Penticton Western News

South Okanagan wild horse issue will only get worse

  • Posted on: 1 October 2014
  • By: Michael Brydon

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.

Resident urges audit of West Bench water bills

  • Posted on: 4 September 2014
  • By: Michael Brydon

A property owner on the West Bench is calling for an audit of the community’s water billing practices to determine how many ratepayers are receiving special discounts.

Ronald Johnson said he discovered three years ago that some West Bench residents have  exemptions to avoid paying the per-acre water charge on non-irrigable parts of their properties, like gullies.

In one case, he discovered a landowner was being billed for just two of 28 acres, and based on his inquiries believes up to 10 such exemptions have been granted since 1996.

West Bench votes for Penticton water

  • Posted on: 12 June 2012
  • By: Michael Brydon

It won’t come as a surprise that West Bench residents are strongly in favour of signing on to a deal that will see the community buying treated water from Penticton.

In a referendum Saturday, West Bench residents voted 85 per cent in support of a deal the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen made with the City of Penticton to purchase water at a rate of 22 cents per cubic metre. A total of 324 West Bench residents voted in favour of the deal in the referendum — as well as in the advance poll — while 62 were opposed.

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