1955 world champion passes

jimOne of 1955 world hockey champion Penticton Vees, “Gentleman” Jim Fairburn passed away peacefully with family members at his side on Saturday.

Fairburn, who was 87, died after a lengthy illness at a care home in Summerland.

One of a few who stayed in the Penticton area along with Kevin Conway and Ivan McLelland.

Born September 27, 1927 in Regina.

Late news flash – suspects apprehended – (not confirmed)

rcmp logoRCMP activity on McKinney Rd Tuesday afternoon.

One patrol vehicle at the intersection of Camp McKinney Rd and Old Camp McKinney Rd (Shrike Hill turnoff)

Two more RCMP Vehicles at 33.5 km – Mt. Baldy turnoff – just south of the ski hill and some more spotted lower down on Mt. Baldy ski hill Road near 8 km (Rock Creek side)

No confirmed reason but reports of thieving activity on either side of this connector road.

Lets hope they are successful.

Reliable readers report police presence in Osoyoos and Oliver with a helicopter. Residents of Mt. McKinney Rd area advised to lock up vehicles and buildings.

A couple of people being sought. Ran into the bush. Stole a vehicle.

A rash of thefts south of Penticton and the surrounding area has RCMP warning the public to secure their property.

Trailers, snowmobiles, vehicles and ATVs are just a few of the items that have gone missing in the last few months.

“There has been a noticeable increase in this last little while throughout the region,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur.

The incidents are occurring throughout the area including Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos.

“We’re aware of it and we’re certainly looking at ways of combatting it,” Dellebuur said.


Singing and Dancing

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Singing, dancing and acting students are busy having fun and working hard in this year’s production “Disney’s High School Musical”.

April 16-17-18 – evenings 7:00pm, Sat. 2:00pm

A musical about two high school students — the popular captain of the basketball team and a shy transfer student who excels in mathematics and science. Together they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical. Despite other cast members attempts to divide the school and thwart their “star-crossed” dreams, the athlete and the mathlete resist the jealousy and rivalry of some peers and inspire others along the way. Directed by Alison Podmorow with musical direction by Lisa Ante.

Tickets are available at SOSS reception or at the door.

National Day of Action on Health Care

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L to R Stefan Cieslik, 2nd VP, BC Retired Teachers’ Association, Marianne Hutterli, Retired teacher, Kurt Hutterli, author artist, member of the public, Cheryl Friars member of the public

L to R Brita Park, retired teacher, Cheryl Friars member of the public, Stefan Cieslik, 2nd VP, BC Retired Teachers’ Association, Ray Pitt retired teacher, Kurt Hutterli,(author artist, member of the public), Marianne Hutterli, Retired teacher

* We welcomed everyone to the rally and the National Day of Action on Health Care.
* HEU and other health care advocates have organized today’s rally in Oliver providing pamphlets, information signs, etc.
* Rallies are taking place in more than 25 B.C. communities today as part of a national effort to save public health care.
* Public health care is under threat.
* Forces have been chipping away at it for years.
* In 2014, the federal Conservatives began cutting $36 billion from health care transfers to the provinces.
* B.C. is losing $5 billion. (Which is going to mean major cutbacks, Oliver might lose its hospital).
* Health care needs more support not less.
* The federal election will take place later this year.
* We need to elect MPs who will stand up for public health care.
* HEU and other health care advocates want the next Prime Minister and federal government to restore the $36 billion in funding and take additional steps to protect, strengthen and expand public health care.
* We pledged to vote for health care in the next election
* We thanked everyone once more for coming to the rally.

To addle or not to addle

xmas geeseThe Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program – a partnership between the Central Okanagan Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, City of Penticton, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver, District of Summerland and other jurisdictions up the valley.

In eight years more than 10,000 eggs have been prevented from hatching through this minimally invasive approach. Taking into account natural mortality of young through predation or nest failure, that is equivalent to, at minimum, 7,500 fewer geese in the valley and all their potential young

The egg-addling (shaking) program helps prevent an increase in the non-migratory resident goose population of about 2,500 birds. The geese inhabit the valley year round and do not migrate.

Contractors have already been searching for pairs and nesting sites, and hope to complete the addling program by mid-May.

“Most communities along the valley struggle with management of non-migratory Canada geese,” said program co-ordinator Kate Hagmeier. “What many people fail to understand, and a large part of the message that we want to provide, is that the geese we are targeting are not native species to the area. These geese are largely descendants of geese that were translocated here as part of an introduction program in the 1960s and ’70s. Young geese and eggs were brought here from different areas in Canada to encourage the creation of an Okanagan goose population.”

What was not foreseen was the inability of these geese to migrate because they had no natural parents to teach them, along with their ability to adapt and thrive to the mild Okanagan climate. The consequences have been a growing population with few natural controls and a need to manage that population.


BC leads the way

Lisa Scott photo
Lisa Scott photo

B.C. leads the fight against invasive mussels

KELOWNA – The Province is expanding its fight against invasive
mussels with a $1.3-million boost toward early detection and rapid

Although these invasive species have never been detected in British
Columbia, this program expansion increases protection of B.C.’s lakes
and rivers against the threat of quagga and zebra mussels.

The strengthened invasive mussel defence program begins operations in
April for the 2015 boating season and consists of:

* Three mobile decontamination units.
* Six trained auxiliary conservation officers.
* Highway signage throughout the province.
* Expanded monitoring for zebra and quagga mussels.
* Report All Poachers or Polluters response line coverage.
* Increasing “Clean, Drain, Dry” education and outreach activities.

Through this program, teams will inspect and, if necessary,
decontaminate boats entering B.C. from Alberta. They also will
respond to boats from the U.S. identified as a concern by the
Canadian Border Services Agency, as well as U.S. partner agencies.
Each crew will be equipped with mobile self-contained decontamination

The teams will consist of trained auxiliary conservation officers
coming from university compliance training programs offered by
Vancouver Island University, providing valuable experience for
students and recent graduates.

Twenty-four new highway signs featuring the Clean, Drain, Dry program
are also being installed at significant entry points into the

OIB land required

oib map  1. License of Occupation – KVR Area C

THAT the Board of Directors make application to the Province of British Columbia for a License of Occupation over 4 sections of the former Kettle Valley Right of way legally described as: Plan KAP423A DL 648S SDYD Portion PCL B3 D E F, Except Plan EPP23666, C/REF 03554.015 FOR GAS PIPELINE R/W SEE R/W 337997 FOR POWERLINE. Plan KAP429A DL 28S SDYD SEE 714-01133.901 FOR LEASE PORTION. Lot 1A Plan KAP1729 DL 2450S SDYD Lot 1B Plan KAP1729 DL 2450S SDYD Except Plan KAP74281, LICENSE NO 339180 FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES. AND THAT the Board of Directors make application to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) for a Permit to Construct within a section of MoTI Right-of-Way; AND THAT the Board of Directors authorize staff to enter into discussions with Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) to negotiate an agreement to use that section of rail trail that crosses OIB Lands; AND THAT the Chair and Chief Administrative Officer be authorized to execute the License of Occupation with the Province of British Columbia if successful.

History: The 2011 Regional Trails Master Plan (RTMP) identified acquiring tenure over the former Kettle Valley Railway as a priority to establish a regional trail network within the RDOS. As indicated in the Master Plan, trails offer invaluable opportunities for tourism, social, health and natural benefits. The Kettle Valley Trail in particular is of vital importance to the people of Canada, in particular the residents of the RDOS, who wish to see continued free and open access of our public corridors.

Analysis: The KVR right-of-way is not a continuous corridor along this section of the KVR in Area C and a number of jurisdictional negotiations and infrastructure requirements are needed to connect the corridor. Negotiations with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will be required to construct within the right-of-way of the newly twined section of Highway 97 in addition to discussions with Osoyoos Indian Band for the approximately 550m portion that crosses OIB lands.

A number of infrastructure requirements will also be required make the KVR a continuous rail trail: • An opportunity exists with existing infrastructure within the Okanagan River for potential retrofitting for a pedestrian bridge. • Following our trail standards, staff would pursue resurfacing as local funds or grants become available. Based on comparable re-surfacing projects, staff estimates the cost to resurface at approximately $25,000/km of trail. • The southern point of the proposed application area will connect with the Oliver River Channel. Should the board decide to pursue tenure for the proposed application area, RDOS staff will undergo a public consultation process for community/institutional stakeholders during the application period.

Once tenure is acquired, RDOS Regional Trails program will continue to work with residents as well as provide operational improvements and maintenance of this section of trail.

Lindsay Bourque Rural Projects Coordinator

Quote of the week

“On May 1st 2015, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce’s head office will be moving from its current location at the visitor centre in Oliver to a more prominent Main Street location in Oliver. Our new location will be both more prominent and accessible to our members. ” – John Powell, SOCC director

I like the idea of a prominent location!

6239 Main Street – home of ODN

Teneycke fails to get a pass

court roomOne of the region’s best known criminals is continuing his fight to be released from jail while awaiting trial on charges of possession of an explosive device and breaches of bail conditions.

Ronald Arthur Teneycke, 52, told the judge he wants to be released to defend himself. He is being housed at the Kamloops Jail.

Adjourned to April 8 to fix a date for a trial.

Teneycke has been in and out of court since being released from a federal prison in 2007 – after completing an eight sentence.

82. (1) Every person who, without lawful excuse, the proof of which lies on the person, makes or has in the possession or under the care or control of the person any explosive substance is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

117.01 every person commits an offence who possesses a prohibited device or an explosive substance while the person is prohibited from doing so by any order made under this Act

Spirit of Oliver awards announced

The Town of Oliver is proud to announce the winners for the 10th Annual Spirit of Oliver Volunteer Recognition Awards as follows:

Individual Youth Member – Kenzie Harrington
Individual Adult – Yvonne Moore
Outstanding Community Group – Oliver Food Bank

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. The time volunteering must be valued but we can never put a value on that time.” said Mayor Hovanes.

The Town of Oliver would like to take this opportunity to extend a heart-felt thank you to our community volunteers who donate their time, skill and experience to support local organizations, businesses and not-for-profit endeavors. Many groups are reliant on volunteers to meet their fundraising goals, deadlines and event staffing requirements. Their success is dependent on these volunteer resources. It is important to recognize these individuals and groups, who give of their own free time to fundraise, improve health, support local business, enhance events and provide positive experiences for our residents and visitors to our area.

Please join Mayor and Council and the past recipients of the Spirit of Oliver Awards, to celebrate and acknowledge the 2014 winners at a public function being held at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver, on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The awards will be presented at 3:30 pm.

Horsetail Rd (n. end of River Road)

smoke two22A bit of fire, a bit of wind and sometimes things can get out of hand
and threaten nearby fuel and structures.

Oliver Fire Department responded when called at 1:34 Monday afternoon

Spokesman says ashes from a stove in the house left out side and flame whipped up by wind spreading to
dry grass. Warning: Ensure your stove coals are thoroughly dampened before leaving outside.

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11 wineries included in Golden Mile appellation

Grapes from this bench
Photo taken from the Bench

Golden Mile Bench on the label – award winning Okanagan wine in the bottle OLIVER – The B.C. government has approved a request from the BC Wine Authority to establish a new sub-geographical indicator for the Golden Mile Bench in the Okanagan Valley wine region. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick made the announcement today. The new sub-geographical indicator, or sub-appellation, is a first in British Columbia. It allows 11 wineries that meet the requirements of the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation to label their wines Golden Mile Bench with a commitment to the consumer that at least 95% of the grapes in the bottle come from that specific area.

 The boundaries were decided after in-depth analysis by Scott Smith, a soil scientist with the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland
The boundaries were decided after in-depth analysis by Scott Smith, a soil scientist with the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland

Appellations are used to legally identify where grapes for B.C. wines are grown.  The list of wineries in the Golden Mile Bench include: CC Jentsch Cellars, Checkmate Artisanal Winery, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Fairview Cellars, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, Hester Creek Estate Winery, Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards, Golden Mile Cellars (Road 13 Vineyards), Rustico Farm and Cellars, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, and Willow Hill Vineyards.

The Golden Mile Bench region is on the prominent terrace escarpment southwest of Oliver that runs south from Fairview Road and near Highway 97.

The photo shoot
The photo shoot

In 2014, the Okanagan Valley was named by USA Today as the world’s second best wine region by the newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Awards. USA Today noted the Okanagan Valley offers excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation in between tastings. MLA Linda Larson says 49% of the grapes produced in BC coming from her riding from Kaleden/OK Falls, Cawston, Osoyoos and Oliver.

Scene in passing

parking  lotDoes a driver really need 4 spots to park his truck?  In a busy parking lot in the middle of the day (grocery store parking lot)

Photo credit : Neil Bousquet

Thank you

We like “well lit” rooms

British Columbians saved only 15 megawatt hours of electricity for this year’s Earth Hour, the lowest savings in the past eight years.

By turning off unnecessary lights and electronics for one hour, the province reduced its electricity load by 0.2 per cent according to BC Hydro. That’s the equivalent of turning off 680,000 LED lights.

The savings are well below those recorded in 2013, when a 1.95 per cent reduction was achieved — the greatest in the past eight years.

Statistics from BC Hydro show a significant drop in the savings of megawatt hours of electricity over the past eight Earth Hours in the province.

Earth Hour began as a one-city initiative in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and is now a global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.

Yesterday Whistler had the most lights-out of any municipality in B.C. It reduced its electricity load by 7.2 per cent while Vancouver only managed 0.7 per cent.

The lowest reduction recorded by BC Hydro was a tie between Courtenay, Comox and Fort Nelson at 0.1 per cent.

Source CBC