Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is once again considering incorporation of the community of Okanagan Falls. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen map)

Regional district once again looks into incorporating Okanagan Falls

Interest in incorporatin community south of Penticton have been ongoing for three decades

 

(Artem_Apukhtin/Pixabay photo)

Open burning season back in effect for the Okanagan-Similkameen

Season in effect until April 15, 2023, in the five RDOS-protected fire areas

 

Open burning has been postponed within five fire protection areas within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Black Press file photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen postpones open burning season

Five fire protection areas affected by delay

 

(Black Press File)

Open burning season in effect for the South Okanagan-Similkameen

Fire chiefs may choose to delay the start of the season, amid the drier than normal conditions

(Black Press File)
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen directors and representatives accept the 2022 Community Excellence in Governance awards at the UBCM convention in Whistler. (Photo- Scott McAlpine)

Regional district wins provincial award in Whistler for ‘first of its kind’ policy

Representatives from the RDOS were presented with a community excellence award last week

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen directors and representatives accept the 2022 Community Excellence in Governance awards at the UBCM convention in Whistler. (Photo- Scott McAlpine)
The RDOS office was built in 1984. Black Press file photo

Regional district closing all facilities next week to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

All RDOS facilities, offices and rec. centres will be closed Monday, Sept. 19

The RDOS office was built in 1984. Black Press file photo
A curious bear visits a back yard in Summerland. During the fall, hungry bears preparing for winter are searching for food sources. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen photo)

Precautions urged as bears in South Okanagan and Similkameen prepare for winter

Hungry black bears now consuming up to 20,000 calories a day

A curious bear visits a back yard in Summerland. During the fall, hungry bears preparing for winter are searching for food sources. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen photo)
Voters will choose representatives for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board at the general election in October. (Black Press file photo)
Voters will choose representatives for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board at the general election in October. (Black Press file photo)
(Photo- Pacific Economic Development Canada)

Princeton gets $750k in funding to revitalize downtown core

Federal government commits investment to town’s tourism sector

(Photo- Pacific Economic Development Canada)
Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)

UPDATE: Flames from vehicle fire quickly spread off Highway 3 east of Keremeos

There is a detour available via Highway 3A, but a variable speed corridor is in effect

Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)
Vaseux Lake is ready for use again thanks to the return of a milfoil harvester for the first time in 30 years. (Photo- Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association)

South Okanagan lake ready for easy use again after 30 years

Milfoil harvesting will resume at Vaseux Lake, south of Okanagan Falls

Vaseux Lake is ready for use again thanks to the return of a milfoil harvester for the first time in 30 years. (Photo- Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association)
Penticton RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in Okanagan Falls Saturday, Aug. 6, and found a woman suffering from serious injuries. A man was taken into custody without incident. (file photo)

RCMP investigate Okanagan Falls shooting

Woman found suffering from serious injuries Saturday, Aug. 6; man taken into custody without incident

Penticton RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in Okanagan Falls Saturday, Aug. 6, and found a woman suffering from serious injuries. A man was taken into custody without incident. (file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has received numerous subdivision applications for the area served by the Meadow Valley Aquifer and the Faulder Community Water Service. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen map)

Water supply concerns remain for Meadow Valley

Aquifer study referred back to Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen staff

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has received numerous subdivision applications for the area served by the Meadow Valley Aquifer and the Faulder Community Water Service. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen map)
Funding has been allocated for a pump station for the West Bench Water System. (Black Press file photo)

$75K authorized for pump station for West Bench

Money to come from gas tax reserve

Funding has been allocated for a pump station for the West Bench Water System. (Black Press file photo)
Clay Smith, father, digging a trench to prevent encroachment of the fire (Caillum Smith/Preserved Light Photography)

Father-son duo fights South Okanagan wildfire to save their home

Their neighbour’s home was lost in the blaze

Clay Smith, father, digging a trench to prevent encroachment of the fire (Caillum Smith/Preserved Light Photography)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has authorized borrowing for the purchase of two fire trucks for the Naramata Fire Department. (File photo)

Borrowing approved for Naramata fire trucks

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen passes bylaw to allow borrowing of up to $400,000

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has authorized borrowing for the purchase of two fire trucks for the Naramata Fire Department. (File photo)
(John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Developers in the South Okanagan can expect permit delays amid staffing shortage

The regional district is currently operating with reduced staff

(John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will acquire a 10-year licence of occupation for the public boat launch in Okanagan Falls. (Contributed)

Licence of occupation renewed for Okanagan Falls boat launch

Most recent licence expired in May, 2017

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will acquire a 10-year licence of occupation for the public boat launch in Okanagan Falls. (Contributed)
The sewer master plan for Okanagan Falls will be updated. (Black Press file photo)

Sewer plan for Okanagan Falls will be updated

Change required to allow for medium density development in town core

The sewer master plan for Okanagan Falls will be updated. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. firefighters get some boots on the ground wildfire training at Campbell Mountain in Penticton in early April as part of the wildland and interface wildfire training. To reduce the risk of wildfires, FireSmart is urging homeowners to take some precautions. (Black Press fire photo)

FireSmart urges wildfire precautions in Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

July events have been organized around the region

B.C. firefighters get some boots on the ground wildfire training at Campbell Mountain in Penticton in early April as part of the wildland and interface wildfire training. To reduce the risk of wildfires, FireSmart is urging homeowners to take some precautions. (Black Press fire photo)