Penticton Western News

Parents oppose school closure plan in Trout Creek

Parents and residents spoke out on Tuesday evening in opposition to the possible closure of Trout Creek School.

The option, presented earlier this month, calls for the closure of Trout Creek School and the reconfiguration of other Summerland schools.

Under the proposal, students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 would attend Giant’s Head School, students in Grades 4 to 7 would attend Summerland Middle School and students in Grades 8 to 12 would attend Summerland Secondary School.

Local government conservation funds

Public opinion polls over the past 10 years show a vast majority of South Okanagan residents think that our impressive natural landscapes, ecosystems and abundant and varied wildlife contribute greatly to the quality of life we enjoy here in the Okanagan.

These same surveys show that local people see the importance of protecting natural areas and believe local governments should do more to help preserve our environment. However, funding is often a major stumbling block for local governments and conservation organizations.

Student makes plea for West Bench

A West Bench Elementary student made a passionate plea to School District 67 trustees on Tuesday.

“West Bench is the best school ever. Please don’t close it,” said Jack MacIntosh, who’s attending his final year at the school, at a community meeting where the trustees are listening to public opinion on school closures in the face of declining enrolment.

Poll shows rural residents support two-tier rates

The results of the citizens' survey can be found here.

Nearly two-thirds of rural residents would rather pay higher user fees than see their taxes go up to pay for facilities in neighbouring municipalities, according to a new citizens’ survey.

Sixty-four per cent of people polled by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen preferred the idea of a two-tiered rate structure so those who use public facilities elsewhere pay their fair share.

SOPAC looking for political support

This story is relevant to Area F because rural Penticton would likely be invited to help pay for such a facility.  I have attached the budget page for 2007 (the most recent I have) for the Vernon performing arts center.  You will see that Vernon, Coldstream, and RDNO areas B and C contribute to the Vernon facility through a tax requisition.  This tax helps cover the interest and principal on the building itself plus various operations subsidies.  The total tax requisition for all four jurisdictions in 2007 was $1.145M.

Election 2014: West Bench candidates spar over fences

Mending fences with Penticton and building fences to keep out feral horses were among the themes Thursday at an all-candidates forum on the West Bench.

Incumbent Michael Brydon and challenger Ronald Johnson, who are running to represent Area F on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, squared off in front of about 50 people inside the community’s school library

Brydon, a university professor seeking a third term as director, told the crowd he’s running on his track record and will take direction from voters about what his priorities should be.

Council restores firefighter positions

Funding for the two firefighter positions cut in the 2014 budget will be restored in the 2015 budget, Penticton city council announced Monday.

According to Mayor Garry Litke, the city has been in talks with the Penticton Indian Band since the spring, developing an agreement to provide fire protection, first responder and fire safety inspection services to the band’s new development and residential areas (non-native leasehold improvements) east of the Penticton Channel: Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Barefoot Beach Resort, Wright’s Beach Campground and Red Wing.

South Okanagan wild horse issue will only get worse

Almost at the same time public officials were discussing the increasing problem of free roaming horses, one of the animals had to be euthanized after being hit by a car Friday.

The incident happened about 8 a.m. on Highway 97 near Old Airport Road just south of the city.

Penticton RCMP were notified by a third party about the accident and several cars attended the scene, and the young horse, which apparently suffered serious leg injuries, was shot.

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