Penticton Herald

Penticton fails to meet 30% water reduction targets

City residents have failed to voluntarily curb their water consumption by 30 per cent this summer, but mandatory restrictions appear unlikely at this point.

As of Monday, domestic users in Penticton had trimmed their consumption by 17 per cent compared to a 15-day benchmark period in early July. That’s up from 11 per cent on Aug. 3.

“So we’re moving in the right direction, which is what we wanted to do,” said Mitch Moroziuk, the city’s operations director.

Challenge Penticton owners disappointed, but undeterred, after $48,000 sponsorship request denied

(see also the board update on this)

Challenge Penticton’s owners are disappointed, but undeterred, after local politicians voted Thursday to turn down their request for a sponsorship deal.

In a unanimous decision, the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen decided to take a pass on a three-year, $48,000 agreement proposed in July by the race operators.

Be wary of holes on the KVR Trail

Dear Editor:

Warning to users of the KVR Trail on the West Bench, Penticton.

There are several washouts on the trail. Users could fall into the holes and get injured.

One of the holes is partially covered by grasses and weeds, therefore hard to see.

Hikers, bikers, horse riders, please take extra care to watch for the holes and avoid them.

The holes in the trails are caused by water running down the track during rain storms, the water building up to a volume large enough to erode and wash away the trail bed.

Scientists 'can't all be quacks,' as RDOS calls for moratorium on smart meters

Persistent concerns about smart meters have prompted a group of local politicians to call on the B.C. government to pull the plug on further installations of the devices in the region. 

“It’s easy to be silent, but sometimes it’s important to take a stand and get a message out, and it doesn’t have to be based on perfect information,” said Tom Siddon, who led the push for an immediate moratorium from his seat as the Area D director on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

"Feral Horses Roaming” is incorrect

Dear Editor:

I would like to bring a correction to the attention of the Penticton Herald staff.

The photo of the three horses in Tuesday’s paper with the caption “Feral Horses Roaming” is incorrect. These are not feral horses as they belong to “Two Buck Pierre” of the Penticton Indian Band and I believe at least two of them bear his brand.

Water board‘s days numbered

The West Bench Irrigation District could be formally dissolved as early as next month, paving the way for a referendum on a possible upgrade of its aging water system.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has agreed to take over the West Bench water system, following the irrigation district‘s recent decision to apply for dissolution. The final step calls for the transfer to be approved by the province through an order-in-council, expected sometime in June.

Indian Band wants to set the record straight

Penticton Indian band Chief Jonathan Kruger wants to reduce the fear factor surrounding the band‘s application to reacquire the former KVR right-of-way through the reserve.
Kruger and band Councillor Joan Phillip outlined the proposal before about 150 people attending a public information meeting Wednesday night at West Bench Elementary School.
While many residents expressed concern over what the bandís future plans may be for the route, emotions were largely kept in check.

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