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Help Keep the Similkameen River Clean

Jul 26 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village of Keremeos, the Town of Princeton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) are reminding residents and visitors to Help Keep Our Rivers Clean.

 

With the busy summer season comes increased pressure on our natural environments and watercourses including the Similkameen River. In addition to providing numerous recreational opportunities, the Similkameen River is also a vital part of the region’s complex and sensitive ecosystem. It provides habitat, biodiversity, drinking water and water to grow food.

 

The Similkameen River starts on the east flank of E.C. Manning Provincial Park and flows through the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx/Okanagan People’s territories and the communities of East Gate, Princeton, Hedley, Keremeos and Cawston.

 

If you’re spending time on or near the Similkameen River or any watercourse, please consider your environmental impact, clean up after yourself and encourage others to do the same.

 

If you see anyone polluting or destroying habitat or riparian areas, please report the activity immediately.

 

Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 

1-877-952-7277 | https://forms.gov.bc.ca/environment/rapp/

 

The RAPP program is a toll free tip line and online service that also allows you to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender.

 

BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) Conservation App 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.bcwf.conservationapp

 

The BCWF app makes it easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse of our natural resources.

 

For more information, please contact:

RDOS: 250-492-0237 | info@rdos.bc.ca

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Try some bench exercises while walking the dike!

Jul 26 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

As part of the Village’s Age-Friendly Program funded by the Ministry of Health, the successful Steps to Better Health walking group has expanded in 2019.

 

Funding was provided to place signs along the dike, showing exercises which can be performed at the park benches. The western end of the dike has a park bench with a map, some general instructions, and 4 exercises of the "Vitalia" program and 4 exercises of the "Enduro" program. The Vitalia program is well suited for seniors while the Enduro program is a better fit for younger walkers.

 

The Steps to Better Health walking group is open to everyone at no cost, and meets in front of the Senior’s Centre, 421-7th Avenue, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays (30 minute walk) and Thursdays (60 minute walk).

 

Many thanks to Selena at the Similkameen Pharmacy for her tireless work on this project!

 

Keremeos Dyke Exercise Map

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PreparedBC Releases Wildfire Preparedness Guide

Jul 3 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Wildfires have always been a reality in British Columbia, but in the past few years, their impact on people, businesses and tourism has been increasing.

 

On the heels of two of the worst wildfire seasons in the province’s history, PreparedBC is releasing a new Wildfire Preparedness Guide.  The guide contains useful information that will help British Columbians better protect themselves and their homes, and understand what to do if a wildfire approaches their community.

 

To learn more and download a copy of the guide, please click on the link below.

 

PreparedBC Wildfire Preparedness Guide

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Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide Now Available

Jul 3 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Over the past decades, our community has slowly evolved from our modest agricultural roots to become one of the fastest growing villages in our province. 

 

To celebrate our achievements and market our community within a broader audience, the Village has compiled the Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide to provide those outside our region with in-depth information about what it’s like to live, work and play in our area.  The Guide is currently being featured through a social media campaign designed to promote our community within larger centres.

 

The Guide consists of high quality imagery of our area and is filled with direct links for readers to learn more about the many places and experiences to discover in our area.

 

To view the Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide, please click on the link below and join in celebrating the growth of our community.

 

Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide

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Keremeos Area Business Map Now Online

Jun 20 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Keremeos area’s new Interactive Business Map is up and running on the Village of Keremeos website and provides an opportunity for area businesses to showcase their operations to a broader audience online.  You can view the map by visiting http://www.keremeos.ca/Interactive-Business-Map.

 

The map features a variety of businesses and services within the Keremeos area and provides links to their websites and social media channels, giving users a more in-depth understanding about their operations and what they have to offer.   The Business Map will also be featured through an upcoming social media ad campaign designed to promote our community within larger centres.

 

If you are a local business owner and would like to be featured on the Interactive Business Map free of charge, please download and complete the enclosed Submission Form.  The Submission Form can also be found online at http://www.keremeos.ca/Interactive-Business-Map.

 

Interactive Business Map – Information Submission Form

 

You can submit your completed form by emailing a copy to coordinator@keremeos.ca, by faxing a copy to (250) 499-5477 or by mailing or dropping a copy off at the Village Office (702 4th Street, PO Box 160 Keremeos, BC V0X 1N0).  Please ensure you provide current contact information along with any photographs of your business you wish to be included within your submission.

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Open Burning Ban in Effect in Kamloops Fire Centre and Village of Keremeos

Jun 11 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Effective at noon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, any open burns larger than a campfire as well as other activities and the use of certain equipment will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.

 

Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 open burns must extinguish those fires by Noon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

 

As the Village of Keremeos already prohibited open burning within municipal boundaries, this prohibition now applies to all public and private land located within Area ‘B’ (Cawston) and Area ‘G’ (Rural Keremeos) of the RDOS.

 

This prohibition will remain in effect until October 15, 2019, or until the public is otherwise notified.  A map of the affected areas is available online at:

http://ow.ly/Ah4h30oUb2Z

 

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are half-metre high by half-metre wide (or smaller), and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.  A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

 

Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

  • The burning of one or more open fires larger than one metre high by two metres wide;
  • Stubble or grass fires of any size;
  • The use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, tiki torches (and similar kinds of torches);
  • The use of burning barrels and burning cages of any size or description; and
  • The use of binary exploding targets (pre-packaged or homemade explosives, such as Tannerite, Thundershot, Gryphon, Firebird SS65, Sure Shot or similar products)

 

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.  If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

 

The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires.  To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

 

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to http://www.bcwildfire.ca

 

You can also follow the latest B.C. wildfire news:

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: http://news.gov.bc.ca/connect

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