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Paige Reinelt shows off her tattoos for her entry in Inked Magazine’s cover girl competition. (Selina Photography)

Shuswap woman competes to become Ink Magazine’s cover girl

Competition’s top prize is to appear on the cover of the magazine and $25,000

Paige Reinelt shows off her tattoos for her entry in Inked Magazine’s cover girl competition. (Selina Photography)
A polar bear wearing a Calgary Flames jersey sits in the front window of Shuswap Clothing & Shoe Company in downtown Salmon Arm on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Photos: Salmon Arm businesses get in the spirit of Hometown Hockey

Business owners are encouraged to wear jerseys and decorate windows

A polar bear wearing a Calgary Flames jersey sits in the front window of Shuswap Clothing & Shoe Company in downtown Salmon Arm on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Drivers are reminded to check DriveBC and use #BCstorm on social media. (File photo)

Second snowstorm expected to hit B.C. Interior over weekend

Five to 10 more centimetres are forecasted to fall Sunday evening

Drivers are reminded to check DriveBC and use #BCstorm on social media. (File photo)
John Drew received the distinguished forest professional from the Association of BC Forest Professionals at the association’s annual conference in Nanaimo earlier this February. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm resident recognized for dedication to forest industry

Nominations spoke at length to John Drew’s passion for forest management

John Drew received the distinguished forest professional from the Association of BC Forest Professionals at the association’s annual conference in Nanaimo earlier this February. (Contributed)
Deidra Stewart, Michelle Kuster, Lisa Dewick, Jennifer Beckett, Naomi Moran, Debbie Ranahan and Tammy Bates show off their jersey’s at WorkBC’s annual chilli cook off in Salmon Arm on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

WorkBC celebrates patrons with chilli cook off

Employees also dressed in their favourite hockey jerseys for the event

Deidra Stewart, Michelle Kuster, Lisa Dewick, Jennifer Beckett, Naomi Moran, Debbie Ranahan and Tammy Bates show off their jersey’s at WorkBC’s annual chilli cook off in Salmon Arm on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Riley Hern sits in the bottom row, third player from the left in a Montreal Wanderers team photo in 1907. (Gibson Studios of Winnipeg - Hockey Hall of Fame)

Salmon Arm family has unique tie to original Stanley Cup

Shuswap residents will have opportunity to view iconic trophy on March 7.

Riley Hern sits in the bottom row, third player from the left in a Montreal Wanderers team photo in 1907. (Gibson Studios of Winnipeg - Hockey Hall of Fame)
Laura Hall flies down the ice at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland on Feb. 21-23, 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap speedskater takes on international competition in Poland

Salmon Arm’s Laura Hall took fourth place with Canadian team

Laura Hall flies down the ice at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland on Feb. 21-23, 2020. (Contributed)
Lily Brooks takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball game. (Contributed)

Young Shuswap wheelchair athlete spreads message of hope

Lily Brook wants to help bring wheelchair boxing into international spotlight

Lily Brooks takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball game. (Contributed)
Abby Smyrl, Lillian Marchand, Taylor Vanderwal training in California in preparation for the Pan Kids IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship held in Long Beach, Calif. on February 8-11, 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap fighters take podium at international jiu-jitsu competition

Three young martial artists win one gold and two bronze medals between them

Abby Smyrl, Lillian Marchand, Taylor Vanderwal training in California in preparation for the Pan Kids IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship held in Long Beach, Calif. on February 8-11, 2020. (Contributed)
Morning Start: Which ‘orange’ came first? The colour or the fruit?
Morning Start: Which ‘orange’ came first? The colour or the fruit?
Following a visit by RCMP and subsequent arrests, a protest blockade on railway tracks near Chase was removed and with some of the protesters resuming action outside the Chase RCMP detachment on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Cameron Thomson – Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: RCMP confirm arrests at blockade after court injunction served

Protest held in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation regarding RCMP, LNG pipeline

Following a visit by RCMP and subsequent arrests, a protest blockade on railway tracks near Chase was removed and with some of the protesters resuming action outside the Chase RCMP detachment on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Cameron Thomson – Salmon Arm Observer)
Tristen Bailey looks where to shoot at the Pee Wee tier 2 Silverbacks’ last regular game held at the Shaw Centre on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

PHOTOS: PeeWee Silverbacks finish season with 22 game win streak

The team has gone undefeated since November last year

Tristen Bailey looks where to shoot at the Pee Wee tier 2 Silverbacks’ last regular game held at the Shaw Centre on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
The Observer asked: What is your favourite pie-related memory?

Word on the street: What is your favourite pie-related memory?

With the 24th-annual Best of the Shuswap Pie Baking Contest taking place…

The Observer asked: What is your favourite pie-related memory?
Mary Rollier, a volunteer at the Best of the Shuswap Pie Baking Contest, fills out registration paperwork for a pie entered into the contest at the Mall at Piccadilly on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Mary Rollier, a volunteer at the Best of the Shuswap Pie Baking Contest, fills out registration paperwork for a pie entered into the contest at the Mall at Piccadilly on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
A major vehicle collision has closed BC Highway 1 has been closed in both directions near Three Valley Gap. (Contributed)

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

A major vehicle collision has closed BC Highway 1 has been closed in both directions near Three Valley Gap. (Contributed)
A new School District 83 spectator code of conduct aims quash the use of air horns, laser pointers, and the act of booing at all district games. (File photo)

Spectators asked to be on best behaviour at Shuswap school sporting events

Policy asks that spectators make positive comments remain silent

A new School District 83 spectator code of conduct aims quash the use of air horns, laser pointers, and the act of booing at all district games. (File photo)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Coalson Wolford will be presented with his Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award at Salmon Arm’s final home game at the Shaw Centre on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Garrett James Photography)

Silverbacks forward receives BCHL Community Hero Award

Award presentation for Coalson Wolford to take place Sunday, Feb. 23

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Coalson Wolford will be presented with his Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award at Salmon Arm’s final home game at the Shaw Centre on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Garrett James Photography)
Anushka Azadi displays a handmade sign by train tracks near Chase where Shuswap First Nations leaders set up a blockade Chase on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap blockade temporarily lifted following negotiation with CP Rail

Onus placed on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respond

Anushka Azadi displays a handmade sign by train tracks near Chase where Shuswap First Nations leaders set up a blockade Chase on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Anushka Azadi displays a handmade sign by train tracks near Chase where Shuswap First Nations leaders set up a blockade Chase on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap protest blockade temporarily lifted following negotiation with CP Rail

Onus placed on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respond

Anushka Azadi displays a handmade sign by train tracks near Chase where Shuswap First Nations leaders set up a blockade Chase on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
A protestor stands near train tracks that Shuswap First Nations leaders have set up a blockade across from the Neskonlith Hall in Chase the morning of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Protesters say they will maintain blockade near Chase “as long as it takes”

Goal is to see RCMP removed from Wet’suwet’en territory

A protestor stands near train tracks that Shuswap First Nations leaders have set up a blockade across from the Neskonlith Hall in Chase the morning of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)