Budget includes free swim

A slight change has been made to the parks and recreation fees for the Lumby area.

A slight change has been made to the parks and recreation fees for the Lumby area.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has re-adopted the 2011/2012 fees for the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee to reflect a free Canada Day afternoon swim and loonie/toonie rates on B.C. Day at the outdoor pool.

The overall fee scheduled includes no increase in fees for public skating and swimming.

Fees for rentals, such as ice time and field use, will climb two per cent to cover utilities, materials and labour.

“There’s a cost to running the facilities and the facilities are getting old,” said director Eugene Foisy.

Tax Break Given to Non-Profits

A number of non-profit organizations will get a hand from taxpayers covering property taxes.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has approved 2012 property tax exemptions in the rural electoral areas.

“They are all the same properties that received it last year,” said David Sewell, finance general manager.

The groups are the Vernon and District Association for Community Living in BX-Silver Star, the Vernon Gyro Club for a cabin on Lumby-Mabel Lake Road, the Mara Musical and Athletic Association for the Mara Community Hall and Petula Park and the North Okanagan Community Life Society for properties in BX-Silver Star and BX-Swan Lake.

Shuswap River Plan Endorsed

Progress continues to be made on an initiative related to the Shuswap River watershed.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has endorsed the planning framework for the Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan for public presentation.

“We’re moving ahead and going to public input,” said Herman Halvorson, board chairperson, adding that there will be a public meeting in November or December.

“We want to get as many people out as we can. There’s a lot of interest in this.”

The Regional District of North Okanagan will hold a public meeting in November or December on the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan.

The goal of the plan is to address a number of issues including development, pollution, soil erosion and recreational activities.

The watershed includes Cherryville, Lumby, Kingfisher, Grindrod, Enderby and Mara.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The five graduating members of the Vernon-based Thompson Okanagan Lakers U18AAA girls hockey team – Jessica Engelbrecht (from left), Makenna Howe, Cheree Peters, Jayden Perpelitz, and Alexis Bishop – have all committed to collegiate hockey programs in Canada and the U.S. (Photo submitted)
Vernon-based hockey squad sends 5 to college ranks

Thompson Okanagan U18AAA Lakers players heading to Canadian and U.S. programs

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Police report outlines latest efforts to fight North Okanagan sex crimes

The local RCMP sex crimes unit has been involved in a number of investigations so far in 2021

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
Man sought in suspicious Kootenay death found in Lake Country

Philip Toner is a person of interest in the death of Brenda Ware

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Overall, B.C. is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP reported to 287 mental health calls between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 1. (Black Press files)
‘It’s not the police’s responsibility to deal with mental health calls’: Vernon RCMP

RCMP remind public to take care of mental health and well-being, while better solutions are sought

Members of the Vernon Kalamalka Chorus sing in their cars, tuned into the radio, under the direction of Debbie Parmenter. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
VIDEO: Vernon choir steers around COVID with ‘carbershop’ twist

Singers find a unique way to practice during pandemic restrictions

Keith MacIntyre - BC Libertarian
Penticton’s Keith MacIntyre new leader of the B.C. Libertarian Party

The Penticton businessman was voted in by members of the party on May 8

Thompson Rivers University campus is in Kamloops, B.C. (KTW file photo)
Thompson Rivers the 1st B.C. university to supply free menstrual products

The university will offer the products this September

Fraser Health is using ‘targeted’ vaccination clinics in high-risk areas of the Lower Mainland. (Fraser Health photo)
B.C.’s COVID-19 decrease continues, 515 new cases Tuesday

426 seriously ill people in hospital, up from 415 Monday

Notes of hope, encouragement and camaraderie were left on the message board inside the kitchen of TacoTime. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Adiós, Taco Tuesday: Kelowna residents flock to TacoTime on restaurant’s final day

‘We don’t need another Starbucks. We need tacos on Tuesday, with extra hot sauce’

RCMP. (Black Press File)
Major Crimes called in after two bodies discovered near Penticton

A manhunt involving a police helicopter took place on May 10

The site of Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, will be open for camping this summer. (Citizen file)
Sunfest country music bash won’t be shining on B.C. in 2021

Annual Vancouver Island Festival cancelled due to COVID-19, along with Laketown Shakedown

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation elected chief councillor Moses Martin, who was also Chantel Moore’s grandfather, speaks to media in Port Alberni on Aug. 16, 2020, during a visit from NDP leader Jagmeet Singh following the police shooting of Chantel Moore. (Elena Rardon photo)
Mother of 2 shot by police in critical condition, says B.C. First Nation chief

Community ‘devastated’ by third member of 1,150-person Vancouver Island nation shot in less than a year

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham promotes the government’s BuyBC food program in 2019. (B.C. government)
Money running out for fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in B.C. schools

‘Looking at ways to support this type of program,’ minister says

Most Read