Artist says everyone getting out of fire safely – most important

insightLocal Artist Tara Hovanes had displayed her art work at MLA Linda Larson’s office and some quick work by local firemen saved a lot of it.

Hovanes says “My main concern is for Linda Larson, her staff and the family that was effected by this fire. The two lost pictures were titled “insight” “oversight” – these two are gone they were in Linda’s  personal office. (back of building where most fire damage occurred).

One other painting was damaged by water. Linda is a close and dear friend and it was an honor to have my painting displayed by her.”

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Aerial photo show detail of fire path

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Thanks to Trevor Rockliffe – Castanet for picture

Rob Graham, spokesman for the Oliver Fire Department, said early indications are that the blaze started at the rear of the house. “It was a fairly dangerous fire, mainly because when we got here there was no way for us to enter into the building,” he said. “Mainly our firefighting efforts were from the exterior.” The fire department’s pumper trucks and some 20 firefighters were called to the scene, while the Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls fire
departments were placed on standby. “We have an agreement with them for mutual aid, but the fire didn’t spread, so we didn’t need them,” he said. Fire crews prevented the flames from spreading to the nearby Desert Arms Hotel on the south.

“Good work by Oliver Fire Department. I suspect there were several layers of roof covering on the house. However I disagree on the garage as being the origin. Subject to other factors, all the pictures show heaviest flame, the burn pattern ‘V’ and heaviest damage as starting at ground level at back of house; this indicates origin was likely the back of house with extension to garage and adjacent building. If the garage or automobile was the point of origin then one would expect that the garage would be destroyed and front of the house would have heaviest damage. One ODN picture clearly shows the rear burning and damage extending forward. The front of the garage is relatively intact other than the missing door panel which may have been removed by the FD.”

says Pat Hampson (Fire Investigation Level III certified)

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30 years in business

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In the pink

tara flower22Photograph by Tara Hovanes

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Two faces

diane gane22Compelling subject material  – “Art at the Owl” Saturday

Diane Gane – artist – photo by Leza Macdonald

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Oliver police report

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On April 18, 2014 at ~03:00 Hours the Oliver Detachment RCMP responded to a serious assault causing bodily harm complaint at a residence on Tucelnuit Drive, Oliver BC.  The victim in the assault was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.  One adult male has bee arrested and will appear in Provincial Court in Penticton on Tuesday April 22.  There was no risk to public safety in this event.

On April 18, 2014 the Oliver Detachment responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving in the area of Shrike Hill Road, a side road off of Camp McKinney Road, west of Oliver BC.  This area is in close proximity to Mt Baldy Ski Hill and has been hit particularly hard lately by seasonal residence Break and Enters.  On arrival in the area an occupied vehicle was located.  A subsequent officer violator check resulted in an arrest of one adult male and one adult female for possession of stolen property.  Some of this property has been associated to the B&E’s of the Mt Baldy cabins.  The female adult has since been released as a result of a Bail Hearing and will appear in Penticton Provincial Court on April 30, 2014.  The male accused was held and will appear in Court on Tuesday April 22.

If you see crime happen call Crime Stoppers

or your nearest detachment of the RCMP

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Naturalist on the fly

duncan mc warbler22I saw this Yellow-Rumped Warbler out at Road 22 Sunday.

Duncan MacNaughton

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rodeo heenan22Hello – went to my first Chopaka rideo today and thought I would send you this picture of the excitement of the bull riding. There was a great turnout and next year will be their 50th.

Mike Heenan

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Rural report with Laird Smith

Last week I was perusing ODN when I came across the photo of Rocky Lundy’s with the honey bee in the peach blossom.Thank you Rocky for submitting the photo and thank you to the publisher for posting it. That photo has given me inspiration for today’s column.

Honey bees pollinate one third of everything we eat. They pollinate over 30,000 species of plants around the world. Dollar wise bee activity contributes to over  200 billion worth of goods world wide every year.

Bee colonys’ are under severe strain. Some of those factors are mites, poor nutrition, habitat loss, and pesticides. In 2006, the term colony collapse disorder was coined to describe a multitude of hive problems. Bee keepers found that a healthy hive could perish within three days, giving little time to take counter measures.

Two of the mites plaguing  bees are the Varroa Destructor, which carries a virus called Deformed Wing Virus which infects the larval and/or pupating bees resulting in death or deformity, and the Acarpis Woodi Mite which live and reproduce in the trachea of bees. The mites feed on the haemolymph of the bees which weakens them and leads to high winter mortality.

Poor nutrition factors involve bee keeper’s education.

Habitat loss is the destruction of native plants limiting bee activity to managed (fruit and vegetable) spring blossoms and summer time garden flowers.

Personally, our household consumes 3 kg of honey every month. We use it primarily for coffee and tea. We could get along without honey but could the world get along without the honey bee? Hopefully science will save our winged friend and helper from total destruction.

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Music Music Music

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