This is only for the first half of 2018. The column is fees.
Here are the same period for Osoyoos
It was such an awesome concert this weekend! The Back Alley Concert (July21) with The Slamdogs at Firehall Brewery, second of the 2018 Series, went like a dream! THANK YOU everyone who came out for an awesome summer evening. There’s only one more Series Concert to go: Back Alley Concert Aug 11th with Floyd Meets Brown, featuring Leila Neverland. Tickets are $15 if bought in advance, available at the Beer Shop & Social below the “Old Firehall” on Main Street (parking around back, down “Brewery Alley”).
The Slamdogs last night were amazing, and kept the fun coming with raw talent and a perfect laid back attitude. And, of course, thank you to our team of Firehall Brewery staff and volunteers for making this break-even event possible. If you would like to volunteer for one of our concerts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh ya….
and thanks Marie-Eve Ruhland for the photos.
From Giants Head looking to North – Rattlesnake Mtn. on right
One of the big guys taking off for fire-fighting shift. Helicopter info: 1979 Sikorsky S-61N, capacity up to 30 passengers, rotor diameter 62ft, maximum speed 267 kph, powerplant: 2 x General Electric CT58-140 turboshafts, 1120 kW each.
(Info from Canadian helicopters website)
Mark your calendars – Saturday August 18th
The countdown is on: there are less than five weeks to go until Oliver’s second annual Roots and Fruits Expo, Saturday, August 18th! The Expo is an all day, free-to-all, fun for all ages celebration of Oliver, its agriculture and its history.
The day kicks off at 10:30am with Oliver’s annual Sunshine Festival Parade led by the Summerland Pipe Band. Parade entry forms are available on Oliver Parks and Recreation’s website. Let your creative juices fly and put together a fun/silly/artistic entry in our parade. It’s a great way to showcase your business/group and a fabulous and fun way to support community spirit.
Once the parade wraps up, stroll right on down to the Oliver Community Park: the Roots and Fruits Expo gets rolling at 11:00 and is jam-packed with fun, free entertainment right through until 10:00 that evening.
In addition to non-stop music and on-stage entertainment, a sampling of the activities and exhibits includes: mechanical bull rides, pie eating contests, pony rides ($5/ride), baby goat petting, a pop-up water-park, a waterslide, bouncy castles and giant sandbox, wine barrel train rides, zucchini car racing, Roots and Fruits Arts Show and Tea, a Poultry in Motion mobile chicken barn, henna tattoos, gold panning, kids’ art stations, an Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre exhibit, a beverage garden featuring local beer, cider and wine; a pop-up farmers’ market; food trucks (including Peter Ze German, the Wienery, Vagabond Kitchen, Hawaiian Shave Ice and more); and a Roots and Fruits Exhibition of locally grown/made produce, baking, art and more.
Oliver Parks and Recreation could still a few more hands at the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo. Are you willing to lend a couple of hours? Please contact Katie at 250 498 4985 to sign up.
A century or more ago people thought that the human cell was just a blob of protoplasm. The truth is described in the next paragraphs.
“We now know that every single living cell is so complex that it is virtually beyond our ability to describe it. We could for example, compare it to a miniature “city” but the comparison would be inadequate because cities cannot reproduce themselves as cells can. However, the “city” is still a useful analogy. The cell’s tiny factories constantly retrieve, process and store food, while highly efficient power plants burn it, producing (and storing) energy without overheating the delicate, temperature-sensitive molecular mechanisms. Meanwhile, an elaborate “communication network” allows instant communication inside and outside the cell. The transport systems and waste disposal systems are models of efficiency. All this machinery is manufactured to high precision from the raw materials of nutrient molecules – and the entire city can reproduce itself in a matter of minutes! How could something so complex arise by chance, random processes?
That question remains one of the great mysteries for those who think that life arose out of the disorder of a “big bang”. No one today would presume that modern factories arose by way of an explosion in a brickyard; so if cells are more complex than cities, then their origin begs for even greater intelligent design.”
Quoted from Alien Intrusion by Gary Bates 2004 p. 120
“Machines require a blueprint, and blueprints require a designer. In all living things this blueprint is written on DNA… DNA carries the code (or instructions) for every “machine” within the cells, telling them what to make… The DNA molecule is the most compact and efficient storage information system in the known universe. For example, the amount of information that could be stored in a single pinhead of DNA would be equivalent to a pile of paper back novels 240 times as high as the distance from the earth to the moon, or 100,000,000 times more information that a 40 gigabyte hard drive could hold on your computer.” Ibid p. 121
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Local children’s author seeking community’s support by asking for your vote, for its second nomination, My Little Red Wagon Authoracademyaward.com Scroll down 1st page to the voting bar. Go to page 13/16 tap on “My Little Red Wagon”
Read up on the story & how it was created. Littleredwagongardenkit.com
Ebook is available by request Mylittleredwagon@outlook.com
Thank you for your time & support
Darcie (Bennett) Taylor in her own words
I introduced my storybook and Garden kit. I became the story of how it all started after deciding to go back to school with a grade 5 education at the age of 32 while being a single mother of 3.
Then I finished with how successful I’ve been since getting my “education” and how it’s the foundation of a great future no matter where you go.
Darcie and her family live in Oliver. Her husband works in Osoyoos
My Little Red Wagon story book was self published Oct 30, 2014. A true story about my daughter (now 19 and in college) and I planting a flower garden in her little red wagon. In 2016 I launched My Little Red Wagon Garden Kit. An educational hands on learning garden tool kit that promotes and supports literacy. The story book was my last English assignment over 10 years ago when I was at NorQuest College Edmonton Alberta, finishing up a 3 year struggle with a learning disability of reading and writing that had me starting upgrading at a grade 5 level at the age of 30.
I graduated with honours and continued on to get a degree in business administration. That true story I had made up from a once upon a time bed time story stuck in my heart for 10 years before publishing. After publishing my passion grew harder and My Little Red Wagon Garden kit was created to promote and support literacy. I’m trying to put my kit into every school and community to make awareness to literacy.
I believe education isn’t just about letters and numbers it’s about learning and we all learn a little different then others. Like each flower in a garden, each flower grows differently. I want to inspire everyone to keep learning, keep trying, keep creating into a beautiful flower of life. It’s never too late to learn to continue to grow into something much greater then what we were yesterday. Literacy is about every community, it has no Color or race but effects every generation.
My book and garden kit represents family literacy, creating, learning and growing together.
To hop is to launch my body from both feet at once, like a bunny. The bunny hop is a part of the dance at many weddings, where we all get in a circle, one behind the other, and we go, hop hop hop, kick left kick right hop hop hop. To hop is a dancing kind of move. Happy children (and adults too) often hop. I have seen deer hop when they play with each other. If I say the place is a hopping, that means many happy people
A hop, skip and a jump is a measure of distance, meaning just over there, not far. There is a game called hop scotch where the players take turns hopping across a pattern made on the cement with chalk. There are single and multiple length hops, hops with one foot, with two feet with feet together and with feet apart. It is most fun to play hop scotch with 4 or 3 or 2 people. Hop, hop
Hop to it, is to get at a task quick, like a bunny. In many places one can get a hop on, hop off pass for transportation. Touring around a city is one example. In Halifax there is this monstrous, amphibious vehicle called the Hopper. It takes you all around town and then into the water to see the harbour. Fun. Another fun hop on/off service is the local wine tour bus. You can hop off, stay a while, then hop on the next one
Hop-along-Cassidy is a fabled cowboy who had an injured leg so would hop along wherever he walked. To hop along as he did is to hop with one foot only. The TV show ‘The Real McCoys’ included a character simply referred to as Grandpa, and he hopped along with one foot too. Hopping is generally a moving from one place to another action
Yet, hopping on the spot is a common exercise move. It is also an expression of exuberant excitement to hop on the spot. Grandchildren do it when we are heading out for ice cream and I’m not getting my shoes on fast enough. To hop is an important skill. Otherwise, how would I hop a flight to another city? How would I hop onto the trolley in San Francisco?
How would I hop on over to visit you?
Today is a day of hard cold reflection on history repeating itself. In 2003 we faced a monster fire in the Okanagan.
When it was over I think we chalked it up to a once in a lifetime event. That allowed us to ignore just how fragile our lives, our Eco-system and the world really are.
The Okanagan Mountain Fire of 2003 was left to burn for a day without resistance. The wind storm and outburst of fire in all direction proved devastating over two hundred homes were lost. It was a case of two jurisdictions the Province and the City wanting to manage it until the fire became unmanageable and made its own rules.
The other night the same thing. The lightning struck in the same general area as the one fifteen years ago. Lightning never strikes in the same place eh? Well it burned unattended for hours and is now a major blaze. What is to burn you ask? New grasses. Different species of trees and scrubs Mother Nature has been busy up there.
Our summer was sliding through the days in peaceful tranquility until a couple of nights ago. The sudden storm came as a surprise, its intensity was overwhelming and destructive. There are folks I talked to that were actually afraid and rightfully so.
Several fires are the result and the destruction will set us back once again to years of regrowing what is being lost. It also is a warning. The climate and the weather patterns are changing and we are ignoring the big picture.
The problem is not an increase of fire danger. The problem is there are far more people in a crowded area, building houses in a danger zone.
It not only has implications for wildlife but us as well. We build in forests, we pave everything and cut down too many trees so water just runs down hill on the paved roads and driveways flooding everything in the water flows path.
Lightning strikes hit across the valley starting all kinds of fires It is time to ask the question we already know the answer too. Why are these fires now so intense?
First they are threatening human inhabited areas creating a series of problems we haven’t considered. Peachland is in a troubled spot – it’s in a forested area with roads through stands of trees. And going north is really the only alternative. Summerland is in a precarious position with fires on both sides of the community. Naramata is in trouble with fires as well, and one road in and out. Not to mention if West Kelowna sees another fire the power grid has one operation network if it burns thousands are without basic power requirements. Provincial Governments of all stripes are either deaf or oblivious as to the consequences that would result from a catastrophic event of this magnitude.
I remember a couple of years ago the Oliver fire and the two converging blazes damaged several orchards when a strange wind phenomenon blew entire stands of trees over and blew the crops off other trees.
These are not freak storms anymore from a fire standpoint and we need a plan with two ingredients Political will and money. For years logged areas were slash burned and much of it left on the forest floor. We have scraps of left over wood and pine needles and pine cones building up critical mass.
It needs to be cleaned up especially in community interface locations, Dry forest full of highly combustible material is a time bomb waiting for a reason to explode. With the explosion will come other problems as endangered wildlife will show up in communities in an ever shrinking habitat.
We are looking at and fearing the symptoms of a serious problem that is going to become the single biggest problem. That being environmental imbalance. Ask this question.
Would you give your grand child a burned out car for a gift?
No, then why would we give them a burned out world?
What we have seen so far with all its damage, and fear, is but a shot across the bow if we don’t get straight with Mother Nature. We can no longer put the forest fire threat on the back burner.
Just when I think that I am doing OK in this modern world, something comes along to give me a reality check. I recently took a trip to Salt Lake City with a friend. We were going to a convention of a group that we belong to.
My hubby uses the internet for everything and is very capable of finding his way around the digital world, me not so much. He had booked our airline tickets which meant leaving from Kelowna to Seattle then onwards to Salt Lake. I have done quite a bit of travelling both with and without Dave, so feel confident of finding my way round airports. The friend I was travelling with is more nervous and relied on me to get us to our destination.
Parking in the long term lot in Kelowna involves a long walk to the terminal, when it is 37 degrees it feels twice as long. Trying to park as close to the terminal as possible I circled round and round the lot, but, everyone else had the same idea so the only available spots involved a long hot walk.
Getting through the airport in Kelowna is a breeze, friendly staff, short lines and very short distance to the gates. Once through the security section there is a lot of choices for eating or shopping, on the whole a nice experience. The plane was only about one third full so lots of room to spread out for the short hop to Seattle.
On arrival at Seatac airport we had to claim our baggage, walk through several tunnels then get on a train to the main terminal where we put our luggage on a conveyor. Nobody checked it or even looked at it so why had we got to collect it and haul it through the airport? We then had to go through customs and security and then follow our footsteps back to the train and to the gate for the Utah trip. The whole thing seemed to be rather ridiculous and an exercise in futility, leaving us with no time to grab a bite to eat.
Arriving at our hotel at midnight we were met with a charming desk clerk who was full of personality but a bit short on know-how as it took him over forty five minutes to check us into our reserved room. I don’t know what the problem was but we stood there forever trying to keep a smile on our faces. After a huge wait he told us we had to pay for the first night up front, no problem we both offered Visa cards and did the transaction, however, he told us that we could not get a receipt for the payment until we checked out four days later. Too tired to argue and just glad to be booked in and able to go to our room, we headed for the elevator and our beds.
The next day we slept late and didn’t go down for breakfast until almost eleven, where we enjoyed a lazy brunch. Returning to our room we found our key-cards would no longer open our door. Back down twelve floors to the desk and told them our problem. Here we were told that we had not arrived yet and were due in that night. I waved our key cards and told him we had spent the night and had paid up front. Could he see our receipts? No we were not given one, he looked as though we were a pair of lunatics standing before him and told us that we had not checked in. I was undecided as to whether to laugh or hit him but decided to try the sensible approach and showed him our key cards and explained our luggage was in the room and we needed to sort this out now. We were reluctantly given updated cards and went to our room.
At 7.00pm, returning from dinner, we still had not had room service. I called the front desk was told the room hadn’t been used the night before…aaaagh. We eventually got new towels and supplies and the maid apologised but told us the room had not been on her list as it was unoccupied.
Four days later, when we checked out we got a receipt for the four night’s payment. I once again explained that we had previously paid an extra night but had not been given a receipt. However, the computer showed the room had been unoccupied so no receipt was forthcoming. I await the Visa statement to see how much, if anything, I paid for the room.
One lunchtime, a group of four of us went to the Olive Garden ate a lovely meal and then asked for our bills, we would all pay separately. I think most of us are familiar with the hand held machine that seems to be the way to pay at all restaurants nowadays. The Olive Garden had a different machine which was more like a tablet, the waitress programmed our bills into it, handed it to the first woman and promptly disappeared. Our friend found the bill correct but the tip was pre-set to a higher rate than she normally paid so she pressed a button to delete the amount. The whole machine did some strange things and flashed on various games we could play, before shutting itself down.
Getting the busy waitress back to the table took quite a while but she eventually reappeared, did something to the machine and handed it back to the guest. This time it worked properly and asked if she wanted a receipt, however, if she did she had to enter her email and one would be sent to her computer. This was not an option she wanted to do so she pressed the no receipt button. The next guest to try the machine was shown the total of the previous person’s meal so, once again we called the waitress. She approached the table of obvious morons and gave a sigh, the first guest told her that she thought she had been charged twice as the wrong amount was showing.
The waitress got someone else to assist. They fiddled with the machine and returned it, showing that she had indeed paid twice, so more fiddling about had to be done to reverse the transaction. The next guest completed her transaction and demanded a receipt, immediately. For this she had to go to the front desk where ten minutes were spent working out how to give a paper receipt. Meanwhile I paid my bill through the machine and again pressed no email, I would have liked a receipt but was not prepared to go through any more transactions.
Out of the four of us only one guest got a receipt and goodness knows what will appear on our credit card statements. What a ridiculous way to operate, the waitresses must get lots of complaints but it is not their fault. I think they should have to stand by while the transaction is completed, but they are busy and have other tables to service.
I know that the world is getting more and more reliant on computers but my experiences in Salt Lake showed that human error is very real and hard to correct on a machine. I have one night’s hotel bill and a lunch charge which I now have to check against my Visa bill. How do I correct mistakes long distance? I have no receipts to prove I was overcharged and, in the case of the hotel, no proof that I was even there. Just as well I didn’t need an alibi for my whereabouts for my first night in town, I would be :
Ed note – never leave Oliver without a teenager!!!
Leading those consultations will be Sarah Boyle, the appointed federal project manager for the proposed park. She most recently steered the development of the Rouge National Urban Park near Toronto, which involved working with farmers within it.
“In the coming weeks, Boyle will be introducing herself to the various stakeholders, organizations and others interested in the South Okanagan project,” Parks Canada said.
Boyle was not made available for an interview, but head of the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network, Doreen Olsen, has met her already and referred to her as “delightful.”
“She seems to understand what issues we have here,” Olsen said
On July 17 at 10:11 p.m., Oliver/Osoyoos RCMP responded to a residence on Wilson Mountain Road.
Police discovered a gunshot victim and commenced medical assistance. The man was taken to hospital, where he passed away.
The family of the victim states Christopher Glenn Haacke died at his residence.
Early investigation indicates the man and other parties involved were known to each other.
One Penticton report said this location is in Willowbrook – No – it is just north of the Silica Pit and visible from many parts of Oliver.
The victim, according to family, is not 58 years old. *
From Nunes Pottinger – Obituary
Christopher Glenn Haacke
April 29, 1964 – July 18, 2018
On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Christopher Haacke of Oliver passed away suddenly at the age of 54 years.
He will be fondly remembered by his loving family and friends.
The following is a video on the proposed National Park Reserve for the South Okanagan done by Brian Amos and Norm Eady to inform the people of the South Okanagan and the residents of British Columbia what the impact of a National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan would have on the area.
We would ask you to take into consideration that this is not a professional film production, it is a home grown production done by a couple of local guys trying to get the attention of the citizens of the Okanagan as to what the consequences of a National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan would have on the South Okanagan.
When you watch the video, there will be four documents brought forward which are the basis of the video, you will find a link below the video to the four documents.
Please click on this link and it will take you directly to the video.
Comments or thoughts, please direct them to email@example.com and time permitting, we will do our best to respond to them.
“Popular dentist from Wigton, Cumbria dies in motorbike crash in Canada”
Paul Knight, from Wigton, was fatally injured in a collision in BC on Saturday.
His wife also sustained serious injuries in the collision which involved three vehicles. Wife Michelle was also involved in the collision and sustained a number of serious injuries. She was due to have surgery yesterday and her condition was described as “stable”.
A family statement released to the News & Star read: “We are sad to announce the tragic death of Paul Knight of Wigton in a motorcycle accident in British Columbia, Canada.
Mr Knight, 64, leaves behind two sons and one daughter as well as two grandchildren.
The accident involved three vehicles and happened last Saturday just north of Rd 18, in Oliver BC.
The accident is still under investigation.
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.