Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

A contract has been awarded for the design and construction support services of the Apex Fire Hall. (Apex Fire Brigade)

Contract awarded for design of Apex Fire Hall

Crown land had earlier been designated as site for building at mountain village near Penticton

 

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

 

BC Wildfire Service announced on Thursday, Nov. 17, that they will burn around 100 piles of wood debris, five kilometres east of Naramata. (Photo- BCWS/Twitter)

Expect to see smoke as BC Wildfire Service plans controlled burns near Naramata

Around 100 piles of wood debris will be burned from November to March

BC Wildfire Service announced on Thursday, Nov. 17, that they will burn around 100 piles of wood debris, five kilometres east of Naramata. (Photo- BCWS/Twitter)
Kaleden’s Pioneer Park is set for a facelift this fall and into next spring, according to the RDOS. (Photo- RDOS Regional Connections)

Snow, below-zero temperatures delay start of Kaleden park upgrades

The regional district will close the park’s washrooms and surrounding areas from Nov. 15 to Dec. 9

Kaleden’s Pioneer Park is set for a facelift this fall and into next spring, according to the RDOS. (Photo- RDOS Regional Connections)
(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

(Artem_Apukhtin/Pixabay photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is fixing a flooded pedestrian path on Osoyoos Lake, in the 1800 block of 45th Street. (Photo- RDOS)

Project underway to fix flooded pedestrian path on Osoyoos Lake 4 years after damage

Floodwaters in 2018 overtopped the road and pathway just south of Osoyoos

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is fixing a flooded pedestrian path on Osoyoos Lake, in the 1800 block of 45th Street. (Photo- RDOS)
The RDOS has secured funding for upgrades to the Oliver and District Area. (Photo- Courtesy of the RDOS)

Oliver secures $2.3 million needed for arena project; construction to begin in 2024

The facility has been in use for more than five decades

The RDOS has secured funding for upgrades to the Oliver and District Area. (Photo- Courtesy of the RDOS)
Open burning has been postponed within five fire protection areas within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Black Press file photo)
Open burning has been postponed within five fire protection areas within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Black Press file photo)
Okanagan Falls Elementary School hosts an ‘Area D’ election forum on Oct. 11 (Photo- Facebook, RDOS)

Okanagan Falls hosting all-candidates forum for regional district director

Okanagan Falls elementary hosts the event Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Okanagan Falls Elementary School hosts an ‘Area D’ election forum on Oct. 11 (Photo- Facebook, RDOS)
(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)
The RDOS has worked with Native Plant Solutions to create a wetland next to the local wastewater treatment plant as an additional natural purification step. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)

New wetland to help further purify water from Okanagan Falls treatment plant

The wetland has already cut down the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous entering the river

The RDOS has worked with Native Plant Solutions to create a wetland next to the local wastewater treatment plant as an additional natural purification step. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
The RDOS is hosting a 2022 local election discussion for potential electoral director candidates on Aug. 30 in Penticton. (Photo- Facebook, RDOS)

Want to be a regional director in the Okanagan Similkameen?

Anyone considering running this fall is invited to an info session Aug. 30

The RDOS is hosting a 2022 local election discussion for potential electoral director candidates on Aug. 30 in Penticton. (Photo- Facebook, RDOS)
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)
The advice is to drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place. (File photo)

Heat warning in effect for Central and South Okanagan

Daytime temperatures are expected to reach 35 C to 40 C, while overnight lows will be near 18 C

The advice is to drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place. (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)