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Fievel the cat was found trapped under the hood of a car after a long drive, serving as a reminder for drivers to “Think Thump” before they begin driving. (BC SPCA photo)

Shuswap drivers warned to check under the hood – for cats

Think & Thump decal to raise awareness of animals seeking refuge in vehicles

Fievel the cat was found trapped under the hood of a car after a long drive, serving as a reminder for drivers to “Think Thump” before they begin driving. (BC SPCA photo)
Laura Hall trains for the upcoming World Junior Championships for speed skating in Poland this February. (Photo submitted)

Salmon Arm’s Laura Hall to represent Canada in speedskating championships

16-year old to be the only athlete from B.C. on eight-person team

Laura Hall trains for the upcoming World Junior Championships for speed skating in Poland this February. (Photo submitted)
Garry Mitchell from the Sovereign Lake Nordic club takes off from the starting line at the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet 2020 hosted by the Larch Hills Nordic Society on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Hundreds race, thousands raised at Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet

More than 400 skiers participate in annual event at Shuswap’s Larch Hills

Garry Mitchell from the Sovereign Lake Nordic club takes off from the starting line at the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet 2020 hosted by the Larch Hills Nordic Society on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
South Canoe School. (File photo)

South Canoe Elementary made K-8 for one year

The motion was passed to keep students from making multiple transfers

South Canoe School. (File photo)
The Observer asked: How would you spend a snow day?

Word on the street: What is your biggest pet peeve regarding cellphone use?

In light of Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week run by the…

The Observer asked: How would you spend a snow day?
Garry Mitchell from the Sovereign Lake Nordic club takes off from the starting line at the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet 2020 hosted by the Larch Hills Nordic Society on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos: Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet at Larch Hills

The race saw over 700 athletes take to the ski trails

Garry Mitchell from the Sovereign Lake Nordic club takes off from the starting line at the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet 2020 hosted by the Larch Hills Nordic Society on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
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Salmon Arm mayor unconcerned over top court’s quash of plastic bag ban in Victoria

“I don’t think there is any turning back philosophically,” he said.

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Victoria Olynik, branch manager of the Shuswap SPCA, stands in front of the recently collapsed outdoor cat shelter on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos and video: Snow collapses cat shelter at Shuswap SPCA

Organization says no cats were injured, help wanted to rebuild

Victoria Olynik, branch manager of the Shuswap SPCA, stands in front of the recently collapsed outdoor cat shelter on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
A map of the proposed SASS Bypass, South reroute and Grayway connector presented to School District #83 by the Shuswap Trail Alliance at a board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Shuswap Trail Alliance photo)

Proposed trail improvements would better connect Salmon Arm schools

Project would upgrade 350 metres of trail near middle, secondary schools

A map of the proposed SASS Bypass, South reroute and Grayway connector presented to School District #83 by the Shuswap Trail Alliance at a board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Shuswap Trail Alliance photo)
Patricia Rahanan, a researcher from Concordia University, has started work on a study that will look at a number of factors surrounding mental health in Shuswap communities. (File photo)

Shuswap mental health study: Grocery stores a destination for people in need of connection

Ongoing interviews provide useful insight to suicide prevention efforts

Patricia Rahanan, a researcher from Concordia University, has started work on a study that will look at a number of factors surrounding mental health in Shuswap communities. (File photo)
Urgent and Primary Care Centres, such as the one that opened in November in Vernon, help reduce pressure at local hospital emergency rooms by providing care for issues that do not need to be seen in a hospital. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)

Doctors dispute need for Salmon Arm urgent and primary care centre

Medical professionals would rather see investment in local Primary Care Network

Urgent and Primary Care Centres, such as the one that opened in November in Vernon, help reduce pressure at local hospital emergency rooms by providing care for issues that do not need to be seen in a hospital. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)
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Salmon Arm prepares for Rogers Hometown Hockey

Businesses and residents encouraged to wear jerseys, show their hockey spirit

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Milania, Georgia and Olivia Kwiatkowski with rescue kittens Boo, Jack, Shadow and Pumpkin. (Contributed)

Handmade shelters help house Salmon Arm’s large feral feline population

Shuswap Paws Rescue Society fixed and adopted out about 500 cats in 2019

Milania, Georgia and Olivia Kwiatkowski with rescue kittens Boo, Jack, Shadow and Pumpkin. (Contributed)
Natalie Wilkie skis during the Para Nordic Championships in Prince George. (Cross Country Canada photo)

Salmon Arm’s Natalie Wilkie earns bronze in world cup competition

Shuswap talent posts third-fastest qualification time for event

Natalie Wilkie skis during the Para Nordic Championships in Prince George. (Cross Country Canada photo)
Son of Stomp, planned for Silver Creek from July 23 to 26, has new organizers. (File photo)

Son of Stomp planned for July in Silver Creek

Previously the event was held in Sicamous for 30 years

Son of Stomp, planned for Silver Creek from July 23 to 26, has new organizers. (File photo)
The Observer asked: What do you think of the job done so far this winter of keeping the roads and highways clear of snow?

Word on the street: How do you spend a snow day?

When snow cancels school and your boss tells you to stay home,…

The Observer asked: What do you think of the job done so far this winter of keeping the roads and highways clear of snow?
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Justin Trudeau, pictured in this 1997-98 yearbook for Pitt River Middle School in Port Coquitlam along with current teacher Angela Cummings, who instructs at the Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson campus. (Contributed)

Photo reminds Salmon Arm resident of connection to former drama teacher Justin Trudeau

Prime minister remembered as being as a funny, larger-than-life person

Justin Trudeau, pictured in this 1997-98 yearbook for Pitt River Middle School in Port Coquitlam along with current teacher Angela Cummings, who instructs at the Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson campus. (Contributed)