Kristi Patton

Forum focuses on future of KVR Trail

The uncertainty surrounding the transfer of a portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail to the Penticton Indian Band sparked a feeling of fear from some at Wednesday’s public meeting in West Bench.

“This is a very touchy issue between everybody,” said Chief Jonathan Kruger. “A lot of people use the (trail) right now and it’s just that fear of change and we just have to get past that fear and come to some understanding where we can all live together because we are living together right now. I’m sure we can work together and live together and prosper together.”

Gleaners on the home stretch

Supporters of the Gleaners packed the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen chambers on Thursday and got the outcome they were fighting for.

The local humanitarian group will continue to trudge forward with aspirations to upgrade their food processing plant near Oliver after RDOS rural directors rejected the recommendation to deny an application to subdivide the property the operation exists on.

City secures funding for West Bench water

With hammers banging in the background, Okanagan Coquihalla MP Stockwell Day needed no proof that the Penticton water treatment plant is shovel ready.

“I am pleased to announce a combined contribution between the provincial government and the federal government, of $3.4 million to commit to the very intense water needs of the West Bench Irrigation district and tying that in with Penticton,” said Day at the announcement on Friday afternoon in Penticton.