Perseid Meteor Shower Event at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

The public is invited to come and enjoy the Perseid meteor shower on August 12th at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, located at 717 White Lake Rd, south of Kaleden, BC. Admission is free. Bring a blanket, or lounge chair to watch for meteors in comfort. Dress warmly.

Gates to the grounds will open at 7:30pm. Talks by Ken Tapping, Ryan Ransom and Tom Landecker will be offered at 8:15pm. By 9:30pm, it should be sufficiently dark enough to view the sky to see the brightest meteors. Also, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Okanagan Centre, will set up telescopes for the public to enjoy other celestial wonders. The event ends and the gates close at 11:15pm.

Bad weather (ie. clouds) will scupper the meteor and telescope viewing, but the grounds will be open and the talks will be presented regardless.

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Hot weather increases fire risk for August long weekend

Fire danger rating

On average, nearly half of all wildfires are caused by human activity and can start from something as small as a carelessly discarded cigarette butt. Motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle users should ensure that they are using an approved spark arrestor and avoid parking on grass or at sites where the exhaust system is near combustible material.

If a campfire is permitted in your area, it’s important to take the following safety precautions. You may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs if your negligence results in a wildfire.

  • Bring a shovel or keep at least eight litres of water nearby to properly extinguish your campfire.
  • Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in diameter.
  • Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
  • You must maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

To find out if there are fire bans in your area, visit:

Please also check with local governments for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.


Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson –

“If you’re out in the backcountry or visiting B.C.’s beautiful parks on the long weekend, it’s crucial that you adhere to any fire prohibitions that are in place. Wildfires can ignite quickly in these weather conditions and could damage our forests, homes and communities.”

Quick Facts:

  • Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail.
  • If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
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Condolences; Clara Fields

Clara Fields obit osoyoos newsFields, Clara   

Aug 3, 1925 – Jul 26, 2014

Clara was born August 3, 1925, in Saskatchewan. She passed away peacefully in Osoyoos on July 26, 2014, a week shy of 89.

She was predeceased by her father Andrew W. Mangel in 1964; her mother Mary E. Miller in 1996; two sisters Margaret and Rosalia; one brother Henry; her beloved husband LaVerne Byron Fields who passed away in 2005, just prior to their 60th anniversary.

She is survived by sisters Katherine, Isabelle and Irene and brother Dilbert.

Clara will be greatly missed by her son Roger and his wife Rita who came to live with her and take care of her when her husband passed; her eleven grandchildren: Laura (Owen), Sharon (Bruce), Tamarya, Brian (Jody), Tina (Michael, Keith (Angela), Teresa (Aaron), Kevin (Fabiola), Steven (Becky), Charlene and Andrew; thirty three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Clara took an active role in the community. She was a charter member of the Royal Purple and the second Honored Royal Lady. Clara enjoyed bowling and horseshoeing with many trophies to show for it. One year she was ranked 7th in Canada for horseshoe throwing with a 27% ringer average. She loved playing games and taught her children and grandchildren the art of sportsmanship, win or lose.

Clara and Vern had the first Drive-In restaurant in Osoyoos, the Iceburg, serving hamburgers, chicken and fish and chips, also the first soft ice-cream in Osoyoos.

Special thanks to all the care givers over the last few months.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday August 2, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7401 – 87th Street, Osoyoos, BC. Interment will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery. A reception in the church reception hall will follow the interment

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos. 

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Nk’Mip Salmon Dinner & Dance

nk'mip salmon dinner

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More ducks, and a thirsty heron at Peanut Pond on this hot Osoyoos day


Photos by Doris Lancaster of Osoyoos

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Booming Building Permits in RDOS

June 2014 has been one of the highest construction activity months in recent history in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Construction values for June exceeded 6.7 million up from 3.6 million in June 2013.

Over the past 7 months, the Regional District has issued 199 building permits. Of those 199 permits, 32 permits were for single family dwellings. The majority of the permits issued have been for additions, repairs or plumbing. 10 permits have been issued for new commercial, industrial or institutional development.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen provides a monthly summary of building permit activity as part of its commitment to its clients and improving the stakeholder experience. Monthly reports are available online at under Building Inspection statistics.

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Penticton Hospital plans move forward

A new patient care tower will be built at Penticton Regional Hospital following the approval by the provincial government of a business plan submitted by Interior Health.

“As Penticton continues to grow, so does the demand on services Penticton families rely on, including the hospital. We committed to moving forward with a new patient care tower, and today we’re moving forward,” said Premier Christy Clark. “This is a crucial step in the right direction.”

The Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower will include approximately 26,700 square metres (287,500 square feet) of new health care facilities. This project will significantly improve access to services, and improve patient care through the consolidation of programs currently distributed throughout the hospital.

“This new tower will form the cornerstone of the expansion of patient care services in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, and will support the province in meeting demand projections and setting the stage for excellence in affordable, public health care service delivery,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will now be prepared seeking qualified companies to design, build, finance and maintain the new tower. The RFQ is expected to be released later this summer. Following evaluation of responses to the RFQ, up to three companies will be shortlisted and invited to submit responses to a Request for Proposals. A successful proponent will be selected from that process. The entire procurement process will take approximately 18 months to complete.

“This project is first and foremost about building patient care in the South Okanagan-Similkameen,” said Dan Ashton, Penticton MLA. “This project has been my top priority and I am pleased that it will be designed from a patient-focused perspective, with extensive input from clinical staff.”

The Penticton Regional Hospital Project will be constructed in two phases. Phase one will include the construction of a new patient care tower. The tower will have a new walk-in care centre, surgical services centre, 84 medical/surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms, a new medical device reprocessing unit, and space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine Program.

Phase two will involve the renovation of vacated areas in the current hospital to allow the expansion of the emergency department into a space almost four times the size of the current department, as well as renovations to existing support areas of pharmacy, laundry and materiel (supplies and equipment) stores. The construction of the new tower and renovations to the existing building will take about three and a half years.

“Healthy and green buildings will enhance patient care by providing better health outcomes, a better environment for staff and patients, and maximization of energy efficiency,” said Norman Embree, Interior Health board chair.

The total budget for the project is $325 million. It will be funded jointly by the provincial government, with $122 million provided by the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District and $20 million provided by the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. It is expected to create more than 1910 jobs for workers over the life of the project.

“This is tremendous news for everyone living in the South Okanagan and Similkameen,” said RHD Chair Janice Perrino. “As partners with the Provincial Government and the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation in this vital project, we look forward to working with the communities to make the hospital expansion a reality. The day will come when we can all celebrate as a region the opening of our patient care tower which will provide excellent health-care for decades to come.”

The patient care tower will be efficiently-designed and user-friendly. It will support staff and physician recruitment by offering the opportunity for medical professionals to work in a newly-designed clinical environment that will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified.

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