Penticton Herald

Smoking, motorized vehicles banned in Penticton natural areas due to fire risk

Owing in part to a fire-danger rating not seen since 2003, the City of Penticton has banned smoking and the use of motorized vehicles in all natural areas.

“I want to remind visitors and residents that woodland areas, including trails, hiking trails, the KVR Trail, are completely closed to motorized vehicles and smoking,” said Penticton fire Chief Larry Watkinson, who ordered the ban Tuesday under a local bylaw.

RDOS rethinking cycle trail proposal

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is having a sober second thought on a proposed bike link between Penticton and Summerland along Highway 97.

The board reversed an earlier decision and will give some consideration into a four-way split on the cost of a $110,000 master plan.

But they also haven’t said yes.

The B.C. government proposes a study on a multi-use trail linking Trout Creek to Penticton with the cost being shared by the province, City of Penticton, RDOS and District of Summerland.

West Bench water meters still not producing revenue

Their water meters are already whirling away, but West Bench residents aren’t expected to move to a usage-based billing system until next year.

Switching the community to a user-pay model is among four measures the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is adopting as it seeks to cut water use in the community by 15 per cent – or 49,000 cubic metres – by 2020.

RDOS says no to lakeside trail from Penticton to Summerland

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has politely declined participation in a four-party master plan for a bike link between Penticton and Summerland along Highway 97.

The B.C. government proposed a study on a multi-use trail linking Trout Creek to Penticton with the cost being shared by the province, City of Penticton, RDOS and District of Summerland.

The master plan would cost $110,000, with each partner's share being $27,500. If approved, the trail would cost around $7.8 million.

Cost of RDOS office renovation jumps nearly $200,000

The cost of renovating the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s headquarters in downtown Penticton has now ballooned by nearly $200,000.

The latest cost hike came Thursday when directors approved by a 14-2 vote spending $58,518 for all new carpeting inside 101 Martin Street.

Combined with the added expense of swapping out existing light fixtures for more energy efficient models and replacing the building’s roof, the total cost of the makeover has now climbed to $540,125, well above the initial budget of $365,800.

West Bench parents want their school taken off list of facilities being considered for closure

Noting the potential for serious health and cultural impacts, parents of West Bench Elementary students are asking their community’s school be removed from the list of those identified for possible closure.

“Our whole community is dependent on that school. It’s how we stay connected, it’s how our friends know their neighbours, and we think that’s pretty important,” said Riley Gettens on behalf of the West Bench Parent Advisory Council.

Great sorrow for the horses

Dear Editor:

It is with a heavy heart that I write this.

A few weeks ago approximately 45 of the West Bench horses were rounded up. Thankfully some of the horses and foals were sold to caring homes, but many were sold as bucking stock and the

remaining unsold horses were shipped to slaughter.

For reasons I will never understand, this sale was not advertised or announced in any way. It seems that the whole event was mostly a secret with only a few people told. 

Missing toilets among oddities at $90,000 sports centre in Hedley, where RDOS director paid himself $1,900 to manage construction

HEDLEY — Looking at it now, it’s hard to reconcile the Hedley Multi-Purpose Sports Facility with the original vision for the project that attracted $90,000 in government funding.

Besides an outdoor arena, the site at the north end of the village of 250 people features just two small buildings: one containing a single washroom and another used for storage.

Contract awarded for long-awaited Faulder water project

A contract was awarded Thursday to complete the long-awaited upgrade of the Faulder water system.

The board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen voted unanimously to assign the $414,000 job to Grizzly Excavating.

Residents on 80 properties in the community about 15 minutes west of Summerland have for years dealt with uncertainty about the long-term supply available from the Meadow Valley Aquifer and concerns about uranium content in the water.