Bears in the area

  • Posted on: 17 May 2019
  • By: Riley Gettens

I had the opportunity to ride-along with Zoe Kirk (RDOS Wildlife Special Projects Coordinator) last night as she toured the Greater West Bench area to tally up the number of garbage cans and recycling containers that were put out the night prior to the scheduled pick-up day. According to our bylaw, garbage and recycling containers cannot be placed on the curb until Thursday morning at 5:00 a.m.

More importantly, and as you likely know, there have been a number of bear sightings in the Greater West Bench lately. Our garbage/recycling is why the bears are sticking around. They are hungry and our garbage is an appealing and easy meal.

Please help us help the bears and do not place your garbage or recycling out the night before. It is just too tempting for wildlife and will inevitably lead to the animal being put down. Just as important, please keep your garbage secured during the week. This too is part of the bylaw.

New Road Maintenance Contact

  • Posted on: 7 May 2019
  • By: Riley Gettens

AIM Roads: 1-866-222-4204 or

Received a letter form the Operations Manager, Rick Wright, from AIM Roads.

As of May 1, 2019 AIM Roads has commenced the road maintenance contract for Service Area 08 (SA08). Service Area 08 includes Kelowna,  West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Princeton, Keremeos and the Osoyoos area.


As your Ministry of Transportation approved highways maintenance contractor, we are looking forward to ensuring that maintenance is performed smoothly throughout this area. Safety for the travelling public and quality of service are the top priorities of AIM Roads. As our dedicated team live and work in Service Area 08, we have a vested interest in maintaining the roads.

Public Consultation Results on Proposed National Park

  • Posted on: 7 May 2019
  • By: Riley Gettens

Results from the public consultation regarding the proposed National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan – Similkameen

The following is copied from an email sent May 7th:

Proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen “What We Heard” Report – Public Information Sessions