Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

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)
A committee held its first meeting on June 9 to consider opionions for incorporation of the community of Okanagan Falls. At present, Okanagan Falls is the largest unincorporated community within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Contributed)

Study begins for Okanagan Falls incorporation

Committee held first meeting on June 9

A committee held its first meeting on June 9 to consider opionions for incorporation of the community of Okanagan Falls. At present, Okanagan Falls is the largest unincorporated community within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Contributed)
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$8M in wages for Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen staff

34 employees paid more than $75,000 in 2020

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Directors and alternate directors at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen received nearly $560,000 in remuneration and expenses in 2020, according to the Statement of Financial Information. (Black Press file photo)

Almost $560,000 in remuneration for Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board

Costs of directors and alternate directors outlined in Statement of Financial Information

Directors and alternate directors at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen received nearly $560,000 in remuneration and expenses in 2020, according to the Statement of Financial Information. (Black Press file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has hired a new FireSmart coordinator. (Black Press file photo)

FireSmart coordinator named for Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Kerry Riess will provide assistance to mitigate potential wildfire hazards

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has hired a new FireSmart coordinator. (Black Press file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will begin the clean-up of an unsightly property in Hedley. (Andrea DeMeer - Black Press)

Unsightly Hedley property will be cleaned up

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to begin work by June 7

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will begin the clean-up of an unsightly property in Hedley. (Andrea DeMeer - Black Press)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will coordinate a clean-up of Hedley to remove derelict vehicles and other garbage. (Contributed)

Clean-up work planned for Hedley

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen budgets $36,000 for one-time initiative

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will coordinate a clean-up of Hedley to remove derelict vehicles and other garbage. (Contributed)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is looking to improve communications with Indigenous communities in the region. (Black Press file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is looking to improve communications with Indigenous communities in the region. (Black Press file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is working on a proposed bylaw to regulate metal storage containers. (Pixabay.com)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen proposes storage container bylaw

Rules and colours have been suggested to govern containers

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is working on a proposed bylaw to regulate metal storage containers. (Pixabay.com)
Penticton Search and Rescue volunteers, along with other emergency program volunteers, provide assistance during emergencies in the area (Black Press file photo)

South Okanagan emergency volunteers thanked for service

Estimated 300 volunteers provide assistance within Regional District of Okanagan-Similkmaeen

Penticton Search and Rescue volunteers, along with other emergency program volunteers, provide assistance during emergencies in the area (Black Press file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has appointed members to a committee to its new Electoral Area D Boundary and Configuration Study Committee. (Black Press file photo)

Committee will examine Okanagan Falls incorporation

Inaugural meeting of Electoral Area D Boundary and Configuration Study Committee planned for May 27

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has appointed members to a committee to its new Electoral Area D Boundary and Configuration Study Committee. (Black Press file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has approved the public private competition for the operations of two landfills. (Contributed)

Bids open to operate South Okanagan landfills

Process in place for new contracts for Campbell Mountain Landfill and Oliver Landfill

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has approved the public private competition for the operations of two landfills. (Contributed)
The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan hospital district calls for Interior Health to be better communicators

Improved communications sought following earlier funding request

The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
New 3 to 4 bedroom townhouses beside Riverside Drive were sold out before construction is even complete. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Final zoning review for RDOS to be completed this summer

The review consolidates all zoning bylaws in the RDOS into one

New 3 to 4 bedroom townhouses beside Riverside Drive were sold out before construction is even complete. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen offices in Penticton. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen showcases local government

The RDOS has put together a video as part of Local Government Awareness Week

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen offices in Penticton. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Upgrades will be completed on a portion of the Kettle Valley Railway trail north of Penticton. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen photo)

Contract awarded for improvements to trail near Penticton

Portion of Kettle Valley Railway trail will receive upgrades

Upgrades will be completed on a portion of the Kettle Valley Railway trail north of Penticton. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has awarded a three-year contract for landfill concrete crushing services. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Campbell Mountain and Okanagan Falls landfills to start concrete crushing

The RDOS awarded the contract to Ok Excavating

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has awarded a three-year contract for landfill concrete crushing services. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Brennan Phillips)

Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District reverses funding decision on care centre

Approval now granted to fund $1 million for Urgent and Primary Care Centre in Penticton

The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Brennan Phillips)