Keremeos

The Penticton Speedway is hosting its King of the Hill Race on Saturday, June 18. (Western News file photo)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in the South Okanagan

High-intensity racing at the speedway and an annual Father’s Day party headline the weekend

The Penticton Speedway is hosting its King of the Hill Race on Saturday, June 18. (Western News file photo)
The Nature Trust of BC is looking to expand the protected area around the Keremeos Columns Provincial Park. (Nature Trust of B.C.)

Keremeos Columns protected area to grow ten-fold

The Nature Trust is adding 194 hectares of protection to the 20 hectare provincial park

The Nature Trust of BC is looking to expand the protected area around the Keremeos Columns Provincial Park. (Nature Trust of B.C.)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)

Morning Start: Canada’s lakes

Your morning start for Monday, June 6

(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)
One of the new slab benches that have been installed in at the Grist Mill in Keremeos. (Grist Mill and Gardens photo)

Keremeos’ Grist Mill gearing up for packed summer season

An ‘insanely busy year’ is on the way for the heritage site

One of the new slab benches that have been installed in at the Grist Mill in Keremeos. (Grist Mill and Gardens photo)
(Black Press file photo)

Keremeos police figures remain steady, despite challenging conditions

Officer was stabbed during mental health check in early April

(Black Press file photo)
The South Similkameen Health Centre in Keremeos, which is attached to the Kyalami Place assisted living facility. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Keremeos has oldest population in Similkameen-Okanagan

Of Keremeos’ 1,605 residents 47% are at least 65, and 6.9 per cent 85 or older.

The South Similkameen Health Centre in Keremeos, which is attached to the Kyalami Place assisted living facility. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has approved upgrades to three pumping stations at the Keremeos Irrigation District. (Monique Tamminga - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos irrigation upgrade approved

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen authorizes up to $100,000 for work

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has approved upgrades to three pumping stations at the Keremeos Irrigation District. (Monique Tamminga - Keremeos Review)
The South Okanagan U18 minor-hockey team was crowned champions at a recent province-wide tournament hosted by Summerland. (Photo courtesy of John Arendt)

South Okanagan U18 minor-hockey team wins provincial title in Summerland

Teams from Prince George, Creston, Smithers, Summerland and Chetwynd attended the tournament

The South Okanagan U18 minor-hockey team was crowned champions at a recent province-wide tournament hosted by Summerland. (Photo courtesy of John Arendt)
The construction of this bandshell in 2014 at Okanagan Falls’ Centennial Park sparked the creation of Music in the Park, a summer-long community event from June to August. After a two-year hiatus, the event is returning with a newly-named Music and Market in the Park on Father’s Day, June 19. (Photo courtesy of Grant Henderson)

Music and Market in the Park coming to Okanagan Falls all summer long

Food vendors and local bands set to perform from June to August at Centennial Park

The construction of this bandshell in 2014 at Okanagan Falls’ Centennial Park sparked the creation of Music in the Park, a summer-long community event from June to August. After a two-year hiatus, the event is returning with a newly-named Music and Market in the Park on Father’s Day, June 19. (Photo courtesy of Grant Henderson)
AIM Roads is asking drivers to be cautious of falling rocks on Highway 3 and 3A on Wednesday morning (Feb. 16). (Trevor Seibel photo)

Caution of falling rocks issued on Highway 3 and 3A near Keremeos and Princeton

AIM Roads issued the warning just before 8 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 16)

AIM Roads is asking drivers to be cautious of falling rocks on Highway 3 and 3A on Wednesday morning (Feb. 16). (Trevor Seibel photo)
The Scoop for the week of Jan. 21-28. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

The Scoop: News that made headlines this week

Josh Piercey recaps the top news items from around the Okanagan-Shuswap region

The Scoop for the week of Jan. 21-28. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
Local COVID-19 cases for the week of Dec. 19 to 25. (BC CDC)

South Okanagan Similkameen records 42 new COVID-19 cases as 2022 approaches

Penticton sees steady increase in case numbers since the beginning of December

Local COVID-19 cases for the week of Dec. 19 to 25. (BC CDC)
Downtown Keremeos circa 1966 during BC Ministry’s Road Trip Time Machine time lapse video. (BC Ministry of Transportation)

VIDEO: Road trip time machine drives back to Keremeos 1966

Ministry of Transportation creates Road Trip video from Princeton to Osoyoos

Downtown Keremeos circa 1966 during BC Ministry’s Road Trip Time Machine time lapse video. (BC Ministry of Transportation)
The Vital Signs report, put out by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, is now available online. (Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen website image)

South Okanagan Similkameen Vital Signs report now available online

Report shows job loss, mental health and housing are still pressing issues in the region

The Vital Signs report, put out by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, is now available online. (Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen website image)
Conservative Dan Albas speaks in Ottawa on Dec. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Election 2021: Dan Albas — Conservative candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Dan Albas is the incumbent Conservative candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Conservative Dan Albas speaks in Ottawa on Dec. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Similkameen River as seen from the Red Bridge west of Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Night rescue saves 3 from Similkameen River

The three river riders were stuck for several hours until they could be rescued

The Similkameen River as seen from the Red Bridge west of Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The Red Bridge is an iconic fixture in Keremeos and is the sole survivor of the five bridges that crossed the Similkameen River, built in 1907-1909. (Nancy Arbuckle Facebook)

Arsonists attempt to torch historic Red Bridge in Keremeos

Crews also put out a grass fire that had started from a burning barrel

The Red Bridge is an iconic fixture in Keremeos and is the sole survivor of the five bridges that crossed the Similkameen River, built in 1907-1909. (Nancy Arbuckle Facebook)
Keremeos’ weather patterns are very unique. The village is often hotter and more arid than Penticton in the summer and experiences more extreme winters with more snowfall, while being warmer than Princeton in the winter due to its lower elevation. (Keith Ryan/Flickr)

What will the weather be like tomorrow in Keremeos? No one really knows for sure

The village, based largely on farming, has been without an Environment Canada weather station since 2000

Keremeos’ weather patterns are very unique. The village is often hotter and more arid than Penticton in the summer and experiences more extreme winters with more snowfall, while being warmer than Princeton in the winter due to its lower elevation. (Keith Ryan/Flickr)
A tribute to Ollalla pioneer cowgirl, Doll Barber

A tribute to Ollalla pioneer cowgirl, Doll Barber

Guest column: Community of Ollalla remembers Dolly Barber, who passed away June 17 at the age of 102

A tribute to Ollalla pioneer cowgirl, Doll Barber