Cameron Thomson

Environment Canada is warning road users of heavy snowfall between Hope and Merritt on Friday, Feb. 7. 2020. (File photo)

Environment Canada issues snowfall warning for Coquihalla

20 to 25 centimetres of snow expected

Environment Canada is warning road users of heavy snowfall between Hope and Merritt on Friday, Feb. 7. 2020. (File photo)
A team of Salmon Arm residents set to work clearing a homeless camp on private property on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Contributed)

Safety concerns prompt Salmon Arm residents to remove homeless camp

Four truck loads of spoiled food, clothes, other items taken to dump or metal recycling centre

A team of Salmon Arm residents set to work clearing a homeless camp on private property on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Contributed)
A team of Salmon Arm residents set to work clearing a homeless camp on private property on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Contributed)

Safety concerns prompt Salmon Arm residents to remove homeless camp

Four truck loads of spoiled food, clothes, other items taken to dump or metal recycling centre

A team of Salmon Arm residents set to work clearing a homeless camp on private property on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Contributed)
Peter Jory, superintendent for School District 83, presents the Salmon Arm zone options for the long-range facilities plan at Ranchero Elementary on Feb. 4. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)                                Peter Jory, superintendent for School District 83, presents the Salmon Arm zone options for the long-range facilities plan at Ranchero Elementary on Feb. 4. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Column: Students deserve say in changes to Salmon Arm schools

Rearview Mirror by Cameron Thomson

Peter Jory, superintendent for School District 83, presents the Salmon Arm zone options for the long-range facilities plan at Ranchero Elementary on Feb. 4. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)                                Peter Jory, superintendent for School District 83, presents the Salmon Arm zone options for the long-range facilities plan at Ranchero Elementary on Feb. 4. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Security camera footage captured these images of an armed robbery suspect who allegedly pointed a handgun at a clerk demanding an undisclosed amount of cash from a downtown Salmon Arm financial institution on on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm RCMP release photos of armed robbery suspect

The suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at a clerk while demanding money

Security camera footage captured these images of an armed robbery suspect who allegedly pointed a handgun at a clerk demanding an undisclosed amount of cash from a downtown Salmon Arm financial institution on on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Contributed)
Kameron Kriese blows a cloud of vapour from his vape, which he says he is using to quit smoking altogether. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Vape use a growing problem at Shuswap schools

Community presentations aim to educate parents and students on the risks

Kameron Kriese blows a cloud of vapour from his vape, which he says he is using to quit smoking altogether. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Superintendent of schools Peter Jory presents the Salmon Arm zone options in School District 83’s long-term facilities plan at Ranchero Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 4. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Two Grade 7-9 middle schools among options considered for Salmon Arm and area

Portables a likelihood as School District #83 works to address facility needs

Superintendent of schools Peter Jory presents the Salmon Arm zone options in School District 83’s long-term facilities plan at Ranchero Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 4. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
A weather system moving in from the Pacific ocean will follow the Canada, U.S. border bringing 5-10 centimetres of snow to Salmon Arm before moving south into Montana. (Contributed)

Okanagan Shuswap to weather two snow storms this week

Systems are forecasted to bring 5-10 cm of snow each

A weather system moving in from the Pacific ocean will follow the Canada, U.S. border bringing 5-10 centimetres of snow to Salmon Arm before moving south into Montana. (Contributed)
After winning two games against the East Kootenay Zone Avalanche, the Kings pulled themselves within one point of the league leading Central Zone Rockets.

North Zone Bantam Kings four points away from becoming season champions

Next game is against the Yukon Rivermen

After winning two games against the East Kootenay Zone Avalanche, the Kings pulled themselves within one point of the league leading Central Zone Rockets.
The Observer asked: What does affordable housing mean to you?

Word on the street: What does affordable housing mean to you?

The Observer asked: What does affordable housing mean to you?

The Observer asked: What does affordable housing mean to you?
Leif Ellingsen from Merritt charges past his opponents at the Yeti Rugby Abominable Tournament on Little Mountain fields Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Photos: Yeti Rugby takes on Okanagan and Shuswap teams at Abominable Tournament

The tournament was held on Little Mountain fields

Leif Ellingsen from Merritt charges past his opponents at the Yeti Rugby Abominable Tournament on Little Mountain fields Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm fire crews arrived at the Salmon Arm Comfort Inn to rescue a man trapped in an elevator on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Sean Heddle)

Video: Man trapped in elevator following power outage

A rescue team freed the man within 15 minutes of the power going out

Salmon Arm fire crews arrived at the Salmon Arm Comfort Inn to rescue a man trapped in an elevator on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Sean Heddle)
Salmon Arm fire crews respond to a downed hydro line near Foothill Road in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm homes without power following downed hydro lines

Outages has affected 112 residences

Salmon Arm fire crews respond to a downed hydro line near Foothill Road in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
A group of skiers charges ahead after the starting cannon sounds at the 2020 Pirate Loppet on Larch Hills Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos: Young pirates storm the Shuswap’s snowy Larch Hills

More than 400 student buccaneers take part in School District #83 event

A group of skiers charges ahead after the starting cannon sounds at the 2020 Pirate Loppet on Larch Hills Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Ronin Hansen from South Broadview presses forward through the snow at the 2020 Pirate Loppet on Larch Hills Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos: Young pirates storm the Shuswap’s snowy Larch Hills

More than 400 student buccaneers take part in School District #83 event

Ronin Hansen from South Broadview presses forward through the snow at the 2020 Pirate Loppet on Larch Hills Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
DriveBC has reported limited visibility with black ice on Highway 97B. (Contributed)

Black ice warning issued for Highway 1, Highway 97B in the Shuswap

Drivers advised to slow down, maintain safe distance, avoiding aggressive braking

DriveBC has reported limited visibility with black ice on Highway 97B. (Contributed)
DriveBC has reported limited visibility with black ice on Highway 97B. (Contributed)

Black ice warning issued for Highway 1, Highway 97B in the Shuswap

Drivers advised to slow down, maintain safe distance, avoiding aggressive braking

DriveBC has reported limited visibility with black ice on Highway 97B. (Contributed)
Christine Adderson with her dressage horse Merlin who was killed earlier this month after snow collapsed the barn he was sleeping in. (Candice Camille Photography)

“Heart horse” killed after snow collapses shelter at Chase equine rescue

Owner concerned exposed hay could rot from lack of rain cover

Christine Adderson with her dressage horse Merlin who was killed earlier this month after snow collapsed the barn he was sleeping in. (Candice Camille Photography)
After one win, one loss to the Thompson Zone Blazers, the North Zone Bantam Kings will move on to play against the South Zone Knights the weekend of Oct. 26-27. (Contributed)

North Zone Bantam Kings dominate Enderby with shutout win

Next the Kings will face off against the East Kootenay Avalanche

After one win, one loss to the Thompson Zone Blazers, the North Zone Bantam Kings will move on to play against the South Zone Knights the weekend of Oct. 26-27. (Contributed)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Pee Wee team pose for a celebratory group photo after winning a 12-team tournament hosted at the Shaw Centre on Jan. 25-26, 2020. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm’s peewee Silverbacks win 12-team home tourney

Championship comes down to contest versus Williams Lake

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Pee Wee team pose for a celebratory group photo after winning a 12-team tournament hosted at the Shaw Centre on Jan. 25-26, 2020. (Contributed)