Osoyoos first responders honoured at Rotary gala
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
18h ago
By Don Urquhart, Times Chronicle First responders in Osoyoos were honoured recently at the 2023 First Responders Awards Gala Dinner & Dance which returned to Spirit Ridge Resort after a two-year pandemic absence. Organized by the Rotary Club of Osoyoos, the annual event on January 26 is a departure from Rotary’s typical fundraising, with this event solely aimed at thanking the various first responders for their service to the community.  “It’s one evening where we can come together to honour and show our appreciation for these four responder groups (RCMP, paramedics, fire department ..read more
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Collision knocks out power
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
2d ago
Times Chronicle Staff The RCMP say an unlicensed driver was responsible for knocking out power in Oliver on Monday night. Police report that a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup was travelling southbound on Highway 97 when it veered into the oncoming lane and hit a power pole near Bettison Road just before 7 p.m. Police say the collision sheared the pole in half, causing its lines to come down, closing the highway for 3.5 hours. FortisBC cut the power and the driver was removed from the truck. The RCMP report the incoherent driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital. It was noted the vehicle ..read more
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Artist remembered as quiet gentleman
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
2d ago
Lyonel Doherty, Times Chronicle The Oliver arts community is mourning the passing of one of their own. Leo Pedersen, a stalwart member of the RipOff Artists, is remembered as a “quiet, gentle man” and a kind volunteer with the Oliver Community Arts Council (OCAC). “Leo was a long-time member of the arts council . . . great for one-on-one conversation, and when he did speak publicly, you knew it was something important,” said OCAC president Penelope Johnson. She noted that Pedersen always had good practical suggestions that everyone took to heart. Pedersen often assisted the display team at th ..read more
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Deadline imposed on non compliant building
Osoyoos Times
by Times Chronicle
6d ago
By Sebastian Kanally Time is ticking for the property owners of Gold Hill Winery on an issue with a secondary building on their property that goes back 13 years. The secondary building in question at 3548 Fruitvale, opposite Road 22 in RDOS Area 3, which is currently being rented out to tenants, is not in compliance with the zoning bylaws.  At the regional district’s Jan. 19 meeting, the board discussed and passed an amended motion that remedial action be taken against the vineyard owners if they do not comply by the June 19 deadline by taking one of three options: demolish the building ..read more
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Volunteers needed to help Ukrainian families
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
6d ago
Lyonel Doherty, Times Chronicle A new organization is in dire need of volunteers to help war-torn families from Ukraine make new homes in the South Okanagan. The Ukraine Nightingale Project has been working non-stop to help displaced families start a new life here, assisting them with flights, housing, food security, paperwork, and employment. For example, Yuliia and her family fled Chernihiv in April as the Russians shelled their neighbourhood. Following six weeks in a bomb shelter they left everything behind to make their escape.  Bittersweet it is since Yuliia’s husband stayed behind ..read more
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RDOS on housing, ALR and TUP
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
6d ago
Times Chronicle Staff The following are news briefs from the Jan. 19 meeting of the regional district. ‘Desperate’ for housing  The regional district will soon amend its zoning bylaw to allow the retention of a mobile home in rural Oliver. The accessory dwelling on agricultural land less than 4.0 hectares will be used as accommodation on Island Road where a single detached dwelling and a shop already exist. A public hearing saw no members of the public speak for or against the idea. Planner Shannon Duong said there is a need for more affordable housing units in the region. She also state ..read more
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Thieves steal converters
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
1w ago
Times Chronicle Staff Catalytic converter thefts in the regional district are causing headaches for authorities. Since June 1, there have been 16 reports of converter thefts in Oliver, according to the RCMP. Sergeant Don Wrigglesworth said four of these (in the same fenced compound) were from motorhomes in storage in the Gallagher Lake area.  “These thefts happened almost exclusively at night under the cover of dark,” he said. Wrigglesworth said parking in a lit and secure area is recommended whenever possible.  The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has increased security me ..read more
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Mayor miffed over loan forgiveness program
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
1w ago
Lyonel Doherty, Times Chronicle While the province is making it easier for internationally-educated nurses to work in BC, the mayor of Oliver is perplexed why the town is being left out of an incentive program for healthcare professionals.  Martin Johansen said the municipality has been arbitrarily removed from the list of “loan forgiveness” towns that provide incentives for nurses to practise in various communities. The mayor said Oliver was previously part of the program that basically covers the cost of nurses’ training and education. The loan forgiveness program is a BC student aid i ..read more
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Community leaders express new year’s outlook – Pt. 2
Osoyoos Times
by Times-Chronicle
1w ago
By Times Chronicle Staff It’s the new year and our civic leaders are looking ahead with many objectives and goals in mind to make our communities a better place to live.  From enhanced infrastructure to social well-being, these leaders want 2023 to be a year of change and good fortune, but they can’t do it alone. This is the final of our two-part feature delving into wish lists and challenges. Part one can be found here.   Jennifer Busmann, Executive Director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association (OOWA) Businesses, whether they are wine related, smaller or larger are facing some ..read more
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MyHusky reward points face extinction
Osoyoos Times
by Times Chronicle
1w ago
By Sebastian Kanally The Town of Osoyoos will no longer see the Husky-branded gas stations come springtime when they will both be rebranded under their new ownership: Otter Co-op. This leaves people with accumulated myHusky Rewards points facing a deadline before the points become useless.  Both Husky locations in Osoyoos, the Husky Car Truck Stop located on Highway 97 just north of Highway 3, and the Husky gas station on Main street, will be converted to Co-op branding.  In a statement to the Times Chronicle the CEO of Otter Co-op, Jack Nicholson said: “We’re excited to confirm tha ..read more
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