Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

Smoke and flames from Garrison Lake fire are visible from Highway 3. Photo BC Wildfire

Eastgate Fire Protection Society receives $15,000 grant

Money comes from Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

 

The Apex Fire Brigade, and other volunteer departments who have supported them, stand in front of the new engine that was donated to the Apex brigade. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Site located for firehall on Apex Mountain

Facility will be built at ski resort near Penticton

 

The contract for detailed design of the North Naramata Firehall has been awarded. (File photo)

Contract awarded for detailed design of North Naramata Firehall

Satellite firehall needed to cover expanded fire service area

 

Free renter and landlord workshop for Lower Similkameen

The workshop will take place at Keremeos Legion at 510 Veterans Ave

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is seeking feedback on Mariposa Park in the West Bench area near Penticton. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is seeking feedback on Mariposa Park in the West Bench area near Penticton. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Brennan Phillips)

Martin Street care facility finally gets funding from hospital district

Interior Health had been requesting funding for months for the facility

The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Brennan Phillips)
Princeton and Keremeos will soon have enhanced ambulance service. (Black Press file photo)

Princeton and Keremeos to get 24-hour ambulance service

Alpha stations will be established in both Similkameen communities

Princeton and Keremeos will soon have enhanced ambulance service. (Black Press file photo)
A Bell 212 helicopter en route from the Similkameen River to bucket hotspots above Eastgate on August 13.

Highway 3 not threatened by Garrison Lake wildfire in days

Cooler temperatures have aiding in the fight against the fire

A Bell 212 helicopter en route from the Similkameen River to bucket hotspots above Eastgate on August 13.
July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)

Wildfires force thousands to evacuate, highways to close across B.C. Interior

Multiple highways are closed and several communities are evacuating due to fires

July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will hold a follow-up to its 2020 Citizen Survey. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to hold follow-up to citizen survey

Initial survey had been concluded in fall of 2020

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will hold a follow-up to its 2020 Citizen Survey. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will receive tenders on the operation of the Campbell Mountain and Oliver Landfill operations. Tenders will be accepted until Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. (Contributed)

Tenders accepted for Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen landfills

Present contracts for Campbell Mountain and Oliver Landfills will expire May, 2022

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will receive tenders on the operation of the Campbell Mountain and Oliver Landfill operations. Tenders will be accepted until Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. (Contributed)
Four staff members at the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen were self-isolating on March 19. The regional district is also considering whether to continue keeping its doors open to the public. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Regional District goes with Canadian company for emergency alert system

The RDOS’ contract with CivicReady ends in November

Four staff members at the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen were self-isolating on March 19. The regional district is also considering whether to continue keeping its doors open to the public. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
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EDITORIAL: Uncomfortable conversations about pay increases

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board considering a pay raise

  • Aug 10, 2021
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Garrison Lake fire, July 25. (Facebook)

More evacuation alerts issued for Garrison Lake wildfire

The blaze is now an estimated 8,400 hectares in size

Garrison Lake fire, July 25. (Facebook)
Garrison Lake fire from Princeton. (Angela Marsel / Facebook)

Garrison Lake wildfire grows, becoming more visible

The blaze is now at 3,373 hectares

Garrison Lake fire from Princeton. (Angela Marsel / Facebook)
Seven properties in TNRD areas "E" and "J" are under an evacuation order. (Submitted photo)

More evacuation orders for Sparks Lake wildfire near Kamloops

TNRD properties in Electoral Areas “E” (Bonaparte Plateau) and “J” (Copper Desert Country) to evacuate

Seven properties in TNRD areas "E" and "J" are under an evacuation order. (Submitted photo)
A study will be conducted into the community of Okanagan Falls. The community, south of Penticton, is the largest unincorporated community within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Google Maps)

Study will examine incorporation of Okanagan Falls

Community is Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s largest unincorporated community

A study will be conducted into the community of Okanagan Falls. The community, south of Penticton, is the largest unincorporated community within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Google Maps)
A bylaw before the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board calls for a larger maximum floor area for secondary suites and accessory dwelling buildings. (Pixabay photo).

More space approved for secondary suites in the Okanagan Similkameen

Bylaw calls for up to 125 square metres of floor space to accommodate additional bedrooms

A bylaw before the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board calls for a larger maximum floor area for secondary suites and accessory dwelling buildings. (Pixabay photo).
The iconic Red Bridge in Keremeos was turned into a surfers paradise by these two who were featured in a video posted to the Keremeos, BC Facebook page July 7, 2021. (Keremeos, BC/Facebook)

VIDEO: Creative kids in Keremeos surf the Similkameen River

Using just some straps and planks, these kids turned the river into a surfers paradise

The iconic Red Bridge in Keremeos was turned into a surfers paradise by these two who were featured in a video posted to the Keremeos, BC Facebook page July 7, 2021. (Keremeos, BC/Facebook)
HEAT WAVE Sunbathers enjoy time at Rotary Beach. Over the past week, temperatures have been well above normal and Summerland has shattered several previous daily high temperature records. Temperatures for this week have been forecast to exceed 40 C. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Summerland was 40.0 C, reached on July 16 and July 17, 1941. Typically the warmest days of the year in Summerland are Aug. 1 to 4, with an average maximum temperature of 27.8 C and an average minimum temperature of 14.5 C. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen offers water during heat wave

Supply stations set up throughout regional district

HEAT WAVE Sunbathers enjoy time at Rotary Beach. Over the past week, temperatures have been well above normal and Summerland has shattered several previous daily high temperature records. Temperatures for this week have been forecast to exceed 40 C. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Summerland was 40.0 C, reached on July 16 and July 17, 1941. Typically the warmest days of the year in Summerland are Aug. 1 to 4, with an average maximum temperature of 27.8 C and an average minimum temperature of 14.5 C. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)