Photo: Chelsea Pauri
Forget scarecrows – monsters are the latest in defending vineyards.
A couple of years ago, Hossoyos had grown a vast array of Virginia vines of a whole-grain plant growing over their vineyards, next to Highway 97 north of Osloos. This is very visible from the road leading to the city.
"He's welcome to Osloos," said Tea Cotty, who owns the land with her husband. "People call it different things," The Monster, "The Scarecrow.
Rising to tens of feet above the ground, the monster is made of a vineyard from Virginia, which has grown for many years around the telephone pillar. The vines were kept clipped in spectral form by Coty's husband.
"He's been around for years but only the last two years has got his eyes," Coty explained. "Two years ago, the local museum looked at him.
She said the site is one of three geocaching sites in the city and often sees visitors picking up and circling around the base looking for the small trace that carries its coordinates.
The monster has many seasons showing bare vineyards in the winter and green in the spring.
"And in autumn it's bright red," said Coty. "And many birds live in it, they make their nests inside it."
There is a lot of maintenance needed to keep a tidy vineyard monster, but Coty said it was worth the positive response of the community.
"He constantly comes to us, it's growth on top of growth and has an old tree underneath and is clean when you look at it closely," said Coty. "We give people who say" Do not take it! " "
Keep an eye out of a vineyard monster on the east side of the highway north of Osoyoos.
Photograph: Penticton Town
District Okanagan Similkameen is studying the impact of the Campbell Mountain landfill and bio-solid composting facility on neighboring properties, as Penticton looks at the hills around the long-term development dump.
While the Campbell Mountain landfill handles the garbage of about 50,000 inhabitants, it is also home to the composting plant of Penticton for a sewage sludge – something that has attracted the anger of nearby people for years.
Now that the city of Penticton is in the middle of rewriting its official Community plan for the first time since 2002, the issue will be dealt with in detail.
"The unpleasant impact is something that needs to be taken into account when looking at site development," said Cameron Bauchen, RDOS Coordinator for Solid Waste Management. – What troubles can be expected in this common area and what homeowners could expect if they accumulate in this area.
"It's a very difficult decision for the city to do, say no to an entrepreneur, and we just try to lead them," he added.
Baughen referred to a similar study conducted by the city of Kelowna, which ends with $ 12 million worth of land purchases in the proposed build-up to prevent complaints from the Glenmore landfill.
RDOS is struggling to find a home for a new regional composting site for food waste and sludge from wastewater treatment. The board failed to reach a consensus on the site after Summerland rejected the proposal for its landing in 2017.
Baughen says the issue of a regional composting facility will be returned before the board next month, although Summerland has already applied for a grant to improve its own compost and sewage sludge.
The Kempball Mountain Depot is a RDOS facility on a hired Penticton city.
Photo: Colin Dakre
Chief Clarence Louis at a national park media event in 2017
Major Clarence Louis of the Indian Orchestra Osoyoos says he has not yet been sold for the concept of a South Carolina National Park Reserve.
In an open letter earlier this month, Louis said he and OIB had not received enough information "to have an educated opinion of whether they are for or against a reserve of a national park."
"I am a national park, if great, if the feasibility study and negotiation meetings will lead to an agreement that covers many questions and concerns that people from the Okaganan First Nations have," Louis continues.
His letter sets out questions that did not answer the question of the protection of the holders and the rights of the aborigines, hunting and fishing rights and how and if the park was annexed to the BC Treaty Process. Louis says the group also needs more information on how there will be joint management, how to work with jobs, and whether the federal government can unilaterally change the deal.
"To participate in a feasibility study like any business does not mean we agree with the project or that the groups agree with the federal and provincial governments' concept of a proposed national park," said Louis. "The fact is, nobody knows what the final project will look like."
South Osanagan Conservation Society Similkaymen – a group opposed to the project – hosts a public meeting this evening at 18:30. in the Sonora Center of Osoyoos.
Canadian parks will not be present but say that this spring will be held with its own open houses after the feedback from the public consultation period is completed.
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The company responsible for the Penticton Indian Indian Band waste rock on the ground has gone bankrupt, leaving behind questions about who will clean up the mess.
Appleton Waste Services filed an application for bankruptcy earlier this month at Vernon, according to online records.
The company has used the Green Mountain Highway site near the entrance to the PIB Reserve for sorting waste for several years. The growth of the waste pile thrust the issue in the news in April 2018 following complaints from neighbors. At that time, the company assured it had bought new equipment to deal with delays in garbage.
But with insolvency proceedings now started, it is not clear who will be on the hook to clean up.
The landlord of Adam Eneas refused to comment on the situation when he contacted Castanne, but told FIB's Facebook group that he was exploring the options for removing the pile.
Company owners David and Rock Appleton did not respond to the request for comment. An Appleton employee who found the company's main line told Castanet that "bankruptcy is a strong word," and they are "restructuring."
In recent years, David Appleton has repeatedly encountered the governments in the area. The company was brought to court in October Okanagan Similkameen County for $ 150,000 in unpaid landing charges. He also publicly summoned Penticton after losing the tender for municipal waste collection despite Appleton's lower bid.
About two weeks after the city cleared about 20 people living in the Esplanada area behind Marina Penticton, many of the camps were restored.
Winter shelters for homeless in Penticton closed on April 1, leaving homeless people on the streets, while construction teams are working on two housing projects.
While some of them are located at night in walkways and alleys, Penticton's homeless people have long settled on the Esplanad Trail, an area called the "jungle of the buck" or "hoop hoops."
Court Service Manager Tina Zibert says their action plan this year is "the same as the previous years."
"In Spring and Summer, we have regular inspections at the Esplanade to try to keep it as clean and safe as we can for all Park users," she said in an email.
"This allows us to know who, where and how many people can be homeless and link them to community resources if they are not already," she added. "It is also important that in case of an emergency (fire or medicine) we can quickly reach the zone."
BC Housing says the first batch of 18 supporting units in its Compass Court project in the old Super 8 Motel will finally be online this spring. Another 22 homes for the homeless should be completed later this year.
On the other side of Winnipeg, the crews are working on a modular development of 62 units for people with homelessness or on the streets. These units had to come online this summer.
We hope that both projects will make actions like the Esplanade Trail area less necessary.
Supt. Ted De Jagger told the Council last month that the squad hopes the new divisions will "help solve" many of the local homeless problems.
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It was BYOB (bring your own basket) and a lot of fun at the ninth annual Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Day at the LocoLanding Adventure Park on Monday.
The crowds continued to come with the participation of hundreds of children looking for eggs scattered around the park and the S.S. Sicamous. The Easter bunny visited the special park, mixed with children waiting in line to enter.
Once again, 100% of the proceeds from the event and the activities in LocoLanding are donated to the OSNS Center for Children and Youth Development at Penticton.
These are 75 "incredible" teenagers who have volunteered to make this day possible, said LocoLanding owner Diana Stirling. It was a combination of members of the KISU swimming club and youth staff at LocoLanding, she said.
"It is so grateful to those teens who choose to spend their volunteering on Easter Monday for this great cause. This event is youth-driven youth, "says Stirling. "Our staff likes the volunteering of all activities. Today, you pay $ 5 for an activity like go-carting and 100% of that money goes back to the OSNS. "
There were games for Easter with games and crafts, including rabbit ears, as well as colorful bubbles. Penticton MLA Dan Ashton helped to start the hunt for eggs.
Meg Dimma, OSNS Coordinator of the OSNS, was pleased with the strong activity.
"This event is so accessible to our families and is in line with the OSNS mandate. Many of our families are eager to come, every year, "said Dima.
Last year, more than $ 5,000 was earned for the children's development center.
"The money is great, but this event also spreads information on the OSNS and the services we offer."
The OSN provides treatment and early intervention for children and young people facing developmental and behavioral challenges. Among the services they offer are family support services and autism. OSNS helps children and their families in Okaanagan.
"We have waiting lists for our services," said Dima. "Part of this is that we serve a large catchment area from Osoios to Keremeos, but we can now identify the slowdown in children's development earlier."
The Easter weekend marks the opening weekend for LocoLanding. The adventure park will be open on weekends.
Photo: Mike Biden
The Penticton Speedway will come back and work for the next weekend, and this year is special because it's 50 years old.
"Every racing weekend is a special event," says Johnny Agnes, owner of the Penticton Speedway. – Every Saturday and Sunday we have Flying Destruction and / or Eve of Destruction.
The season begins on Sunday, April 28, with hurricanes, street stocks.
"I usually tell people to wear layers of clothes, because on Sunday afternoons it will cool off sometime sooner," said Anthash.
It's a good chance to see some racing before the crowd really rises.
"The shoulder season, both early and late, is always a little smaller."
All drivers are quarantined to return to the track.
"Every year at the moment this is the same thing, we had the whole winter to prepare our cars and now people are quarreling in the last few weeks to make the final changes," Anths said. "We'll have a good first day for sure .
Other attractions that come a little later this year include opening a penny farm in June, a horseracing track and karting – and from July.
For ticket information and a full calendar of the season, click here.
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