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April 2010 Rural Penticton Newsletter

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A newsletter regarding the KVR trail (plus a horse and Mariposa Park update) has been mailed to residents in the "rural Penticton" part of Area F (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Red Wing, Westwood Properties, and Husula Highlands).  You can view an electronic copy by clicking on the picture on the left.

Please note that there will be a town hall meeting regarding the KVR trail:
Tuesday April 13, 2010
7:00 pm
West Bench Elementary School Gymnasium

For more information on the KVR issue, please see the KVR page on this site.

Band closes in on deal for KVR land

An agreement in principle to transfer portions of the Kettle Valley Railway trail from CPR ownership to the Penticton Indian Band is likely a done deal, according to the Okanagan Coquihalla MP. “Basically, they are close to coming to a settlement whereby CPR is prepared to transfer the land to the Penticton Indian Band,” said MP Stockwell Day.

“There are court details that they are still working out. But every indication I have, talking to both sides, is that a final official agreement is very close.”

KVR

There is apparently much concern and confusion regarding the transfer of the KVR lands to the Penticton Indian Reserve.  My original blog posting on the topic attracted many hits and some comments. In addition, there have been a few exchanges (not always cordial) in the local newspapers.  What follows is a summary of my current understanding of the situation. As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

Update 17 Oct 2010: I have added a much shorter and cleaner summary here.

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Reacquisition of the KVR by the Penticton Indian Band

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[Update 22 March, 2010: I have posted a more detailed summary of this issue here]

The Penticton Indian Band (PIB) has recently made a request to the federal government (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada—INAC) to reacquire the rail bed granted to the Kettle Valley Railroad (and subsequently the Canadian Pacific Railroad).  As you are no doubt aware, this land runs through Sage Mesa and the West Bench.

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Veterans tribute

Kick-off meeting

We had a very productive kick-off meeting at the West Bench School library on Monday, December 14th (the meeting annoucement).  About a dozen local residents attended.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to identify some high-level objectives for the West Bench veterans tribute project. Based on the group discussion, the following objectives were identified.  We did not vote on these objectives but we did identify the veteran aspect as the most important.

West Bench family donates part of property for parkland

ImageJOHN MOORHOUSE 11/23/2009 (link to story)

[Click on picture for a larger version] For almost 50 years Walter Bonin has owned a scenic, natural piece of the West Bench next to the KVR right-of-way.

Now Bonin and his family want to preserve most of their four-hectare property as a park by donating it to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

“I look at that piece of property and I see a beautiful park could be made out of that -- there‘s so many possibilities there,” he said. “As long as it‘s designated parkland, I‘m happy to donate it.”

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