Osoyoos: Your Sunday morning review

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Here are some of the stories OsoyoosToday
covered over the last seven days:

The big news this week was a series of wildfires and their impact on the Osoyoos community.

Smoke forecast for the South Okanagan as predicted by Firesmoke.ca. for late Sunday afternoon and early evening.

More intense smoke expected from Princeton fire

A wildfire burning just north of the Town of Princeton is giving firefighters everything they can handle — and more.

The fire, about 10 km north of Princeton, was reported at more than 1,500 hectares late Saturday evening — more than seven times the size it was 24 hours earlier.

The BC Wildfire Service is classifying the fire as “out of control.”

Campfires, fireworks now banned
in South Okanagan

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has implemented an open-fire ban across the South Okanagan and Similkameen. The ban went into effect at noon Friday and will remain in effect until further notice.

Air quality and health
could be impacted
by smoky skies

Residents in communities across Interior Health affected by fires burning and resulting smoky skies should be aware that smoke conditions and local air quality can change due to the unpredictable nature of fires.

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RDOS takes closer look at composting options

Truckloads of public feedback were compressed Thursday for local officials, who are still deciding whether to put a new regional compost facility in Marron Valley or at the Summerland landfill.

How does one become
a community watchdog? Ask Ken

Ken Campbell wasn’t expecting to become a community watchdog when he retired 13 years ago. At the age of 60, Ken went back to work, starting a company that literally keeps him up all night and generally on the move. The business he started — Quail Security — turned 10 in June.

Osoyoos minor baseball is looking to go deep with a proposal for a dedicated ball park.

Minor baseball pitches ball park
for site where dogs now run

Jason Bartsch wants to improve opportunities for young ballplayers in Osoyoos. One way to do that, he says, is to build a better dog park.

The president of the Osoyoos Minor Baseball Association (OMBA) brought the association’s plans for the future of the game in Osoyoos to Council Monday morning, specifically proposing a dedicated minor baseball park for the West Bench and moving an existing dog park across town.

Archery master shares love of sport with area youth

Brock Paton is busy enough preparing for an upcoming world championship.

But the founder of the Osoyoos Traditional Archery School still makes the time to build the sport he loves in the Osoyoos community — mentoring young archers on the outdoor range he himself created.

After marching in their red serge in the Cherry Fiesta parade, Mounties were back on the job dealing with a very busy Osoyoos community.

Yes, we were busy,
local RCMP say of Canada Day

The large crowd that invaded Osoyoos for the weekend kept local RCMP hopping — especially on Canada Day.

“With the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta coinciding with Canada’s 150 Birthday, a much larger crowd than in previous years was in attendance for the day-long festivities and fireworks, reported Sgt. Jason Bayda, Area Commander for the Osoyoos detachment.

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