Photographer Linda Sheehy-Brownstein

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Photographer Nick Koster

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Photographer Roger Richardson

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Nine PM – higher up


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Centre of attack – homes at risk

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The Bugg Road wildfire expanded quickly to 1,100 acres and began threatening homes Monday afternoon. By 6:15 p.m., authorities issued a level 3 evacuation near Siwash Road and N. Oberg. Dispatchers said at least seven helicopters were called to the scene to fight the fire. KREM Spokane

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50 trees taken out after four corner accident

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Our story today is not about two vehicles and two drivers that collided at Sumac Rd and No. 5 this afternoon but about trees.

Top picture shows an owner who has seen the wisdom of cutting some branches out after the accident because the vision is poor.

On the other side of street orchardist Jack Machial had many trees and poles knocked down as a result of the collision about 1pm today.

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No one seriously hurt. Machial and his son Ed were seen trying to restore the support poles for high density Ambrosia trees.

At least three claims to ICBC for this accident. No pictures of vehicles or report from RCMP available.

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Canada helps US – large blaze in Washington


wash fire22All the smoke is coming from about 20 miles south of the US Border.


A wildfire east of Tonasket began growing Monday afternoon in Okanogan County.

The Bugg Road wildfire (Siwash) expanded quickly to 1,100 acres and began threatening homes this afternoon.

By 6:15 p.m., authorities issued a level 3 evacuation alert near Siwash Road and N. Oberg.

Dispatchers said at least seven helicopters were called to the scene to fight the fire.

The Department of Natural Resources originally reported the fire around 3:30 p.m. in the Siwash Creek area.

Other Washington state fires contributing smoke: Carleton south of Twisp. Two others R Road and Lone Mtn. 1 – all three south of Omak.

BC Wildfire Media contacts says air tankers and other resources from Penticton heading south to help.

People in Osoyoos Oliver and Keremeos asked not to clog the lines asking for information.

All fires in Okanagan “well managed” and not causing a problem. No new fires in the Kamloops Region allowing the assistance to others in need.

ODN will attempt to find out more.

Please continue to send photos and information (thanks)

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Interview with Mt. Baldy owner Brent Baker

ODN: What’s going on?
Brent Baker: “Yes, you found me. We are working on a press release, until then I am bound by confidentiality agreements. We can do a story as soon as I get clearance to do so.”

ODN: Who has taken the action?
Brent Baker: Stark is our first position secured lender.

ODN: Who needs to give you permission?
Brent Baker: Not a question of need but agreement to coordinate press releases

ODN: Am I bound by anything?
Brent Baker: Not that I know of, but I signed some confidentiality agreements, and my providing you information assumes respect of that for now.

ODN: Why is the court info not available to the public?
Brent Baker:I believe it is. (confirmed that it is now available to the public). The important thing is we are trying to give Mt. Baldy its future and set it free. This will not be a good thing for the present investors (understatement), will yield an exit for the existing secured creditors, and will be great for the local skiers and the South Okanagan economy if we get a deep-pocketed operator/developer in there to replace us.

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Update on Mt. Baldy-Court orders revealed

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith

Sale of Assets of Mount Baldy Ski Corporation

& Related Companies under Foreclosure

Petitioner - Stark BC Venture LLC seeking $4.4 million dollars


G-Force Real Estate Inc. of Vancouver, B.C. has been appointed Marketing Agent for a secured creditor who has received conduct of sale from the Supreme Court of British Columbia under a foreclosure action to sell most of the assets of Mount Baldy Ski Corporation and related companies. The primary objective of the Marketing Agent is to find a buyer who will be able to complete an acquisition in time to operate the resort for the upcoming 2014-15 ski season.

For more information on the sales process and the details of the assets for sale go to:      G-Force

Mount Baldy Resort is located in the south Okanagan Valley of British Columbia just north of the Canada-US border and east of nearby Osoyoos and Oliver. With a base elevation of nearly 5,700 feet, the resort boasts one of the highest base elevations, most sunshine and lightest powder of any ski resort in the Okanagan. The resort offers a purchaser significant opportunities for recreation and real estate development.
G-Force Real Estate Inc. of G-Force Group draws on its extensive experience in restructuring, performance improvement, corporate finance and several industries to assist stakeholders in enhancing or recovering their investments and loans from businesses, real estate and construction projects in a variety of industries including real estate development, hospitality, leisure, and other industries in British Columbia and Alberta.

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Report on Recreation – Carol Sheridan, Manager

To: Oliver Parks and Recreation Society – Public Meeting Tuesday July 22 at 7pm

From: Carol Sheridan, Manager of Parks and Recreation

Administration/Labour Management:

The first meeting of the new Occupational Health & Safety Committee will take place on Thursday July 24. This committee has representation from the office, facilities, pool, program and management and will meet regularly throughout the year to identify and reduce potential workplace hazards to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.
A request for quotes will be sent out this month to 2-3 local companies looking for logo design services for the Society. The current logo is outdated and the opportunity to rebrand out organization is here.


The Community Centre parking lot lines were painted June 22 by Alpine Painting services. The scheduled shutdown of the Oliver Pool to replace the motor in the Main Pool pump went smoothly and the pump is now functioning normally.
We have had a considerable increase in the amount of goose droppings at Rotary Park & Beach this year. Geese certainly continue to be a challenge in parks across the country. In 2012 the OPRS installed “Away with Geese” lighting that did significantly reduce the number of geese spending time on the sand and grass at Rotary Park. The lighting works on photocells, so when the sun starts coming up at 4:00am the lights stop working and this time between 4:00-8:OOam is where we see the highest activity of geese on land. Recent communications on the subject revealed that the Town funds a valley-wide goose egg-addling program. I was not aware of or contacted about such a program can confirm that egg-addling did not happen in the Rotary Park area in 2014. While we normally see some geese at the park this summer their eggs hatched successfully and they have had several babies, in fact there are 4 individual families now, and the number of geese spending time in the park has increased to around 30. This creates a whole lot of goose droppings – pounds and pounds of it. We have received complaints about the amount of goose droppings at the park and have responded with additional staff time down at the facility.

OPRS Parks staff is at Rotary Beach and Park every other morning at 7:00am raking the beach and either shoveling goose droppings from the grass or mowing to get it off that way. They do another sweep of the park and beach at mid-day. Due to the number of geese around the lake this year we hired an individual provide Goose Patrol services at the park 5 mornings a week from 4am-8am to keep the geese from coming near the park and beach area. This pilot project ran from July 7-15.

Detailed reports were provided and it was decided that the service would cease until the end of July and be reassessed at that time. I will work with the Town for other strategies and options such as firearms license etc. moving forward.

The new chiller is being delivered to the Oliver Arena on Thursday July 17 and the removal of the old chiller and installation of the new chiller to begin week of July 21.

The Big League Experience ball camps will start on July 27 at Oliver community Park and the company will once again utilize the arena facility as their home base for the summer.

We have had members of the public come forward with concerns about Lion’s Park related to the large number of people who are using the park during the past few weeks. Some of the concerns include dogs off leash, open alcohol and marijuana use, garbage, graffiti, parking spaces taken up by camper vans and the sheer number of people who sit right at the entrance of the park that intimidate some local park users from entering the park.

Community Park Diamond 1 and event park are being given lots of attention and are slowly recovering from the West Coast Amusements and Sunshine Festival. We continue to struggle with irrigation challenges in Community Park and Lion’s Park due to broken and outdated wiring and parts.

Community Development:

Thank you to all members of the Board for their support of the Sunshine Festival including the new Uncork the Sun event. The staff worked very hard to produce these events and we learned a lot and succeeded in provided quality entertainment and experiences for residents and visitors.

The “Music in the Park” series offered by the Oliver Community Arts Council continues each Thursday night until August 28. The first few evening markets were poorly attended however is gaining ground as the word gets out. While the response from market vendors outside of Oliver has been positive, we are hoping more local vendors and artists will participate.

The Oliver Healthy Living Coalition is undergoing a Food Security survey project with the help of an Interior Health student. The survey will provide a baseline for knowledge about our residents, their diet, their awareness of services and programs to support healthy eating and the barriers preventing people from eating healthy year round.

We have provided grant application letters of support to SOMHA and the Oliver Lawn Bowling club.

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Report on Reserves to Oliver Parks & Recreation



Report to: Oliver Parks and Recreation Society

From: Carol Sheridan, Manager of Parks and Recreation

Date: For Public Meeting Tuesday July 22 7pm

Subject: Reserve Bylaws

Action: Resolution


The purpose of this report is to provide a recommendation that the Oliver Parks & Recreation Society (OPRS) dissolve the TCA reserves and fund a new single reserve bylaw that could be fed into by all 5 services and be used for capital projects in any function.


The Society had identified in the strategic planning session the need to amalgamate the reserve bylaws of the 5 existing service functions (Pool, Parks, Arena, Hall and Program) into one. At the May 20 Regular Meeting of the OPRS staff was directed to review process and best practices for such an amalgamation. On June 26th a meeting was held at the RDOS with Area “C” Director Allan Patton, OPRS Chair Shiela Lang, OPRS Manager Carol Sheridan, RDOS Financial Officer Sandy Croteau, and RDOS Deputy Corporate Officer Christy Malden to discuss options.

RDOS staff informed us at the meeting that it is not possible at this time to amalgamate the existing bylaws due to the mandate of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Discussion ensued regarding the challenges the Society is facing for planning capital development with the functions segregated as they currently are. RDOS staff confirmed that although it would take time to build the reserve levels up, a new single reserve could be created that could be fed into by all services and used for each function through the regular capital planning/budget process.

It was also recommended by Director Patton that some policies be developed to ensure minimum levels are maintained in each of the reserves and that this new single reserve not be used to “top up” other reserves for other purposes than approved capital projects.


With a resolution from the Board of Directors, staff will:

  1. Work with the Regional District to complete the necessary paperwork to request the creation of new reserve bylaw that could be contributed to and used by all 5 existing functions.

  2. Make the necessary changes to the proposed 2015 budget to allow for this new single reserve.

Carol Sheridan

Manager of Recreation

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Hours cut at local Social Assistance office

11 offices in the Interior are affected.

Public now restricted in access to one half of the normal hours.

No staff affected.


Please be advised effective September 8, 2014, our local ministry office in Oliver will be open to the public from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays).

In addition the office will be open from 9 am to 12 noon on the Wednesday and Thursday of cheque issue week. This change will make it possible for our on-site ministry workers to continue to maximize in-person access in Oliver in the afternoons while allowing our staff to support and deliver income assistance services to our provincial clientele during the mornings.

The ministry’s overarching goal is to streamline processes and better serve British Columbians and the ministry will closely monitor the effectiveness of these service-delivery changes and will make appropriate adjustments.

Our ministry is moving towards more technology-enabled and virtually delivered services in order to provide citizens and clients with more choices and flexibility on how, when and where to access our services.

Our Contact Centres’ hours of operation are from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays) and we encourage clients to utilize this service.

Please have your clients call 1-866-866-0800 to receive assistance from a service agent. For client’s convenience, we have a call back feature that allows clients to leave their contact number, and they will be called back in the same order that their call was received.

In addition to our existing service options, also effective September 8, 2014, clients may register online to use our ministry’s My Self Serve.

My Self Serve is an online service option with features that include:

  • ability for clients to submit their monthly reports (stub) online

  • allows clients to view their cheque amounts and status of their cheques, and

  • allows clients to receive messages from the ministry.



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Ace at Canyon Desert

janice hole22Janice Lafontaine who scored a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course on July 20th.

Janice used a 13 wood and was playing with her husband Mike.

Photo and story by Ron Nichol (on the round as well)

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Thursday in the park

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Will Fortis support this program?

led light22The B.C. government is making it easier to put high-efficiency bulbs in street lights by becoming the first province in Canada to offer a buy-in-bulk discount to cities and towns.

Benefits include:

  • Co-ordination with BC Hydro’s Power Smart Program that offers incentive funding to assist with conversion costs. ( BC Hydro is a crown corporation – Fortis is not and not mentioned )

There are about 360,000 streetlights across B.C. keeping roadways and parking lots glowing, but most use old technology that uses a lot of power.

Replacing the old conventional lights with high-efficiency LED bulbs would cut power use enough to run a city like New Westminster.

While LED lights cost up to three times more than conventional ones, they last five times longer and use 50 to 70 per cent less electricity.

This program was announced recently but stated BC Hydro and not our local utility.

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Normal summer?

High cost of gas, accommodations keeping Canadians at home – survey says yes.

There has been heat

There has been smoke and fires

There are pumps prices that could be lower


Do you find this is NOT like a normal summer with lots of tourists, beaches filled, accommodation hard to find?

With no research other than what I see – the best month of the year for heat and people is July and I don’t see the travelers.

Is this aging demographics?

Is it the cost of fuel for cars and trucks?

Do we live in the air conditioner age – stay at home ?

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Photographer Donna Dean

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Moonlight Serenade

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Rural report with Laird Smith

I keep my ear tuned to the weather in BC which right now is perfect for fruit. I just think of those peaches growing fat and juicy. What a delight!

This kind of heat BC is getting now is perfect for cantaloupe. Those melons will be so sweet and juicy. I would rather eat a cantaloupe than a peach, maybe because there is more to eat with a cantaloupe.

Last week we purchased peaches from a fruit pedlar at our local farmer’s market in Edmonton, but I wasn’t happy with the flat sided peaches. They just were not up to par. Why did we buy them? We were hoping the taste would be alright. Some were sour and some were sweet. They were Oliver peaches grown by someone I know. Next purchase we will be looking for well rounded fruit.

As a boy, picking peaches was the most difficult job in the whole orchard. First, you had to cup your hand around the peach to pick it off the tree. If you removed the peach any other way you would bruise it with your finger tips.
I  put the peaches into a pail which was hooked to a harness which I wore. I had both hands free for picking. I did not hang onto the ladder but balanced on the step and leaned against the ladder which gave me more balance.

When the pail was full, it was down to the apple box where the peaches were hand lifted out of the pail and gently placed into the box.

I could never pick more than an hour because the peach fuzz drove me crazy! As soon as my hand moved from one peach to another, the air filled with fuzz and it would land on my sweaty body. I would breathe it in too, then I would rub my nose and have it on my face. Before I knew it I was covered in fuzz, at least that is what it felt like.
When I think about those days I still scratch.

The best peaches that Wally grew were the Red Havens. They were free stone and delicious right off the tree. During peach season we ate peaches for dessert every day, never growing tired of them. We ate them with strawberries, raspberries, ice cream and cantaloupe, and once in a while we had peach pie or cobbler.

Auntie Kay would can the peaches and make some into jam, then we would enjoy them out of season too.

Heat brings an abundance that we can all enjoy.

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Letter to the editor

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Brad Fossett suggested I send you these photos I took at “the Stump”.

Brad and his nephew Kyle were kind enough to load and haul away in their two pickups this pile of used lumber and yard waste which someone had put there either Friday (after 9 am) or Saturday early.

It was stacked on top a of a large fire pit as if someone planned to have a bonfire. I notified Brad, Fire Chief for Willowbrook VFD and he quickly showed up and removed the pile to the Oliver landfill.

file twoAll of this material can be dumped free of charge at the landfill so we were concerned that the reason it was placed at the Stump was for a bonfire. Campfire ban is in effect and there is a sign near the turn onto Sawmill Lake access road that the driver had to go past to get to the Stump.

People also need to respect that this is private land and there are several signs stating so.

Those of us who live in the vicinity will continue our efforts to hopefully prevent some idiot from starting a fire.

Jim Tomkins

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Most regular viewers know about FREE classifieds and FREE events.

It would seem a few do not and try to make a comment on the buttons above – the ones that don’t have the word FREE on them.

Those comments are usually discarded and your ad or event is not seen for long.


let me repeat that

PUT your classified ad or event notice on the correct button above.

It is actually……really easy.

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Thanks Zach and Hanna

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Two recent grads, Hanna Ellis and Zach Raposo ran the fundraiser “Haircuts for Holmstrom” at Canadian Tire Friday and raised over $1450.

Great success – thanks for organizing

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Osoyoos Desert Society – handsome award

osoyoos desert wikiThe Government of British Columbia approved $16.7 million in community gaming grants for arts and culture and $29.1 million for sport during 2013-14

◾Osoyoos Desert Society – $50,000

Denise Eastlick, Executive Director at the Osoyoos Desert Society said that the grant funds provide critically needed core funding for their group. “These funds are earmarked for habitat conservation, restoration and education,” Eastlick said. “The grant is essential to us being able to provide our year-round programs and projects.”

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