Expert art instruction for children

Art lessons for ages 4-18. At the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre 34274-95th Street in Oliver  (5840 Airport St.)

Art instructor Leza Macdonald

Lessons to begin January 7th for six sessions – Feb.11, 2012

Ages 4-7 9 a.m -10.a.m. $5.00 or $30.00 per semester

Ages 8-12 10.30 -12 noon $10.00 or $60.00 per semester

Ages 13-18 1-3.30 p.m. $15.00 or $95.00 per semester

This will include some supplies. Please register as the classes will be kept to 10 per class.

Info: Leza 250 498-2757  or Sally Franks 250-498-0104

Area Planning Commission to be named Thursday

That the RDOS Board of Directors appoint the following as members of the Electoral Area ‘C’ Advisory Planning Commission until November 30, 2014:

Cort Larsen
Kathy Mercier
Jamail Brar
Gary Dell
Jay Martiniuk
Ed Machail
Jessica Murphy
Bill Michael
Sara Bunge


Bylaw 2339, being a bylaw of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, provides for the creation of Advisory Planning Commissions for each of our electoral areas.

Section 3 of the Bylaw establishes that the role of the Commission is to provide recommendations to the Regional District on all matters referred to it by the Regional District or by its Electoral Area Director respecting land use, the preparation and adoption of an official community plan or a proposed bylaw and permits under Divisions 2, 7, 9 and 11 of Part 26 of the Local Government Act.

Names above as recommended by Area Director Allan Patton

RDOS to consider next week

Agricultural Land Commission Referral – Subdivision within the ALR

Administrative Recommendation: That the RDOS Board “authorise” the application for subdivision at 32231 123rd Street, Rural Oliver, to proceed to the Agricultural Land Commission;

Purpose: To facilitate a subdivision to adjust existing boundary lines of two legal parcels to create a one hectare (ha) parcel and consolidate the remainder with an adjacent parcel to create a 38.5 ha parcel.

Owners: Gary & Linda Venables  32231 123rd Street Existing OCP: Agriculture (AG) Existing Zone: Agriculture One (AG1)

Proposed Development:

An application has been lodged with the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to permit a subdivision to occur within the  Reserve (ALR) seeking the Commission’s approval in order to “subdivide their property to create a separate 1.0 ha parcel for the existing dwelling”. No new parcels will be created as a result of the proposed subdivision.

Statutory Requirements:

Under Section 34 of the Agricultural Land Commission Act, the Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen (RDOS) must “review the application, and … forward to the commission the application together with [its] comments and recommendations”, unless Section 25(3) applies wherein the Board has the ability to refuse to “authorise” an application.

Site Context: The subject property is approximately 5.63 ha in size and is situated on the west side of 123rd street approximately 250 m west of Hwy 97 and 3.6 km south of the Town of Oliver currently the property is planted with grapes and contains one single family home. The applicant states that the property has three distinct areas separated by relatively steep slopes. Vineyards are planted on the lower and mid elevation plateau with the single family home and horse barn located on the upper bench.

Surrounding land uses include productive farmland to the west and east, crown land zoned conservation to the south, and land zoned agriculture to the north. The irrigation canal is to the east of property.

Background: Under the Electoral Area ‘C’ Rural Oliver Zoning Bylaw No. 2453, 2008, the subject property is zoned Agriculture One (AG1), with a minimum parcel size requirement of 4.0 ha.

The property to the west, owned by Hester Creek, is zoned Agricultural Two (AG2) with a minimum parcel size of 10.0 ha, is the parcel that will be consolidated with the remainder of the subject property with the proposed subdivision. That parcel is approximately 33.9 ha in size. The applicant has submitted a letter from the General Manager of Hester Creek stating that are currently in negotiations with the Venables to purchase the vineyard component of the subject property.

Ship in a bottle

I promised Linda a Ship in a Bottle back in 1972.

I had carved nothing more than the  hull, masts and spars before the civic election and then I had all the time in the world to fiddle around and mount the masts spars, attach the sails and rigging and get it in the bottle.

One compromise: my hull and masts and spars would  not fit into the bottle so I had to cut off about 1 ½ inches of  the neck.

Photo and story by Pat Hampson

Larger view of ship inside:

Basso challenges Slater on two issues

Marji Basso, BC NDP Provincial Candidate for the Boundary Similkameen is asking the Provincial government to explain why the BC Liberals endorse the IHA  decision to close sexually transmitted infection clinics. This decision directly affects the Grand Forks public health unit which will no longer be testing new patients for sexually transmitted infections or HIV.   Based on a news release by the BC Nurses Union recently, Interior nurses warn of higher rates of teen pregnancy, STI infection transmission if clinics are closed. Public health nurses in BC’s Interior region are stepping up their opposition to the Interior Health Authority’s (IHA) recent decision to close all five public health clinics that test and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.  “Our current MLA John Slater needs to immediately act on behalf of the people of the Boundary Similkameen and get his government to explain this decision that negatively impacts rural communities such as Grand Forks. This is not in the best interest of families,” she concluded, ” it goes against a preventative approach to health concerns which we all know is more fiscally responsible that reacting after the fact. This is unfortunately consistent with the pattern that the BC Liberals are neglecting rural British Columbians with regards to healthcare.”

Marji Basso so is also calling on Slater to explain why the BC Liberals are dragging their feet on removing the HST, saying the delay is hurting the economy and costing jobs while extending the amount of time that British Columbians are being hit by the unfair tax. “British Columbians voted overwhelmingly to defeat the HST, and now the Liberal government is playing games by saying it will take more than a year and a half to remove,” said Basso. “Meanwhile, ordinary people are still paying this tax and the delay is costing BC jobs and economic activity.” Basso’s call echoes a recent question from Adrian Dix in the BC Legislature. “It took eleven months to bring the HST in,” Dix said in Question Period. Basso is urging that John Slater join the calls from business and community leaders to expedite the removal process. “Our current MLA needs to immediately act on behalf of the people of the Boundary Similkameen and get his government to take this seriously and act quickly to abolish the HST,” she concluded.

Oliver pioneer passes – Katie Woodruff

One of Oliver’s oldest residents, Katherine  (Katie) V. Woodruff passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 28 at Sunnybank Centre in Oliver at the age of 103 years. Growing up before TV, computers, airlines, satellites, and cell phones existed and when radio, electricity, cars, and tractors were rare and not available on most farms, Katie lived to see men land on the moon and people fly to Europe in three hours.

She was born in the town of Bellingham, Minnesota on August 21, 1908 to Otto and Bertha Kohnke.Her parents, of German heritage had immigrated from the Posen area in Prussia the previous century to seek a better life in America. Katie’s sisters, brothers and their parents set out from Minnesota with a team of horses and covered wagon to Watertown, S. Dakota in 1916, then shifted shortly to Evansdale, Mont. and in June 1917 to  central Saskatchewan and settled in the Dunblane district.

She travelled eight miles by horse and buggy to school during warmer months and in winter took correspondence lessons. At the age of 16 in 1924 she married Herbert Woodruff. He passed away in 1960.  After living through the dustbowl years of the 1930s they decided to pull up stakes and relocate to Oliver in 1940. With World War II in progress, her two sons enlisted and served overseas, returning home in 1945. Katie was employed at the Oliver Co-op packinghouse from 1942 until her retirement in 1973. She was a charter member of the Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary in Oliver and recipient of a life membership in 1979. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens Association, Oliver Women’s Institute, Sunnybank Auxiliary and was one of the original members of the Oliver Credit Union (now Interior Savings). Her hobbies included crochet work and quilting and she was an avid bingo player.

Katie was predeceased by her son David Woodruff in January 2011; three brothers and two sisters as well as grandson Randy Tirk, granddaughter Kathy McJilton and sons-in-law Jim Tirk and Andy Surinak. She is survived by her son Donald (Fran) Woodruff of Medford, Oregon; daughters Betty Surinak and Grace Tirk of Grand Forks; daughter Linda (Richard) Schaffrick, of Oliver, as well as several grandchildren,  numerous great-grandchildren and  great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Oliver United Church with Legion padre Ray Turner officiating. Interment at the Oliver cemetery. A reception will follow at the Elks Hall. No flowers by request. Donations to Sunnybank Centre or charity of your choice welcome. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos B.C.

Top news of 2011

Chosen as top news story – Destruction of SOSS by fire September 12th  – “Fire of an undetermined origin broke out at about 2:15 am and burned for 5 or more hours. It continues at this hour.”

Chosen as top news photo – submitted by Jeremy Cook (shown above)

Chosen as top newsmakers of 2012 – Hunter Miller/Brittany Michaud – serious health problems – positive results and widespread community support.

Enderby volunteer fireman trained in Oliver

VERNON – The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the volunteer firefighter who died on the morning of Dec. 29, 2011, while fighting a fire in Enderby. The deceased is Daniel Botkin, aged 25.

Mr. Botkin was one of 24 volunteer members of the Enderby Fire Department. The fire department was called to a fire at the Sperlich Log Construction site on Brickyard Road at about 4 a.m. on Dec. 29. Shortly after 5 a.m., it appeared the fire was under control when there was an explosion in a shed attached to the main structure. Mr. Botkin died in the explosion, and a second firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The BC Coroners Service and the RCMP continue to work closely with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and WorkSafeBC to determine the cause of the fire and explosion.

A new era at the School District

Recently elected to lead School District #53  is Marieze Tarr of Osoyoos as Chair of the Board.

A mother of school aged children, a medical scientist by training and wife of a Dr. Garnett Tarr, Marieze hails from South Africa. She has lived in Canada for over twenty years in both Saskatchewan and BC and was elected to the board four times as the representative of the Osoyoos area.

Tarr says she wants to bring communications with the public to the forefront and at an upcoming January retreat will urge trustees to engage parents, administrators and the public in discussions about what can be accomplished locally in education. She says the governance of the School Board needs to be looked at and a new committee structure will be reviewed again so that more work can get done in a school district that is so spread out from Hedley  to OK Falls to Osoyoos.

Marieze Tarr says there have been a number of issues like school closures that have come up and she has been quick to consult with all parties so that a controversial subject is debated with the facts on the table. She says she likes transparency in governance and hopes to open up all meetings except land, labour and legal. She says a number of trustees are passionate about getting the word out. Tarr says she will sponsor the idea of meeting with each community in the District once a year with issues dear to them. She says that a restorative justice process could be introduced for disciplinary matters and she hopes to continue working on that idea.

Albino Big Horn

Photo taken by Jonathan Kruger
Chief, Penticton Indian Band

“This is the Great White Mountain Sheep on our Reserve… This is the 9th White Big Horn Sheep recorded in North America…” J. Kruger

Funeral for Harold King tomorrow in Osoyoos

Harold King

      Aug 16, 1926 – Dec 25, 2011

On Sunday December 25, 2011, Oliver pioneer Harold King passed away in Kelowna at the age of 85 years. A funeral service will be officiated by The Reverend Patrick Reid at 11:00 A.M. Thursday December 29 at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church (Osoyoos).

Interment and committal will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery. A reception will then be hosted by the ACW in church lower hall.

Source: Nunes-Pottinger

Art lessons begin January 7th

Art lessons for ages 4-18. At the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre 34274-95th St. (5840 Airport Street)

Lessons to begin January 7th for six sessions – Feb.11, 2012

Ages 4-7 9 a.m -10.a.m. $5.00 or $30.00 per semester

Ages 8-12 10.30 -12 noon $10.00 or $60.00 per semester

Ages 13-18 1-3.30 p.m. $15.00 or $95.00 per semester

This will include some supplies. Please register as the classes will be kept to 10 per class.

Info: Leza 250 498-2757 Sally 250-498-0104

Unexpected guests arriving?

Riverside Trails Bed and Breakfast

37445-93rd Street – north of Oliver on Island Way
Phone 250.498.2310

Your Hosts Tom and Dorothy McLaughlin


Lakeside Resort – on Tuc-el-Nuit Lake – in Oliver
37005-81st Street (6707 Lakeside Drive)
Sally and Paul Bouchard
Mail: RR#4 S6 C5 Oliver BC V0H 1T0
Phone: 250.498.2177
Toll Free: 1.800.220.7330
21 suites with cabanas and camping

Oliver House Bed and Breakfast
(Road #3) 9783 – 336 Avenue Oliver
RR#1 S 70 C 26 Oliver BC V0H 1T0
Claudette Chabot and Steve Staresina
Phone: 250.498.8461
Fax: 250.498.8462


Morbrook Farms Bed and Breakfast
9521 – 374 Avenue Oliver
RR#2 S15 C12 Oliver BC V0H 1T0
Near Okanagan River and Hike/Bike path
Ron and Maggie Galloway
Phone: 250.498-0268


Wapiti Creek Lodge
Mount Baldy – east of Oliver BC
Phone: 250.490.6251
Scott Nichol
5 mins from the hill, accessible from Rock Creek, Osoyoos and Oliver. Modern suites – check website for directions


Above the Orchard Bed and Breakfast
33616 93rd Street
RR #4 S19A C6 Oliver BC V0H 1T0
Phone: 250.498-4243
1-866-498.4263 (toll free)
Fax: 250.498.4266
Ed and Lorraine Dukes
Check website above to use e-mail to contact

Absolutely Suite
11119-348th Ave (949 Panorama Crescent)
RR1 S88 C8 Oliver Bc V0H 1T0
Phone: 250.498.4350 or Cell 250 485 2660
Christine and Russell Work
Check website for more information. Close to town. Available as a fully self-contained suite with optional breakfast

In September – a Balancing Rock field trip

September 27th

Sunday afternoon saw a crowd of over thirty people gather at the Recreation Center for the Oliver and District Heritage Society and the Okanagan Historical Society geology field trip to Balancing Rock which is located about 14Km up the My Baldy road. The rock is a short walk from the road where there was adequate parking for all the vehicles.

At the rock, geologist, Murray Roed, gave a talk on the geology of the rock, and his theory on how it came to be there. He stated that it would have been carried from somewhere north of its present location by a glacier during the ice age and deposited there when the ice melted. Murray, further talked about the geology of the south Okanagan with topics such as McIntyre Bluff and the formation of various features in the area, after the talk, he took questions from the folks present. Refreshments followed the talk.

It was a very pleasant day, a little windy but mild enough not to need a coat, the path to the rock is easy to walk for anyone to manage. The rock itself is precariously balanced on the edge of a rock outcrop, had it settled 18 inches towards the edge, it would have rolled down the hill and not be a feature to wonder at.

The book, “Okanagan Geology South” was being sold after the talk, profits from the book going to the Student fund at UBC Okanagan. The book is also available at the Oliver archives.

Photo and article supplied by Dave Whalley

Second photo taken by George Cornish

Congratulations to all winners

(above Mayor Ron Hovanes picks winner with Kelly Venables)













Harold William King RIP

Harold King passed away on
Christmas day. We will greatly miss him!

A memorial service will take place Thursday morning at 11:00 at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Osoyoos.


Earlier story:

August 19, 2011 –

Two significant things happened this week for Harold King. He celebrated his 85th birthday and he stepped down as chair of the RDOS Area C “APC”.

Harold lost his wife Joan in 2003 and at that time he was asked to take her place on the Area Planning Commission. He said yes and has been on the board since then.

Harold has an Osoyoos telephone number and lives at the very southerly end of the rural area near Road 22. He has been there many many years. He was born in Manitoba but his family brought him to BC in 1927. King was raised here and has a long memory. He retired from farming his 20 acres but still lives in the same house in the orchard.

King was a former chair of the Heritage Society but says his love for the Naturalist Club will continue and he still goes for coffee each week with some of church buddies to keep connected.

Harold had a bad car accident last year at the coast and has had health issues since them.

Harold King was born to Clarence Aubrey King and Olive Hill in Winnipeg in 1926.


A sparkling affair – January 21st – a Desert Sun project

Saturday January 21st – Annual Grand Night Gala – Formal Dinner and Dance

For the past six years Desert Sun has held the “Grand Night”, an evening of dinner, dancing, silent auction and a draw for $1000.00. Each year a different theme is chosen to build the event around. Past theme have included “A Winter in New York”, “An Evening in Paris”, “A Night at the Oscars”, “An Enchanted Evening in Wine Country”, “Carnival By Moonlight”, A Captain’s Gala Dinner”. Local chefs donate their culinary skills to provide amazing meals.

Proceeds go to support our local Safe Home Project, Community Kitchen and other programming at Desert Sun. The event is held the 3rd weekend in January.

At the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos

6pm Cocktails ~ 7pm Dinner

Tickets $70 each and available at Beyond Bliss in Oliver   and Office Pro in Osoyoos

Oliver Sagebrushers Art Club

Art lessons for ages 4-18. At the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre        34274-95th St. (5840 Airport Street)

Lessons to begin January 7th for six sessions – Feb.11, 2012

Ages 4-7        9 a.m -10.a.m.     $5.00 or $30.00 per semester

Ages 8-12      10.30 -12 noon     $10.00 or $60.00 per semester

Ages 13-18    1-3.30 p.m.          $15.00 or $95.00 per semester

This will include some supplies.   Please register as the classes will be kept to 10 per class.

Info: Leza 250 498-2757    Sally 250-498-0104

Chlorine contact loops

Contractor installing Chlorine Contact Loops near Tuc-el-nuit School (on Merlot Avenue between Lakeside Drive and Tucelnuit Drive). This is part of a larger project to ensure safe drinking water in two areas of Oliver. Two loops are being constructed near large domestic wells.