Municipal Government

The Branding Iron Bar and Grill is asking for Keremeos’ council to support them to be able to serve liquour on a temporary patio outside. (Google Maps)

Keremeos council weighs Branding Iron Grill patio

The request is for support to serve alcohol on the patio

The Branding Iron Bar and Grill is asking for Keremeos’ council to support them to be able to serve liquour on a temporary patio outside. (Google Maps)
Summerland mayor Toni Boot is suggesting a code of ethics for elected municipal officials. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland mayor considers code of ethics for elected officials

Union of B.C. Municipalities has identified problem throughout province

Summerland mayor Toni Boot is suggesting a code of ethics for elected municipal officials. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The property tax bill for a typical home in Summerland will increase by $23.37 in 2021. At the April 26 Summerland council meeting, the new tax rate was adopted. The increase is 1.65 per cent. (File photo)

Summerland residents can expect a $23 property tax hike for 2021

Council approved increasing property taxes by 1.65 per cent for 2021

The property tax bill for a typical home in Summerland will increase by $23.37 in 2021. At the April 26 Summerland council meeting, the new tax rate was adopted. The increase is 1.65 per cent. (File photo)
Summerland municipal staff will send a letter to the province, asking that land decisions made by local governments be respected.	(John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland council offers Penticton support in dispute with provincial government

4-3 resolution comes after province overturns Penticton council decision

Summerland municipal staff will send a letter to the province, asking that land decisions made by local governments be respected.	(John Arendt - Summerland Review)
District of Lake Country municipal hall. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Yelling over phone won’t speed up service: District of Lake Country

District reminds residents to be kind when requesting services during a busy period for staff

District of Lake Country municipal hall. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Dan Hodson/submitted photo Dick Warren brings his 1972 AMC Hornet “Rant-n-Rave” across the border from Tonasket on a regular basis to line up against Osoyoos, BC’s Brad Baxendale in his 1969 Pontiac Beaumont. The two gents offer fierce competition, as well as great looking cars.

Drag races and model aircraft to keep Osoyoos Airport busy

Penticton Model Aviation Club flies at the Osoyoos Airport

Dan Hodson/submitted photo Dick Warren brings his 1972 AMC Hornet “Rant-n-Rave” across the border from Tonasket on a regular basis to line up against Osoyoos, BC’s Brad Baxendale in his 1969 Pontiac Beaumont. The two gents offer fierce competition, as well as great looking cars.
Skaha Marina

By-election will let public decide on 25-year Skaha Marina contract

The question will be on the ballot for the upcoming by-election in June

Skaha Marina
A 3D render of the proposed $3.557 million Legion Beach revamp project. (Town of Osoyoos)

$3.56M Osoyoos beach project clears first hurdle

Upgrades to Legion Beach include accessibility, road re-configured and possible $450K washroom

A 3D render of the proposed $3.557 million Legion Beach revamp project. (Town of Osoyoos)
A proposed zoning bylaw amendment would allow a three-unit subdivision at 7418 Kirk Ave. in Summerland’s Trout Creek neighbourhood. The property is outlined in red. (Contributed)

May 25 public hearing set for proposed three-lot subdivision in Summerland

Council gave the first two readings of Trout Creek rezoning proposal on April 26

A proposed zoning bylaw amendment would allow a three-unit subdivision at 7418 Kirk Ave. in Summerland’s Trout Creek neighbourhood. The property is outlined in red. (Contributed)
Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

Project delays and budget overruns due to COVID-19 in Penticton first quarter update

The city also received an influx of additional grant funding for projects

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
Gavel (Courtesy photo)

EDITORIAL: High marks for Canada’s democratic process

Accusations of widespread corruption do not hold up

  • Apr 22, 2021
Gavel (Courtesy photo)
Renovations to the Summerland Arts and Cultural Centre building came in at more than $400,000. The renovation work was one of several large items in the first quarter of 2021.	(File photo)

Summerland council spends money on large items

Fleet of trucks, dam repair, arts centre renovations listed in procurement report

Renovations to the Summerland Arts and Cultural Centre building came in at more than $400,000. The renovation work was one of several large items in the first quarter of 2021.	(File photo)
Virtual meetings are taking a toll on local governance, according to multiple mayors in the North Okanagan. (Headway photo)

Virtual meetings leave North Okanagan politicians out of touch

More than a year of Zoom has led to a disconnect between officials, according to local mayors

Virtual meetings are taking a toll on local governance, according to multiple mayors in the North Okanagan. (Headway photo)
The City of Penticton is looking into the possibility of licensing certain public spaces to permit alcohol consumption during set hours. The city could see legal public drinking as early as May 4, 2021. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Booze on the beach set to make a comeback for summer 2021

Penticton council gave the first three readings to bring back limited public drinking

The City of Penticton is looking into the possibility of licensing certain public spaces to permit alcohol consumption during set hours. The city could see legal public drinking as early as May 4, 2021. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Penticton’s Nanaimo Avenue Bridge is set for removal in July 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

No replacement for Nanaimo Avenue Bridge this year

Council voted to add consideration for a replacement to a future budget

Penticton’s Nanaimo Avenue Bridge is set for removal in July 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
On the first day of his retirement, April 12, 2021, Marcel Bedard, former Salmon Arm bylaw enforcement officer, looks over a scrapbook he created of his 24 years on the job. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm bylaw officer parks his parking tickets after 24 years

Despite the insults that go with the job, Marcel Bedard enjoyed his work for the city

On the first day of his retirement, April 12, 2021, Marcel Bedard, former Salmon Arm bylaw enforcement officer, looks over a scrapbook he created of his 24 years on the job. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
The currently vacant lot on Main Street where a Dairy Queen, retail and residential spaces have been approved to go into. (Town of Oliver)

Main Street in Oliver is getting a Dairy Queen and residential units

Oliver council gave its approval to fill the empty lot with DQ and residential units

The currently vacant lot on Main Street where a Dairy Queen, retail and residential spaces have been approved to go into. (Town of Oliver)
Taxes are going up slightly for homeowners in 2021 to give businesses a break. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Tax shifts burden from Vernon businesses to homeowners

New rate for residential 2.67 per cent or $42 for average home

Taxes are going up slightly for homeowners in 2021 to give businesses a break. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland council rejects transitional housing facility

Concerns raised about short timeline and condition of municipally-owned building

The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Transitional housing facility considered for Summerland

Temporary facility would occupy former youth centre location

The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)