, Oliver received a grant of $77,000.
Across the province 156 communities participate in the Recycle BC program. Each year about 186 tonnes of material is collected from households and recycling depots.
Did I hear something about fines?
As part of its agreement with local governments, Recycle BC has a target of 3 per cent “contamination rate.” Few jurisdictions have achieved that rate. Oliver stands at about 6 per cent.
While it does have the power to levy fines for ongoing failure in the contamination rate, Recycle BC virtually never actually imposes them.
Managing director Allan Langdon says the organization by far prefers to work with municipalities to improve contamination rates through public education. Fines would only be considered if a municipality exhibits a rise in contamination rates and makes no reasonable effort to improve.
They didn’t pick up my blue bag
On occasion a homeowner may find that the driver has left his clear plastic recycling bag at the curb with a note attached explaining why.
In most cases it’s because the driver has seen something (that’s why the bags have to be clear) that is clearly contamination, like plastic grocery bags or glass bottles.
Cam Baughen, solid waste coordinator for the RDOS, said recently that leaving a bag at the curb with a note is “the most effective way to educate people.”
Of course there are alternative recycling opportunities for things that can’t be left in the blue bags or tossed in the landfill. The Oliver landfill has a large recycling area near the entrance and the local bottle depot will take small appliances and electronics.
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8:30 am Thursday – RCMP in Oliver call volunteer firemen to help with situation on the Reserve.
First house on left going up McKinney Rd just past band office.
Not a structure fire – might involve a vehicle and other debris – mostly smoke.
ODN has spotted a number of open fires in this area recently in the “heat of the season”