Ranch fails to round up Lumby support

A historic site’s search for cash has fallen short.

On Monday, Lumby council shot down a $500 request from O’Keefe Ranch.

“That’s more of a Vernon function,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich. “We have our own societies out here to support and we don’t have any money.”

O’Keefe Ranch, which is owned by the City of Vernon and located in Spallumcheen, has been approaching all municipalities for funding in 2011.

Besides Lumby, Armstrong and Enderby have also said no to grants, while Vernon is providing $138,000 and $10,000 is coming from Spallumcheen.

“The ranch is a major North Okanagan tourist attraction and offers a range of unique activities to both visitors and our own residents,” said Catherine Lord, general manager, in a letter to Lumby council.

“This attraction promotes and supports the conservation and preservation of the history of ranching in the North Okanagan.”

Total attendance was more than 16,000 in 2010.

Coun. Janet Green believes O’Keefe Ranch is worthwhile but Lumby has limited financial resources.

“We have a lot of requests for funding from  local organizations,” she said. “We’re trying to pare back money from budgets and we’re looking for ways to economize.”