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Car legally parked just off highway 97 at Lion’s Park

Semi- southbound (corrected) at 6:15am Thursday, went off road, clipped a utility pole and hit car.

RCMP response slow. Oliver Fire Department on scene. No need for ambulance.

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Sears 3rd Anniversary Sale

Bonnie says – Anniversary Sale Specials: All floor model clearance items are an additional 10% off the lowest sale price May 22-24! Some specials include a Kenmore dryer, regular 399.99, currently on clearance for 299.94, this weekend 269.94! Or Sharp 70″ smart TV, regular 3299.99, current clearance 1649.94, this weekend 1484.94. Many more specials in store!

We also have a scratch and save promotion starting Thursday May 21 until Sunday May 24. (Anniversary sale items do not qualify for scratch and save)

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3rd Anniversary Sale

Draw for $50 Sears gift card Sunday


Bonnie Hayes

Sears Hometown Store

1400 – 5955 Main Street



PIB Chief Jonathan Kruger
Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation was awarded the 2nd Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation award (AEDC)

Photo: Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business – awards given in Calgary.

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is committed to the full participation of Aboriginal people in Canada’s economy. A national non-profit, non-partisan association, CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both mainstream and Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses across Canada.

Museum society asks for $42 thousand to continue fund raising

Present Museum on waterfront

Present Museum on waterfront


Despite its recent setback, the Osoyoos Museum Society is determined to press ahead with plans for a new museum on the site of the current Home Building Centre on Main Street.

Society president Mat Hassen on Tuesday asked town council for approval for $42,000 to continue fundraising and other aspects of the project. The request will go to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, but only after town council approves it.

The society had been proceeding with the project that would have seen it take over the building next fall and open the new museum in the spring 2017. The Home Building Centre was available because the company’s head office had planned a new store near the Osoyoos airport.

But head office decided against the new building and the local operator decided to close the store ahead of schedule and lay off staff. Negotiations involving the RDOS, the town and the Home Building Centre operator led to a new lease extending to the end of 2019.

This left the museum society with no place to go in the short term.

This “side-swiping” of the society, as Hassen called it, was a surprise and a setback, but he and his board will carry on.

The museum still has to move out of its current location in the old curling rink beside Gyro Park because the building is old and barely habitable, he said. And the Home Building Centre remains the only viable space in the town for a new museum.

“We have to stay the course,” said Hassen. “Otherwise the last seven years (working on the project) will have been for nothing.”

The society is waiting for the RDOS to sign a new lease with the Home Building Centre owners and will insist that it includes a “no-escape” clause, which will prohibit the company from reneging on its agreement to leave at the end of 2019.

“We need a legal certainty that we’ll get the building January 1, 2020,” he said.

Meanwhile, council gave its approval for the society to seek $42,000 from the reserve fund to cover ongoing fundraising activities for the new museum, continued designing the new exhibits and campaign materials that have to be revised because of the new dates.

The reserve fund includes the accumulated rent that the RDOS collects from Home Building Centre. The society is entitled to take up to $50,000 from the fund for development of the new museum.

Osoyoos Council report – Roy Wood

Slater remembered

Flags at the Town Hall are flying at half-staff this week to mark the recent death of former councillor, mayor and MLA John Slater, who died suddenly last week at his home.

Mayor Sue McKortoff remembered Slater as “a really positive leader” for Osoyoos.

Councillor CJ Rhodes said the death came as a shock and described Slater as “a kind of mentor of mine, who encouraged me to get into politics.”

He leaves a strong legacy of community service, said Rhodes.

No face on Facebook

The Town of Osoyoos has a Facebook page, but Chief Administrative Officer Barry Romanko told council it takes too much staff time to keep it current.

As a result, the town’s page remains hidden from public view, only to be used as “an important communications tool” in the event of an emergency.

No action on airport lands

Plans to re-zone the Osoyoos airport lands for industrial or commercial use have been put on hold.

Mayor Sue McKortoff told council Tuesday that with the withdrawal of a plan from Home Building Centre for a new store on the property and a lack of any other such proposals, there is no urgent need to take action.

The issue, which could have been very time consuming, has been set aside for the time being.

osoyoos-news-royalty-programRoyalty candidates drop by

Three Osoyoos Royalty candidates stopped in Tuesday to introduce themselves to members of council.

Emma Fernandez, Tianna Morgan and Bailey Toepfer said they became part of the Osoyoos Royalty Program to develop confidence and public speaking skills.


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O.I.B. and Watermark Beach Resort Planning Lakeside Store For Fish Sales

The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) wants to set up a lakeside store for the month of August selling sockeye salmon caught by First Nations fishers in Osoyoos Lake.

Charlotte Stringam, general manager of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultrural Centre, was part of a delegation to Osoyoos Town Council on Monday seeking support for the idea.

The market, likely housed in a tent, would be between the entrance to the Watermark Beach Resort and Gyro Park, between the paved pathway and the lake.

The store would sell fresh and canned sockeye salmon. In previous seasons, the OIB has sold sockeye at the PetroCan station on Highway 3.

At the new venue, said Stringam, “We’re probably going to sell more fillets so people put them right on their grill.”

The sale of fish is planned to be part of a broader education effort to inform locals and tourists about the history of the Osoyoos Lake Sockeye and its relationship to the OIB.

Stringam hopes to have the cultural centre operate boat tours taking visitors onto the lake to observe the fishery. There are also presentations at the cultural centre about the importance of the fishery to local First Nations.

It is also proposed that native carvers from the Okanagan Nation Alliance will spend one day a week at the market site carving a canoe from a cedar log.

Okanagan Nation Alliance biologist Richard Bussanich told council that, following a population crash in the mid-1990s, the Osoyoos Lake Sockeye run has dramatically improved.

In 2014 the return was estimated at about 300,000 fish, with about 100,000 actually making it to the spawning grounds.

About 50,000 fish were taken by the commercial, recreational and native food fishers.

While official estimates have not been released, the preliminaries show the expected Columbia River system sockeye return to be up from 347,100 to 394,000. The Osoyoos River is part of the Columbia system.

The spectacular rebound over the past two decades has led to a healthy First Nations commercial fishery and a recreational fishery open to non-aboriginal people.

Bussanich told council the fishery contributes between $350,000 and $400,000 to the Osoyoos economy and the group is seeking “the full collaboration of council.”

Watermark general manager Ingrid Jarrett told council the story of the recovery and regeneration of the Osoyoos Lake Sockeye fishery is being told by conservationists and otheers around the world.

She said her organization supports the fishery and the efforts of the OIB to create a space where “people can tell the story of the fishery and buy fish.”

The reaction of council was positive, although no formal vote was taken. Mayor Sue McKortoff urged the delegation to work with town staff to get the project moving ahead.


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Bobbi with Artist Marion Trimble at Painted Chair

Below Diane Gane shows how it is done

Bottom Leza Macdonald helping budding artist with is his chair.

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Letter to the editor

I was disturbed by the photo of some of the Oliver Kiwanis, standing by a heap off old furniture that someone had dumped there.  Why are people so thoughtless and selfish?

The Kiwanis work so selflessly for the community, donating so much time and effort into raising funds, so that the community can be helped in various ways.  I have catered the Kiwanis lunches for several years and, at every meeting, there is some local group asking for funds.  These donations are never denied.

Most of the money is raised through the Kiwanis market, known to much of the community as “Oliver Walmart”.  This is manned entirely by volunteers, not just on the Saturday sale days but several other days a week, when the furniture and other donated articles are collected and priced, for resale.  The volunteers are cheerful, friendly and always willing to assist, in an effort to make the market a successful fund raiser.  However, when useless old furniture is just dumped on the forecourt of the market, it has to be hauled away to the local dump and the Kiwanis have to pay for this service.

If the furniture you wish to donate to the Kiwanis is suitable, then drop it off during the hours when staff are working.  I believe this is Wednesday and Friday mornings.  If the stuff is not worth reselling, leave it at your own front door with a “free” sign on it.  If someone wants it, they will take it, if not, take it to the dump.

If people are too cheap to pay for the dump fees, why do they not leave it outside the dump gates.  This is not the way it should be handled but is a better option than dumping in the countryside or on someone else’s property.  If left outside the dump gates, it is an illegal, but easy, option for the louts who think someone else should be responsible for their mess.

Pat Whalley

Mothers raise funds for Nepal

brar two22Mother’s  Day Event was held on May 17, 2015 at SOSS. Approximately 250 ladies attended the party. We  raised $2000 for Nepal disaster from this event which will be donated through the Oliver Sikh Temple.  .

Harmandeep Brar & Suman Sharma – Organizers


RBC makes large grant to help with invasive marine species

RBC Blue Water Project donates $100,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for the Okanagan Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is pleased to announce that their RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant application has received financial support from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

The RBC has confirmed that this year $100,000 in grant funding will be made available to the Regional District in support of the Okanagan Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program which will address Quagga and Zebra Mussels. Local RBC branch managers will present the cheque to Mark Pendergraft-RDOS Chair on Thursday, May 21st, 10:45 am at the Regional District offices. They will be joined by valued partners in the program, Dr. Anna Warwick Sears- Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, Lisa Scott-Program Manager of the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, Sgt. Jim Beck-BC Conservation Officer Service and RDOS representatives.

“We’re very excited to see the RBC support such an important prevention program,” said RDOS Engineering Technologist Candace Pilling. “The Regional District and partner agencies are committed to helping protect Okanagan Lakes and waterways from invasive aquatics species like Quagga and Zebra Mussels and welcome the RBC as a partner.”

The introduction and invasion of Quagga and Zebra mussels to bodies of water in the United States, and in eastern Canada has been devastating and costly. As these mussels reproduce they degrade aquatic ecosystems to the point of collapse; cover infrastructure hampering a water purveyor’s ability to supply water to residents; infest beaches effecting tourism and community enjoyment; and cause a timely and costly imposition to boaters and recreational users by coating boats, propellers and foul bilges with layers of mussels and their carcasses.

The following video on Quagga/Zebra mussels specifically addresses the impact on the Okanagan should these invaders find their way here.

Unwelcomed trash

happy trash22Members of the Kiwanis Club stand near a large deposit of old, rotting furniture, dumped at rear of Kiwanis Market – Coop Avenue and Sawmill Rd.

Is it the rise in tipping fees?

Do you know of people who pick up furniture and get money from you but that stuff then is dumped on the side of the road?

A couple of suggestions – lighting, video, fencing and signs indicating private property “no dumping” or “you’re under video surveillance” etc.

Artist + paint = chair

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Pictures from the Painted Chair – featured throughout the day as time permits.

This is a special programme where local artists help budding artists (worker clients) in finishing their chairs and other furniture.

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March Monsanto – Saturday in Kelowna

Kelowna and Penticton residents will join forces this Saturday in the March Against Monsanto, at Parkinson Rec Centre. The Kelowna March Against Mosanto event is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Kevin Proteau of Locals Supporting Locals has chosen to cancel the Penticton march and join up with Kelowna’s, in order to have larger numbers. The goal, he said in a statement, is to get the message out that citizens of the Okanagan do not support a GMO non-browning apple or GMOs in general.

While the demonstrations are aimed at GMO labelling, bee colony collapse, seed sovereignty, food security and environmental health, agricultural chemical giant Monsanto is the movement’s target, according to a statement by Lori Timbol, the Kelowna march organizer. Protesters will be specifically demonstrating against the newly approved GMO Arctic apple, developed in Summerland by Okanagan Specialty Tree Fruits and recently purchased by Intrexon Corp. It’s the first genetically modified fruit approved in Canada. More information and details of the event can be found on Facebook