Learning to appreciate the bats around us
Osoyoos Times
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6h ago
By Times Chronicle Staff Aimed at raising awareness of bats and the threats they are facing, April 17 is International Bat Appreciation Day which celebrates the diverse and fascinating world of bats. While there are over 1,400 species of bats globally on all continents except Antarctica, BC has the largest number of species in Canada with 15 species along with acoustic records of three other species. This variety of species is largely because of the wide range of ecosystems found in the province with bats inhabiting the desert and forests, the islands, lowlands and high elevation landscapes o ..read more
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Morning accident on Main St. leaves two vehicles damaged
Osoyoos Times
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6h ago
By Times Chronicle Staff An accident on Main St. at Harbour Key Drive in East Osoyoos sometime after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning saw two vehicles sustain significant damage but no serious injuries. It’s unclear how the accident occurred but the left rear wheel area of a Ford F150 was heavily damaged as was the front right quarter panel of a BMW SUV. Emergency services attended the scene. Two way traffic was maintained as the truck was on the side of the road and the SUV had pulled into a nearby motel parking lot ..read more
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Rooster Mafia closes store front but hints at more
Osoyoos Times
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21h ago
By Don Urquhart, Times Chronicle Two years after quietly opening on backroad in Osoyoos and building a loyal clientele,  the team behind Portuguese Canadian deli market Rooster Mafia Foods is calling it quits . . . for now. In a post on local Facebook group Osoyoos Connect the duo of Jasmine and Marco Calisto gave an impassioned farewell that was clearly more até mais (see you soon) than adeus (good bye).  Thanking their customers for their continued support as they “transition this spring and explore new adventures this summer” they announced that their 89th St. storefront is now c ..read more
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Oliver focuses on fighting racism
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2d ago
By Sebastian Kanally, Times Chronicle Oliver shows unanimous support for drafting an anti-harassment bylaw.  Town council showed their support at the April 2, 2024 meeting following a presentation by Cherry Fernandez, executive director of the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) on their continued work on anti-racism initiatives and goal of exploring an anti-harassment bylaw for the town.  Fernandez began with a presentation on the work SOICS does in the South Okanagan, explaining that in 2023/2024 they supported over 3000 clients who collectively represent over ..read more
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Osoyoos second annual wellness fair a success
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2d ago
By Times Chronicle Staff The Osoyoos Wellness Fair this past Saturday (Apr. 6) at Sonora Community Centre was successful at bringing together a collective of wellness-minded businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations and community resources all in support of healthy living.    The event was a collaboration of several local wellness champions with the support of the Town of Osoyoos and Sonora Community Centre.     This was the second Wellness Event, with the first being held in June 2019 outside at the Desert Sun Counselling Centre on Main Street alongside the ..read more
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Male exotic revue sizzles the Sage in Osoyoos
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2d ago
By Sherani Theophilus, Times Chronicle The atmosphere in the Sage Pub in Osoyoos was all “hot and bothered” earlier this week as male exotic dance revue Body Heat turned up the heat for the sold out performance. Not only did it sell out, but it did it in a record three days and in an environment where ticket sales continue to slump across the board as budgets are under pressure. Sage owner Al Redekopp said “They were on a tour in the area and had some available dates that they were looking to fill.  They made me an offer that was too good to pass up and I thought it might be nice for peo ..read more
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Council rejects town centre parking changes
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4d ago
By Sebastian Kanally, Times Chronicle Parking in Oliver’s downtown continues to be the main holdup for developing bylaws to comply with new provincial legislation.  The town’s attempt to remove the historic downtown parking area, and to reduce off-street parking requirements by 100 per cent in the entire town centre has been shut down by council.  Randy Houle, director of development services with the town of Oliver presented updated amendments to Zoning Bylaw 1380 and the Offical Community Plan (OCP) that must be completed before the implementation of provincial Small Scale Multi-U ..read more
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Reminder: open burning season closes April 15  
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4d ago
By Times Chronicle Staff Residents of the South Okanagan and Similkameen are reminded that the open burning of permitted burning materials closes at midnight on Monday, April 15 according to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) bylaws.  Open burning is not permitted April 15 to October 15 each year and depending on conditions, the burning season may end earlier at the discretion of the local fire chiefs. Permitted burning materials include parts of trees or other vegetation that do not constitute compostable materials and include prunings, branches, trunks and tree stumps ..read more
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Osoyoos council ponders automation of garbage collection
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4d ago
By Don Urquhart, Times Chronicle Osoyoos Council was asked to consider whether they want to stay the course with semi-automatic curbside garbage collection or embark on a path to full automation which will require investment around new carts.  The issue has come to the fore for a number of reasons, primarily due to the fact that waste collection service contracts will soon be expiring in a number of South Okanagan communities.  The Town of Osoyoos collaborated with the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS), Summerland, Oliver, Penticton, and Keremeos to complete a reg ..read more
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The world is your Oyster at the Pearls in the Desert Gala
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by Times-Chronicle
4d ago
Excitement is building around the upcoming Osoyoos Oyster Festival as Walnut Beach Resort’s Executive Chef Bilel Lasmar fine tunes the final culinary selection for the Pearls in the Desert Gala. “I think it’s going to be a spring event like no other with the reintroduction of the Oyster Festival,” says Jared Sissons, Walnut Beach Resort General Manager. The event started at the resort back in 2011 and was its signature event until it lapsed prior to the pandemic.  “We’re just trying to introduce it back to the Osoyoos community and we’re hoping for community support.” It’s an evening tha ..read more
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